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Red Flag Warning for far west/southwest Iowa Wed., Oct. 3rd

News, Weather

October 3rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

AREA COUNTIES: MONONA-HARRISON-SHELBY-POTTAWATTAMIE-MILLS-MONTGOMERY-FREMONT AND PAGE….

A RED FLAG WARNING IS IN EFFECT FROM 1-PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 7- PM CDT THIS EVENING, FOR LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY AND GUSTY WINDS.

SOUTHERLY WINDS ARE EXPECTED TO INCREASE INTO THE 15 TO 25 MPH RANGE BY EARLY THIS AFTERNOON…WITH WIND GUSTS TO 30 MPH FROM TIME TO TIME. RELATIVE HUMIDITIES WILL LIKELY DROP TO AROUND OR LESS THAN 20 PERCENT FOR MUCH OF THIS AFTERNOON. ANY FIRES THAT DEVELOP WILL LIKELY SPREAD RAPIDLY. OUTDOOR BURNING IS NOT RECOMMENDED, AND MANY AREA COUNTIES HAVE BURN BANS STILL IN EFFECT.

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 WILL CREATE EXPLOSIVE FIRE GROWTH POTENTIAL.

Elevated Fire Danger over parts of west central/southern IA today

News, Weather

October 3rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

ISSUED BY THE NWS/DES MOINES – WED., OCT. 3RD 2012

AREA COUNTIES: SAC- CRAWFORD-CARROLL-AUDUBON-GUTHRIE-DALLAS-CASS-ADAIR- MADISON-ADAMS-UNION-TAYLOR-RINGGOLD-

ELEVATED FIRE DANGER TODAY… SOUTHERLY WINDS WILL INCREASE TODAY AHEAD OF AN APPROACHING COLD FRONT…REACHING SPEEDS OF NEAR 20 MPH WITH HIGHER GUSTS AT TIMES THIS AFTERNOON. RELATIVE HUMIDITY WILL ALSO BE VERY LOW IN THE AFTERNOON…BELOW 20 PERCENT IN SOME AREAS…AND SURFACE FUELS ARE VERY DRY. WITH HARVESTING ACTIVITIES UNDERWAY PARTICULAR CAUTION IS ADVISED DUE TO THE INCREASED POTENTIAL FOR FIRES TO SPREAD RAPIDLY.

Iowa lawmaker questions federal spending on probe

News

October 3rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – An Iowa lawmaker is questioning Secretary of State Matt Schultz’s use of federal money to investigate allege voter fraud in Iowa.  Sen. Tom Courtney, a Burlington Democrat, says he has requested state and federal audits of Schultz’s use of funds from the Help America Vote Act to hire an Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation agent.  Courtney says the money is supposed to be used to help educate voters. Schultz, a Republican, issued a statement Tuesday accusing Courtney of trying to block criminal investigations into voter fraud and election misconduct.
Three people were charged last month with voter fraud in Pottawattamie County as a result of the DCI probe. A Polk County judge also stopped Schultz’s efforts to change some aspects of the state’s voter laws that were challenged in court.

Survey: Iowa economy still doing well but may be in for fall soon

Ag/Outdoor, News

October 3rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Iowa is among three “shining stars” in the Midwest, according to the latestly monthly economic survey of business leaders and supply managers in nine states. Creighton University economist Ernie Goss says Iowa, North Dakota and Oklahoma are all energy-producing states and their economies are prospering. Goss predicts Iowa and some of the other farm states in the region may soon take a big hit.
“Agricultural equipment sales are still doing reasonably well but I don’t see that can hold up,” Goss says. “That’s going to come down and punch some of the growth we’re now seeing in South Dakota, Nebraska and Iowa, pulling that down, Kansas down as well.”

Goss says there is some weakness in non-durable goods like food production while biofuels and ethanol production are not holding up. “The 2012 drought has yet to put a dent in business activity for agriculture equipment manufacturers in Iowa, but has negatively influenced retail sales,” Goss says.

(Radio Iowa)

Atlantic City Council to discuss TIF Policy Wednesday

News

October 2nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic City Council, Wednesday, is expected to discuss a report from the Community Development Committee, with regard to the creation of a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Policy. Councilman Shaun Shouse, Chair of the Committee, has been working with City Attorney Dave Weidersteen and the Committee, to come up with a draft TIF policy for the Council to review.

The City of Atlantic currently does not have a TIF policy in-place for commercial and industrial development. The result has been inconsistencies in how the funds have been awarded, and complaints about how those funds are distributed for some projects and not for others. City Administrator Doug Harris says without a TIF policy, the use of TIF funds are subject to abuse and waste. Among the many questions a TIF policy needs to address, according to Harris, is: What projects should be eligible? And, how much of the incremental tax revenue should be used as an individual development incentive, and how much should be used to fund needed public improvement projects which benefit the community as a whole, and help minimize future property tax requirements?

Mayor Dave Jones established a TIF Task Force to develop a fair and uniform policy to answer some of those questions. The task force in-turn, met with the Community Development Committee, which considered the task forces’ input in the development of the Committee’s recommendations, which may be adopted by the Council, in the form of a resolution.

In other business, the Atlantic City Council will consider a proposal by Syngenta crop products, to develop an advertising campaign with the City, to promote its “Agrisure Viptera” corn seeds, for local farmers. Advertisements would be placed in store front windows, on street lamps, park benches and other such locations. As part of the company’s public relations campaign, Syngenta would include Atlantic in advertisements targeting local farming communities. The City would work with the company to promote town events, living and other attractions, as part of the campaign.

