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Good Monday morning to you!
 

I received a notice last week that Color Web Printers in Cedar Rapids was shutting down its newspaper printing operations effective Aug. 31. The printing of the Cedar Rapids Gazette — which has been viewed by many as the best daily newspaper in the state — and its affiliated publications will be moved to the Des Moines Register printing plant.

This is sad news in the publishing world, especially for the 34 full-time and eight part-time employees at the Color Web print facility. It is also sad for the employees of the Cedar Rapids Gazette, as well as its subscribers. Regardless of what the parent company Folience claims, having another 90 minutes from the time a daily newspaper goes to press to the time it can be read in the marketplace is not good. Just ask a Des Moines Register subscriber, if you can find one.

A longstanding joke in our industry is that freedom of the press belongs to those who own one. But in recent decades, owning a press was no longer a necessity to publishing. Commercial printers were eager to seek out print jobs while investing in better printing and production equipment.

We used Color Web printers for most of our printing in our early years. They were good people who did quality work. We started sending them so much business that they needed to deliver it back to us in two trucks rather than one, and they doubled our transportation costs. The logic of charging a customer more for sending too much business their way didn't make sense to me. They should have found a bigger truck and kept finding ways to take on more of our business. We located another printer with leaders who had this philosophy. That lack of customer-based thinking may be what led to the demise of Color Web. Or it may simply be the absorption of some of the revenue declines from the Gazette. Folience says it is due to “increased printing consolidation industrywide and the end of several long-term printing contracts.” Who knows? Regardless, I am sure it wasn’t an easy decision.

Back to the freedom of the press belonging to those who own one. This is where it starts to get scary — and monopolistic. Local newspaper and magazine publishers like us have few options for printers today, especially those of us who need web printing. It is concerning to think that The Des Moines Register and its parent company (Gannett or Gatehouse or whatever it is now) will be able to decide who to print for, what to print and how much to charge.

There was a time when The Des Moines Register was viewed as a helpful “big brother” by publishers across the state. Those days are gone, as the Register is now run by out-of-staters who don’t know Algona from Altoona. That’s not good for any of us. Let’s hope that the difficult changes made by the Gazette’s parent company will ensure a stronger future for that newspaper, its employees, its readers and the local businesses who rely on it for timely news and advertising.

Enjoy your Monday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
shane@dmcityview.com

 

Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

Our dry pattern continues and heat builds as we head into the 90’s starting Tuesday.

For help with preapprovals or refinancing, get in touch with Jason at parkin.mortgage

 
Things To Do
 

Monday, July 19 (runs through July 28)
⇛“Tied Up” by Connor Young (photography)
At: Ankeny Art Center, 1520 S.W. Ordnance Road
Info: Photography exhibit on display; www.ankenyartcenter.com

 

 
Featured Home For Sale
 

2920 Vine Street
West Des Moines, IA 50265
$235,000

Great location! Walking distance to park and Fairmeadows Elementary. Easy access to I-235 and just a short drive to Valley West Mall and many other amenities! This beautiful 4 bedroom 1.5 bathroom ranch has been well taken care of and is ready for you to make it your own. All the big ticket items have been recently updated. Furnace, AC and roof all new in 2018. ...

 
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Traffic 
 

Traffic lanes on Martin Luther King Jr Parkway from Carpenter Avenue to Forest Avenue will be reduced beginning at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, July 19, 2021, through 7:00 p.m. on Monday, September 13, 2021. This lane reduction is necessary for storm sewer installation and pavement restoration as part of the Near West Side Sewer Separation project.

21st Street between University Avenue and Carpenter Avenue will be closed beginning at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, July 19, 2021, through 7:00 p.m. on Monday, September 13, 2021. This street closure is necessary for storm sewer installation and pavement restoration as part of the Near West Side Sewer Separation project.

 
A.M. Headlines

FROM KCCI: 'I love my wife': New reports reveal competency debate of man accused of killing wife

ZEARING, Iowa - New documents released this week reveal the mental state of a Zearing man accused of stabbing his wife to death. In November 2019, Gary Pillman was charged with murder after his wife, Betty Pillman. Reports state that he stabbed her to death in their front yard before going to a neighbors home confessing he murdered her and tried to kill himself.  .. READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV 13: Residents of low-income apartments near downtown Des Moines fear evictions after letter from building owner

DES MOINES, Iowa — The Jefferson Apartments have provided an affordable option for people looking to live near downtown Des Moines, but its days may be numbered. All of its tenants received a letter from the building’s owner, the Krause Group, on Friday evening. The letter tells residents the building on the 1500 block of Grand Avenue “does not meet our standards” and that the company has “begun the process of vacating the building.”   READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: 'We're getting a lot of return requests': Increased need for pet adoptions as owners go back to the office

CLIVE, Iowa — Sunday marked the end of the second Great Iowa Pet Fest, a celebration of pets and pet people. The festival was born during the pandemic and brings together pet owners, vendors, adoption agencies—and all kinds of four-legged friends. ... READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

 
The Score
 
IOWA CUBS: The Iowa Cubs (26-37) were held scoreless by the Toledo Mud Hens (36-28), losing 3-0 in the sixth and final game of the series, Sunday at Fifth Third Field.
 
