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July 8th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS - A wastewater discharge in the city of Council Bluffs started early
Friday morning after sand plugged collection pipes on the west side of town.

The sand came from a private pumping station at the River Bend apartment complex
near 36th  Street and Avenue G.

City staffers found that the private pumping station was taking on groundwater and
sand through a crack or break in the complex's wet well. The city discharged
untreated wastewater to prevent sewer backups.

It took about 13.5 hours to clean out several blocks of sand-clogged pipes, ending
the discharge early Friday afternoon. An estimated 122,000 gallons of untreated
wastewater was discharged to the Missouri River.

The city was working with the apartment manager to have wastewater hauled directly to
the Council Bluffs wastewater treatment plant until repairs are completed.

Iowa joins search for missing Minnesota woman


July 8th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

ROCK VALLEY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa authorities have joined in the search for a missing Minnesota woman.

The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation says Friday that it is helping Minnesota law enforcement in its search for 41-year-old Lucia Perez of Worthington, Minn.

She was reported missing at the end of June. Authorities say she may have traveled to Rock Valley, Iowa, on June 27 with Bernardino Ramirez-Perez in a maroon Buick Century.

Perez was last seen wearing a denim skirt, a black short-sleeved blouse and carrying a black backpack.

Residents are asked to call local authorities if they see Perez or Ramirez-Perez.

Ag disaster declaration OK’d for 6 Iowa counties


July 8th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An agriculture disaster declaration has been approved for six western Iowa counties affected by flooding along the Missouri River.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the disaster designation Friday for Freemont, Harrison, Mills, Monona, Pottawattamie and Woodbury counties.

Gov. Terry Branstad says in a news release that the designation will allow farmers in those counties to receive assistance through federal emergency loans.

The USDA also named Cass, Cherokee, Crawford, Ida, Montgomery, Page, Plymouth and Shelby counties as contiguous disaster areas, allowing farmers in those counties to be considered for assistance.

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says the Obama administration realizes federal aid will be necessary until conditions improve and farmers recover their losses.

Ag secretary questions Corps on Missouri flooding


July 8th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has taken the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to task for its handling of the Missouri River in a letter questioning its decision not to release more water from dams earlier in the spring to prevent prolonged flooding this summer.
The river is near historic flood levels along the more than 800 miles it stretches from the Gavins Point Dam in South Dakota to its confluence with the Mississippi River. More than 560,000 acres in seven states have flooded, including nearly 447,000 acres of farmland, Vilsack spokesman Justin DeJong said. The flooding followed unexpected spring rains and the melting of a deep snowpack in the Rocky Mountains.
Vilsack outlined his concerns in a three-page letter sent to Major Gen. Meredith W.B. Temple, the acting commander of the Corps, and obtained by The Associated Press. Although Vilsack said he wasn’t in a position to judge how the Corps handled its dams, he asked pointed questions about the agency’s decision not to release more water earlier and criticized it for not providing farmers and ranchers with more up-to-date information.
His comments add to a growing chorus of officials questioning the Corps’ handling of the situation. U.S. Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., announced Friday that a bipartisan group of 14 senators from Missouri River states has requested a Senate hearing on the Corps’ management of the river. Vilsack noted the Corps said in a March 3 report in the Omaha World-Herald that there was no need for early releases from the Gavins Point Dam and there would be little flooding unless the region received a lot of rain.
Corps spokeswoman Jasmine Chopra defended the agency’s management of the river, saying it released more water than usual from Missouri River dams last fall and during the winter and this year’s flooding was unprecedented. However, she also said the Corps will take another look at its response when the river recedes.

The Missouri is expected to remain near record flood stage into the fall.

Gov. Terry E. Branstad orders flags at half-staff to honor U.S. Army Capt. Matthew Nielson


July 8th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry Branstad has ordered all flags in Iowa be flown at half-staff beginning at 5 p.m. on Friday, July 8, 2011 until 8 a.m. on Monday, July 11, 2011 in honor of United States Army Captain Matthew Nielson, 27, formerly of Jefferson, Iowa. 

Capt. Nielson was killed in action on Contingency Operating Logistics base Shocker while deployed to Iraq for Operation New Dawn. Capt. Nielson was assigned to the 2nd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, U.S. Army, Fort Hood, Texas.

