Archive for Sunday, January 5, 2014

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12:14 a.m.
Dr. Mark Praeger has been a physician in Lawrence for more than 35 years. He retired last week. Lawhorn’s Lawrence: A moment with a surgeon
January 5, 2014
Mark Praeger hasn’t tied a good Bead Head Pheasant Tail for years. Every time Praeger even thinks about using his magnificent hands to mess with some thread and a little Peacock leg — it is a fly-fishing term, before you go off half-cocked — you interrupt him. A phone call, a page, a tap on the shoulder: That’s been Praeger’s Lawrence life. He’s a surgeon, which means one minute he has his hands all over a Woolly Bugger — again, fly-fishing — and the next he has his hands in a man’s chest. (Yes, he washed them.) By Chad Lawhorn
10:00 a.m.
Brownie Wilson of the Kansas Geological Survey documents data about well depths in the Ogallala Aquifer and uploads information into a database at Kansas University. The information helps farmers estimate the usable life remaining in their groundwater supplies. Western Kansas ponders its future as geologists measure aquifer decline
January 5, 2014
The Kansas Geological Survey is surveying wells in the Ogallala Aquifer to measure how rapidly groundwater supplies are being depleted. The aquifer is critical to the agricultural economy of the region, and farmers know it’s a finite resource with a limited usable lifespan. By Peter Hancock
6:48 p.m.
Allan Umscheid, owner of Yards By Al, feels the bitter cold wind and catches drifting snow on his face as he runs a snowblower downtown early Sunday morning, Jan. 5, 2014. Several inches of snow fell on the Lawrence area overnight and wind chill values are forecast to be as low as minus 25 to minus 32 Sunday night through Monday morning. Wind chill warning expires, advisory in effect for Douglas County
6:27 p.m., January 5, 2014 Updated 12:07 p.m.
A face-numbing winter blast caused few weather-related incidents during the weekend, but sub-zero temperatures closed schools today in Lawrence and surrounding communities. Get your forecast today and take a look at the weekend’s weather round-up. Click here for the latest area closings. By Nicole Wentling and Elliot Hughes

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Closings, Jan. 5-6
02:11 p.m., January 5, 2014 Updated 04:35 p.m.
Closings for Jan. 5-6.