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Premiums in the federal health insurance Marketplace are slightly higher, on average, compared to last year, but not in Kansas.  KPR's Bryan Thompson reports Kansas is bucking the trend.

Andy Cross / The Denver Post

Weekend remembrances drew 1,000 visitors to the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site to recognize those brutally killed 150 years ago on November 29.

ctonabudget.blogspot.com

I know some might think, heavens no; December doesn’t need another holiday. After all, it has Christmas and New Year’s Eve, but for those of us living in deer country, we need to make opening day of firearms deer season the kind of holiday that frees kids from school and employees from work. Even for people who don’t hunt, advantages exist.

Luke Clayton

Howdy Folks!  This week, we're headed west to the canyon country of southwest Texas.  I'm meeting Steven Ray.  He's an expert antler rattler, and the creator of Rattling Forks.

This hunt brings in one of the nicest bucks I've seen in years.

Hop in my truck, and let's go!

USDA

The U.S. Department of Agriculture isn’t just for farmers. It also supports school lunches, broadband internet access in rural areas, and inner-city farmers markets. As Harvest Public Media’s Amy Mayer reports, that diverse mandate fits with the man running it all, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, who’s now been on that job longer than anyone since the Nixon administration.

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uniandi.com

Three Amarillo education leaders are visiting the White House this week reports the Amarillo Globe News.

kansas.com

There’s a new life for once-secret tunnels and rooms beneath Ellsworth, Kansas.

projects.propublica.org

  The oil and gas boom is boosting economies on the high plains, but it’s also putting small towns in danger reports ProPublica

Oklahomans are apparently the “bigger spenders” among the states in the HPPR region.  That distinction is based on analysis by economists for the website wallethub.com, which ranked Oklahoma as 17th among the fifty states for personal spending level, adjusted for income and the costs of living.  Other area states are close by, although Colorado lags in the spending ranking:

genesgarden.blogspot.com

Thinking of the holiday season takes me back to my childhood, the smell of black gold in the oil patch, well-worn ornaments, and a gunny sack for collecting mistletoe once the grown-ups knocked it out of the tree with buckshot.

A new style of luxury gun club is popping up around urban areas. They’re known as “guntry clubs” for their resemblance to country clubs, and are a far cry from dingy strip mall facilities or the rural shooting ranges with outhouse facilities known on the High Plains. The New York Times has this profile of these new clubs, featuring the Centennial Gun Club in the Denver area:

L. Brian Stauffer / www.news.illinois.edu

The FAA’s proposed rules for flying drones pose a basic problem for rural users.  The rules are based on two purposes of use, hobby versus commercial, rather than where the drone is being flown, a wide open rural area versus near an urban airport.  Consequently, many potential rural uses such as checking crops or inspecting powers lines will fall under the proposed commercial rules applied to all areas of the U.S.

salon.com

A Kansas judge has decided the son of a deceased Kansas Bureau of Investigation agent can publish his father’s files from the 1959 killings that inspired the book, “In Cold Blood.”

National Park Service

The 150th anniversary of the Sand Creek Massacre passed recently and the use of the term “massacre” has carried great significance and stirred continued debate across the years.  It also played into the planning and naming of the current memorial on Colorado’s eastern plains as "The Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site."  That story is told in historian Ari Kelman’s 2013 book “A Misplaced Massacre: Struggling Over the Memory of Sand Creek” pub

Alfred A. Knopf

Kent Haruf, who brought to life the stories of people and town life in eastern Colorado, died at age 71 on Sunday.  His fictional town of Holt, Colorado is based on three actual towns where he grew up and is captured in his trilogy of novels “Plainsong” (1999), “Eventide” (2004), and “Benediction” (2013). 

Nick Hayes / Jonathan Cape

Many books have been written about Woody Guthrie and photographs of the Dust Bowl are recognized around the world. Now there is a graphic novel, Woody Guthrie and the Dust Bowl Ballads, that tells the story of Guthrie with imagined dialogue and stark, sepia colored illustrations.  

Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Scientists, regulators and technical experts from the energy industry met in Oklahoma recently.  They discussed how earthquakes triggered by oil and gas operations should be accounted for on national seismic hazard maps reports StateImpact Oklahoma.

BO RADER / kansas.com

Republicans may have gained enough seats in the Kansas House to end the state’s renewable energy standard in the last election.  Activists on both sides of the issue are preparing for a fight in the next legislative session reports the Wichita Eagle.

Stephen Koranda / kpr.org

Kansas House Republicans have reelected Ray Merrick to a second, two-year term as speaker. Kansas Public Radio reports the representative from Stilwell was challenged by fellow conservative Virgil Peck, but Merrick easily won in an 80-16 vote.

pettimes.ca

Our last dog came to us as a mature hand-me-down. Our daughter adopted him as a furry white puppy with appealing eyes. He was small enough to fit in her housecoat pocket. His mom was Shih Tzu and reportedly his dad was Lhasa Apso, so Dudley should have remained tiny and cuddly. Six years later, he weighs 45 pounds and comes to my very tall knee. While he isn’t purse pet material, he’s still lovable.

texastribune.org

The Texas Beef Council is turning its attention to attracting younger eaters.  The Texas Tribune reports beef consumption is down.  Gone are the days of Fred Flintstone rib eye slabs that were common in the 1970s.

noaanews.noaa.gov

Tornado alley is undergoing a transformation.  The Wichita Eagle reports the number of days with damaging tornados has fallen sharply.  But the number of days with large outbreaks has climbed dramatically.

Northern Colorado Food Cluster

More cities want to take eating local food from just a hip trend to an economic generator. But as with many grassroots movements, there can be some growing pains along the way. That has some looking to the tech sector for lessons, as Harvest Public Media’s Luke Runyon reports.

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Luke Clayton

Deer season is well underway and I’m betting many of you have a freezer full of venison. What would you think is the most popular method of cooking venison? Maybe chicken fried steak? I’m betting the old standard fried backstrap or ham steak is very high on the list! I’ve enjoyed chicken fried venison since childhood and thought I’d share with you my method of preparing it.

Kansas Health Institute

Over 125 years of experience will be leaving the state of Kansas Insurance department this month.  Four division directors are leaving as Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger concludes her third and final term reports KHI

Mike Lee

Mike Lee steers his plane over the Missouri-Arkansas state line, checking out a checkerboard of green and brown fields of rice, cotton, corn and soybeans. Lee is the owner of Earl’s Flying Service, a crop dusting business in Steele, Mo., and he’s scouting some farm fields that his pilots will treat later in the day.

KU Medical Center recruiting the next generation of rural health workers

Nov 27, 2014
Andy Marso /KHI News Service

In the last two years Seth Nutt has traveled to nearly every corner of Kansas, introducing rural students to health care professionals.

Quentin Hope

  The cost of producing and providing electricity generated by solar panels and wind turbines has plunged in recent years, and are on track to meet — and in some markets are already beating — the generation costs of conventional sources like coal and natural gas.

indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com

150 years ago this weekend the Third Colorado Cavalry converged on the southeastern Colorado camp of mainly Cheyenne and Arapahoe people.  The troop of 600 killed about 200 people-- mostly women, children and older men.

finkegardens.com

Well, it's taken a long time (I'm not talking about weeks or months, but years) but I think I'm making progress in the department of landscaping with trees.  To being with, I've finally adopted the 'less is more' concept, especially on our treeless high plains.  There are trees that will grow here, and do pretty well if they have a bit of moisture now and then.  But those examples are few and far between.

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