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

Lesser Prairie-Chicken & Vertical Structures: NM Project

Credit Texas Wildlife and Parks / Gary Kramer

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has partnered with hundreds of groups to restore and link back together the Lesser Prairie-Chicken's eastern New Mexico habitat. Crews are removing petroleum welljack pads and service roads, reseeding with native grasses, and removing other vertical objects like mesquite, trees and old windmills in effort to restore a habitat more friendly to the needs of the bird.

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Harvest Public Media series
8:01 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

How long can you farm?

A young Bob Hawthorn runs the harvester through a field of oats. Hawthorn studied engineering and began a career working in the aerospace industry before returning to the farm.
Bob Hawthorn

Working beyond retirement is a fairly common refrain these days. In 2012, 5 percent of the U.S. workforce was beyond retirement age. But farmers seem to work longer than most. In the last Agriculture Census 25 percent of all farm operators were over 65 years old.

Why do farmers keep working? For one thing, modern machinery makes it easier to work longer.

“It’s more you use your mind rather than your back, so you can go longer,” said Mike Duffy, an agricultural economist at Iowa State University.

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Severe Weather
8:00 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Texas Panhandle Communities: Weather Warning Systems

  While communities in the Texas Panhandle work to improve severe weather warning systems and equipment, experts say the best plan is your own.  

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State Government
8:00 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Child Support Workers Laid Off as Kansas Moves to Privatization

Credit Kansas Department for Children and Families

More than 200 workers in the Child Support Services
Division of the Kansas Department for Children and Families will be laid off by September 20, 2013, as the state moves to privatization of child support enforcement.  The Kansas Health Institute reported most of the affected workers are expected to accept positions with the contractor for their area.  Theresa Freed, spokesperson for the DCF says she is confident that everyone who wants a job will have one.  

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Go, with HPPR!
8:00 am
Mon July 8, 2013

Help us get a head start on our summer mini drive!

Help HPPR get a head start

HPPR’s summer mini drive kicks off July 17th, but you don’t have to wait to renew your membership, help with an additional gift or become a new member. When you pledge today, your gift will help us to bring in the revenue needed to keep our diverse programming strong, well into the future.

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Wind Energy
8:01 pm
Sun July 7, 2013

Texas Wins: Energy Dichotomy

Credit leadenergy.org

Texas.  Everything's bigger in Texas.  A recent piece by State Impact Texas, noted it not only applies to fossil fuel production, but also pollution.  The biggest polluter is also the state with the most wind energy, more than any other state, as a matter of fact, more than a lot of countries.  

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Harvest Public Media field note
7:51 pm
Sun July 7, 2013

Farm groups keep up farm bill pressure

Credit geringhoffusa.blogspot.com

  In an effort to revive the defeated farm bill, more than 530 organizations, including heavyweights like the American Farm Bureau Federation and the National Farmers Union, have signed a letter (PDF) that urges House Speaker John Boehner to bring the legislation back to the floor.

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Annual survey of 11 factors
7:07 pm
Sun July 7, 2013

KS ranks 2nd, Texas gains in state highway rankings

Oklahoma State Highway 325 west of Boise City, 1999
Credit Quentin Hope

  Kansas ranks second overall in a comprehensive annual report on state highway performance.  Texas ranked 11th, up from 17th place in 2007.  Oklahoma and Colorado trailed far behind at 38th and 41st, respectively.

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High Plains Outdoors Episode
8:01 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Large Mouth Bass Fishing: Live Bait with Seth Vanover

Seth and I calling in from the lake to talk to Marshal Allen Bailey.

Fishing for large mouth bass on live bait used to be controversial because fish could  swallow the bait, however, Seth Vanover has perfected reeling in the big ones and releasing them back into the lake- healthy and ready to go again.

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Prairie Ramblings Episode
8:01 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Planting a Little Shade

If you’ve ever closely examined vintage Ellis photos, you know the town had even more big trees shading yards, parks, and walkways than exist today. Seeing old pictures made me think about trees growing around town. Fortunately, I didn’t have to look long before I found a history of local tree culture.

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10:04 am
Fri July 5, 2013

Hereford Beef Plant Fined for Safety Violations

Lead in text: 
OSHA inspection reveals plant failed to protect workers.
Caviness Beef Packing Ltd. in Hereford received 25 safety violations and faces $120,000 in fines after a January inspection by the Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration, according to an OSHA inspection report.Most of the violations were serious, meaning there is a significant probability death or serious harm could result from the hazard, according to the Department of Labor.
Healthcare
8:01 pm
Thu July 4, 2013

Parent Company of Western Kansas Hospital Agrees to Billing Settlement

Credit workingnurse.com

The Kansas Health Institute reported two companies agreed to pay the federal government $9.7 million.   The two are: Hospital Corporation of America, owner of Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, and Lifepoint Hospitals, Inc.,  owner of Western Plains Medical Complex in Dodge City.  The settlement is in regard to allegations that both billed over billed Medicare for an inpatient procedure that could have been done safely and more cost effectively in an out-patient setting.

