WRITER: Austin Hornbostel

More than 2 million migration tags later, Lawrence's Monarch Watch program celebrates 30th anniversary

In the three decades since Monarch Watch was established, the butterfly program has truly taken flight — and along the way it has created countless "citizen scientists" who've become invested in the fate of the royally named orange and black insects. An affiliate with the Kansas Biological Survey, Monarch Watch is devoted to the study of the annual North American migration of the monarch butterfly. Since ...

New partnership aims to smooth the path for tribal community college graduates transferring to Haskell

A new partnership between Haskell Indian Nations University and the College of the Muscogee Nation, a two-year tribal college in Okmulgee, Oklahoma, aims to create a smooth transfer process for community college students to Haskell. Monte Randall, the president of the College of the Muscogee Nation, told the Journal-World such partnerships, commonly referred to as articulation agreements, are fairly standard ...

After disruptions last week, Douglas County leaders say outbursts from audience members will no longer be tolerated at meetings

After members of the audience disrupted the Douglas County Commission's meeting last week and forced a brief recess, commissioners have made it clear that future outbursts won't be tolerated. At the beginning of their meeting Wednesday, commissioners took time to clarify when members of the public may be removed from meetings for their behavior. County leaders agreed that members of the public who direct ...

Senior Resource Center, Visiting Nurses Association to host presentation about end-of-life health care choices

Families looking for more information about their choices in end-of-life care for family members will have an opportunity to learn more at a National Healthcare Decisions Day presentation this week in Lawrence. The Senior Resource Center for Douglas County and the Visiting Nurses Association are partnering to host a conversation about end-of-life care, including the choices that individuals have in ending ...

Douglas County leaders to consider request for $5,000 for local Juneteenth celebration

The Douglas County Commission will soon consider whether to provide several thousand dollars in funding for a Juneteenth celebration in Lawrence. At its meeting Wednesday, the commission will consider a request from the Lawrence Juneteenth Organization, which is asking county leaders for $5,000 in one-time funding to help it host a Juneteenth celebration on June 18. Juneteenth, which was made a federal holiday ...

Public invited to help plant a monarch butterfly garden at Haskell later this month

Members of the public are invited to help plant a monarch butterfly garden at Haskell Indian Nations University at the end of this month. The planting event is set for Saturday, April 30, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., weather permitting. The work will start at Eric Allen Green House, 155 E. Indian Ave. An event flyer notes that families and groups are welcome and should bring their own shovels and gardening ...