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Wednesday AM Daily | June 12, 2019
LGBTQ 'Legacy Leader' honorees named
By dsm Magazine Staff

Seven community leaders and role models from across the state have been selected to receive dsm Magazine's first awards recognizing the important contributions of LGBTQ Iowans.

dsm Magazine is working with the advocacy group One Iowa to create this awards program. Recipients of the Legacy Leader Awards are:

George Belitsos of Ames, founder of the youth services organization YSS.
Karen Mackey, a Sioux City attorney and champion of the rights of Native Americans.
Sharon K. Malheiro, a Des Moines attorney and prominent civil rights advocate.
Sonia Reyes-Snyder a crusader for the rights of Latinos with the Iowa Office of Latino Affairs in Des Moines.
Jeorgia Robison, a Marion attorney and pioneer in Iowans' understanding of transgender persons.
Jonathan C. Wilson, a Des Moines attorney and former school board member.

A separate honor, the LGBTQ Ally Award, goes to someone who is not LGBTQ but who has a record of defending the rights and dignity of all persons. That honoree is Terri Hale, who retired from a career at Principal in Des Moines, where she was a tireless advocate for LGBTQ citizens and others.

You'll learn more about the awards and the recipients in the September issue of dsm Magazine and at an awards event Oct. 24 at the Temple for Performing Arts.

Xayavong named fire chief in Pleasant Hill
By Kathy A. Bolten | Senior Staff Writer
Jamie Xayavong, a 13-year veteran of the Pleasant Hill Fire Department, has been named that city’s fire chief.

The City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved the appointment. Xayavong, who begins her new post on July 1, will be paid $92,395 annually. She is the eastern Polk County suburb’s first full-time fire chief.

Only 3% of the nation’s 350,000 firefighters are women, according to Women in Fire, a Minnesota organization that promotes the inclusion of women in the profession. In addition, about 150 of nearly 30,000 U.S. fire departments have a female chiefs.

Pleasant Hill Mayor Sara Kurovski, in a prepared statement, said she has worked with Xayavong on several things in the past year, including flooding last summer and the renovation of the fire station.

"I have experienced firsthand how she exemplifies our city’s and the fire department’s values through these interactions," Kurovski said in the statement. "I am thrilled to have a passionate public servant filling the role of our next fire chief."

Xayavong has been a lieutenant and captain at the fire department and in the past year was interim acting fire chief while the city conducted a national search to fill the role.

In the past year, she has led the transition from fire and paramedic staff serving 12-hour shifts to 24-hour shifts, and began the design process for extensive building renovations.


Drake taps first woman to lead board of directors
Drake University announced that Peggy Fisher, a 1970 alumna, has been named chair of the university’s board of trustees. Fisher, CEO of the Stelter Co. in Des Moines, will be the first woman to lead Drake’s governing board in the university’s 138-year history when her term as chair begins on July 1. She has served on the board since 2006. "Peggy has exceptional vision, and she has made a tremendous impact as one of our longest-serving board members," said Drake President Marty Martin. Fisher first became re-involved with Drake when she was asked to serve on a committee to help boost attendance at women’s basketball games. She subsequently served on the President’s Circle board, which she eventually chaired, before being asked to join the board of trustees. Fisher and her husband, Larry Stelter, have supported Drake through several important philanthropic efforts.

In celebration of Des Moines’ (former) flag
Confluence Brewing Co. and Flag of Des Moines have paired up for a Flag Day celebration from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the brewery located at 1235 Thomas Beck Road. Confluence will release a special-edition can of its Des Moines IPA that features a photo of the original flag of Des Moines that was flown from 1974 to 2008. Flag of Des Moines is a grassroots effort aimed at bringing back the original city flag, which represented the city’s bridges and rivers.

A Closer Look: Susan Bunz
Shortly after Susan Bunz was laid off in 2014 from DuPont Pioneer, she got a call from Jerry Armstrong, board chair of Meals from the Heartland, encouraging her to join the nonprofit with which she had frequently volunteered. She was hired as executive director in March 2015, succeeding Dave Bradley when he retired. "What I loved was there are clear similarities between Pioneer [now Corteva Agriscience] feeding the world and our mission at Meals from the Heartland of feeding the world," Bunz said. Read more

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Tasty Tacos claims trademark infringement in lawsuit
Des Moines Register: Tasty Tacos, a locally owned company known for its fried-flour tacos, filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against an Ohio-based company for its "Wicked Tasty Taco" seasoning, saying it conflicts with its name. Tasty Tacos Inc. last week sued More Than Gourmet, the company that produces and distributes the Wicked Tasty Taco seasoning. Tasty Tacos is seeking an injunction to stop the company's use of Wicked Tasty Taco, Tasty Tacos and other similar names.

Railcar refurbishing plant will bring 263 jobs to Clarksville
Radio Iowa: A Dallas-based company specializing in railcar renovation and manufacturing plans to build a new plant near the Butler County town of Clarksville in northeast Iowa. The plant will start with 263 jobs, and the company plans to grow to 500 total employees. Most will be welders and painters.

Today’s extra briefs:
- Wells Fargo CEO search drags on as two top candidates take a pass (Wall Street Journal)
- Many breakfast cereals still contaminated by weedkiller, environmental group says (CNN)

Lyft's wheelchair controversy: When ride-hailing falls short

Fast Company: The rise of ride-hailing and the decline of the taxi business has led to fewer wheelchair-accessible vehicles.

Aug. 27: First Gentleman BBQ
Host: Terrace Hill Partnership
About: Join Iowa's first gentleman, Kevin Reynolds, for a summer barbecue at Terrace Hill. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Terrace Hill Partnership, a nonprofit organization that supports conservation and restoration projects for the Terrace Hill building and grounds.
When: 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Where: Terrace Hill
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Steve King not allowed on Air Force One for Trump's trip to Iowa
Rep. Steve King, the Iowa Republican who was stripped of his congressional committee assignments earlier this year, was not allowed to fly aboard Air Force One on Tuesday as President Donald Trump traveled to Iowa, two GOP officials say. King, who represents the state's 4th District in western Iowa, asked the White House to join the president's entourage, but administration officials rejected the request, two officials familiar with the matter told CNN. Republican Sens. Joni Ernst of Iowa and Deb Fischer of Nebraska joined Trump aboard Air Force One. Ernst had not been planning to travel with the president, citing her voting schedule, but ended up flying to Iowa with Trump. Read more
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