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Local opposing chairs address press concerning media and election coverage


Monroe County Republican chair Steve Hogan and democrat chair Trent Deckard spoke together for the first time last week as they addressed the Bloomington press Club regarding local media coverage of the upcoming election. Political reporter Steve Hennifield moderated the talk, here for today’s community report.

Daily Local News – November 3, 2014


In a recent joint press release, Bloomingfoods and United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 700 announce that through a process of mutual cooperation, there will be an election for workers to determine whether Bloomingfood’s employees wish to be represented by Local 700; The deer debate continues at the Bloomington City Council; The Indiana University Maurer School of Law will host a research/lecture forum on Tuesday November 4; The Bloomington/Monroe County Metropolitan Planning Organization (BMCMPO) announced in a recent press release that they will hold two workshops to gain input from the public in developing the 2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP); The City of Bloomington’s Sanitation Department is reminding Bloomington residents of its 2014 Fall Leaf Collection schedule; Starting today, the South Central Community Action Program, will be accepting applications for their winter Energy Assistance Program.

Monroe County Republican chair Steve Hogan and democrat Chair Trent Deckard spoke together for the first time last week as they addressed the Bloomington press Club regarding local media coverage of the upcoming election. Political reporter Steve Hennifield moderated the talk, here for today’s community report.

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

Anchors: Maria McKinley, Doug Storm
Today’s headlines were written by Cathi Norton, Anson Shupe and Sophia Saliby
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Alycin Bektesh
Activate! is produced by Jennifer Whitaker,
Our engineer is Chris Martin,
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Managing Producer is Joe Crawford
Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Brown County Hour – Episode #32 – November 2, 2015


Hosted by Dave Seastrom, Pam Raider, Vera Grubbs, Rick Fettig & Jeff Foster.

First aired Sunday, November 2, 2014 at 9 AM on WFHB

☆ In this episode of the Brown County Hour:
Musical guest Lauren Robert with a discussion of living the big life in NYC, returning to Brown County, her experiences as a peace officer, and her new band Soul Medicine, plus four songs from her vast repertoire of great R&B tunes
Director of the Indiana Forest Alliance Jeff Stant discusses the current state of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources’ controversial forest management plan in an important extended interview
Lauren Robert
Lauren Robert
Poetry by Chris Curtin and Tramp Starr
Dave Seastrom delivers another pithy essay.
✇ Theme music by Slats Klug & Friends.

Books Unbound – “The Burning Secret” by Stefan Zweig, Part 3


Stefan Zweig was an Austrian Jew whose books were among the first burned by the Nazis in 1933. He was one of the most beloved writers of the 1920s and 30s, but he committed suicide in Brazil in 1942, despairing that the Old Europe he loved was lost. His novella “The Burning Secret” shows the psychoanalytic influence of his friend Sigmund Freud. Zweig has enjoyed a recent renaissance in the English-speaking world, and was the inspiration for filmmaker Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel.

Hola Bloomington – October 31, 2014


Los locutores de HOLA Bloomington Maria Auxiliadora Viloria, Carlos Bakota y Araceli Gómez-Aldana hablan del dia de los muertos, Halloween y el día de todos los Santos. La relaciones entre estas tradiciones y como las celebramos.

Hola Bloomington’s hosts Maria Auxiliadora Viloria, Carlos Bakota and Araceli Gómez-Aldana speak about the Day of the Dead, Halloween and All Saints Day. The relationships between these traditions and how we celebrate.

Where to vote in Monroe County


Election day is November 4th, 2014

You may find your polling location on the following chart – note the locations listed in red have changed since the 2012 elections  2014 General Election Poll Locations

If you’d like to see what your ballot will look like ahead of time, check out the sample ballots here or here

To find out what precinct you are in, type your address in here

Maps of Monroe County Commissioner MoCo_Commissioners districts and County Council Districts MoCo_Council

EcoReport – The monarch butterflies’ dangerous decline


In today’s EcoReport feature, local biologist Marti Crouch talks about the reasons for the dangerous decline of monarch butterflies and the need to protect them.

Discussing aging issues


Discussing aging issues, such as living arrangements, finances, dating, end-of-life decisions and driving, early and often can save families years of heartache, tension and even legal battles. Yet, research indicates that about two-thirds of American families put off these conversations, either because they are uncomfortable with the topics or they just don’t know where to start. The “40-70 Rule®” program resources, developed in part by Home Instead,  are available through Area 10 Agency on Aging and Home Instead, which includes an Action Plan for Successful AgingSM and other resources to help ease these conversations between adult children and their parents” Today correspondent Jennifer Whitaker speaks  with Joe Yonkman of Home Instead for today’s wfhb community report.


Concerns about parking garage plans


A Monroe County Council member is raising concerns about plans for a new parking garage in downtown Bloomington. The County Commissioners have already voted on financing for the garage. But the Commissioners, which make up the executive branch of County government, effectively bypassed the County Council, which oversees County finances. Council member Marty Hawk said there are problems with leaving the Council out of decisions to build multimillion dollar structures.

The Commissioners had apparently discussed the parking garage in work sessions, but not during their regular meetings on Friday mornings. The work sessions are technically open to the public but they are not filmed and broadcast like the regular meetings are. Hawk urged the Commission to hold their work sessions in a space that could be easily recorded.

Commissioner Iris Kielsing was present at the Council meeting. She said it might not be easy to have all the Commissioners meetings filmed.

The parking garage would be used primarily by County employees. The building will also include a space that could be used in case the County Jail needs evacuated. Currently there is no structure to house inmates in case of an emergency. But besides those benefits, Kiesling told the Council the Commissioners have larger plans in mind. She said County employees who would park in the new garage are currently finding parking outside the Convention Center.

If the County sells its portion of the Convention Center to the city or to some other entity, Kiesling said that money could be used to pay for the new garage. The current plan is to pay for the structure out of the County’s cumulative capital development fund. That fund is used for a variety of capital expenses, including some road projects. Although County attorney Michael Flory said there appears to be enough money in the fund to pay for the garage, some Council members voiced concern. Cheryl Munson said the County may soon have to spend more money from that fund on roads.

Hawk said she’s not necessarily opposed to the new garage, but she wished she was consulted about it.

Unless plans change, the Council won’t actually vote on any measure related to the garage until next October, when it considers the entire County budget.

Voices in the Street – Ghosts, Ghouls and other Spooky Stuff: Tomorrow is Halloween!!


Tomorrow is Halloween, and even though the scariest part might be the chance of snow late Friday night, Voices in the Street hit the streets to ask your friends and neighbors about some of their best past costumes and what some of their fondest memories of the celebration are.

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