A Town Divided; Visions of Pride in Ames

September 10, 2014 - 7:00am -- ron

Originally broadcast 09/10/2014
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We start out the show interviewing Tim Herrstrom of Luther, Iowa, a small town being torn apart by a struggle over sewage. Herrstrom gives us the backstory on a petition to dissolve the town in the face of an ordinance to mandate better septics.

Then, Greta shares insider information on the special features Ames library-goers will enjoy when APL doors re-open on Sunday, at 1:00 PM on 515 Douglas Ave. Hugo Kenemer of Heroic Ink describes the work he did on several Cys around town.

Then the Wild Man busts through our doors and introduces us (again) to Larry Sloane, provocateur and owner/operator of the Iowa Talent Factory.

YSS, Cyclone City, Edible Garden Tour

September 8, 2014 - 7:00am -- ron

Originally broadcast 09/08/2014
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Christine DeCoudreaux from Youth and Shelter Services, invites area resident to the 100th anniversary of the former Ames Municipal Building, an official Sesquicentenial event. Music, refreshments, and a reennactment of the GALA cornerstone laying of 1914 will occur in a tent in front of YSS headquarters at 420 Kellogg Avenue on September 10 from 4:30 - 6:00 PM. Hannah Frederick from the Ames Historical Society gives a brief history of the former Ames Municipal Building.

Cyclone City, the current project that has put 30 decorated sculptures of the Cy mascot around Ames, is explained by Crystal Davis from the Ames Chamber of Commerce. Davis also describes the Leadership Ames Class that produced the project. Makensie Heddens and Sarah Battani from the Leadership Ames Class describe how they implemented Cyclone City.

Amanda Raster and Jacqueline Nester describe the Ames Edible Garden Tour. Area residents are invited to stop by any or all of home gardens on Sunday, September 14 at designated times between 11:00 AM and 4:00 PM. A bicycle safety talk will begin at the Food at First Garden (3626 Ontario Street) at 10:45 sharp for those participating in the organized bike tour. Drivers are welcome to visit the garden sites at their leisure during tour hours.

Garden descriptions, an event map, and information about the bike tour will be posted on the Ames Edible Garden Tour Facebook page. Locations are subject to change, so please check the event Facebook page (or “Like” it to receive automatic updates), or email amesediblegarden@gmail.com, for current information.


Clean Water Radio, Episode 7: Our "Sweet Spot" in Groundwater Geology

September 5, 2014 - 7:00am -- ron

Originally broadcast 09/05/2014
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We explore the underground aquifers of central Iowa with Bill Simpkins of Iowa State University. Topics include why Ames water tastes so good (and why we have so much of it), the dangers of drawing water from private, rural wells, the difficulty of modeling farm tile systems, and the efforts of an ISU group, Water and Climate Change, to model the behavior of farmers in the Squaw Creek watershed. Viveca Dillard joins us for sports and gets schooled by Greta on why Green Bay is still the coolest team in the NFL

Prairie Awakening Celebration

September 3, 2014 - 7:00am -- ron

Originally broadcast 09/03/2014
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Once again, the traditions of the Prairie Awakening Celebration will bring the music, drum, songs, dance and stories of Iowa’s First Peoples to the Land. Our celebration this year will feature the Ioway Nation. Prairie Awakening is an invitation to you to join us in an arena carved out of the restored tall grass prairies of Kuehn and remember your place on this land. Enjoy the drum, songs, dances and stories. Join the celebration. Dance. Step inside these first stories of the Ioway Peoples and experience the memories of the land here in Dallas County. In this intimate, one-to one setting we hope to construct a conversation between cultures that will go beyond a history lesson, evoking a sense of place in the participants. As we again awaken the prairie, we hope to awaken the connections in you to the wilds of your home.

The event is free. No registration required. An evening meal will be available for purchase, with proceeds supporting the celebration. Please bring your own lawn chairs or blankets for seating.

Passenger Pigeons and Bob McCarley

September 1, 2014 - 7:00am -- ron

Originally broadcast 09/01/2014
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Bob McCarleyPat Schlarbaum will tell us about the 100th anniversary of the passenger pigeon extinction in this phonology report. This article was written by Aldo Leopold and read by Pat Schlarbaum.
Then, Kay Puttock Community Service Appreciation Segment with Lead Interim Pastor John Kerr of Bethesda Lutheran church, of Ames and the community services offered there, can all be found at 1517 Northwestern Avenue, Ames. He tells us about the different community service ministries offered by the church.

And our final story is remembering a respected member of our community who was a supporter of KHOI from its beginning, Robert “Bob” McCarley. He made here better for everyone.

Originally broadcast 09/01/2014
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Clean Water Radio, episode 6: The Politics of Metrics

August 29, 2014 - 7:00am -- ron

Mary Fanter of the Raccoon River Watershed Association doing a water quality assessment Originally broadcast 08/29/2014
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Our special guest for the hour is Michael Delaney, founder of Citizens for a Healthy Iowa; also founder of the Raccoon River Watershed Association, long-time member of the Isaak Walton League, angler, and Project Aware volunteer. Mike gives his perspectives on recent developments in the political tug of war over Iowa's Nutrient Reduction Strategy, its plan to reduce levels of N and P flowing into our rivers and eventually down to the Gulf of Mexico. We hear a snippet from the 1st gubernatorial debate on this issue, then continue last week's interview with the DNR's Mary Skopec, deeply involved in water quality monitoring around the state, who admits her bosses don't see a DNR role in measuring the impact of the NRS with water quality data. Finally, we turn to Craig Cox, director of the Environmental Working Group's midwest office in Ames, who responds to an new ag-industry alliance in Iowa that promises the "metrics" so needed for accountability. Craig provides a modest proposal to eliminate an abusive farming practice in Iowa, one that has worked well in other states.


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