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Gun Control
8:00 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Colorado Sheriffs Refuse to Enforce New Gun Control Laws

John Cooke is among the Colorado sheriffs who are resisting enforcement of new state gun laws.
Credit Michael Ciaglo / The Colorado Springs Gazette

Some sheriffs are refusing to enforce the new gun laws in Colorado reported Erica Goode for the New York Times.  

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Harvest Public Media story
4:49 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Vilsack to China: Get up to speed on GMOs

U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says he will talk to Chinese regulators about their slow pace in evaluating biotech traits.
Credit commons.wikimedia.org

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will travel to China this week to ask Chinese regulators to get on the same page as the U.S. when it comes to evaluating genetically modified crops.

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Kansas education funding
4:49 am
Wed December 18, 2013

All-day kindergarten funding may be common ground

Parent's tea party in a kindergarten classroom
Credit Quentin Hope

While the Kansas legislature and local school districts may be at odds over school funding, there may be common ground in a proposal to fund full-day kindergarten, according to a story from the Wichita Eagle.  The state now funds only half-days.

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Environment
8:01 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

High Yield, Water Efficient Wheat

The wheat plot on the right in Dr. Qingwu Xue’s drought tolerance study will produce more biomass and will have a higher yield under drought conditions than the plot on the left.
Credit Texas A&M AgriLife Research / Dr. Qingwu Xue

Drought tolerance in wheat has been increased through breeding over the years, but a group of Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists in Amarillo wanted to determine what plant physiological characteristics were making the biggest difference.

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Holiday Programming
7:57 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

HPPR Christmas Programming

Following 33 years of tradition, High Plains Public Radio again offers listeners across the High Plains an entire schedule of wonderful Christmas programing of music, word and memories from across centuries of Christmas traditions.  Click here to see the full rundown of the programs, including links to further information, playlists, printed programs and options to listen anytime on-line.  To download a printable calendar of all the programs, click here.  We at HPPR wish you a Merry Christmas and hope these program offerings add to your enjoyment, reflections and memories.

December contribution drive
7:44 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Going the extra mile with HPPR

US Highway 83, Logan County, Kansas
Quentin Hope

HPPR tries to go the extra mile for you, all year long.  By operating a network of 21 stations HPPR is able to serve you in your community and in your travels across the High Plains region.  There are real costs to power and maintain this network, expenses that are far higher per capita than an urban public radio station reaching millions of people with a single transmitter. 

We hope you’ll take a moment before the end of year to go the extra mile in supporting HPPR and the costs of its service to you and your community.  Just click on the red “SUPPORT HPPR” button above. 

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Holiday Programming
2:50 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

A Paul Winter Solstice 2013: Tuesday, Dec 31 at 10 am CT

Paul Winter
Credit Rhonda Dorsett

One of NPR's most popular holiday specials returns with new talent and old friends. Malian singer Abdoulaye Diabate joins The Paul Winter Consort with Paul McCandless, the Drummers of The Fores of Nature, Gospel vocalist Theresa Thomason, and the historic reassembly of the Paul Winter Sextet in the World's Largest Gothic Cathedral -- New York's Cathedral of St. John the Divine. WNYC'S John Schaefer hosts this NPR holiday broadcast favorite.

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Holiday Programming
2:40 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Toast of the Nation: Tuesday, Dec 31 at 9 pm CT

An NPR tradition every New Year's Eve since the 1970s, Toast of the Nation is perfect for the occasion. It's jazz that you can party to, all night from coast to coast, with countdowns to midnight in all four continental time zones. Spirited, improvised, grooving and swinging, each segment is a stop in a sequence of celebrations and contributing something new to the musical feast.  Headliner Wynton Marsalis rings in 2013 Eastern Time playing the music of Louis Armstrong's Hot Fives & Sevens, live from Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, presented by Jazz at Lincoln Center.  

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Holiday Programming
2:00 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

New Year's Day Live from Vienna: Wednesday, Jan 1 at 10 am CT

Franz Welser-Möst, General Music Director of the Vienna State Opera and Music Director of the Cleveland Orchestra

The Vienna Philharmonic presents its ever popular annual New Year's Day concert from the Golden Hall of the Musikverein in Vienna. You'll hear your favorite waltzes, polkas and more -- a festive way to start off the New Year.  Click here for full details of the concert and its long tradition or download a copy of this year’s concert program.

Major support
1:15 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Giving an extra share … making a real difference.

