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June 06th, 2023
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Mi Voto Mi Vida workshop to take place in Liberal June 27

mi voto mi vida flyerELLY GRIMM • Leader & Times


A main goal for the Kansas Hispanic and Latino American Affairs Commission (KHLAAC) is educating people throughout the state and soon, a workshop will be heading to Liberal to help with just that. 

KHLAAC will be hosting a free workshop called Mi Voto Mi Vida, which means My Vote My Life, and it is a free workshop about how the new law, HB 2350, came to be, what the community needs to know in regard to this law, and what people can do about it. The workshop will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 27 at Crosspoint Church at 204 N. Sherman Ave., and will feature a free dinner for attendees. The workshop is a collaboration between KHLAAC, the Liberal Area Coalition for Families, and Reach Healthcare Foundation.

“During the workshop, people are going to learn how the new law, HB 2350, will affect the Latino community, and there will also be information provided about civic and electoral engagement as far as how the government works and how people can make a difference,” coordinator Janeth Vazquez said. “That part of the workshop will be aimed at encouraging people to exercise their right to vote and what the importance of their vote means. There is also going to be advocacy training, and there will also be a panel of experts and organizations. This workshop isn't just a conversation about this new law, it's also a conversation about getting people to be civically engaged. In Southwest Kansas, unfortunately, we see low voter turnout rates every election, and we want to increase our numbers and voting percentage.”

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Lightning strike demonstrates the power of persistence on college campus



You might not know that the oldest cottonwood tree at Seward County Community College (outside the Colvin Family Center for Allied Health) was struck by lightning last week, but it was the big news event on campus. The morning after, a steady stream of Saints family members walked over to check on the tree. 

The damage was dramatic, a long streak down the length of the trunk where the bolt blasted through the bark. It looked like a giant had taken out a pocket knife and done some whittling. The grounds crew were picking up shredded tree pieces the next morning. 

The event made me think about how growth happens, and what it looks like over a long period of time. According to our campus biology expert, instructor Ty Hughbanks, the cottonwood tree is probably 100 to 150 years old. It has seen a lot of history, and managed to hang on through all the big events nature could throw at it since 1880 or so. 

Drought, the Dust Bowl, a prairie fire or two, hungry jackrabbits, tornados and blizzards, and more than one big construction projects. We’re hoping a lightning strike is no big deal compared to all that.   

Even though the tree is likely three times as old as the college, SCCC too has grown and survived dry years and bountiful years and achieved a kind of resilience that bodes well for the future. Just like nature’s cycles, we are currently in a season of renewal.