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Meeting today in SW Iowa aims to help residents continue 2011 flood recovery


December 10th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Even after this long year of drought, many residents in southwest Iowa are still recovering from last year’s record flooding of the Missouri River. A meeting this (Monday) afternoon in Fremont County aims to update residents on the rebuilding process. Lori McDaniel, with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, says they’ll cover a lot of topics. “Just about flood plain management in general, how the Corps of Engineers and I-DNR can help and provide technical assistance in terms of flood plain management and projects that need to be done in the flood plain,” McDaniel says. “We plan to bring our engineers so we can provide some one-on-one assistance.” She says the goal is to keep the public in the region informed about the progress.

McDaniel says, “We just want to be available to answer any questions that may come up so we can all make good decisions moving into the future.” The prolonged flooding in 2011 wiped out dozens of homes and businesses and hundreds of acres of farmland in the Missouri River corridor. McDaniel says the many southwest Iowa residents still have questions about how to proceed. “Mostly about how we do our approval processes and the tools we can use to help people know where to build and how to make informed decisions of what’s going on in that area,” McDaniel says. “Also, sand and silt deposition has been a big question, can I push my sand and silt and fill in an eroded river bank, questions like that.” Today’s meeting is scheduled to run from 1:30 to 3:30 at the Waubonsie  State Park lodge near Hamburg.

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2 hurt in Crawford County Crash Sunday evening


December 10th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Two men from northwest Iowa were injured during a collision between a semi and a pickup Sunday evening, in Crawford County. According to the Iowa State Patrol, the drivers of the vehicles, 65-year old Gary Beckman, of Lake View, and 17-year old Adrian Ramirez, of Kiron, were transported to the Crawford County Hospital following the crash, which occurred at around 6:30-p.m., in Schleswig.

Officials say a 2000 Chevy Silverado pickup driven by Ramirez was traveling west on Crawford County Road E-16, when he failed to yield to the  semi being driven by Beckman, as he was  traveling north on Highway 59.  The pickup was hit on its left rear side. Following the collision, the pickup slid into the ditch, while the semi came to rest on the shoulder of Highway 59. The Patrol says there were some light flurries at the time, but the roadway was dry. Both men were wearing their seat belts.

Iowa early News Headlines: Mon., Dec. 10th 2012


December 10th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The record streak of snowless days ended in central Iowa this weekend, but most of eastern Nebraska still hasn’t received measurable snow. The National Weather Service says Des Moines streak without snow ended this weekend. By Sunday morning, eight-tenths of an inch of snow had fallen.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa spent more than $25 million on overtime pay during the last fiscal year, but that is less than the state spent in recent years. The Des Moines Register reports that the state’s overtime spending has been around $30 million for the four previous years. A nursing assistant at the University of Iowa Hospitals collected nearly $226,000 in overtime last year — the most in the state — by working 8,507 extra hours.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Opponents of a plan to build a casino near Cedar Rapids are getting organized to fight the idea. Cedar Rapids television station KCRG-TV reports that a group of people who oppose gambling on moral grounds will likely be helped by owners of nearby casinos. Casino opponents have already put together a phone survey on the support for gambling in Linn County.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa defensive back Micah Hyde had another run-in with police over the weekend and now faces a disorderly conduct charge hearing on January 24th. Hyde was ticketed yesterday after Iowa City police responded to a loud party in his apartment building.

Atlantic School Board to meet Monday evening


December 9th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Members of the Atlantic Community School District’s Board of Education will hold their regularly scheduled meeting Monday at the High School. During their 7:30-p.m. session in the Media Center, the Board is expected to hear comments from Dan Haynes, Director of the Nishna Valley YMCA in Atlantic. They’ll also hear a special presentation with regard to work on the Middle School, from Design Alliance’ Jerry Purdy.

Action items on the school board’s agenda include approval of: A Summer 2014 A-H-S Spanish class trip to Costa Rica; Approval of the district’s annual report to the community, and approval of an affiliation agreement with the University of Phoenix.

In other business, the Atlantic School Board will act on approving a Cell Phone Tower three-party agreement between Verizon Wireless, Rolling Hills Communication, Inc., and the Atlantic Community School District.  In the discussion segment of Monday’s meeting, the board will talk about the Fiscal Year 2014 budget and athletic facilities. No action is expected to be taken on those matters.

Neb. teen shot by father in Iowa hunting accident


December 8th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

RED OAK, Iowa (AP) — Iowa authorities say an 18-year-old Nebraska man is expected to live after accidentally being shot by his father while the two were hunting pheasants in southwest Iowa. Iowa Department of Natural Resources spokesman Kevin Baskins says Ryan Rearick, of Omaha, was shot at fairly close range in the back of his head by a shotgun being carried by his father, Christopher Rearick, also of Omaha. The two were hunting in Page County when the accident happened around 10:30 a.m. Saturday.

