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Alternative school in AHSTW opens in donated building

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August 28th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A business in Shelby County has donated a building to help create a new alternative high school program for AHST-W students. The Daily NonPareil reports VCM LCC, a subsidiary of Nishnabotna Valley REC of Harlan, donated a 10,000-square-foot building at 919 N. Chestnut St. to the school district last week, which will open its doors for a new program to help students at risk of not graduating earn their high-school diploma.

Superintendent Jesse Ulrich said that Thursday was the first day for the new Viking Excel program, which will serve 10 students in 10th through 12th grades with an additional five or so students anticipated by the end of the year.

The AHST Community School District serves the communities of Avoca, Hancock, Shelby and Tennant, as well as secondary students from the Walnut Community School District through whole-grade sharing. Ulrich said Walnut had sent alternative students to programs in Atlantic and Council Bluffs, but AHST had left them in the mainstream high school program.

Creating an alternative program moved to the top of the district’s to-do list after an evaluation of the AHST programs focused on addressing the number of dropouts. Ulrich said the at-risk students were not being given learning opportunities to meet their needs. The new program will blend online learning with support from a teacher and an administrative assistant for about half of the school day.

The district received the building for free after inquiring about purchasing it from VCM. AHST couldn’t afford the original price, but the company came back and offered the building, which has been vacant for about four years after being leased to a telemarketing firm with about 150 employees.
Records from the Pottawattamie County Assessor’s Office show the property’s assessed value at $275,600.

Ulrich said an appraisal is being completed before the deed is transferred, which may require a couple months to complete. AHST hopes to use the remaining space for economic development in Avoca, while continuing to make its facilities a regional hub for education.

(Podcast) 8-a.m. News & funeral report, 8/28/14

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August 28th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

With KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.

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(Podcast) 7-a.m. News & funeral report, 8/28/14

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August 28th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

With KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.

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Audubon City Council to discuss and act on Remediation Plan

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August 28th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Audubon City Council will hold a special meeting tonight to approve a remediation plan set forth by the Iowa Public Information Board, in light of the Council’s violation of Open Meetings and Open Records Laws. During the 7-p.m. meeting, the Council is expected to read the agreement, and vote on approval. If approved, the agreement will be signed and returned to the IPIB and the Council will continue to implement the plan with regard to areas that may not already been addressed.

A copy of the remediation plan is available on the Audubon City Council’s website.

(a PDF copy of the plan can be found here: http://www.auduboncounty.com/webres/File/city-agendas-minutes/08-28-14/IPIB%20Remediation%20Plan.pdf )

High-speed Injury accident in Council Bluffs, Wed. evening

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August 28th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

One person was injured during a collision Wednesday evening, in Council Bluffs. According to Bluffs Police, 21-year old Nathan Maxwell Hall, of Council Bluffs, was transported to Creighton Medical Center in Omaha for treatment of possible, unknown injuries, after his 2007 Pontiac Vibe was hit at a high rate of speed by a 2001 Volvo driven by 21-year old Matthew Howell, of Council Bluffs.

Officials say Howell’s car had been involved in a hit-and-run accident near 29th and Broadway before fleeing north on 29th at speeds of about 60-to 70-miles per hour. A witness said the car “blew through the stop sign” at the intersection of 29th and Avenue B at around 6:10-p.m. at speeds estimated at 70-to 80-mph, and collided with Hall’s Pontiac.

After the initial impact, the Volvo went airborne and hit a power pole. The car then spun around while airborne, and landed on a legally parked, unoccupied 1994 Saturn. A small fire that started in the engine compartment of the Volvo was quickly extinguished by local residents.

Howell and a passenger in his car were trapped in the vehicle, but were extricated and transported to Creighton Hospital, along with Nathan Hall. Damage from the crash amounted to $16,000.

Violence prevention program in Iowa schools teaches bystander intervention

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August 28th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Mentor in Violence Prevention program is teaching Iowa high school and college students how to prevent sexual assault. M-V-P coaches the students to intercede when they recognize signs of looming sexual violence. Iowa State University student Tucker Carrell participated in M-V-P while in high school and says sometimes it’s hard to speak up, but it’s important to act.

