At the age of 25, Justin Lilly is one of the youngest master falconers in the country. From a young age, Justin was captivated by the sight of hawks soaring effortlessly overhead and eagles swooping down into the Gunnison River to catch fish.
Kirt and Keith Mautz are brothers and graduates of Olathe High School who have harnessed the American free enterprise spirit to build their Olathe feedlot operation into a busy hub of local resource use and innovation.
The brothers, who are in partnership in the Banner Road operation with their mom, Penney, have branched out from the feedlot into composting, custom grinding and feed mixing, and another experimental enterprise – biochar.
The first time Ayla Bristow tried her hand at painting, she uncovered a hidden talent. With her first strokes she created a series of snow-capped peaks under an early-morning sky.