There are currently about 40 individuals who make annual contributions of $1,000 a year or more to HPPR – some as high as $10,000 in some years.  These are individuals who give an “extra share” above and beyond supporting their own listening.  They’re also supporting the educational, cultural and civic service HPPR provides in their community and across the wider High Plains region.

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December contribution drive
12:11 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Donations of securities

Donating appreciated stocks, bonds, mutual fund shares or other securities may be an advantageous way of making a major contribution to HPPR.  You can avoid capital gains taxes while also receiving a tax deduction for their full fair market value.  If making a donation, please make the transfer in the name of Kanza Society Inc., HPPR's legal incorporation, and Federal ID #48-0859735.

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Harvest Public Media story
8:35 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

2012 Drought Pinches Popcorn Sellers

U.S. popcorn sellers took a big hit from the 2012 drought, which caused one of the worst popcorn harvests in recent memory.
Quentin Hope

U.S. popcorn sellers took a big hit from the 2012 drought, which caused one of the worst popcorn harvests in recent memory. Crops not irrigated were decimated and low supplies continue to force local candy shops and giant movie theater chains alike to pay high prices for the golden grain, biting into their profit margin.

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Playa Country Episode
8:01 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

NRCS Ogallala Aquifer Initiative: Nebraska Landowner Story

Credit Lori Potter / Kearney Hub

Jerry Stevens enrolled in the Rainwater-Basin Wetlands Reserve Enhancement Program, which restores and protects wetlands in fields under production by allowing center pivots to cross the rainwater basins. It's win-win. The program protects a wetland, and allows the producer to farm the circle around it.

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December contribution drive
5:53 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Help close the gap by year’s end

Amid all the debate over shrinking government, cutting funding and reducing deficits, support for HPPR is one area where there’s been action and real consequences.  HPPR’s funding from the State of Kansas has been cut by 78% from its peak level.  And support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting has declined 27% since 2010.  That’s left a large budget gap that you can help cover with your end-of-year private contribution.  Contribute now by clicking the red “SUPPORT HPPR” button above or respond by mail to a letter you may have received from HPPR by December 31st to claim the tax deduction this year.

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Consider a tax-deductible gift to HPPR
4:15 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

HPPR's Year-End Giving Campaign Underway

As you reflect on the services you’ve counted on most in 2013, consider the hours you've spent listening to HPPR and make a tax-deductible gift of support to reaffirm the value of having public radio in your community. Or, if you prefer, you can call us now at 800-678-7444 to make your year-end contribution over the phone. 

Tax-deductible giving isn’t limited pledging. Giving a gift of stocks, bonds, mutual fund shares or other securities that have appreciated in value to HPPR, can allow you to avoid capital gains taxes and also receive a tax-deduction for your gifts full fair market value. If you have questions about giving securities, speak with your financial advisor or give us a call at 800-678-7444 for more information. For transferring a gift of securities use HPPR's federal tax ID (48-0859735) and legal name, KANZA Society Inc. More on giving securities ...

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Texas State Government
8:00 pm
Sun December 15, 2013

Texas Election 2014: Election Brackets

Credit texastribune.org

It’s the 2014 Texas Election version of March Madness brackets.  The brackets will take you from candidate filings, to March primaries, May runoffs, and finally to the grand finale-- the November general election.

Your Texas election tool from the Texas Tribune can be found here.  

Climate
8:00 pm
Sun December 15, 2013

What Climate Looks Like in the Texas Panhandle

Photo dates (L-R): June 18, 1990 and June 12, 2011
Credit NASA

NASA provides a bird’s eye view that shows how climate change and increased population has changed some geographic features in Texas.  

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Harvest Public Media story
8:00 pm
Sun December 15, 2013

RNAi corn entering the rootworm chase

Southern Corn Rootworm also called spotted cucumber beetle
pioneer.com

With rootworms building resistance to genetically modified corn that makes its own pesticide, seed companies are working on new crops that target the insects’ genes. But some worry about unintended consequences when the technology moves from the lab to the field.

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CD of the week
6:24 am
Sun December 15, 2013

Blue Rodeo's 'In Our Nature' this week on High Plains Morning

Blue Rodeo was formed in 1984 in Toronto by songwriters Jim Cuddy and Greg Keelor as a vehicle for their own brand of Americana music, well before the term Americana was widely used. 29 years and 11 Juno Awards later, the band has released their 13th record, ‘In Our Nature’. We will listen to every track this week on High Plains Morning, Monday through Friday from 9am to noon.  

