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11:17 am
Tue July 22, 2014

90.1 KZNK Brewster: Intermittent Issues

90.1 KZNK Brewster, providing HPPR service to northwestern Kansas and portions of Colorado and Nebraska, will be off the air intermittently today due to HVAC issues exacerbated by today's warm weather.

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Playa Country
8:01 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Soil Health: Choosing the Right Cover Crop

Credit Jason Baker / Texas A&M AgriLife Research photo

Playas benefit from practices that result in good soil health.

Improving the health and quality of the soil is one of the easiest and most effective ways producers can increase crop productivity, hence profitability, while benefitting wildlife and improving the environment. No-till practices, plus the planting of cover crops, mean less soil moves as runoff into playas during rain events.

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Southeastern Colorado Drought
8:00 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Recent rains are too little too late for ranchers

Credit winterlivestock.com

Many Colorado cattle ranchers are beginning to recover from the drought, but for many the rain is too little and too late.

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Concert Review
4:36 am
Mon July 21, 2014

hONEyhoUSe delivers great performance on July 18

honeyhouse @ the fibonacci on 7/18/14
Credit kristy fuller

Fanatical: adjective.  Filled with excessive and  single minded zeal...enthusiasm and often intense uncritical devotion.  

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Climate
8:00 pm
Sun July 20, 2014

Heavy rain and flooding in drought-stricken SE Colorado

Flood water cascades over Willow Valley Road and back into Willow Creek just south of the Lamar Municipal Swimming Pool on Sun. morning July 13, 2014.
Credit lamarledger.com

Recent torrential rains brought flash flooding to low-lying portions of Lamar and southeastern Colorado.  Heavy rains and strong winds closed Highway 50 in low areas.  Several railroad underpasses were closed until waters receded reported Russ Baldwin for the Prowers Journal.

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Featured Artist
8:00 pm
Sun July 20, 2014

The music of Cat Stevens this week on High Plains Morning

This week on High Plains Morning, instead of our usual CD of the week, we will feature the music of Cat Stevens and Yusuf, as he is now known.  From his early recordings in the mid 60's to his massive hits in the 70's, and music from the current phase of his career after his return from retirement in 2004. Cat Stevens and Yusuf-all this week on High Plains Morning. 

Prairie Ramblings
8:00 pm
Sun July 20, 2014

Meet gardening's mini-Freddy Krueger

Credit pestkill.org

We’ve enjoyed a lush garden this summer with tall corn, big cabbages, sweet potato vines that could be jungle instead of food, and towering tomato plants. Imagine our horror when we visited the garden one morning to find an interstate of raised trails weaving in and out our plantings. This was my introduction to a live mole.

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Living Room Concert
8:00 pm
Sat July 19, 2014

HPPR welcomes Rodney Branigan on Saturday, August 2

HPPR and Process Art House welcome Amarillo native Rodney Branigan to The Fibonacci for a Living Room Concert on Saturday, August 2!

This is Rodney's first appearance at an HPPR event!

The Fibonacci is located at 3306 SW 6th Ave. We'll open the doors at 7:00, and the show will start at 7:30. We'll have the usual great coffee from the good folks at Evocation Coffee Roasters and cookies from Kristy Fuller, who has taken over baking duties from Molly.

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My Farm Roots
8:01 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

My Farm Roots: Touch the ground

Though he grew up without designs on farm life, Elisha Pullen has embraced rural living on his farm near Bell City, Mo.
Credit Jacob McCleland for Harvest Public Media

Listen to Jeremy's story.

As a young man, Elisha Pullen never imagined he would spend his days on the farm.

Growing up near rural Bell City in southeastern Missouri’s “Bootheel” region, Pullen longed to leave the farm and get an education.

“I grew up in the day and time when we had to do a lot of chopping and stuff like that. Hard labor,” Pullen said. “I’m going to college, I’m getting my degree and I’m going to work in the air conditioning.”

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High Plains Outdoors
8:00 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Catfish + Kids = Summertime Fun

Guide Seth Vanover with an ‘average’ size Lake Fork channel catfish. Two of Luke’s grandsons, Conner (left) and Jack Zimmerman will remember this trip for a long time.
Credit Luke Clayton

Catfish have always been a favorite of mine for many reasons. I love catching the big blues, usually during the cold weather months, and I dearly love the often non-stop catching that is common this time of year on lakes with high numbers of channel catfish. Dusted with a liberal amount of cornmeal and dropped into hot cooking oil, catfish fillets fried crispy are a culinary delight.

