Quentin Hope http://hppr.org en Brownback asserts a “Kansas Purpose” in NYT interview http://hppr.org/post/brownback-asserts-kansas-purpose-nyt-interview <p></p> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 06:00:02 +0000 Quentin Hope 28077 at http://hppr.org Brownback asserts a “Kansas Purpose” in NYT interview One day to close the gap … http://hppr.org/post/one-day-close-gap <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There’s still time to help meet HPPR’s goal of raising $50,000 in December in order to cover sharp cuts in government support and end this year without a deficit.&nbsp; Contribute now by clicking the red “</span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="https://secure.publicbroadcasting.net/hppr/default/form.pledgemain" target="_blank">SUPPORT&nbsp;</a></strong><strong style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="https://secure.publicbroadcasting.net/hppr/default/form.pledgemain" target="_blank">HPPR</a></strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">”</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> button above. Or mail your check dated by the </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">31</span><sup>st</sup><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> to: HPPR, 210 N 7th Street, Garden City, KS, 67846.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We’d also be happy&nbsp;to discuss a contribution by phone during business hours at 800-678-7444 or answer an email sent to Deb Oyler, Executive Director, at&nbsp;</span><a href="mailto:director@hppr.org?subject=end%20of%20year%20giving" style="line-height: 1.5;">director@hppr.org</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;or Ben Brandow, Member Services Manager, at&nbsp;</span><a href="mailto:bbrandow@hppr.org?subject=end%20of%20year%20giving" style="line-height: 1.5;">bbrandow@hppr.org</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.&nbsp; Thank you for your consideration and support.</span></p><p> Mon, 30 Dec 2013 06:28:05 +0000 Quentin Hope 26159 at http://hppr.org Ray Price remembered: reflective interviews and stories http://hppr.org/post/ray-price-remembered-reflective-interviews-and-stories <p>Ray Price was a true pioneer of county music – the living link from Hank Williams to the country music of today who bridged Texas honky-tonk and country crooning&nbsp;and introduced the shuffle beat and walking bass line.</p><p>NPR produced some fine remembrances of Ray Price this week that are worth a listen.</p> Sat, 21 Dec 2013 15:15:16 +0000 Quentin Hope 25873 at http://hppr.org Ray Price remembered: reflective interviews and stories All-day kindergarten funding may be common ground http://hppr.org/post/all-day-kindergarten-funding-may-be-common-ground <p>While the Kansas legislature and local school districts may be at odds over school funding, there may be common ground in a proposal to fund full-day kindergarten, according to a <a href="http://www.kansas.com/2013/12/16/3183225/brownback-to-seek-funds-for-all.html">story from the Wichita Eagle.</a>&nbsp; The state now funds only half-days.</p><p> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 14:49:40 +0000 Quentin Hope 25710 at http://hppr.org All-day kindergarten funding may be common ground HPPR Christmas Programming http://hppr.org/post/hppr-christmas-programming <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Following 33 years of tradition, High Plains Public Radio again offers listeners across the High Plains an entire schedule of wonderful Christmas programing of music, word and memories from across centuries of Christmas traditions. &nbsp;<strong><a href="http://hppr.org/topic/hppr-christmas-programming" target="_blank">Click here</a></strong> to see the full rundown of the programs, including links to further information, playlists, printed programs and options to listen anytime on-line.&nbsp; To download a printable calendar of all the programs,&nbsp;<a href="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/hppr/files/201311/2013_HPPR_Holiday_Programs_Full_3.pdf" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162);" target="_blank"><strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">click here</strong></a>. &nbsp;We at HPPR wish you a Merry Christmas&nbsp;and&nbsp;hope these program offerings add to your enjoyment, reflections and memories.</p><p> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 05:57:08 +0000 Quentin Hope 25713 at http://hppr.org HPPR Christmas Programming Going the extra mile with HPPR http://hppr.org/post/going-extra-mile-hppr <p>HPPR tries to go the extra mile for you, all year long.