KJAN News

KJAN News can be heard:
Monday – Saturday at 6:30 am, 7:05 pm, 8:00 am, 9:00 am, 12:20 pm, 12:40 pm, 3:05 pm & 5:05 pm

Keep up-to-date with Fox News Radio, Radio Iowa,  Brownfield & the Iowa Agribusiness Networks!
Check our Program Schedule Page for times!

Cass County Supervisor’s position to be filled by Special Election

News

September 8th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

A three-person committee tasked with deciding how to fill a vacancy on the Cass County Board of Supervisors created by the recent death of Supervisor Chuck Kinen, has voted to hold a Special Election in conjunction with the November 8th City elections. The decision came during a meeting this (Thursday) afternoon at the courthouse in Atlantic. The committee was comprised of Auditor Dale Sunderman, Recorder Joyce Jensen and Treasurer Tracey Marshall. Their vote was unanimous.

Sunderman said the next step is contact the Chairpersons of the Central Committees, who will be allowed to file a Nomination by Convention. He stressed however, that the nomination will be open to all interested persons who are residents of Cass County, who file a nomination petition. Sunderman said because of the Special election, there will be two ballots for voters in Atlantic Ward Two.

He says there will be a ballot for the County residents with only the County office on it, plus the regular City ballot, with the County office included on it as well. The precincts which make up Cass County Supervisor District 2 are Atlantic Ward 2/Grove Twp 2 (the portion of Grove Twp NW of the Atlantic city limits) and Atlantic Ward 3.

The filing deadline to file nomination petitions to be included for the County Office is 5-p.m. September 23rd at the Auditor’s office in Atlantic. Those interested do not need to declare a party at this time. The person who wins the nomination would be sworn in immediately after the results of the election are canvassed on November 15th, and hold the Supervisors post until the next General election in 2014.

Recorder Joyce Jensen noted that Chuck Kinen would have approved of the committee’s decision to hold a special election during the City Election. She said he would be happy it’s not costing the taxpayers any extra money.

80 year old man walks into chopper rotor in Fremont County

News

September 8th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

TABOR, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say an southwest Iowa man was injured after he walked into the tail rotor of helicopter that had just landed after touring flooding along Missouri River. The Fremont County sheriff’s office says 80-year old Robert Smith, of rural Tabor, was injured Wednesday afternoon. Sheriff’s dispatcher Cole Tackette told The Associated Press on Thursday that a private, two-seat helicopter flown by Larry Inman, of Randolph, had just landed near Smith’s house southeast of Tabor, and Smith walked out to meet it. Tackette says Smith apparently didn’t see the rotor and was hit in the face.

Smith was rushed to the Fremont-Mills School before being flown by helicopter to Creighton Medical Center in Omaha, and later transferred to the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. Hospital spokesman Paul Baltes said Thursday Smith was in critical condition, but Sheriff Kevin Aistrope told the Omaha World-Herald the mans’ injuries were not considered to be life-threatening.

The Sheriff said it’s possible Smith tripped and fell into the rotor blade, but the accident, which happened at around 1:30-p.m. Wednesday, remains under investigation by the sheriff’s office and the Federal Aviation Administration.

9AM Newscast 09-08-2011

News, Podcasts

September 8th, 2011 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson

Play

Court upholds conviction in Iowa coach’s death

News, Sports

September 8th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – An appeals court has upheld the first-degree murder conviction of a mentally ill man who shot his former football coach in the school’s weight room. Mark Becker had argued that he was legally insane when he shot Aplington-Parkersburg High School Coach Ed Thomas in June 2009. A jury found Becker guilty and rejected his insanity defense. Doctors testified at the trial that Becker is a paranoid schizophrenic but they disagreed over whether he knew right from wrong when he shot Thomas. Becker’s lawyers argued that jurors were given incorrect instructions about the legal definition of insanity.

The Iowa Court of Appeals on Thursday agreed one instruction was incorrect but said jurors were given another instruction that correctly defined insanity. Taken together, the court says jurors were properly instructed.

Arrests reported in Cass County

News

September 8th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest over the weekend, of two men from Pottawattamie County. 39-year old Micheal Dean Mundorf, of Oakland, was charged Sunday, with Driving While Barred. He was later released on $2,000 bond. And, last Saturday (Sept. 3rd), 28-year old Quintin John Perdue, of Council Bluffs, was taken into custody on a District Court warrant for violation of his probation. Perdue was being held in the Cass County Jail, on $10,000 bond.