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Student loan debt
8:00 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

WT grads have significantly less student debt

Credit wtamu.edu

The WT graduating class of 2012 entered the job market with better prospects and significantly less student loan debt.  The Amarillo Globe-News reported the average WT grad had student loan debt of $19,774 compared to the national average of $29,400.

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Kansas Election 2014
8:00 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Kansas Governor Race: Morris backs Davis

Steve Morris
Credit cjonline.com

Former Senate President Steve Morris is one of 104 Kansas Republicans backing Paul Davis in his bid to be governor according to a recent article in the Garden City Telegram

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Farm Bill & Lobbying
8:01 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Out of public eye, a bitter Farm Bill fight

K Street in Washington D.C. has long been known as the home to powerful lobbyists. Hundreds of companies and groups lobbied to influence the 2014 Farm Bill.
Credit Creative Commons

Listen to Jeremy's story.

The “who” part of the Farm Bill is pretty clear.

With trillions dollars of government spending up for grabs, lobbyists from all ends of the spectrum – representing environmental interests, biotech companies, food companies, farmers – flocked to Capitol Hill to find their piece of the Farm Bill pie.

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Concert Review
8:00 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Old Crow Medicine Show delivers in Amarillo

Credit crackerfarm

Monday’s performance by Old Crow Medicine Show at the Globe-News Center was significant for a number of reasons.  

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Growing on the High Plains
8:00 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

The City of Brotherly Love: Reading Terminal Market

Reading Terminal Market
Credit foodabletv.com

On a recent trip to Philadelphia Skip explored a treasure trove of local food, fresh produce, and other special items just made for those who love farms and gardens and what they grow.  A historical setting that once served the Eastern U.S. as a huge train station has now become a huge market for all things tasty and tasteful.

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7:44 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Hastings Entertainment sale is a done deal

Lead in text: 
After the blessing of a majority of stock holders, Hastings Entertainment now belongs to Joel Weinshanker.
A New Jersey licensing executive today closed his $21.4-million deal to buy Amarillo-based Hastings Entertainment.Hastings consummated its pact with Joel Weinshanker today after receiving the blessing of at least two-thirds of the holders of outstanding shares of Hastings stock.
Farm Bill
8:01 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Lobbyists of all kinds flock to Farm Bill

Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., (in green), watches as President Barack Obama signs the Farm Bill at Michigan State University on Feb. 7, 2014.
Credit David Kosling/USDA

Listen to Peggy's story.

When U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow announced passage of the Farm Bill in February, she echoed a refrain from a car commercial.

“This is not your father’s Farm Bill,” she said.

While Stabenow, the Michigan Democrat who leads the Senate Agriculture Committee, was referring to what proponents heralded as “reform” of some programs, her remarks were accurate on another score. The massive Farm Bill, which will spend $956 billion and set U.S. food policy for the next decade, is no longer the purview solely of agricultural interests.

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Water Conservation
8:00 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Texas: Plains Cotton Growers support proposed groundwater limits

Credit lubbockonline.com

Plains Cotton Growers support the High Plains Underground Water Conservation District’s proposal to limit groundwater use on private farmland in Texas.  

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Agritourism
8:01 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

States working out kinks to keep ag tourism growing

Carol Zadrozny, owner of Z's Orchard in Palisade, Colo., has had trouble securing insurance coverage for her agritourism attractions.
Credit Luke Runyon/Harvest Public Media

Listen to Luke's story.

Colorado already draws thousands of visitors each year for skiing, hiking, beer drinking and, most recently, marijuana sampling. In 2012, those visitors spent more than $16 billion in the state. Tourism officials want more and they’re looking to do it by bringing well-educated “traveling foodies” to the state.

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Playa Country
8:01 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Ogallala Aquifer Initiative: Good Soil Health Practices Benefit Playas

Playa wetlands benefit from practices that result in good soil health.

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Water Conservation
8:00 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Hotter temps don't figure into the Texas water plan

Credit 2014 National Climate Assessment

Texans voted overwhelmingly to fund new water infrastructure projects last November.  State water planners are preparing for a more populous Texas, but not a hotter one reported Neena Satija for The Texas Tribune.

