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!

Election official: 68,000 absentees not submitted

News

November 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A spokesman for the Iowa secretary of state’s office says about 670,000 people voted early, but roughly 68,000 absentee ballots requested by voters hadn’t been turned in by Monday night.  Spokesman Chad Olsen says the number of absentee ballots not submitted sounds like a big number, but the percentage not returned is typical of past elections.    Olsen calls it “nothing new.”

He says Iowa was setting a record for early voting, with up to 45 percent of people voting outside the normal polling place. People with absentee ballots could mail them up until Monday. Such ballots won’t be counted if mailed today, but they can drop off ballots off in person.

Pottawattamie County glitch delays voting

News

November 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) – The county auditor says a few voters in Pottawattamie County on Iowa’s western border are upset about being late for work after problems at voting precincts.  Marilyn Jo Drake says glitches happened Tuesday morning at about 10 of the 40 precincts, causing a wait in at least two locations. Drake says delays of 15 to 20 minutes caused “a little bit of anger in a couple of precincts.

She blamed the problem on identification labels that allow voters to confirm their information without having to handprint it on rosters. Some of the labels got put into the wrong “port” of the voting machines.  Drake says “we had some workers panic” but fixed the problem as quickly as they could.  The problem didn’t affect counting of ballots.

Mills County arrest report

News

November 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Mills County Sheriff’s Department has released a report on recent arrests. Officials said today (Tuesday), 52-year old Lori Lynne McCord, of Glenwood, was arrested at around 2:45-a.m. Tuesday in Glenwood, on a charge of OWI/1st Offense. Her bond was set at $1,000.

On Monday, deputies in Mills County arrested 50-year old Mark Edward Fisher, of Glenwood, on a charge of Domestic Abuse Assault. He was being held without bond, in the Mills County Jail. Last Saturday, 49-year old Brenda Lee Russell, of Glenwood, was arrested at around 2:30-a.m., on an OWI/1st Offense charge.

And, on Friday, 20-year old Kyle Edwin Sharp, of Bellevue, NE, and 20-year old Drake Edward Krcmarik, of Omaha, were each arrested on Possession of a Controlled Substance charges, following a traffic stop n Highway 34, at around 5:35-p.m.  Sharp, Krcmarik and Russell were being held in the Mills County Jail on $1,000 bond each.

Harlan School Board approves sale of G.O. Bonds

News

November 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Harlan Community School District’s Board of Education, Monday, approved the sale of General Obligation Bonds, a move that will save the District nearly $419,000.  During their regular meeting, the board heard a report from their bonding representative, Travis Squires, withf Piper Jaffray & Company, in Des Moines.  Squires told them the district began talking about the sale of GO bonds back in June. The refinancing not only saves the district over $400,000, it also lowered their interest rate from 3.8% to 1.4%. The district will not pay anything out of pocket. Squires said 5 Iowa banks, including Shelby County State Bank, United Bank of Iowa and Farmer’s and Merchants, were the purchasers of the bonds. The board will take one final step with regard to the move, at their meeting in December.
(Joel McCall/KNOD)

8AM Newscast 11-06-2012

News, Podcasts

November 6th, 2012 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson

Drug-and burglary related arrest in Fremont County

News

November 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Fremont County Sheriff’s office reports the arrest of a Shenandoah man on drug and burglary charges. Officials say Fremont County deputies, along with officers from the Shenandoah Police Department executed a search warrant Monday at 111 North Center Street in Shenandoah. As a result of the search, and after receiving information from an investigation that began over the weekend, officers arrested 18-year old Quentin Dumler, of Shenandoah.

Dumler faces Burglary in the 3rd degree and possession of drug paraphernalia charges. The charges are the result of an investigation into a burglary that occurred on Saturday at Skateland in Shenandoah. Dumler was being held in the Fremont County jail on $5,000 bond.

Not sure where to vote today?

News

November 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Voters in Iowa have a couple of different ways to find out where they can cast their ballots. The first is to contact your County Auditor’s Office. The second, is to go to the Iowa Secretary of State’s website. Enter your zip code, and the site will take you to a page that will tell you where to vote.

The Secretary of State’s website is: http://sos.iowa.gov/ Look for the “Find my Polling Place” button under the banner “General Election Results”.

