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Work on Nishna Valley Trail connector project continues, despite grant setbacks

Ag/Outdoor, News

September 1st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Work on the Nishna Valley Trail Connector Project in Atlantic continues, despite some setbacks in funding for the project. Nishna Valley Trails President Dave Chase told KJAN’s Jim Field on the “Heartbeat Today” program, that progress is being made, and a pedestrian bridge over the Troublesome Creek just west of the KJAN Studios, is closer to reality, but there have been some “bumps in the road,” financially.

Chase said this past week, a couple of major grant applications they were counting on that were pending approval, went unfunded. The applications that were rejected include those from the Wells Fargo and Wellmark Foundations. He said while disappointing, there was no guarantee the grants would have been approved to begin with, and it does NOT stop the project from moving forward.

Work continues on the Nishna Valley Trail connector project near the KJAN studios.

Work continues on the Nishna Valley Trail connector project near the KJAN studios.

He says also, there are other funding opportunities that they are exploring, and they still feel as good about their financial position, as they did when they “pulled the trigger” on the project in June. Chase says fundraising efforts will continue as well. Individuals and organizations who have already contributed to the project, according to Chase, have promised to do more if needed to help out. He says right now, they’re about $160,000 short of the funds necessary to pay for the project.

Donations for the project are tax deductible, because Nishna Valley Trails is a 501(c) 3 tax exempt organization. If you would like to contribute to the cause, mail your donation to P.O. Box 496, Atlantic, IA 50022, or call Dave Chase at 712-249-3059. There are other ways to contribute as well, so give Chase a call to find out more.

Chase said work on clearing the path for the trail is nearly complete, and a pre-construction meeting with contractors was held Monday, with the plan being to start work on the trail and the bridge next Tuesday, which is earlier than anticipated. It’s expected construction will be completed in about 40-days from the start, weather permitting. The trail is expected to be in use later this fall, instead of next spring, as originally anticipated.

Iowa men accused of threatening Pokemon event denied bail


September 1st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

BOSTON (AP) – Two Iowa men charged with making online threats of violence at a Pokemon competition in Boston are being held without bail for at least four months. A judge ruled Tuesday that 18-year-old Ames resident Kevin Norton and 27-year-old Boone resident James Stumbo pose a danger to society. Prosecutors say the men made social media threats against at least one competitor at last month’s World Pokemon Championships.

Police found a 12-gauge shotgun, an AR-15 rifle and hundreds of rounds of ammunition in their car. They were arrested at their hotel in Saugus, north of Boston.
Defense attorneys argued that there was no evidence the defendants planned to carry through on any threats. But the judge in his ruling said their online postings weren’t “just kids’ stuff on the computer.”

August goes out cooler & wetter than normal, September starts off hotter

News, Weather

September 1st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

September is here and Iowa’s chief weather watcher says August was one of the colder, wetter Augusts the state has seen in several years. State climatologist Harry Hillaker says the just-concluded month was Iowa’s coolest August since 2009. “On the temperature end of things, we were running about two degrees below normal, mainly thanks to a very cool second half of the month,” Hillaker says. “On the rainfall end, as always, there was a lot of variability across the state, but overall the preliminary statewide average was 5.42 inches of rainfall.”

That’s about one-and-a-quarter inches above normal during August. Here in Atlantic, at the KJAN Studios (The official reporting site for Atlantic), we received 3.88 inches of rain in August, which was a little more than one-half inch above normal. The south-central Iowa town of Albia recorded only about one-and-a-half inches of rain during the month, while Randolph, in southwest Iowa, reported more than 13 inches. Monday marked the end of the three-month summer weather reporting period and Hillaker says the summer of 2015 went out on a cool note.

“Temperatures were a little bit cooler than usual, although June and July, neither one were all that far from normal, but no really hot months this year,” he says. In Atlantic, the average High for August was 83 degrees, which was about 3 degrees cooler than normal, while the average Low of 61 was almost 4 degrees below normal.

Fall will arrive on September 23rd, in a little over three weeks. As for the month ahead, Hillaker says September is starting off warmer-than-normal and humid and it may just stay that way. “The (National) Weather Service’s latest 30-day outlook for September is still favoring above-normal rainfall for much of Iowa and really, much of the central part of the country,” Hillaker says, “and on temperatures, the outlook favors above-normal temperatures.” That’s a flip-flop from the original September outlook which was released about 10 days ago.

(Radio Iowa/KJAN Weather data)

Branson, MO. man arrested on Page County warrant


September 1st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A 21-year old man from Branson, MO., was arrested Monday afternoon on a Page County warrant charging him with Probation Violation. Authorities say Ridge Ballard was taken into custody at the Page County Sheriff’s Office. Ballard was unable to post the $2,000 cash bond and remains in custody at the Page County Jail, pending trial.

