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Two New DNR Hunter Listening Session Locations

Ag/Outdoor, News

February 25th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

In an update to our story on Feb. 4th, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources reports a meeting over the Iowa Communications Network (ICN) designed to gather the public’s thoughts on the hunting and trapping regulations for this fall, that was originally scheduled to be held at the St. Albert High School in Council Bluffs, has instead been moved to Lewis Central Middle School. Also another meeting location has been added at the public library in Atlantic.DNR logo

The Lewis Central Middle School is located at 3504 Harry Langdon Blvd in Council Bluffs. Park in the single lot in front of the building along Langdon Blvd and enter the front door by the sign for the ICN room. The Atlantic Public Library is located at 507 Poplar Street. Both meetings will be held February 26th, from 6 to 9 p.m.

These meetings are part of the process for making rules in state government. At each meeting DNR staff will facilitate a discussion about what went well last fall, what didn’t, and what changes hunters and trappers would like to see for this fall. The discussions along with the data that the wildlife bureau collects on harvest and population numbers will be used to develop recommendations for any rule changes this fall. Any changes must be approved by the Natural Resource Commission and then go back to the public for further comment before taking effect next fall.

If you have questions call Matt Dollison at (712) 350-0147.


Iowa National Guard units brace for possible cuts


February 25th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A proposal by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to shrink the Army National Guard by 20,000 soldiers and the Army reserve by 10,000 over the next few years has Iowa soldiers worried for their jobs. The Iowa Army National Guard has 7,200 soldiers statewide.

The Des Moines Register reports spokesman Col. Gregory Hapgood Jr. says the worst-case scenario would mean a loss of 500 to 600 soldiers. Or there could be no cuts. He says the state’s commanders are preparing for possible scenarios. Gov. Terry Branstad, who commands the soldiers in peacetime, says Democratic and Republican governors are telling federal government not to cut the National Guard.

When not fighting war guard troops respond to natural disasters, such as floods and tornadoes.

Fund established for family who lost their home in Hancock


February 25th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Daily NonPareil reports a fund has been established for a Hancock family that was displaced after their house burned down earlier this month.37-year old Cim Bird and three of her children were in their mobile home at 126 North Scott Street, when the fire broke out at around 5:40-p.m. on Feb. 3rd.

All four got out safely thanks to an alarm from a smoke detector. Cims’ oldest daughter and fiance, Charles, were not home at the time of the fire. The Hancock, Oakland and Avoca volunteer fire departments were called the scene. Despite their efforts, the home and its contents were a total loss.

Donations can be made at any U.S. Bank under Charles R. Bird Beneficiary. A spaghetti dinner will be held 4 p.m. March 8 at the American Legion Hall in Avoca at 112 N. Elm St. There is no cost, however the family will accept donations. The family also received support from the A-H-S-T Community School District, where their children attend school. Students in the district held a clothing drive and delivered the items to the family.

Plea deal reached in C. Bluffs arson case


February 25th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A Council Bluffs man originally charged with two felony counts of Attempted Murder and one count of 1st-degree Arson, has instead plead guilty to a lesser charge of second-degree arson in connection with a Nov. 21st, 2013 fire at his home. 21-year old Jacob Rolfe admitted to setting the blaze while his mother and 12-year-old brother still inside the home. According to the Daily NonPareil, Rolfe’s plea Monday in Council Bluffs District Court comes with a deferred judgment and supervised probation. The 21-year-old is currently serving a 60-day sentence for two counts of assault related to the incident, with his release set for mid-March.

In court, Jacob Rolfe’s attorney, Eric Nelson, in asking for the deferred judgement on the arson charge, noted his client had no prior brushes with the law, not even a traffic ticket. Judge Kathleen Kilnoski told Jacob Rolfe he must undergo substance abuse and mental health evaluations as part of a plea deal and must adhere to any recommendations for treatment that come from those evaluations. The judge told Rolfe he must spend a total of 40 hours engaged in a combination of time at work, at school (he attends Iowa Western Community College), or treatment. If the man doesn’t meet the terms of his probation, he will be sent to prison on the arson charge.

Prosecutors say at around 1:20 a.m. on Nov. 21st, Rolfe poured gasoline in the kitchen of his home at 112 Delong Ave., and used a match to set the blaze, all while his 41-year old mother, Jill Rolfe, and 12-year old brother Jordan, were sleeping. Authorities arrived on the scene to find Jacob Rolfe waiting at the curb, where he admitted to causing the fire. Rolfe said he’d used gasoline to set the fire when interviewed on the scene.

