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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

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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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Eastern Colorado
8:00 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Pedal the Plains: Explore Colorado’s Eastern Plains

Credit Pedal the Plains

Celebrate the agricultural roots and frontier heritage of Colorado’s Eastern Plains by participating in the second annual “Pedal the Plains.”  This year there’s a brand new route for cyclists of all ages and abilities.  Riders will have a chance to taste regional foods, learn about the area from local experts, try their hand at local crafts, enjoy lively entertainment, and experiment, hands-on, with farming techniques.

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Water
8:00 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Water Rights: Disputes Increase Across the High Plains

Credit http://pubs.usgs.gov/sir/2013/5079/SIR2013-5079.pdf / U.S. Geological Survey

Disagreements over water are nothing new, but depletion and dependency on the aquifers below the ground’s surface are escalating disputes over water rights across the High Plains. 

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Literature
8:00 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

The Texas Wind Rush: It started with an Unlikely Leader

Credit texastribune.org

George W Bush.  When you think of that name what comes to mind?

  • The Yale party boy of the late 1970s?
  • The son of a Yankee blueblood who made a ton of money on Texas oil?
  • The son of a politician?
  • A native of Midland?
  • A Texas oil baron?
  • A Texas governor?
  • President of the United States?
  • September 11?
  • Wind energy champion?
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Education
8:00 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Enrollment Numbers: WT, AC, and OPSU

Credit ect.coop

Day 12 enrollment numbers are in for West Texas A&M University, Amarillo College, and Oklahoma Panhandle State University. 

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Texas Panhandle
8:00 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Amarillo Baseball: Will The Tradition Continue in a New Downtown Stadium?

Credit myhighplains.com

Professional baseball came to Amarillo in 1922 with the Amarillo Gassers.  For more than 90 years, the tradition has continued. 

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Playa Country Episode
8:00 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Canadian River Cooperative Weed Management Area, Texas/Oklahoma

Credit Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

This partnership - consisting of agencies, non-governmental organizations and landowners - is working to control invasive plants along the banks of the Canadian River in the Texas panhandle and western Oklahoma. Salt cedar, Eastern Red Cedar and Russian Olive trees are being controlled if not eradicated.

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Folklore
8:00 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Kansas State Fair: The 100 Year Rain Legend Remains Unbroken

Credit hutchnews.com

The Kansas State Fair celebrated its 100th birthday this year, and after 100 years, the rain legend continues.  The superstition is that it will rain during the fair.  It may have taken until the last day, but Sunday, the skies opened up, providing a shower with a bit of hail to pepper to all in attendance according to The Wichita Eagle

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CD of the Week
11:17 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Featured CD for the week of September 16 on High Plains Morning

Missy Raines has won the International Bluegrass Music Association's Bass Player of the Year Award 7 times during her career.  On her new record New Frontier,  Missy and her band The New Hip stretch out a bit.  With a batch of songs from Pierce Pettis, Sarah Siskind and Missy herself, she's created a beautiful new work.  We will listen to it track by track this week on High Plains Morning, heard Monday through Friday from 9am to noon cst.

Lobbying
8:01 pm
Sun September 15, 2013

Want a Tesla car in Texas? You'll have to order it online

You can look. You can touch. But you can't quite buy it here. The Tesla S at the company's showroom in Austin.
Credit Olivia Gordon/StateImpact Texas

It's the newest high-end electric car on the market, and it's not sold in Texas. It's not being sold in many other states, either.

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Fauna
8:00 pm
Sun September 15, 2013

The Endangered Arkansas Shiner: The Canadian River is Not a Safe Place to Call Home

Salt Cedar along the Canadian River
Credit cooperativeconservation.org

The Arkansas Shiner is a small, silvery minnow that spawns in the Canadian River.  It also has a prime spot on the federal government’s list of threatened species.  No longer found in Arkansas, numbers were so diminished two years ago, shiners were netted and taken to a hatchery in Oklahoma to preserve them reported The Texas Tribune

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Oil & Gas
8:00 pm
Sun September 15, 2013

Battery Theft Afflicts Oil and Gas Drillers

Credit texastribune.org

Batteries in the oil field cost a few hundred more than a car battery, and they’re used to power equipment that monitors pipelines.   Battery supply companies buy the batteries- dead or alive, and that seems to be an open door for theft reported The Texas Tribune.  

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Prairie Ramblings Episode
8:00 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Drought, A Tree Root, and No Plumbing

Credit acquaplumbingllc.com

  When I left home to attend a five week National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Teacher Seminar, my husband devoutly promised he’d water my flowers.  By the time I left, velvety purple petunias, coral moss rose, and vibrant snapdragons already showed heat distress.

While in North Dakota, I kept track of western Kansas weather through phone calls and monitoring the Hays Daily News.  Though some rain fell, I knew the only way my flowers would survive was through regularly hosings. 

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