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's a link to the Ames Tribune editorial I talked about on the show today. While I understand Trib's impatience on the seemingly glaicial pace of a flood mitiatgion plan with the City of Ames stamp on it, I just have to think that it's "not as easy as that."
After the floods of 1993, the city spent years divising the plan that was in place for the record floods of 2010. Remember what we heard time and again at the height of the floods three years ago? "We are seeing water where we've never seen water before. This is really unexpected..." OK...how do you plan for this? Isn't the implication that something like 2010 HAS to happen before you can plan for it to happen again?
There are some important question in the Trib's piece that are going unanswered. What's more important--doing something quickly, or doing something right. Can you imagine the fallout if the city slap-dashed a plan and gets it wrong? Second question--just how much are the taxpayers in Ames willing to pay to "mitigate" floods at Wal Mart or Target? When the City Council allowed businesses to be built in the area where floodwaters have been in the past, it assumed the mitgation risk and cost FOR ALL OF US.
Sure, a mitigation plan is important, but the price tax associated with it is more important.