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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?

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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

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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

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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

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  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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High Plains Outdoors Episode
8:00 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Elk Camp: The Details of Daily Life

Credit Luke Clayton

 This week, I'm sharing a few details about elk camp.  First, what to bring.  You need to bring your bow, and appropriate clothing.  It's very important that you are proficient with your bow before arriving at camp.  Once you arrive, we get straight to business.  There's no time to practice.

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Agriculture
8:00 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Who Bought the Chunk of Texas

Credit amarillo.com

The 25 square-mile piece of Texas was auctioned off this week, and it’s no longer owned by one person.  According to the Amarillo Globe-News, purchasers bought pieces for the expected use of farming and ranching, but some had diverse purposes in mind. 

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HPPR Economy and Enterprise
8:00 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Susan Werner: Celebrating agriculture through music

Chicago-based musician Susan Werner has worked on concept albums before – from jazz standards to pop classics to Gospel music for agnostics. Her new album is described as “egg meets art,” celebrating the culture of agriculture through music. Harvest Public Media reporter Laura Spencer spoke with Susan Werner. Her new CD, Hayseed, was co-commissioned by the University of Nebraska’s Lied Center for the Performing Arts and the Institute for Agriculture and Natural Resources (IANR).

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Dodge City 300
8:00 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Back in the Day: Dodge City was… Sturgis Nascar?

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In 1914, 17,000 people came to watch the Dodge City 300.  A motorcycle race that took place on an oval track, northeast of Dodge City.  The epic race took place on July 4.  26 trains a day brought race fans to town.

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Colorado State Politics
8:00 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Colorado Recalls: Review and Reflection

Credit Matthew Staver / New York Times

Colorado Democrats, Senator Angela Giron and Senator John Morse were voted out of office this week.  The special recall election is a test of swing state voters, and their acceptance of gun restrictions according to the New York Times

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Harvest Public Media story
6:23 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Susan Werner: Celebrating agriculture through music

Susan Werner's family has worked the land in Iowa for generations since emigrating from Germany in the 1860s.
Credit Official press photo

Chicago-based singer-songwriter Susan Werner has worked on concept albums before – from jazz standards to pop classics to Gospel music for agnostics. But now she's turned to her farm roots for inspiration.

Werner, who's currently touring in the Midwest, describes her new CD, Hayseed, as "egg meets art," celebrating agriculture through music.

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Fauna
8:00 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Threatened Species and Oil Companies: Match Made in Heaven or Fox in the Hen House?

dunes sagebrush lizard
Credit nhnm.unm.edu

Would you put the fox in charge of guarding the hen house?  That’s what critics are saying about the biggest players in the energy industry taking a major role in protecting endangered species according to The Texas Tribune

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Growing on the High Plains Episode
8:00 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Fall Tree Planting

Credit whatsgrowingonfrostnursery.com

As our weather moves toward the cool and crispy days of autumn, it heralds changes to the gardening routine.  As gardens and lawns slow down and give you a bit more time, don't forget that this is the best time to add trees and shrubs to your landscape. Today GHP covers some basics of fall planting, to get your tree or shrub off to a good start. 
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State Government
8:00 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Affordable Care Act: Texas, Where did the Money Go?

Credit photo illustration Todd Wiseman / texastribune.org

Texas has received almost $100 million in grants through the federal Affordable Care Act.  Despite strong opposition to the new law by state leaders, and even an effort to defund the measure by U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, a majority of the grants have already been spent or will be by the end of the month according to The Texas Tribune.

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Business
8:00 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Amarillo: Local Grocery Chain Purchased by National Company

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United Family Supermarkets will be a subsidiary of Albertson’s.  The family who started United will leave the business, but Robert Taylor, CEO, will be retained as well as well as staff reported the Amarillo Globe-News.

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State Government
8:00 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Affordable Care Act Texas: New York Times Sounds Off

Credit texastribune.org

A recent report from the U.S. Census Bureau revealed there are a significant percentage of Texans without health insurance.  Texas state leaders have been some of the most resistant in the nation to provide coverage for the uninsured under the Affordable Care Act according to a recent editorial in the New York Times.

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State Government
8:00 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Poor Kansas Lawmakers

Credit economist.com

State lawmakers in Kansas are among the worst paid in the country.  In a recent article from the Economist, salaries for Kansas state lawmakers rank in the bottom ten. 

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

Roger Mills Prescribed Burn Association, Oklahoma

Credit Roger Mills, Prescribed Fire Association

The association formed in 2006 and covers Roger Mills and Beckam counties. The group addresses the four common reasons people do not use prescribed fire: liability, training/experience, labor and equipment.

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Harvest Public Media story
8:01 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Farmville helps explain farm bill

Farmville players build and care for their own Facebook farm. Like real-life farmers, players plan their moves based on policy.
Credit courtesy of Zynga

The farm bill is, once again, entering a critical stretch. As was the case last year, the current law expires at the end of September. There’s no election to dissuade elected officials from tackling the major piece of agriculture and nutrition policy—but Congress does have a pretty full plate, with the crisis in Syria, immigration reform and a measure to continue funding federal government programs all set to come to a head.

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City and State Government
8:00 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Texting Rules: State Laws or City Ordinances? Amarillo Weighs In

Credit polhudson.lohudblogs.com

This year the Texas legislature did not pass a measure prohibiting texting, but Amarillo passed a city ordinance a year ago prohibiting all use of hand-held devices while driving according to the Amarillo Globe-News. 

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Healthcare
8:00 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

HHS Report Recommendations Put Small Rural Hospitals at Risk

Credit raconline.org

The United States Department of Health and Human Services issued a report with recommendations that, if acted upon, could put hundreds of small, rural hospitals in jeopardy according to an article by the Kansas Health Institute.

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Prairie Ramblings Episode
10:30 am
Mon September 9, 2013

Miniature Dinosaurs on My Hilltop

Credit umich.edu

From the time I toddled until I finished 3rd grade, I called oil boomtowns dotting Utah, Colorado, and New Mexico home. During those years my family lived in this stark and beautiful region, my dad would bring me bits of petrified dinosaur skeleton he found near rig locations where he worked. These bones-turned-stones gripped my imagination until I added a dinosaur tooth and a dinosaur coprolite or fossilized doo to my rock collection.

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Transportation
10:29 am
Mon September 9, 2013

SW Kansas Trio Work to Save Current Route

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The Southwest Chief runs from Chicago and Los Angeles, with a route through Kansas, Colorado, and New Mexico.  Poor track conditions have caused the Southwest Chief to reduce speeds through Kansas reported the Dodge City Globe

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