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Iowa v Rutgers Post Game Notes

Iowa (3‐1, 1‐0), defeated Rutgers (2‐2, 0‐1), 14‐7, Saturday at High Point Stadium.   The Hawkeyes have a Big Ten best nine‐game regular season conference winning streak. It’s their longest such streak since winning 10 straight from 2001‐02.

The Hawkeyes have won seven consecutive road games (the final road game at Illinois in 2014, all five road games in 2015, first road game of 2016).

Today marked the 14th time in Kirk Ferentz’s 18 years at Iowa that the Hawkeyes opened the conference season on the road. Iowa has won its last five Big Ten openers, the last four on the road (24‐10 at Purdue in 2014; 23‐7 at Minnesota in 2013; 10‐6 at Wisconsin in 2015; 14‐7 at Rutgers in 2016).

Senior QB C.J. Beathard improved to 10‐0 in Big Ten regular season games and 7‐0 in true road games.  He is 16‐3 asIowa’s starting quarterback.

Iowa was +1 in turnovers, recovering a fumble that resulted in the go‐ahead score. The Hawkeyes are +5 in turnover margin this season.



Cedar Rapids, IA – September 24, 2016 – Current road closures as of September 24, 2:00 p.m. Information also available on the City’s website, and will be updated as necessary.


  • All downtown bridges currently closed, in addition to 8th Avenue, 12th Avenue, and 16th Avenue Bridges.

I-380 Ramp Closures

  • The 5th Avenue SW/Diagonal Drive SW exit (Exit 19A) for northbound traffic will be restricted to emergency and construction vehicles only
  • The 1st Street W exit (Exit 19C) for northbound traffic will be closed to all traffic
  • The 1st Street E exit (Exit 20A) for southbound traffic will be closed to all traffic
  • The 1st Avenue W exit (Exit 19B) for southbound traffic will be restricted to emergency and construction vehicles only

I-380 can still be accessed at Wilson Avenue SW and 7th Street NE.

Road Closures

  • 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Avenues – closed between 6th Street W to 5th Street E
  • 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th Avenues SE – closed between 1st Street SE to 6th Street SE
  • 8th Avenue – closed between 1st Street SW to 10th Street SE
  • 12th Avenue – closed between C Street SW to 10th Street SE
  • 16th Avenue – closed between C Street SW to 4th Street SE
  • 1st Street NE –closed between A Street NE to 1st Avenue E
  • 7th Street SE – closed at 8th Avenue SE to southbound traffic
  • 8th Street SE – closed at 8th Avenue SE to southbound traffic

Access will be maintained for emergency personnel, construction vehicles, and property owners only. The public is asked to avoid the downtown area, NewBo area, Time Check NW area, and Czech Village area to assist with flood preparation efforts and provide room for construction vehicles.

Information will continue to be provided on the city’s website:

Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Rutgers Scarlet Knights Preview and Prediction

The Iowa Hawkeyes arrive in New Jersey fresh off of a shocking home loss to FCS king North Dakota State. It would be tough to point to a more damaging loss suffered by any would-be College Football Playoff contender to this point. Nonetheless, Kirk Ferentz's bunch will need to dig deep, regroup and focus on the goal of winning the Big Ten West. That all starts Saturday at High Point Solutions Stadium in Piscataway, New Jersey.


Expect delays on Dubuque Street into downtown Iowa City for cyclo-cross parking, Oktoberfest

Drivers coming to Iowa City to celebrate the Cyclo-Cross World Cup and the Northside Oktoberfest on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016 can expect delays on Dubuque Street and should consider taking another route in and out of Iowa City.

Dubuque Street is currently reduced to one lane of traffic in each direction from Foster Road to Ronalds Street for work on the Iowa City Gateway Project, a large flood mitigation effort.

Drivers can expect 15-to-30 minute delays during peak times, and that may include portions of the Saturday Telenet UCI Cyclo-Cross World Cup, happening all day, and the Northside Oktoberfest, happening from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. People are advised to allow extra travel time or consider an alternative route, including Dodge Street (Highway 1).

The City of Iowa City is providing free downtown parking and shuttle services to the Saturday cyclo-cross races and Oktoberfest. Shuttles will run from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. between the Cyclo-Cross World Cup, Oktoberfest and three downtown parking ramps. Shuttles will run continuously during the event and are estimated to arrive at stops every 7 minutes or so. A map is available that details specific Saturday shuttle stops.  

