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Iowa (early) New Headlines: Tue., April 10th 2012


April 10th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An education reform measure continues to move through the Iowa Legislature. The Senate yesterday approved a measure that would emphasize reading in early elementary school classes and expand core classes to include arts and technology. It’s vastly different from the House-backed plan that has Governor Terry Branstad’s approval, which calls for more testing.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A federal appeals court has rejected a legal challenge to the Iowa commission that nominates candidates to serve on the state’s Supreme Court and Court of Appeals. The lawsuit, brought by conservatives, challenged the Judicial Nominating Commission’s makeup at a time when the panel was vetting applicants to replace three justices ousted by voters after legalizing gay marriage.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has asked a federal appeals court to reconsider a ruling that could hurt its ability to pursue class-action discrimination lawsuit against an Iowa trucking company. The agency filed the suit on behalf of more than 100 women who claimed they were sexually harassed by male drivers in the training program at Cedar Rapids-based CRST Van Expedited.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Des Moines man accused of shooting a kitten is charged with reckless use of a firearm and animal abuse. Roger Brass was arrested after an off-duty police officer heard a gunshot Saturday night and saw a small kitten fly from the front of the house. Police say Brass said he shot at the kitten because he was “mad at his parents.”

Gov. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Reynolds take property tax relief message to Southwest Iowa


April 9th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds, Monday, announced that they will travel to Southwest Iowa to promote their plan for permanent property tax relief for all classes of property. The events, which take place in Clarinda and in Red Oak, will be held on Friday, April 13th.

Branstad and Reynolds will hold a Page County town hall meeting at the Glenn Miller Birthplace Museum – Community Room, 122 West Clark Street in Clarinda, beginning at 1:30 p.m., Friday.  The Montgomery County town hall meeting is at the Fountain Perk Coffee Shop, 322 East Coolbaugh Streetin Red Oak,beginning at 3:15-p.m.

For more information, please visit www.governor.iowa.gov<http://www.governor.iowa.gov>. To view their plan on permanent tax relief, follow this link: https://governor.iowa.gov/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/Property-Tax-handout-2.20.12.pdf

Bike/Trails Expo in Atlantic, April 30th

Ag/Outdoor, News, Sports

April 9th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Nishna Valley Trails association is inviting the public to a “Bike/Trails Expo” to be held at the Cass County Community Center in Atlantic on Monday, April 30th, beginning at 7 p.m.  Mark Wyatt, the president of the Iowa Bicycling Coalition will be the speaker for the evening, talking about trends in bicycling as recreation and transportation, and about Iowa as the “Bike Trails Capitol of the World”.  There will be informational displays, a bicycle show, and refreshments will be served.  By registering at the door, participants can enter a drawing for door prizes, including bicycles and biking accessories.  For more information contact Ed Kail at 243-4265.

Atlantic School Board to act on agreement to share tennis court resurfacing costs


April 9th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Community School District’s Board of Education will take action on several matters during their meeting Tuesday evening at the High School. Among the action items is: Approval of Driver’s Education fees for this Summer; An agreement with the City of Atlantic to share the resurfacing costs of the tennis courts at Sunnyside Park and the Washington Elementary School; Approve a two-year collective bargaining agreement with the Atlantic Education Association, and a substitute teacher/substitute support staff rate.

The Board will also act on approving teacher recommendations for the 2012 Summer School, and, discuss a 5-year Capital Needs Plan. The meeting begins in the Atlantic High School Media Center, at 7:30-p.m.

Atlantic Planning and Zoning Commission to act on retail gun sales


April 9th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The City of Atlantic’s Planning and Zoning Commission will meet Tuesday evening at City Hall. New business on their agenda for the 5:30-p.m. session includes: A review of the site plans for Custom Body and Sound; A ruling on retail gun sales (as applied to Ordinance Article 19: Home Occupations); and a review of the site plans for Atlantic Municipal Utilities’ proposed communications building.

The Commission will also discuss progress being made on updating the Zoning Ordinance.

Cass County Farmer Wins $2,500 for Griswold Fire Department

Ag/Outdoor, News

April 9th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Officials with Monsanto say Mike Noll, of Griswold, has been selected as a winner in the America’s Farmers Grow Communities contest, which gives farmers the opportunity to win $2,500 for their favorite local nonprofit organizations. The donations are available through the Monsanto Fund. Noll has designated the Griswold Fire Department to receive the award in Cass County.

Griswold Fire Chief Jim Wyman, farmer Mike Noll and a Monsanto representative will participate in a check presentation ceremony Thursday, April 12th, 6:30 pm at the Griswold Fire Station (405 Main St. in Griswold).

