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Texas Panhandle
8:00 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Amarillo’s Danny Wall Inducted into Hall of Fame

Danny Wall
Credit Russell Anglin / amarillo.com

Danny Wall was recently inducted into the Texas Bicycle Motocross Hall of Fame.  Wall, a 49-year old remodeling contractor, is one of the state’s pioneering BMX racers in the late 1970s and 80s according to the Amarillo Globe-News.

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Federal Helium Reserve
5:52 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Amarillo facility avoids the “helium cliff”

Postcard view from the mid-20th century of the Amarillo Helium Plant operated by the US Dept. Of Interior as part of the Federal Helium Reserve.
Credit High Country News

Amarillo’s Federal Helium Reserve got a reprieve Thursday as the Senate unanimously approved a bill extending the reserve, a day after the House approved the measure, also unanimously. Without the legislation, the facility would have been forced to shut down on October 7th under older legislation.  The reserve provides 42% of the country’s helium and 35% of the world’s.

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Climate
8:00 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Recent Survey Says Most Texans Believe in Global Warming

Credit texastribune.org

800 Texans were surveyed in a recent Yale Project on climate change.  Most believe global warming is happening according to a recent article by the Texas Tribune.  

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Traditions
8:00 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Is This the Last Dance for the Kansas Polka Lovers?

Polka Dancing at the Gibbon Ballroom at Gibbon, Minnesota
Credit flickr.com

In December, the PolKofA Kansas Chapter, which is the Kansas chapter of Polka Lovers Klub of America, will decide if they will continue to dance according to The Wichita Eagle.  

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Growing on the High Plains Episode
8:00 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Zoo Landscaping

Skip and Tom Gillian looking over the landscaping
Cindee Talley

Skip has a special guest in today.  Tom Gillan dropped by to talk about the differences between landscaping in public areas versus a home.  Tom is the owner of Native Nursery in Golden, Colorado.  He also talked about his current project:  Cat Canyon at the Lee Richardson Zoo in Garden City, Kansas.    

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HPPR Government and Politics
8:00 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Affordable Care Act: Nationwide Premium Estimates Released

The Obama administration released a report containing average premiums across the nation.  Rates in most states are lower than earlier projections, but there are huge variations among states according to the Kansas Health Institute

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Texas State Government
8:00 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Texas Elections 2014: Texas Railroad Commission is an Important Race

Credit .epbusinessjournal.com

In the next state election, Texas has important choices to make.  One of the most significant races in terms of state impact, is also one of the most unknown and unnoticed according to The Texas Tribune

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Harvest Public Media story
6:27 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Sticker shock – it’s not just on new tractors anymore

Brand new 2014 John Deere 2014 model S-690 combine on display in the field at sunset.
Credit John Deere / http://www.deere.com/

Buying a new farm tractor costs almost as much as a new home in a decent suburb.  

Shelling out $200,000 or more for shiny new John Deere, Case IH, New Holland or other name brand horsepower to work the fields of a 21st century Midwestern farm isn’t unusual, farmers and dealers say.

What seems more unusual, to newcomers to farm economics at least, is that those shiny new models aren’t the hottest selling big iron on many dealers’ lots.  That would be the used tractors that were traded in when the new models rolled off the dealers’ flatbed trucks.

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Flora
8:00 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Weekend Getaway: You can still enjoy Colorado Fall Foliage

Credit C2 Photography

Even though the images and stories you hear of Colorado say everything is a mess, there are still opportunities to enjoy the fall colors despite the flood. 

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Healthcare
8:00 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

KanCare After Nine Months: How It’s Working in SW Kansas

Credit nabholz.com

Nine months into the Kansas Medicaid makeover, health care providers are struggling with KanCare reported the Kansas Health Initiative

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Immigration
8:00 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Texas: Immigrant Population Growing, Migration Routes Changing

Credit CBP Photography

Texas has one of the largest populations of “unauthorized” immigrants in the nation, and it is the only state that didn’t have a significant drop as did California, Florida, Illinois, New Jersey, and New York according to data Pew Research Center’s Hispanic Trends Project. 

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Living Room Concert
6:58 am
Tue September 24, 2013

Songwriters In The Round on October 4

Friday October 4 is the next installment of HPPR's Songwriter In The Round series. This show will be at The Fibonacci, which is located at 3306 SW 6th Ave in Amarillo. The doors will open at 7pm, and the show will start at 7:30. Our previous shows have been very well attended, and we strongly suggest making reservations for this one. You can do that by calling us at 806-367-9088 or by sending an e-mail to music@hppr.org. We'll have the usual great coffee from Evocation Coffee Roasters and cookies from Molly Fuller. Don't miss this one!

