Q: I have plastic bags with a recycling symbol on them and a 4 in the center. Can I put them in my recycling?

A: Absolutely not. Plastic bags are not allowed in the city of Waterloo’s curb-side or drop-off recycling containers. Many stores that use plastic bags have containers to accept clean recyclable bags.

Q: Regarding the show “Deadliest Catch” on the Discovery Channel: Has this been discontinued or shown on another channel?

A: There will be a new season of the show this year on Discovery, but it doesn’t look as if a premiere date has been announced yet.

Q: Is Bruno Mars African-American or Latino?

A: His father’s background is Puerto Rican, Ukrainian and Hungarian. His mother emigrated from the Philippines to Hawaii and was of Filipino and Spanish ancestry. Mars grew up in Hawaii.

Q: On RFD TV they said there were wild horses in Iowa. Where are they?

A: As far as we can tell, there aren’t herds of wild horses here. But the Bureau of Land Management does host occasional events where people can adopt wild horses brought here from Western ranges, when their population has grown too large. There was one such event in October 2016 here in Waterloo.

Q: What happened to Mike Pearson that hosted “Market to Market” on IPTV?

A: In December, after an OWI arrest, he resigned his position with IPTV, according to a statement he gave on a podcast he hosts.

Q: Who is the spokeswoman in the NewAldaya commercials?

A: That is NewAldaya CEO Millisa Tierney.

Q: What is the starting salary for a Waterloo Community School District teacher and what is an average salary for a WCSD teacher?

A: Michael Coughlin, the district chief financial officer, said the starting wage for teachers depends upon what education level they have. It starts at $36,714 for those with a bachelor’s degree and rises to $47,592 for those with a master’s degree plus 45 additional college credits. Coughlin said the average salary of the 868 current staff is $55,156.

Q: What is the ratio of administrators to students in Iowa’s three state universities?

A: Josh Lehman, senior communications director for the Iowa Board of Regents, said the ratio of students to administrators at the three Regent universities is 85 to 1.

Q: Does Janesville have 100 students who open enroll to other school districts?

A: Janesville Consolidated School Superintendent B.J. Meaney replied: “No, we have 94 students open enrolled out, and 73 students open enrolled in.”

Calls are taken on a special Courier phone line at 234-3566. Questions are answered by Courier staff and staff at the Waterloo Public Library.

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