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Highway 6 re-opened to travel

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February 3rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Transportation reports Highway 6, which had been closed since Sunday due to snowdrifts and vehicles stuck on the road, has officially re-opened to traffic (as of 9-a.m., Tuesday). Officials say the roadway is still slick, so motorists should travel with caution.

(Podcast) 8-a.m. KJAN News, 2/3/2015

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February 3rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

More area news w/Ric Hanson.

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Creston man arrested on a burglary charge

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February 3rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Police in Creston report a local man was arrested Monday at the Union County Jail, on a warrant for Burglary in the 2nd Degree. 50-year old Rodney Wayne Davis, of Creston, was being held in the jail on $10,000 bond.

(Podcast) KJAN News & funeral report, 2/3/2015

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February 3rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The 7:07-a.m. Newscast w/KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.

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Phishing Scam Spoofs BBB Questionnaire; Businesses Warned Not to Click

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February 3rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Better Business Bureau is warning businesses not to click on an email that claims to be a “BBB SBQ” (standard business questionnaire). The email was sent out Friday morning to what is believed to be tens of thousands of businesses across the country. The email has a ZIP file attachment that links to a site that can download malware on the user’s computer. Spoofing well-known and trusted brands is a common scam tactic. Other organizations such as the IRS, the FBI and Fortune 500 companies have been spoofed in similar phishing campaigns that victimized consumers and businesses.

BBB officials say as soon as they became aware of the scam, they immediately notified their security vendors and are in the process of taking down the website.  The emails are coming from the domain “BBBL.org,” which is not a BBB domain name, although it is clearly designed to look as if it is. The domain name was created last October and is registered to an individual in Antwerp, Belgium. It’s not immediately clear if the domain owner is directly involved in the phishing scam, but BBB will be turning over its information to the FBI and Interpol for further investigation.

BBB offers this advice to anyone who receives this or other unsolicited emails with links or attachments:
. Do not click on links or open attachments in unsolicited email.
. If your email program allows it, tag the email as spam.
. Report the email to your Internet Service Provider.
. If you are unsure if an email is legitimate, call the sender using a phone number that you know to be correct (not from the email).
. Check out BBB Scam Stopper (bbb.org/scam) for additional information on scams.

 

Highway 6 still impassible as of this (Tues.) morning

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February 3rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Dept. of Transportation’s website (511ia.org), indicates that Highway 6, from one-mile west of the Lewis turn-off, westward to Council Bluffs, is still impassible, with drifting on the roadway. Vehicles stuck on the road from Sunday’s snowstorm were preventing snow plows from making progress on clearing the route.

511ia.org IA DOT road conditions map (as of 5:58-a.m. Tue., 2/3/15)

511ia.org IA DOT road conditions map (as of 5:58-a.m. Tue., 2/3/15)

The major arterial’s (Interstate 80, 680 and 29) are in normal driving condition this morning, while the secondary roads around western Iowa are partially covered with a mixture of ice/snow/slush.

Iowa sees radical temperature extremes in January, from 24-below to 68-above

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February 3rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Iowa’s weather during January featured several extremes. State climatologist Harry Hillaker says there were radical shifts in temperature, for starters, and despite the heavy snow that blanketed much of the state over the weekend, Iowa ended up lacking for precipitation during the month. “Very cold, generally speaking, for the first half of January, very mild and rather dry for the second half other than the big storm that came into the state on the very last day of January,” Hillaker says. “If we look at the state as a whole, the month ended up being about 2.3 degrees warmer than normal.”

In Atlantic, our average high for the month was 36. The average Low was 13. The normal High is 29, while the normal Low is 9. Most of Iowa got whalloped by a monster winter storm over the weekend that dumped up to 14-inches of snow on some areas of the state. Still, February 1st was Sunday, so the statewide average for precipitation during January was only about half-an-inch, which is about half the norm for the month.

“That basically does not include that event on the last day of the month,” Hillaker says. “For most of the official weather observers, their last report for the month would have come at 7 AM on January 31st, and all of that snow we had for the weekend came after that time, so it’ll end up in February’s records.”

In Atlantic, prior to the snow storm, we had received just 17 one-hundredths (.17”) of an inch of precipitation in January, from melted snowfall. Including snowfall for the 24-hour period that covered the 31st thru 7-a.m. Sunday, we received a total of .78” (78 one-hundredths of an inch) precipitation. Normal precipitation for the month is .84”

Hillaker says Iowa’s high and low temperatures for January were more than 90 degrees apart.
“Cherokee had the lowest temperature of the month, down to minus 24 degrees,” Hillaker says. “Then, toward the tail end of the month, right before the big snow event, we did have an impressive -for January- high of 67 degrees down in Shenandoah on the 28th day of the month.”

The lowest temp for the month in Atlantic, was -10 on the 12th and 13th of January. The warmest day was 59 degrees on the 16th. February started off much colder than normal and, for most of the state, much snowier than usual, too. Temperatures will likely stay below freezing this week and he says there will only be a little melting of the mounds of snow.

(Radio Iowa/KJAN weather records)

Clarinda man arrested Mon. night in Montgomery County

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February 3rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A Clarinda man wanted on a Page County warrant for Manner of Conveyance, was arrested Monday night in Montgomery County. Sheriff”s officials say 31-year old Charles Adam Bradshaw was being held for Page County in the Montgomery County Jail. His bond was set at $300.

Rollover accident in Montgomery County Mon. evening

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February 3rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Montgomery County say no injuries were reported following a rollover accident Monday evening, northeast of Stanton. Authorities say 16-year old Wyatt Patrick Robinette, of Villisca, was traveling east on 200th Street just before 6-p.m., when he lost control of the 2007 Nissan Altima he was driving on the icy road. The vehicle traveled into the north ditch and rolled onto its top, sustaining about $8,000 damage. No citations were issued.

Shelby’s Fire Department starts to return to duty

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February 3rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Chief and some of the volunteers with the fire department in Shelby are back on duty after the former chief withdrew his resignation, and four members were reinstated. The Daily NonPareil reports Fire Chief Eric Wendt withdrew the resignation he tendered last Wednesday, just two days after the Shelby Volunteer Fire Department was fired en masse over a disagreement with the city council regarding a bank account maintained by the department in which it deposited fundraising monies.

According to a statement from City Clerk Chris Martin, reinstated members – in addition to Wendt – include Mary Yates, Brian Golden and Todd Osterhout. The city relied on mutual aid from the Avoca and Minden volunteer fire departments during the dispute.

Mayor Pro Tem Bob Richmond said the separate bank account the department maintained was used for money derived from pancake feeds and other fundraisers, and that the Council simply wanted the funds in a proper account. Richmond added that the department has since turned the funds over to the City. The account held about $40,000.

A meeting held last week invited any who were interested in joining the fire department to come to city hall and speak with Richmond. He said the department, before the firings, was at three active members but will have more than 20 active members soon. Usually four to five members are active at any given time.