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Shelby County Fire Danger reduced to “Low,” danger season ends

Ag/Outdoor, News

November 16th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

The Shelby County Emergency Management Agency is requesting participating businesses and County Fire Departments, to “Please place your Local Fire Danger Signs in the LOW category.” EMA Coordinator Bob Seivert says “This was a very short season, and not as dry as we typically see. The number of fire responses was markedly low, as compared to the past. We hope the regular updates on the potential for fires to spread have  reduced the number of fire responses, during our typically drier spring and fall seasons.”

Seivert said also, “The number of calls we get from the public reporting their controlled burns, and involvement of our Local Volunteer Fire Chiefs, is a partnership which improves many aspects of public safety. Thank you for your participation in this program!”

2017 East Pottawattamie County annual 4-H Jamboree awards ceremony held Nov. 12th

Ag/Outdoor, News

November 16th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

The 2017 East Pottawattamie County annual 4-H Jamboree awards ceremony was held on Sunday, November 12, 2017 at the Oakland Community Center in Oakland, Iowa at 1:00pm.  With approximately 100 people present, the afternoon got started with the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by recognizing past honorary members, County Youth Committee, County Extension Council and our Extension Staff.  The new 2017-2018 County Youth Council members were introduced and installed.  Those members include Sarah Butcher, Claire Denning, Symantha Fisher, Julia Kock, Alexis Meek, Kyley Nelsen, Sidney Nelsen, Abigale Petersen, Camryn Pierson, Kinsey Scheffler, and Lydia Wede.

2017-2018 County Youth Council: Top row, left to right: Lydia Wede, Symantha Fisher, Sarah Butcher, Claire Denning, Alexis Meek, Camryn Pierson. Bottom row, left to right: Kinsey Scheffler, Kyley Nelsen, Abigale Petersen, Sidney Nelsen, Julia Kock.

The 2016-2017 Clover Kids members present got the chance to introduce themselves in front of the group and those who have completed 3rd grade and are graduating the Clover Kids program were recognized.  The afternoon followed with club introductions and project awards.  2016-2017 4-H members were recognized for their commitment to their goals in the project areas they have chosen.  To receive these awards, youth must have completed a record book, project records and worksheets associated with their chosen project areas.  A prayer and a short break for finger food snacks brought by all 4-H families to share followed the project awards.

As the awards ceremony started back up, winners were drawn for the 4-H raffle.  Shooting Sports awards were given by Steve and Amy Meek to those East Pott Hot Shot members who participated in the State 4-H Shoot Out.  Outstanding Member Awards were given next; those awards went to two 4-H members in each 4-H age group who were outstanding members in the 4-H program.  The next award was the 4-H Spirit Award, given to a 4-H member who is always excited about 4-H and show enthusiasm year round.  The award went to Abigale Petersen.  Each year 4-H club officers from each 4-H club are encouraged to complete their officer record book and submit them for awards.  This year 18 officers worked hard to complete and submit their books.  As the award ceremony continued, senior 4-H member’s record books were judged for Senior Elite Awards given to members in grades 9-12 for their overall 4-H career in the project area.  Those youth were given a certificate and a 4-H gift for their hard work.

Our final individual 4-H awards were given out in honor of 6 East Pottawattamie County 4-H and agriculture supporters.  These six youth were given a certificate and a 4-H gift for their hard work.  The next three awards went to 4-H clubs who worked hard throughout the 4-H year.  The Herdsmanship Award was given to Botna Valley Achievers 4-H club who worked hard to keep their livestock neat and in order during the Pottawattamie County Fair.  The Club Booth award was given to on Clover Kids group and one 4-H club who had the best club booth display in our static judging building at the County Fair.  These were given to the Botna Valley Achievers Clover Kids and Westside Feeders 4-H Club.  Finally, during National 4-H week in October 4-H clubs have the opportunity to decorate local businesses windows to show off their 4-H club and celebrate the week.  Botna Valley Achievers 4-H Club was chosen as the best window display for 2017.

The last two awards for the afternoon were given to those adults to have helped to make 4-H in East Pottawattamie great.  Each year leaders are recognized with their 5-year certificates and pins from Iowa State University.  This year leaders Bonnie Feigenbutz, Amy Meek and Lauren Schueman were awarded with their 5-year leadership pins.  The last award was the Honorary 4-H Member award, given to Jennifer Kock and Kathleen Jacobsen, members who have dedicated their time to the East Pottawattamie County 4-H program.  The afternoon finished with the 4-H pledge and the final 4-H raffle names being drawn for 4-H prizes.