&nbsp; By operating a network of 21 stations HPPR is able to serve you in your community and in your travels across the High Plains region.&nbsp; There are real costs to power and maintain this network, expenses that are far higher per capita than an urban public radio station reaching millions of people with a single transmitter.&nbsp;</p><p>We hope you’ll take a moment before the end of year to go the extra mile in supporting HPPR and the costs of its service to you and your community.&nbsp; Just click on the red “<strong><a href="https://secure.publicbroadcasting.net/hppr/default/form.pledgemain">SUPPORT </a></strong><strong><a href="https://secure.publicbroadcasting.net/hppr/default/form.pledgemain">HPPR</a></strong>” button above.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 05:44:52 +0000 Quentin Hope 25712 at http://hppr.org Going the extra mile with HPPR THANKSgiving in the Panhandle and ThanksGIVing in Kansas – speaking of food on the High Plains http://hppr.org/post/thanksgiving-panhandle-and-thanksgiving-kansas-speaking-food-high-plains <p>If you live in the Texas Panhandle you’re more likely to be discussing plans for THANKSgiving rather than ThanksGIVing, as you might it Kansas.&nbsp; There’s commonality in how we speak across the High Plains but also differences.&nbsp; Click through the slide show above to view some food-related differences in pronunciation and usage across the region.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 07:01:00 +0000 Quentin Hope 24642 at http://hppr.org THANKSgiving in the Panhandle and ThanksGIVing in Kansas – speaking of food on the High Plains A Choral Christmas with Stile Antico - Sunday, Dec 22 at 10 am CT http://hppr.org/post/choral-christmas-stile-antico-sunday-dec-22-10-am-ct <p>Celebrate Christmas with the sound of soaring voices. Stile Antico, the award-winning choir from London, pays a visit to St. Paul's Church on Harvard Square for a concert of radiant sacred music for the Christmas season by the most acclaimed composers of the renaissance. Hear the group's luminous blend of voices sing the intricately woven music of Thomas Tallis and William Byrd. Hosted by Cathy Fuller of WGBH.</p> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 04:12:00 +0000 Quentin Hope 9688 at http://hppr.org A Choral Christmas with Stile Antico - Sunday, Dec 22 at 10 am CT Where we don't speak the same language across the High Plains http://hppr.org/post/where-we-dont-speak-same-language-across-high-plains <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We think of the High Plains as a region with a common geography, environment and economy.&nbsp; But there are differences in language and dialect.&nbsp; In some cases Panhandle Texans talk like other Texans and in others case they speak more like western </span>Kansans<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.&nbsp; And in still other cases there are differences once you cross the state line into eastern Colorado. &nbsp;Browse through the dialect maps below to see some of these distinctions. &nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 06:43:15 +0000 Quentin Hope 23290 at http://hppr.org Where we don't speak the same language across the High Plains Expand the beef industry to get more value from the Ogallala? http://hppr.org/post/expand-beef-industry-get-more-value-ogallala <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">With the </span>Ogallala<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> aquifer declining, there&rsquo;s the inevitable question of how best to use the water remaining.&nbsp; A recent study from Texas A&amp;M suggests one answer: </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">expand</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> the cattle production and processing industries and rely on bringing in more &ldquo;imported&rdquo; grain and the &ldquo;virtual&rdquo; water it brings to the region.</span></p><p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 04:18:11 +0000 Quentin Hope 22327 at http://hppr.org Expand the beef industry to get more value from the Ogallala? Amarillo facility avoids the “helium cliff” http://hppr.org/post/amarillo-facility-avoids-helium-cliff <p>Amarillo&rsquo;s Federal Helium Reserve got a reprieve Thursday as the Senate unanimously approved a bill extending the reserve, a day after the House approved the measure, also unanimously. Without the legislation, the facility would have been forced to shut down on October 7<sup>th</sup> under older legislation.&nbsp; The reserve provides 42% of the country&rsquo;s helium and 35% of the world&rsquo;s.