Last Dragon in Boone, Diversity and Capitol Week

Originally broadcast 05/12/2021 

Leanne Harter, Story County Outreach and Special Projects Manager, opened our program with her report announcing offices opening in person in the Story County Courthouse post-COVID as well as a rundown of services available on the Story County Iowa website.   Then we started our mini-roadtrip to Boone with a preview of the musical "The Last of the Dragons" by director Susan Herrick. Then we revisited the 2020 Black Lives Matter event and checked up with one of the organizers, A'Ja Lyons, to see if it had made a difference.  We ended the show with a discussion of a new KHOI program Capitol Week with Dennis Hart and Laura Belin news of the Iowa Legislature.

LOCAL TALK 11 May 2021

Originally broadcast 05/11/2021 

As part of our Spring Fund-raising we, (Mike MeetzMike Murphy, and Pat Schlarbaum) asked our listeners to become supporters and donate to KHOI.

We broadcast shared impressions, memories, and excerpts of this past Sunday’s concert featuring music selections performed by Chad Elliot and Bo Ramsey, the keynote event kicking-off our spring fund drive.

Erica Place, Outreach Coordinator for Story County Conservation reviewed a variety of outdoor events and activities planned for the coming month.  We also visited about their photography competition, and described the program scheduled in October entitled “Wild Women of the Woods”.

Susan Qwiasda, City of Ames Public Relations Officer and Keith Abraham, Director of Ames Parks and Recreation.  Keith reviewed events and projects happening in the park system including,

Homewood Golf Course Clubhouse ribbon-cutting at noon on Monday, May 10th How did that go yesterday?

Emma McCarthy Lee Pedestrian Bridge ribbon cutting on May 19, Mayor’s Bike Ride, Furman Aquatic Center opening over Memorial Day weekend, and more!

Anna, Magnusson, KHOI’s Top Good News Banana is not with us today but is sharing her Heart 2Heart messages during our spring fund raising appearing in other programs beside her own this evening.

New Voting Laws Affect County Auditors' Work, Preparing for Summer Storm Weather

Originally broadcast 05/10/2021 

Last March, Gov. Kim Reynolds signed legislation that altered election laws in numerous ways. The new laws strip auditors of much of their discretion in running elections, prevent them from establishing satellite in-person early voting sites unless petitioned to do so by residents, and from mailing absentee ballot request forms to voters unless specifically requested. Republicans have criticized county auditors, claiming inappropriate behavior during the 2020 election. Auditors could now face fines of up to $10,000 for "technical infractions" of their duties.

Lucy Martin, Story County Auditor and Commissioner of Elections, who was re-elected to her third full term in these offices in 2020, explains what these new laws mean and how it will possibly affect elections and voter perceptions.  

Keith Morgan, Story County EmergencyCoordinator, describes how their offices are preparing for the upcoming season of storms. using lessons learned from last summer’s derecho, they are connecting county communities more with Emergency Operations and developing training and response packages for city clerks, for tools to allow they to help each other out.

CAPITOL WEEK 10 May 2021

Originally broadcast 05/10/2021 

In-depth information about local politics and Iowa government hosted by Laura Belin and Dennis Hart. Laura and Dennis take an in-depth look at the week’s legislative actions, government agencies, the governor, and other events that affect the Iowa government. This show  takes you behind the scenes, as lawmakers and elected officials act on matters that affect you and your family.

LOCAL TALK 7 May 2021

Originally broadcast 05/07/2021 

Local Talk for Friday, May 7, 2021 had a news summary from Ames Tribune by Dennis Hart.  Dr. Jim Pease provided an update on Rose Prairie Addition to Ada Hayden Park. Also he included remarks about the necessity for clean water and how watershed management improves the quality of our lives. Further information at Rich Iverson, Fleet Manager for City of Ames, and Susan Gwiasda gave an update on environmentally favorable biodesiel fuels. Ames fleet was honored in top one hundred of thousands of public transit fleets in America.  Anna Banana featured Carole Pluckrose poetry from England and honored Mother's Day with poetry.


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