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Corps of Engineers says flood risk is low to very low

News, Weather

February 21st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Another federal agency is predicting a lesser chance of flooding this spring in the Missouri River valley. A forecast from the National Weather Service last week said the odds of flooding were average-to-below-average. Now, the U-S Army Corps of Engineers says the flood outlook in the river basin is low-to-very-low. Jody Farhat, director of the Corps’ Water Control Center in Omaha, says water storage is right on the expected mark. “Total water currently in storage is 56.4-million acre feet, which is 0.4-million acre feet below the base of the annual flood control pool,” Farhat says. “This is a slight increase from the beginning of the month, primarily due to the warm temperatures that have freed up some of the water that was stored in river ice. In a typical winter, we would see this return flow coming in March, so we’re simply getting it a little early this year.” Farhat says there is not much snow on the ground in the region.

“Currently, there’s very little plains snowpack in the Missouri River basin,” Farhat says. “Most locations are reporting less than an inch of water equivalent and the heaviest amounts are all downstream of the main stem system,” which is about half of what they’d normally have at this time. Farhat says they have moved out all the water that was left over from last year’s record flooding on the waterway. “All of our 2011 floodwater has been evacuated from the system and as of today, we have 400-thousand acre feet of additional flood control storage available,” Farhat says. “Both the plains and mountain snowpack are below average and are significantly lower than last year at this time.” Farhat says despite the good numbers, conditions can change quickly and localized flooding could still occur almost anywhere in the basin. She says there has been high water in some part of the basin in each of the last 25 years.

(by Matt Kelley/Radio Iowa)

Red Oak man arrested following domestic incident

News

February 21st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Montgomery County say a Red Oak man was arrested Monday night, on a charge of Domestic Abuse Assault/2nd Offense. Troy W. Schneckloth was taken into custody at his residence, following an investigation into a reported domestic disturbance. Officials say there were no reported victims during the incident. Schneckloth was arrested without incident, and was held in the Montgomery County Jail on a $1,000 cash bond.

Atlantic man arrested twice this past weekend

News

February 21st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Three men were arrested over the weekend, in Atlantic….one of them twice. According to the Atlantic Police Department, 52-year old Brian Boken, of Lewis, was arrested Sunday on a charge of Serious Assault. That same day, 25-year old David Tyler Andersen, of Atlantic, was arrested for Driving Under Suspension. Andersen was also arrested Saturday on the same charge, in addition to a Possession of a Controlled Substance charge. 

On Saturday, 37-year old Gregory Storjohann, of Walnut, was arrested for Driving While Barred. All three men were booked into the Cass County Jail

Audubon man arrested on OWI charge

News

February 21st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

An Audubon man was arrested late Monday morning for Operating a Motor Vehicle While Intoxicated. The Audubon County Sheriff’s Department says 64-year old James Mason Edwards faces a charge of OWI/2nd offense, following an incident in the 1800 block of Jay Avenue. He was taken into custody at around 11-a.m. Monday, and brought to the Audubon Jail. Edwards later posted a $2,000 cash bond, and was released.

Iowa News Headlines, Tue. Feb. 21, 2012

News

February 21st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa City woman has been arrested after police say her 22-month-old child was legally drunk. Twenty-six-year-old Natasha Kriener was charged last week with child endangerment resulting in bodily injury. Police records show the toddler’s father took the child to the hospital. Doctors found the child had a blood-alcohol level of .09 percent.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Officials say a woman whose 3-year-old son was the subject of an Amber Alert has been arrested in Des Moines. Twenty-two-year-old Melanie Stout was taken into custody yesterday and was wanted for violating a custodial order and escaping from a correctional facility. Last Thursday, Stout’s son was not returned to his custodial guardian. The boy was found later in the day.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa senator has introduced a resolution urging Congress to extend tax cuts. Senator Bill Dix from Shell Rock says families depend on the cuts which were approved under former President George W. Bush. They are set to expire this year after President Barack Obama successfully pushed a two-year extension.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A state Senate panel endorses a measure to legalize Internet poker in Iowa in the state’s casinos and racetracks. Projections show it could generate between $3 million and $13 million for Iowa. The full Senate State Government Committee is expected to debate the measure later this week.

Adair man claims $1 million Powerball prize

News

February 20th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A western Iowa man was desperately searching for a place to eat Saturday afternoon when he finally settled on pizza from a convenience store in Guthrie Center. While there, Steve Petty bought a Powerball ticket and ended up winning a one-million dollar prize.

Steve Petty (left) & IA Lottery CEO Terry Rich

He had previously stopped at three restaurants – which were all closed. “If one of those restaurants had been open, I may not have bought a ticket,” Petty said. He claimed his prize today (Monday) at Iowa Lottery headquarters in Des Moines. The 58-year-old Petty, who lives in Adair, works as a tax preparer and is the organist for Prince of Peace Lutheran Church on the east side of Des Moines.