“I know one of the biggest things that we consistently talked about and that I really took from this whole program was just listening to things happen, being that bystander,” Carrell says. “It really almost hurts you more and affects you more because you hang on to that and you remember that as well as letting you know whoever is committing some kind of action or harmful act know that’s okay or think that is okay.”

A recent study found one in five women are sexually assaulted while in college. Alan Heisterkamp, director of the Mentors in Violence Prevention Leadership Institute, says silence in the face of disrespect or assault condones sexual violence, so the program teaches bystander intervention.

Heisterkamp says, “You may think that it’s wrong but if we speak out or respond in a way to correct the behavior, often times the abuse or the inappropriate comments can come back on me because the culture of that system doesn’t support those prosocial behaviors.” Carrell and Heisterkamp made their comments on the Iowa Public Radio program, “River to River.”

(Radio Iowa)

King predicts ‘politically nuclear’ reaction if Obama acts along on immigration

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August 28th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Republican Congressman Steve King says the reaction will be “politically nuclear” if President Obama bypasses congress and issues an executive order granting some sort of legal status to illegal immigrants. “First, the president has no constitutional authority to make up laws as he wishes they would be, but he threatens to do so anyway,” King says. “…If the president does this and five to nine or more million people get a ‘you are now legal’ slip from the president of the United States, that throws us into an instantaneous constitutional crisis.”

Congress faces another deadline in September to approve a federal budget or pass a stop-gap measure to avoid a government shutdown. King says those discussions may break down if President Obama uses an executive order on immigration policy. “This would be the most blatantly unconstitutional act by any president of the United States ever if he does what his trial balloons and his own threats have promised to do,” King says. “And so, as the intensity of that gets closer and closer, it’s more and more likely that something like that will happen.”

Reports indicate President Obama is considering executive action that would make more undocumented immigrants eligible for green cards and place more people on the “deferred action” list, so deportation proceedings are delayed. White House spokesman Josh Earnest says it “would be a shame” if Republicans in congress decide to shut down the government over the immigration issue.

(Radio Iowa)

Flash Flood Watch for all of southwest/western Iowa (8/28)

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August 28th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A FLASH FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON TODAY (8/28) FOR ALL OF THE COUNTIES IN THE KJAN LISTENING AREA. 

Flash Flood Watch for counties shown in green.

Flash Flood Watch for counties shown in green.

WIDESPREAD RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF 1 TO 2 INCHES WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS UP TO 3 INCHES ARE POSSIBLE OVERNIGHT THROUGH MIDDAY THURSDAY. THESE THUNDERSTORMS WILL BE EFFICIENT RAIN PRODUCERS…MEANING THE ENVIRONMENT IS SUITED FOR RAINFALL RATES IN EXCESS OF 1 TO 2 INCHES PER HOUR AT TIMES.

WITH THE ANTICIPATED RAINFALL RATES ON TOP OF AN ALREADY VERY SATURATED GROUND…A FLASH FLOOD COULD OCCUR IN A VERY SHORT TIME FRAME AND IS ESPECIALLY DANGEROUS AT NIGHT.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A FLASH FLOOD WATCH MEANS THAT CONDITIONS MAY DEVELOP THAT LEAD TO FLASH FLOODING. FLASH FLOODING IS A VERY DANGEROUS SITUATION. YOU SHOULD MONITOR LATER FORECASTS AND BE PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION SHOULD FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS BE ISSUED.

Iowa early News Headlines: Thu., Aug. 28 2014

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August 28th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Officials say no one was hurt when a deer slammed into the window of a restaurant in Sioux City. The City Journal reports the 4-point buck hit the exterior glass of a double-paned window at Rebos yesterday afternoon. The interior window did not break and the deer did not enter the restaurant. Sioux City Animal Control officials say the deer was badly wounded in the incident. It was later euthanized.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The head of Iowa’s workforce agency is defending herself against accusations of mismanagement. Iowa Workforce Development Director Teresa Wahlert came before the Senate Government Oversight Committee on Wednesday. During two days of hearings, a former workforce judge has said he was unfairly fired and staffers questioned why they were told to keep quiet about the agency’s decision to grant unemployment benefits to people who didn’t seek them earlier this year.

