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Texas Panhandle
7:47 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Black History Month: Teacher turned community activist, Marvell Ervin White

Marvell Ervin White
Credit Amarillo Globe-News

Marvell Ervin White is remembered in Amarillo as a community organizer and community activist.

Among her most notable accomplishments include organizing for a community center in Amarillo's North Heights district. White was honored as co-founder of the Amarillo United Citizens Forum, which saw the Cultural Center built in the early 1990's.

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Good Management Practices
8:01 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Grazing Management Benefits Livestock & Wildlife

Credit Scott Bauer / USDA, NRCS

Good grazing management is good for the livestock producer and for wildlife.  When grazing-land is healthy, cattle put on the weight, and birds benefit from healthy grassland.

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Making KS redder
8:00 pm
Sun February 16, 2014

Brownback asserts a “Kansas Purpose” in NYT interview

Credit Kansas Office of the Governor

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback is quoted as avowedly pursuing “a strategy that builds a strong state in the future on the red state model,” in a recent New York Times article on his administration to date.  According to the article, Brownback has delivered on his promise of a “conservative revolution” but the results and benefits to the state aren’t yet clear. 

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CD of the Week
10:28 am
Sat February 15, 2014

Rosanne Cash's 'The River & The Thread' is CD of the week on High Plains Morning

Rosanne Cash’s latest release ‘The River & The Thread’ is all about her connection to her roots in the American South.  In fact, one review on Amazon.com called it “…a lyrical love letter to the South…” 14 new songs- 12 original tunes, one from Jesse Winchester and one from Townes Van Zandt, all co-produced with Rosanne’s husband John Leventhal.  We will listen to this beautiful new work this week on High Plains Morning.

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High Plains Outdoors Episode
8:00 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Winter varmint calling

This week around the campfire, Larry Weishuhn and I were talking about winter varmint hunting.  Winter is a perfect time to get out and do some calling.  With varmints here on the High Plains, this is a true challenge.  You don't have to be a pro, even extreme novices can be successful using an electronic caller.  Now my friend Larry, you can't believe the sounds he can make with his mouth.  It is unbelievable.  He can sound like white tail deer, rabbits, but me, I have to use a call. 

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Prairie Ramblings Episode
8:00 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

There's beauty in the eye of the beholder

Credit kaweahoaks.com

Living in the same region and sharing roads, doctors, schools, and hair stylists doesn’t mean people see a common experience from the same perspective. Everything that’s happened to individuals prior to those events colors their interpretations. It’s true of two kids who grow up in the same house with the same parents but tell two different stories about their upbringing. People spin their own explanations. 

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Dodge City
6:17 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Black History Month: Ben Hodges, cowboy of dusty Dodge City

Ben Hodges
Credit The Wichita Eagle

Contrary to the impression you might get from some of the old Hollywood Westerns you may have seen, cowboys of the Old West were not all white men.

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USDA response to climate change
8:00 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Research units to help farmers respond to climate change

Looking to help farmers adapt to climate change, the U.S Department of Agriculture is setting up seven new research hubs, including a handful that will cover the Great Plains and Midwest.

The new research centers, anchored in different regions, are tasked with charting how climate change poses risks to farming, ranching and forestry. Then they are to devise strategies to adapt.

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Farm Bill & Housing
6:02 am
Thu February 13, 2014

A Kansas influence to the Farm Bill may change the housing market

Garden City, KS
Credit Adam Vos / HPPR

The southwestern Kansas housing market may benefit from a small portion of the Farm Bill signed into law Friday. The trillion-dollar piece of legislation that is largely associated with agriculture also has something to say about who gets USDA home loans in rural America.

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Growing on the High Plains Episode
8:00 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Celebrate February with Dicentra

dicentra
Credit wikipedia.org

When planting season arrives this year, give yourself a belated valentine by adding dicentra spectabilis to your perennial bed.  The common name of 'bleeding heart' makes it a perfect love note, with the tiny pink or white hearts hanging from the stems, like a heart-shaped necklace.  Today our GHP story starts with an answer to the Shakespearean question, 'What's in a name?' as we look at the history of this valentine plant, and then we'll turn our attention to growing these beauties in a shady nook, something not easily found on our sunny High Plains.

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Criminal Law
5:27 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Exonerations in Texas at record high

Watchtower at Huntsville Prison.
Credit Caleb Bryant Miller / KUT News

Texas exonerated more people than any other state last year.

