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Dry weather persists, Corps of Eng progresses on levee repairs

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June 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Parts of Iowa that are desperate for rain may not get it anytime soon. The National Weather Service is predicting a warmer-than-average weather pattern in the lower Missouri River basin, which includes Iowa, through June. South Dakota State climatologist Dennis Todey says he doesn’t expect rainfall to be excessive.”From Montana to North Dakota and northern South Dakota, a decent chance for above-average precipitation chances,” Todey says. “As we look in the southern part of the basin, the near-normal precipitation is expected.” Todey’s comments came during a U-S Army Corps of Engineers conference call. Warm, dry weather has allowed the Corps to inspect Missouri River dams following last year’s flood.

Officials with the U-S Army Corps of Engineers hope to have all Missouri River levee repair projects complete by the end of this year. Last summer’s Missouri River flooding caused significant damage in western Iowa. The Corps’ Omaha District has 11 projects underway, with 99-million dollars in repairs complete. Brett Budd, chief of the Omaha District’s System Restoration Team, says some already-repaired areas need additional reinforcement.

Budd says, “We anticipate phase two contracts will be awarded in the coming weeks for the Omaha Flood Protection project, levee L-624/627 at Council Bluffs, Iowa, levee L-611/614 south of Council Bluffs, Iowa, L-575 near Percival and Hamburg, Iowa, L-550 near Rock Port, Missouri, and L-536 south of Rock Port, Missouri.” Releases from Gavins Point Dam in Yankton, South Dakota, are at 31-thousand cubic feet per second. Last year at this time, releases from there were at 110-thousand C-F-S, and the Missouri River was more than five feet above flood stage.

(Radio Iowa)

Two arrests in Atlantic, Tuesday

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June 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Police Department today (Wednesday) reports two Cass County men were arrested, Tuesday. 23-year old Joshua Dyer, of Atlantic, was arrested on a Sarpy County, NE. warrant for Criminal Mischief. Dyer was being held in the Cass County Jail. And, 21-year old Shane Suhr, of Anita, turned himself-in to authorities. Suhr was wanted on three Cass County warrants for Public Intoxication, Disorderly Conduct, and Assault with Injury. He was later released from custody, on bond.

Extension Council Offers Candidates Opportunities to Educate and Serve

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June 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Guthrie County Extension council soon will begin the process to fill four seats on the council. The elected council, like the hundreds of others across the country, is the grass roots governing body for the Cooperative Extension System. As part of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, the Guthrie County council works in partnership with local citizens, Iowa State University and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to carry the land-grant mission beyond the campus in Ames. Candidates for the council will appear on the general election ballot in November. The duties of a council member include hiring county staff, managing the county extension budget and helping select programming. One hundred ISU Extension and Outreach field offices provide local access to extension programs in all 99 counties.  

The nomination process begins with the appointment of a four-member nominating committee. By law, the current council appoints two men and two women to the committee and it cannot include any current members of the council. The committee must be appointed by Aug. 6t, 2012. The committee is charged with nominating candidates for the council, and geographic distribution of the nominees is one factor that they consider. After nominees have been selected, each nominee must turn in to the county elections commissioner a petition signed by at least 25 qualified voters by 5 p.m. on Aug. 29th, 2012.

For more information, contact: Vicki Frohling, Guthrie County/ISUExtension and Outreach at 641-747-2276 , or e-mail frohling@iastate.edu

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June 6th, 2012 by Chris Parks

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2 accidents in Page County, Sunday

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June 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Page County Sheriff Lyle Palmer said Tuesday, that no injuries were reported following two separate accidents Sunday evening. 21-year old Johnny Lee Blake, of New Market was cited for Failure to Maintain Control, after the 1998 Ford Mustang he was driving was traveling too fast and went out of control on Highway 2, on the outskirts of Shenandoah. The accident happened as Blake was trying to turn onto Annacrose Highway from westbound Highway 2, at around 5:20-p.m. Sheriff Palmer says the car hit some loose gravel and sand before going into a skid. Blake overcorrected twice, sending the car into the west ditch, where it hit a City of Shenandoah “Welcome” sign. Damage to the sign amounted to $4,000. The car sustained $2,500 damage.