Here is the direct link:  https://sos.iowa.gov/elections/voterreg/pollingplace/search.aspx

7AM Newscast 11-06-2012

News, Podcasts

November 6th, 2012 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson

2012 General Election Today

News

November 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

This is Election Day across Iowa and the rest of the Country. In southwest Iowa, there are some contested local races, but a majority of the focus will of course, be on the Presidential and Congressional elections. The polls are open from 7-a.m. until 9-p.m. The results will be broadcast live on KJAN and posted on the web on KJAN when the final, unofficial tallies are released. All votes will remain unofficial until canvassed in each county.

In Cass County, three Republicans running for re-election to the Board of Supervisors (Duane McFadden, Chuck Rieken and Frank Waters) are unopposed. Republicans Darby McLaren (Sheriff) and Auditor Dale Sunderman, are also unopposed. Voters in the Benton, Edna, Union and Victoria Townships in Cass County, will have a public measure to vote on. If approved, the measure would allow the Board of Supervisors to appoint township trustees and clerks as the terms of incumbent township officers expire. In addition, four people: Chase Wheatley, Curt Behrends, Clarke Gerlock and Norbert Ray Wilson, are running for three seats on the Soil and Water Conservation District Board.

In Adams County, Democrat Merlin Dixson and Republican Jerry Peckham are vying for a seat on the Board of Supervisors in District 2, while three people are in the running for the County Auditor’s job, including: Democrat Kevin Wynn, Republican Becky Bissell, and Kerry Mullen, who was nominated by petition.

In Adair County, four people are looking to fill three seats on the County Agricultural Extension Council, including Jessica Christensen, Karen Schulties, Matt Mensing, and Tiffany Johnson. Ray Sorensen the 2nd is unopposed in his bid to fill a vacant seat on the Greenfield City Council.

In Audubon County, four men are running for two open seats on the Board of Supervisors. They include Republicans Duane Deist and Todd Nelson, and Democrats Jerry Carter and Kent Grabill. In addition, Republican incumbent Sheriff Todd Johnson faces a challenge from Democrat Blake Asberry. Audubon County Auditor Lisa Frederiksen is unopposed, as is Debbie Campbell, who is running Treasurer, to fill a vacancy term that will expire on Dec. 31st, 2014.

In Guthrie County, there are two contested county races on the ballot, both for supervisor. In the north end of Guthrie County, District 1 incumbent Jerry Caraher (D) is challenged by James Carroll (R). In the southeast corner of the county in District 5, challenger David Guisinger (D) hopes to unseat incumbent Mike Dickson (R). Running unopposed in other county races are two incumbents: Auditor Jerri Christman (R) and Sheriff Marty Arganbright (D). Due to redistricting, Guthrie County residents are no longer represented by long time Congressman Steve King (R), who is running against Christie Vilsack (D) for the newly created District 4 congressional seat. Instead, voters will choose between two incumbent congressmen for the newly created District 3 seat: Tom Latham (R) and Leonard Boswell (D).

General Election preview – Part 2

News

November 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Voters in Montgomery County will decide who will represent them in the U-S Senate and in Federal Office, but there aren’t any local contests of note, except to say six people are running for five spots on the County Agricultural Extension Council. Hoping to fill the four-year terms, are Karen Klocke, Michael J. Olson, Sabrina Johnson, Carroll Freeman, Timothy L. Kammerer, and William Drey.

In Pottawattamie County, three people are running for two seats on the Board of Supervisors: Republicans Lynn Grobe and Melvyn Houser, and Brian Lund, who was nominated by petition (NBP). Republican Lea Voss and Democrat Paula Danker are running to fill a vacancy position for County Treasurer. Sheriff Jeff Danker, who won the June Primary, is unopposed this time around, as is Auditor Marilyn Jo Drake.  Lowell Forristall, Bob Zimmerman, and J. Bernie Bolton, are in running for the non-partisan East Pott Soil and Water Conservation District, while Steven Kock, Chris Conover, Christine Matthies and Sandy Butcher are hoping to fill seats on the East Pott. Ag Extension Council. And, in Walnut, Trace Frahm is unopposed in seeking a vacancy seat on the Walnut City Council.

In Shelby County, Democrats Jerry Henscheid and LaVon Christensen, along with Republicans Charles Parkhurst and Steve Kenkel, are vying for two seats on the County Board of Supervisors. In addition to choosing those running for Federal Office, the voters in Shelby County will determine who will serve them as State Representative in District 18, Democrat Kasey Friedrichsen, or Republican Jason Schultz, and District 4 Representative, Democrat Christie Vilsack or Republican Steve King. Martin James Monroe was Nominated By Petition. His name will also appear on the ballot in Shelby County.