Area Volleyball scores from Monday, 10/16/17

Sports

October 17th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

(2-0) Council Bluffs, Abraham Lincoln 21-21, Council Bluffs, Thomas Jefferson 14-9
(2-0) Council Bluffs, Thomas Jefferson 21-21, Sioux City, West 15-19
(3-1) Greene County 21-25-25-25, Perry 25-21-21-18
(3-0) Kuemper Catholic, Carroll 25-25-25, Glenwood 15-13-16
(3-0) Lewis Central 25-25-25, Shenandoah 12-18-15
(3-0) Red Oak 25-25-25, Creston 14-15-9
(2-0) Sioux City, North 25-25, Council Bluffs, Thomas Jefferson 16-21

Rules proposed to implement Iowa’s new voter verification law

News

October 17th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Two dozen Iowans testified at a public hearing Monday, offering both praise and criticism for proposed rules to implement Iowa’s new voter certification law. Betty Andrews, president of the Iowa/Nebraska N-Double-A-C-P, says she’s worried the rules will make it harder for groups like hers to register new voters. “I have great concern about that,” Andrews said.

One proposed rule will remove people from voter registration rolls if they’ve been called to jury duty, but notified the court that they couldn’t serve because they are not a citizen. Connie Schmett of Clive, a long-time G-O-P activist, praised the move. “We simply can’t allow our laws and our elections to be tainted,” Schmett said.

Kim Hiscox of West Des Moines, an Election Day poll watcher, says she called county officials to report her suspicions that three non-citizens voted in 2016. “Please do stick with your guns and hold people accountable to prove that they really are citizens of the United States before they are allowed to vote,” Hiscox said.

Others argued becoming a citizen often takes years and a person who declines service on a jury one month may take the oath of citizenship the next. Joe Henry of the League of United Latin American Citizens says the number of registered Latino voters has doubled in the past decade. “Many of our members are lower income. They’re not going to be able to understand these rules,” Henry said. “…Clearly, this seems to be a ploy to restrict the vote within our community.”

Staff from Secretary of State Paul Pate’s office say at least two specific rules to implement the law are in a state of flux and will be redrafted by this Friday. Daniel Zeno is a lawyer with the American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa.  “We believe the rules should be as clear as possible to make sure that we are protecting the voting rights of all Iowans,” Zeno said.

About 100 people gathered outside the small conference room where the hour-long hearing was held, chanting their opposition to the new election law. The law was passed this spring by the Republican-led legislature and approved in May by former Governor Terry Branstad.

(Radio Iowa)

World Food Prize kicks off with comments from former USDA chiefs

Ag/Outdoor, News

October 17th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Five former U.S. Secretaries of Agriculture helped kick off this week’s World Food Prize events in Des Moines. Former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack spent eight years as President Obama’s Secretary of Agriculture. Vilsack says it’s important to say to the rest of the country agriculture is the “most significant industry” in the U.S. “You’re talking about 23 million people who are employed by the food and agriculture industry,” Vilsack said. “…You’re not just dealing with a small segment of society here. You’re dealing with something that impacts everyone every single day.”

Dan Glickman, a former Kansas congressman, served as U.S. Ag Secretary in President Bill Clinton’s administration. He says farmers must do better at explaining the benefits of genetically-modified crops to more vocal consumers. “People who do want to know what’s in their food, how it’s produced, where it’s produced, whether it’s safe, who grew it and all those kind of things,” Glickman says. “And that power of the consumers is going to impact a lot more players in agriculture. Farmers and ranchers have to be a big part of it.”

Mike Johanns — a former Nebraska governor and U.S. Senator — served as ag secretary during George W. Bush’s administration. He says some of the answers to the debate about water quality will come with advances in technology and equipment.

“Twenty years from now or even 10 years from now we’ll look back and we’ll look at our agricultural practices today and we’ll ask ourselves: ‘Why did we do that?'” Johanns says. “You see the sprayers out in the field. You see the airplanes and all of a sudden they’re dropping whatever they’re dropping onto the fields. I think we are working our way to a day where science is going to help us solve these problems.”

