The Coralville Courier is transitioning to: Metro Pursuit - Iowa City!

Whether you're a lifelong resident of the Corridor area, a University of Iowa student, or just visiting the area, you've come to the right place if you're looking for information about lodging, dining, activities, finding a good mechanic, a lawyer and otherwise in the Metro area! Looking for a refreshing dinner experience? Find a restaurant that intrigues you in Metro Pursuit. Have some relatives coming into town and need some entertaining ideas? Find some in Metro Pursuit. Need to move? Find a house or apartment to your liking in Metro Pursuit. Serving the entire Corridor and the metro areas of Iowa City, Coralville, North Liberty, Tiffin, Riverside, Cedar Rapids, Hiawatha, Marion and surrounding communities!

Iowa City Community Theatre adds additional matinee performance for "The Diary of Anne Frank"

The Iowa City Community Theatre is excited to announce "The Diary of Anne Frank" will be adding an additional matinee this weekend! The powerful memoirs of a young Jewish girl are brought to life, as she is forced to hide to evade Nazi persecution.

Performance dates are April 21-30. Tickets are available online at

Road Construction - Rocky Shore Drive

Rocky-shoreWeather permitting, beginning on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 work will commence on the PCC Pavement Rehabilitation 2016 Project. This work includes street pavement repair along Rocky Shore Drive. To accommodate the repair work, Rocky Shore Drive will be reduced to one lane of alternating traffic between Highway 6 and Dill Street. It is anticipated that work will be completed along Rocky Shore Drive and normal traffic will resume by the end of the day on Wednesday, May 3rd.

Motorists are to take note of this work and use caution when traveling within this construction area.

For updated information on road construction in Iowa City, visit the City of Iowa City's website at

Stage on the Page

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Stage on the page is a drama discussion group that meets in the Library Board Room. Copies of plays are available for checkout at the library.

Stage on the page is a drama discussion group that meets in the Library Board Room.  Copies of plays are available for checkout at the library.  Come when the plays sound interesting or become a regular.  Everyone is welcome to join the discussion!

Assassins - a musical by STephen Sondheim & John WeidmanApril 27 : Assassins - a musical by Stephen Sondheim & John Weidman

With music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, Assassins has long been a favorite of theatre aficionados and helped give rise to the career of Neil Patrick Harris. Assassins is a quirky, revue-style musical that portrays both successful and would-be assassins with songs such as “Everybody’s Got the Right,” “The Ballad of Booth,” and “Another National Anthem.”



Basic Energy Unstacking All Fracking Equipment, Posting Jobs

With the U.S. drilling rig count quickly catching up with available pressure pumping capacity, Basic Energy Services Inc. has unstacked nearly all of its horsepower and is looking for people to fill the ranks, the CEO said Friday.

The U.S. onshore well site services specialist was hit especially hard during the downturn and voluntarily filed for bankruptcy protection as the call for its hydraulic fracturing (fracking) and fluid services dried up. It services oil and natural gas wells in more than 100 service points in Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arkansas, Kansas, the Rocky Mountains and in Appalachia.

The Fort Worth, TX-based oilfield services operator emerged from its Chapter 11 bankruptcy in late December and while cautious, business is getting better, CEO Roe Patterson said Friday during a conference call. Following the bankruptcy, Basic adopted "fresh start" accounting, which resulted in the operator becoming a new entity for accounting and financial reporting purposes.



Iowa fireworks lovers may soon get a bigger bang

MITCHELL — If outgoing Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad signs a bill legalizing the sale of fireworks in the state, things are going to get very busy at Flashing Thunder Fireworks Spectacular.

The Mitchell-based fireworks retailer and event producer already sells consumer-grade fireworks in other states, but has never been allowed to sell to Iowans.

At least, not unless Iowans bought their products in a state where the devices are legal.

“Obviously, it’s more business for us,” said co-owner Katie Mostek, of the possible law change. “We are a distributor of consumer fireworks, so we would gain some business by distributing to people that are selling it in the state of Iowa, and we would also set up retail locations to sell it ourselves.”

The Iowa House and Senate both passed legislation legalizing the sale of consumer-grade fireworks. That would include bottle rockets, firecrackers and roman candles.


Plastic-eating caterpillar could munch waste, scientists say - BBC News

Researchers at Cambridge University have discovered that the larvae of the moth, which eats wax in bee hives, can also degrade plastic.

Experiments show the insect can break down the chemical bonds of plastic in a similar way to digesting beeswax.

Each year, about 80 million tonnes of the plastic polyethylene are produced around the world.

The plastic is used to make shopping bags and food packaging, among other things, but it can take hundreds of years to decompose completely.

However, caterpillars of the moth (Galleria mellonella) can make holes in a plastic bag in under an hour.


Today's Weather Outlook for the Corridor

Today's weather forecast and a four day outlook.  Check this page for the latest weather reports in the corridor area.  Up-to-date weather conditions for the Iowa City area are observed at the Iowa City, Iowa City Municipal Airport, IA.  For weather conditions specific to other cities outside the corridor area, just type in your zip code below.

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