Cindee Talley http://hppr.org en Western Kansas drought scars run deep http://hppr.org/post/western-kansas-drought-scars-run-deep <p>Even if you had no idea western Kansas was in the midst of a long-term drought, the scars are hard to miss.&nbsp; Corrals and roads are drifted with tumbleweeds.&nbsp; Irrigation ditches are bone dry.&nbsp; Fence rows are filled with drifted sand, and grass in the pastures has disappeared according to <a href="http://kansasagland.com/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=9447:drought-scars-evident-on-the-western-kansas-landscape&amp;catid=35:state-ag-news&amp;Itemid=84">a recent article from Kansas Agland</a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 05:00:02 +0000 Cindee Talley 30617 at http://hppr.org Western Kansas drought scars run deep Kale: Everything old is new again http://hppr.org/post/kale-everything-old-new-again <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There’s an old song, “Everything old is new again.”&nbsp; This year a portion of Skip’s vegetable garden will be on the cutting edge of the latest culinary style.&nbsp; In addition to featuring some heritage tomatoes and watermelons from the 1800s, she’s decided to add some kale seeds to the patch of greens that traditionally provide the makings of her summer salads.&nbsp; If you haven’t been to the produce section recently, here’s an update on what’s hot and what’s not.</span></p><p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 05:00:03 +0000 Cindee Talley 30545 at http://hppr.org Kale: Everything old is new again ‘August: Osage County’ reveals Oklahoma film rebates are “bad business” http://hppr.org/post/august-osage-county-reveals-oklahoma-film-rebates-are-bad-business <p></p><p>Oklahoma State Rep. David Dank says a recently released report the Oklahoma Department of Commerce shows legislative film rebates are a “bad deal” according to a <a href="http://kgou.org/post/dank-oklahoma-wasted-42m-august-osage-county">recent story from KGOU</a>.</p><p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 05:00:03 +0000 Cindee Talley 30546 at http://hppr.org ‘August: Osage County’ reveals Oklahoma film rebates are “bad business” Own your very own Texas oil well http://hppr.org/post/own-your-very-own-texas-oil-well <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Lone Star State has always been willing to gamble on oil and gas drilling.&nbsp; The bets are big, and the latest boom has mostly been the work of companies and investors with plenty of capital.&nbsp; A new Texas company could change that.&nbsp; For a minimum investment of $80,000 you can own your very own oil well </span><a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/texas/2014/04/03/giddy-up-now-you-can-own-your-own-oil-well/" style="line-height: 1.5;">reported StateImpact Texas.</a></p><p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 05:00:03 +0000 Cindee Talley 30549 at http://hppr.org Own your very own Texas oil well Amarillo: Town Square Village is more than another development http://hppr.org/post/amarillo-town-square-village-more-another-development <p></p><p>Town Square Village is a four-square-mile piece of southwest Amarillo with a vision of being more than another development.&nbsp; The multimillion-dollar expansion will be an “urban landscape where apartment dwellers live above stores and restaurants in a pedestrian-friendly community core surrounded by row houses and suburbs of single-family homes,” according to a <a href="http://amarillo.com/news/latest-news/2014-04-12/town-square-village-changes-face-amarillos-southwest">recent article in the Amarillo Globe-News</a>.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 05:00:03 +0000 Cindee Talley 30501 at http://hppr.org Amarillo: Town Square Village is more than another development Oklahoma: Lone Democrat joins US 3rd District race http://hppr.org/post/oklahoma-lone-democrat-joins-us-3rd-district-race <p></p><p>Lone Democrat, Frankie Lee Robbins, wants to unseat 10-term U.S. Rep Frank Lucas in Oklahoma’s 3<sup>rd</sup> Congressional District according to The Republic.</p><p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 05:00:03 +0000 Cindee Talley 30502 at http://hppr.org Oklahoma: Lone Democrat joins US 3rd District race Texas Panhandle: First hantavirus case of 2014 http://hppr.org/post/texas-panhandle-first-hantavirus-case-2014 <p></p><p>A Swisher County resident is the first case of Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome in Texas this year according to a recent <a href="http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/news/releases/20140410.aspx">news release from the Texas Department of State Health Services</a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 05:00:02 +0000 Cindee Talley 30470 at http://hppr.org Texas Panhandle: First hantavirus case of 2014 Labeling accident proves fake meat taste is improving http://hppr.org/post/labeling-accident-proves-fake-meat-taste-improving <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The taste of vegetarian meat substitute is improving.&nbsp; It’s so good, in fact, that consumers couldn’t tell if they were eating meat substitute or chicken in a salad product from Whole Foods.