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Questions raised on necessity of new recycling facility

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A group studying proposals for a new recycling facility in Monroe County raised questions at a meeting October 16th. Stephen Hale is a member of the citizens advisory committee to the Monroe County Solid Waste Management District. Hale and other committee members formed a working group last year to look into the feasibility of building a new materials recovery facility, or MRF. That facility would process local recyclables and get them ready for sale. But Hale said he doesn’t have enough information yet to convince him the project is viable.

The District got final approval earlier this month to move forward with building a clean-stream MRF, meaning it will only process pre-sorted recyclables. But District employees are also pushing to build a waste-stream MRF that would pull recyclables from unsorted garbage. Hale said the issue needs to be studied further.

The MRF proposal has been a subject of dispute on the District’s Board of Directors. Bloomington  Mayor Mark Kruzan has opposed the project, as have County Commissioners Iris Kiesling and Patrick Stoffers. Those three have been outvoted by four other members of the Board, led by Board President and City Council member Steve Volan.

EcoReport – Collaboration in Turkey to solve environmental issues

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In today’s EcoReport feature, we hear about an event in Turkey where governments, private corporations and college students collaborated to solve environmental challenges.

Daily Local News – October 23, 2014

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Yesterday morning the Bloomington Police Department responded to a call of possible human remains being found on a vacant lot at Arlington Valley Mobile Home Park located at 1600 North Willis Drive; A group studying proposals for a new recycling facility in Monroe County raised questions at a meeting October 16th; The city of Bloomington utilities department has awarded a three year contract to Gripp Incorporated to monitor city wastewater; On October 20th, The Richland Bean Blossom School Board sent their respects to the family of recent graduate Josiah Winks who died in a single-car collision on October 18th.

FEATURE
This week the convention center downtown played host to hundreds of people interested in the new I-69, both in Indiana and beyond. WFHB Assistant News Director was on hand for the I-69 Summit and he brings us this report.

VOICES IN THE STREET
Yesterday, the Indiana State Health Departament annouced the establishment of a call center for the public to ask questions regarding the Ebola Viurs Disease. Health Representatives can be reached at 877-826-0011Monday through Friday to answer questions about symptoms, screenings and diagnoses. Voices in the Street asked your friends and neighbors about the Ebola virus and the threat it poses to the US and the world at large.

CREDITS
Anchors: Scott Weddle & Carolyn VandeWiele
Today’s headlines were written by Joe Crawford and Alycin Bektesh
in partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Joe Crawford
Voices in the Street was produced by Kelly Wherley, along with Correspondent Taylor Telford
Our engineers today are Jonathan Goethals and Jose Rodriguez
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Managing Producer is Joe Crawford
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Voices in the Street – Ebola in the US: What is the threat and where is the information?

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Yesterday, the Indiana State Health Departament annouced the establishment of a call center for the public to ask questions regarding the Ebola Viurs Disease.  Health Representatives can be reached at 877-826-0011Monday through Friday to answer questions about symptoms, screenings and diagnoses.  Voices in the Street asked your friends and neighbors about the Ebola virus and the threat it poses to the US and the world at large.

EcoReport – October 23, 2014

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In today’s EcoReport feature, we hear about an event in Turkey where governments, private corporations and college students collaborated to solve environmental challenges.

EcoReport is a weekly program providing independent media coverage of environmental and ecological issues with a focus on local, state and regional people, issues, and events in order to foster open discussion of human relationships with nature and the Earth and to encourage you to take personal responsibility for the world in which we live. Each program features timely eco-related headline news, a feature interview or event recording, and a calendar of events of interest to the environmentally conscious.

Today’s Anchors: Alicyn Bektesh and Dan Young.
This week’s news stories were written by Linda Greene and Norm Holy. This week’s feature was engineered by Dan Young.  Our broadcast engineer is Dan Withered. Producers for EcoReport are Kelly Miller and Dan Young. Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Monroe County to Spend 2 Million for Improving Energy Efficiency on County Buildings

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Monroe County is preparing to spend $2 million on new projects, mostly aimed at making county buildings more energy efficient. The County Council heard a presentation on the projects at a meeting October 14th. Council member Marty Hawk asked if all the equipment upgrades were necessary.

