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.
As I said on the air Friday, I've had a hard time kind of wrapping my arms around this City Council election. As I said in this space earlier this week, I think my biggest issue comes from a bit of disappointment that for all the issues facing the city we come back, over and over, to development.
Here's what I've come up with. This issue is about US, not THEM. I think we these candidates a huge disservice when we decide that we're going to leave all that other stuff behind and vote for someone based soley on how they feel about development. No one gets elected to the council, or a least stays for long, without a firm grasp on the huge array of issues facing us.
So. That's what I've come up with, take it as you will. When you go to the polls Tuesday you are free to decide these candidates on any standard you like. Just remember that they are going to be asked to decide lots and lots of issues beyond development that WILL effect you.
Here's the campaign finance statements I talked about Friday. Do with them what you will. All are PDFs:
Which is to say, to real Halloween style at all. I'm not even dressed as a "sexy radio guy" which seems to be the pattern for costumes you'll see in Campustown tonight.
"Oh, I get it...she's not a nurse, she a SEXY nurse!" Or, "She's not a Information Services manager...she's a SEXY Information Services Manager!"
Thanks to city Water and Pollution Control Director John Dunn for spending the hour with us. Here's a link to the Ames City Council's agenda from last Tuesday night--click the links to see the staff report on flood mitigation alternatives. My takeaway from the conversation: it's not a matter of "IF" we'll see another flood...it's a matter of "WHEN." Now, explain to me how we can do nothing to reduce it's effects WHEN it happens again.
Here are links to the stories we talked about on the show today:
First off: Here's the Omaha World Herald story on the suburban Omaha school district that found a quarter's worth of common sense in a dollar's worth of stupid that comes with zero-tolerance policies. As we said, there are the kinds of policies that are made to appear publically tough, while in fact are clear signs of administrative laziness.
And, here's the link to the story detailing the 2013 winner of "most flaming bags of poo every to find their way to one person's front porch."
As we weave our way through the morass that is next week's Ames City Council election, I found myself admitting to something on the air Tuesday that I never thought I'd admit too.
I'm increasingly sympathetic to those who've staked their council positions standing in the face of the city's development community. At times, I'm guessing that's GOT to be a pretty uncomfortable postion to take. You are, sometimes, the only voice saying "NO" to some people who are perceived in our fair city to be pretty powerful. These are the same people who will actively work to unseat you for the position you take on where things get built and by whom.
As I said in this space yesterday, it seems again that we face another city council election that swings on the issue of development. For all the issues that face us, we come back again to houses. Make no mistake, I know there are all sorts of attendent issues that come with growth, but...
More on this during the show tomorrow...
When Ames City Council candidates announced their plans to run this spring and summer, had hopes that we were done with this roller coaster of councils being elected soley on their views of development. Yeah, about that...
Seems that those forces are still at work, from those candidates who are in the race, who urged them to run, and who's supporting them. Seems like the more things change, the more they stay the same. For everything I've gathered, we have a spate of candidates who were urged to run based on what, where, and how they think businesses and houses should (or shouldn't) be built. Shades of 2009 and 2005. *sigh*
Just a quick post--busy day here at "Your Turn" HQ with our Ames Chamber of Commerce City Council Candiadtes Forum. As I post this, it's not yet happened, so let me say...
Wow! It went great, didn't it! I know! When that one candidate said that one thing, and the the other candidate totally came back with that response?! Hoo boy! What fireworks!
Here's some "Shut Up and Take My Money" movie trailers. See you Monday!
Captain America: Winter Soldier:
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues: