Chats for March 2007

Chat Thursday with J-W sports editor Tom Keegan

Thursday, March 29, 2007, 3:30 p.m.

Still fuming over Saturday's KU-UCLA game? Curious as to who will stay and who will go? Any question you have, ask a man who was there for every step of the Jayhawks' 33-5 season, Journal-World sports editor Tom Keegan. He'll be joining us Thursday at 3:30 p.m. to answer your questions.

Chat with Chip Taylor about Monarch Watch

Thursday, March 29, 2007, 1:30 p.m.

Chip Taylor, a Kansas University biology professor and director of the Monarch Watch program, will chat about attracting butterflies, monarch waystations and other butterfly-related topics. To learn more about Monarch Watch, visit

Chat about genetically modified crops with Kansas agriculture secretary Adrian Polansky

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

Adrian Polansky, Kansas agriculture secretary, will discuss a company's controversial plan to grow genetically modified rice in Junction City.

Chat about the rental registration program with Code Enforcement Manager Brian Jimenez

Tuesday, March 27, 2007, 1:30 p.m.

City of Lawrence Code Enforcement Manager Brian Jimenez will answer readers' questions about expanding the city's rental registration program.

Chat about the Lawrence School Board race with candidate Michael Pomes

Friday, March 23, 2007, 11:30 a.m.

Michael Pomes, who ran for school board in 2003, finished in eighth place out of eight candidates. Pomes is an environmental scientist who runs the permitting program for storage tanks for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. He said the board needs to improve its communication with the public and to increase accessibility for the handicapped.

Chat about the Lawrence School Board race with candidate Victor Sisk

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

Victor Sisk is president-elect of the Douglas County Association of Retired School Personnel. He was the LHS band director from 1984 to 1988. He was assistant executive director of the Kansas State High School Activities Association, retiring in 2005. He has said the district needs to continue efforts to keep teachers in the district by improving salaries and benefits.

Chat about the Lawrence School Board race with candidate Robert Rauktis

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

Robert Rauktus, a retired physician, describes himself as a nontraditional student at Kansas University, where he is studying teaching English as a second language. Rauktis said he was a fiscal conservative.

Chat about the Lawrence School Board race with candidate Scott Morgan

Wednesday, March 21, 2007, 11:30 a.m.

Scott Morgan, who lost his re-election bid in 2003 by 66 votes, following a period when the school board decided to close and consolidate four elementary schools. "If that cost me the election, it was an easy price to pay. Not because I revel in closing things, but because that was so long overdue. The kids will be so much better served," Morgan said as he was finishing out the final days of his term four years ago.

Chat about the Lawrence School Board race with candidate Michael Machell

Tuesday, March 20, 2007, 11:30 a.m.

Michael Machell, who is making his first attempt for public office is a human capital partner for Ingenix, Lenexa, which is affiliated with United Health Group. Machell and his wife, Denise, have a daughter, Emma, 12, a seventh-grader at West Junior High. Machell said he became interested in the race when he read J-W stories that few candidates have filed. "I had thought for a long time about getting involved in community activities," he said. "It was almost like a New Year's resolution to me. I thought with my background in business and education, that I could add some value and contribute to the community."

Chat about the Lawrence School Board race with candidate Mary Loveland

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

Mary Loveland, 58, lost her bid for a fifth four-year term in the 2003 election, finishing in seventh out of eight places. "I told myself a year ago that I had to think about it and maybe give it another try," Loveland said. She said she had no agenda but would offer her experience with serving as a volunteer in education for more than 20 years.

Rich Minder

Chat about the Lawrence School Board race with Rich Minder

Monday, March 19, 2007, 11:30 a.m.

Rich Minder is running for a second four-year term, saying he wants to continue effort the community has put into its schools. "We've made a lot of investments in our faculty and our students and our schools and in moving everybody in the direction of 'learning for all, whatever it takes," Minder said. "I want to maintain those investments and expand our accomplishments." Minder said he would like to implement all-day kindergarten at least in a limited way next year in Lawrence.

