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MO.River levels may end up even this spring, somewhere between drought & flood

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February 17th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The experts are keeping a close eye on Missouri River conditions as they try to predict whether water levels will be high or low in the coming months. Jody Farhat is chief of the Missouri River Water Management Office of the U-S Army Corps of Engineers. Farhat, who’s based in Omaha, says low river levels and above-normal runoff may balance each other out.
“The drought situation in the basin is much improved from a year ago, however, the main stem reservoirs remain drawn down five to 11 feet as result of the 2012 drought,” Farhat says. “Soil moistures going into the winter were quite wet across much of the upper basin, which creates the potential for above-normal runoff this spring, even if precipitation is normal.”

From one point of view, it’s fortunate that river levels are still quite low since the drought, or else significant flooding might be in the forecast. Bill Doan, an engineer in the Corps’ water management office, says they expect higher-than-normal runoff along the upper end of the Missouri River basin. “The 2014 calendar year runoff forecast is 26.7-million acre feet above Sioux City. This is 106% of normal,” Doan says. “Above Gavins Point Dam, we’re forecasting 24.3-million acre feet. This is, again, 106% of normal.” The figures represent an increase since the January forecast due to several factors: a greater than expected January runoff, a higher precipitation forecast for February and slight increases in the runoff forecast for May through July.

(Radio Iowa)

Iowa imprisoned for enticement, child porn

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February 17th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – A 54-year-old registered Iowa sex offender has been given nearly 30 years in prison for child pornography and enticing a child into sexual activity.  Timothy Koenck, of Fenton, was given 355 months earlier this month after pleading guilty to several charges in September. He was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Sioux City.

Koenck also was convicted in 2002 of enticement of a minor and possession of child pornography. Koenck must serve 10 years of supervised release after leaving custody.

Iowa foster care program seeks volunteers

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February 17th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A program that assigns a volunteer to speak on behalf of a child in Iowa’s foster care system is looking for more participants. Organizers behind the Court Appointed Special Advocate program say they currently have 460 volunteers advocating for more than 900 children in the system. They want to double the number of volunteers over the next two years.

Jim Hennessey, an administrator who helps oversee the program, says judges and service providers believe an increase in volunteers would benefit the children. The volunteer’s main job would be to represent the interest of a child during any judicial proceeding. A volunteer will complete a 30-hour training course and spend an average of 10 hours per month getting to know the child and his or her circumstances.

Iowa early News headlines: Mon., Feb. 17th 2014

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February 17th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press…

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Daycare oversight in Iowa is under review at the Capitol, as lawmakers in the state House ponder legislation that would expand reporting requirements for in-home child care providers. Under the legislation approved by a subcommittee last week, all home-based daycares in Iowa would have to register with the state, with some exemptions for family members providing care. Currently, home-based daycares with five or less children do not have to register.

EVANSDALE, Iowa (AP) — Residents of several Iowa cities are being forced to boil their water because of water main breaks. Officials in Evansdale, Brighton, Wilton and Bondurant have all ordered residents to boil their water as a precaution. Boil orders are typically in place for at least several days until tests show the water is safe to consume.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa law that allows retired health care professionals to return to work part time has helped to head off a nurse shortage, but it’s due to expire this summer. The Sioux City Journal reports that some groups argue the law is no longer needed, but Iowa hospitals want the exception extended.

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (AP) — Students in Marshalltown are going to be getting pedometers as part of their physical education classes thanks to a federal grant. The Times-Republican reports the Marshalltown Community School District bought 4,200 pedometers to encourage students to be more active. The district plans to spend $80,000 on the pedometers.

Red Oak man arrested on sex abuse charge

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February 16th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak report the arrest of a local man on a sexual abuse charge. 19-year-old Zachery Daulton Brower, of Red Oak, was taken into custody Saturday at a residence on E. Coolbaugh Street, in Red Oak. Brower was brought to the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center where he was charged with 3rd degree sexual abuse. His bond was set at $10,000.

Area school boards to meet Monday evening

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February 16th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A trio of area school district Boards of Education will hold their regular, separate meetings Monday evening. The CAM School Board will gather at 5:30-p.m. in the High School Media Center in Anita. Discussion and/or action items on their agenda include: Setting the times & dates for public hearings on an Early Start Date for the 2014-2015 School Year and 2014-2015 Budget; Drivers Ed contract and fees; and approval of the Washington, D-C trip for 2015. The CAM School Board will enter into a closed session for negotiations, prior to adjourning for the evening.

Members of the Griswold School Board will gather in the Central Office Board Room at the Middle School/High School building, beginning at 5:45-p.m., Monday. Under New Business, the Board will act on Auditor and Chemical Application bids, as well as the School Calendar and Early Start waiver. They’ll also act on approving the second reading of 903 series Board Policies and receive an update on various district construction/renovation projects.

And the Elk Horn-Kimballton School Board will meet at 7-pm in the Family and Consumer Science Room at the High School in Elk Horn. During their session, the Board will act on staff contracts, with regard to Junior High Track. They’ll also discuss the results of the Feb. 4th Revenue Purpose Statement vote, and the 2014-2015 School Calendar (180 days worth of education vs. 1,080 hours).  The Board will then enter into a closed session for negotiations, prior to adjournment.

