First Nations and Pufferbilly Days

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 09/05/2018
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The program started with Dennis Hart's summary of news from local papers followed by a report from Susan Franzen, who joined the First Nation-Farmer Climate Unity March on its stop in Ames on Day 3 of the 8-day march.  As the gear trucks arrived ahead of the marchers,  she was welcomed by one of the organizers, Sarah Spain, and "Veggie Thumper," the cook from the colorful food truck. Since the issues surrounding Eminent Domain and the upcoming landowners' lawsuit were well-covered on KHOI last week, she turned her attention to the significant First Nations presence in the march.  We heard from Donielle WanateeFoxy JacksonJimmie Tidwell, Christine Nobiss, and Lakasha, as well farmer-marcher Sarah Byrnes.  As they marched the fourteen miles from Ames to the Boone County Fairgrounds on Wednesday, Boone was preparing for it's biggest annual festival -- Pufferbilly Days.  Alyssa Knudsen, of the Boone Chamber of Commerce, was on hand to tell us about it.  The program ended with Points to Ponder by Maggie Westvold recalling her most influential teacher.  

Labor Day 2018

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 09/03/2018
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Dennis Hart gives a summary of Iowa in the past week's news. 

Dennis Hart gives a brief history of Labor Day and Labor Unions in the USA and then speaks with Dan Homan - President of Iowa American Federation of State, County, and Municipal EmployeesIowa AFSCME Council 61, about the state of unions today in America and about what Labor Day means to him. 

Bronwyn Beatty-Hansen, Ames City Council Woman-at-Large, gives a review of Ames City Council decisions and issues.  

Climate Mobilization, Rodeos, Monarchs, Deer and Squirrels

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 08/31/2018
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Dennis Hart provides local news of the past week from the pages of the Ames Tribune.

Ames residents Erwin Klaas and Mary Richards, who organize The Climate Circle, invite you to a local workshop being planned for the national day of action: Rise For Climate on September 8th. Local residents are invited to hear speakers and discuss how to bring about local actions that significantly addresses "climate emergency." The workshop/forum will be held on September 8 from 1-4 PM at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 1015 Hyland Ave in Ames.

The national organization Climate Mobilization has been supporting local efforts; Nichol Harris Director of from Climate Mobilization speaks to us from New York City about how Ames' efforts connect with national initiatives.

New Local Talk reporter Tami Kuhn describes the rodeo in Nevada.

As monarchs currently gather to migrate to Mexico Stephanie Shepherd, from the Department of Natural Resources, explains the story of Monarchs and their heroic journey.

Hosts Dennis Hart and Ursula Ruedenberg kick off their new feature: "The Wild Ones" - stories of encounters with wild animals in daily life. We talked about deer and squirrels we know, but we want your stories. Send them to khoiradio@gmail and we'll read them on the air.  

Marshalltown recovery, Farmers Climate March and Road construction update

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 08/29/2018
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Joel Green, Mayor of Marshalltown, gives an update on that town's recovery efforts after the July 19th tornado that destroyed hundreds of structures.

Ed Fallon from Bold Iowa and Tesida Barfoot explain the “First Action-Farmer climate march,” a contingent of Iowans who are marching 95 miles through Central Iowa from Sept 1-8. The march will begin in Des Moines and will end in Fort Dodge to raise awareness of the upcoming September 12 hearing before the Iowa Supreme Court of a lawsuit claiming illegal use of eminent domain, from Iowa landowners where the Dakota Access Pipeline has been laid and the Iowa Sierra Club.

Mark Ganseo- City of Ames engineer, gives a road construction update for the Ames, including how construction will affect area drivers.

Maggie Westvolt delights us with a new “Points to Ponder” about: “Lutefisk and other Scandinavian desserts”.  

The First Nation-Farmer Climate Unity March, The Goldfinch is Nesting, Public Events & Entertainment for September

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 08/27/2018
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Dennis Hart gives a summary of Iowa in the news, last week.
KHOI environmental reporter informs you about the state bird, the goldfinch, which is currently nesting.
Keith Puntenney, a Boone resident and landowner/manager of 600 acres of farm land in Boone and Webster Counties, describes the lawsuit he, numerous other landowners, and the Iowa Sierra Club have brought before the Iowa Supreme Court. Hearings begin September 12th. A group of Iowans are marching 95 miles from DesMoines to Marshalltown as the First Nation - Farmer Climate Unity March beginning September 1 - September 8. Actions are being taken globally on September 8 as part of "Rise for Climate" day on the 8th.

Crystal Davis from the Ames Convention and Visitors Bureau tells us what is coming up in area entertainment and public events.  

Rusty-patched Bumble Bee, large Community-Based Compost Programs

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 08/24/2018
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Dennis Hart gives a summary of local news from the pages of the Ames Tribune.

Seth Moore, Environmental Specialist for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, describes the Rusty-patched Bumble Bee, a bumble bee native to Iowa, that has been put on the endangered species list.The bee has been found in some Iowa counties and the DNR is asking citizens to look for them and report sightings to them. Send your observations, photos, or questions to: or call Seth at 515-725-8464, or go to a web site for bumble bee watching to report your findings and upload your photos

Carolyn Myers from the Ames Progessive Alliance, looks into large community-based composting projects. Jennifer Jordan, the Resource Management superintendent for Iowa CIty describes a municipal composting program offered by the city, that takes residents' compost and also sells the resulting compost soil back to them. Tim Goode, with the Iowa State University Research and Demonstration Farms, describes the University Compost Facility, where Iowa State University composts all food waste on campus, along with manure from dairy cows.  


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