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This week on The Range, we go En Route with Wichita transplant Jesus Ortega. He moved here in 2018 for a fresh start and a new life — and that's exactly what he found.

Plus, let the buyer beware: Sellers rule the Wichita housing market, and that's not likely to change anytime soon.

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When Anna and Craig Patrick bought their first house in Manhattan, Kansas, in 2013, it was an enjoyable experience.

They had plenty of time to look at multiple houses, and there was no rush to make an offer.

“I remember it was so fun,” Anna Patrick said.

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Up until this past year, Aaron Lee Martin performed regularly at venues around Wichita. Now, the worship leader at Hope Community Church in Andover is finding new ways to connect with others.

This week on The Range, Martin talks about how the pandemic has changed his approach to storytelling.

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Houseplants are back — in a big way. Just ask Tillie’s Flowers.

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A new partnership between the Wichita Black Nurses Association, Black churches and the Sedgwick County Health Department is working to get the COVID-19 vaccine to communities of color that have been hit particularly hard by the disease.

This week on The Range, we stop by a vaccination clinic at St. James Missionary Baptist Church to hear why increasing access to the vaccine is so vital.

Plus, don't throw those food scraps away — we talk to the owner of Nudge Compost about the greener alternative to clean your plate.

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While getting his master’s degree from Wichita State University, Jesse Marks wrote his thesis on food insecurity.

Along the way, he discovered that food waste is a major problem, too.

He learned that a typical American family adds more than 500 pounds of food scraps to landfills each year.

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It's an anniversary we won't be celebrating: one year of COVID-19.

This week, we're looking back on the pandemic year and asking: How do we move forward?

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While the pandemic will be remembered as a major public health crisis, it was a significant mental health emergency as well.

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As she prepared to speak before the Sedgwick County Commission earlier this week, Health Director Adrienne Byrne began with a quick aside.

“Well,” she said, “what a year it has been.”

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Cowley County is the stone arch bridge capital of Kansas. Seriously, look it up.

This week on The Range, we take a road trip through the county to search for some of its beautiful — and historic — bridges.