LOCAL TALK 30 September 2022

Originally broadcast 09/30/2022 

Dennis Hart with a summary of local  news from the pages of our local newspaper. 

Writer, “Ona” McCracken  and her guests; Authors, John T Price and Tom Montgomery-Fate Discuss anupcoming program; Music & Conversation Between Friends

October 1 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm The Goldfinch Room at Stephens Auditorium
To celebrate our 1st anniversary, join the Ames Writers Collective for a celebratory evening featuring authors Tom Montgomery Fate and John T. Price
and poet and vocalist, Debra Marquart and The Bone People.

Susan Gwiasda, Public Information Officer and Eloise Sahlstrom, Planner with Ames Planning and Housing Department,  we visit about an upcoming meeting Thursday, Oct 6 at Ames Public Library (in the Danfoss Room) Discuss findings from a grant-funded Historic Resource Survey of the Chautauqua Park and Ridgewood Subdivisions (Brookside Park neighborhood).

KHOI’s Pat Schlarbaum had an opportunity to visit with Mike Havlik, naturalist with the Dallas County Conservation Board about the High Trestle Trail Hawk Watch scheduled for Sat. Oct. 8th from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

LOCAL TALK 27 September 2022

Originally broadcast 09/27/2022 

Ana McCracken founder of the Ames Writers Collective discussing the first anniversary event on October 1st. Words Meet Art  An event held last year at the Octagon that paired writers with art. Community Outreach  Writing Through Cancer Writing Circles. Swift Youth Writers Workshop. This was a week-long writing workshop funded by a Rotary Club of Ames Community Grant that we held in partnership with the Ames Public Library and other projects as part of this coming weekend celebration. Saturday keynote conversation for  Music in Conversation Between Friends; John T Price and Tom Montgomery-Bates and then following this at C.Y. Stephens in the Goldfinch Room,  Deb Marquart and the “Bone People” will close the event.

Brad Dell, Chair of the Iowa State University Department of Music and Theatre, discussing the inaugural of KHOI program; ISU Music and Theater Radio Hour.  Brad will be producing which starts this Thursday at noon (Carole Horowitz's spot).  Program name or title, subject matter, what peaked your interest to do this? 

Susan Gwiasda Public Information Officer for the City of Ames reminds listeners about the EcoFair this weekend  west of the City Hall and reviews the upcoming council meeting. then shares some remembrances working with Duane Pitcher.    Retiring Finance Director Duane Pitcher will be leaving municipal employment on Friday, Sept. 30. Duane will reflect on his 30 years of being a Finance Director in two cities. Also, his public reception is from 2 to 4 p.m. on Friday at City Hall.

Rick Steward; Libertarian Candidate for Governor of Iowa.  Shares his background, reasons he is running for this office and reviews some of his core values and the areas he feels are important and will work on if he is elected..

LOCAL TALK 23 September 2022

Originally broadcast 09/23/2022 

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Dennis Hart provides a summary of the events covered in the newspapers of Iowa and ends his report by thanking our listeners with his upbeat message to “have a safe, healthy and happy week!”   

Jessica Butters with Prairie Rivers of Iowa informs listeners their main office has been  relocated to south Duff Avenue next to the Mucky Duck establishment.  Jessica provides a brief summary of her responsibilites with Prairie Rivers and discusses the basics involved with promoting plantings, and providing good habitat for the numerous native pollinators found in central Iowa.  Jessica also highlights the Prairie Rivers participation in the upcoming Ames EcoFair, will be located in the west lot adjacent to Ames City Hall, and scheduled for Saturday, October 1st from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

Susan Gwiasda, Public Information Officer provides a bit more information about the EcoFair and shares that there will be an open house honoring retiring City Finance Director, Duane Pitcher. Parks and Recreation Director, Keith Abraham provides an update on what’s happening in his department; including maintenance to the Ames Dog Park, the ribbon-cutting at Hira Park on Oct. 6, and summarizes the City Council approval to acquire a 50 acre parcel of land for a future park located in the western portion of the city, south of Ontario that encompasses portions of Clear Creek and its watershed.

Wolf Osterreicht provides an “on the spot”  report on the birds and otther critters he’s observed this morning in Ada Hayden Heritage Park.  Wolf will be checking with us periodically over the next few months.

LOCAL TALK 20 September 2022

Originally broadcast 09/20/2022 

Local Talk for Tuesday, September 20, 2022 featured a lot of good topics today starting with Dr. Jamie Kopper with the ISU College of Veterinary Medicine and Senior veterinary student Jamillah Kelly.  We learned a lot about the Veterinary College and Ms. Kelly’s contributions and appreciation for the Ames community.

Mike Meetz contributed a wonderful piece about recent tours of Ada Hayden Heritage Park.  Anyone physically challenged were encouraged to come to the park to receive a golf cart tour of the Park.  This event is gaining wonderful popularity and will return next year. 

Susan Gwiasda, Public Information Officer for the City of Ames had timely announcements to share:  There will be a ribbon cutting at 5:30PM Wednesday, Sep. 21 at Ada Hayden Park for Accessible Canoe and Kayak Launch facility.  Access Ada Hayden and Central Iowa Paddlers are to be commended for financial support for this worthy project. 

Eco Fair will happen in west parking lot of City Hall on Saturday, October 1 at 9AM to 1PM.  The City will have a lot of booths that feature conservation and sustainability themes.  Electric vehicles including all major makes and the City’s first public electric busses will be displayed. 

And a Town Budget Meeting is coming up November 1, 6PM City Hall with City Manager Steve Schainker.  Public is encouraged to bring ideas and priorities for the City budget process.

Julie Saxton with the Ames Police Department came onto Local Talk to talk about the Eighth Annual Mental Health Expo at Memorial Union Great Hall at 6PM – 8:30PM this evening Tuesday, September 20, 2022.

Twenty five vendors will be exhibiting their contributions to mental health in Central Iowa.  Free food and free parking is provided.

  Music was provided by Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine:  “Here We Are, Rhythm is Gonna Get You and Conga.”  Also Petula Clark’s “Downtown” was enjoyed.

LOCAL TALK 13 September 2022

Originally broadcast 09/13/2022 

KHOI’s Sam Wormley and Mike Meetz Discuss Seasonal Change and explain the astronomical  phenomenon that causes it.

Story County Conservation Outreach and Communications Coordinator; Casey Struecker updates us on the fall activities planned/scheduled for the county parks and natural areas,  including volunteer needs for prairie seed harvesting and what to expect for this fall’s leaf color and where some of the county areas are best for viewing.

Susan Gwiasda Public Information Officer for the City of Ames will update us on Tuesday’s City Council meeting ribbon cutting and discusses the return of EcoFair just a few weeks away on Saturday, Oct. 1, in the City Hall west parking lot.  We also review the progress of the future gathering area being constucted East of City Hall and are given an update on the ribbon cutting and official opening of the new small craft launch for the physically challenged installed at Ada Hayden Heritage Park.

Del Christianson reviews the Iris Peace Walk that will be held Sunday September 18th When and where it will start and how long is the route. 7:57 (Mike).


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