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.
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:
Here's the Omaha World Herald story about the Nebraska legislature's call for a climate change study that intentionally ignores humans as a cause. **WARNING** This will make you want to punch yourself in the face.
Here are the high points:
1. Politician doesn't want study to include humans as a factor for climate change because he doesn't believe in it.
2. The "science guys" want nothing to do with this, and won't ask colleagues to take part due to the "human factor" exclusion.
3. The people of Nebraska will pay $44,000 for a study that will have no credibility.
4. Best sentence in story: "He said that any analysis that rejected science and excluded the role of humans would make the state 'look stupid.'"
I lived in Nebraska for a long time. My parents still live there, and my family goes back often to visit. Believe me when I tell you, Nebraska doesn't need more help looking stupid.
Maybe it's becasue I'm not a big shopper, but I'm pretty sure I'd rather punch myself in a tender region than go Christmas shopping on Thanksgiving evening.
A little backstory:
When I was in college, I worked retail for exactly ONE Christmas shopping season. Because I love the holiday so much, I resolved that I would never, ever, do it again. Short of serving them food in a restaurant (something I've also done), you'll never see the worst in people than when they are in search of that special Christmas gift and you're in their way.
When you think about how much retailers are probably having to pay their workers to come in on a holiday, I just can't believe they're making tons of money by keeping those same employees away from their families. Oh, I get it--these workers have a choice. You're right, they can chose to work somewhere else. But...why should they have to? These people will be putting in some brutal hours from the Friday after Thanksgiving though New Year's Eve. Why do we want to pile on?
Also--what does this say about us? Are we really this desperate for a "real hot deal" that we'll go to this length? Are we really these kinds of slaves to marketing? Don't fall for it. Please, go support the economy and shop local if you can. But I'd urge you to resist the siren song that puts you in a mall on Thanksgiving night.
If it's the fourth Tuesday of the month, it's time for the Ames City Council's live blog. A handful of things on a short-ish agenda this evening. The council will consider an Urban Renewal Plan for Campustown. This centers on the Kingland Systems building project on West Lincoln Way. Establishment of this plan could mean tax abatements for the Kingland project. Also, the council will get an update on the continuing negotiations with Xenia Rural Water District for water rights on land north of city limits. The new wrinkle is the now three-way negotation with developers who want to build in the area.
7:45PM: Much discussion right now on a new apartment building that is proposed on W. Lincoln Way across from the west Hy Vee store. The proposal is a change from the original plan, with three times as many bedrooms and twice as many square feet. People who live in the Edwards elementary school school are opposed, saying it would ruin the look of the neighborhood, and bring in more traffic.
8:15PM: West Ames apartment discussion still going on...
8:20PM: Developer Brent Haverkamp is addressing Council now. Says the bigger building set back in lot is a better project. He says Ames "has a need for all kinds of housing." If this is true, how is it that Iowa State can call up developers in Campustown and west Ames and get buildings for it's overflow students. Also says most of his tenants will be ISU students.
8:25PM: At-Large Council member Matthew Goodman attempts to make point with Haverkamp that not only will he "provide more housing" but will also make more money by renting apartments to more people in a bigger building.
8:35PM: 2nd Ward Council member Jami Larson expresses concern that developer hasn't talked more to people in neighborhood about size and scope of new project. Has offered motion to send this issue back to staff and direct more communication between the two sides.
8:45PM: Larson's motion carries. Time for a 10-minute long 5-minute break. FWIW, we are already an hour past the last meeting's adjourment time.
8:53PM: And, we're back.
9:00PM: FWIW, City Council candidates Justin Dodge, Tim Gartin, and Chris Nelson are in the chambers tonight.
9:10PM: On the Xenia issue, Assistant City Manager Bob Kindred says it could be December before negotations are to a point where annexation requests for land north of city limits could come before council. 2nd Ward council member Jami Larson says it would be nice to resolve issue before three, if not four, members of the council are not around dais in January.
Here are some things for your Monday:
What did the president "win" after the shutdown and near default of the federal government? The New York Times says: Not much. The wheels of the bus go 'round and 'round...
In a related story:
This was included in an e-mail I got in the newsroom today. The missive came from something called the "Tea Party Leadership Fund." In a plea for money, the group says:
TPLF is launching a "Primaries for Traitors" fund that will help to target and fire the "showboat RINOs for good." Speaker Boehner is the first target.
"Primaries for traitors." TRAITORS?! Wow. Remember when politicians ran for office with the high-mindedness expressed in the notion of "serving the public" and "making the country a better place"? Holy crap, but those days are over.
Think about what motivates politicians today--people like Ted Cruz. "Doing what's best for the country"? Not hardly. "Doing what's best for the party"? "Doing what's in the best interest for my political future"? Yeah...that's a little closer.