Urban & small stream flood advisory: southeast Pott County

Weather

May 16th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

POTTAWATTAMIE IA-
1118 AM CDT THU MAY 16 2013

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN OMAHA HAS ISSUED A SMALL STREAM FLOOD ADVISORY FOR…SOUTHEASTERN POTTAWATTAMIE COUNTY UNTIL 215 PM CDT

* AT 1113 AM CDT…DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED HEAVY RAIN DUE TO
THUNDERSTORMS. THIS WILL CAUSE SMALL STREAM FLOODING IN THE
ADVISORY AREA. UP TO 3 INCHES OF RAIN HAS FALLEN IN THE PAST HOUR.

* MINOR FLOODING WILL REMAIN OVER MAINLY RURAL AREAS OF          SOUTHEASTERN POTTAWATTAMIE COUNTY. THIS INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING STREAMS AND DRAINAGES…WALNUT CREEK… FARM CREEK…SPRING CREEK…CLARKS BRANCH…INDIAN CREEK…GRAYBILL CREEK…CRABAPPLE CREEK…WEST NISHNABOTNA RIVER…JORDAN CREEK AND EAST NISHNABOTNA RIVER.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

EXCESSIVE RUNOFF FROM HEAVY RAINFALL WILL CAUSE FLOODING OF SMALL
CREEKS AND STREAMS…AS WELL AS FARM AND COUNTRY ROADS. DO NOT
ATTEMPT TO TRAVEL ACROSS FLOODED ROADS. FIND ALTERNATE ROUTES.

IN HILLY TERRAIN THERE ARE HUNDREDS OF LOW WATER CROSSINGS WHICH ARE  POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS IN HEAVY RAIN. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO TRAVEL ACROSS FLOODED ROADS. FIND ALTERNATE ROUTES. IT TAKES ONLY A FEW INCHES OF SWIFTLY FLOWING WATER TO CARRY VEHICLES AWAY.

Cass County Family Crisis Support Center to stay open despite funding cuts

News

May 16th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Small domestic abuse shelters throughout Iowa are scrambling to remain open amid changes by state officials that will mean a loss of funding. The state attorney general’s office last week notified 12 shelters…including the Family Crisis Support Network in Atlantic, which serves six counties in the area…that they no longer will receive state money. It’s part of an effort to more effectively spend the dwindling funding that’s available. The state will instead, devote the money to eight larger shelters, which can deliver more extensive services to victims. Wendy Richter, Executive Director of the FCSN in Atlantic, says the loss of roughly $240,000 in several funding streams from the Crime Victim Assistance Division is “Very disappointing,” but no decisions have been made on the future of the facility because that is not dictated by the State.  She says because they own their own shelter, so the decision will be made locally as to its future. If they keep it up and running, it would not specifically be geared toward domestic violence, but for now, nothing will change.

Richter says the FCSN’s Board of Directors will be meeting several times in the next few weeks to determine what the best options are. She says some of the options include continuing serving in the current capacity, including what should be done with the outreach offices in Red Oak and Harlan. Council Bluffs had earlier been approved to cover the service area that the FCSN serves, so if the organization wishes to continue serving in its current capacity, they will be going against State guidelines. Richter says tremendous community support in the past has enabled the shelter to remain open, and for them to set aside funds to continue operations through the end of the current fiscal year.

She says they were able to put funds into a “Rainy day account,” and they are viewing the cuts from the State as a “Rainy day” situation. She says if possible, they would like to use their own funds, plus any local support that is received, to maintain the shelter aspect of the facility. The State says shelters are a huge expense, and not want victims of domestic violence need. Richter agrees, to an extent. She says shelter is the least utilized aspect of family crisis services, because “No Contact” orders allow people to stay in their own homes and stay protected. She says it’s not until the situation becomes serious, that people come into the shelter. Richter says “The need is there,” but it is the most expensive service they offer, “Just because of all the red tape that goes along with having a shelter.”

