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12:43 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Off the Air: 89.5 KTOT Spearman/Perryton

Tower at KZNK Brewster.

89.5 KTOT Spearman/Perryton is off the air for unknown reasons. HPPR is working on learning more about this issue. 91.5 KZNZ Elkhart is also affected.

HPPR Briefly
8:01 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Unemployment remains low; not all quakes created equal

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Kansas Chamber snubs seven Republicans in state House endorsements
The Kansas Chamber of Commerce announced candidates it's endorsing for Kansas House of Representatives in November, and some western Kansas Republicans are not included. Don Hineman of Dighton, J. Russell Jennings of Lakin, and John Doll of Garden City are among seven republicans not endorsed by the Chamber. All but one of the seven are running unopposed. In all of these races, the Kansas Chamber of Commerce opted not to endorse any candidate, according to reports by the Hutchinson News and Wichita Business Journal.

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Growing on the High Plains
8:00 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Phlox: A High Plains gardening favorite

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 Today we'll look at one of the most popular flowers in the garden, and one that is definitely easy to grow in the High Plains areas.  Once looked upon as a too tall and sometimes top heavy plant that sported pale colored blooms, phlox have been developed into various heights and some hot colors that will put some punch in your mid-summer perennial doldrums.     

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tomato farming
8:01 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

What goes into the price of your tomato

Vegetable farmer Tom Goeke of St. Charles, Mo., sells his Red Deuce tomatoes wholesale at about $1.50 per pound.
Credit Kristofor Husted/Harvest Public Media

Listen to Kristofor's story.

Late summer in the Midwest is tomato season. For tomato growers around that country, it’s time to pick their bounty and calculate their earnings.

While sun and rain might be free, tomato farmers have to carefully weigh everything else they put in to growing their crop. Research and the development of new tools – from novel seed varieties resistant to diseases to additional fertilizers – has changed the input costs for growers.

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A new wheat variety does well in drought
8:00 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

K-State releases new wheat workhorse

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Almost everything changes in 100 years, but some have lasting qualities able to stand the test of time.  Kanred was developed a century ago by Kansas State University, and now a direct descendent; KanMark has just been released according to the High Plains Journal

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Playa Country
8:01 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Conservation Easements: Water Conservation in Northeast Colorado

Credit Lori Potter / Kearney Hub

When Denver physician and sportsman Kent Heyborne bought land in northeast Colorado, his intent was to leave it undeveloped as bird habitat.

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Eastern Colorado
8:00 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Joes native inducted into Colorado Country Music Hall of Fame

Rodney Meade
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Rodney Meade was inducted into the Colorado County Music Hall of Fame this weekend in Boulder according to the Akron News-Reporter.

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art about farming
6:11 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Real farm life, at the intersection of arts and agriculture

Photographer Marji Guyler-Alaniz rode horseback to take this photo of a woman herding cattle in southern Iowa.
Credit Courtesy Marji Guyler-Alaniz/FarmHer

Listen to Amy's story.

In a living room converted to a theater for the evening, Ethan Peterson and Madeleine Russell portray the characters from Mary Swander’s play, “VANG.” In it, the actors share the emotional stories of four immigrant couples who farm in Iowa. Swander used transcriptions of conversations with Hmong, Mexican, Sudanese and Dutch farmers to create the play.

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Prairie Ramblings
8:00 pm
Sun August 17, 2014

Outdoor America

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Any good outdoors person knows that Cabela’s is a necessary stop on any vacation destination within 200 miles of this famed outdoor shopper’s paradise.  As lovers of nature, my husband and I always squeeze in a shopping expedition on our way to or/and from Wyoming.  We would always wonder what we missed if we ever drove past that green roofed utopia on I-80.

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FHSU and DCCC merger
8:00 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

FHSU leaders try to ease DCCC concerns

FHSU President Mirta Martin said she wants to become a member of the Dodge City community. It's not her style to "descend from the ivory tower" once a year she said while answering questions about the proposed merger.
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The board of Dodge City Community College has voted unanimously twice in four months to merge with Fort Hays State University to offer four-year programs.   Mirta Martin is the President of FHSU.  She recently attended a town hall meeting in Dodge City to dispel some concerns according to a recent article from the Hays Daily News.