Rolfe told investigators he set the fire because he “was mad at his mother for being a bad mom” and “wanted her to know what it felt like to not have anything.” Jon Jacobmeier with the Pottawattamie County Attorney’s Office said the pair had been arguing because Jill Rolfe wanted her son to get a job. Police reports noted Jacob Rolfe was intoxicated, and Council Bluffs Interim Fire Marshal Curtis McKeon noted Rolfe has a history of medical problems, including mental health issues. Even so, McKeon said Jacob Rolfe appeared to have his faculties while speaking with investigators.

Iowa early News Headlines: Tue., Feb. 25th 2014


February 25th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press…

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Ames police are investigating a series of reports in which a man randomly punched people in the face and ran to a waiting getaway car. KCCI TV says two assaults were reported on February 16th and another Saturday night.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Frontier Airlines says it will resume flights into the Sioux City airport beginning this summer. The Sioux City Journal reports Frontier in June will begin flights three days a week between Sioux City and Denver. Frontier will become the second carrier at Sioux Gateway Airport, joining American Airlines. The new flights will use 138-seat Airbus 319 jets.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The cat room at the Iowa City animal shelter is open again for visitors looking to adopt and for new cats needing a home. The Iowa City Press Citizen reports the cat area of the Iowa City Animal Care and Adoption Center has been closed for two weeks after an outbreak of a virus that can be fatal to cats was discovered.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa coach Fran McCaffery has instructed the Hawkeyes to shut down their Twitter accounts for the rest of the season after senior Zach McCabe exchanged barbs with detractors on the social media service. McCabe air-balled a 3-pointer that could have tied the game with 16 seconds left against Wisconsin on Saturday. The 20th-ranked Hawkeyes went on to lose 79-74.

Sponsor Program helps fund Emergency Management in Adair & Guthrie Counties again in 2014


February 24th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

For the second year members of the private sector (business & industry) in Adair & Guthrie Counties are joining with the public sector (city and county governments) to support the budget needs of the Adair & Guthrie County Emergency Management Programs.

Adair & Guthrie County Emergency Management Coordinator, Robert Kempf states, “Emergency Preparedness is not just the responsibility of our local governments. Emergency Management and Preparedness are a team sport; everyone has a part to play. The participation by the private sector is critical to accomplishing our planning and response goals and objectives.”

“We have large areas in our counties that are not covered by storm sirens, our emergency notification system provide timely and address specific weather warning information to residents that have signed up” said Kempf. Officials can also send out emergency information based on geographical location about evacuations & shelter in place incidents, drinking water issues and resource needs during a major disaster. Individuals and Businesses can sign up landline phones, cell phones, text messaging and email addresses as ways to receive emergency information.

The agencies maintain a Hazardous Materials Response Contract to help provide response information and assistance to emergency responders and industry in the case of a chemical spill or leak. “Our emergency services cannot afford the equipment and training required to maintain a local hazardous materials team. Our contract with the Council Bluffs Fire Department allows our first responders 24/7 access to the information and expertise that might be needed for this type of incident’ said Kempf

These four contracts account for just part, about twenty percent, of the preparedness and response costs of the two agencies. These contract programs not only benefit our citizens but also our governments and the private sector. Monies from the sponsor program and taxation monies from the towns in and counties of Adair & Guthrie are used to fund the budgets of the two agencies.

The Sponsorship Program includes four support levels: Bronze up to $100.00, Silver $101.00 to $250.00, Gold $251.00 to $500.00 and Platinum $501.00 and over.

As of January 20th the 2014 Sponsors included Adair Feed & Grain of Adair, 21st Century Coop of Fontanelle & Greenfield, Guthrie County State Bank of Guthrie Center & Panora and Union State Bank of Bridgewater & Greenfield as Bronze Sponsors; West Central Coop of Adair, Casey & Guthrie Center as a Silver Sponsor; First National Bank of Fontanelle & Greenfield as a Gold Sponsor and Lake Panorama Association of Panora as a Platinum Sponsor.

Any businesses, industry or groups in Adair & Guthrie Counties that would like to learn more about the program or become a sponsor can contact Kempf at 641-332-3030 or gcema@hotmail.com.

