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Iowa Policy Project issues report on “manure and water”

Ag/Outdoor, News

May 5th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa legislature adjourned this year’s session without taking much action on improving the state’s water quality. Now, an Iowa City based research organization has released a report suggesting the state follow changes made in Ohio. David Osterberg, with the Iowa Policy Project, claims there are several problems with Iowa’s current laws dealing with large livestock operations and manure reaching lakes and rivers.

“First of all, the limits. For some reason, we set our limit at 500 animal units, which is very, very large,” Osterberg said. “Ohio has recognized, as most states have, that you need to go down to facilities much smaller than that.” Ohio’s limit is 300 animal units. Senator Joe Bolkcom, a Democrat from Iowa City, introduced a bill this year that would have copied Ohio’s regulations here in Iowa, but it was never brought up for consideration. Osterberg is hoping this I-P-P research will reach all Iowa legislators before next year’s session.

“We do a study like this, we find out what the evidence is out there — in this case, from other states — and ask the question ‘why can’t we do that in Iowa?’ Hopefully, we’ll move towards a discussion, so if Senator Bolkcom files his bill again, it will get a hearing,” Osterberg told reporters Wednesday in a conference call. You can check out the full report at iowapolicyproject.org.

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Iowa early News Headlines: Thu., May 5th 2016


May 5th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press at 3:40 a.m. CDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Powerball jackpot has grown even larger. There was no jackpot winner in Wednesday night’s drawing, increasing the prize from $348 million to an estimated $415 million. While that’s not chump change, it’s a far cry from the $1.6 billion Powerball prize shared by three winning lottery ticketholders in January, the largest ever jackpot draw in the world.

SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa (AP) — Officials say about 15,000 gallons of untreated wastewater has reached one of Iowa’s Great Lakes. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says the wastewater was discovered Wednesday morning in a lagoon on West Okoboji Lake, following an electrical failure at a Spirit Lake pumping station. Officials stopped the discharge but some wastewater overflowed through two manhole lids. The wastewater reached Lazy Lagoon, on the northwest shore of the lake.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa’s governor and two U.S. senators say they will support Donald Trump as the Republican Party’s presumptive nominee for president. Gov. Terry Branstad and Sens. Charles Grassley and Joni Ernst said Wednesday they will support whoever is the GOP nominee. The comments came after Trump became the last remaining presidential candidate for the party.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa City police are treating the assault of a black University of Iowa freshman as a possible hate crime. Investigators say 19-year-old Marcus Owens walked into a police station Monday night to report that three young white men had beaten him and called him racial slurs. The attack on the Naperville, Illinois, teen was first reported Tuesday night by WLS-TV in Chicago, and many Iowa students have publicly questioned why they didn’t first learn about the attack from the school.

Atlantic City Council passes VI grant, Ash Street & Bond Resolutions


May 4th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic City Council this (Wednesday) evening, passed three Resolutions dealing with a Vision Iowa grant, Ash Street Extension Infrastructure Improvements, and a loan agreement providing for the issuance of $4.66-million in General Obligation Corporate Purpose and Refunding Bonds.

City Administrator John Lund said the City’s Park and Recreation Board was notified by the State that the City could not spend money on the playground or ADA accessible fishing pier for the Schildberg Recreation Area. Accordingly, the City and County need to amend their resolutions committing matching funds for the Vision Iowa Grant.  The City’s portion of the matching funds amounts to $100,000. The County did its part, last Friday. Atlantic Parks & Rec Dept. Assistant Director Seth Staashelm said the grant application package was submitted on-time to Vision Iowa, and they have a presentation scheduled before the Board to explain the project, next Wednesday.

With regard to the Ash Street Improvement portion of the agenda, John Lund said that involves Tax Increment Financing (TIF) for private subdivision development. Marty Boose, of Boose Building Construction, L.C., authorized completion of the 2015 Ash Street Extension Subdivision, and the dedication of 66-feet platted Right-of-Way in front of Street Lots 65-68 and 109-110 in the Nishna Hills Addition. The City simply needed to accept the road work and utility extensions in order for them to officially being considered part of the public right-of-way.

And, the Resolution for issuance of bonds, is simply another legal step, and standard procedure the City must go through, according to Lund, in order to engage in the open market for the sale of bonds. Chip Schultz, Senior Vice President of Public Finance with UMB Bank, said the Resolution simply finances the interest rates and other issues. Funds from the bonds will be delivered to the City on May 19th. That will establish escrow for calling-in and refunding the Series 2011 bonds that are due in 2019 through 2026. It also funds the so-called “New money” projects, such as those involving library, street and storm water improvements, along with police and fire equipment. The City is taking advantage of historically low interest rates and borrowing now, to pay off a higher interest loan in 2019. The move should save the City about $80,000 in interest.

In other business, the Atlantic City Council, Wednesday, set May 18th as the date for a Public Hearing on an Amendment to the Fiscal Year 2016 Budget. John Lund says in March 2015, the Council approved a budget for management of the cash the City received and spends for the period of July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016. The City needs to reconcile any changes made where they stepped outside the budget boundaries, and must due so during the month of May, in order to comply with State law. Among the budget changes that have been made, is: The purchase of a fire truck; Approximately $4-million in revenue from increased sales and gas tax and new bond proceeds; New traffic signals; Higher library salaries and City Attorney fees.

The Council also approved the appointment of Judd Meneely to the Atlantic Municipal Utilities Board. He succeeds Larry Turner who has retired from the Board. They also approved an order for a Parade Permit in advance of the May 21st, for the Ba-da Ba-da Bing Bang Military Vehicle Rally.

2 Adams County arrests Wednesday


May 4th, 2016 by Chris Parks

The Adams County Sheriff’s Office released details on two Wednesday arrests.

