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Hola Bloomington – November 8, 2013

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Hostess Ramon Tristani and Carlos Bakota talk about the importance of the Spanish language in our days, with a pre-recorded interview with PhD  Del Valle and PhD  Zentella and explain how new generations deal with this issue. Also Luis Vs Luis, and the events of the week.

Books Unbound – A Study in Scarlet, Part 11

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In this episode:
“A Study in Scarlet” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

About this Author:
Born on 22 May 1859, in Edinburgh, Scotland, Arthur Conan Doyle went on to study medicine at Edinburgh University from 1876 to 1881, during which time he began writing short stories. His first published work was “The Mystery of Sasassa Valley,” which appeared in 1879. With the publication of A Study in Scarlet, Conan Doyle created the characters of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson who would make him famous. He based the deductive reasoning that characterized Holmes on the techniques of Joseph Bell, one of his instructors in medical school. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle died on 7 July 1930, far more famous as a writer than as a doctor.

About this book:
Originally titled “A Tangled Skein.” A Study in Scarlet first appeared in Beeton’s Christmas Annual (1887), and was published as a book in July, 1888. Twenty-seven year-old Conan Doyle received £25 for full rights to the story, which he had written in three weeks in 1886. The work, the first of only four full-length Sherlock Holmes novels, introduced the consulting detective and the faithful Dr. Watson, who also chronicled their adventures in fifty-six short stories to make the Baker Street team the most famous pair in detective fiction. Although it attracted little notice at the time, it’s portrayal of Mormonism soon became controversial.

About this program:
Books burn; ideas endure. Books Unbound is a weekly showcase of literary works banned by those who fear the power of the pen. The program promotes literary reading and curiosity, challenging listeners to consider viewpoints that may be different from our own. Each week we bring you literature prohibited by governments, schools, and religious institutions. In the words of French philosopher Emile-Auguste Chartier, “nothing is as dangerous as an idea, when it’s the only one you’ve got.” Books Unbound is a production of community radio WFHB in Bloomington, Indiana.

Mirror Mysteries

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In a new exhibit at the Wonderlab Museum of Science, Health, and Technology, scheduled to be present until next April, visitors will be able to explore the surprising tricks mirrors play on the human mind. News Director Alycin Bektesh spoke with Wonderlab Executive Director Catherine Olmer about the exhibit called Mirror Mysteries for today’s WFHB feature report.

Volunteer Connection – November 8, 2013

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A weekly snapshot of how people of all ages can match their time and talents to local needs. Each week Volunteer Connection brings you the “featured five” – five ways to get involved NOW! Volunteer Connection is a co-production of WFHB and the City of Bloomington Volunteer Network, working together to build an empowered, vibrant, and engaged community!

bloomingOUT – November 7, 2013

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Authoress of Left Hander in London and President of Indy Rainbow Chamber JJ Gufredo is in studio to discuss her perspective on HJR6, societal ramifications of transitioning from male to female and also provides updates about her play! The Bloomington Peace Choir performs live in studio. Emily Nagoski talks about LGBT folks on an edition of It’s Only Sex and Nick Tumino chats with students in Conversations about Coming Out on a new edition of OUT & About in b-town.

www.lefthanderinlondon.com
www.bloomingtonpeacechoir.org

Produced Carol Fischer
Executive producer Alycin Bektesh
Associate Producers Sarah Hetrick and Nick Tumino
News Director Josh Vidrich,
Original theme music provided by Mikial Robertson
Announcer is Sarah Hetrick

Daily Local News – November 8, 2013

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WFHB’s Board of Directors announced today that Kevin Culbertson has been selected as the next General Manager for the station; The Bloomington Telecommunications Council has hit a roadblock in its attempts to bring a nationally recognized telecommunications scholar to town; The Bloomington Board of Public Works gave city staff permission on Tuesday to cut vegetation at a Spicewood Neighborhood home; landscaping companies are adopting the city’s roundabounts.

FEATURE
Mirror Mysteries
In a new exhibit at the Wonderlab Museum of Science Health and Technology, scheduled to be present until next April, visitors will be able to explore the surprising tricks mirrors play on the human mind. News Director Alycin Bektesh spoke with Wonderlab Executive Director Catherine Olmer about the exhibit called Mirror Mysteries for today’s WFHB feature report.

