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Cameron Lard scored 19 points to go along with 11 rebounds, and the Iowa State effort was strong, but the Cyclones couldn’t keep up with #13 Kansas.

Iowa State had too many defensive lapses, missed too many threes, and turned it over too many times for another upset at Hilton Coliseum.

83-77 Jayhawks, the final. Udoka Azubuike led KU with 19 points on 9 of 10 shooting.

DES MOINES, Iowa — Joanne Jackson has lived in the same neighborhood in Woodland Heights for more than 60 years, and she says she’s never had problems with receiving mail like this before.

“Only time we didn`t get mail is like on the holidays,” said Jackson.

That’s why Jackson says she was concerned when she didn’t receive her mail last week.

“Oh yes, for my bills and things,” said Jackson.

Jackson isn’t the only one who hasn’t been receiving her mail.

“Several days go by and I know the mailman has not been to my house,” said a woman who lives in the Drake neighborhood and asked us to conceal her identity and refer to her as “K.” “I got out next door and I found out that other people are having the same problems in several neighborhoods…we`re kind of figuring out that it`s the whole west side of Des Moines and it needs to be addressed and I know for sure I`m not receiving mail that is from an hour and a half away from here,” said K. “And it`s been over a week and I still have not received this important piece of mail.”

The problem was highlighted by a post on nextdoor.com by a local man who was having mail issues. The post received 57 replies, with lots of people from different neighborhoods also complaining about missing mail.

When reached for the comment, the postal service said the following:

“The Postal Service strives for timely and accurate service with each mail piece handled and takes disruptions to that service very seriously. Every reported customer concern is actively addressed.

Customers with any concerns, complaints or compliments are encouraged to contact our Customer Care Center at 1-800-275-8777…

When customers contact the Customer Care center, their concern is logged into a database which allows us to efficiently and effectively track and resolve issues.

Mail delays can occur in the event of inclement weather, such as the snow storms experienced in the Des Moines area recently. Prolonged effects take place when snow and ice become a problem for mail carriers.

The Postal Service is asking customers to help keep their letter carrier safe this winter through the following actions:

*   Clear enough snow from curbside boxes to allow mail trucks to approach the box, deliver the mail and to drive away from the box without danger of the need for backing.

*   Walkways should be cleared of snow and ice and allow enough traction to avoid slips, trips or falls.

*   Steps should also be kept clear of ice and snow and in good repair so as not to cause injury to the letter carriers or others who visit the customer’s home.

*   Overhangs should be clear and free of snow and ice to avoid injury.

Residents who receive delivery to roadside mailboxes also must keep the approach to, and exit from, the mailbox clear of snow or any other obstacles, like trash cans and other vehicles. The carrier needs to get in, and then out, without leaving the vehicle or backing up.”

Stacy St. John

Strategic Communications Specialist

Kansas City, MO 64108

 

DES MOINES, Iowa  —  On Monday, a group of senators introduced a proposal that would give DACA immigrants citizenship while funding border security and enforcement.

Iowa Senators Charles Grassley and Joni Ernst are among the sponsors of the Secure and Succeed Act, which sets aside $25 million for border security, including money for a border wall. The bill also provides funding for more border control agents, limits so-called “chain migration” to only immediate family, and reallocates the diversity visa lottery.

Democrats pushed for a fix on DACA, but this isn’t necessarily the plan they wanted. Political Director Dave Price talked with former presidential candidate Martin O’Malley about his thoughts on the proposed bill.

IOWA  —  Governor Reynolds now has one less challenger in her re-election primary race.

Over the weekend, Republican Steven Ray dropped out of the race for governor. He was planning to challenge Reynolds in June’s primaries.

Former Cedar Rapids Mayor Ron Corbett is still challenging the governor for a spot on the fall ballot.

IOWA  —  Weather was a contributing factor to delays transporting Mike Wasike’s body to Kenya.

His wife, Joan Sinali, posted an update on Facebook on Sunday, saying, “the process has dragged due to the state autopsy protocol, travel document and now the current bad weather that has caused reschedulling of flights. However we are hopeful that the body will leave soon for Kenya as per God’s plan.”

Wasike was the man brutally attacked and beaten in a 2013 carjacking by three teenagers. He died last month.

