Chats for October 2006

Matt Sarna and Jon Barta

Chat about Halloween safety with Lawrence Police

Tuesday, October 31, 2006, 1:30 p.m.

Officers Matt Sarna and Jon Barta will be online Tuesday to take your questions about how to keep children safe during trick-or-treating.

Chat about the 2006 election with political scientist Bob Beatty

Monday, October 30, 2006, 1:30 p.m.

Bob Beatty is an Assistant Professor of Political Science. His interests, research, and projects in Kansas Studies focus primarily on Kansas history and politics. Beatty is also the producer and moderator for Public Affairs programming on KTWU and WUCT in Topeka. His programs focus on in-depth discussions with Kansas' political leaders (such as Senator Sam Brownback, Senator Pat Roberts, Congressmen Jerry Moran and Dennis Moore, etc.) and in election years forums between candidates for key Kansas offices such as Governor, U.S. Senator, and U.S. Congress. On Saturday, he moderates a gubernatorial debate; Monday, he takes your questions about the races, the polls, the advertising -- and who is likely to win.

Chat with Kyle Ringo from The Daily Camera about Saturday's KU-CU game

Friday, October 27, 2006, 2:30 p.m.

Returning home from a heart-wrenching 36-35 letdown in Waco last weekend, is a healthy dose of Memorial Stadium lovin' enough to help the Jayhawks snap a four-game losing streak? To do so, Kansas must get past Colorado, who it hasn't defeated since the 2000 season. To get you as informed as possible on the visiting Buffaloes, join Kyle Ringo, the Buffs' beat writer for the Daily Camera in Boulder, Colo. He can tell you all you'll need to know about the visitors from the west.

Stan Ring

Chat about preparing your garden for winter with Stan Ring

Thursday, October 26, 2006, 1:30 p.m.

Stan Ring, horticulture program assistant at K-State Research and Extension in Douglas County, will chat about preparing your garden for the winter.

Chat about Douglas County Kids Vote with Ruthi Rapp

Wednesday, October 25, 2006, 1:30 p.m.

The Kids Voting Coalition seeks the assistance of community volunteers to offer students kindergarten though 12 an authentic voting experience at the polls this Election Day, Nov. 7. Individual volunteers, as well as civic or business groups, are needed to help at Kids Voting tables before and after school at polling sites throughout Douglas County, including rural voting locations. Ruthi Rapp, a committee member, takes your questions about the effort.

Chat about the Iraq War with 1st Sgt. Joseph T. "Ted" Lawyer

Tuesday, October 24, 2006, 1:30 p.m.

Vietnam War veteran and 1st Sgt. Joseph T. "Ted" Lawyer of Lawrence, who at 59 was the oldest member of the battalion, returned last week from Iraq with the 1st Battalion, 127th Field Artillery. The 150 soldiers had been in Baghdad providing security for U.S. government officials. The battalion is headquartered in Ottawa and includes a detachment based in Lawrence.

Chat about new "mini downtowns" with city planners Sheila Stogsdill and Dan Warner

Monday, October 23, 2006, 1:15 p.m.

The year is 2030, and Lawrence residents are taking leisurely strolls from their homes to a pedestrian-friendly street lined by multistory buildings filled with shops, condos and offices. Must be downtown Lawrence, right? Not necessarily. In a plan floated by Lawrence-Douglas County planners, those 2030 friends very well could be in a new development far south of the Wakarusa River near an extended Louisiana Street and Wells Overlook Road. But planners first want to find out what the public thinks. The Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission on Wednesday will be taking public comment on whether it should start using the proposed land use map incorporating the new urbanism-type developments, or stick with a more traditional map that envisions the city developing in a more typical suburban style. City planners Sheila Stogsdill and Dan Warner take your questions <a href="http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2006/oct/20/planners_envision_minidowntowns_far_city_core/?city_local">Planners envision mini-downtowns far from city core</a>

Ryan Wood

Chat about the KU-Baylor football game with KU sports writer Ryan Wood

Friday, October 20, 2006, 1:00 p.m.

In previous years, the game against Baylor would be a near-perfect opportunity to break a four-game losing streak. Is that the case this year? Ask Journal-World football beat writer Ryan Wood.

