HPPR Communities http://hppr.org en Amarillo is tenth best city for families http://hppr.org/post/amarillo-tenth-best-city-families <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Between 2012 and 2013, 11.7 percent of the population moved according to the U.S. Census Bureau.&nbsp; About a third of those moved because of “family-related reasons,” the </span><a href="http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2014/06/05/why-americans-moved-last-year-cheaper-housing-shorter-commutes/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Wall Street Journal</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> reported.</span></p><p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 05:00:01 +0000 Cindee Talley 33366 at http://hppr.org Amarillo is tenth best city for families Alzheimer’s patients benefit from new music program http://hppr.org/post/alzheimer-s-patients-benefit-new-music-program <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Communication is heartbreaking for families who have a loved one with Alzheimer’s.&nbsp; A new music therapy project in Central and Western Kansas experienced a bit of a breakthrough reported </span><a href="http://kmuw.org/post/seniors-alzheimers-benefit-ipod-therapy?utm_referrer=http%3A//m.kmuw.org/%3Futm_referrer%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.google.com%23mobile/36023" style="line-height: 1.5;">KMUW</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 05:00:01 +0000 Cindee Talley 33363 at http://hppr.org Alzheimer’s patients benefit from new music program High Plains students fly into science aboard Boeing jet http://hppr.org/post/high-plains-students-fly-science-aboard-boeing-jet <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Imagine learning in redesigned space of a 153-foot jet.&nbsp; Students across the high plains will soon have that opportunity.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 29 May 2014 05:00:02 +0000 Cindee Talley 32465 at http://hppr.org High Plains students fly into science aboard Boeing jet Migrant Education Program looks to give farmworkers’ children a boost http://hppr.org/post/migrant-education-program-looks-give-farmworkers-children-boost <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>Several hundred teenagers filed into a swanky event center in Heber in California’s Imperial Valley on a recent Friday morning. By all accounts, they look like typical high schoolers — smacking gum and texting away.&nbsp;The vast majority were Latino.

 Fri, 15 Nov 2013 06:01:00 +0000 Jill Replogle 24326 at http://hppr.org Migrant Education Program looks to give farmworkers’ children a boost Amarillo: New Logo In Question http://hppr.org/post/amarillo-new-logo-question <p></p><p>The city of Amarillo unveiled its new logo at the kickoff of the centennial celebration this weekend, and the design is under review after officials discovered the design is similar to one used by a Dubai company according to a recent story in <strong><a href="http://amarillo.com/news/2013-11-11/city-defends-controversial-new-logo">the Amarillo Globe-News</a></strong>.</p><p> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 06:00:03 +0000 Cindee Talley 24214 at http://hppr.org Amarillo: New Logo In Question Dreaming beyond the slaughterhouse http://hppr.org/post/dreaming-beyond-slaughterhouse <p></p><p>Not yet 9 a.m. on a warm fall day, freshmen Binh Hua and My Nguyen are in protective goggles, long hair pulled back, ready for their chemistry class in a Garden City Community College lab.</p><p>The teacher calls the class to order, calling the students “Busters,” short for “Broncbusters,” the college’s mascot and a reminder of this old West town’s history of raising cattle. Fri, 01 Nov 2013 05:01:27 +0000 Peggy Lowe & Abbie Fentress Swanson 23662 at http://hppr.org Dreaming beyond the slaughterhouse Garden City: Tending to a cultural crossroads in Kansas http://hppr.org/post/garden-city-tending-cultural-crossroads-kansas <p><strong>GARDEN CITY, Kan.</strong> — Sister Janice Thome’s office is a 2003 brown Ford Focus with a backseat piled high with paperwork and a prayer book.</p><p>Thome puts 125,000 miles a year on this car, picking up boxes from the food pantry, finding a mattress for a newcomer, delivering a sick soul to a doctor’s appointment. All the while, she fields emergency calls on her flip phone, responding to her mission to serve the poor of Garden City, out on the plains of southwest Kansas.</p><p>This day, Thome is teaching her teen parenting class at the alternative high school.</p> Wed, 30 Oct 2013 05:01:27 +0000 Peggy Lowe 23592 at http://hppr.org Garden City: Tending to a cultural crossroads in Kansas Greeley County, Kansas Fights Depopulation http://hppr.org/post/greeley-county-kansas-fights-depopulation <p>In a town and county named in honor of Horacy Greeley, the man credited with saying "Go West, young man," officials fear for the town's survival after three decades of accelerating population decline.</p><p>Greeley County, Kansas does not have demographics on its side. Rural areas across the Great Plains tend to experience high death rates as baby boomers age and die, while young people move away.