Sanctuary City Law, Re-Homing Pets

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 04/13/2018
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Dennis Hart gives a roundup of this past week’s news from the pages of the Ames Tribune and related local papers.

Last TuesdaySenate File 481, known as the ban on Sanctuary Cities, was signed into law by Governor Reynolds. Supporters say the new law will maintain public safety and uphold the rule of law, while critics argue that the new Iowa law is an anti-immigrant law that will only stoke racial fears that could fuel discrimination. Tom Ferguson, Executive Director of the Iowa County Attorney’s Association, helps explain this law and it’s effects. Included also is a statement by Rita Bettis, ACLU ofIowa

Merry Rankin, ISU and Ames Sustainability Director, Marlene Ehresman from the Iowa Wildlife Center, and Amy Yokum from Story CountyConservation talk about ways to “re-home” pets when they can no longer be kept – alternatives to setting them “free” in nature where they will not be able to survive and can cause environmental damage as well. Rummage Rampage will, this year, allow people to drop off unwanted pets and aquariums.

South Sudanese Immigrants, Safari, and Erickson Public Library

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 04/11/2018
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For our Story County Report today we heard from Amelia Schoeneman of the Story County Planning and Development Department describing the work of her department and giving us the monthly report of events in Story County.  In our next segment, South Sudanese Immigrants Paul Lueth, Dot Bol, and Ashok Doud, told their stories of growing up in America, sustaining family members both in the US and in Africa.  The decision to join with their cousin, Awein Majak to open Safari, a South Sudanese restaurant on South Duff in Ames, is such a family venture. Finally, Mr.Z (aka. Zack Stier) Children's Librarian at Boone's Ericson Public Library, came in to tell us about the activities he co-ordinates.  Candy Noelck came along to tell us what's coming up there for with adult and teen programs in the Boone Library.

ISU Ada Hayden Herbarium, Prairie Chickens, Domestic Terror

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 04/09/2018
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The Iowa Informer provides a rundown of last week's stories of Iowa in national news.

Deb Lewis, Curator, of Iowa State University’s Ada Hayden Herbarium, describes the ISU collection plant and fungi samples that dates back more than 150 years.  ISU senior in the school of Biology, Olivia Hubbard, explains the new collection of Lichen that she has gathered and added to the Herbarium as a project of the National Science Foundation.

April 7, was the 15th Annual Prairie Chicken Day at the Kellerton Wildlife Management Area, in Ringgold County. The Kellerton Wildlife Management Area was dedicated in 1999 as Iowa’s first Bird Conservation Area and the first grassland Bird Conservation Area in the country. KHOI’s naturalist Pat Schlarbaum reports on this event through the eyes of admirers gather there at dawn to watch through field glasses and scopes from a safe distance, on the elevated viewing platform.

Keith Morgan, Emergency Management Coordinator for Story County goes through various aspects and shares insights about mass shootings and domestic terror.

Water Quality Forum, Teen Maze, A Few Good Men

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 04/04/2018
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Pat Schlarbaum took us to a Water Quality Forum where he recorded remarks from  Wally Taylor, Board director of the Iowa Sierra Club, Seldon Spencer of Huxley, and Susan Heathcote of the Water Quality Institute.  Our next stop was the Boone County Fairgrounds where Paul Wierson spoke withGerri Bugg, of YSS, who has coordinated Kiwanis groups and many social service agencies to provideTeen Maze to over a thousand 7th grade students from Story, Boone, and Greene Counties for experiential learning about the real-life decisions they will be facing throughout their school years and beyond.  Paul asked Roland Story Middle School Students, Luke Patton, Cooper and Isaiah Naylor as well as the Middle School Principal Brian Town.  We wrapped up the show with an interview with Michael Hollister, director of "A Few Good Men,"  which is opening at Ankeny Community Theatre in April 6.

Ames City Council, Iowa Schools, Latino/a Studies

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 04/02/2018
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Ames City Council member, Bronwyn Beatty-Hansen, gave us City Council 101, a quick course in how the Council works and how residents can have input. Host, Gale Seiler, also spoke with Rose Green, from Parents for Great Iowa Schools, about education-related bills in the current legislative session and how they might impact schools in Iowa. In the last segment, Lucia Suarez, an Associate Professor in the Department of World Languages and Cultures at ISU, spoke about her vision for the US Latino/a Studies Program which she directs, as well as about her research and writing.

Jim Mowrer Candidate for IA Sec of State, Ames Healthy Life Center

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 03/30/2018
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Dennis Hart gives a round-up of local news from the pages of the Ames Tribune and associated local papers.

Cal Haliburton interviews Jim Mowrer, candidate for the office of Iowa Secretary of State, as part of the ongoing series of candidates up for election in the June primary.

Anne Kinzel and Carolyn Myers of the Ames Progressive Alliance speak with Nancy Carroll about the details of the proposed Ames Healthy Life Center. The City of Ames has partnered with Mary Greeley Medical Center, Iowa State University, Des Moines Area Community College, Story County, and Heartland Senior Center to explore building an intergenerational Healthy Life Center along property currently owned by Iowa State University on Scholl Road, just north of Ontario Street.


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