Habitat for Humanity, ISU Athletic Donates $1,000,000 to Financial Aid, Cranford Building

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 02/23/2018
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Dennis Hart gives a round-up of local news from the past week from the pages of the Ames Tribune and associated local papers.

Habitat for Humanity of Central Iowa will hold a grand opening on May 19, from 9-2, after moving all of their operations under one roof - including their second hand home improvement store - at 3504 Grand Avenue, the former Heartland Baptist Church and former Joy & Johnson Auction company building.  Tom Lockhart explains some of how Habitat for Humanity functions, who receives houses, and how this volunteer driven non-profit improves all of community by building affordable housing.

On March 21, Jamey Pollard, ISU Athletic Director, announced that the ISU Athletic Department will donate one million dollars to the office of financial aid  for helping students who need financial assistance complete their degrees. Tim Day, at the ISU Athletics Department,  Cody West, President of the ISU government of the student Body, and Roberta Johnson, Director of  the ISU Financial Aid Office describe how this came about and how funds will be given out. 

Alex Fafajar from the Ames History Center announces an upcoming lecture on The Women of Cranford,  Presented by Marilyn Gibbs Alger, current co-owner of Cranford Apartments in Campus Town, which was designed, built, and owned by women at ISU as a residence for women at ISU. The lecture will be at the Ames Public Library March 27 at 7 PM.

Choral Festival, March For Our Lives

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 03/21/2018
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Leanne Harter came in to warn us our property taxes are due and to let us know campgrounds at Hickory Grove Park and Dakins Lake will be accepting reservations this year.  Shon Stephenson, Operations Manager at Ames Children’s Choirs, came in with Chris Johnson, guest conductor for the "Celebrate Singing Choral Festival" by the Ames Children’s Choirs.   Johnson is choral music director at Roland-Story Middle School and Gilbert Vocal Music Director at the Intermediate and Middle Schools there.

Young people's voices will also be heard at the "March for our Lives" on Saturday afternoon, March 24, throughout the country.  We ended the program hearing from Landra Reece and Isabela O'Connor, organizers for March For Our Lives  event at the Capitol in Des Moines, one of the 823 events worldwide.  We also heard about Unity In The Community offering free HIRTA bus transportation to to that event. Our guests spoke of their conviction that committed people 18 and younger can lead the way in creating a safer world as they come of age.

Mental health care, Poverty simulation

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 03/19/2018
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Reporter, Greta Anderson, brought us information about new developments in mental health care in the area. She spoke with Jody Eaton, the CEO of Central Iowa Community Services (CICS), and Krystina Engler, the Director of Crisis Services for Eyerly Ball, which is the mental health clinic that has been contracted to provide the new Mobile Crisis Response Service.

Then the topic changed to an upcoming Poverty Simulation in Story County. Host, Gale Seiler, interviewed Bryan Pates and Mason Adams of Leadership Ames and Bryann Sullivan, an AmeriCorps VISTA worker with United Way. They told what a poverty simulation is and why it is important for the community to understand the obstacles to financial stability that exist, even in our area.

Egypt, ISU Biographical Dictionary & Turkey Vultures are Back!

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 03/16/2018
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Dennis Hart gives a round-up of last week's local news from the Ames Tribune and area local  papers.

The turkey vulture arrives in Mid-March as a true harbinger of Spring. KHOI naturalist reporter Pat Schlarbaum explains. 

Omar El Shaer, ISU student from Cairo Egypt, shares his home country with us in our on-going interview series with neighbors in Central Iowa from the countries of Africa. He describes powerful passion and lessons learned from growing up during the Arab Spring in Cairo.

Maggie Curry, intern at ISU University Museums, explains the ISU Biographical Dictionary being written about some 500 or more notable ISU personalities, since the beginning of the school. Volunteer writer are invited to help. If you are interested in being involved, please contact Maggie.

Water Rocks, El Buen Gusto, Utopia

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 03/14/2018
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Americorps volunteer Megan Koppenhafen stopped by KHOI on her way to the Sioux Empire Water Festiva in Sioux Falls, South Dakota to tell us about Americorps, Vista, and Conservation Corps programs, as well as to share some of the music she and other volunteers will be celebrating at Water Rocks with hundreds of fourth graders gathered for this fun and educational event.  A story in the Perry News about the closing of El Buen Gusto, a Salvadoran Restaurant, because of visa problems of longtime residents Carlos and Edith Barco, sent me to get the story in Perry. Marisa Barco told about the repeated delays in her parents' citizenship application resulting in non-renewal of the visa.  Concerned citizens at the Chamber of Commerce told the response of the town to threat to Salvadoran residents, students, home and  business owners. Jenny Ecklund, owner of La Poste; the restored post office; librarian Mary Murphy; and city administrator, Sven Peterson; expressed support of the whole community for Hispanics United for Perry. Finally, Loween Getter gave us a preview of Utopia - The Iowa Musical Revuethe featured play for the Iowa Community Theatre Association Convention to be held in Webster City.

Dr. Cyndi Hanson, Ghana, Spring Weather - Oh My!

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 03/12/2018
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Round up of last week’s Iowa in the news, provided by the IowaInformer.

Candidates with Cal: a series of interviews with candidates who will be running in this June’s primary elections. Cal Haliburton interviews Dr. Cyndi Hanson, Republican candidate for the US Representative 4th district, opposing Representative Steve King for the nomination.

In our continuation of a series on Africans living in Central Iowa, Peprah, a Ghanaian student at Iowa State University. describes his homeland, Ghana.

Keith Morgan, Emergency Management Coordinatorfor Story County, helps you prepare for Spring weather: tornadoes, thunderstorms, flash floods, and hail - Oh my! Sign up for emergency alerts.


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