Janelle Melohn, of the attorney general’s office, says the changes are needed to more effectively help victims at a time when federal funding passed through the state government has repeatedly dropped.

State Track and Field Championships Day 1 Session 1

Sports

May 16th, 2013 by Chris Parks

Girls 1A Shuttle Hurdle Relay Prelims

  • Griswold- 7th overall. 1:10.94  Qualified for Finals. Kinzey Nicklaus, Justine Freund, Jeana Freund, Trisha Huerta.
  • Fremont Mills- 12th overall.  1:11.77.  Did not qualify. Taryn Williams, Andrea McClary, Madison Powers, Kalyn Madison.
  • Audubon- 13th overall. 1:12.01.  Did not qualify. Emma Konkler, Carly Johnston, Kyra Obermeier, Emily Nelsen.

Girls 1A 3000 Meter Run Final

  • Leah Sievert, Sibley-Ocheydan.  1st.  9:56.54.  New State Record.  Old record was 10:08.96 in 2006 by Brooke Dinsdale of North Tama.
  • Rebekah Topham, Griswold.  2nd.  10:34.67
  • Tiffany Shepherd, Corning.  6th.  11:01.94
  • Jordyn Sindt, Griswold.  11th.  11:16.48
  • Therese Frels, Guthrie Center. 22nd. 11:38.40.

Girls 1A 100 Meter Dash Prelims

  • Emma Konkler, Audubon.  17.77.  Did not qualify.
  • Kelsey Hurley, Fremont-Mills.  13.33. Did not qualify.
  • Avery Taylor, Stanton.  13.69.  Did not qualify.
  • Hailey Cook. Coon-Rapids Bayard.  13.70. Did not qualify.

Boys 1A 100 Meter Dash Prelims

  • Nick Pittmon, East Mills.  11.09. Top qualifier, defending champ.
  • Clayton Plowman, Adair-Casey.  11.65.  12th, Did not qualify.
  • Tyler Robinson, AHST.  11.81.  Did not qualify.

Girls 1A 4×800 Meter Dash Finals

  • Underwood. 9th overall, 1st in heat.  Gabby Myers, Madeline Stephens, Hannah Shipp, Erin Shapcott.
  • Audubon.  14th overall, 2nd in heat.  Ruby Johnson, Miranda Nelsen, Megan Deist, Kiara Sporrer.
  • Exira-EHK.  15th overall, 3rd in heat.  Adriel Hoflen, Jennifer Neville, Claire Paulsen, Chansea Nelson.
  • Griswold.  21st overall.  Allison Young, Bridget Mauer, Payton Rush, Leah Lappe.

Boys 1A 4×800 Meter Dash Finals

  • Griswold. 10th, 08:29.65.  Mason Anstey, Tanner Potter, Jordan Vetter, Xavier Olivo.

Girls 1A 200 Meter Dash Prelims

  • Kelsey Hurley, Fremont-Mills.  6th, 26.78. Qualified for finals.
  • Larissa Backhaus, Griswold. 27.31.  Did not qualify.
  • Emma Konkler, Audubon.  Did not run due to injury.

Boys 1A 200 Meter Dash Prelims

  • Nick Pittmon, East Mills. 1st, 22.46.  Top qualifier.
  • Emmitt Wheatley, Adair-Casey. 13th, 23.30.  Did not qualify.
  • Tyler Robinson, AHST. 23.60.  Did not qualify.

Girls 1A 400 Meter Dash Finals

  • Jennifer Neville, Exira-EHK 11th, 1:01.58.
  • Shaila Bird, AHST. 12th, 1:01.67
  • Katie Clarke, Adair-Casey.  13th, 1:01.93

Boys 1A 400 Meter Dash Final

  • Zach Morris, Riverside. 23rd, 53.26.
  • Travis Herzberg, Villisca. 24th, 54.32.

