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Posted Monday, March 8, 2021 - 11:34am

Shannon Portillo, Chair of the Board of Douglas County Commissioners, has signed a burn ban for March 9-15 for the unincorporated areas of Douglas County. She authorized the ban following recommendations from Douglas County Fire District Chiefs. Following several days of responding to multiple grassfires, county firefighters need the opportunity to recover and repair equipment.

Posted Wednesday, March 3, 2021 - 2:15pm

The Douglas County Appraiser’s Office mailed the 2021 Change of Value Notices on Friday, Feb. 26. On Monday, March 1, Appraiser Steven Miles and his staff became aware that some notices had the incorrect property information and value printed on them.

Posted Wednesday, March 3, 2021 - 9:59am

A new COVID Helpline – 785-864-9000 – is available for Douglas County. This phone number will be answered by trained staff who can help answer questions about vaccination, testing, symptoms, local public health orders and other COVID-19 related questions. The helpline will be available: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m.-noon Saturday.

Posted Friday, February 19, 2021 - 9:16am

Public health leaders have updated the local health order to expand the mass gathering limit and to expand hours of operation for venues and establishments serving food and drinks indoors. The new order is in recognition of fewer COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in the community.

Posted Tuesday, February 16, 2021 - 10:10am

The Douglas County Courthouse and Administrative Offices for Public Works/ Zoning and Codes are closed today (Feb. 16) due to power outages at the historic County Courthouse, 1100 Massachusetts Street, and Public Works and Zoning and Codes building, 3755 E. 25th Street. Courthouse offices include Administration, Register of Deeds, County Clerk, Treasurer's Office and Appraiser's Office. The offices were closed about 11 a.m. today. They are scheduled to reopen Wednesday, Feb. 17.

Posted Friday, February 12, 2021 - 3:01pm

Lawrence, Kan. – On January 12, 2015, the State charged Rontarus Washington with Murder in the First Degree and Aggravated Burglary in connection with the death of 19-year-old Justina Altamirano Mosso.

After Mr. Washington waived his Constitutional and Statutory Speedy Trial protections through his defense counsel, Mr. Washington remained in the Douglas County Correctional Facility awaiting trial.

Posted Thursday, January 14, 2021 - 9:37am

Douglas County Government’s general and satellite offices will be closed Monday, Jan. 18, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Emergency Dispatch Center and Criminal Justice Services will be operating. If you have an emergency, please call 911. If you have a non-emergency, call 785-843–0250.

To learn more about how Douglas County is working to honor the work and legacy of Dr. King, visit:


Posted Monday, January 11, 2021 - 12:26pm

Today, January 11, 2021, at 8:30 a.m., Suzanne Valdez was sworn into office as Douglas County's new District Attorney. Douglas County Deputy District Attorneys Joshua Seiden and David Melton, who were both appointed by Valdez, were also sworn in.

Posted Monday, January 4, 2021 - 5:09pm

The Douglas County Heritage Conservation Council (HCC) announces that up to $200,000 in funding is available through the 2021 Natural & Cultural Grant program.

Each year, the HCC encourages applications that focus on the conservation of cultural, natural, agricultural or environmental resources or projects that produce educational programs or products on these topics. All projects must take place in Douglas County, Kansas, and be completed within two years.

To be eligible for funding, projects must fall into at least one of the following categories:

Posted Monday, December 28, 2020 - 5:24pm

Douglas County offers an online tool called myStrength that is available 24/7. It's free and confidential! MyStrength offers a variety of programs, including: mindfulness and meditation, improving sleep, reducing stress, controlling anxiety, managing depression, balancing intense emotions, facing racism and discrimination, and coping with COVID-19.

To sign up for myStrength, visit and use access code: Douglas County.

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