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CD of the week
5:32 am
Mon July 14, 2014

'New Constellation' is CD of the week on High Plains Morning

It's been almost 17 years since Toad The Wet Sprocket released their last record 'Coil', and it feels like they never left.  The new record 'New Constellation' is familiar enough to be instantly recognizable yet different enough to realize that the band has matured gracefully.  We will listen to this new music from the Santa Barbara based quartet this week on High Plains Morning, heard Monday through Friday from 9am to noon.

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Rural Healthcare
8:00 pm
Sun July 13, 2014

Rural Kansas hospital discovers cure for physician shortage

Credit city-data.com

Although 25 percent of Americans live in rural areas, only 10 percent of doctors do.  Finding physicians willing to live on the prairie is a serious problem in Kansas.  Kearny County Hospital had that problem.  The small hospital is rural, very rural with five people per square mile, but the little hospital has found a solution according to a recent article by the Kansas Health Institute.

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Prairie Ramblings
8:00 pm
Sun July 13, 2014

How many critters can get under that one tree?

Credit magysty.blogspot.com

All eyes in the stands focused on a bright yellow Volkswagen parked in the center of the Big top.  Both doors opened simultaneously, allowing two clowns wearing towering top hats and oversized, floppy shoes  to step into the spotlight.  Then two more characters in bright, outsized  attire squeezed out, and then two more and two more and two more  like an out of control tube of toothpaste until there were 12 clowns crowding around that little  VW.  If those weren’t enough to dazzle the crowd, two more popped out. 

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HPPR Arts
8:00 pm
Sun July 13, 2014

Once upon a time when rain followed the plow

Author and UNL geography professor, David Wishart
Credit dailynebraskan.com

Once upon a time there was a myth that motivated pioneers to go west and settle the Great Plains.  Told that rain would follow the plow that they were “changing climate for the better”, these hardy souls broke up vast seas of sod working to make their farming Eden a reality. 

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Amarillo Symphony Presents
2:45 pm
Sat July 12, 2014

Bairos speaks Innovators this week on Amarillo Symphony Presents

Jacomo Rafael Bairos, musical director of the Amarillo Symphony.
Credit John Graham

Listen to a excerpt of Jacomo Rafael Bairos speaking on Beethoven and the Innovators theme.

This week on Amarillo Symphony Presents, hear the Symphony No. 7 of Ludwig van Beethoven and listen to a chat with Amarillo Symphony musical director Jacomo Rafael Bairos as he draws the connection between Beethoven and Elon Musk, the man behind Tesla Motors and SpaceX.

The performance of Beethoven's 7th is from the symphony's "Innovators" concert in September of 2013, the opening to the symphony's previous concert season.

Also hear a selection from the Symphony No. 5 of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, a performance from November of 2012.

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Rodeo Tradition
8:01 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Mutton Busting A Rodeo Tradition For Rough And Tumble Kids

Two cowboys lift a mutton busting participant onto a wooly sheep at the Greeley (Colo.) Stampede rodeo.
Credit Luke Runyon/Harvest Public Media

Listen to Luke's story.

A furry beast, a brave rider and a roaring crowd make up the list of ingredients for the Western rodeo tradition known as “mutton busting.” Think of it as bull-riding, but for 6-year-olds, and the furry beast is actually a wooly sheep.

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High Plains Outdoors
8:00 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Bring home the fish, but leave the mussels

Zebra mussels are very small.
Credit pelicanlakemn.org

The spread of Zebra mussels in Texas lakes has caused for new regulations that all fishermen/boaters should be aware of. Beginning July 1, boaters must drain all water from their boat and on-board receptacles before leaving or approaching  a body of fresh water anywhere in Texas.

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Inside HPPR
5:18 am
Fri July 11, 2014

hONEyhoUSe show in Amarillo on July 18 is sold out!

This is another first for HPPR's Living Room Concert series- we have sold out this performance on July 18.  We are taking stand by reservations, and will accommodate  as many people as possible.  We thank you for the great response and for your continued support of HPPR and live music!

HPPR Environment
8:01 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

EPA promotes water rule to farmers

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy speaks to reporters at Heffernan Farm in Rocheport, Mo., July 9, 2014.
Credit Kris Husted/Harvest Public Media

The head of the Environmental Protection Agency is touring farm country, trying to assure farmers that the agency isn’t asking for more authority over farmers and ranchers’ lands.

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