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Small Iowa town turns to Internet to save levee

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July 29th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

When floodwaters from the Missouri River threatened to wash away the small southwestern Iowa town of Hamburg last summer, residents helped the Army Corps of Engineers to hastily build a makeshift levee to save it.  Now, the town of nearly 1,200 is asking for help from across the country to keep the levee.  Town leaders have turned to the Internet to make their plea for help, building a site – www.hamburglevee.com – to try to raise the nearly $5 million needed to ensure the levee meets federal certification standards. Short that, the city would have to spend more than $1 million to tear the levee down.  The website notes that if 1.5 million give just $3 each to the effort, the levee can be saved “for less than a latte.”

Bluffs robbery under investigation

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July 29th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Police in Council Bluffs are investigating a robbery which occurred early this (Sunday) morning. Officials say the Kwik Shop at 1602 Avenue G was robbed at around 3:45-a.m., by two masked individuals armed with handguns. The suspects wore hoods and bandanas when the entered the store and demanded money from the clerk. One was said to have been a white male, while the ethnicity of the other individual is not known.

The robbers fled the scene with an undetermined amount of cash. Their getaway vehicle was described as being an early 1990’s model four-door coupe. No one was injured during the incident, which remains under investigation. Anyone with information about the crime is asked to contact the Council Bluffs Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division at 712-328-4728.

Western IA mail carrier rescues elderly Sloan woman

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July 28th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

SLOAN, Iowa (AP) – A rural mail carrier is being hailed a hero for coming to the rescue of an elderly Sloan woman suffering from heat stroke.  Mary Jane Bromander says that she had been lying on the scorching driveway behind her house for about an hour Tuesday, unable to get up after venturing outside in triple-digit heat and losing consciousness.
 
     She was found by U.S. Postal Service carrier Jeff Madsen, who spotted her out of the corner of his eye after delivering her mail.
 
     Madsen propped her up, gave her water and summoned an ambulance. Once at a Sioux City hospital, workers discovered she had a 104-degree temperature – an early sign of heat stroke.
 
     Madsen says he just did what anyone else would have done.

(Podcast) Western IA News – Saturday

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July 28th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

More area News from KJAN News Director, Ric Hanson….

9-1-1 Service restored in Guthrie County

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July 28th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Adair/Guthrie County Emergency Management Coordinator Bob Kempf says 9-1-1 service has been restored to residents in Guthrie County, after having been down for about 2-hours.

(Podcast) Saturday morning SW IA News

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July 28th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

With KJAN News Director Ric Hanson….

Embattled nuke plant remains offline following flood of 2011

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July 28th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A nuclear power plant near Council Bluffs that was forced to shut down during last summer’s massive Missouri River flooding is -still- closed. The Fort Calhoun Nuclear Generating Station is some 20 miles north of Omaha on the Nebraska side of the river and is a matter of yard from the Iowa border. Gary Gates, CEO and president of the Omaha Public Power District, says there’s still a lot of work to do before the plant can be brought back online. “We’re still in that mode of finding out all of the items we need to work on,” Gates says. “The progress has been great to date and we’re excited about that. We’re finally in the phase now where we’re starting to do a lot of physical work.” 

Many people in Iowa and Nebraska were concerned about safety hazards during the 2011 floods as the facility was surrounded by record-high water. Gates says the flood slowed progress but caused no problems at the plant. He says many challenges were discovered during the process to upgrade the plant to a higher power level. With the extreme heat of the past several weeks, electric usage is peaking but Gates says, the utility is meeting the high demands, even with Fort Calhoun remaining offline. “We bought some power ahead so we covered that,” he says. “The current units we have are operating extremely well in difficult conditions.” 

Even though there are no significant problems in meeting the demand for electricity in the region, Gates says the nuclear plant at Fort Calhoun is still needed, for two primary reasons. “It provides 500-megawatts of carbon-free, CO2-free emissions for us and that’s a positive, and the other is a diversity of fuel mix,” Gates says. “We’ve found over the years, the best thing we can do for our customer-owners is to have all different kinds of fuel available. In my experience, each one has been challenged and each one has been very positive so we want to maintain that fuel diversity.” 

The plant has been offline since April of 2011. It’s still unclear when it will be restarted.

(Radio Iowa)

9-1-1 lines down in Guthrie County

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July 28th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Adair/Guthrie County Emergency Management Coordinator Bob Kempf says the 9-1-1 lines are currently down in Guthrie County. It’s not known when service will be restored. Persons with an emergency are asked to call the Guthrie County Sheriff’s Office at 641-747-2214.

Three arrests in Adams County Friday night

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July 28th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Adams County Sheriff’s Department reports three people were arrested Friday night. 28-year old Tara Squibbs, of Corning, was arrested at around 8:40-p.m. on a charge of Aiding and Abetting a No Contact Order. She was subsequently released on $500 bond. At around 9:45-p.m., 35-year old Terry Squibbs, of Corning, was arrested for Violating a No Contact Order. Squibbs was also released from custody, on a $500 bond.

And, Just before 11-p.m., 18-year old Cody Johnson, of Stanton, was arrested in 500 block of 8th Street in Corning, on Public Intoxication and Possession of Alcohol by persons underage, charges. Johnson was being held in the Adams County Jail early Saturday morning.

Prescott woman charged with criminal mischief

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July 28th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A call to authorities in Montgomery County late Friday night about a woman letting air out of trucks in Villisca, resulted in the arrest of a Prescott woman. Sheriff’s officials say 19-year old Shelby Kate Evans was charged with Criminal Mischief and Public Intoxication, following an investigation into the incident in the 1100 block of west High Street, which was reported just after 11-p.m., Friday. Evans was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $600 bond early Saturday morning.