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Storm Assessment: EF-2 Tornado hit Oakland

News, Weather

June 5th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The National Weather Service in Valley, NE., says damage in Oakland during Tuesday evening’s storms was caused by an EF-2 Tornado. On Wednesday, a storm survey team looked at damage around Oakland. The results showed a large area of intense hail and wind damage across eastern Pottawattamie County.

Wind damage exceeded 100-miles per hour in some areas, with structures blown down, a roof torn off of a home, and sheds and barns flattened. A four-mile stretch of high tension power poles were bent and numerous trees were blown down. In addition, there were swaths of very large hail damage to homes and businesses. Within the second swath of wind and hail damage, a short-track tornado was detected.

The tornado’s start time has yet to be determined, but it formed slightly over 8-miles west-northwest of Oakland and traveled nearly six-miles to the west of Oakland before it diminished. At the onset, the E-F 2 twister with winds estimated at 115-miles per hour, downed numerous trees. It proceeded east-southeast and hit a farm house and destroyed a garage, a barn, and severely damaged several other sheds.

The tornado’s path was 2.9-miles long and 575 yards wide. An EF-2 tornado is considered “Strong.” It can pack winds from 111-to 135-miles per hour.

Tornado Watch until 11-p.m. Thursday

News, Weather

June 5th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

455 PM CDT THU JUN 5 2014
TORNADO WATCH 234 IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1100 PM CDT FOR THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONSIOWA COUNTIES INCLUDED AREAUDUBON CARROLL CASS  CRAWFORD GUTHRIE HARRISON POTTAWATTAMIE SAC SHELBY & WOODBURY.

* PRIMARY THREATS INCLUDE…

A COUPLE TORNADOES POSSIBLE ISOLATED VERY LARGE HAIL EVENTS TO 2 INCHES IN DIAMETER POSSIBLE ISOLATED DAMAGING WIND GUSTS TO 70 MPH POSSIBLE. THE TORNADO WATCH AREA IS APPROXIMATELY ALONG AND 60 STATUTE MILES EAST AND WEST OF A LINE FROM 20 MILES NORTHWEST OF REDWOOD FALLS MINNESOTA TO 20 MILES SOUTHEAST OF OMAHA NEBRASKA.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

REMEMBER…A TORNADO WATCH MEANS CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE FOR TORNADOES AND SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS IN AND CLOSE TO THE WATCH AREA. PERSONS IN THESE AREAS SHOULD BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR THREATENING WEATHER CONDITIONS AND LISTEN FOR LATER STATEMENTS AND POSSIBLE WARNINGS.

 

Iowa, Nebraska VA facilities under scrutiny

News

June 5th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Some patients at Veterans Affairs medical centers in Iowa and Nebraska are on waiting lists for treatment, but the facilities say they’re unaware of any unauthorized lists like those uncovered in other states. A regional VA spokeswoman said Thursday that Iowa and Nebraska facilities were included in a federal investigation of specific sites. Spokeswoman Sharyl Schaepe says the facilities do not expect to have any problems, but they won’t know for sure until they’re told what the review found.

A summary of VA audits released last week showed widespread falsification of waiting list records and unreported treatment delays at facilities nationwide. Conditions at individual sites were not given. U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa says his office wants to know whether any secret lists existed in Iowa.

3 arrests in Cass County on Wednesday

News

June 5th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office reports three arrests Wednesday. 26-year old Kacie Lee Schleis, of Audubon, was arrested on a charge of Driving Under Suspension. Schleis was taken to the Cass County Jail where she was released on her own recognizance later that day.

36-year old Timothy Orville Welch, of Red Oak, was arrested Wednesday in Cass County, on a District Court warrant for Probation Violation. Welch was taken to the Cass County Jail where he remains held on $25,000 bond.

And, 24-year old Michael Russell Robinson,  of Massena, was taken into custody Wednesday, on a charge of Violation of a No Contact Order. Robinson was taken to the Cass County Jail where he is being held awaiting hearing before the Magistrate.

Oakland man arrested Wednesday

News

June 5th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Glenwood Police Department report the arrest on Wednesday, of an Oakland man. 37-year old Billy Hunter was charged with Domestic Abuse Assault and Obstruction of Emergency Communications.