</p> Fri, 27 Sep 2013 14:52:20 +0000 Quentin Hope 22185 at http://hppr.org Amarillo facility avoids the “helium cliff” What was your county’s crop insurance payout in 2012? http://hppr.org/post/what-was-your-county-s-crop-insurance-payout-2012 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>At $200 per acre, Trego County, KS topped the list of High Plains counties in per acre crop insurance payments in 2012.&nbsp; Other top counties were Wallace County, KS at $157 per acre and Rawlins County, KS at $127 per acre.&nbsp; All three are in Northwest Kansas.&nbsp; At the bottom is the list was Hemphill County, TX in the northeast corner of the Panhandle with just $1 per acre on only 13,400 planted acres.</p> Fri, 06 Sep 2013 05:50:00 +0000 Quentin Hope 21240 at http://hppr.org What was your county’s crop insurance payout in 2012? The "digital divide" in now about adoption http://hppr.org/post/digital-divide-now-about-adoption <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The “digital divide” between urban and rural areas used to be all about </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">access</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> to broadband internet service.&nbsp; Today it is much more about </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">adoption</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> where access is now available.&nbsp; </span></p> Tue, 03 Sep 2013 05:48:03 +0000 Quentin Hope 21071 at http://hppr.org The "digital divide" in now about adoption The gossip on states http://hppr.org/post/gossip-states <p>Side-by-side Kansas and Colorado were ranked first as having “the worst” and “the most beautiful” scenery in the country, respectively, according to a recent poll by <a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/">Business Insider</a>.&nbsp; It is not clear whether eastern Colorado was considered part of Kansas or Colorado by the poll respondents.</p> Mon, 02 Sep 2013 17:12:00 +0000 Quentin Hope 20994 at http://hppr.org The gossip on states Clash of cultures or straight-up massacre? http://hppr.org/post/clash-cultures-or-straight-massacre <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Nearly 150 years later, the Sand Creek Massacre remains a wound that has not yet fully healed.&nbsp; This is evident in the recent closing of a permanent exhibit at the </span><a href="http://www.historycolorado.org/museums/history-colorado-center" style="line-height: 1.5;">History Colorado Center</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in Denver exploring the 1864 massacre as part of its </span><a href="http://www.historycoloradocenter.org/families/coloradostories" style="line-height: 1.5;">Colorado Stories</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> section.&nbsp; The closing was prompted by concerns of Cheyenne and Arapaho tribal members over aspects of the exhibit’s interpretation and the lack of prior consultation, according to a </span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_23959631/history-colorado-center-closes-sand-creek-massacre-display" target="_blank">complete story in the Denver Post</a></strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.&nbsp; A reopening is pending the state and tribes reaching a consensus on the exhibit.</span> Fri, 30 Aug 2013 05:00:01 +0000 Quentin Hope 20940 at http://hppr.org Clash of cultures or straight-up massacre? Projecting the future of the Ogallala Aquifer http://hppr.org/post/projecting-future-ogallala-aquifer <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In 1960 just 3 percent of the&nbsp;</span>Ogallala<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;aquifer under Western Kansas had been tapped.&nbsp; By 2010 it was 30 percent.&nbsp; By 2060 it will be 69 percent.&nbsp; And once depleted, it will take 500-1,300 years to completely refill.&nbsp; These projections are all from a recently issued, comprehensive, four year study from Kansas State University.&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 29 Aug 2013 05:00:01 +0000 Quentin Hope 20875 at http://hppr.org Projecting the future of the Ogallala Aquifer Drought improvements in August but unlikely in the fall http://hppr.org/post/drought-improvements-august-unlikely-fall <p>The High Plains are continuing to benefit from a stalled weather front along lower sections of the central Plains, which is serving as a focus for continued precipitation.&nbsp; As a result, the monthly drought outlook map from the <a href="http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/expert_assessment/monthly_drought.html">Climate Prediction Center</a> (see first slide above) shows improvement across the HPPR coverage area though August.