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Warmer weather prompts IDPH to issue Health Reminder

News, Weather

June 9th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

With temperatures expected to rise above 90 degrees for the first time this year, the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) reminds Iowans to keep health in mind during the hot weather. “People suffer heat-related illness when the body’s temperature control system is overloaded. The body normally cools itself by sweating. But under some conditions, sweating just isn’t enough,” said IPDH Medical Director, Dr. Patricia Quinlisk. “Although people with cardiac and other medical problems are especially at risk, even young and healthy individuals can have a heat-related illness if they are very active during hot weather or the heat index is very high.”IDPH

To protect your health when temperatures and humidity are high, remember to keep cool and use common sense. The following tips are important:

  • Increase fluid intake, regardless of your activity level. The best way to tell you are well-hydrated is if your urine is light yellow. If it gets dark, stop and rehydrate by drinking water immediately.
  • If experiencing a lot of sweating, replace salt and minerals by eating foods like bananas and salty crackers, or drink rehydrating beverages that contain salts such as sports drinks and special rehydration fluids.
  • Choose lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing and wear sunscreen.
  • Wear hats that shade your face such as sun hats, visors, etc.
  • Keep in the shade or air conditioned areas as much as possible.
  • Work slowly if you are not used to working or exercising in heat and humidity. Stop immediately if you get dizzy, nauseated, or feel weak. Go into an air conditioned space and drink cool liquids.
  • Use a buddy system. Watch others for heat-induced illness, since some people may not realize that they are suffering heat-related illnesses, and can become confused or lose consciousness.

As Iowans enjoy more outdoor recreational opportunities and events, it’s important to remember some basic summer safety guidelines, which can be summarized with the word ‘SHADE’:

  • S – Sunscreen. Put on sunscreen with a sun protective factor (SPF) of 15 or higher and reapply throughout the day, especially if swimming or sweating.
  • H – Heat safety. Drink lots of water and other non-alcoholic, sugar-free fluids; wear lightweight, loose-fitting clothing when outdoors, especially when active; and when temperatures soar, stay in the shade or air conditioning as much as possible.
  • A – Animal contact. Remember to wash your hands after touching animals at places like petting zoos or county fairs. Avoid stray and wild animals; they may carry diseases like rabies.
  • D – DEET.  To prevent being bitten by ticks and mosquitoes that can carry diseases like West Nile virus and Lyme disease, use insect repellent with DEET (follow the label directions when using, especially on children).
  • E – Eating outdoors. Grill all meats until thoroughly cooked and always keep cold foods cold and hot foods hot.

For more information about hot weather health, visit www.cdc.gov/Features/ExtremeHeat/.

Two from Griswold hurt in Wed. evening accident

News

June 9th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Two people were injured during a single-vehicle accident Wednesday evening, near the Cass-Montgomery County line. The Cass County Sheriff’s Office says a 2006 Ford Freestar van driven by 15-year old Peyton David Graham, of Griswold, was traveling south on Highway 71 at around 5:40-p.m., when the teen tried to turn right onto Yankton Road. The van went out of control and entered the north ditch, where it hit an embankment.

Peyton, and his passenger, 71-year old Pamela Ewing of Griswold, were transported to the Cass County Memorial Hospital by Medivac Ambulance/Griswold Rescue. Damage to the vehicle was estimated at $10,000. The Cass County Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by personnel with the Grant Fire Department.

2 arrests in Cass County

News

June 9th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office reports two, recent arrests. Yesterday (Wednesday), 45-year old Stanley Oral Rossell, of Lewis, was arrested on a Cass County Sheriff’s Office warrant for Violation of a Protective Order. Rossell was taken to the Cass County Jail where he remains held on $300 bond.

And, on Tuesday, Cass County deputies arrested 34-year old Juan Manuel Anaya Mendez, of Atlantic, on two district court warrants for Failure to Appear. Anaya Mendez was taken to the Cass County Jail where he remains held on $10,000 bond.

2 accidents in Union County

News

June 9th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Union County Sheriff’s Office says no injuries were reported following two recent, separate accidents. Officials say 20-year old Adam Hoffman, of Creston, was driving a 2010 Chevy Impala southbound on Yellow Rose Avenue at around 5:20-a.m. today (Thursday), when his vehicle met a 2000 Chevy driven by 50-year old Melissa Rodden, of Murray, at the crest of a hill. Both vehicles were in the center of the road. Hoffman swerved to avoid a collision, but Rodden’s car hit the Impala on the left rear side. Damage amounted to $4,000. No citations were issued.

The other accident in Union County happened just after 7-p.m. Wednesday, when a southbound 2003 Dodge driven by 36-year old Sheri Watters, of Shannon City, failed to stop at a stop sign for the intersection of 240th and Lark Avenue. Her car hit a 1989 dump truck driven by 29-year old Trever Tucker, of Creston, as he was traveling west on 240th. Damage from the collision amounted to $8,000. Watters was cited for Failure to Obey a Stop Sign.

Atlantic postpones 3rd grade summer school; Assessments in limbo

News

June 9th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Atlantic School District Superintendent Dr. Mike Amstein, Wednesday, reported to the School Board, the 3rd grade Summer School and 3rd grade Retention for Reading, has been postponed until the Summer of 2018. He said also, of concern to the school board, is the fact there has been no funding attached to assessments. Amstein said the latest word he’s received, is that funding will be attached for those programs in the next legislative session. He wasn’t holding his breath though, says “We’ll just have to wait and see.”