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Playa Country Episode
8:01 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Comanche Pool Prairie Resource Foundation, Kansas/Oklahoma

Credit U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

This is a regional grazing group located in south-central Kansas and north-central Oklahoma on 5.4 million acres of mixed-grass and sand-sage prairies. The region is ecologically important because it is Kansas’ second largest, in-tact tract of native prairie (second only to the Flint Hills), and is home to a number of declining wildlife species which require large, unfragmented tracts of native prairie. The group works with ranchers in its area to educate how best to manage grasslands to produce wildlife, clean air and water,  as well as income from livestock grazing.

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Inside HPPR
8:00 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

The work of Linda McCartney

rolling stones
taschen/linda mccartney

Today is the anniversary of the birth of the late Linda Eastman McCartney.  On High Plains Morning today you'll hear some music inspired by her and also made by her.  In addition to being a member of Paul's band Wings, Linda was an accomplished photographer who created a huge body of work from 1967 until her death in 1998.  In fact, she was the first female photographer to have one of her photos on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.    Here's a slide show with just a fraction of the images she captured.

Renewable Energy
8:00 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Texas: Setting the PACE for Renewable Energy

Credit solarknowledge.blogspot.com

The nation’s leading energy producer is also the nation’s biggest energy consumer, and as the state’s population grows, leaders are working to develop strategies to meet long term needs. 

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Texas
8:00 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Dr. Dixie Milello: A Texas Overcomer

Dr. Dixie Melillo, right, with Dorothy Gibbons. Melillo, a 1967 Caprock graduate, is medical director and co-founder with Gibbons of The Rose, a Pasadena breast cancer center.
Credit papercitymag.blacktie-houston.com

Dr. Dixie Milello follows the road less taken.  She also has what it takes to turns challenges into strength.

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Harvest Public Media story
7:41 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

End of Tax Break Could Affect Tractor Sales

Illinois farmer Len Corzine is surrounded by some of his brand new farm equipment.
Credit Bill Wheelhouse/Harvest Public Media

On a hot August day in late August, Kevin Bien stands in the shade of a large gray piece of farm equipment.  The brand marketing manager for Gleaner Combines gives his best spiel to a group of farmers attending the Farm progress Show  in Decatur, Ill.   Torque, efficiency, and new technology are among his key points for the prospective buyers of the large machines that can run anywhere from $300,000 to $500,000.    

And farmers are buying. Frequently.

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High Plains Outdoors Episode
8:18 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Elk Camp: Last Day, Big Rain

Robert Blackstock, bear hunting, Fall 2013
Credit Luke Clayton

Folks, this is going to be short and sweet because I am heading home from the Colorado mountains.  As many of you know, we have been up here at elk camp for almost a month, and this week has been suuum-thing.  

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Featured CD of the week
6:09 am
Mon September 23, 2013

New music from Jimmy Webb: Still Within The Sound Of My Voice

Jimmy Webb has been called one of the greatest songwriters of our generation;  I, for one, agree completely with that statement.  He has created some of the most memorable melodies of the last 50 years.  Jimmy's new CD is called Still Within The Sound Of My Voice;  it is a collection of some of his best  known songs recorded as duets with some friends, including Lyle Lovett, Joe Cocker, Justin Currie, Keith Urban and more.  We will listen to the entire CD this week on High Plains Morning, Monday through Friday, from 9am to noon.

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Folklore
5:18 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Towering Sunflowers Predict…

Credit eyes4mwanza.blogspot.com

  Folk wisdom, especially weather-related folk wisdom, captured my attention when I first learned the saying, “Red sky at night—a sailor’s delight and red sky at morning—a sailor’s warning,” from my grandmother. I’ve tried to determine whether or not her wise words consistently ring true over the decades, but so far--no verdict.

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Values
5:17 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Don’t Mess With Texas and Don’t Remember the Alamo

Credit Jamie Golden / texastribune.org

The Texas Department of Transportation owns the federally registered trademark on the phrase, “Don’t mess with Texas.”  The slogan was coined in 1985 by Tim McClure, a native Texan and a founder of GSD&M, an advertising agency based in Austin.  The agency was hired by the state to help its antilittering campaign reach the worst highway offenders — men under 25.