Ridge Ballard

Ridge Ballard

NE woman arrested following an escape from the Clarinda Academy, chase & pursuit


September 1st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

An incident that began with the escape of an 18-year old man from the Clarinda Academy Monday afternoon escalated into a pursuit, crash and the arrest of a Nebraska woman, along with return of the escapee. The Page County Sheriff’s Office says at around 1:17-p.m. Monday, they were advised 18-year old Luis David Penaloza had fled a Clarinda Academy building and gotten into a silver Dodge Durango that was waiting outside of the building for him.

Academy staff had located the vehicle west bound on State Street (business HWY 2) on the west side of the Clarinda city limits. Deputies on Highway 2 west of Clarinda located the vehicle approximately 4 miles west of town. It was traveling westbound at a high rate of speed. The vehicle was observed driving recklessly as it passed other vehicles.

Deputies attempted to stop the Durango, which failed to stop for the fully marked patrol vehicle with red / blue lights and audible siren activated. Stop-sticks were deployed by a Page County Deputy in an attempt to safely slow the vehicle to stop. The driver of the vehicle attempted to steer around the tire deflating devices causing the vehicle to go into the south ditch.Jocylyn Loeza-Garcia

The driver, identified as 18-year old Jocylyn Loeza-Garcia, of Bellevue, NE, steered the vehicle back onto Highway 2. A Page County Deputy had pulled parallel to the Durango when it was in the south ditch, but the Page County patrol vehicle had stayed in the westbound lane. When the SUV Durango came back onto the highway from the south ditch, Loeza-Garcia steered the vehicle into the Page County Patrol vehicle, causing approximately $3,500 damage to the driver’s side front fender and that portion of the headlight grill assembly.

Loeza-Garcia was arrested and charged with Felony Eluding, Felony assault on a Peace Officer with a dangerous weapon (automobile), and numerous other misdemeanor traffic violations. She remains in custody at the Page County Jail on $5000 bond.

Luis David Penaloza, the Truant Clarinda Academy student, was returned to the custody of the Clarinda Academy without further incident. Charges are possible on Penaloza pending completion of the investigation.  Another 15 year old female passenger, who is a family member to Loeza-Garcia, also from Nebraska, who was in the vehicle, was also taken into custody. She was later released to her mother and father.

“Discover Atlantic” at the 2015 Coca-Cola Days Celebration


September 1st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Coca Cola Days in Atlantic, will be celebrating the 100th year of the Contour Bottle later this month. The celebration, presented by Atlantic Bottle Company, will be held in Atlantic September 25th and 26th in Downtown Atlantic. The event is the second biggest collector’s show in the United States and includes a tailgate barbecue dinner and a Show Swap and Sell.

To celebrate Coca-Cola Days the committee is selling raffle tickets for a “Discover Atlantic” package. The raffle item includes: a Yeti cooler donated by Connect-a-dock; tour for 2 people of the Atlantic Bottling Company; One night stay at the Boulders Inn and Suites; Gelato from Sweet Joy Shoppe; A personal pie from the Downtowner Café and Catering; Two tenderloin lunches at The Family Table; A $25 gas card from Olsen Fuel; Under Armour backpack donated by Brown’s Shoe Fit; A1998 NAPA 500 Coca-Cola Bottle donated by Atlantic Motor Supply (NAPA); A six pack of Tyler Coca-Cola Bottles donated by Kurt Roberts; Custom Coca- Cola bottle sugar cookies baked and donated by Wild Almond Cakes & Pastries; “Santa” Coca-Cola bottle donated by Atlantic Coca-Cola Center and Museum, and Coca-Cola souvenirs donated by The Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce. The package is valued at $1,000.

Raffle tickets are $5 for a chance and available at the Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce, Atlantic Coca-Cola Center and Museum or every Thursday at Produce in the Park. Tickets can also, be purchased from Coca-Cola Days committee members. The raffle will take place at 2:00 PM on Saturday, September 26th at the close of the Show Swap and Sell, at the Herring Building, located at Second and Poplar Street.

The new 2015 T-Shirts are also available for purchase. The t-shirts are the classic Coca-Cola red and feature the 2015 theme “Bottling Happiness.” T-shirts can be purchased for $16 at the Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce or on-line at www.atlanticiowa.com., email chamber@atlanticiowa.com or call 712-243-3017.

33rd Annual Carstens Farm Days: Something for Everyone

Ag/Outdoor, News

September 1st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Iowa farm history will come to life September 12th & 13th, at the 33rd Annual Carstens Farm Days. From threshing to the saw mill, from the food to the crafters and vendors to the quilt show, from the tractors and equipment to the historic memorabilia of the Farm there is something for everyone to enjoy. The Carstens 1880 Farmstead is an 80-acre working farm museum exhibit located between Minden and Shelby, in Pottawattamie County.

