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The R.O.I. on the Apa Sherpa Foundation

June 5, 2015 in KRCL Music Blog by Lara Jones

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Apa Sherpa in Thame, Nepal, his home village, shortly after the April 2015 earthquake. Source: Apa Sherpa Foundation

Apa Sherpa, the famed Everest climber who has lived in Utah since 2006, was in his home village of Thame, Nepal, when a deadly earthquake struck in April 2015. Thousands of people in the region were killed, and survivors are struggling to rebuild. KRCL’s Lara Jones spoke with Apa, who says it’s now monsoon season and villagers, including family members, are still living in tents or under tarps:

 

ROI Apa Sherpa Foundation     

 

A fundraiser to help rebuild Thame, Nepal, especially the village school, will be held Saturday, June 13, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Draper Corner Canyon Academy, 12958 S. 1300 E. Visit apasherpafoundation.org for more details.

Check out a longer conversation with Apa, board member Todd Winzenreid and Valerie Littleton, vice president and operations manager of the Apa Sherpa Foundation:

 

Extended interview - Apa Sherpa Foundation     

 

The R.O.I. on UCC’s Bike Crew

June 4, 2015 in KRCL Music Blog by Lara Jones

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Jessica Gibbons, packed and ready to ride with the first-ever UCC Bike Crew.

Jessica Gibbons, packed and ready to ride with the first-ever UCC Bike Crew.

Building on the legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps, the Utah Conservation Corps has been creating the next generation of conservation leaders through service and education. Every summer, the UCC’s members head out to state parks to do cleanup and repair trails, restore habitat or build fences. But this summer, there’s a twist. KRCL’s Lara Jones find outs more in this edition of The R.O.I.:

 

ROI UCC Bike Crew     

 

If the UCC sounds like your cup of tea, they are hiring. Click here for an application.

 

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The R.O.I. on Mama Dragons

June 2, 2015 in KRCL Music Blog by Lara Jones
The R.O.I. brings you stories of people, non-profits and businesses who create a positive return on investment in the community. Like the Mama Dragons, a support group for LDS parents with LGBTQ children. KRCL’s Lara Jones spoke with two women who are members of the loosely organized group of women who support each other as they “navigate the waters of LGBTQ issues within their family or community.”¹

 

Melanie Delton joined the group a year ago after her daughter came out to her and she wanted information:

ROI - Mama Dragons - Melanie Delton     

 

Before finding the Mama Dragons, Karen Penman said she thought she was the only LDS mother with a transgender son:

ROI Mama Dragons - Karen Penman     

 

If you’d like to hear more from Delton and Penman, then listen to this extended interview (from which the shorter pieces were excerpted for broadcast):

Extended interview with Mama Dragons     

 

Look for both Delton and Penman at the Utah Pride Festival this weekend, where they will be giving out free hugs with Mormons Building Bridges.

 

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¹ source: description provided on Mama Dragons closed Facebook group page.

The R.O.I. on ICCJ’s Anytown Summer Camp

June 2, 2015 in KRCL Music Blog by Lara Jones

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The R.O.I. brings you stories of people, non-profits and businesses who create a positive return on investment in the community. Like the Inclusion Center for Community & Justice, a Salt Lake-based non profit that works to eliminate prejudice, discrimination and bigotry – starting with teens.

Anytown, the center’s annual camp for students, starts Sunday. Puneet Singh is a graduate of the center’s Global Leaders program and, at 17 years old, will be a peer counselor at this year’s camp: KRCL’s Lara Jones spoke with him about helping fellow students learn to communicate, while Jillian Hill, the center’s director of operations, fills in the details of attending camp:

 

ROI on ICCJ's Anytown Camp     

 

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The R.O.I. on Utah Pride Festival

May 29, 2015 in KRCL Music Blog by Lara Jones

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Dating back to 1992 when it was known as the Utah Stonewall Center, Utah Pride Center has been serving and supporting Utah’s LGBTQ community and allies for nearly a quarter-of-a-century. In this edition of The R.O.I., KRCL’s Lara Jones talks with UPC’s Sarah Luks-Morgan about the ongoing importance of the annual pride festival in the digital age:

 

ROI on Pride Festival     

 

Utah Pride 2015 events:

Thursday, June 4
7 p.m., Utah Pride Interfaith Service at First Baptist Church, 777 S. 1300 E., SLC – Community of Christ conducting

