Q. Live Well Network on WHBF TV channel 4.2 has not been on for a while now. Can you tell me what happened to it? Also, I really enjoyed WHBF Retro TV. Are there any plans to bring it back?
— Don, Bettendorf
A. We contacted WHBF TV4 to find out. J.D. Walls, director of broadcast operations. He said the contract with Live Well Network was allowed to expire on Jan. 15. There are no plans to renew the contract. Walls also said there are no immediate plans to bring back WHBF Retro TV.
Q. How many trains a day, week or month use the new spur built to the Eastern Iowa Industrial Park located near Interstate 80 and Northwest Boulevard?
— Roger, Davenport
A. We contacted the city of Davenport. Mike Clarke, public works director, responded:
"The new rail spur is not yet in operation. It was built to connect the main line track that Canadian Pacific operates to the new Transload Facility. The Transload Facility is designed to accommodate the transfer of goods and cargo from a truck onto a train or from a train onto a truck. Construction on the new Transload Facility is expected to start this spring and is projected to be operational in 2016. We anticipate the traffic will be between two to five trains per month during the first year."
Q. What is the status of Ross Dress for Less in Moline? It is supposed to go in near Hobby Lobby and PetSmart.
— Margot, Moline
A. We contacted the city of Moline to check the status. Ray Forsythe, planning & development director, responded. He said Ross Dress for Less should open in March or April at the latest. We also contacted Ross Dress for Less to try to get a specific date but have not heard back from the company. Look for a follow up as soon as we get a response.
Q. What ever happened to Al Van Zee? He used to be a broadcaster with WQAD-TV8, Moline.
— Doug, Davenport
A. Al Van Zee is with KEVN Black Hills FOX TV in Rapid City, S.D. According to the KEVN website, "He is a South Dakota Native who got his start in television in 1979 as a reporter and photographer at KSFY in Sioux Falls. Since then he has worked as an anchor and reporter in television in markets in Illinois and Texas."
"It doesn't hurt, of course, that the Black Hills contain some of the most beautiful places on the planet. Al's first love is the outdoors. On his time off, he spends as much time as possible in the Black Hills back country. Al is also a licensed pilot with over 1700 hours of flying time."
If you would like to get in touch with Van Zee, you can contact him through KEVN Black Hills FOX TV, P.O. Box 677, Rapid City, S.D. 57709 or on Facebook.