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On April 1st, the Kansas Free Press will mark its 6-month anniversary. With gratitude for the Kansans who nobly commit their time and talents to citizen journalism, we are celebrating our upcoming half-year anniversary by proudly showcasing each of our writers.

WICHITA, Kan. - In this profile, we are pleased to introduce KFP correspondent, Kari Ann Rinker. Kari was born just outside of Denver, Colorado, but quickly transplanted to Canton, Kansas with her single mother. Her childhood was shaped by her diverse surroundings as opportunity soon moved her family to Schenectady, NY. Kari completed her elementary education in New York before returning to Kansas. She completed her secondary education in McPherson, Kansas before pursuing her college education at Wichita State University.

On April 1st, the Kansas Free Press will mark its 6-month anniversary. With gratitude for the Kansans who nobly commit their time and talents to citizen journalism, we are celebrating our upcoming half-year anniversary by proudly showcasing each of our writers.

EMPORIA, Kan. - In this profile, we are pleased to introduce KFP correspondent, James Bordonaro. James resides in Emporia, Kansas where he practices law and his wife of 18 years is a professor of art therapy at Emporia State University. James attended undergraduate school in Orlando and graduated from Florida State's law school in Tallahassee in 1997. After a clerking internship with the Florida Supreme Court, he served as staff attorney for the trial court in Panama City, Fla. He then travel with his wife to Melbourne, Australia for nearly a year while she continued her graduate studies. Upon their return to the States, he served a stint as a prosecutor for the Florida Board of Nursing and then opened up a private law practice.

On April 1st, the Kansas Free Press will mark its 6-month anniversary. With gratitude for the Kansans who nobly commit their time and talents to citizen journalism, we are celebrating our upcoming half-year anniversary by proudly showcasing each of our writers.

COUNCIL GROVE, Kan. - In this profile, we are pleased to introduce KFP correspondent, Ron Parks. Ron grew up in Minneapolis, Kansas. The son of a self-educated bricklayer, he was the fifth generation of the Parks family to live in that north central Kansas community. The family dinner table was the setting for discussions about progressive politics, history, and philosophy.

On April 1st, the Kansas Free Press will mark its 6-month anniversary. With gratitude for the Kansans who nobly commit their time and talents to citizen journalism, we are celebrating our upcoming half-year anniversary by proudly showcasing each of our writers.

WICHITA, Kan. - In this profile, we are pleased to introduce KFP correspondent, Colleen Kelly Johnston. Colleen is a native-born Kansan of Irish heritage. Her grandparents homesteaded a ranch on the Kansas-Oklahoma border.

She has enjoyed writing for as long as she can remember. Her first poem won a first place and was published in 1949. Colleen wrote one of the first columns on consumer awareness for The New Newspaper and The Prairie Journal in Kansas and continues to write columns and articles on women's rights and political issues for local and national publications. Her book on political activism for volunteers was published in 1985.

I Probably Shouldn't

COUNCIL GROVE, Kan. - I probably shouldn't, but I write about the history of the Kanza (Kaw) Indians.

More specifically, I write a monthly column called "The Kanza Reserve 150 Years Ago" published in the local daily paper, The Council Grove Republican. The column describes an event involving either the Kanzas or Council Grove that took place that particular month 150 years ago, then elaborates on the theme inhered in the event. For example, this month (February, 2010), the seminal event was about how in early February 1860, a group of Kanzas stole a keg of whiskey in Cottonwood Falls, then indulged in a brawl during which three of them were killed.

On April 1st, the Kansas Free Press will mark its 6-month anniversary. With gratitude for the Kansans who nobly commit their time and talents to citizen journalism, we are celebrating our upcoming half-year anniversary by proudly showcasing each of our writers.

WICHITA, Kan. - In this profile, we are pleased to introduce KFP correspondent, Christina Braden. She was born and raised in Olathe, Kansas. Today, Christina lives and works in Wichita. Having lived there for over a decade, she calls the Air Capital her home. She has faced many challenges throughout her life and she believes that all adversity can be turned into something positive when it's embraced.

On April 1st, the Kansas Free Press will mark its 6-month anniversary. With gratitude for the Kansans who nobly commit their time and talents to citizen journalism, we are celebrating our upcoming half-year anniversary by proudly showcasing each of our writers.

GREAT BEND, Kan. - In this profile, we are pleased to introduce KFP correspondent, Marty Keenan. He is a fifth generation resident of Barton-Stafford County area, in west central Kansas. Marty is a lawyer in Great Bend, where he practices with his father and brother. He has been married to Julie Keenan for 20 years and they have two sons, Tyler and Jefferson.

On April 1st, the Kansas Free Press will mark its 6-month anniversary. With gratitude for the Kansans who nobly commit their time and talents to citizen journalism, we are celebrating our upcoming half-year anniversary by proudly showcasing each of our writers.

