Republicans question Reynolds plan to cut $10M from Medicaid


January 21st, 2018 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Republicans are wading through the hard realities of mid-year budget cuts, and some are expressing reservations about a proposal from Gov. Kim Reynolds to reduce $10 million from the state’s Medicaid program.

Reynolds’ staff claims the cut won’t impact the health care program’s services for the poor and disabled, but the governor still must convince members of her party. Many Republicans already appear weary of removing money from a program under scrutiny for reports of reduced services under privatization.

The Iowa Department of Human Services says a decline in Medicaid enrollment means less financial need. The nonpartisan Legislative Services Agency says while enrollment is down, it’s too early to know the implications of a reduction.

Iowa’s roughly $4 billion Medicaid program is funded through the federal government and the state. Iowa’s share is expected to be about $1.6 billion.

Upcoming Cass County Conservation Board events

Ag/Outdoor, News

January 21st, 2018 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Conservation Board has a couple of events for you to mark on your calendar. A Full Moon Owl Prowl Hike will be held at the Cold Springs Park in Lewis,  on Thursday February 1st 2018 at 7 PM. And, a Sweethearts Snowshoe Hike will be held at the Pellett Memorial Woods outside of Atlantic, on February 17th 2018 at 7 PM.

Come out for a great night hike, who knows what nature has waiting for you! The Full Moon will light the way! Together, you and Conservation staff will hike and try to call in various species of Owls that may be in the park that night! All ages are welcome!

Snowshoes (in a variety of sizes) will be available for the Showshoe Hike. The event WILL be CANCELLED with “NO SNOW!” Both events FREE, Dress for the weather!

GLEN B. HUEY, 93, of Manilla & formerly of Irwin (Svcs. 1/23/18)


January 21st, 2018 by Chris Parks

GLEN B. HUEY, 93, of Manilla (& formerly of Irwin), died Saturday, Jan. 20th, in Manilla. Funeral services for GLEN HUEY will be held 11-a.m. Tues., Jan. 23rd, at the Irwin United Methodist Church. Burmeistr-Johannsen Funeral Home in Harlan has the arrangements.

Friends may call at the funeral home on Monday, Jan. 22nd, from 3-until 8-p.m., with the family greeting friends from 4-until 6-p.m.; Online condolences may be left at

Burial will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery at Irwin.

GLEN HUEY is survived by:

His sons – Marlin (Barbara) Huey, of Ankeny; Roger (Janet) Huey, of Atlantic, and Tom (Delores) Huey, of Harlan.

His daughters – Rosemary (Charles) Chisholm, of Charlottesville, VA., & Sherru McQuaid, of LaVista, NE.

His sister – Merle Carbo, of Atlanta, GA.

12 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, other relatives & friends.

Skyscan Forecast for Atlantic & the area, 1/21/18


January 21st, 2018 by Ric Hanson

Today: Drizzle likely, mainly between 1pm and 3pm. Patchy fog. Otherwise, cloudy, with a high near 40. Northeast wind 7 to 11 mph.
Tonight: Rain, mainly before 3am. Patchy fog. Low around 35. Northeast wind 10 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
Monday: Snow likely, possibly mixed with rain, becoming all snow after 5pm. Patchy fog before 7am. Otherwise, cloudy, with a temperature rising to near 37 by noon, then falling to around 33 during the remainder of the day. Windy, with a northeast wind 10 to 15 mph becoming north northwest 16 to 21 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 33 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
Monday Night: A 50 percent chance of snow before midnight. Cloudy, then gradually becoming partly cloudy, with a low around 22. Windy, with a north northwest wind 16 to 22 mph, with gusts as high as 33 mph. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 33. West northwest wind 9 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph.
Tuesday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 21.
Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 37.

Saturday’s High in Atlantic was 49. Our 24-hour Low (ending at 7-a.m. today) was 21. At 7-a.m., it was 38.

Winter Storm Watch for parts of the KJAN listening area


January 21st, 2018 by Ric Hanson

Sac and Crawford Counties…

THROUGH MONDAY EVENING (12-a.m. Monday through 12-a.m. Tuesday)

* WHAT…Heavy mixed precipitation possible. Plan on difficult travel conditions, including during the morning commute on Monday. Total snow accumulations of 1 to 3 inches, and ice accumulations of up to one tenth of an inch are possible.

* WHERE…Parts of north central into parts of west central Iowa.

* WHEN…From late Sunday night through Monday evening.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Winds gusting as high as 40 mph will cause patchy blowing and drifting snow.


A Winter Storm Watch means there is potential for significant snow, sleet or ice accumulations that may impact travel. Continue to monitor the latest forecasts.

