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Growing on the High Plains
8:00 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Xeriscape's Big Three

Credit Cindee Talley

Skip talks with expert xeric landscapers, Don Lonnberg and Matt Lutz, about the "Big Three."

 Our xeriscape series continues with a look at three blooming perennials that, once established, can bring a variety of colors, shapes, and textures to your low-water landscaping.

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Pledge your support now
5:02 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Help Close the Gap -- $10,740 remains ...

Help HPPR close the gap on its summer membership campaign by pledging your support now!

We're down to the wire , having met $25,260 of HPPR's June goal of $36,000.

With only one day left in the month to close the gap, please take a moment to pledge your support here now

Your gift will help HPPR keep its on-air fundraising to a minimum, and ensure that all your favorite programs are there for you each time you tune in.

As a community licensed public radio station, HPPR  doesn't have any larger institution, such as a university to fall back on for support. 

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Oil & Gas
8:00 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Pipeline companies are paying more to cross private land in Texas

Workers install a section of natural gas pipeline that runs through a field that abuts a subdivision on Schultz Lane in Berthoud, CO.
Credit Felisa Cardona / denverpost.com

Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has tapped reserves that were once thought unreachable.  The industry is scrambling to provide infrastructure to support the boom.  Pipelines sometimes have to cross private land.  For the pipeline companies, it’s not a simple off that has to be accepted.  Recent court cases have been awarding landowners significantly higher amounts than companies offer reported Gilad Edelman for The Texas Tribune

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HPPR Briefly
8:00 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Briefly: Supercharged in Hays, Fizzy in Amarillo

Credit Hays Area Chamber of Commerce

Potter County OKs tax break for Coca-Cola, paves the way for ballpark
Potter County is the final jurisdiction to pass a tax abatement for Coke to move from downtown Amarillo to the CenterPort Business Park to make way for a future hotel/ballpark development. Read more from The Amarillo Globe-News.

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Playa Country
8:01 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Citizen Science: Mid-winter Eagle Survey

Bald Eagle at Rest
Credit Wikimedia Commons

When America adopted the bald eagle as the national symbol in 1782, there may have been 100,000 nesting eagles. But the eagle population declined, in part due to pesticides.

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Water Conservation
8:00 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Western Kansas voters say no to water conservation program

A center-pivot irrigation system in Trego County.
Credit kgs.ku.edu

Water rights holders in Western Kansas counties recently rejected a plan to conserve the Ogallala Aquifer.  Groundwater Management District No. 1 board members asked its voting membership to approve a measure to that would cut irrigation use by 20 percent reported Amy Bickel for Kansas Agland.

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Budget
8:00 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Kansas borrows millions to pay bills, again

Credit Stephen Koranda / KPR

The state of Kansas is loaning itself $675 million to be able to pay its bills.  That’s nothing new.  That’s how it’s been done for the last 16 years according to the Kansas Health Institute.

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Farming & Mental Health
12:20 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Report: Farmer Suicide Rate Higher Than All Other Workers

A new study shows that agricultural workers have unusually high suicide rates compared to other workers.
Credit Harvest Public Media

U.S. farmers are more than three times more likely to commit suicide than other workers, a new study has found.

University of Iowa researcher Wendy Ringgenberg compiled a study based on Occupational Safety and Health Administration farm death statistics from 1992 to 2010. In a recent interview with Iowa Public Radio, Ringgenberg said suicide rates have likely been underestimated and underreported.

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CD of the week
4:59 am
Mon June 23, 2014

New Music from David Gray on High Plains Morning

'Mutineers' is David Gray's 10th release in his 21 year career.  This one is a slight departure from some of his previous work, in that the arrangements rely less on acoustic instruments.  The songs are classic David Gray-insightful, passionate, stunning.  We will listen to 'Mutineers' this week on High Plains Morning.

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Education
8:00 pm
Sun June 22, 2014

Fort Hays State University: Best buy in Kansas

The Kansas Board of Regents gave final approval of in-state rates for all six universities.  Fort Hays State University has the lowest increase, both in terms of percentages and in dollars according to a recent press release.