Bill Snead

Chat about photography with Bill Snead

Thursday, October 19, 2006, 1:30 p.m.

Lawrence native Bill Snead photographed Vietnam, and worked for the National Geographic and the Washington Post before returning home. On Friday, a retrospective exhibition opening at the Lawrence Arts Center takes a look back at Snead's storied career. "Bill Snead Photographs: The First Fifty Years" kicks off with a reception from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and remains on view through Nov. 28. <a href="http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2006/oct/15/image_everything/?living">Related: "Image is everything"</a> <a href="http://www2.ljworld.com/videos/2006/oct/19/10936/">River City Weekly video: Retrospective on Bil Snead</a>

Marty Kobza

Chat about Eudora school issues with Supt. Marty Kobza

Wednesday, October 18, 2006, 1:30 p.m.

Kobza is spearheading a Eudora citizens group to help USD 491 to help it craft what consultants say should be a $40 million bond issue, which could pay for projects such as a possible sixth-grade building addition to the middle school or a new stadium.

David Corliss

Chat about City Hall with City Manager David Corliss

Wednesday, October 18, 2006, 1:30 p.m.

David Corliss was named Lawrence's new city manager last month after six months as interim manager and 16 years as a member of the management team under Mike Wildgen, who was forced to resign in March. "My desire is not business as usual," Corliss said shortly after Mayor Mike Amyx made the announcement in front of an enthusiastic City Hall crowd of roughly 100 people. "It is to be better at business." Corliss, 45, was chosen after commissioners did a nationwide search.

Susan Esau

Chat about supporting schools with Lawrence Schools Foundation director Susan Esau

Tuesday, October 17, 2006, 1:30 p.m.

The private nonprofit foundation raises money to support programs and teachers in Lawrence schools. Susan Esau, the executive director, takes your questions.

Rep. Tom Sloan

Chat about the state's energy future with Rep. Tom Sloan

Monday, October 16, 2006, 2:00 p.m.

Rep. Tom Sloan (R, Lawrence) serves as Co-Chairman of the Midwest Legislative Conference' Energy Task Force. In that capacity he developed and chaired panels on new clean coal technologies to reduce air pollution, increased production of bio-fuels to expand rural economic opportunities and reduce air emissions by vehicles, and strategies to increase investments in energy conservation and efficiency to reduce home heating and cooling bills.

Chat about KU's game against Oklahoma State with Michael Rigg

Friday, October 13, 2006, 1:30 p.m.

Once upon a time, Michael Rigg prowled KU games for 6News and KUSports.com. Nowadays, he's on a different sideline - covering Oklahoma State for KOCO-TV in Oklahoma City. He comes home on Friday to take your questions about the Jayhawks versus the Cowboys.

Pat Long

Chat about Baker University with new President Pat Long

Thursday, October 12, 2006, 1:30 p.m.

Pat Long took over this summer as president of Baker University in Baldwin, replacing longtime president Dan Lambert. She will participate in several events leading to her official inauguration at president on Oct. 26 in Baldwin. She formerly was vice president for university communications at the Univerity of Missouri-Kansas City. She has said enrollment increases, improvement in university communciations and better space for the sciences are among her priorities at Baker.

Nancy Boyda

Talk about the race for Congress with Democrat Nancy Boyda

Wednesday, October 11, 2006, 2:15 p.m.

<a href="http://www2.ljworld.com/elections/2006/nov/07/candidates/boyda/">Nancy Boyda</a> first ran in 2004 against incumbent U.S. Rep. Jim Ryun, a Republican, and lost. The Democrat is back for another go-round - this time, she says, trying to run more of a grassroots campaign instead of relying on the backing of the national party. She takes your questions at 2:15 p.m. Oct. 11.

U.S. Rep. Dennis Moore

Chat about the 2006 campaign with U.S. Rep. Dennis Moore

Wednesday, October 11, 2006, 1:30 p.m.

