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2011 will be a blowout…literally, in Iowa…Winds of up to 55mph expected

News, Weather

December 31st, 2011 by Ric Hanson

A WIND ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO 6 PM SUNDAY FOR MOST OF THE KJAN LISTENING AREA, EXCEPT FOR THE FAR WEST/SW COUNTIES, WHERE THE ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT FROM 3-P.M. TODAY UNTIL MIDNIGHT.

The National Weather Services says winds should increase early this (Saturday) evening and remain strong through Sunday. The strongest winds will likely be during the day, Sunday. Northwest winds from 25-to-45 miles per hours can be expected, with gusts up to 55-mph.

The prolonged period of strong winds will impact travel, especially for high profile vehicles over the holiday weekend. MInor property damage is also possible with wind speeds of this magnitude.

A Wind Advisory means that winds of 30 MPH or higher are expected. They can make driving difficult, especially for high profile vehicles. Use extra caution.

For those persons in the northern fringe of our listening area, the National Weather Service has issued  a WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY for wind and blowing snow, which is in effect from 6-pm today through 3-a.m. Sunday.  The advisory includes Denison, Carroll, Sac City, Storm Lake, Ft. Dodge, Algona and Mason City.

Rain is expected to mix with and change to snow after 6-pm west of I-35, and east of I-35 in northern Iowa, after 9-pm. Total snow/ice accumulations in the advisory area across western and northern Iowa, are expected to range from 1-to 2-inches by early Sunday morning.

Wind Advisory posted for Saturday night through Sunday Night

News, Weather

December 30th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The National Weather Service in Des Moines has issued a Wind Advisory in effect from 6-p.m. Saturday through 6-p.m. Sunday, for the following counties:

CRAWFORD-CARROLL-AUDUBON-GUTHRIE-DALLAS-CASS-ADAIR-MADISON-ADAMS-UNION-TAYLOR and RINGGOLD COUNTIES
Issued 332 PM CST FRI DEC 30 2011

TIMING…WINDS SHOULD INCREASE EARLY SATURDAY EVENING AND REMAIN   STRONG THROUGH SUNDAY. THE STRONGEST WINDS WILL LIKELY BE DURING   THE DAY ON SUNDAY.

WINDS...NORTHWEST WINDS FROM 25 TO 35 MPH WITH GUSTS FROM 45 TO   50 MPH.

IMPACTS…THE PROLONGED PERIOD OF STRONG WINDS WILL IMPACT   TRAVEL, ESPECIALLY HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES OVER THE HOLIDAY  WEEKEND. MINOR PROPERTY DAMAGE IS POSSIBLE WITH WIND SPEEDS OF  THIS MAGNITUDE.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS

A WIND ADVISORY MEANS THAT WINDS OF 30 MPH ARE EXPECTED. WINDS THIS STRONG CAN MAKE DRIVING  DIFFICULT, ESPECIALLY FOR HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES. USE EXTRA CAUTION.

Iowa Rep. King joins Bachmann, but no endorsement

News

December 30th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

EARLY, Iowa (AP) — Republican Michele Bachmann’s closest congressional ally has offered kind words for the presidential candidate but stopped short of an outright endorsement that could lift her back-of-the-pack campaign. Bachmann and Iowa Rep. Steve King appeared together Friday at a small-town cafe in his congressional district. King has remained neutral in the race despite attempts by several candidates to land his official support and that of the evangelical voters he tends to attract in his own elections. King called Bachmann “my great friend” but said he still hasn’t reached a personal decision in the GOP race. Bachmann attracted small crowds in two stops Friday. She chalked it up to last-minute scheduling.  The Iowa caucuses are Tuesday.

