Longview Lake

Courtesy Ron Anderson

Ron Anderson is a 58-year-old photographer who has just wrapped up his thesis project. And though he’s been a professional photographer or photography instructor for about 35 years, he still feels the weight of this final assignment.

“Assuming that my thesis exhibition went well," he says, "I should graduate with a 4.0."

It was his position at Lenexa’s Art Institutes International, where he's taught for about seven years, that spurred him to earn a master’s in photography; full-time faculty members there are expected to have an advanced degree or be working on one.

Boating & Fishing On KC Waters

May 9, 2012
Bill Anderson / KCUR

On  Thursday’s Central Standard, we embark on the next installment in our three-part series looking at how we find water in our city. This time we look to the lakes and rivers, where fishers cast their nets, canoes glide across the water and boaters set sail.

Susan B. Wilson / KCUR

I remember the day, around six years ago, when I saw builders constructing something at 109th and Raytown Road. The finished product was a cream colored cylinder topped with a pointed red clay tile roof.  I asked myself, is this a land-locked lighthouse? How about a missile silo in disguise?

Kansas City, MO – This spring and summer, an alarming number of sewage spills are threatening local waterways. Millions of gallons of human waste have poured into rivers and lakes. And it's unclear if this is business as usual, and the public just didn't know about it before.

What's changed is that the city and the state are now reporting these spills more consistently. To understand the situation better, KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross caught up with journalist Karen Dillon, who covers the environmental beat for The Kansas City Star.