In 1,245 eligible counties in 39 states, farmers could win $2,500 for their favorite community nonprofit.  The Monsanto Fund expects to invest more than $3.1 million in local communities. Nearly 60,000 farmers participated in the second annual Grow Communities program, which is designed to benefit nonprofit groups such as ag youth, schools and other civic organizations.

For more information and to see a full list of winners, visit www.growcommunities.com.

Dozens of cattle reported stolen in northwest Iowa

Ag/Outdoor, News

April 9th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

HINTON, Iowa (AP) — Dozens of cattle are missing from a feedlot in northwest Iowa. The Plymouth County sheriff’s office says 56 steers valued at over $81,000 were reported stolen from the Bio Beef Feed Lot near Hinton last week. The feedlot says 30 Holstein steers were missing, and a customer reported being short 26 Holstein steers. Lot operator Roger Ruhland says he suspects someone cut a chain at the main gate and opened several gates to barns, letting cattle run free in the compound. He believes the thefts occurred within the past two weeks.

Cass County 911 Center Urges Education for 9-1-1


April 9th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Everyone knows that 9-1-1 is a universal number that should be called in the event of an emergency…or do they? 9-1-1 Centers all over the United States have encountered hurdles when educating the public when it comes to the 9-1-1 and its uses. That’s why the Cass County 911 Center is urging all educational organizations, parents, and caregivers to assist with the “9-1-1 Education Challenge” during the month of April as part of National 9-1-1 Education Month.

The goal is to educate as many people on 9-1-1, its uses, its challenges, and the future capabilities during the month. Cass County 911 Director Rob Koppert said “With all the advances in technology, 9-1-1 has become much more complex. What started out as a simple concept has grown into an amazing infrastructure that needs crucial attention. 

Koppert says nationwide, 9-1-1 has not kept up with advances, especially in wireless technology and we are just now getting the infrastructure in place to handle 9-1-1 calls in the form of text messages and to be able to receive pictures and videos on 9-1-1.” 

He says “In 2011, the Cass County 911 Center received approximately 6,000 9-1-1 calls, of which 80-percent were from wireless phones. This is on top of the 26,000-plus administrative calls answered by the Cass County 911 Center. Koppert says children and adults should have a good understanding of 9-1-1 and how it works in their area. 

Some general guidelines for 9-1-1 are: 

  • 9-1-1 is for police, fire and medical emergencies. If the nature of the call is an immediate threat to life or property, call 9-1-1. In non-emergencies, call the Cass County 911 Center at 712-243-2204.  
  • Know the location of the incident. Providing an accurate address is critically important especially when making a wireless 9-1-1 call. Not all wireless calls provide accurate location information, especially if the caller is indoors.
  • If you call 9-1-1, don’t hang up. 9-1-1 operators are going to assume that something has gone very wrong and will either call you back, or send a police car if the location is known.
  • Don’t call 9-1-1 for jokes or prank calls. These calls waste resources and ties up the lines at the 9-1-1 center. Not to mention that making harassing or prank 9-1-1 calls is a crime in Iowa.
  • When you call 9-1-1, pay attention to the questions that you are being asked.
  • Stay on the line with the 9-1-1 call taker and answer all questions. The more information they have, the better they are able to help you.
  • Stay calm and speak clearly. If you are crying or yelling, it can be very hard for the 9-1-1 Operator to understand you.

In addition to April being National 9-1-1 Education Month, the week of April 8th through 14th in National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week in the United States.

Candidates raising plenty in 4th District race


April 9th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – New financial disclosures show the candidates in western Iowa’s 4th Congressional District are succeeding in raising lots of campaign cash. Incumbent Republican Rep. Steve King reports raising $450,000 in the first quarter of this year. King says he has more than $800,000 of cash in the bank. Democratic challenger Christie Vilsack says she has raised more than $400,000 in the first three months of 2012 and has more than $900,000 of cash on hand. The new numbers mean King has raised just over $1.2 million for his campaign, while Vilsack has raised just over $1.5 million. That’s the toughest financial challenge Democrats have been able to pose for King, who is seeking his sixth term.

Hamburg man arrested on drug charges


April 9th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Fremont County Sheriff’s Department reports 34-year old Daniel Scott Gubser, of Hamburg, was arrested last Tuesday (April 3rd), on drug and other charges. Gubser was charged with Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was also cited for 3rd degree harassment, having a non-registered vehicle and no motorcycle driver’s license.

And, 31-year old William Howard Bailey, of Hamburg, was arrested April 2nd, for violation of his probation. Howard was sentenced to probation on a Possession of a Controlled Substance charge (A Serious Misdemeanor), in November, 2011.  Following his arrest last week, Bailey was sentenced to 33-days in jail.