A statewide healthy living competition kicks off in less than three weeks and the Mahaska Wellness Coalition wants you to get involved.
Starting January 23rd,teams throughout Iowa will be setting goals and making positive choices to meet them – all in an effort to make Iowa the healthiest state. CRI has more on how some locals are using 100 days to make lifelong changes.
Tuesday morning, the Mahaska County Board of Supervisors met for ithe first meeting of 2012. The meeting began with the annual event of board "reorganization," whereby the Supervisors appoint a new Chairman, and Vice Chairman, of the Board. Sitting as Vice Chairman for 2011, Supervisor Greg Gordy replaced Supervisor Willie Van Weelden as Chairman, while Supervisor Ken Rozenboom replaced Gordy as Vice Chairman.
First order of business for the reorganized Board of Supervisors was to address the County Compensation Board's recommendations for county employee pay increases. The compensation board suggested a 4% increase for the sheriff's office, and a 3.6% increase for all other employees. Supervisor Gordy suggested the county follow previous pay increase models and reduce the increases to labor negotiated standards. After some discussion the Board agreed to reducing the pay increases to 2.6% for the sheriff's office and a 2.16% increase for all other county employees.
The Iowa State University Extension Master Gardeners of Mahaska County are offering classes for beginning gardeners to gain the knowledge and skills to become successful gardeners.
The classes are designed for beginners; however, any interested gardener is encouraged to attend.
Classes will be held Tuesday evenings at 6;30 pm at the Mahaska County Extension Office. Participants may attend one, two or all three classes. Cost for each class is $5; or $10 for all three. Registration is due one week prior to the class.
Presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann stopped by Pizza Ranch in Oskaloosa Thursday evening on part of her tour of Iowa in the run-up to the Iowa caucuses January 3rd. A full house of supporters and diners greeted the candidate as she made her way through the restaurant signing autographs and posing for pictures. According to one campaign source, Bachmann's voice "was shot" so her campaign co-chairs Tamara Scott of Concerned Women for America and Iowa Senator Brad Zaun spoke to the crowd and delivered her message for her. She did speak at the end of the 20-minute visit about some of the issues including immigration and repealing "ObamaCare". Bachmann ended the visit standing with supporters holding campaign signs to produce a video. Click on the link below to see video of the visit.
Five out of seven Iowa homes have elevated radon level.
Governor Terry Branstad will formally declare January as “Radon Action Month” in Iowa with a proclamation signing on Thursday, January 5.
Radon is an odorless, colorless, tasteless gas that causes no immediate health symptoms, but long-term exposures may cause lung cancer. It comes from the breakdown of uranium in soil. Simple test kits can reveal the amount of radon in any building. Buildings with high levels can usually be fixed with simple and affordable venting techniques.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, one in 15 homes across the U.S and five out of seven homes in Iowa have an elevated radon level. Radon gas seeps into a house the same way air or other soil gases enter: from the soil around and under the home; through cracks in the foundation, floor or walls; through hollow-block walls; and through openings around floor drains, pipes and sump pumps. Radon has been detected in new and old homes, and in homes with or without basements. Test kits are simple to use and typically cost less than $20.
To order a test kit or learn additional information about radon, call the American Lung Association at 800-383-5992. Licensed measurement and mitigation specialists are listed at www.idph.state.ia.us/eh/radon.asp.
OSKALOOSA, IA -- The George Daily Auditorium has begun the process of hiring a new operations manager. The auditorium has about 15 candidates for the operations manager position. Executive Director Randy Wright says the auditorium hopes to hire someone as soon as possible.
Oskaloosa--Alan Douglas (Sr., Champaign, Ill., Lakeland CC) had another jaw-dropping game and fortunately this time it was enough to lift the William Penn men's basketball team to victory as the squad defeated Viterbo 78-69 in Midwest Collegiate Conference action Wednesday.
CRI's award winning documentary "Searching for Buxton,' which tells the story of the early-twentieth century ethnically integrated coal mining town of Buxton, Iowa, will be shown as part of special screening night at the Fleur Theatre in Des Moines. Last Spring "Searching for Buxton" producers Jason Madison and Jacob Rosdail received an "Award of Excellence" from the Iowa Motion Picture Association.
The screening will take place on January 22nd at 7 p.m. with tickets costing $10 at the door. For more information on the screening, and the other films being shown, click the "read more" link.
The January 3rd Iowa Caucuses are almost here. Originally Iowa's political parties were expecting to have a February caucus date but other states have been known to move up their caucus or primary dates to claim, "First in the Nation" statues. Historically Iowa has held the nation's first caucus and New Hampshire has held the first primary. When several other states moved up their dates Iowa responded by pushing up it's planned date from sometime in February to January 3rd.
There are several caucus locations for Oskaloosa republicans and one location for Oskaloosa democrats. Remember, for Republicans, where you caucus is determined by what city ward you live in. Let's begin with republican caucus locations.
DES MOINES – Iowa’s continued economic recovery has led to a decrease in the state’s unemployment rate. As such, the three month average rate has fallen below the required six percent for Iowa to qualify for the Extended Unemployment Compensation (EUC) Tier 3 federal benefits program. This will decrease the additional weeks available to Iowans from 47 to 34 after January 14th.
“While Iowa is fortunate to have one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country, it does effect the overall benefit eligibility for the state,” indicated department director Teresa Wahlert. “The change in Iowa’s eligibility will affect approximately 4,200 individual in the first quarter of 2012.”