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Western Iowa fire chief retires after 19 years

News

August 25th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Council Bluffs is looking for a new fire chief for the first time in nearly two decades. The Daily Nonpareil reports that Alan Byers is retiring after 19 years as chief and 35 years as a firefighter. Byers says it’s time for someone else to have a chance to lead the department.

Longtime Council Bluffs Mayor Tom Hanafan praised Byers work as chief. Hanafan says Byers oversaw numerous improvements and growth in the department during his tenure.

Missing Person Report Filed for Council Bluffs Man

News

August 25th, 2013 by Chris Parks

The Council Bluffs Police Department issued a missing persons report on Saturday (8/24) for a mentally challenged Council Bluffs man.

Nikko Ruiz

Nikko Ruiz

Nikko Ruiz was last seen leaving his house on 4th street in Council Bluffs at 9:30 Saturday morning.  He is an 18-year-old white male whom is 5’11” and 120lbs.  He was last seen wearing a purple polo shirt with pink and blue stripes and has short hair and a goatee.

Ruiz’ family had just moved into the area from out of state on Friday and have no other family in the area aside from immediate family.

The Council Bluffs Police department is asking for the public’s help in trying to locate Ruiz.  If contact is made with him please call your local authorities immediately.

Creston Man Arrested on Multiple Charges Saturday

News

August 25th, 2013 by Chris Parks

The Adams County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a Creston man Saturday night. An off duty Deputy observed 32-year-old Raymond Scott Davis allegedly stealing firewood from the Hy-Vee store in Corning.  Deputies with the Adams County Sheriff’s Department stopped Davis at around 9:40-p.m., and arrested him for theft in the 5th degree, driving under the influence 2nd offense, open container and for driving while suspended.  He was being held in the Adams County Jail on just over $3,000 bond.

OWI Arrest Near Red Oak Sunday Morning

News

August 25th, 2013 by Chris Parks

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest early Sunday morning of a Red Oak resident, for driving while intoxicated. Officials say Kim Jording was taken into custody at around 1:20-a.m, following a traffic stop in the 1300 block of 210th Street, just west of Red Oak.  Jording was charged with OWI/1st offense, transported to the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center, and held on $1,000 bond.

Heat Advisory in Place for All of Iowa

News, Weather

August 25th, 2013 by Chris Parks

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TAYLOR-RINGGOLD

...HEAT ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO 10 PM CDT TUESDAY...

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...HEAT ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO 7 PM CDT TUESDAY...


THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN DES MOINES HAS ISSUED A HEAT
ADVISORY...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO 7PM or 10 PM CDT
TUESDAY.

* TEMPERATURE...HIGH TEMPERATURES WILL GENERALLY BE IN THE MID TO
  UPPER 90S EACH DAY...WITH HEAT INDEX VALUES EXCEEDING 100
  DEGREES DURING THE AFTERNOONS AND EVENINGS.

* IMPACTS...THE CUMULATIVE EFFECT OF SEVERAL DAYS OF HEAT WILL
  TAKE ITS TOLL...PARTICULARLY ON THOSE WITHOUT AIR CONDITIONING
  AND THOSE ENGAGING IN OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES. SUCH ACTIVITIES SHOULD
  BE DELAYED TO A LATER DATE IF POSSIBLE...OR HELD IN THE MORNING
  TO MINIMIZE HEAT STRESS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A HEAT ADVISORY MEANS THAT A PERIOD OF HOT TEMPERATURES IS
EXPECTED. THE COMBINATION OF HOT TEMPERATURES AND HIGH HUMIDITY
WILL COMBINE TO CREATE A SITUATION IN WHICH HEAT ILLNESSES ARE
POSSIBLE. DRINK PLENTY OF FLUIDS...STAY IN AN AIR-CONDITIONED
ROOM...STAY OUT OF THE SUN...AND CHECK UP ON RELATIVES AND
NEIGHBORS.

   TAKE EXTRA PRECAUTIONS...IF YOU WORK OR SPEND TIME OUTSIDE.
WHEN POSSIBLE...RESCHEDULE STRENUOUS ACTIVITIES TO EARLY MORNING
OR EVENING.  KNOW THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF HEAT EXHAUSTION AND
HEAT STROKE.  WEAR LIGHT WEIGHT AND LOOSE FITTING CLOTHING WHEN
POSSIBLE AND DRINK PLENTY OF WATER.

   TO REDUCE RISK DURING OUTDOOR WORK...THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY
AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION RECOMMENDS SCHEDULING FREQUENT REST
BREAKS IN SHADED OR AIR CONDITIONED ENVIRONMENTS.  ANYONE
OVERCOME BY HEAT SHOULD BE MOVED TO A COOL AND SHADED LOCATION.
HEAT STROKE IS AN EMERGENCY...CALL 9 1 1.