&nbsp; The labels on the products were inadvertently switched.&nbsp; Whole Foods had to recall the item not because of consumer complaints, but federal labeling requirements.&nbsp; Consumers eating the plant protein substitute were inadvertently exposed to soy and eggs, which are allergens requiring labeling according to a <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/03/business/meat-alternatives-on-the-plate-and-in-the-portfolio.html?_r=0">recent article in the New York Times.</a></span></p><p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 05:00:03 +0000 Cindee Talley 30287 at http://hppr.org Labeling accident proves fake meat taste is improving Water Basics 101 http://hppr.org/post/water-basics-101 <p></p><p>Math helps us understand the causes of water shortages, how much water we’re wasting, as well as predict flooding.&nbsp; The big picture can be seen when you grasp how much water is falling as rain or snow, moving into rivers or aquifers, and how much is being used in cities, industry and farms. &nbsp;An explanation of the current water situation from the National Geographic can be found <a href="http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2014/03/28/to-understand-water-learn-the-math/">here</a>.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 05:00:03 +0000 Cindee Talley 30239 at http://hppr.org Water Basics 101 Southeastern Colorado: Small community gambles economic future on casinos http://hppr.org/post/southeastern-colorado-small-community-gambles-economic-future-casinos <p></p><p>The Kiowa County oil and gas boom has tanked, and now the small community of Eads is putting its economic development bets on casino gambling according to a <a href="http://www.denverpost.com/business/ci_25378256/dealt-bad-hand-oil-and-gas-kiowa-county">recent article from the Denver Post</a>.&nbsp; Mon, 07 Apr 2014 05:00:03 +0000 Cindee Talley 30055 at http://hppr.org Southeastern Colorado: Small community gambles economic future on casinos Tumbleweeds drift across the High Plains causing havoc http://hppr.org/post/tumbleweeds-drift-across-high-plains-causing-havoc <p></p><p>Prolonged drought, bursts of high winds, and untimely rain is a recipe for an explosion of tumbleweeds across the rolling plains of southeastern Colorado, parts of New Mexico and the Texas Panhandle said a recent article in <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/03/27/us-usa-tumbleweeds-idUSBREA2Q14E20140327">Reuters</a>.</p><p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 05:00:03 +0000 Cindee Talley 29952 at http://hppr.org Tumbleweeds drift across the High Plains causing havoc Last dance for Kansas Polka Lovers Klub http://hppr.org/post/last-dance-kansas-polka-lovers-klub <p></p><p>After 31 years, the Kansas chapter of the Polka Lovers Klub has schottisched for the last time to the steady oom-pah-pah beat.&nbsp; Membership has been declining, volunteers willing to serve as officers were hard to find, and most dancers are over 70 years old.</p><p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 05:00:03 +0000 Cindee Talley 29904 at http://hppr.org Last dance for Kansas Polka Lovers Klub Carson County Texas: Pantex plant under new management http://hppr.org/post/carson-county-texas-pantex-plant-under-new-management <p></p><p>Consolidated Nuclear Security is the new Pantex Plant Contractor according to a <a href="http://amarillo.com/news/local-news/2014-03-26/new-pantex-contractor-provides-transition-timeline">recent article in the Amarillo Globe-News</a>.&nbsp; The Government Accountability Office rejected the third contract protest by a representative of Babcock and Wilcox Co. who currently operate the Carson County nuclear weapons plant.</p><p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 05:00:02 +0000 Cindee Talley 29897 at http://hppr.org Carson County Texas: Pantex plant under new management Kansas: Wildlife and conservation bills spur strong emotions http://hppr.org/post/kansas-wildlife-and-conservation-bills-spur-strong-emotions <p></p><p>Legislative action to revoke the Kansas Endangered Species Act and another bill to prevent landowners from locking their property indefinitely into conservation programs are firing up conservationists <a href="http://www.kansas.com/2014/03/30/3376922/wildlife-conservation-bills-stir.html">reported the Wichita Eagle.</a></p><p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 05:00:03 +0000 Cindee Talley 29836 at http://hppr.org Kansas: Wildlife and conservation bills spur strong emotions Kansas joins Oklahoma’s lawsuit over federal listing of lesser prairie chicken as threatened http://hppr.org/post/kansas-joins-oklahoma-s-lawsuit-over-federal-listing-lesser-prairie-chicken-threatened <p></p><p>Gov. Sam Brownback recently announced that Kansas is joining a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over the designation of the lesser prairie chicken as a threatened species according to a <a href="http://www.kansas.com/2014/03/28/3373285/kansas-will-join-lawsuit-over.html">recent article in the Wichita Eagle.