Amstein said also, that the “Smarter Balanced Assessment” was put off until May 2018. In November 2015, the Iowa legislature began a formal process of adopting a new state assessment to replace the current state tests in math and reading taken each year by Iowa students. Smarter Balanced Assessments were recommended by a legislatively created task force of Iowans.

He said “At this time, we don’t know what our State Assessment’s going to be. We’re kind of in limbo on what we need to prepare for, for the upcoming year.” Amstein says it’s another case of “We’ll just have to see what happens.”

Smarter Balanced Assessments are designed to accurately measure how students have progressed in reaching expectations set by Iowa’s academic standards, which outline what students in kindergarten through 12th grade should know and be able to do in math, English-language arts, science, social studies and 21st century skills.

(Podcast) KJAN 8-a.m. News, 6/9/2016

News, Podcasts

June 9th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

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(Podcast) KJAN Morning News & funeral report, 6/9/2016

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June 9th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

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Iowa’s ag boss says impacts of 2015 bird flu outbreak are still being felt

Ag/Outdoor, News

June 9th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

More than a year after the avian influenza outbreak in Iowa, poultry producers have rebuilt their flocks, but they’re still feeling the lingering economic impact. Iowa Ag Secretary Bill Northey says there were no cases of bird flu in the state this spring, and with the warmer weather now, it should not reappear. “We didn’t have any high-path avian influenza in the Midwest or the country this year,” Northey says. “We had that one outbreak in Indiana in January. That got settled very quickly. They say they learned a lot by what the process was a year ago. They did a great job of shutting that down and we had no more.”

Bill Northey, IA Sec. of Agriculture

Bill Northey, IA Sec. of Agriculture

Despite that, Northey says there are some longer-term market impacts from the bird flu outbreak. Northey says, “There were some customers of eggs that were buying eggs before high-path avian influenza and once eggs got very expensive or they had trouble getting eggs, they took eggs out of the recipe for the consumer products they were producing and since, have not put eggs back in.” As a result, he says poultry operations in Iowa and elsewhere are dealing with egg prices that are down significantly.

“We’re seeing some of the lowest prices for eggs that we’ve ever seen because we have production back but we don’t have demand back,” Northey says. “The egg producers are struggling right now with very low prices.” Northey says the break-even level for many Iowa egg producers is about 50-cents a dozen, but they’re getting about half that. Iowa had 75 confirmed bird flu sites in 18 counties last year and some 32-million birds had to be destroyed. It’s estimated the avian flu outbreak cost the state one-point-two BILLION dollars.

(Radio Iowa)

11 children were living in filth, Iowa authorities say

News

June 9th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) – A Council Bluffs man has been charged with child endangerment after authorities found that 11 children were living in filthy conditions.
The Daily Nonpareil reports Richard Simet is charged with neglect of a dependent person and a dozen counts of child endangerment. Those are the same charges facing 34-year-old Bobbi Simet, who authorities say isn’t married to Richard Simet.

The charges stem from an investigation done by the Iowa Human Services Department and Council Bluffs police. Officials say they found the children’s home to be very dirty, infested with cockroaches and smelling like urine. The children range in age from 2 to 14.

Atlantic School Board to act on formal PPEL Election Resolution next month

News

June 9th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic School District’s Board of Education, Wednesday evening, discussed but took no action on their plans to hold a special election in September, with regard to the voted Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (PPEL) and PPEL Income Surtax. The Board did, however, agree to have the district’s lawyer look over a draft resolution for placing the Income Surtax before the voters, only. The idea is to have the resolution ready by their next meeting on July 13th, so that it can be submitted to Cass County Election Commissioner Dale Sunderman by July 25th, the deadline for a next special election to be set.

The current, draft Resolution of Election calls for a vote on the PPEL Income Surtax, only, which if approved, would begin July 1st, 2017. The language states “The percentage of Income Surtax will not exceed 20-percent (to be determined by the Board each year), with the total taxation not to exceed 85-cents per $1,000 of assessed property value in any one tax year. If the measure fails, it would still not “Terminate or restrict authority previously granted by the voters to levy a special tax for any one or more of the purposes permitted by Iowa law.”  A similar Measure placed before the voters last fall, failed. School Board members hope to have the matter explained in more detail at future, public meetings.

In other business, the Atlantic School Board voted 4-to 1 in favor of a 3% salary increase beginning with the 2016-17 School Year, for School District Administrators and Supervisors, with Dr. Swanson voting against. They also approved, by a vote of 4-to 0, a 3% salary increase for Central Office clerical staff, with Board Chair Josh McClaren abstaining due to a conflict of interest.  Prior to the vote, School Board member Jenny Williams requested to have Business Manager Mary Beth Fast’ increase removed from the group increases. She said that’s because compared with the State average pay for District Business Managers, Atlantic’s is pretty high.

Atlantic Superintendent Dr. Michael Amstein had requested both increases. The cost of the salary increase for Administrators and Supervisors amounts to $29,108, which includes IPERS and FICA. Amstein noted that during the 2015-16 school year, the Administrators and Supervisors did not receive a raise, but were given five additional vacation leave days that they were allowed to exchange for cash at the end of the school year. The same offer does not apply to the coming school year, but Amstein requested those individuals be able to retain the option to be paid for up to 5 days unused vacation leave at the end of the 2016-17 school year. With regard to the Central Office clerical staff, Amstein says the cost of their salary increase would amount to $9,377, which again, includes IPERS and FICA. It affects four clerical positions, two tech support and one grounds maintenance positions.

The 3% increase is less than the total package agreement negotiated with the non-certified employees association for the 2016-17 year.