Founding Members of Save Hallet’s Quarry that was to evolve to become Ada Hayden Heritage Park, Erv Klaas, Kay Berger, and Jim Pease reflection on the history, current use, future needs while we observe the 20th anniversary of the park’s start. KHOI’s Sam Wormley reminds listeners that the spring ISU’s Olli (Oshier Lifelong Learning Institute) classes will begin in March. An orientation zoom session will be held Thursday, 17th of February. Susan Gwiasda, Public Information Officer for the City of Ames and Civil Engineer Dean Sayre are today’s guests. Susan: Provides meeting updates and reminders. Dean previews of some of the larger street construction projects planned this spring and answers questions about reconstructing streets..
Local Talk for Friday, February 11, 2022 started with recap of the news for this week from the Ames Tribune by Dennis Hart.
River Otters have discovered Lake LaVerne on the ISU Campus. Dawn Snyder, Naturalist for Woodbury County Conservation Board talked about “They Otter Be in Iowa” program with the ISU Fisheries and Wildlife Biology Club. Jamie Beyer represented the Iowa Trappers Association that worked with the Fisheries and Wildlife Club in bringing otters to Iowa. It is an amazing development to have otters in an urban environment at Lake LaVerne.
Merry Rankin, Sustainability Coordinator for the City of Ames included Don Kom, City of Ames utilities Director highlighted the new milestone phase the Climate Action Plan is now in and new education, engagement and feedback opportunities, including a new public survey coming out next week, new informational pieces added to the Climate Action Plan website, the Eco-chat public presentation coming up on February 24 at the Ames Public Library and the opportunity for community organizations to request a presentation by the project team at a monthly meeting or one of their events.
There is an upcoming Symposium on Sustainability at Iowa State University, February 21-22 – kicked-off by a virtual keynote speaker on February 21 at 6pm. Chris Jordan – photographic artist, filmmaker, cultural activist and art educator, will speak on “Facing the Realities of our World and Surviving to Tell About It”. Some of Chris’ most memorable images include a dead albatross whose stomach contents are misc plastic. Chris Jordan photographic arts (beautyemerging.com).
Doug Harr, President of Iowa Audubon, discussed the Iowa Water and Lands Legacy (IWLL)legislation. Doug was on the committee to determine the best means of funding conservation in Iowa. He encouraged everyone to contact their Senator to weigh in on this important legislation concerning a 3/8% sales tax devoted to funding IWLL.
Erica Place, Outreach Coordinator for SCConservation joins us for our monthly visit: highlights some upcoming events including the SCCB Iowa Naturalist workshop,McFarland Park Lake public survey, the Natural Resource Steward Program, and others including the SCCB’s upcoming photography contest. This is Erica’s last appearance with KHOI as the Outreach Coordinator: she will be assuming a new roll with the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation.
Susan Gwiasda Public Information Officer for the City of Ames provides City Council updates,and provides details of the monthly City Eco Chats held the Public Library.
Ames Fire Chief Rich Higgins provides updates on what firefighters are doing this time of the year, common seasonal safety concerns, and a reminder to keep fire hydrants free from snow so they are easy to find when seconds counts. Interview with Karsten Smedal reviewing the history of the Olav Smedal Conservation Award named to honor his father.
Dennis Hart introduces the show with news from central Iowa. We then speak with Ames Community School District's Director of Communications Eric Smidt about the newly appointed supervisor, Dr. Julious Lawson, about the District's informational sessions in the community, including two sessions scheduled for Feb. 28, and about equity, school culture, and behavior policy drafting efforts that invite public input. For more school news, follow Eric on Facebook, Twitter (@ACSD_News) or Instagram (@acsdnews). We round out the hour with an update from Good Neighbor Emergency Assistance Director Lori Allen. GNEA is celebrating its 25th year of homelessness prevention and emergency assistance on behalf of Story County churches. Its budget continues to expand thanks to the generosity of private donors throughout the community. More at gnea.org.