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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
Credit http://renews.biz/

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

Credit http://ecowatch.com

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
Credit wikimedia.org

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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Harvest Public Media story
6:12 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

A food fight over U.S. sugar program

Billboard promoting the beet sugar industry outside of the Great Western Sugar factory in Ovid, CO (1967)
Credit Colorado State University Libraries Archives and Special Collections

Sugar beet growing and refining was once a major industry in western Kansas and remains so in northeastern Colorado, southeastern Wyoming and western Nebraska.  But it’s an industry that’s been supported by government subsidies of one sort or another dating back to 1789.  This pits sugar users against sugar producers over whether preserving a U.S. industry and domestic jobs is worth paying twice the international market price for sugar.  Harvest Public Media has an update on the ongoing debate. 

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12:11 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Lee Richardson Zoo: Open Door Policy May Be Swinging Closed

Lead in text: 
The Lee Richardson Zoo in Garden City, Kansas, may be restricting pedestrian and vehicle traffic due to a USDA directive.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture, which has regulatory and licensing authority over the zoo, including fines and closure if warranted by infractions, has concerns that two gates at the zoo are not attended at all times the zoo is open to the public, according to a memo provided to the Garden City Commission.
Living Room Concerts
6:26 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Lipbone Redding comes to Amarillo on Friday, August 2

HPPR welcomes singer-songwriter, guitarist, human beat-box, throat singer, lip trombonist Lipbone Redding to our Amarillo studios for a Living Room Concert on Friday, August 2!  We are located at 104 SW 6th Ave, on the NW corner of 6th and Polk, in the basement of Amarillo National Bank's Special Assets Center.  The doors will open at 7:00, and the show will start at 7:30.  This is Lipbone's first visit to Amarillo- don't miss it!

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Health
8:01 pm
Sun July 21, 2013

Skin Cancer Rates: Texas is best

Credit skincancer.org

Summertime heat is bearing down on the high plains, and the sun can be intense.  It can also be deadly.  Nationally, 19.4 people out of every 100,00o have an incidence of melanoma.

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Agriculture
8:01 pm
Sun July 21, 2013

Lone Star State Tops Sunflower State in Sunflower Production

Texas surpassed Kansas to become third in the nation in sunflower production, Texas-based magazine Country World reports.

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Harvest Public Media story
8:01 pm
Sun July 21, 2013

Metal thefts plague farm country

Mike Obermann was among the victims of a rash of metal thefts in rural Missouri. Since then, he has installed theft-protection measures on his farm.
Credit Payne Roberts/Harvest Public Media

In the countryside, there are fewer people – and some prefer it that way, especially thieves. The National Insurance Crime Bureau says that metal thefts have increased by 36 percent since 2010 – and that leaves farm equipment and machinery as easy pickings.

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You make it happen
3:19 pm
Sat July 20, 2013

Thanks HPPR Members!

Thank you to all of our loyal member-listeners who called, webbed and mailed in their gifts of support. With your help, we were able to raise nearly $45,000 for High Plains Public Radio. 

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Homesteading
8:01 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

The First Lady of the Texas Panhandle

The Charles and Mary Ann Dyer Goodnight House at Goodnight, Texas
Credit Charles Goodnight Historical Center

Mary Ann Dyer Goodnight: First Lady of  the Texas Panhandle, wife of Charlie Goodnight, and to cowhands, "The Mother of the Texas Panhandle."  Myra H McIlvain recently told the story of Mary Goodnight in her blog.

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Prairie Ramblings Episode
8:01 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Blitzkrieg on the Banks of Big Creek

Credit http://healthimpactnews.com

The London Blitz involved nine months of German bomber-induced devastation that drove people who lived there into a state of constant awareness regarding the location of the nearest bomb shelter. While the banks of Big Creek won’t echo with the drone of mechanical motors and sound of carpet bombs exploding one right after another, one locale faces a dive bombing hawk intent on scoring a fresh chicken dinner.

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Harvest Public Media field note
8:01 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Want to invest in farmland? Join the crowd

Charles Polanco's company allows investors to team up and invest in farmland.
Credit Abbie Fentress Swanson/Harvest Public Media

The new company Fquare is bringing crowd-sourcing to the increasingly lucrative market of investing in farmland.

