The Ottumwa Courier

October 7, 2013

State parks unimpeded by federal shutdown


The Daily Iowegian

---- — State parks are open for business

Calls are coming in to state park officers faster than they can be answered. Yes, Iowa’s state parks, including those like Honey Creek and Elk Rock that are on federal land, are open.

That’s the message being relayed during the federal government shutdown.

“It can be confusing about what is open and what isn’t, especially for parks on federal reservoirs,” said Jim Lawson, State Parks Bureau supervisor for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. “But Iowa’s state parks are open for business as usual.”

For a listing of state parks, go to www.iowadnr.gov/parks.

Facilities run by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the National Monuments and Federal Refuges and other federal areas are closed during the shutdown.

Marimba virtuoso to perform at IHCC

OTTUMWA — Internationally-acclaimed marimba virtuoso Matthew Coley will present a solo concert on Saturday, Oct. 12, at 7:30 p.m. at St. John Auditorium on Indian Hills’ Ottumwa Campus. As part of the Indian Hills Community College Performing and Visual Arts series, the concert is free and open to the public.

Coley has distinguished himself as one of the country’s most versatile percussion artists and educators. Performing on marimba, percussion, cimbalom and hammer dulcimer, he has performed as a soloist and collaborator with orchestras and ensembles throughout the U.S. and abroad including the Millennium Chamber Players, San Francisco Sinfonietta, Kurpfalzisches Kammerorchester Mannheim and Moldavian Philharmonic and Teleradio Symphony Orchestras.