Ag Input Meeting Scheduled for February 10

Ag/Outdoor

January 24th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

You’re invited to join Iowa State University Extension & Outreach Field Agronomist, Aaron Saeugling, and Iowa State University Farm Coordinator for Southwest Iowa, Jim Rogers, for a one-hour presentation covering the newest farm trials conducted across the state. The Ag Input Meeting for Montgomery County will be held on Friday, February 10th from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm at the Extension office in Red Oak.

Do you have crop input questions for 2017? Do you wonder what research Iowa State University is doing in southwest Iowa? Do you value independent research results? Would you like to see demonstrations conducted on farm fields? ISU’s Saeugling and Rogers will also answer participants’ questions about crop input in the upcoming growing season.

Ag Input Meetings will be conducted all across southwest Iowa this winter. There will be one held at the Montgomery County Extension Office located at 400 Bridge Street, Suite 2 on Friday, February 10, 2017 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Complementary cookies and coffee will be served. There is no fee to attend and pre-registration is not required. For more information contact Montgomery County Extension at 712-623-2592.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach connects the needs of Iowans with Iowa State University research and resources.We provide education and partnerships designed to solve today’s problems, prepare for the future and help Iowans make informed decisions.

The Montgomery County office is located at 400 Bridge Street in Red Oak. You can contact us at 712.623.2592 or through our website at www.extension.iastate.edu/montgomery or “like” Montgomery County-IA Extension on Facebook.

(Press Release)

Arrest made in connection w/accident involving missing girl

News

January 24th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Crawford County said today (Tuesday), the driver of a vehicle that crashed into Boyer River early Thursday morning was arrested Monday night on drug and other charges. 25-year old Ramon Hernandez, of Denison, is in the Crawford County jail on charges of drug distribution to minors, marijuana possession, reckless driving, driving under suspension, and failure to maintain control. He is accused of giving four teenagers marijuana about 10 p.m. last Wednesday at his house.

Law enforcement, fire and rescue personnel and volunteers have been search for 15-year old Yoana Acosta, of Denison, since she failed to surface from the submerged car following last week’s crash. Four other people survived that crash into the Boyer River, north of Denison, after the vehicle they were in drove through two fields before ending up in the river.

Just this morning (Tuesday morning), members of Iowa Task Force One, Sioux City Fire and Rescue Division, were activated by Iowa Homeland Security to assist local agencies in Denison with locating the missing girl. Members are providing search and recovery efforts as well as relief assistance to local officials.

(KNOD/Harlan)

Nebraska officials won’t prosecute man in Iowa woman’s death

News

January 24th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Authorities have decided not to prosecute a man whose vehicle fatally struck an Iowa woman in southeast Nebraska. Nineteen-year-old Merzedes Hart, of Council Bluffs, Iowa, was killed late Jan. 13 as she crossed U.S. Highway 6 northeast of Lincoln. The vehicle that hit her continued on. The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office says Hart and two friends had been at a nearby strip club.

A news release from Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday that investigators concluded the vehicle driver did nothing to cause the accident and left the scene only because he thought his vehicle had struck a deer. The 51-year-old man, Ricky Phillips, of Lincoln, was cited for driving with a suspended license.

Hart was a student at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and was on the track team.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 24th

Trading Post

January 24th, 2017 by Stacie Linfor

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Bill to “defund” Planned Parenthood clears senate subcommittee

News

January 24th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Republicans at the statehouse have advanced a bill that would “defund” Planned Parenthood, as a large crowd of Planned Parenthood backers chanted and protested the move. The bill that cleared a senate SUBcommittee early this (Tuesday) afternoon would no longer allow Medicaid patients to get contraception, cancer screenings or reproductive health tests at Planned Parenthood. Medicaid patients would be required to go to OTHER clinics for those services. Republicans at the state and national level have made “defunding” Planned Parenthood a priority. Joan Thompson of the Iowa Catholic Conference urged legislators in Iowa to make that move.

“The conference supports this bill because it redirects government health care funds away from abortion providers,” Thompson said. “We believe that life is sacred and a fundamental right and abortion is a direct assault on the lives and dignity of women and children, and a rejection of our obligations to one another, particularly to the poor and vulnerable.” Suzanna de Baca of Planned Parenthood of the Heartland says if the bill becomes law, teen pregnancy rates will rise.

“Without a trusted provider they can rely on for care, teens will face the dilemma of trying to find birth control in their hometowns,” she says. “They may be afraid to go to clinics which they feel will share information with their parents or who may not respect their decision to be sexually active and may intimidate them from using birth control.” The hearing room for the discussion of this bill was jammed and dozens of people jammed hallways and staircases behind the senate to protest.

Some of today’s (Tuesday’s) protesters — like Ali Babcock of Ames — were wearing pink hats — the same hats they wore at the capitol this past Saturday for the massive women’s march.  “It’s very positive and it’s very important to everyone that’s here,” Babcock said. Jennifer Bowen of Iowa Right to Life praised the legislators who back the bill.

“We recognize that this opportunity provides more women more choices and so we’re very thankful for you,” Bowen says. Governor Branstad has said he’d sign the legislation and Senate Republicans have said this bill is one of their top four priorities. The next stop for debate on this proposal is a senate committee.