MLB: D-backs 6 Cubs 4, Tigers 7 Twins 0, Brewers 8 Reds 0, Orioles 5 Royals 0, White Sox 4 Astros 0, Cardinals 2 Giants 1 ...READ MORE
NBA finals: On Saturday, Bucks defeated Suns, 109-103, to take the lead 3-2 in the series.
 
CITYVIEW's Best Of Des Moines 2021
 

Nearly 14,000 votes were cast in the 2021 CITYVIEW Best Of Des Moines readers' poll.

Best Local Event Rental Services
1. Des Moines Wedding DJ
2. Bella Flora
3. Classic Event & Parties

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Personalities
 

Amsden takes pyrotechnic hobby to new heights
By Rachel Harrington

Jacob Amsden became interested in fireworks as a kid, but it wasn’t until 2018, when he went to a fireworks competition, that his interest and drive to learn the skills needed for pyrotechnics took off. Because his interest was to achieve a professional level, he attended a PGI convention that he previously saw on YouTube.

“That’s where I first heard of a pyro musical,” Amsden remarks.

He obtained a PGI membership and attended a fireworks shooter safety course.

[...]

 
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Jobs

FEATURED JOB LISTING

Special Education Teacher Associate
The Johnston Community School District is seeking individuals who want to make a difference in the lives of students as a Special Education Teacher Associate. There are full-time (over 30 hours per weeks) and part-time positions (under 30 hours per week) available. Starting rate of pay is $16.96 to $17.65 per hour. Full-time employees are eligible to receive medical and dental insurance. All full-time and part-time positions are eligible for the Iowa Public Employees Retirement System (IPERS).
Please apply online at: https://www.applitrack.com/johnston/onlineapp/default.aspx?Category=Support+Staff
General job functions include:
· Assists in the supervision of students in the classroom and other areas of the school facility.
· Assists staff in preparation of materials.
· Works with group or individual students in the daily routine of the classroom under the teacher’s direction.
· Keeps teacher/administrator informed of all relevant student-related matters.
· Maintains working knowledge and use of available technology.
· Duties and responsibilities as requested by supervisor may vary from time to time.

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Snapshots

Rain drops are suspended on a spider web above a group of rocks. Photo by Tammy Pearson

Want to see your photo included in the Daily Umbrella? Send your Snapshots to tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com, and maybe it will be chosen!

 
 
Digital Editions
 
Urbandale Living magazine is published each month and mailed to every household in the community. The July issue cover story, "On the Same Page," is about book clubs and the people who are passionate about them. Also included are other features, informational articles and local photos. Each edition, as well as the archives, may be viewed at www.iowalivingmagazines.com. Read the July issue here.
 
 
Summer Stirs
 
CITYVIEW's traveling cocktails are back!  The next event is in the Historic East Village, Friday, July 23, 5-9 p.m.

Sample the signature Summer Stir drinks at 7 participating establishments! For only $20 (prepaid online), participants will receive 10 tickets to use to sample drinks at any of the participating venues. Tickets may also be purchased at the event for $30. All of the establishments will be within walking distance.

 
Details and Tickets
 
Birthdays and Notables!
 

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Benedict Cumberbatch, Jared Padalecki, Jon Jones, Brian May, Edgar Degas, Topher Grace, Dino Babers

SUBMIT: Want to wish someone a Happy Birthday or a Congratulations on their big day? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com

 
Poll of the Week

Which was the worst “Star Wars” movie?

“A New Hope”
“The Empire Strikes Back”
“Return of the Jedi”
“The Phantom Menace”
“Attack of the Clones”
“Revenue of the Sith”
“The Force Awakens”
“The Last Jedi”
“The Rise of Skywalker"

 

Which are you most fearful of?

Rats- 28%
Snakes - 51%
Heights - 19%
Public speaking - 2%

 
Morning Chuckle
 
YESTERDAY'S RIDDLE
Why did the cat go to Minnesota?
TO GET A MINI SODA! Russ Cerniglia got it, as did Bruce Holum, who added, "The better answer is 'to try to be a cooler cat.'"
 
TODAY'S RIDDLE:
Why did the thirsty cat go to Minnesota?
 
Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com 
 

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