THE DES MOINES COUNTY BOARD HAS THROWN ITS POLITICAL SUPPORT BEHIND A PAIR OF RELATED RESOLUTIONS — ONE THAT WOULD DESIGNATE THE UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER AS A SO-CALLED “MARINE HIWAY”…AND ANOTHER THAT ASKS FOR FEDERAL FUNDING TO UPGRADE & MAINTAIN THE LOCK & DAM SYSTEMS AND OTHER NAVIGATION TOOLS ON THE MISSISSIPPI…ILLINOIS…AND MISSOURI RIVERS.
DAN WIEDEMEIER OF BURLINGTON IS A MEMBER OF A COMMISSION PUSHING FOR THE LEGISLATION THAT WOULD ACCOMPLISH BOTH GOALS.
IOWA CONGRESSMAN DAVE LOEBSACK AND ILLINOIS CONGRESSWOMAN CHERI BUSTOS HAVE CO-SPONSORED LEGISLATION IN THE U-S HOUSE…AND U-S SENATOR CHUCK GRASSLEY SAYS THERE’S BEEN NO CONTROVERSY SURROUNDING THEIR BILL…NOR THE ONE THAT MADE ITS WAY THRU THE U-S SENATE…AND IT’S NOW UP TO A CONFERENCE COMMITTEE TO COMBINE THE TWO AND COME UP WITH SOMETHING BOTH CHAMBERS CAN LIVE WITH. Continue Reading
THREE OF THE EXECUTIVES FROM VENU-WORKS…THE AMES-BASED MANAGEMENT COMPANY THAT’LL TAKE OVER OPERATION OF BURLINGTON’S MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM ON JANUARY FIRST…JOINED US FOR A “LIVE” INTERVIEW YESTERDAY(TUE). VICE-PRESIDENT OF ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAMMING…ANDY LONG…SAYS NOT ONLY WILL THE NEW STAFF GO AFTER SO-CALLED “HERITAGE” EVENTS…LIKE CIVIC MUSIC AND “SNOWBULL”…THEY’LL SEEK OUT EVENTS THAT USED TO RENT THE AUDITORIUM BUT NO LONGER DO. LONG SAYS BECAUSE THEY MANAGE A NUMBER OF OTHER FACILITIES AS WELL, THERE’S AN ECONOMY OF SCALE IN PLAY FOR VENU-WORKS; IN RETAIL TERMS, A VOLUME DISCOUNT. AND LONG SAYS VENU-WORKS WILL BE HAPPY TO BOOK ACTS AT THE CAPITOL THEATER AS WELL, IF THE PERFORMERS NEED A SMALLER HOUSE TO PLAY TO. Continue Reading
THE ST. PAUL COUPLE WHO DIED IN A PRE-DAWN FIRE THAT ENGULFED THEIR MOBILE HOME MONDAY WILL BE REMEMBERED THIS FRIDAY MORNING AT THE ELLIOTT CHAPEL IN NEW LONDON.
THE BODIES OF 59-YEAR OLD AUDIE- AND 52-YEAR OLD KARMA ELLARD HAVE BEEN CREMATED…PER THEIR WISHES…AND IN-URNMENT OF THEIR ASHES WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE BURGE CEMETERY. A MEMORIAL HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED TO HELP PAY THE FUNERAL EXPENSES.
IN THE MEANTIME, THE STATE FIRE MARSHAL’S INVESTIGATION CONTINUES. AN INITIAL LOOK POINTED TO A WOOD-BURNING STOVE AS THE LIKELY POINT OF ORIGIN. Continue Reading
The Dubuque City Council is calling for an end to greyhound racing in Dubuque. Pari-mutuel wagering was the first gambling to be legalized in Iowa back in 1983 and voters in Dubuque approved of dog racing in their county back in 1985. Mayor Roy Buol says there are “hardly any spectators” at the track these days. The track is now part of the Mystique Casino in Dubuque and the mayor says the casino spends between three and five million dollars a year subsidizing greyhound racing. There are two greyhound race tracks in Iowa. Dog owners complain the casinos in Dubuque and Council Bluffs no longer promote the races and make it difficult for patrons to follow the action. Continue Reading
A federal study finds the cost of alcohol abuse through binge drinking in Iowa totals nearly two-billion-dollars a year.
The report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that figure incorporates costs from health care, the justice system and lost work productivity. Julie Hibben, a project director in the Iowa Department of Public Health’s Bureau of Substance Abuse, says the impact of binge drinking on health care alone is enormous. The C-D-C report found 23-percent of Iowans reported at least one drinking binge in the previous month. That ranks Iowa among the top five states in the U-S with the highest rates of binge drinking. Continue Reading
Two women in eastern Iowa have been arrested and charged with election misconduct. Twenty-one-year-old Mayra Alejandra Lopez Morales of Muscatine voted last year and 49-year-old Sylvia Rada of Muscatine cast an absentee ballot in the November, 2012 election. Investigators say neither woman is an American citizen and, therefore, neither was eligible to vote. Both face a felony charge of first-degree election misconduct and could be sentenced to up to five years in prison and fined as much as 75-hundred dollars.
The cases are part of the Iowa Secretary of State’s on-going election fraud investigation. Continue Reading
AFTER MORE THAN SIX MONTHS OF TALKS, THE BURLINGTON CITY COUNCIL VOTED 4 TO ONE LAST(MON) NITE TO SIGN A DEAL WITH VENU-WORKS TO OPERATE AND MARKET MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM. VENU-WORKS SPOKESMAN JOE BRIGLIA SAYS FOR ALREADY-SCHEDULED EVENTS…INCLUDING WEDDINGS AND THE LIKE…THE AMES-BASED COMPANY WILL WORK WITH RESIDENTS. BRIGLIA SAYS A RULE-OF-THUMB IS THAT A FACILITY SHOULD CHARGE ONE DOLLAR PER PERSON FOR WEDDINGS AND OTHER SIMILAR GATHERINGS.
COUNCILMAN SHANE MCCAMPBELL VOTED AGAINST THE CONTRACT, SAYING HE’S CONCERNED WITH THE 3-YEAR COMMITMENT BEFORE EITHER SIDE CAN GET OUT…BUT HE HOPES HE’S WRONG. Continue Reading
Elsie M. “Vicki” Liggett, 85, Burlington, died Sat 12/7 at the Great River Hospice House. She is survived by a son, Terry of Burlington, 3 daughters, Carolyn Wagner and Susan Mueller of Burlington and Kimberly Graham of Ursa, IL. Family will receive friends following the Memorial Service in Fellowship Hall
11 a.m. Tuesday, December 10th, at First United Church of Christ
Burial will be in the Aspen Grove Cemetery at a later date. Lunning Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.