1 killed, 1 injured in Sioux City police chase crash

News

November 11th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – Authorities say one person has died and another has been injured in a crash that occurred during a police chase in Sioux City. The Woodbury County Sheriff’s Office says the chase began around 3:45 a.m. Friday, when a deputy tried to pull over a vehicle. The vehicle turned onto another street and accelerated, with the deputy in pursuit. The vehicle soon went out of control and crashed into a wall. The names of those involved haven’t been released.

(Podcast) KJAN Morning Sports report, 11/11/2016

Podcasts, Sports

November 11th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The 7:20-a.m. Sportscast w/Jim Field.

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(Podcast) KJAN Morning News & funeral report, 11/11/2016

News, Podcasts

November 11th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The area’s top news at 7:06-a.m., w/KJAN News Director Ric Hanson

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Nominations being accepted for the 16th Annual Athena Award, in Atlantic

News

November 11th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Deter Motor Company and The Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce have announced nominations are currently being accepted for the 16th annual ATHENA Award, in Atlantic.  The award will be presented Saturday, Jan. 14th, 2017 at the Cass County Community Center. It is given to an exceptional individual who has achieved excellence in her/his business profession, has served the community in a meaningful way and has assisted women in their attainment of professional goals and leadership skills.

Athena Award

Athena Award

The ATHENA Award was first presented in 1982 in Lansing, Michigan and has grown to include presentations to more than 6,000 individuals in hundreds of cities across the globe. Locally, past winners include Kathie Hockenberry in 2016, Lanette Plambeck, Pat Markman, Dolly Bergmann, Wendy Richter, Ann Pross, Janell Hansen, Jan Kinison, Carole Schuler, Glenda Farrier, Margaret Slepsky, Denise O’Brien, Leanne Pellett, Judy Marnin, and LaVon Eblen.

Deter Motor Company believes in the values underlying ATHENA’s philosophy of incorporating talent and expertise of women into the leadership of our businesses, our communities and our government. The spirit of the ATHENA Award Program is captured in a quotation from Plato, “What is honored in a country will be cultivated there.” By honoring exceptional leaders, others will be encouraged to excel.

Those interested in nominating an individual can pick up a nomination packet at the Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce, 102 Chestnut Street, or by visiting www.AtlanticIowa.com. Nominations are due by December 2nd, 2016 at noon at the Chamber Office.

Study shows 2 dangerous chemicals released at Pella plant

News

November 11th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

PELLA, Iowa (AP) – A federally mandated study has concluded that Pella Corp. inadvertently released two dangerous chemicals into the ground at its plant in Pella.
The Des Moines Register reports that the study says pentachlorophenol and dioxin have reached the groundwater. Only those two chemicals were found at higher than acceptable levels.

Pella officials say the contaminants do not threaten the city’s drinking water, which comes from the Des Moines River and the Jordan aquifer. The study was a result of a 2010 settlement with the Environmental Protection Agency, which required the company to test for 30 different possible sources of contamination. A Pella manager, Jim Nieboer, says Pella will wait for guidance from the EPA on whether Pella must remove the chemicals from the ground.

Skyscan forecast & weather data for Atlantic: 11/11/16

Weather

November 11th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Today: Mostly sunny. High 57. NW @ 10-15.

Tonight: Clear. Low 25.

Tomorrow: Mostly sunny. High near 60. SW @ 10.

Sunday & Monday: Partly cloudy. High’s both days around 65.

Thursday’s High in Atlantic was 70. Our 24-hour Low this morning (as of 7-a.m.) was 39. Last year on this date, our High in Atlantic was 61 and the low was 33. The Record High in Atlantic on this date was 73 in 1964 & 2005. The Record Low was -10 in 1986.

17-year old arrested for possession of Butane Hash Oil in Fremont County

News

November 11th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

A 17-year old male was arrested Thursday evening in Fremont County for Possession of Butane Hash Oil (Commonly known as “DAB’s”), as well as Possession of Marijuana. Fremont County Sheriff Kevin Aistrope reports the teen was transported to the Fremont County Jail following his arrest, and later brought to the Juvenile Detention Center in Council Bluffs, where he will await his initial court appearance.

His arrest stems from a traffic stop in the 2500 block of Highway 275 in Fremont County. During the stop, the Fremont County Sheriff’s Dept. K9 unit detected the odor of narcotics, which resulted in a search of the vehicle.

