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 A famous playwright used his Kansas roots to create memorable characters and settings.

Kingfishers

Jun 26, 2012

Big-headed blue-and-white Kingfishers rule a watery kingdom, diving headfirst into the water after prey and digging elaborate burrows for raising young.

In part two of exploring Mozote, we will meet with two local men to hear their touching stories of the massacre and the civil war of El Salvador.

Artichokes

Jun 21, 2012

 Impulse buying results in a trip down memory lane and a new challenge for Skip's gardening skills.

Hoover Pavilion

Jun 20, 2012

A special building in Wright Park has been home to social gatherings in Dodge City for many years.

Anting

Jun 19, 2012

Anting is a bizarre inter-species ritual of birds and ants that results in a beneficial dose of formic acid for the birds. We explore why 200 different kinds of birds worldwide have been caught in the act of anting.

This is the first of a two part series from Mozote El Salvador, a village that was massacred in 1981.  We are meeting with a local woman to learn more.

Larkspur

Jun 14, 2012

A father's gift is regenerated each year, leaving a legacy of 'little blue flowers' to brighten the garden  and the heart.

German Russians

Jun 13, 2012

A look at an immigrant group who helped to settle the far northwest corner of Kansas.

Tanagers

Jun 12, 2012

Tanagers are brilliant tropical birds that spend their lives in the treetops, gracing the summer air with lyrical song. We investigate the several tanagers found in the High Plains.

We are in Tacuba this week, were the first communist rally was held in El Salvador.  We are joining native Osiris Gutierrez to learn more about  the history of this town and this country.

Spirea

Jun 7, 2012

A look at a flowering shrub that has maintained its popularity on the high plains from early-day homesteads to modern-day domiciles.

Fort Elliott

Jun 6, 2012

 The Red River Wars necessitated the formation of a command post in the Texas Panhandle known as Fort Elliott.

Bitterns

Jun 5, 2012

Those who hanker after certain birds may find themselves hunkering down in a marshy soggy bottom for the chance to see or hear the remarkable American Bittern.

We are hitting the streets of Tacuba to check out the local fare.  We will sample the likes of Candy Oranges and the acclaimed national food of El Salvador, Pupusas!

Water Gardens Part III

May 31, 2012

Stocking your garden pond with critters can be lots of fun, but watch out for the uninvited guests!

Fleagle Gang

May 30, 2012

This true story of an infamous High Plains criminal gang plays like a fictional gangster movie of the 1930's complete with bank robberies, getaways, murders, manhunts and capture.

Horned Larks

May 29, 2012

Horned Larks are perhaps one of the most exquisite yet least appreciated prairie birds. Learn to recognize a song “like jingling coins in a pocket” that’s sung by these native larks in flight.

Water Gardens Part II

May 24, 2012

A look at some plants that thrive under, in, and around the water.

In 1939 the world premiere of the Hollywood western “Dodge City” brought thousands to Dodge City from both coasts and all points in-between, arriving by car, horseback and three special trains.  A parade, wild west show, rodeo and raucous celebrations accompanied the movie, which played simultaneously in three theaters.

 

Roadrunners

May 22, 2012

Roadrunners ­ both funnier and more interesting than their own cartoons ­ have mad skills like killing rattlesnakes and running 20 miles per hour.

Water Gardens Part I

May 17, 2012

Skip begins a 3 part series on ponds and pools in the yard and garden.

Augusta Metcalfe

May 16, 2012

A visit to far west Oklahoma and the home place of a famous painter.

Upland Sandpipers

May 15, 2012

Discover the native shorebird most likely to be found nesting at your local airport: the Upland Sandpiper, with its loon-like wolf-whistle call.

Sun Dried Tomatoes

May 10, 2012

In honor of Mother's Day, Skip shares a conversation with her gardening guru mom (now deceased) from a past Growing on the High Plains episode.

Center City

May 9, 2012

If  a street could talk …. Polk Street would tell of the times when neon, cruising, boom and abundance were the themes of Amarillo.

Graveyard Hummingbird

May 8, 2012

A hummingbird in a graveyard leads Ruth down a dark and morbid path until she learns some encouraging facts about hummingbirds.

School Days

May 3, 2012

The school bell rings as Skip recounts her recently gained education experiences through the Master Gardener Program.

Atwood Church

May 2, 2012

Follow the trail of a historical building that still stands in Rawlins county, Kansas.

We meet a sparrow that wears a racing helmet and was once known as the farmer’s friend, the lively and melodious White-crowned Sparrow.

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