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Prairie Ramblings
8:00 pm
Sun June 22, 2014

Nature's calling cards

Credit artofmanliness.com

In Victorian times, people of good breeding with time on their hands apparently went “calling.” As either a pass into another’s home or as a token of the visit, guests left behind a reminder of the visit in a lovely dish placed on an entryway table. These ornately engraved name cards held special significance if one bent the left top corner one way and another meaning if the deliverer tore a different place. 

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Selling the "Farm Experience"
8:01 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Agritourism a growing opportunity on the farm

Blake Bohlender attended a three-day camp at Laughing Buck Farm near Fort Collins, Colo.
Credit Luke Runyon/Harvest Public Media

Farms aren’t just for food any more. With the local food movement growing, more savvy farmers are putting a price tag on more than those organic tomatoes. They are instead marketing and selling the “farm experience” in the form of agritourism attractions.

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Cattle
8:01 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Cattle move north for water

After years of drought, the central and northern Plains have seen a rise in cattle feedlots.
Credit Jeremy Bernfeld/Harvest Public Media

The U.S. cattle herd has changed dramatically over the last four years, largely thanks to drought.

The supply of beef has been in free-fall. Perhaps you’ve noticed sky-high prices for hamburger and steak.

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Rains have given the prairie burst of color
8:00 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

It’s prime time to see Kansas prairie wildflowers

Butterfly milkweed
Credit freedomsfrontier.org

Recent rains came just at the right time to spur and explosion of wildflowers across the Kansas Prairie.  Along roadways and in pastures flower paint the prairie with splashes of orange, red, purple, blue, white and yellow reported the Wichita Eagle.

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Oil & Gas
8:00 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Texas Railroad Commission media policy raises concerns

State Rep. Jim Keffer, R-Eastland, and Steve Brown, the Democratic candidate for Texas railroad commissioner.
Credit texastribune.org

A recent story on the Railroad Commission of Texas’ practice of not allowing staff to talk to the media has raised some questions according to a recent article from the Texas Tribune.

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Health
8:00 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Alzheimer’s patients benefit from new music program

iPod playlists are created for each individual as part of The Roth Project: Music Memories
Credit commons.wikimedia.org

Communication is heartbreaking for families who have a loved one with Alzheimer’s.  A new music therapy project in Central and Western Kansas experienced a bit of a breakthrough reported KMUW.

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Panhandle city is a good place to raise a family
8:00 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Amarillo is tenth best city for families

Credit national.deseretnews.com

Between 2012 and 2013, 11.7 percent of the population moved according to the U.S. Census Bureau.  About a third of those moved because of “family-related reasons,” the Wall Street Journal reported.

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Growing on the High Plains
8:00 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Watering xeriscape style

Skip talks with the xeric experts at Ward's Garden Center. Left to right: Don Lonnberg, Matt Lutz, and Skip Mancini.
Credit Cindee Talley

Techniques that make every drop of water count in your xeriscape beds include how much, how often, and how to apply that gardener's liquid gold.  The importance of soil preparation is also discussed this week.  

Agriculture
8:00 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

USDA down payment program helps beginning farmers

Credit marysbeagooddogblog.blogspot

Two of the biggest barriers for beginning farmers and ranchers are access to land and access to capital reported the Center for Rural Affairs

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HPPR Government and Politics
8:00 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Texas foster care alumni not using higher ed benefit

Credit tpr.org

The Lone Star State offers high education tuition waivers for students who were in the foster care system.  But, it’s rare students take advantage of this opportunity according to a recent article from the Texas Tribune.

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$21,899 remaining
6:05 am
Tue June 17, 2014

HPPR's Silent Drive Underway

Help keep the on-air portion of our summer membership campaign on mute by pledging now.

Around this time each summer, HPPR begins gearing-up for its summer membership  campaign. This summer, while its still important for HPPR raise the funds necessary to maintain its service, we're trying something new.

