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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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Water Conservation
8:00 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Kansas water plan team gets an earful in Hays

Credit kwo.org

The water plan for the state of Kansas was recently unveiled.  The goal is to ensure a reliable water supply for the future according to a recent article from the Washington Times.

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6:41 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Farmers hoping for more rain

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More rain could turn things around for farmers, but if the weather turns hot and dry, it could be a repeat of last year.
Some Oklahoma farmers say there's "cautious optimism" that patchy rains this summer will make a dent in the drought afflicting much of the state and help
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Climate
8:00 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Recent rains didn’t drown drought conditions

Credit droughtmonitor.unl.edu

Recent rains did not significantly change drought conditions for most of the High Plains. 

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Growing on the High Plains
8:00 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

The Great Tomato Race

Credit feastingonpixels.blogspot.com

To participants in the great tomato race, the fourth of July is a big deal.  It’s the finish line for the green thumb trying to win the title of “The First Tomato of the Season.”  

If you missed out on this race, there are more tomato contests to come, like trying to win the distinction of growing “The Biggest Tomato” later this summer.     

Camp Amache
8:00 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Unearthing Amache: The story begins

Credit Angela Rueda

Denver University anthropology student, Anika Cook, shares her impression of the people who lived at Camp Amache and what she's learned so far.

My name is Anika Cook.  I'm an anthropology student at the University of Denver (DU).  DU is conducting a field school at Camp Amache.  The project is focused on researching, interpreting, and preserving the tangible history of Amache, one of ten WWII-era Japanese American internment camps.

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Camp Amache
8:00 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Unearthing Amache: A brief history lesson

http://www.amache.org/photo-archives/

The Granada War Relocation Center, also known as Camp Amache, was a Japanese American internment camp located just south of US Highway 50 about a mile west of the small, farming community of Granada, Colorado.  It is an agricultural area with a semi-arid climate.  The Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad track lies just south of the camp.  

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Link to export markets
8:01 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

100 years on, Panama Canal still vital to farm economy

A loaded container ship passes through the Miaflores Locks on the Panama Canal in 2006.
Jean-Pierre Martineau/Flickr

When it opened in 1914, the Panama Canal introduced the harvest from Midwest farms to the world and helped link U.S. farmers to the global economy. Nearly a century-old, the canal today remains an important connector of global trade, from the U.S. heartland to Asia.

“Obviously it’s one of our major achievements,” said Bill Angrick, a former state Ombudsman of Iowa who was born in the Canal Zone and has studied the engineering marvel. “It’s like going to the moon. It’s something we did well and did right.”

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Playa Country
8:01 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Grassland Bird: Mountain Plover

Mountain Plover
Credit planetofbirds.com

The Mountain Plover is a shorebird that spends little time on the beach and lives on the open Plains and nowhere near mountains.

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The evaporating Ogallala Aquifer
8:00 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Down to the last drop: The Texas Panhandle water crisis

An American flag stands sentinel over the harsh Texas Panhandle landscape southwest of Vega, Texas. The tattered edge is a testament to the relentless wind in the Panhandle.
Credit nbcnews.com

If you ask Dale Artho about climate change, and the predictions scientists are making, he’ll say there’s no point in discussing the doomsday prophecies.  It’s already happened in Vega, Texas.  He can give you details. 

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Concerns with "super bug" resistance
6:38 am
Mon July 7, 2014

AMA seeks ban on antibiotics for weight gain

Low doses of antibiotics are often delivered to livestock in their feed.
Credit Jeremy Bernfeld/Harvest Public Media

The largest association of U.S. physicians is calling for tighter rules on antibiotic use in livestock. 

The American Medical Association (AMA) says there should be an outright federal ban on using antibiotics to plump up farm animals. Last year, the Food and Drug Administration asked pharmaceutical companies to voluntarily phase out the use of antimicrobial drugs that promote growth in livestock.

