Entries Tagged as 'January 2010'

Ames’ Growing Pains: Debating the best path forward for city development

February 6th, 2010 · 10 Comments

Nine years ago, after he first set foot in Ames to survey the city’s retail climate, Bucky Wolford returned home satisfied. A year and a half later, the developer from Chattanooga, Tennessee, formally announced his desire to build a new mall here, setting into motion an impassioned – and often misunderstood – debate that continues [...]

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Tags: 2010 · AP Issues · Cover Stories · Gavin Aronsen · January 2010

The Future of the Dinkey Bridge

February 6th, 2010 · 9 Comments

Union Pacific Railroad and the City of Ames are engaged in an ongoing series of negotiations to determine the fate of the Squaw Creek Bridge, know locally as the Dinkey Bridge, which runs parallel to 6th Street, east of the Iowa State campus. The bridge is an iconic landmark in Ames. The Dinkey was a [...]

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Tags: 2010 · AP Issues · January 2010 · Kristin Roach · Of Local Importance · Under the Radar

Reclaiming Varsity Theatre

February 6th, 2010 · 7 Comments

The Varsity Theatre wasn’t the first business I saw close in Campustown. Stay around Ames for a few years and you can challenge your friends in the chronology of a location – Oleke Te, Maid-Rite, Angie’s Kitchen. . . or was it Santa Fe Café? Somehow though, when I saw the dumpster outside the Varsity [...]

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Tags: 2010 · AP Issues · Commentary · January 2010

Solo Projects: DIY Record Labels Operate in Ames

February 6th, 2010 · 2 Comments

Independent and underground music is driven by passionate individuals who engage in DIY projects. DIY record labels have an important role in the national indie music scene because they provide an important service at a low rate to cash-strapped bands that need help bringing their music to regional and national audiences. Countless bands release records [...]

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Tags: 2010 · AP Issues · DIY · January 2010 · Nate Logsdon

All Too Soon

February 6th, 2010 · No Comments

It’s 8:34 p.m., and an elderly woman has fallen down in her home. We take the stretcher in past the evergreen bushes, the mailbox, and the Christmas lights, blinking through the cold darkness their message of suburban yuletide greetings, as the ambulance’s lights frantically spin and light up the driveway. The door’s open, so in [...]

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Tags: 2010 · AP Issues · Fiction · January 2010

Brett Favre’s Last Stand?: A broken-hearted Vikings fan in the Twin Cities

February 6th, 2010 · 1 Comment

Twelve seconds left in the game. The Minnesota Vikings have the ball on the New Orleans 38-yard line. All Brett Favre needs to do is hand the ball off to Adrian Peterson and let him get three or four yards and set up Ryan Longwell, the kicker, for a long kick to win the game. [...]

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Tags: 2010 · AP Issues · January 2010 · Ricky Fields · Sports

Combating the Roots of Terrorism

February 6th, 2010 · No Comments

On Christmas Day 2009, a flight carrying nearly 300 people prepared to land in Detroit while a Nigerian boy, Umar Abdulmutallab, tried to ignite a small bomb on board. Jasper Schuringa noticed him and leaped over four seats to tackle and subdue the boy, saving everyone on board. When the Twin Towers fell on September [...]

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Tags: 2010 · AP Issues · Commentary · January 2010