Iowa Senate OKs adding pets to protective orders


February 24th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Pets would be better protected in domestic abuse cases under a bill approved by the Iowa Senate. The Senate unanimously voted Monday to approve the measure that would allow the inclusion of pets in domestic abuse protective orders. By including pets in such orders, the hope is that victims would be more likely to escape an abusive situation without the fear that a family pet would be abused as a result. The legislation now goes to the House.

Democratic Sen. Janet Petersen, who sponsored the bill, says the bill would protect pets while also encouraging domestic abuse victims to leave dangerous situations more quickly.

Adair & Guthrie Storm Spotter Class March 19th followed by Severe Weather Awareness Week

News, Weather

February 24th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Adair and Guthrie County Emergency Management Agencies will be hosting their joint 2014 Storm Spotter Class at the Menlo Community Center at 7:00 PM on the 19th of March.  According to Robert Kempf, Coordinator for the agencies, the class is free and open to the public.

The next week March 24-28, 2014, has been designated as Severe Weather Awareness Week in Iowa. For each day during Severe Weather Awareness Week, a different subject will be featured:

Monday – Flash Floods

Tuesday – Weather Warnings

Wednesday – Tornadoes

Thursday – Severe Thunderstorms

Friday – Family Preparedness

The highlight of Severe Weather Awareness Week is the annual tornado drill scheduled for Wednesday, March 26 at approximately 10 a.m. Schools, businesses, state and local governments, and individuals are strongly encouraged to participate in the drill. Additional information about the tornado drill can be found on local NWS websites.

During Severe Weather Awareness Week, HSEMD will post information on individual and family preparedness at www.BeReady.iowa.gov, including podcasts, public service announcements and videos. The NWS the National Weather Service (NWS) will promote severe weather safety on their websites and by issuing informative public information statements.

Additional information about severe weather and family safety can be found at: www.BeReady.iowa.gov.

Cass County Primary Election information


February 24th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Cass County Auditor Dale Sunderman reports the first day for Democratic and Republican candidates for county offices to file nomination papers in the office of the Cass County Auditor is Monday, March 3, 2014. Last day to file is Wednesday, March 26, 2014.

Nomination papers may be circulated prior to first date for filing as well as during the filing period. Nomination papers and candidate information are available at the office of the county auditor and from the IOWA Secretary of State: www.sos.state.ia.us.

The county positions to appear on the Cass County ballot for the 2014 PRIMARY ELECTION are: District 2 County Supervisor; District 3 County Supervisor; County Attorney; County Recorder; County Treasurer

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CONTACT: Dale Sunderman, Cass Co. Auditor, Courthouse 5 W 7th St, Atlantic, IA 50022; Phone: 712-243-4570 and Fax: 712-243-4572. Email:auditor@casscoia.us

List of person currently serving in those positions: Treasurer (incumbent: Tracey Marshall, Republican); Recorder (incumbent: Joyce Jensen, Republican); Attorney (incumbent: Daniel Feistner, Republican); *District 2 Supervisor (incumbent: Gaylord Schelling, Republican); **District 3 Supervisor (incumbent: Mark Wedemeyer, Republican).


Supervisors in Cass County are nominated from and elected by the residents of the specific supervisor district. Supervisor District 2 is comprised of Atlantic Second Ward and Atlantic Third Ward. Supervisor District 3 is comprised of Atlantic Fourth Ward and Atlantic Fifth Ward. Ward maps are available at the office of the county auditor and at the office of the Atlantic city clerk.

(Update) Harlan man injured when his pickup hits fire station


February 24th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

In an update to a story we first told you about Friday evening on kjan.com., Police in Harlan report one-person was injured and transported to Myrtue Medical Center, after crashing their vehicle into the Harlan Fire Department’s building. 61-year old Randall Lee Musich, of Harlan, was traveling eastbound on Cyclone Avenue in Harlan on Friday around 11:10-a.m., when his 2003 Ford Ranger crossed the centerline of the roadway.

The truck continued across the road past the sidewalk on the north side of Cyclone and continued along the tennis courts and ran over a stop sign. The Ranger then crossed an intersection and through the fire hall parking lot before striking a concrete pillar beside a door. The vehicle rolled and came to stop a in the Harlan Fire Department’s driveway.

Musich was transported by Medivac to the hospital for treatment. The Harlan Police Department was assisted by the Harlan Fire Department and Medivac Ambulance. No citations were issued in the accident.