Unfinished business

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Financial aid sign ups down slightly among potential college students

first_imgDES MOINES — Iowa College Aid reports a slight drop in the number of students filing the information that’s used to determine if they qualify for federal aid, state-funded grants, and scholarships provided by colleges and universities.  Spokeswoman Elizabeth Keest Sedrel says the filing rate for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA fell from 54 to 52 percent. “We’ve been working on pumping up the FAFSA filing numbers for several years — and we’ve been very successful — we’ve been seeing year-over-year increases,” according to Sedrel. “And, along  about March when COVID really became a big issue in the United States, Iowa like all of the states in the country, really saw those rates start to dip.” She says part of the issue could be the seniors have been at home and not in school. “When K-through-12 schools closed the physical campuses, high school seniors wouldn’t have had regular personal contact with their school counselors any longer.  And a lot of times these school counselors are the ones who facilitate that filing for financial aid,” Sedrel says.  She says it could also be due to uncertainty about what would happen with colleges. “We do think that there was an issue with students not being sure what was going to happen with schools in the fall,” she says.  “A lot of the time period we are looking at here — physical campuses had closed for the remainder of that school year — but schools hadn’t yet announced their plans for the fall of 2020.”  Sedrel says the positive is Iowa hasn’t seen the drop that other states have. “It’s happened all across the country. Iowa has actually seen a smaller dip than most other states — so we don’t want to paint this out to be a dire situation,” Sedrel says. But we are going to have to offset the losses from this year  as we do look to moving forward on these FAFSA numbers.”  She says getting financial aid for students aligns with the Future Ready Iowa goal of  having 70 percent of the workforce with education or training beyond high school by 2025.  Sedrel says students and families can go online and file for FAFSA to find out how much aid is available.last_img read more

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GOLDEN STATE JUVENILE STAKES QUOTES-FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2019

first_imgJOCKEY QUOTES      VICTOR ESPINOZA, TAP BACK, WINNER:  “I wasn’t sure about him.  He ran well for me the first time and then didn’t seem the same horse when we ran third.  Today when we were warming up on the backside, he felt like he was back to normal, just like the first time I rode him. We got a good break. I didn’t want to go head and head with the speed. When it was time to run, we took off.”   TRAINER QUOTES      JEFF BONDE, TAP BACK, WINNER: Asked if he expected to be in front:”He’s got a lot of natural speed and we’ve been really working hard to break off behind horses and get him to relax. He was just a little too keen in his early races, and in between them, we had time to really work with him and he responded.“I just told Victor (Espinoza), ‘Don’t let him do too much early. Try to get him into a rhythm. I know we’re going to be in front; just don’t let him burn himself up.’“It was a great race.”KATE BARTON, TAP BACK, WINNER: “I feel great. This means a lot to everyone…our family… our farm…it has taken a lot of years to get here. First stakes win so we are really excited.”(On future for Tap Back) “We’ll see what Jeff has planned for him. We weren’t exactly sure what to expect today, but we were quite pleased. So, we’ll see how he comes out and then establish a game plan.”NOTES: The winning owner is Richard Barton.last_img read more

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Curfew Idea still up for Discussion

first_imgAfter several months of contemplation, city hall still hasn’t made a decision on whether a curfew would be the best solution to tackle the city’s vandalism and crime problems.At Monday night’s council meeting, mayor and council reviewed curfew bylaws from several cities in Canada, but ultimately decided that more public consultation was required before the city could move forward. Mayor and council put forth a motion directing city staff to explore the best way to get feedback from residents, suggesting staff research consultation methods ranging from a task force to an open house.Fort St. John resident Barbara Kvikstad, who has been working to reduce vandalism in her neighbourhood, says public input is a good thing, but she’d like to see a solution to her neighbourhood’s woes.- Advertisement -[asset|aid=503|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=moosefm_news-20081027T2233.mp3]Many councilors also suggested crime deterrence techniques that could be used as an alternative or in addition to a curfew, such as surveillance cameras, better street lighting, or classical music broadcast in problem areas at night.Advertisement Councillor Bruce Christenson, who feels that tougher sentencing may be an effective deterrent, questioned the efficacy of a curfew for Fort St. John.[asset|aid=501|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=moosefm_news-20081027T2229.mp3] Councillor Dan Davies also stressed the importance of utilizing existing programs, such as auxiliary policing and block watch teams.last_img read more

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