CHARLES CITY, Iowa (AP) — A man in northern Iowa has been arrested after authorities say he made threatening statements against school children. Acting Floyd County Attorney William Baresel said Wednesday that Loren Saxon was arrested Sunday. He faces charges of terroristic threats and public intoxication.

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — Iowa’s appeals court has upheld the murder conviction of a Waterloo man linked to a 2011 gang-related shooting. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier says the Iowa Court of Appeals ruled in a decision issued Wednesday that gang evidence and a police interview were properly used in the trial of Montez Caples.

Montgomery County Election info. for Nov. 4th 2014

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August 27th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Wednesday (Aug. 27th) was the last day for candidates to file their nomination papers for County Offices. In Montgomery County, the following persons filed by the 5-p.m. deadline:

Montgomery County Ag Extension Council (Vote for 5)
· Darcy Dalton
· Linda Parker
· Joseph Jardon
· Lori Dekay
· Misty Adams
· Kate Fridolph

Montgomery County Recorder (Vote for 1)
· Carleen Bruning (Rep)

Montgomery County Treasurer (Vote for 1)
· Carol Strovers (Rep)

Montgomery County Attorney (Vote for 1)
· Bruce Swanson (Rep)

Montgomery County Supervisor District #1 (Vote for 1)
· Steven D. Ratcliff (REP)

Montgomery County Supervisor District #2 (Vote for 1)
· Joshua A. Wiig (REP)
· Karen Blue

Montgomery County Supervisor District #4 (Vote for 1)
· Mark L. Peterson

Montgomery County Hospital Trustees (Vote for 3) 6 year term
· Lorin Peterson
· Kenneth Rech
· Sarah Wearin Smith

Montgomery County Soil & Water Commissioner (Vote for 2) 4 year term
· Kirk Baird
· Roger Cerven
· Deborah Howe
· Mary Robinette

Stanton City Council TFV (Vote for 1)
· None Filed

Douglas Township Trustee (Vote for 1)
· None Filed

Douglas Township Clerk (Vote for 1)
· None Filed

East Township Trustee (Vote for 1)
· None Filed

East Township Clerk (Vote for 1)
· None Filed

Frankfort Township Trustee (Vote for 1)
· None Filed

Frankfort Township Clerk (Vote for 1)
· None Filed

Garfield Township Trustee (Vote for 1)
· None Filed

Garfield Township Clerk (Vote for 1)
· Ron Gerlt

Grant Township Trustee (Vote for 1)
· None Filed

Grant Township Clerk (Vote for 1)
· None Filed

Lincoln Township Trustee (Vote for 1)
· None Filed

Lincoln Township Clerk (Vote for 1)
· None Filed

Pilot Grove Township Trustee (Vote for 1)
· None Filed

Pilot Grove Township Clerk (Vote for 1)
· None Filed

Red Oak Township Trustee (Vote for 1)
· None Filed

Red Oak Township Clerk (Vote for 1)
· None Filed

Scott Township Trustee (Vote for 1)
· None Filed

Scott Township Clerk (Vote for 1)
· None Filed

Sherman Township Trustee (Vote for 1)
· None Filed

Sherman Township Clerk (Vote for 1)
· None Filed

Washington Township Trustee (Vote for 1)
· None Filed

Washington Township Clerk (Vote for 1)
· Cheryl Case

West Township Trustee (Vote for 1)
· None Filed
·
West Township Clerk (Vote for 1)
· Joseph Jardon

2. Public Measure for Appointment of Township Officers

SHALL THE FOLLOWING PUBLIC MEASURE BE ADOPTED?
Shall the Montgomery County Board of Supervisors fill the offices of Township Trustees and Township Clerks by appointment as the terms of office of the incumbent officers expire?

3. Stanton Special Election

Stanton City Council Vacancy (Vote for 1)
· None Filed

Questions may be directed to the Montgomery County Elections Office at 712-623-5127.