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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.
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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

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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.
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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

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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.
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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.
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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

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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

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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

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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.
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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

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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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Kansas State Government
8:00 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Kansas Conservative Coalition Delivers Manifesto

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Kansans for Liberty shared a manifesto containing ten items they hope will shape debate in the upcoming legislative session reported Tim Carpenter for The Topeka Capital-Journal.

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Agriculture
8:00 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Is Milo the Next Big Crop on the High Plains?

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Drive across the high plains this time of year, and you see it-- pyramids of white, red, yellow that resemble a sandpainting.  Some area farmers, like Mitchell Baalman of Hoxie, Kansas, are putting their money on milo reported Dan Charles for NPR’s The Salt.

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Texas State Government
8:00 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

New Proposal Has Texas Power Companies Paying Twice

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The Public Utility Commission of Texas is proposing a change in the running of the state’s electricity market according to State Impact Texas.

Power companies get paid when they produce electricity, but the new proposal adds a second payment for owning or building power plants.  The goal is to encourage the building of new power plants.  New plants would help avoid power shortages that have caused rolling blackouts.

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Wildlife Conservation
8:00 pm
Sun December 1, 2013

Borger Refinery Agrees to Penalty and Compliance for Migratory Bird Kill

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The Phillips 66 and WRB Refining in Borger, Texas has agreed to a penalty and compliance plan related to a migratory bird kill in August of 2012 reported KFYO.  

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National Guard
8:00 pm
Sun December 1, 2013

Texas and Oklahoma Now Complying with Spousal Benefits Order

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel
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The Texas and Oklahoma National Guard is now complying with an order from Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel that requires state National Guard units to process federal marriage benefits for same sex spouses of guardsmen according to the New York Times.

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Western Kansas
8:00 pm
Sun December 1, 2013

Morland, Kansas Gets Its Grocery Store Back

Morland, Kansas
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The grocery store in Morland, Kansas, reopened November 2 according to the Wichita Eagle.  

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CD of the Week
9:30 pm
Sat November 30, 2013

New music from Steep Canyon Rangers this week on High Plains Morning

Asheville, North Carolina’s Steep Canyon Rangers stepped outside of their comfort zone on their new release ‘Tell the Ones I Love’.  They recorded in an unfamiliar studio (Levon Helm’s barn in Woodstock, NY) with a new producer (Larry Campbell).  The results are a stunning follow-up to their Grammy-winning ‘Nobody Knows You’.  We will listen to every track this week on High Plains Morning, Monday through Friday from 9am to noon.

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Prairie Ramblings Episode
4:00 am
Sat November 30, 2013

The Force: Music

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It’s interesting how certain tunes and lyrics transport our minds from the present to another time and place. I can’t listen to “Jeremiah Was a Bullfrog” without finding myself traveling backward through time to age fifteen when I rode shotgun up and down the main drag of a small Southwest Kansas town. With our windows rolled down, summer breezes riffled our hair until a comb could hardly pass through it. Oncoming drivers blared horns to greet one another as part of the nightly ritual. These discordant sounds disrupted KOMA tunes that set the rhythm of our popping bubble gum.

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High Plains Outdoors Episode
8:00 pm
Fri November 29, 2013

Bill Dance: A Door Closed, the TV Window Opened

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Bill Dance talks with Luke Clayton

Howdy, folks! 

Today we're wrapping it up with Bill Dance; talking about how he moved from bass fishing tournaments to television.  When one door closes, a window opens.  That's the story of Bill's life.

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Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site
8:00 pm
Fri November 29, 2013

Army Will Not Expand Southwestern Colorado Maneuver Site

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The Army recently revealed it will not expand the 365-square-mile Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site.  The Republic reported the announcement is drawing praise from area residents.

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Harvest Public Media story
8:00 pm
Thu November 28, 2013

Pheasants losing habitat to farmland

Farm-raised pheasants like this one, wearing blinders so it doesn't fight other birds, are being transported to areas that used to be known for pheasant hunting in order to prop up declining population.
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As farmers across the Midwest have simplified the landscape and plowed up grassland to grow more corn and soybeans, habitat for pheasants, quail and other grassland birds has become increasingly scarce and their numbers are falling.

