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DeSoto wildlife refuge to host bird migration program

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October 31st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – The DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge is hosting a fall bird migration series on weekends in November. The program series will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturdays and 1 p.m. on most Sundays in November. All programs are family friendly and each one stands on its own.

Programs will begin with an indoors presentation, after which participants will head outside to view and identify migratory birds in their natural habitats. Participants can bring their own equipment, but binoculars, field guides and spotting scopes will also be available.

The scheduled programs are Birding Basics on Nov. 7 and 8, Advanced Birding on Nov. 14 and 15 and Wetland Basics and Duck Math on Nov. 21 and 22. A program titled Wetland Food Cycles will take place on Nov. 28.

(Podcast) KJAN 8-a.m. News, 10/31/2015

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October 31st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

More area and State news from KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.

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(Podcast) KJAN Morning News & funeral report, 10/31/2015

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October 31st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The area’s top news at 7:06-a.m., w/KJAN News Director Ric Hanson

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Southwest/Central Iowa communities hosting REAP Meetings

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October 31st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Iowans are coming together this fall to talk about what they want for outdoor amenities in their state. The biennial Resource Enhancement and Protection (REAP) assemblies give all Iowans an opportunity to discuss their vision of Iowa’s outdoor recreation, soil and water enhancement, historical resources, land management and more.

Upcoming REAP meetings include Nov. 3rd in Clarinda at Lied Center (for residents of Fremont, Mills, Montgomery and Page Counties), Nov. 4th in Neola at Breezy Lodge (for residents of Pottawattamie, Harrison, Shelby and Cass Counties), and Nov. 5th in Bondurant at the public library (for residents of Boone, Dallas, Jasper, Marion, Polk, Story and Warren counties).

REAP assemblies are locally led meetings where issues can be brought forth and voted upon. Meetings begin with an open house at 6 p.m., followed by the assembly from 6:30 – 8. Each assembly represents a region of counties and participants are required to attend the region for the county in which they reside.

Each year, REAP provides funding for local projects through a grant process and each year, the requests for city and county grants exceed the amount available by two or three times. Since the program debuted in 1989, more than $300 million has been awarded to more than 14,500 projects.

Pursuit that began in Red Oak Saturday morning ends in Fremont County

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October 31st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A traffic stop for speeding and stop sign violations in Red Oak early this (Saturday) morning, turned into a pursuit that ended in Fremont County with a Mills County man taken into custody. Authorities say 22-year old Rocky Alan James Runyon, of Hastings, was charged with eluding (an Aggravated misdemeanor), Driving While Revoked (Serious Misdemeanor), and numerous traffic offenses.

Officials say the chase began when officers with the Red Oak Police Department tried to stop a 1993 Ford F-150 pickup near the intersection of 200th Street and G Avenue at around 2:40-a.m., but the vehicle fled westbound on G Avenue.

The chase continued as far west as Hastings, in Mills County, and ended on Highway 59 in Fremont County, after deputies there were able to deploy stop sticks at the intersection of Highway 59 and 120th Street. After the sticks were deployed and deflated the vehicles’ tires, the pickup slowed considerably. Montgomery County Sheriff’s Deputies were then able to use a rolling roadblock to ease the vehicle to a halt. Runyon was taken into custody without further incident.

Agencies assisting Red Oak Police in the pursuit and apprehension of Runyon, include: the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office K9 unit; Deputies with the Fremont, Cass, Mills and Page County Sheriff’s Departments.

2 men arrested on drug &/or alcohol charges in Villisca

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October 31st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A traffic stop late Friday night in Villisca resulted in the arrest of two men on drug and/or alcohol charges. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office reports deputies pulled over a 2005 Ford Fusion at around 11:25-p.m., and as the result of an investigation conducted with the assistance of the K9 “Rex” and his partner, arrested 20-year old Darryk James Leu, of Malvern, for Unlawful Possession of Prescription Medications. A passenger in the car, 21-year old Cody Benjamin Johnson, of Stanton, was arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance and Open Container as a passenger.

Both men were brought to the Montgomery County Jail and held on $1,000 bond, each.

