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Oil & Gas
8:04 pm
Sun November 3, 2013

Legislators and architects: build pipelines faster, and put bicycle paths on top

Credit SWA Group

As 485 miles of Keystone XL pipeline lies dry in Texas, lawmakers are proposing legislation that would expedite the process of approving cross-national pipelines like the Keystone XL.

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Amarillo City Government
8:00 pm
Sun November 3, 2013

Amarillo: Coca-Cola Moving to Make Way for New Ballpark

A downtown conceptual model displayed during a July meeting at City Hall shows a proposed downtown ballpark.
Credit amarillo.com

Amarillo city commissioners recently voted unanimously to accept a deal between the Amarillo Economic Development Corp. and Coca-Cola Refreshments to move the beverage company to a new location. 

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CD of the Week
9:28 am
Sun November 3, 2013

New Avett Brothers release this week on High Plains Morning

Concord, North Carolina’s favorite sons The Avett Brothers have released their second record of 2013- Magpie & The Dandelion. The tracks were recorded with Rick Rubin during the same sessions that produced The Carpenter, their previous release. The brothers have said they wanted to convey a feeling of “youthful wonder” with this record. We will listen to every track as our CD of the week this week on High Plains Morning, Monday through Friday from 9am to noon.

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51st State?
8:01 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

North Colorado secessionist movement origins and plans outlined

Credit iNews at Rocky Mountain PBS

The North Colorado secessionist movement has been gaining publicity and momentum as ten counties in northeastern Colorado have decided to put the motion to their voters.

Details are being revealed about how such a movement for counties to secede from the state would work, including the steps necessary in the process of secession as well as the economics of a 51st state.

Also, secessionists have a backup plan for rural voters to gain greater clout in a state that is becoming more urban.

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High Plains Outdoors Episode
8:00 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

American Whitetail Authority: Scoring Bulletless Tournament

Credit rmefblog.blogspot.com

Folks, I am pleased as punch to be talking with David Fort, president of the American Whitetail Authority.  David is teaching me about a whitetail tournament sponsored by the AWA.  The competition is done with rifles outfitted with cameras, not bullets.  

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Prairie Ramblings Episode
8:00 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Autumn Uglies

Credit beyondthefieldsweknow.org

Those of us who share our country homes with wildlife love spring time when we see the babies.  Nothing is cuter or sweeter than a newborn fawn unless it is six or seven baby raccoons following mom to the creek.  On the other hand, nothing is funnier looking and yet more charming than a flock of recently feathered turkey poults trying to catch grasshoppers as they follow their mother through tall grass.

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Harvest Public Media story
8:01 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Dreaming beyond the slaughterhouse

Binh Hua (left) and My Nguyen, both 18, work in the Garden City Community College chemistry lab. The two best friends graduated from high school in three years and after community college, plan to go on to universities.
Peggy Lowe/Harvest Public Media

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Not yet 9 a.m. on a warm fall day, freshmen Binh Hua and My Nguyen are in protective goggles, long hair pulled back, ready for their chemistry class in a Garden City Community College lab.

The teacher calls the class to order, calling the students “Busters,” short for “Broncbusters,” the college’s mascot and a reminder of this old West town’s history of raising cattle.

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American Indian Heritage
8:01 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Arrow Planting for Quanah Parker Trail in Potter County Saturday

The first Comanche arrow planted on the Quanah Parker Trail, in downtown Matador, TX in August of 2011.
Credit Carol Campbell

A giant steel Comanche arrow lands at the Wildcat Bluff Nature Center west of Amarillo on Saturday morning.

The large sculpture is part of a larger project in which identical arrows have already been planted at various historical sites throughout the Texas Panhandle region. The arrows and their locations represent the historical range and serve as a physical reminder of the nomadic Comanches of the 19th century.

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Innovation
8:00 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Cloned in Canadian: First Quarter Horses and Now Deer

Gregg Veneklasen, left, holds a blue roan horse named Royal Blue Boon Two, while Jason Abraham holds a sorrell, Lynx Melody Too.
Credit amarillo.com

This time of the year, most deer hunters are focused on where to find the big one, not Canadian rancher Jason Abraham.  Abraham and his partner, Gregg Veneklasen, a Canyon veterinarian, are busy cloning their trophies.

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Over $75,000 raised
4:39 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Thank you!

Thank you to all of our member-listeners who came together to raise over $75,000 for HPPR by calling, mailing and webbing-in support throughout October and the Turn-a-Page Pledge Drive!

In October, we gained 119 new members, renewed 213  members and received 242  additional gift of support from current HPPR members!

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Colorado State Government
8:01 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Explaining Colorado's Amendment 66

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Next week, Colorado voters go to the polls to vote on a state constitutional amendment to increase income taxes and fundamentally change how money goes to public schools.