Farmers Market coupons available for eligible older Iowa residents & WIC recipients

Ag/Outdoor, News

June 5th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey has announced that Farmers Market Nutrition Program applications are now available for eligible WIC recipients and low-income older Iowans. The WIC Farmers Market Nutrition and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Programs provide eligible Iowans with checks that can be redeemed for fresh, locally grown produce at authorized farmers markets and farm stands from June 1 through October 31st, 2014. FMNPfa2

Northey says “Iowa has great fresh fruits and vegetables that can be found at farmers markets throughout the state and these programs are designed to give WIC participants and low-income seniors better access to these fresh and nutritious foods.”  The Farmers Market Nutrition Programs are administered through the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, in partnership with the Iowa Department of Public Health and Iowa Department on Aging.

The WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program provides eligible WIC recipients with nine checks valued at $3 each. The program is implementing two changes for the 2014 season. This year checks will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Eligible individuals may pick up checks at arranged appointments or at regularly scheduled clinic appointments. A second change this year is that checks will be distributed on a statewide basis. Previously, checks were only distributed in 68 of Iowa’s 99 counties, but this year the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and Iowa Department of Public Health have broadened the distribution to include the entire state.

The state’s twenty local WIC agencies have begun to distribute checks and nutritional education information. WIC recipients interested in obtaining the benefits are encouraged to contact their local WIC clinic or visit www.idph.state.ia.us/wic/ for more information.

The Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program provides eligible seniors with ten checks for $3 each. Applicants throughout the state are offered the checks on a first-come first-served basis and the checks are available through Area Agency on Aging offices. A combination of state and federal funds will be used to make benefits available to more than 20,000 eligible seniors this year.

Eligible seniors must be sixty years of age or older with a household income less than $21,590 if single or $29,101 for a married couple. Iowa seniors will be asked to complete a one page application verifying their eligibility, by providing their birth dates and the last four digits of their social security numbers.

The Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) have begun to distribute checks and nutritional education information. To find an Area Agency on Aging near you, contact the Iowa Association of Area Agencies on Aging (i4a) toll free at 866-468-7887 or at www.i4a.org.

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News, Podcasts

June 5th, 2014 by Chris Parks

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Atlantic City Council approves request to temporarily close street

News

June 5th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic City Council, Wednesday, acted on several matters, including a request to approve the partial closing of 6th Street between Chestnut Street west, to an alley between Chestnut and Poplar Street, for the purpose of “Produce in the Park” events.

Produce in the Park is scheduled to take place from 4-to 7-pm on Thursday’s, from June 12th through Oct. 30th. Dr. Keith Leonard who explained what the event was about, presented the request to the Council, on behalf of the Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce. Leonard said they might need more street space in the future, it just depends on how many vendors show up the first few times. He said also, it may not go as late as requested, depending on how the weather affects the growing of local crops. The Council approved the request for the temporary street closure during the event.

Mayor Dave Jones asked if the Chamber still planned to hold “Music in the Park” events this Summer and early fall. Dr. Leonard said there will be no organized or sponsored events, but independent musicians are welcome to perform during in the Atlantic City Park on some Thursdays. He said there won’t be a stage for performances, though.

In other business, the Council approved the third reading and adoption of an Ordinance pertaining to the City’s Flood Plain Regulations, as requested by the State of Iowa, and required by FEMA. They also held a public hearing on, and the first reading of, an Ordinance pertaining to the height of structures, objects and natural vegetation, as well as land uses of property in the vicinity of the Atlantic Municipal Airport.

Planned Parenthood closing 2 more Iowa clinics

News

June 5th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Planned Parenthood of the Heartland is closing two small clinics in southwest Iowa. The Des Moines Register reports that the closures in Red Oak and Creston are among at least 11 satellite clinics the group has closed in recent years. The group uses a video-conferencing system to dispense abortion pills to women in outlying clinics.

Planned Parenthood says the Red Oak and Creston clinics were open only by appointment and are being closed because of “a shifting need for services.” Patients will be referred to remaining clinics, including seven that provide the telemedicine abortions and two that also provide surgical abortions.

Planned Parenthood spokeswoman Angie Remington says the closures were not sparked by abortion opponents’ objections to the clinics.