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No doubt about it -- wise water use is a critical issue for the planet, and especially for those of us who live in the plains states of the U.S. 

End of an Era

Nov 13, 2012

You get used to things always being there, maybe even take them for granted.  Things like snow at Christmas, Grandma sharing her wisdom no matter how old you are, Mom meeting you at the door when you pull in the drive, calling Dad when you have trouble with your car,  or driving to Herb's Carry Out for a burger and a piece of coconut cream pie.   Somehow, you're surprised when they are not.  November 21 will be the end of an era.  Herb's Carry Out, located on Kansas Avenue in Garden City, will be gone. 

Like death and taxes, I count on box elder beetles invading every year.  These nuisances creep into every crack and crevice of our house, silently multiplying until nowhere is sacred.  I have even had them fall off a showerhead while I shampooed my hair.
Unfortunately, I don’t know much about these creatures other than that they show up like a bad penny every fall. They squeeze through airtight windows, out of electrical sockets, and under door jambs like Mongol hordes.  What lures them, I don’t know.

Each year about this time, thousands of sea gulls converge on Lake Texoma, situated on the Texas/Oklahoma border and striper fishing becomes red hot. 

Today we'll make our final visit to Amarillo and the High Plains Food Bank, where we'll be investigating the task of watering the large plot that provides food for so many in the Texas Panhandle. 

Oslo on the High Plains

Nov 7, 2012

A full history of the Oslo Settlement is provided in the article below.

Oslo on the Texas High Plains
Peter L. Petersen (Volume 28: Page 138)

HPPR thanks the Norwegian-American Historical Society for permission to post this article.  A grant from the West Texas State University committee on organized research assisted in its preparation.

Tune to HPPR for continuous election coverage on its FM stations and web stream from 7pm-2am CT.  Coverage may extend past 2am if the presidential race remains undecided.  

HPPR will provide continuous election night coverage from 7pm-2am CT on November 6, immediately following the usual broadcast of All Things Considered.  In the event that the presidential race remains undecided and results are still coming in, coverage may extend past 2am.  NPR News will provide coverage from a national perspective and HPPR staff will report results of congressional and state-level positions and issues within the High Plains region.  In addition to providing coverage on all of its broadcast stations

The stripers are running on Lake Texoma.  Located on the border of Texas and Oklahoma, Lake Texoma is the perfect home for stripers.  It was first stocked in the 1960's, and since the ideal salinity of the water has led to not only the procreation, but thriving of the game fish. 

Weather in Kansas often leaves a person feeling a little schizophrenic.  If it confuses me, what does it do to vegetation and animals that live outside?  At this moment, our climate is causing some abnormal buffalo grass behavior.

All Who Pledged Their Support... Thank You!

Nov 1, 2012

We would like to thank all those who made time to pledge their support during the Feed your Radio, Feed a Family Fund Drive. No matter whether you called, mailed or went on to hppr.org to make your pledge, you've made a difference on the high plains.  

The Feed your Radio, Feed a Family Fund Drive raised over $60,000 for HPPR, and thanks to our generous sponsors,  5.7% of every dollar pledged to HPPR was also matched to local food banks. Those food banks were able to take that 5.7% and translate it into 17,500+ meals to high plains residents.

Vincent Mancini

We'll continue our visit at the High Plains Food Bank in Amarillo by doing a walk-through of the garden with Cara Young. 

Driving cattle from Texas to the north became complicated when homesteaders refused to allow herds to cross their land.  Quarantine laws were passed to protect herds from tick fever carried by Texas cattle.  

This week on Playa Country, we begin a three part series on grazing. Much of Playa Country has been in a two-year drought, and parts of the region are in exceptional drought. How do ranchers and range managers plan and operate and protect their grasslands under these conditions? A strategic plan is essential. Playa Country airs on Tuesday's at 6:44 pm during All Things Considered.

KTDH, 89.3 FM is now on the air providing public radio service for the first time to Dalhart, TX and surrounding Dallam and Hartley counties of the northwest Texas panhandle.  HPPR thanks and congratulates everyone in the Dalhart community who has made this station possible, especially  Scot and Sylvia Renick, Jim McDaniel and Sherry Hanshew, Gerald Burney and Dean Graham.  We look forward to serving everyone in the Dalhart community for years to come. 