</a></p><p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 05:00:02 +0000 Cindee Talley 29835 at http://hppr.org Kansas joins Oklahoma’s lawsuit over federal listing of lesser prairie chicken as threatened Oklahoma Oil Executive Doesn’t Think Oil and Gas Tax Cuts are Needed http://hppr.org/post/oklahoma-oil-executive-doesn-t-think-oil-and-gas-tax-cuts-are-needed <p></p><p>The Kaiser-Francis Oil Company is like other Oklahoma energy empires in many ways.&nbsp; It’s been created by entrepreneurs who pulled themselves up by the bootstraps.&nbsp; It’s ruled by a billionaire CEO who has weather storms of controversy and showers of praise, but the Tulsa-based exploration and production company is different.&nbsp; It isn’t pushing for oil and gas tax cuts according to a <a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/oklahoma/2014/03/27/why-one-oklahoma-oil-executive-doesnt-think-oil-and-gas-tax-cuts-are-needed/">recent article from StateImpact Oklahoma</a>.</p><p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 05:00:04 +0000 Cindee Talley 29726 at http://hppr.org Oklahoma Oil Executive Doesn’t Think Oil and Gas Tax Cuts are Needed App Competition Underway in Colorado http://hppr.org/post/app-competition-underway-colorado <p></p><p>Recently programmers from five Colorado cities began competing against each other to create apps with a goal of putting to use massive amounts of public data sitting in virtual file drawers of government agencies <a href="http://www.cpr.org/news/story/colorado-kicks-programming-contest-better-use-civic-data">reported Elaine Grant for Colorado Matters.</a></p><p> Sat, 29 Mar 2014 18:25:00 +0000 Cindee Talley 29729 at http://hppr.org App Competition Underway in Colorado Despite National Efforts, Texas isn’t supportive of GMO labeling http://hppr.org/post/despite-national-efforts-texas-isn-t-supportive-gmo-labeling <p></p><p>Eric Herm is one of a small group of farmers and environmental advocates pushing for labeling of GMO products in Texas according to a <a href="http://www.texastribune.org/2014/03/24/despite-efforts-texas-not-interested-gmo-labeling/">recent article in the Texas Tribune</a>.&nbsp;</p><p> Sat, 29 Mar 2014 05:00:03 +0000 Cindee Talley 29725 at http://hppr.org Despite National Efforts, Texas isn’t supportive of GMO labeling Kansas: Renewable energy repeal stalled out http://hppr.org/post/kansas-renewable-energy-repeal-stalled-out <p></p><p>The Kansas House rejected a bill to repeal the state’s renewable energy standards.&nbsp; <a href="http://www.kansaspublicradio.org/news/statehouse-news/8368-ks-house-rejects-bill-to-repeal-renewable-standards">Kansas Public Radio</a> reported the vote was 44-77.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 05:00:03 +0000 Cindee Talley 29674 at http://hppr.org Kansas: Renewable energy repeal stalled out KDOT agrees to landmark-saving compromise http://hppr.org/post/kdot-agrees-landmark-saving-compromise <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A compromise of a 16-foot median is the solution to US Highway 50 expansion between Dodge City and Cimarron, Kansas </span><a href="http://www.dodgeglobe.com/article/20140325/News/140329621" style="line-height: 1.5;">reported the Dodge City Daily Globe</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 05:00:03 +0000 Cindee Talley 29675 at http://hppr.org KDOT agrees to landmark-saving compromise How drought, cattle, and Crimea affect Texas cotton farming http://hppr.org/post/how-drought-cattle-and-crimea-affect-texas-cotton-farming <p></p><p>Farmers across the high plains are faced with planting choices every year.&nbsp; This year Texas farmers are wondering if corn, cotton, or sorghum will make the most money <a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/texas/2014/03/24/what-drought-cattle-and-crimea-have-to-do-with-texas-cotton-farming/">according to StateImpact Texas</a>.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 05:00:03 +0000 Cindee Talley 29641 at http://hppr.org How drought, cattle, and Crimea affect Texas cotton farming Western Kansas thriving despite national slump http://hppr.org/post/western-kansas-thriving-despite-national-slump <p></p><p>There’s work in western Kansas.&nbsp; The region hasn’t seen a decline like the rest of the country said a <a href="http://www.rfdtv.com/story/25032530/kansas-town-maintains-low-unemployment-despite-national-trends">recent article in RFD-TV Magazine</a>.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 05:00:03 +0000 Cindee Talley 29590 at http://hppr.org Western Kansas thriving despite national slump On the roads: Trucks transporting wind farm parts from Kansas and Iowa to the Texas Panhandle http://hppr.org/post/roads-trucks-transporting-wind-farm-parts-kansas-and-iowa-texas-panhandle <p></p><p>Pattern Energy is moving components from Hutchinson and Abilene, Kansas, as well as Iowa, to the Texas Panhandle.&nbsp; Sections of towers that hold the large blades in the air and the narcelles that hold the equipment that makes electricity from the turning blades are transported by trucks pulling specially built trailers.&nbsp; The components are headed for two projects located north of Amarillo.