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8:00 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Resilient: Amarillo Botanical Gardens and High Plains People

A visitor to the Amarillo Botanical Gardens
Credit amarillobotanicalgardens.org

The Amarillo Botanical Gardens is a shining example of the pioneering spirit of the High Plains.  The hail of May 28 destroyed what late frosts did not reported the Amarillo Globe-News

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Oil & Gas
8:01 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Is Fracking Stealing From Your Neighbors?

Fracking diagram
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Fracking has become an industry standard, allowing access to stores of oil and gas that previously were inaccessible.  However, a State Impact Texas story poses the question,”Is fracking stealing from your neighbors?”

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Cloning
8:01 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Jury Says the American Quarter Horse Association Cannot Make Its Own Rules

Credit AQHA

A federal jury of seven men and five women decided that the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) violates state and federal antitrust laws by barring cloned horses from it’s registry according to the Amarillo Globe-News.

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State Government
8:01 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Perry Calls Texas Roads Back to Bat... Again

Credit Todd Wiseman, Texas Tribune

Governor Rick Perry called a third special session immediately after the second ended.  The Amarillo Globe-News reported legislators reconvened with one item: the transportation bill.

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Harvest Public Media story
8:01 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Western Kansas confronts the challenges of a dwindling water supply

Western Kansas farmers like Jesse Garetson depend on underground water pumped from the High Plains Aquifer.
Frank Morris/Harvest Public Media

Imagine enough water to fill a couple of great lakes, but spread under some of the driest parts of eight western states. That was the High Plains Aquifer 60 years ago, before new pumping and irrigation systems made it easy for farmers to extract billions of gallons from it and use it to grow lucrative crops on the arid land.

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Arts
8:00 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Take a Picasso Moment and Wash the Dust Away

Buffalo Bath

Pablo Picasso - "Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life."

In the midst of summer, take a breath, pour yourself a tall glass of iced tea, and enjoy the beauty of Texas native, Kimbell McCurry.  McCurry is the featured artist at the 20th annual Western Art Show in Dodge City, Kansas.  His work is on display at the Landmark National Bank, located at Central and Spruce, through August 2.

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Texas State Government
8:00 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Third Strike and Texas Road Funding is Out?

As the second 2013 special session comes to an end on July 30, 2013, lawmakers will go home without having passed legislation to fund Texas roads and highways.
Credit Liang Shi, KUT News

The third attempt to pass funding for road infrastructure failed reported KUT News.  The proposed bill would have redirected oil and gas revenues from the Rainy Day Fund to the state highway fund.  It fell 16 votes shy.  The reason?  Legislators wanted a minimum amount of money to be in the fund before any dollars were removed.

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Harvest Public Media story
6:45 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Can Planned Grazing Revive Grassland Soil?

William Burnidge, left, an ecologist with the Nature Conservancy, is working with rancher Nathan Andrews to test out a different method of grazing.
Luke Runyon/Harvest Public Media

The world’s soil is in trouble. Ecologists say without dramatic changes to how we manage land, vast swathes of grassland are at risk of turning into hard-packed desert. To make sure that doesn’t happen, researchers are testing out innovative ways to keep moisture in the soil.

In eastern Colorado, one way could be in the plodding hooves of cattle.

Conventional wisdom tells you, if ranchland ground has less grass, the problem is too many cows. But that’s not always the case. It depends on how you manage them, if you make sure they keep moving.

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HPPR Programming
1:01 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Amarillo Symphony Presents Returns August 4th

Tune in as highlights from some of the finest performances in our region return to HPPR.

The 2013 broadcast season of the Amarillo Symphony begins with an all-Brahms program, Sunday, August 4th at noon.  Hear the First Symphony of Johannes Brahms in C Minor, Opus 68 as performed October 19th and 20th, 2012 by the Amarillo Symphony.

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Oil & Gas
8:01 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Kansas Senators Introduce Legislation to Resume Natural Gas Storage Inspections

U.S. Underground Natural Gas Storage Facilities, Close of 2007
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Mike Pompeo is supporting legislation for government safety inspections of natural gas storage fields.  The bill was introduced by Pat Roberts,R-Dodge City, and Jerry Moran, R-Hays in April.  It would allow the Kansas Corporation Commission to resume inspections.