Johanns and Glickman made their comments during taping of an Iowa Public Television program that will air October 27th.

(Radio Iowa)

Iowa early News Headlines: Tue., 10/17/17

News

October 17th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

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

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The law firm that won a landmark gender discrimination case against the University of Iowa athletics department will challenge the school’s handling of sexual assault and harassment complaints next. Des Moines-based Newkirk Zwagerman filed two lawsuits seeking changes to how the school responds when female students report assault and harassment, arguing that a culture of “victim blaming, implicit gender bias and gender stereotypes” hinders how cases are investigated and resolved.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Rain has kept Iowa and Nebraska farmers out of corn and soybean fields in the past few weeks significantly delaying the harvest. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says just 32 percent of the Iowa soybean crop has been harvested, the lowest percentage harvested by this date since 1985 and only 13 percent of the corn crop for grain is finished, the smallest percentage harvested by this date since 2009. Nebraska farmers are similarly behind the normal harvest schedule for both crops.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Des Moines chicken owners are objecting to a proposal to limit flock size and ban roosters in the city. Sgt. Jim Butler, the police department’s chief humane officer, has proposed a 15-chicken limit per home and the rooster ban, saying the changes are in response to complaints. The Des Moines Register reports chicken owners told City Council members Monday that the 15-chicken limit would be difficult because local hatcheries typically sell chicks in orders of 25. The council didn’t take action.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Des Moines Airport had to divert and delay some flights after heavy rain caused a runway problem. Airport Executive Director Kevin Foley says the runway was closed between 4 and 6:05 p.m. Saturday so a team could fix the problem. He says the team had found the runway had bubbled after rain seeped beneath the pavement.

Midwest Sports Headlines: 10/17/17

Sports

October 17th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Mid-America sports news from The Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Chiefs’ perfect start ended Sunday against Pittsburgh. Now, they must heal up in short order before facing Oakland on Thursday night. It is a particularly grueling turnaround considering the physical nature of the Chiefs’ game against the Steelers, one that left them with even more players on the injury list.

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State is giving up the fewest points and the fewest yards in Big 12 play so far. After facing Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas, Iowa State has given up an average of just 16 points and 310.3 yards per game. Texas is a distant second at 389.3 yards a game. The Cyclones will face another challenge this Saturday against high-scoring Texas Tech.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa nearly made the NCAA Tournament last season despite playing without a true center. The Hawkeyes figure to have a pair of freshman big men capable of providing a presence in the post. Luka Garza and Jack Nunge, both 6-foot-11, will likely see plenty of playing time this winter as the Hawkeyes look to rebuild following the loss of Peter Jok, the Big Ten’s leading scorer in 2016-17.

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Kansas State needs only to look to last season for inspiration in turning around a season. The Wildcats were 3-3 but finished with six wins in their final seven games, including a win in the Texas Bowl. They are 3-3 again with No. 9 Oklahoma coming to town. They hope a similar strong finish can get them to another bowl game.

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Mark Andrews is much more than a red zone target for Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield. The 6-foot-5 junior often has broken defenses down the field. The big tight end scored from 59 yards out in the fourth quarter to beat Texas 29-24. He has 23 catches and 459 yards heading into Saturday’s game at Kansas State.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Wichita State is ready for a tougher conference in the American Athletic. But coaches say Cincinnati is actually the team to beat in the league, slightly ahead of the Shockers in preseason picks. Wichita State switched conferences from the Missouri Valley.

UNDATED (AP) — An AP survey finds that more than two dozen universities and conferences with major basketball programs responded to news of the sport’s bribery scandal by conducting internal reviews of their compliance operations. The arrests and details of a federal probe have triggered uncomfortable soul-searching across the sport.

UNDATED (AP) — Washington State coach Mike Leach says he was as surprised as anyone when he learned athletic director Bill Moos had taken a new job at Nebraska. But Leach says he has no plans to follow Moos, noting Nebraska already has Mike Riley to lead the football program. Moos hired Leach before the 2012 season to turn the Cougars program around.

