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University of Iowa Health Care starts virtual clinic service


May 29th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – The University of Iowa Health Care has begun offering a virtual clinic that lets people use their computers, tablets or smartphones to check with health care providers. The Iowa City Press-Citizen says UIeCare.com is designed to gain help on minor illnesses and injuries that might be urgent but not life-threatening. The fee is $50 per visit, and users must have Internet connections and web cameras on their computers or mobile devices.

After each visit to the virtual clinic, patients will be sent detailed email summaries of what was discussed. A provider will check back five days later. Dr. Patrick Brophy with University of Iowa Health Care says a Nebraska company offers similar virtual clinics in western Iowa, but UIeCare would be the first such Iowa-based service.

Branstad extends State of Disaster Emergency w/regard to Bird Flu

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May 29th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad today (Friday) announced that he is extending the State of Disaster Emergency in response to the avian flu outbreak until July 1st, 2015. The governor’s original disaster declaration was set to expire Sunday, May 31, 2015.

As of Thursday, May 28th, Iowa had 68 cases of the disease in the state. The disease is affecting birds in 18 counties. The counties affected at this time are: Buena Vista, Sac, Osceola, Sioux, O’Brien, Kossuth, Clay, Pocahontas, Cherokee, Madison, Wright, Palo Alto, Lyon, Plymouth, Calhoun, Adair, Webster and Hamilton.

The proclamation of disaster emergency sets into motion and involves:

1. Activation of the disaster response and recovery aspect of the Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Department’s (HSEMD) Iowa Emergency Response Plan.

2. Authorizing the use and deployment of all available state resources, supplies, equipment, and materials as are deemed reasonably necessary by the Iowa Secretary of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) and Iowa HSEMD in order to do the following:

A. Tracking and monitoring instances of confirmed highly pathogenic avian influenza throughout the state of Iowa and the country,

B. Establishing importation restrictions and prohibitions in respect to animals suspected of suffering from this disease,

C. Rapidly detecting any presumptive or confirmed cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza within Iowa’s borders,

D. Containing the spread of highly pathogenic avian influenza within our state through depopulation, disinfections, and disposal of livestock carcasses,

E. Engaging in detection activities, contact tracking, and other investigatory work to stop the spread of highly pathogenic avian influenza within our state, and

F. Elimination of the disease in those disaster counties where it has been found and lessen the risk of this disease spreading to our state as a whole.

3. Temporarily authorizes the Iowa HSEMD, the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT), the Iowa Department of Public Safety (DPS), the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), other state agencies, and local law enforcement agencies and private contractors employed by the same to remove and/or dispose of live animals and animal carcasses on publicly or privately owned land when those live animals and/or carcasses threaten public health or safety.

4. Authorizes the Iowa HSEMD, the Iowa DOT, the Iowa DPS, the Iowa DNR, IDPH, other state agencies, and local law enforcement agencies to implement stop movement and stop loading restrictions and other control zone measures as are reasonably deemed necessary, including establishing buffer zones, checkpoints, and cleaning and disinfecting operations at checkpoints and borders surrounding any quarantine areas established by the IDALS or at any other location in the state of Iowa, in order to stop the spread of this contagious disease.

5. Authorizes state agencies to assist the IDALS in disinfection, depopulation, and livestock carcass disposal efforts.

6. Temporarily waives restrictions to allow for the timely and efficient disposal of poultry carcasses.

7. Temporarily suspends the regulatory provisions pertaining to hours of service for commercial vehicle drivers hauling poultry carcasses infected with or exposed to highly pathogenic avian influenza or while hauling loads otherwise related to the response to this disaster during its duration, subject to certain conditions outlined in the disaster proclamation.

Officials say the virus strains can travel in wild birds without those birds appearing sick. People should avoid contact with sick/dead poultry or wildlife. If contact occurs, wash your hands with soap and water and change clothing before having any contact with healthy domestic poultry and birds.

All bird owners, whether commercial producers or backyard flock owners, should continue to practice good biosecurity, prevent contact between their birds and wild birds, and report sick birds or unusual bird deaths to state/federal officials, either through their state veterinarian at 515-281-5321 or through USDA’s toll-free number at 1-866-536-7593.

Fallen officer’s mother and family expresses gratitude for the public’s support


May 29th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Ellen Holtz, the mother of fallen Omaha Police Officer Kerrie Orozco issued a statement this (Friday) morning to the media, through the Archdiocese of Omaha.Kerrie The statement read:

“On behalf of the Kerrie Holtz Orozco Family, we would like to express our profound gratitude. Words can’t express the overwhelming support that we have received. Kerrie was never one to brag about all the good she was doing in the community; she just took it in stride with her normal day. We were never aware of just how many people she was helping or how many lives she touched. We are sad that she is no longer with us but are so proud of all she has accomplished and all the good that she has helped spread. The tribute that the Omaha and surrounding communities put together was so amazing. Seeing all the people lined up for the procession, even when it started raining was touching. It was astounding how many people cared about Kerrie and wanted to support her. Having the support of what seemed like the entire nation, made saying goodbye a little easier. We wish we could thank each one of her supporters. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you so much for everything that you did to support our wonderful daughter, sister, wife, and mother, Kerrie Holtz Orozco. May her legacy live forever. Kerrie On!
Ellen Holtz and family.”

Malvern man arrested for going armed w/intent


May 29th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Mills County say a Malvern man was arrested Thursday night for Going Armed with Intent, and Interference with Official Acts. 67-year old James Alfred McConkey was taken into custody at around 9:55-p.m. and brought to the Mills County Jail, where his bond was set at $5,300. And, 41-year old Travis Donald Batten, of Glenwood, was arrested Wednesday night following an investigation into a single-vehicle accident.

