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“Lost Borders” by Mary Hunter Austin, Conclusion


The interconnected story cycle “Lost Borders” by Mary Hunter Austin concludes. Austin’s character types and settings are in many ways familiar from other westerns, but her perspectives are feminist, conservationist, and anti-gun. She died in 1934, and her books soon went out of print—just as Hollywood was establishing its masculinist myths of a Wild West dominated by gun violence.

Although Austin offers sympathetic portrayals of male psychology throughout, female characters are central to the final two stories, with the frontier allowing women to push against social boundaries. In “The House of Offence” (read by Lauren Robert), a deteriorating fence represents the social dividing line temporarily crossed when an upstanding Christian woman reckons with the humanity of the madam who runs the brothel next door. The title character of “The Walking Woman” (read by Sarah Torbeck) triumphs through love and work in a harsh communion with the land.

Jack Hanek hosts. Sarah Torbeck has read the role of the author throughout. The recurring poem that appeared at the beginning of the original book is read by Berklea Going. Special music comes from the album River of Light: American Short Works for Violin and Piano (Naxos, 2011), as performed by Tim Fain and Pei-Yao Wang. Books Unbound is produced, written and edited by Cynthia Wolfe with assistance from Sarah Torbeck.

“‘Lost Borders’ by Mary Hunter Austin, Conclusion” was produced during WFHB’s Spring Fund Drive, and contains messages from the Books Unbound community. For information on how to support this and other programs from WFHB, call 812-323-1200 or visit wfhb.org.
The Books Unbound podcasts allow you to listen to the complete “Lost Borders” story cycle from beginning to end in Austin’s original order:
• “The Land, “The Hoodoo of the Minnietta,” “A Case of Conscience,” and “The Ploughed Lands” in Part One
• “The Return of Mr. Wills,” “The Last Antelope,” and “Agua Dulce” in Part Two
• “The Woman at the Eighteen Mile” and “The Fakir” in Part Three
• “The Pocket-Hunter’s Story,” “The Readjustment,” and “Bitterness of Women” in Part Four

Executive producer: Joe Crawford
Books Unbound theme music: The Impossible Shapes

Petition Calls for Audit at Bloomingfoods


Late last week a petition began circulating in social media demanding an audit, or peer review, at Bloomingfoods, the food cooperative with four permanent locations in Bloomington. As of our deadline there were 127 signatures on that petition.

Bloomington City Council Indicates Possible Significant Changes to Downtown Parking

The Bloomington City Council has indicated it may make significant changes to how it manages parking downtown. At a meeting last week there were two proposal packages. City Clerk Regina Moore summarized the first, from Council Member Steve Volan.

Moore summarizes, “This is to improve parking management in the downtown by imposing a maximum charge for on-street metered parking, setting forth actual times and fees in an amended schedule, providing a period of free parking in all garages, and establishing a fee discount and waiver program to be provided by a new parking commission.”

Volan says approximately two million dollars was collected from the new meters during the first year of their introduction. He says revenue was divided almost equally between cash versus credit card payments. Volan introduced his proposal by first framing it in what he called a mission statement for the City’s parking meter program.

Volan said, “I don’t think that we’ve actually defined what our goal is for our parking system so I have offered a few suggestions…we want to incentivise diversity and fairness for populations who use the downtown that have unique needs. And also consider that the excess revenue when we are not using it to pay for the cost of parking itself, to use it to increase the economic and social sustainability of the downtown.”

Volan’s proposal would change meter hours from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.. Currently the meters run from 6 a.m. until 10 p.m. He also recommended keeping the dollar per hour charge for meters in the downtown core, while reducing the charge to fifty cents for meters on the periphery of the core. He suggested offering three hour free parking at the Morton Street Garage and allowing parking fee waivers for volunteers of non-profits. After considerable discussion on Volan’s proposal, Council member Darryl Neher introduced his proposal for changes in the city parking policy. City Clerk Moore summarized that proposal.

Moore explains, “This is in regard to shortening the hours of enforcement on street metered parking, eliminating the credit card convenience fee for meter use, authorizing the mayor to declare parking holidays, and extending hours of enforcement to Lot 9 which is the 4th street garage.”

Council member Volan pointed out that his proposal and the one from Council member Neher are complementary. A special session of the City Council has been scheduled for this Wednesday to discuss the parking issue further.

