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High Plains Outdoors Episode
8:00 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Elk Camp: Bear!

Credit Luke Clayton

Luke calls in from elk camp

Folks, I'm calling in from elk camp again this week.  The numbers of black bear again this year are just tremendous!  We've had some close encounters, and that's enough to make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up.  

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CD of the Week
10:39 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Featured CD for the week of September 9 on High Plains Morning

Over The Rhine is an Ohio-based band consisting of husband-and-wife team Linford Detweiler and Karin Bergquist.  Their brand new release Meet Me at The Edge of The World is the follow up to their critically-acclaimed release The Long Surrender. The band has again teamed up with Grammy -winning producer Joe Henry to record timeless and vivid songs with striking harmony vocals.  We will listen to it track by track this week on High Plains Morning, heard Monday through Friday from 9am to Noon cst. Tune in!

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8:02 am
Fri September 6, 2013

A Bouquet of Wildflowers... from Texas

Lead in text: 
For a state known for its "everything's bigger here" attitude, Texas also has an appreciation for little things... like wildflowers.
For variegated reasons - urban sprawl, large-scale farming, invasive plants and human thoughtlessness - wildflowers in America are vanishing. Which is a
Drought drives payments
8:50 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

What was your county’s crop insurance payout in 2012?

Credit Quentin Hope

  At $200 per acre, Trego County, KS topped the list of High Plains counties in per acre crop insurance payments in 2012.  Other top counties were Wallace County, KS at $157 per acre and Rawlins County, KS at $127 per acre.  All three are in Northwest Kansas.  At the bottom is the list was Hemphill County, TX in the northeast corner of the Panhandle with just $1 per acre on only 13,400 planted acres.

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Texas Panhandle
8:00 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Up For Auction: A 25 square mile chunk of Texas

Credit http://assiter.com/

On Thursday, September 12, 10:00am, an unusual auction will take place at McLean Cowboy Church in McLean.  Up for bids is the Chapman Ranch, a 16,000 acre parcel spanning roughly 25 square miles in Gray and Wheeler counties according to a recent article by the Amarillo Globe-News.

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Ellis County, Kansas
8:00 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Roadtrip: Town of 200 keeps Volga German heritage alive with weekend feast

St Anthony Church, Schoenchen, Kansas
Credit http://germancapitalofkansas.com/

  Small-town Schoenchen is keeping its heritage alive with a German feast of green bean dumpling soup, sauerkraut soup, German sausage, ham and beans, noodles, homemade bread, pies, kuchen and other desserts this Sunday.  While enjoying dinner, traditional sounds of polkas and waltzes will fill the air according to the Bee

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HPPR Economy and Enterprise
8:01 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

What $154 million in payouts means to a county

Tim Kelly says sales have been steady at his independent John Deere dealership in Pontiac, Ill. — despite the devastation of last year’s corn crop.
Credit Darrell Hoemann/The Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting

Farmer Doug Wilson has been buying crop insurance since 1980. 

“You carry home insurance, hoping your house doesn’t burn down. We carry crop insurance, hoping our crops don’t burn down,” Wilson said on a sweltering day in mid-August as he walked among the healthy 8-foot corn stalks in one his fields in central Illinois. “But last year, they burned down — kind of literally.”

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Healthcare
8:00 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Affordable Care Act: Enrollment Period Nearing, Confusion Rising

Credit summacare.com

As October 1 is just a few weeks away, there seems to be even more confusion about the Affordable Care Act than ever.  According to a recent KUT article, it’s not only consumers who are perplexed by the program, but medical providers are too.

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Wind Energy
8:00 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Which is easiest to build, a wind farm or a transmission line?

The high plains are wind-rich, but the biggest need for energy is on the populous coasts.  The issue is easily seen.   State Impact Oklahoma shared these maps. 

The higher the wind speed, the higher the energy potential.  Look where the greatest potential is.

Now, notice where the transmission lines are located.

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Growing on the High Plains Episode
8:00 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Dyck Arboretum: Native Plant Sale

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Skip talks on the phone with Dyck Arboretum Executive Director, Scott Vogt.

This week a special event is taking place at the Dyck Arboretum in Hesston, Kansas.  FloraKansas is the largest native plant sale in the state, and will take place Thursday, September 5 through Sunday, September 8.  This event has been going on for 14 years, and its popularity is growing almost as rapidly as the numbers of native perennials, wildflowers and grasses that will be offered for sale.  More information about the location, hours and available plants can be found by calling 620-327-8127, or going online to www.dyckarboretum.org.  A visit to this special place is always a joy, and the plant sale this weekend makes it even more fun and informative.

