Water Rocks, El Buen Gusto, Utopia

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 03/14/2018
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Americorps volunteer Megan Koppenhafen stopped by KHOI on her way to the Sioux Empire Water Festiva in Sioux Falls, South Dakota to tell us about Americorps, Vista, and Conservation Corps programs, as well as to share some of the music she and other volunteers will be celebrating at Water Rocks with hundreds of fourth graders gathered for this fun and educational event.  A story in the Perry News about the closing of El Buen Gusto, a Salvadoran Restaurant, because of visa problems of longtime residents Carlos and Edith Barco, sent me to get the story in Perry. Marisa Barco told about the repeated delays in her parents' citizenship application resulting in non-renewal of the visa.  Concerned citizens at the Chamber of Commerce told the response of the town to threat to Salvadoran residents, students, home and  business owners. Jenny Ecklund, owner of La Poste; the restored post office; librarian Mary Murphy; and city administrator, Sven Peterson; expressed support of the whole community for Hispanics United for Perry. Finally, Loween Getter gave us a preview of Utopia - The Iowa Musical Revuethe featured play for the Iowa Community Theatre Association Convention to be held in Webster City.

Dr. Cyndi Hanson, Ghana, Spring Weather - Oh My!

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 03/12/2018
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Round up of last week’s Iowa in the news, provided by the IowaInformer.

Candidates with Cal: a series of interviews with candidates who will be running in this June’s primary elections. Cal Haliburton interviews Dr. Cyndi Hanson, Republican candidate for the US Representative 4th district, opposing Representative Steve King for the nomination.

In our continuation of a series on Africans living in Central Iowa, Peprah, a Ghanaian student at Iowa State University. describes his homeland, Ghana.

Keith Morgan, Emergency Management Coordinatorfor Story County, helps you prepare for Spring weather: tornadoes, thunderstorms, flash floods, and hail - Oh my! Sign up for emergency alerts.

Burmese Refugees, Farm & Water Activists, J.D. Scholten

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 03/07/2018
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Our show today started with Jill Niswander telling about the community of Burmese Refugees in Iowa as a staff member of Ethnic Minorities of Burma Advocacy and Research Center (EMBARC).  Lifelong farmer Chris Peterson told how the events of his life, from the values of his Danish grandparents, through the farm crisis of the 1980s, and the consolidation of animal feeding and slaughter, led him to form the Iowa Alliance for Responsible Agriculture, which is advocating a moratorium on Confined Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs).  On a related topic we heard from Molly Hanson of Iowa Rivers Revival about the organization's plans. Wrapping up the hour we heard the second episode of Candidates with Cal,as Cal Haliburton interviewed J.D. Scholten, one of three candidates running for the Democratic primary in the 4th Congressional District.

Ghana, All-Iowa Arts Showcase, RAGRAI in Ames

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 03/02/2018
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Susan Gwiasda, Public Relations Officer, gives an Ames civic update, including the news that Ames will be on the RAGRAI route this summer. She gave this number to call, if you are having power outages: 515-539-5240.

KHOI civic reporter Dennis Hart give a round up of last week's news from the pages of the Ames Tribune and associated papers. 

To begin Local Talk's interview series for International Women's Month,  Ames resident Dr. Jane Agyeman, director of Upward Bound at Iowa State, describes her home country of Ghana and her experience of emigrating to Ames. 

Craig Kaufman, Ames City Manager for the Auditorium, Bandshell and Community Center, describes the All-Iowa Arts Showcase which will begin Saturday March 3. He explains  his vision for this 5-part concert series and for the Ames music scene.


Ourdoor Alliance, Woodpeckers, Bells, Genealogy

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 02/28/2018
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Greg Vitale, a founding member of Outdoor Alliance of Story County, told us about the formation of that organization, a non-profit that can raise money for projects and land acquisitions for parks and trail in Story County.  His particular focus today was on the informational meeting on March 10 to let the public know about the new Tedesco Environmental Learning Corridor in South Ames.  Nature Reporter Pat Schlarbaum carried on the outdoor theme with a report on woodpeckers, especially the pileated woodpecker with its distinctive drumming on hollow trees.  Pastor Marcia Kisner told how the Nazareth Lutheran Church in Cambridge is keeping its 115 year old church bell ringing by putting on a comedy dinner theatre, A Bad Year for Tomatoes, in the new Cambridge City Center this weekend.  Mary Logsdon, director of Adult Services at the Ames Public Library, came to the KHOI studio to tell us about the many ways the library is partnering with the Story County Genealogical Society.  She was joined by Alice Hoyt Veen, Certified Genealogist. who will be teaching A Genealogy Proof Standard course to guide people in evaluating the materials they find.

Women’s Day, Planned Parenthood, Visitors Bureau

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 02/26/2018
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After the weather and Iowa news headlines, Mary Logsdon and Qin Yan told about what is planned in Ames to celebrate International Women’s Day on Sunday, May 4th at the Ames Library. Jamet Colton, who will be the keynote speaker, shared why she loves attending this event.

Erin Davison-Rippey, from Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, provided updates on their efforts to oppose restrictive abortion legislation and other assaults to women’s reproductive health care. Allyson Walter from the Ames Convention & Visitors Bureau stopped to provide updates on an array of local happenings in March.


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