Amendment 66 proposes to change Colorado from a flat-tax state and replace the structure with a progressive or graduated two-tier income tax system.

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Texas Politics
8:01 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Texas Panhandle Lawmakers Mostly Uncontested in Primaries… So Far

Credit capitol.state.tx.us

In Texas, a crowded field of hopefuls is expected for statewide offices in the March primaries.  However, for most Texas Panhandle posts, those primary races are going uncontested.

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Growing on the High Plains Episode
8:00 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Tom Gillan: Gardening on the Side

Tom Gillan, left and Skip Mancini, right
Credit Cindee Talley

Conversation with Tom Gillan

 Tom Gillan is the owner of Native Nursery.  He's also in the midst of writing a book titled Gardening on the Side.  It's not about gardening as a hobby, it's about planning and planting specific to the side of the building.

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Literature
8:00 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Jodi Thomas: 'So you Want to Be a Writer' Workshop Saturday

Jodi Thomas
Credit ttu.edu

Jodi Thomas is a fifth generation Texan.  She has a degree in Family Studies, and is a marriage and family counselor by education.  She is also a successful writer, celebrating 25 years in publishing.  Honored in 2002 as a Distinguished Alumni by Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Thomas enjoys interacting with students on the West Texas A & M University campus, where she currently serves as Writer In Residence.

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Holiday Programming
6:50 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols 2013: Tuesday, Dec 24 at 9 am CT

Hosted by Michael Barone, this is a live stereo music and spoken-word broadcast from the chapel of King's College in Cambridge, England. The 30-voice King's College Choir performs the legendary Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols service of Biblical readings and music.

Harvest Public Media story
8:01 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Garden City: Tending to a cultural crossroads in Kansas

Sister Janice Thome at a local Garden City school. Thome teaches several classes, including a teen parenting class at the Garden City alternative high school.
Peggy Lowe/Harvest Public Media

GARDEN CITY, Kan. — Sister Janice Thome’s office is a 2003 brown Ford Focus with a backseat piled high with paperwork and a prayer book.

Thome puts 125,000 miles a year on this car, picking up boxes from the food pantry, finding a mattress for a newcomer, delivering a sick soul to a doctor’s appointment. All the while, she fields emergency calls on her flip phone, responding to her mission to serve the poor of Garden City, out on the plains of southwest Kansas.

This day, Thome is teaching her teen parenting class at the alternative high school.

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Wildfires
8:01 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Smoky Skies Affect the Region, Study Says

This panoramic view of east-central Texas on September 6, 2011, highlights numerous smoke plumes caused by wildfires burning across the state. The image was taken by astronauts aboard the International Space Station.
Credit NASA Earth Observatory

The destruction caused by wildfires may be obvious to the observer, but one new piece of research brings attention to the potential effects of smoke from those wildfires.

The majority of the High Plains region falls under an area of the nation most affected by plumes of smoke from wildfires and other causes, according to research by environmental group Natural Resources Defense Council.

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Education
8:00 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Nation’s Report Card: How High Plains Eighth Graders Performed

Credit nationsreportcard.gov

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) creates The Nation’s Report Card, a document that informs the public about the academic achievement of elementary and secondary students in the United States.  The testing information available at this time compares 2009 test results to those gathered in 2011.  

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Holiday Programming
6:40 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Welcome Christmas!: Tuesday, Dec 24 at 11 am CT

VocalEssence

The best way to welcome Christmas is Welcome Christmas!, the VocalEssence holiday concert from American Public Media.

Bring a Torch! This year's program puts the focus on old French carols, alongside two world premieres in the annual VocalEssence/American Composers Forum Christmas carol contest. The new carols call for the intriguing combination of men's chorus with English horn.

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Living Room Concert
6:32 am
Tue October 29, 2013

HPPR welcomes hONEyhoUSe on Saturday, November 16

HPPR is thrilled to welcome hONEyhoUSe back to Amarillo for a Living Room Concert on Saturday, November 16! This show will be in a new venue for us- the events room at Sunset Art Center, located at 3701 Plains Blvd.

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Population Decline
8:01 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Greeley County, Kansas Fights Depopulation

Broadway, the main street in Tribune, Kansas.
Credit Matt Nager/The Wall Street Journal

In a town and county named in honor of Horacy Greeley, the man credited with saying "Go West, young man," officials fear for the town's survival after three decades of accelerating population decline.

Greeley County, Kansas does not have demographics on its side. Rural areas across the Great Plains tend to experience high death rates as baby boomers age and die, while young people move away.  The county has lost over a third of its population since 1960.