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Livestock
5:15 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Area Pork Producers Fighting Against a Deadly Virus Possibly Carried by the Wind

Credit hutchnews.com

Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus, or PEDv, is a heat-sensitive virus than can kill up to 100% of piglets that contract it, and hog producers in the Oklahoma Panhandle and Southwestern Kansas are battling the disease that experts now believe is carried on the wind reported the Global Post.  That’s devastating news for high plains farmers where the wind is a strong, consistent force of nature. 

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Values
5:15 am
Mon September 23, 2013

The Potter County Court House Could be Win #3 for Amarillo

Credit amarillo.com

The Potter County Court House is one of the three finalists in the restoration category for the Texas Downtown Associations’ Presidents Awards Program reported the Amarillo Globe-News.  

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Harvest Public Media field note
9:14 pm
Sun September 22, 2013

Sister Janice of Garden City, helping in any way needed

Sister Janice Thome in her other office at a Garden City school
Credit Peggy Lowe/Harvest Public Media

Harvest Public Media reporter Peggy Lowe has been visiting Garden City working on a series of stories profiling “meat packing towns” and their economic, social and cultural life and challenges.  Fittingly, one of her first contacts was Sister Janice Thome who provided a ground-level orientation to the community.  Here is Peggy’s first field note featuring Sister Janice.

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The billboards that dot the long gray line of Interstate 70 west from Kansas City tried to lure me to tourist towns that promised Wild West shows, lots of sunflowers and even an Oz Winery.

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Harvest Public Media story
12:02 pm
Sat September 21, 2013

Eyes in the sky snap rural America

Satellite view of a Western Kansas farmstead
Credit Google Earth

Long before unmanned drones buzzed though rural America’s skies, pilots have been recording birds-eye views of the changing history of the nation’s farms and ranches.

Some worked for the government.   But others were entrepreneurs, just trying to make a buck or two.  Now, they are using the Internet too.

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Harvest Public Media story
12:19 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Obamacare could be a tough sell in rural America

Bob Bernt calls helping people buy insurance a band-aid for the country's health problems. He thinks the government should focus more on diet and nutrition than insurance coverage.
Credit Grant Gerlock/Harvest Public Media

The Affordable Care Act, often called “Obamacare,” takes a big step forward Oct. 1 when new health insurance marketplaces open for enrollment. Rural families are more likely to qualify for subsidized coverage, but reaching them to sign up will be part of the challenge.

So, will farm country take advantage of new health insurance subsidies? That’s the question in Nebraska.

Almost 200,000 Nebraskans don’t have health insurance. Nearly half of them are spread across the state’s rural areas.

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Healthcare
9:37 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Texas: Most Uninsured Children and Poor Adults in the Nation… Again

Credit texastribune.org

Once again, estimates recently released by U.S. Census Bureau say Texas has the most uninsured in the nation according to a recent article from The Texas Tribune.    

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Fauna
9:36 am
Fri September 20, 2013

The Monarchs are Coming to Kansas

Credit wikipedia.org

The Monarchs are passing through Kansas.  The monarch lives a life of migration and cycles.  During spring and summer, they travel to the north, and then with fall, head south to find warmer weather.  What many do now know, is the fact that one butterfly does not make this entire journey.  Monarchs go through four stages during one life cycle, and through four generations in one year according to monarch-butterfly.com.  

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Growing on the High Plains Episode
6:46 am
Thu September 19, 2013

A Dilly of a Deal

A snapshot of Skip's garden visitors
Credit Lisa- one of the gardening girls

    This summer has been filled with delight because of the mass migration of black swallowtails who have been making my garden their home.  Though they love to hang out around the butterfly bushes and rest up in the cool damp earth around the little outdoor fountain, when it comes to creating offspring they head for the herb garden.  There the clumps of dill weed seem to be the favorite food of the black, green and yellow striped caterpillars that have quietly invaded and are munching their way along the stems and seed heads.  The dill looks a bit forlorn for a few days, but bounces right back in time for the next wave of butterflies that are looking for a bit of real estate.

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Wind Energy
8:00 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Google: Powered by The Happy Hereford

Credit Flickr/Creative Commons License

Google has added a huge amount of renewable energy to its portfolio:  The Happy Hereford wind farm outside Amarillo.  Google has agreed to purchase the entire output, 270-megawatts, of the wind farm according to KCET

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