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.
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."
Just a quick note to say thanks for everyone who came out and made donations to Shop-With-A-Cop during the first week of the Penny Pickup. We'll see you out and about again Monday!
"Best of" shows Thursday and Friday! We'll see you live again in December (OK...on Monday).
Have a happy Thanksgiving!
Good evening and welcome to this Ames City Council live blog. A short, but packed agenda this evening:
The council will consider a resolution setting March 4, 2014 as the date for a special election on a $19 million bond issue that would pay for the city's half of of a $38 million renovation and expansion of the Iowa State Center's convention space. Remember, if the issue goes before voters, it would need 60% approval to pass.
The Council will also consider the $2 million, 10 year tax abatement for Kingland System's $20 million building on West Lincoln Way. It's expected the council will mandate the building's first floor be used for retail space-- office and other uses would be on the building's upper floors.
The council will also give staff direction on flood mitigation alternatives. Staff's top alternative would call for the reconstruction of the Hwy. 30 bridge over the Skunk River and some channel work on the Skunk and Squaw Creek. The bridge plan would need approval from the Iowa Department of Transportation. The city is expected to ask for FEMA grants to cover some of the plan's costs.
7:25PM: 2nd Ward Council Member Jami Larson is not in attendence this evening. Lots of people in the crowd tonight--much interest in the Campustown and ACVB bond issue items.
7:35PM: Outgoing 1st Ward Council member Tom Wacha makes an interesting comment about a proposed retirement community on Stange Rd. in north Ames. He joins At-Large member Matthew Goodman in expressing concern that the project will sit on some of the last developable land in the Ames Community School District without adding housing that could be occupied by families with kids.
7:55PM: Council is taking up the bond issue election date item...
8:00PM: Lots of people lined up to urge council support for an issue they will likely approve.
8:05PM: Yep...it's a pep rally...
8:10PM: Iowa State Center director Mark North is detailing all the conventions and meetings Ames used to host, but has lost because of a lack of space.
8:20PM: Not surprisingly, the Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Commission are on board...
8:25PM: The Council sets the bond issue vote date of March 4th, and will ask the ACVB to pay the $15,000 election cost from it's budget, dervied from hotel-motel taxes.
9:25PM: Council fails to pass flood mitigation plan, as motion mustered a 3-2 vote. Resolution must have four votes to pass. Issue can be reconsidered at the next meeting.
9:39PM: Council is talking about Kingland TIF: 4th Ward Council member Victoria Szopinski and At-Large Council member Matthew Goodman want Kingland to maintain retail space on building's first floor in perpetuity after 10 years of abatement. A compromise between the company and the city would obligate the company to hold to 75% of retail space for an additional 10 years after the TIF runs out. The measure passes, even after 1st Ward Council member Tom Wacha originally objects to the compromise, saying the company should be under NO obligation to the city after the TIF runs out.
Allow me to speak for Mel when I extend a big thanks to everyone who came out today for the first day of our "Penny Pickup" fundraiser for Shop With A Cop. We'll see you all tomorrow at North Grand Mall. Remind me to dress better for the cold.
An interesting notion that we'll try to flesh out more on Tuesday's show. Gov. Branstad says President Obama has an "obligation" to support a greater ethanol mandate in the Renewable Fuels Standard since he campaigned on the issue in Iowa back in 2008, playing counter to Sen. John McCain's criticism of ethanol. This ethanol issue is really important to how many states? Six? Seven? Eight? Let's call it, 10, at the most. So where do the other 40 states factor in to a campaign promise Obama made five years ago before he was president?
Make no mistake--Branstad is a veteran politician poised to run for re-election in 2014. He will "hold" Obama to this promise, if for no other reason than to keep his street cred with a huge block of Iowa voters. I would expect nothing less.
Since we have a "if you don't use them, you lose them" policy when it comes to vacation days, I'm taking off Thursday and Friday. What will I do with my time? Probably immerse myself in "JFK at 50" specials on PBS, History Channel, National Geographic, et al.
One of the shows I'm hoping to catch again is this episode of PBS's Nova. Of all the shows on PBS, Nova has been getting done for decades. This show applied 21st century science, technology, and forensics to the JFK assassination. No spoilers; but I'll tell you that it answered a lot of my questions about "the second shooter," "the magic bullet," and "back and to the left."
Mel fills in for me Thursday and Friday--have a great weekend!