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Govt-and-politics
City eyes $26M runway replacement project
 Ian Richardson  / 
 10.12.17

SIOUX CITY | With the help of significant federal funding, Sioux City plans to replace a decades-old runway at Sioux Gateway Airport over the next three years. 

The city is in the design phase for the replacement of Runway 17-35, a north-south crosswind runway used by commercial and general aviation aircraft.

During a joint meeting of the Sioux City Council and Sioux Gateway Airport Board of Trustees Wednesday, airport director Mike Collett outlined the project and told the council the runway has exceeded its design life. The asphalt overlay is about 20 years old, while the base is estimated to be more than 50 years old.  

The proposed project will reconstruct the runway in phases. Under current plans, the Federal Aviation Administration would cover about 90 percent of the $26 million project, leaving Sioux City with about $2.6 million in costs. 

Grant funding for construction and bidding is planned for 2018, with construction work to be completed over two phases in 2019 and 2020. Collett said the city is looking at multiple phasing options and hopes to reduce the impact to air traffic during construction.

"We could choose to have a full closure on a few weekends over the summer, which would be different than limiting the runway length," he said. "So we'll have different impacts depending on which way we go and which aircraft American (Airlines) flies during that period." 

American is the only airline at the airport, flying regional jets daily to and from Chicago and Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas.

Airport looking westward

In other business Wednesday, Collett told the council the airport's top goal continues to pursue a westward flight for the airport, preferably a connection to Denver, Colorado, or Phoenix, Arizona. The city plans to continue pursuing federal grants to make it possible. 

Collett added that numbers are up significantly since Sioux City added a flight to Dallas-Fort Worth in May and he believes Sioux City has the capacity to support additional flights. Operating statistics in the airport's year-end report show passenger enplanements jumped from 26,797 in the 2016 fiscal year to 43,624 in the 2017 fiscal year. 


Local
Bicycle event will cross 3 Siouxland states
 Bret Hayworth  / 
 10.12.17

SIOUX CITY | Bicyclists will have the opportunity to ride recreation trails in three states Saturday, when the Tri-State Trails Tour bike ride unfolds.

The tour will be held for a 13th year, and in 2017 it is sponsored by Siouxland Trails Foundation and Women Aware.

The route varies from year to year, depending on the starting point. This year people will leave from the Hilton Garden Inn, at 1100 Larsen Park Road, in Sioux City. They will ride through Riverside Park in Sioux City to the Adams Nature Preserve in South Dakota and then into South Sioux City, Nebraska.

People don't have to ride the full route, but ride options range from six to 33 miles.

The cost is $12 per person. Check-in begins at 9 a.m., and the ride begins at 10 a.m.

Registration forms are available at area bicycle shops, online at www.siouxlandtrails.org or visit Siouxland Trails or Women Aware Facebook pages. For further information, contact Katie Colling at Women Aware (712) 258-4174.

There was a one-year hiatus of the trails tour in 2010, due to Interstate 29 construction work, which resulted in closure of the riverfront recreation trail.

The Siouxland Trails Foundation is working to connect various tri-state trails.


Crime-and-courts
State Medical Examiner rules Akron man's death a homicide
 Ian Richardson  / 
 10.11.17

AKRON, Iowa | The Iowa State Medical Examiner's Office has ruled the Friday shooting death of 40-year-old James Herbert in rural Akron a homicide. 

State Medical Examiner Dennis Klein said autopsy results showed Klein suffered a single shotgun wound to the chest and abdomen. The autopsy results confirmed the death as a homicide, he said. 

Authorities say 33-year-old Becky Hebert shot Jeremy Hebert during an argument at 13203 Evergreen Ave. around 12:15 a.m. Friday.

When officers responded to the call, they found Jeremy Hebert with a gunshot wound. He was transported to a Sioux City hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

Becky Hebert

Becky Hebert was arrested in Le Mars at 12:15 p.m. Friday and charged with second-degree murder, a Class B felony.

She posted $25,000 bond Monday. Her initial hearing is scheduled 9 a.m. Oct. 23.

Sheriff Mike Van Otterloo said law enforcement had been called to the residence previously for domestic violence and disturbances. The two had been living together at that residence.

The sheriff said Becky Hebert and the deceased had been arguing prior to the shooting and there was a witness. There were other people in the home and there were no other injuries.


Corrections
Correction
 nickhytrek
 10.11.17

Kraig Kubik, of Emerson, Nebraska, who was the victim in a Nov. 1 homicide, was 42 years old. His age was incorrect in a story that appeared on page A1 of the Oct. 11 edition of the Journal.


Govt-and-politics
Moore, Watters led fundraising, spending in City Council primary
 Ian Richardson  / 
 10.11.17

SIOUX CITY | Incumbent City Council candidates Dan Moore and Alex Watters led the field of nine council hopefuls in both fundraising and spending leading up to Tuesday's primary election, according to documents filed with the state.

Moore, Watters and fellow incumbent Pete Groetken were the only candidates who were required to file reports with the Iowa Ethics & Campaign Disclosure Board by the Oct. 5 deadline. Under state law, candidates for public office are required to file reports if they raise or spend at least $1,000 during the reporting period. 

The three incumbents were the top three vote-getters in Tuesday's primary, advancing to the Nov. 7 general election along with challengers Denny Quinn, Doug Waples and Jake Jungers. Three other candidates on the ballot Tuesday did not qualify for the general election, where three seats will be up for election.

Moore raised the most, listing $6,505 in contributions. Watters followed close behind with $6,210.

Groetken reported a balance of $2,112.42 for the start of the period, although those funds were carried over from his 2013 council campaign. Moore, who is also pursuing his second council term, did not report any carryover balance. 

Moore spent the most on his campaign in the weeks leading up to the primary, reporting $2,082.32 in expenditures, according to the report. Watters spent $1,873.07, and Groetken spent $415.05.

All contributions came from individuals or families with the exception of $1,000 donations awarded to both Moore and Watters from the Sioux City Professional Firefighters Association Local No. 7. 

Other large donations included $1,000 contributions by both Dave Bernstein and Louis Weinberg to Watters' campaign and a $1,000 contribution to Moore's campaign from Ritch LeGrand.

Moore also received $500 donations from Sioux City residents Jim and Bev Wharton, George Madsen, and Magnhild Madsen, as well as a $400 contribution from the Irving Jensen Trust. 

Watters received listed contributions from a trio of Democratic elected officials, among them a $50 donation from state Rep. Chris Hall and a $75 donation from state Rep. Tim Kacena. He received a pair of $100 donations from Marty Pottebaum, the lone Democrat on the Woodbury County Board of Supervisors. 

Sioux City Council seats are elected at-large and are officially nonpartisan. 


Jim Lee, Sioux City Journal file 

The Tri-State Trails Tour begins in Sioux City at 10 a.m. Saturday.


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Becky Hebert


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