</p><p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 05:00:03 +0000 Cindee Talley 29596 at http://hppr.org On the roads: Trucks transporting wind farm parts from Kansas and Iowa to the Texas Panhandle Endangered species settlements prompt lawsuit by Oklahoma AG and energy group http://hppr.org/post/endangered-species-settlements-prompt-lawsuit-oklahoma-ag-and-energy-group <p></p><p>The Oklahoma Attorney General and the Domestic Energy Producers Alliance recently filed a lawsuit against the Department of the Interior and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for “colluding” with environmental groups to bypass public procedures for rule-making to enact endangered species regulations said <a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/oklahoma/2014/03/18/oklahoma-ag-and-energy-group-sue-u-s-government-over-endangered-species-settlements/">a recent article by StateImpact Oklahoma</a>.</p><p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 05:00:02 +0000 Cindee Talley 29579 at http://hppr.org Endangered species settlements prompt lawsuit by Oklahoma AG and energy group Texas: Lake Meredith still generating revenue despite low water levels http://hppr.org/post/texas-lake-meredith-still-generating-revenue-despite-low-water-levels <p></p><p>The water level is down, and so are the number of people visiting Lake Meredith and the associated Alibates Flint Quarries.&nbsp; However, the sites are still impacting the area’s economy in a positive manner said a <a href="http://amarillo.com/news/latest-news/2014-03-18/recreation-shifts-lake-meredith-drops">recent article in the Amarillo News-Globe.</a></p><p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 05:00:03 +0000 Cindee Talley 29428 at http://hppr.org Texas: Lake Meredith still generating revenue despite low water levels Democratic candidate says Kansas 1st District has lost ag influence and bipartisanship http://hppr.org/post/democratic-candidate-says-kansas-1st-district-has-lost-ag-influence-and-bipartisanship <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Jim Sherow is challenging Rep. Tim&nbsp;Huelskamp to represent the </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">1</span><sup>st</sup><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> District of Kansas.&nbsp; The Democratic hopeful says Huelskamp has lost west Kansas’s influence in the House, especially on agricultural issues </span><a href="http://www.dodgeglobe.com/article/20140318/NEWS/140319270/-1/news" style="line-height: 1.5;">reported the Dodge City Daily Globe</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 05:00:02 +0000 Cindee Talley 29426 at http://hppr.org Democratic candidate says Kansas 1st District has lost ag influence and bipartisanship Judge orders federal commission to add Kansas and Arizona voting requirements http://hppr.org/post/judge-orders-federal-commission-add-kansas-and-arizona-voting-requirements <p></p><p>A Wichita judge ordered the Election Assistance Commission to enforce Kansas and Arizona laws requiring additional documents to prove citizenship for new voters <a href="http://www.kansas.com/2014/03/19/3354746/kansas-arizona-prevail-in-voter.html">reported the Wichita Eagle</a>.</p><p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 05:00:04 +0000 Cindee Talley 29372 at http://hppr.org Judge orders federal commission to add Kansas and Arizona voting requirements First community-owned solar garden comes to Kansas http://hppr.org/post/first-community-owned-solar-garden-comes-kansas <p></p><p>Two energy companies are partnering to build the largest community solar array in Kansas.&nbsp; Community-owned Midwest Energy and community solar developer Clean Energy Collective (CEC) signed an agreement to build a 1-MW community solar photovoltaic array according to a <a href="http://www.utilityproducts.com/articles/elp-archives/2014/03/kansas-to-plant-first-community-owned-solar-farm.html">recent article in Utility Products</a>.</p><p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 05:00:02 +0000 Cindee Talley 29371 at http://hppr.org First community-owned solar garden comes to Kansas Texas regulations could kill bid for Tesla plant http://hppr.org/post/texas-regulations-could-kill-bid-tesla-plant <p></p><p>Texas is one of four finalists trying to reel in Tesla Motors from California.&nbsp; However, the state will not allow the company to sell its upscale electric cars directly to consumers because of long-standing state laws protecting and regulating auto dealerships <a href="http://www.texastribune.org/2014/03/18/regs-could-harm-texas-bid-tesla-battery-plant/?utm_source=texastribune.org&amp;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=Tribune%20Feed:%20Main%20Feed&amp;utm_reader=feedly">according to the Texas Tribune</a>.</p><p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 05:00:04 +0000 Cindee Talley 29311 at http://hppr.org Texas regulations could kill bid for Tesla plant Kansas: The quiet start of tornado season might not last http://hppr.org/post/kansas-quiet-start-tornado-season-might-not-last <p></p><p>Tornado season has begun, and it’s off to a pretty quiet start, but weather officials say that won’t last according to a <a href="http://www.kansas.com/2014/03/14/3346676/weather-officials-expect-a-delayed.html">recent article in the Wichita Eagle</a>.</p><p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 05:00:03 +0000 Cindee Talley 29310 at http://hppr.org Kansas: The quiet start of tornado season might not last