Of the $2 million in projects, about $1.25 million is set aside for retrofitting buildings to save energy. County attorney Jeff Cockerill responded to Hawk’s questions. The County has contracted with the firm, Honeywell, to determine exactly what equipment should be replaced. Honeywell is a multinational corporation and defense contractor based in New Jersey.

The projects would be paid for with one-time tax increase throughout the County. Besides the retrofitting project, the money would also pay for upgrades to computer equipment, replacement of four County vehicles and additional emergency sirens. The list originally included a prospective parking garage behind the Justice Building, but that project was removed before the Council meeting. The Council voted unanimously in favor of the projects.

New Regulations for Rural Areas of Monroe County to be Reviewed by Plan Commission

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Monroe County is days away from finishing what one official says is a nearly final draft of some much-debated zoning rules. County Plan Commission member John Irvine said a group of Commission members plan to review new regulations for rural areas on October 28th. Irvine made the statement at a Plan Commission meeting on October 21st.

The rules would only affect rural areas of the County. Bloomington, Ellettsville and other municipalities fall under different zoning rules. So does the two-mile fringe around Bloomington. But the new regulations could mean major changes for rural areas. Previous drafts banned all new subdivisions and put all land into just two categories, one called rural residential and the other called farm and forest. Currently there are 20 different rural zones. Rural landowners and businesses have expressed concern their properties would be classified as nonconforming, which would make it more difficult for them to build new structures or subdivide their land. Commission member Kevin Enright took issue with saying the rules are nearly finalized.

The Commission’s Ordinance Review Committee will consider the new regulations October 28th. The Commission will hold another meeting November 6th, where they will take public comment on the rules. The final vote could happen as soon as November 18th.

Hoosier Swimmers Raise Money in Pursuit of 2016 Olympics

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Three Hoosier swimmers are using crowdsourcing to raise money for their Olympic dreams. The online platform Dreamfuel is a website specifically dedicated to competitive athletes. Because of their accomplishments, three former IU swimmers have been picked to be profiled and supported on the Dreamfuel platform. They are Margaux Farrell, Lindsay Vrooman and Cody Miller.  Vrooman and Miller are are part of the 37-person roster that will represent the United States in the short course World Championships in Qatar in December. Vrooman graduated from Indiana University last year and still lives and trains in Bloomington. The suits that Vrooman wears during competitions can cost four hundred dollars, and its not easy to balance out an income with Olympic training.

Vrooman is aiming to participate in the 2016 Olympic games in Brazil, competing in the 400 and 800 freestyle and the open water 10K race. While she calls herself a bit of a long shot, her career as a Hoosier is full of accomplishments.

Dreamfuel Co-Founder Emily White’s Grandfather, Bob White Sr. swam for IU in the 1940’s and also competed at the Olympic Trials. White says the crowdsourcing site goes beyond fundraising and also teaches athletes how to  build and nurture their support networks and engage their fans. Vrooman’s personal networks, family, and high school teachers have all chipped in to get her about half way to her fund raising goal with one week left in the campaign. She says fund raising is especially hard for solo athletes.

According to an article in the magazine Fast Company, 85 percent of Olympic hopefuls earn less than fifteen thousand dollars per year and many do not have corporate sponsorships.

Bloomington Beware! – Ebola Scams

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Ebola is a very serious problem, but the worst danger we face right now is unscrupulous people pushing the panic button. Scammers and politicians are trying to use the outbreak to swindle you, and here’s why you don’t have to let them get away with it.

Citizens Object to Lethal Control of Deer Population

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A group of citizens continues to work to delay a measure adopted by the Bloomington City Council to thin out the deer population at Griffy Lake – this week’s council meeting here, in today’s community report.

The city of Bloomington website has a dedicated section to the deer task force report.

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