And, Atlantic resident and businessman Jim Tyler, will address the Council during the Public Forum segment of their meeting, to talk about the Iowa Dept. of Natural Resources, and his property at 100 West 2nd Street, which has been classified as a contaminated site, under Iowa law.

Page County Park incident & accident reported

News

October 2nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Page County Sheriff Lyle Palmer reports his office received a call for assistance Monday at Rapp Park, north of Shenandoah. The call came from Iowa Department of Natural Resource Enforcement Officer Deb Howe.  Officer Howe was at the park with several individuals suspected of Iowa Code violations.  Deputies from the Page County Sheriff’s Office responded. Those Deputies handled violations of the Iowa Code that did not deal with Fish and Game violations. After an investigation, Deputies issued 35-year old Aaron E. Howell of Shenandoah,  a citation for improper use of registration.

Also on Monday, Page County Deputies responded to a report of a motor vehicle in the ditch on East Washington Street just east of the West Nodaway River Bridge.  After an investigation, it was determined that 37-year old Tabatha Louise Hawk, of Clarinda,  was driving a 2004 Chrsler Sebring registered to Dennis Hamilton also of Clarinda.  The car was westbound on East Washington when it went off the shoulder and then into the ditch on the north side.  When it entered the ditch, the car sustained front end damage.  Hawk was cited for Failure to prove security against liability (no insurance) accident related and Operation of a vehicle without a valid driver’s license.  There were no injuries reported.

Injury accident reported on I-80 near Anita

News

October 2nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Rescue crews from Anita and Wiota Fire and Rescue have been called to the scene of a personal injury accident on Interstate 80 in Cass County. The accident was said to have taken place at around 12:50-p.m. between the 70- and 71-mile markers in I-80 Eastbound. No other details are currently available.

Cats, carcasses taken from reeking Sioux City home

News

October 2nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – Animal control workers have removed a total of about 50 cats and carcasses from a house in Sioux City.  Cindy Rarrat, of Sioux City Animal Adoption & Rescue Center, says conditions inside the house Monday were unbearable and unfit for humans or animals.  Law officers executed a search warrant around 4:30 p.m. Monday, and workers started removing the animals. No one was home.  Neighbors say no one has lived in the home for a couple of months.  The hungry, thirsty cats were taken to the rescue center.

Digital upgrade affects Mediacom Customers in western IA

News

October 2nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A technology change coming early Wednesday morning by cable TV service provider Mediacom means viewers in the KJAN listening area may experience blank channels, but no loss in programming. Officials with Mediacom say their customers in a 10-county area of western and southwest Iowa will see channel location changes as a result of a digital upgrade. The upgrade affects Mediacom customers living in the following 15 communities located in western and southwest Iowa:  Atlantic, Audubon, Avoca, Bedford, Carroll, Glidden, Clarinda, Corning, Denison, Essex, Glenwood, Harlan, Red Oak, Shenandoah, Villisca. The changes will affect consumers using a direct cable connection to a digital television, and will require those viewers to re-scan their televisions using the remote control.

The company says there is no impact or re-scanning needed for televisions connected to either a Mediacom set-top box or one of the digital adapters widely distributed in recent weeks as part of the company’s digital conversion.  Throughout the upgrade, much of the attention has been directed to consumers using older, non-digital televisions and the use of digital adapters to provide reception for channels 23 and higher.

Mediacom Group Vice President Steve Purcell says their key message is for the majority of consumers who have digital-ready televisions.  Purcell says “If they don’t use Mediacom equipment – if their cable connection goes directly into the TV – those viewers will need to use their remotes to re-scan the TV for an updated channel set on October 3rd.” Purcell says “We don’t alter channel locations often, but we’re doing it now as part of a bandwidth conversion that includes adding 40 new high-definition channels on October 4th.”

Purcell emphasized that the changes in channel alignment are effectively “behind the scenes” for televisions connected to set-top boxes or digital adapters.  Without that equipment, channel locations displayed on digital-ready televisions will be altered and a blank screen will display on the old location.  Completion of the auto-scan function will ensure that all channels will display in their new locations.

The changes in Mediacom’s network will be made after midnight and prior to 6:00 am on Wednesday, October 3rd.  An expanded high-definition lineup will arrive the following day, October 4th. The main message the company wants to pass along to its consumers, is that you are NOT losing any channels. You will simply need to RE-SCAN or re-run the auto-tune feature for their TVs.  They will need to do this on Wednesday, Oct. 3rd, any time after 6:00 am.  If they don’t do this simple exercise, you will see blank channels.

Newer televisions manufactured since 2007 come with built-in digital tuners to receive digital signals.  Digital televisions do not need Mediacom’s adapter, just a cable connection to the TV. Digital adapters are available from Mediacom.  This is a rent-free lease for up to three adapters, effective through December 2013.  The equipment lease fee thereafter will be $0.99 per adapter.

Audubon man arrested Monday night after reported disturbance

News

October 2nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Audubon County Sheriff’s Department reports one person was taken into custody Monday night, following a disturbance at 202 Church Street, in Audubon. 65-year old James Steven Nellor, of Audubon, was arrested on a charge of Public Intoxication. Officials say Nellor was brought to the Audubon County Jail, appeared before the magistrate and pled guilty to the charge, before being released. Sheriff’s deputies were arrested at the scene of the arrest, by officers with the Audubon Police Department.