You’re invited to see steam engines powering antique threshing machines, antique machinery, a parade, crafts, and entertainment. Over two hundred restored antique tractors will be on display. The original Carstens farm buildings will be open for tours. The buildings will be alive with demonstrations that will bring back memories for older visitors and teach valuable history lessons to young people.

To start Farm Days off right, a pancake breakfast is planned at 6:30 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday. The proceeds from the pancake breakfast go to the Shelby Volunteer Fire Department. The fire department volunteers will also serve lunch both days. Various non-profit local groups will be offering refreshments and delicious desserts all weekend.

The original 1880 horse barn has been restored this summer and will be open for all to see during the 2015 edition of Carstens Farm Days which takes place September 12 & 13, 2015.

The original 1880 horse barn has been restored this summer and will be open for all to see during the 2015 edition of Carstens Farm Days which takes place September 12 & 13, 2015.

A pork supper will be held on Friday evening, Sept. 11th,  from 5 – 7 p.m. Proceeds from the pork supper will benefit the Friends of the Trail Committee in Shelby in support of the Old Stone Arch Nature Trail. On Saturday beginning at 5:30 p.m. enjoy Staley’s Chicken for a delicious dinner. Proceeds from the chicken dinner will go toward on-going maintenance at Carstens 1880 Farmstead. Beginning at 6 p.m. Tamie Hall and Band will entertain visitors on the front lawn of the farmhouse.

Farmall tractors and equipment and related brands will be the featured line this year. All Farmall tractors & equipment owners are invited to bring their exhibits to display throughout the weekend. Horsepower-testing, sawmill operations and field demonstrations will occupy tractor exhibitors all day. Nearly 250 pieces of vintage equipment were on display during the 2014 Farm Days show. Visitors will enjoy watching most of the restored tractors as they go through the parade each afternoon at 2 p.m.

All vintage and classic car owners are encouraged to show and shine their vehicles during Farm Days. Bring classic cars, pick-ups or works in progress. A car display area will be available to showcase the many fine vehicles from the area. This is not a judged show, so you can come out and simply have some fun.

A colorful display of quilts, wall hangings, wearable art and other types of quilting projects will be featured in the special event building at the farm. Many talented quilters from around the area will allow their works of art to be displayed for all to enjoy. Even if you have never displayed a quilt before, consider joining the fun and bringing a quilt to display. Exhibitors are asked to deliver their quilts on Friday, September 11th. For details about the quilt show or to inquire about adding your quilt to the collection, please call Jan Hursey at 712-544-2662 or Marilyn Evans at 712-544-2266.

A quilt made especially for the 2015 Carstens Farm Days show will be raffled on Sunday evening. Raffle tickets can be purchased at area businesses. The quilt is now on display at the Shelby County State Bank in Shelby.

Foggy Mountain Cloggers will perform on Saturday, Sept. 12th at 12:30 p.m. on the farm’s main stage. On Sunday afternoon at 12:30 p.m., the River City Shakers will entertain young and old farmstead visitors alike. Various music acts will add to the fun and folksy atmosphere of Farm Days.

There will be over fifty crafters and vendors on hand. A special display of vintage seed corn sacks will be in the corn crib. A wide array of crafts will be available. From unique wooden creations to homemade jams and jellies, there will be something for everyone. A very healthy crop of farm-grown potatoes will also be available for purchase. Proceeds from the sale of potatoes will help make improvements to the farmstead.

On Sunday morning, Sept. 13th, a non-denominational worship service will take place at 9:00 a.m. on the lawn in front of the Carstens home. Worship will be led by Kirk Parsons of the Community of Christ Church in Persia. Everyone is welcome to join in the worship service.

Admission is $5 per day for everyone nine years and older.For more information visit the web site: www.carstensfarm.com

Shelby County Road Closed for Pipe Project


September 1st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Shelby County Emergency Management Agency reports a portion of 1500th Street just west of Redline is now closed for two-months, while a pipe replacement project is underway. The pipe is over and unnamed tributary of the East Branch of The West Nishnabotna River, in Polk Township sections 21-thru 28.

Residents in the area and Emergency Responders should plan to take alternate routes until the project is completed. 1500th

(Podcast) KJAN 8-a.m. News, 9/1/2015

News, Podcasts

September 1st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

More area and State news from KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.


August survey suggests economic doldrums ahead for Midwest


September 1st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – An August survey suggests there will be little or no economic growth over the next three months in a nine-state region of the Midwest and Plains. A report issued Tuesday says the overall Mid-American Business Conditions Index dropped to 49.6, compared with 50.6 in July.

Creighton University economist Ernie Goss oversees the survey, and he says Arkansas, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri and South Dakota companies reported growth last month, but businesses in Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota and Oklahoma reported less economic activity. The survey results from supply managers are compiled into a collection of indexes ranging from zero to 100. Survey organizers say any score above 50 suggests economic growth. A score below that suggests decline.

The survey covers Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma and South Dakota.