Saturday, December 02, 2006


Old Santa Fe Trail :: Cimarron Cutoff
Eco-Futures Forum (EFF)

Dispatches From Kansas by Tom Parker

Essays taken from a weekly newspaper column published in the Washington County News, Washington, Kansas. Look for his book - "Dispatches From Kansas" - available from or from the author.

We pass Eagle's Nest and descend into Red River.

From afar the town looks ridiculously narrow, squeezed between the narrow walls of the canyon.

The main street is lined with ticky-tacky stores geared toward stealing one’s hard-earned money, and this is evident even in the grocery store where the cost of a pack of hot dog buns stuns me. Even the snacks are outrageous. I decide I don’t need anything that bad. It’s a relief to leave, and mentally I shake off its dust from my boots.

If I had to choose between Red River and the howling wastes of Sharon Springs, Kansas, it would be no contest. Sharon Springs might be depressingly desolate but at least it’s authentic.

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Friday, December 01, 2006


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Tim Hibbard's KU GIS Day 2006 Perspectives

Focus on the Economy Hawaii Island Economic Development Board
February 28, 1999
Earth and space get top priority at Big Island summer camps
By K. T. Cannon-Eger

It isn't even spring yet it's time for parents and youngsters to make plans for summer camp. Several outstanding opportunities are available on the Big Island for students.

Future Flight Hawai`i celebrates its ninth anniversary with three summer programs: residential for grades four through seven, day exploration for grades three through six and family for grades two through four.

The residential program, scheduled for July 11-16, "is an intensive, space-themed program designed to catalyze student interest in science, technology and the future as well as make them aware of careers in science and technology," said Art Kimura, program director. "During the program, participants explore space science through 20 team-oriented learning modules. Then, applying their newly acquired knowledge, they are assigned to a mission crew and explore a simulated Mars landing site at Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park."

Training will include modules on robotics, life support, geology, biospheres and communications among others. An alien rendezvous will occur toward the end of the session. Housing and meals will be at Kilauea Military Camp.

The day exploration program is set for June 21-25, at UH-Hilo and offers a sampling of training modules from the more extensive residential program. Among possible activities are biosphere construction, robotics, pneumatics, life support and geology.

The family program, scheduled for the weekend of July 16-18, at Kilauea Military Camp and Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park.

Parents and students will participate "in the intensive, educational program involving a rigorous schedule of activities, which is conducted well into the evening," Kimura said. "In addition to the activities, a major activity will be a field trip to a lava field."

Future Flight Hawai`i is part of the Hawai`i Space Grant College of the University of Hawai`i. For more information on fees and schedules, contact Kimura at: or telephone (808) 934-7261 or write Hawai`i Space Grant College, 2525 Correa Road, Honolulu HI 96822. Registration is on a first come, first served basis.

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