<a href="http://www2.ljworld.com/elections/2006/nov/07/candidates/moore/">Dennis Moore</a> has been the lone Democrat in the Kansas congressional delegation since his election in 1998. He is running for re-election against <a href="http://www2.ljworld.com/elections/2006/nov/07/candidates/ahner/">Chuck Ahner</a> and will take your questions at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 11. <a href="http://www2.ljworld.com/news/politics/elections/2006/us_house/district/3/">See more about the race for the U.S. House, Kansas 3rd District »</a>

Kristen Walker

Chat with Kristen Walker, HealthMarket manager at the Sixth Street Hy-Vee

Tuesday, October 10, 2006, 1:30 p.m.

Kristen Walker has over 20 years experience in the health, fitness, natural and organic industries. She used to be a personal trainer and fitness instructor. Kristen has been the manager of Hy-Vee's HealthMarket for seven years, and helps customers with a broad range of issues including weight loss, diabetes, and general health and wellness topics. Walker can answer questions on healthy eating and any wellness issues.

Attorney General Phill Kline

Chat about the 2006 campaign with Attorney General Phill Kline

Monday, October 9, 2006, 2:00 p.m.

<a href="http://www2.ljworld.com/elections/2006/nov/07/candidates/kline/">Phill Kline</a>, a Republican, was first elected as the state's attorney general in 2006. He faces Democrat <a href="http://www2.ljworld.com/elections/2006/nov/07/candidates/morrison/">Paul Morrison</a> in this year's election. He takes your questions at 2 p.m. Oct. 9. <a href="http://www2.ljworld.com/news/politics/elections/2006/kansas/ag/">See more about the Attorney General race »</a> <em><strong>Editor's note, October 11, 2006:</strong> During the chat below, Atty. Gen. Phill Kline claimed to quote Mike Merriam, attorney for the Kansas Press Assn., in support of actions he took during his first term in office. <a href="http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2006/oct/11/kpa_attorney_disputes_kline_claim/?elections_2006">Merriam has disputed the accuracy of the quote, and Kline's campaign has offered an apology.</a></em>

Troy Miller

Chat about KU's game with Texas A&M with Troy Miller

Friday, October 6, 2006, 1:30 p.m.

Troy Miller writes about Texas A&M for rivals.com. This week, he wrote: "When Texas A&M travels to Lawrence, Kan., Saturday to face the Kansas Jayhawks they will find a much improves Jayhawk team, and one that has the chemistry to hand A&M an upset. Kansas plays at A&M's weaknesses and the Aggies will have to show a little more in certain areas to come away with a tough Big 12 road win." Chat about the game with him Friday.

Karen Pendleton

Chat about the Kaw Valley Farm Tour with Karen Pendleton

Thursday, October 5, 2006, 1:30 p.m.

Karen Pendleton is co-owner of Pendleton's Country Market east of Lawrence and chair of the 2006 Kaw Valley Farm Tour. The tour, in its second year, will be Oct. 7 and 8 and encourages visitors to tour some of more than a dozen area farms that have signed up to participate. Pendleton can answer questions about the tour or any of your other gardening questions.

Chat about ECO2 with Trudy Rice

Wednesday, October 4, 2006, 1:30 p.m.

At 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, we'll have Trudy Rice, vice-chair of the ECO2 Commission, here to talk about the commission's latest report on preserving open space and developing industrial land. ECO2 will have a series of public meetings starting Thursday and running through October 19th to take comment on their plans. <a href="http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2006/oct/02/wanted_feedback_green_project/">Read about the proposals.</a>

David E. Woosley

Chat about road construction, roundabouts with Traffic Engineer David Woosley

Tuesday, October 3, 2006, 1:30 p.m.

David Woosley has long served as the city's traffic engineer. He can talk about roundabouts, the reconstruction of Kasold Drive or any other topic affecting your daily commute across town.

Jim Barnett

Chat about the governor's race with GOP nominee Jim Barnett

Monday, October 2, 2006, 1:30 p.m.

Jim Barnett, a Republican from Emporia, has served in the Kansas Senate in 2000, following an eight-year tenure on the Emporia school board. He takes your questions on Monday, Oct. 2, about his effort to unseat Democratic Gov. Kathleen Sebelius. <a href="http://www2.ljworld.com/videos/2006/oct/02/10693/">Watch video interview with Jim Barnett »</a>.