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Stolen vehicle leads to chase, but no arrest in Shelby County

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August 17th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

An incident that began with the theft of a motor vehicle from Pottawattamie County, resulted in a chase but no arrest Thursday evening, despite a coordinated effort by several law enforcement agencies. The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office reports Police officers in Harlan observed a vehicle known to have been stolen from Pott. County inside the Harlan city limits. The officers engaged in a pursuit of the vehicle, a 1996 Oldsmobile. The chase continued east onto Oak Road, before the H-PD officers requested assistance from the Shelby County Sheriff’s Department. The officers and deputies lost track of the vehicle however, in the 1200 block of Oak Road.

At around 11:30-p.m., the Sheriff’s Office was alerted to suspicious activity in the 1900 block of Oak Road, where authorities recovered the stolen vehicle. The Sheriff’s office requested and received assistance in locating the suspect, from the Cass County K-9 Unit, along with sheriff’s deputies from Audubon County. Deputies recovered property from the suspect in the area, and cordoned-off a corn field, where the suspect was though to be hiding.

Additional assistance was requested from the Omaha Police Department, which sent their helicopter, “Able 1″ to the scene. The chopper was equipped with a FLIR (Forward looking infrared Radar), which detects heat signatures. Despite the concentrated effort, the suspect was never located, and the search called-off during the early morning hours.

An investigation into the theft continues. Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office.

Record low temps set overnight in several Iowa cities

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August 17th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Last month, Iowans saw an array of new record high temperatures set, but this morning, many of us woke up to the coolest weather since early June. Kevin Deitsch is a meteorologist at the National Weather Service office in Johnston. “Most of the record lows were confined to northwest Iowa,” Deitch says. Sioux City’s record low this morning was 43 degrees, Lamoni was at 50 and Webster City reached 44. The temperature in Webster City shattered the previous record of 46 set on this day in 1897.

In Atlantic, we bottomed out at 40-degrees on the thermometer at KJAN, which was just two-degrees shy of tying our record low set in 1897. KJAN is the official National Weather Service reporting and record-keeping station for Atlantic. For a welcome change of pace, Deitsch says Iowa’s weather will be pleasant for the weekend, the final weekend of the Iowa State Fair. “Dry weather we’ve had makes it pretty easy to cool down at night and to warm up during the day and that looks to be the trend as we head through this weekend,” he says. Highs will be in the 70s today through the weekend with lows in the 40s and 50s. There is no precipitation forecast for the next seven days.

Expert: Drought isn’t going away anytime soon

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August 17th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

An expert on droughts says the one that’s settled over Iowa and most of the region isn’t likely to go away anytime soon. Michael Hayes, director of the National Drought Mitigation Center, says a big ridge of high pressure has built up over the central U-S, diverting rain elsewhere. Hayes says Iowa’s long-range forecast calls for hot, dry conditions into October. “Maybe there’s some hope beyond that, but it’s a little bit early to say,” Hayes says. “So, that’s not the best news, certainly. Those are expectations. Those outlooks can change and we certainly hope that’s the case.”

Despite withering crops, brown lawns and shallow waterways across Iowa, Hayes says the drought’s affects are not deep yet, because this is a severe one-year event — at least so far. “If this were to extend into a second year or a third year, then we certainly would have more of those concerns,” Hayes says. While some have made comparisons to the Dust Bowl days of the 1930s, Hayes says this drought is most comparable to the 1988 drought. One unusual note, he says the drought which now grips the entire Corn Belt actually began this past winter.

Hayes says, “What’s been interesting about this drought is we had such warm temperatures over the wintertime and in the early spring that a lot of our soil moisture was already depleted and then that just allowed the temperatures to get pretty extreme across a large part of the central U.S.” The National Drought Mitigation Center is based at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

(Radio Iowa)

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Heavy Metal band concert traffic expected today in Mills County

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August 17th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A reminder from the Mills County Sheriff’s Office: Motorists should expect heavy traffic today, when the Des Moines heavy metal rock band Slipknot and other acts perform at the Mid America MotorPlex, during “KnotFest.” Gates at the complex, located near Pacific Junction, will open at 2-p.m.  The concert will not end until 11:30-p.m.

Officials say to expect heavy traffic at Exit 35 off Interstate 29 and Highway 34. Anyone not attending the concert, is strongly encouraged to find an alternate route to home and/or work. You should expect delays also, on southbound I-29 from Council Bluffs.

