Veterinary Summer Experience, CCI Convention, Ames History

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Alejandro Ramirez and Jessica Juarez talked about a Food Animal Summer Experience designed to provide students of color with hands-on opportunities in Vet Science. Two undergraduate participants, J’Haira Rhodes and Daniela Gatica, spoke about how they became interested in Veterinary Medicine and what they have learned in the program.

The annual convention of Citizens for Community Improvement will take place on Saturday in Des Moines, and we heard from one of the speakers at that event. Kevin Simowitz, from Caring Across Generations, told about initiatives to build a better long-term health care system.

Alex Fejfar from the Ames Historical Society reminded us of the Ames High School Exhibit, which will be closing soon, and the new exhibit opening in August on Grain Elevators.  


Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 07/18/2018
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On this Wednesday, July 18th edition of Local Talk, Dennis Hart reported the news from the pages of the Nevada Journal, the Boone News Republican, the Story City Herald and the Tri-County Times. 

Paul Wierson spoke with Evan Burger from Citizens for Community Improvement about their upcoming national convention at the Iowa Event Center in Des Moines on July 21st. More information on the event can be found here.

Paul also sat down with Patricia Grote from the Iowa International Center concerning their mission and operation. Find more information about the Iowa International Center here.

Intern Sequan Gatlin invited entomology professor Donald Lewis to the studio to discuss issues with biodiversity among insects in Iowa. More information on insects can be found here.  


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Originally broadcast 07/16/2018
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On this Monday, July 16th edition of Local Talk, host Sequan Gatlin reported the seven-day weather forecast as well as the statewide news. 

Iowa State graduate student Cameron Gray is hosting an art exhibition at the Des Moines Social Club this Saturday. He came by the studio to detail the powerful message behind his art.

Pat Schlarbaum spoke about Eagle Day on Sunday at the Blank Park Zoo. 

July 16th is the third Monday of the month. Andrea Hammes Dodge, vice president of the Ames Chamber of Commerce, stopped by to discuss RAGBRAI volunteer opportunities. Cindy Hicks, executive director of Ames Main Street, shared what food and entertainment will be available during RAGBRAI. Find volunteer information here.  

Iowa Summer Games, Eagle Day at Blank Park Zoo, Lead-Free Ammunition, Recycling at ISU

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 07/13/2018
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KHOI civic reporter Dennis Hart summaries local news of the past week from the pages of the Ames Tribune

The Iowa Summer Games, beginning August 14, give opportunity to everyday athletes, school children and senior citizens a chance to experience Olympic-style competition, complete with Olympic-style ceremony and events. Summer games Organizers: Director Katie Kramer and Assistant Sports Director Megan Hanson describe the games and invite you to experience the games even if you are not competing the Olympic-style Opening Ceremony, and an Athlete Jamboree. 

Jessie Lowry, Director of Conservation and Research at the Blank Park Zoo, extends an invitation to Eagle Day at the Blank Park Zoo on July 15 from 10 AM to 2 PM. Speakers will include KHOI's reporter and former DNR Wildlife Diversity Program manager Pat Schlarbaum, Stephanie Shepherd from the DNR, Bob Barnhill and Yankton Chief Golden Light Eagle who will drum and share native perspectives in eagles,  Des Moines Park and Recreation with activities for children, and an artist who will make sidewalk drawings that educate about raptors, and wildlife rehabilitators. Present will also be Liberty and Spirit, two live eagles who permanently live at the Blank Park Zoo.

Lowry describes the "Iowa Hunters Lead the Way" campaign, partnering with Iowa hunters and fishers for non-lead based ammunition. Lead ammunition leads to poisoning eagles since fragments are left in carcass remains from hunted animals that have been cleaned.  Eagles have recently made a come-back after near-extinction, since the banning of DDT.

ISU and Ames Sustainability Director Merry Rankin introduces Ayodeji Oluwalana, the new director for Recycling at ISU.  

Birds, Welcoming Iowa, Raising Readers

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 07/11/2018
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Our show started with  Leanne Harter's Story County Report, and KHOI civic reporter Dennis Hart's local news.  Continuing the local news, Micah Hales from the Story City Greater Chamber Connection, announced upcoming events in Story City, especially the Skunk River Duck Race.  Nature reporter Pat Schlarbaum took us from rubber duckys to blue jays and the Eagle Day at the Blank Park Zoo. Moving on to Iowa volunteers, we heard from Landra Reece, Story County recipient for a Governor's Volunteer Award. Landra told us about the other winners, her activities and what motivates her.  Suzanne Zilber gave us a first-hand report of the "Families Belong Together" rally in Des Moines from her perspective as a therapist familiar with the trauma caused by separating children from their families.  We paid tribute to the late Governor Robert Ray, by playing a statement he made endorsing the Iowa International Center, which is continuing his legacy. Finally, Kim Hanna, director of  Raising Readers in Story County, told us about the Harrison Barnes Reading Academyand  Reading Corners.  

Points to Ponder, Dropping of a Major, Mid Iowa Community Action

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 07/09/2018
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Today's show started off with an overview of this weeks weather for the area as well as big news stories from the state of Iowa. We then heard from Maggie Westvold, with a Points to Ponder piece about bunnies. Aaron Kirch, an engineering student at Iowa State, was interviewed about his experiences at college in the area of premature dropping of a major. Our final interview was with Keith Morgan, Story County Emergency Coordinator and Josie Stahlin from MICA, Mid Iowa Community Action. Josie gave information on how MICA helps community members after disasters, such as the recent flooding in Ames. Keith wrapped up the show with an overview of the emergency plans that are being but in place to make sure RAGBRAI runs smoothly.  


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