HPPR People http://hppr.org en Examining the Kochtopus http://hppr.org/post/examining-kochtopus <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Koch Industries is one of the great success stories of American business.&nbsp; The oil, gas and commodities conglomerate is based in Wichita.&nbsp; It employs more than 100,000 people worldwide and has an annual turnover of about $115 billion.&nbsp; It’s also one of the most unusual companies in its management techniques, enthusiasm for political activism, as well as the intensity of its family feuds according to a recent article in the </span><a href="http://www.economist.com/news/business/21603437-fascinating-peek-inside-successful-and-idiosyncratic-private-company-dissecting" style="line-height: 1.5;">Economist about a new book, “Sons of Wichita,” by Daniel Schulman</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 05:00:01 +0000 Cindee Talley 33160 at http://hppr.org Examining the Kochtopus Boy’s Ranch: Alum’s success proves residential programs can work http://hppr.org/post/boy-s-ranch-alum-s-success-proves-residential-programs-can-work <p></p><p>Angelo McClain is a social worker.&nbsp; He never planned on it, but that’s where the road led.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 05:00:02 +0000 Cindee Talley 33012 at http://hppr.org Boy’s Ranch: Alum’s success proves residential programs can work Dodge City Mom fights to stay in U.S. http://hppr.org/post/dodge-city-mom-fights-stay-us <p></p><p>Vanessa Melendez was six years old when she arrived in the United States.&nbsp; She doesn’t remember much about her life before in Mexico.&nbsp; The Dodge City resident does remember being a teenager and discovering she was in the U.S. illegally when she applied for her first job according to a recent article from the <a href="http://www.dodgeglobe.com/article/20140531/News/140539880#ixzz33t1ksiPh">Dodge City Daily Globe.</a></p><p> Sat, 07 Jun 2014 05:00:01 +0000 Cindee Talley 32863 at http://hppr.org Dodge City Mom fights to stay in U.S. Panhandle native couldn’t let 32,000 families down http://hppr.org/post/panhandle-native-couldn-t-let-32000-families-down <p></p><p>James Welch didn’t plan his career.&nbsp; He just worked hard and did the next thing according to an article from <a href="http://www.wtamu.edu/alumni/phoenix-banquet-welch.aspx">West Texas A&amp;M University</a>.</p><p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 05:00:01 +0000 Cindee Talley 32817 at http://hppr.org Panhandle native couldn’t let 32,000 families down World Renowned Opera Singer Comes Home to WT http://hppr.org/post/world-renowned-opera-singer-comes-home-wt <p></p><p>Emily Pulley has traveled the world doing what she loves—singing.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Pulley’s journey began at West Texas State University.&nbsp; Although she loved to sing, her dad wasn’t sure she could make a living at it, so she planned to earn a master’s degree in English and teach according to an </span><a href="http://www.wtamu.edu/alumni/phoenix-banquet-pulley.aspx" style="line-height: 1.5;">article from WT.</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 05:00:01 +0000 Cindee Talley 32705 at http://hppr.org World Renowned Opera Singer Comes Home to WT Texas Panhandle Farm Boy Makes Good http://hppr.org/post/texas-panhandle-farm-boy-makes-good <p></p><p>Who has more number one songs than Guy Clark, Willie Nelson and Don Henley combined?&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s </span>Gruver<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Texas farm boy Rodney </span>Clawson<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Fri, 30 May 2014 05:00:02 +0000 Cindee Talley 32524 at http://hppr.org Texas Panhandle Farm Boy Makes Good Talking with Terry Tate: Air Rifle Designer and Builder http://hppr.org/post/talking-terry-tate-air-rifle-designer-and-builder <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Howdy folks!</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This week I have the pleasure of talking with Terry Tate. &nbsp;If you recall, he's a designer and builder of big bore </span>air rifles. &nbsp;He's been giving me lessons before we go out hunting with the air rifles for wild hogs.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">I can't wait!