COVID-19 RESPONSE: Representative Ross Wilburn, Fire Chief Rich Higgins, & Senate Candidate Cal Woods

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 03/26/2020
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Iowa House Representative Ross Wilburn for District 46 discussed the President’s emergency declaration, explained the chain of command during emergency with the Governor's declarations serving as law. He also notified us of the SBA grants coming down as a result of federal "CARES Act"  Grants and loans are for small businesses and no-profit organizations. If you are one of these, contact the SBA web site immediately. to For a forgivable Payroll Protection Program to fund 2 months payroll, utilities, rent, and/or mortgage, contact your bank immediately to  apply for this forgivable loan. 

Cal Woods, contender for the democratic candidate's seat for US Senator introduced himself and this positions, which he claims reassert Iowa values. He also spokeon the importance of health care.

Susan Gwiasda Ames Public Relations Officer brought Fire Chief Rich Higgins to discuss transport care for possible Covid19 patients, procedures for Covid19 adaptations at the fire stations, and plans to develop an on-line virtual tour of the fire station for people staying at home to enjoy. 

COVID hotline number is 211.


And Anna Banana included another Heart to Heart Messages segment with a special shout out to Friendship Ark.  To send Anna your message for the air, text 515-809-0077.  

COVID-19 RESPONSE: Fears and Reassurance

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 03/24/2020
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As the Local Talk guests, sheltering in place at home, gather in the KHOI studio via ZOOM technology, we explore a family story from Trevor Soderstrom that takes us back to the Pandemic of 1918. Bringing us up to the present we  heard from Beth Wessel-Kroeschell, Representative from District 45, with issues she is hearing from her constituents -- concerns about the need to "shelter in place," the fate of small businesses, and people without adequate health insurance.  And finally Susan Gwiasda brought us Don Kom, director of Electric Services in Ames, who reassured us that there is no danger of an energy shortage.  "Anna Banana" (Anna Magnusson) brought us the first of "Heart to Heart" Messages. You can text her at 515-809-0077 or email with "Heart to Heart" in the subject line. 

COVID-19 RESPONSE: Thinking About Pandemic The Influenza of 2018

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 03/20/2020
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Dennis Hart gives a summary of local News from the pages of the Ames Tribune.

Carolyn Raffensberger the Director of the Science and Environmental Health Foundation, shares inspiration and motivation in thinking about COVID-19 and emergency status declared by Governor Kim Reynolds. She explored preparation mentality and seed-saving, amoung other things.

Alex Fejfar from Ames Historic Museum described our community during another pandemic: the Influenza outbreak of 1918. 



COVID-19 RESPONSE: Mayor John Haila

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 03/19/2020
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Ames Mayor John Haila was with us today to give an overview of all the government agencies, university departments, and non-profit organizations that have been coordinating over the past several weeks to guide local citizens of all ages as safely as possible through the coronavirus caused difficulties of closed schools, access to food, maintaining essential services and how to receive necessary health care.  In future programs we will have leaders in all these areas on Local Talk to give us more detailed information. Our host for today, and for much of the Local Talk Series "COVID-19 Response:" is Anne Kinzel, who has served as both a hospital lawyer and health care lawyer. 



COVID-19 RESPONSE: Health and Food in crisis, Senate Candidate Theresa Greenfield, Health

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 03/18/2020
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Members of Our Local Talk Team gathered useful information about 
  1. Store hours and deliveries -- check your favorite grocery stores and pharmacies for changed hours and delivery options 
  2. Meals for school children through the Ames Community Schools
  3. United Way's Hunger CollaborationFood at First and the Salvation Army
  4. McFarland Clinic's information line 
  5. How to conduct county business online -- including paying property taxes
We also had two interviews.  Cal Haliburton brought us some thoughts from Theresa Greenfield, Democratic Primary Challenger for Senate Seat of Incumbent Joni Ernst. And Carolyn Raffensperger ended with a reflection on Health and our Relation to the Land. 



COVID-19 RESPONSE: Emergency Management, Evolving County and State Mitigations

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 03/16/2020
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Dennis Hart's report came to us from his recent vacation in Orlando, where he gave us the feel of  the  shuttering of Disneyland as well as some of the first news of Iowa preparations for the expected adjustments to be made here in Iowa. Linda Murken, Chair of Story County Supervisors and and Emergency Servics then spoke about the adaptations Story County Offices will be making to carry on necessary business while keeping offices closed to the public.  She advised going to the Story County Website before calling or trying to come in to offices. Then Keith Morgan, Story County Emergency Management Coordinator, filled us in on plans the county has in place.  Ross Wilburn, Legislative Representative for District 46 recommended a couple of websites that we can refer to keep us up to date on the evolving policies and mitigation -- Department of Health and Iowa Governor's Newsroom.  


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