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Writer’s Showcase: Tony Brewer

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Tony Brewer is a poet, an author, and president of the Bloomington Storytellers Guild. Correspondent Michael Glab spoke with Brewer, and we’re bringing you highlights from that conversation for today’s WFHB feature report.

Daily Local News – March 6, 2014

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A bill that will increase recycling efforts in Indiana was passed on Tuesday; As Spring approaches, owners of shallow ponds and lakes will have to watch out for fish kills due to the accumulation of snow and ice this winter; The City of Bloomington Arts Commission has announced that revised guidelines and applications are available for the April Cycle of its 2014 Arts Project Grant Program; This weekend in local sports – Tonight the Indiana University Women’s Basketball team faces Michigan in the Big Ten Tournament at 6:30 pm—the tournament will continue through Sunday.

FEATURE
Tony Brewer is a poet, an author, and president of the Bloomington Storytellers Guild. Correspondent Michael Glab spoke with Brewer, and we’re bringing you highlights from that conversation for today’s WFHB feature report.

VOICES IN THE STREET
Bloomington Mayor Mark Kruzan is planning another attempt to limit the number of chain restaurants downtown. The mayor says he wants the City Council and the Plan Commission to approve an ordinance that would require an applicant wanting to open a standardized restaurant in two districts to seek conditional approval from the city’s Board of Zoning Appeals. The Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce announced their opposition to the proposal yesterday, so how do you feel? Should we restrict what kinds of business can operate downtown?

CREDITS
Anchors: Carolyn VandeWiele, Scott Weddle
Today’s headlines were written by Sierra Gardner and Jalisa Ransom,
Our feature was produced by Sarah Hetrick, with correspondent Michael Glab.
Voices in the Street was produced by Kelly Wherley,
Our engineer today is Sarah Hetrick.
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Editor is Drew Daudelin, Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

bloomingOUT – March 6, 2014

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Canadian singer/songwriter Toni Vere is live in studio for interview and performance. Musical selections are “When You Were Here,” “Free,” “Sane” and “Levi Strauss.” Cassaundra and Michael respond to Q Mail Bag question “Why is the LGBTQ community focusing on legalizing marriage when we can still be fired for simply being lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans?”

www.tonivere.com

Producer Carol Fischer
Executive Producer Alycin Bektesh
Associate Producer Sarah Hetrick
News Director Josh Vidrich
Original Theme Music Mikial Robertson
Announcer Sarah Hetrick
Guest Co Anchor Cassaundra Huskey

Voices in the Street – McBloomington: Restricting Chain Stores Downtown

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Bloomington Mayor Mark Kruzan is planning another attempt to limit the number of chain restaurants downtown.  The mayor says he wants the City Council and the Plan Commission to approve an ordinance that would require an applicant wanting to open a standardized restaurant in two districts to seek conditional approval from the city’s Board of Zoning Appeals.  The Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce announced their opposition to the proposal yesterday, so how do you feel?  Should we restrict what kinds of business can operate downtown?

EcoReport – Ralph Keeling: Scripps Institute

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In today’s EcoReport feature, Ralph Keeling, professor at the Scripps Institute at the University of California – San Diego, discusses problems related to global carbon levels and climate.

Indiana passes bill to increase local recycling effort

A bill that will increase recycling efforts in Indiana was passed on Tuesday. Indiana State Senator Mike Stoops, who has supported House Bill 1183, talks about what spurred its creation.

“The idea is to identify recycling that is being thrown away with trash,” Stoops says, “We had a study committee that identified a significant amount of recycling in Indiana being thrown into a landfill. There was a lot of discussion about the fact that Indiana was lagging behind other states to turn that material into useful resources.”

The bill will require Indiana businesses and recycling centers to report all recycling activity to the Indiana Department of Environmental Management.

Recyclers of municipal waste can choose to report annually or quarterly, and non-municipal waste recyclers can be report voluntarily. This will be required starting in 2015. It establishes a goal for Indiana to reduce 50 percent of municipal waste by 2019.

“Indiana had a goal like this in the past,” Stoops says, “We didn’t take any steps to get to that goal then. A couple years ago they completely eliminated the recycling goal under Mitch Daniels.”

Senator Stoops says the specific types of products Indiana will be recycling aluminum cans, and that these are beneficial to aluminum companies as well, because they don’t need a lot of processing to recycle the aluminum, don’t need to spend money on mining aluminum ore, and that aluminum doesn’t degrade, so it is always recyclable.

Both Senator Stoops and Press Secretary of the Indiana Senate Democratic Caucus Sean Mobley believe this bill will create thousands of jobs in Indiana.

“One estimate is that if we do a better job of getting the recycling out of the waste stream, we could be looking at 10,000 jobs,” Stoops says.

