Help County Wild Turkeys This July And August

Iowa DNRThe Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is looking for volunteers to help with its annual wild turkey survey this summer.

The work is pretty simple: while outdoors in Iowa this July and August, keep an eye out for wild turkeys.  If you see one, determine if it is an adult female or adult male (males have beards on their breast), and whether there are young poults (baby turkeys).

Count the number of young, make a note of the date and the county in which you saw the turkey(s) and then report your sighting online to the Iowa DNR’s Wildlife Bureau at http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/2115256/Iowa-Wild-Turkey-Reports.


Fourth of July Weekend Looking Good for State Park Visitors

4th of july3Iowa State Parks are gearing up for the Fourth of July weekend and are ready to welcome thousands of campers, cabin renters, picnickers and outdoor enthusiasts. The weather forecast for most of the state and weekend is favoring plenty of outdoor activity.

“State Parks are great destinations for these major summer holidays,” says Todd Coffelt, DNR State Parks Bureau chief. “Whether you are staying for a week or making a day trip, they provide great opportunities for families and friends to gather and make memories.”

Reservable campsites have been filled for three months. Last minute campers can take their chances with walk-in campsites, as 25-50 percent of all state park campsites are first-come, first-served. Most of these sites are non-electric and realistically most will be occupied by Thursday. Best chances to secure a site will be at smaller, more remote parks. Visit www.iowadnr.gov/parks for a list of parks and their amenities.

Despite recent wet weather in some areas, nearly all state parks are in good shape and getting ready for the big weekend.

Here are a few reminders for those planning a trip to specific state parks this weekend.

· Only one state park campground is closed due to recent weather. Walnut Woods State Park, southwest of the Des Moines metro area, is still cleaning up from Raccoon River flooding. The park is expected to reopen late next week.

· Canyon Drive at Ledges State Park has reopened to vehicle traffic, but visitors are cautioned that any rain event in the area will likely close it again. Potential visitors wanting to drive into that area of the park are encouraged to call the park office at 515-432-1852 for closure information. The campground, trails, other roads, parking lots and both open shelters remain accessible by vehicle.

Visitors to Lake Macbride State Park in Johnson County and Pleasant Creek State Recreation Area in Linn County are reminded that those beaches will close at 6 PM each day. Due to high use and limited parking at the beach area at Lake Macbride, visitors should expect a beach closure on weekends and holidays. Access to the beach may be closed for up to 2 hours. During these times, people in vehicles will be stopped at the park entrance and asked to return to the beach at a later time or asked to visit one of the other beaches in Johnson County such as Sandy Beach, Sugar Bottom, West Overlook or Kent Park.

Equestrian trails are currently closed due to wet conditions at Brushy Creek State Recreation Area (except for the 12-mile Wet Weather Trail), Elk Rock and Waubonsie state parks and Shimek Forest (except the 3-mile Wet Weather Trail) and Stephens Forest. However, if dry weather conditions continue, equestrians are encouraged to call individual areas for re-openings.

Closure information is posted on the DNR website at www.iowadnr.gov/parks and the parks reservation site at http://iowastateparks.reserveamerica.com. Current information is also available by calling individual park offices directly.


Radio Iowa/Baseball Coaches Association High School Poll 6/29/15

baseball fieldNorthwest Iowa — The latest Radio Iowa Baseball Coaches Association Baseball Poll is out and four area teams continue to earn spots in the poll. Hinton is the highest ranked with a seven ranking in Class 2A. In 3A Spirit Lake holds down the number eight spot with West Sioux and Gehlen in the nine and ten spots in Class 1A.

Class 4A
1. Waukee, LW #2
2. Cedar Rapids Jefferson, LW #4
3. Johnston, LW #1
4. Dowling Catholic, LW #6
5. Cedar Rapids Prairie, LW #8
6. Sioux City East, LW #5
7. Southeast Polk, LW #3
8. Cedar Rapids Kennedy, LW #10
9. Linn-Mar, LW #7
10.Lewis Central, LW (X)

Class 3A
1. Pella, LW #2
2. Waverly-Shell Rock, LW #3
3. Davenport Assumption, LW #1
4. West Delaware, LW #3
5. Knoxville, LW #5
6. Gilbert, LW #6
7. Williamsburg, LW #7
8. Spirit Lake, LW #9
9. Oskaloosa, LW (X)
10.Harlan, LW (X)

Class 2A
1. Cascade, LW #3
2. Wilton, LW #2
3. Dyersville Beckman, LW #1
4. Waterloo Columbus, LW #4
5. South Winneshiek, LW #7
6. Clear Lake, LW #5
7. Hinton, LW #8
8. New Hampton, LW (X)
9. Monticello, LW #9
10.Ogden, LW (X)