Boys 1A Shuttle Hurdle Relay Prelims

  • Underwood. 4th, 1:00.62. Qualified for finals.
  • Audubon. 14th, 1:02.79. Colby Rattenborg, Heath Irlmeier, Mitchell Nelsen, Dylan Jensen.
  • Griswold. 19th, 1:03.41.  Derek Kirchoff, Hadley Ogg, Jordan Vetter, Mason Anstey.

Boys 1A Shot Put

  • Ricky Williams, Riverside. 12th, 47’4.25″.
  • Collin Fast, Griswold. 19th, 43’7.25″.

Girls 1A Long Jump

  • Marganne Haer, Villisca.15th, 15’8.75″.

 

 

PHYLLIS E. STEFFEN, 87, of Griswold (Svcs. 5-20-13)

Obituaries

May 16th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

PHYLLIS E. STEFFEN, 87, of Griswold , died Thu., May 16th, at the Cass County Memorial Hospital in Atlantic. Funeral services for PHYLLIS STEFFEN will be held 10:30-a.m. Mon., May 20th, at the Griswold United Methodist Church. Duhn Funeral Home in Griswold has the arrangements.

Visitation is open at the funeral home, where the family will be present on Sun., May 19th, from 2-until 4-p.m. Online condolences may be left to the family at www.duhnfuneral.com.

Burial will be in the Griswold Cemetery.

PHYLLIS STEFFEN is survived by:

Her sons – Randy (Connie) Steffen, of Griswold, and Garry (Monica) of Riverview, FL.

7 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, her sister-and brother-in law,

Resume is still important in job search

News

May 16th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Iowa is about to send a new crop of job-hunting high school and college graduates into the marketplace, and some will find success much faster than others. Susan McBroom, a vocational rehabilitation counselor in Urbandale, says the quality of your resume will quickly determine your odds of going from a job-seeker to someone’s newest employee. McBroom discusses the most common resume error. “People are not matching the resume to the job that they’re applying for,” McBroom says. “It’s really important that they match their skill sets to the position they’re applying to. If they don’t know their skill set, there’s a resource called O’Net Online that they can find each job broken down to the specific skill set.”

The address for that website is: www.onetonline.org. While a one-page resume was once the rule, McBroom says a two-page resume is now standard, but she says don’t go beyond two pages. “It takes a recruiter about 15 seconds to look through a resume,” McBroom says. “What I tell new grads is to be sure that if you don’t have a long work history, put things in there that would be internships, big projects, things like that.”

About 90-percent of employers now hire electronically, so having an e-resume that can be attached to an email cover letter is a must. Resumes need to be kept simple, using plain lettering and nothing fancy. Despite the economic downturn of the past few years, McBroom is optimistic about the job market, adding, it’s excellent if you’re looking for positions in the medical field. “Anything in nursing, certified medical assistant, medication aid, psych aid, and the last two don’t require a four-year degree,” McBroom says. “The job market is getting better. The unemployment rate for ages 19 to 24 is about 12% but that does include new graduates so, it’s really important to have a perfect resume out there.”

Iowa’s jobless rate is about five-percent, well below the national jobless rate of about seven-and-a-half percent. Being aggressive is key. Many ads say “no calls” but she says to call anyway, a week after you send your resume, just to see if they got it or have any questions. While social media sites are popular, McBroom doesn’t recommend being on one unless it’s private and visible by only a limited number of people. If you’re on Facebook or Twitter, she says: “Be careful what you put out there. Employers do research social media. If possible, set your Facebook to private. Keep in mind, others may access information from it.”

(Radio Iowa)

JESSIE A. SMITH, 100, of Avoca (Svcs. private)

Obituaries

May 16th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

JESSIE A. SMITH, 100, of Avoca, died Nov. 12th, 2012 at Avoca Nursing & Rehab. Private graveside services for JESSIE SMITH will be held Tue., May 21st, at the Minden Cemetery. Pauley-Jones Funeral Home in Avoca has the arranegments.