This bill will go into effect along with Senate Bill 324, which bans the disposal of mostly recyclable products.

Any product that is entirely, or almost entirely, made of paper, cardboard, glass, aluminum, or plastic is not to be disposed of in a final disposal facility. Both bills will go into effect on July 1.

Shallow lake fish affected by heavy ice and snow

As Spring approaches, owners of shallow ponds and lakes will have to watch out for fish kills due to the accumulation of snow and ice this winter. The lakes and ponds of Indiana are currently covered in up to twenty inches of thick ice. Neil Ledet, District Fisheries Biologist in northeastern Indiana, says this is a result of the long winter.

“This is a pretty unusual winter for us,” Ledet says, “We had early ice, a lot of snow, and with that ice thickness, there isn’t a lot of light penetration to get to the aquatic plants. We’ll see low oxygen levels in lakes and ponds. It could be a tough situation for shallow lakes and ponds”

Shoveling up snow will allow light to penetrate the ice, but Ledet says that once this becomes an issue there’s not much anyone can do about it. He explains what pond and lake owners CAN do if the same thing happens next winter.

“In the future, lake owners could make sure there aren’t a lot of weeds covering the lake before the winter comes,” Ledet says, “The important thing is that if people lose all of their pond, they’re going to want to start over with an appropriate pond stocking program. We have a pond management booklet to help that.”

Ledet says that fish kills occurred more often during the 1970’s and 80’s, when winters were a little more severe. If Lake residents and anglers discover fish kills on public waters they can contact their district fisheries biologist online at wildlife.in.gov.

EcoReport – March 6, 2014

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In today’s EcoReport feature, Ralph Keeling, professor at the Scripps Institute at the University of California – San Diego, discusses problems related to global carbon levels and climate.

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.

Anchors: Dan Young and Trish Kerle
This week’s news stories were written by Linda Greene, Norm Holy, Stephanie Stewart, and Dan Young. This week’s feature was engineered by Stephanie Stewart. This week’s calendar was compiled by Kristina Wiltsee.

Our broadcast engineer is Dan Withered. Producers for EcoReport are Kelly Miller, Stephanie Stewart, and Dan Young. Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

“Not So Fast” Food: Mayor Attempts Limits on New Downtown Chain Restaurants

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Bloomington Mayor Mark Kruzan is planning another attempt to limit the number of chain restaurants downtown. The mayor says he wants the City Council and the Plan Commission to approve an ordinance that would require an applicant wanting to open a standardized restaurant in two districts of the downtown to seek conditional approval from the city’s Board of Zoning Appeals. The city defines a standardized restaurant as one which is contractually required by a franchisor to offer standardized menus, ingredients, food preparation, uniforms, logos, or exterior design. Mayor Kruzan offers a hypothetical question to listeners, to justify his proposal.

There are eleven conditional use ordinance provisions for development standards that the Zoning Board can use to evaluate applications for such things as historic preservation, bed and breakfast businesses, some restaurants, and adult care and child care facilities, plus other regulations applying to signage, building height, density, and architectural standards. Mayor Kruzan says the homogenization of the character of downtown Bloomington is not in the community’s interests. He responds to anticipated critics of his proposal, and the expected argument that his proposal limits property owners rights and is an unwarranted intervention in the free market.

Mayor Kruzan says that most communities have development regulations that reflect the priorities of their respective community. Furthermore, the proposed regulations would only apply to two districts: courthouse square and restaurant row. The mayor acknowledges that the desire to make the downtown area and its restaurants unique is part of the larger promotion of the city’s art and entertainment offerings, reflected in the city’s recent designation of the downtown BEAD district. However, the proposed ordinance could not be applied to the BEAD, as it is not a legal district. Mayor Kruzan concluded by outlining the expected process and timeline for his proposal to become law.

The mayor says that there could be as many as six public hearings for the public to attend. The Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce announced their opposition to the proposal today, stating that the ordinance would restrict ‘standardized’ restaurants from locating in some portions of the downtown.

Brown County Hour – Episode #24

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Hosted by Dave Seastrom and Vera Grubbs.

First aired Sunday, March 2, 2014 at 9 AM on WFHB.

☆ In this episode of the Brown County Hour:

Vera Grubbs interviews artist Mary Pendergrass
WoodWatch segment: a report on a Meet Your Legislators meeting at the County Building regarding the DNR logging plan
Rich Reardin talks about the upcoming Brown County Playhouse concert and documentary on the life and music of Irish folksinger Eunan Mc Intyre
The Artist Colony Inn Players with a teaser for their ongoing murder mysteries
Poems by Rick Fettig and Gunther Flumm
Dave Seastrom with another pithy essay: Cabin Fever
And our Musical Guests: The Whipstitch Sallies.

✇ Theme music by Slats Klug & Friends.

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