7AM Newscast 08-24-2013

News, Podcasts

August 24th, 2013 by Chris Parks

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Movie in the Park to be held Aug. 30th in Cass County

Ag/Outdoor, News

August 23rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Conservation Board is holding a “Movie in the Park” Campground Program. The title of the August 30th film is “Legend of the Guardians the Owls of GaHoole.”Screen-Shot-2013-03-05-at-11.44.15-AM The free public program will be held at the Campground Shelter at Cold Springs Park in Lewis, on August 30th 2013, at 9:00-pm!

If it rains the movie WILL BE cancelled. You DO NOT have to be a registered camper to attend the program.

Cass County Conservation Board celebrates its 55th year with a Treasure Hunt & party

Ag/Outdoor, News

August 23rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Conservation Board is 55 years old this year. Officials say they’ve decided to celebrate in a couple of different ways: a digital treasure hunt and a Birthday Celebration. The Board considers Cass County parks to be our treasures, and they would love for you to visit them. Follow clues established by the Board and take a picture. Two special clues involve using a GPS (The rules and clues are published below).

Geocashing

Geocashing

Prizes will be awarded, but you will have to wait until the Birthday Celebration on September 14th, when you can meet Conservation Department employees and board members. The event takes place at the Cold Springs Park– Campground Shelter, beginning at 7-PM.  Cake and refreshments will be served.
The Cass County Conservation Board was established in 1958 as the county resource agency with the authority to acquire lands specifically for recreation and conservation. Each member of our board is appointed by the Cass County Board of Supervisors and appointed five year terms.
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Treasure Hunt Rules:
1. All photos must include at least one member of the family or person. Self-portraits are allowed as long as we can verify your location by the picture.
2. Photos shall be submitted through the following email: lkanning@casscoia.us
3. Entrant will only receive an email back if their submission was Incorrect.
4. One entry per family.
5. Deadline for submission is Sept 3rd 2013 at 4:30 PM CST. Winners will be drawn and announced at the Birthday Celebration Sept. 14th 2013.
6. The CCCB reserves the right to display winners’ photos and other contest images.
7. Board members, staff and their families are ineligible for the drawing.
Prizes: all correct submissions will be entered into one drawing. There will be 3 additional drawings one for each of the correct GPS clues, and one for correct pictures for ALL of the picture clues.

Clues:
1. Over 70,000 Mormons traveled by on the Road to Zion. Take your picture with the sign describing these events.
2. Travel to this park on a “dry” day and take your picture with the park entrance sign!
3. Enjoy our “newest” Cass County park, take your picture in the “newest” structure on the shore.
4. Named after a pioneer town that had a saw mill and a hotel. Take your picture with the park entrance sign.
Get out your GPS unit for these special prizes:
Go to these coordinates (N 41˚ 18.200 W 095˚ 06.195) and leave your full name in the log to qualify for a special prize!
Go to these coordinates (N 41˚ 25.724 W 094˚ 58.955) and find a wildflower or tree sign. Email the correct name from the sign to the email above to qualify.
Reminder the deadline for submission is Sept 3rd 2013 at 4:30 PM CST. Winners will be drawn and announced at the Birthday Celebration Sept. 14th 2013.

“Mysterious Monarchs” Program to be held in Sept.

Ag/Outdoor, News

August 23rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Conservation Board is holding a “Mysterious Monarchs” Program early next month.Cass Co Conservation Board The free public program will be held at the Campground Shelter at Cold Springs Park in Lewis, on September 7th, beginning at 4:00-pm, and at the Camblin Addition Shelter at Sunnyside Park in Atlantic, on September 14th beginning at 2:00-pm.

During the sessions, you can discover the Monarch Butterflies before they begin their journey south. Conservationists will be tagging monarchs and show the public how to do so, as well.  If you would like a home tagging kit you must attend and pre-register for the Kit. Call 712-769-2372 to pre-register for your kit. You DO NOT have to be a registered camper to attend the program. 

USDA: food prices will rise this year, but not as much as previously forecast

News

August 23rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Iowans will not be paying as much for food this year as previously predicted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The agency has reduced its forecast for food price inflation this year to one-and-a-half to two-and-a-half (1.5 to 2.5) percent. USDA Economist Ricky Volpe says the previous prediction was based primarily on the drought in 2012. “We were initially looking at a three to four percent increase, which was above average, but that was before we knew we were going to have these lower fuel prices, the strengthening U.S. dollar, and the overall improvement in the economy,” Volpe says.

One of the biggest bits of good news for consumers, according to Volpe, is the downward revision of price increases for dairy products. “We were initially forecasting pretty strong price increases (for dairy) for 2013, but it turns out that we saw most of the impacts of the drought at the tail end of 2012,” Volpe says. “We’re now on track for very moderate price increases for dairy for the foreseeable future, one to two percent for 2013.” And although beef prices won’t be increasing as much as expected, Volpe says beef will remain expensive this year.

“We’re now looking at beef prices to increase between two and three percent on the year, but many beef prices have reached record or near record levels across super markets in the U.S. So, inflation for the beef category may be small in percentage terms, but it’s not as if consumers are seeing any relief there,” Volpe says. High inflation is still forecast for poultry, with prices expected to rise three to four percent, according to the USDA. Egg prices should rise two to three percent this year.

(Radio Iowa)