Homelessness and RATS Program

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 06/11/2018
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Sequan Gatlin, today's host, reported the news from the pages of the Ames Tribune and this week's weather forecast.

Hope Metheny, transitional living and lighthouse program coordinator at YSS, shared her office's definition of homelessness and how homelessness impacts youth in Ames. To find out how to connect with YSS or Hope, click here

This week's Points to Ponder was written by Colin Burczek discussing wastefulness and minor solutions to inhibit change. 

Keith Morgan of Story County Emergency Management joined the station with guests Betty Boccella and Mike Whitney to share their Rapid Action Teams for Sheltering program with our community. Betty developed the concept and Mike was recently a trainee in the program to understand how to prepare for diverse interactions during a crisis. Their website can be found here

Learning Iowa’s History, Rummage Rampage

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broadcast 06/08/2018​​ ​​

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Pat Schlarbaum shared information about not interfering with nature and “rescuing” critters that might appear to be in danger. Host, Gale Seiler spoke with Katy Swalwell, a professor in the School of Education at ISU, about her new book called Amazing Iowa Women A to X, and her summer course called Teaching and Learning Iowa’s History. That course focuses on sovereignty and settlement of American Indians in Iowa and Anti-Black racism in Iowa.

Merry Rankin, from the Office of Sustainability at ISU, Bill Schmidt from the City of Ames, and Stan Rabe from ACTORS stopped by the show to talk about getting involved in Rummage Rampage which takes place at the end of July and is becoming an Ames tradition. People can volunteer through the Volunteer Center of Story County.

Dan/Ray Wetherell and Forgotten Iowa History, Jefferson Bell Tower Days, Watersheds

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 06/06/2018
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Highlighting how the passion of the late Daniel Ray Wetherell (Dan), librarian, reinvigorated the love of the local library in his hometown of Sutherland, Iowa, we spoke with the Connie Cody, president of the General N. B. Baker Library, and vice president, Nancy Hill.  Uncovering another side of how Wetherell's passion for Iowa history inspired the The Forgotten Iowa Historical Society FACEBOOK page, we spoke with one of the administrators of the page, Linda Artlip Weinstein, who described how "Ray" (Wetherell's FACEBOOK moniker) designed a site that has attracted 52,000 members, and how they plan to continue after his death.  

Switching to events of the week, we spoke with Emily Reece, Festival Chair for the 2018 Jefferson Bell Tower Festival.  On a more subdued note Jim Pease, chair of the Story County Conservation Board, and Dan Haug, Watershed Educator for Prairie Rivers of Iowa, told us about a press conference to be held this afternoon to introduce the public to road signs naming the creeks that make up the watersheds of the various rivers of Iowa.

Slim’s Country Market, Roosevelt Summer Sunday Concerts, And Art Walk 2018

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 06/01/2018
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Today’s Local Talk program took us back to the beginnings of Slim’s Country Market on US 69 at Story City.   Slim Jr. talked with Maggie Westvold about his dad and mom starting the roadside produce stand 75 years ago, shared interesting and fun stories about growing up as part of that family business and reminisced about his parents’ strong work ethic and how changes have taken place over the years.

A musician from Tropicante, a band which will play at this year’s first Roosevelt Summer Sundays Concert, talked with Colin Burczek, KHOI intern, about their Latin dance band kicking off the 2018 season on Sunday, June 3rd, 7:00 pm, at the former Roosevelt elementary playground at 911 – 9th Street NW in Ames.

Maggie Westvold talked with Ursula Ruedenberg about Art Walk 2018 in the downtown Ames’ Mainstreet Cultural District, happening Friday, June 1st, 5:00 to 8:00 pm.  KHOI Community Radio is part of this inspiring event each year with mural painting in the studio and Redz Bluez band playing out front!  Listeners were encouraged to come by and enjoy and step into the studio and pick up a brush!

Finally, Susan Gwiasda with the city of Ames, shared what’s happening around town and gave us an update on the emerald ash bore situation; talked about a recent generous contribution for the new healthy living center to be built in west Ames; what to do when a power outage occurs at your home (call 515-239-5240).  Also, the phone number for hours at the Furman Aquatic Center is open (515-239-5434)


Scandinavian Days, Tom Flack, Cemeteries, Sadika and YES

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 05/30/2018
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Dennis Hart's regional news opened the show before our Story City guests came to give us a preview of Scandinavian Days.  Sam Barnes, Scott Johnson, and Melissa Asklof (cast members ofJudge Story Theatre Company's production of Mary Poppins) told about the 21st century version of the old favorite.  Jay Wilcox, director of the Story City Greater Chamber Connection, gave us a rundown on Scandinavian Days 2018.

The second half of our show continued the Memorial Day (Week) theme in unique ways.  We remembered Tom Flack, who died this spring.  Then we explored Story City's pioneer cemeteries in a conversation between Jerry Sowers (Sowers Cemetery) and Paul Wierson (Boe Cemetery) and the protection of the State Association for the Preservation of Iowa Cemeteries.  Finally, Del Christiansen, the executive director of IRIS, Iowa Resourcefor International Servicetold us about the impact of the death of Sabika, on the nation-wide community of international exchange students in the YES program.


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