Author Archives: Mark Morris

Many Black Hawk County Roads Reopening as Floodwaters Recede

One sign that floodwaters are receding is the reopening of roads that had been closed as a result of being inundated with water.   In Black Hawk County, this is the most recent list of reopened roads, courtesy of the county engineering department: Airline Highway between Raymond Road & Canfield Road Burton Avenue from Dunkerton Road…Read more »

Giddens Defeats Rogers for IA Senate District-30 Seat

Democrat Eric Giddens of Cedar Falls won yesterday’s(Tues) special election to the Iowa Senate from District-30.   The 45-year old UNI employee defeated former State Representative Walt Rogers, a Republican, and Libertarian candidate Fred Perryman.  By percentage, Giddens received about 57% of the vote to 42% for Rogers and 1% for Perryman. (In raw numbers, that’s…Read more »

Tax Deductible? Don’t Be Too Sure…..

Someone put a loaded handgun in a pile of goods left at the Waterloo Goodwill store on Crossroads Boulevard Sunday. Police say the staff found the nine-shot pistol containing eight bullets wrapped in a shirt. Authorities say it’s not clear if the gun was donated deliberately or accidentally, but it’s being sent to the Iowa…Read more »

Iowa A-G Suing “Puppy Laundering” Ring

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The Iowa Attorney General’s Office is suing to shut down an alleged “puppy laundering” ring in the state that masquerades puppy mill puppies as rescue animals and sells them for as much as $3,600 each. The office filed a lawsuit Wednesday against for-profit breeder J.A.K.’s Puppies and nonprofits Hobo K9…Read more »

Decorah’s Luther College Names New Leader

Luther College in Decorah has a new President. The private school’s Board of Regents announced this(Tues) morning that Dr. Jenifer Ward was elected unanimously to succeed Dr. Paula Carlson, who’s retiring at the end of June after five years as Luther’s 10th President. Ward is currently provost and dean of the college for Centenary College…Read more »

Waterloo Council Reverses Itself on City Employee Traffic Tickets

Waterloo city employees WILL…as it turns out…be ticketed and have to pay fines for any speeding or stop light violations they incur while using a city vehicle. The city council reversed itself last(Mon) night, at the request of Police Chief Dan Trelka, who had originally recommended that the violations be handled internally, by department heads.…Read more »

Gov. Reynolds Adds Five More Counties to State Disaster List

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds has added five more counties to the list of those covered by state disaster proclamations, due to the flooding beginning March 13th and continuing. The latest additions to the roster that now includes 41 Iowa counties are Tama, Delaware, Crawford, Page and Palo Alto. The Governor’s proclamation allows state resources to…Read more »

Southern Utah Parks Falls Claim Two Iowans’ Lives

Another Iowan has died in a fall at a southern Utah park. Authorities say a 13-year old Iowa boy, who was visiting his mother and two other children, and was free-climbing(no ropes or other equipment), fell to his death at Snow Canyon State Park yesterday(Sun) afternoon.  The teen’s name hasn’t been released yet and the…Read more »