</p> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 05:00:01 +0000 Quentin Hope 20192 at http://hppr.org Drought improvements in August but unlikely in the fall Texans picture the drought http://hppr.org/post/texans-picture-drought <p>Drought conditions are long familiar to the Texas Panhandle and are now becoming well known to other parts of the state.&nbsp; The most recent <a href="http://www.twdb.texas.gov/surfacewater/conditions/drought/doc/Weekly_Drought_report.pdf">drought report</a> from the Texas Water Development Board shows that 97 percent of the state is now experiencing some level of drought. Wed, 14 Aug 2013 04:00:00 +0000 Quentin Hope 20193 at http://hppr.org Texans picture the drought Good rains or dry as ever? http://hppr.org/post/good-rains-or-dry-ever <p>You may think that we’ve had good rainfall in recent weeks.&nbsp; Or you might feel it’s been as dry as ever.&nbsp; Across the High Plains either situation could be the case.&nbsp; While the latest drought maps shows general improvement across the region, a closer look shows a very hit or miss picture with the percentage of normal precipitation varying widely from locale to locale.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 12 Aug 2013 05:09:05 +0000 Quentin Hope 20083 at http://hppr.org Good rains or dry as ever? Immigration stories, caricatures and stereotypes at the Stauth Museum http://hppr.org/post/immigration-stories-caricatures-and-stereotypes-stauth-museum <p>Two traveling exhibits, one featuring personal stories of Kanas’ immigration history and the other the role of caricature and stereotype in forming American values and attitudes about immigration, are now on exhibit at the <a href="http://www.stauthmemorialmuseum.org/index.php" target="_blank">Stauth Memorial Museum</a> in Montezuma KS.&nbsp; As part of the exhibition, a presentation and discussion on “Ethnic Labor and Small Towns on the Rock Island Rail Line” will be led by <a href="http://www.k-state.edu/history/chapman/staff.html" target="_blank">M.J. Thu, 08 Aug 2013 05:00:01 +0000 Quentin Hope 19906 at http://hppr.org Immigration stories, caricatures and stereotypes at the Stauth Museum Location matters in climbing the income ladder http://hppr.org/post/location-matters-climbing-income-ladder <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The plains states rank well generally for income mobility according to a </span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://www.equality-of-opportunity.org/" target="_blank">new study</a></strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;considered to be the most comprehensive yet on the subject.&nbsp; Based on millions of anonymous income records, the study by </span><a href="http://www.equality-of-opportunity.org/index.php/the-team" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">leading economists</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> found four primary factors correlated with higher income mobility in an area:&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">a larger and more dispersed local middle class, more two-parent households, better elementary schools and high schools, and more civic engagement, including membership in religious and community groups.</span></p><p> Mon, 29 Jul 2013 03:28:09 +0000 Quentin Hope 19448 at http://hppr.org Location matters in climbing the income ladder The “unhomesteading” of the plains http://hppr.org/post/unhomesteading-plains <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A father with Alzheimer’s alone on the farm.&nbsp; A </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">swindling</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> banker.&nbsp; The school bully now grown-up as the local drug dealer.&nbsp; A bleak, fictional town set in eastern Colorado.&nbsp; The </span>“unhomesteading”<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> of the plains.&nbsp; These are all elements of Greg Hill’s new novel </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">East of Denver</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p> Thu, 18 Jul 2013 05:00:00 +0000 Quentin Hope 18942 at http://hppr.org The “unhomesteading” of the plains KS ranks 2nd, Texas gains in state highway rankings http://hppr.org/post/ks-ranks-2nd-texas-gains-state-highway-rankings <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Kansas ranks second overall in a comprehensive annual report on state highway performance.&nbsp; Texas ranked </span>11<sup>th</sup><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, up from 17th place in 2007.&nbsp; Oklahoma and Colorado trailed far behind at </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">38</span><sup>th</sup><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">41</span><sup>st</sup><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, respectively.