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Prairie Ramblings
8:00 pm
Sun September 21, 2014

Angus herd takes one last summer's dip

Credit Karen Madorin

While calendars tell us summer is over and fall has begun, hordes of giant dragonflies ride still-warm breezes and wasps hover over ripe fruits. Summer birdsong tricks us into believing there’s plenty of time for a second round of ripe tomatoes and okra or many late season dips in a lake or pond. The reality is that frosty mornings are not far off. It won’t be long before summer tunes are silent, insects and birds will vanish, green leaves will turn to dry husks, and ice will crust ponds and lakes.

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6:06 am
Sat September 20, 2014

Kansas Senate race gains national attention with approval of Democrat's withdrawal

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National attention is turning to Kansas as the possible key to the balance of power in the U.S. Senate with the withdrawal of the Democratic nominee and the continued lead in polls by independent candidate Greg Orman.
TOPEKA, Kan. - The Senate race in Kansas is suddenly the most scrutinized contest in the country. Republicans are scrambling to protect a longtime incumbent. Bob Dole is back on the campaign trail. The state's Democrats have no candidate and are trying to say as little about that as possible.
High Plains Outdoors
8:00 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Elk Camp: Coming down from the mountain

Buggies lined up at camp
Luke Clayton

For the past five years, my friend Larry Large and I have outfitted elk and bear hunts on a ranch located in northern Colorado, not far from Wyoming’s southern boundary. This is rough, wild country and game is plentiful. It’s one of the few places that I know of with such a large population of black bear. Elk are always plentiful here and because we hunt during the September archery season, before snowfall triggers the resident elk to migrate to lower, warmer valleys, the animals are using their summer pattern of bedding in the black timber up high and moving into the valleys and lower elevations during the day to feed and water. 

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Amarillo Symphony
9:12 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Triumph: A concert celebrating 90 years of the Amarillo Symphony

Garrick Ohlsson performs.
Credit Opus 3 Artists

This weekend, the Amarillo Symphony provides more than one compelling reason for joining them for the opening of the symphony’s 90th concert season, a landmark for the organization.

The concert, “Triumph,” will feature internationally-recognized, award-winning pianist Garrick Ohlsson on Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3. The composer wrote this concerto with large hands in mind, and Ohlsson has the reach to execute this technically challenging concerto.

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Hispanic Heritage Month
8:00 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Hispanic Heritage Month: Jose Ignacio Rael

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This is National Hispanic Heritage month.  Over the coming weeks, the Amarillo Globe-News will be telling the stories of prominent leaders in the Amarillo Hispanic community.

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Growing on the High Plains
8:00 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Great Gardens: A look back

Gardens can be great even in drought-stricken, southwest Kansas. Skip's yard proves it.
Credit hutchnews.com

Today begins a look back at a series called Great Gardens, which originally aired in 2008.  Visits to eight High Plains gardeners located throughout the HPPR broadcast area resulted in interviews on a variety of topics.  From wildflowers to grapevines to landscaped lawns and cottage gardens, we'll begin a repeat of this series, and a call for eight more gardeners to join in a new interview series for the future.     

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9:58 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Health care compact article debate heats up

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GOP legislators urge Johnson County Advisory commission to pull article warning of health care compact’s potential effect on Medicare.
Tension built Monday as legislators who supported a health care compact bill that would free Kansas from federal health care regulations made a last ditch-effort to sway a Johnson County advisory board against publishing an article critical of the compact in a county newsletter. After Sen.
Kansas Election 2014
9:44 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Praeger endorses Anderson for Kansas Insurance Commissioner

Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger and Dennis Anderson after a press conference in Topeka.
Credit Leon Anderson

Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger endorsed Democrat Dennis Anderson at a recent press conference.

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National Hispanic Month
8:00 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations across the High Plains

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Hispanic Heritage Month began Saturday, September 15 and continues through October 15.  Hispanics are an important part of High Plains culture.  Here’s a snap shot across the states.

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Hispanic Heritage Month
8:00 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Hispanic Heritage Month: Women shaping Amarillo

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This is National Hispanic Heritage month.  Over the coming weeks, the Amarillo Globe-News will be telling the stories of prominent leaders in the Amarillo Hispanic community.

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Playa Country
8:00 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Preventing Another Dust Bowl with Healthy Soil Practices

Credit United Soybean Board/Flickr

No event did more to emphasize the severity of the erosion crisis than the Dust Bowl affecting High Plains states beginning in the early-1930s.