Batten was traveling at a high rate of speed eastbound on Ives Avenue at around 6:20-p.m. Wednesday, when he lost control of a 1998 Honda he was driving, on a curve. The vehicle entered the north ditch and spun around before coming to rest. Batten left the scene of the accident prior to a deputy arriving.

Batten was subsequently arrested on a warrant for Harassment in the 3rd degree, and cited for Failure to Maintain Control, Failure to Reduce Speed, Failure to have a valid driver’s license, having no insurance, and leaving the scene of an accident. He was being held in the Mills County Jail on $300 bond.

Montgomery County Extension introduces Summer Assistant

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May 29th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Officials with ISU Extension in Montgomery County have announced Casey Wenstrand will be working as a Summer Assistant at the office. Casey was a 9 year 4-Her in the Grant Spitfires.

Casey Wenstrand

Casey Wenstrand

He just graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelors of Liberal Studies degree. In addition to fair preparation, Casey will also be a big help with the extension’s summer day camps. You can meet Casey at the 2015 Montgomery County Fair.

Breaking News: Avian Influenza confirmed at Rose Acre Farms in Stuart

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May 29th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) today (Friday), has confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza (HPAI) in four additional flocks in Minnesota and Iowa. No human infections with the virus have been detected at this time. CDC considers the risk to people from these HPAI H5 infections in wild birds, backyard flocks and commercial poultry, to be low.

USDA’s National Veterinary Services Laboratories confirmed HPAI H5N2 in two Minnesota Counties, and two in Iowa, including Adair County, where 974,500 chickens are affected at the Rose Acre Farms facility near Stuart.

The affected premises have been quarantined and birds on the property will be depopulated to prevent the spread of the disease. Birds from the flock will not enter the food system.

According to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, in 2014, the U.S. poultry industry produced 8.54 billion broiler chickens, 99.8 billion eggs, and 238 million turkeys. Officials say the United States has the strongest AI surveillance program in the world. As part of the existing USDA avian influenza response plans, Federal and State partners as well as industry are responding quickly and decisively to these outbreaks by following these five basic steps:

1) Quarantine – restricting movement of poultry and poultry-moving equipment into and out of the control area;

2) Eradicate – humanely euthanizing the affected flock(s);

3) Monitor region – testing wild and domestic birds in a broad area around the quarantine area;

4) Disinfect – kills the virus in the affected flock locations; and

5) Test – confirming that the poultry farm is AI virus-free. USDA also is working with its partners to actively look and test for the disease in commercial poultry operations, live bird markets and in migratory wild bird populations.

Creston man arrested Thursday evening


May 29th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A Creston man was arrested Thursday evening on a Union County warrant for Violating a Protective Order. Police say 52-year old Kirby Konkler was taken into custody at his residence at around 5:15-p.m. Konkler was being held in the Union County Jail while awaiting a bond hearing.

(Podcast) KJAN News, 5/29/2015

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May 29th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The 8-a.m. Newscast w/KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.


Report: more ag-related jobs available than college grads able to fill them

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May 29th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A report recently released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows there are plenty of jobs in ag-related fields, but not enough college graduates to fill them. Krysta Harden is Deputy Secretary of Agriculture. “Folks don’t really realize the variety of jobs and the availability of the jobs in science and technology, in education, in communication, food production, all the way through the entire chain, frankly,” Harden says.

The report from the USDA and Purdue University states there are nearly 60,000 ag related job openings expected annually in the U.S., but only a little over 35,000 graduates available to fill them. Sonny Ramaswamy, director of the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, says that means there are some great opportunities for recent college graduates.  “For some majors like agribusiness, animal science, crop science, the young people are being offered two to three job offers and signing bonuses,” Ramaswamy says.

The report projects almost half of the ag job opportunities in the next five years will be in management and business. Another 27 percent will be in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) areas. According to the report, more than half the grads in agriculture and ag-related fields are women.

(Radio Iowa)

Warnings to all drivers as we enter the 100 Deadliest Days


May 29th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A new study finds almost two-thirds of people injured or killed in crashes involving a teen driver are people -other- than the teen behind the wheel. Rose White, traffic safety director at Triple-A-Iowa, says we’re now in what’s considered the “100 Deadliest Days,” the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day when teen crash fatalities historically climb. Kids are out of school, White says, and often have access to vehicles.

“As a result, we always see a big increase in crashes and, unfortunately, fatalities and injuries involving young teen drivers,” White says. “Looking at stats over two decades, we are noticing that in those fatality crashes, it’s usually a person in the other vehicle or possibly a passenger that’s killed in the car crash.”

Since teens spend more time behind the wheel during the summer than any other season, White is reminding everyone, including drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists, to be mindful when sharing the roads with young drivers. “Driving is the most dangerous activity a teen will undertake,” White says. “What that means is, they need to have practice time behind the wheel. So, we encourage parents to spend more time with their teenager. Some helpful tools are available at the website teendriving.aaa.com.”

While great strides are being made to improve driver safety, motor vehicle crashes remain the leading cause of death for drivers between the ages of 15 and 19. “In Iowa, the most current statistics available which are gathered from the year 2013, that year 27 fatalities were reported in which a teen driver was at fault,” White says. “In those situations, 11 teen drivers died, seven passengers died and nine occupants of other vehicles.”

Nationwide in 2013, the Triple-A report found teen driver-involved crashes claimed nearly three-thousand lives and injured 371-thousand people. Crash rates for teens are higher than any other age group. White says keeping teen drivers safe is the shared responsibility of parents, policy makers, other motorists and the teens themselves.

(Radio Iowa)