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(Podcast) KJAN Morning News & funeral report, 11/6/2015

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November 6th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The area’s top news at 7:06-a.m., w/KJAN News Director Ric Hanson


Police standoff in northwestern Iowa ends peacefully


November 6th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

CHEROKEE, Iowa (AP) – Authorities say a standoff in northwestern Iowa ended peacefully when a man who barricaded himself inside a home surrendered to police.
The standoff in Cherokee began Thursday around 5 p.m. and ended around 11 p.m. Authorities evacuated homes that were adjacent to the property as a precaution.

Cherokee County Sheriff Dave Scott says the man was the only one in the house, and had been drinking heavily. Authorities say the man had been served divorce papers, and he was believed to be armed. The Iowa State Patrol, Cherokee Police Department and Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene. The man, who was not identified, was taken to a local hospital for evaluation.

CCHS Staff Recognized for Leadership Development


November 6th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Four Cass County Health System (CCHS) staff were recognized for their completion of the Iowa Hospital Association’s Leadership Development series recently. Amy Petersen, Inpatient Services Director; Barb Lytle, Diagnostic Imaging Director; Ryan Legg, Rehab Services Director; and James Baker, Food Services Director, all completed the one year leadership program in 2014 – 15.

Four Cass County Health System directors were recognized at the Iowa Hospital Association’s annual meeting for completing the IHA Leadership Series.  Pictured with their awards are (left to right) Amy Petersen, Barb Lytle, Ryan Legg and James Baker.

Four Cass County Health System directors were recognized at the Iowa Hospital Association’s annual meeting for completing the IHA Leadership Series. Pictured with their awards are (left to right) Amy Petersen, Barb Lytle, Ryan Legg and James Baker.

Now in its 15th year, the IHA Health Care Leadership Series exists to develop critical leadership skills and competencies with the overarching objective of increasing retention of committed, quality staff in Iowa hospitals.

CCHS CEO Todd Hudspeth says “In the ever changing healthcare environment we live in today, serving in a leadership role is very complex and challenging. Having these individuals engaged in the IHA Leadership Development series better prepares them to face those challenges themselves as well as be a valuable resource for their co-workers at CCHS.”

Cathie Alff recognized as IHA Hospital Hero


November 6th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Cass County Health System report Cathie Alff, CNA was recognized recently as a Hospital Hero by the Iowa Hospital Association (IHA). Cathie was one of just ten hospital employees selected from the 174,000 hospital workers across the state to receive this honor at the 2015 Iowa Hospital Association’s Annual Meeting.
Cathie was nominated as a Hospital Hero for her compassionate care as a certified nurse aide in the CCMH Cardiac Rehab Department.

Cathie Alff was presented with a Hospital Hero award by Ted Townsend, Iowa Hospital Association Board Chair, and Todd Hudspeth, Cass County Health System Chief Executive Officer.

Cathie Alff was presented with a Hospital Hero award by Ted Townsend, Iowa Hospital Association Board Chair, and Todd Hudspeth, Cass County Health System Chief Executive Officer.

Todd Hudspeth, CCHS CEO, says “Cathie’s devotion to her patients is demonstrated every day by her compassion and willingness to go above and beyond for them. We are very proud and happy for her that the Iowa Hospital Association chose to recognize her dedication and commitment to excellence with this prestigious award.”


The IHA program for the awards ceremony contained the following summary of Cathie’s nomination as a Hospital Hero: “Cathie Alff is a member of the Cass County Health System cardiac rehabilitation team, where she performs her clinical job duties in outstanding fashion every day. But it is the compassion, the empathy, the trust that she fosters from her patients and the caring she integrates into her work that make her a hero.

Some examples of how she goes above and beyond include: driving 20 miles in her own vehicle on her own time to assist a very anxious homebound patient with a Holter monitor device; taking a patient home who was too ill to drive; stopping to pick up a monitoring device to save a patient a trip to the hospital and giong to the nursing home to hook up a monitoring device so the patient would not have the stress of being transported to the hospital. Cathie’s good work ranges from volunteering to help a co-worker move her in-law into a nursing home to taking the time to sit with patients who are frightened or depressed and talking with them, comforting them, consoling them and crying with them. All of these actions are driven by a true sense of compassion and love for her patients and co-workers. Cathie has a unique insight into seeing the good in people and helping them see it too, so that it overshadows the weaknesses and becomes a strength to promote healing.

