Bus Stop Breakfasts, Cambridge City Center, Ed Rood

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 10/01/2018
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Before setting out for our virtual tour of Cambridge, one of the Ballard Creek Towns in South Story County, we heard our monthly Story County Report from Leanne Harter.  Then county reporters Susan Franzen and Jonah Powell set off too find out why Cambridge is in the news for caring for its people with two very different projects.  First, we stopped by the Little Food Pantry in the front yard of Ronda Ceynar, just across the street from the bus stop at United Methodist Church, where Ronda and her team have started serving "Bus Stop Breakfasts" on Wednesdays. We continued on to Water Street to meet with Mayor Steven Kovarik, who gave us a tour of the new Cambridge City Center, home to the city offices and council chamber; the new library with space for story time, the latest computers, a conversation corner, as well as the bookshelves to hold all the books from the overcrowded Cambridge Memorial Library -- and space for more; and a common space equipped with an industrial equipped kitchen for parties, weddings, and community dinners. We wrapped up our tour of Cambridge with an interview by Ed Rood, about the 125 year history of the Tri-County Times, the small-town newspaper that his covered Cambridge through those years.

Opioid Epidemic Town Hall Meeting, Lego Learning

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 05/01/2018
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Dennis Hart, KHOI’s civic reporter, gives a round up of the past week's Central Iowa news from the pages of the Ames Tribune and related papers.

A local Opioid Task Force of experts, human service organizations, and government officials, will hold an informational town hall meeting on the danger of Opioids in our area, featuring a panel of experts who will answer residents' questions. The Task Force will be on Wednesday,  January 10 at 6 PM in the Ames City Council Chambers in City Hall, 515 Clark Avenue. Members of the Task Force who got the word out on KHOI were: Commander Geoff Huff from Ames City Police, Austin Cross from Primary Health Care, Tim Garten Ames City Council member, and Denise Denton, prevention specialist at Youth and Shelter Services.

Ames 5th and 6th graders in ILego league chose to research water quality and identified the Garbage patch in Pacific Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone as two major global water quality issues. After deciding that the solutions to these major issues lie close to home, the team would like to create more awareness with their website, requesting people to sign up for the spring 2018 stream clean, up and take a pledge to reduce the use of plastics. They also would like to encourage people to come and cheer all the first lego league teams participating in the state competition on Jan 13 and 14th held at ISU.

Susan Gwiasda, Ames Public Relations Officer, gives a civic update for Ames, along with Justin Clausen, Operations Manager, who oversees snow plowing and water mains, among other duties.

Magic in Story County with Father Time 2018

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 03/01/2018
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After talking with Chad Sonka, Lecturer in the Applied Voice and Opera Studio, about the 2018 Metropolitan Opera Auditions to be held in Ames on January 6, we traveled around Story County, focusing on social anchors that make our communities strong – local newspapers, historical societies, and libraries. Marlys Barker, editor of the Nevada Journal and Tri-County Times, talked with us about why she wrote the article "Believe in the magic of your small-town newspaper.” Leaving the magic of small town newspapers, we explored the magic of local historical societies with Father Time (Oge Forre).   The legendary old man invited one and all to "Night at the Museum" with displays that come to life and chat with guests about years past.  This event is coming up on January 4 at the Slater Area Historical Association.  Finally the celebration at the Cambridge City Center inspired a visit with Janet Torson, librarian at the new Cambridge Public Library which will be housed in that building.

IA Attorney General Sues Over Net neutrality, Polar Vortex, River Otters

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 01/01/2018
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Iowa Informer gives a round up of Iowa stories in the national news. Elwynn Taylor, ISU Extension Service Climatologist, explains arctic temperatures we are experiencing including what an outburst of the polar vortex an arctic front are. Benjamin Bellus, Assistant Attorney General for Consumer Protection, describes why Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller wrote a letter to the FCC regarding criminal fraud in public commentary about Net neutrality and why Miller is considering joining other state Attorney Generals in suing the FCC over their removal of net neutrality regulations. Bronwyn Beatty- Hansen discusses what is in store at the Ames City Council and what is in on their agenda for Ames in 2018. Naturalist Pat Schlarbaum introduces the river otter and its return to Iowa as a wild species. 

High School and University Science

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 12/29/2017
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This program focuses on science at both the high school and university levels. After a roundup the week's news from Dennis Hart we hear from three 9th graders at Ames High, along with their teacher of Earth and Space Science about their work on the community impact of what they've been learning in class. Then Greta Anderson interviews Auriel Willette, Assistant Professor of Food Science and Human Nutrition about the links between Alzheimer's disease, diet and obesity.

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