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Kansas Education
8:01 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Kansas Higher Education Funding: The Search for Middle Ground

A full moon rises behind a statue of a Kansas Indian on top of the Kansas Statehouse in Topeka, Kansas
Credit Charlie Riedel/Associated Press

Negotiations may be on the horizon for higher education spending, but the Wichita Eagle reports agreement seems a long way off.

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Prehistory
8:01 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Scott City Archeological Find Suggests Humans on Central Plains Earlier Than Believed

Dr. John Hofman and others unveil the mammoth bones in Scott County.
Credit Photo courtesy Louise Ehmke

Rolfe Mandel recently found a knapping pile and mammoth bones in close proximity according to The University of Kansas.  Mandel, a geoarchaeologist at the University of Kansas, says the closeness, as well as human artifacts, suggest humans may have lived on the high plains earlier than previously thought. 

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Playa Country Episode
8:01 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Grassland Bird: Burrowing Owl

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The Burrowing Owl is North America's only raptor that nests below ground. This bird's fate is tied to that of the prairie dog, and dog populations are in sharp decline.

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HPPR Network Status
1:05 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

94.9 Amarillo: Impaired Signal

*This issue has since been resolved.*

94.9 Amarillo is experiencing an impaired signal due to equipment problems at the transmitter site.  Listeners may periodically hear static or poor quality audio on this station.

Listeners in the Amarillo area can tune to 105.7 KJJP Amarillo to hear HPPR programming.  This problem may persist for a short period of time until engineers can make repairs.  We apologize for the inconvenience.

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Growing on the High Plains Episode
9:00 pm
Sun July 28, 2013

Busy Bee Farms Part Three: A legacy for the future

Ready to leave the greenhouse.
Credit Skip Mancini

Our final trip to Busy Bee Farms includes some advice from the experts on how to choose and use a great tasting tomato.  Differences between tomatoes that are shipped long distances and the greenhouse or homegrown varieties are explored, as well as tips on storing colorful heirloom tomatoes.  Susan also sums up the family's belief in the true rewards of hard work.     

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Climate
8:01 pm
Sun July 28, 2013

Texas Attorney General Candidate Does Not Believe in Global Warming

Barry Smitherman
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Barry Smitherman, the head of Texas’ oil and gas drilling regulatory agency, does not believe in global warming according to a recent piece by State Impact Texas.  Smitherman says before dismantling the electrical power generating fleet, there should be certainty about the role of CO2. 

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Healthcare
8:01 pm
Sun July 28, 2013

Next up for KanCare: Health Home Model for Mentally Ill

KanCare is the commercially run managed care version of the Kansas Medicaid program.  The next step in program implementation according to the Kansas Health Institute is to begin a health home model for the state’s 36,000 mentally ill.

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Plains states do well
6:28 pm
Sun July 28, 2013

Location matters in climbing the income ladder

Credit Jonathan Goforth / flickr commons

The plains states rank well generally for income mobility according to a new study considered to be the most comprehensive yet on the subject.  Based on millions of anonymous income records, the study by leading economists found four primary factors correlated with higher income mobility in an area: a larger and more dispersed local middle class, more two-parent households, better elementary schools and high schools, and more civic engagement, including membership in religious and community groups.

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High Plains Outdoors Episode
6:22 am
Sat July 27, 2013

Mark Balette Shares Axis Deer Recipes

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My ole buddy, Mark Balette, and I have been hunting out on Mark’s ranch for axis deer.  We came home with a nice doe.  Tonight, we’re cooking it up.

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Prairie Ramblings Episode
8:01 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

How'd an Egg get in the Water Pan?

We’ve raised chickens most of our marriage, so that’s thirty years of learning to understand feathered, cackling females. I can confirm this species is messy, noisy, piggish, and sometimes mean –which explains the term henpecked. They’re also dense and run like gawky, miniature Tyrannosaurs. Despite their character flaws, I love my girls. However, one of them has confused me.

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HPPR Economy and Enterprise
6:35 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Estate taxes can complicate farm transitions

Farmers have to negotiate complicated estate tax laws in order to keep family farms in the family.
Credit Kansas Poetry (Patrick) / Flickr

Welsh-born immigrant William R. Charles in 1868 fought an uphill battle with Indians and grasshoppers when he homesteaded 400 acres of well watered crop and timberland in Republic County, Kan., that his great-grandchildren farm today. The family’s first log cabin burned to the ground in December, 1869 and they dug through two feet of frozen dirt to find shelter.