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Prairie Ramblings
8:00 pm
Sun July 6, 2014

Into battle and armed with a song

Credit ranchreflections.wordpress.com

If you tune into the news, you’ll see people and nations disputing boundaries. These disagreements might involve guns, artillery, and bombs, or they may be legal wars that wind their way through courtrooms for years before anyone gets a definitive answer regarding who owns what. Since the beginning of time, humans have wrangled over property lines. After watching two male cardinals duke it out last week, I’ve decided people ought to settle their differences the way birds do—with song.

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Environmental Regulations
8:00 pm
Fri July 4, 2014

Texas: Both sides claim greenhouse ruling a victory

New EPA regulations would place new restrictions on coal-burning power plants, a major source in Texas for greenhouse gases
Credit DAVE FEHLING / StateImpact Texas

The U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled on how much latitude the federal government has to regulate facilities that emit greenhouse gases.  Texas environmentalists who want more regulation and Texas state official who want less both say the ruling was a victory reported Dave Fehling for StateImpact Texas.

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High Plains Outdoors
8:00 pm
Fri July 4, 2014

Watch out Wylie, Luke's on the porch!

Luke's waiting for Wylie Coyote on his front porch.
Credit Luke Clayton

My son spotted coyotes on two occasions late at night close to the house during the past week. Most of these sightings occurred around midnight or later, long after I am in bed sound asleep. After another cat came up missing 2 nights ago, I decided to devise a plan to remove Ole Wiley from the equation!

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7:06 am
Fri July 4, 2014

A slideshow of bombers to celebrate July 4

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An exhibit of rare planes is in Texas. It includes the P-51, a C-47 and a B-25. Tours and low-altitude flights over Austin are going on all weekend. Click to link to see the planes and veterans taking part in the occasion.
The Texas Raiders have descended upon Austin. No, it's not a football team. It's the codename for a group of B-17 pilots who have brought four renovated
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Surplus military equipment no longer available
8:00 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

New federal agreement could devastate rural firefighting in OK

Credit oklahomafarmreport.com

The U.S. Department of Defense and the Environmental Protection Agency will no longer provide no-cost surplus military vehicles and equipment to fire departments across the country reported StateImpact Oklahoma.

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HPPR Programming
5:58 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Amarillo Symphony returns to HPPR July 6

The Amarillo Symphony with musical director Jacomo Rafael Bairos in the Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts in Amarillo.

A brand new season of performances from the Amarillo Symphony premieres on HPPR this Sunday.

The season begins Sunday, July 6 at noon with a performance of Velocity Festivals by Paul Dooley, a work commissioned for the opening to the symphony's 2013-14 concert season. Hear commentary from the Amarillo Symphony's 17th musical director Jacomo Rafael Bairos, who began his debut season with the symphony with this performance. Also hear the Symphony No. 8 of Antonín Dvořák.

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4:51 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Texas cattlemen say yes to increased "beef checkoff" dollars

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"Beef checkoff" is a national program that funds beef promotion and research. Texas ranchers recently voted in favor of increasing participation in the program by an overwhelming majority.
Every time a cow is sold in Texas, a dollar of that sale goes to industry groups that use it to promote and research beef. It's part of a national program called the "beef checkoff," and that charge will now rise to two dollars in Texas after a statewide vote by cattle owners.
Kansas Election 2014
8:00 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Kansas: Incumbent U.S. Senator Roberts signs Obamacare repeal

U.S. Senator Pat Roberts
Credit roberts.senate.gov

Republican U.S. Senator Pat Roberts recently signed a pledge sponsored by the conservative women’s organization, Independent Women’s Voice.  The pledge is to repeal, defund and dismantle the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare blogged Peter Hancock for the Lawrence Journal-World.

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Growing on the High Plains
8:00 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Lawns, Xeriscape style

Welcome to Ward's Garden Center, step inside for a tour
Cindee Talley

Skip talks with Matt Lutz and Don Lonnberg about lawns.

On this final visit about xeriscaping, we'll look at lawns (or the lack of them) in many dry-weather landscape designs.  Believe it or not, there are grasses that can give you a lawn for less water, and that fit in with the look of a xeriscape garden.

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