LOCAL TALK 20 September 2021

Originally broadcast 09/20/2021 

Dennis Hart gives a summary of Iowa news.

Last May, Governor Reynolds signed into law legislation forbidding school districts and local governments from issuing mask mandates but this past Monday, a U.S. District Court issued a temporary restraining order against the law. This was in response to a lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa and the Arc of Iowa.The situation is still in flux – governor Reynolds has reacted forcefully against this, but in light of this restraining order, some school districts in the area have already taken action. Last week Des Moines School, Iowa’s largest school district, along with Urbandale, and West Des Moines reinstated mask mandates, as did Ames. Gilbert has voted against a mask mandate, Nevada and Boone districts have yet to decide, and Ballard School DIstrict was not able to get back to KHOI with a response.

KHOI government reporters Laura Belin and Dennis Hart give a summary of the events and issue. John Mikelson, board member of Able Up Iowa and longtime advocate for the disabled, explains the RehabilitationAct of 1973 and the American DisabilityAct, two laws which formed the basis for the lawsuit of the ACLU of Iowa and the Arc of Iowa.

Connie Ryan, Executive Director of the Interfaith Alliance of Iowa reads their statement in support of the Federal Court's recent restraining order and makes the case for local control over mask mandates. Kathleen Mathews is a parent with three children in school in Des Moines, Iowa's largest school district. She talks about her anxiety for her children and her concern that her children are not learning about public safety when teachers don't wear masks. Two of her children have already been exposed to the virus in class, when the mask mandate was outlawed.

Starting this Thursday, Iowa State will participate for the third time, in the International ClimateChange Theatre Action initiative, a biennial, worldwide series of short plays and performances that coincides with the United Nations Climate Change Conference. The ISU Theatre's “Climate Change Theatre Action 2021” is a touring production that will open Thursday, Sept. 23, at 5:15 p.m., outside ISU Parks Library.  A schedule of performances around the community can be found here.

This year's performance is focused on the Ames Climate Action Plan and is designed to help Ames residents get involved with the plan. Details of this series of local performances with a global perspective are described by Vivian Cook, community engagement director for ISU Theatre's and The EcoTheatre Lab's Climate Change Theatre Action, Piper Smith, assistant director and performing arts student, and  Valentine Chenus, a sophomore in Environmental Science and Performing Arts  and stage manager for the Climate Change Theatre Action.

LOCAL TALK 17 September 2021

Originally broadcast 09/17/2021 

Local Talk for Friday, September 17 featured Dennis Hart news summary of Ames Tribune.  Chris Adkins with Dallas County Conservation Board talked about Monarch Miracles. Susan Gwiasda in invited Rich Higgins Fire Chief and Covid Coordinator with City of Ames.  Go to CityofAmes.org for more information.  Amber Wingert talked about ISU Extension discussed upcoming workshops. Baby Sitting Clinic Oct. 4, 9:15AM - 3:15PM at Ames Public Library. Call 515-337-1601. Extension@iastate.edu/Story. Music featured Steven Stills Manassas Johnny's Garden, Jesus Gave Love Away for Free, and Don't Look at My Shoulder.

NAACP, Mexican Heritage in Nevada, Harvest Art Tour, Treasure Island

Originally broadcast 09/15/2021 

Leanne Harter gave the Story County Report including the reminder that property taxes are due.  Second. we had the Betty Andrews Community Report, telling people the multiple agencies where people can go to file and complaint, as well as were lawyers can find opportunities for training and involvement at iowanebraskanaacp.org   In honor of the beginning of Hispanic/Latino Heritage Month, we took a road trip to Nevada with its three Mexican owned restaurants.  We heard the stories from the owners of two -- Indy from MiaCasita, and Eddy from Snack Time--both of whom have operated on Main Street for decades, raised their children there, and shared their heritage with the citizens of  Nevada. Switching to the Harvest Arts Tour, Ellen Fairchild  described the open houses at artists studios at Art on the Prairie.  And finally, Jonathan Levi co director of Treasure Island tells us about all the pirates in the opening play of Boone Community Theatre's 2021-22 Season.

LOCAL TALK 14 September 2021

Originally broadcast 09/14/2021 

The Monarch Habitat Project: information on training sessions is shared. Listen to an interview with Mike MeetzJoli Vollers and Robin McNeely; about a citizen science project,  Citizen Science and BatsErica Place, Outreach Coordinator for Story County Conservation joins us for . our monthly visit to find out what events are scheduled for folks as we enter the autumn season including a program entitled Wild Women of the Woods  and prairie seed collection events. Susan Gwiasda Communications Officer reviews upcoming schedule for city council meetings and also provides dates for free yard “waste” days for the City of Ames.  City Attorney Mark Lambert reviews census 2020 data, the process of redistricting boundaries for voting in Ames, how census data is used to draw boundaries for the four wards, Mark walks us through the process. Anna, Magnusson  KHOI’s Top “Good News Banana” brightens our day.

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