Bird watchers look to Iowa skies for bald eagles

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January 12th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Bird watching enthusiasts around Iowa are looking to the skies this weekend for a glimpse of thousands of bald eagles making their way across the state. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says wildlife workers and volunteers are tallying reports of bald eagle sightings around the state as part of the national Midwinter Bald Eagle Survey. The annual event is coordinated by the Army Corps of Engineers. Surveyors had most of early January to complete their reports, though target dates are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday.

An Iowa DNR spokeswoman says migration patterns show the eagles are being spotted in other places besides stronghold spots along the Mississippi River. That includes more appearances along the Des Moines River. More than 3,000 eagles were counted in the state last year.

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Two Arrests in Montgomery County

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January 12th, 2013 by admin

A man wanted a Nodaway County Missouri warrant was arrested on Thursday in Montgomery County. According to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, 25-year old Jessie Bruce Fitzwater of Villisca was arrested for possession of methamphetamine 3rd Offense, driving while barred, and a valid Nodaway County warrant. Fitzwater was transported to the Montgomery County Jail where he was booked and held on full bond.

Early Saturday morning, deputies of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office arrested 42-year old Jeffrey Malling Brockman of Elliot for Obstruction of Emergency Communications. Brockman was transported to the Montgomery County Jail where he was booked and held on $300 cash bond.

 

Chiefs’ Reid hires staff

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January 12th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — New Chiefs coach Andy Reid began filling out his staff, hiring former Eagles quarterbacks coach Doug Pederson to be his offensive coordinator and longtime Jets assistant Bob Sutton as the defensive coordinator. Pederson spent the past four seasons on Reid’s staff in Philadelphia, while Sutton had stints as the Jets’ defensive coordinator and was their assistant head coach this past season.

NWS Forecast for Atlantic & the KJAN listening area: Sat., Jan. 12th, 2013

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January 12th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Today: Partly sunny, with a high near 23. Wind chill values as low as 5. Windy, with a west northwest wind 16 to 22 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.
Tonight: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 10. Wind chill values as low as -5. Blustery, with a northwest wind 11 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph.

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 19. Wind chill values as low as -5. West northwest wind 8 to 14 mph.
Sunday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 11. West wind 3 to 7 mph.

Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 27. West southwest wind 3 to 8 mph.
Monday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 15.

Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 34.

Survey finds way too many of us go to work when we’re sick

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January 12th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Plenty of Iowans are coughing, sneezing and blowing their noses as we’re approaching the heart of cold and flu season. How many of them are going to work while they’re sick? Far too many, according to a new study. Dr. Mark Rupp, an infectious disease specialist at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, says some people will call in sick at the drop of a hat, but many others should stay home when they’re sick, yet they go in anyway. “This is a pretty common practice and actually a phrase has been termed to cover it,” Dr. Rupp says. “It’s called presenteeism. So, rather than abusing your sick time, you’re actually abusing time where you come into work where you probably should be staying at home.”

The survey of Iowans and Nebraskans finds four out of five people questioned say they’ve gone to work sick. You’re not doing anyone any favors, Rupp says, if you’re taking your bug to work and exposing the whole office. “Folks who are coughing and sneezing and hacking and running fevers really should be staying at home and anybody who has a vomitting or diahreal illness, likewise, should stay at home until they’re feeling better and they’re back to good health,” Rupp says. “When they come to work, clearly they can be spreading these bugs to their co-workers and that’s not a nice thing to do.”

If you really must go to work, it’s best to isolate yourself as much as possible from others, use hand sanitizer and cover your mouth with your sleeve when coughing or sneezing. Rupp says our great Midwestern work ethic can sometimes backfire in these situations. “Most people are doing this from a sense of being indispensible, that the task they’re doing is just so important that nobody else can do it,” Rupp says. “They also have a sense that they don’t want to let their co-workers down. If they’re not there doing the job, this is going to roll to somebody else.”

The survey showed nearly half of those who go to work sick take -no- precautions to avoid direct contact with others.

