Affordable Housing in Ames, Crestview Trailer Park, Welcoming Refugees

Originally broadcast 06/23/2017
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This show focuses on affordable housing in Ames, and on welcoming two refugee families to Ames. Jan Flora and Jason Paull, representatives the of A A Mid-Iowa Organizing Strategy (AMOS) discuss the problem of finding affordable housing and look at solutions, including the establishment of a Housing Trust Fund for Story County.

Margaret Jaynes, Director of the Department of Environmental Health for Story County, explains the problems that led to the decision to close Crestview Trailer Park.

Heather Withers and Jan Baron, representatives of Interfaith Refugee Alliance (AIRA) look forward to the welcoming of two refugee families to Ames.

Jewell, Lincoln Highway, DeLon Thompson

Originally broadcast 06/21/2017
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Gina McAndrews joined Susan Franzen in a Road Trip to Jewell. Dick Steffen, local Jewell historian took us on a tour of the new Jewell historical museum and Jewellsworth Trail from Jewell to Ellsworth. He also told us how JADE (Jewell Area Development Enterprises) has refused to let Jewell “fade into the shadows” like some small towns. Melissa Rothler then joined us to describe how a town of 1,200 has created a positive business environment and a bustling Main Street. Marlene Austin added the perspective of her family who moved to Jewell for its quality of life.

Jan Gammon, of Prairie Rivers Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) told us about the Lincoln Highway Heritage Byway and its upcoming conference. We closed out the show with the songs and story of Roland native DeLon Thompson.

Bakken Resistance Flotilla, Primary Health Care, Koshu City

Listen Here Now Originally broadcast 06/19/2017
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On Saturday, June 17 the second annual flotilla protest was organized by the Bakken Pipeline Resistance Coalition, on the Des Moines River, crossing the spot where the Dakota Access Pipeline now pumps crude oil under the river just north of the County Highway E18 bridge. Activists give their reasons for participating in the flotilla. Three days prior, a federal court in Washington DC gave hope to the protesters by ruling that the environmental impact study at Standing Rock in North Dakota, upon which the Iowa permit was approved, was incomplete.

At a press conference held at the flotilla, Carolyn Raffensperger, Chair of the Iowa Chapter of the Sierra Club and Executive Director of the national Science and Environmental Health Network, explained legal action to stop the pipeline Iowa, in Iowa and elsewhere.

Linda Hansen, clinic director of Primary Health Care in Ames, describes this nonprofit community health clinic, aiming to make health care available to all residents of Story County. Kaitlin Haimley certified nurse mid-wife at the clinic, describes their new comprehensive program for prenatal care.

Lauren Frandsen, from the Ames Chamber of Commerce went recently to Ames' sister city, Koshu City, in Japan as part of an Ames Delegation.

Sentencing Guidelines, Beads Unbound

Listen Here Now Originally broadcast 06/16/2017
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Judge Robert Pratt, Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Iowa gives his view of the new sentencing and prosecuting guidelines recently issued by US Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Lecia Brooks, Outreach Director of the Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery, Alabama, talks about varied possibilities of litigation against extremist hate groups, and about how ordinary citizens can combat intimidation and harassment, including online harassment.

Youth volunteer award-winner Katarina Bradley, together with her father Andy, talk about her award-winning work against human trafficking and the founding of her non-profit organization Beads Unbound.

Birds, Butterflies, and Crawford Hall

Listen Here Now Originally broadcast 06/14/2017
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Leanne Harter got our program started with her Story County Report - hot weather warnings from the animal shelter for pets and livestock as well as miscellaneous regulations and awards. Jennifer Knox and Young Birder president, Tyler Harms, were on hand to tell us about the Iowa Bird of Mouth and read some poems about American Robin (the May Bird of Mouth) and Eastern Bluebird (the June Bird of Mouth). Our discussion led us to the recent bird-ebrity, a western tanager sought by out-of-state birders armed with cameras and scopes after they received the report of the bird on Scott Avenue in Ames. In keeping with the theme of habitat for beautiful winged creatures Nathan Brockman from the Butterfly Wing at Reiman Gardens told us how to develop habitat to attract butterflies as well as the butterfly survey to be conducted during the Butterfly Field Day at McFarland Park next Saturday. Although anyone is invited to join in, the butterfly survey is a serious citizen scientist activity to monitor the number and location of butterflies, many of which are on the endangered species list (Monarchs are NOT among those most threatened).

Photo by Paul Brooke

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