Since his start in radio news, Trent has won awards from the Nebraska Broadcasters Association, the Nebraska Associated Press, and the Iowa Broadcast News Association.
Rice also serves as the 2009-2010 President of the Iowa Broadcast News Association.
Rice is a native of Plattsmouth, Nebraska. He and his wife Solveig have been married since 2000. They live in Ames where he enjoys golf, reading, movies, music college football, and the heartbreak that comes from being a Minnesota Vikings fan. Trent and Solveig have twin daughters Annika and Kaija and a son, Erik, who shares the same birthday as his sisters, just five years later.
Good evening and welcome to the second to the last Ames City Council meeting for 2013. A couple of agenda items of note this evening. The council will hold a hearing on a $2 million tax abatement for Kingland Systems $20 million dollar building that will serve as the cornerstone for a Campustown redevelopment. The council will also consider a flood mitigation strategy that calls for a new Highway 30 bridge over the Skunk River and channel work on the Skunk and Squaw Creek. The city hopes to pursue FEMA grants to offset some of the cost of the plan. Also, the council will hear a request for traffic improvements on S. Duff Ave. that would see the intstallation of a new traffic signal and concrete median that would limit the number of left turns across traffic thereby reducing the number of accidents.
7:00PM--The council recognized championships won by the Ames High football, cross country, girls swimming, and drill teams.
7:16PM--Council hearing about S. Duff issues. City traffic engineer Damion Pregizer says injury accidents along a quarter-mile section of the street is 1.5 times above the state average for injury accidents. He says some businesses are concerned that that median would limit access to their buildings
7:38PM--2nd Ward Council Member Jami Larson, half in jest, brings up the idea of a roundabout to handle some of the traffic in front of the Super Wal Mart store. Five people in the audience's heads exploded.
7:46PM--We are 30 minutes into this discussion.
8:01PM--A number of property owners say their business will suffer if the median is installed. Owner of land where 20th Century Bowling sat says he's had prospective businesses tell him they won't build on the land if the median is installed.
8:11PM--55 minutes in...
8:22PM--1 hour, six minutes in... At-Large Council Member Matthew Goodman asks for something he'll never get--consensus from business owners in the area. It's clear that as long as a median is part of the conversation, no consensus will be possible...
8:35PM--Total discussion time, one hour, 19 minutes. Council directs staff to continue to study the plan, with median, and negotiate issues with area property owners.
8:40PM--On Kingland/Campustown issue, City Manager Steve Schainker says the new plan drops a provision that the company maintain 75% of the building's first floor for retail space in the 10 years after the tax abatement is fulfilled.
Here's a link to the story of Satanists who want to put up a temple on grounds of the Oklahoma state capitol building. They say they'll follow the same rules and guidelines as Christian groups who put up a 10 Commandments monument. In the "Your Turn" world, we call the this the law of unintended consequnces. In other words...be careful what you wish for.
As for me, I'd like to see an effort put forth to put up a small statue of Yoda for my Jediist brothers and sisters. May the Force be with you...
Also, enjoy another track from Trent's Christmas Jukebox. Today's selection is from my favorite band...
While it was a lot of fun taking out little dog-and-pony show on the road for the Penny Pickup, was good to be back in the studio for Friday's show.
While lots of people slagged on NBC and Carrie Underwood for attempting a live broadcast of "The Sound of Music" I have to tip my hat at the attempt. Full disclosure: I watched all of about five minutes of the show. But, the first thing that went thought my mind was how hard it had to be to stage and shoot the show. Having to make changes for all those camera shots and sets, all in real time...wow. Ratings numbers were strong.
2012 Iowa Caucus winner and former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum went on the O'Riley Factor the night Nelson Mandela died and equated aparthied to Obamacare. If you're looking for the reason Santorum will never be president...
Another selection from Trent's Christmas Jukebox: Der Bingle and Ziggy Stardust...
To Ames Ford Lincoln, Cross Wealth Management, North Grand Mall, Premiere Credit Union, Heartland Senior Services, WCI Pools and Spas and Wild Birds Unlmited, let me join Mel and everyone else here at NewsTalk 1430 KASI to say thanks to the great sponsors for letting us hang out and do our shows during the Penny Pickup.
Thanks to the Ames Police Department and the Benevolent Associaiton for letting us hitch our star to their wagons. Double thanks to the men and women and blue for making Christmas better for kids for the last 20 years.
Most importantly, thanks to you for your generous contributions. It may go without saying, but let me say it anyway...we couldn't have done it without all of you. I think, at times, we take the generosity of people in Ames for granted. It's after someting like the Penny Pickup where I am reminded how much you all care for each other and really have each others' backs.
From the bottom of our hearts...thank you.
Here is the link to the Esquire Magazine article on the "War on Christmas" that doesn't exist. Just so you know, there are some grown-up words and grown-up images on the site, so parental guidance is suggested.
Do yourself a solid--don't just read the article, but watch the embedded video from Tuesday's "Daily Show" where Jon Stewart drives the topic for distance and accuracy. He just kills it.
Speaking of Christmas, please enjoy my favorite Christmas song.
See you Thursday at Ames Ford Lincoln for the final day of our Penny Pickup.
Thanks to everyone who came out and donated to Day 4 of "Penny Pickup" at Heartland Senior Services. We'll see you tomorrow at WCI Pools and Spas.
Here's the link to the Omaha World-Herald piece on our lack of life skills in 2013. Its a funny column, but I think tells a deeper truth about what we are teaching our kids in schools today, and what we need to teach them as parents.
Should a woman convicted of first-degree murder when she was 15 years old be parolled so she can go home to die of breast cancer? Yes. It is possible to have mercy an compassion for those amongst us who've done the worst. It's called "humanity."