Increasing Number of HIV Cases in Southeastern Indiana

The reported number of HIV cases in Southeastern Indiana has increased to 106. That’s up from 89 declared cases just four days earlier.

Those numbers are all from the State Department of Health. The department has helped establish what it calls a One-Stop Shop in Scott County, where many of the cases have been discovered.

There is also a new clinic there as well as a public awareness program titled ‘You Are Not Alone.’ A 30-day needle exchange program opened in Scott County on April 4.

An Executive Order by Governor Mike Pence has suspended Indiana Code regarding needle exchange in Scott County, allowing clean needles to be freely given and dirty needles to be turned in. More than a thousand clean needles have already been distributed.

Activate! – Meals on Wheels: Helen Freeman


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Daily Local News – April 13, 2015


More than a hundred people have signed a petition to address what they say is a crisis at Bloomington’s food cooperative; The reported number of HIV cases in Southeastern Indiana has increased to 106; Former soldier Rory Fanning is coming to Indiana University tomorrow to give a talk titled, “Worth Fighting For: An Army Ranger’s Journey Out of the Military and Across America;” The Bloomington City Council has indicated it may make significant changes to how it manages parking downtown; Bloomington’s Environmental Commission is holding its Fourth Annual Eco-Heroes Competition.

Late last week a petition began circulating in social media demanding an audit, or peer review, at Bloomingfoods, the food cooperative with four permanent locations in Bloomington. As of our deadline there were 127 signatures on that petition.

Our weekly segment spotlighting people working for positive change in our community.

Anchors: Joe Crawford, Maria McKinley
Today’s headlines were written by Amanda Marino and Joshua Byron.
Along with David Murphy for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Joe Crawford.
Activate! is produced by Jennifer Whitaker, along with the City of Bloomington Volunteer Network.
Our engineer today is Chris Martin.
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford.

Hola Bloomington – April 10, 2015


Hola Bloomington’s hosts Luis Hernández and Luis Fuentes talk about one of the most anticipated Spring sporting event in Bloomington. The Indiana University’s men’s soccer team versus Mexico’s National under 17 team. They discuss past game results and what this event means for the Latino community in Bloomington and the surrounding areas.

Los locutores de Hola Bloomington Luis Hernández y Luis Fuentes hablan sobre el evento deportivo más esperado de la primavera. El partido de la Selección Nacional de México sub 17 versus el equipo de fútbol de la Universidad de Indiana. Ellos discuten resultados de los juegos anteriores y lo que significa este evento para la comunidad Latina en Bloomington y en los alrededores.

bloomingOUT – April 9, 2015


Tonight our hosts Jeff Poling and Ryne Shadday discuss recent news, as well as the importance of donation for WFHB and why they love community radio. Jeff Jewel interviewed mayoral candidate Darryl Neher. This week’s song was “Wild Ponies, Love is Not a Sin,” by Doug and Telisha Williams. We would like to thank Darryl Neher for dedicating his time for the show tonight.

Hosts Ryne Shadday, and Jeff Poling
Executive Producer Joe Crawford
Producer Olivia Davidson
Script Coordinator Hayley Bass
Board Engineer Carissa Barrett

Voices in the Street – Support Your Voice, Voice Your Support!


This week is our spring fund drive here at WFHB, your chance to support our award-winning news department. We’re asking you to call 812-323-1200 or go online to wfhb.org and pledge your support to South Central Indiana’s only volunteer-powered, listener-supported community radio station. This year we’re highlighting the Bloomington community so Voices in the Street hit the streets to ask your friends and neighbors what it is about Bloomington that makes it such a unique community.

Construction on I-69 Starts Soon


Construction of section 5 of I-69 on the west side of Bloomington will begin this month. In conjunction with this start, the Bloomington Board of Public Works was asked last week to grant a six-month noise permit to Isolux Corsan, for night-time work along Section 5 of the new interstate. Isolux Corsan is the lead contractor on the 21-mile section of the project, which runs from Rockport Road to just south of Martinsville.

“It would be a six month permit, however, it would be in effect on a monthly basis,” Corsan explains. “It would automatically renew, unless there were issues.”

The Board approved the noise permit subject to monthly reviews, a night-time ban on the use of jack hammers, pile drivers, and hoe rams, and minimization of vehicle back-up sounds. The permit will run from April 8th until October 8th. The spokesperson for the contractor noted that sound barriers between residences along the corridor and the construction zone would be built in conjunction with the road work.

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