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Bats becoming a problem for home owners

News

August 27th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Many Iowans are finding unwelcome visitors in their houses, and it’s not out-of-town relatives arriving early for the Labor Day weekend. Mark Langan, at the Humane Society office in Omaha/Council Bluffs, explains. “We’ve had over 100 calls for bats in people’s houses this week,” Langan says. “Every year, about this time, our calls increase.” Typically, the furry winged creatures start making surprise appearances in our homes in late summer and early fall.

Langan says, “We see an increase of bats going in people’s houses, primarily due to the fact that it cools off at night and the bats are trying to find a warm place to go.” If there’s a bat in your house, open the doors and windows and it may just fly right out. Otherwise, call in an expert from animal control. Langan says there could also be a health concern as bats can carry rabies.

“We advise people if they suspect there may’ve been an exposure with the bats, especially if they wake up in the morning and there’s a bat in the room, to isolate that bat in that room,” Langan says. “Put a towel at the base of the door to keep the bat secured. Close all the windows.” All Iowa homeowners would be wise to take a walk around their house, looking for possible entry points.

Langan says, “We advise people to check the caulking on their house because, especially in the older houses, if there’s gaps that form, all the bat needs is a hole about the size of a dime to get from the outside to the inside of the house.” A report from the Iowa Department of Public Health in 2012 on rabies in wildlife, livestock and pets found: 17 reports of rabid bats, along with 9 cases in skunks, 4 in cows and 1 in a cat.

(Radio Iowa)

Public hearing on new cannabis oil law

News

August 27th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Advocates of a new state law that allows Iowans with severe epilepsy to use cannabis oil as a treatment say they’re not sure the cards issued by the State of Iowa will let them buy the product in other states or will even protect them from prosecution. Raymond Lakers is an Iowan who has multiple sclerosis. He moved to Colorado Springs so he could legally buy marijuana there, but he doubts the Iowa children who suffer from a rare form of epilepsy will be able to get cannabis oil there.

“Every Iowan right now that wants to obtain any form of medical marijuana in the state Iowa, they are criminals — even these children — and it breaks my heart,” he said. Iowa Department of Public Health officials held a public hearing Tuesday morning, on the rules they’ve drafted to administer the new law. Deborah Thompson, the department’s policy adviser, says her agency will review applications and the D-O-T will issue the cards that show the person has permission to possess cannabis oil. The goal is to have the system up and running by the end of the year.

“With any new program that becomes implemented, it is a lengthy process with a lot of moving parts,” she said. “But we do respect the fact that people wants this very quickly and we’re doing the best we can.” Some people who participated in the hearing spoke in favor of expanding the law so marijuana could be used as treatment for other diseases. Linda Gale of Sioux City joined the hearing over a video conferencing system.

“I’m glad they made the first step, but there’s many other people that suffer that should not have to suffer like they do,” she said. Gale has Crone’s Disease and she would like to use marijuana rather than prescription narcotics to control her nausea and other symptoms.

(Radio Iowa)

Escaped Iowa inmate found in Sioux City Target

News

August 27th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say an inmate who escaped during a Sioux City work release has been found at a nearby Target. An Iowa Department of Corrections spokesman tells the Sioux City Journal (http://bit.ly/1tIoY5l ) that 22-year-old Melvin William Spencer III was taken back into custody Tuesday night.

Authorities say Spencer escaped custody Sunday by not returning to a residential treatment facility from a weekend furlough. He is serving a seven-year sentence for intimidation with a dangerous weapon and carrying weapons. He began his sentence in 2012 and was transferred to work release in June.

The spokesman says it wasn’t clear what Spencer was doing at the store. He says parole officials will review whether to revoke Spencer’s work release. It’s unclear if additional charges have been filed.

Sioux City plans $300,000 trail repair project

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August 27th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — The Sioux City public works director says officials are moving forward with a $300,000 plan to fix a city trail. The Sioux City Journal reports that construction on the Floyd River Trail could start as early as the spring.

The north trailhead was blocked off five years ago when Union Pacific Railroad tracks were built across the path. The director says a tunnel can be constructed beneath the tracks to divert pedestrians and cyclists.

City officials say money left over from a different construction project could fund the repair. The plans will require approval by the City Council.

