Plans for MLK Day, Art of the Mississippi River, Bank Robberies in Ames: Now and Then

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 01/18/2019
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Dennis Hart gives a rundown of last week's local news from the pages of the Ames Tribune.

Vanessa Baker-Latimer, with the City of Ames Housing Department and member of the committee for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, describes celebrations planned for Ames and Story County MLK Day Celebration on Monday January 21.

Anne Owens, Executive Director of the Volunteer Center of Story County, describes volunteer opportunities being planned for National Day of Service on January 21. Volunteer projects and community discussions (from 7-9 AM) are being organized by the Volunteer Center and will be held at City Church, 2400 Oakwood Rd, Ames.

Pastor Moses Ward of the Friendship Baptist Church in Ames describes that church's service in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.  The service on Sunday January 20 at 4:00 PM, will focus on Dr. King's work as a pastor.  Everyone is welcome to attend, whether you are a member or not. Friendship Baptist Church is located at 2400 Mortenson Road.

Pat Schlarbaum speaks with the curator and museum worker about the creation and impact of Iowa native Jen Bervin's artwork on display: River, at the Des Moines Art Center, depicting the entire Mississippi River, as seen from the center of the Earth. 

In the wake of last week's armed robbery of the U.S. Bank in Campustown in Ames, Alex Fejar, Research and Exhibits Manager for the Ames History Center, describes another bank robbery that occurred in that same location in Ames' past. 

Lunar Eclipse

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 01/16/2019
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Our show starts with the monthly Story County Report from  Leanne Harter  and some updates on citizen activism at meetings of the Story County Board of Supervisors.  We hear Chiara Travesette presenting a petition  with 613 student signatures to the Ames City Council requesting a Climate Action Plan on behalf of CAUSE (Citizens Actualizing and Understanding Sustainable Environments) and Ames High School student club. 

Turning our eyes upward we heard from Dr. Sam Wormley, host of the new KHOI program "Science Bytes" (4:30 p.m. Tuesdays) discussing the upcoming total lunar eclipse occurring on Sunday, January 20.  Inspired by that event Story Theatre Co.will be presenting the world premiere of Moonrock the Musical in the Ames City Auditoirum at 5 p.m. just before the eclipse begins.  In the studio today we hear from Lyndsay Nissen andSacha Antropov who wrote the musical; Stacey Brothers, director; Dan De Geest and Vanessa Ellsbury performing (live in our studio) a couple of the 22 songs.. And in Ankeny this weekend "The Elevator Family" will be going up and down for five performances designed especially for children and families.  Director Scott Nielson tells us about it. 

4-H LGBTQ Controversy, Emergency Management

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 01/14/2019
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The show opened with the news roundup from across the state. Host, Gale Seiler, interviewed John-Paul Chaisson Cardenas about his dismissal, by ISU Extension and Outreach, as state director of youth development for 4-H. His dismissal was related to an LGBTQ inclusivity statement for 4H, which was opposed by conservative groups. Reporting by the Des Moines Register revealed that members of the Trump administration pushed the national 4-H organization to withdraw the policy—a move that Cardenas resisted, resulting in his firing. We also heard from Daniel Hoffman-Zinnel, the Executive Director of One Iowafor his perspective on this situation. In the last part of the show, Keith Morgan was here for his monthly segment. He talked about work that was done this past year and initiatives to come in 2019. 

AFSC Working with Refugees, Sustainability in Ames

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 01/11/2019
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Host, Gale Seiler, spoke with Erica Johnson from the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) about the recent influx of people from Central America seeking asylum in the US and the work that her organization does to support them in Iowa and beyond. She also talked about how local people can get involved. More info is on their FaceBook page.

Next, Merry Rankin and several guests told about upcoming opportunities for community engagement around sustainability. Justin Moore, a City Planner for the City of Ames, told about an open house on Wednesday, Jan 16 presenting the preliminary floodplain map to Story County citizens. 

Susan Jasper, let us know about a lecture series called Climate Crisis – Facts to Action. The series will be held at the Ames Library on Jan 16, Feb 25 and March 27. 

Eagles, Story County Board of Supervisors, Deer Illness, Art of the Mississippi River

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 01/09/2019
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KHOI environmental reporter gives an update on bald eagles, speaking with John Howe, Director of the Raptor Research Project in Decorah Iowa, who run the internationally famous eagle cam covering the "Decorah Eagles." Howe gives an update on the development of the eagle family after the former male mate died last year. 

Also, upcoming eagle events include:

Lauris Olson, who was sworn in as a Supervisor in 2017, became Chair of the Story County Board of Supervisors this January. She talks here about what issues she sees for Story County in 2019, the continuation of discussion about recent applications for 3 new CAFOs SOuth of Nevada, and gives her impressions of what it is like to be on the inside of government, running things from her perspective.  

Tyler Harms,biologist for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, explains Chronic Wasting Disease, which is spreading among wild deer in Iowa. 

Jen Bervin, artist and poet who grew up in Dubuque Iowa, talks about her art work currently on display at the Des Moines Art Center's I.M. Pei Gallery. The work maps the Mississippi River from its source at Lake Itasca, Minnesota, to its delta south of New Orleans. Her work will be on display in Des Moines until January 27. 

Partial Government Shutdown

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 01/07/2019
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Dennis News gives a summary of Iowa stories in the news during the past week.

Becca Lee, Communications manager for Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, explained that organization's new Campaign, Say Abortion, with billboards going up in various cities, aimed at changing Iowans' perception of abortion from a politicized issue to what they call "private and normal medical procedure." This campaign is in part a response to recent "Heartbeat Law" that forbids abortion once a heartbeat is detected in a fetus. According to Planned Parenthood, this effectively outlaws most opportunities for abortion in Iowa. 

Adam Schwartz Director of  U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory, explains why the partial government shutdown is not affecting their operations. 

Sarah Nusser, Vice President for Research at Iowa State University, talks about how the government shutdown is affecting research at ISU.

We get a statement from Ed Curlett, Director of Public Affairs at the USDA National Animal Disease Center - which is experiencing the shutdown - about emergency staffing to care for the animals there. 

Jane Graham, Nevada resident, reads poetry about Winter, Spring, and family.

Tyler Harms,biologist for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, explains Chronic Wasting Disease, which is spreading among wild deer in Iowa. 

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