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Rains have given the prairie burst of color
8:00 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

It’s prime time to see Kansas prairie wildflowers

Butterfly milkweed
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Recent rains came just at the right time to spur and explosion of wildflowers across the Kansas Prairie.  Along roadways and in pastures flower paint the prairie with splashes of orange, red, purple, blue, white and yellow reported the Wichita Eagle.

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Oil & Gas
8:00 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Texas Railroad Commission media policy raises concerns

State Rep. Jim Keffer, R-Eastland, and Steve Brown, the Democratic candidate for Texas railroad commissioner.
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A recent story on the Railroad Commission of Texas’ practice of not allowing staff to talk to the media has raised some questions according to a recent article from the Texas Tribune.

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Health
8:00 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Alzheimer’s patients benefit from new music program

iPod playlists are created for each individual as part of The Roth Project: Music Memories
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Communication is heartbreaking for families who have a loved one with Alzheimer’s.  A new music therapy project in Central and Western Kansas experienced a bit of a breakthrough reported KMUW.

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Panhandle city is a good place to raise a family
8:00 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Amarillo is tenth best city for families

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Between 2012 and 2013, 11.7 percent of the population moved according to the U.S. Census Bureau.  About a third of those moved because of “family-related reasons,” the Wall Street Journal reported.

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Growing on the High Plains
8:00 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Watering xeriscape style

Skip talks with the xeric experts at Ward's Garden Center. Left to right: Don Lonnberg, Matt Lutz, and Skip Mancini.
Credit Cindee Talley

Techniques that make every drop of water count in your xeriscape beds include how much, how often, and how to apply that gardener's liquid gold.  The importance of soil preparation is also discussed this week.  

Agriculture
8:00 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

USDA down payment program helps beginning farmers

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Two of the biggest barriers for beginning farmers and ranchers are access to land and access to capital reported the Center for Rural Affairs

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HPPR Government and Politics
8:00 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Texas foster care alumni not using higher ed benefit

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The Lone Star State offers high education tuition waivers for students who were in the foster care system.  But, it’s rare students take advantage of this opportunity according to a recent article from the Texas Tribune.

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$21,899 remaining
6:05 am
Tue June 17, 2014

HPPR's Silent Drive Underway

Help keep the on-air portion of our summer membership campaign on mute by pledging now.

Around this time each summer, HPPR begins gearing-up for its summer membership  campaign. This summer, while its still important for HPPR raise the funds necessary to maintain its service, we're trying something new.

If HPPR can reach its June goal of $36,000 before the end of the month, we'll be able to completely forgo the on-air portion of our traditional summer membership campaign. 

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Playa Country
8:01 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Citizen Science: Breeding Bird Survey

Breeding Bird Survey Trends, 1996-2005
Credit Cornell Lab of Ornithology

The North American Breeding Bird Survey is a cooperative effort between the United States and Canada.

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An innovative solution to a landfill problem
8:00 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Pantex: Top secret compost

A compost turner churns Pantex waste paper to begin the composting process.
Credit amarillo.com

The Pantex Plant generates tons of paper that has to be destroyed in a manger that protects classified information about the facility’s top-secret nuclear weapons operations.  The material used to go into a landfill because it had to be shredded so finely, it couldn’t be recycled.  Then about 10 years ago, a waster operations employee thought turning the paper into compost would be the perfect solution according to the Amarillo Globe-News.

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Beef & Drought
8:01 pm
Sun June 15, 2014

Drought re-shaping the cattle map

Cattle come to Van Housen Feed Yard to be fattened up before heading to one of the nearby meat packing plants. Drought in beef states like Texas and Oklahoma has led to growth feedlots in Nebraska.
Credit Grant Gerlock/Harvest Public Media

Listen to Grant's story.

Drought is re-shaping the beef map and raising the price of steak. Ranchers are moving herds from California to Colorado and from Texas to Nebraska seeking refuge from dry weather. And cattle producers in the Midwest are making the most of it.

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Prairie Ramblings
8:00 pm
Sun June 15, 2014

Stitching lives together at the Cottonwood Ranch

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Old houses intrigue me—especially those with formal parlors. In today’s world, the concept of an appointed sitting room is alien to our interactions. However, after participating in the Donna Day Craft Workshop at Cottonwood Ranch Historical Site, I’m rethinking my feelings about fancy salons folks once used only for weddings, Sunday visitors, or wakes.

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A look at the Koch brothers
8:00 pm
Sun June 15, 2014

Examining the Kochtopus

Credit Brett Ryder / economist.com

Koch Industries is one of the great success stories of American business.  The oil, gas and commodities conglomerate is based in Wichita.  It employs more than 100,000 people worldwide and has an annual turnover of about $115 billion.  It’s also one of the most unusual companies in its management techniques, enthusiasm for political activism, as well as the intensity of its family feuds according to a recent article in the Economist about a new book, “Sons of Wichita,” by Daniel Schulman.

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Got groceries?
8:00 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Food deserts plague the High Plains

Food deserts abound on the High Plains
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Across the High Plains, areas are colored with food deserts.  In a place that’s been dealing with drought for four years, the added designation of being a food desert feels more literal.  A food desert is an area designated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a non-metropolitan, low-income area where at least 500 people or 33 percent of the population lives more than ten miles from a supermarket or large grocery store.

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High Plains Outdoors
8:00 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

The life cycle of a hunter

Luke bow hunting this season
Credit Luke Clayton

 Howdy, Folks!

