Local Talk featured a story from Chris Adkins, Dallas County Conservation Board about big trees. People with trees that were destroyed last August in the derecho winds are encouraged to bring remembrances of lost trees to the Kuehn Conservation Area. There are big hollow tree receptacles to collect the memorabilia. The keepsake items will then be burnt in a Spring Equinox fire March 21. Also Dallas CCB is documenting big trees to locate and honor throughout the county this spring. There will be workshops on planting trees with an emphasis on native trees. Andrea Cardenas Public Health Coordinator was Susan Gwiasda's guest. We learned about status of covid 19 in the county, Vigilance of wearing masks and distancing safely were emphasized. Anna Banana read poems about trees and a Carole Pluckrose feature about geese.
Aaron Lehman, president of the Iowa Farmers Union, came on to discuss what Iowa Farmers have learned about the strengths and weaknesses of Tom Vilsack as he faces confirmation hearings for Secretary of Agriculture. Then we heard from Anthony Jones, Director of Equity for the Ames School District's Black Lives Matter Week of Action means. Finally Paul Wierson, reminisced about the meaning of the crash on Feb. 3, 1959, when three young rock stars were killed – the “night the music died.”
Dr Molly Lee reports for the Story County Board of Health with an update on the COVID-19 pandemic in our area, including the current Status Story County mask mandate, Vaccine status/distribution efforts, and which groups are to receive their first inoculation, as well as the efficacy of immune system after first and second doses. Ms. Lee is Associate Director of the Center for Food Security & Public Health at the Iowa State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine.
Dennis Hart gives a summary of Iowa news of the past week.
ACCESS, the Assault Care Center Extending Shelter and Support, which was founded in February 45 years ago, is celebrating their 45th anniversary with a project they call Accessing Our History, a concerted effort to document the history of the organization. The project is being produced in partnership with KHOI, where oral history from people who have built and developed the support center for survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence.
Tess Cody, the Executive Director of ACCESS and Courtney Palmersheim, Development Coordinator and Producer for the AccessingOur History project describe this project and play clips of some comments made by advocates who have worked at ACCESS, speaking about what they learned about this work.
This is the first in a three-part series of Local Talk special programs celebrating ACCESS’ history. The next two installments will be on February 8 and 15 on Monday Local Talk shows at 7 AM on KHOI.
To call ACCESS for help:
Sexual Abuse Crisis Line: 515-292-5378 or Toll Free 800-203-3488
Domestic Violence Crisis Line: 515-292-0519 or Toll Free 855-983-4641
Housing/Sheltering Services Crisis Line: 515-292-0543 or Toll Free 855-696-2980
ACCESS Business Line: 515-292-0500.
Our news from the Iowa Legislature began with Betty Andrews, president of the Iowa Nebraska NAACP (National Association of the Advancement of Colored People), discussing the effects of proposed legislation from the perspective of people of color. KHOI's legislative reporter Laura Belin continued this discussion to the Amendments on Abortion and Gun Laws. Responding to the difficulty of attending Legislative hearings or lobbying in person during COVID, we played recordings of virtual lobbying by ICCI (Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement Action) with Adam Mason and the ICCI Action virtual Lobby Day.
Local Talk for January 22, 2021 featured Stephanie Shepherd from the Wildlife Diversity Program with the Department of Natural Resources. Steph talked about Monarch butterflies and Rusty Patched Bumblebees. Susan Gwiasda included Ron Edwards Animal Shelter Supervisor. We learned about pet care for the winter and the need for an improved facility. Anna Banana featured a poem from Carol Puckrose. And there was a nice Heart to Heart about dandelions.