</span></p><p> Mon, 08 Jul 2013 04:07:57 +0000 Quentin Hope 18436 at http://hppr.org KS ranks 2nd, Texas gains in state highway rankings A poem for a hot day on the High Plains http://hppr.org/post/poem-hot-day-high-plains <p>Poet Mary Lee Hahn offers a short poem that reflects on tourists eyeing the High Plains from I-70 and defines "a good, soaking rain".</p><p> Tue, 25 Jun 2013 16:17:34 +0000 Quentin Hope 17863 at http://hppr.org A poem for a hot day on the High Plains CO bests NE, KS, TX and OK in overall senior health http://hppr.org/post/co-bests-ne-ks-tx-and-ok-overall-senior-health <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Colorado ranks </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">8</span><sup>th</sup><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Nebraska </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">14</span><sup>th</sup>, <span style="line-height: 1.5;">Kansas </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">18</span><sup>th</sup><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Texas </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">39</span><sup>th</sup><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and Oklahoma </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">49</span><sup>th</sup><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in overall senior health according to the </span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://www.americashealthrankings.org/senior/all/2013">2013 America’s Health Rankings® Senior Report</a></strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. &nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span> Thu, 13 Jun 2013 17:59:32 +0000 Quentin Hope 17158 at http://hppr.org CO bests NE, KS, TX and OK in overall senior health States ponder the "right to farm" http://hppr.org/post/states-ponder-right-farm <p></p><p>Some farmers are feeling a bit defensive – or put-upon -- these days. Take the recent experiences of Bob Young, for instance.&nbsp; The 69 year old raises 36-hundred hogs on the land where he grew up near Rochester in central Illinois. &nbsp;When he was getting ready to build a hog confinement facility seven years ago some area residents, concerned about the potential smell of the place, filed suit. &nbsp;A court order stopped construction for 18 months.</p> Wed, 05 Jun 2013 05:01:00 +0000 Quentin Hope 16945 at http://hppr.org States ponder the "right to farm" Christmas Day special programming http://hppr.org/post/christmas-day-special-programming <p></p><p>Stay tuned to HPPR throughout Christmas Day and enjoy a full schedule of special programs drawn from the greatest Christmas traditions of music and words spanning the centuries of time and the continents of the world.</p> Fri, 21 Dec 2012 06:14:03 +0000 Quentin Hope 10271 at http://hppr.org Christmas Day special programming Christmas Eve special programming http://hppr.org/post/christmas-eve-special-programming <p>Keep HPPR with you this Christmas Eve and enjoy a full schedule of special programs drawn from the greatest Christmas traditions of music and words spanning the centuries of time and the continents of the world.</p> Fri, 21 Dec 2012 01:25:23 +0000 Quentin Hope 10264 at http://hppr.org Christmas Eve special programming HPPR on/off-air on Thursday between 1 and 3 pm CT http://hppr.org/post/hppr-onoff-air-thursday-between-1-and-3-pm-ct <p>Most of HPPR's&nbsp;network of stations will be on-and-off the air on Thursday, December 6th between 1 and 3 pm CT due to required maintenance work. &nbsp;During this time technicians from the Public Radio Satellite Service will be making adjustments and upgrades to satellite system that&nbsp;HPPR uses to distribute programming to its 21 FM stations. &nbsp;The most likely period for being off-air will be between 1:30 and 2:30 &nbsp;pm. Wed, 05 Dec 2012 22:13:12 +0000 Quentin Hope 9652 at http://hppr.org Explore the archives of the Dust Bowl http://hppr.org/post/explore-archives-dust-bowl <p>Books and films about the Dust Bowl era, including Ken Burn’s new documentary <em><a href="http://www.pbs.org/kenburns/dustbowl/" target="_blank">The Dust Bowl</a></em>, draw heavily from the deep archive of photographs and films created by the Resettlement Administration and Farm Security Administration from 1935-1942.&nbsp; You can peruse this collection yourself at the Library of Congress’ <strong><a href="http://www.loc.gov/pictures/collection/fsa/" target="_blank">online catalogue of the collection</a>.</strong> &nbsp;The catalogue is indexed and easily searchable by place names and su Sat, 01 Dec 2012 22:27:08 +0000 Quentin Hope 9041 at http://hppr.org Explore the archives of the Dust Bowl