Cathie understand the big picture – she knows it is not about her; it’s about the patient. For her, every day at the hospital is not just “another day” at work; instead it is a profound moment in her patients’ lives and it’s their needs that have priority. Even when supporting her father and her significant other as they battled their own serious health issues, Cathie never wavered in her support and encouragement of the cardiac rehab patients she continues to care for every day. Cathie Alff truly embodies the meaning of what it is to be an Iowa Hospital Hero.

5 men seek to replace Jack Drake in House District 21


November 6th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

In an update to our previous reports, four Republicans and one Democrat have so far announced their intentions to seek the Iowa House District 21 seat left vacant by the death of State Rep. Jack Drake of Griswold. The Omaha World-Herald says in the mean-time, the two political parties have announced the dates for their conventions to choose nominees to face off in a special election Dec. 8th.

The lone Democratic nominee so far is Tim Ellis, according to the Iowa Democratic Party. Ellis is vice chairman of the Adams County Democrats and ran for that seat last year. Republican candidates are Tom Moore of Griswold, John Hartkopf of Atlantic, Ian Barris of Atlantic and Doug Borkowski of Elliott.

House District 21 covers portions of Pottawattamie and Cass Counties and all of Adams and Union Counties. That seat has been vacant since Drake, 81, died Oct. 11th. The Republican nominating convention will be held Nov. 10 at the Corning Opera House at 6:30 p.m. The Democratic Party convention will be Nov. 12 at 6 p.m. at the Massena Public Library.

Delegates eligible for these conventions are the precinct committee members from Iowa House District 21 elected at the 2014 precinct caucuses or those elected by their county central committee after the caucuses.


Man tries to break into 73-year old woman’s home gets thrown out


November 6th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A Council Bluffs man allegedly tried to break into a 73-year-old woman’s home, but he didn’t get very far inside before being thrown out. Bluffs Police Sgt. Dave Dawson told the Daily NonPareil, at around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, 39-year old Jeremy Shepherd allegedly broke into the victim’s home on the 1500 block of Avenue P and pushed the woman up against the wall.

The victim’s 29-year-old grandson forced Shepherd back outside and restrained him on the ground, with assistance from the victim’s 53-year-old son. As the grandson held Shepherd down, Dawson said that Shepherd allegedly starting biting the grandson, who then punched Shepherd several times in the face. When police arrived, Shepherd, who was allegedly intoxicated, fought with one officer. Bluffs Police Sgt. Chad Meyers said injuries to the officer were minor, and he has able to return to work.

Shepherd was arrested on suspicion of second-degree burglary, aggravated assault and assaulting a police officer. Shepherd was taken to Pottawattamie County Jail. He remains in custody with bail set at $10,000.

Iowa Youth Caucus events in 23 counties on November 19


November 6th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

About two dozen Iowa counties plan to host “Iowa Youth Caucus” events on Thursday, November 19th. Secretary of State Paul Pate says 12-hundred junior and senior high school students have already signed up to attend. “Both parties are participating in this, so the students will see both the Democratic Party caucus procedures and the Republican,” Pate says. The students will vote for their preferred presidential candidates and, just like the Iowa Caucuses scheduled for February 1st, Republicans will collect “straw poll” ballots to gauge who won and Democrats will calculate the delegate strength of each candidate to declare a winner.

“We’re very excited about giving our young people the opportunity to learn first-hand how the Iowa Caucuses work,” Pate says. “Being First-in-the-Nation is a very serious responsibility and I think this activity will give them the background they need to become engaged in civics in their community.” Iowa Democratic Party chair Andy McGuire says many of the students will be close to voting age.

“If we want to get more young people involved politically, we have to engage them,” she says. “We have to involve them in public service and then programs like this really do that.” Iowa Republican Party chair Jeff Kaufmann says this exercise will help show the nation Iowa Caucuses deserve to be first in the nation. “We take this serious and we’re going to earn it again in 2016,” Kaufmann says.

Adults representing the Democratic and Republican Parties in each county will be on-site for the Youth Caucus events November 19. The students will debate issues and develop “planks” for their party platforms in addition to voting for their favorite presidential candidate. The events are fashioned after the “Mock Caucuses” Democrats and Republicans have been holding at high schools in the Des Moines area the past couple of years.

