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!

Exira-EHK Middle School Closed Today

News

September 6th, 2012 by Chris Parks

Due to a lack of water pressure at the Middle School building in Exira, no students will report to that building today.  All other students that attend the EHK building will still report for classes today.

Atlantic City Council approves School Bus Loading zone/votes down tobacco free policy

News

September 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic City Council unanimously approved a new School Bus Loading Zone ordinance, which takes effect immediately. Their action means parking is prohibited on the east side of Linn Street, from 8th Street north 100-feet, from 7:45-a.m. to 3:15-p.m., for the purpose of loading buses when school is in session. The affected area is by the Ann Wickman Center in Atlantic. Atlantic Police Chief Steve Green and School Bus Superintendent Dave Eckles had requested the change for the safety of the children.

In other business, the Council Wednesday voted 6-to-1 against an expanded tobacco free policy,  that would have prohibited city employees from using tobacco during company paid time while on the job site, building, or contiguous city owned grounds. The policy also prohibited smoking in an employees’ own vehicle parked on city property. Councilman Shawn Shouse cast the only yes vote. A Tobacco Free Policy for City Hall was originally enacted in February of 2007. The expanded version would have also included a tobacco cessation program for City employees.

Red Oak P-D arrests a man who was wanted on 2 warrants

News

September 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak report a man wanted on several warrants was arrested Wednesday afternoon. 25-year-old Kyle Jacob Campbell was taken into custody on a warrant out of Pottawattamie County for a Parole Violation, and a Nodaway County, Missouri, Warrant for Driving While his License was suspended. Campbell was taken into custody without incident. He was being held without bond, in the Montgomery County Jail.

Program credited for growing number of SW IA students attending Univ. of NE

News

September 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A report in the Omaha World-Herald says a program that’s in it’s fifth-year, is being credited for the growing number of southwest Iowa students who are attending the University of Nebraska at Omaha. The Metropolitan Advantage Program offers residents or high school graduates living in specified southwest Iowa counties the opportunity to enroll in undergraduate or graduate programs at UNO at a reduced tuition rate. Tuition offered through MAP is said to be “close to the rates charged by the University of Iowa, Iowa State and the University of Northern Iowa.”

Undergraduate MAP student numbers jumped more than 11 percent in this, its fifth year,  to 458, while graduate students increased by 1.2 percent. UNO’s Vice Chancellor for enrollment says the increased number of Iowa students attending the college can be credited, in part, to an increase in the number of counties served through the program. Initially, MAP served only Harrison, Mills and Pottawattamie Counties. But this fall, eight counties were added to the program. They include Cass, Crawford, Fremont, Monona, Montgomery, Page, Shelby and Woodbury. The university also has a recruiter whose job is to specifically recruit and retain students in southwest Iowa. The MAP also works with Iowa Western Community College to make sure the students’ transition from a two-year associate degree to a four-year bachelor degree at UNO is as seamless as possible.

Carroll County deputy blasts Romney

News

September 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A western Iowa lawman spoke late Wednesday afternoon at the Democratic National Convention, accusing Republicans Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan of proposing cuts in federal spending for “first responders.” Carroll County Deputy Sheriff Ken Myers got a burst of applause from convention delegates when he stated his support of President Obama. “Governor Romney has said it’s time for us to cut back on public employees like teachers, fire fighters and cops and that’s exactly what his plan would do. When the Republican governor of Ohio attacked the collective bargaining rights of police officers, Romney supported him,” Myers said, and some in the crowd booed.

Myers, who spoke for about three-and-a-half minutes, spent part of his speech talking about an incident last spring when he and other law enforcement officers were involved in an armed stand-off with a man inside a house. “First responders like me put our lives on the line,” he said, and the crowd applauded. “We’re proud to do it. It’s just the job we signed up for, to protect and serve, but we need a leader who’ll do the same for us and that leader is President Barack Obama.”

The Romney campaign shot back at Myers, saying neither Romney nor Ryan have proposed cutting federal spending on public safety by “nearly 20 percent” as Myers claimed in his speech. Romney’s campaign website makes no mention of local law enforcement, nor does it mention public sector unions for police and fire fighters. The Obama campaign has been arguing federal spending for things like grants to local law enforcement agencies would have to be reduced to meet Romney running mate Paul Ryan’s overall plan for reducing the federal budget.

