Ames Convention Center

February 17, 2014 - 7:00am -- ron

Originally broadcast 02/17/2014
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Though it was a cold and snowy day in Central Iowa Monday, February 17, KHOI’s Local Talk show explored the hot topic of the proposed Ames Convention Center, which will appear as a $19 million bond issue on Tuesday, March 4. Pros and cons of the project were debated by former Ames City Council member Victoria Szopinski and ISU Accounting Professor Sue Ravenscroft. Economist Dave Swenson clarified some figures used in assessing the economic impact of the facility, and Food Science Professor and AMOS member Diane Birt expressed concerns about the availability of low-income housing for potential employees of the convention center.

Iowa's Changing Climate Posing New Challenges for Farmers

February 14, 2014 - 7:00am -- ron

Originally broadcast 02/14/2014
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Iowa farmers will have to find new ways of conserving and holding rainfall as the state’s climate becomes more variable. That was the message Dr. Jerry Hatfield gave to KHOI’s Local Talk listeners Friday (Feb. 14). Dr. Hatfield is Laboratory Director of the USDA’s Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment in Ames. He also talked about the new “climate change hub,” which has been established to distribute information to food producers in the state. Also on the program, Green County farmer George Nayler described what he’s had to do to survive changing weather patterns and intense competition from corporate agriculture. Nayler is a third-generation farmer who operates his century-old family farm near Churdan.

Hosts: Cynthia McClure and Tom Beell

Squaw Creek Watershed and NAMI

February 12, 2014 - 7:00am -- ron

Originally broadcast 02/12/2014
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The Squaw Creek Watershed Authority and what’s being done to monitor water quality in central Iowa was the topic of discussion on this past Wednesday’s Local Talk show. Co-hosts Susan Franzen and Tom Beell talked with Jerry Keys of the Story County Conservation Center and Pat Conrad of the EOR Water Ecology Community about the watershed, which extends north into Webster County and includes much of Boone and Story Counties. (A map of the watershed is to the left) Also on the program, Penny Brown Huber, executive director of Prairie Rivers of Iowa, told how her group is working to make more people aware of the watershed and how they can help take care of it. Wednesday’s program also included a report by reporter Kay Puttock on the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI), which is cosponsoring a Trivia Contest Fundraiser next month with KHOI.

Red Friars and Juvenile Justice

February 7, 2014 - 7:00am -- ron

Originally broadcast 02/07/2014
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We considered three diverse topics. First was Red Friars Valentine dinner dance, coming up on February 14. Second is a discussion with former County Attorny Mary Richards about the effect of the recent U.S. Supreme Court Case on the sentencing of Yvette Louisell who was convicted of murder in 1988. At that time Richards was the prosecuting attorney, and conviction resulted in a mandatory life sentence without parole. The possible resentencing of Louisell was used to discuss the issues regarding new sentencing legislation in Iowa. Our coverage went beyond that into the grounds for making decisions on juvenile justice. Lastly, the program concluded with a segment on the National Association for the Mentally Ill (NAMI).

The specifics of the Louisell case are described in a Des Moines Register Story (1/31/2014)

Demolition of the Champlain Building

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

Originally broadcast 02/05/2014
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Today we visited two of the last events to take place at the historic Champlain Building on the corner of Welch and Lincoln Way, built by A.L.Champlain in 1908. It has recently been sold by the Champlain family to Kingland Systems which plans to demolish it in the spring of 2014. We attended a tour of the building for members of the Ames Historical Society days before the public auction on Monday, February 3. From Champlain's granddaughter, Lynn Lloyd, we learned the history of the building and its relationship to Iowa State and the larger Ames community.


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