From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Feb. 3, 1989:
- Lawrence residents were enjoying unseasonably warm temperatures this week, but the vacation from wintertime cold was about to come to an end. An arctic front was expected to move in, plunging the mercury into the single digits and bringing a slight chance for light snow. It was the same front which had been keeping Alaska below the minus-40 degree mark for more than two weeks, causing even that hardy state to struggle with frozen pipes, shortages of fuel and food, and wind chills of minus 125 degrees.
- The City of Lawrence was turning to Clinton Lake and the Kansas Water Office to negotiate for future water supplies. City Manager Buford Watson was hoping to enter into talks with the KWO for a contract giving the city rights to an additional 4 million gallons of water a day from Clinton Lake Reservoir. "We want to make certain we have the maximum amount of water we can get to meet our future needs," Watson said. The city had a contract with the KWO allowing it to draw 10 million gallons a day from Clinton.