Harvest Public Media field note
8:01 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

COOL too cumbersome for meat labeling?

Credit www.foodsafetynews.com

For several years now, there’s been a battle brewing over how much U.S. consumers need to know about where their meat comes from.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture is in the midst of implementing a new country-of-origin labeling rule, also known as COOL, that requires companies to label where animals were born, raised and slaughtered. The new rule also prohibits meat from two different animals from being comingled and sold in the same package.

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Colorado
8:00 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Colorado: The swing state at the frontier of social change

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Politics are polarizing in traditionally moderate Colorado.  Colorado has been a swing state for a long time with basically an even split between Democrats, Republicans, and the “unaffiliated.”  However the divide is widening mostly due to the rightward drift of Republicans reported the Economist.

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Agriculture
8:00 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Bushland USDA Ag Research Center: 75 years of putting theory into practice

Agriculture Research Service of the Southern Plains
Credit ars.usda.gov

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agriculture Research Service of the Southern Plains is on a mission.  For 75 years, they’ve been working, “to sustainably balance today’s livelihoods with tomorrow’s needs.”  An article from the Amarillo Globe-News reported scientists at the facility do more than write research papers, they put them into practice. 

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Living Room Concert
7:50 am
Tue September 3, 2013

Jerry Barlow returns to Amarillo on Saturday, September 14

HPPR proudly welcomes Jerry Barlow back to our Amarillo studios for a Living Room Concert on Saturday, September 14!

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Rural-urban gaps persist
8:48 pm
Mon September 2, 2013

The "digital divide" in now about adoption

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The “digital divide” between urban and rural areas used to be all about access to broadband internet service.  Today it is much more about adoption where access is now available. 

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

Sandhills Task Force, Nebraska

Sandhill Cranes
Credit The Spokesman-Review

    This group's mission is to partner with ranchers in the Sandhill region of north-central Nebraska to identify, prioritize, plan and implement projects that benefit private ranching, wildlife and vegetative diversity and associated water supplies. Besides ranchers, members include representatives of local communities, groups, organizations and state and federal agencies.

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Kansas
8:00 pm
Mon September 2, 2013

Food Stamp Glimpse: Kansas History and Puzzling Present

Credit minnesota.publicradio.org

Ness County, Kansas, has less than 3 people per square mile and is rich in oil, yet enrollment in the food stamp program is up 480 percent according to a recent Wichita Eagle article.  The increase is not unique to Ness County.  In 2008, national food stamps cost $34.6 billion, and last year that total was $75 billion. 

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Americans rank the states
8:12 am
Mon September 2, 2013

The gossip on states

The darkest colored state had the highest number of votes, the whitest colored states had next to none.

Side-by-side Kansas and Colorado were ranked first as having “the worst” and “the most beautiful” scenery in the country, respectively, according to a recent poll by Business Insider.  It is not clear whether eastern Colorado was considered part of Kansas or Colorado by the poll respondents.

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HPPR Economy and Enterprise
8:43 pm
Sun September 1, 2013

Report criticizes incentives in the Federal Crop Insurance Program

Credit www.nebraska.tv

Farmers across the country received a record breaking 17.3 billion dollars in federal crop insurance payouts after last year’s drought.  While the payments were critical for the financial well-being of farmers, the National Resources Defense Council has issued a report critical of the structure of the Federal Crop Insurance Program (FCIP).

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Livestock
8:00 pm
Sun September 1, 2013

New Texas Law: Bison are Protected

Credit wikipedia.org

As of September 1, bison have been added to the list of possible “estray livestock” protected by Texas law reported the Texas Tribune.  That means if they get loose, whoever finds them has to try and locate their owner.  If they cannot, local authorities have to hold the animals.  If the animal(s) are unclaimed for two weeks, they can be sold at public auction.

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Healthcare
8:00 pm
Sun September 1, 2013

Uninsured: How things look on the high plains

Credit michaudinsurance.com

The latest report from the U.S. Census Bureau reveals the percentage of uninsured people under the age of 65. 

Here’s how things look on the high plains:

  • Colorado: 17%
  • Kansas: 14.4%
  • Oklahoma: 21.8%
  • Texas: 25.7%
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Prairie Ramblings Episode
8:00 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

If the Santa Fe Trail of the Past Met Highway 50 of the Present, There’d Be No Boring Travel

Credit usends.com

As a youngster riding down Highway 50, I never questioned how this piece of asphalt connected me to the past of either Kansas or our nation. It was a boring ride that didn’t have interesting scenery unless we happened to drive through a storm with writhing clouds or pass through at sunrise or sunset.

