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Colorado man facing marijuana charges in Iowa

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November 23rd, 2017 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Northwest Iowa authorities say they arrested a Colorado man with 77 pounds of marijuana in his vehicle. Court records say 34-year-old Darrel Wait, of Thornton, Colorado, is charged with two counts of possession of a controlled drug and with other crimes.

Authorities say a Woodbury County sheriff’s deputy made a traffic stop on Wait’s vehicle Sunday. A police drug dog taken to the scene alerted officers to the likelihood that drugs were in the vehicle. Police say a subsequent search uncovered the pot.

Avoca woman killed in Shelby County accident Thursday morning

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November 23rd, 2017 by Ric Hanson

(Updated) — A woman from Pottawattamie County was struck and killed during an SUV versus pedestrian accident Thursday morning, in Shelby County. The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office identified the victim as 50-year old Patsy Ann Maria Nuzum, of Avoca. The Iowa State Patrol reports Nuzum was struck by a 2005 Chevy Trail Blazer, as she was walking south in the northbound lane of Highway 59, about one-quarter of a mile north of 700th Street. The accident happened at around 5:52-a.m., as the SUV, driven by 20-year old Kourtnie Birgenheier, of Harlan, was passing a pickup truck pulling a trailer, as both vehicles were traveling south on Highway 59. Nuzum came to rest in the east ditch after she was struck. She died at the scene.

The accident remains under investigation by the Iowa State Patrol, who were assisted by Deputies with the Shelby County Sheriff’ Office, Harlan Police and Harlan Fire Department.

Iowa peacock farmer offers to take all of south Florida’s problem birds

Ag/Outdoor, News

November 23rd, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Turkeys aren’t the only birds of interest this Thanksgiving. A farm in western Iowa may be the solution to a peacock problem in southern Florida. Miami area residents are frustrated by the wild birds making noise, leaving droppings, scratching cars and gobbling landscaping. Some resort to killing the birds and raiding nests to break eggs. Dennis Fett, who runs a peacock farm near Minden, says he’d gladly take any and all of the problem peacocks ruffling feathers in Florida.

“We’ve offered our services. If they will take them, then we’ll be off and running,” Fett says. “I will adopt all of the baby peachicks that they have and put them on our farm here. If there’s too many, then we’ll find places that will adopt them off our website, peafowl.com.” The adult peafowl can be adopted, too, and shipped anywhere in the U-S economically, he says. Much like roosters, the colorful peacocks often crow — loudly — at sunrise, which can rub some folks the wrong way.

“Sometimes people had peacocks in the early days and then with urban sprawl, it causes problems and they encroach on humans’ backyards,” Fett says. “They cause problems with their noise and their excrement and that sort of thing. For some reason, some people really hate them and some people really love them.” Peacocks can make excellent pets but Fett says they’re not for most city-dwellers.

“We always recommend against doing that if you don’t have a place like we do in the country or a place where the neighbors are not close,” Fett says. “Number one, the noise will be a problem. Number two, they wander and they like to eat things in your garden and that could be a problem if your neighbor has a prize tomato plant ready to be eaten.” The Fett farm is now home to about 85 mature peacocks but he had more than 200 a few years back, prior to a damaging tornado that cut through the region. He’d like to build his peafowl population back up with the Florida birds.

“Oh my gosh, we have room for many more,” Fett says. “We would take everything they have. If someone wants to endow the project, we would even build new special holding places for these birds until they’re adopted out.” Fett considers himself an expert on peafowl and he’s consulted on populations in New York, Hawaii and even at the late Hugh Hefner’s Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles. He’s written books on peafowl, composed songs and videos about them, and runs the Peacock Information Center at www.peafowl.com.

(Radio Iowa, w/Thanks to Karla James in Omaha)

(Podcast) KJAN 8-a.m. News, 11/23/2017

News, Podcasts

November 23rd, 2017 by Ric Hanson

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

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EPA rejects oil industry push for change in ethanol blending rules

Ag/Outdoor, News

November 23rd, 2017 by Ric Hanson

The E-P-A will NOT make a major change to federal rules for WHERE most ethanol is to be blended into gasoline. The oil industry had been pushing the Trump Administration to lift the “obligation” that refineries blend ethanol into gasoline. The responsibility would then shift to fuel distributors. Under current rules, U.S. refineries must blend a portion of corn-based ethanol into gasoline. Refineries that do not have that capacity are forced to buy credits from refiners that do blend ethanol into gasoline.