Atlantic Parks & Rec Board to meet Mon. evening

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February 16th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The City of Atlantic’s Parks and Recreation Dept. Board of Directors will meet Monday evening at the Senior Citizen Center on Walnut Street, next to the City Hall/Police Dept. Building. The Board is slated to: discuss the Senior Activities Area and receive a rough draft of the layout; Receive a letter from Cass County Community Health Tobacco Prevention Coordinator Karla Akers, with regard to the City Council’s decision on Jan. 22nd vote down the 1st reading of an ordinance for a Tobacco Free policy for Sunnyside Park; and discuss recommendation for the 2014 Summer Recreation Program, after hearing a report about last year’s programs. They’ll also discuss the Nishna Valley YMCA management fee.

In other business, the Atlantic Parks and Rec Board will discuss a Sunnyside Park Tree Replacement Plan, which has drawn interest from the public as far as helping replanting efforts with memorials and other gifts and labor, and, they’ll discuss Spring and Summer Capital Improvement Projects, including renovation and refurbishing of the Camblin and Kiddie Korral at Sunnyside Park, the Senior Activity Area, and more.

The meeting at the Atlantic Senior Citizen Center begins at 5:15-p.m., Monday.

Lottery players continue to win large prizes across the state

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February 16th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Iowa Lottery say a Massena woman was the latest, big instant-scratch game winner in Cass County, during calendar year 2013. Kristen Karstens won $50,000 in the “Super Crossword” scratch-off game with a ticket purchased at 21st Century Coop C-Store, in Massena.

Iowa Lottery players won a total of $200.8 million in prizes in fiscal year 2013, the latest complete year for which the lottery has records. However, there are a significant number of prizes that expire each year without being claimed. The lottery reminds its players to double-check their tickets. In fiscal year 2013, more than $1.3 million in lotto prizes expired in Iowa without being claimed.

Prize money left unclaimed after redemption deadlines goes into the lottery’s prize pools for future games, so it will be used to pay prizes, just not those particular prizes that have expired. On the lottery’s website at www.ialotterycom, there is a current list of unclaimed lotto prizes of $10,000 or more.

Prizes in instant-scratch and pull-tab games must be claimed within 90 days of the end of the game. Scratch-game prizes can be claimed at any Iowa Lottery retailer where the games are sold, while prizes in pull-tab games must be claimed at the location where the tickets were purchased. Players also may visit an Iowa Lottery retailer or go to one of the lottery’s offices in Des Moines, Council Bluffs, Storm Lake, Mason City or Cedar Rapids to claim prizes.

Winning lotto numbers may be checked by visiting the lottery website or calling the winning numbers hotline at (515) 323-4633. They may also be checked by visiting a lottery retail outlet or calling the lottery at (515) 725-7900 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Powerball estimated jackpot surges to $400M

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February 16th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Lottery officials say there was no jackpot winner in Saturday’s Powerball drawing, adding the current estimated jackpot has jumped to $400 million or $227.8 million in cash value. Powerball said the next drawing will be Wednesday, Feb. 19. It added in a statement that the previous estimated jackpot total was an annuitized $330.8 million, or $188.4 million as a cash option.

Powerball is played in 43 states, Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The odds of matching all six numbers in the game are 1 in about 175 million, according to statistics of the nonprofit Multi-State Lottery Association whose members offer one or more of the association’s games.

Fremont County Weekend Arrests

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February 16th, 2014 by Chris Parks

The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office reports a number of arrests over the weekend.

On Friday (2/14) at approximately 11:20pm deputies conducted a traffic stop on a 1996 Mercury Villager for a broken taillight near the intersection of 190th street and 355th Avenue in Fremont County.  The driver, 34-year-old Craig Duane Ellis of Council Bluffs was found to have a warrant for his arrest for Possession of a Deadly Weapon by a Prohibited Person and Possession of a Controlled Substance out of Nebraska.

Ellis was placed under arrest and a search of the vehicle produced a loaded firearm as well as several controlled substances.  Ellis was arrested on numerous charges and is being held on $131,548.00 cash only bond and his Nebraska warrants.  A passenger in the vehicle, 50-year-old Kelli Rachelle Gould of Shenandoah was also placed under arrests on numerous charges including possession of Methamphetamine and Marijuana.  Gould is being held on $125,300 cash only bond and more charges are pending in the case.

On Saturday (2/15) Sheriff’s deputies were called to County Line Bar in Shenandoah for a report of a fight in progress.  Upon arrival 26-year-old Charles Franklin Liles of Shenandoah was arrested for Public Intoxication and was later released on $300 bond.

Also on Saturday (2/15) Fremont County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a domestic disturbance at 402 Clay Street in Sidney at approximately 1:13am.  Sheriff’s officials along with Sidney Police responded to the scene.  36-year-old Melvin Benny Jurey of Sidney was arrested for Felony Assault and Domestic Abuse Assault and later received a Contempt of Court charge.  Jurey is being held on no bond.

Finally on Saturday (2/15) Fremont County Sheriff’s Officials received a report of a hit and run accident at 1406 Main Street in Hamburg that had occurred sometime in the evening hours Friday (2/14) or early morning Saturday.  An investigation was made of the scene and Sheriff’s Officials later made contact with the driver of the vehicle that left the scene 21-year-old Dalton Haler of Hamburg.  The investigation is ongoing and charges are pending.