Birds, Drones and Zoning

Wednesday’s Local Talk show covered a broad range of topics, starting with KHOI's phenology reporter Pat Schlarbaum telling us about three harbingers of spring: killdeer, turkey vultures and red winged blackbirds. Then the question of limiting the use of drone aircraft was discussed by drone hobbyist Scott Dearinger, who reported on an Iowa State Senate hearing he attended recently. The mission of the Iowa Air National Guard unit in Des Moines is being changed from flying F-16 aircraft to piloting drones, and that has generated concerns by members of the Catholic Worker House in Des Moines. David Goodner talked about the 2014 Midwest Catholic Worker Faith and Resistance Retreat, scheduled for March 14-17 in Des Moines, which will focus on drone warfare and the new Des Moines Drone Command Center. Finally, Ames resident Sharon Guber (pictured) described plans to develop land around the former Ames Middle School, and why she and others in the College Creek Old Middle School Neighborhood Association object to the proposed housing project.

Hosts: Susan Franzen and Tom Beell
Engineer: Rebekka Brown

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