Speakers: Iowa’s medical marijuana law needs work

News

August 26th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Speakers at an administrative hearing say they’re frustrated at the difficulty in obtaining a marijuana extract despite Iowa’s new law. The Des Moines Register reports Sally Gaer, of West Des Moines, and Kim Novy, of Altoona, made the comments Tuesday after a state Department of Public Health hearing on the issue. Both women say they have epileptic children who would benefit from the extract.

Gaer says the law, which decriminalizes possession of a marijuana extract for patients, offers no legal method for growing or selling the product in the state, and lawmakers are still working on issuing registration cards to allow residents to possess extract purchased in other states.

Health official Deborah Thompson says officials hope to issue registration cards by the end of the year.

The Scary Guy Brings Message to Cass County

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August 26th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Child Abuse Prevention Council and Cass County School Districts are excited to welcome The Scary Guy to Cass County to kick off a year of violence prevention efforts in Cass County Schools. The Scary Guy’s mission is “The Total Elimination of Hate, Violence and Prejudice Worldwide.”

The Scary Guy

The Scary Guy

Since beginning his mission in 1998 The Scary Guy – now his legal name – has reached millions with his message through his work with groups of all ages, large and small, as well as the media. All local residents are invited to participate in The Scary Guy’s visit to Cass County by attending a Community Show to join the discussion.

Community shows will be held in each school district in the county to ensure that all residents can hear his message. He will be at the Atlantic High School on September 2nd from 7-8 PM, the Anita High School on September 3rd from 7-8 PM, and the Griswold High School on September 8th from 7:30-8:30 PM. (For details of his schedule, click here: Scary schedule )

The Scary Guy will also be visiting each school building in Cass County to share a targeted, age appropriate message with local students. All Community Meetings will be held PRIOR to Scary being at the elementary schools. Parents are encouraged to attend to hear the message prior to your student hearing it. Parents are also welcome and encouraged to attend a show with your student the day Scary is in their school. Please see the included schedule or call the number below for more details on his schedule in our local schools.

Anyone who would like more information on The Scary Guy’s visit to Cass County, or who has questions about his programs for the school and community, is encouraged to contact Family Crisis Support Network by calling 243-6615, or Toll Free 800-696-5123.

Flash Flood Watch for Cass & area Counties 1-am Wed. thru Wed. morning

News, Weather

August 26th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

355 PM CDT TUE AUG 26 2014

…HEAVY RAINFALL POTENTIAL LATE TONIGHT INTO WEDNESDAY MORNING…

.THUNDERSTORMS ARE EXPECTED TO DEVELOP AND MOVE ACROSS THE AREA LATE TONIGHT…WITH HEAVY RAINFALL POSSIBLE. MUCH OF THE AREA RECEIVED 1 TO 2 INCHES OF RAIN OR MORE PREVIOUSLY…ALLOWING FOR SOME SATURATION OF THE GROUND. Counties: CRAWFORD-CARROLL-AUDUBON-CASS

355 PM CDT TUE AUG 26 2014

FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM 1 AM CDT WEDNESDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY MORNING. THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN DES MOINES HAS ISSUED A FLASH FLOOD WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF SOUTHWEST IOWA AND WEST CENTRAL IOWA.

RAINFALL OF 1 TO 2 INCHES WITH LOCALIZED AREAS OF UP TO 3 INCHES IS EXPECTED LATE TONIGHT. THIS COULD LEAD TO THE POTENTIAL FOR FLASH FLOODING AS THE RAINFALL WILL FALL OVER AN AREA THAT RECENTLY RECEIVED HEAVY RAINFALL RESULTING IN NEARLY SATURATED GROUND CONDITIONS.

FLASH FLOODING IS PARTICULARLY DANGEROUS AT NIGHT. THE DEPTH OF WATER OVER ROADS CAN BE VERY DECEPTIVE. DO NOT DRIVE THROUGH WATER COVERING THE ROADWAY.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A FLASH FLOOD WATCH MEANS THAT CONDITIONS MAY DEVELOP THAT LEAD TO FLASH FLOODING. FLASH FLOODING IS A VERY DANGEROUS SITUATION. YOU SHOULD MONITOR LATER FORECASTS AND BE PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION SHOULD FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS BE ISSUED.