Class 1A
1. Mason City Newman, LW #1
2. Van Buren (Keosauqua), LW #2
3. Lisbon, LW #3
4. Pleasantville, LW #5
5. Martensdale-St. Mary’s, LW #6
6. Coon Rapids-Bayard, LW #4
7. Don Bosco, LW #8
8. Exira-EHK, LW #9
9. West Sioux (Hawarden), LW #10
10.LeMars Gehlen, LW (X)


6/26/15 Softball Rankings

ighsauNorthwest Iowa — In the latest IGHSAU Softball rankings, Akron-Westfield makes the move up to the top spot in Class 1A. Class 3A features  Spirit Lake edging up to the 5 spot, while Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley stays at #11, and Sioux Center jumps to the 13 spot.

 

1 Akron-Westfield 20-1 2
2 New London 20-1 5
3 Don Bosco 20-2 6
4 AGWSR 18-4 1
5 Woodbury Central 20-7 4
6 Lynnville-Sully 21-3 7
7 Marquette Catholic 20-2 3
8 Logan-Magnolia 20-2 8
9 River Valley 19-6 11
10 Glidden-Ralston 16-3 9
11 Westwood 19-9 NR
12 Wayne 14-4 12
13 Janesville 15-5 10
14 Martesndale-St. Marys 19-6 15
15 Central City 21-6 13

Dropped Out: Charter Oak-Ute (14)

Class 2A

1 Highland 13-2 1
2 Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont 22-4 2
3 Central Springs 17-3 3
4 IKM-Manning 19-3 5
5 Fort Dodge St. Edmond 21-6 4
6 Pella Christian 16-4 6
7 Wapello 17-4 10
8 BCLUW 12-7 8
9 North Union 22-8 7
10 Durant 18-7 12
11 Iowa City Regina 12-11 11
12 Cascade 16-7 9
13 Treynor 16-5 NR
14 Lawton-Bronson 16-7 13
15 Des Moines Christian 12-6 NR

Dropped Out: Alta/Aurelia (14), Ogden (15)

Class 3A

1 Benton Community 32-1 1
2 Solon 26-2 2
3 East Marshall 16-2 3
4 Greene County 19-4 4
5 Spirit Lake 24-4 6
6 Northeast 22-2 7
7 Center Point-Urbana 17-10 5
8 Mid-Prairie 17-8 9
9 West Liberty 12-4 8
10 Crestwood 17-3 10
11 Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley 18-2 11
12 Sioux Center 19-4 13
13 Columbus Catholic 14-5 12
14 Mount Vernon 18-8 14
15 Iowa Falls-Alden 13-6 15

Dropped Out: None

Class 4A

1 Indianola 26-2 2
2 Oskaloosa 21-2 1
3 Carlisle 21-3 3
4 ADM 20-3 4
5 Fort Dodge 16-10 5
6 Winterset 23-8 6
7 Davenport Assumption 22-5 8
8 Waverly-Shell Rock 21-2 9
9 Norwalk 15-7 7
10 Creston 19-4 11
11 Keokuk 16-6 10
12 Dallas Center-Grimes 14-11 12
13 Fairfield 16-5 NR
14 Knoxville 15-10 NR
15 North Scott 14-7 15

Dropped Out: Denison-Schleswig (13), Humboldt (14)

Class 5A

1 Iowa City West 23-1 2
2 West Des Moines Valley 25-2 4
3 Johnston 18-3 1
4 Pleasant Valley 21-3 3
5 Cedar Rapids Jefferson 20-5 6
6 Waukee 18-6 5
7 Dowling Catholic 15-9 9
8 Ankeny Centennial 14-10 NR
9 Cedar Rapids Kennedy 14-6 7
10 Urbandale 16-9 8

Dropped Out: Linn-Mar (10)


Sports Schedule for Saturday June 27th

baseballNorthwest Iowa — It’s another Saturday and that means more tournament action for area softball and baseball teams. Sheldon will be a part of the  Hinton baseball tournament and day two of the Okoboji softball tournament.

 

Baseball
Sheldon and Akron Westfield at the Hinton tourney

Sioux Center, Unity and BHRV at the Gehlen tourney

Okoboji at E-LC

 

Softball
Sheldon, HMS and South O’Brien at Okoboji tourney

G-LC-CL, Algona and Lawton Bronson at Harris Lake Park tourney

Akron-Westfield, Cherokee, Denison-Schleswig, Estherville/Lincoln Central, LeMars, Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn Remsen Union, MOC-Floyd Valley, Newell-Fonda, North Union and Spirit Lake at the Spencer tournament