Clean Water Radio, Episode 4: Hogs of Iowa

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

Originally broadcast 08/084/2014
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Today's show covers Iowa hog CAFOs past, present and future. First, we interview Ann Pellegreno, a world-famous aviator who left the Story County home she and her husband had established after a 15,000-head hog confinement moved to her neighborhood. We next turn to the construction of a new hog CAFO in southern Boone County owned by Brodie Brelsford of Perry and constructed by Brent Rastetter of Ames. Neighbor Jan Danilson and Des Moines River watershed ecologist Danielle Wirth discuss its likely impact on, among other things, the swimming hole and drinking water of the Boy Scouts Summer Camp. Finally, we turn to Tarah Heinzen of the Environmental Integrity Project in Washington DC, which is joining Iowa's Sierra Club and ICCI in addressing the state's Environmental Protection Commission about an upcoming August 19 ruling pertaining to the Clean Water Act. Will CAFOs of the future be required to obtain permits? Stay tuned to Friday's Clean Water Radio to find out!

Old School, New School

August 6, 2014 - 7:00am -- ron

Originally broadcast 08/04/2014
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Ten-year-old Wyatt Merceal-McBroom (Happy Birthday, Wyatt!)... steals the show as he reviews the new Edwards School, about halfway through the show. Wyatt attended the old Edwards and will attend the new Edwards school this year as a 5th-grader. Before that, Fern Kupfer reads her column about the disposition of the old Middle School, and the fiasco that followed. Bekka Brown describes the end of a VISTA project at Sawyer and Mitchell Schools; the gardens there are being turned over to community and school volunteers while VISTA, and Bekka, one of the garden coordinators, move on to other things. The hour started with Main Street Cultural District events coordinator Emily Miller previewing "Foodies and Brew", an August 15 event for adults in downtown Ames, and describing the organization's--and the city's--new life downtown. And the hour ends with Viveca Dillard describing an encouraging development for women in the NBA and a discouraging development for women in the NFL.

Shelter For All, Help For The Vulnerable

August 4, 2014 - 7:00am -- ron

Originally broadcast 08/04/2014
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Our first guest is Ron Edwards, who once worked at the nation's largest animal shelter and who moved here last year to take over as the new director of Ames Animal Shelter. Aurora Bettaza, a 10 year old in the Ames Community School District, has spent her summer fundraising for ACSD's homeless liaison program, and comes on our show to talk about it. Finally, we place a phone call to Ann Naffier at Iowa Justice for Our Neighbors, who is calling for bilingual (Spanish-English) volunteers to assist in communicating by phone with Central American child refugees who have arrived in Iowa because family members live here. Naffier provides an update and perspective on the situation. Iowa JFON is a Methodist ministry that provides legal services for refugees such as these children. Music by Nellie Kay.

Clean Water Radio, Episode 3: Paddling Iowa

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

Originally broadcast 08/01/2014
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Our first guest is Jim Pease, retired extension wildlife specialist, who is doing an interpretive and biological survey of the sections of rivers across the state designated as Iowa Water Trails, and has seen lots of cool stuff. Next, we speak with Rob Bohlke, Roland resident and lifetime paddling enthusiast, who shares tales from his childhood and excellent tips for river lovers in central Iowa.

Lobbying, Politics, Sports and Bears (Oh, My!)

July 30, 2014 - 7:00am -- ron

Originally broadcast 07/30/2014
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Citizen lobbying, state politics, local sports and Iowa bears (oh, my!) were the topics explored on Wednesday’s Local Talk program. KHOI’s nature reporter Pat Schlarbaum interviewed DNR Wildlife Research Biologist Vince Evilsizer about the resurgence of the bear population in our state. Longtime citizen lobbyist Deborah Fink described ways the Friends Committee for National Legislation tries to persuade office holders to support laws promoting peace, equal justice and a healthy environment. In a brief interview with Tom Beell, Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor Monica Vernon talked about the challenges of running for a statewide political office. And then KHOI’s new sports reporter, Vivica Dillard, summarized the latest athletic contests in Story County, Iowa and the nation.

Homeless Stand Down and Woodworking

July 28, 2014 - 7:00am -- ron

Originally broadcast 07/28/2014
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We held a discussion with the organizers of “Homeless Stand Down,” an event for all military veterans who are homeless or at risk of homelessness to be held at Brookside Park on July 29. This is a coordinated effort of Story County and ISU veterans associations. Following was an interview with woodworker Clay Gurganus and a musical introduction to the Bluegrass group Monroe Crossing, that will perform at the Story City Theater on Thursday, July 31.


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