In Nebraska, wild pheasant concentrations have fallen 86 percent since their peak in the 1960s. The pheasant harvest during hunting season in Iowa is off 63 percent from the highs reached in the 1970s. In areas that used to be overrun, you’ll struggle to find a pheasant now.

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Arts
8:00 pm
Thu November 28, 2013

Marshall Allen Bailey Sits for Painter John Seerey-Lester

Marshal Allen Bailey and artist, John Seerey-Lester

John Seerey-Lester recently released a new book, “Legends of the Hunt, Campfire Tales.”  Marshal Allen Bailey, the Saturday host of Western Swing and Other Things, sat for Seerey-Lester.  He is featured in the painting, “Grizzly Adams.” 

Seerey-Lester is a well known wildlife painter.  The new book is a sequel to “Legends of the Hunt,” and features over 120 paintings and 60 stories about remarkable real life experiences of the world’s greatest hunters and explorers.

Kansas State Government
8:00 pm
Thu November 28, 2013

Realtors and Bankers Want to Repeal Kansas Mortgage Recording Fee

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In Kansas, if you buy property on a mortgage, you pay to have it recorded by the county.  It’s been that way since 1925, but that could change during the next legislative session according to the Wichita Eagle.

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Harvest Public Media story
8:00 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Canned pumpkins aren’t grown for their looks.

Field of Libby’s Select pumpkins, a hybrid of the Dickinson pumpkin. The inside is orange but the outside is closer to beige, similar to a butternut squash.

This Thanksgiving, hungry families all over the country will finish off their holiday meal with a little slice of the Midwest. That’s because the vast majority of all pumpkin that comes from a can and winds up in a pie got its start on a vine in Illinois.

Pumpkin patches are popular destinations for families seeking fall fun and you’ll find roadside farm stands all over the country. But pumpkins are big business in Illinois, where farmers feed canning factories hungry for a special kind of pumpkin that looks nothing like those you see on Halloween.

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Holiday Traditions
8:00 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Thanksgiving Maps Show Celebration Differences

What time do you sit down to eat Thanksgiving dinner?
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Not every one celebrates Thanksgiving the same.  Recently, eBay’s Deals Blog released a series of maps showing the differences across the United States.  

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Poetry
8:00 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

A Thanksgiving Poem

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Thanksgiving

(Edgar Albert Guest, 1881-1959)

Gettin' together to smile an' rejoice,
An' eatin' an' laughin' with folks of your choice;
An' kissin' the girls an' declarin' that they
Are growin more beautiful day after day;
Chattin' an' braggin' a bit with the men,
Buildin' the old family circle again;
Livin' the wholesome an' old-fashioned cheer,
Just for awhile at the end of the year.

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Growing on the High Plains Episode
8:00 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Thanksgiving Tomatoes

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After a series of late freezes wiped out a good deal of my garden I accepted the hard truth that I would have to buy vegetables and fruits that were not usually on my shopping list.   But around mid-summer I discovered that a favorite fruit that had been getting harder and harder to produce had decided to literally burst upon the scene and give me a late summer season of the best tomatoes I'd produced in years.  So this year I'm giving thanks for The Return of the Ripe Tomato!

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Western Swing and Other Things
3:16 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Live interview with John Seerey-Lester on WSOT

Allen & John

Marshal Allen Bailey will be hosting a live interview with world-renown artist John Seerey-Lester on Saturday November 30th.

Recently Allen posed for a painting and John painted him as "Grizzly Adams". This was a big event in Marshall's life for sure!... John is known world-wide in the wildlife painting area, and even has his work hanging in the White House! The painting has gone into a newly released book, titled "Legends of the Hunt, Campfire Tales." Allen will be interviewing John about this painting and the book this Saturday on his show.

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