The Governor’s directive applies to all U.S. and state flags under the control of the state. H.R. 692, signed in 2007, requires federal government agencies in the state to comply with the Governor’s Executive Order that the U.S. flag be flown at half-staff in the event of the death of a member of the Armed Forces. 

Flags will be at half-staff on the State Capitol Building and on flag displays in the Capitol Complex, and upon all public buildings, grounds, and facilities throughout the state. Individuals, businesses, schools, municipalities, counties and other government subdivisions are encouraged to fly the flag at half-staff for the same length of time as a sign of respect.



July 8th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

MENLO -The city of Menlo in Guthrie County is investigating how a petroleum product entered its storm water system. A resident reported a diesel odor at the 350th Street bridge east of Pinewood Avenue, just south of Menlo, to the Guthrie County Conservation Board on Thursday. A DNR investigation found a plastic tile discharging water with a rainbow sheen and slight petroleum odor into a drainage ditch.

The tile line drains water from Menlo’s storm sewer. Unlike sanitary sewers, storm sewers do not receive any treatment before discharging into streams, rivers or lakes. The drainage ditch flows into an unnamed tributary of the North River.

The city is investigating possible sources of the fuel and has put absorbent material in the ditch to keep it from spreading. It is not known how much fuel may have entered the storm sewer.

Senators seek hearing on Missouri management


July 8th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – U.S. Sen. John Thune says a bipartisan group of 14 senators in Missouri River states is requesting a Senate hearing to look into the Army Corps of Engineers management of the river before recent historic flooding. The South Dakota Republican says the group has sent a letter to the leadership of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee requesting a hearing. The letter was signed by senators from South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana, Nebraska, Missouri, Kansas and Iowa.

The corps has been criticized for its management of Missouri River reservoirs in the Upper Midwest that have been swollen by heavy spring snowmelt and rains. Some dam releases have been at record levels. The corps has said the reservoirs were in good shape to handle spring runoff until record rains fell upstream in May.

Westfair set for July 26th – 31st in Pott County


July 8th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Adrenaline pumping rides and high-powered motor sports are among the many attractions for you to enjoy during Westfair, July 26th through the 31st at the Pottawattamie County Fairgrounds near Council Bluffs. The family-friendly fair also features fashion shows and art.

Bryon Menke, Westfair Board President, says “From the traditional 4-H livestock shows to a wide variety of entertainment…there should be something for everyone.” The fair has taken place at the fairgrounds located two-miles east of I-80 on Highway Six, for more than 70-years.

Gates at Westfair are open Tuesday, July 26th, through Sunday, July 31st, from 8-a.m. to midnight. The cost of admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 6-to-12. Children age 5 and under are admitted for free. Your gate admission fee includes entry to the Saturday night Chad Lee Band concert in the amphitheater.

Memberships to Westfair are also available. For more information, visit the fair’s website at, or call Stacy Maddux at (402)-345-5401, ext. 111.

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Special Public hearing on Adair County CAFO Monday


July 8th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

A special, public hearing will be held Monday evening in Greenfield, with regard to the proposed construction of a large, Confined Animal Feeding Operation, or CAFO, in the southern part of Adair County. Auditor Mindy Schaefer says Eric Taylor has submitted an application for a hog and pig feeding facility to be located somewhat south and between Fontanelle and Orient. She says the proposal calls for a 2,480 head feeder operation, which means the Animal Unit Capacity is 1,984. Since it’s over the threshold of 1,000, Adair County can use the Master Matrix scoring method to make it’s recommendation to the DNR following the public hearing.

The public hearing will last no longer than 90-minutes, with three-minutes allowed per speaker. No designees will be allowed. Sign-up for the hearing begins at 6:30-p.m., Monday in the Courtroom at the Adair County Courthouse. A member of the Board of Supervisors will sign-up speakers on a first-come, first-served basis. Speakers will make their comments in the order they signed-up. Once the meeting begins, no additional speakers will be allowed to sign-up, or speak.

Written comments must be presented to the Board of Supervisors by mail or hand-delivered prior to the public hearing at 7-p.m.. Schaefer says only written comments will accompany the Board of Supervisor’s recommendation to the DNR, along with the Master Matrix scoring.

Schaefer says experience has taught her these types of meetings are usually well attended.