News

Pages

Texas Election 2014
8:00 pm
Sun March 9, 2014

Texas Primary Results: Where statewide candidates got their votes

Credit wikipedia.org

Totals were pulled county-by-county for each statewide runoff candidate, and the two gubernatorial nominees, then analyzed to find out what parts of the state the votes came from.  The Texas Tribune created an interactive map to compare each candidate’s performance.  Find the maps here.

CD of the Week
8:54 am
Sat March 8, 2014

Eliza Gilkyson's 'The Nocturne Diaries' this week on High Plains Morning

‘The Nocturne Diaries’ is Eliza Gilkyson’s  20th release since she began recording in 1969. Hollywood born and raised, she has called Austin, Texas home for most of the last 30 years with stints in Santa Fe and Los Angeles as well.  The new record has been described as “…a journey through the dark night of the soul that ends at the light of day…a stubborn ray of hope…” It will be released on March 18.

We will listen to ‘The Nocturne Diaries’ in its entirety this week on High Plains Morning

Read more
Education
8:00 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Kansas: Supreme Court rules on school finance case

Credit khi.org

The Kansas Supreme Court released its decision in the school finance case.  The unanimous decision found the lower court partially erred in its conclusion, and remanded it for further consideration.  The ruling also stated the lower court properly found the state’s funding mechanism had created “unconstitutional, wealth-based disparities” among school districts according to an article from the Kansas Health Institute

Read more
High Plains Outdoors
8:00 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

To catch a big bass this time of year, do some deadstickin

Jason Barber brings in a big one!
Credit Luke Clayton

Deadsticking is a term used for fishing a bait, usually a soft plastic but not always, very slowly during the winter months when water temperatures are at their lowest. When the water is cold, fish become lethargic. They must eat but they prefer a meal that remains somewhat stationary rather than something they must chase down. Thus the reason that 1.5 inch soft plastic shad imitations held motionless near the top of big schools of white bass provided so much excitement at Cedar Creek Lake last week.

Read more
Prairie Ramblings
8:00 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

I see the moon, and I know it by name

Credit tropicoftaurus.net

If you took an evening walk or happened to look out your window eastward last Thursday, you saw what some call the Worm Moon, a term American Indians introduced.  While these nomadic people didn’t follow a Julian calendar, they knew the importance of using seasonal lunar phases to record passing time.

Read more
Energy Conservation
8:00 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Why Texans are using less energy than predicted

Controllers make daily forecasts of the next day’s electric demand and supply.
Credit FILIPA RODRIGUES / StateImpact Texas

A growing population and inadequate electricity supply has kept a looming energy crisis over Texans.  Rolling blackouts would come, or so it was predicted.  This month, a report from the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) release its annual forecast of how much electricity Texas will have in the coming years, and thing don’t look so bad according to StateImpact Texas.

Read more
Oil & Gas
8:00 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Plentiful domestic crude oil brings a refining revival to Kansas and Texas

A small “teapot” refinery, mothballed for years, has reopened in Nixon, Tex., and the town is coming back to life.
Credit Michael Stravato / nytimes.com

Small, abandoned refineries dot the High Plains, but the domestic oil boom of domestic light-crude is breathing new life into some of them said a recent article in the New York Times.  

Read more
Kansas State Government
8:00 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Midsession Forum: Western Kansas delegates talk elections, mortgages fees and EPA regulations

Credit trojanhistory6.pbworks.com

Representatives Bud Estes and John Ewy, as well as Senator Garrett Love were in Dodge City, Kansas, recently for an open forum.  The delegates shared their position on elections, mortgage fees, and EPA regulations according to a recent article from the Dodge City Daily Globe.

Read more
Growing on the High Plains
8:00 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Winter Watering

Credit masterofhort.com

A trip to the county extension office for a botanical diagnosis of a sickly tree branch paid off with reassurance that all was well.  While I was there I was also served up a refresher course in wise watering practices for our consistently dry and thirsty area.  We reviewed some things I knew about, but am sometimes lax in following.  And I learned a thing or two about making every precious drop of moisture count, even when rainfall is skimpy.   