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Oil & Gas
8:01 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

It's About Oil: Pipelines and Spills

Credit flickr.com/photos/shannonpatrick17/

North Dakota has the most reported oil spills of any state.  Oklahoma ranks number two, but that may be a gross understatement.  State Impact Oklahoma says spill reporting requirements vary from state to state.  The Oklahoma mandate is ten gallons or more, Texas is five, and in North Dakota, it's one gallon or more. 

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Texa$
8:01 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

No Sales Tax in Texa$ on Back-to-School Items: August 9-11

The tax-free weekend could give Texans a $74 million break.
Credit Credit Todd Wiseman & Mikhail Popov, Texas Tribune

For the past 14 years, Texas has celebrated the return to school with a sales tax holiday.  KUT News reports this year the event is August 9-11.  Most clothing and back-to-school supplies under $100.00 are not taxed.

Estimated shopper savings is expected to be more than $74 million across the state.

Details about exempt items are available from the Texas State Comptroller's website.

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Technology
8:01 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Why is Amarillo in So Many Songs? …and Other Google Autocomplete Assertions

You may or may not agree with it, but Google has some interesting things to say about where you live.  You just have to know how to ask.

By manipulating the “autocomplete” function implemented by Google, bloggers and journalists alike recently discovered they can trick the search engine into surreptitiously suggesting what may appear to be biased or over-generalized judgments regarding various geographic locales.

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Oil & Gas
8:01 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Hydraulic Fracturing Linked to Earthquakes: Oklahoma Lacks Response

A Chesapeake Energy drilling rig in Ohio.
Credit GUS CHAN / THE PLAIN DEALER /LANDOV

Injection wells are linked to earthquakes in a handful of states like: Texas, Wyoming, Arkansas, Ohio, and Colorado.  Impact Oklahoma reported the largest earthquake connected to a disposal and injection well occurred on November 2011 in Prague, Oklahoma.  However, Oklahoma has not responded with significant regulations.

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Growing on the High Plains Episode
8:01 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Busy Bee Farms: Part Two

Our second visit to Busy Bee Farms in Kismet Kansas takes us for a tour of internal workings of the greenhouses that produce literal layers of tomatoes,  as well as lettuce, cucumbers and other vegetables. Pond plants and koi fish provide some tropical looking landscapes on our walk-through.  We'll also get the buzz on the insect population that helps pollinate and protect the produce and plants.

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New novel set in eastern CO
8:00 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

The “unhomesteading” of the plains

A father with Alzheimer’s alone on the farm.  A swindling banker.  The school bully now grown-up as the local drug dealer.  A bleak, fictional town set in eastern Colorado.  The “unhomesteading” of the plains.  These are all elements of Greg Hill’s new novel East of Denver.

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Go with HPPR!
10:59 am
Wed July 17, 2013

All New Member Pledges Matched with $100

New Member Match

Thanks to our many generous member-listeners, we'll be able to match every new member's pledge of $75 or more, with an additional $100! 

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This Week on Open Range
8:14 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Open Range - live this week!

Open Range this week

This week I'll be hosting "Open Range" live with Cindee Talley as part of our Summer Mini-Drive. I can't give you a playlist this time, beacuse Cindee and I  rather enjoy surprising each other! One of the reasons I love doing this show is that it not only allows, but welcomes surprises. 

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Weather
8:00 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

School's Out for.... Severe Weather?

Jefferson School, Shawnee, Oklahoma. Destroyed by a tornado on March 28, 1924.
Credit rootsweb.ancestry.com

  The Oklahoma Department of Education requires schools to provide 175 days of instruction.  Districts can cancel school for any weather, anytime of the year.  

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Fauna
8:00 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Rita Blanca National Grasslands Participating in Prairie Dog Vaccination Study

Credit wordpress.com

Prairie dogs are a keystone species on the high plains.  That means others rely on them for food and shelter.  The Amarillo Globe-News reported a study is being conducted to keep them healthy by vaccinating them for the bubonic plague.  

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Wind Energy
8:00 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Government, Academia, and Industry Join to Create a Better Wind Farm

Texas Tech research wind energy research facility
Credit Texas Tech University

  What do you get when you combine resources from The U.S. Department of Energy, a private company named Vestas, and Texas Tech University?  A project with the goal of creating a better wind farm. 

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