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High Plains Outdoors
8:00 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Summer deer hunt in Texas Hill Country

Axis deer in Texas Hill Country
Luke Clayton

Folks, this week, I'm hunting for Axis deer in the beautiful Texas Hill Country.  Back in the 1930's, Axis deer were stocked on ranches in the Hill Country and parts of South Texas.  Today, there are thousands of Axis roaming the region.

I used a .45 caliber big bore air rifle on a hunt for free ranging deer just outside a small town near San Antonio.  

As most of you know, I put my game meats to good use.  While recording this week's show, I was smoking a neck roast from the deer I harvested!

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5:42 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Grocery shelves won't be empty much longer in Eastern Colorado

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Shelves have been pretty bare at Bella's Markets in both Limon and Stratton, but they should be full now.
KUSA - There's some good news for two eastern Colorado communities that have been dealing with limited supplies of groceries. Limon town leaders say Flagler-based Stop and Shop purchased the Bella's Markets in Limon and Stratton. The stores closed for a couple hours Wednesday for inventory and going forward will be known as Stop and Shop.
KanCare
8:00 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

New federal labor rules jeopardize Kansas Disability Services

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The Secretary of the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services says new federal labor rules may interfere with services that help disabled Kansans live in their own homes.  The concern is about overtime for workers who are hired and supervised by people with disabilities reported Bryan Thompson for Kansas Public Radio.

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8:01 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Kansas: Garden City BPI plant to reopen

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BPI plans to re-open its Garden City plant next week on a part time basis because of increased demand. The facility was closed in 2012 because of the "pink slime" controversy. It will re-hire 40-45 employees.
DAKOTA DUNES | With demand for its lean beef continuing to rebound, Beef Products Inc. will reopen its Garden City, Kan., plant next week. The complex in southwest Kansas was one of three plants the Dakota Dunes-based firm shuttered in May 2012 following a national media-driven controversy over its Lean Finely Textured Beef, or LFTB, which critics deride as "pink slime."
Healthcare
8:00 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Medicaid enrollment increases in Kansas

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Kansas had 7% increase in Medicaid enrollment, also known as KanCare, between June of 2013 and 2014, despite the fact the state chose not to take advantage of federal funds to expand the program. The increase was also experienced by other states that did not expand Medicaid reported Bryan Lowry for The Wichita Eagle

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Thomas Drummond
8:00 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Pioneer Plant Finder

Thomas Drummond, botanist
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Not all New World explorers discovered countries.  Some found new plants for the world to enjoy.  Today we'll look at a naturalist who helped record the floral finery of the gulf coast of Texas.  

HPPR Communities
8:00 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Skip Delivers Bountiful Garden Basket

Sharon DuBois, winner of Skip Mancini's Garden Basket

Each spring Skip Mancini, host of Growing on the High Plains, stops by HPPR's studio to help-out during the station's on-air membership campaign. While at the studio, she also holds a drawing, in which she'll  take off across the High Plains to hand-deliver one lucky listener a giant basket full of her garden's summer harvest. 

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drones & whistleblowers
8:01 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

One blogger's plan to deploy drones to factory farms

Using unmanned aerial vehicles is a controversial practice, whether to scout farmland or to skirt laws outlawing the filming of farms.
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An independent journalist says he’s found a way around the so-called “ag-gag” laws – flying drones over large livestock operations to document animal welfare problems and pollution.

Will Potter, a Washington D.C.-based environmental blogger, raised $75,000 on Kickstarter to buy drones and other equipment to do investigative work tracking animal abuse and pollution problems on large livestock operations.

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Surviving the High Plains Climate
8:00 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Flowers on trial in Western Kansas

Trial grounds at the Hays Agriculture Research Center
leavenworthtimes.com

Flowers are on trial at the Kansas State University Agricultural Research Centers in Colby and Hays, Kansas. 

Kansas is a big state, with varied climate and growing conditions.  Western Kansas is unique with its hot days, lack of rain, and high elevation.  Those factors create conditions where flowers store more sugars in their petals.  That results in deeper, darker, richer, and more vibrant colors according to a recent blog post by Dr. Stevens for the Leavenworth Times.

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Playa Country
3:04 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Conservation Easements and Land Trust Organizations

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    More than half of western Great Plains farmers are near retirement age. Many are considering conservation easements as a way of protecting the land from development and subdivision long after they're gone.

