Amazing Grace, Families of Victims of Homicide and Violent Crime, Snow Removal

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 12/07/2018
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Dennis Hart gives a summary of local news from the past week from the pages of the Ames Tribune.

After being hospitalized for migraines, award-winning 13-year-old Grace McCunn has been raising money for four years, to benefit patients at Blank Children's Hospital In Des Moines. What began as a simple effort to raise funds for one toy at a lemonade stand, has now evolved into a fund-raising process with various successful campaigns to raise money and collect toys, with large-scale community support.  Here Grace tells her story. Currently a toy drive is in effect; for information, go to the Amazing Grace Lemonade Race Facebook page. New toys and pajamas (no food or stuffed animals) can be dropped off at the Ames Country Club on Sunday December 16, from 3-5 PM or dropped off at Moormans Clothiers, Vibe Nutrition, Everts Flowers and Ames Spine & Sport.

Cindy, Homicide and Violent Crimes Advocate at ACCESS, Assault Care Center Extending Shelter and Support, describes how to help and support those who have lost loved ones to homicide. Currently, ACCESS is hosting a virtual candlelight vigil in support of Survivors, for Homicide Awareness Month. They will post a looped video of a candle flickering starting December 7th until Monday, December 10th and encourage you to show support in remembering those lost by posting a picture of a candle here, throughout the weekend.  

Farmers Union, Christian giving, and Hanukah

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 12/05/2018
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Kriness.  In addition to more general topics at The Iowa Farmers Union Convention last weekend president Aaron Lehman, emphasized how the Farm Bill being drawn up in the Senate can affect the ongoing funding,or the Conservation Reserve Program, which pays farmers to keep marginal land out of cultivation so that it can be used for habitat and prevention of soil erosion.  These are the very programs that are most effective in nutrient reduction and in preventing flooding.  Without the ongoing supports, many of these "set-asides" will be lost.   Leaving the farm, we went to Story City to speak with Kristin Johnson, youth director and family ministry at St. Pietre Lutheran Church who described shopping for the Angel Tree this holiday season, as well as a future mission trip.  Our final guests were Rabbi Leibel Jacobson and Rebbetzin Malka Jacobson who described the history and some of the activities of the festival of Hanukkah, which takes place from December 2 - 10 this year.  

BLM Exhibit, City Council & Internet

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 12/03/2018
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Kelly Reddy-Best, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Apparel, Events and Hospitality Management at ISU spoke with us about a course that she taught this semester called Black Lives Matter: Fashion, Liberation and Freedom. Students Brandon Spencer and Crystal Davenport explained their interest in this topic and how an exhibit was curated by students in the course. The exhibit is currently on display at the Ames Library and explores the history of the Black Lives Matter movement and its relationship to politics, activism and fashion. There will be a presentation by the students on Tuesday, Dec 4, from 6-8 pm at the Library.

We also talked with Bronwyn Beatty-Hansen and David Martin who are on Ames City Council. The topics were the possibility of municipal Internet in Ames and concerns about parking in the downtown area.   

Master Matrix and Charlie Brown

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 11/30/2018
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Following our Friday local news update with Dennis Hart, we turned to exploration of the story behind Marlys Barker's article in the Nevada Journal and other local papers, which announced that Story County had received three applications for hog confinements of 5,000 hogs each in Richland township north of Nevada.  Our first step in understanding the application process was to talk with Margaret Jaynes, director of environmental health for Story County, who works with the applications both at the county level and with the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), which makes the final decision.  Our second guest was Mark Kuhn, Floyd County Supervisor, and one of the original members of the 12 person legislative panel that wrote the Master Matrix in 2002.  He explained why he believes it should be revised.  Finally, Brenda Brink, who is a long-time activist with Citizens for Community Improvement  explained her concerns about the present Matrix.  Closing out the show on a lighter note, Melody Derogatis (Snoopy) told us about Ankeny Community Theatre's production of "You're a Good Man Charlie Brown..  

Ed Fallon, Indigenous Iowa, Velveteen Rabbit

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 11/28/2018
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Ed Fallon was with us today to introduce listeners to his weekly show on KHOI ("Fallon Forum" - Wednesdays from 4-5 pm.) and to  talk about the book he’s just finished “Marcher, Walker, Pilgrim his memoir from the 2014 Great March for Climate Action.  He also discussed his alliance with Indigenous Iowa.  After we left Ed, we spoke with Christine Nobiss, co-founder of Indigenous Iowa and Little Creek Camp, and Lacosha, a veteran from Standing Rock, who were members of the First Nations Farmer Climate Unity March organized by Bold Iowa and Indigenous Iowa.  Then Allen Gildehaus and Evan Taylor interviewed Larry Knudsen, who is DJ Larry K for KHO's show "Indigenous In Music." We closed out the show with Tammy Dickenson-Ferrell, director of Judge Story’s Theatre Troupe’s Christmas Play the Velveteen Rabbit, describing the fun of working with young children in this Children's Theatre Play.  

Sand Hill Cranes & Having a Restaurant at 16 Years Old

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 11/26/2018
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Dennis Hart gives a roundup of last week's stories of Iowa in the news.

Pat Schlarbaum introduces us to sand hill cranes, which are making a return to Iowa.

Aladdin Al Katheri, KHOI Wednesday and Friday studio engineer for Local Talk, tells us about owning a restaurant when he was a teenager,  his remarkable personal story about success, money, class, friendship, and mentor-ship in diverse community. 

Crystal Davis from Ames Convention and Visitors Bureau gives a spectacular rundown of fun things to do in our area during December. Check it all out!  

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