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High Plains History Episode
8:01 pm
Tue December 25, 2012

Hidden Oasis

Let's get ready for the new Year by taking a drive to Lake Scott State Park.  Maybe the weather will let us try our hand at some trout fishing, and we'll take a turn on the lake in a canoe.  Afterwards, we can explore the ruins of El Quartelejo, the only Indian pueblo in Kansas.  Keep an eye out for wild turkey and deer.  No wonder Lake Scott made the recent list of Best Beaches in the USA!

Special Programming
8:14 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Christmas Day special programming

St. Olaf Christmas Festival from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN

Stay tuned to HPPR throughout Christmas Day and enjoy a full schedule of special programs drawn from the greatest Christmas traditions of music and words spanning the centuries of time and the continents of the world.

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Prairie Ramblings Episode
8:01 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Clearing the Air

In China that was the year of the horse or sheep or some such beast.  Around my country home, it was the fall of the skunk. 

Driving up our 1/8 mile long entry road the other night, I counted four black and white creatures in my headlights. Since those were visible, who knows how many stinky little pests ran around outside my vision.

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High Plains Outdoors Episode
8:01 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Cooking the Christmas Goose

Today I'd like to share a new twist on how to cook your Christmas goose.  I guarantee everyone will love this recipe.  You'll only be using the breast, but don't throw away the rest of the bird, you can use it for jerky or to make stuffing.  You'll want to start your preparation the day before cooking to allow time for marinating. 

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HPPR Holiday Specials
3:25 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Christmas Eve special programming

King's College Choir entering the chapel of King's College in Cambridge, England for A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

Keep HPPR with you this Christmas Eve and enjoy a full schedule of special programs drawn from the greatest Christmas traditions of music and words spanning the centuries of time and the continents of the world.

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HPPR
8:37 am
Thu December 20, 2012

HPPR 800# not working

HPPR's toll-free number is not operating due to problems with our telecom service providers.  Please use our main office number  --  620 275 7444 -- in the meantime.  We apologize for this inconvenience.

Update 12/27/12 - 800 number still down. We may not have that service restored until after the new year. Please check here for further updates.

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Growing on the High Plains Episode
8:01 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

Topping Out

During the holiday season a look toward the sky could catch a glimpse of a snowflake or two, or even a miniature sleigh and eight tiny reindeers.  At construction sites it could also yield the sight of a Christmas tree high atop a roof beam.  Today we'll look back in history and spend some time in the great north woods part of the world to find our Growing On The High Plains topic.

Playa Country Episode
4:22 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Recharging the Ogallala Aquifer

Credit Texas Parks and Wildlife

We grew up on the High Plains thinking of those occasionally muddy pasture depressions as "buffalo wallows," "rainwater basins" or "mud holes."

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High Plains History Episode
8:01 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

A Christmas Blizzard

We’ll celebrate the Christmas holiday by recounting a Christmas blizzard of long ago, when Santa traveled across the open range of the Texas and Oklahoma panhandles.  It seems that jolly old St. Nick joined some ranch hands in a snowstorm, and he left a special gift in the chuck wagon that he made himself.  

Prairie Ramblings Episode
11:22 am
Fri December 14, 2012

What I Learned Living with a Bow Hunter

I grew up in a hunting household.   My dad made an annual pheasant pilgrimage to Kansas.  He also spent time stalking javelina and deer in Arizona, but he was always a rifle hunter.

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High Plains Outdoors Episode
11:14 am
Fri December 14, 2012

Easy One Skillet Venison

Grab your cast iron skillet with a lid, and get ready to make an entire meal with venison in one pan.

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Growing on the High Plains Episode
8:01 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

High Plains Holiday

As she reflects over Christmas past, Skip Mancini recalls how "Christmas" and "white" rarely happen at the same time. 

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High Plains History Episode
8:01 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

The Big Easel

Today we’ll travel north to see one of the world’s largest paintings.  Located in Goodland in Northwest Kansas along Interstate 70, the Big Easel can’t be missed.  Look for a vase of giant sunflowers, a tribute to Vincent Van Gogh and his signature series of seven sunflower paintings.

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Playa Country Episode
8:01 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

Prescribed Burning: success stories

Prescribed Burn
Credit Kansas Pheasants & Quail Forever

Burning is a cost-effective method of controlling invasions of Eastern Red Cedar, but there's more to burning than simply touching torch to ground. Prescribed burns follow a precise, multi-page "prescription" to ensure efficacy and safety.

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Growing on the High Plains Episode
11:44 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Oh By Gosh By Golly

It's time for mistletoe and holly, but here on the High Plains, the only place you are likely to see this traditional holiday plant is on cards and wrapping paper.

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High Plains Outdoors Episode
8:02 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

The Perfect Gift for the Outdoorsman

Gift giving is hard for me.  When it comes to giving the perfect Christmas gift for the outdoorsman on the list, I've found the best presents are the tools I use that are tried and true. 

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Prairie Ramblings Episode
8:01 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

Swagger and Blink

The bucks fight for her attention, but the doe is oblivious.