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HPPR Briefly
8:01 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Briefly: Texas water, Texas Confidential, Texas solar energy, guns and booze

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In Panhandle, a Growing Need for a Shallow Lake's Water
Lake Meredith, previously empty, is only 4% full, but those 2.8 billion gallons are enough for the Canadian River Municipal Water Authority to start pumping water from the lake. The authority supplies water to Amarillo, Lubbock, and surrounding areas. The low water means higher sediment levels, which will affect the water's taste and cause higher treatment costs. More from the Amarillo Globe-News.

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Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
8:00 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Rural America has more SNAP beneficiaries

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The stereotype of social safety net programs has often been that they mostly serve urban minority populations. However, a new report looks at people receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits  (formerly known as food stamps) by where they live, and the results show are surprising according to the Center for Rural Affairs.

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CD of the week
6:33 am
Mon August 11, 2014

'No Fools No Fun' is CD of the week on High Plains Morning

Norah Jones, Sasha Dobson and Catherine Popper have been playing together since 2008, under several different band names before finally settling on Puss n’ Boots. Their first record together ‘No Fools No Fun’ is a collection of original songs and covers, some recorded live in a Brooklyn club.  We will listen to ‘No Fools No Fun’ all this week on High Plains Morning.

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My Farm Roots
5:29 am
Mon August 11, 2014

My Farm Roots: She's her dad's 'son'

Emily Robbins and her father, Vic, at the family's farm in Osage County, Kan.
Credit Courtesy Emily Robbins

Listen to Peggy's story.

Emily Robbins is a city girl now.

Well, I’m using that term as a cliché. Robbins, 27, lives in Kansas City and works as an engineer at a large firm. She is part of a profession that is made up of just 14 percent women.

Her choice of professions makes sense, though, when you know that she started out as her father’s “boy.”

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Prairie Ramblings
8:00 pm
Sun August 10, 2014

Witness Trees

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We once traveled to Montana where I met a remarkable man who introduced me to “Witness” trees. In that particular case, the storyteller was talking about 1000 or 2000-year-old pine trees that oversaw pack trains led first by native people and later by miners and then hunters heading into the Bob Marshall Wilderness.

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High Plains Outdoors
8:00 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

One last outing for the Clayton family before school starts

Grandson Jack reeling in the big one with Captain Mike
Luke Clayton

Howdy Folks!

This week I'm making it short and sweet.  I'm working on a story about shark fishing in the Gulf of Mexico with our old friend, Captain Mike, and I've made the trip into one last family vacation before school starts.  I'm sending pictures for you to enjoy of my grandson, Jack, catching a shark from the pier, and a big one he landed with the help of Captain Mike.

Right now, the kids are over at Schlitterbahn Water Park.  It's great family fun.  Their website is: schlitterbahn.com

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Education
8:00 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

What state has the best schools?

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  Before you send your kids off to school, take a moment to consider that Americans with bachelor’s degrees earn 59 percent more than those with only a high school diploma according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  In that light, many parents are seeking the best school districts in an effort to secure the best chance for their children’s academic and eventually financial success.

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Water Conservation
8:00 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

The current flow of water in Amarillo

The water level at Lake Meredith near Borger, Texas, had dropped below the lake's intake rendering it useless as a water source for cities. Photo taken on Tuesday, Sept., 28, 2012.
Credit Robert W Hart / texastribune.org

Water is being pumped from Lake Meredith to supplement water wells in Amarillo.  The Canadian River Municipal Water Authority reported recent rains have raised the water level at Lake Meredith from last year’s record low of 26 feet a current level of 43.5 feet according to a recent article from the Amarillo Globe-News.

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Western Swing and Other Things
8:00 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Marshal Allen Bailey inducted into Wild West Walk of Fame

Allen Bailey

Marshal Allen Bailey was inducted into the Wild West Walk of Fame in Dodge City.  The event took place on August 3, 2014 during Dodge City Days. 

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Amarillo Symphony
8:00 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

Eight young musicians win private music instruction

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Eight young musicians have won private music lessons from the Amarillo Symphony Guild.  The Amarillo Symphony Young Artist Project is a program that provides private music instruction to gifted young musicians who would not otherwise be able to afford it. 

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