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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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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?

Credit texasalmanac.com

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.
Credit denverpost.com

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

Credit outsidethebeltway.com

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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Literature
8:00 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

WT and Tech Profs Working to Change Engineering Image with Children’s Books

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Ask kids what an engineer is, and they’ll say someone who drives a train or they simply don’t know.  That’s what WT associate professor of mechanical engineering Emily Hunt and Michelle Pantoya, a mechanical engineering professor at Texas Tech University, found when they did a survey.  So, the duo decided to start building awareness in science, technology, engineering, and math careers-- by writing children’s books. 

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Kansas State Government
8:00 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Meade Native Appointed Chair of the Kansas House Social Services Budget Committee

Ron Ryckman Jr. of Olathe and his father, Rep. Ron Ryckman Sr. of Meade.
Credit ronforkansas.com

Rep. Ron Ryckman Jr, R-Olathe, has been appointed to succeed Rep Brian Weber, R- Dodge City, as the chair of the House Social Services Budget Committee according to the Kansas Health Institute.

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5:34 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Amarillo Logo Contest Round Two

Lead in text: 
See the top entries and vote for your favorite!
Judging by the number of submissions, contestants in the Amarillo logo competition were delighted to throw their hats in the ring to help alleviate the city's mishap.The general public was even more willing to help decide which design ultimately will represent the city.
Texas Poverty
8:00 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Texas: Number of Children Living in Poverty on the Rise

Credit netexas.bucknerconnect.com

The percentage of children living in poverty has risen 47 percent since 2000 , despite an improving Texas economy reported the Texas Tribune.  

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Gun Control
8:00 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Kansas Attorney General Says Guns Are Allowed in Some Polling Places

Credit biatrainingsolutions.com

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt recently advised state election officials that guns will have to be allowed in some polling places, but can be banned in others reported Dion Lefler for the Wichita Eagle.

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Kansas State Government
8:00 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Kansas Legislators Ready for Different Budget Strategy

Twilight accentuates the new copper dome on the Kansas Statehouse, part of a nearly complete $332 million renovation and the first new copper covering since the roof was constructed in 1903. This year — for the first time since 1954, the state Legislature will be entering the second year of an existing budget. "This is a whole new experience coming up," said Duane Goossen, a former budget director for three Kansas governors.
Credit Phil Cauthon / Kansas Health Institute

Legislators set for second half of two-year cycle for the first time in decades

For the first time since 1954, when Kansas legislators return to Topeka in January, they’ll be dealing with the state budget in a different way according to the Kansas Health Institute.  

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Playa Country Episode
8:01 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

NRCS Ogallala Aquifer Initiative: Conservation Planning to Reduce Water Use

Credit oklahomafarmreport.com

Realizing the vital importance of the Ogallala Aquifer to the High Plains, The Natural Resources Conservation Service launched the Ogallala Aquifer Initiative. Playa lakes recharge the aquifer, and because of that, NRCS provides ways, through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program, for producers to rehabilitate playas in cropland. NRCS Conservationists can help landowners develop a conservation plan that meets their goals, using this and other USDA conservation programs.

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