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FY 2018-2022 IA Transportation Program projects approved by DOT Commission

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June 13th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Transportation Commission (Commission) has approved the Fiscal Year 2018-2022 Iowa Transportation Improvement Program (Program). The Program reflects Iowa’s multimodal transportation system through inclusion of investments in aviation, transit, railroads, trails, and highways. The Program represents a major commitment to the Iowa DOT’s mission of safe mobility – of getting you there safely, efficiently, and conveniently

Included among the DOT’s “Additional capacity and system safety enhancement” projects in this area, is:

  • U.S. 6 in Pottawattamie County from Railroad Highway to County Road G-67 (Hunt Avenue) in Council Bluffs
  • and, U.S 169 in Dallas County from Iowa 141 to U.S. 30.

More information of the 2018-22 Iowa Transportation Improvement Program can be found at: www.iowadot.gov/program_management/five-year-program.html.

Update: Bluffs woman dies in crash near Council Bluffs

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June 13th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

The Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office reports a woman from Council Bluffs died during a near head-on crash Monday evening, southeast of Council Bluffs. Officials identified the victim who died as 73-year old Patricia Larson. Two other people, 46-year old Tina Shipley, of Glenwood, and a passenger in her vehicle, Roger Shipley, were transported to a local hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

Authorities say the accident happened at around 5:19-p.m. near the intersection of Wabash Avenue and Ashwood Lane. A preliminary investigation indicates Larson was traveling southbound on Wabash Avenue in a 2014 Chevrolet Cruze.  Tina Shipley was traveling northbound on Wabash Avenue in a 2013 Ford F-150, when the vehicles collided head-on.

Patricia Larson was pronounced deceased at the scene.  The cause of the accident remains under investigation.

CASS Inc. to merge with Crossroads of Western IA

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June 13th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Officials with CASS Incorporated in Atlantic have announced CASS, Inc. intends to merge with Crossroads of Western Iowa, effective September 1st, 2017.  Crossroads, like CASS, is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization providing support services to individuals with disabilities.  They have a similar history and align closely to CASS Incorporated’s mission, vision, values and culture.

Both organizations provide a variety of services including community based employment and residential services that help people live lives of meaning and value.  Community based support services are much more cost effective for the taxpayer than more restrictive levels of care.  Even more importantly is that these services help people live as independently as they can, getting and maintaining jobs, living in their own homes and fully participating within their communities.

Crossroads of Western Iowa was founded in 1975 as Monona Services and based in Onawa, Iowa and later in Missouri Valley. Their administrative offices have  recently moved to Council Bluffs.  Today they serve about 370 people and employ 310 staff.  Over the years Crossroads expanded their services across the western side of Iowa.  Today they are in Sioux City, Cherokee, Onawa, Missouri Valley, Council Bluffs and now, soon to be Atlantic.

Glenda Farrier, CEO of CASS Incorporated for the past 28 years says “We have been working on compliance with the federal Medicaid Settings Rule, moving people out of segregated services in buildings into community based services.  We have sold our main building and continue to work on downsizing.  Throughout this we have been adamant that CASS is not closing and we’re not.  But we are merging with another organization and that was a tough decision for CASS.  We are celebrating our 40th anniversary this year and that’s a long time to provide a valuable service to our community.  We didn’t want to lose our identity.  But, since Iowa has implemented managed care organizations to oversee its Medicaid program, and we are now funded almost exclusively by Medicaid, it has become clear that we are not big enough to survive in this new world.  Our Board and leadership staff have done their due diligence in preparation for this decision.  Like CASS Incorporated, Crossroads is a well respected provider in our state and they accomplish positive outcomes for the people they serve, so it will be a good fit.  Ultimately, we wanted to assure that great services would continue in Cass County and it really didn’t matter whose name was on the door.”

CASS joins Crossroads as a financially healthy organization, an Iowa Top Workplaces employer for the past seven years and a well known provider of outstanding services for the people we serve.  By partnering with Crossroads, we will be able to expand our combined services over a larger geographic area and assure our work will continue in the managed care arena.  We are excited about the opportunities that lie ahead for the people of Cass County and are really looking forward to being a part of the Crossroads team as we continue to provide top quality services across western Iowa.

