(Podcast) Skyscan Forecast: Tue., Dec. 18th 2012

Podcasts, Weather

December 18th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The KJAN listening area forecast from Freese-Notis, and weather data for Atlantic…

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A-P Boys High School Basketball rankings (released 12/17/12)

Sports

December 18th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Top Ten teams in the Associated Press Iowa high school basketball poll with first-place votes in parentheses and won-loss record, total points and position last week at right:

Class 4A
Record Pts Prv
1. Iowa City, West (16) 6-0 160 1
2. Dubuque, Senior 5-0 130 2
3. North Scott, Eldridge 8-0 122 4
4. Bettendorf 6-0 108 5
5. Sioux City, East 6-0 70 T7
6. Epworth, Western Dubuque 5-0 66 6
7. Urbandale 6-1 62 9
8. Ankeny 4-2 52 3
9. Valley, West Des Moines 5-2 49 T7
10. Sioux City, North 6-0 24 NR

Others receiving votes: Pleasant Valley 13. Des Moines, Roosevelt 10. Dowling Catholic, West Des Moines 5. Xavier, Cedar Rapids 4. Des Moines, Hoover 2. Cedar Falls 1. Cedar Rapids, Jefferson 1. Johnston 1.

Class 3A
Record Pts Prv
1. Vinton-Shellsburg (6) 6-0 144 4
2. Iowa Falls-Alden (2) 6-0 114 7
3. Creston 6-0 99 10
4. Grinnell (2) 5-0 95 9
5. Assumption, Davenport (3) 3-3 92 1
6. Bishop Heelan Catholic, Sioux City 3-2 67 5
7. Solon 5-1 61 2
8. Dallas Center-Grimes (2) 6-0 56 NR
9. MOC-Floyd Valley (1) 6-1 51 3
10. Spencer 6-1 24 8

Others receiving votes: Atlantic 22. Pella 21. Mount Pleasant 11. Norwalk 4. Waverly-Shell Rock 4. Chariton 3. Harlan 3. Le Mars 2. Crestwood, Cresco 2. Carroll 2. Centerville 1. Bondurant Farrar 1. Fort Madison 1.

Class 2A
Record Pts Prv
1. Nodaway Valley (11) 6-0 147 1
2. Western Christian, Hull (3) 5-0 143 2
3. West Fork, Sheffield (2) 6-0 116 4
4. IKM-Manning 8-0 91 5
5. Cascade,Western Dubuque 6-0 86 6
(tie)Des Moines Christian 7-0 86 3
7. Sheldon 8-0 62 T10
8. PCM, Monroe 8-0 57 9
9. MFL-Mar-Mac 5-0 53 7
10. Pella Christian 5-1 8 NR

Others receiving votes: West Branch 7. New Hampton 7. Kuemper Catholic, Carroll 5. Sioux Center 4. Hudson 3. Notre Dame, Burlington 2. St. Edmond, Fort Dodge 2. West Marshall, State Center 1.

Class 1A
Record Pts Prv
1. Danville (14) 7-0 158 1
2. St. Mary’s, Storm Lake (1) 6-0 141 2
3. Lone Tree (1) 8-0 94 4
4. Harris-Lake Park 7-0 93 3
5. Riverside, Oakland 6-0 76 7
6. Murray 8-0 70 6
7. North Tama, Traer 8-0 55 8
8. Belmond-Klemme 7-0 40 10
9. North Iowa, Buffalo Center 7-1 34 5
10. Preston 6-0 33 NR

Others receiving votes: Lawton-Bronson 29. Boyden-Hull 27. Iowa Mennonite, Kalona 15. Ankeny Christian Academy 6. Moulton-Udell 3. Dunkerton 3. Woodbury Central, Moville 2. Gehlen Catholic, Le Mars 1

Iowa police arrest man after shooting threat

News

December 18th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

HOSPERS, Iowa (AP) — Authorities in northwest Iowa say they have arrested a man after he made a threat on Facebook about shooting people. The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office arrested the man Monday afternoon after receiving a report that he had threatened to shoot people in Hospers, which is located about 50 miles north of Sioux City. The threat caused a precautionary lockdown of schools in the MOC-Floyd Valley school district. It was lifted less than an hour later. Authorities did not release the man’s name Monday afternoon.

Iowa early News Headlines: Tue., Dec. 18th 2012

News

December 18th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Snow and wind gusts are in the forecast for western Iowa and eastern Nebraska tomorrow. The National Weather Service says a large winter storm is expected to hit Nebraska midday Wednesday and move eastward into Iowa by Wednesday afternoon.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The parents of four missing or killed Iowa children say they want lawmakers to reinstate the death penalty. The Des Moines Register reports the parents met with Governor Terry Branstad yesterday. Those in attendance included Heather and Drew Collins. The body of their daughter, Elizabeth Collins, was recently discovered in a wooded area along with her cousin, Lyric Cook. Iowa hasn’t had a death penalty since the 1960s.