Limited, on-site parking for the Saturday cyclo-cross races can be purchased for $10. 

Tickets are required for the Saturday World Cup races and Northside Oktoberfest. Race tickets can be purchased at all Johnson County MidWestOne Bank locations, several local bike shops and on-site at the fairgrounds. Oktoberfest tickets include admission to the world cup and can be bought online at

The Iowa City Gateway Project is a flood mitigation project that will elevate Dubuque Street while also raising and replacing the Park Road Bridge. Project updates are regularly posted to as well as the City of Iowa City Facebook and Twitter pages. 

Cedar Rapids Transit to Suspend Bus Service Sept. 24-27

Due to street closures related to flood preparations, Cedar Rapids Transit will suspend bus services on Saturday, Monday and Tuesday -- Sept. 24 through Sept. 27. The Transit Division will reassess operations at that time. Transit staff will report as directed and provide assistance with other flood protection measures. 
For further updates, please check:

Cedar Rapids Flood Preparation- Update

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – September 23, 2016 – The Cedar River continues to be projected to crest at 24 feet on Monday, Sept. 26, into Tuesday morning. Preparations are continuing as we work to protect our City from predicted high water levels and probable flooding. Staff from Public Safety, Sewer, Engineering, Traffic, and Streets Divisions have been quickly assembling equipment, staff, and resources to continue proactive flood protection measures. To date, the City has already deployed, and will continue to deploy, pumps and sewer plugs, and identifying sandbagging areas.

Today City crews will be taking active measures in low-lying areas on both sides of the river. This will include the installation of Hesco barriers and earthen berms. Residents will see this work taking place on the east side between 1st Avenue to 16th Avenue; and on the west side between Time Check Czech Village in the coming days. The City will likely close roads periodically throughout the day for this work. We ask the public to be patient and find alternate routes where necessary, and leave area open and clear for contractors and City crews to allow them to safely and efficiently complete their work.

This morning, crews closed the 8th Avenue Bridge to deploy and install Hesco Barriers. Some road closures have already begun in some of our low-lying areas, including Otis Road, and Ellis Road west of Edgewood. These will be added to the City’s website as additional roads are closed. More roads will be closed starting on Saturday. The public is advised to heed all road closure signs and barricades. Residents are reminded to not drive or walk through standing water.

Residents in low lying areas who anticipate flooding can park cars in the Ladd Library parking lot on the west side or in the Westdale mall lot in front of the former Von Maur.

Sandbagging materials are being supplied to residents and businesses by the City free of charge. Sandbagging stations have been set up near the New Bo market on 11th Street, at Ellis Park pavilion (please enter park from Zika Avenue) and 5th St and K Ave NW. Volunteers are welcome to help fill bags, and are asked to bring shovels.

The City is using every resource available to protect our city and keep citizens from harm. For low-lying areas, we encourage all residents and business to take measures to protect their properties. Based on current projections, we are preparing for approximately 6-8 feet less than what we experienced during the 2008 flood. Lower levels of properties will be impacted first, including basements, window wells, and floor drains.

We have already seen many members of the community step up and ask to volunteer. We appreciate everyone’s efforts, and continue to encourage volunteers – or those who need assistance from volunteers – to call United Way’s 211. 

A great quick pan sauce for low-carb enjoyment - Carb Check Diet

By Mike Thayer

One of the best compliments to any meat/fish dish is a great pan sauce.  Sauces add another texture and some moisture to your dish (and just in case you overcooked that pork chop or chicken breast, you'll need that sauce!), more importantly, it's another layer of FLAVOR! 

Knowing how to make a quick pan sauce can turn that plain pork chop into a mouth-watering entree or a boring chicken breast into a, "DAMN this is good!"  

One of my go-to preparations when I pan fry a meat or fish is rubbing that protein down with equal parts Parmesan cheese, garlic powder and seasoned salt.  I use that as a substitute for breading.  After you've cooked that Parmesan/garlic powder/seasoned salt rubbed protein in some olive oil to perfection, remove from the pan, but don't turn off the heat.

