Chats for October 2007

Chat with Eudora Schools Supt. Marty Kobza

Wednesday, October 31, 2007, 2:30 p.m.

Eudora Supt. Marty Kobza will be in to chat about the city's upcoming school bond issue vote.

Interested in being a Big Brother or Big Sister? Chat with the local executive director on what the program is all about

Tuesday, October 30, 2007, 1:30 p.m.

Patti Broyles, executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Douglas County, says there is a growing list of youths in need of a mentor. Chat with Broyles at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, about how you can get involved or get answers to your questions about the program.

Tom Sloan

Chat about the state of Kansas reservoirs with State Rep. Tom Sloan

Monday, October 29, 2007, 1:30 p.m.

Two-thirds of Kansans depend on reservoirs for their water supply. And the manmade bodies of water provide flood control and recreation. The reservoirs were built to last 50 to 100 years. Half of them have reached the 40- to 60-year mark. As water grows more scarce nationwide, what will Kansas do? Rep. Tom Sloan, who spearheaded the recent Kansas Reservoir Summit, takes your questions.

Chat about stress with Marcia Epstein

Friday, October 26, 2007, 1:30 p.m.

American Psychological Association has released a study showing more Americans are more stressed than ever, affecting their health, relationships and work. Trying to figure out how to handle your own stress? Marcia Epstein, director of Headquarters Counseling Center, takes your questions.

Bill Walberg and Meghan Easter

Chat about KU Homecoming 2007

Thursday, October 25, 2007, 2:30 p.m.

Bill Walberg and Meghan Easter, co-directors of this year's KU Homecoming, will take your questions about this year's events, which kick off Saturday and run through the home football game against Nebraska Nov. 3.

Chat with Lawrence City Commissioner Boog Highberger

Wednesday, October 24, 2007, 1:30 p.m.

Lawrence City Commissioner Boog Highberger will visit the Newscenter at 1:30 Wednesday to discuss his proposed 'intangibles' tax.

Randy Weseman

School superintendent to chat about outdoor sports facilities

Tuesday, October 23, 2007, 2:00 p.m.

Lawrence Schools Superintendent Randy Weseman will discuss with readers the district's thoughts on the future the high schools' outdoor athletic facilities. The chat follows a school board meeting Monday at which the board will discuss the topic.

Chat about motorcycle safety with Lawrence Police Capt. Dan Affalter

Monday, October 22, 2007, 1:00 p.m.

Captain Dan Affalter with the Lawrence Police Department will chat about motorcycle safety. He wears several hats - training officers to ride motorcycles, covering motorcycle accidents and is a boomer on a bike himself.

Chat with Donna Curran about Baldwin City's Maple Leaf Festival

Friday, October 19, 2007, 1:30 p.m.

Chair of the 2007 Maple Leaf Festival, Donna Curran, will be in to chat about this weekend's festivities

Chat with Kyle Ringo of the Boulder Daily Camera

Thursday, October 18, 2007, 3:00 p.m.

The Colorado beat writer joins again this year to discuss a pivotal tilt in the Big 12 North. Ringo will be here Thursday at 3:00 p.m. to take your questions.

Chat about Halloween costume ideas

Wednesday, October 17, 2007, 2:30 p.m.

Chat about Halloween costume ideas with Erin Niedenthal, a KU student who designs costumes for KU Theatre. We'll start at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Grant Eichhorn

Chat about the South Lawrence Trafficway with Grant Eichhorn

Tuesday, October 16, 2007, 1:30 p.m.

When it comes to building the final leg of the controversial South Lawrence Trafficway, Grant Eichhorn - chairman of the Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission - has an idea he hopes would work. Eichhorn said Wednesday that he thinks there's still a chance to reach a deal with Haskell Indian Nations University that would keep the SLT out of a wetlands area the university considers sacred. The idea: Expand the number of lanes on 31st Street, in exchange for moving the proposed trafficway south of the Wakarusa River.

Sarah Zimmerman

Talk about the Marching Jayhawks with drum major Sarah Zimmerman

Monday, October 15, 2007, 1:00 p.m.

It's been a rough few years for the Marching Jayhawks. There have been four new directors in the past eight years. Total membership stands now at only 177, the smallest of any marching band in the Big 12 Conference. But there are signs of a resurgence. Drum major Sarah Zimmerman takes your questions.

Chat about the River City Reading Festival

Thursday, October 11, 2007, 1:30 p.m.

The first-ever River City Reading Festival is set for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 N.H. The daylong celebration of reading will bring together dozens of authors and performers, most of whom have strong connections to Kansas. One of those is keynote speaker Jim Lehrer, host and executive editor of "The NewsHour" on PBS, who was born in Wichita and released his 18th book, "Eureka," this month. Chat with Kassie Edwards, one of the organizers of the festival, about the event, its featured authors and reading in general.

Chat with Lawrence Schools Facilities and Operations Director Tom Bracciano

Wednesday, October 10, 2007, 1:30 p.m.

Tom Bracciano will be in to chat about ongoing construction at the new South Junior High, plus demolition of the South old building and other facilities projects at Lawrence schools.

Greg Hildenbrand

LifeStar executive director to discuss air ambulance services

Tuesday, October 9, 2007, 2:30 p.m.

Greg Hildenbrand, executive director of LifeStar of Kansas, will chat at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9. LifeStar provides almost all of the air ambulance services in Douglas County.

Chat with Tim Fitzgerald of

Friday, October 5, 2007, 3:00 p.m.

In the second of two chats leading up to the Kansas vs. Kansas State contest, Tim Fitzgerald of <a href=""></a> and <a href="">The Drive</a>, will join us on Friday at 3 p.m. to answer all of your queries. Questions are sure to be aplenty, so submit yours early.

Chat with Jeffrey Martin of the Wichita Eagle

Thursday, October 4, 2007, 3:00 p.m.

Jeffrey Martin, who <a href="">covers Kansas State for the Wichita Eagle</a>, will join us on for a live chat Thursday at 3 p.m. to discuss this weekend's tilt between the Jayhawks and Wildcats. Questions are sure to be aplenty, so submit yours early.

Mark von Schlemmer

Chat about Harvest of Arts Film Festival

Thursday, October 4, 2007, 1:30 p.m.

Lawrence's longest-running film festival returns with an array of comedies, documentaries and experimental pieces. Chat with organizer Mark von Schlemmer, who has been at the helm of the Harvest of Arts fest for the last 16 years.

Dan Warner

Chat about redevelopment of Farmland Industries

Wednesday, October 3, 2007, 1:30 p.m.

Dan Warner, a city planner, will take questions about the city's proposed plan for the former Farmland Industries plant. He can take questions about how the land will be used, leaving questions about whether City Hall should actually buy the land to elected officials.

Chad Lawhorn

Join a chat with our reporters about the firefighter training they participated in last weekend

Tuesday, October 2, 2007, 1:30 p.m.

Reporter Chad Lawhorn and 6News reporter/anchor Janet Reid were among 15 community members taking part in Saturday's FIREOPS 101 training program. The event was sponsored and financed by the Lawrence chapter of the firefighters union. The burning "building" the students "saved" was the burn tower at the department's training center at 19th Street and Haskell Avenue. The exercise was one of four drills that the participants were run through during the training. <a href="">Chad Lawhorn wrote about the event.</a> <a href="">There was also a television story.</a>