Christmas tree pick up set Jan. 7; Information sought for 2013 Fairfield InfoGuide; more
Christmas tree pick up set Jan. 7
Fairfield’s Christmas tree pick up will be Jan. 7.
The city street department will begin picking up trees at 7 a.m. Crews will not return once they have passed by.
To guarantee a Christmas tree is picked up, it must be stripped of all lights and decorations and not placed in a plastic bag.
The free service is provided for structures of one- to three-residential units, not multi-family dwellings of four or more.
Information sought for 2013 Fairfield InfoGuide
Local clubs, churches, schools and other organizations are asked to provide information about their upcoming special events to The Fairfield Ledger for the 2013 Events Calendar section of its 10th annual Fairfield InfoGuide.
Information should include the name of the event, the sponsoring organization, date, time, location, details and a phone number, email address or website address to contact for additional information.
Information can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org; mailed to PO Box 110, Fairfield 52556; or dropped off at 112 E. Broadway Ave. Information should be marked to the attention of “Fairfield InfoGuide.”
The deadline for information is Jan. 18.
The Fairfield InfoGuide is a comprehensive look at the Fairfield community through informational news and advertising. It includes a vast amount of detailed directory-type information about what is available in the Fairfield area, including parks, recreational opportunities, schools, utilities, service clubs, churches and more, plus a 2013 calendar of events, which add up to a year-long reference guide for Fairfield and Jefferson County.
The InfoGuide is distributed with The Fairfield Ledger, plus extra copies are provided to the Fairfield Area Chamber of Commerce, Fairfield Iowa Convention and Visitors Bureau, motels, businesses and high-traffic lobbies to be used throughout the year to promote opportunities in Fairfield.
For information, call The Ledger newsroom at 472-2116.
Iowa D.O.T.: No licenses for illegal immigrants
IOWA CITY (AP) — The Iowa Department of Transportation says it will not issue driver’s licenses to young illegal immigrants who are now eligible to work in the U.S. under an Obama administration program.
The department said Thursday that Iowa law does not allow it to issue driver’s licenses or non-operator identification cards to people who are not in the country legally.
President Barack Obama announced a policy change in June that lets certain illegal immigrants apply for a temporary work permit if they were brought to the country as children.
Several Republican governors have said they will not issue driver’s licenses to immigrants who qualify. In August, Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman said his state would continue to deny licenses, welfare benefits and other public assistance unless required by state law.
Officials offer ice advice for anglers
DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa officials are reminding ice fishing enthusiasts to be careful with newly developed ice formed during a major snowstorm last week.
The state Department of Natural Resources says a minimum of 4 inches of quality ice is recommended for ice fishing. At least 5 inches of ice is recommended for snowmobiles and all-terrain vehicles.
DNR officials also recommend using small baits and a light line for catching finicky fish.
The snowstorm dumped several inches of snow around the state last week. It also ushered in low temperatures that left most lakes with a layer of ice.
Drought continues despite recent snowstorms
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The snowstorm that pummeled the upper Midwest last week is helping ease dry conditions in Iowa but hasn’t done much to relax the overall grip of the worst U.S. drought in decades.
The weekly U.S. Drought Monitor report released Thursday shows that roughly 62 percent of the continental U.S. remains in some form of drought, unchanged from the previous week. That number has been above 60 percent largely since July.
Nearly 22 percent of the lower 48 states are in extreme or exceptional drought, the two worst categories. That also is unchanged from the previous week.
All of Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma and South Dakota are in drought. But thanks to last week’s snow, the amount of Iowa in extreme or exceptional drought fell 9 percentage points to 32 percent.