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2017-2018 Urban Deer Management Program Results

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – The 2017-2018 Urban Deer Management program season concluded on January 10, 2018.  78 hunters qualified for the urban bow hunt with 25 of the hunters successfully harvesting at least one deer.

Program Manager for the Urban Deer Hunt is Fire Department Battalion Chief Jason Andrews.  According to Chief Andrews, there were a total of 111 deer harvested in the 2017-2018 season, which was conducted between September 16, 2017 and January 10, 2018.  The number of deer harvested decreased by 35 deer compared to the previous urban bow hunt season.

Deer harvested in 2017-2018:

·         101 does

·         3 button bucks

·         7 antlered bucks

17 of the deer were donated to help feed the hungry in Cedar Rapids and Linn County, while 94 deer were kept for personal consumption.  Hunters had the choice to either donate their deer to the HUSH (Help Us Stop Hunger) program, which is a collaborative effort among Iowa deer hunters, Iowa’s food banks, and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, or to a local program to feed the hungry at Mission of Hope.  The Mission of Hope donation program is a cooperative effort between the Newhall Locker, HUSH, Cedar Rapids Fire Department, and local ENT Physician Dr. Kevin Carpenter.  The two main goals of donation include reducing the deer population and providing high-quality red meat to the needy in Iowa.

One hunter successfully harvested 10 deer.  Nine hunters harvested 5 or more does and will be eligible for the 2018-2019 bow hunt season incentive buck tag. 

Since the inception of the bow hunt in Cedar Rapids in 2004, there has been nearly a 57 percent reduction in the number of deer killed on area roadways.

There were no injuries or hunting violations recorded during the 2017-2018 season.

AM Eastside Loop bus route to start 2 hours late on Tuesday, January 16, 2018

In support of the Iowa City Community School District decision to begin school two hours late on Tuesday, January 16, the AM Eastside Loop route will begin its morning trip two hours later than normal. Customers can expect the AM Eastside Loop to start its route at Sycamore Mall at 9:35AM.

Iowa City Fire Department Responds to Kitchen Fire

At 10:32 PM on Friday, January 12th, the Iowa City Fire Department responded to a report of a kitchen fire at 1102 Hollywood Blvd, Apartment 2. The first unit arrived on scene 4 minutes after notification and reported a working fire with smoke coming from two sides of the structure. The fire was quickly contained and extinguished by fire department personnel. One civilian suffered minor injuries and was examined by ambulance staff but declined to seek hospital care. Fire damage was contained to the kitchen of the fire apartment, however smoke damage extended to a second apartment. The Red Cross provided assistance to families in two apartments. Outside agency support and assistance was provided by the Iowa City Police Department, Johnson County Ambulance Service and the Red Cross. The cause of the fire remains under investigation by the Iowa City Fire Department. For more information, contact the on-duty Battalion Chief at 319-356-5255.

Update: ICPD issues surveillance images of robbery suspect

Update 01/11/2018 at 2:15 p.m. 

The Iowa City Police Department has released surveillance images following a recent robbery at Romantix, 315 Kirkwood Ave., on Jan. 7, 2018. Anyone with information about the person in these photos is asked to call Iowa City Area Crime Stoppers at 319-358-TIPS or 319-356-6800. 

A surveillance image following a robbery the Jan. 7 robbery at Romantix, 315 Kirkwood Ave

A surveillance iamge following an armed robbery at Romantix, 315 Kirkwood Ave

Initial release 01/07/2018 at 5:30 a.m. 

On Jan. 7, 2018, at 1:06 a.m., Iowa City Police responded to Romantix, 315 Kirkwood Ave. for an armed robbery. The suspect, described as a white male, approximately 5’9”, and wearing a black and yellow striped sweater and beanie, was in the store browsing merchandise before approaching the cashier as if to purchase something. He then displayed a weapon, obtained an undisclosed amount of cash and merchandise, and fled the store in an unknown direction. The employee was not injured during the incident. The suspect wasn’t located by responding officers.  

Iowa City Area CrimeStoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest. Anyone with information about this crime is urged to contact CrimeStoppers at 358-TIPS (8477). All calls are held in strict confidence and anonymity is guaranteed. Individuals providing information do not have to reveal their identity to collect a reward. 

City Crews Respond to Winter Weather

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – Cedar Rapids Public Works Department is responding to winter weather conditions.

Trucks are applying salt on main arterials to help improve ice melt. As temperatures drop during the day, crews will integrate sand to add traction to the pavement. Crews will continue to treat roads throughout the day, increasing response as the evening commute approaches. Priorities will be on arterials that support critical transportation needs - main streets, areas near schools and hospitals, and transit routes.

