Daily Archives: Feb. 2, 2010

Tiahrt calling for entries in student art contest

Don't draw this turtle

Don't draw this turtle

Rep. Todd Tiahrt’s office is calling for entries for the 2010 Congressional Art competition.

The contest will select one high school artist’s work to be put on display at the Capitol building in Washington.

“Last year’s entries were magnificent, and I expect this year’s entries will be just as great,” Tiahrt said in a statement.

Entry categories including painting, drawing, collage, mixed media, prints, photography and computer-generated art.

In addition to having artwork displayed at the Capitol for a year, the winning teen will be given the option of selling his or her work to the Wichita Independent Business Association for $500, or retaining the rights to the work and receiving a $200 prize.

Judging will take place April 9 at the WIBA office at 445 N. Waco, Wichita.

For full rules and an entry form, go here. Or call the congressman’s office at 316-262-8992.

Entrants should deliver their artwork to the WIBA office between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. from March 29 to April 1.

TV newsman, pitchman Bill Kurtis to raise funds for Jean Schodorf Congress campaign



State Sen. Jean Schodorf is bringing in a national celebrity — her brother — to help her raise money in her quest for the Kansas 4th Congressional District seat.

The Schodorf campaign will benefit from a fundraiser Thursday featuring Bill Kurtis, TV journalist, former CBS network anchor and now AT&T commercial star.

Kurtis, a veteran journalist with a distinctive booming voice, broke onto the national scene through his coverage of such stories as the Charles Manson trial and the fall of Saigon. Since 1990, he has owned his own production company, specializing in documentaries for the A&E Network.

Bill Kurtis "races" swimmer Michael Phelps to connect to the Internet in AT&T commercial

Bill Kurtis "races" swimmer Michael Phelps to connect to the Internet in AT&T commercial

Recently, Kurtis has appeared in a series of national television commercials for AT&T wireless service in which he “beats” sports stars Michael Phelps, Andy Roddick and Floyd Mayweather in staged races to connect to the mobile Internet.

Kurtis and Schodorf are co-owners of the Little House on the Prairie historic site near Independence and Kurtis is the founder of Tallgrass Beef, a 10,000-acre ranching operation based in Sedan that produces grass-fed gourmet meat sold through the Internet and at supermarkets across the country.

At Thursday’s fundraiser, Kurtis is scheduled to discuss the Kansas economic recession and eco-tourism, according to the Schodorf campaign. Read More »

Wagnon suggests tweaking tax filing fee so it won’t hurt elderly, poor

taxespaperTOPEKA — Kansas Revenue Secretary Joan Wagnon suggested tweaking a proposed $25 fee to file income taxes on paper so that it would not harm the poor and elderly.

Her office has been getting a lot of calls from people upset about her proposal to charge a $25 fee to file taxes by paper and a $10 fee to receive the tax rebate in a paper check form.

A House Taxation Committee hearing on the bill Tuesday saw Wagnon seek to explain the proposal more fully. Advocates for the elderly criticized it. The committee took no action. Read More »

Wichita council approves tax incentives for WaterWalk hotel

WaterWalk hotelWichita City Council members this morning unanimously approved a complex set of tax incentives that will help finance a 130-room Fairfield Inn and Suites Hotel at WaterWalk.

Seven people spoke against the incentive package. But council members, hotel officials and the Wichita Convention and Visitors Bureau said Wichita needs additional rooms to attract more conventions.

John Rolph, president of the convention bureau, said Wichita had lost bids to attract 15 groups conventions in the past few years. That translates to about $17 million in economic impact lost because of a lack of hotel rooms in close proximity to Century II, Rolph said. Read More »