Sioux Center, Iowa — The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office is looking for the public’s help to solve a burglary case.
They report that on Friday (9/28), at 10:15 AM, they investigated a burglary that occurred at 4063 Fir Avenue, four miles west of Sioux Center.
Sometime between 8:30 PM on Thursday and 10:00 AM on Friday, someone entered the residence and stole Milwaukee and De Walt power drills, saws, battery packs, hand tools, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Sr. 1/16 th and 1/64 th scale Nascar die-cast race cars and Nascar memorabilia, sports trading cards, CB radios, stereo equipment, speakers, an amplifier and a .22 caliber Smith and Wesson handgun.
Anyone with information is asked to contact to the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office or by using the Text-a-tip program. Or you can also call the Sheriff’s Office at 712-737-2280.
Primghar, Iowa — Early voting is becoming more and more popular, for several reasons.
O’Brien County Auditor Barb Rohwer says that in addition to voting by mail or in person at the Auditor’s office, her office was also petitioned to have satellite early voting stations this year. So, she says they will have two early voting events — one in Sheldon and one in Hartley in the coming weeks.
Friday, October 19
1 PM to 7 PM
Hartley Public Library
Wednesday, October 24
1 PM to 7 PM
She also says that if you’re going to vote at one of the early voting satellite stations, it doesn’t matter where in the county you live — they will have all ballots for all precincts available at both early voting events.
Rohwer says you may also request an absentee ballot to fill out before the event, and then turn it in at the event.
She says the person who turned in the petitions to ask the county to have satellite early voting stations said that they just wanted to make sure that every avenue and opportunity was given to the public.
The auditor’s office will also be open extended hours — on two Saturdays before the election, says Rohwer.
They’ll be open on Saturday, October 27th from 8 to 5 for both registration and absentee voting. They’ll also be open on Saturday, November 3 from 9 to 5 for absentee voting. You can also register to vote that day, but it will be more like registering at the polls. You’ll need a photo id, current address, or someone to vouch for you.
Of course you may also vote the old-fashioned way — at the polls the day of the election. In fact, as we alluded to, you can even register to vote at the polls. But Rohwer encourages people to take care of that ahead of time if they have the opportunity, as registering at the polls slows down the whole process.
She says it’s helpful to get any paperwork taken care of ahead of time.
Any Iowa voter may request an absentee ballot if they expect they cannot go to the polls on election day. Voting an absentee ballot may be done in one of three methods:
1. Voters may vote in-person in their county auditor’s office during the regular business hours. The last day that a voter can vote an absentee ballot at the county auditor’s office is Monday, November 5th. Regular business hours for Iowa county auditors can be found by clicking on the relevant county at this link: http://sos.iowa.gov/elections/auditors/auditorslist.html
2. Voters may request an absentee ballot be mailed. The last day to request an absentee ballot by mail is Friday, November 2nd at 5:00. If you request a ballot by mail, it must be returned to the county auditor’s office by the following deadlines:
· In-person delivery – Tuesday, November 6th by 9:00 PM
· Mail delivery – postmarked no later than Monday, November 5th and received no later than 12:00 PM on Tuesday, November 13th. Postmarks are not guaranteed. Please mail your ballot early to make sure it is received on time.
3. Satellite voting stations are offered in some locations. Check with your local county auditor’s office to see if satellite voting is available.
A voter who chooses to vote an absentee ballot by one of these methods will be asked to fill out an official Iowa absentee ballot request form.
Persons soliciting absentee ballot request forms while acting as an agent for a political party or candidate must offer a receipt to the voter for the completed request form.
Des Moines, Iowa — As autumn days grow shorter, Iowa drivers are urged to keep a cautious eye on roadsides. In the coming weeks, whitetail deer will become more active as the ‘rut’ or breeding season approaches.
The early harvest also removes standing crops. As a result, deer are on the move to more wooded or brushy areas. And finally, with shorter day length, our peak driving times coincide with sunrise and sunset, when deer are active, traveling between food and cover.
Although deer vehicle collisions increase in the fall with the increase in deer movement, the good news is that over the last decade the rate of deer/vehicle collisions has declined significantly. The decline is a result of actions taken by the DNR to reduce Iowa’s deer population; primarily through hunters harvesting more does.
The reduction was the intent of Iowa legislators in 2003 when they instructed the DNR to reduce deer populations. Those goals have been reached in most counties and are close to being met in remaining counties.
Deer vehicle collisions are down, even though Iowans drive an estimated 4.3 billion miles more (18.6 billion/2011) than 20 years ago.
“Last year the rate of deer killed in Iowa was down from the peak years of 2004 through 2006 and is actually similar to levels reported from the mid-1980s to mid-90s,” says Tom Litchfield, forest wildlife biologist for the Iowa DNR.
“It is important to consider the number of miles driven, when looking at vehicle-deer mishaps; in particular rural miles,” emphasizes Litchfield. “Insurance industry figures often overlook the fact that most miles driven on Iowa’s highways are in rural areas where most deer live.”
Drivers can reduce the chance of hitting a deer by remaining alert for deer crossing the road and by scanning road shoulders, especially near creeks and wooded areas.
Reducing speed slightly will also increase the amount of time the driver has to react if a deer appears on or near the road. This is especially important around dawn and dusk, when deer are more active.
In the unfortunate event that a collision cannot be avoided—it is usually safer to slow down as much as possible and hit the deer, than to veer into oncoming traffic or leave the roadway.