OSAGE, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say they’re evaluating a 154-year-old courthouse in northeast Iowa that was shut down earlier this year. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports supervisors in Mitchell County approved a contract this week with firm FEH Associates of Des Moines. The company is expected to look into preserving the aging structure, which was built in 1858 and was shut down because of safety concerns.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State junior Melvin Ejim is the Big 12′s player of the week after leading the Cyclones past Drake on Saturday. Ejim scored 21 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as Iowa State beat the Bulldogs 86-77 in Des Moines. It was the fourth double-double of the season for Ejim. Iowa State plays at Missouri-Kansas City tomorrow.

Snow, high winds expected Wed. in Nebraska, Iowa

News, Weather

December 18th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Residents across eastern Nebraska and western Iowa should prepare for the season’s first significant snow later this week, with weather forecasters calling for up to half a foot of snow and gusty winds. The National Weather Service says a large winter storm is expected to hit Nebraska midday Wednesday and move into Iowa by Wednesday afternoon.

Service meteorologist Van DeWald, based in Valley just east of Omaha, says heavy snow coupled with 15 to 30 mile per hour winds could make travel in those areas dangerous. DeWald says eastern Nebraska can expect several inches of snow, while western Iowa could see up to six inches of snow.

(Updated 3:55-a.m.) Winter Storm Watch remains in effect for the entire KJAN listening area; Blizzard Watch may be issued

Weather

December 18th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

COUNTIES IN WEST CENTRAL IOWA: CRAWFORD-CARROLL-AUDUBON-GUTHRIE-DALLAS-CASS-ADAIR-MADISON-ADAMS-UNION-TAYLOR-RINGGOLD…343 AM CST TUE DEC 18 2012

WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH THURSDAY AFTERNOON

PRECIPITATION WILL OVERSPREAD CENTRAL IOWA WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON. SNOW IS EXPECTED ALONG AND NORTH OF AN ATLANTIC THROUGH BOONE TO WATERLOO LINE. RAIN IS EXPECTED IN SOUTHERN IOWA SOUTH OF A BEDFORD TO OSKALOOSA LINE. IN BETWEEN…A RAIN AND SNOW MIX IS EXPECTED. THIS PRECIPITATION WILL CHANGE TO ALL SNOW LATE WEDNESDAY EVENING BEFORE ENDING THURSDAY MORNING.

5 TO 8 INCHES OF SNOW IS EXPECTED IN THE WATCH AREA. LOCAL AMOUNTS OF UP TO 10 INCHES WILL BE VERY POSSIBLE WITH DRIFTS EVEN HIGHER. WINDS WILL BECOME VERY STRONG WEDNESDAY NIGHT FROM THE NORTH NORTHWEST. SUSTAINED WINDS OF 25 TO 33 MPH ARE EXPECTED WITH GUSTS OVER 45 MPH POSSIBLE. THE STRONGEST WINDS ARE EXPECTED A FEW HOURS PRIOR TO DAYBREAK THROUGH NOON THURSDAY. BLIZZARD OR NEAR BLIZZARD CONDITIONS MAY OCCUR WITH VISIBILITIES REDUCED BELOW ONE QUARTER OF A MILE FROM TIME TO TIME.

VERY DANGEROUS CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED TO DEVELOP ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT INTO THURSDAY MORNING. BE PREPARED FOR VERY DIFFICULT TRAVEL AND BLIZZARD OR NEAR BLIZZARD CONDITIONS.

THIS WATCH MAY BE UPGRADED TO A BLIZZARD WATCH TODAY.

COUNTIES IN WESTERN IOWA: MONONA-HARRISON-SHELBY-POTTAWATTAMIE-MILLS-MONTGOMERY-FREMONT-

PAGE; 316 AM CST TUE DEC 18 2012 NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE/VALLEY, NE

A WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH LATE WEDNESDAY NIGHT

SNOW WILL BEGIN BY MIDDAY ON WEDNESDAY IN EASTERN NEBRASKA…SPREADING INTO WESTERN IOWA BY MID AFTERNOON. SNOWFALL OF UP TO SEVEN INCHES IS POSSIBLE IN THE HEAVIEST BAND…ALTHOUGH THE LOCATION AND POTENTIAL HIGHEST AMOUNTS MAY CHANGE AS THE FORECAST OF THE STORM TRACK FLUCTUATES.

GUSTY NORTH WINDS WILL CREATE BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT INTO THURSDAY MORNING…WITH WHITEOUT CONDITIONS POSSIBLE.

A WINTER STORM WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR SIGNIFICANT SNOW…SLEET…OR ICE ACCUMULATIONS THAT MAY IMPACT TRAVEL. CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS.