The other accident happened at around 4:30-p.m. Sunday, on 270th Street, near the intersection with Q Avenue, or about two-miles west of Shambaugh. Palmer says Cody Alan Graham, of Coin, was traveling west on 270th when the 1996 Dodge Caravan he was driving went out of control, left the road to the right and rolled over into a ditch before coming to rest on its left side. The vehicle sustained $3,000 damage. No citations were issued.

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Bluffs authorities ask for help in finding runaway & her son

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June 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Police in Council Bluffs are asking for your help in finding a teenaged female runaway and her infant, whom they believe may be in Villisca or St. Joseph, MO. Officials say 17-year old Jewelie Coburn, of Council Bluffs, and her 1-year old son Gaige left Children’s Square at around 6:45-p.m. Tuesday. Officers were notified at 7:25-p.m. and checked the area of North 16th Street in Council Bluffs, and Interstate 29, after receiving a report of a female carrying a baby, but no one was located.

A tip led authorities to believe the pair may have been enroute to Villisca, but after a check by a deputy of a residence, and following several follow-up phone calls with Coburn’s relatives in Delware and Villisca residents, they learned Jewelie and her baby may still be in Villisca, or, St. Joseph, Missouri.

Investigators remain in contact with Montgomery County authorities while the search is underway. Anyone with information about the teen and her son are asked to contact the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office or Council Bluffs Police at 712-328-4715.

Judge denies Iowa jail transfer for suspected pimp

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June 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — A judge says a suspected pimp charged with running a nationwide sex trafficking ring will continue to be jailed in Council Bluffs despite claims that he’s being harassed by other inmates. Johnelle Bell’s attorney had requested that his client be transferred to a jail in Des Moines, saying he’s being “subjected to threats and other abuse” from inmates who learned about the nature of charges against him.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Celeste Bremer rejected the request after a hearing Tuesday. She says the U.S. Marshals Service is taking steps to address the security issues that Bell raised. Bell is being detained while he awaits trial on charges that he ran a sex trafficking ring that used Backpage.com to lure customers to pay for sex with prostitutes as young as age 17.

Manning Regional Healthcare Center received 40-year, $21-million USDA loan

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June 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Iowa Democrat Senator Tom Harkin Tuesday, announced that the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Development Program has approved a 3.375-percent 40 year loan of $21-million to the Manning Regional Healthcare Center. The funds will be used to construct a replacement hospital of the current facility that was built in 1927.  The new, seventeen bed critical access facility will be approximately 61,900 square feet, and will include a physician clinic and a recovery center that will provide substance abuse treatment services for sixteen patients in a partial residential setting.  Senator Harkin is a senior member of the Appropriations subcommittee that funds the USDA and the Rural Development Program.

Western Iowa Legislative Race – Primary Results Summary

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June 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

In the race for a seat on the Iowa Legislature here in western Iowa, there was at least one close contest. Republican candidate Mark Segebart, a farmer from Vail and member of the Crawford County Board of Supervisor, edged out his GOP challengers Matthew Biede and Carroll Mayor Adam Schweers, and moves on to face Democrat Mary C. Bruner, in November to determine the winner of the seat for the Senate, in District 6. Segebart garnered 1, 251 votes in the Primary election (46.665), while Schweers had 1,077 votes (40.17%), and Biede had only 350 votes.

In Senate District 10, Republican Jake Chapman beat challenger Matthew T. Mardesen by more than 850 votes. There is currently no Democrat slated to run against him in November.

And, in the race for State Representative in the newly formed 22nd District, Greg Forristall defeated his GOP challenger Clint Fichter, by more than 900 votes (2,526 to 1,611).