Today, Charles’ grandchildren, great-grandchildren and their children are far flung from that homestead, Valley Point Farm, 240 miles northwest of Kansas City.

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Oil & Gas
8:01 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

NW Kansas: Oil Pipeline Construction Begins in August

Credit econintersect.com

An pipeline transporting oil from the Bakken production area of North Dakota and Eastern Montana to Cushing, Oklahoma cuts across Kansas.  A recent article in the Salina Journal said the purpose of the project is to transport domestic oil to domestic refineries. 

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Texas Panhandle
8:01 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Palo Duro Canyon State Park: Numbers Up, Improvements Underway

Credit Texas Parks and Wildlife

Revenue and visitors are increasing at Palo Duro Canyon State Park according to the Amarillo Globe-News.  Total park revenue increased to $4 million.  Here are the percentage increases:

  • Total park revenue- 13%
  • Activity fees and concessions- 11%
  • Entrance fees- 8.3%
  • Facility fees- 17.1%

Improvements:

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Weather
8:01 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

High Plains Drought Outlook

Credit cpc.ncep.noaa.gov

Recent rains across the High Plains gave hope that the drought’s grip may be lessening.  However, that was quickly extinguished by the extended forecast released by National Weather Service

At a glance, the forecast map shows drought conditions will persist or intensify across the listening region.  The only exception is the extreme western portion of the Texas Panhandle.  The seasonal drought outlook is valid through October 18.

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Wind Energy
8:01 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Wind Energy: Hereford Wind Farm Phase One Sold; Transmission Line Expansion in Oklahoma and Kansas

Hereford Wind Project, Hereford, Texas
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EDF Renewable Energy agreed to buy the 200MW first phase of the Hereford Wind Project according to a recent ReNews article.  The purchase includes an option on the 300MW second phase. 

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Harvest Public Media story
7:22 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Prairie plants help restore farmland soil

Seth Watkins says this pond was cloudy from sediment runoff until he cleared cedar trees and scrub brush from an adjacent patch of prairie. With the long roots of the grasses holding soil and trapping nutrients, the pond cleared up.
Credit Amy Mayer/Harvest Public Media

The world’s soil is in trouble, even in the fertile Midwest. Some experts warn that if degradation continues unchecked, topsoil could be gone in 60 years. That has implications for agriculture and the broader environment.

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Government & Politics
8:01 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

The Farm Bill: Everybody has an Opinion

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The farm bill is fraught with opposition.  Some want the bill to stay intact, some want nutrition separated, some want stricter requirements to obtain nutrition assistance, and one blogger wonders if misperception is what’s driving the SNAP debate. 

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Demographics
8:01 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Immigration Destination: Garden City, Kansas Over L.A.?

Garden City, Kansas Welcome Sign
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Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, New York, and Miami are no longer the immigration points for Hispanics and Latinos coming to the United States.  Kansas State University recently reported new patterns have developed.  Matthew Sanderson, associate professor of sociology at Kansas State University, is studying why rural areas, particularly southwest Kansas, have experienced large increases in Hispanic immigration. 

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Natural Resources & Energy
8:01 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

In Texas, Oil Prospecting Could Be as Simple as Looking at the Ground

In Utah, sandstone researchers say is bleached from red to white by hydrocarbon microseepages.
Credit University of Houston

Texas crude may not be oozing to the surface, but scientists think they can find oil and gas deposits just by looking at dirt.

Scientists at the University of Houston are finding ways to use sophisticated analysis of satellite imagery to detect miniscule changes to the Earth' surface caused by mineral deposits below, StateImpact Texas reports.

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Texas Panhandle
8:01 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Downtown Amarillo: New Development Project Takes Form This Fall

Downtown Amarillo Skyline
Credit www.city-data.com

Three jewels, totaling $113 million, will be added to the crown of downtown Amarillo. They are: a $69.3 million convention center hotel, $30.3 million multi-purpose event venue, and $13.4 million parking garage.  The Amarillo Globe-News reported they will be constructed in the vicinity of City Hall and the Amarillo Civic Center.

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