LOCAL TALK 5 July 2022

Originally broadcast 07/05/2022 

Dr. John Paschen, Story County Board of Health reviews the COVID-19 data for Story County and speaks to the availability and vaccine choices for children. Upcoming COVID-19 vaccine changes and plans to consider for 2022 fall season.  We also review the health concerns with the severe weather heat/humidity we are experiencing.

Steve Lekwa; Naturally Speaking.  Former Director of Story County Conservation Steve Lewkwa remineses about the past 44 years as the writer of his outdoor column.  We also visit about a tree planting project he is involved with at Camp Matigwa Boy Scout Camp. 

Susan Gwiasda, Public Information Officer for the City of Ames  along with Fleet Support Manager Rich Iverson, with the Ames Fleet and Facilities Department, talks about the City incorporating biofuels. Rich has years of data into this collaborative venture.

Sam Wormley OLLI at ISU highlights some summer opportunities available, Central Iowa Symphony updates, and provides some imformation about the James Webb Telescope as the space agency prepares to release the first images next week.

LOCAL TALK 28 June 2022

Originally broadcast 06/28/2022 

Feathered Friends Tuesday We stop in to Wildbirds Unlimited with the Burras’ and discuss grassland species and review some summer bird feeder tip.

Mike Kellner and Jessica Butters and Lorna Carroll from Prairie Rivers RC&D on their upcoming Butterflies, Bees, and Brew event History of PR mission and core values, partnerships, public education, and projects/focus, funding sources.

Events Alluvial Brewing Company 3715 West 190th Street Ames, cover, Fri, July 15, 2022 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM CDT

Susan Gwiasda Public Information Officer for the City of Ames  along with Ames Electric Services Distribution Manager Mike Brown discuss power outages what to do and steps on how to sign-up with the city provider to aid in reporting power troubles or outage locations.

We listen to an interview with Craig Meyers alias “The Mature Marathon Man” as he describes his decision to pursue the goal of running a marathon, the training involved, and the satisfaction of completion.

LOCAL TALK 24 June 2022

Originally broadcast 06/24/2022 

Local Talk for Friday, June 24, 2022 started with a summary of the week’s news from the Ames Tribune by Dennis Hart. 

Carolyn Raffensperger, Science and Environmental Health Network provided an update on life in Ames considering Climate Change.  She encouraged people to read Barry Lopez.

Susan Gwiasda, Public Relations Officer for the City of Ames and Keith Abraham Parks and Recreation Director discussed Ames Parks for summer season. A community Garden will be dedicated at Delaware and North Dakota Avenues 5PM June 29.

Iowa Alliance for Responsible Agriculture convened a People’s Hearing, The Case for a Factory Farm Moratorium at McFarland Park last Saturday afternoon, June 11.  Presenters made a case for imposing a moratorium on future construction of CAFOs or Confinement Animal Feeding Operation. 

Music featured the Barbara Keith, All Along the Watchtower and Stones Throw Away.

LOCAL TALK 21 June 2022

Originally broadcast 06/21/2022 

Aja Lyons  is the ISU English Department’s Student Steward caring for the Everett Casey natural habitiat property.  Aja shares he experiences and efforts to inprove and restore this bit of Iowa’s natural habitat.

Paul Reedhead  associated with the Friends of Pohl Prairie (Ames High Prairie) shares the history, the care involved in the maintenance of as well as this season’s evening walk schedule and contact info. 

Susan Gwiasda Public Information Officer for the City of Ames reviews the Thursday Bandshell Park activities and provides an update on the construction of the pedestrian bridge spanning University Ave and some scheduled temporary closings related to its construction.   Ames Electric Services Director Donald Kom makes an encore appear Two Tuesdays in a row to preview the weather week ahead and its potential impact on the electric system to avoid a record energy demand peak.  And we also review some conservation tips.

After a Happy Solstice greeting from KHOI’s Sam Wormley  as an introduction for Pat Schalbaum’s  conversation with Guy Zephier on the Summer solstice.

LOCAL TALK 17 June 2022

Originally broadcast 06/17/2022 

Local Talk for Friday, June 17, 2022 started with a summary of the week’s news from the Ames Tribune by Dennis Hart. 

Mark Harris, friend to KHOI provided an excellent fundraising pitch.  Thank you Mark for all your troubleshooting computer issues and all that you contribute to the station!

Susan Gwiasda, Public Relations Officer for the City of Ames encouraged people to be conscientious when it comes to energy needs during peak energy hours.  Delaying laundry until the night-time is one suggestion.  Also, a Community Garden dedication is planned for 5PM June 29th at Delaware and North Dakota Drive.  Housing Coordinator Vanessa Baker-Latimer gave a brief history about Juneteenth Holiday to be observed tomorrow Saturday, June 18 at 3PM at the Bandshell.  Wayne Clinton will provide the keynote to quite a celebration that is planned.

Amber Wingert, with ISU Extension invited new Regional Director for Story County, Donovan Olson to talk about his career and goals as Regional Director for Story County Extension.  Extension Offices are located at 1421 S. Belle, Ames.  Additional information can be found at www.extension.iastate.edu. Or 515-337-1601. Upcoming events include:

June 28th: Herbicide Resistance Field Day in McCallsburg 1-3PM

Youth Programs:

  • June 28th  or July 5th 4-Hers in Training
  • July 1st Energy Day in Kelley, IA
  • July 12th, 19th, 26th : Technology Tuesday at Ames Public Library

Music featured the Jug Band from a live recording at Rippey’s Orchard Bar in 1973.

Juneteenth and Beyonde

Originally broadcast 06/15/2022 

Lisa Heddens, Story County Supervisor, gave the monthly Story County Report before we previewed the Ames events for Juneteenth (Saturday, June 18th) aswell as its history,  from Vern Hawkins, interim chair of the Ames Branch of the NAACP.  The festivities in Ames, as well as throughout the region, feature Black culture and businesses, so we highlighted one of our former guests, Liberian immigrant, Love Temah, opening a boutique in the Merle Hay Mall,  Al Womble, chair of the Iowa Black Democratic Caucus gave us an update of how Black candidates fared in the recent Primaries.  We also had a report from Ankeny Pride events.


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