A funeral service was held in West Des Moines, but his loved ones have been trying to get his body back to Kenya to be buried near his family.

In this week’s Murphy’s Law, Keith Murphy takes a closer look at the shade thrown by former Cyclone offensive coordinator and now Texas head coach Tom Herman toward Iowa State’s recruiting methods, and the differences between recruiting to Texas and ISU.

 

FREEPORT, Maine – If you still haven’t gotten around to returning your blown-out L.L.Bean flannels from the 90s, then you’re too late.

L.L.Bean, the venerable Maine retailer of rustic boots and clothes, is ending its long-running, no questions asked return policy.

The policy, which has been in place for at least a century, was ruined by a few bad players, according to an open letter to customers.

“Increasingly, a small, but growing number of customers has been interpreting our guarantee well beyond its original intent,” says the letter from executive chairman Shawn Gorman.

“Some view it as a lifetime product replacement program, expecting refunds for heavily worn products used over many years,” he said. “Other seek refunds for products that have been purchased through third parties, such as yard sales.”

L.L.Bean, which is based in Freeport, still has a return policy. But starting on Friday, the company will only take back products if they are returned within one year of the purchase date, with proof of purchase. If the product is actually defective and the customer tries to return it after a year, the company said it will work out a “fair solution.”

Gorman said the change in return policy “will only affect a small percentage of returns.”

The rather liberal return policy had been in place since the days of Leon Leonwood Bean, who founded the company back in 1912 as a mail order retailer and maker of hunting boots with unusual chainlink style soles.

The original intent was that Bean didn’t want customers to be dissatisfied with his products.

OSKALOOSA, Iowa  —  Snow hit Fort Dodge on Friday, and Oskaloosa had its turn on Saturday.

Matt Saville and his crewmates at Oskaloosa Public Works have been pulling long hours dealing with the recent snowfall. On Saturday, they say seven inches fell in the heart of the city.

“Sleep has been a stranger this week. Going into today we had just shy of 60 hours, so by the time the weekend’s over I’d venture to say we’ll be in the 80-hour range,” said Saville.

Clearing the roads has taken time; Saville says residents have been patient and understanding, but at the same time says he would be fine with the snow stopping.

“More than done with winter, sign me up and I’ll be more than happy to be done with it!” he said.

While Saville says he could go for some beach weather, if you look in the right places, you can find people like Lance Patton, who say, “bring on another round!”

“Tryin’ to shovel and make some money, been waiting for a big snow storm and we’re finally getting it. I hear we’re supposed to be getting more, so I’m hoping we do,” he said as he shoveled a neighbor’s sidewalk.

For others in Oskaloosa, even if they get a few inches on Sunday, the last few days have been nothing to get worked up about.

“I remember, like, blizzards where it like blew up to the rooftops, and we’d crawl out of the attics or the barn and go sledding. Kids these days haven’t seen snow like we did back in the 80s and 90s,” said Hope Rief.

Rief is a property manager and has been clearing snow at 10 properties. The tough Iowan say she just takes it as it comes.

“As long as it stays warm like this, ’cause to me this is warm, I don’t mind it,” she said in the 14-degree weather.

Oskaloosa Public Works says the snow ordinance will be in effect Saturday night, so residents should move their cars off the side of the roads so plows can get through.

 

AMES, Iowa — Seventeen year old Joslyn Waelti-Johnson takes the ice with a purpose.  “I want people to feel something when I skate,” said the Ballard High School Junior.  Each moment becomes frozen in time.  “The best feeling is probably, even though it can get painful on my ears, the cold wind that I hit when you start going fast.  That wind gets stronger and it is just a nice feeling,” she said.

Waelti-Johnson has been chasing that feeling almost all her life.  “It started when I was three years old.  I was infatuated with Disney, everything Disney, Joslyn said.  So her family took to her to Disney on Ice at the Wells Fargo Events Center in Des Moines.  Joslyn said, “I was like, I have to do what Cinderella is doing so we started learning how to skate and the rest is history.”

Joslyn’s mothers, Dawn and Candi knew then where most of their free time would be spent.  “She loved the ice.  We couldn’t keep her off of it,” said Candi.

Now Joslyn has her goals set as high as her triple axel will take her.  “My dream is to be on Disney on Ice.  That is my biggest dream,” she said.