TOPEKA, Kan. - In this profile, we proudly introduce KFP correspondent, Craig Gunther. Craig is a lifelong Kansan and Democrat who grew up in the country and around the farm. Professionally, he is a registered nurse at a Topeka, Kansas hospital and serves on the Kansas State Nurses Association board of directors and finance committee. He has volunteered on several campaigns and on behalf of many progressive causes. In 2006, he was awarded the Joan M. Finney Outstanding Service Award by the Kansas Democratic Party.

On April 1st, the Kansas Free Press will mark its 6-month anniversary. With gratitude for the Kansans who nobly commit their time and talents to citizen journalism, we are celebrating our upcoming half-year anniversary by proudly showcasing each of our writers.

MOUND CITY, Kan. - In this profile, we proudly introduce KFP correspondent, Denise Cassells. Though she was born in Kansas, Denise spent much of her life in Arizona, Colorado and even a couple of years in Washington. These cultural diversities enriched her life, allowing her to get to know interesting people from many backgrounds.

On April 1st, the Kansas Free Press will mark its 6-month anniversary. With gratitude for the Kansans who nobly commit their time and talents to citizen journalism, we are celebrating our upcoming half-year anniversary by proudly showcasing each of our writers.

MANHATTAN, Kan. - In this profile, we proudly introduce KFP correspondent, Christopher E. Renner. Christopher is a community activist and long-time voice for issues of social justice. He is a third-generation Kansas native, born and raised in Marshall County. One of his favorite quotes is from George B. Shaw: "The only time my education was interrupted was when I was in school." Those words have inspired Chris to be a life-long learner, with formal training in psychology, history, theology, education, applied linguistics, women's studies, community organizing, and most recently journalism and mass communications.

On April 1st, the Kansas Free Press will mark its 6-month anniversary. With gratitude for the Kansans who nobly commit their time and talents to citizen journalism, we are celebrating our upcoming half-year anniversary by proudly showcasing each of our writers.

WICHITA, Kan. - In this profile, we proudly introduce KFP correspondent, Diane Wahto. Diane has been a teacher most of her adult life. Her teaching career began in 1965 in a one-room country school in Decatur, Michigan. She retired as an English/journalism/creative writing instructor from Butler Community College, in El Dorado, Kansas, in 2001, but continued to teach English Composition I and II online until the summer of 2008. She taught high school journalism at Winfield High School, Winfield, Kansas, for nine years. There, she developed and taught a television broadcast journalism class, as well as advised the student newspaper and yearbook.

On April 1st, the Kansas Free Press will mark its 6-month anniversary. With gratitude for the Kansans who nobly commit their time and talents to citizen journalism, we are celebrating our upcoming half-year anniversary by proudly showcasing each of our writers.

WICHITA, Kan. - In this profile, we proudly introduce KFP correspondent, Moti Rieber. Moti is a rabbi, writer, activist and Federation professional. He grew up in New Jersey but has been slowly moving west every since. Prior to coming to Wichita, Moti was the rabbi of Congregation Beth Shalom in Naperville, Illinois. We're thrilled that he calls Kansas home now!

On April 1st, the Kansas Free Press will mark its 6-month anniversary. With gratitude for the Kansans who nobly commit their time and talents to citizen journalism, we are celebrating our upcoming half-year anniversary by proudly showcasing each of our writers.

DODGE CITY, Kan. - In this profile, we proudly introduce KFP correspondent, Ethel Peterson. Ethel is a native Kansan, the sixth of seven kids born to Henry and Myrtle Peterson. Myrtle began life on the banks of the Sawlog Creek in Ford County, Kansas. Her father, Henry, was born in Denmark. Ethel sees herself as part of a vanishing breed who actually attended a one-room country school for eight years.

On April 1st, the Kansas Free Press will mark its 6-month anniversary. With gratitude for the Kansans who nobly commit their time and talents to citizen journalism, we are celebrating our upcoming half-year anniversary by proudly showcasing each of our writers.

HAYS, Kan. - Today, we proudly introduce KFP correspondent, Paul Faber. Paul received his Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame. Currently Professor of Philosophy and the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Fort Hays State University, his own areas of research involve ethics and the philosophy of religion.

Paul seeks the fullness of life, both professionally and personally. He enjoys traveling and spending time with his wife and children in the outdoors - biking, camping, and hiking.

On April 1st, the Kansas Free Press will mark its 6-month anniversary. With gratitude for the Kansans who nobly commit their time and talents to citizen journalism, we are celebrating our upcoming half-year anniversary by proudly showcasing each of our writers.

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Today, we proudly introduce KFP correspondent, Shari L. Wilson. Shari grew up in Claflin, Kansas, a small town located on the Central Flyway and next to Cheyenne Bottoms, a Wetland of International Importance. Shari now lives in the Muncie area of Kansas City with her husband, Chris Steineger, and their cat, Bailey. Her many areas of interest include traveling, hiking, gardening, and reading.

Her favorite getaway as a child was her grandparents' farm in north central Kansas.

