Young Poets, Math PhD, Hometown Teams Exhibit

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 09/17/2018
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Maggie Westvold brought us four young poets whose works were recently published in the Iowa Poetry Association’s Annual Anthology.

Host, Gale Seiler, interviewed Dr. Shanish Walker, who completed her doctorate in Spring 2018, and is the first African American student to obtain a PhD in Mathematics from ISU.

Cindy Hicks, the Director of Main Street Cultural District, came by to tell us about a traveling exhibit called Smithsonian’s Hometown Teams, which is coming to Ames.  

IA Supreme Court Hearing on DAPL Pipeline, Live Green, Ames Roadwork

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 09/14/2018
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Dennis Hart gives a summary of local news from the pages of the Ames Tribune. 

Keith Punteney of Boone, one of the Iowa landowners who is contesting the Dakota Access Pipeline that has been laid in their farmlands, gives an update on the case, which was heard before the Iowa Supreme Court this past Wednesday. Landowners are charging the Iowa Utilities Board and Dakota Access, who built and run the pipeline, with wrongful use of eminent domain. The Iowa Sierra Club has joined the case, arguing environmental issues. Link to see video of the hearing

Iowa State University and Ames Sustainability Director Merry Rankin and ISU  interns Molly Breen and Madeleine Blandin introduce their 10-year anniversary celebrations of the ISU Live Green! initiative. A schedule of events and lectures can be found on their website. 

Susan Gwiasda, Ames Public Relations Officer gives civic updates. Mark Gansen, Ames Public Works Engineer gives an update on roadwork in the city.  

Solar Smart, Story City Carousel, Funerals

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 09/12/2018
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After Dennis Hart's news roundup from surrounding local newspapers we heard from Matthew Covington telling us about next week's presentation by Kevin Simowitz, Political Director for Caring Across the Generations.  We hosted a discussion of solar power between Don Kom, Director of Ames Electric Utilities, about the Ames Sun Smart Solar program and Tim Dwight, from the California based solar start-up Integrated Power Corporation, bringing us an outside perspective about the potential of solar energy in Iowa. Then Jay Wilson from the Story City Greater Chamber Connection told us about the recent improvements to the Story City Antique Carousel. The show ended with Maggie Westvold's "Points to Ponder," a touching but light-hearted reflection on funerals.  

Rise for Climate Action in Ames, Emergency Preparedness Month

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 09/10/2018
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Dennis Hart gives a summary of Iowa in the news during the past week.
 
Saturday, September 8th was a global day of action:  Rise For Climate, Jobs, and Justice. In Ames, concerned citizens organized a meeting to brainstorm local actions that can be taken to address the climate crisis. Erv Klaas, ISU Professor Emeritus in Animal Ecology Mary Richards, lawyer and former Story County Attorney,  reported on the meeting and ideas that were generated. There was a decision to form an advocacy group to work with local public representatives on the city and county levels, to address climate change, The newly formed group will meet on October 8 at 7 PM at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at 1015 N Hyland Ave. New participants are welcome to join in the meeting.  For information, contact Rev Klaas at ervklaas50010@yahoo.com or at 515-233-3327. 
 
Keith Morgan, Story County Emergency Management Coordinator talks about emergency preparedness, this being Emergency preparedness awareness month. 

FEMA training:  https://community.fema.gov/until-help-arrives#interactive.  

Tariffs and Iowa Farmers, Ames Tribune Speaks

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 09/07/2018
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Dennis Hart gives a summary of local News from the pages of the Ames Tribune.
Mr. Howard Hill, hog farmer from Cambridge as well as soybean, corn, and cattle farmer and former President of the National Pork Producers Council, discusses tariffs and how it affects Iowa farmers. 

Michael Crumb, Chief Editor of the Ames Tribune, discusses being a local newspaper media ethics in the current adversarial climate, and claims of "Fake news" and the NY Times anonymous revelations about the White House.  

First Nations and Pufferbilly Days

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 09/05/2018
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The program started with Dennis Hart's summary of news from local papers followed by a report from Susan Franzen, who joined the First Nation-Farmer Climate Unity March on its stop in Ames on Day 3 of the 8-day march.  As the gear trucks arrived ahead of the marchers,  she was welcomed by one of the organizers, Sarah Spain, and "Veggie Thumper," the cook from the colorful food truck. Since the issues surrounding Eminent Domain and the upcoming landowners' lawsuit were well-covered on KHOI last week, she turned her attention to the significant First Nations presence in the march.  We heard from Donielle WanateeFoxy JacksonJimmie Tidwell, Christine Nobiss, and Lakasha, as well farmer-marcher Sarah Byrnes.  As they marched the fourteen miles from Ames to the Boone County Fairgrounds on Wednesday, Boone was preparing for it's biggest annual festival -- Pufferbilly Days.  Alyssa Knudsen, of the Boone Chamber of Commerce, was on hand to tell us about it.  The program ended with Points to Ponder by Maggie Westvold recalling her most influential teacher.  

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