Cass County Supervisors to hold public hearing Wed. morning

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June 13th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

A public hearing on a proposal to enter into a General Obligation County Purpose Loan Agreement and the borrowing of not more $4.5-million dollars associated with the agreement, is set to take place Wednesday morning, in Atlantic. The hearing is part of a regular meeting of the Cass County Board of Supervisors, and is with regard to construction of the Echo to Buck Creek to Glacier Roads and the Elite Octane Ethanol Plant. The Board will take action on the Resolution following the hearing.

In other business the Supervisors will act on a Fireworks Resolution, and, Expense Appropriations for FY 2018. They’ll also receive certifications from County officers for base salaries of their deputies and certify base salaries of deputies to the County Auditor. Their final action item is to determine the compensation of “Other Employees.”

The Cass County Board of Supervisor’s meeting begins at 8:30-a.m. Wednesday in the Board Room at the Courthouse.

Pott. County Sheriff’s report (6/13)

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June 13th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office report a man already in jail on other offenses, was served with a warrant Monday morning for Domestic Assault with Injury. 38-year old Jason Riley Lawton, of Carson, was served with the Pott. County warrant and returned to the custody of Corrections personnel.

And, a Nebraska man turned himself-in to the Pott. County Jail Monday, on a valid Pottawattamie County warrant for Assault causing serious bodily injury. 22-year old Brett Anthony Heming, of Omaha, was booked into the jail and turned over to Corrections Staff.

Clarinda man arrested on drug & other charges in Pott. County

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June 13th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

A traffic stop early Monday morning in Pottawattamie County resulted in the arrest of a man from Page County on drug and other charges. The Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office says 59-year old Robin Clark Latham, of Clarinda, was arrested for Possession of a Schedule 2 Controlled Substance (crushed-up Percocet pills), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia ( a broken Meth pipe), Providing False Identification Information, and Driving Under Suspension. He was taken into custody following a traffic stop at around 3-a.m., Monday. The deputy noticed the license plates didn’t match the vehicle Latham was driving, resulting in Latham also being cited for Fraudulent Use of Registration Plates.

(Podcast) KJAN 8-a.m. News, 6/13/2017

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June 13th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

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

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Trump campaign reschedules Iowa visit to June 21

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June 13th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) – President Donald Trump’s first visit to Iowa since taking office has been rescheduled for June 21st. His campaign website says his appearance at the U.S. Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids is set to begin at 7 p.m.

Trump had been scheduled to visit Cedar Rapids on June 1. But a May 27 news release said the trip was postponed “due to an unforeseen change” in his schedule.
Trump’s last appearance in Iowa occurred in Des Moines during his “Thank You” tour as president-elect in December. Trump won Iowa’s six electoral votes in November.

Deadline to pre-register to vote in Red Oak School Special Election is 6/16

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June 13th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Montgomery County Auditor Stephanie Burke is issuing a reminder today to patrons of the Red Oak Community School District: The deadline to pre-register to vote for the June 27th Special Red Oak School District Election, is this Friday, June 16th at 5-p.m. That applies to registration in-person, or by mail. After this Friday, you may register to vote at the Montgomery County Auditor’s Office and vote absentee ballot. The process is the same as for registering to vote on Election Day, and specific documentation must be provided. Burke says, if possible, please register before Election Day.

The next deadline leading up to the Special Election, is 5-p.m. June 23rd, which is the last day to request an Absentee Ballot by mail. June 27th is Election Day. Patrons of the Red Oak School District may vote Absentee ballot IN-PERSON at the Auditor’s Office, from 8-until 11-a.m. that day.

The polls will be open from Noon until 8-p.m. on Election Day. The polling place is the Montgomery County Gold Fair Building. If you have any questions, call Stephanie Burke at 712-623-5127 or visit www.montgomerycountyiowa.com on the web.

(Podcast) KJAN Morning News & funeral report, 6/13/2017

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June 13th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

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

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