Michele Skalicky

Morning Edition Host

Michele Skalicky has worked at KSMU since the station occupied the old white house at National and Grand. She enjoys working on both the announcing side and in news and has been the recipient of statewide and national awards for news reporting. Michele enjoys hiking, camping, taking an active role in her two girls’ activities and caring for her family’s two guinea pigs, two cats, two dogs and five fish.

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Eagle Days returns to the Springfield Conservation Nature Center tomorrow (1/21) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday (1/22) from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.  Michele Skalicky talks with nature center naturalist, Kim Banner, about the event.

Dickerson Park Zoo will present programs featuring a live eagle every hour on the hour until 3 tomorrow and until 3:30 Sunday, and you can try to spot eagles in the wild at the Lake Springfield Boathouse.  To learn more click here or 888-4237.

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The Community Blood Center of the Ozarks has issued a Code Red alert for two blood types:  O positive and O negative.  The alert means there’s less than a one-day supply in reserve.

According to CBCO spokesman, Chris Pilgrim, recent winter weather has hurt donor turnout and forced the cancellation of some blood drives, resulting in nearly 500 fewer blood donations in the first two weeks of the year.

CBCO is also under a Code Yellow Alert for A Positive and B Negative blood types. 

Pilgrim urges people to give.  He calls the blood supply “critically low.”

CoxHealth

Students in several area schools will soon be able to get a medical diagnosis without leaving the school building.  A Missouri Foundation for Health grant will allow CoxHealth telemedicine to be used in six elementary schools with the goal of reducing absenteeism. 

Over a three-year period, mobile telehealth carts will be placed in schools in Cassville, Forsyth, Monett, Mountain Grove, Ozark and Reeds Spring.  That will allow kids to be seen at school via video for acute ailments such as sore throats, chronic coughs and the flu.

City of Springfield

Springfield-Branson National Airport had more passengers than ever before in 2016.  It was the second year in a row that a record number of people used the airport.  More than 950,000 flew in and out, up 4.3 percent from 2015.

Tom Babik, chairman of the airport’s board of directors, credits what he calls a strong southwest Missouri economy for the increase.  According to Babik, 2016 was the fifth year in a row that passenger numbers at the airport grew. 

MODOT

Starting Friday night, Chestnut Expressway traffic just west of Route 65 in Springfield is set to be shifted to a temporary bypass to make way for a new railroad bridge.

According to the MO Department of Transportation, the result will be increased congestion on Chestnut Expressway while the bridge is under construction. Drivers are asked to find alternate routes until November.  You’ll still be able to access businesses in the area. 

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