EPA rejects Iowa new clean water rule passed last August

Ag/Outdoor, News

February 7th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has told Iowa environmental regulators that changes made to state clean water standards last year violate federal regulations. The Iowa Environmental Protection Commission approved changes in August that eliminated a rigorous environmental assessment before allowing new contaminants to be introduced to streams, rivers or lakes by city wastewater treatment plants or industry.

The new so-called anti-degradation standards allowed a focus on cost when evaluating introduction of new contaminants into waterways. Environmental groups opposed the change saying it weakened Iowa’s clean water protections and commended the EPA Tuesday for rejecting the changes.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources, which enforces state environmental rules, did not immediately respond to a message. It’s not immediately clear if the EPA determination will withstand scrutiny of the new Trump administration.

LaDONNA LEA APPLEGATE, 78, of Oakland (Svcs. 2/10/17)


February 7th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

LaDONNA LEA APPLEGATE, 78, of Oakland, died Monday, February 6th, at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. Funeral services for LaDONNA APPLEGATE will be held 2:30-p.m. Friday, February 10th, at the Oakland United Methodist Church. Rieken-Vieth Funeral Home in Oakland has the arrangements.

Visitation with the family will be on Thursday evening at the Oakland United Methodist Church from 5-8 PM.

Interment will be in Oaklawn Cemetery.

Memorials may be directed to the Freedom Rock Fund.

LaDONNA APPLEGATE is survived by:

Her husband  – Don Applegate, of Oakland.

Her sons – Doug Applegate and wife Kathy, Dave Applegate and wife Shelia, and Dean Applegate and wife Amy, all of Oakland

Her sisters – Rosalie Soloth and husband Bob of McClelland, and Janet Tiarks and husband Roy of Council Bluffs.

Her brother – Leo Olsen of Treynor.

7 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, other relatives and friends.

Dubuque City Council votes to consider plastic bag ban


February 7th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — The Dubuque City Council is moving ahead with having staff draft an ordinance that would ban retailers from using plastic shopping bags. The Telegraph Herald reports that council members voted 4-3 in favor of the plan Monday night. Council members Luis Del Toro and David Resnick argued the city would be better served by a less heavy-handed approach and recommended finding ways to encourage retailers and residents to voluntarily lessen plastic bag use.

A memo from Cori Burbach, the city’s sustainable community coordinator, says charging shoppers more in an effort to curb the use of plastic checkout bags would require a substantial amount of work. City Attorney Crenna Brumwell says the city could be exposed to litigation if a fee were implemented improperly.

GOP file bill to change Iowa’s collective bargaining law


February 7th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Republicans who hold majorities in the Iowa Legislature are moving quickly on a bill that public employee unions say would gut Iowa’s collective bargaining law.

The 68-page bill was filed Tuesday in the House and Senate. Republican leaders say they intend to approve procedural votes Wednesday and Thursday. Full votes in both chambers could happen next week under that schedule.

The bill would allow employers to fire public workers without proper cause, and it would prohibit unions from bargaining over several issues that are now covered.

Republicans say the bill would create competitive wages for the best workers, an assertion several union leaders say isn’t true. Democrats say they didn’t see the bill before Tuesday.

Dozens of union workers gathered Tuesday at the Capitol to voice opposition to proposed changes.

Iowa GOP pushes ban on fetal tissue use in medical research


February 7th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa Senate subcommittee has approved a proposed ban on medical research using fetal tissue despite objections it could jeopardize life-saving cures.

The Republican-controlled panel agreed Tuesday that the use or transportation of fetal tissue should be largely prohibited. The legislation is similar to a bill passed in the Iowa House last year that banned the use of aborted fetal tissue for research. That bill failed in a Senate controlled by Democrats, but with Republicans now controlling both chambers, the measure could see greater support.

The Iowa Board of Regents requested an amendment that would allow researchers to use fetal cell lines, permit medical donations and allow pathological study. Legislators didn’t OK the amendment but say they could consider it later.

The bill moves to the Senate Human Resources committee.

Corning man arrested for Indecent Exposure and Harassment


February 7th, 2017 by Jim Field

The Adams County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a Corning man on Tuesday.  At 1:00pm Deputies arrested 28-year-old Christian May of Corning for Indecent Exposure and Harassment. May was taken to the Adams County Jail and booked in.

Man pleads not guilty to thefts of skid loader, stuck pickup


February 7th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – A Sioux City man has pleaded not guilty to allegations that he stole a skid loader in an effort to free a stolen pickup truck stuck on railroad tracks.
The Sioux City Journal reports that 36-year-old Nicholas Penny entered the pleas Monday to charges of theft, burglary and criminal mischief.

Police say Penny drove the stolen truck over tracks and became stuck Jan. 26. Police say Penny then walked to a nearby Bobcat dealership and stole one of the dealership’s skid loaders. Police say he damaged a fence when he drove the skid loader through it and also damaged the loader’s door.

Winter Weather Advisory for Monona-Shelby-Pottawattamie Counties


February 7th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

1156 AM CST Tue Feb 7 2017

…Fast moving band of snow to impact area tonight…

.Snow will spread east tonight and continue into early Wednesday morning. The heaviest band will likely fall near a line from Albion to Norfolk to Tekamah and Logan, Iowa.


* TIMING…Snow will spread east across the area beginning around
10 pm with the heaviest snow falling from around 10 pm to 4 am.
Light snow will continue through the early morning hours

* SNOWFALL AMOUNTS…2 to 5 inches of storm total accumulation is
expected by Wednesday morning with the heavier snow band across
northeast Nebraska.

* IMPACTS…Periods of snow may cause travel difficulties with
snow covered roads and limited visibilities.


A Winter Weather Advisory for snow means that periods of snow
will cause primarily travel difficulties. Be prepared for snow
covered roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while

Atlantic School Board to act on purchase of Suburban from central IA dealership


February 7th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic School Board will meet in a regular session Wednesday in the High School Media Center, beginning at 5:30-p.m. On their agenda is a presentation with regard to the Girls Golf Team, followed by approval of the first reading of Board Policies pertaining to Student Conduct, and, a Negative Balance. The Board is also expected act on approving the purchase of a 2017 Chevy Suburban from Karl Chevrolet in Ankeny, for $31,938, which is reduced $7,600 thanks to proceeds from insurance.

The District’s 2005 Suburban was totaled during an accident in Dubuque on January 10th. The 2005 vehicle will be repurchased by the District for the salvage value of $1,050, and repaired, since Transportation Director Dave Eckles thinks it can be made road worthy again. It would only be used as a staff vehicle, however, and not to transport students.

Among the items up for discussion during Wednesday’s meeting, is an update on the 2017-18 Certified Budget, and Summer 2017 Capital Projects.

Corning woman arrested on a harassment charge


February 7th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

The Adams County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest just before 9-a.m. today (Tuesday), of 36-year old Deena Morales, of Corning. Morales was charged with Harassment and brought to the Adams County Jail, where her bond was not set.