Archive for Wednesday, December 12, 2007

KU, Lawrence public schools in session today; power outage numbers dwindle

December 12, 2007, 12:00 a.m. Updated December 12, 2007, 2:45 p.m.


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Lawrence public schools Superintendent Randy Weseman informed the Journal-World just after 5 a.m. of the decision to hold classes today.

"We have driven all the bus routes, and all the parking lots and sidewalks have been treated so we are in really good shape," Weseman said.

Kansas University will also hold classes today.

About 150 Westar Energy customers without power in Douglas County as of 9:00 a.m.

Meanwhile, some schools have canceled classes for today, including Basehor-Linwood USD 458, Eudora USD 491, Baldwin USD 348, Tonganoxie USD 464, McLouth USD 342, Oskaloosa USD 341 and Perry Lecompton USD 343.


Grief support meeting at St. John's Church canceled tonight.

Massage Therapy Training Institute's classes for today are canceled.

Wednesday morning aquatic classes, nature classes and recreation classes held prior to noon have also been canceled.

Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department facilities will have delayed openings today, opening at 10 a.m.

Temperatures are staying below freezing today with icy conditions expected to continue, said 6News Chief Meteorologist Jennifer Schack. We're topping out at only 30 for a high today with light and variable winds. Tonight we are dropping off to 18 for a low.


saxplayer24 10 years, 5 months ago

In the words of White Owl, the crazy old guy on campus "MAKE IT RAIN ON THEM (I can only assume) [GARDEN] HOES!"

saxplayer24 10 years, 5 months ago

I still get all confused by this whole interhighway thing. The senator from Alaska is right, its just a big series of tubes. And since we've all agreed he's right, how do you go about plumbing them? Is it even possible to plumb these tubes? Kinda makes my brain hurt.

asiansensation 10 years, 5 months ago

"Thanks for laptops"?! If you trace your wireless router to the has to be plugged in to work. Let alone a regular router. Power outage takes out the internet unless you have a fancy pants cellular device to connect to the internet, but we all know those haven't been invented yet.

P.S. Chocolate RAIN

Terri Ferguson 10 years, 5 months ago

"brownouts"? I have never heard that term!

saxplayer24 10 years, 5 months ago

KU will have classes, so suck it up LPS and have school tomorrow.

Bobbi Walls 10 years, 5 months ago

Why take the chance tomorrow, let the kids stay home and stay warm.

Bobbi Walls 10 years, 5 months ago

I don't know if I will send mine or not.. hmmmm what to do.

multiagelearner 10 years, 5 months ago

Ottawa is out tomorrow. Now the freezing rain is starting. Why take the chance. Some of those kids will be on buses without seatbelts.

yozelyno 10 years, 5 months ago

it would be sooo bad to have to walk to school tomorrow..><

compmd 10 years, 5 months ago

"Why take the chance"

Twice already in this thread! Its not bad out, the roads have been treated and are fine to drive on, and Lawrence is doing way better with electricity than most of the rest of the Westar grid. You'd think the apocalypse is upon us with some of the reactions to this weather.

labman 10 years, 5 months ago

Tomorrow is an early release anyway...why drag the kids out in it. If something does happen all we will hear is why didn't the cancel school.

saxplayer24 10 years, 5 months ago

I was being sarcastic, I know I always enjoyed the days off in High School. I could care less if they have school or not.

mr_economy 10 years, 5 months ago

We're at 9th and Illinois, and were affected by the first large outage. Took about an hour to get power back, and we've been having short brownouts since. Power seems a bit unstable and the lights flicker quite a bit.

hawklet21 10 years, 5 months ago

same here, mr_economy. I'm a few blocks down and these little flickers are driving me nuts! Thank goodness for laptops!

Dave Greenbaum 10 years, 5 months ago

Just walked the dog by Cordley. Almost no ice on the sidewalks or parking lot. The grass was crunchy, but safe.

