2020 Bird Counts and More

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 01/01/2020
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This New Year's Program drew from KHOI archives on Christmas and New Year's Bird Counts, including basic information from Steve Dinsmore, Shane Patterson, and Jim Pease; how birding can enrich family life with Amy Yoakum, Mike Hudley and Max Hudley; Wolf Oesterreich telling us about birds at Ada Hayden Lake and how people can share this knowledge (and photos)  through the Friends of Ada Hayden blog and Facebook page;  reflections on the 40th anniversary of the Endangered  Species Act with Stan Temple; an alert from Erv Klaas, whose career in with the Fish and Wildlife Sevice made him aware of environmental threats to trout and eagles from the proposed Pebble Mine near Bristol Bay in Alaska.  Finally Joe Lynch mused about his awe as eagles are nesting on central Iowa rivers and creeks where they have never been before--an auspicious beginning to the decade starting on New Years 2020.   

Iowa College Access Network, Iowa Farmers Union Convention

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 12/18/2019
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Leanne Harter gave us the monthly Story County Report.  Then Sunni Kamp,, executive director of  the Story County Community Foundation, interviewed Erick Danielson from  Iowa College Access Network, recipients of a 2019 SCCF grant.  Aaron Lehman, president of the Iowa Farmers Union, joined Cornelia Flora and Paul Wierson for a discussion of the November 6 IFU State Convention. We played a brief clip from Bernie Sanders, one of the six Democratic candidate at the convention, and concluded with a discussion of the challenges farmers face today.   

Scholar in Boone, Maxwell Renewal, Bold Iowa, Thyme

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 12/11/2019
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Jessica Stanley, President of the Board of the Boone County Historical Society, discussed the Society’s new plans starting with the monthly  series “Saturdays with a Scholar.”  The December scholar, Pamela Riney-Kehrberg, ISU history professor, talked about research for her upcoming book on the Farm Crisis of the 1980's. Then Sunni Kamp, executive director or the Story County Community Foundation, discussed the 2019 SCCF grant for Maxwell Renewal with Kathie Smith of Maxwell.  Kathy Byrnes, activist, told us about a couple of upcoming actions sponsored by Bold Iowa-- see the Facebook page for climate crisis parade.  For this weekend's entertainment Sally Evans told us about "The Gift of Thyme," the play she wrote and is directing for the Webster City Community Theatre. And finally a memorable testimonial from Ed Fallon, host of Fallon Forum on KHOI.   

Vintage Christmas, Iowa Food Bank, Stories and Pictures, Harvey

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 12/04/2019
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Henry Corbin, new executive director of Main Street Nevada came in to tell us about this weekend's Vintage Christmas events.  Then Sunni Kamp, executive director of Story County Community Foundation, interviewed Emma Christiansen for the Food Bank of Iowa which was awarded a SCCF grant for the "Feeding Story Country" program.  Turning to music, we got a preview of Central Iowa Symphony's December 7 concert titled "Stories and Pictures."  Eric McIntyre, Music Director of the Central Iowa Symphony, told us why he selected a program combining "The Composer is Dead" by Nathanial Stookey  (text by Lemony Snicket) with the Mussorgsky/Ravel symphony "Pictures at an Exhibition." Following this, we heard from Patrick Determan, narrator of "The Composer Is Dead."  We wrapped up our show with Susan Herrick, director of Boone Community Theatre's production of Harvey, telling us about the Elwood P. Dowd's experiences with a 6'1" white rabbit.   

Grants, Fires, Wild Bees

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 11/27/2019
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Jay Wilson, executive director of the of the Story City Greater Chamber Connection, came in to tell us about the $75,000 Main Street Iowa Challenge grant  to restore a building in downtown Story City. The second grant was a $25,000 Major Grant from the Story County Community Foundation to the Zearing fire department retrofit project, but our discussion was more general.  Pat Schlarbaum talked  volunteer fire departments throughout Story County coming together to provide water trucks to combat both building fires and prairie fires.  Our final guest was Darrin Crow, story teller from Cedar Rapids, who gave us a preview of his Nov. 3  program for Story County Conservation, about "the great Honey War of 1838, when Iowa was nearly invaded by Missouri!"

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