Jennifer Oldridge

Chat about spring gardening with Jennifer Oldridge

Thursday, March 15, 2007, 3:00 p.m.

Spring is almost here! Join Journal-World Garden Spot columnist Jennifer Oldridge for a chat about getting ready for this year's growing season, preparing beds, what plants thrive in our area and much more.

Chat about the Lawrence School Board race with Marlene Merrill

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

Lawrence resident Marlene Merrill, chairwoman of the Lawrence Arts Commission, retired in 2003 after 12 years as director of assessments for the Lawrence school district. She is now a research and testing specialist for Kansas City, Kan., public schools. "I have a strong interest in public education and I have a very strong interest in supporting our community," Merrill said.

Chat about uncompensated care with Simon Scholtz of LMH

Tuesday, March 13, 2007, 3:00 p.m.

Simon Scholtz, Lawrence Memorial Hospital chief financial officer, will chat about the increase in money that local hospitals lose in providing health care to people who are unable to pay their bills and how that affect patients.

Chat about the NCAA brackets, and KU's chances, with LJW sports editor Tom Keegan

Monday, March 12, 2007, 3:30 p.m.

LJW sports editor Tom Keegan will take your questions about tournament brackets and KU's matchups on Monday after the pairings are announced.

Chat about the 2007 Rock Chalk Revue with executive producer Rob Williams

Thursday, March 8, 2007, 3:00 p.m.

The theme is "Hawk Wild" at the 2007 Rock Chalk Revue, the satirical musical showcase that is a tradition among KU's fraternity and sorority crowd. Join Rob Williams, executive producer of this year's event, for an online chat at 3 p.m. Thursday.

Chat Wednesday with KU commit Conner Teahan

Wednesday, March 7, 2007, 2:45 p.m.

Fresh from his 34-point outburst Saturday night to lift Rockhurst over Liberty in the Missouri Class 5 quarterfinals, Hawklet senior guard Conner Teahan, who will join Bill Self's Kansas University roster next year, joins for a live chat this Wednesday at 2:45 p.m. Teahan, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard with a knack for hitting the outside shot, will answer your questions before taking Rockhurst to the Class 5 Final Four in Columbia, Mo., Friday evening to take on Fort Zumwalt South.

Chat about the Lawrence school district's bullying policy.

Wednesday, March 7, 2007, 10:00 a.m.

Chris Squier, USD497's director of the safe schools/healthy students grant and Sandee Crowther, Executive Director of Planning and Program Improvement will be in Wednesday, March 7th at 10 a.m. to do an online chat about the district's bullying program.

Chat about and Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Douglas County

Tuesday, March 6, 2007, 1:30 p.m.

Arepresentative from Big Brothers and Big Sisters will be on hand to talk about the organization, which just raised more than $95,000 in its Bowl for Kids' Sake fund-raiser. We will talk about how people can get involved with Big Brothers and Big Sisters.

Randy Weseman and Adela Solis

Chat about teacher retirement and other school issues with Supt. Randy Weseman and Adela Solis, LEA president

Monday, March 5, 2007, 2:30 p.m.

Randy Weseman, superintendent of Lawrence schools, and Adela Solis, president of the Lawrence Education Association, will discuss a looming wave of teacher retirements. Ask them about that and other school issues Monday.

Chat live with Sporting News senior writer Mike DeCourcy

Friday, March 2, 2007, 3:30 p.m.

There's no month-long stretch in the college basketball season more exciting than the one which is about to begin. That rings especially true for KU, first with all-world freshman Kevin Durant coming to town Saturday, followed by the Big 12 Tournament and the 65-team March Madness field. <i>Sporting News</i> senior writer Mike DeCourcy, who has covered 17 Final Fours in his 25-year run of writing features and columns on college athletics will join Friday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. to talk about anything your college hoops-craving heart desires.