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Lt. Dan Flores welcomes back Chuck Kizer as a police chaplain. (photo provided by Chuck Kizer)

We are proud to share that Chuck Kizer from BAT’s Sales Team has a new, but familiar title to his name.  He was sworn in Wednesday afternoon as one of Council Bluff’s new police chaplains.

According to an article in the Daily Nonpareil, Kizer previously was a chaplain from 2008-2012. There are seven ordained ministers serving as police chaplains for the department. The positions are volunteer positions.

More information about Council Bluffs Police Department Chaplain Corps can be found on the department’s website.

On-Highway_Diesel_Fuel_PricesDiesel prices are still on the downward trend that started the first week in June. This week, a gallon of diesel is $2.832 on average, .011 cents less than last week and .082 cents less than prices the last week of May, according to the Energy Information Administration.

These prices are still a dollar less than the prices a year ago this same week.

For more information, visit the EIA’s website.

There will be 42 million people hitting the roads this weekend. The American Trucking Association’s safest drivers- members of its Share the Road program- offered several tips to keep everyone safe on the roads this weekend and the remainder of summer.

Some tips include:

  • Don’t cut in front of large trucks
  • Be aware of the vehicle in front of you
  • Plan ahead
  • Avoid distractions
  • Be extra cautious around construction zones


To see all the tips and advice, visit the ATA’s website,

Today was National Bring Your Dog to Work. Here are the BATs with their pooches.

Chuck and Piper

Chuck and Piper

Eric wife  dogs

Eric with his wife, Jackie, and Venice and Wylee

Steve with Frank

Steve with Frank


Ashley Jankowski says her husband, Alvin, is the definition of what a father should be. Here’s one example of what he does, in her words:

Just this past weekend, as he’s done many times before, he organized a full on, no holds barred, two-hour-long Nerf war with my son and our niece.  There was some serious playing,  strategy building, and just plain attacking fun.  My house was covered in Nerf bullets, and all players were sweaty, out of breath, red faced, and nothing but smiles.  Those are the moments I just sit back and love my husband.  He’s an amazing man and an amazing father!

The Jankowski guys.

The Jankowski guys.

Overheard at BAT:

“What is invert sugar?” Katy Wilson asked aloud while looking at the ingredients on her Sour Patch Kids.

“Oh, you know, it’s unsociable sugar,” Joe Kier replied.


According to Wikipedia, it is actually a mixture of glucose and fructose, obtained by splitting sucrose. It ends up being sweeter than sucrose. By the way,  inverted sugar is made when making jams and it is the sugar in honey.

Last night, the House of Representatives passed a bill to fund both transportation and housing projects for the 2016 fiscal year. The bill provides $1.5 billion more than the 2015 amount, but $9.7 billion less than what President Obama requested.

The bill provides funds for the Highway Trust Fund, the Federal Railroad Administration and the Federal Aviation Administration.

For more information, read The Hill’s article.

On-Highway_Diesel_Fuel_Prices (4)While regular gasoline prices are slowly rising, diesel prices have plateaued in recent weeks.

This week, the average price per gallon is $2.909. Last week it was $2.194, and the week before that, it was $2.904.

Diesel prices are still a dollar lower than they were last year.

For more information, visit the Energy Information Administration’s website.

Thanks to a $40,000 grant from the Federal Highway Administration, Central Community College- Grand Island, Neb., is holding a Hard Hats & Heels summer camp to introduce kids to careers in transportation.

All high school students (entering grades 9-12) who have a 2.0 grade point average and one year of Algebra are welcomed to apply for this free camp. The college is focusing on recruiting minority high school girls for the camp, since minority women are underrepresented in transportation engineering careers, according to an Associated Press article.

The camp runs from July 6-16 and is limited to 20 kids. Applications are due by June 5.

For more information about the camp, visit the National Summer Transportation Institute website.

Hard hats and heels billboard

This Memorial Day weekend will see the most travel in the past 10 years, according to AAA. From today to Monday, the auto club projects 33 million travelers will be hitting the road.

This is a 4.7 percent increase over last year.

The harsh winter and positive economic factors contribute to the growth in car travelers.

For more information and travel tips, visit AAA online.