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Jun 23, 2014

Donations can help expand skate park in Fairfield

The 4,000-square-foot skate park proposed for Fairfield could be expanded with local donations or discounts, according to Melanie Carlson at French-Reneker-Associates.

Donations or discounts of crew lodging, heavy machinery, temporary fencing and dumpsters, grass stripping, bowl excavation and concrete supply will allow the local donors funds to go farther, explained Carlson.

Anyone interested in contributing can contact Carlson at 472-5145 or Vincent Onel, with Spohn Ranch Skateparks, at 626-330-5803 ext. 205.

Fairfield City Council is scheduled to vote to proceed with construction of the proposed skate park July 14.

Conceptual layouts have been prepared by Spohn Ranch Skateparks of Los Angeles, California.


July 1 deadline for state fair competitions, parade entries

DES MOINES — July 1 is the deadline to enter the Iowa State Fair parade and many of the fair’s competitive events.

The fair, with the theme “Nothing Compares,” is Aug. 7-17 in Des Moines.

Premium books and entry forms can be accessed at www.iowastatefair.org/premiumbooks. Entrants in competitive events can enter online or submit their entry by mail.

While most entries are due July 1, deadlines do vary by department. Many departments will accept late entries through July 8 with an additional late fee.

For more information regarding entry deadlines, competitions or the online entry system, contact the Competitive Events Department at 515-262-3111 ext. 207.

The Iowa State Fair also invites all community and youth groups, special interest clubs and businesses to join the fun and enter the “Amazingly Amusing” state fair parade, Iowa’s largest parade and the kick-off to the fair.

Applications are available at www.iowastatefair.org/fair-attractions/parade or by contacting Tonya Cook at 515-262-3111 ext. 215 or tcook@iowastatefair.org. There is a $25 fee for each parade entry. Entries postmarked later than July 1 must include a $15 late fee. No entries will be accepted after July 15.

The parade, set for Aug. 6, will begin at 6:15 p.m. in downtown Des Moines. Spectators will be able to watch an estimated 200 floats, animals, vehicles, novelty and performing units. Staging will take place at the State Capitol Complex. Parade entrants will travel west on Grand Avenue to 13th Street. Dispersion will take place between 13th and 18th streets.

Highlights of the gala event will be rebroadcast on parade night throughout central Iowa on KDSM 17 beginning at 10 p.m. To be considered for television coverage, the description information on the application must be completed and returned. Due to the length of the parade, it is not possible for all entries to be televised.

For more information about the Iowa State Fair, call 800-545-3247 or visit iowastatefair.org.


Two federal judges in Iowa plan to retire next year

IOWA CITY (AP) — Two federal judges from Iowa plan to retire next year, and Democratic U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin is recommending replacements.

U.S. District Judge Mark W. Bennett, who is based in Sioux City, has informed President Barack Obama that he intends to retire July 4, 2015. Bennett is known as a critic of harsh sentencing policies for nonviolent drug offenders.

Harkin says that he’s recommending Obama appoint Cedar Rapids attorney Dave O’Brien to replace Bennett. O’Brien lost in a Democratic primary for U.S. House earlier this month.

Separately, U.S. District Judge James Gritzner plans to go on senior status next March. Gritzner, who’s based in Des Moines, is chief judge for Iowa’s southern district.

Harkin’s recommending U.S. Attorney Nicholas Klinefeldt and Polk County Judge Karen Romano as potential replacements for Gritzner.


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