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Atlantic Parks and Rec Board snuffs out proposed skateboard park tobacco ban

News, Sports

October 16th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A proposed ban on tobacco use at the Sunnyside Park skateboard area in Atlantic was snuffed out by the City’s Parks and Recreation Department Board of Directors, because it was too narrow in scope, and because the proposal came from an outside group, and not from the skateboarders themselves, who have been tasked with policing the area to keep it clean and free from vandalism.

The proposal was made by Cass County Community Hospital Tobacco Prevention/Cessation Specialist Karla Akers and Circles for Success Coordinator, Melissa Stark, in coordination with students with the Atlantic Middle School and other, local groups. Akers said while there may be a perception of skateboard enthusiasts being smokers in other parts of the country, she admitted she doesn’t know if there is a problem with smoking at skate park in Atlantic.

Akers gave some reasons why they think the skate park should be tobacco free. One the reasons, is it makes for a healthier place for kids to play. She says it reduces the toxic litter, and helps prevent younger kids from playing with discarded cigarette butts. It would eliminate the danger of second-hand smoke, and allow kids to have fun without tobacco products. She said they’d like the park to be a model for healthy behavior to the citizens of, and visitors to Atlantic.

Atlantic Parks and Rec Director Roger Herring said the proposal is too narrow in focus, and doesn’t give those who use the skate park a say in what the policies are. He says he would rather the proposal be made by the skate park users themselves, for one thing, as opposed to an outside group dictating their behavior. He says it boils down his personal philosophy of “You have to police your own.” The Park Board agreed, they needed more input from the skate park users and from the Middle School “Builders Club,” before discussing the matter further and taking any action.

Iowa harvest nearly complete

Ag/Outdoor, News

October 16th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa farmers are close to wrapping up this year’s harvest as much needed rain finally fell across most of the state. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says 87 percent of the corn crop has been harvested, which is a month ahead of schedule. Ninety-three percent of the soybean crop is in from the fields, which is three weeks ahead of normal. The USDA says in Monday’s report that rain over the weekend helped Iowa’s pasture and range land. Hay supplies are running short across 41 percent of the state. Calves are being weaned and sold early due to the short supply of winter hay. The statewide average rainfall last week was 1.65 inches, triple the normal for the week. It was Iowa’s wettest week since early May.

Iowa early News Headlines – Tue., Oct. 16th 2012


October 16th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

CHARLES CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa has taken custody of a man charged with killing a 5-year-old girl in 2005. State agents took custody yesterday of 33-year-old Casey Frederiksen from a federal penitentiary in Marion, Ill. He’s charged with first-degree murder and first-degree sexual abuse in the death of 5-year-old Evelyn Miller. He’ll make an initial court appearance tomorrow.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa farmers are close to wrapping up this year’s harvest thanks to some needed rain. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said in a report yesterday that rain over the weekend helped the state’s pasture and range land. The statewide average rainfall last week was Iowa’s wettest week since early May.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — The U.S. attorney’s office in Cedar Rapids has set up a telephone line and a website page for victims in the case against Iowa investment broker Russell Wasendorf Sr. A district judge approved the procedure under a law that says victims of federal crime are entitled to notification of certain court proceedings. The 64-year-old CEO of Peregrine Financial Group pleaded guilty last month to misspending investor funds over a 20-year-old period.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The public is being given more time to comment on Iowa’s livestock proposals. The Environmental Protection Agency says it’s extending the comment period until the end of the month. The proposals would change the state’s regulations of livestock operations to be in compliance with the federal Clean Water Act.

Study focuses on Missouri River vulnerabilities


October 15th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A U.S. Army Corps of Engineers study says more research and monitoring are needed to reduce the likelihood of damage along the Missouri River in future floods. The study released Monday focuses on remaining vulnerabilities after the Missouri River rose to record levels last year. The 2011 flooding began after the corps started releasing massive amounts of water from upstream reservoirs filled by melting snow and heavy rain.

Most repairs to damaged levees in Nebraska, Iowa and Missouri are expected to be finished before next spring, with work on the river’s dams expected to take longer. Numerous studies are in the works, including ones that explore whether climate change played a role in the 2011 flooding.

2 accidents in Page County – no injuries


October 15th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Page County Sheriff’s Office says no injuries were reported following two separate accidents Friday. During the first accident, which took place at around 9:25-a.m., when a vehicle passed a tractor pulling two loaded grain wagons kicked up dust and obstructed the vision of the driver of a vehicle behind the tractor and wagons. The vehicle following the grain wagons hit the rear of the second wagon, causing $150 to the wagon, and $5,000 damage to the vehicle, a 2007 Pontiac mini-van. The driver of the van was identified as 78-year old Nancy Nothwehr, of Omaha. The tractor was driven by 66-year old Keith Huseman, of Coin. No citations were issued following the mishap, which happened about two-miles south of Yorktown, near 230th Street and J Avenue.

The second accident happened just after 3-p.m. Friday, on 270th Street, about 3-miles west of Coin. Officials say a 1995 Toyota drivn by 50-year old Renee Pabolo, of Riverton, was traveling west on 270th Street, when she met a grain truck driven by 27-year old Nicholas Ohnmacht, of College Springs. As the vehicles were passing in the opposite directions, the wind caught a tarp on the truck. The tarp flew off and hit the car, causing $2, 500 damage. No citations were issued.