Read more
Texas Election 2014
8:00 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Texas Election 2014: The Primary Results

Credit texasgopvote.com

The results are in from the Texas Primary.  Here’s the scoreboard from the Texas Tribune

Read more
Agriculture
8:00 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

West Texas A&M beef cloning moving ahead

Part of the team caring for West Texas A&M University's clones, bull Alpha and one of the females called Gammas, from left to right: Kelly Jones, Landon Canterbury, Paydon Hales and Hayden Alexander.
Credit amarillo.com

A cloning project at West Texas A&M University is poised to enter the next phase of creating cattle that will produce top quality beef recently reported the Amarillo Globe-News.

Read more
Kansas Election 2014
8:00 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Tea Party PAC supports Wolf in U.S. Senate race against Roberts

Republican candidate Milton Wolf greets supporters at a tea party celebration in Wichita. Wolf is challenging Republican incumbent Pat Roberts for a U.S. Senate seat.
Credit Mike Hutmacher / The Wichita Eagle

Milton Wolf is trying to unseat three-term U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts in the Kansas Republican primary.  Wolf now has the support of a national tea party political action committee according to a recent article in The Wichita Eagle

Read more
Water Conservation
8:00 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Southeastern Colorado: Pueblo Dam conduit gets approval

The Pueblo Reservoir is the source for the conduit.
Credit secwcd.org

The “Frying Pan-Arkansas” project conduit as been planned since the 1960s when the Pueblo Dam was built, but due to lack of funding was never completed.  The Bureau of Reclamation recently signed a Record of Decision giving the project the green light according to an article by The Colorado Springs Independent.  

Read more
Kansas State Government
8:00 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Kansas Legislative Update

Credit khi.org

Here is where some key issues stand at the midpoint of the legislative session according to a recent article in the Wichita Eagle.

Read more
Healthcare
8:00 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Affordable Care Act Update: Kansas and Texas

Credit tacticalminc.com

In Kansas, The Kansas Health Institute recently reported that more than 10,000 Kansans applied or Medicaid or CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program) in January.  That is an increase of 20% over the monthly average since the Affordable Care Act’s insurance marketplace was launched.

Read more
CD of the Week
5:39 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Susan Gibson's 'The Second Hand' is CD of the week on High Plains Morning

Susan Gibson is a CMA award-winning songwriter based in Wimberley, Texas. Over the last 10 years Susan has logged hundreds of thousands of miles, hundreds of gigs and 4 CDs.

To celebrate her 10 year mark, she has just released her new live CD 'The Second Hand', recorded live at The Bugle Boy in LaGrange, Texas.

Read more
Texas Election 2014
8:00 pm
Sun March 2, 2014

Texas Primary: Links to help you vote

Credit politico.com

Tomorrow is the Primary in the great state of Texas.  To help you make your choices, here are some resources.

Read more
A contuning challenge for ranchers
8:00 pm
Sun March 2, 2014

Invasive weeds may look forward to climate change

Dr. Dana Blumenthal and colleagues explain their invasive weed research during a tour of The Prairie Heating and Carbon Dioxide Enrichment (PHACE) Experiment in Wyoming. In this test plot higher temperature and richer CO2 conditions are being simulated to study their effects on invasive weed growth.
Credit USDA: Prairie Heating and Carbon Dioxide Enrichment (PHACE) Experiment

Most climate models paint a bleak picture for the Great Plains a century from now: It will likely be warmer and the air will be richer with carbon dioxide. Though scientists don’t yet know how exactly the climate will change, new studies show it could be a boon to some invasive plant species.  

A growing problem

Read more
Texas Election 2014
8:00 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Texas Primary: Where a few have a lot of power

Credit stateandfed.com

The Republican primary is the election that matters in the state of Texas.  The winners of Tuesday’s race and the following May 27 runoff election will mostly likely win in November according to The Texas Tribune

Read more
Prairie Ramblings Episode
8:00 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Bread dough by hand is best

Credit saidanotherway.blogspot.com

Here’s a challenge: can you tell the difference between handmade and machine made bread? Handmade means no mixers, no dough hooks, and no electronic devices of any kind until it’s time to pop those risen loaves or rolls in the oven. If taste buds can’t tell a significant difference, why would anyone choose an old-fashioned technique to do a job?