</span></p><p> Sat, 18 Jan 2014 06:00:02 +0000 Luke Clayton 26865 at http://hppr.org Talking with Terry Tate: Air Rifle Designer and Builder Veteran’s Day 2013 Profile: Doug Laubach http://hppr.org/post/veteran-s-day-2013-profile-doug-laubach <p></p><p>Doug Laubach enlisted in the Army with his draft card in his pocket on Feb. 15, 1970. &nbsp;He was sent to Fort Ord, California for basic training, and during that time, he was asked if he would be interested in attending a lecture., with who and what it was about was not told.&nbsp; He went.&nbsp; That choice took him to the White House during the Nixon years.&nbsp;</p><p> Sat, 09 Nov 2013 06:00:02 +0000 Cindee Talley 23982 at http://hppr.org Veteran’s Day 2013 Profile: Doug Laubach Veteran’s Day 2013 Profile: Martin Huschka http://hppr.org/post/veteran-s-day-2013-profile-martin-huschka <p></p><p>Martin Huschka makes surviving the Battle of the Bulge sound like another day at the office in his matter of fact tone.&nbsp; But, the fight that began December 16, 1944, was an all-out gamble by Hitler to push the Allies to ask for peace according to <strong><a href="http://www.history.com/topics/battle-of-the-bulge">History.com</a></strong>.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 08 Nov 2013 06:00:02 +0000 Cindee Talley 23979 at http://hppr.org Veteran’s Day 2013 Profile: Martin Huschka Veteran’s Day 2013 Profile: Tommy Webb http://hppr.org/post/veteran-s-day-2013-profile-tommy-webb <p></p><p></p><p>Circumstances do not predict the future. &nbsp;Tommy Webb is living proof. &nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 07 Nov 2013 06:00:03 +0000 Cindee Talley 23966 at http://hppr.org Veteran’s Day 2013 Profile: Tommy Webb Veteran’s Day 2013 Profile: Larry Large http://hppr.org/post/veteran-s-day-2013-profile-larry-large <p></p><p>For Larry Large, serving in the military is a family tradition.&nbsp; It is not a duty or responsibility.&nbsp; It is a privilege.&nbsp; His grandfather, father, brother, and son all served.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 06:00:02 +0000 Cindee Talley 23923 at http://hppr.org Veteran’s Day 2013 Profile: Larry Large Amarillo’s Danny Wall Inducted into Hall of Fame http://hppr.org/post/amarillo-s-danny-wall-inducted-hall-fame <p></p><p>Danny Wall was recently inducted into the Texas Bicycle Motocross Hall of Fame.&nbsp; Wall, a 49-year old remodeling contractor, is one of the state&rsquo;s pioneering BMX racers in the late 1970s and 80s <strong><a href="http://amarillo.com/news/local-news/2013-09-22/texas-hall-fame-adds-bmx-champ">according to the Amarillo Globe-News</a></strong>.</p><p> Sat, 28 Sep 2013 05:00:01 +0000 Cindee Talley 22158 at http://hppr.org Amarillo’s Danny Wall Inducted into Hall of Fame Dr. Dixie Milello: A Texas Overcomer http://hppr.org/post/dr-dixie-milello-texas-overcomer <p></p><p>Dr. Dixie Milello follows the road less taken.&nbsp; She also has what it takes to turns challenges into strength.</p><p> Tue, 24 Sep 2013 05:00:02 +0000 Cindee Talley 22027 at http://hppr.org Dr. Dixie Milello: A Texas Overcomer Mike Fuller: A Glimpse Inside http://hppr.org/post/mike-fuller-glimpse-inside <p></p><p style="margin-top:0in;margin-right:0in;margin-bottom:.2in;margin-left:0in; line-height:15.75pt">There are a few families that show me how love looks and acts. &nbsp;The Fullers do. &nbsp;What some might see as a burden, they see as a blessing. &nbsp;Read&nbsp;<b><a href="http://www.amarillomagonline.com/article/878">Mike’s feature</a></b> from the <i>Inspire</i> section of <b><a href="http://www.amarillomagonline.com/article/878">Amarillo Magazine</a>&nbsp;</b>to get a glimpse into how this grandfather sees his grandson.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 15.75pt;">With Mike’s approval, here’s the song he wrote for Max, “</span><i style="line-height: 15.75pt;">Son of a Daughter</i><span style="line-height: 15.75pt;">.”</span></p><p></p><p> Wed, 28 Aug 2013 05:00:01 +0000 Cindee Talley 20808 at http://hppr.org Mike Fuller: A Glimpse Inside Ness County Man Remembers His Roots and Leaves Entire Estate to Provide FHSU Scholarships http://hppr.org/post/ness-county-man-remembers-his-roots-and-leaves-entire-estate-provide-fhsu-scholarships <p></p><p>Lloyd Trauer spent a long time working in education.&nbsp; Trauer recently announced that he is leaving his entire estate, worth more than half a million dollars, to provide scholarships reported <a href="http://cjonline.com/news/2013-08-22/fhsu-graduate-makes-donation-scholarships"><strong>The Topeka Capital-Journal</strong></a>.