LOCAL TALK 17 May 2022

Originally broadcast 05/17/2022 

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Eric Van Lacker; Auditor for Clayton County, candidate for Iowa, Secretary of State joins us to discuss his reasons for this position and answers a series of questions to provide information for our KHOI listeners. 

Michael Fitzgerald Iowa, State Treasurer.  Incumbent candidate, Fitzgerald joins us to discuss his reasons for wanting to continue serving the state of Iowa in this capacity and answers a series of questions to provide information for our KHOI listeners. (We refer to a set of core questions as we visit with the candidates: the goal is to maintain consistency and fairness).

Susan Gwiasda Public Information Officer for the City of Ames  discusses the upcoming concert night at the bandshell which will feature Simon Estes, ames City Council Members and free Ice Cream.  

Storm Water Analyst, Liz Calhoun update listeners of the rescheduled Ioway Creek River Cleanup, also ways you can ensure cleaner water through your own landscaping practices and reviewes some of the landscaping features found throughout the city.

LOCAL TALK 10 May 2022

Originally broadcast 05/10/2022 

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We visit with Ames Area Arts Council, Director, Jennifer Brockpahler as she reviews the awards presented to this year’s volunteers, arts advocates and entrepreneurs, board members, art educators, and highlights their accomplishments.

Awesome Aerial Acrobats event lead by Tyler Harms, Director of Iowa Young Birders in conjunction with Wild Birds Unlimited of Ames and the Octagon Center for the Arts in observance of World Migratory Bird Day will be walking in downtown Ames to look for Chimney Swifts and Common Nighthawks  open to the  public but requested to call WBU (515) 956 3145 to register.

Story County Conservation Naturalist and Environmental EducatorBeth Waage reviews the May and early June events calendar, summer camps camping season (Hickory must be near full)  as well as how interested folks can volunteer their time or become a member of Partners, the Friends Group of the Conservation Board.

Susan Gwiasda Public Information Officer for the City of Ames reviews the city council meeting and the bike to work week which will be highlighted by the Mayor’s Bike Ride to the Tedesco Learning Corridor along with 

Recreation Superintendent Kourtney Cort shares spring and summer programming opportunities including classes for kids and adults, Yoga in the Park, and more. Also, she shares how the department continues to recruit for needed summer help.

LOCAL TALK 6 May 2022

Originally broadcast 05/06/2022 

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Local Talk for Friday, May 6, 2022 started with recap of the news for this week from the Ames Tribune by Dennis Hart.  

Ames Reunion June 10, 11, and 12 was featured including Cynthia Oberlin Page, Rob Louden and Larry Stoltenberg.  Early plans are to gather at Mother’s Pub 7PM Friday Night, Great Hall of Memorial Union 3 – 10PM Saturday, and Brookside Park 11AM Sunday picnic.  Check website for further developments:  amesreunion.com.  It’s a digital home for you counterculture types who wandered through Ames Iowa/ISU during the sixties and seventies. Reconnect and reminisce with those good friends and wacky people you used to hang out with!! You are urged to sign on with your name, home address, and email address. You may also post photos, anecdotes, updates, etc. To do this, follow the site directions, or just send them to amesreunion@amesreunion.com

Susan Gwiasda, Public Relations Officer with the City of Ames included Ron Edwards Ames, Animal Shelter and Animal Control Supervisor.  Ron Edwards talked about spring outdoor wildlife, what is normal, and when an animal may need human intervention (not often!).

ISU Extension Mary Wilkins discussed:  May 24 Beekeeping 101 6-7 pm attend a live stream.  May 26, 10:30AM:  Gardening programs for youth – with Roland Library and with Reiman Gardens.  Tuesday June 7 1PM: Growing Up Wild is a program for preschool aged children with an adult.  And there’s:  Day long program offerings are available for youth in kindergarten through 3rd grade and 4th grade and up.

Music featured Mother Dugan from their cd Day From the Light, Walk On the Moon, Drivin’ and Every Morning.

LOCAL TALK 3 May 2022

Originally broadcast 05/03/2022 

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Dr. Molly Lee with the Story County Board of Health updates us on the County
COVID-19 situation as well as providing an update and additional information with influenza.
We also review the Hepatitis Infection outbreak in children reported in the United Kingdom and also has been recently reported in the state of Alabama.  Then we end our visit discussing precautions to take to avoid ticks and mosquitos and disease concerns as we spend more time outdoors.
Fred Love visits with us the upcoming Maximum Ames Music Festival September 15-18.
Individuals that want to get involved as photographers or volunteers can contact the organizers to sign-up.
Susan Gwiasda Public Information Officer for the City of Ames provided information on City Council meetings, The Bike to work week and the Mayor/City Council Bike Ride south to the Tedesco Learning Corridor scheduled for 21st of May.   Resource Recovery Plant Superintendent Bill Schmitt visits with us about the upcoming sixth annual Rummage RAMPage.  An informational meeting is planned for non-profit organizations on Wednesday, May 6th.  We also discussed the success of the Stash the Trash event held this past weekend and noted that 3,330 pounds of refuse was collected which does not include materials some of the independant individuals and smaller groups may have collected; a real success story- on a dreary, cool, wet, and windy day. 

The Ioway Creek Stream Clean-up Day has been postponed until 21st of May.

LOCAL TALK 2 May 2022

Originally broadcast 05/02/2022 

We had inspiring guests in Katrina Williams, Ames Middle School math teacher and Cari McPartland and Diana Schmidt from Raising Readers in Story County, and Eric Smidt, Communications Director, Ames Community School District.

There is a very informative article in the The Ames Tribune about the prestigious national teaching award that Ms. Williams recently received. Suffice to say that after spending a few minutes with her I was inspired by her obvious dedication to her students and to her profession. The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the Challenger Center showed how smart they are in awarding her a “Trailblazing Stem Educator.”

Cari and Diana highlighted the importance of supporting young readers. Their Summr Reading Buddies program will soon kick off for the summer. They are in need of volunteers. Check out https://www.raising-readers.org and sign up for what looks to be an amazing opportunity!

LOCAL TALK 29 April 2022

Originally broadcast 04/29/2022 

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Local Talk for Friday, April 29, 2022 started with recap of the news for this week from the Ames Tribune by Dennis Hart.  

Deborah Bunka, Outreach Coordinator with the Iowa Farmer’s Union.  Deborah provided calendar of upcoming events and their contact at 515-451-8492. And she shared a quote from a Clear Lake member, “Don’t lose faith, don’t lose the fight!”

Susan Gwiasda, Public Relations Officer with the City of Ames included Arbor Day tree planting at Stewart Smith Park.  Check website for possible postponement.  Justin Clausen, Public Works Operations Manager, provided update on spring maintenance projects.  Also, employment opportunities were laid out for the city.

John Howe, Director of the Raptor Resource Project, talked about their recently fledged Canada Goose from their Decorah Eagle Cam nest.  Also the 20+ year female eagle was discussed as she has apparently failed to successfully nest for the first time in 16 years.

Music featured Jim Kweskin and included, Relax Your Mind and Fishin’ Blues.


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