On April 1st, the Kansas Free Press will mark its 6-month anniversary. With gratitude for the Kansans who nobly commit their time and talents to citizen journalism, we are celebrating our upcoming half-year anniversary by proudly showcasing each of our writers.

WICHITA, Kan. - Today, we proudly introduce KFP correspondent, Vickie Sandell Stangl. A resident of Andover, Kansas, Vickie is a lecturer at Wichita State University in the political science department. Her areas of expertise include women in politics, the U.S. Constitution, the Freethought Movement and separation of church and state, among others. Vickie is also interested in history and western philosophy.

On April 1st, the Kansas Free Press will mark its 6-month anniversary. With gratitude for the Kansans who nobly commit their time and talents to citizen journalism, we are celebrating our upcoming half-year anniversary by proudly showcasing each of our writers.

LAWRENCE, Kan. - Today, we proudly introduce KFP correspondent, Tanner Willbanks. Now a resident of Lawrence, Tanner spent the first 14 years of his life in rural Western Kansas among a family of extremely conservative Republicans. It was not until he moved to Hays, Kansas, at the beginning of high school, that he began to question a political ideology that left those that needed help the most out in the cold. Ever since, Tanner's been on a one-way trip to the progressive side of the political spectrum. He hasn't looked back.

On April 1st, the Kansas Free Press will mark its 6-month anniversary. With gratitude for the Kansans who nobly commit their time and talents to citizen journalism, we are celebrating our upcoming half-year anniversary by proudly showcasing each of our writers for our readers.

HAYS, Kan. - Today, we proudly introduce KFP correspondent, Weeden Nichols. A resident of Ellis County, Kansas, Weeden was born in upstate New York a couple of years before the U.S. entered World War II. He spent his early years on dairy farms in the Cayuga Lake region. He moved with his parents to the Eastern Shore (Delmarva Peninsula) of Maryland in 1944. Weeden both met his future wife and enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserve (Infantry) in January 1957, while still a junior in high school. He began active duty in the U.S. Air Force immediately after high school.

On April 1st, the Kansas Free Press will mark its 6-month anniversary. With gratitude for the Kansans who nobly commit their time and talents to citizen journalism, we are celebrating our upcoming half-year anniversary by proudly showcasing each of our writers for our readers.

PRETTY PRAIRIE, Kan. - Today, we proudly introduce KFP correspondent, William Rogers. William is a life-long Kansas resident and considers himself a typical Kansan. He was born in Reno County in 1948 and attended Fort Hays State University. Along the way, he's been a farmer and a construction worker.

Now, he works for workers. William is the community organizer for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 661. He is also vice president of the Wichita/Hutchinson Labor Federation of Central Kansas.

His favorite quotation is from Eugene Debs, "I don't want to rise up from the working class, I want to rise up with the working class."

ANDOVER, Kan. - The continuing saga of Sarah Palin on the national scene is fraught with ironies and strange inconsistencies. The question has to be asked: Who is the real Sarah Palin? Is she the maverick fighting for the people? Is she a conservative feminist extraordinaire or just another huckster cashing in on her good fortune?

During the 2008 presidential race, some friends were mocking me and wondering if I would support Sarah since I was such a feminist; as if the only requirement for being a feminist is being female. Geez, how long must we fight this stupidity? I'm ready to enter the great Sarah debate if I can place all this in the context of a feminist critique.

Leonard Pitts, Jr. on Factual Facts

LAWRENCE, Kan. - This past Friday, KU's school of journalism, in its infinite wisdom, awarded the William Allen White Award to Miami Herald columnist Leonard Pitts Jr. I became familiar with Pitts' work a little over ten years ago via my hometown newspaper, the Lawrence Journal World.

I like Pitts because, though his politics tend to lean left, as mine do, he's not a knee-jerk liberal, either. His columns offer a sort of horse-sense, real-world analysis of events that appeal to me in a very personal way. Often when I read his columns I find that Pitts is the only commentator saying exactly what I'm thinking. If only I could write those thoughts as eloquently as he.

MCDOWELL CREEK, Kan. - Artist Betsy Roe was hard at work on Sunday--lying in the sunwarmed grass at Bird Runner Wildlife Refuge, a native prairie preserve in the heart of the Flint Hills. "I felt daunted, this project seemed so big," she says. "So I lay down in the grass, and the word 'center' came to mind. I just lay there and felt the warmth. I thought about 'center,' 'centering,' 'centered'--all the different meanings."


Betsy Roe
Roe was in the middle of one of the most difficult parts of the artistic process--acknowledging obstacles, awaiting guidance, inviting inspiration. Her openness paid off: her contemplation of "centering" allowed her to imagine a design not only taking shape but taking root in that particular location. With renewed zest, she went back to pounding in stakes and laying out string, marking dimensions for an outdoor work of art to honor the memory of Jan Garton, the conservationist who saved Cheyenne Bottoms and who passed away Nov. 9, 2009.

Roe has been commissioned to do this "installation" on a three-acre brome field which is being restored to native prairie--also in honor of Garton.

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