JESSIE SMITH is survived by:

A son – Gaylan Smith, of Avoca.

Injury accident in Atlantic

News

May 16th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Atlantic Fire and Rescue and Medivac Ambulance have responded to the scene of a personal injury accident this morning near the Wal-Mart store. The Cass County Communications Center said the crash between a pickup and a van happened at around 8:55-a.m. on 7th Street, at the stop-lights in between the Wal-Mart and Atlantic Super 8 motel.

One person, described as a middle-aged female, suffered head injuries. She was not wearing a seat belt. Officials say her vehicle’s airbags did deploy upon impact. Additional details are currently not available.

Louisiana men guilty of poaching deer in SW IA

Ag/Outdoor, News

May 16th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reports four men from Louisiana were found guilty of poaching Iowa deer from a case that started when someone made a call to the Turn in Poachers hotline. The four men pleaded guilty to various wildlife crimes in Kansas as well.

Michael Fralick, of Ponchatoula, La., was convicted on all 32 counts of deer hunting violations in four southwest Iowa counties. Fralick was assessed $6,123.90 in fines and court costs, forfeited two rifles and received a five year license suspension. He was ordered to pay $22,500 in civil damages.

James Moore, of Ponchatoula, La., pleaded guilty to discharge firearm from roadway, having a loaded gun in vehicle, failure to tag deer, illegal method of take in Adams County, Iowa, and was fined $604.50.  He also pleaded guilty to two counts unlawful transportation/possession of whitetail deer, no valid non-resident hunting license, no valid non-resident any-sex deer license, no habitat fee, illegal method of take in Montgomery County, Iowa, and was assessed $1,688.50 total fines and court costs. Moore received a five year license suspension and was ordered to pay $10,000 in civil damages. Moore was in possession of an illegal deer in Oklahoma when he was served with the Iowa citations by officials in Oklahoma.

Stanley Russel, of Roseland La., and William “Heath” Chambliss, of Kentwood, La., were both found guilty in Montgomery County, Iowa, of no valid non-resident hunting license, no valid non-resident any sex deer license, no valid non-resident antlerless deer license (required) and no habitat fee. Their fines and court costs totaled $1,433.40 each and they received a two year license suspension. 

The investigation into the men’s activities began in late November 2011 when the Kansas Wildlife and Parks Department received a TIP call from a concerned citizen about the activities of these men. The information led authorities to possible illegal activity in Iowa. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources received a TIP call about illegal deer activity around the same time that linked the two cases together.

The convictions were the result of a 10 month investigation by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Bureau, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Louisiana Department of Game & Fish, the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks, and the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.

Officials say information received through the TIP hotline in both Iowa and Kansas was critical in this investigation.  If you have information on wildlife crimes call TIP of Iowa at 1-800-532-2020. You can remain anonymous.

MARY ELAINE CHRISTENSEN, 87, of Omaha (Svcs. 5/21/13)

Obituaries

May 16th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

MARY ELAINE CHRISTENSEN, 87, of Omaha, died Sat., May 11th, at Brighten Gardens. A Mass of Christian Burial service for MARY CHRISTENSEN will be held 11-a.m. Tue., May 21st, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Harlan. Pauley-Jones Funeral Home in Harlan has the arrangements.

Visitation at the funeral home will be held from 5-to 9-pm on Mon., May 20th, with a Rosary at 6-p.m.

Burial will be in the Harlan Cemetery.

MARY CHRISTENSEN is survived by:

Her daughter – Dena Christensen, of Omaha.

Her step-daughters: Kaye (Terry) Lauritsen, of Cedar Rapids; Karen (Mike) Cooper, of Persia, and Kathy (Doug) Denny, of Hudson, OH.

Leash on Life 05-16-2013

Ag/Outdoor, Podcasts

May 16th, 2013 by Chris Parks

Info from the Atlantic Animal Shelter.