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Short term road closure in Shelby County

News

September 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Shelby County Emergency Management Agency has announced a short term road closure will be in effect from today (Thursday), through Friday, and possibly through the weekend. The Secondary Roads Department in Shelby County  has closed a portion of Street F-58 ( east of the intersection with Road M-56, and west of Woodland Road), to all traffic. The Shelby County EMA will advise the media when the road is officially open, and we’ll pass that information along to you.

“Fields of Flight” takes MICAH House to New Heights

Ag/Outdoor, News

September 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The 5th Annual “Fields of Flight” Hot Air Balloon Festival will welcome more than 20 hot air balloonists from across the country this weekend.  Area residents can enjoy the floating works of art as they grace the skies of Pottawattamie County on Friday, September 7th and Saturday, September 8th, beginning at 5:00pm.  The hot air balloons and their pilots will light up the evening skies at the nightly balloon glows, held both evenings.

Net proceeds from the annual event will go to purchase food for MICAH House, an emergency shelter in Council Bluffs serving families and individuals who are experiencing the crisis of homelessness. The funds will support services for more than 760 individuals annually, half of whom are children. For over 26 years, MICAH House has been a haven of shelter and support services for those who are homeless and is the only family shelter in the metro area.

Guests enjoy admission for just $1.00, $5.00 parking (per car), and fun entertainment featuring something for every member of your family including competition and fun flights, balloon glows, live music, kids activities, apples, a wide variety of food items unique to the orchard/vineyard, and wine. Spread out your blanket and enjoy a truly memorable experience in one of Council Bluffs most beautiful settings, Ditmars Orchard & Vineyard, located at 19475 225th Street.

For more information on this special event or to learn more about MICAH House, please contact Lisa Emken at 712-323-4416

* All balloon flights and displays are weather permitting.

Update: Sept. 6th, 2012: Shelby County Fire Danger Index remains “Extreme”

Ag/Outdoor, News

September 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Shelby County Emergency Management Coordinator Bob Seivert said today (Thursday), that the Fire Danger Index will remain in the “Extreme” category in Shelby County. Seivert says his office will continue to monitor any rain that falls over the weekend, to see if there is any impact on reducing the fire danger. Farmers in the area are working on bringing in their crops, and as the amount of available fuel for explosive fire growth…corn, beans, and tall grasses.. are removed from the equation, the threat of uncontrolled fires will continue to diminish as well. The next scheduled update on the fire conditions, is expected on Monday, Sept. 10th.

In the meantime, extra precautions should be taken while farmers are out in the field, to ensure their machines are free of debris and that fires are not started behind those implements while the harvest is underway.

8AM Newscast 09-06-2012

News, Podcasts

September 6th, 2012 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson

Exira-EHK Middle School Closed Today

News

September 6th, 2012 by Chris Parks

Due to a lack of water pressure at the Middle School building in Exira, no students will report to that building today.  All other students that attend the EHK building will still report for classes today.

Atlantic City Council approves School Bus Loading zone/votes down tobacco free policy

News

September 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic City Council unanimously approved a new School Bus Loading Zone ordinance, which takes effect immediately. Their action means parking is prohibited on the east side of Linn Street, from 8th Street north 100-feet, from 7:45-a.m. to 3:15-p.m., for the purpose of loading buses when school is in session. The affected area is by the Ann Wickman Center in Atlantic. Atlantic Police Chief Steve Green and School Bus Superintendent Dave Eckles had requested the change for the safety of the children.

In other business, the Council Wednesday voted 6-to-1 against an expanded tobacco free policy,  that would have prohibited city employees from using tobacco during company paid time while on the job site, building, or contiguous city owned grounds. The policy also prohibited smoking in an employees’ own vehicle parked on city property. Councilman Shawn Shouse cast the only yes vote. A Tobacco Free Policy for City Hall was originally enacted in February of 2007. The expanded version would have also included a tobacco cessation program for City employees.

Red Oak P-D arrests a man who was wanted on 2 warrants

News

September 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak report a man wanted on several warrants was arrested Wednesday afternoon. 25-year-old Kyle Jacob Campbell was taken into custody on a warrant out of Pottawattamie County for a Parole Violation, and a Nodaway County, Missouri, Warrant for Driving While his License was suspended. Campbell was taken into custody without incident. He was being held without bond, in the Montgomery County Jail.

Program credited for growing number of SW IA students attending Univ. of NE

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September 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A report in the Omaha World-Herald says a program that’s in it’s fifth-year, is being credited for the growing number of southwest Iowa students who are attending the University of Nebraska at Omaha. The Metropolitan Advantage Program offers residents or high school graduates living in specified southwest Iowa counties the opportunity to enroll in undergraduate or graduate programs at UNO at a reduced tuition rate. Tuition offered through MAP is said to be “close to the rates charged by the University of Iowa, Iowa State and the University of Northern Iowa.”

Undergraduate MAP student numbers jumped more than 11 percent in this, its fifth year,  to 458, while graduate students increased by 1.2 percent. UNO’s Vice Chancellor for enrollment says the increased number of Iowa students attending the college can be credited, in part, to an increase in the number of counties served through the program. Initially, MAP served only Harrison, Mills and Pottawattamie Counties. But this fall, eight counties were added to the program. They include Cass, Crawford, Fremont, Monona, Montgomery, Page, Shelby and Woodbury. The university also has a recruiter whose job is to specifically recruit and retain students in southwest Iowa. The MAP also works with Iowa Western Community College to make sure the students’ transition from a two-year associate degree to a four-year bachelor degree at UNO is as seamless as possible.

Carroll County deputy blasts Romney

News

September 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A western Iowa lawman spoke late Wednesday afternoon at the Democratic National Convention, accusing Republicans Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan of proposing cuts in federal spending for “first responders.” Carroll County Deputy Sheriff Ken Myers got a burst of applause from convention delegates when he stated his support of President Obama. “Governor Romney has said it’s time for us to cut back on public employees like teachers, fire fighters and cops and that’s exactly what his plan would do. When the Republican governor of Ohio attacked the collective bargaining rights of police officers, Romney supported him,” Myers said, and some in the crowd booed.

Myers, who spoke for about three-and-a-half minutes, spent part of his speech talking about an incident last spring when he and other law enforcement officers were involved in an armed stand-off with a man inside a house. “First responders like me put our lives on the line,” he said, and the crowd applauded. “We’re proud to do it. It’s just the job we signed up for, to protect and serve, but we need a leader who’ll do the same for us and that leader is President Barack Obama.”

The Romney campaign shot back at Myers, saying neither Romney nor Ryan have proposed cutting federal spending on public safety by “nearly 20 percent” as Myers claimed in his speech. Romney’s campaign website makes no mention of local law enforcement, nor does it mention public sector unions for police and fire fighters. The Obama campaign has been arguing federal spending for things like grants to local law enforcement agencies would have to be reduced to meet Romney running mate Paul Ryan’s overall plan for reducing the federal budget.

(Radio Iowa)

E-911 Service restored in Clarinda

News

September 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Clarinda Police Chief Keith Brothers says emergency 911 telephone service was restored to the Clarinda Public Safety Answering Point 911 Dispatch Center at approximately 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, after repairs were made to the fiber optics cable that had been severed disabling 911 service to the Clarinda Center. The service was disrupted for about 5 1/2 hours.  Brothers wants like to thank everyone for their patience and cooperation as officials worked through this outage. Citizens may immediately begin resuming dialing 911 for police, fire and medical emergency needs.