Mason City boy with rare disease will be on field at Kinnick Stadium as UI Kid Captain

Sports

November 11th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

A 13-year-old Mason City boy who has a rare form of muscular dystrophy will serve as an honorary “Kid Captain” tomorrow (Saturday) night when the Iowa football takes the field against second-ranked Michigan in Iowa City. Hayden Despenas was named after former Iowa football coach Hayden Fry.

Hayden Despenas

Hayden Despenas

“I have a disease and I can’t really stand for a long time or walk,” Despenas said. “I have to be in a wheelchair so I can get around easier.” His story is documented in a video posted on the U-I Children’s Hospital website. Hayden has been getting care at the hospital since 2012. Hayden’s mother, Sarah, says her son was in second grade when he was diagnosed with Friedreich’s ataxia.

“There’s an overwhelming sense of just desperation, grief, and sadness over the loss of what you wished for your child,” Sarah said. F-A is an inherited disease that causes progressive damage to the nervous system and shortens life expectancy. The sister of Hayden’s father, Dana, lost two kids to F-A.

“At that moment, in that despair and that urgency, you make a decision,” Sarah said. “You either crawl in a hole and go into extreme denial or you decide to become an active part of trying to find a cure and making your child’s life the best it can be. That’s what we decided to do.” U-I Children’s Hospital pediatric neurologist Katherine Mathews has been working with Hayden.

Sarah recalled one of their first meetings with Dr. Mathews and how Hayden told her he wasn’t going to school because he was too tired and sick. “She said, ‘I know you don’t feel good, you have Friedreich’s ataxia. I know you’re tired, but my patients with Friedreich’s ataxia go to college. They get degrees. They get jobs. They live their lives.’ That changed everything for Hayden,” Sarah said.

Hayden is now thriving in school. He’s also an honorary Mason City firefighter and is involved in a number of organizations raising awareness and funding for F-A research.

(Radio Iowa)

Hawkeye football fans are challenged to disaster relief fundraiser

Sports

November 11th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

With the Iowa-Nebraska football game two weeks from today (Friday), the top elected officials in both states are hoping to take the annual rivalry to a different level. Kara Kelly, regional spokeswoman for the American Red Cross, is calling it the Governors’ Challenge. “Iowa Governor Terry Branstad and Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts are challenging their citizens to participate in a friendly face-off,” Kelly says. “They want to see which state can raise more money to support Red Cross Disaster Relief. This is all around the annual Hy-Vee Heroes game which is November 25th.”

She says it’s easy to contribute and the donations are used to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters of all magnitudes. “For Iowans, if you would like to donate to Red Cross Disaster Relief, there are two ways,” Kelly says. “You can go to www.redcross.org/iowachallenge or text ‘Iowa’ to 90999. That’s a $10 donation that’ll show up on your phone bill and it all goes toward American Red Cross Disaster Relief.”

Every eight minutes, the Red Cross provides hope and comfort to people affected by community disasters. “The money raised for disaster relief goes to support disasters large and small,” Kelly says. “Large, thinking about the recent disasters in Louisiana and Hurricane Matthew and even the flooding in northern and eastern Iowa, while the smaller disasters, we’re talking about those day-to-day home fires which our volunteers respond to 24-7, 365 days a year.”

The Hawkeyes are hosting the Huskers at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City this year on the Friday after Thanksgiving for the sixth annual Heroes game match-up. This year, Kelly says Iowa Red Cross volunteers have responded to more than 710 disasters from floods to homes fires, helping 1,913 Iowans in need. Iowa Red Cross volunteers and their partners have installed more than 4,320 potentially lifesaving smoke alarms in Iowa homes. Iowans rolled up their sleeves and made more than 28,500 donations of lifesaving blood.

1,178 Iowa military personnel, veterans and family members received assistance through Services to Armed Forces programs.

(Radio Iowa)

Iowa signs Garza, Nunge, to letters of intent

Sports

November 11th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa’s frontcourt should get a boost next season after the Hawkeyes signed big men Luka Garza and Jack Nunge. Garza, who is 6-foot-11 and 240 pounds, averaged 25.5 points, 12.6 rebounds, and 2.6 blocks as a junior for the Maret School in Washington, D.C. last year.

Nunge is also 6-foot-11. But he shot 43 percent on 3s for Castle High in Indiana last season while posting 18 double-doubles. Connor McCaffery, the son of Iowa coach Fran McCaffery, could also sign with the Hawkeyes in the near future. But Connor has yet to decide whether he wants to play basketball, baseball or both at Iowa.