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KLEM News for Saturday, September 24



The Democratic candidate in Iowa’s fourth congressional district says carbon pipelines have a failed climate record and are not the way to cut carbon emissions. Ryan Melton of Nevada is challenging Republican Congressman Randy Feenstra of Hull. Melton says we are facing an existential crisis when it comes to climate change and bold action is needed. Melton says the carbon capture pipeline projects would be a boondoggle. He also says E-15 could be part of the mix, but says it’s time to develop other energy sources that aren’t an additive to fossil fuels.  Melton was one of several top line candidates speaking at a gathering at Northwestern College in Orange City Friday night.  The County Democrats from Plymouth, Sioux, and three other counties sponsored the event..



O’Brien County authorities responded to a one vehicle injury accident Wednesday evening.  A deputy was called to a crash site along Nettle Ave, northeast of Sheldon.  There was a totaled vehicle, a smashed barb-wire fence, damage to the crop in a soybean field. There was blood detected at the site, but no occupants in or near the vehicle.

The next morning, the driver, 36 year old Ramiro Alvarez-Lopez of Sibley, presented himself to the Osceola County Sheriffs Department to report the crash. He said there was a passenger with him, and after the crash, they left the vehicle in search of help.  The two became separated and he did not know where the passenger was.  The passenger was later spotted walking along Iowa Highway 60 near Ashton.  That person was taken to the hospital with unknown injuries.  Charges will not be filed against the passenger. The driver admitted he was speeding, and lost control while going over a bridge on Nettle Ave.  Charges are pending against the driver.



Western Iowa Tech Community College and IowaWORKS are hosting five industry-specific Career Fairs in October and November. The career fairs will take place at the WITCC Sioux City campus from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm. Attendees will have the opportunity to explore employment opportunities and industry information from various Siouxland employers. Employers will be available to interview qualified applicants for open positions and provide information about their companies. Career Fairs are free and open to the public.  For more information, contact: carol.muhs@witcc.edu



The only person in U.S. history to serve as Secretary of State and head the C.I.A. was the keynote speaker at the 36th annual Siouxland Chamber of Commerce dinner Thursday.
Mike Pompeo gave his views about how America’s is looked at by the rest of the world:


Pompeo held a news conference with local journalists before his speech at the Sioux City Convention Center.
Building security was tight as the former secretary has received death threats from iran, which he referred to in his comments:

The former secretary also talked about Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, which he says started when Barack Obama was president.

   He also addressed the border crisis warning that a number of people who are security threats are likely entering the country:

When asked about his future political plans, the former Kansas congressman said it was too early to tell:

Pompeo is from Kansas and graduated at the top of his class at West Point, earning his law degree at Harvard, and serving in the U.S. House from 2011-17.



The Iowa Department of Corrections says a guard at the Anamosa State Penitentiary was assaulted Thursday. The Department says the correctional officer was working in a living unit when the inmate started striking him in an unprovoked attack. Other staff intervened and the officer was taken to the local hospital for treatment and was later released.