Atlantic Parks & Rec Board approves purchase of Schildberg playground equipment

News

October 16th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Members of the Atlantic Parks and Recreation Department’s Board of Directors, Monday evening, approved a request for $60, 673 in funds needed to order playground equipment for a playground to be established near the campground at the Schildberg Recreation Area. Parks and Rec Director Seth Staashelm said the received a substantial discount from the manufacturer for the equipment, shipping and handling. The total cost of those segments amounted to $49,304.

Staashelm recommends a company Supervisor/representative oversee the installation of the equipment by community members and others, to make sure all the safety pieces are in place. The supervisor will be on hand for two days, at a cost of $11,369.
The other portion of the project is engineered wood fiber which will act to cushion any falls or tumbles kids might take.

Conceptual image of the proposed Schildberg Rec Area playground equipment.

Pea gravel cannot be used as fall material because it can only absorb a fall from five-feet, and it has to have a depth of 11-inches, whereas wood fiber can absorb a relatively unlimited fall height (for the purposes of playground equipment), and has a depth of 11-inches or more.

The playground equipment, Staashelm says, is customizable. He says the Kiwanis have already donated $2,000 toward the project and will receive a bench in their honor. It’s hoped there will eventually be six donation-type benches in the area. A bathhouse is also on the drawing board.

The playground equipment will be ordered and received by December. It will be stored until next Spring, when volunteers from throughout the community will work on installation the playground. Details on that aspect will emerge later, as we move toward Spring.

Expect traffic lane shifts on I-80/29 in C. Bluffs area this week

News

October 16th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Transportation reports that this Wednesday, Oct. 18th, construction crews will close the westbound Interstate 80/northbound I-29 exit to South Expressway (exit 3) at 6 a.m. for two days to complete final construction activities in the area.

On Wednesday and Thursday evenings, Oct. 18th and 19th, the on-ramp at South Expressway to westbound I-80/northbound I-29 will be closed at 9 p.m. and reopened prior to the morning commute. By Friday morning, Oct. 20th, motorists will be driving on the newly constructed westbound I-80 lanes and using the new I-80/I-29 interchange. The Madison Avenue on-ramp that was closed at the beginning of the month will reopen and ramps at South Expressway will also be open.

Drivers should note that northbound I-29 traffic destined for South Expressway (exit 3) will not be able to access the exit until the detour pavement is constructed. They should use the U.S. 275 detour until April 2018.

The new roadway design features a right-hand exit from westbound I-80 to southbound I-29 (exit 4) utilizing the new flyover bridge, changing the existing left-hand exit that drivers currently use. The South Expressway (exit 3) will also be shifted east of the current location.

The Iowa DOT encourages motorists to use caution while becoming accustomed to the traffic shift.

Rain has delayed Iowa, Nebraska corn and soybean harvest

Ag/Outdoor, News

October 16th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Rain has kept Iowa and Nebraska farmers out of corn and soybean fields in the past few weeks significantly delaying the harvest.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says just 32 percent of the Iowa soybean crop has been harvested, the lowest percentage harvested by this date since 1985 and only 13 percent of the corn crop for grain is finished, the smallest percentage harvested by this date since 2009.

In Nebraska corn is 17 percent finished behind 32 percent last year and the 39 percent average. Just a third of the Nebraska soybean crop has been harvested, well behind 59 percent last year at this time and the five-year average of 67 percent.

Iowa adds pair of young bigs in Garza, Nunge

Sports

October 16th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa nearly made the NCAA Tournament last season despite playing without a traditional center. The Hawkeyes figure to have a pair of freshman big men capable of providing a presence in the post.

Luka Garza and Jack Nunge, both 6-foot-11, will likely see plenty of playing time this winter as the Hawkeyes look to rebuild following the loss of Peter Jok, the Big Ten’s leading scorer in 2016-17.

Iowa, which earned a top seed in the NIT last season before losing to eventual champion TCU, opens its season on Nov. 10 against Chicago State.

