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(Podcast) KJAN Morning News & funeral report, 6/15/2015

News, Podcasts

June 15th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The 7:05-a.m. report w/KJAN News Director Ric Hanson

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Boy rescued after jumping off trail bridge in Le Mars, Iowa

News

June 15th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

LE MARS, Iowa (AP) – A boy has been rescued after injuring his leg while jumping off a trail bridge into water with friends in Le Mars. The Le Mars Daily Sentinel reports firefighters were called Sunday afternoon to an area behind the old Department of Transportation building. According to a Le Mars police officer, the victim had jumped into a shallow area of a river and his friends helped him out of the water, but couldn’t get him up the riverbank. Firefighters rescued the boy, and he was transported to a hospital for treatment.

Informational meeting in Atlantic today on river restoration benefits and practices

Ag/Outdoor, News

June 15th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Iowa Rivers Revival is collaborating with Golden Hills RC&D to host a series of meetings across Southwest Iowa that will provide an introduction to natural river restoration benefits and practices.

Nishnabotna River

Nishnabotna River

Landowners, farmers, conservationists, educators, and the public are invited to the free informational meetings. The presentations will focus on the West Nishnabotna River, but will have relevant information for other streams in the region.  One of the presentations takes place today (Monday) in Atlantic, beginning at 2-pm. The event will be held at the Iowa Western Community College/Cass County Campus – 705 Walnut St.

John Thomas, Project Director of the Hungry Canyons Alliance, will lead the presentations.  The meetings and Q&A will last approximately one hour. Natural river restoration provides many benefits to landowners and surrounding community.  It:

* Offers affordable and sustainable options to reduce streambank erosion.
* Improves water quality by reducing sediment and nutrient loading into the stream.
* Reduces flooding and flood effects.
* Protects local infrastructure such as bridges and roads from erosion and flooding, and reduces taxpayer expense to repair, replace and maintain.
* Enhances aquatic and riparian wildlife habitat and ecosystem.
* Improves river recreation, fishing, and hunting – boosting local economies and providing public health and quality of life.

Iowa now lacks the resources and expertise to offer natural river restoration opportunities to landowners and communities across Iowa.  An Iowa River Restoration Program (comparable to the Iowa Lakes Restoration Program) would provide guidelines, criteria, funding, training, and expertise necessary to offer cost-share opportunities for protecting Iowa’s landscape, streambanks and riverways.

The Southwest Iowa meetings provide an opportunity to learn and discuss the benefits and techniques of natural river restoration.  More information about the meetings can be found at www.westnishwatertrail.weebly.com/river-restoration.

Summer’s coming and heat can kill. Take precautions.

News, Weather

June 15th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Summer will arrive this coming weekend and along with the fun in the sun many Iowans have planned, they’re reminded heat kills more Americans each year than hurricanes, lightning, tornadoes and floods combined. Meteorologist Kelsey Angle, the warning coordinator at the National Weather Service office in Johnston, says it’s been cooler lately, but don’t be fooled. Angle says, “Temperatures will be increasing as well as the humidity and with that does come the danger if people don’t take the necessary precautions.”

It’s unfortunate, but every summer there are many Iowans hospitalized — or killed — by heat-related illnesses. “I just want to make sure people are drinking plenty of water, wearing light-colored and loose-fitting clothing if they’re going to be working outside during the hot summer months,” Angle says, “and if they’re starting to feel the impact from the heat, that they’re taking frequent breaks.”

When it’s really hot and humid, evaporation doesn’t take place and the body can’t cool well. Your body temperature can increase to a potentially-fatal 106 degrees in as little as ten minutes and then, heat stroke can strike. Most animals are just as susceptible.

Angle says, “It’s important to remember pets during the hot summer months, that we’re providing them shade as well as plenty of water so that they can cool their bodies efficiently and effectively.” Learn more about the heat and humidity at www.weather.gov/dmx

(Radio Iowa)

Red Oak man arrested Sun. night for Public Intox

News

June 15th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak arrested 28-year old Justin Brance Wilson, of Red Oak, late Sunday night. Wilson was taken into custody at around 11:30-p.m in the 100 block of N. 2nd Street, on a charge of Public Intoxication. He was being held in the Montgomery County Jail Monday morning on $300 bond.