 

“You can imagine driving from where I live to the east side of Des Moines, you put miles on your car quickly,” Petty said. “My 2004 Prius is at the 199,000 mile stage and I’m not sure how much longer it will go, so a new car will come in handy in the near future.” Petty also plans to set aside some money for retirement and fix up his home to help care for his 95-year-old mother. She landed in the hospital last Thursday after taking a bad fall. Petty said his mother was “minimally responsive” Friday morning, but her condition has since improved. Petty was at the hospital Sunday when he informed his neighbors of his good fortune. “They came to the hospital and they said ‘have you validated your ticket?’ I said, ‘What does that mean?’ They had me sign my ticket and took me to the convenience store. They put the ticket in the machine…and it was indeed a one-million dollar winning ticket. I was overjoyed,” Petty said. Petty is an infrequent customer of the Iowa Lottery.

“I think this million dollar ticket came on a return of 22 to 28 dollars,” Petty said. After taxes, Petty is collecting $700,000.

(Pat Curtis/Radio Iowa)

Documentary tells the story of the underground railroad

News

February 20th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A new documentary film and book tells the story of the Underground Railroad which slaves followed through Iowa to find freedom in the mid-1800s. Filmmaker Gary Jenkins of Kansas City says he was reluctant to tell the story until a friend and a descendant of a slave urged him to see the remains of an underground railroad stop in Quindaro, Kansas. Jenkins says he saw where runaway slaves hid in cellars, wells and secret rooms. “I didn’t really want to do it and one day I rode my motorcycle over to Quindaro and found it and walked down in and looked at the ruins,” Jenkins says. “I was inspired standing there in the actual place where I knew Jimmy’s great-grandfather, George Washington, had come across the frozen Missouri River, had gotten help, got into the Union Army and lived out a full life.” That stretch of the Underground Railroad along the Missouri-Kansas border was considered one of the most dangerous escape routes. To reach Canada, freedom seekers had to dodge professional slave catchers, federal marshals, and Missouri slave holders. Jenkins says it was a region-wide effort.

He says, “They had this cadre, this organized group of Kansans and Iowans and Nebraskans who banded together and helped people escaping out of Missouri and got them on this kind of complicated, over a-thousand mile journey to at least Chicago where there was a large free black population, and some of them went around to Ontario, Canada, through Detroit.” The escape routes began along the Missouri/Kansas border, north to Nebraska City, Nebraska, east across the Missouri River through Tabor, Iowa, then east into Illinois and north to Chicago. The 75-minute documentary film is called: “Freedom Seekers: Stories from the Western Underground Railroad.” It premiered last week in Kansas City. The companion book is “John Brown and the Last Train.”

Learn more at the website: “http://lifedocumentaries.com”

(by Matt Kelley/Radio Iowa)

Cass Co. Memorial Hospital Construction Update

News

February 20th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Cass County Memorial Hospital in Atlantic say their construction and renovation project is proceeding on schedule, with occupancy of the new two-story addition expected late this summer.  One phase of the 30-month project has already been completed – the expansion and remodeling of the Atlantic Medical Center.  A 1,240 square foot addition housing exam rooms and office space for Dr. James Brown’s obstetric and gynecology clinic opened in October 2011.  Internal remodeling to create four additional family medicine exam rooms, nurses station, clinical offices and a new blood draw station were completed the first week of February 2012. Pat Markham, CCMH CEO says “We are very pleased with the progress of construction and quality of work being done,” said Pat Markham, CEO.  “Our contractors have been diligent about staying on schedule, and the mild winter has certainly helped them accomplish that goal.”

Construction on the 41,690 sq. ft. addition to the east side of the hospital began in March 2011.  The first floor of the addition will house a new Emergency Department, surgical suites and same day surgery area.  Crews are currently installing millwork and finishing the wallpaper and paint in these areas.  Gridwork for the acoustical ceiling tiles is being hung, and three elevators are being installed.

The second floor of the addition will house the medical/surgical, obstetric, and intensive care inpatient units.  Progress on the second floor is about three weeks behind the first, as crews work their way through the project.  The east half of the second floor is currently being dry walled and some wall finishes have begun.  Wall units in the patient rooms are being installed, which anchor furnishings and house medical equipment connections including oxygen supplies and patient monitors.  The west half of the second floor is being sheet rocked, and crews are finishing up the mechanical, electrical and plumbing rough-ins.

The addition is expected to open for patient care late this summer.  As departments relocate to the new area, remodeling will begin on the vacated space in the existing hospital building.

Change of venue for Atlantic Parks & Rec Board mtg tonight

News

February 20th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

There’s been a change of venue for this evening’s meeting of the City of Atlantic’s Parks and Recreation Board. Parks and Rec Director Roger Herring says the meeting, which had been scheduled to take place at 5:15-p.m. in the Council’s Chambers at City Hall, will instead be held in the meeting room at the Atlantic Senior Center, located adjacent to the City Hall/Police Department building. The change was necessary, because the City Council is holding a work session in the Council’s chambers this evening. 

Action items and/or New Business on their agenda includes: an update on the Parks & Rec’s Capital Improvement Projects; discussion with regard to the Summer Recreation Programs, including – the playground, a Special Needs playground, Swim Team, Tennis and Softball programs; a review of the Little League Board meeting; a status report on vandalism perpetrated on Sunnyside park; and much more.

8AM Newscast 02-20-2012

News, Podcasts

February 20th, 2012 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson

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