(CORRECTION)Cass Supervisers approve Indigent Disposition Policy

News

December 30th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

(please note this is a correction to an earlier version of this story which posted on KJAN.com, which indicated the maximum paid for the burial of a deceased indigent person was $2,500. It should have said $2,000)

The Cass County Board of Supervisors today (Friday), approved the final version of an Indigent Disposition Policy (formerly called an Indigent Burial Policy). The policy states a maximum of $2,000 will be paid by the County for the burial of a deceased indigent person, or a maximum of $1,500 for a cremation. That includes the mandatory Medical Examiner certification fee. Burial or cremation is limited to: A casket, vault, or cremation container; Funeral Director fees and, other normal expenses required for burial or cremation. In addition, the County will pay the reasonable and customary cemetery expenses, not to exceed $550, or for burial of cremains, $200. Any unusual transportation or other expenses beyond those amounts may be submitted to the Board of Supervisors for approval. The Board has the complete and sole discretion to decide upon reimbursement of those costs.

The policy also states the family or interested persons associated with the deceased, shall sign an agreement to repay the County, from any resources or benefits that belong to, or are due to, the deceased person. That would include: life insurance; real estate; personal property; social security, railroad or other benefits; memorial and fundraiser monies; contracts; and, bank accounts, annuities, stocks, bonds, and Certificates of Deposits (C.D.’s). Applications for disposition benefits must be made in writing as soon as possible following the death of an indigent person, to the Cass County General Assistance Office or Veterans Affairs Office. Eligibility for benefits will be determined by the General Assistance Coordinator or Veterans Affairs Ordinances, as deemed appropriate.

Drug arrest reported in Audubon County

News

December 30th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

An Audubon man was arrested Thursday night, on drug charges. The Audubon County Sheriff’s Office reports 29-year old Joseph Mark Zaiger was taken into custody at around 9:30-p.m. on charges of Possession of Marijuana/3rd offense, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. The arrest stems from a traffic stop on Highway 71, in Brayton. Zaiger was cited for the offenses and released, with orders to appear in court on January 5th.

8AM Newscast 12-30-2011

News, Podcasts

December 30th, 2011 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson

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(Updated schedule info.) Romney to visit Atlantic and Council Bluffs Sunday

News

December 30th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Former Massachusetts Governor and Republican Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney will be in Atlantic and Council Bluffs this Sunday. His stop in Atlantic, during which he will discuss jobs and the economy, is scheduled to occur at 2:15-p.m., Sunday at the Family Table Restaurant (609 W. 7th St.).  Romney’s visit to Council Bluffs, Sunday, will include a rally at Bayliss Park Hall (530 1st Avenue), at 5:05-p.m.

7AM Newscast 12-30-2011

News, Podcasts

December 30th, 2011 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson

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Guthrie County K-9 injured in 2010 to be retired

News

December 30th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

A Guthrie County Sheriff’s Department K-9 who was hurt when he was hit by a car in 2010, will be retired this weekend after six-years of service to the county. K-9 “Raven’s”  last day as a member of the sheriff’s department is January 1st.  Guthrie County Sheriff Marty Arganbright announced the news during this week’s meeting of the County Board of Supervisors. Raven was struck by a car in October 2010, and never fully recovered from a compound leg fracture he suffered during the accident. He also suffers from arthritis in his injured leg. Arganbright says even though Raven underwent surgery to repair the damage to his leg, the dog was unable to continue with the force. He’s served the county for six years. 

Raven’s training was paid for entirely through donations, and cost about $10,000. His after-accident surgery exceeded $4,000, and was also fully funded by donations. The Sheriff said Raven will not be replaced any time soon. He hopes someone will step forward and adopt the dog, whom he says served the County well, and needs to be treated right, in his retirement years.

Man robs bank in western Iowa city of Odebolt

News

December 30th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

ODEBOLT, Iowa (AP) — The FBI has joined Sac County officers in searching for the man who robbed a bank in the western Iowa city of Odebolt. The Sac County Sheriff’s Office says the bank alarm was activated a little before 9:40 a.m. Thursday. The robber said he had a gun but didn’t show one. He fled with an undisclosed amount of cash. No arrest has been reported.