Read more
High Plains Outdoors Episode
8:00 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Campfire Cooking: One Skillet Breakfast

 

This breakfast is easy to make, and easy to clean up.  The only pan you need is a cast iron skillet. 

Read more
Oil & Gas
8:00 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

An unusual combination of circumstances caused winter propane prices to explode

Credit wvut.org

Folks living in rural areas across the High Plains know when the weather is warm, propane is cheap.  When it gets cold, both demand and the price go up.  But, this season the price skyrocketed to unheard of levels due to the combination of the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant disaster, wet corn, and a string of winter storms. according to a recent article from StateImpact Oklahoma.

Read more
Oil & Gas
8:00 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Horizontal Drilling: Is there a safer acid to use?

Credit mysafetysign.com

Hydrochloric acid is commonly using in horizontal drilling because it’s relatively cheap, but companies are looking for safer alternatives to protect workers and the environment reported StateImpact Oklahoma

Read more
Marijuana in Colorado
8:15 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Developing pot industry in Colorado causes regulations to adjust

A medical dispensary in Denver.
Credit CPR / Irvin Coffee

Do federal regulations allow banks to deal with marijuana dispensaries? And how high is too high to drive?

These are two of the questions pressed by a developing recreational marijuana industry in Colorado.

Read more
Growing on the High Plains Episode
8:00 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Valentine month concludes with the loveweed

Credit undertexasskies.blogspot.com

After a month of love in the form of hearts and roses, we'll take a final look at a plant that is actually a noxious weed. But it's long been a part of my botanical background, having been introduced to me by my hill-country grandmother, a woman who planted by the signs and believed there was power in both the light and the dark of the moon.  Today we'll look at loveweed, an ages old method of finding true love long before internet dating sites.     

Kansas Election 2014
8:00 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Pat Roberts: A Kansas Senator reinventing himself to win re-election

Pat Roberts is a three-term Republican senator from Kansas.
Credit theadvocate.com

Senator Pat Roberts is working to renew ties in his home state reported Jonathan Martin for the New York Times.  Tea Partly influences have changed his long Washington, D.C. history to a liability, and the 77-year old senator is working to adjust his position to better his chances at re-election say his aides.

Read more
Education
8:00 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Study gives High Plains fourth graders reading report card

Credit pennsbury.k12.pa.us

The Annie E. Casey Foundation recently released a report, “Early Reading Proficiency in the United States.”  According to The Dodge City Daily Globe a majority of Kansas children are not reading proficiently by fourth grade.

Read more
Passenger Rail Service
8:00 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Is it the end of the line for Amtrak’s Southwest Chief?

Carolyn LeBeau, right, takes in the New Mexico landscape, while Ginger Vermooten takes a photograph from the Southwest Chief.
Credit Mark Holm / nytimes.com

Colorado, Kansas, and New Mexico have until the end of the year to improve the railroad track or lose the Southwest Chief passenger rail line.  According to The New York Times Amtrak has asked the three states to put up $40 million over the next 20 years to help pay for track upgrades and maintenance to keep the track viable.  Unless all three states pitch in, Amtrak says it will potentially drop nine small-town stations in favor of existing track in Texas and Oklahoma. 

Read more
CD of the Week
4:10 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Iain Matthews' 'The Art of Obscurity' this week on High Plains Morning

In some ways, Iain Matthews has perfected the art of obscurity.  An original member of Fairport Convention, Matthews Southern Comfort and Plainsong, he has been recording and performing for over 45 years, without ever becoming a household name.

Read more
Living Room Concert
4:01 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Susan Gibson in concert on Friday March 7 as part of HPPR's Living Room Concert series

HPPR proudly welcomes Susan Gibson for a Living Room Concert on Friday, March 7 at The Fibonacci!

This show will also be a CD release party for her new record 'The Second Hand'!

The Fibonacci is located at 3306 SW 6th Ave. The doors will open at 7:00, and the show will start at 7:30. This will be Susan's third visit to HPPR, don't miss it!

Read more

Pages