Saturday’s area basketball scores (from 1/20/18)


January 21st, 2018 by Ric Hanson


Panorama, Panora 56, Shenandoah 52, OT

Sioux City, North 51, Council Bluffs, Thomas Jefferson 46

Treynor 67, Bishop Heelan Catholic, Sioux City 65, OT

Valley, West Des Moines 55, Council Bluffs, Abraham Lincoln 47

Woodward Academy 57, Coon Rapids-Bayard 18

Bluegrass ConferenceTournament
First Round
Moulton-Udell 70, Seymour 64

Corner Conference Tournament
Third Place
Fremont Mills, Tabor 48, East Mills 44

Stanton 73, Sidney 66

Prep Nebraska Classic
Harlan 54, Kearney Catholic, Neb. 45

St. Albert, Council Bluffs 58, Elkhorn, Neb. 56


Bishop Heelan Catholic, Sioux City 59, Treynor 55

Council Bluffs, Thomas Jefferson 60, Sioux City, North 31

Exira/Elk Horn-Kimballton 57, Kuemper Catholic, Carroll 52

Riverside, Oakland 52, College Springs South Page 35

Prep Nebraska Classic
Gretna, Neb. 59, Harlan 55

Iowa early News Headlines: Sunday, 1/21/18


January 21st, 2018 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press at 3:40 a.m. CST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A winter storm has Nebraska and parts of Iowa and Kansas in its crosshairs. The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for most of Nebraska, starting Saturday evening in western Nebraska and continuing through Sunday night across much of the state. Much of Iowa and a section of Nebraska from north of Omaha to an area south of Hastings could see a wintry mix and freezing rain.

NASHUA, Iowa (AP) — Iowa officials have identified a man shot by police earlier this week in northeast Iowa as a Minneapolis resident. The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation said late Friday that 29-year-old Jihad Merrick died after being shot on Highway 218 in Bremer County in a standoff with police and after he had hit an officer with his car. The names of the officers involved haven’t been released.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A commission has told lawmakers that repeated cuts to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources threatened its ability to protect the state’s air and water as the reductions have forced the agency to leave more than 100 positions vacant. The Des Moines Register reports an Environmental Protection Commission report noted the Iowa DNR’s budget had been cut from $22 million in 2009 to $11.17 million in the current budget year. The cuts have come amid rising concerns about Iowa’s polluted waterways.

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — A homeless shelter in western Iowa will be starting a Girl Scouts troop. The Omaha World-Herald reports that Micah House in Council Bluffs will begin holding troop meetings next month. The shelter received a $1,000 grant from the Pottawattamie Youth Council to start the troop. The shelter’s executive director was inspired after reading about a troop expanding to homeless shelters in New York City.



January 21st, 2018 by Ric Hanson

Area Counties…Carroll-Audubon-Guthrie-DallasCass-Adair-Madison

235 AM CST Sun Jan 21 2018

…Reduced Visibility From Fog Possible This Morning…

Visibility expected to drop to the 1 to 3 mile range through this morning, with some locations experiencing periods of dense fog of 1/2 a mile visibility or less.

Additionally, in locations with temperatures below freezing, primarily along and north of highway 20, freezing fog is possible.

Please travel with extra caution. Be alert for changing and reduced visibility due to fog. Untreated roads may become slippery in some locations where dense fog is present.

JoANN MARIE JACOBSEN, 71, of Avoca (Svcs. 01/25/2018)


January 20th, 2018 by Chris Parks

JoANN MARIE JACOBSEN, 71, of Avoca died Saturday, January 20th at Westmont Care Center in Logan. Memorial services for JoANN MARIE JACOBSEN will be held Thursday, January 25th at 2:00pm at United Lutheran Church in Shelby. Pauley-Jones Funeral Home in Avoca has the arrangements.

Inurnment will be in the Shelby Cemetery at a later date.

JoANN MARIE JACOBSEN is survived by:

Sons: Steven (Christina) Niziol of Logan. David Niziol of Dunlap.

Brother: Samuel (Pamela) Weir of Webster, PA.

Special Friend: Cornelius (Bud) Warren of Avoca.

RICHARD “DICK” CAPPEL, 76, of West Des Moines (Formerly of Atlantic) (Svcs. 01/23/2018)


January 20th, 2018 by Chris Parks

RICHARD “DICK” CAPPEL, 76, of West Des Moines (Formerly of Atlantic) died Friday, January 19th at  Cass County Memorial Hospital in Atlantic. Funeral services for DICK CAPPEL will be held Tuesday, January 23rd at 11:00am in the Hockenberry Family Care Funeral Home in Atlantic.

Visitation with the family will be held Monday, January 22nd from 5:00pm-8:00pm in the Hockenberry Family Care Funeral Home in Atlantic.

Burial will be in the Atlantic Cemetery.

Memorials may be directed to Des Moines Christian School.

DICK CAPPEL is survived by:

Wife: Diane Cappel of West Des Moines.

Son: Doug (Jennifer) Cappel

Brother: Tom (Janet) Cappel.

Sister: Carol (Fred) Emmert.

2 Grandchildren