The Des Moines Register
Polk County's census to count threatened noses
<![CDATA[The Des Moines Register editorial board is bestowing a rose each day in December in recognition of the good found in Iowa. (Send your rose recommendations to Editorial Writer Rox Laird at email@example.com.) -- Randy Evans, Opinion Editor A rose to the Polk County Conservation Board for an important investment in learning more about a rare piece of native Iowa. The board approved a $12,000 grant for Drake University environmental science professor Keith Summerville and students to do a survey next month of mammals that inhabit the Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt in northeast Polk County. Summerville and his students will set up cameras and temporarily trap animals to learn more about the endangered species, including birds, turtles and butterflies, observed in the county park. Chichaqua Park is considered rare for its native and restored prairies and the river-bottom forest that stretches along the Skunk River for 10 miles. The county began acquiring land for the preserve in 1960, and the Conservation Board has done a good job of balancing the demands for trails, camping and canoeing with preservation of unspoiled wilderness that is home to a remarkable variety of birds and mammals. The Drake survey will help the county understand just how varied that population is.
Board Of Supervisors Inches Closer To Mental Health Agreement
On Monday morning, the Mahaska County Board of Supervisors inched closer to agreeing on a tri-county mental health regionalization 28E agreement.
Iowa City Press-Citizen
Tuscan Moon Grill in Kalona to host Bridge Fundraiser
Paula and Warren Miller, owners of the restaurant, will donate 20 percent of the evening's proceeds to the nonprofit organization The N. Skunk River Greenbelt Association and the Friends of Bunker Mill Bridge.
The Washington Evening Journal
Bunker Mill Bridge sold
Scott Allen of Friends of Bunker Mill Bridge and Julie Bower of the North Skunk River Greenbelt Association spoke for the group during today's special session of the Washington County Board of Supervisors.