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September 11th

Bicycles hijack capital improvements list

Council work session focuses on connecting Main Street with trail

SOLON– Getting bicyclists safely downtown quickly jumped to the top of the list.
The Solon City Council revisited its capital improvement program (CIP) at a Sept. 4 meeting, and extending the Hoover Trail from its head at the Solon Recreation and Nature Area (SRNA) to Main Street dominated the conversation.
The CIP is a list of ranked projects, with estimated costs and projected scheduling used to help plan for short- and long-term municipal upgrades.

September 4th

Bolts shock the Little Hawks

Liberty High opens 2019 with 23-20 win over City High

NORTH LIBERTY– Liberty High’s varsity Lightning opened the 2019 season with a 23-20 win over Iowa City High Friday, Aug. 27, at home.
The game was tied 20-20 late in the fourth quarter when Ryan Nugent booted a field goal through the uprights for the win.
Max Tafolla led the Bolts’ ground attack with 171 yards on 15 carries and two touchdowns. Kaleb Williams ground out 73 yards on a dozen carries as well. Quarterback Drake Woody completed three of five passes including a bomb to Ben Houselog for a touchdown.

Barkers lead the way for the Clippers

CCA runs in CR Prairie’s Invitational

CEDAR RAPIDS– A brother and sister duo led the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers Saturday, Aug. 31, at Cedar Rapids Prairie’s Cross Country Invitational Meet, the first of the season for the Clippers.
Brandon Barker, a junior, won the varsity boys race (Orange Division) in 17:03.3, and was seventh overall. The Creek Boys were second in the Orange Division, being bested by one point in a tiebreaker by Marion (48-49), and eighth overall.

A hole too deep

Creek Boys stumble in season opener, fall 42-20 to Mt. Pleasant

TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers’ varsity football season launched Friday, Aug. 30, with a visit from the Mount Pleasant Panthers. Last year, the teams met in Mount Pleasant for the non-district season opener with the Creek Boys prevailing 26-7. This year, however, the fortunes were reversed with the Panthers winning, 42-20.
The Panthers struck first with 3:18 remaining in the first quarter, and struck again with 5:27 left in the first half for 14-0 halftime lead.

Wrapping It Up; Chasing Presidents with Delaney, Steyer

As the marathon continues for visibility in the February Iowa caucus, a couple runners have dropped off the pace. Another has joined the race. This week, though, closes my look at the 2020 Presidential candidates.
I caught up with 14 Democrats over the last couple months, asking their support for the federal Endangered Species Act if elected. A dozen answered. Their thoughts– and a few other views on the environment and climate change– have been shown in the last five weeks.

Chasing Presidents: Bullock, Gabbard

So, I wasn’t really kicked out; just told I would have to leave… and escorted to the door. No chance to talk to with Democratic presidential candidate Steve Bullock in Des Moines that day.
Oh, it wasn’t his fault. Perhaps I over-assumed. Following presidential candidates this summer for the Iowa Wildlife Federation and a couple other environmental organizations, I make some connections and I miss some. I am asking candidates if they will support the Endangered Species Act, if elected. Today’s “guests” are Governor Steve Bullock of Montana and Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard.

Chasing Presidents: Biden, Inslee

For a week or so every four years, the center of the political universe sits squarely on the east side of Des Moines. That is where a steady stream of presidential candidates trek past the various food-on-a-stick booths, livestock barns, 4-H displays and displays that are the Iowa State Fair.

Chasing Presidents: Bennet, Hickenlooper

A big Internet plus is that you can look up almost anybody; especially 2020 presidential candidates. All, obviously, have websites. Google a name, and 100 sites or articles appear in a millisecond. It takes some sifting to learn more about any of the couple dozen Democrats running.

Lightning surprise the Saints

Liberty High volleyball opens 2019 with 3-2 win Cedar Rapids Xavier

CEDAR RAPIDS– The Liberty High varsity volleyball team opened the 2019 season with a confidence-boosting win over the Cedar Rapids Xavier Saints.
Liberty defeated Xavier, 3-2 (20-25, 25-16, 15-25, 25-12, 16-14), knocking off the No. 2 team in Class 4A per the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union’s Monday, Aug. 26, preseason rankings. The Bolts entered the season ranked ninth in Class 5A.

Chasing Presidents for endangered species: O’Rourke, Gillibrand

Never have I warned a presidential candidate, “don’t step on the iguana,” until this summer. More on that in a minute.
As you know, a couple dozen Democrats are looking for support, ahead of Iowa’s Feb. 3 caucus. That is when Democrats– and Republicans– raise hands and voices for the woman or man they want as the 2020 presidential candidate.