Atlantic TIF committee to meet this evening

News

September 8th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The City of Atlantic’s Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Task Force is scheduled to meet this evening. During the meeting at City Hall, the committee will hold a review of discussion on TIF matters to-date, discuss the definition of Industrial, Commercial and Residential TIFs’, work on developing recommended criteria and the framework guideline for each category, and, they’ll discuss the inclusion of TIF-funded tax rebates, or a “Reverse TIF,” and non-TIF development incentives and/or tax rebates. The meeting begins at 7-p.m.

The TIF Task Force was established in July, by Atlantic Mayor Dave Jones. The panel will have no authority, implied or otherwise, to establish a TIF policy. It will only offer an opinion on how such a policy should be formulated and implemented.

7AM Newscast 09-08-2011

News, Podcasts

September 8th, 2011 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson

Play

Adair-Casey FFA takes 1st place in challenge program (updated)

Ag/Outdoor, News

September 8th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Monsanto Company say members of the Adair-Casey FFA Chapter based in Adair, have been awarded first-place in a pilot FFA Chapter Challenge program, sponsored by the seed company. The Adair-Casey Chapter of the FFA has a total of 65 members, both in- and-out of school. Their Advisor, Mike Cooley, says it’s the biggest school organization in their district. Cooley says while the organization is the “Future Farmers of America,” his students learn much more than becoming good stewards of the land. He says they promote leadership, which is accomplished in-part by participating in Career Development Events. The CDE helps prepare students in communication skills and honing their leadership abilities.

Since early March, FFA chapters in Iowa and six other states have reached out in their communities, to local farmers, in an effort to meet them, learn about their operations, and connect with those persons, by sharing what their local FFA chapter is doing in their community. Cooley says it’s important to note that the Adair-Casey FFA students didn’t do anything different to earn the honor, than what they’ve been doing all along. 

He says the students are always active in the communities they serve, and strive to set good examples for others. Cooley says when the members put on their trademark blue corduroy FFA jacket, he stresses to them the importance of being a “first-class” organization, and he’s never had a problem with them upholding his expectations.

He says one of the main reasons they won the award, is because they have a good working relationship with the residents and business in the communities of Adair and Casey, who are truly supportive of the program. Farmers were asked to visit FFAChapterChallenge.com, and vote for their favorite FFA chapter.

More than 360 FFA chapters and a combined 22,000 FFA members, earned over 10,000 votes from farmers across the seven-state area. The Adair-Casey chapter won a cash award, for receiving the most votes out of more than 230 other FFA chapters in the state of Iowa. Cooley says they’ll receive a giant credit card for $1,500.

The award will be presented at around 8-p.m. Friday, during the half-time program at A-C’s season opener with East Union. Cooley says they will use part of the funds to send another student to a leadership camp in Washington, D.C., and the rest will go toward additional leadership events. He says they are grateful to the everyone who voted for the Adair-Casey chapter of the FFA.

Rural Health Roundtable to be held Friday, in Atlantic

News

September 8th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

A gathering of health care professionals will take place Friday afternoon, in Atlantic. The Rural Health Roundtable, coordinated by the Iowa Primary Care Association, begins at 2-p.m. Friday, at the Cass County Memorial Hospital.

The event provides an opportunity for health care providers to discuss issues facing rural physicians, nurses and health care administrators as well as consumers and local business leaders. The information gathered will be used to help guide the ongoing work of the White House Rural Council.

Speakers at the event will include: Judy Baker, regional director, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Mary K. Wakefield, R.N., administrator, Health Resources and Services Administration; Tom Morris, associate administrator for rural health policy; Patricia Markham, CEO, Cass County Memorial Hospital; Dr. John Bigelow Jr., director, Southwest Iowa Mental Health Center; and Jan Kinnison, local business owner and health care consumer.

Red Cross chapter gets 515K for flood recovery

News

September 8th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) – The Red Cross has received a $515,000 grant to help with flood recovery along the Missouri River in Iowa and Nebraska. The grant is from the Iowa West Foundation and is funded by investment earnings and the Iowa West Racing Association, which receives fees from casino operators – Ameristar and Harrah’s. The foundation announced the grant on Wednesday to the Red Cross Loess Hills Chapter in Council Bluffs. Officials say the funds will be used for client services, cleanup kits, support programs and to replenish the chapter’s supply of water and other items provided during sandbagging operations.

The cleanup kits will be distributed in Pottawattamie, Fremont, Harrison, and Mills in Iowa; and Cass, Douglas, Sarpy, and Washington in Nebraska.