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Playa Country Episode
8:01 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

KAWS Wetland Coordinator - Helping Landowners Conserve Playas

Wetland vegetation and birds in the Ehmke playa, Lane County, Kansas
Credit William C. Johnson

Duane Cheney, from the Kansas Alliance for Wetlands and Streams, talks to landowners and operators in western Kansas about the benefits of enrolling playas in NRCS's Wetlands Reserve Program or Continuous CRP, thereby taking those "mudholes" out of production once and for all and converting them into wonderful wildlife habitat that also helps recharge the Ogallala aquifer. Doug Duell talks about his experience rehabbing a 40-acre playa on his western Kansas cropland.

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Literature
8:00 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Amarillo's Open Book Festival Has It All

If you love words, there's something to love about the Amarillo Public Library's 3rd Annual Open Book Festival, this Saturday, November 2, in the Heritage Room of the Amarillo Civic Center.  Starting at 9:30, there are activities, stories and games for kids, workshops, readings, and presentations on books and writing.  

For history buffs in particular, the event presents an opportunity to meet regional historians and get a glimpse into the process of writing historical nonfiction.  These are just a few of the authors taking part in the morning part of the Festival—Meet the Authors:

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Holiday Programming
6:30 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Christmas on Sinfonia: Tuesday, Dec 24 at 1 pm CT

HPPR presents 3 hours of all Christmas music hosted by Mindy Ratner. Festive holiday music celebrating family on Christmas Eve.

6:49 am
Mon October 28, 2013

Rare Bird Conservation Plan Approved by Feds

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The federal government officially endorses a conservation plan, known as the Range Wide Plan, an unlikely partnership between those who might compromise the grassland habitat of the prairie chicken and landowners.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has put its stamp of approval on a plan that Texas and four other states have worked on for years to protect the lesser prairie chicken, a rare bird whose future has been threatened by economic development - especially oil and gas drilling - in West Texas and the Panhandle.
Harvest Public Media story
6:15 am
Mon October 28, 2013

In the Shadows of the Slaughterhouse: Noel, MO Schools build safety net for immigrant children

At the primary school in rural Noel, Mo., teachers and staff function as educators about as often as they do de facto social workers.
Credit Abbie Fentress Swanson/Harvest Public Media

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NOEL, MO - It’s almost 9 a.m., and Noel Primary School teacher Erin McPherson is helping a group of Spanish-speaking students complete English language exercises. But it’s tough going.

One student in a bright blue T-shirt – 9-year-old Isac Martinez – has not yet picked up his pencil. He’s clearly sick. When McPherson asks him what’s wrong, Isac’s small voice is barely audible in between coughs. He says he threw up four times last night but did not go to a doctor.

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CD of the Week
5:18 am
Mon October 28, 2013

Amos Lee "Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song" Takes New Path

For his fifth album, Mountains Of Sorrow, Rivers Of Song, Amos Lee has taken a different path for the recording; he worked in a new city(Nashville) with a new producer(Jay Joyce), and, for the first time, he brought his touring band into the studio with him.The twelve songs that resulted—the follow-up to 2011's chart-topping Mission Bell—bring Amos into new sonic territory, while retaining the impact of the scenes, characters, and stories we have come to expect from his songs. We will listen track by track this week on High Plains Morning, Monday through Friday from 9am to noon.

Agriculture
8:00 pm
Sun October 27, 2013

Could An Aqueduct from the Missouri River Help Preserve the Ogallala Aquifer and SW Kansas Life?

The Kansas Aqueduct route, proposed in the 1982 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers study, would have drawn water from the Missouri River and pumped it 600 kilometers (375 miles) uphill to the western plains. Neither reservoir shown on the map exists; both were part of the aqueduct project.
Credit Southwest Kansas Groundwater Management District

State officials and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are re-evaluating a seminal 1982 federal water supply study that proposed transporting billions of gallons annually from the Missouri River to farms 375 miles away stated a recent article in Circle of Blue.  

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Obama Approved Brownback Request
8:00 pm
Sun October 27, 2013

Kansas Counties Eligible for Federal Infrastructure Repair

Credit yellowmaps.com

President Obama recently approved a federal disaster declaration making 46 Kansas counties eligible for air to repair damaged infrastructure.  The damage was cause by severed summer storms and flooding according to The Wichita Eagle.  

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Holiday Programming
6:20 pm
Sun October 27, 2013

Advent Voices: Tuesday, Dec 24 at 7 pm CT

Advent Wreath (File Photo)
Credit http://minnesota.publicradio.org

Advent is a time of quiet contemplation and waiting. It's waiting for darkness to become light and for hopes to be realized. Throughout the centuries Advent has been observed musically in sacred and secular ways. Join Lynne Warfel for an hour of the most beautiful vocal music inspired by and written for Advent.

Click here for more information or to hear or re-hear the program on-line.

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