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Living Loess Family Day Saturday, August

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August 17th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

This Saturday the Living Loess Family Tour features Garden Grove eatery and Harvest Studio for a truly nature filled experience.  In addition to the beautiful vistas of the Loess Hills this time of year, the scent of lavender, the pleasures of aronia berries, wine art, gourmet food, jewelry, and the appreciation of hardwood creations- the July Living Loess Family Tour Day August 18 features the Garden Grove restaurant and Harvest Studio mini-classes.

The Garden Grove restaurant just on the outskirts of Crescent, Iowa, is a local- “you’d better get in line early” favorite.  With mouth-watering menu selections, the Garden Grove is an experience in itself.  Plan ahead this Saturday so as to not miss this unique culinary delight.

An unidentified woman using the art technique which will be taught this Saturday at harvest Studio during the Living Loess Tour 9am-3pm. (Pott. Co. Conservation/photo)

The second opportunity is a special class using charcoal and pastel sticks on large pieces of brown paper.  Using the side of the drawing stick gives more freedom of expression.  Stop by Harvest Studio this Saturday for a free mini class on this technique.  The artist, Cynthia Gehrie, is offering a 10% discount on paintings and prints this Saturday only.  For more details, log onto www.harveststudioonline.com.

Plus, all the traditional Living Loess attractions will be open August 18.  Living Loess is a collaboration of nine artisan attractions located within 20 miles of each other nestled in the Loess Hills in Pottawattamie and Harrison counties in western Iowa.  The group opens its doors every third Saturday of the month from May to October offering programs and discounts to the public.  All nine locations will have special activities Saturday, from 9am-3pm.

Visitors are encouraged to pickup a passport at any of the Living Loess stops.  After the passport is signed by all nine entities, they will be entered into a drawing at the end of the season to win a handcrafted Hope Chest from Loess Hills Wood Works along with products and gift certificates.

Living Loess attractions include: Gallaher Designs, Garden Grove Eatery, Harrison County Historical Village and Welcome Center, Harvest Studio, Hitchcock Nature Center, Honey Creek Creamery, Loess Hills Lavender Farm, Loess Hills Woodworks and Sawmill Hollow Family Farm. The Living Loess Tours inaugural season last year was very well received.  Hundreds of visitors enjoyed this hands-on experience in the beautiful Loess Hills.

The group also offers individual group tours upon request for groups 15 or larger.  To schedule a group tour call 1-800-228-6878.  For more information on Living Loess, log on to www.livingloess.com or call 712-642-2114.  Brochures are also available in the Council Bluffs Chamber Visitor Center, 149 W Broadway in downtown Council Bluffs.

(Press Release – Pottawattamie County Conservation Board)

Red Oak man busted for pot possession

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August 17th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A call about a person allegedly smoking marijuana led to the arrest Thursday, of a Red Oak man. According to Red Oak Police, 22-year-old Devin Alexander Davis was arrested when officers investigated the reported incident having taken place at 1508 North 2nd Street. Davis was found to allegedly be in possession of the illegal weed.  He was brought the Montgomery County Jail and  held on $1,000 bond, pending a court appearance.

Private firm being hired to run Neb. nuke plant

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August 17th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

BLAIR, Neb. (AP) – A Nebraska utility has decided to hire outside expertise to run its troubled nuclear power plant. At a meeting in Blair on Thursday, the Omaha Public Power District directors voted to contract with Exelon Generation LLC to run the Fort Calhoun Nuclear Station.
The nuclear plant about 20 miles north of Omaha is under close scrutiny by regulators. Fort Calhoun was initially shut down for routine refueling maintenance in April 2011, but flooding along the Missouri River and the safety violations forced it to remain offline. Exelon Generation says it operates 17 reactors at 10 nuclear power plants situated in Illinois, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Bluffs Woman Captures Horseshoe Title at State Fair

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August 17th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Chalk up another “W” for Cathy Carter. The Council Bluffs woman captured her 31st Class A Iowa State Women’s Horseshoe pitching Championship earlier this week, in Des Moines. The Omaha World-Herald reports Carter, a former Class-B Champion who moved up to Class-A this year, won the title 30 years in a row before being sidelined last year by a broken ankle. Her victory during Sunday’s competition came over last year’s winner, Shirley Fletcher, who placed second in the event.

Carter, a lifelong resident of Council Bluffs, owns cleaning business in the community. She’s a winner in another area, as well. Two weeks ago, Carter became engaged to Joe Jones.