&nbsp; According to his wishes, preference will be given to students from west of Salina, but the scholarships will be open to anyone in elementary education.</p><p> Mon, 26 Aug 2013 05:00:03 +0000 Cindee Talley 20661 at http://hppr.org Ness County Man Remembers His Roots and Leaves Entire Estate to Provide FHSU Scholarships Still farming, despite disability http://hppr.org/post/still-farming-despite-disability <p></p><p>One sign that you have strong farm roots is when your rural road is named for your family.</p><p>I met Steve Quandt on Quandt Road, north of Grand Island, Neb., on the farm that used to belong to his grandfather. It’s the place he remembers spending days as a kid, from morning to night, helping milk cows, work the fields and repair machinery.</p><p>He followed in his father’s and grandfather’s footsteps, building his own farming operation. But that path was suddenly interrupted nearly six years ago.</p> Sat, 24 Aug 2013 05:00:01 +0000 Grant Gerlock 20612 at http://hppr.org Still farming, despite disability Kenneth Wyatt: Uncalled to be a preacher, called to be a painter http://hppr.org/post/kenneth-wyatt-uncalled-be-preacher-called-be-painter <p>Kenneth Wyatt is a Texas Panhandle treasure.&nbsp; The 83 year old is one of the country’s, maybe the world’s, premier artists of western and religious paintings according to the <a href="http://amarillo.com/news/local-news/2013-08-10/beilue-kenneth-wyatt-thrives-through-passion-painting"><strong>Amarillo Globe-News</strong></a>.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 16 Aug 2013 05:00:03 +0000 Cindee Talley 20287 at http://hppr.org Kenneth Wyatt: Uncalled to be a preacher, called to be a painter Tough guys in the saddle http://hppr.org/post/tough-guys-saddle <p></p><p><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 11pt; line-height: 12.6pt;">I met Nate Pike working on a story back in 2012. When I dropped back by his ranch 30 miles south of Dodge City, KS, this summer, he took me on a bumpy pickup ride to see a spring called St. Jacob’s Well and we got to talking about the former owner of some of his ranchland.</span></p> Fri, 09 Aug 2013 05:00:01 +0000 Frank Morris 19978 at http://hppr.org Tough guys in the saddle Hardwired for hard work http://hppr.org/post/hardwired-hard-work <p></p><p>Amy Konishi says when her obituary is written it’ll read, “All she knew was work.”</p><p>It’ll be a fitting tribute given the 87-year-old’s work ethic. As a young girl she toiled in her family’s onion and cantaloupe and dry bean fields outside Rocky Ford, Colo. Then she moved to selling produce at her husband’s roadside shed along the highway. In the 1950s she opened her own hair salon and she’s been putting in hours ever since. &nbsp;</p> Tue, 16 Jul 2013 05:01:00 +0000 Luke Runyon 18856 at http://hppr.org Hardwired for hard work Canadian Says Goodbye to The Comet http://hppr.org/post/canadian-says-goodbye-comet <p>Bill Cross, a 5' 6" stick of dynamite, was one of the all-time-greatest football players to come out of the Texas Panhandle said a piece in <a href="http://www.highplainsyesterdays.com/2013/07/"><strong>High Plains Yesterdays</strong></a>. Sat, 13 Jul 2013 05:01:03 +0000 Cindee Talley 18714 at http://hppr.org Canadian Says Goodbye to The Comet The Freedom Train Comes to Canyon, Texas- in Miniature http://hppr.org/post/freedom-train-comes-canyon-texas-miniature <p>The Freedom Train toured the country from 1947-1949, and again from 1975-1976.&nbsp; It was&nbsp; the idea of Attorney General Tom C. Clark to remind Americans of the freedoms, liberties, and sacrifices so often taken for granted.&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://amarillo.com/news/local-news/2013-07-02/freedom-trains-models-celebrate-patriotism-past"><strong>The Amarillo Globe</strong></a> reported The Freedom Train is back... in miniature... in Canyon, Texas.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Thu, 04 Jul 2013 05:01:01 +0000 Cindee Talley 18272 at http://hppr.org The Freedom Train Comes to Canyon, Texas- in Miniature Lee Fund: Raising Alzheimer's Awareness in SW Kansas http://hppr.org/post/lee-fund-raising-alzheimers-awareness-sw-kansas-0 <p>I recently had the opportunity to sit down and talk with Skip Mancini and Jan Evans about a project to raise Alzheimer's awareness in southwest Kansas.&nbsp;</p><p>Skip Mancini is the creator and voice of Growing on the High Plains.&nbsp; She also has been profoundly affected by Alzheimer's.&nbsp; Both her parents had the disease.