Atlantic Ambassadors visit Travel Place

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August 26th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Chamber’s Amassadors visited Travel Place recently. Jana McCunn, owner/operator, expanded her Red Oak full service travel agency to Atlantic this past June. She has been in the business of travel since 1995. Travel Place is a full service travel agency including destination weddings, local tours,
passport assistance, hotel reservations and more. Ina Ohnmeiss is at the Atlantic location full time as a travel consultant.

Travel Place Staff pictured: Jana McCunn, owner/operator, Ina Ohnmeiss, Travel Consultant. Ambassadors pictured: Tyler Moiser, Kevin Wieser, Crystal Christensen, Tara Jennerjohn, Rich Perry, Donnie Drennan, Rachel Johnson, Dolly Bergmann, Nedra Perry, Pat McCurdy, Tammy Waters, Bill Saluk, JoAnn Runyan, Jolene Roecker, Kerry Jepsen, Kathie Hockenberry, Debbie Leistad, Arlene Drennan, Gerald Brink, Russ Joyce and David Schwab.

Travel Place Staff pictured: Jana McCunn, owner/operator, Ina Ohnmeiss, Travel
Consultant. Ambassadors pictured: Tyler Moiser, Kevin Wieser, Crystal Christensen,
Tara Jennerjohn, Rich Perry, Donnie Drennan, Rachel Johnson, Dolly Bergmann, Nedra
Perry, Pat McCurdy, Tammy Waters, Bill Saluk, JoAnn Runyan, Jolene Roecker, Kerry
Jepsen, Kathie Hockenberry, Debbie Leistad, Arlene Drennan, Gerald Brink, Russ Joyce
and David Schwab.

McCunn said “We pride ourselves on client satisfaction, personal service and our combined
knowledge of travel. If you a have destination in mind but have questions, we can
confidently address your concerns because we have been there.” Travel Place is located at 412 Chestnut and happy to help you with all your upcoming travel needs.

Legislative oversight panel questions DAS savings

News

August 26th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A report says the Iowa Department of Administrative Services has spent more money instead of saving money as the agency has claimed in Government Oversight Committee hearings. Legislative Services Agency Director Holly Lyons presented a report Tuesday that says DAS spent 17 percent more money between 2011 and 2013. DAS Deputy Director Lon Anderson says the report does not include savings from construction projects and includes spending from other agency budgets.

The Department of Administrative Services oversees all state building construction, human resources and purchasing. At Tuesday’s hearing, Democratic Sen. Matt McCoy argued the agency is too large for proper oversight and needs to be restructured.

The committee continues its hearing focusing Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday on allegations of political interference at Iowa Workforce Development.

Ambassadors visit Lou Lou’s in Atlantic

News

August 26th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce’ Ambassadors visited Lou Lou’s recently, at the new location 412 Chestnut Street. Lou Lou’s moved into the new bigger space at the beginning of July.  “We are very happy with the move, we have more room to display merchandise and the first month our foot traffic improved drastically,” Brandi Eckles, owner, operator of Lou Lou’s Boutique, said.

Pictured: Kathie Hockenberry, Gerald Brink, Crystal Christensen, Pat McCurdy, Debbie Leistad, Tyler Mosier, Bill Saluk, Jolene Roecker, Kevin Wieser, Russ Joyce, Dolly Bergmann, JoAnn Runyan, Rachel Johnson, David Schwab, Arlene Drennan, Rich Perry, Donnie Drennan, Kerry Jepsen, Tammy Waters, Tara Jennerjohn, and Nedra Perry.

Pictured: Kathie Hockenberry, Gerald Brink, Crystal Christensen, Pat McCurdy, Debbie Leistad, Tyler Mosier, Bill Saluk, Jolene Roecker, Kevin Wieser, Russ Joyce, Dolly Bergmann, JoAnn Runyan, Rachel Johnson, David Schwab, Arlene Drennan, Rich Perry, Donnie Drennan, Kerry Jepsen, Tammy Waters, Tara Jennerjohn, and Nedra Perry.

Lou Lou’s shares the new space with two other businesses, Travel Place and Bella Bean, a children boutique clothing store. This unique cooperative effort has allowed each business to have a better location and more space.

(Press Release)