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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

Credit toastwireless.com

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

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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

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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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Oil & Gas
8:00 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

On the Horizon: Gasoline Without Ethanol Shortage… In Oklahoma?

A gas station in Oklahoma City promotes ethanol-free gasoline.
Credit JOE WERTZ / STATEIMPACT OKLAHOMA

It seems odd that in a state currently experiencing an oil boom, there could be a shortage of gasoline without ethanol, but it’s true according to a recent article by State Impact Oklahoma.  Pure gasoline is in short supply in the Central United States, and that includes Oklahoma.

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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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Music
6:56 am
Wed August 28, 2013

The music of Linda Ronstadt on HPM this Friday

Linda Ronstadt was not only the voice of California in the 70’s; she had a huge impact on an entire generation of singers and songwriters and became a cultural icon in the process. Whether you were a die-hard fan, a casual listener, or an avid hater, you couldn’t ignore her influence or deny her talent.  She had an uncanny knack for knowing a great song when she heard one, regardless of the genre.

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Wind Energy
8:00 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Carson County Texas: Wind Project One of the First to Use New Transmission Lines

Credit Greentechmedia.com

Domestic Fuel reported financing is complete, and construction has begun on the Panhandle Wind project in Carson County, northeast of Amarillo.  Pattern Energy Group LP said the project will be among the first to use the Competitive Renewable Energy Zone (CREZ) transmission infrastructure according to a recent article by Greentechmedia.

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Theater
8:00 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

End of Summer Bucket List Idea: Trip to the Drive-In Theater

Credit midatlanticnostalgiaconvention.com

Labor Day is the unofficial end of summer.  Here’s an idea to add to your end-of-season traditions:  the drive-in movie.  Remember?  The place with playground equipment under the big screen, the smell of popcorn on the breeze, and watching a movie under the night sky.   

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Kansas
8:00 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Back in Kansas: Senator Pat Roberts

Credit kansasagnetwork.com

It’s the season.  Representatives are back at home, getting in touch with their constituents.  The Salina Journal reported Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kansas, was recently in Salina speaking about the gridlock in Washington, and sharing his stance on the following:

·        Immigration

·        Economic stimulus

·        The suicide pact

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Texas Panhandle
8:00 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Mike Fuller: A Glimpse Inside

Credit alamomusic.com

There are a few families that show me how love looks and acts.  The Fullers do.  What some might see as a burden, they see as a blessing.  Read Mike’s feature from the Inspire section of Amarillo Magazine to get a glimpse into how this grandfather sees his grandson. 

With Mike’s approval, here’s the song he wrote for Max, “Son of a Daughter.”

Mike performing "Son of a Daughter" live

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Playa Country Episode
8:01 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Three Rivers Alliance, Colorado

Unharvested Playa
Credit Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism

This group's mission is to sustain vibrant natural and human communities of the Republican River Basin by promoting good stewardship of its land, water and wildlife. The group addresses three aspects of long-term landscape sustainability: economics, education and conservation.

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Kansas, Texas, and Arizona
8:00 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

State or Federal Government: Who Defines Voting Requirements? The Legal Posturing Continues

Credit dyn.politico.com

  Kansas and Arizona

Kris Kobach, Kansas Secretary of State, and Ken Bennett, Arizona Secretary of State, are joining forces to save laws requiring proof of citizenship when registering to vote reported the Wichita Eagle

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Weather
8:00 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Amarillo: May Hailstorm Damage Total Is In

Credit spotted.amarillo.com

The hailstorm that hammered Amarillo on May 28 resulted in $500 million in insured losses according to Claims Journal.  The final figure was released recently by the Property Claim Services of the Insurance Services Office (ISO).  The ISO is responsible for tallying catastrophic weather losses across the country.

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Education
8:00 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Texas Lawmaker Supports Blending Traditional and Online Learning

Credit spanglishbaby.com

State representative Ken King, R-Canadian, authored a bill to encourage a mixture of online virtual learning and traditional classroom learning reported The Texas Tribune.  King said he added language limiting the number of tuition-free online classes students can take to three per year because of concerns that the legislation might lead to more full-time online schools in the state.

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Ness County
8:00 pm
Sun August 25, 2013

Ness County Man Remembers His Roots and Leaves Entire Estate to Provide FHSU Scholarships

Credit hayspost.com

Lloyd Trauer spent a long time working in education.  Trauer recently announced that he is leaving his entire estate, worth more than half a million dollars, to provide scholarships reported The Topeka Capital-Journal.  According to his wishes, preference will be given to students from west of Salina, but the scholarships will be open to anyone in elementary education.

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Healthcare
8:00 pm
Sun August 25, 2013

Texas: Is Increased Funding for Physician Shortage a Solution?

Plastic surgery residents Dr. Kristi L. Hustak, left, and Dr. Surjit S. Rai, center, checking a patients skin graft with the Faculty Plastic Surgeon Dr. John Bauer, right, at UTMB's John Sealy Hospital in Galveston, Monday, August 19, 2013.
Credit Texas Tribune

Texas lawmakers increased funding to address the shortage of physicians reported The Texas Tribune.  The medical community has doubts the addition is a long term solution.  “Nobody wants to see this pendulum swing, where there’s money for this biennium and no money the next biennium,” said Dr. David Wright, chairman of the Texas Medical Association’s education committee. “There has to be a better, more stabilized funding mechanism for all of this.”

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