COVID-19 Response: Webster City, Ballard, ECO Fair


Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 04/22/2020
Listen to the entire episode now!

After an inspirational Earth Day message from Carolyn Raffensperger, we took a ZOOM road trip to revisit towns from our listening are we haven't heard from recently.  First we spoke with Kathy Vaughn, the new director of All Cultures Equal in Webster City.  We learned how COVID-19 has affected the food supply and businesses of the town -- from community gardens at ACE, to restaurants, to food pantries, and restaurants providing take-out orders. Moving to south Story County, we spoke with Ottie Maxie the superintendent of the Ballard Community School District about their unique efforts during the school closures to meet the educational and nutritional needs of students in the towns of Cambridge, Huxley, Kelley, and Slater, as well as the rural areas around them. Pat Schlarbaum ended the Earth Day Program with a preview of the KHOI broadcast of the ECO Fair as well as news of the 2020 ECO Scavanger Hunt


Restaurants Are Open! Help: Domestic Violence or Sexual Abuse, Resource Recovery Plant

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 04/16/2020
Listen to the entire episode now!

Dan Culhane, President and CEO of the Ames Chamber of Commerce, reports that most restaurants in Ames continue to do business via take-outs and delivery. He encourages patrons to tip well to help servers cope with lowered business volume and tip income and support our local eating establishments. No indications have occurred that any local restaurants are planning to close.

Tess Cody, Executive Director of ACCESS (Assault Care Center Extending Shelter and Support) discusses help for those experiencing sexual assault and domestic violence during the Covid-19 crisis. ACCESS services are available, the shelter is open, and remote online counseling services are available.

24/7 Hotline for sexual abuse: 800-203-3488
24/7 Hotline for domestic abuse or violence: 855-983-4641

Bill Schmitt Supervisor for the Ames Resource recovery Plant reports that the walk-in service is closed and alterations to the plant's operations during Covid-19 crisis. As of the first of April, the City's Food Waste Diversion Program has waived any feeds and is allowing people to drop off their food waste into an outside dumpster at 110 Center Ave - North side of the building,(rolling bin with orange cover). There is also a bin for recycling glass. Other sites for dropping off glass are at HyVee gas station and Fairway parking lot (soon). Please hold on to hazardous materials at home. They are currently not being accepted by the Resource Recovery Plant until after the Covid-19 crisis.  No-charge waste Day has been postponed due to the crisis. Check the web site for announcements. Also he requests that residents cut down on waste and think about saving objects to sell at Rummage Rampage. And to not thrown away  batteries; drop them off at the Recovery Plant. Best Buy also has a drop off for batteries.

According to Susan Gwiasda, Ames Public Relations Office, there is still concern about people in the area not practicing to social distancing to help flatten the disease's curve in our area. The rule is: 1) groups of people with less than 10 people 2) distance of 6 feet or more between people. The City of Ames accepts and follows up on reports of failure to comply. To file a complaint call 515-239-5670 or email .

Anna Banana brought Heart to Heart Messages. Send Anna your message to read on the air. Text it to 515-809-0077 or email it to khoiradio@gmail with Heart to heart in the subject line. 

COVID-19 Response: Bears, Nevada, Extension

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 04/15/2020
Listen to the entire episode now

Carolyn Raffensperger and Pat Schlarbaum began our program with a reflection on loss, something we are all thinking about amid the disruption of CLOVID-19.   After Pat's phenology on bears in Iowa, we visited with Henry Corbin, the new executive director of Main Street Nevadawho also maintains online communication at the City of Nevada  webpage.  First on our agenda was the report of the Nevada Bear Hunt and other examples of how one small town is coping with closed schools, main street businesses, and social distancing.  John Lawrence, vice president of Iowa Extension and Outreach, celebrated the centennial of Extension, concluding with the ways it is continuing to serve the people of Iowa during the COVID-19 crisis. He also left us with a list of hotlines and answer lines

Emergency Funding bill

Listen Here Now

Originally broadcast 04/14/2020
Listen to the entire episode now!

Susan Gwiasda, City of Ames Public Relations Officer and Keith Abraham, Director of Ames Parks and Recreation gave a update on restrictions in Ames parks due to Covid-19 precautions.
Anna Banana brought Heart to Heart Messages. Send Anna your message to read on the air. Text it to 515-809-0077 or email it to khoiradio@gmail with Heart to heart in the subject line.

Big Acai: "Healthy Fast-Food," Emergency Management, and the House Finch

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 04/13/2020
Listen to the entire episode now!

Dennis Hart gives a summary of the past week in Iowa news.

Josh Dingle is co-owner and manager of Big Acai, a fast food place in the “Union” building on the corner of Sheldon Avenue and Lincoln Way, in Ames. Big Acai started as a food truck in Des Moines and Dingle hopes to help build it into a national “healthy fast food” chain. It's menu features a sorbet bowl based in in Acai berry sorbet. 23 and freshly graduated from Iowa State, Josh is committed to socially conscious business practices. One of Ames’ newest arrivals on the business scene, he is starting his business career in the midst of the Corona Virus pandemic. Big Acai remains open for order-on-line for pickup. Josh describes surviving the Pandemic as a business and his bigger vision, beyond. 

Keith Morgan, Story County Emergency Management Coordinator, explains how priorities are decided during crisis within pandemic conditions and how the county is addressing the possibility of bed shortages for Corona Virus patients.

KHOI Nature reporter introduces the House Finch, a small bird with a big cheerful song and a red breast. Every Spring, the House Finches return to their nest on top of the speaker over KHOI’s doorway.

Anna Banana brought Heart to Heart Messages. Send Anna your message to read on the air. Text it to 515-809-0077 or email it to khoiradio@gmail with Heart to heart in the subject line. 


Subscribe to KHOI RSS