During adverse weather, the Streets Division maintains coverage 24-hours a day, and will be treating roads overnight as conditions warrant.

The public is asked to use caution on roadways, particularly residential areas and side streets: Additional driving tips:

  • Reduce your speeds
  • Use caution in turns
  • Avoid sudden moves
  • Accelerate and brake carefully and slowly
  • Leave more room between vehicles

Winter Weather Material

The City stockpiles more than 6,000 tons of snow-fighting material at three different sites, including a large 4,500-ton salt dome at the City Services Center. The department also keeps 10,000 gallons of brine on hand and 6 brine applicators. Crews work 3 shifts around the clock between Dec and April to provide 24/7 service during snow and ice events. 

ICPL's Bookmobile is back from vacation, back on the road



After a few weeks off the streets for scheduled maintenance, the Bookmobile launched its winter/spring schedule on Monday.

The complete schedule, which runs through May 24, can be found online. It features stops at a variety of locations in Iowa City, including elementary schools and retirement communities.


"We are going to be at more schools after classes are dismissed for the day," Shawna says.

Elementary schools on the schedule include Grant Wood, Lemme and Mark Twain.

"We also added another grocery store stop: Hy-Vee on First Avenue from 11 a.m. to noon on Thursday," Shawna says. "It's the perfect location for anyone running errands during their lunch break. Buy the ingredients you need for dinner and pick up a movie, too!"

Don't forget -- the Bookmobile is heated, so even though it's winter outside, inside the Bookmobile is warm and dry.

If you have a suggestion for future Bookmobile stops, contact Shawna.


What happens to the Bookmobile when winter strikes?


In order to assure safe Bookmobile services for community members and staff, the Library established severe weather guidelines to guide decisions in case of severe weather.

The Bookmobile may be off the road for part or all of the day when there are hazardous driving conditions such as low visibility, heavy rains, excessive wind gusts, and high wind warnings.

The Bookmobile will not operate on days when inclement weather would result in hazardous driving or service conditions, including any day the Iowa City Community School District cancels classes due to weather.

In the event of a Severe Weather Warning when the Bookmobile is on the road, Bookmobile operations cease and all patrons must exit the vehicle. The Bookmobile will either return to the Downtown parking facility or staff will secure the Bookmobile and seek shelter.

Schedule updates are posted on the Library’s webpage.

Visit the Bookmobile, receive a magnetic clip


Who doesn't like free things?

Even better, who doesn't like free things that are also practical?

Visit the Bookmobile for a FREE magnetic clip to hold your important papers -- like the newest Bookmobile schedule! -- on your refrigerator.

The clips are available on a first come first served basis while supplies last.

History lesson: "Bookmobiles" during the Great Depression


Smithsonian Magazine published a fascinating story in June about horse-riding librarians who delivered books to isolated rural communities during the Great Depression.

"The Pack Horse Library initiative, which sent librarians deep into Appalachia, was one of the New Deal's most unique plans," Eliza McGraw writes. "The project, as implemented by the Works Progress Administration (WPA), distributed reading materials to the people who lived in the craggy, 10,000-square-mile portion of eastern Kentucky."

While the initiative was part of the New Deal, it required support at the local level in order to be a success. Read more here.


Sidewalk café preliminary applications now available

Preliminary applications are now available for eating establishments located in the Downtown Iowa City area that are interested in constructing a sidewalk café on a street/parking space or within a City-owned planter. 

Applications are available for download at, and must be received by the Public Works Department no later than 5 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018, for both on street cafés and cafés located within a planter. 

In 2012, the City Council adopted an updated Sidewalk Café policy allowing for the use of on street parking areas for a sidewalk café, but with some limitations. The policy was updated with the goal of providing an opportunity for restaurants to have an outdoor eating space, that may have otherwise not been able to because of limited sidewalk space. Procedures were also created for those eating establishments wishing to occupy a City-owned planter in the Downtown area.

If competing applications for available space are received, a lottery will be held on February 15 to determine which applications will be awarded. If no applications are received, the City will consider applications after February 1 on a first come, first serve basis. Guidelines for on street and planter sidewalk cafes are also available on the City’s website.

It should be noted that some areas may not be available for use due to previously approved sidewalk cafes as a three year priority is granted for use of the space. Also, use of planters for a sidewalk café is at the City’s discretion. 

A preliminary application is only required for use of a street or planter for a sidewalk café. Establishments that would like to construct a café on the public sidewalk can submit a full application to the Public Works Department at any time.

For questions, contact Public Works Project Coordinator Kim Sandberg at 319-356-5139 or