EPA extends comment period on Iowa livestock farms

Ag/Outdoor, News

October 15th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency has extended the comment period on proposals by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to change regulations of livestock operations to be in compliance with federal Clean Water Act. The Des Moines Register says the EPA has extended the period by two weeks until Oct. 31st.

In July, the EPA said Iowa’s program is not sufficient to assess whether livestock confinements need to obtain federal waste discharge permits. It also says Iowa’s inspection program is inadequate and the state failed to act in nearly half of the water quality violation cases against cattle farms that the EPA reviewed. The report was done in response to a petition filed in 2007 by three environmental groups that alleged Iowa fell far short of meeting enforcement requirements.

Burn Ban rescinded for Fremont County

Ag/Outdoor, News

October 15th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The State Fire Marshal’s Office in Des Moines has rescinded a Burn Ban for Fremont County, at the request of Emergency Management Coordinator, Mike Crecelius. The ban, which had been in place since July 19th, officially ends at Noon today (Monday, Oct. 15th). Conditions in the County are no longer conducive to rapidly spreading fires, as had been the case during the extremely dry summer the area had experienced.

A ban on outdoor burning remains in effect until further notice, for: Cass, Audubon, Pottawattamie, Mills, Montgomery, Madison, Carroll, Crawford and Page Counties.

Boil Order issued for the City of Fontanelle


October 15th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Officials in Fontanelle say a water main break this (Monday) morning has resulted in a Boil Order for citizens served by the City’s water supply. The Adair-Guthrie County Emergency Management Agency says the break has been repaired, the system has been flushed, and the main has been disinfected, but due to the potential for bacterial contamination, it is being recommended that the water be boiled before using for drinking or cooking or that an alternative source such as bottled water be used.

Officials expect the results of tests for bacteria will be available within a few days. If the tests show there is no bacteria in the water supply system, the boil order will be rescinded. Meanwhile, officials advise residents not to drink the water without boiling it first. Bring all water to a boil, let it boil for one minute, and let it cool before using, or use bottled water. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, and food preparation until further notice. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water.  The water may be used for bathing and other similar purposes.

For more information, please contact Susan Newton at 641-745-3961. General guidelines on ways to lessen the risk of infection by microbes are available from the EPA Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1(800) 426-4791.

Mother of an eastern IA girl says she doesn’t believe she is a runaway


October 15th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The mother of one of the two 15-year-old girls missing from Shellsburg, in eastern Iowa, says she doesn’t believe she is a runaway. Dusty Hiepler-Floyd, Skie Floyd’s mom, said she thinks her daughter is “Probably scared right now.”

Skie Floyd

The Benton County Sheriff’s Department reports the two girls may be with 16-year-old Corey Sunderman and 13-year-old Austin Boggs — who’re both from the Atlantic area. All four could be traveling in a 1997 gold Jeep Grand Cherokee with no plates. Whatever the reason for the girls’ disappearance, Hiepler-Floyd said she wants them to return home.

“I just want them to know they’re not in trouble,” Hiepler-Floyd said. “I don’t care whatever the reason is they got into that car…neither one of them are in trouble. I just want them home.” Melinda Griffith, a friend of Hiepler-Floyd, said she doesn’t believe Skie is a runaway.  “She didn’t take her purse, she didn’t take her money, she didn’t take anything with her,” Griffith said. “If you’re running away from home, you take everything you got and you definitely take your purse.”

Both Floyd and Visek are sophomores at Vinton-Shellsburg High School. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Benton Sheriff’s Department at (319) 472-2337.

(Radio Iowa)

Atlantic mom says missing teens had romanticized running away


October 15th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

An Atlantic woman says her son and another local teen who ran away with two 15-year old girls from eastern Iowa, teens planned their escapade, based on a romantic notion. Crystal Sunderman, is the mother 16-year old Corey Sunderman.

Corey Sunderman (photo provided by his family)

She told KJAN News that her son, along with 13-year old Austin Boggs, went missing over the weekend, along with Skie (Sky) Floyd and Jazlyn Visek. Sunderman says Skie and Austin had been dating. She said the event had been “Set up for a while.” She says all four teens planned it, and that Jazlyn’s dad agreed that the girls had “Romanticized this and are going to hold out for all it’s worth,” thinking they are “cool.”

Sunderman says the teens may be on their way to Florida for a skateboarding event. She says Corey and Austin are “serious skateboarders,” and they’ve been bragging about going to a skateboarding park in Tampa or Miami. They mentioned there’s free room and board for skateboarders in that area. She says her son left home with about $400 in cash, but even if he runs out of money, he’ll find a way to get more, because “He’s very resourceful.”

Austin Boggs

Crystal Sunderman passed along a personal message to the teens. She said “This may seem exciting, but you really have no idea what you’re in for.” She says as much trouble the kids think they might be getting into, as their parents, they will try to “Protect them as much as possible,” and get them the help they need. She implored them to contact “Anybody, from any phone. You don’t have to tell us where you are if you don’t want to, just let us know you’re okay.”