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Report finds average state worker salary is $51,700

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January 12th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A report issued late Friday shows the state government’s payroll has shrunk since Terry Branstad became governor. Branstad took office in January of 2011 and the Legislative Services Agency analysis covers the first 18 months of his governorship. The report shows state payroll expenses were down nearly five percent compared to when Chet Culver left the governor’s office. More than 900 employees left state government during Branstad’s first 18 months in office. Some were replaced. Some were temporary or part-time employees.

At the start of August, the total number of full-time positions in state executive branch agencies had shrunk by 641. The average salary for a state worker who is not a supervisor is $51,700. The payroll and staffing at the three state universities in Ames, Cedar Falls and Iowa City are not included in this analysis. The University of Iowa, Iowa State University and the University of Northern Iowa operate a separate payroll system.

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Friday High School Basketball Results

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January 12th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

BOYS BASKETBALL

Hawkeye 10:

  • Atlantic 57, Red Oak 47
  • Denison-Schleswig 78, Shenandoah 54
  • Kuemper Catholic 46, Creston 44
  • Lewis Central 41, Glenwood 35
  • Harlan 80, Clarinda 36

Western Iowa:

  • A-H-S-T 51, Griswold 49
  • Missouri Valley 62, Audubon 30
  • Treynor 57, Riverside 55
  • Underwood 60, Tri-Center 54

Rolling Hills:

  • Ankeny Christian Academy 70, Exira/Elk Horn-Kimballton 44
  • Glidden-Ralston 56, Paton-Churdan 42
  • Grandview Park Baptist 68, Orient-Macksburg 26

Others:

  • Bishop Heelan Catholic 50, Abraham Lincoln 43
  • Bishop Neumann, NE 62, St. Albert 53
  • Carroll 70, Ballard 60
  • Clarinda Academy 38, Stanton 30
  • East Mills 67, Heartland Christian 30
  • Guthrie Center 69, Madrid 30
  • Lenox 57, Wayne 45
  • Logan-Magnolia 71, IKM-Manning 26
  • Maple Valley-Anthon-Oto 58, Charter Oak-Ute 35
  • Nodaway Valley 60, Interstate 35 41
  • OA-BCIG 83, Boyer Valley 57
  • Panorama 60, Ogden 51
  • Pleasantville 72, Corning 12
  • Sergeant Bluff-Luton 75, Thomas Jefferson 41
  • Sidney 55, Fremont Mills 47
  • South Page 45, Nishnabotna 38
  • Van Meter 73, West Central Valley 70
  • Villisca 77, Essex 27
  • Woodbine 62, West Harrison 49

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Hawkeye 10:

  • Red Oak 58, Atlantic 53
  • Harlan 64, Clarinda 33
  • Kuemper Catholic 55, Creston 41
  • Lewis Central 56, Glenwood 18
  • Shenandoah 46, Denison-Schleswig 43

Western Iowa:

  • Griswold 57, A-H-S-T 35
  • Missouri Valley 53, Audubon 45
  • Treynor 55, Riverside 34
  • Tri-Center 65, Underwood 27

Rolling Hills:

  • Adair-Casey 66, Iowa Christian Academy 30
  • Exira/Elk Horn-Kimballton 58, Ankeny Christian Academy 43
  • Grandview Park Baptist 52, Orient-Macksburg 32
  • Glidden-Ralston 30, Paton-Churdan 61

Others:

  • Ar-We-Va 61, Ridge View 50
  • Ballard 57, Carroll 25
  • Bishop Heelan Catholic 73, Abraham Lincoln 47
  • Heartland Christian 45, East Mills 34
  • IKM-Manning 84, Logan-Magnolia 25
  • Maple Valley-Anthon-Oto 59, Charter Oak-Ute 26
  • Sergeant Bluff-Luton 56, Thomas Jefferson 9
  • St. Albert 49, Bishop Neumann, NE 31
  • Stanton 73, Clarinda Academy 20
  • Van Meter 55, West Central Valley 48
  • Villisca 57, Essex 22
  • Woodbine 54, West Harrison 44