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Cass County Supervisors to meet Friday morning


May 30th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Board of Supervisors is set to meet Friday morning, here in Atlantic. During their 9-a.m. session at the courthouse, the Board will act on: Approving a bargaining unit agreement for Fiscal Year 2014 with the Secondary Roads Department; The abatement of property taxes for a property owned by the City of Anita; The assignment of a County held tax certificate of purchase to the City of Cumberland for property in the second addition, block 14 at 216 Adams Street; and on a Software Code Support agreement and FY 2014 Information Technology Services agreement, with Solutions, Inc.

Nominations sought for Bob Feller Act of Valor Award

News, Sports

May 30th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Nominations are currently being sought from the Navy’s Chief Petty Officer community for the Inaugural Bob Feller Act of Valor award. Established by the Bob Feller Act of Valor Foundation, the prestigious award is named in honor of Major League Baseball pitcher, National Baseball Hall of Fame inductee, and Navy veteran Bob Feller, a native of Van Meter, IA.

Chief Petty Officer Bob Feller

The unique award is intended to recognize a representative from three critical areas of Mr. Feller’s life: his baseball career, his service as a Navy Chief Petty Officer, and his enshrinement in the Hall of Fame. As such, the award will be presented to one Major League Baseball player, one Navy Chief Petty Officer, and one member of the Hall of Fame on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2013, at the Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C. In recognition of Feller’s significant accomplishment in attaining the rank of Chief Petty Officer, nominees must be a Chief Petty Officer (E-7 only), active or reserve, must be outstanding military professionals, and must embody the Navy’s core values of honor, courage, and commitment.

Feller enlisted in the Navy shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor while he was with the Cleveland Indians, becoming the first American professional athlete to enlist. He served on the battleship USS ALABAMA (BB-60), and while doing so, the ship fought in both World War II theaters and earned eight battle stars. Mr. Feller was released from active duty achieving the rank of Chief Petty Officer, and is the only Chief Petty Officer in the Hall of Fame.

Nominations must be submitted to the Navy Office of Community Outreach by June 17. For more information on eligibility requirements and the selection process, see NAVADMIN 138/13.

Solid waste agency asks residents to complete recycling survey


May 30th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the West Central Iowa Solid Waste Management Association are asking citizens in its service area to fill out a survey to help keep garbage costs lower. The surveys, they say, are a critical component of the Association’s effort to “Reinvigorate Recycling” in the area. The West Central Iowa Solid Waste Management Association works as a partnership with Carroll, Crawford, Guthrie,ShelbyandCalhoonCounties.

Shelby County Engineer Dan Ahart says the Association has seen a drop in recycling and looking to see why. Ahart says the drop in recycling has been so dramatic that garbage rates could see an increase if they fall even farther because the DNR requires 25 percent recycling. If it drops below 25 percent, consumers will pay an extra $1.20 per ton buried. Ahart said that’s around $70,000 for all customers.

He says one of the reasons for the drop in recycling from consumers is the amount of garbage generated since 1988. The Association has taken quite a bit out of the landfills, including tires and appliances because the cost to consumers.

The survey takes about three minutes to complete on-line. Residents can take the survey at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FR5F6S9.  Businesses can fill out the survey at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/B89H7B6.

Planning for summer travel? Plan to pay more…


May 30th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

With Memorial Day behind us, many Iowans are now thinking ahead to summer vacation with plans to visit the beach, the mountains or other far-away destinations. Travel advisor Chris McGinnis says gas, lodging and food costs have risen four-to-six percent from last summer, while airfares and fees are bounding, too. “Just in the last two weeks, the major carriers have increased the fee that they’re charging for changes to non-refundable tickets to $200, that’s up from $150 prior to that,” McGinnis says. “So, if you’re a family of four and you decide to make a change to your airline ticket, that could cost you up to $800.” 

McGinnis says airfares have risen four-to-five percent in the past year but he says it’s the add-ons that really add up. “Airlines are now getting about 30% of their revenue from fees,” McGinnis says. “They range from the $200 fee to make a change to a non-refundable ticket to the $25 and $35 bag fees, fees for talking to a human agent on the phone, fees for a little bit of extra legroom.” 