It's time to make a sauce.  You'll probably notice a bunch of "brown bits" in that pan.....  That's FLAVOR!  It's all that seasoning rub and olive oil goodness that didn't stick to the chop, chicken, steak or piece of fish.  In culinary terms those brown bits are called 'Fond' and that fond is the base for a great sauce.

All you need to do after you remove the protein from the pan is add liquid.  Just about anything will do, chicken stock, beef stock (I like to use low sodium varieties, because you've already added salt to the rub and you don't want to over-salt), wine (take the pan off the heat before adding any kind of alcohol), cream, heck even water will do the trick, about a 1/2 cup will do.  After adding that liquid, stir things up with a wooden spoon or a whisk to break up the fond and incorporate it into the liquid, creating the sauce.  This is a loose sauce, not a gravy, cook to desired thickness and pour over the meat.  Parmesan, seasoned salt, garlic and yes, even when combined with plain ol' water, is DELICIOUS!  It's another does of YUM!

Bonus, cleaning the pan just got a lot easier! 



LWVJC to host a Candidate Race Forum for Iowa House District 77 on Oct. 6

The League of Women Voters of Johnson County will host a House District 77 Forum on Thursday, Oct. 6, at 7 p.m. at the Coralville City Hall, 1512 Seventh St.

The forum will provide citizens opportunities to hear from and question the candidates running for Iowa’s House District 77. Amy Nielsen (D) and Royce Phillips (R) are running for a seat in the Iowa House of Representatives District 77 that is being vacated by incumbent Sally Stutsman, who is not seeking re-election. Nielsen, North Liberty Mayor, defeated Abbie Weipert in the primary election. Phillips, who was also a candidate for Iowa Senate District 39 in 2014, defeated Paula Dreeszen in the primary election.

LWVJC Board member and secretary Sandy Keller will moderate the discussion.  

Members of the public who attend may submit questions written on cards. The forum will run on cable TV live and will also be rerun other cable channels. 

“Each year, the League of Women Voters hosts public forums to inform voters and the public about important issues and elections impacting our community,” said LVWJC Board President Syndy Conger.  “Our newest effort, will help people register to vote and become knowledgeable about issues in our communities. An informed electorate is important to democracy. ”

The League of Women Voters of Johnson County is a nonpartisan organization that neither supports nor opposes any party or candidate. The LWVJC is a member of the National League of Women Voters, consisting of 50 state Leagues and 803 local chapters, and a member of the Iowa League of Women Voters. The LWV and LWVJC will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2020.

Media refers to Charlotte rioters as 'protesters' or 'demonstrators'

Confusing the problem with the solution in Charlotte: Protesters who rioted in Charlotte in the wake of another police shooting are doing more harm than good to their goal of reforming police conduct, our editorial argues. No matter what happened in the shooting, and the facts are in dispute, it doesn’t justify looting and more violence. There’s plenty of blame to go around. “It's time for intellectually honest liberals to stop defending and attempting to justify or rationalize lawlessness as an acceptable response to police abuses. For news media — so often the handmaidens of leftist political fantasy — to refer to rioters as ‘protesters’ or ‘demonstrators’ when they are on camera committing violent crimes is disgraceful.” The reaction to the shooting has left one person dead, others injured and millions of dollars in property destroyed. “Most of the nation will look at the state of emergency in North Carolina and will not think better of the cause of police reform. They will, rather, rightly think the rioters contemptible.”


ICPD investigates robbery on Broadway Street

The Iowa City Police Department (ICPD)  responded to the 1900 block of Broadway Street on Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 8:42 p.m. to a report of a robbery that had just occurred where a weapon was displayed. 

The victim reported he was approached by two male subjects outside of his residence. One of the subjects displayed what was later determined to be a BB/pellet gun. The victim reported that the suspects grabbed his cell phone and then fled the area on foot in an unknown direction. The suspects were described as two black males, both with slender builds, and both wearing hooded sweatshirts with the hoods pulled tightly, covering their faces. 

This matter remains under investigation by the ICPD Investigations Division. The Iowa City Area CrimeStoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of the suspects.  Anyone with information about this crime is urged to contact CrimeStoppers at 319-358-TIPS (8477) or  All contacts are held in strict confidence and anonymity is guaranteed. Individuals providing information do not have to reveal their identity to collect a reward.