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Snow pellets fall in Atlantic!

News, Weather

October 29th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Atlantic got just a taste of Winter this morning, when snow pellets fell outside the KJAN studios, at around 8:30. The precip lasted for only a couple of minutes, but left a few specks of snow on the ground…which quickly dissipated.

8AM Newscast 10-29-2012

News, Podcasts

October 29th, 2012 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson

Team from Harlan Fire & Rescue & others head to East Coast


October 29th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Five members of the Harlan Fire and Rescue Team left Des Moines early Sunday morning, enroute to Albany, New York, to assist with search and rescue and other duties, in advance of Hurricane Sandy’s arrival.

Members of the Harlan Fire and Rescue Team landed in New York, late Sunday night to assist federal authorities in Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts. (Photo from Jason Wickizer’s Facebook page)

Jason Wickizer, Emergency Medical Services Coordinator at the Shelby County Emergency Management Agency, said on his Facebook page, that he, along with Chad Kroger, Jordan Sanders, Andrea Systad and Ryne Nelson will work with federal officials to assist in the recovery efforts. Many of those same team members assisted in fighting wild fires in the western U-S in early August and September, and only recently returned to Iowa.

They won’t be the only southwest Iowans to offer a helping hand to east coast residents, though. Iowa utility crews have also been dispatched to the east coast, as Hurricane Sandy is expected to come ashore late today (Monday), causing widespread power outages in major cities. Tina Pothoff, a spokeswoman for MidAmerican Energy, says a team of MidAmerican lineworkers left Saturday morning. “There are 12 men that are part of that team (plus) one mechanic, one safety member and one supervisor to make up the team of 15,” Potthoff says. “We’re also released 50 contractors and 51 contracted tree crews that we would normally work with.” Authorities ordered tens of millions of people to evacuate the east coast Sunday as the gigantic storm is forecast to deliver strong winds, heavy snowfall and widespread flooding.

Potthoff says the crews from Iowa were told to expect to be gone at least a week, and perhaps two weeks, depending on how severe the storm damage is. “They’ve been dispatched to Poughkeepsie, New York and they’re going to be primarily set aside to do emergency service restoration work,” she says, “so that can include putting poles back up, stringing up wires again, replacing broken equipment.” The Iowa crew members come from all over, according to Pothoff.

“We have some men that are from Shenandoah, Sheldon, Red Oak, the Fort Dodge area, Rock Valley and Avoca,” she says. Forecasts indicate major cities like New York, Philadelphia, Washington, Baltimore and Boston are likely to get blasted by the hurricane. Schools have canceled classes, transit systems have been shut down and residents who live along the shoreline have been ordered to evacuate. The storm is massive and slow-moving, meaning sustained high winds will hit many areas and it will likely produce massive amounts of rain and snow once it moves inland.

(Ric Hanson & Radio Iowa compiled this information)

Iowa early News Headlines: Mon., Oct. 29th 2012


October 29th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The campaign for Democratic President Barack Obama says Vice President Joe Biden will visit Iowa again later this week. The campaign said yesterday that Biden will visit Fort Dodge on Thursday, but details of his visit weren’t immediately available. In addition to Biden’s visit, first lady Michelle Obama is scheduled to campaign in Iowa City and Sioux City on Monday.

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — A Dubuque school board member is facing criminal charges after getting into an argument with a bus driver in a country club parking lot. The Dubuque Telegraph Herald reports that 50-year-old George Davis spent Saturday night in jail after the incident. He was released after posting $5,000 bond yesterday.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa City woman is refusing to pay a hefty sewer charge for water she used to keep her lawn alive during this summer’s drought. The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports Linda Watkins had no problem paying the $92 water bill she received in August because she knew she was using more water than usual. But Watkins balked at the idea of paying $123 for sewer charges when most of the water she used stayed on her lawn and never reached the city’s sewers.

ATTICA, Iowa (AP) — State environmental officials have lifted a drinking water alert for residents of the town of Attica. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says water samples from Attica’s water supply show the water is now safe to drink.

Nebraska nuclear plant to be discussed at meeting


October 28th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – The public will have a chance to get another update on the status of the troubled Fort Calhoun nuclear power plant at a meeting in Blair, NE., next month.  But the Nuclear Regulatory Commission decided to reschedule Tuesday’s meeting with Omaha Public Power District officials in Maryland because of a major storm forecast to hit the east coast.

The public meeting will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Nov. 15 at Dana College’s Gardner-Hawks Center in Blair. After officials discuss the efforts to restart the plant, there will be time for questions.

Fort Calhoun sits 20 miles north of Omaha. It was initially shut down for refueling maintenance in April 2011, but flooding along the Missouri River and a series of safety violations forced it to stay closed.

Hunting accident Saturday in Central Iowa

Ag/Outdoor, News, Sports

October 28th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources reports one-person was injured during a hunting expedition Saturday, in Poweshiek County. Officials say 78-year old Darrell Lamb, of Grinnell, suffered minor injuries after being struck in the face by shotgun pellets while hunting pheasants.

Lamb was hit in the face by two pellet shots, when a pheasant flushed between him and three other members of his hunting party at the end of a food plot. Lamb and the others could not see one another because of the height of the food plot and the topography of the land.

The man was treated and released from Grinnell Regional Hospital. The incident occurred at approximately 11 a.m. Saturday.

2012 Veterans Day Program at the Griswold Community Schools


October 27th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Griswold Community School District are inviting the public and especially veterans to the 2012 Veterans Day Program. The event will take place 2-p.m. Sun., Nov. 11th, in the auditorium at the Griswold Middle School/High School building. Guest speaker is Alan Cranston, of Marne, who enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1956 at the age of 19, and retired in 1975. Following the program, everyone is invited to the cafeteria, for a dessert bar and fellowship.

In conjunction with the annual Veterans Day Program, cards of thanks are being sent to the men and women from our local area, currently serving in the military. You’re asked to providethe names and addresses of those service persons to: Ivan Lynch, or Denise Mardesen, at 712-778-2154, or Nancy Taylor at 712-778-2152. Or, e-mail ntaylor@griswoldschools.org., by no later than November 8th.

7AM Newscast 10-27-12

News, Podcasts

October 27th, 2012 by admin

w/ Brett Johnson

Burglary in Red Oak


October 27th, 2012 by admin

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office reports a burglary occurred sometime Friday in Red Oak.

At about 5:15 PM, the sheriff’s office received a report from 52-year-old Marlin Peterson of rural Red Oak, who says someone had broken into his residence on Friday between 7 AM and 5 PM and took some of his personal belongings.  The loss was estimated at about $1,000.

Anyone with information should contact Montgomery County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-432-1001.

Iowa man sentenced in federal gun case


October 27th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa man who dealt firearms without a license in several states has been placed on probation for three years in a federal gun case. The U.S. attorney’s office says 62-year-old Tony Hulstein, of Sheldon, was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Sioux City on Friday. He was ordered to perform 150 hours of community service and pay a $500 special assessment. Hulstein must forfeit all firearms, three guns safes and a trailer used to transport the guns. Prosecutors say Hulstein bought and sold over 800 guns during a four-year period and was in possession of 100 more when he was arrested.