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 another edtion of the "Your Turn" live blog from the Ames City Council. On first glance, a pair of issues of note on the agenda this evening.
Two of the council's advisory boards--the Public Library Board of Trustees and Historic Preservation Commission are at-odds on the ongoing renovation and expansion of the library building. The library board wants to do what it can to preserve the historic nature of the building, but also sees the need to make it as user-friendly and energy efficent as possible. The commission wants the intact preservation of the building conforming to some stringent guidelines.
The council will also hear from staff on drought mitigation and water rationing ordinances. These are only used in time of drought, and need to be changed to reflect the city's current water rate structure.
7:38PM: We've hit our first "severe tire damage" spikes in the road. The council is jammed up on issues surrounding garages shared by two properties that straddle lot lines. Yes, this happens.
7:46PM: And...the issue goes circular.
8:00PM: On the library issue now.
8:08PM: Assistant City Manager Bob Kindred tells the council that a state historical board says not retaining the library building's windows could jeopardize a possible inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places
8:19PM: Library Board of Trustees presisdent Kevin Stow says while the library project will attempt to preserve the historic feel of the building, it was never intended to be a restoration project. He says a change in that director will delay should have been undertaken a long time ago. He says shifting to restoration will effect a number of contracts, and could effect the project's schedule.
8:40PM: Library building construction manager Brad Heemstra says they have to have a decision by May 14th on the windows. Council directs trustees to come back after investigating windows option.
8:50PM: Council getting an update on city drought mitigation efforts. Staffer giving report talks about 1976-77 start of pumping water from "what was then called "Hallett's Quarry." My God, I have been here a long time.