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February 2011

Iowa Rep. Paulsen: Issues statement on Regents appointments

Kraig-Paulsen DES MOINES, IA. -- House Speaker Kraig Paulsen (R-Hiawatha) issued the following statement on the appointment of three additions to the Board of Regents:

“I applaud Governor Branstad on his recent appointments to the Board of Regents.

“Bruce Rastetter’s background in business and agriculture will serve the Regents institutions extremely well. He also brings a commitment to quality education and balances that with his care for Iowa taxpayers.

“I have had the opportunity to work directly with Linn-Mar Superintendent Katie Mulholland and I know she brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the board. She’s shown great dedication to educating Iowa’s children. I’m confident she will continue to serve students, parents and families well in this new capacity.

“Nicole Carroll’s experience and diverse background will bring an additional valuable perspective to the Board of Regents.”

Iowa City's Water Division Flushing Fire Hydrants

During March, April and May, the Iowa City Water Division will be flushing fire hydrants. Fire hydrants are flushed in the spring and fall as part of a regularly scheduled maintenance program to ensure that they are in good working order. This work will be performed during the weekdays from 7:00a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

You can determine when hydrant flushing is being performed in your neighborhood by going to the Iowa City website at ICGOV.ORG/WATER, check the maroon box with the heading "Hydrant Flushing Schedule". The box will be visible and updated daily and throughout the day as needed when hydrants are being flushed.

When hydrant flushing is being performed in your neighborhood, you may notice rusty colored water in your home. The water is safe, but this discoloration may be a problem if you are washing laundry.

Here are some precautions you may take:

• If you notice discolored water coming from your faucet, let it run until the color clears.
• Wash laundry in the evenings or on the weekend, not during the times flushes are being performed.
• If by accident you do wash a load and rusty looking streaks appear on your laundry, do not use bleach to clean the articles as this will set them permanently. A product called "Iron Out" may be purchased at some hardware and grocery stores and has a successful track record in removing reddish iron stains from fabrics.

Weather permitting, the fire hydrant flushes will be performed for approximately two to three months. If you have questions or need further information, please call the Water Division at 356-5166.

Gas prices are up, food prices are climbing, unemployment remains high

Are the current events taking place abroad and here at home motivating you to be prepared for the worst? If they aren’t, they should be. Gasoline prices are rising fast and predicted to climb much higher. There is rioting going on in foreign countries and senseless protests taking place here in the U.S. There are federal, state and city budget shortfalls everywhere you look. Unemployment remains at alarming levels with no end in sight and food prices are starting to soar.

Are you ready for things to get worse?

Are you buying extra food? Are you planning a garden? Do you know how much food storage you need for your family? Are you familiar with all the possible resources in making preparations?

The Coralville Courier is one such source, we’re the only information local source around covering this issue.

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Where's the Outrage?

Steve_rathje Gasoline prices increased by $0.13 p/gal. over the weekend. Where’s the outrage? Or do we merely accept high gasoline prices as a fact of life? Everything we drive, eat, drink and wear, as well as where we choose to go on vacation is directly affected by the cost of getting there, or the cost of bringing it to market. Is this what America really wants? Do we want the government indirectly mandating how we live our lives? Isn’t this a direct threat to the freedoms and liberties that we would without question fight and if necessary die for? Isn’t depending upon a foreign country for vital resources a threat to our national security? Defending the people from enemies both foreign and domestic is the responsibility of our elected officials, and isn’t a threat such as this just as much an enemy of the state as that of a foreign army? If you don’t think it is, think again! Then maybe then, you’ll feel the outrage?

Steven R Rathje Founder/CEO
International Procurement Services, Inc.
and The Genesis Group, Inc.

Enviro Poll: Global Warming Overblown


In a  survey conducted for Colorado College's State of the Rockies project -- one in which most questions were designed to produce environmentalism-friendly results (of the "Do you favor clean air?" "Do you favor clean water?" nature) -- most respondents in five Mountain states ranked global warming as a low priority and overblown as a problem.

Read On.....

Good government based in honesty

"It behooves you, therefore, to think and act for yourself and your people. The great principles of right and wrong are legible to every reader; to pursue them requires not the aid of many counselors. The whole art of government consists in the art of being honest. Only aim to do your duty, and mankind will give you credit where you fail." -- Thomas Jefferson, A Summary View of the Rights of British America, 1775

Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity Breaks Ground on the Dottie Ray Women Build

Organization Announces its Third Women Build Project to Honor Dottie Ray

February 25, 2011 – Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity kicks off the Dottie Ray Women Build with a groundbreaking ceremony beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 8, at 2705 Whispering Meadows, Iowa City. Media and the general public are invited to attend the brief ceremony and meet the partner family, visit with members of the steering committee and help us honor Dottie Ray. Refreshments provided courtesy Chick-fil-A, Coral Ridge Mall.

”The Women Build brings together a diverse group of women and empowers and challenges them to learn new skills as they discover the importance of safe, decent, energy-efficient and affordable housing while providing a vital service to the partner family and the community,” says Jan Down, Women Build Steering Committee Member and Build Volunteer. “We chose International Women’s Day for the groundbreaking ceremony because the two events tie-in together so nicely in that 10% of funds raised for the Dottie Ray Women Build are ‘tithed’ to Habitat for Humanity International to fund a women build project abroad.”

Mark Patton, Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity Executive Director states, “We are pleased and excited to name our third Women Build in honor of Dottie Ray. Dottie has served our community as volunteer and venerated talk radio host for 52 years. This is our way of thanking her and recognizing her for all she does for this community.”

National Women Build Sponsor, Lowe’s Home Improvement, is partnering with Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity to offer a series of workshops for women. “The workshops cover a variety of topics and are a great way to gear up for the Dottie Ray Women Build,” explains Iowa Valley Habitat Construction Manager Christy Shipley. “All women are welcome to attend, whether or not they plan to participate in the Women Build. The classes provide general information on home building and home maintenance.”

The Saturday morning workshops begin at 9:00 a.m. and are being held at Lowe's Home Improvement, 2701 2nd Street, Coralville, IA 52241 according to the following schedule:

Saturday, March 5, 9:00 a.m. – Subject: Electrical
Saturday March 19, 9:00 a.m. - Subject: Plumbing
Saturday, April 2, 9:00 a.m. - Subject: Roofing & Siding
Saturday, April 16, 9:00 a.m. - Subject: Framing
Those interested in learning how to become involved with the Dottie Ray Women Build should contact Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity at 319-337-8949 or log on to

About Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity
With a foundation in ecumenical Christian principles, Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity (IVHFH), a tax-exempt, non-profit housing organization, unites diverse communities to build, rehabilitate and maintain safe, decent and affordable homes for hard-working families in Johnson, Cedar, and Iowa Counties.

Today's Forecast

A slight chance of flurries early in the morning...Then light snow likely in the late morning and early afternoon. A chance of light snow late in the afternoon. Snow accumulation up to 1 inch. High in the upper 20s. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of snow 70 percent.