13 Texans who were wrongly convicted of crimes were officially absolved of wrongdoing in 2013, for crimes ranging from murder to drug possession. They spent a matter of months to more than a decade in prison, the Texas Tribune reports.

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Impact of dairy consolidation
8:00 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Changing dairy industry leaves some in the dust

Donnie Davidson turns off the lights in his dairy parlor. His family has been producing grade A milk in Holden, Mo., since the 1930s.
Abbie Fentress Swanson/Harvest Public Media

Hear the audio version of Abbie's story.

The growth of the dairy industry across the High Plains has been a boon to the economy and communities of the region.  Urbanization and increasing regulation in states such as California are often cited as the reason for the migration of large dairies to our area.  But there’s also on overall industry consolidation underway that’s driving out small producers from nearby states, including dairyman Donnie Davidson and others in Missouri, as profiled in this story from Harvest Public Media.

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Donnie Davidson’s family has been producing bottled milk in Holden, Mo., since the 1930s. But the 63-year-old farmer decided to sell his herd of 50 milking cows in November after the roof on one of his barns collapsed from last winter’s snow.

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Energy, Politics & Environment
5:00 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Anti-regulation politics affects the energy industry in Texas

A natural gas compressor station located near La Grange, Texas.
Credit Spencer Selvidge / Texas Tribune

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, the state agency responsible for issuing permits for greenhouse gas emissions in the state, has refused to issue the permits until recently, leaving industry in the state in a difficult position.

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Playa Country Episode
8:01 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Hunters & Birders, Not Mutually Exclusive

Credit U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Hunters and birders have more in common than might be assumed. Both support the conservation of wetlands and other bird habitat. Some people even identify themselves as both a hunter and a birder, as well as a conservationist.

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CD of the Week
7:32 am
Mon February 10, 2014

John Gorka's 'Bright Side Of Down' is CD of the week on High Plains Morning

'Bright Side Of Down' is John Gorka's 1st record in 4 years, and it was well worth the wait.  First coming to prominence in the "new folk" boom of the early 80's, (he won the Kerrville New Folk award in 1984) Gorka is well-known for his beautifully crafted, insightful, wry and honest songs.  We have the opportunity to preview this record all week on High Plains Morning before it's official release on March 4.  Tune in!

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Texas Panhandle
5:24 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Black History Month: Jerry Calloway, Amarillo's first

Jerry Calloway, standing in back of the Mount Zion Usher Board.
Credit Amarillo Globe-News

One year after Amarillo was first settled in 1887, Jerry Calloway moved to Amarillo.

Recognized as Amarillo's first black resident, Jerry Calloway moved to the city with a white family from Georgia, living as a domestic in the home of his employer J.C. Calloway.

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Historical perspective on farm bill
8:00 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

The uneasy marriage of farm bill and food stamps

For decades, government agriculture policy has tied farm programs to federal food aid. Grocery displays like this one were common in the wake of the creation of the Federal Surplus Relief Corporation in the 1930s.
National Archives

Both farmers and food stamps advocates sighed in relief Friday when President Obama signed the  long-overdue Agriculture Act of 2014 – the $956-billion farm bill – into law on Friday during a visit to Michigan State University.  The farm bill process was fraught with ups and downs and the loose coalition tying nutrition and farm programs seemed barely able to survive.

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Prairie Ramblings Episode
8:00 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

A prairie rabbit shows me the Zen way of life

Credit thefieldbrookreserve.com

One part of Eastern thought that intrigues me is the Zen  concept of intentionally living in the moment and experiencing that moment fully. I suppose that is a  major reason  why I enjoy the out of doors so much.  It’s hard to hike, camp, bird watch, fish, or hunt if you aren’t fully aware of your surroundings and the relationships of those elements with one another. Not long ago, I spotted a Zen rabbit on one of my walks, and it gave me much to consider.

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High Plains Outdoors Episode
8:00 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Embarrassing hunting moment: Trapped in a blind

Let me tell you, folks, some of my favorite hunting memories are not about bringing home a trophy buck or making the record book, but about some of the mishaps that have happened along the way.  One of those times was when Larry and I were out deer hunting.  We were not having much luck, so we decided to do a little calling.  We were getting a little hungry, nothing was happening, so we decided to head back to camp to get something to eat.  I pushed on the door to open it, and the thing did NOT move.  The hasp had slipped down and locked us in!