The days of the week you fly may make a big difference in the price you pay for a ticket. “If you can travel midweek, on Tuesdays or Wednesdays, those tend to be the least crowded and least expensive days,” he says. “The airlines are saying Thursdays and Fridays this year are going to be the most crowded and the most expensive so you may want to avoid those days.” McGinnis says expect to pay premium travel prices from late June through early August — so the entire month of July will be very expensive.

(Radio Iowa)

(Podcast) 8-a.m. News – May 30th 2013

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May 30th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

With KJAN News Director, Ric Hanson….

(Podcast) Local/Western IA News – Thu., May 30th 2013

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May 30th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A podcast of the 7:06-a.m. news with KJAN News Director Ric Hanson….

Strong Storms & Heavy Rain possible…again

News, Weather

May 30th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

An upper level low pressure system will push a fairly strong disturbance across Iowa today. This will lead to periods of strong to severe storms across the state…especially during the afternoon and evening hours. Some storms will also produce heavy rain which may lead to additional flooding. Monitor forecasts for the latest updates on this storm system. (NWS/Des Moines)

Iowa sex offenders unit to remove bathroom cameras


May 30th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – A treatment center for Iowa sex offenders will remove surveillance cameras from bathrooms and pay $22,000 in legal fees to settle a lawsuit brought by patients.    The settlement confirmed Wednesday comes after the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last month that the cameras violated offenders’ right to privacy.  The Civil Commitment Unit for Sex Offenders in Cherokee houses sexually violent predators that are involuntarily locked up for treatment after their prison terms expire.
The cameras were installed after a sexual assault and another incident in which a patient with a disease had sex with another patient unaware of his condition. The appeals court said cameras might deter such behavior, but there are less intrusive ways to do so.  Plaintiffs’ attorney Pamela Wingert says the ruling “breaks new ground.”

Iowa early News headlines: Thu., May 20th 2013


May 30th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DAYTON, Iowa (AP) — Authorities are halting their search for an Iowa teenager who was abducted more than a week ago. The Iowa Department of Public Safety announced yesterday that investigators have exhausted their ground search efforts for 15-year-old Kathlynn Shepard. Officials also say flooding has affected their efforts. Officials have searched more than 250 square miles in the Dayton area, about 60 miles north Des Moines.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The University of Iowa says it will shut down three buildings on its arts campus ahead of flooding that is forecast to hit in the coming days. University official Rod Lehnertz said yesterday that an art building, a former art museum now used for music programs, and a theatre building would be emptied and closed by tomorrow.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Des Moines police say a 2-year-old girl has survived a fall from a second-floor window. The Des Moines Register reports officers and medics were called to a home Tuesday evening. Medics took the girl to a hospital, where police say she was in stable condition.

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — Donna Ginter, a Dubuque philanthropist who organized a longstanding Thanksgiving dinner for the needy, has died. She was 84. Ginter’s daughter, Genny, told the Telegraph Herald of Dubuque that her mother died Tuesday at Unity Point Health-Finley Hospital.

Storms bring heavy rain to parts of western/sw Iowa Wednesday

News, Weather

May 29th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Storms that passed through eastern Nebraska and southwest Iowa brought heavy rain Wednesday, but there was little in the line of severe weather through late Wednesday night. The exception, according to National Weather Service, was thunderstorm winds that blew through the Monona County community of Onawa at around 8:10-p.m. Wednesday, causing part of roof to be blown off a business. The roof fell onto some vehicles.

Flash flooding occurred in Fremont and Montgomery Counties Wednesday afternoon. In Fremont County, a flash flood over Manti Road in Farragut only lasted about 15 minutes at around 2-p.m.

8th & Senate Streets in Red Oak (Montgomery Co. EMA photo)

1st & Cherry Streets in Red Oak Wednesday afternoon (Montgomery Co. Emergency Mgmt. photo)

In Red Oak, street flooding was reported just after 3-p.m, with water running two- to three-feet deep in some places. Heavy rain was also reported at around 7:45-p.m. two-miles northwest of Little Sioux, in Harrison County, where nearly an inch fell in less than 80-minutes.

Flash Flood warnings were issued for also issued for Cass and Audubon Counties early Wednesday afternoon, but there were no reports of flooding received by the Weather Service.

A Flood Warning remains in effect until Saturday afternoon for the East Nishnabotna River at Red Oak, and until Sunday evening, for the Nishnabotna River near Hamburg. And, a Flash Flood Watch remains in effect through Thursday evening for the much of Iowa, including the entire KJAN listening area.