Eagles, Story County Board of Supervisors, Deer Illness, Art of the Mississippi River

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 01/09/2019
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KHOI environmental reporter gives an update on bald eagles, speaking with John Howe, Director of the Raptor Research Project in Decorah Iowa, who run the internationally famous eagle cam covering the "Decorah Eagles." Howe gives an update on the development of the eagle family after the former male mate died last year. 

Also, upcoming eagle events include:

Lauris Olson, who was sworn in as a Supervisor in 2017, became Chair of the Story County Board of Supervisors this January. She talks here about what issues she sees for Story County in 2019, the continuation of discussion about recent applications for 3 new CAFOs SOuth of Nevada, and gives her impressions of what it is like to be on the inside of government, running things from her perspective.  

Tyler Harms,biologist for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, explains Chronic Wasting Disease, which is spreading among wild deer in Iowa. 

Jen Bervin, artist and poet who grew up in Dubuque Iowa, talks about her art work currently on display at the Des Moines Art Center's I.M. Pei Gallery. The work maps the Mississippi River from its source at Lake Itasca, Minnesota, to its delta south of New Orleans. Her work will be on display in Des Moines until January 27. 

Partial Government Shutdown

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 01/07/2019
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Dennis News gives a summary of Iowa stories in the news during the past week.

Becca Lee, Communications manager for Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, explained that organization's new Campaign, Say Abortion, with billboards going up in various cities, aimed at changing Iowans' perception of abortion from a politicized issue to what they call "private and normal medical procedure." This campaign is in part a response to recent "Heartbeat Law" that forbids abortion once a heartbeat is detected in a fetus. According to Planned Parenthood, this effectively outlaws most opportunities for abortion in Iowa. 

Adam Schwartz Director of  U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory, explains why the partial government shutdown is not affecting their operations. 

Sarah Nusser, Vice President for Research at Iowa State University, talks about how the government shutdown is affecting research at ISU.

We get a statement from Ed Curlett, Director of Public Affairs at the USDA National Animal Disease Center - which is experiencing the shutdown - about emergency staffing to care for the animals there. 

Jane Graham, Nevada resident, reads poetry about Winter, Spring, and family.

Tyler Harms,biologist for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, explains Chronic Wasting Disease, which is spreading among wild deer in Iowa. 

LGBTQ in Agriculture, Happenings in Ames

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 01/04/2019
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After Dennis Hart’s news roundup, we heard an audio story prepared by Katherine Williams, a Masters student in Agriculture Education. In it, she explored the field of Agriculture from the perspective of LGBTQ inclusivity. This was part of an assignment for a School of Education course taught by host, Gale Seiler. In the last part of the show, Susan Gwiasda, the Public Relations Officer for the City of Ames, was with us to talk about what’s happening in Ames in January. She mentioned that we now have two outdoor ice rinks in at South River Valley Park in Ames. 

Changing Climate, Hope and Pheasants

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 01/02/2019
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We heard from three diverse people about their hopes for local action in 2019.  Linda Murken, County Supervisor elect, speaks about concerns for soil and water and what we can do about it in Story County.  Wildlife Biologist Erv Klaas is organizing local groups for a Climate Action Plan to deal with a climate emergency as described by US government report as well as the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change).  And Lucas Bleyle, Ames High School Student, reports on the fears of young people over the predicted climate disaster, as well as the positive things they are doing. Pat Schlarbaum's  phenology on the ring-necked pheasant brings us a better understanding of Iowan's favorite game bird.

The Ames Public Library is sponsoring a series of Programs:


Gather with community members for a light meal, then learn from experts not only why the climate is in crisis, but different ways we can mobilize to reduce greenhouse emissions and sequester carbon. (food at 6:15p, program beginning at 6:30p)

  • Wednesday, 16 Jan, 2019 Learn The Science Behind Climate Change and Why You Should Care

  • Monday, 25 Feb, 2019 Using the Courts to Kick Start Climate Action.  Can Children Show Us a Direct Path Forward?

  • Wednesday, 27 Mar, 2019  Saving Iowa's Soil:  Climate Change and Agriculture

  • Sunday, 14 April, 2019 Ames Reads Leopold


New Year's Eve

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 12/31/2018
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Dennis Hart's state news introduces our New Year's Special, featuring an exploration of the tradition of the "Ball Drop" in Times Square with Auld Lang Syne, as well as local celebrations with ballroom dancing.  Kathy Cline, music director of High Society Big Band invites us to the Red Friar's Dance Club New Year's Eve Dance at the Moose Lodge.  Marcus Johnson tells us The Mucky Duck Pub will be creating their own tradition with an original Ball Drop.  Joy Beadleston (aka. Joy B) gives us advice from MADD(Mothers Against Drunk Driving)  for safe travel after holiday parties.  Brad and Gina Perkins, proprietors of Rasberry Hill B&B ,  tell us about their family friendly New Year's dinner and party concluding with a Balloon Drop at midnight.  We conclude our trip with a brief visit to Lynn Wilkinson at Lake Robbins BallroomCrystal Davis from the Ames Convention and Visitors Bureau arrives with news of events in Ames on News Year's Eve and through January 2019. 

Loving the Enemy, Ames Progressive Alliance

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 12/28/2018
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The show started with Dennis Hart’s news roundup. Then we heard an audio story from a student in an ISU course taught by host, Gale Seiler. In Loving the Enemy, Sam Patterson, a Masters student in the School of Education, interviewed her Japanese grandmother who married an American soldier after WWII and immigrated to the US. In the last half of the show, Ames Progressive Alliance joined us for a retrospective of how they began and the initiatives they have worked on over the past few years, including SunSmart Ames. 


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