Pufferbilly, Penzance and Pride

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 09/04/2019
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Alyssa Knudsen started our program by giving us a detailed rundown of the events of Pufferbilly Days 2019, with it's parade themed "Peace, Love and Trains," A feature of events was the Boone Community Theatre open house previewing its upcoming operetta, Pirates of Penzance.  Cast members Joe Zimmerman, David Michael, Coriann Westvold, along with La Homa Simmonds came in to tell us about preparations for the show.  We had recordings of from the ribbon cutting for the inclusive sidewalk at the corner of  Douglas Avenue and 5th Street.  Mayor John Haila, Dr. Reginald Stewart -Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion at Iowa State, Bronwyn Beatty-Hansen, and nicci port all spoke to KHOI reporter Ursula Ruedenberg at the celebration.  Janet Vine and Sally Daub came in to the studio to invite people to Ames Pridefest this Saturday, and to discuss the importance of the celebration, especially for young people struggling for acceptance from their communities.  

Bethesda Lutheran Octoberfest, C-HOP at ISU, David Martin, Seed bombs

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 09/02/2019
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Dennis Hart gives a summary of Iowa news from last week.

Pricilla Franken, volunteer on the committee for the second annual Bethesda Lutheran Church's Octoberfest, describes this public even that celebrates the church's German heritage and homemade food from German family recipes. Torrent Brewing company has made a special custom-made "Octoberfest Marzen" beer recipe to be sold at the event and there will be family games, adult competitions, polka dancing with a live band, who will provide the music for their service at 4 PM. The Octoberfest will be on Saturday September 7 from noon until 4:30 PM on the Bethesda Lutheran grounds at 1517 Northwestern Avenue.

Tin-Shi TAM, Cownie Professor of Music at Iowa State University, University Carillonneur (she plays the Campanile) and ISU Keyboard Division chair, describes C-HOP Festial 2019, on September 6 & 7, which features carillon, harpsichord, Organ, and Piano concerts with guest performers and instruction from ISU professors and students, including a carillon concert at Central Campus at 2 PM on Saturday.

Ames City Council member David Martin gives an update on current issues before the city, including "vacation rental" laws, new Internet service to Ames, Healthy Life Center vote next week, and the permanent "Inclusive Crosswalk" to be painted at 5th Street and Douglas on Tuesday morning September 3, in anticipation of Ames Pridefest next weekend. 

Ioway Indian artist Syndey Pursel, who is currently exhibiting an artwork at Effigy Mounds National Monument, describes her work. It is a gum ball machine that sells "seed bombs" filled with prairie flowers and milkweed seeds. She explains how you can make seed bombs.  

Labor Day, Healthy Life Cente

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 08/30/2019
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Today's program featured an interview with Dan Homan, the president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, Iowa Council 61.  He discussed the state of labor unions in the United States, the decline of union membership in the private sector, and why he believes unions are important to American workers.

Also appearing on the program was Tom Durkin, who is heading up the campaign against the Healthy Life Center bond referendum in Ames.  That election will take place Sept. 10, when voters will decide whether to approve $29 million in bonds for the proposed $49 million Healthy Life Center.  Durkin said the proposed HLC would prove to be a burden to Ames taxpayers.

Ames Police Dept. Commander Jason Tuttle also was on the program, discussing steps the department will take to handle the large crowd expected to attend tomorrow's Iowa State University home football opener at Jack Trice Stadium.  He also talked about the new $40 parking fines that will be instituted for illegal parking in neighborhoods near the stadium.

And regular contributor Maggie Westvold talked about playing 6-on-6 girls' basketball when she was growing up in Iowa.  

Zearing, Wildlife Center, Butterfies in Winter

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 08/28/2019
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Today's show picked up on stories from last week.  Martin Herr, mayor of Zearing, told us about the history and development of the small town next to Dakins Lake -- a story of civic pride and unique history.  Following a phenology on crickets with Pat SchlarbaumMarlene Ehresman, director of the Iowa Wildlife Center, came in to tell us about the present work and future plans of the center, which is building a facility called Wild Way on 75 acres just south of Ledges State Park on land obtained through Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation. Our nature centered program ended with Donald Lewis, ISU extension etymologist telling us the ways butterflies survive, or migrate away from, Iowa winter.  

Iowa Federation of Labor Candidates and ACVB

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 08/26/2019
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After a brief update on this week's news with Dennis Hart, we heard excerpts from candidates who spoke at last weeks Iowa Federation of Labor Convention -- Cory Booker, Joe Biden, Michael Bennet, Amy Klobuchar, Bernie Sanders, and Elizabeth Warren. Then Crystal Davis from the Ames Convention and Visitors Bureau gave up a preview of upcoming events in Ames.  The show ended with Ursula Ruedenberg and Dennis Hart giving us recent encounters with "The Wild Ones" -- squirrels.  

AmesFire, Heartland

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 08/23/2019
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Today's broadcast featured Ames Deputy Fire Chief Doug Allen, who discussed the department's firefighting capabilities, as well as its other services,  including hazmat responses, vehicle extrications, rescues, public education and fire station tours.

The program also featured members of the Ames Progressive Alliance, interviewing Nancy  Carroll of Heartland Senior Services about the proposed Healthy Life Center in Ames.  A $29 million bond election on the proposed center will take place Sept. 10 in Ames.  


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