VOLUNTEER CONNECTION
Local organizations scout the listening area for service help on Volunteer Connection, linking YOU to current volunteer opportunities in our community.

CREDITS
Anchors: Helen Harrell; Roscoe Medlock
Today’s headlines were written by Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Alycin Bektesh.
Volunteer Connection is produced by Wanda Krieger, in partnership with the city of Bloomington Volunteer Network.
Our engineer was Nick Tumino, our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Editor is Drew Daudelin
Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

30 Years of Hoosier Environmental Council

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The Hoosier Environmental Council is celebrating its 30th year. Correspondent Stephanie Stewart spoke with the council’s Jesse Kharbanda about the history of the organization, and its involvement in state environmental issues, for today’s WFHB feature exclusive courtesy of Eco Report.

Free driving tour of Lake Monroe offered for geology buffs

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Anyone interested in geology will have the opportunity for a free driving tour of Monroe Lake on December 1st. Beginning at the Paynetown State Recreation Area on South State Road 446, there will be stops highlighting the Mt. Carmel Fault, Leesville Anticline, Edwardsville Formation, Harrodsburg Limestone, and Salem Limestone. Jill Vance, Interpretive Naturalist at Monroe Lake, is the tour guide. She will explain geological features, the area’s history, and the many influences on its present landscape. You can register by calling the Paynetown Activity Center at 812-837-9967 by November 25th.

 

Bloomington Utilities Service Board deals with complications working with private contractors

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The Bloomington Utilities Service Board dealt with some complications of working with private contractors at its meeting on Monday.

The City Utilities Department frequently hires companies to perform engineering or construction work.

Capital Projects Manager Mike Hicks explained a recent issue with two of those companies. The contractors are working on projects to improve water mains and to expand the Monroe Water Treatment Plant.

“In the execution of the work, damage was caused to Monroe County Highway roads,” Hicks said, “It’s caused by two factors, one being hauling and the other excavation from work on a water main. Our position is that there are two contractors responsible for the repairs, F.A. Wilhelm and Howl contractors. “

Hicks said the contractors have refused to deal with the issue, despite the city’s attempts to contact them. So, he said the city needs to find a different contractor to repair the roads.

“Monroe County Highway Department wants this work done this season before the asphalt plants close so it’s come to the City of Bloomington Utilities taking action to find a paving contractor to make the repairs,” Hicks said.

The board approved spending $64,000 to pay Milestone Contractors to do the repairs. Hicks said the city would attempt to recoup that amount from the contractors that caused the damage. Later in the meeting, the board discussed how the Utilities Department chooses its contractors. The issue came up when Utilities Engineer Jane Fleig told the board that a large engineering contract would be awarded to the company Donohue and Associates.

Board member Jason Banach asked Flieg about the agreement and Fleig said they have asked for a proposal from an engineer at Donohue, but no bids.

The contract is for the design of a culvert project that extends from 2nd St. to Kirkwood Ave. in downtown Bloomington.

Banach asked why the Department didn’t solicit bids from other companies to do the work, and Department Director Pat Murphy responded.

“We have a long standing relationship with Donahue and we’ve worked with them extensively. They did the initial project, they did the Jordan River culvert and 2nd and Walnut,” Murphy said, “We feel it’s more of a continuation of the project because they know the history of the project and we wouldn’t be starting anew and we think they price they are proposing is fair and reasonable.”

The contract would be for about $400,000. Banach said he has problems awarding such large contracts without getting competitive bids.

“Cheaper isn’t better,” Murphy said.

Board member Pedro Roman said approving an agreement without seeking bids would not be unusual for the board, especially when for engineering contracts.

“We’re talking about engineering, the design, not the actual construction,” Roman said, “We never bid these things.”

Flieg said that, unlike construction contracts, the city is not legally required to solicit multiple bids for professional services such as engineering.

The board will consider whether to approve the contract with Donohue and Associates at its next meeting, which is scheduled for November 18.

EcoReport – Jesse Kharbanda: Hoosier Environmental Council

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In today’s EcoReport feature, Jesse Kharbanda discusses the history of the Hoosier Environmental Council and the organization’s involvement in state environmental issues.

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