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Farm bill analysis
8:00 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

New farm bill changes U.S. ag policy

President Obama signed the long-overdue Agriculture Act of 2014 – the $956-billion farm bill – into law on Friday, February 7, 2014.

Not everyone likes the farm bill signed into law on Friday, but at least farmers will be able to start making informed decisions.

The biggest change in the 2014 farm bill is that the subsidies known as direct payments are gone. Instead of the government paying a known amount to farmers each year—at a fixed budget of $5 billion—the new system of subsidies will fluctuate, partly with market forces. That makes it really hard to predict how much the program will cost each year, says Iowa State University ag economist Chad Hart.

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Poverty
8:01 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Half of Texas households one crisis from poverty

Credit Ben Hasson / Texas Tribune

50% of households in Texas are "liquid-asset poor," or lack the savings to pay for three months of basic expenses, according to a report released last week by a non-profit that seeks to alleviate poverty.

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Wind Energy
8:01 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Tax credit expiration leads to wind farm construction boom in Oklahoma

The 147-megawatt Weatherford Wind Energy Center.
Credit Travel Aficionado / Flickr

On December 31, the federal production tax credit for renewable energy expired. In Oklahoma, this stimulated 12,300 megawatts of wind projects to begin construction ahead of the deadline.

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Texas Panhandle
8:00 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Black History Month: Amarillo trailblazer Matthew ‘Bones’ Hooks

Matthew 'Bones' Hooks
Credit amarillo.com

Matthew “Bones” Hooks was a trailblazer in Amarillo.  The son of slaves, Hooks is best known as a cowboy, an Amarillo civic leader, and the first black person to serve on a Potter County grand jury according to a recent article in the Amarillo Globe-News.

Hooks was also a leader in the religious community and a businessman, living in Mobeetie and Clarendon.  He worked to establish the North Heights subdivision in Amarillo.  Bones Hooks Park at North Hughes and Northwest 20th Avenue in Amarillo was named after him.

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Growing on the High Plains Episode
8:00 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Love in a Mist

Credit edenbrothers.com

We'll start out our valentine month with a look at an annual flower with an old-fashioned look and the great common name of Love-In-A-Mist.  I think the name fits nicely, as from a distance a mass planting of these blue, white, pink or purple flowers can look like they're floating above the ground.  The fern-like foliage adds to its buoyancy, and the whole image goes well in containers or hanging baskets.  

Healthcare
8:00 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Kansas Corrections Department helping county jails gain access to Medicaid

Credit wibwnewsnow.com

The Kansas Department of Corrections, KDoC, is working with local law enforcement officials to help county jail keepers bill Medicaid for part of their inmates’ health care costs according to the Kansas Institute of Health.  

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Education
8:00 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Gov. Brownback’s proposed budget restores Fort Hays State University funding

Credit fhsu.edu

Last year the Kansas Legislature took money from universities, but Gov. Sam Brownback’s proposed budget restores the ‘salary cap’ reductions that cost Fort Hays State University $276,176 according to a press release from FHSU University Relations.

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Playa Country Episode
8:01 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Seven Reasons to Buy a Migratory Bird/Duck Stamp

Credit U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

The Migratory Bird/Duck Stamp is the best kept secret in bird conservation. Buying the annual stamp is a simple, direct way for people to contribute to wetland and grassland conservation. This episode presents seven reasons to buy a stamp.

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Texas Panhandle
8:00 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Tumbleweeds are thriving and causing problems

Tumbleweeds are causing problems in Texas and New Mexico. Here they are piled high in eastern El Paso County, Texas
Credit koaa.com

There might not be enough rain for pastures, but in the Panhandle of Texas tumbleweeds are thriving.  The Amarillo Globe-News reported some serious issues in Dallam and Hartley counties.

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Kansas State Government
8:00 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Bill would require counting and reporting undocumented public school students in Kansas

State Rep. Allan Rothlisberg, R-Grandview Plaza
Credit jcpost.com

State Rep. Allan Rothlisberg, R-Grandview Plaza recently filed a bill requiring the state to count and report how many undocumented children are in Kansas public schools reported the Lawrence Journal-World.  

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Texas Election 2014
8:00 pm
Sun February 2, 2014

The biggest race in Texas is... for a seat on the U.S. Senate

Credit The Texas Tribune

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, a two-term Republican senator has 20 competitors for his senate seat.  The pack consists of seven Republicans, five Democrats, four independents, three Libertarians, and one Green Party according to a recent article from the Texas Tribune.

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