In the KJAN listening area, here are the Counties and locations for the Youth Caucus:

Cass County: Atlantic Middle School (Cass County Democratic Party Chair Sherry Toelle says there are over 100 students pre-registered, most of whom attend the CAM Schools.)
Dallas County: Adel-Desoto-Minburn High School
Fremont & Page Counties: Shenandoah High School
Guthrie County: Panorama High School
Ringgold County: Mt. Ayr High School
Taylor County: Bedford Elementary School
Union County: Creston High School

(Times might vary by school, but generally, registration will begin at 4:30 and the Youth Caucus gets underway at 5:30.)

(Radio Iowa)

Ernst expects House to pass WOTUS resolution

Ag/Outdoor, News

November 6th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Iowa Senator Joni Ernst says she is encouraged by the passage of a resolution she sponsored to drop the expanded E-P-A’s rule governing the regulation of U-S waters. The “Waters of the U-S” or WOTUS rules issue now goes to the House. “I do think it will pass handily over in the House. This is significant overreach by the U-S government,” Ernst says. Ernst, a Republican from Red Oak, says three Democrat Senators voted for her resolution.

“So there is an understanding of the importance of getting rid of the expanded definition of the rules, so I am very confident that this will pass through the House,” Ernst says. She says the new rule would give federal officials control over a majority of the waters in the state of Iowa, and control of how and what farmers put on the land. “There’s is a fallacy out there that it won’t change farming operations, oh farmers are excluded from this expanded definition,” Ernst says. “Well that is inaccurate because there are other examples where within this rule it doesn’t exclude any topical applications of other types of products, whether its herbicides or fertilizers. So there is a lot of confusion about that.”

Ernst says if the issue passes the House like she expects, then it will be up to the president to follow through. “The president will have to decide whether he’s siding with federal bureaucrats and their decisions on this WOTUS rule, or whether he is going to side with the American people and the quite obvious push back that is coming from the states and the stakeholders,” Ernst says. Ernst says the quickest way to solve the issue would be for the president to scrap the rules and have the E-P-A start over. She says if he doesn’t do that and the lawsuit against WOTUS continues in court, it could take many years before it is decided.

(Radio Iowa)

Iowa early News Headlines: Friday, Nov. 6th 2015


November 6th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a fire truck that was responding to a medical emergency was damaged when it collided with a vehicle in Cedar Falls. The Cedar Falls Fire Department says the fire truck had its emergency lights on and its siren activated Thursday when it collided with a second vehicle that had pulled away from a stop sign.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A group that opposes an oil pipeline across Iowa says the regulatory board overseeing its potential approval is limiting public comments on the project. Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement says the Iowa Utilities Board will only hear comments from roughly 200 people when it holds a public hearing on November 12th in Boone. Attendees both for and against the project will be given up to two minutes each to speak.

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Chris Christie and Mike Huckabee have been relegated out of prime-time and onto the undercard at next week’s GOP presidential debate. And former New York Governor George Pataki and South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham won’t appear at all. That’s the decision announced Thursday night by Fox Business, which is hosting next Tuesday’s debates in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Indiana already gave top ranked Ohio State and Number 6 Michigan State big challenges this season. With a third top-10 matchup in six weeks looming, the Hoosiers are focused on finishing the job with a signature victory. But things won’t get any easier Saturday when they host Iowa.


Harlan Police report (11/5)


November 5th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Harlan Police Department said Thursday (today) three people were arrested Oct. 30th, following a traffic stop. Taken into custody was 18-year old Justin Dickinson, and 35-year old Daniel Pash, both of Harlan. Dickinson was charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and prohibited acts penalties. Pash was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. Both were transported to the Shelby County Jail. 16-year old Cody Haggerty, also of Harlan, was referred to juvenile court for unlawful possession of prescription drugs.

On Oct. 29th, Harlan Police were called to the intermediate school for an incident where money was stolen from a student. 10-year old Caden Stevens, of Harlan, was referred to juvenile court for allegedly taking the money.

And, on Monday, Nov. 2nd, 34-year old Shane Vandervort and 27-year old Ashley Vandervort, both of Harlan, were arrested and taken to the Shelby County Jail where they were both charged with violation of a no contact order.