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Red Flag Warning for western/sw Iowa – Wednesday afternoon

Ag/Outdoor, News, Weather

April 8th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

URGENT – FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OMAHA/VALLEY NE

331 PM CDT TUE APR 8 2014

…CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS EXPECTED FOR WEDNESDAY…

A WARM AND DRY AIRMASS WILL BE OVER THE REGION WEDNESDAY. THIS AIRMASS COMBINED WITH SOUTHWEST WINDS OF 15 TO 30 MPH AND AVAILABLE FUELS/DRY GRASSES…SHOULD ELEVATE FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS INTO THE RED FLAG WARNING RANGE.

COUNTIES: MONONA-HARRISON-SHELBY-POTTAWATTAMIE-MILLS-MONTGOMERY-FREMONT-PAGE

RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT FROM NOON TO 7 PM CDT WEDNESDAY FOR WIND AND LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN OMAHA/VALLEY HAS ISSUED A RED FLAG WARNING FOR WIND AND LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM NOON TO 7 PM CDT WEDNESDAY. THE FIRE WEATHER WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.

* WINDS…SOUTHWEST 15 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 35 MPH.

* RELATIVE HUMIDITY…AS LOW AS 15 PERCENT.

* IMPACTS…FIRES CAN EASILY IGNITE AND SPREAD QUICKLY.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A RED FLAG WARNING MEANS THAT CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EITHER OCCURRING NOW…OR WILL SHORTLY. A COMBINATION OF STRONG WINDS…LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY…AND WARM TEMPERATURES CAN CONTRIBUTE TO EXTREME FIRE BEHAVIOR.

Local lawmen and elected official brave the wind and cold for a cause

News

April 8th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Three local lawmen wearing their uniforms and an Atlantic City Councilman braved cold water and brisk winds to try and raise money for a boy with cancer, Tuesday.

(Left-to-right) Cass County Sheriff Darby McLaren, Dep. Ryan Johnson, Atlantic Police Chief Steve Green & Councilman Chris Jimerson.

(Left-to-right) Cass County Sheriff Darby McLaren, Dep. Ryan Johnson, Atlantic Police Chief Steve Green & Councilman Chris Jimerson.

Atlantic Police Chief Steve Green, Cass County Sheriff Darby McLaren, Deputy Ryan Johnson and Councilman Chris Jimerson entered one of the lakes at the Schildberg Recreation Area just after 3-p.m., Tuesday.IMG_20140408_150222_409~2 IMG_20140408_150206_275~2

Sheriff McLaren accepted Chief Green’s challenge to partake in the “Plunge for Landon,” a 5-month old boy from Tarkio, MO., who is recovering from surgery in his fight against cancer. Before he entered the lake, the Chief challenged Ackley, Iowa Police Chief Jeff Harnish, Red Oak Police Chief Drue Powers, and the entire staff at the Cass County Memorial Hospital to take the plunge. The Sheriff challenged Doctors Jeff Georgen and Doug Leonard to do the same.

Survey shows drop in Iowa cropland value

Ag/Outdoor, News

April 8th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — A survey shows the value of Iowa cropland has dropped for the first time since 2009. The Dubuque Telegraph Herald reports the survey from the Iowa Realtors Land Institute shows the value of tillable cropland fell by 5.4 percent in the past six months. The report found the average price of high-quality farmland was $11,104 an acre, a drop of $570 from the last survey released in September.

The survey showed declines in all nine regions of the state, with the largest drop in southeast Iowa. Reasons for the decline include lower commodity prices, higher input costs and increasing interest rates. Prices for Iowa farmland have more than doubled in the past five years. Average high-quality farmland cost $5,297 in 2009 but had soared to $11,515 by 2013.

Update 1:30-p.m. Oakland Shooting information

News

April 8th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Pottawattamie County Sheriff Jeff Danker early this (Tuesday) afternoon released additional information about a shooting incident that occurred at around 3-a.m. in Oakland. Danker says Pottawattamie County Communications received a 911 call reporting that a female had been shot at 303 Brown Street in Oakland.

Robert Reynolds

Robert Reynolds

Deputies, assisted by Council Bluffs Police Officers and Iowa State Troopers arrived shortly thereafter and after a brief standoff, 63 year old Robert Reynolds, of Oakland, was taken into custody. Deputies investigating the incident found a 64 year old female from Rural Cass County Iowa deceased at the scene. Reynolds was transported to the Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office and later booked in on the charge of Murder in the First Degree. The name of the victim is being withheld at this time. The investigation is ongoing.

Harlan Police report 4/9/14

News

April 8th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Police in Harlan have released a report on arrests over the past week. Authorities say two people were arrested Monday. 21-year old Trent Wendt, of Panama, was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, following a traffic stop. And, 26-year old Richard Floersch, of Harlan, was arrested Monday on disorderly conduct and public intoxication charges, after officers were called to a disturbance in the vicinity of 5th and Dye Streets, in Harlan. Floersch was transported to Myrtue Memorial Hospital for treatment of minor injuries prior to being hauled-off to jail.

