Return to Learn, Black Voters

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 09/16/2020
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Leanne Harter led off with her monthly Story County Report, focusing on Veteran Suicide Prevention.  Updating Roland Story Returning to Learn, Superintendent Matt Patton described the safety education for students, parents and their communities.  In the second half of the program we had three different perspectives on Black Voter Day,  Rev. Rob Johnson is heading a voter tour to register voters led by No Justice No Peace in cities all over Iowa.  A leader of Black Lives Matter in Boone and ISU graduate student, A'ja Lyons, gave us her perspective on the importance of that movement in inspiring voters.  And finally, Betty Andrews, President of the Iowa Nebraska NAACP gave us a run-down of how and why we can tune in to the first VIRTUAL NAACP Convention

Candidates Forum on Disability Issues, CY Stephens - ISU or Community? Disaster Assistance

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 09/14/2020
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NAMI Iowaand The Arc of Story County will host an online Candidates Forum on Disability Issues: Wednesday, September 16 from 6:30 to 8 PM. You are invited to attend via Zoom, to register,go here. Limited space is available. Candidates running for office representing Story County residents will respond to questions concerning disability issues raised by the host agencies, Participating candidates will include: Theresa Greenfield, Zuzann Herzog, Rick Stewart, JD Scholten, Ciny Oppedal Paschen, Beth Wessel Kroeschell, Ross WIburn, Robert Bacon, Dave Deyoe, Latifah Faisal, Steve O'Rourke, and Lisa Heddens. 

Jamie Pollard, ISU Director of Athletics, penned a letter on September 4th to fans, recommending that Iowa State respond to a $30 million deficit with layoffs or payroll reductions, eliminating sports and closing C.Y. Stephens Auditorium. A few days later, he tweeted a follow-up statement.  According to Pollard, due to damages from COVID19, the university is having to choose between continuing to subsidize community access to performing arts events or eliminating services to students (i.e. dropping a sport) or laying off employees.  He said “Perhaps the City of Ames and City Council could step up and help fund the $1 M shortfall if keeping CY Stephens is important to the citizens of Ames.” Tammy Koolbeck, Executive Director of the Iowa State Center answers questions about how decisions will be made about CY Stephens, the financial issues, and who uses the entertainment venue. 

Keith Morgan, Story County Emergency Coordinator offers information about disaster assistance programs in the wake of the deracho, An online  comprehensive summary of assistance can be found on their website. To telephone for assistance, call 800-621-3362. Assistance options include:

FEMA Individual Assistance,   
FEMA Assistance for Homeowners,  
FEMA Assistance for Renters, 
U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), 
D-SNAP Food assistance to those that have suffered a loss due to the storm
Mid-Iowa Community Action (MICA) for disaster management,
Unemployment assistance 

Another resource for disaster relief can be found here

Schools and Theaters: COVID Response

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 09/09/2020
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A short tour around our listening area showed a variety of innovations for bringing lively activities with social distancing as people gather in schools and theaters. Paul Wierson joined us with Paul Clark producer of the Norsemen Network broadcasting sports for fans in the Roland-Story School District.  Then we visited Erin Rovey, owner of the Boone Theater, which perseveres in their vision "to give our customers a big city cinema experience in a more personalized environment, all at a fair price."  Their website provides Boone Theater COVID-19 Measures. Next stop Nevada's Talent Factory with owner Larry Sloan describing how he is providing entertainment for the Nevada community, while developing a world class venue for live performers.  Our last stop was with the Ames Community Theatre performing Savannah Sipping Society in partnership with CY Stephens Auditorium. ACTORS president, Stan Rabe, described the double cast (two equal casts of four) each performing twice.  The cast members come in from Boone, Roland, and Collins. 

Lawsuits, Testing, Barn Owls on the Porch

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 09/02/2020
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Our show today started with news interviews with ISEA (Iowa State Education ) President, Mike Beranek describing the lawsuit against Gov, Reynold for her return to school order, speakers from the Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement virtual Convention "Rooted in Justice" who also have a lawsuit to protect clean water, and, finally Steve Sullivan,  director of marketing and community relations at Mary Greeley Medical Center, telling us the details of the new drive through Test Iowa Clinic for coronavirus at the ISU Industrial Park. Shifting to our very special Labor Day event the  "Last Waltz Concert" with the Barn Owl Band with musical guests-- the Barn Owl Band on Paul and Sherri  front porch at 604 Hodge from 5:00 - 8:00 PM on September 7 

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