If HPPR can reach its June goal of $36,000 before the end of the month, we'll be able to completely forgo the on-air portion of our traditional summer membership campaign. 

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Playa Country
8:01 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Citizen Science: Breeding Bird Survey

Breeding Bird Survey Trends, 1996-2005
Credit Cornell Lab of Ornithology

The North American Breeding Bird Survey is a cooperative effort between the United States and Canada.

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An innovative solution to a landfill problem
8:00 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Pantex: Top secret compost

A compost turner churns Pantex waste paper to begin the composting process.
Credit amarillo.com

The Pantex Plant generates tons of paper that has to be destroyed in a manger that protects classified information about the facility’s top-secret nuclear weapons operations.  The material used to go into a landfill because it had to be shredded so finely, it couldn’t be recycled.  Then about 10 years ago, a waster operations employee thought turning the paper into compost would be the perfect solution according to the Amarillo Globe-News.

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Beef & Drought
8:01 pm
Sun June 15, 2014

Drought re-shaping the cattle map

Cattle come to Van Housen Feed Yard to be fattened up before heading to one of the nearby meat packing plants. Drought in beef states like Texas and Oklahoma has led to growth feedlots in Nebraska.
Credit Grant Gerlock/Harvest Public Media

Listen to Grant's story.

Drought is re-shaping the beef map and raising the price of steak. Ranchers are moving herds from California to Colorado and from Texas to Nebraska seeking refuge from dry weather. And cattle producers in the Midwest are making the most of it.

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Prairie Ramblings
8:00 pm
Sun June 15, 2014

Stitching lives together at the Cottonwood Ranch

Credit dankalal.net

Old houses intrigue me—especially those with formal parlors. In today’s world, the concept of an appointed sitting room is alien to our interactions. However, after participating in the Donna Day Craft Workshop at Cottonwood Ranch Historical Site, I’m rethinking my feelings about fancy salons folks once used only for weddings, Sunday visitors, or wakes.

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A look at the Koch brothers
8:00 pm
Sun June 15, 2014

Examining the Kochtopus

Credit Brett Ryder / economist.com

Koch Industries is one of the great success stories of American business.  The oil, gas and commodities conglomerate is based in Wichita.  It employs more than 100,000 people worldwide and has an annual turnover of about $115 billion.  It’s also one of the most unusual companies in its management techniques, enthusiasm for political activism, as well as the intensity of its family feuds according to a recent article in the Economist about a new book, “Sons of Wichita,” by Daniel Schulman.

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Got groceries?
8:00 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Food deserts plague the High Plains

Food deserts abound on the High Plains
Credit msucommunitydevelopment.org

Across the High Plains, areas are colored with food deserts.  In a place that’s been dealing with drought for four years, the added designation of being a food desert feels more literal.  A food desert is an area designated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a non-metropolitan, low-income area where at least 500 people or 33 percent of the population lives more than ten miles from a supermarket or large grocery store.

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High Plains Outdoors
8:00 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

The life cycle of a hunter

Luke bow hunting this season
Credit Luke Clayton

 Howdy, Folks!

This week Cindee asked me to talk about the way my hunting experience has changed with time.  When I think about it, as a young man it was all about bagging the tags and having a bigger gun.  Through the years, I was challenged by the skill bow hunting required, and moved that direction.  Now, I'm experimenting with air rifles, and the different skill set they require.  As I think about it, hunting at this time is about the experience.

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Agriculture
8:00 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

New farm bill creates two-tiered test for farm program participation

Credit cfra.org

One unintended consequence of the recent farm bill was the creation of a more rigid and stricter test to define what “actively engaged” in farming means reported John Crabtree for the Center for Rural Affairs.

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Air Pollution
8:00 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Oklahoma and Texas have opposite responses to EPA rules

Oklahoma Gas & Electric's coal-fired Sooner Plant in Red Rock, Oklahoma.
Credit http://stateimpact.npr.org/oklahoma

There are completely different responses to the Obama administration’s recent proposal to combat climate change in Oklahoma and Texas. 

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