State and local officials gathered in Vinton today to mark the clean-up of a half-million used tires. Iowa Department of Natural Resources environmental specialist Mel Pins says the tire pile-up started in 1990, when the “Rosebar” business opened in Vinton.The state paid a Des Moines business to grind the tires.Pins says the tires were shredded for a number of uses.Pins says huge piles of tires are a health and safety hazard — as tires are a breeding ground for mosquitoes — and it’s hard to douse a fire if one starts in a junk tire pile.
Archives for December 1999
There’s been so much hype and warning, many computer experts believe there won’t be much effect at all by the Y-2-K bug. Still, the chief of the Central Iowa Computer Users Group fears there WILL still be trouble, but not due to the date change on January first. He says the bigger problem comes on January 3rd when people turn on their computer and find the hard drive has died from old age.Dan Buda says most computers aren’t designed to be left running 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for years on end. He says people who shut their systems down this weekend may find a real surprise when they try to boot them back up on Monday.Buda strongly recommends people do complete back-ups of any of their important data. He says perhaps eight percent of computers that’re running all the time may crash once shut down and the data will be lost. Buda says there’s no way to jump-start a hard drive that’s died.A technology consulting firm estimates only ten percent of all Y-2-K failures will happen in the first two weeks of January. Other glitches may linger for months and even into 2001 and beyond before they cause trouble.
A 52-year old retired Newton insurance agent could end the century by becoming a millionaire. Sid Gimre won’t be on T-V with Regis Philbin, but he is one of finalists in a credit card contest that’s giving away one-million dollars.Each time he used his Discover Card he got a chance to be chosen for the contest. Gimre and his wife fly to New York today. Friday morning at 9:30 all the finalists will gather in Times Square and one name will be drawn to win the million bucks. Gimre has know for a week that he’s a finalist, but it hasn’t sunk in.Gimre won’t go away empty handed if he doesn’t win the big prize. He’s already won 25-thousand dollars for being chosen as finalist.
A group of republican legislators plans to push for a 300-Million dollar state fund to help finance major city attractions, like sports arenas and museums. Representative Russell Teig, a republican from Jewell, says eligible projects would have to carry a price tag of at least 20-million dollars.The group envisions handing out that 300-million dollars over the next 10 to 20 years. Teig says it’s an economic development initiative.Teig says there’s pent-up demand for cultural and sports attractions, as they can generate revenue for communities and the state.Senator Jeff Lamberti, a republican from Ankeny, says it’s time for the state to make this kind of investment to get people to return to the state or keep young people here.Last year, the legislature established the “Community Attraction and Tourism or CAT fund” for projects in smaller communities.
A U-S Census Bureau report finds Iowans continue to have a lot of elbow room.The report finds Iowa had the smallest amount of population growth during this decade when compared to our six neighbors. The number of Iowans only grew three-point-three percent since 1990 — all other border states saw at least five percent growth, like South Dakota & Nebraska. Illinois grew by six percent, Missouri & Wisconsin grew around seven percent, while Minnesota’s population bounded the most by more than nine percent. Iowa is still ranked America’s 30th most populous state with this year’s July report putting our number at two-point-eight million. For the timebeing, Iowa should keep its five seats in the U-S House but Census officials say the trend shows we’ll slip to four seats a decade from now.
The Iowa chapter of the American Lung Association says the new year and new millennium are the perfect time to kick an old habit. Association Public Relations Director Tracey Breckenridge says Iowa smokers are encouraged to give up their cigarettes in 2000. Breckenridge says a smoke-free millennium may be the goal many people need to quit.Breckenridge says anyone who stops smoking will be healthier in the new year.The Iowa Lung Association has planned a clinic in Des Moines January 4th to help people who want to stop. Breckenridge says they hope to have enough people wanting to quit to support clinics in other cities in the state.Breckenridge says the Lung Association has a variety of materials available if you want to stop smoking. For more information call: 1-800-LUNG-USA, that’s 800-586-4872.
Western Iowa authorities are withholding the name of the person whose body was found in a burning car Monday near the town of Logan. Harrison County Sheriff Terry Baxter says they have a good idea who the dead person may be but there’s nothing definite that can be released. He says it’s unclear if the person was murdered, died in the crash or if something else caused the death.The burning car was found Monday night some three miles northeast of Logan. Once the fire was put out, firefighters found the body inside.
(Newton, IA) Republican presidential candidate Gary Bauer sat an extra 20 minutes in the Radisson Inn lobby in Newton, waiting for a few more people to walk into a nearby room where 50 chairs awaited.
When his “town hall meeting” started at 12:20 p.m. on Wednesday, 10 townsfolk had shown up, joining the five reporters and the Bauer staffers in the small conference room adorned with “Bauer for President” placards covering the artwork hung on the walls.
“I really appreciate you showing up on what I know is a busy week,” Bauer told the group. “I was concerned when I came here this morning that, you know, I might be talking to myself.” [Read more…]
The Knoxville Chamber of Commerce is searching for 50 artists to create special sculptures — of dogs. Knoxville Chamber of Commerce Director Pat Boyle says the dog sculptures will be displayed throughout Knoxville this spring, then auctioned off in late May to raise money for new fire equipment. This past summer, three-hundred cow sculptures were on display in downtown Chicago, the cows were auctioned off for charity. That’s where Boyle got the idea for Knoxville’s dog pack. Boyle hopes the auction and dog-related events — like a dog-a-thon walk — will raise 10-thousand dollars to buy a “thermal imaging camera” for Knoxville’s fire department. It’s an infra-red camera which pinpoints people in a building. Boyle has suggestions for doggie sculptures, including top dog, under dog and, of course, news hound.
Iowans who want to commemorate the new year with a special souvenir don’t have to look far — only as far as their mailbox. Most post offices across Iowa are offering a millennium postmark for both December 31st, 1999 and January 1st of 2000. U-S Postal Service Iowa spokesman Rich Watkins says Iowans may send in to the post office whatever they want postmarked in a stamped, self-addressed envelope, or they can bring the items to the post office in person. He says the postmarks do NOT have to be obtained right away. They’ll be available through about 100 post offices statewide through February 29th. Watkins says there’s also a 33-cent millennium stamp that’s just gone on sale Monday.