AP High School Football Poll 10/16/2017

Sports

October 16th, 2017 by Chris Parks

The Top Ten teams in the Associated Press Iowa high school football polls of the 2017 season with first-place votes in parentheses and won-loss record, total points and position last week at right:

Class 4A
Record Pts Prv
1. Iowa City West (14) 8-0 149 2
2. West Des Moines Dowling 7-1 115 1
(tie) West Des Moines Valley (1) 7-1 115 3
4. Bettendorf 7-1 106 4
5. Cedar Falls 7-1 92 5
6. Johnston 7-1 86 6
7. Cedar Rapids Prairie 7-1 43 8
8. Ankeny Centennial 6-2 42 NR
9. Eldridge North Scott 7-1 26 9
10. Council Bluffs Lewis Central 7-1 22 10
Others receiving votes: Southeast Polk 17. Waukee 10. Pleasant Valley 1. Cedar Rapids Kennedy 1.

Class 3A
Record Pts Prv
1. Solon (8) 8-0 136 1
2. Dallas Center-Grimes (3) 8-0 135 2
3. Cedar Rapids Xavier (3) 8-0 117 3
4. Sergeant Bluff-Luton (1) 8-0 103 5
5. Pella 7-1 102 4
6. Harlan 7-1 65 6
7. Waverly-Shell Rock 7-1 64 8
8. Glenwood 7-1 34 9
9. Webster City 7-1 32 10
10. Carlisle 7-1 14 NR
Others receiving votes: Davenport Assumption 7. Washington 4. Decorah 3. Manchester West Delaware 3. Sioux City Heelan 2. Spencer 2. Marion 1. Norwalk 1.

Class 2A
Record Pts Prv
1. Boyden-Hull-RV (10) 7-1 133 1
2. Cascade (3) 8-0 127 3
3. Mount Vernon 7-1 120 2
4. Clear Lake 7-1 89 5
5. Monroe PCM (2) 7-1 74 6
6. Williamsburg 7-1 71 7
7. Waukon 7-1 56 10
8. South Central Calhoun 7-1 47 9
9. Sioux Center 7-1 46 4
10. Union, La Porte City 6-2 29 8
Others receiving votes: Aplington-Parkersburg 22. Sheldon 11.

Class 1A
Record Pts Prv
1. Inwood West Lyon (10) 8-0 144 1
2. Van Meter (3) 8-0 128 2
3. Pella Christian (1) 8-0 124 3
4. Iowa City Regina (1) 6-2 96 4
5. A-H-S-T-W, Avoca 8-0 95 5
6. West Branch 8-0 77 6
7. Denver 7-1 60 7
8. Bellevue 7-1 42 8
9. Hull Western Christian 6-2 26 10
10. Jewell South Hamilton 7-1 16 NR
Others receiving votes: Belmond-Klemme 7. Pleasantville 5. Emmetsburg 3. Truro Interstate 35 1. IKM-Manning 1.

Class A
Record Pts Prv
1. Hawarden West Sioux (11) 8-0 140 1
2. Hudson (1) 8-0 113 3
3. Southwest Valley (1) 8-0 109 2
4. Fairbank Wapsie Valley (2) 8-0 103 5
5. Algona Garrigan 8-0 81 4
6. Council Bluffs St. Albert 7-1 73 7
7. Gladbrook-Reinbeck 7-1 69 8
8. Lynnville-Sully 7-0 60 6
9. St. Ansgar 8-0 52 9
10. Winthrop East Buchanan 7-1 18 10
Others receiving votes: Packwood Pekin 5. Le Mars Gehlen Catholic 1. Alburnett 1.

Class 8-Man
Record Pts Prv
1. Gilbertville-Don Bosco (10) 8-0 141 1
2. Audubon (2) 8-0 129 3
(tie) Remsen Saint Mary’s (3) 8-0 129 2
4. Tripoli 8-0 92 4
5. Newell-Fonda 7-1 82 5
6. Sidney 8-0 76 6
7. Riceville 7-1 46 7
8. Baxter 7-1 39 8
9. Graettinger-Terril-Ruthven-Ayrshire 5-2 38 9
10. Stanton 7-1 25 10
Others receiving votes: Lone Tree 16. HLV, Victor 5. Fremont Mills, Tabor 2. Moravia 2. Janesville 1. Harris-Lake Park 1. Wyoming Midland 1.