When most are asleep, Joslyn is putting in the work at Ames Ice Arena.  “I get up at 4:15 am every morning and I eat breakfast and come here.  I train from 5:50 am to 7:30 am.” she said.  Then again after school on Wednesdays and Fridays for a total of over thirteen hours a week under the watchful eye of Ames Figure Skating Club coach Traci Kepley.  “Without her guidance I would not be the person or the skater I am today,” said Joslyn.

When some teenagers turn sixteen they receive a car for their birthday.  For Joslyn the decision was easy, figure skates.  Joslyn described the Italian designed boots saying, “It is a family joke that they are my car.  They are made to be shock absorbent and they have shock absorbing layers in the boot.  They are very stiff so my ankles don’t wobble when I’m landing a very difficult jump.”  They may not have four wheels but those skates are driving her to championships across the country.  “In 2016 I traveled to Cleveland and competed at the National Showcase Championships and I got first in the teen dramatic national champion,” said Joslyn.  It was a breakthrough moment that surprised even herself.  She said, “You don’t really hear of national championship figure skaters coming from Iowa.”

Joslyn followed it up by becoming a United States Figure Skating Gold Medalist.  “There are a series of tests and I passed moves in the field. There are eight tests and I passed all of those and tested out of those in the field and became a gold medalist,” said Joslyn.

The honor is so rare that only three percent of athletes that test reach the gold level.  “That kind of opened up some opportunities for me. I was able to skate in some exhibitions,” said Joslyn.

The icy path Joslyn is etching makes her mothers proud.  Candi said, “It gets me teary.  We both get really teary while she skates.”

Emotion is what first brought Joslyn the dream as a three-year-old and it continues to be a strength in her routines. “I’m a very dramatic skater because that’s my personality.  I can play those emotions really well.”

Now she may be one routine away from professionally skating with Disney on Ice.  She said, “This spring, I will send them a video of my skating and what I can do and email them my résumé.  If they like me, hopefully they’ll like me, then they’ll ask me to do a live audition when the show comes to Iowa.”

Her talents gliding her full circle, perhaps in the same arena where it all began as a little girl who wished to become an ice skating princess.  “I think it is because that is how I started. I want to start other people in their skating careers and playing Cinderella would be a great dream.  I want somebody to feel the joy that I feel when I’m skating just watching me and so that would be a dream come true,” said Joslyn.

If the audition tape is successful and Disney on Ice accepts her on tour, Joslyn says she already has enough credits to graduate from Ballard High School early and tour professionally.

 

NEW YORK  —  Here’s a shot of bad news.

We could be on the verge of a global tequila shortage, and it seems New Yorkers are partially to blame.

“Especially in the last two years, tequila and mezcal became major,” Sanatorium bar owner Albert Trummer said.

“Tequila sunrise, tequila drink straight or near,” said tequila enthusiast Daniel Hostetler.

Big cities like New York, London and Tokyo are being blamed, because apparently people are drinking so much of the gold, silver and resposado liquor it’s causing a shortage of agave – the plant from which tequila is made.

“There wasn’t enough supply for demand,” tequila importer Jason Perez said. “You have to grow it for seven years in order to come up with good tequila.”

“They take the leaves, cut it, press it, and then after that they cook it. Then the juices that come from there become tequila,” said fellow importer Miguel Aranda.

Aranda says growers are being forced to use young, immature agave plants that aren’t fully grown. Not only do they produce less tequila, the early harvesting means the shortage will only worsen as time goes by and prices could spike.

“It will go tremendously high up in price,” Trummer said. “For a good margarita, it can go up to $50, $60 with any kind of shortage.”

But that doesn’t mean everyone will be saying, ‘hold the salt.’

“Listen, alcohol’s so expensive in New York anyways, how much more can it really be?” one man said.

Some bartenders believe New Yorkers are making tequila their drink of choice because they say it’s the only alcohol that’s not a depressant and they think it’s healthier, WCBS-TV’s Natalie Duddridge reported.

“I’ve actually heard from even fitness instructors that tequila is the cleanest drink you could actually have not affecting your body,” Café Medi manager Dzenis Medunjanin said.

So while tequila is super popular right now, the shortage may cause drinkers to take a shot at another beverage.

Farmers say in the last few years they have been planting millions of agave plants, and by 2024 tequila will be back in full supply.