COVID-19 Response: Bears, Nevada, Extension

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Carolyn Raffensperger and Pat Schlarbaum began our program with a reflection on loss, something we are all thinking about amid the disruption of CLOVID-19.   After Pat's phenology on bears in Iowa, we visited with Henry Corbin, the new executive director of Main Street Nevadawho also maintains online communication at the City of Nevada  webpage.  First on our agenda was the report of the Nevada Bear Hunt and other examples of how one small town is coping with closed schools, main street businesses, and social distancing.  John Lawrence, vice president of Iowa Extension and Outreach, celebrated the centennial of Extension, concluding with the ways it is continuing to serve the people of Iowa during the COVID-19 crisis. He also left us with a list of hotlines and answer lines

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Originally broadcast 04/14/2020
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Susan Gwiasda, City of Ames Public Relations Officer and Keith Abraham, Director of Ames Parks and Recreation gave a update on restrictions in Ames parks due to Covid-19 precautions.
 
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Big Acai: "Healthy Fast-Food," Emergency Management, and the House Finch

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 04/13/2020
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Dennis Hart gives a summary of the past week in Iowa news.

Josh Dingle is co-owner and manager of Big Acai, a fast food place in the “Union” building on the corner of Sheldon Avenue and Lincoln Way, in Ames. Big Acai started as a food truck in Des Moines and Dingle hopes to help build it into a national “healthy fast food” chain. It's menu features a sorbet bowl based in in Acai berry sorbet. 23 and freshly graduated from Iowa State, Josh is committed to socially conscious business practices. One of Ames’ newest arrivals on the business scene, he is starting his business career in the midst of the Corona Virus pandemic. Big Acai remains open for order-on-line for pickup. Josh describes surviving the Pandemic as a business and his bigger vision, beyond. 

Keith Morgan, Story County Emergency Management Coordinator, explains how priorities are decided during crisis within pandemic conditions and how the county is addressing the possibility of bed shortages for Corona Virus patients.

KHOI Nature reporter introduces the House Finch, a small bird with a big cheerful song and a red breast. Every Spring, the House Finches return to their nest on top of the speaker over KHOI’s doorway.

Anna Banana brought Heart to Heart Messages. Send Anna your message to read on the air. Text it to 515-809-0077 or email it to khoiradio@gmail with Heart to heart in the subject line. 

CLOVID-19: Sen. Sweeney, Decorah Eagles, Health Promotions

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 10/14/2019
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CLOVID-19 dominated the week's news from Ames Tribune as brought to us by Dennis Hart.  Continuing our reports from Iowa Legislators, Senator Annette Sweeney from District 25, including parts of Story and Hardin counties as well as Butler and Grundy.  She told us about the bills the committees are working on during the COVID-19 mandated legislative recess.  While many of us are sheltering indoors, it's a good time to visit the Decorah Eagle Cam as described by John Howe, director of the Raptor Resource Project.  Susan Gwiasda, Public Relations Officer from the City of Ames, brought Andrea Cardenas, Ames Health Promotion Coordinator to update us on the local health services available.  Anna Banana (Anna Magnusson) ended our show with her "Heart to Heart" segment.  

COVID19 RESPONSE: Cy Ride, State Proclamations and Safety Equipment, Scams and Price Gouging, Financial Protections, and Tree Sap Rising

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 04/09/2020
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Iowa House Representative Ross Wilburn gives an update on the governor’s proclamation closing parks, testing availability, the need for protective equipment for health care providers, and alerts small businesses to an additional 20 million dollars for small businesses. Information about this can be found at the Iowa Economic Development Authority.

According to the Attorney General’s office, the COVID19 crisis is seeing more than the usual abuses. Lynn Hicks, Communications Director for Attorney General Tom Miller’s office, describes the complaints and abuses they are addressing, alerting us to various ways we need to look out for scams, price gouging, and for protecting our rights in housing, school loans, and other basic financial issues. By state proclamation, legal relief has been put in place for economic distress, freezing Payment on mortgages, rent, student loans, and other assistance. For forbearance information for students, borrowers, and parents, go here. For general information, go to the Attorney General's information page.   There is a form for filing a complaint to the Attorney General. To get help by phone, call the toll free number: 888-777-4590.

Barbara Neal, Director of CyRide, explains that their buses are being cleaning 4 times a day with a special safe and non-toxic disinfectant spray. The process can be seen on line. Fees have been waived and riders are asked to enter the bus from the backdoor to prevent contact with the driver. Social distancing is being enforced on the bus. Cy Ride

Susan Gwiasda, Ames Public Relations Officer reminds you to fill out your census form. You cando so on line.

Pat Schlarbaum, KHOI Nature reporter, reminds that Spring is happening with sap rising in the trees, some which we love to eat. 

Anna Banana brought Heart to Heart Messages. Send Anna your message to read on the air. Text it to 515-809-0077 or email it to khoiradio@gmail with Heart to heart in the subject line.  

COVID-19 Response: We're All In This Together: All species, Immigrants, Housing

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 04/08/2020
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Carolyn Raffensperger started our program with a discussion about the cornoavirus crossing between species, which illustrates the importance of recognizing the inter-relatedness of all nature, and how much we rely on the nature around us.  Then Rick Exner and Nancy Heideman of the COVID-19 Fund for Immigrants  told us about a partnership of churches and civic groups concerned with the desperate situation of our immigrant neighbors.  Susan Gwiasda, Public Relations Officer for the City of Ames, was joined by Vanessa Baker-Latimer, Ames Housing Coordinator; to tell us about housing projects during the crisis, available programs, as well as where to get help.  (the phone numbers for both Susan and Vanessa are available by clicking their links).  

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