This week Cindee asked me to talk about the way my hunting experience has changed with time.  When I think about it, as a young man it was all about bagging the tags and having a bigger gun.  Through the years, I was challenged by the skill bow hunting required, and moved that direction.  Now, I'm experimenting with air rifles, and the different skill set they require.  As I think about it, hunting at this time is about the experience.

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Agriculture
8:00 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

New farm bill creates two-tiered test for farm program participation

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One unintended consequence of the recent farm bill was the creation of a more rigid and stricter test to define what “actively engaged” in farming means reported John Crabtree for the Center for Rural Affairs.

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Air Pollution
8:00 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Oklahoma and Texas have opposite responses to EPA rules

Oklahoma Gas & Electric's coal-fired Sooner Plant in Red Rock, Oklahoma.
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There are completely different responses to the Obama administration’s recent proposal to combat climate change in Oklahoma and Texas. 

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Texas Archive of Moving Image
8:00 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

TAMI works to save Texas history through film

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Dr. Caroline Frick has a passion for saving Texas history through film.  She is a film archivist and a professor at the University of Texas at Austin.  Dr. Frick started the Texas Archive of Moving Image (TAMI) to accomplish her goal. 

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Less public assistance, more families in crisis
8:00 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Kansas has more children in foster care than ever

The number of Kansas children in foster care is at an all-time high.
Credit Cathy Mores/Special to KHI News Service / khi.org

Kansas has the more kids in foster care than ever reported the Kansas Health Institute.  In April, there were 6,156 children in the system.  That’s an increase of 356 over April of 2013, and 872 more than April of 2012.  The reasons for the all-time high vary.

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Growing on the High Plains
8:00 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Top five xeriscape shrubs

Skip, (left) talks with xeriscaping experts Don Lonnberg, (center), and Matt Lutz, (right).
Credit Cindee Talley

This week it's Matt Lutz's turn to give a 'favorite five' for a xeric garden.  He decided to highlight shrubs that will thrive in a near-desert climate.   

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Veterans Administration
8:00 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

High Plains Vets face long wait for mental health care

The Amarillo Veterans' Affairs Health Care System serves about 25,000 veterans in seven facilities in the Texas and Oklahoma panhandles, eastern New Mexico, and southern Kansas.
Credit amarillo.com

The Amarillo Veterans Affairs Health Care System ranks third in the nation for the longest average wait times for new mental health appointments according to a recent article from the Amarillo Globe-News.

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Hog Production
8:01 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Cargill to stop use of gestation crates for hogs

Barns like this one often house more than a thousand pregnant sows in gestation crates.
Credit Sarah McCammon/Harvest Public Media

Cargill, one of the country’s largest pork producers, announced Monday that it will stop using gestation crates, the controversial narrow cages meant to house and separate sows. Cargill is joining other major meatpackers, like competitors Tyson and Smithfield Foods, in planning to move away from hog crates.

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Angelo McCain
8:00 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Boy’s Ranch: Alum’s success proves residential programs can work

Angelo McClain
Credit bostonherald.com

Angelo McClain is a social worker.  He never planned on it, but that’s where the road led. 

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Conservation Tillage Practices
8:00 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

No-Till is not a soil carbon fix

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No-till farming alone won’t build soil carbon.  Recent research revealed that conservation tillage practices don't have any advantage over conventional practices reported Adele Phillips for the Center for Rural Affairs.

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Wheat
8:01 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Drought hammers winter wheat across the Plains

Farmer Jim Haarberg of Imperial, Neb., compares the heads of wheat from two different stalks to demonstrate the stunting effects of drought.
Ariana Brocious/Harvest Public Media

Much of the Midwest and the Plains have been battling drought for years. And the current winter wheat crop looks like it will be one of the worst in recent memory, stressing farmers in the heart of the Wheat Belt – from Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado and Nebraska.

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Playa Country
8:01 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Citizen Science: Bird Banding

Credit Powdermill Nature Reserve

How do scientists get the data they need to study birds? A lot of data is collected by volunteers, "citizen scientists," through bird surveys and bird banding.

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High Plains housing shortage
8:00 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Independent developer has solution for western Kansas housing shortage

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In Western Kansas, it’s not jobs that are in short order, it’s housing.  An investor is taking measures to remedy the housing shortage in Liberal without any form of government subsidies according to a recent article from the High Plains Daily Leader.

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Living Room Concert
5:53 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

HPPR welcomes Butch Hancock to Amarillo on June 21

HPPR proudly welcomes Butch Hancock to Amarillo for a Living Room Concert on Saturday, June 21.

This show will be at the Fibonacci, located at 3306 SW 6th Ave. The doors will open at 7:00, and the show will start at 7:30. We'll have the usual great coffee from the folks at Evocation Coffee Roasters and snacks.

To make a reservation, give us a call at 806-367-9088 or send us an e-mail at music@hppr.org. Don't miss this very special evening!

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Oil & Gas
8:00 pm
Sun June 8, 2014

Kansas oil production is up mostly because of fracking

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Oil production is up in Kansas, while natural gas continues on the way down says The Kansas Geological Survey. 

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Old West Tradition
8:00 pm
Sun June 8, 2014

Longhorns mosey through downtown Amarillo

The Coors Cowboy Club Texas Longhorn cattle drive started at South 12th Avenue and South Polk Street in downtown Amarillo, and ended at the Tri-State Fairgrounds.
Credit amarillo.com

Texas Panhandle residents had an opportunity this week to step back in history.  The Coors Cowboy Club drove 30 Texas Longhorn cattle through downtown Amarillo to the Tri-State Fairgrounds.  They were kicking off the Ranch Rodeo said a recent article in the Amarillo Globe-News.

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