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High Plains Outdoors Episode
8:00 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Elk Camp: Calling in the Big Ones

Mark Armour and Luke Clayton at Elk Camp
Credit Luke Clayton

Folks, it's week two up here at Elk Camp, and I am having the time of my life!  

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Water
8:00 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Texas Groundwater: Money Won't Fix All the Problems

Map of Groundwater Conservation Districts in the TX Panhandle: 61-North Plains (founded 12/1955); 35-Hemphill County (11/4/1997); 64-Panhandle (1/21/1956); 56-Mesquite (11/4/1986); 37-High Plains No.1 (9/29/1951); 28-Gateway (5/3/2003)
Credit Texas Water Development Board

Lawmakers pushed this session for a statewide, comprehensive water plan.  That includes a proposition that would add $2 billion to the Texas Water Development Board’s portfolio for future water supply projects, if approved.  At the annual meeting of the Texas Alliance of Groundwater Districts, participants concluded money won’t fix many problems they face reported the Texas Tribune.    

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Oil & Gas
8:00 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Texas Earthquakes: New Study Reveals Extraction is a Big Cause

Cliff Frohlich, Associate Director at the University of Texas's Institute for Geophysics
Credit State Impact Texas

 A new study from the University of Texas shows the recent cluster of earthquakes are mostly caused by oil and gas extraction reported State Impact Texas

Cliff Frohlich is the Associate Director at UT’s Institute for Geophysics and lead author of the study. 

“The question we were looking at was, were quakes in the area linked to the disposal of hydrofracking waste?” said Frohlich. 

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Sand Creek Massacre contoversy
8:00 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Clash of cultures or straight-up massacre?

Detail from The Sand Creek massacre, painted on elk hide by Northern Arapaho artist Eugene Ridgely.

Nearly 150 years later, the Sand Creek Massacre remains a wound that has not yet fully healed.  This is evident in the recent closing of a permanent exhibit at the History Colorado Center in Denver exploring the 1864 massacre as part of its Colorado Stories section.  The closing was prompted by concerns of Cheyenne and Arapaho tribal members over aspects of the exhibit’s interpretation and the lack of prior consultation, according to a complete story in the Denver Post.  A reopening is pending the state and tribes reaching a consensus on the exhibit.

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Guests on High Plains Morning
6:38 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Guests in the studio on Friday's High Plains Morning

Credit Steve Andrew

For the past 3 weeks, I have had guests come in on Friday morning to talk about the upcoming Friends Of Fogelberg show on Thursday, September 5 at the Globe-News Center in Amarillo.  This Friday, my guests will be Jackie Anderson, Bob Flesher and Woody Key, collectively known as AFK!  We'll talk a little about the show, which is the 4th in the series, and it's purpose, which is to raise awareness about prostate cancer.  They will play a couple of songs live in the studio.  Tune in!

Growing on the High Plains Episode
4:52 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Tomato Diseases

Credit blogs.cornell.edu

 A look back at my past gardening challenges brings up the myriad of difficulties one faces when trying to grow tomatoes.  These most popular fruits of our gardening labors require consistent record keeping, as you don't ever want to plant them in the same space within a three year period.  Tomatoes can suffer from a wide variety of soil-borne and airborne illnesses, as well as being the target of a horde of insects that can eat or infect the foliage of your prize plants.  After years of fighting against blight, viruses, unpredictable weather patterns, and beastly bugs, I've decided that perhaps the best solution to my tomato problems is found in the adage about 'safety in numbers'.   

Livestock
8:00 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Southeastern Colorado: Taking the Long View on a Long Drought

Credit usatoday.com

Listen to Colorado Public Radio's Colorado Matters. Cattle Ranching Walloped by Persistent Drought by Ben Markus

  Rain and snow have eased most of Colorado's extreme drought conditions, but not southeastern Colorado reported Colorado Public Radio.  And years of drought have taken their toil on the cattle industry.

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Study provides scenarios
8:00 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Projecting the future of the Ogallala Aquifer

Aerial view of center pivot irrigation fields

In 1960 just 3 percent of the Ogallala aquifer under Western Kansas had been tapped.  By 2010 it was 30 percent.  By 2060 it will be 69 percent.  And once depleted, it will take 500-1,300 years to completely refill.  These projections are all from a recently issued, comprehensive, four year study from Kansas State University. 

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