On Sunday, Police officers in Harlan arrested 19-year old Bradly Freund, of Earling on charges that include Eluding and Possession of Alcohol by a person under the age of 21. His arrest stems from a traffic stop. Freund was also cited for Failure to Obey a Stop Sign and charged through the Iowa DOT with a .02 (Point Oh-Two) Violation.  Also arrested Sunday, was 44-year old Stephen Livingston, of Harlan. He was charged with Criminal Mischief in the 2nd degree, assault and public intoxication. Livingston was arrested after police responded to a report of a person out of control in the 600 block of Baldwin Street.

And on Friday, April 4th, 25-year old Michael Hall, of Harlan, was arrested on an active Shelby County bench warrant.

US bacon prices rise after virus kills baby pigs

Ag/Outdoor, News

April 8th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

MILWAUKEE (AP) – A virus never before seen in the U.S. has killed millions of baby pigs in less than a year, threatening pork production and pushing up prices by 10 percent or more.  The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says a pound of bacon averaged $5.46 in February. That’s 13 percent more than a year ago. Ham and chops have gone up too, although not as much.

Scientists believe porcine epidemic diarrhea came from China, but they don’t know how it got into the United States.  Agricultural economist Steve Meyer estimates the virus has killed nearly 6.8 million pigs in 27 states since last May. Meyer says Americans expect cheap food, but PED has shown how much an outbreak can cost and how important disease prevention is to the food supply.

Cumberland man arrested on drug charges last week

News

April 8th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office today (Tuesday) said a Cumberland man was arrested Friday, on drug charges. 54-year old Jerry Lee Edwards was taken into custody on charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine) (3rd or Subsequent), Possession of a Controlled Substance (Marijuana), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Edwards was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was released later that day on $5000 bond.

Also on Friday, deputies in Cass County arrested 20-year old Rynell Markelle Ware, of Lincoln, NE, on a District Court warrant for Probation Violation. Ware was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was being held on $5000 bond.

And on Sunday, 31-year old Rachel Lynn Segobia, of Gretna, NE, was arrested in Cass County on on a charge of Public Intox. Segobia was taken to the Cass County Jail where she was released the following day on bond.

 

Senate passes school radon bill to governor

News

April 8th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The Iowa Senate is sending to Gov. Terry Bransad a bill that will survey schools in Iowa to determine whether they’re testing for the presence of radon gas. The bill requires districts to report by the end of this year to the Iowa Department of Education and the agency to file a report with the Legislature by January.

Sen. Matt McCoy, a Des Moines Democrat, who introduced the measure, says the House “gutted” his bill but a report will at least bring public attention to the issue. McCoy’s version, which passed the Senate, would have required schools to test and fix problems if radon had been detected at dangerous levels.

Republican Rep. Matt Windschitl says gathering information is the right path for now.

Fire Weather Watch Wednesday for western IA

Ag/Outdoor, News, Weather

April 8th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

1112 AM CDT TUE APR 8 2014

CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS EXPECTED FOR WEDNESDAY

A WARM AND DRY AIRMASS WILL BE OVER THE REGION WEDNESDAY. THIS
AIRMASS COMBINED WITH SOUTHWEST WINDS OF 15 TO 30 MPH AND
AVAILABLE FUELS/DRY GRASSES…SHOULD ELEVATE FIRE WEATHER
CONDITIONS INTO THE RED FLAG WARNING RANGE.

COUNTIES: MONONA-HARRISON-SHELBY-POTTAWATTAMIE-MILLS-MONTGOMERY  FREMONT-PAGE-  
A FIRE WEATHER WATCH IS IN EFFECT FROM WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON
THROUGH WEDNESDAY EVENING FOR WIND AND LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY FOR
SOUTHEAST NEBRASKA AND SOUTHWEST IOWA…

* WINDS…SOUTHWEST 15 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 30 MPH.

* RELATIVE HUMIDITY…AS LOW AS 20 PERCENT.

* IMPACTS…FIRES CAN EASILY IGNITE AND SPREAD QUICKLY.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A FIRE WEATHER WATCH MEANS THAT CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS
ARE FORECAST TO OCCUR. LISTEN FOR LATER FORECASTS AND POSSIBLE
RED FLAG WARNINGS.

SWIFS releases year end financial report

News

April 8th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Officials with SWIFS (Southwest Iowa Family Services, Inc.), have released their 2013 year-end financial reports and IRS Form 990. SWIFS President Hal Gronewold said in a news release that “All outstanding pledges for construction of the Ann W. Wickman Child Development Center (in Atlantic) have been collected, and the time has come for the next phase of fund-raising, which is to eliminate or substantially reduce the mortgage debt incurred.”

Gronwold says the net mortgage debt at year-end amounted to $408-thousand, while the annual debt service cost amounts to $26,500. The Wickman Center is being operated by the Nishna Valley Family YMCA. Gronewold says there are 130 children registered at the Center, with a daily attendance of between 65 and 85 children. An application is pending with the State of Iowa, for a Level 5 Quality Rating. That’s the highest level rating a child care facility can attain.

Gronewold says the original plan envisioned the YMCA assuming ownership of the Center after 5-years, but that the Center would also be free of debt at the end of that time frame as well. Since it is not, they are “In need of significant gift or bequest(s) and will be attempting to identify some situations where a gift of appreciated real estate or securities would result in a monetary benefit for both parties.”

Gronewold says if the fundraising campaign in successful, no further fund-raising will be necessary. If not, SWIFS will retain ownership of the Center and continue to be responsible for the debt, which will necessitate an annual fund drive. For more information, go to www.swifs.org.