Time to set clocks back an hour Saturday night

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October 31st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska and Iowa residents are being reminded to set their clocks back an hour before going to sleep Saturday. Standard time returns this weekend at 2 a.m. Sunday. The change means most Americans will get an extra hour of rest, but those working overnight shifts might toil an hour longer. It also means some will forget to change their clocks, and show up early for church or other events on Sunday.

Daylight Saving Time returns to Nebraska and Iowa in March. Not everyone in the United States makes the switch from standard time. The exceptions are Hawaii, most of Arizona, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam and the Northern Marianas.

Iowa officials: Skilled labor training on brink of overhaul

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October 31st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Officials say Iowa’s system for teaching career and technical training could be on the brink of a major overhaul, but they add it’s too early to tell how much the potential changes could cost and who should pay for them. Career and technical education, once known as vocational education, is essentially skilled training for work that will require more than a high school diploma. The terms encapsulate numerous fields and industries.

An education task force released a report recently that offers recommendations to expand the way such training is offered in the state. Officials, including Gov. Terry Branstad, have announced plans to counter a shortage in skilled labor with a renowned focus on training opportunities. Officials say such education efforts can’t be broken down yet into costs.

Don’t make your haunted front yard cemetery too scary

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October 31st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Many Iowans have fun at Halloween by creating scary haunted attractions in their front yards, often involving an impromptu cemetery, headstones and skeletons to frighten trick-or-treaters. Liz Dorland, spokeswoman for the American Red Cross chapter in Council Bluffs, suggests you keep your scary display age-appropriate. “With Halloween, there are always some added dangers we’re not necessarily used to and things that could spook a child to run into a street,” Dorland says. “Make sure you are paying attention to what may be overly frightening.”

Dorland offers a few tips for those who will be staying at home, manning the candy dish and waiting for the doorbell to ring. “Make sure the outdoor lights are on, sweep all the leaves from the sidewalks and the steps, clear the front porch of any obstacles the trick-or-treaters might get hung up on,” Dorland says. “Don’t forget to restrain your pets. Sometimes dogs may rush the door. That might scare some of the children and frighten them to run into the street.”

Parents need to take a few minutes to talk to their kids about safety before heading out the door to trick-or-treat. Dorland says it’s especially important for older children who won’t be accompanied by an adult.  “Plan the route with the children so they know it, they know the safe areas and the homes that should be visited,” she says. “They also know how to get back home so we don’t have any lost trick-or-treaters.” A few other tips: Make sure kids only trick-or-treat at homes where the porch light is on, and tell them to accept treats only at the door, never go inside. Take along a flashlight. Only use battery-operated candles inside jack-o-lanterns instead of real candles where the flame could be a hazard. And if you’ll be on the road, take it slow as there will be plenty of pedestrians.

(Radio Iowa)

USDA commits $240,000 to water quality initiative near Oakland

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October 31st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The U-S-D-A’s Natural Resources Conservation Service has committed a quarter of a million dollars over the next year for a western Iowa water quality project. U-S Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says the money will be used on conservation measures in the watershed that drains into Slocum Creek, about a mile away from the city of Oakland, in Pottawattamie County.

“Basically we know from an analysis of the upper Mississippi River basin that these combined conservation practices are effective in reducing nitrogen, phosphorus and in reducing soil erosion, so we obviously want to continue to focus on their targeted effort,” Vilsack says.

State officials have rated Oakland’s water supply as “highly susceptible” to contamination and Oakland gets its drinking water from underground aquifers in the watershed where this project is focused. Vilsack says the Slocum Creek project is part of his agency’s water quality initiative in the entire upper Mississippi River basin.

Slocum Creek drains into the Missouri River, which ultimately reaches the Mississippi River at St. Louis. The U.S.D.A. is spending 30-million dollars on 33 projects in the upper Mississippi River basin. “The key here is to obviously reduce the amount of soil erosion that takes place and that carries with it nitrogen and phosphorus — both that which is applied and nitrates which are organically produced — which, ultimately, get into the Mississippi,” Vilsack says.

The Natural Resources Conservation Service plans to spend 240-thousand dollars this year and another 450-thousand dollars on the Slocum Creek project in western Iowa over the next two years.

(Radio Iowa)