The E-P-A announced Wednesday it will not change those rules. Iowa politicians like Senators Grassley and Ernst as well as Governor Reynolds praised the president for keeping his campaign pledge to protect the ethanol industry. Critics say if the oil industry had gotten its way, markets for corn, ethanol and gasoline would have been disrupted and ethanol production would have decreased.

(Radio Iowa)

(Podcast) KJAN Morning News & funeral report, 11/23/2017

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November 23rd, 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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Gov. Kim Reynolds (R-IA) to visit SW/western IA businesses on a “Building Better Iowa: Economy” tour

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November 23rd, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Iowa Republican Governor Kim Reynolds will be making the rounds in western and southwest Iowa next Wednesday and Thursday, as part of her “Building a Better Iowa: Economy,” focused-tour of businesses. Her schedule includes the following locations:

Wednesday, Nov, 29th:

Discussion with Audubon Business owners at the Audubon Chamber of Commerce, in Audubon – beginning at 1:30-p.m.

A visit to Carrier Coffee Comapany in Onawam at 4-p.m.

A visit to “Remember Yesterday” at 4:45-p.m. – in Mapleton.

Thursday, Nov. 30th:

Sullivan Supply, Dunlap – 8-a.m.

Tour of Smitty Bee Honey, in Defiance – 9:30-a.m.

Tour the Whitney Inn, in Atlantic – 11:30-a.m.

Tour Red Oak Fabrication – 1:30-p.m.

Visit Carver’s Ridge, in Corning – 3:45-p.m.

Woman arrested for False Reporting in Shenandoah

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November 23rd, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Shenandoah Police Department reported on their social media page Wednesday night, that an in-depth criminal investigation led to the arrest Wednesday, of 28-year old  Samantha Danielle Hull, whose place of residence was not listed. Hull was charged with False Reporting to a Public Safety Entity – a serious misdemeanor. She was able to post $1,000 bond and was given an initial appearance date in Page County Court.

DHS Announces Temporary MCO Choice Plan

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November 23rd, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Recently the Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) announced that AmeriHealth Caritas Iowa, Inc., will be withdrawing from the IA Health Link program. The DHS says it is “focused on ensuring members will continue to receive quality care and to make this transition as smooth as possible.” AmeriHealth Caritas members were tentatively assigned to UnitedHealthcare as Amerigroup Iowa does not currently have the capacity to take additional members. Members were notified they were able to make choice to change their Managed Care Organization (MCO), as member choice is a key component of managed care.

Amerigroup Iowa has informed the Department they do not currently have capacity to take any new members. The Department has been in communication with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to keep them informed of what is happening, and will continue to do so. All new IA Health Link members will be assigned to UnitedHealthcare. In the future members again will have a choice in MCOs and will be notified when that choice is available.

The Department, along with its managed care partners, says it is working diligently to get member information transferred to UnitedHealthcare, to make sure members and providers are informed, and identify and address areas of concern. To learn more about AmeriHealth Caritas withdrawing from the IA Health Link program and about the suspension of MCO choice, visit www.IAHealthLink.org.

(DHS Press Release)

21 lake restoration projects underway in Iowa

Ag/Outdoor, News

November 23rd, 2017 by Ric Hanson

State tax dollars have helped finance “restoration” of 22 Iowa lakes, with another 21 lake improvement projects in progress. Iowa Department of Natural Resources director Chuck Gipp is asking lawmakers to set aside more than nine-and-half MILLION dollars so the effort may continue. The state’s “lake restoration program” has moved beyond just simply removing sediment from the lake bottom — a process called dredging. Gipp says that’s just “recycling dirt.” “And so we work with partners in order to improve the watershed approach, make sure the soil stays where it’s supposed to,” Gipp says, “and that’s on the land.”

Gipp says the state’s natural lakes are “intensely used” for fishing and recreation. “I think 55-56 percent of the assessed valuation in Guthrie County is homes and businesses around Lake Panorama,” Gipp says. “You could say the same thing of Clear Lake and some of the others. That’s how important it is that we continue to work now to not only restore these lakes to where they were, but to prevent them from being recontaminated.”

A decade ago, 127 publicly-owned lakes in Iowa were placed on a list as candidates for restoration efforts. Improving water quality and increasing public use of a lake are the two primary goals of the program. A recent Iowa State University study found at least six out of 10 Iowans visit an Iowa lake more than once a year.

(Radio Iowa)