Chats for February 2007

Chat about the Lawrence City Commission results with former Mayor John Nalbandian

Wednesday, February 28, 2007, 2:30 p.m.

Former Mayor John Nalbandian analyzes the results of Tuesday's primary election.

Chat about wedding trends with expert Carmen Hocking

Wednesday, February 28, 2007, 1:30 p.m.

Chat with Lawrence wedding consultant Carmen Hocking about the latest trends and insider planning tips to make your wedding day extraordinary.

Chat about public health issues with Dan Partridge

Tuesday, February 27, 2007, 3:00 p.m.

Dan Partridge is the new director of the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department.

Chat about the Lawrence City Commission race with candidate Jake Davis

Friday, February 23, 2007, 1:30 p.m.

Jake Davis, who performs acoustic guitar under the stage name Basin, said he'll lobby for a change in the city's smoking ban. Specifcially, he said he would like the city to allow smoking in bars after 10 p.m. Davis, 28, 941 Ind., also said he has been disappointed that city commissioners have spent time debating issues that are far outside of their reach - such as a resolution related to the Iraq War. He said he would rather see the commission spend more time on road maintenance and other essential city services.

Chat about the Lawrence City Commission race with candidate Michael Limburg

Friday, February 23, 2007, 11:00 a.m.

Michael Limburg, 38, is a forklift driver who has lived in Lawrence five years. "The big issue for me is basically the zoning and growth of Lawrence," Limburg said. "I feel we're not really planning it out. We need to slow it down and plan a little bit better. I also would like for us to have more emphasis on industry rather than residential growth."

Chat about the Lawrence City Commission race with candidate Sam Fields

Thursday, February 22, 2007, 1:30 p.m.

Sam Fields, 46, is a bail bondsman running for Lawrence City Commission. Fields said Lawrence's economy is one of the best and most consistent of all the cities where he has lived. But, he said, the community needs to spend more time thinking about bigger-picture issues that will play out in the next 30 to 100 years. "I really want to stress how important it is for our local leaders to make good business decisions now that will reflect on the prosperity of our town 100 years from now," Fields said, pointing to how some Kansas communities are still paying the price for frontier-era decisions related to keeping the railroads out of their community.

Chat about the Lawrence City Commission race with candidate David Schauner

Thursday, February 22, 2007, 11:30 a.m.

David Schauner, who is general counsel for the Kansas National Education Association, began serving on the commission in 2003. Schauner last won re-election in 2005, when he finished third in the race and received a two-year term. The top two finishers get four-year terms. In his four years on the commission, Schauner said he was pleased that commissioners had been able to lower the city's property tax mill levy. Schauner, 61, also said he would make completing a backlog of street, sidewalk, sewer and other infrastructure projects his top spending priority during a new term. He said he only would be comfortable moving forward on large-dollar projects, such as a new library or new recreational complex, if voters specifically approved the project.

Chat about the Lawrence City Commission race with candidate Mike Dever

Wednesday, February 21, 2007, 1:30 p.m.

Mike Dever, 43, is the owner of GuideWire Consulting, which provides site assessments and testing for a variety of environmental issues. "I really believe that we need to expand our business and industrial tax base in town," Dever said. "I think we have held off for too long in moving the burden from homeowners to businesses. We need to start making that transition."

Chat about the Lawrence City Commission race with candidate Boog Highberger

Wednesday, February 21, 2007, 11:00 a.m.

Boog Highberger was elected to City Hall in 2003. He said one of his key successes in the past four years was a living wage ordinance, which requires companies that receive a tax abatement to pay a living wage of at least $10.38 per hour, which is 130 percent of the federal poverty level. He also said the city's planning process is now more responsive to new residents.

Chat about the Lawrence City Commission race with candidate James Bush

Tuesday, February 20, 2007, 1:30 p.m.

James Bush, who is the senior pastor at Lawrence's First Southern Baptist Church, said he decided to seek a seat on the commission after becoming frustrated by hearing candidates and commissioners say the city needs to do more planning. Bush said he would promote himself as a pro-growth candidate who was interested in expanding the community's tax base.

Carey Maynard-Moody

Chat about the Lawrence City Commission race with candidate Carey Maynard-Moody

Monday, February 19, 2007, 1:30 p.m.

Carey Maynard-Moody, who has been a longtime volunteer of the local chapter of the Sierra Club, said she'll campaign on bringing more companies that are in the business of promoting or producing environmentally-friendly products to Lawrence.

Chat about the Lawrence City Commission race with candidate Rob Chestnut

Monday, February 19, 2007, 11:00 a.m.

Rob Chestnut, the CFO for Lawrence-based Allen Press, says that he wants to use his business experience to help boost economic development efforts to bring jobs to the community.

Chat about the Fred Phelps documentary with K. Ryan Jones

Thursday, February 15, 2007, 1:30 p.m.

Join Lawrence filmmaker K. Ryan Jones, who will chat at 1:30 p.m. today about his documentary, "Fall From Grace," in which he is granted unrestricted access to Topeka's infamous Pastor Fred Phelps. Jones' cinematic debut was just accepted to the prestigious South By Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas.

Chat about Valentine's Day relationship issues with Susan Kraus

Wednesday, February 14, 2007, 1:30 p.m.

Susan Kraus is the relationship expert and couples counselor for She takes your questions on the day of romantic days.

Chat about heart health with Leann Dickson

Tuesday, February 13, 2007, 12:00 p.m.

Leann Dickson, a register cardiac rehabilitation nurse, will chat at noon Tuesday about keeping your heart healthy. Dickson is from Lawrence Memorial Hospitals Cardiac Rehab unit.

Stan Sheldon

Stan Sheldon comes alive!

Thursday, February 8, 2007, 1:30 p.m.

Join Lawrence bassist Stan Sheldon, who will speak about his recent contributions to Peter Frampton's Grammy-nominated album, "Fingerprints," and his 35-year career performing with artists such as Frampton, Tommy Bolin and Warren Zevon.

Trent McKinley and Tina Shambaugh

Chat about policing Lawrence neighborhoods with Trent McKinley and Tina Shambaugh

Wednesday, February 7, 2007, 1:30 p.m.

Trent McKinley and Tina Shambaugh are the new Neighborhood Resource Officers for the Lawrence Police Department. They'll take your questions about community policing.

Chat about Go Red with Jamayla L. Long

Tuesday, February 6, 2007, 10:00 a.m.

Jamayla L. Long is special events director for the American Heart Assn. The Heart Association is hosting the Lawrence Go Red for Women Luncheon from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 14 at the Lawrence Holidome, 200 McDonald Drive. Long will talk about the healthy heart issues for women as well as the Go Red event.

Tom Thornton

Chat about the push for a biodefense facility with Tom Thornton

Monday, February 5, 2007, 3:30 p.m.

Tom Thornton, president and CEO of the Kansas Bioscience Authority, is helping lead the push to attract a national biodefense facility. He takes your questions Monday afternoon.

Chat Friday with KU beat writer Gary Bedore

Friday, February 2, 2007, 3:00 p.m.

As the Jayhawks hit the midway point of conference play, who better to ask about the team than the man who's been there every step of the way? Journal-World men's basketball beat writer Gary Bedore will be here to field your questions Friday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. just over 24 hours before KU's biggest home game of the season against No. 8 Texas A&M.

Midge Grinstead

Chat about pets with Lawrence Humane Society Director Midge Grinstead

Thursday, February 1, 2007, 1:30 p.m.

Midge Grinstead will be coming in to chat next Thursday. She can talk about pet health issues, pet obedience, adopting pets, things going on at the Humane Society, etc.