Iowa early News Headlines: Mon., June 15th 2015

News

June 15th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa continued to add people to its do-not-rehire list over the past year despite the concerns raised by some representatives of public employees and at least one lawmaker. The Des Moines Register reports public documents show 67 people have been added to the list that now includes 943 people ineligible to work in state government. Since the state first released the list in April 2014, there have been government oversight hearings and a lawsuit on behalf of three former workers.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton is trying to build an organizational edge in Iowa as some of her lesser-known Democratic rivals clamor for attention in the state that tripped up her first presidential campaign. Clinton flew to Iowa after her high-profile campaign kickoff Saturday in New York. She appeared at a Sioux City house party Saturday night, telling supporters that “everybody has a role to play.”

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — A new Miss Iowa has been chosen to represent the state. Twenty-one-year-old Taylor Wiebers of Clinton won the title Saturday night at the pageant in Davenport. Wiebers was Miss Clinton County going into the state competition. She will now represent Iowa in the Miss America pageant in September. The first runner-up is Miss Muscatine County Kristen One. The 23-year-old is from Vernon Hills, Illinois.

CUSHING, Iowa (AP) — Since the Droegmiller family lost their home and belongings to a fire in March, they have been overwhelmed by help from others. The Sioux City Journal reports that when Elaine Droegmiller explained why she was buying eight pairs of shoes, another customer volunteered to pay for them. After the fire in Cushing that likely started with an electrical problem friends and classmates helped replace the autographed team balls and the River Valley letter jacket that high school senior Jordan Droegmiller lost in the fire. Donations from people in the community helped the family replace Jordan’s senior pictures. The Droegmillers are planning to buy a modular home for their farm that they will move into later this year. Until then, the family is renting a home in Cushing.

Exira-EHK regular School Board meeting, Monday

News

June 14th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Members of the Exira/Elk Horn-Kimballton School Board will gather at 7-p.m. Monday at the High School in Elk Horn, for a regular session. Among the discussion and possible actions items on their agenda, is:

Approval of contracts with the Driver’s Education team (Paul McKay, Dick Casady, Casey Pelzer and Jeremy Blake); Renewal of a contract with My College Options; Approval of a contract with IWCC for concurrent enrollment courses; approval of bids for a new school bus; approval of quotes for a new phone system in both buildings; Approval of Principal’s contracts for 2015-16; approval of shared wrestling with Audubon, and, setting the date time and location for a public hearing pertaining to “Continued participation in the Instructional Support Program.”

Public hearing at CAM School Board meeting, Monday

News

June 14th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A public hearing will be held at the start of Monday’s CAM School Board meeting in Anita, with regard to a Resolution pertaining to the proposed continued participation in the Instructional Support Program (ISP). The meeting in the CAM High School Media Center gets underway at 6:30-p.m.

The Board will later discuss and likely act on passing an ISP Levy Resolution, along with other, administrative matters. That includes open enrollment applications, resignations, contracts, and action on a proposal to add Project Lead the Way and a technology class at the Middle School.

The CAM Board will also discuss and likely act on: Phone quotes; Fees/Lunch Prices for 2015-16; Bus bids; A stipend for the assistant golf coach; Principals and salaried employees’ contracts for 2015-16; Administrative Assistant contract, and matters pertaining to facilities projects and quotes.

Griswold School Board to act on contracts & other matters

News

June 14th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Griswold School Board will meet Monday evening in the Central Office Board room. During their 5:45-p.m. session, the Board will receive updates on the Sports Lighting and Security System.

New Business includes action on: Approval of Non-certified staff negotiations; Administrative contracts; Nutrition prices; A van purchase; and, approval of fuel bids, technology support, and registration fees.

The meeting will conclude after a closed session to evaluate the Board Secretary, and action on approval of a Board Secretary contract once the open session resumes.

Rollover accident in Cass County Sun. evening

News

June 14th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Atlantic and Marne Fire and Rescue, along with Medivac Ambulance were dispatched to the scene of a rollover accident Sunday evening, on Interstate 80. According to Cass County Communications, a vehicle occupied by four persons was traveling westbound when it went out of control for reasons yet unknown, and rolled over near the Exit 54 off ramp, in the north ditch.

The injuries appeared to have been minor, with cuts and bruises reported. The accident happened just after 5:35-p.m.