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Values
6:07 pm
Sat December 14, 2013

Life Along the 100th Meridian is America at Its Plainest

Credit Andrew Moore / nytimes.com

A story and slideshow of the Great American Desert provides a glimpse into lives and pictures that resonate with us… our values, struggles, and the hidden beauty of a place we call home.  Life Along the 100th Meridian from the New York Times.

Prairie Ramblings Episode
6:07 am
Sat December 14, 2013

Solstices Remind Us of Rhythms Our Hearts Know

Credit chateauamber.eu

I can’t imagine living in times prior to scientific understanding of the year’s shortest day and longest night, the winter solstice.  Before easy access to candles, kerosene, and electricity, this was a worrisome season. Little besides faith the sun would return comforted ancient people through increasingly long nights.

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High Plains Outdoors Episode
8:00 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

1940: Christmas Camping in the Mountains of Texas

Credit publicdomainpictures.net

Luke talks on the phone with his pal, Dubb Wallace

 Howdy Folks.  I've got a special treat.  My ole buddy, James "Dubb" Wallace, took some time to talk with me on the phone about spending his Christmas vacations camping in the mountains of the Texas/Mexico border.

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Texas State Government
8:00 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Texas Election 2014: Will Abbott Follow Perry’s Double Dipping Standard?

Credit thecontributor.com

Lax Texas ethics laws don’t require politicians to disclose pension income, so virtually no one knew Rick Perry was double dipping until he ran for president and had to comply with more stringent federal disclosure laws.

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Education
8:00 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

HB 5 Requires All Texas Students to Have a 90% Attendance Rate

Credit musicmotion.com

The reduction of testing and change in graduation requirements are parts yet to be implement of Texas House Bill 5, however the attendance requirement was immediately implemented according to KUT News

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Harvest Public Media story
4:17 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Another deadline passes without a farm bill deal

Credit www2.dupont.com

Hear the audio version of Amy's story

If it seems like Congress just can’t get the farm bill done, well… that’s because it can’t. The massive food and agriculture package used to be relatively easy thanks to bipartisan and urban-rural alliances. But this year, progress was a slow slog. A nine-month extension passed in January bought some time. This summer, the Senate passed its bill, but the House didn’t. Then it sent two bills to the conference committee, one for agriculture and the other for food stamps. Just before Thanksgiving, Iowa Republican Steve King, a conference committee member, remained optimistic.

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Harvest Public Media story
8:01 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

EPA prepares for an earful on Renewable Fuel Standard

An EPA proposal cuts the expected mandate for corn ethanol by 1.4 billion gallons in 2014.
Credit Grant Gerlock/Harvest Public Media

Both supporters and opponents of ethanol have had a lot to say since the EPA announced a proposal to cut the Renewable Fuel Standard, the rules that force oil companies to buy and use certain levels of ethanol. But they’re just warming up. The agency’s first hearing on the proposal is Thursday in Arlington, Va., and advocates from both sides will line up for a chance to give regulators a piece of their minds.

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Growing on the High Plains Episode
8:00 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Santa Claus Melons

Melons are most often thought of as summertime treats, and many High Plains gardens offer them up during the hottest part of the growing season.  But our subject today is a melon type that produces in the heat but has the staying power to become a  prized centerpiece for holiday tables.  Santa Claus or Christmas melons have a few things going for them that set them apart from regular cantaloupes or honeydews, and that's the reason they can last so long off the vine.
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Values
8:00 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Amarillo: Medical Center Park Stocked with Trout Friday

Trout stocking at Medical Center Park in Amarillo, Texas
Credit amarillo.com

Medical Center Park in Amarillo will be stocked with trout on Friday as part of the Neighborhood Fishin’ program according to the Amarillo Globe News.

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Year-End $50,000 Campaign Tally
5:43 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

$2,930 remains to meet the goal...

HPPR's year-end giving campaign is at $47,070 of its December goal of $50,000. With only today remaining before the end of 2013, your pledge is vital to keeping HPPR on top of its operating expenses.

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Harvest Public Media story
8:00 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Forget the golf course, build the subdivision around a farm

The Bucking Horse subdivision in Fort Collins, Colo., will include a working CSA farm, complete with historic barn, farm house and chicken coop.
Credit Luke Runyon/Harvest Public Media

For decades, housing developments in the suburbs have come complete with golf courses, tennis courts, strip malls and swimming pools. But make way for the new subdivision amenity: the specialty farm.

A new model for suburban development is springing up across the country that taps into the local food movement. Farms, complete with livestock, vegetables and fruit trees, are serving as a way to entice potential buyers to settle in a new subdivision.

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