If junior high dances are anything like they used to be, on the way inside, you pass noisy boys jostling one another for dominance.  You hear snippets of saucy trash talk, see manly posturing with exaggerated shoulders and aggressive chins, as well as smell a mixture of colognes designed to tantalize the fairer sex awaiting that evening’s Prince Charming. 

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High Plains History Episode
1:19 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

Southern Stage Route

A major U.S. Highway that runs through Western Kansas began as a rough trail that connected various boomtowns who were waiting for the railroads that ultimately passed them by.  Today we’ll travel in a classic coach on the Southern Stage Line and head south out of Garden City, stopping for a bite of lunch and then an overnight stay by the Cimarron River.

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HPPR
12:13 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

HPPR on/off-air on Thursday between 1 and 3 pm CT

Most of HPPR's network of stations will be on-and-off the air on Thursday, December 6th between 1 and 3 pm CT due to required maintenance work.  During this time technicians from the Public Radio Satellite Service will be making adjustments and upgrades to satellite system that HPPR uses to distribute programming to its 21 FM stations.  The most likely period for being off-air will be between 1:30 and 2:30  pm.

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High Plains History
12:27 pm
Sat December 1, 2012

Explore the archives of the Dust Bowl

Dust bowl farmer raising fence to keep it from being buried under drifting sand. Cimarron County, Oklahoma
Arthur Rothstein Farm Security Administration

Books and films about the Dust Bowl era, including Ken Burn’s new documentary The Dust Bowl, draw heavily from the deep archive of photographs and films created by the Resettlement Administration and Farm Security Administration from 1935-1942.  You can peruse this collection yourself at the Library of Congress’ online catalogue of the collection.  The catalogue is indexed and easily searchable by place names and subject area

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Prairie Ramblings Episode
8:01 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Lucky Hunters

After every rifle season, lucky hunters celebrate their success stories, recounting details of the hunt to their friends and anyone else who will listen.  Over the years, I have heard many a tale about the one little turn of good fortune that transformed the ordinary hunt into the extraordinary hunt.  One story I never heard ought to be told because that hunter is the luckiest of them all.

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High Plains Outdoors Episode
8:01 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

The Secret to Duck Hunting? Hide!

There are a number of steps to take for a successful duck hunt, but one of the most vital ingredients is- hide! 

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Prairie Ramblings Episode
12:18 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Autumn Sounds Different

Autumn sounds different on our rocky hilltop.  As the temperature drop and days grow shorter, life looks and sounds considerably altered than it did just six weeks ago.  We have new guests at the bird feeder while other frequent diners headed South weeks ago.

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HPPR mini-drive thanks
8:17 am
Thu November 29, 2012

Thank you for your support!

You make HPPR possible!

Thank you, HPPR members! Your pledges of support have gone to keep great HPPR and NPR programming on the air throughout the High Plains. Your support during our mini-drive has helped HPPR to raise $16,045 towards quality news, music and entertainment.

Members are the most vital resource for HPPR. We truly depend on and appreciate the involvement of our members, and couldn’t make public radio available without you.

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Growing on the High Plains Episode
8:00 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Fall Color

In an area of the country that is often thought to be lacking in autumn color, we can provide splashes of bright contrasts if we put some thought into landscaping plans.

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High Plains History Episode
8:00 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Llano Cemetery

What began as an act of kindness to provide a final resting place for a pioneer child has become the Llano Cemetery in Amarillo, Texas.  The 130 acres have been developed to include elements of historical architecture, impressive landscaping, and  a sense of a beautiful public park for all who enter the gates. 

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HS graduation rates
5:05 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

High School report card: TX 88%, KS 83%, CO 74%, OK no report

Sharon Springs KS High School graduation, May 2012

The U.S.

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Don't miss a great opportunity
3:55 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

$15,755 toward our $26,000 goal!

So far we’ve raised $15,755 towards our goal of $26,000! Have you gotten on board with your pledge of support?      

When you enter your pledge of support, you’ll be entered to win 2 American Airlines tickets to anywhere in the continental United States, Mexico and Canada. A contribution isn’t required to enter the drawing, however, it is a great way to show you support local and NPR programming on HPPR.

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All Things Considered Challenge Grant
11:57 am
Tue November 27, 2012

Help us meet the challenge!

Help us meet the challenge!

Thanks to  generous gifts from our members, we'll be matching EVERY pledge made today during Morning Edition, up to $2,000. Click here to pledge now!

This means that when you call us at 800-678-7444 or go to our secure pledge page , your gift will be matched dollar for dollar! HPPR and its members are challenging all listeners to do what they can to make this challenge successful.

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Playa Country Episode
8:01 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

The Benefits of Burning

Prescribed Burning
Credit Heartland Conservation Services

Native Americans used fire to manage rangeland for thousands of years, but a 100-year burning hiatus followed settlement by Europeans of the North American heartland. Those decades of fire suppression allowed invasive plants to negatively alter the landscape.

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