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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

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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

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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

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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

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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
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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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Kansas State Government
8:00 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Tobacco Prevention is not a Priority Use for Settlement Money in Kansas

Credit kaiserhealthnews.org

15 years ago 46 states and the nation’s major tobacco companies came to a multi-billion dollar settlement.  The purpose of the action was to ultimately reduce smoking.

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Texas Panhandle
8:00 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Texas District 31 Primary: North versus South?

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Incumbent Sen. Kel Seliger, R- Amarillo, will have a Republican challenger from the south in next year’s primary election reported Enrique Rangel for the Amarillo Globe-News.  

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Agriculture
8:53 am
Tue December 10, 2013

Drones Used To Diagnose Diseased Wheat Fields

A helicopter drone used by Dr. Charlie Rush, Texas A&M AgriLife plant pathologist in Amarillo, flies over a wheat field to track disease progression.
Credit Kay Ledbetter / Texas A&M AgriLife Research

Dr. Charlie Rush is a plant pathologist at Texas A&M AgriLife Research in Amarillo.  He’s partnered with Ian Johnson, a Montana State University-Bozeman graduate student, who’s using his work in the university’s Science and Natural History Filmmaking Program to help conduct research using a helicopter drone according to AgriLife.

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Drones
8:52 am
Tue December 10, 2013

High Tech Comes to Feral Hog Extermination

Louisiana Hog Control's "dehogaflier"
Credit inhabitat.com

Feral pigs are pests.  Every year they cause an estimated $1.5 billion of damage to crops.  Texans are trying to shoot them from helicopters to control their numbers, but that method is not effective.  Pigs are smart, and soon learn to hide from the noisy choppers.

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Playa Country Episode
8:01 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

NRCS Ogallala Aquifer Initiative: Kansas Producers Self-regulate Water Use

Credit Kansas Ground Water Management

New legislation in Kansas makes it possible for producers to work within water conservation districts to create Locally Enhanced Management Areas (LEMAs) and agree among themselves how much groundwater use they can curtail. Brad Oelke talks about the first LEMA, which began in January 2013, and how NRCS may be able to help irrigators reduce consumption.

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Colorado City Government
8:00 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Deer Trail Colorado Drone Hunting Vote Postponed to Dec. 10

Deer Trail Mayor Franks Fields displays proper drone-hunting technique.
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Deer Trail, Colorado has postponed voting on drone hunting until December 10 reported the Denver Post.  Mayor Frank Fields said the previous date was too close to the November election.

Deer Trail residents will be deciding upon approval of an ordinance allowing unmanned aircraft to be shot down.  

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Dodge City, Kansas
8:00 pm
Sun December 8, 2013

Highway 50 Expansion Puts “Point of Rocks" Landmark at Risk

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The “Point of Rocks” monument outside Dodge City is a regional landmark: a rock outcropping with a silhouetted steel band of horsemen announcing you’re in Dodge City.  However, a $69 million dollar highway improvement project could mean the leveling of the icon according to The Kansas City Star.

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

Most Texans Running for State Office Refuse to Share Tax Returns

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There are 48 statewide candidates who have filed, or say they are going to run for office in Texas.  10 agreed to release their last three tax returns according to the Texas Tribune.

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Harvest Public Media story
5:17 pm
Sun December 8, 2013

Push for GMO labeling comes to Colorado

Protesters in Denver rallied this past summer at the state capitol, asking legislators to act on a GMO labeling rule.
Credit Luke Runyon/Harvest Public Media

Colorado could be the next battleground state in the debate over labeling rules for genetically-modified foods. Activists are trying to get the issue in front of voters in 2014.

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CD of the Week
12:22 pm
Sun December 8, 2013

Beppe Gambetta's 'American Album' this week on High Plains Morning

Italian guitarist Beppe Gambetta’s 5th CD for Gadfly Records is both a love letter and a road map to the music of America. The record is a mixture of original material and Beppe’s own arrangements of some American classics. We will listen to each track of this beautiful collection this week on High Plains Morning, Monday through Friday from 9am to noon.

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High Plains Outdoors Episode
5:52 am
Sat December 7, 2013

Christmas Gift Ideas for the Outdoorsman on Your List

Luke's Smokin Tex hard at work this season.
Credit Luke Clayton

Luke gives Cindee some gift ideas for the outdoorsman on her list.

Merry Christmas Folks!

Today I’ve got some unique gift ideas for the hunter on your list, and I guarantee you will not find these things in every store. 

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Agriculture
8:00 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

The Rules are Ready for Hemp Farming in Colorado

Ryan Loflin harvests hemp
Credit Hemp Industries Association

Colorado is getting ready for the legal sale of recreational marijuana the first of the year, and also preparing for the second part of Amendment 64— the legal growth and production of hemp. 

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Prairie Ramblings Episode
8:00 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Annie, get your gun-- and a mixing bowl

Jillian, Ellerbe, N.C., Winchester SX 3 in Mossy Oak Duck Blind finish.
Credit npr.org

Who says a woman's place is in the home?

Not so long ago,most  people considered serious women hunters a rarity.  Their appearances on outdoor channels were uncommon, and you couldn’t find camouflage or blaze orange specifically designed to fit feminine  curves.

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Kansas
8:00 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Southwest Kansas VA Clinic Leaving Ft. Dodge

When the VA clinic moves from Fort Dodge to Summerlon within a year, it will join the group of healthcare and medical equipment providers already in residence around Summerlon Circle.
Credit Christopher Guinn / Dodge City Daily Globe

Veterans in southwest Kansas won’t be driving to Fort Dodge for clinic appointments next year, they’ll be going to the Summerlon development in northeast Dodge City according to a recent article in the Dodge City Daily Globe

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Agriculture
8:00 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Garden City Research Center Completes Five Year Water Impact Study on Alfalfa

Credit yoncatarim.com

The Southwest Research and Extension Center in Garden City, Kansas, completed a five year study on the impact of water application on alfalfa reported Mary Lou Peter for Farm Talk.

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Oklahoma
8:00 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

What High Plains State Ranks Second in Seismic Activity?

Jones Earthquake. Map and data courtesy of United States Geological Survey.
Credit stillwaterweather.com

Although the cause is under debate, the fact is Oklahoma ranks second in seismic activity in the continental United States according to analysis done by EnergyWire. 

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Growing on the High Plains Episode
6:30 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Gardening Gifts

Credit wehavethetools.com

This week we'll look at items both from and for the garden, with some special attention given to finding gifts that might make gardening chores a bit easier for senior gardeners.  We'll also look at some 'gifts from the soil' that don't really require soil, thus making them ideal holiday items for those who miss not having a garden of their own anymore.    

Texas Panhandle
8:00 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Sherman County Sheriff Pays For K9

Sherman County Sheriff Joe Powell walks his newly purchased Dutch Shepherd, Ziggy.
Credit amarillo.com

Sherman County Sheriff Joe Powell purchased a K9 with his own money Mollie Bryant reported for The Amarillo Globe News.

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