Adams County Deputies arrested James Kermit Cook of Greenfield on an Adams County Warrant for two counts of 3rd Degree Sexual Abuse.  Cook was taken to the Adams County Jail and held on $10,000 cash only bond.

Also Wednesday Adams County Deputies arrested Durrell Hayes of Creston on an Adams County Warrant issued by the Creston Police Department for Operating While Intoxicated 1st Offense.  Haynes posted a $1,000 bond and was released.

Tractor rollover south of Atlantic Wed. afternoon


May 4th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

(Updated) — Atlantic Fire and Rescue along with Medivac ambulance was called to the scene of a tractor rollover about three-miles south of Atlantic near 620th and Keystone Road, Wed. afternoon. The call about the accident near 60686 620th (Olive St.), came in at around 4:12-p.m. Law enforcement on the scene reported a man (identified as Ben Nevins) was partially trapped under the fender of the tractor, but was conscious and breathing. He was able to free one of his legs by the time authorities arrived.

Authorities said Nevins had been mowing a lawn using a medium-size tractor equipped with a belly mower. When the tractor entered a ditch, it rolled onto its side.  As it began to roll, Nevins tried to jump clear, but the tractor rolled onto his leg just above the ankle. He was transported by Medivac Ambulance to the Cass County Memorial Hospital to be checked for injuries and treatment, as necessary.

According to reports, personnel from a tiling company working nearby, used their backhoe to lift the tractor off of Nevins.

2 arrested on drug charges in Cass County


May 4th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s deputies in Cass County arrested two people on drug charges this week. On Monday, 35-year old Tabitha Lynette Clark, of Atlantic, turned herself in at the Cass County Jail on a Sheriff’s Office warrant for Possession with Intent to Deliver Meth. Clark was booked at the Cass County Jail and was released later that day on $10,000 bond. On Tuesday, 27-year old Kasandra Rose Mesa, of Madison, SD, was arrested on a Cass County Sheriff’s Office warrant on felony charges that include Use of Minor in Drug Trade, and Conspiracy to Deliver Methamphetamine. Mesa was taken to the Cass County Jail where she remains held on $20,000 bond.

Also arrested Tuesday, was 33-year old David Anthony Walling, Jr., of Council Bluffs, who was taken into custody on a District Court warrant for Probation Violation. Walling was taken to the Cass County Jail where he remains held on $10,000 bond.

Wednesday (today), 28-year old Anthony James Krum, of Omaha, NE, was arrested on an Atlantic Police Department warrant for felony Theft in the 1st Degree. Krum was taken to the Cass County Jail where he remains held on $10,000 bond.

Red Oak man arrested after road rage incident


May 4th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

An incident of apparent road rage late this (Wednesday) morning in Red Oak resulted in an arrest. Red Oak Police say 38-year old James Donald Watkins, of Red Oak, was arrested in the 100 block of W. Coolbaugh Street, following the incident that took place between Watkins and another driver. Watkins was charged with simple assault and brought to the Montgomery County Jail, where his bond was set at $300.

Glenwood man arrested in kidnapping of an Arkansas woman


May 4th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – A man from western Iowa has been arrested on preliminary attempted murder and kidnapping charges after authorities say he tied a cinder block to his ex-girlfriend and tossed her into the Spring River in Cherokee Village, Arkansas. Sharp County (AR) sheriff’s detective Jimmy Bennett tells the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that 45-year-old Jerry Dean Clark of Glenwood,  was being held in the Sharp County jail on a $250,000 bond.

Court documents say Clark kidnapped 44-year-old Kathryn Lynn Jones at a Days Inn Hotel on April 20th. Bennett says that after Jones emerged from the river, Clark tied her to a tree and hit her. She freed herself and floated 2 miles downstream before calling for medical attention at a residence. Clark will face formal charges in Sharp County, AR, Circuit Court, on May 12th.

Gov. Branstad orders flags at half-staff Friday in observance of Iowa Peace Officer Memorial Ceremony


May 4th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Gov. Terry E. Branstad today (Wednesday) ordered all flags on the Capitol Complex to be flown at half-staff from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, May 6th, in observance of the Iowa Peace Officer Memorial Ceremony which is to be held at 10-a.m. on Friday, May 6th, at the Oran Pape State Office Building of the Iowa Department of Public Safety, on the Capitol Complex.

Flags at the Iowa Peace Officer Memorial, located at the Oran Pape State Office Building, will be flown at half-staff the week of May 16-20, 2016, in honor of National Peace Officer Week.

The governor’s directive applies to all U.S. and state flags on the State Capitol Building and on flag displays on the Capitol Complex.  Individuals, businesses, schools, municipalities, counties and other government subdivisions are encouraged to fly the flag at half-staff for the same length of time as a sign of respect.

40th Annual Loess Hills Prairie Seminar set for June 3-5

Ag/Outdoor, News

May 4th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Loess Hills Prairie Seminar, sponsored annually by the Northwest Area Education Agency, Iowa Department of Natural Resources and Monona County Conservation, is June 3-5, beginning at West Monona High School, in Onawa, and then moving to the Loess Hills Wildlife Management Area campground, near Castana.

Now in its 40th year, the popular seminar has programs and activities for every age and all levels of physical abilities. Participants may choose among field sessions covering plants, insects, birds, explore nature photography or writing, prairie management and ecology, and more.

There is no cost to attend and registration is not necessary, unless participants plan to order meals. Educators may register for credit through the Northwest AEA at a reduced fee. There are special programs for children and families, and for adults and older students. More information is available online at http://www.nwaea.k12.ia.us/en/educators/loess_hills_prairie_seminar/