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Western Heritage
8:00 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Amarillo celebrates National Day of the Cowboy

AQHA celebrated National Day of the Cowboy by offering free test rides of American Quarter Horses as part of a free day of fun at the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum.
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The whole family had the opportunity to get a taste of cowboy life at the National Day of the Cowboy the past weekend.   About 1,200 people braved the heat to attend the free event at the American Quarter Horse Association Headquarters according to the AQHA.

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10:57 am
Tue July 29, 2014

It's a busy time in Logan for water witchers and well diggers

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What is seen to some as hocus-pocus, helps farmers and ranchers find water in Logan.
LOGAN -- Quests for water during years of dry conditions have kept two Logan men busy. Terry Gottschalk, a well driller, and Phil Altman, a water witcher, often are colleagues on the same job. "I tell people I would not drill a well without having it witched. Otherwise, you're just shooting ...
Playa Country
8:01 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Soil Health: Nebraska Farmer Learns New Tricks With Cover Cropping

Credit Harvest Public Media

Nebraska farmer Bill Volkmer describes himself as an "old farmer." But this old farmer is willing to learn some new tricks. He started planting cover crops in 2011.

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Western Kansas
8:00 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Hauling water like pioneers in Rooks County

Farmer-ranchert Jerry McReynolds fills a stock tank with water for his cattle June 30 in eastern Rooks County. A lack of groundwater in his area forces him and some neighbors to haul water from Woodston, a 24-mile round trip, two or more times a week.
Credit Tim Unruh / Salina Journal

Even though it’s 2014, for Jerry and Diane McReynolds they live like it’s the 1800s.  The McReynolds’ domestic well in Rooks County, Kansas, went dry in October 2013.   The couple are members of Rural Water District No. 3, but service is not reliable, especially during the day reported Tim Unruh for the Salina Journal.

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12:47 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Goodbye to the last of a generation

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The Texas Panhandle bids farewell to a quiet man, Henry Carroll LaMaster. A quiet man, who came from a pioneering family of humble service and education that did two things no other family in the Panhandle accomplished.
Henry Carroll LaMaster was named after the two counties - Henry and Carroll - in Kentucky where his parents were born before they moved to the Perryton area in 1909.Hank, as he was known, got a lot of mileage out of the joke that it could have been a lot worse - he could have been named after the county where he was born.
Prairie Ramblings
8:00 pm
Sun July 27, 2014

Get Home When the Streetlights Go On

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After pulling weeds, mowing lawns, playing, or swimming under hot summer sun, evening breezes provided welcome relief during games of softball and freeze tag played at dusk during my childhood. As a youngster, I loved being outside under lavender, apricot, and rose tinted  skies when cool winds blew  and tangled hair into Medusa-like snakes and tickled sunburnt skin. This was a such a positive part of my life that I still enjoy replaying mental videos of evenings my brother and I invented new games or enjoyed old standbys with neighborhood kids after supper.

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Southwest Kansas
8:00 pm
Sun July 27, 2014

A history lesson in irrigation

A Finney County irrigation pumping plant in the 1911-1925 period.
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Everyone knew the open, treeless High Plains wasn’t a place to put down roots.  Making a home, farming, and development takes water, and in Western Kansas it’s arid and rainfall is in short supply.  Enter the grand idea of irrigation.

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Inside HPPR
8:00 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Open Range This Week

"Open Range" this week features two great Ry Cooder-produced cuts: Buena Vista Social Club's "Chan Chan" and "I'll Be Rested" from the great Mavis Staples. Also, new music from Johnnie Lang and London Grammar. As an added bonus, local poet Ms. G. Dunbar will be reading from her work.

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Ogallala Aquifer
8:00 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Water is the cornerstone of SW Kansas economy

A NASA photo of Finney County, Kansas. The circles of land are irrigated by center pivot systems.
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The ag world is gearing up to feed 9 billion people, but the Ogallala Aquifer sprawling under the surface of eight Midwestern states is going down the drain.  In fact, in some places, it’s gone reported Amy Bickel for Kansas Agland.

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High Plains Outdoors
8:00 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Is high-fenced hunting sporting?

Credit Luke Clayton

With the outdoor hunting shows coming up in a few weeks and many hunters making plans for their fall hunting trips, I though it might be interesting this week to discuss hunting on high fences ranches. This is a ‘hot button’ topic for many hunters.

Let me share my thoughts on hunting ranches with game proof fencing. I know many of you have been reading my columns/articles for years and I hope you have come to learn that “Ole Luke” is all about the total hunting experience rather than just the harvest.

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HPPR History
8:00 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

"The Last of the Big Dogs” is dismantled and resting in the Freedom Museum

"The Last of the Big Dogs" ready to be unloaded at the Freedom Museum in Pampa, Texas.
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“The Last of the Big Dogs” has been dismantled, and now sits in the Freedom Museum in Pampa, Texas.  Disassembly workers at Pantex dubbed the B53 uranium bomb.  It’s a megaton-class, weighed about 10,000 pounds and is about the size of a minivan according to a recent article from the Amarillo Globe-News.

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The Affordable Care Act
8:00 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

60,000 Kansans to Receive Insurance Refunds

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One of the lesser-known parts of the Affordable Care Act is about to put some money back into the pockets of nearly 60,000 Kansas families.  The refunds will total $3.6 million reported Bryan Thompson for Kansas Public Radio.

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Ogallala Aquifer
8:00 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Water, we thought it would last forever

Rodger Funk walks out of a dryland milo field on his farm near Garden City, Kansas, that sits atop the Ogallala Aquifer.
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The Kansas economy relies on water and for more than a generation, experts have warned that western Kansas' economic resource is vanishing.

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Growing on the High Plains
8:00 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

German engineering

Cindee Talley

Thank goodness for gadgets because how else would we ever get things done?  Things like cherry pitting for example must have driven Simple Simon's Pie Man to distraction.  But then he probably was never lucky enough to find a dandy little gadget called the

Kernomat der “schnelle” Doppelentkerner.  Ah, the joys of modern living live on in today's Growing on the High Plains.

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Women for Kansas
8:00 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Women rally across the state to take Kansas back

Laura Dungan, left, and Emira Palacios, right, on a 5-day tour of Kansas. They are listening Kansas women, sharing information, registering women for the Taking Back Kansas convention, and support local communities getting organized.
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HPPR's Cindee Talley talks with Laura Dungan and Emira Palacios from Women for Kansas

  Two ladies, one light, one dark, are traveling across Kansas this week talking about a grassroots movement called, “Women for Kansas.” 

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6:24 am
Wed July 23, 2014

A water-centered economy

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The Kansas economy relies on water and for more than a generation, experts have warned that western Kansas' economic resource is vanishing. The Hutchinson News and the Salina Journal are delving into the issues surrounding the declining Ogallala Aquifer and how it affects Kansas. Water: Past, present, and future begins today with a look at a water-centered economy.
ULYSSES - A century ago, when Clay Scott's great-grandfather homesteaded the this area of semiarid western Kansas, he relied on the mercy of the sky. Click here to view all stories in our series It wasn't easy. There were plenty of years when rain came sparingly. Yet, as thousands of far ...
Amarillo Texas
8:00 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Chinese Cadillac enthusiasts get their kicks on Route 66

A caravan of Chinese tourists in Cadillacs travel down Polk Street in Amarillo.
Credit amarillo.com

If you’re traveling Route 66, you might see a caravan of Cadillacs getting their kicks traveling the open road.  They’ve traveled all the way from China for the experience according to a recent article in the Amarillo Globe-News.

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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
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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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