Sandhill Song

Oct 25, 2012

Leaves changing colors and a sudden nip in the air proclaim autumn’s arrival more forcefully than any date on a calendar can..  With that change comes an ancient song.  Like steps on the porch announcing a visitor, this tune is the sound of summer’s exit and fall’s approach. Vernal musicians herald ice storms and frosts that destroy lingering tomatoes and late summer blooms.

Upland Birds

Oct 25, 2012

The High Plains offers some of the best upland bird hunting in the country.  Larry and Luke discuss everything from dove to grouse hunting in today’s show.  

This week Growing on the High Plains will begin a series about a great garden place in Amarillo that produces food for those who need it.  We'll meet Cara and Justin Young, two energetic young people who are helping to bring community efforts, nutrition know-how, and garden harvests to hundreds of adults and children in the Texas Panhandle.

For many, the name Bat Masterson, brings to mind gunfights and the Old West.  He was born in Quebec, Canada.  Masterson came to eastern Kansas with his parents, but western Kansas drew he and his brother with its wide open spaces and hunting.  The most well known part of his life as Ford County Sheriff inspired a television show, but did you know Masterson:

Jim Mason

On Tuesday at 6:44 pm central time, we will hear the final episode of Invasive Species on Playa Country. This report covers woody shrub invasions and control efforts in Nebraska. Biologist Kirk Schroeder of Grand Island enumerates particular weeds invading Nebraska: phragmites is a growing problem in waterways and riparian land, Russian Olive and Eastern Red Cedar (ERC) are invading uplands. Tom Hartman of Grand Island manages the family ranch at Scotia, NE, and faced an onslaught of ERC. He and neighbors have been controlling with mechanical removal followed by fire.

Luke has been on the Mathews Bows pro staff for many years and is a devout bow hunter. He and Larry discuss topics such as sight pins, how to get started in archery and how equipment improvements have shortened the learning curve for hunters. 

I remember college days . . . waiting for the first warm day of spring when my friends and I headed to a nearby lake . . . unveiling our winter-white bodies to piercing rays of pre-summer sun.  It felt so good to lay my bathing suit clad body on the softness of a worn patchwork quilt.   While vitamin D mixed with UV rays coursed through our sun-starved carcasses, my friends and I agreed  that this was bliss.  If I close my eyes, I can still feel the sharp edges of small stones pressing into my spine and the sensation of solar beams soaking into my belly and face.

Money Plant

Oct 17, 2012

During the continuation of our fall fund drive, we'll talk about an old fashioned plant from the cutting garden that produces coins of the gardening realm. Lunaria flowers with thin, silvery circles that look like shiny nickel.

Nicodemus

Oct 16, 2012

Pioneers come to the west, leaving all that was familiar, to create a new community- Nicodemus, Kansas.  To this day, descendants of that hardy bunch return to celebrate.

Oklahoma Historical Society

The second in the three-part series on invasive species airs this week on Playa Country.  On Tuesday at 6:44 pm central time, Biologist Gene Miller describes the problem with invasives along the banks of the Canadian River in the Texas panhandle and western Oklahoma. He and NRCS rangeland manager Clint Rollins created the consortium the Canadian River Cooperative Weed Management Area, a group of agencies, non-governmental organizations and landowners conducting invasive weed control efforts.

Gold, scarlet, and orange leaves and grasses, blue skies muted by just a hint of vernal gold, air crisped by a gentle breeze, and burnished milo fields.  What more could anyone ask for on an October weekend?  Not much, unless you want to toss in a cornfield maze, a pumpkin patch full of traditional pumpkins, Cinderella pumpkins, and some odd gray - blue pumpkins, a toasty wood fire designed for roasting marshmallows and peanuts, and hayrack rides.  

Last June Skip presented a special Growing on the High Plains visit about her father and his gift of larkspur seed that has become a reliable reminder of him and his love of gardening.  During our fall fund drive week we'll repeat that show, and Skip will offer her own special gift to HPPR listeners.  Call 1-800-678-7444 for more details.

Commancheria

Oct 9, 2012

Today we'll look at a battle that marked the turning point in the Red River Wars.

Starting Tuesday evening during All Things Considered, Playa Country returns to the air. Playa Country features stories from experts in the fields of conservation, wild life management, farming, ranching and land management. All focused on the future of one of our area's most important resources, the Ogallala aquifer.

When I first met my husband, a field-trained black lab owned him.  Rebel was an intelligent canine with a once in a lifetime personality. The retriever and the man had enjoyed a rustic bachelorhood  at Meade  State Fish Hatchery.  Dog and man led an idyllic life hunting, fishing, and working fishponds located far from town and people.

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