The Mahaska County Supervisors continue to try to come to terms over gender balance on the Regional Airport Board. At Monday's meeting the board discussed removing Joe Warrick from the Regional Airport Board in order to comply with Iowa law. Click here to find out more.
The corn and soybeans are suffering from the drought, but not as bad as the pastures and grasslands. 86% of Iowa's pastures are rated poor to very poor. That means that livestock like cows are struggling to find food and farmers are struggling to harvest good hay. As a result, the USDA has opened up conservation reserve land for hay harvest and cattle grazing. Click here for more and to watch a video.
William Penn University has lost one of its most distinguished alumni and namesake of the McCracken Graduate Program of Business Leadership. Dr. Paul McCracken passed away last Friday at the age of 96.
What started as a discussion about whether the Oskaloosa Water Board should be increased, ended with the suggestion that the board should be dissolved completely. Monday's agenda included a resolution to place a referendum on November's ballot so voters can decide if the Oskaloosa Water Board should be increased from three members to five members.
The USDA reports that three quarters of Iowa's corn and soybeans are rated less than good. CRI Ag reporter Jon Hoffmann sat down with area Iowa State University Field Agronomist Mark Carlton to talk about the recent rain and the drought. Click here to watch the full interview.
The State's gender balance law became an issue again at this week's Mahaska County Board of Supervisors Meeting. The supervisors talked about replacing Joe Warrick -- who was appointed in May to the Regional Airport Board -- with former candidate Margaret Ratcliff. This change would satisfy Iowa's Gender Balance Law making the board balanced with three males and three females. Click here for more.
The Oskaloosa Housing Trust Fund board is taking a closer look at the quality and affordability of the city's housing stock. The city asked University of Iowa graduate students to study the types and amount of housing Oskaloosa needs---now that the results are back, a smaller committee of OHTF members is talking about how to encourage new development, and improve the rental options in Oskaloosa.