Lawsuits, Testing, Barn Owls on the Porch

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 09/02/2020
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Our show today started with news interviews with ISEA (Iowa State Education ) President, Mike Beranek describing the lawsuit against Gov, Reynold for her return to school order, speakers from the Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement virtual Convention "Rooted in Justice" who also have a lawsuit to protect clean water, and, finally Steve Sullivan,  director of marketing and community relations at Mary Greeley Medical Center, telling us the details of the new drive through Test Iowa Clinic for coronavirus at the ISU Industrial Park. Shifting to our very special Labor Day event the  "Last Waltz Concert" with the Barn Owl Band with musical guests-- the Barn Owl Band on Paul and Sherri  front porch at 604 Hodge from 5:00 - 8:00 PM on September 7 

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Women's EqualityDay, Restoring Voting Rights to Felons

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 08/26/2020
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Story County Auditor Lucy Martin told us how her office keeps track of voter registrations and organizes both mail-in and in person elections.  Carolyn Klaus of the League of Women Voters described the locations and process for registering and updating your voting registration. Karen Kedrowski, director of the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics, gave us a brief history of the century of struggle for suffrage that culminated just 100 years ago today in the ratification of the 19th amendment granting all women the right to vote.  Speaking about the recent Executive Order 7 by Gov. Kim Reynolds restoring voting rights to felons, Al Womble chair of the Democratic Black Caucus described the hurdles in educating felons and parolees (who did not have their voting rights restored) how to register, vote, and which rights they now have. 

Coyote, IRIS, Ames Parks after the Derecho

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 08/20/2020
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KHOI environmental Reporter Pat Schlarbaum speaks with Yankton Sioux Chief Loren Zephier about the tradition and culture of all things coyote.

Del Christensen, Executive Director of Iowa Resource for International Service (IRIS)

explains how IRIS works around the world sponsoring projects and individuals to promote international understanding, development, and peace, and brings students, business people, government leaders from all over the world to Iowa. He announced the IRIS Peace Day 5K International Festival on September 20th, to celebrate the people who come here and to celebrate the United Nations International Day of Peace. This year the event will be digital. To participate or sponsor a "runner" go here.

Ames Public Relations Officer Susan Gwiasda gives an update on tree removal after the storm and reports that, in response to disappointing lack of cooperation from ISU students in safety precautions against the pandemic, the AMes City COuncil has asked their attorney to draft a proposal for a city ordinance for face coverings.

Director of Recreation in Ames, Keith Abraham, reports that a new clubhouse is being built at Homewood Golf Course, a New Park was dedicated at Sunset Ridge, and a commemorative stone was dedicated at Ada Hayden Park with Irc Klaas' portrait being added to other historically important environmentalists. 

Derecho, Science is Real

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 08/19/2020
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Following Leanne Harter's  monthly report of adaptations being made in Story County offices and parks made necessary by the Derecheo and COVID-19,  Chad Hart, Extension Grain Market Specialist, joined us.  He spoke with us not only about the catastrophic damage to corn and soybeans, but also how crop prices in other states and markets in Mexico and China will affect the Iowa farm economy throughout the year.  Following this revealing information we had a follow up from the program on Monday (August 10 -- the morning that the Derecheo hit our area) when we heard from an organization called Iowans for a Safer Return for Learning.  On their Facebook page they featured a video called  "Science is Real-Ask the Experts!"  We closed out the last half of our program with significant excerpts from that presentation. To hear the full discussion click on the link above. 

Iowans for a Safer Return to Learning

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 08/10/2020
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Denis Hart gives a summary of Iowa news from the past week.

Week of Action was organized by Iowans for a Safer Return to Learning, a coalition of Iowa groups, who are joining forces to raise public awareness about safety issues in how schools are being reopened, as mandated by Governor Reynolds.

Participating groups in the coalition include: IowaFederation of LaborAFL-CIODrive for LivesIowa Educators for a Safe Returnto LearningIowa Citizen Action NetworkIowa State Education Association, DesMoines Education AssociationIowans for Public Education,  Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement,  Western Iowa Labor Federation.

Jeremy Dumkrieger, co-founder of Iowa Educators for a Safe Return to School, a teacher in northwest Iowa going on 7 years, and Daniel Gutmann, special education teacher in the Des Moines area and founder of Drive for Lives describe what is planned and why this is of importance to so many.  Educators for a Safe Return to School is an online support group including thousands of teachers and school workers and concerned parents. Drive for Lives plans driving protests by parents and educators after Governor Kim Reynolds announced schools must hold at least 50% of classes in person. Iowans for a Safer Return to Learning is calling for mandated face coverings and local control of school boards for managing school openings. 

Keith Morgan, Story County Emergency Coordinator gives latest statistics on mass attacks. He warns that in times of stress such as these, the danger of mass attacks rises. He gives some information on what to watch for and how to respond, both as individuals and businesses or organizations. 

Anna Banana delivers Heart toHeart messages of love and encouragement. 

Joanna Courteau

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 08/05/2020
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Unable to gather for a memorial service Joanna Courteau, who was active in welcoming international students and visitors to Ames since she arrived in 1973, KHOI prepared a tribute for Local Talk. Gathering for a ZOOM call were former student Gary Stahl (from his UNICEF office in Geneva) , Teresa Satterfield, a friend and colleague who told how Joanna nurtured all students she knew, Roberta Vann of Iowa State, and Mijka Jankwiak, a member of the "Polish club," described her way of bringing people of all ages and nationalities together in unforgettable ways.  Greta Anderson and Alex Fejfer of the Ames Historical Society told how Joanna worked with other volunteers to honor the "Martin House," home to the first black students at Iowa State. We concluded with an unforgettable story "Hermit No More" by Joanna herself recorded for Moth Radio, (check the link https://themoth.org/storytellers/joanna-courteau). 

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