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Texas Headlines
8:00 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Texas News Roundup

Credit Brandon Burns / texastribune.org

Here's a taste of Texas news:

Texas is a dangerous place to work.  Texas leads the nation in workplace fatalities and workplace injuries reported the Texas Tribune.  The rest of the story is here.

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Living Room Concert
7:36 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Tia McGraff and Tommy Parham return to Garden City!

HPPR welcomes Tia McGraff and Tommy Parham to Garden City for a Living Room Concert on Thursday, September 25.  This show will take place at The Education Center at Lee Richardson Zoo.  The doors will open at 7:00, and the show will start at 7:30. There is a suggested donation at the door.  Tia and Tommy have played Living Room Concerts for us in the past, in both our Garden City and Amarillo studios and they have also been featured at the Tumbleweed Festival.  Anyone who has seen them previously knows what a show this will be. Don’t miss it! 

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Education
8:00 pm
Sun September 14, 2014

Publication names FHSU best college for online education in Kansas

Fort Hays State University was ranked as the best school in Kansas for online education by TheBestSchools.org.

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HPPR Culture
8:00 pm
Sun September 14, 2014

Rural hands deliver in golden hour

Credit emsworld.com

Rapid care in the golden hour after an accident or major health issue such as a stroke or heart attack offers hope to patients and their loved ones. For those who live in remote areas, time between the moment  a cardiac incident or traumatic injury occurs and treatment begins depends on how swiftly emergency services arrive on scene. For most of us living on the high plains, that means we depend on neighbor/volunteers during crises.

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Kansas Election 2014
8:00 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Moderate GOP group backs Democrat in Kansas 1st District Race

Jim Sherow, the Democratic nominee in Kansas' 1st Congressional District, answers questions from reporters about his campaign and the endorsement of Traditional Republicans for Common Sense, Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, outside the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. To Sherow's right is former state Rep. Jim Yonally, of Overland Park, the group's chairman.
Credit therepublic.com

Jim Sherow recently received from Traditional Republicans for Common Sense according to a recent article from The Republic.  The 63-year-old Kansas State University history professor is the Democratic nominee for the 1st Congressional District of Kansas. 

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High Plains Outdoors
8:00 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Elk Camp: Mountain Lion!

The picture is fuzzy. The hunter was nervous. Look for the mountain lion in the center of the picture.
Credit Luke Clayton

 Howdy, Folks!  It's your old buddy, and do I have a story to tell you!  The week up here at elk camp, one of our hunters, Chris, was hidden, waiting for elk to come by, when he caught sight of a mountain lion about 12 foot away!  Yes, I said 12 foot!  Now, Chris was beside the trail, pretty well hidden, and the lion caught his gaze, then appeared to move away.  Chris remembered what he'd been taught, and watched for the lion to circle back, and that's exactly what happened.  Listen to Chris tell the story of the hunter becoming the prey.

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Camp Amache
8:00 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Unearthing Amache: Listener Response

Lily Yuriko Nakai Havey looking past the barbed wire fence at Amache
Lily Yuriko Nakai Havey

The Amache series has prompted a listener to send in these interesting Amache facts:

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Amtrak Route
8:00 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Southwest Chief service safe in Colorado and Kansas

Credit santafenewmexican.com

Amtrak says it will continue Southwest Chief service through parts of Kansas and Colorado for two more decades according to a recent article from the Santa Fe New Mexican. 

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10:33 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Heirloom seeds saved by exchange

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Iowa based group helps save heirloom seeds for future generations.
Most vegetable seeds today are bred by seed companies to be hearty and easier to grow. They’re created by cross-breeding different varieties and selecting for specific characteristics. Heirloom seeds are different. Like your grandmother’s engagement ring, heirloom seeds have been passed down through generations. And today’s gardeners likely wouldn’t have access to many of their favorite heirloom plants if it weren’t for the work of the Seed Savers Exchange.
Growing on the High Plains
8:00 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

The Survivor Tree

Credit Fred R. Conrad / nytimes.com

During Skip's latest trip to The Big Apple she visited the 9/11 Memorial site and learned about a special tree that's growing in the center of the Plaza.  It's called The Survivor Tree, because it survived the 2001 destruction of the World Trade Center and surrounding area.  Nursed back to health by many volunteers, it was replanted in 2010 and was a big part of the opening of the Memorial Park in 2011.  Today the Callery pear tree stands tall among a forest of oaks, and it serves as a reminder of our human strength and spirit throughout the seasons of each year.

