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Propane industry: Midwest propane supply could run out in mid to late February

Ag/Outdoor, News

January 28th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Representatives of the propane industry warn if temperatures don’t go up and demand doesn’t go down soon, Midwest propane supplies actually may run out. Jeff LaPan (luh-PAN) is an account manager for a Minnesota company that sells propane on the wholesale market. He says last week Midwesterners used about one-point-two million gallons of propane and there’s about five million gallons left in the region.  “At that pace, we potentially could run out of propane…sometime potentially mid- to the end of February,” La Pan says. “It’s a potential.”

LaPan testified Monday afternoon before a group of lawmakers in Des Moines, many of whom are hearing horror stories from families who’re using space heaters and closing off sections of their homes to try to deal with the high price of propane, plus the shortage of supply. LaPan told legislators a combination of factors led to this year’s shortage — the shutdown of a key pipeline, below-average supplies on October 1st, higher demand for propane to dry the 2013 harvest and higher demand from homeowners due to frigid temperatures.

“Now I’ve committed to not say, ‘Perfect storm,’ but let’s just say that many events happened all at once to create the situation that we’re in. This is an anomoly,” LaPan said. “This is not our normal propane demand.” Brent Vander Leest of Sully Transport has more than 20 trucks headed to Houston, Texas, now to pick up propane and haul it back to Iowa.  “If everybody in the surrounding states do that, there’s liable to be 200 trucks in line, making it a 24-hour line,” Vander Leest says. “Our emergency hours of service exemption is due to run out in Texas, where we have to have a special exemption to pull out of there.”

Vander Leest says Iowa’s governor needs to lobby the governor of Texas to renew that exemption, which expires on Wednesday of next week. Some legislators say they’ll press to put an extra million dollars into the state program that provides grants to low income Iowans to help pay their heat and electric bills. Governor Branstad sent a letter to President Obama Monday, asking the president to ease or waive whatever federal regulations he can that might make it easier to get propane to market.

(Radio Iowa)

Rep. Drake Announces Re-Election Plans

News

January 28th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Republican Representative Jack Drake, from Griswold, has announced he will seek re-election to the Iowa House in district 21 which includes all of Union and Adams Counties as well as portions of Cass and Pottawattamie Counties.

Rep. Jack Drake (R), from Griswold.

Rep. Jack Drake (R), from Griswold.

In the House, Drake serves as the chairman of the Agriculture and Natural Resources budget committee and is vice chairman of the International Relations committee. Additionally, he serves on the Agriculture, Appropriations and State Government committees. In a press release, Drake said “Agriculture is the backbone of this state and we must continue to find ways to make it easier for farmers to feed the world. “We need to be sure we are not putting up obstacles for Iowa producers and that we are doing what we can to encourage the next generation of farmers.”

Jack and his wife, Shirley, will be married 60 years this summer. They have four children, 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

HMU cable rates are going up in March

News

January 28th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Harlan Municipal Utilities cable customers will see a jump in their bill beginning in March. HMU says cable television subscribers will see an increase of $4 for many of their cable packages. The basic cable TV rate will increase from $16.49 to $19.99 and expanded basic cable will increase from $52.95 to $56.95.

The residential packages are also seeing an increase with the totally connected package of phone, internet and cable going to $99.42, cable and internet costing $92.45 and telephone and cable to $62.45. The rate increases are for residential customers only as commercial rates stayed the same.

The changes will go in effect on March 1st, 2014. The changes were approved at the HMU board meeting held on Thursday, January 23rd.

(Joel McCall/KNOD)

Red Oak man arrested during a traffic stop

News

January 28th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Red Oak Police Department says a Page County man was arrested early this (Tuesday) morning. 27-year-old Cody Allen Keith Tunnell, of Shenandoah, was taken into custody after allegedly interfering with, and threatening Red Oak Police officers, as they were conducting a traffic stop in the 200 block of North Second Street.

Tunnell was found to be intoxicated with a blood alcohol blood level of .203. He was transported to the Montgomery County Jail and held on $300 cash bond.

Red Oak woman arrested on a theft charge

News

January 28th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak report the arrest this (Tuesday) morning of a woman who allegedly took items from the Fareway Store in Red Oak. Pamela Kay Parker, of Red Oak, taken into custody at around 8:10-a.m. and charged with 5th degree theft, for allegedly taking items valued at less than $200. Parker was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $300 cash bond.

Mills County arrests

News

January 28th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Mills County report two recent arrests. On Saturday, 53-year old Julie Ann Mendenhall, of Glenwood, was arrested at around 1:15-a.m. on a charge of OWI/1st offense. The arrest took place near the intersection of 221st Street and Highway 34. Mendenhall was being held in the Mills County Jail on $1,000 bond.

And 29-year old Natosha Myree Cralley, of Red Oak, was arrested at the Pottawattamie County Courthouse Monday morning on a warrant for Failure to Appear on charges of 3rd degree Theft and Possession of a Controlled Substance. Her bond was set at $2,000.

(9-a.m. News)

8AM Newscast 01-28-2014

News, Podcasts

January 28th, 2014 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson

Clarinda woman arrested after her car crashes into a home

News

January 28th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Clarinda Police Chief Keith Brothers today (Tuesday) released information about an accident that happened last Thursday night. Brothers said a 2007 Ford Mustang GT driven by 28-year old Megan Warrick, of Clarinda, was traveling west on the Highway 2 bypass at around 11-p.m., when the car went off the road to right and into the ditch on the north side of the road.

The car then slid clockwise and sideways before the driver’s side hit a flag pole. The front end of the vehicle then hit the southwest corner of a screened-in front porch of a residence at 1101 S. 22nd Street and continued a clockwise spin before running over a wooden swing set behind the home. The car also hit the south wall of an unattached garage before it entered the garage and hit another Ford Mustang parked in the garage.

Warrick’s car exited the garage backwards out the west wall before coming to rest. Warrick got out of her car and left the scene on foot. No long afterward, Clarinda Police were called to 907 Meadowridge Drive, after they received a report a woman was ringing the door bell. When police located Warrick, she said she had been dropped off by a friend.

After an investigation, Warrick was placed under arrest for OWI. She was also cited for Failure to Maintain Control and Reckless Driving. Damage to her vehicle was estimated at $7,000. Damage to the residence and the other vehicle hit by her car was estimated at $33,400 altogether.

(Podcast) 7-am News & Funeral announcements, 1/28/2014

News, Podcasts

January 28th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

With KJAN News Director Ric Hanson

Corning woman arrested on assault charge

News

January 28th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Adams County report the arrest Monday night of a Corning woman. Katherine Scrivener was taken into custody at around 8:20-p.m. on a warrant charging her with Domestic Abuse Assault. The incident allegedly took place January 16th.