&nbsp; The county has lost over a third of its population since 1960. Tue, 29 Oct 2013 05:01:01 +0000 Adam Vos 23551 at http://hppr.org Greeley County, Kansas Fights Depopulation In the Shadows of the Slaughterhouse: Noel, MO Schools build safety net for immigrant children http://hppr.org/post/shadows-slaughterhouse-noel-mo-schools-build-safety-net-immigrant-children <p><strong>NOEL, MO</strong> - It’s almost 9 a.m., and Noel Primary School teacher Erin McPherson is helping a group of Spanish-speaking students complete English language exercises. But it’s tough going.</p><p>One student in a bright blue T-shirt – 9-year-old Isac Martinez – has not yet picked up his pencil. He’s clearly sick. When McPherson asks him what’s wrong, Isac’s small voice is barely audible in between coughs. He says he threw up four times last night but did not go to a doctor. Mon, 28 Oct 2013 15:15:13 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 23526 at http://hppr.org In the Shadows of the Slaughterhouse: Noel, MO Schools build safety net for immigrant children Sister Janice of Garden City, helping in any way needed http://hppr.org/post/sister-janice-garden-city-helping-any-way-needed <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Harvest Public Media reporter Peggy Lowe has been visiting Garden City working on a series of stories profiling “meat packing towns” and their economic, social and cultural life and challenges.&nbsp; Fittingly, one of her first contacts was Sister Janice Thome who provided a ground-level orientation to the community.&nbsp; Here is Peggy’s first field note featuring Sister Janice.</span></p><p>---------</p><p>The billboards that dot the long gray line of Interstate 70 west from Kansas City tried to lure me to tourist towns that promised Wild West shows, lots of sunflowers and even an Oz Winery.</p><p> Mon, 23 Sep 2013 06:14:17 +0000 Peggy Lowe 21971 at http://hppr.org Sister Janice of Garden City, helping in any way needed Why is Amarillo in So Many Songs? …and Other Google Autocomplete Assertions http://hppr.org/post/why-amarillo-so-many-songs-and-other-google-autocomplete-assertions <p>You may or may not agree with it, but Google has some interesting things to say about where you live.&nbsp; You just have to know how to ask.</p><p>By manipulating the “autocomplete” function implemented by Google, bloggers and journalists alike recently discovered they can trick the search engine into surreptitiously suggesting what may appear to be biased or over-generalized judgments regarding various geographic locales. Fri, 19 Jul 2013 05:01:00 +0000 Adam Vos 19013 at http://hppr.org Why is Amarillo in So Many Songs? …and Other Google Autocomplete Assertions A civic lesson for rural towns http://hppr.org/post/civic-lesson-rural-towns <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s not just lifelong farmers who feel the pull of the land as they get older. For some Americans, retirement is an opportunity to begin the farming dream.</span></p><p>“I wanted to be able to be active and have a pastime that ensured physical activity,” said beginning farmer Tom Thomas, who at 65 still has the physical fitness to wrestle and brand steers at his son’s ranch in Oklahoma.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 12 Jul 2013 05:01:00 +0000 Bill Wheelhouse 18648 at http://hppr.org A civic lesson for rural towns The Lee Fund: Raising Alzheimer's Awareness in SW Kansas http://hppr.org/post/lee-fund-raising-alzheimers-awareness-sw-kansas <p></p><p>I recently had the opportunity to sit down and talk with Skip Mancini and Jan Evans about a project, one near and dear to Skip's heart.&nbsp; Many of you know Skip as the voice of, Growing on the High Plains, but you may not know how Alzheimer's personally touched the life of both her parents.</p> Wed, 03 Jul 2013 22:33:00 +0000 Cindee Talley 18226 at http://hppr.org The Lee Fund: Raising Alzheimer's Awareness in SW Kansas A Treasure Chest of Bibles Found in SW Kansas Church Attic http://hppr.org/post/treasure-chest-bibles-found-sw-kansas-church-attic <p>The First Presbyterian Church calls Ashland, Kansas home.&nbsp; The rural church has seen attendance, as well as hope, rise in the past year.&nbsp; Why?&nbsp; Because of a treasure found by Minister Marsha Granberry when she was cleaning out the attic.&nbsp; Granberry said, in an <a href="http://www.kansas.com/2013/06/16/2850751/ashland-church-finds-cache-of.html"><strong>article by Becky Tanner, </strong></a>for the Wichita Eagle, she was sorting through boxes and found a box of bibles in different languages.&nbsp; The 15 bibles are from the 1920s and 1930s, and one bible, written in Cherokee, may have been printed in the 1860s. Thu, 20 Jun 2013 05:01:02 +0000 Cindee Talley 17662 at http://hppr.org A Treasure Chest of Bibles Found in SW Kansas Church Attic The territory of Western Swing & Other Things http://hppr.org/post/territory-western-swing-other-things <p><strong>Swingin' Gate Ranch</strong></p><p>Marshal Allen Bailey's Swingin' Gate Ranch is the broadcast home of Western Swing &amp; Other Things.</p><p></p><p><strong>Howell Social Club</strong></p><p>The nearby entirely exclusive Howell Social Club hosts the area's classiest events, including the Spring 2011 Woodchopper's Ball<font color="#333333" face="arial, sans-serif" size="2"><span style="line-height: 14.550000190734863px;">.</span></font></p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNifYIadMH4&amp;list=UUWnmfvCdn6UH8wb0Xou3WzQ&amp;index=6&amp;feature=plcp</p> Sat, 04 Aug 2012 22:25:05 +0000 Marshal Allen Bailey 4478 at http://hppr.org The territory of Western Swing & Other Things