Atlantic Parks & Rec Board receives $2,500 from local developer

Ag/Outdoor, News

December 18th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The City of Atlantic’s Parks and Recreation Board Monday evening received a check from local developer Don Sonntag.

Developer Don Sonntag addresses the Atlantic Parks & Rec Board.

The check, in the amount of $2,500 was part of Sonntag’s commitment to develop the East Ridge Park area over the course of 10-years. The City committed to maintaining the park through mowing and other activities. Sonntag said in the future, he’d like to see a source of water for the park, for the planting and annual maintenance of flowers.

In other business, Parks and Rec Director Roger Herring provided the Board with an update on the development of the Schildberg Recreation Area Campground.  He said the City’s Street Department has been hard at work grading and prepping the area for a gravel roadway and camping pads. He said also, the crews have done as much as they can do for now, with four-inches of gravel laid-down for the roadway and 12 out 18 camping pads. Work will resume on that activity, in the Spring.

In addition, Herring says talks have been underway with Atlantic Municipal Utilities to have water and electric installed for the camping pads sometime next Spring, and a local manufacturer has expressed interest in that part of the project. Herring says Owner Revolution/Plastic Professionals is working on plans to install camp-pad pods, which are roto-molded plastic structures designed to house water and electricity for each of the camping pads.

He says also, plans for a dog park at the Schildberg Recreation Area are continuing. The Board approved a request from Herring to ask the Atlantic City Council on Wednesday, for permission to release a section of City-owned land near the park. The site across Buck Creek Road next to the recreation area is City property which has not been identified as a park. The Park Board also approved the Dog Park Committee’s request to begin a fundraising program that would help pay for development of the dog park, primarily for fencing, which is expected to run about $10,500, but also for benches and other amenities at the dog park, such as equipment for the dogs to play on. Herring says while the focus currently is on a dog park at the Schildberg Recreation Area, it doesn’t exclude the possibility of one being located in-town, perhaps at the Sunnyside Park.

Grassley, Reid, Manchin: Let’s debate gun violence

News

December 18th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

WASHINGTON (AP) — Even as most Republicans played it safe and initially said little about the politically treacherous issue of gun control, a senior GOP senator has called for a study of both gun violence and mental health issues. Iowa Senator Charles Grassley made his suggestion as formerly pro-gun Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Monday it’s now time to place gun control on the table. And National Rifle Association member Sen. Joe Manchin, a West Virginia Democrat, agreed it’s time to debate gun legislation.

It’s too early to say what could emerge next year in Congress, but the comments of Grassley, Reid and Manchin are significant. Grassley is senior Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee. Reid sets the Senate schedule. And Manchin defied the NRA.

Don’t worry about the snow…worry about the wind!

News, Weather

December 18th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The National Weather Service in Des Moines says it seems like a lot of people are focusing only on the snow amounts with the storm system that is expected to hit Wednesday and Thursday. Officials say with the fresh snow pack, regardless of the amounts, wind gusts over 35 mph beginning early Thursday morning will create the potential for blizzard conditions throughout the day Thursday.

Be prepared for blizzard-like conditions Wednesday night and Thursday!

A Winter Storm Watch will be in effect beginning from Wednesday afternoon through Thursday afternoon for the KJAN listening area. The latest computer models show snowfall amounts will range from 5-to 8-inches across western Iowa, with some locations receiving up to 10-inches.

Of more concern to the Weather Service and Emergency Management Officials, is the winds. The Weather Service says winds will become very strong Wednesday nights from the north-to northwest, with sustained wind speeds of 20-to 30-miles per hour expected, along with occasional gusts to over 35. The strongest winds are expected at around daybreak, Thursday. Blizzard or near blizzard conditions are possible at that time, with visibilities reduced to less than one-quarter of a mile.

Very dangerous conditions are expected to develop Wednesday night into Thursday morning. Be prepared for very difficult travel and near blizzard conditions. Keep a weather radio handy, and if you plan on traveling, keep a winter weather survival kit in your vehicle. The weather service has a list of items you should keep in your kit, along with other tips on how to prepare and survive a Winter Storm in your home or vehicle, at http://www.crh.noaa.gov/dmx/?n=preparewintersafety.

Bluffs man sentenced to 1-year in prison for possessing a firearm as a felon

News

December 18th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A Council Bluffs man was sentenced Wednesday to one-year in prison for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. Judge James Gritzner also ordered 21-year old Dakota Allen Culbertson to serve a three year term of supervised release following his incarceration. In February of 2010, Culbertson was convicted of a felony offense of burglary in Pottawattamie CountyDistrict Court. On February 9th, 2012, during a visit by Iowa Probation Officers, Culbertson was found in possession of a .410 gauge shotgun.

The investigation which led to his arrest was conducted by the Council Bluffs Police Department, the Iowa Fourth Judicial District Probation Office, the Pottawattamie County Attorney’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The case was prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.