Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Rain Forest Decision Tomorow (28th) Says Register

The Des Moines Register's Perry Beeman, who's done a number of stories about the Iowa rain forest project, is saying today (September 27) that the project's board will actually pick a site tomorrow. His brief story opens with the following paragraphs:

Earthpark Rain Forest Site To Be Chosen Thursday

Perry Beeman

Des Moines Register

September 27, 2006

"The board of directors of Earthpark, an indoor rainforest and environmental education center, plan to pick a site for the $155 million project Thursday.

"The finalists are Pella and Riverside.

"The board meets in the morning and plans to announce the site about 12:30 p.m.

"The long-delayed development . . . is slated to open in 2010.

. . . (emphasis supplied)"

"Announce the site about 12:30" is a lot more precise than anything we've heard from the rain forest's promoters in the past, as the promised announcement has kept slipping, month by month, from January through September. And Perry Beeman is a good reporter, and knowledgeable regarding the rain forest. So we may actually soon know.

But that "choice" is relatively meaningless given the basics about this decade-long project, of which more soon.

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