(Radio Iowa)

E-911 Service restored in Clarinda

News

September 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Clarinda Police Chief Keith Brothers says emergency 911 telephone service was restored to the Clarinda Public Safety Answering Point 911 Dispatch Center at approximately 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, after repairs were made to the fiber optics cable that had been severed disabling 911 service to the Clarinda Center. The service was disrupted for about 5 1/2 hours.  Brothers wants like to thank everyone for their patience and cooperation as officials worked through this outage. Citizens may immediately begin resuming dialing 911 for police, fire and medical emergency needs.

Cass Co. Democratic Party HQ is open in Atlantic

News

September 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Democratic Party has announced the opening of their Election Headquarters at 511 Chestnut in Atlantic. The Headquarters will be open Monday through Friday from 10 AM to 5 PM, Saturday & Sunday from noon to 4 PM, and other times by appointment, through Election Day, November 6th. Democratic candidate buttons, yard signs, and bumper stickers are available as is voter information. The office also has voter registration and absentee ballot request forms for the voter’s use. The public is welcome to stop by and have a cup of coffee or just enjoy some political discussion. The date for a grand opening will be released at a later date.

Walnut City Council may act on Continuing Education Resolution

News

September 5th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Walnut City Council, Thursday, will consider and possible act on the adoption of a Resolution of Support for the Continuation of Education in Walnut. City Clerk Terry Abell told KJAN News not much is known about the resolution, except to say the City has been approached by a committee asking for the matter to be approved.

Abell said also, the Council will hear a presentation from Eagle Scout members Shea and Taylor Campbell, with regard to some sprucing-up projects in the City Park. The brothers are expecting to talk about painting fire hydrants and other such items in the park.

The Council will also discuss a possible streetscape enhancement project. The discussion involves Snyder and Associates Engineers, and the next, possible steps for downtown renovations, which have previously included the installation of old fashioned street lights, benches, and other amenities.

In other business, the Walnut City Council may act on a contract agreement for the hauling of residential solid waste, and, possibly approve the second and third readings of an Ordinance pertaining to the operation of golf carts on City streets. Abel said last month, that authorities in Pottawattamie County had been stopping people who were driving golf carts on the streets. She said there’s a “glitch” in the law that requires communities to have an ordinance that allows the machines to operate on the streets. The Council is considering the adoption of a law that would allow that to happen.

The Walnut City Council meeting begins at 5-p.m., Thursday.

9-1-1 Service down at the Clarinda Public Safety Center

News

September 5th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

2:51-p.m.CDT 9/5/12

The 911 telephone system at the Clarinda 911 Public Safety Answering Point Dispatch Center is not working at the present time due to a cut in the Iowa Communications Network fiber optics system. There is not currently an estimated time as to when the system will be restored. During the outage, citizens who need to access the 911 system can use the following telephone number to reach the Clarinda 911 Center. The telephone number is 712-542-2194. Media notification will be made when the system is restored.

Proclamation allows transport of oversized & overweight crop loads in IA

Ag/Outdoor, News

September 5th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad has signed a proclamation to allow the transportation of oversized and overweight loads  of soybeans, corn, hay, straw, silage and stover. The proclamation took effect Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012 and expires after 60 days.

This proclamation applies to loads transported on all highways within Iowa, excluding the interstate system, and which do not exceed a maximum of 90,000 pounds gross weight, do not exceed the maximum axle weight limit determined under the non-primary highway maximum gross weight table in Iowa Code section 321.463 paragraph “5.b”, by more than twelve and one-half percent (12.5%), do not exceed the legal maximum axle weight limit of 20,000 pounds, and comply with posted limits on roads and bridges.

The action is intended to allow vehicles transporting soybeans, corn, hay, straw, and stover to be oversize and overweight, not exceeding 90,000 pounds gross weight, without a permit, but only for the duration of this proclamation. The Iowa Department of Transportation is directed to monitor the operation of this proclamation to assure the public’s safety and facilitate the movement of the trucks involved.