(Radio Iowa)

Audubon travels to Treynor for WIC hoops doubleheader

Sports

January 24th, 2017 by Chris Parks

The Audubon Wheelers will travel to Treynor tonight for a Western Iowa Conference basketball doubleheader and we’ll have coverage on KJAN.

The girls game will feature the undefeated and Class 2A second ranked Cardinals against the 8-4 Wheelers. The Cardinals are fresh off a pair of wins over higher class opponents, beating Bishop Heelan on Saturday and Atlantic on Monday.  We had the Atlantic match-up on KJAN Monday night as the Cardinals got 18 points from Abby Tiarks in a 69-46 win.

We also had the call of Audubon’s last outing on Friday night as they picked up a win over AHSTW 49-31.  The Wheelers were led in that one by 16 points from Sydney Obermeier and 15 from Claire Olsen.  The Cardinals won the first meeting of the season on December 13th handily 74-30.

The boys half of the doubleheader will feature the 8-4 Wheelers against the 7-6 Cardinals.  Audubon is coming off a 76-54 loss on Friday night to AHSTW.  The Cardinals fell to Bishop Heelan on Saturday 74-51.  Audubon was able to grab a 68-61 win the first time the two teams met back on December 13th in Audubon.

Chris Parks and Mike Smith will have the call of the games tonight on AM1220, FM101.1, kjan.com, the KJAN mobile app, and on KJANTV. Tune in for pregame at about 5:50pm just prior to the girls game at 6:00pm.  The boys will follow at about 7:30pm.

Atlantic P-D report (1/24)

News

January 24th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Police Department reports the arrest on Monday, of 39-year old Julie Luetje, of Walnut. Luetje was taken into custody for Driving While Revoked, and brought to the Cass County Jail.

Iowa’s Unemployment rate drops

News

January 24th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

The state’s unemployment rate dropped in December. Officials with Iowa Workforce Development said today (Tuesday) the unemployment rate dropped to three-point-six percent in December from three-point-eight percent in November. A statement from Workforce Development says Iowa’s economy has grown at a slower rate than in the past — but growth in construction, finance and healthcare offset losses in other areas.

The report says the number of unemployed Iowans dropped by nearly four-thousand from November to December. December was the third straight month the state saw a drop in unemployment, after holding steady at four-point-two percent in September. The U-S unemployment rate increased to four-point-seven percent in December.

(Radio Iowa)

Bill would change protocol for student athlete concussions

News, Sports

January 24th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Lawmakers are considering a bill that would require a trained health care professional to evaluate concussions at some Iowa high school sporting events, but it’s still unclear how school districts would pay for it. A GOP-led House education subcommittee debated the proposed legislation Tuesday without taking action.

Iowa currently allows coaches or other officials to evaluate concussions during high school varsity sporting events. Some have argued over the years that the setup may create a conflict of interest that results in an athlete being placed back in a sporting event despite possible injury.

The bill doesn’t estimate a cost of the action but lawmakers and lobbyists acknowledged there would be an expense. Lawmakers say they’ll review those details before meeting again.

Winter Weather Advisory/Winter Storm Warning (Update 4:00pm 1/24)

News, Weather

January 24th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM
WEDNESDAY FOR AUDUBON-GUTHRIE AND COUNTIES, AND UNTIL 4-P.M. WEDNESDAY FOR HARRISON AND SHELBY COUNTIES.

A WINTER STORM WARNING IS NOW EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY UNTIL 6-P.M. WEDNESDAY, FOR SAC-CRAWFORD-CARROLL AND GREENE COUNTIES.

* TIMING…PRECIPITATION MAINLY IN THE FORM OF SNOW IS FORECAST TO SPREAD WEST TO EAST ACROSS WESTERN TO CENTRAL IOWA THIS
AFTERNOON. A RAIN AND SNOW MIX IS LIKELY AT TIMES LATE THIS
AFTERNOON INTO THIS EVENING…BEFORE CHANGING OVER TO ALL SNOW
LATE TONIGHT INTO WEDNESDAY. BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW IS
ANTICIPATED WEDNESDAY AS THE WIND INCREASES.

* STORM TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS…2 TO 5 INCHES OF SNOW ARE
POSSIBLE. THUNDER IS POSSIBLE BY THE EVENING AND IF IT DOES
OCCUR WILL ENHANCE THE SNOWFALL RATES LEADING TO LOCALIZED
HIGHER AMOUNTS. THE SNOW MAY BE WET AND HEAVY INITIALLY THROUGH
TONIGHT.

* WINDS/VISIBILITY…NORTHWEST WINDS OF 25 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS AS
HIGH AS 40 MPH ARE FORECAST DURING THE DAY WEDNESDAY.
SUBSTANTIAL VISIBILITY RESTRICTIONS DUE TO BLOWING AND DRIFTING
SNOW ARE LIKELY.

* IMPACTS…ROADS ARE LIKELY TO BECOME SNOW COVERED AND VERY
SLICK. IN ADDITION, THE SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW WILL CREATE
VISIBILITY RESTRICTIONS LEADING TO DIFFICULT
TRAVEL…PARTICULARLY IMPACTING THE RUSH HOUR COMMUTE THIS
EVENING AS WELL AS WEDNESDAY MORNING.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW AND BLOWING
SNOW WILL CAUSE TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SLIPPERY
ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES AND USE CAUTION WHILE DRIVING.