WRITER: Austin Hornbostel

Pallet Shelter structures arrive in Lawrence, but who will operate the temporary shelter site remains unclear

Story updated at 4:29 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31: The City of Lawrence earlier this week received the 50 prefabricated structures that will make up the future Pallet Shelter Village on North Michigan Street, and work continues to prepare for them to be installed. But it’s still not clear when the city may have any information to share about which social service agency will be operating the site at 256 N. ...

Prayer rock loaded up and returned to Kaw Nation; Lawrence park likely to remain closed to public for months

Public access to Robinson Park will remain restricted until close to the end of the year, following the return of a prayer rock, which was the centerpiece of the downtown park, to the Kaw Nation. The rock, known as Iⁿ’zhúje’waxóbe, officially started its trip back to the Kaw Nation Wednesday morning. At Robinson Park, 4 W. Sixth St., a crew secured the rock that is sacred to the Kanza people and lifted ...

Revised draft of plan for $1.64 million in pandemic relief for affordable rentals now open for public comment

The second draft of the City of Lawrence’s plan for how to use $1.64 million in federal funds for homelessness and affordable housing is now available for public comment. As the Journal-World reported, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced back in April 2021 that it would allocate almost $5 billion to communities across the country for the creation of affordable housing and services ...

'Iⁿ’zhúje’waxóbe has lots of stories to share with us': Lawrence leaders and Kaw Nation celebrate the return of prayer rock

For many who have been working for years to return Iⁿ’zhúje’waxóbe to the Kaw Nation, Tuesday was an example of “rematriation,” a return back to Mother Earth, in action. Tuesday was when Kaw Nation leaders, the governor, Lawrence officials and others gathered in Watson Park, 727 Kentucky St., to celebrate the return of Iⁿ’zhúje’waxóbe — which is pronounced “EE(n) ZHOO-jay wah-HO-bay” ...

$250,000 addition at Centennial Skate Park will build a plaza for street-style skateboarding

Big changes — up to $250,000 worth of them — will soon be underway at Centennial Skate Park. Though it wasn’t the topic of any discussion at last Tuesday’s Lawrence City Commission meeting, city leaders granted approval to execute a contract with an Oregon contractor, Evergreen Skateparks, to design and install an addition to the existing skate park located at Centennial Park, 600 Rockledge Road. ...

Lawrence Humane Society aims to Clear the Shelter on Saturday; all adoption fees will be waived

If all goes as planned this Saturday, the Lawrence Humane Society won’t have any animals left to adopt by the end of the day. That’s because for the ninth year running, the Humane Society is participating in Clear the Shelter Day, part of a nationwide effort to match each animal in every participating shelter with a family in a single day. All adoption fees will be waived, and the shelter is aiming for a ...