The younger Rearick was taken to a Red Oak hospital, then flown to Creighton University Medical Center in Omaha. Baskins says Rearick is in stable condition and expected to survive. Baskins says the shooting likely would have been fatal if the gun had been loaded for deer instead of pheasant.

Iowa GOP lawmaker to introduce death penalty bill


December 8th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Republican state lawmaker says he plans to introduce a bill to reinstate the death penalty in Iowa, and he’s pointing to the deaths of two Iowa girls as his motivation. State Sen. Kent Sorenson, R-Milo, told The Des Moines Register that he intends to introduce a bill in the upcoming legislative session that begins in January. Sorenson says the discovery Wednesday of the bodies of 8-year-old Elizabeth Collins and her cousin, 10-year-old Lyric Cook, have brought the issue of the death penalty to the forefront.

But the chairman of the Iowa Senate’s Judiciary Committee, Sen. Gene Fraise, D-Fort Madison, says there is not enough support in the Iowa Legislature for reinstating the death penalty. Iowa repealed capital punishment in 1965.

Adair County sheriff warns of mail thieves


December 8th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Sheriff in Adair County is warning area residents of mail thieves in the region. Sheriff Brad Newton says his office has received about 30 reports of theft from mailboxes since Thursday, stretching from Greenfield to Stuart. Deputies say people are finding piles of mail in the middle of the street. Investigators believe the thief or thieves are taking all the contents from mailboxes, rifling through them for the items they want, then dumping the rest. Newton says he believes the thieves are looking for Christmas cards with cash in them.

The sheriff says the best way to thwart the thieves is to beat them to your mailbox. He says residents should retrieve their mail as soon as it’s delivered, if possible. He also advises residents who see any suspicious vehicles in their area to write down the license plate numbers, and call the Adair County Sheriff’s Office at 641-743-2148.

Newton says they believe a white vehicle carrying two young male subjects may be connected to the thefts, but no other descriptions are available.

IA DNR invites the public to learn more about State Nutrient Strategy at upcoming meetings

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December 8th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Iowa Dept. of Natural Resources say three informational meetings regarding the recently released Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy, will be held the week of December 17th in Denison, Ames and Waterloo.  DNR Director Churck Gipp says “These meetings are an important opportunity for the public and key stakeholders to ask questions and learn more about this plan. In western Iowa, a meeting on Nutrient Reduction Strategy will take place at the Boulders Conference Center in Denison (2507 Boulders Dr.), beginning at 6:30-p.m., Dec, 17th.  Other meetings will be held Dec. 19th in Ames, and Dec. 21st in Waterloo.

Iowa Ag Secretary Bill Northey says the goal of reducing nutrients in Iowa’s waters is an effort that will require everyone working together. Northey says what makes the plan so “exciting,” is that “It’s the first time we have had all the key stakeholders moving in the same direction toward the common goal of reducing nutrients, both here in Iowa and eventually the Gulf of Mexico.”

Comments on the strategy will not be accepted during the three meetings, but Iowans are invited to review the full strategy and provide comment at www.nutrientstrategy.iastate.edu.

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Page County Sheriff’s Report includes charges filed in cattle neglect case


December 8th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Page County Sheriff Lyle Palmer Friday night, issued a report on three recent arrests. Palmer says at around 12:50-p.m., Friday, deputies responded to a domestic disturbance near the Bethesda area. Their investigation concluded with the arrest at 1389 O Avenue, of 32-year old Benjamin Lee Blackman, of Clarinda. Blackman was charged with Domestic Abuse Assault. He was brought to the Page County Jail and held without bond pending an appearance before the magistrate.

On Thursday, Page County deputies responding to a reported assault at 612 South Street in College Springs, arrested 20-year old Joseph Calvin Hull, of Braddyville, for allegedly assaulting 28-year old Joshua Baer. The arrest took place at around 7:35-p.m. Hull was charged with Trespassing and Simple Assault. He was being held in the Page County Jail on $300 bond, pending an appearance before the magistrate.

And, on Monday, 24-year old Kiel Martin Brittain, of Clarinda, was arrested on a warrant for Animal Neglect (a Serious Misdemeanor). Brittain was unable to post bond and was being held in the Page County Jail. His arrest was the result of an investigation that began in late November. During the course of the investigation over a period of several days, authorities consulted a veterinarian, who determined 17 cows, 1 bull and 15 calves, which were located on property owned by Brittain were severely malnourished. The animals were seized by authorities.