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 03 Jul 2013 14:51:43 +0000 Cindee Talley 18257 at http://hppr.org Lee Fund: Raising Alzheimer's Awareness in SW Kansas My Farm Roots: A cowboy at heart http://hppr.org/post/my-farm-roots-cowboy-heart <p></p><p>Trent Johnson didn’t grow up on a farm, but he was always enamored with the cowboy lifestyle.</p><p>He sure looks the part now. I visited him in his custom cowboy hat shop in Greeley, Colo. In a sleek black cowboy hat and blue western shirt, Johnson delivers the modern cowboy aesthetic.</p><p>During college he hung out with the urban cowboy crowd, which included concerts for country idols like Garth Brooks and Tim McGraw. The city kid, who’d spent part of his childhood on a ski team, decided he needed a change.</p> Sat, 29 Jun 2013 05:01:00 +0000 Luke Runyon 18038 at http://hppr.org My Farm Roots: A cowboy at heart Air Gun Innovator http://hppr.org/post/air-gun-innovator <p></p><p>Terry Tate lives in northeast Texas, a place called Cumby.&nbsp; Last week we talked with him about hunting with air rifles, and this week I asked him to come back to talk about how he discovered his passion for building them.&nbsp; Fri, 17 May 2013 22:04:10 +0000 Luke Clayton 16167 at http://hppr.org Air Gun Innovator If They Were Good Enough for Lewis and Clark... http://hppr.org/post/if-they-were-good-enough-lewis-and-clark <p></p><p>Did you know that air rifles have been around since the Fifteenth Century? The Lewis&nbsp; and Clark Expedition might have failed had it not been for an air rifle! That's right the expedition had only one air rifle but it was capable of shooting multiple shots and shooting them very accurately. The Native Americans encountered&nbsp; along the way were usually given a demonstration of the 'silent and deadly' big bore rifle. When they saw tight groups shot at extended yardages, from a weapon that was almost as silent as their bows, they were awe struck. Fri, 10 May 2013 14:57:44 +0000 Luke Clayton 15814 at http://hppr.org If They Were Good Enough for Lewis and Clark... Velma On... http://hppr.org/post/velma <p></p><p>As my time with Velma Wancura draws to a close, Velma and I talked about some of life's nuggets.&nbsp; These are some of her thoughts about:</p> Wed, 01 May 2013 20:22:21 +0000 Cindee Talley 15433 at http://hppr.org Velma On... Prejudice and Pride http://hppr.org/post/prejudice-and-pride <p>It was hard to be German during World War I.&nbsp; Velma Wancura's father hired extra help during harvest time.&nbsp; She said you had to be careful not to hire a German sympathizer or a spy.&nbsp; Wed, 24 Apr 2013 05:01:00 +0000 Cindee Talley 15019 at http://hppr.org Prejudice and Pride The Root Cause of Stingy http://hppr.org/post/root-cause-stingy <p></p><p>Go back to May, 1935.&nbsp; Velma and Ted Wancura have a young son.&nbsp; They haven't had a wheat crop in years, or rain for that matter.&nbsp; Most of their cattle herd has been lost in the dust storms.&nbsp; A tornado took their house.&nbsp; The Wancuras moved a vacant house in to replace it. Wed, 17 Apr 2013 05:01:00 +0000 Cindee Talley 14740 at http://hppr.org The Root Cause of Stingy A Husband And Wife Blessed Late In Life http://hppr.org/post/husband-and-wife-blessed-late-life Harriet and Louis Caplan's love story began 20 years ago in a college town in Kansas. Harriet was 48 and working at a bank. Louis was a 56-year-old physicist.<p>Both assumed they'd be single for the rest of their lives — until their paths crossed.<br /> <br /> It began with Wednesday evening outings when a group would meet after work.<p>"We went to football games and concerts, and I still don't quite know how it happened, but instead of going in two separate cars, you and I would start going in the same car," Harriet remembers. "I don't think we ever had a date."<br /> Fri, 15 Feb 2013 07:09:00 +0000 editor 12386 at http://hppr.org A Husband And Wife Blessed Late In Life Listeners and listeners of the year http://hppr.org/post/listeners-and-listeners-year <p></p><p>On the evening of March 9th, 2012, Jerry Yarnell, master artist, whose television program <em>Paint This with Jerry Yarnell</em> is seen on PBS, was deputized in his Skiatook, Oklahoma studio as honorary Deputy Marshal of Dodge City, Kansas by Dodge City's Marshal Allen D. Bailey. In attendance were several of his staff, friends, students, his Mother Mary, and his Father Joe.</p> Sun, 05 Aug 2012 03:01:58 +0000 Marshal Allen Bailey 4479 at http://hppr.org Listeners and listeners of the year