Flap Doodle 10 years, 5 months ago

Don't forget:

"7 December 2007 at 7:55 a.m. merrill (Anonymous) says: Power outages aka forced conservation are good for the environment."

brainfreeze 10 years, 5 months ago

i have never been so delighted to see a reference to "chocolate rain"

indeed asiansensation, indeed.

johndeeregirl 10 years, 5 months ago

I can't believe that Lawrence always has school when everyone else doesn't. I think it's just because the superindendent doesn't have children so he doesn't care.

booze_buds_03 10 years, 5 months ago

The roads are fine, the sidewalks are fine and there is power to all the schools. Maybe one of you whiners can tell me why we should cancel classes today?

middleoftheroad 10 years, 5 months ago

The reason Lawrence has schools on days when most other districts don't is because those districts are much more rural than Lawrence. Eudora, Ottawa, Tonganoxie, etc. all bus in way more students than Lawrence. Since the county roads are the last to be attended to, there is more risk with rural districts than with Lawrence.

Stay safe and warm!!

ImTooOldForThis 10 years, 5 months ago

How thin skinned are some of you people? School never should have been cancelled yesterday and to say it needs to be cancelled today is just ridiculous. This town cracks me up by cancelling school because it MIGHT be bad out. Try going to school in the north east where there is actual winter weather. I loved walking to school in six inches of snow or skitching my way there on the back of a a block of ice on my back...

Really people, get a grip. Its not that bad out there.

guesswho 10 years, 5 months ago

You realize that there are a certain number of days we need to have of school. If we cancel too many, they have to be made up in the spring.

Brownout is a term for when energy is not at full capacity - the voltage is reduced.

If they did cancel, there would be the same number of people whining about that, too.

mom_of_three 10 years, 5 months ago

They cancelled school yesterday because Monday night was nasty out, and it was expected yesterday morning would be the same. It wasn't. But if he would have waited to make the call, parents would complain. And some of the sidewalks were icy yesterday, so kids could have gotten hurt.
So the district played it safe, better safe than sorry.

hawklet21 10 years, 5 months ago

asiansensation, it's called homework. a paper? ever hear of that?

GOPConservative 10 years, 5 months ago

The Journal World's coverage ends at the Douglas County line. They seem unaware that only five miles north in Jefferson County most people are without power and probably will be without power for many more days.

KS 10 years, 5 months ago

They close schools and the merchants jump and down for joy! Everyone goes shopping. The kids fill the malls in KC and Topeka. What is wrong with this picture?

Bobbi Walls 10 years, 5 months ago

GOP, you are correct. My parents live in McLouth, and are now staying with us, because it could be Thursday or Friday before they have power again. More than half of westars customers in Jefferson County are without power.

GOPConservative 10 years, 5 months ago

I think the problem is that journal world reporters are not aware that jeff co Is not serviced by Westar. If they called LJREA they would learn that a thosand or more people only a couple of miles north of the city limit are without power.

naturalist 10 years, 5 months ago

Ditto for the area that LJW serves, which includes Jeff Co (and Franklin and Leavenworth, I presume). LJEC (Jeff Co) has extensive power outages that began yesterday, one cannot get through to them by phone, and nothing is posted on their website to reassure its customers. Also the area north of Hwy 24 is ravaged by fallen trees due to the ice storm. Send mulchers!

Bobbi Walls 10 years, 5 months ago

My parents have westar as their electric company, and they are now saying another 72 hours before anything gets fixed. My parents live withing McLouth city limits

lawrence_citizen 10 years, 5 months ago

Westar did a great job in our neighborhood. Power went out at 10:00 last night and they had it back on by 8:30 this morning. Thanks Westar!!!

meburr 10 years, 5 months ago

How about when you live in the rural areas of Lawrence and the Laidlaw bus driver won't drive on your township road to bring your children home. Drops them off 1/4 mile from the house and tells them to walk in the ditch because the road is so bad. You can't tell me Weseman drove in our area this morning.

bearded_gnome 10 years, 5 months ago

okay...TOB, what'd you hunt, and did you bag anything?
ice made a lot of noise in the trees yesterday afternoon. we had no power from 2;45a.m. yday morning until 3pm. north lawrence.

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