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Oklahoma Election 2014
8:00 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

New polling locations in the Oklahoma Panhandle

Credit blogoklahoma.us

Secretary of the Texas County Election Board, Glenda L. Williams, announced there are new polling locations for Texas County, Oklahoma.

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barriers for local food
8:01 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Climate, space create challenges for local food

Josh Kilbane runs Yampa Valley Farms outside Steamboat Springs, Colo.
Credit Luke Runyon/Harvest Public Media

Local food is no longer just a novelty. Farmers markets are growing nationwide and farms that sell directly to consumers brought in $1.3 billion in 2012, up eight percent from just five years earlier. Despite the demand, making local food work in some places is decidedly more difficult than others. Steamboat Springs, Colo., is one of those places.

Problem number one is infrastructure.

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American Fusion Project
8:00 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

’Into the Sun’ tour has shining final performance

Folly Theatre, Kansas City
Credit aarondougherty.wordpress.com

“Into the sun” began its Kansas tour in Garden City, and finishes with a shining performance at the Folly Theatre in Kansas City.  Libby Hanssen reviewed the show for the Kansas City Star

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4:50 am
Tue September 9, 2014

Election 2014: Roberts and Orman face off in first debate

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Two Kansas candidates for a U.S. Senate seat recently met in their first public debate. Republican Senator Pat Roberts was on the offensive against Independent Greg Orman. Senator Roberts called Orman a “liberal.” Orman says he has supported Democrats and Republicans in the past. Libertarian Randall Batson is also running for the position.
Two candidates for a U.S. Senate seat from Kansas met for their first public debate over the weekend. Republican Senator Pat Roberts was on the offensive against Greg Orman, the independent candidate. Orman says the U.S. faces problems with health care, the budget and education policy, and Washington has become a place where partisanship is blocking progress.
farming & crop prices
8:01 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

USDA predicts drop in farm income

Expectations of a bumper crop of corn has caused both prices and farm profit expectations to drop.
Credit United Soybean Board/Flickr

Farmers’ can anticipate a sharp drop in income this year, according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

In fact, the USDA predicts the $113 billion earned in 2014 will be the lowest amount of net farm income in five years. That’s equal to about a 14 percent fall from last year’s record amount, thanks mostly to a massive drop in crop prices.

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Playa Country
8:01 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

A Playa Rehab on the West Texas Plains

Credit USDA / NRCS

Mark Hilliard of Hale County, Texas, says, "This is cotton country. It's rare to find a pristine playa lake." He bought the native grassland on which the playa sits from family members, then protected the playa and a grassland buffer with a permanent Wetlands Reserve Easement.

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Living Room Concert
10:17 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Dana Hubbard at The Fibonacci on Saturday, September 20

HPPR welcomes Amarillo's own Dana Hubbard to the Fibonacci for a Living Room Concert on Saturday, September 20!  The Fibonacci, which is the home base of Chamber Music Amarillo, is located at 3306 SW 6th Ave.   The doors will open at 7pm, and the show will start at 7:30.  To make a reservation, call us at 806-367-9088 or send an e-mail to music@hppr.org. Those of you who have seen Dana previously, either in our Songwriter in the Round series or his performance at HPPR last year, know that this is a show not be missed!

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5:29 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Farmers watching grain elevator failure

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When a grain elevator goes belly up, who’s left holding the bag? Farmers are closely watching what’s happening in Pierce, Nebraska. The Public Service Commission revoked the Pierce Grain Elevator’s license when it couldn’t meet expenses, and closed the elevator. Farmers have filed claims for 9.7 million dollars in claims. Sale of the gain seized after closure will only raise about half that amount.
In Nebraska, farmers say they're left with about $9 million in unpaid claims when a grain elevator failed in the town of Pierce. It looks as if farmers' losses could eventually top $4 million. Without a financial safety net to depend on, farmers are watching this case in eastern Nebraska.
Prairie Ramblings
8:00 pm
Sun September 7, 2014

Crossing barbed wire fences is an art

Credit mustangtripp.blogspot.com

Some people like to buy jeans with holes already in the fabric. I, however, prefer my new britches with only traditional waist and leg openings. Unfortunately, because I’m not good at crossing barbwire fences, I’ve ripped some fashionable extra tears in my denims.

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