Clarinda man arrested on drug charge following a traffic stop

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November 16th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

A traffic stop at around 9:50-p.m. Wednesday in Clarinda, resulted in the arrest of a local man on drug charges. Officers arrested 47-year old Charles Thomas Harmsen, of Clarinda, after discovering drugs in a vehicle being operated by Harmsen during a traffic stop at 22nd & State Street. Harmsen was arrested for driving on a suspended license, possession of methamphetamine and possession of marijuana. Harmsen is currently being held in the Page County Jail on $2,500 bail.

Police reports have been submitted to the offices of Page County Attorney Carl M. Sonksen for review regarding the filing of formal charges.

Group of Atlantic Girl Scouts commended by Mayor Jones

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November 16th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Atlantic Mayor Dave Jones and the City Council, Wednesday evening, commended a group of young ladies for their volunteer efforts during the Veteran’s Day meal last Saturday.

(He said while he was out at Hy-Vee, they did a great job serving Veterans. The same was said for the event held last Friday at the Middle School.))

Atlantic Girl Scouts appear before the City Council (11/15/17)

Their initiative was part of “Operation Barnabus,” and was just one of many ways they continue to serve the community.

West Des Moines pays settlement to wrongly-arrested man

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November 16th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The city of West Des Moines has paid $450,000 to a man who spent more than 10 days in jail charged for a sex abuse crime he didn’t commit. The Des Moines Register reports that the city reached the settlement with Matthew Rodrigues in August. As part of the agreement, the city says Rodrigues was arrested “due to a case of mistaken identity.”

Police were called to a motel on April 29 after a woman reported being sexually assaulted in her room. Rodrigues says he was arrested simply for being at the motel and having darker skin, like the assailant. Rodrigues was held in jail until May 9, when another man, Salvador Junior Pineda, was arrested and charged. Pineda is now serving a seven-year prison sentence for the assault.

(Podcast) KJAN 8-a.m. News, 11/16/2017

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November 16th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

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

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Trial set for Iowa father in death of maggot-infested baby

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November 16th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

ALTA VISTA, Iowa (AP) — Trial has been set for next year for the father of a 4-month-old baby whose maggot-infested body was found in a swing in his family’s Alta Vista home. The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports that trial for 28-year-old Zachary Paul Koehn has been scheduled for Jan. 3 in Chickasaw County. Koehn and 20-year-old Cheyanne Renae Harris, both of Alta Vista, have each pleaded not guilty to child endangerment and first-degree murder charges in the death of their son, Sterling Koehn.

Authorities say deputies and medics called to the couple’s apartment on Aug. 30 found Sterling dead in the swing. A medical examiner found maggots in his clothing and skin that indicated he hadn’t had a diaper change, bath or been removed from the seat in over a week.

Smokers are encouraged to try and quit during today’s ‘Smokeout’

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November 16th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Iowa smokers are being urged to try and quit just for today (Thursday) as part of the 40th annual Great American Smokeout, in hopes they may be able to quit for a week, for a month, and for good. Brian Ortner, a spokesman for the American Cancer Society, says giving up cigarettes and other tobacco products can bring almost immediate results, in addition to the long-term improvements in health. “Within 20 minutes, there’s benefits to their body,” Ortner says. “Their heart rate and their blood pressure drop, which is a great thing and it keeps going as you continue without that cigarette or that tobacco, the positives that happen.” It’s often helpful for smokers to tell those around them they’re trying to quit but he says the important thing is to make an effort. Ortner says, “One of the keys to quitting the habit of smoking tobacco or even chewing tobacco is finding a date or making a plan that fits your need.”

If today isn’t “the” day, he suggests setting a date to quit and sticking to it. Ortner says he quit on Christmas Eve nine years ago and remains a non-smoker. The Smokeout effort began as a statewide initiative in California in 1976 and went nationwide the following year and Ortner says we’ve seen four decades of progress. “There’s been dramatic changes, obviously, in the way the public views tobacco advertising and its use,” Ortner says. “Now, many places are smoke-free because of the efforts of this campaign and others across the country.”

Lung cancer is Iowa’s top cancer killer. There were more than 2,400 new lung cancer cases diagnosed in Iowa last year and nearly 1,800 deaths.  More info. online at: www.cancer.org/smokeout

(Radio Iowa)

General Motors recalls trucks to fix potential fuel leaks

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November 16th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors is recalling nearly 49,000 trucks worldwide to fix a fuel tank problem that increases the risk of a fire. The recall covers Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra 3500 trucks from 2011 through 2015 with two fuel tanks. Documents posted Thursday by the U.S. government say that the low-fuel-level sensor in the front tank can stick, causing the rear tank to over-fill the front tank. That can make the front tank expand and touch the drive shaft, possibly causing a hole and a fuel leak.

GM says it has no reports of fires or injuries from the problem. Dealers will replace the rear tank fuel pump, update software and inspect the front tank. Owners will be notified starting Dec. 18 with parts available for repairs in February.

(Podcast) KJAN Morning News & funeral report, 11/16/2017

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November 16th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

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

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