Birds, Welcoming Iowa, Raising Readers

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 07/11/2018
Listen to the entire episode now!

Our show started with  Leanne Harter's Story County Report, and KHOI civic reporter Dennis Hart's local news.  Continuing the local news, Micah Hales from the Story City Greater Chamber Connection, announced upcoming events in Story City, especially the Skunk River Duck Race.  Nature reporter Pat Schlarbaum took us from rubber duckys to blue jays and the Eagle Day at the Blank Park Zoo. Moving on to Iowa volunteers, we heard from Landra Reece, Story County recipient for a Governor's Volunteer Award. Landra told us about the other winners, her activities and what motivates her.  Suzanne Zilber gave us a first-hand report of the "Families Belong Together" rally in Des Moines from her perspective as a therapist familiar with the trauma caused by separating children from their families.  We paid tribute to the late Governor Robert Ray, by playing a statement he made endorsing the Iowa International Center, which is continuing his legacy. Finally, Kim Hanna, director of  Raising Readers in Story County, told us about the Harrison Barnes Reading Academyand  Reading Corners.  

Points to Ponder, Dropping of a Major, Mid Iowa Community Action

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 07/09/2018
Listen to the entire episode now!

Today's show started off with an overview of this weeks weather for the area as well as big news stories from the state of Iowa. We then heard from Maggie Westvold, with a Points to Ponder piece about bunnies. Aaron Kirch, an engineering student at Iowa State, was interviewed about his experiences at college in the area of premature dropping of a major. Our final interview was with Keith Morgan, Story County Emergency Coordinator and Josie Stahlin from MICA, Mid Iowa Community Action. Josie gave information on how MICA helps community members after disasters, such as the recent flooding in Ames. Keith wrapped up the show with an overview of the emergency plans that are being but in place to make sure RAGBRAI runs smoothly.  

Denitrifying Bioreactor Field Day

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 07/06/2018
Listen to the entire episode now!

Following the weekly news roundup from the Tribune, Dennis Hart joined Susan Franzen to host today's show which opened with an announcement with Beth Weninger, education coordinator at the OCTAGON Center for the Arts telling us about a summer art camp taking place July 9-12, "What Does Sound Look Like?"

Our next guests, Kayla Bergman, Prairie Rivers of Iowa Watershed Coordinator and Liz Juchems, Iowa Learning Farms Watershed Coordinator, came in to tell us about the Denitrifying Bioreactor Field Day on July 17.  Fred Kirschenmann joined us to expand on topics related to our relationship with the land. Susan Gwiasda, Public Relations Officer for the City of Ames, gave us a report about preparations for RAGBRAI and Rummage Rampage.  

Independence Day Special

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 07/04/2018
Listen to the entire episode now!

Following a brief report from regional newspapers, especially announcements of road closures due to flooding, civic reporter Dennis Hart joined Susan Franzen in exploring Independence Day celebrations in central Iowa -- Ames and well as the county seats of Story, Boone, and Greene counties.  Our feature from Ames was an interview with Patrick Phillips, the commander of American Legion post 37, which was kicking off the Centennial year of the National American Legion this July 4. Commander Phillips reviewed the history and service activities of the Legion over the past 100 years, including a few surprises. 

Much of the focus of our stories was on fireworks displays and how they varied in timing and financing in the towns considered.  Dennis discussed the music and entertainments preceding the large display at Reiman Gardens in Ames, which occurred last night (July 3), partly to enable more cost-effective production of an elaborate fireworks display before the rush on July 4.  The other towns celebrated on the 4th and had varying solutions for this problem.  Lynn Scarlett of the Nevada Chamber of Commerce described the traditional features of Nevada's Fourth of July complete with pancake breakfast by the fire department , band concert in the park, fireworks in the evening and much more.   For a complete change of pace we spoke with Rob Waton, owner of the Boone Speedway, where the people of Boone can watch a "fabulous fireworks" display following the "Eve of Destruction" -- races, rollovers etc.  Waton gave us a history of the speedway, which has been operating in Boone for 51 years.  In Jefferson, the expensive quest for a good fireworks display has been met by a partnership with Wild Rose Casino.  We closed our show with a medley of Patriotic songs.  

Flooding in Story County, Suicide and Self-Care

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 07/02/2018
Listen to the entire episode now!

On this Monday, July 2nd edition of Local Talk, host Sequan Gatlin reported the seven-day weather forecast as well as the statewide news from the pages of KCCI. 

Keith Morgan from Story County Emergency Management joined Sequan in the studio to discuss the flooding situation in Ames and surrounding communities. He provided advice on how to stay safe and how residents can protect themselves.

Dr. Carver Nebbe spoke about medical concerns with high-profile cases of and media coverage on suicide. He also shared the pillars of health and how self-care relates to mental and physical health. 

July 2nd is the first Monday of the month. Councilwoman Bronwyn Beatty Hansen visited the studio to discuss City Council's most recent decisions and what plans the council has for the near future. She also mentioned a few events to expect in July.  

Yoga+Craft Brews, Community Academy, Cycle gAmes

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 06/29/2018
Listen to the entire episode now!

We started of the show with the news from Dennis Hart. There was then a recording about the event coming up on July 1st (this Sunday) called Yoga+Craft Brews. The event is put on by Alluvial Brewing Company and allows people to come in and do yoga while enjoying craft beers, coffee and more. Our next segment was about the Community Academy which is a program that a group of Ames teachers are trying to start.Collin Richert was interviewed. The program would start with a "Summer Experience" to see if people are interested in making this a viable resource. The website for it is Our final segment was about Cycle gAmes that will be happening June 30 (tomorrow). Amber Corrieri came in to talk about the event which includes a 8-mile ride, 40-mile ride and food among other things. The event is being put on by mainstream living and can find more information at  


Subscribe to KHOI RSS