Friday, June 5
6:30 p.m. Grand Marshal Reception
8 p.m. Dyke, Trans and Bi Rallies and Marches
9 p.m. Kick-off Party and Opening Ceremonies

Saturday, June 6
3-11 p.m., Pride Festival at Washington & Library Squares in downtown SLC

Sunday, June 7
9 a.m. Pride Day 5K Fun Run
10 a.m. Utah Pride Parade on 200 south, starting at 400 East
11 a.m. – 7 p.m., Pride Festival at Washington & Library Squares in downtown SLC

 

 

The R.O.I. on Christy Bills

May 29, 2015 in KRCL Music Blog by Lara Jones

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In this edition of The R.O.I., KRCL’s Lara Jones talks with Christy Bills at the Natural History Museum of Utah. She wants citizen scientists to help her and researchers from BYU spot fireflies in Utah:

 

ROI Fireflies     

 

Is a firefly really a fly? Find out in this extended interview with The Bug Lady:

 

Extended interview with The Bug Lady - Christy Bills     

 

The Bug Lady was here!

The Bug Lady was here!

The R.O.I. on Roots Charter High School

May 28, 2015 in KRCL Music Blog by Lara Jones

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Tyler Bastian is the director and founder of Roots, Utah’s first farm-based charter high school, which will seat its first students in August. Located on the border of West Valley and South Salt Lake cities, Roots will offer reading, writing and arithmetic, plus what Bastian hopes will be the character building experience of learning on a working farm. KRCL’s Lara Jones talked with him about it:

 

ROI on Roots Charter High School     

 

As a charter school, Roots chooses its students by lottery. The first lottery will be held June 1, 2015. Click here for the Roots lottery application.

 

Just One Question: What’s a Food Forest?

May 27, 2015 in KRCL Music Blog by Lara Jones
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Erika Longino at Glendale Golf Course, where she hopes to see a “food forest” grow someday.

There are a variety of options on the table when it comes to improving parks, open spaces and trails in Salt Lake City. One that’s popped up a couple of times through the Capital City’s open house process is the notion of turning at least part of the soon-to-be decommissioned Glendale Golf Course into a food forest. KRCL’s Lara Jones has just one question – what’s a food forest? To find out more, she met Erika Longino at the edge of the golf course to find out more:

 

J1Q What's a Food Forest?     

 

Erika Longino works at Edible Campus Gardens at the University of Utah. She supports turning part of Glendale Golf Course into a food forest a la Beacon Food Forest in Seattle. She helped draft a plan for a food forest in Midvale. Read about it here: Bingham Food Forest.

 

A food forest is just one of many ideas coming out of the city’s public process for parks, open space and trails. To voice your opinion, you can take the online survey at ouroutdoorsslc.com or attend the last two open houses Thursday from 11-2 at Gallivan Plaza or from 3-7 on the plaza at Library Square.

 

The R.O.I. on Bonneville Elementary’s Rock Opera

May 26, 2015 in KRCL Music Blog by Lara Jones
Miss Norton's class at Bonneville Elementary

Miss Norton’s class at Bonneville Elementary

In this edition of The R.O.I., KRCL’s Lara Jones visits Bonneville Elementary to talk with teacher Cynthia Norton and her third graders about a rock opera on bees.

 

ROI - Bonneville Elementary     

 

Bonneville Elementary is a Platinum Utah Green School. To learn more about that program, visit USEE, the Utah Society for Environmental Education.

RadioActive with Loud & Clear: Alternative Education, Teen Relationships

May 24, 2015 in RadioActive by Lara Jones

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Loud and Clear Youth Radio DJs Madi and Chandler chat with:

  • Dave, a longtime educator specializing in Special Education and alternative classrooms
  • George, a young adult who required unique accommodations as a student

… about ways in which teachers should accommodate unique learning styles. They also discuss learning disabilities and some of the challenges students face when they are struggling in traditional school settings.

 

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Loud & Clear Youth Radio DJ Azteca learned about the issues teens face when in unhealthy and abusive relationships with Megan Waters from Planned Parenthood’s Teen Council in Summit County and Kiesha Lanier, domestic violence and drug and alcohol counselor from ACES.
RA May24_2015 Teens Dating Violence     
If you or someone you know needs help, you can use the following resources:
RA-May24-Dating-Violence-630pm.mp3     

 

Producer: Shannalee Otanez

Executive Producer: Lara Jones

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