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Another year of uncertainty?
8:01 pm
Thu July 4, 2013

Farmers twisting in the wind without farm bill

Farmers like father and son Kermit Kalb and Stephen Kalb seem resigned to being unable to depend on certainty in federal farm policy. Still, they harvested their winter wheat crop on a recent bright Kansas day.
Credit Frank Morris/Harvest Public Media

    Farmers work at the mercy of three big forces that are largely outside their control: the weather, the markets and the government.

In many parts of the country the first two are doing pretty well these days, but government remains the wild card. Congress can’t seem to pass the farm bill, a huge package of legislation setting food policy for years to come.

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Voting Rights Act
8:01 pm
Thu July 4, 2013

What Texans Need to Know About Changes to the Voting Rights Act

Credit britannica.com

The U. S. Supreme Court recently struck down sections of the Voting Rights Act.  The portions eliminated required some states, including Texas, to obtain preapproval from the federal government before changing election laws. 

KUT reported it is uncertain how the Supreme Court decision will affect two current Texas issues:

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An orphan crop?
8:01 pm
Thu July 4, 2013

Who wants biotech wheat?

Nebraska farmer Larry Flohr, squeezes out a kernel of unripened wheat.
Credit Grant Gerlock / Harvest Public Media

Many farmers say they would like to grow genetically engineered wheat to help them feed a hungry world, but it’s not what everyone’s hungry for. And now, with the mysterious appearance of Roundup Ready wheat in a farmer’s field in Oregon a few weeks ago, consumer resistance may grow even stronger.

Most of the corn and soybeans grown in the United States are genetically modified, but GMO wheat has never been approved for farming.

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Western Kansas
8:01 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

2013 Wheat Harvest Isn't Good for Western Kansas

Kansas wheat harvest is nearing completion, and it seems to be a year of feast or famine. Western Kansas falls on the side of famine.  The Wichita Eagle says Highway 13 seems to be the dividing line.

51st state?
8:01 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Urban-rural divide fuels Colorado secession plan

Ten northeast Colorado counties discussing forming a new state.
Credit KUNC / Google Maps

What do you get when you mix rural counties, urban legislators and a whole lot of animosity?

In Colorado, you get an increasingly ambitious secession plan.

Weld County, Colo., commissioners have been meeting for weeks on the idea to break away from the rest of the state, citing a string of newly signed policies, including stricter gun control regulations and high standards for renewable energy for rural electric cooperatives.  

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Texas Panhandle
8:01 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

The Freedom Train Comes to Canyon, Texas- in Miniature

Walt and Linda Shelly operate their model train sets on display Monday at Canyon Area Library. The exhibit is made up of trains from their collection.
Credit Sean Steffen / AGN Media

The Freedom Train toured the country from 1947-1949, and again from 1975-1976.  It was  the idea of Attorney General Tom C. Clark to remind Americans of the freedoms, liberties, and sacrifices so often taken for granted.   The Amarillo Globe reported The Freedom Train is back... in miniature... in Canyon, Texas.  

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Growing on the High Plains Episode
8:01 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Red, White, and Blue

It's not too late, even in midsummer to plant a flowering Old Glory.  Petunias are the flower of choice for high plains conditions. 

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Texas Panhandle
8:01 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

The Battle of Adobe Walls: Production Begins This Fall

Looking East from Adobe Walls, Hutchinson County, Texas
Credit Randall Derrick

June, 1874

The second Battle of Adobe Walls begins.

Chief Quanah Parker, one of the sons of captured white woman Cynthia Ann Parker, has been convinced by the tribe's medicine man his warriors are immune to enemy bullets.  They attack the Adobe Walls trading post, defended by buffalo hunters.  The medicine man was wrong.  Survivors include Parker and a crack shot by the name of William "Billy" Dixon. 

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HPPR Communities
1:33 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

The Lee Fund: Raising Alzheimer's Awareness in SW Kansas

I recently had the opportunity to sit down and talk with Skip Mancini and Jan Evans about a project, one near and dear to Skip's heart.  Many of you know Skip as the voice of, Growing on the High Plains, but you may not know how Alzheimer's personally touched the life of both her parents.

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In memory of parents
5:51 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Lee Fund: Raising Alzheimer's Awareness in SW Kansas

I recently had the opportunity to sit down and talk with Skip Mancini and Jan Evans about a project to raise Alzheimer's awareness in southwest Kansas. 

Skip Mancini is the creator and voice of Growing on the High Plains.  She also has been profoundly affected by Alzheimer's.  Both her parents had the disease. 

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5:23 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Amarillo Symphony Names New Music Director

Lead in text: 
Jacomo Rafael Bairos comes to Amarillo from Charlotte, N.C., and puts emphasis on making the symphony feel younger and more relevant.
Jacomo Rafael Bairos was announced as the 17th music director and conductor of the Amarillo Symphony on Monday, the culmination of a two-year-long process and nearly two months of secrecy.
8:51 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Two Texas Panhandle Banks Make Top 100

Lead in text: 
Happy State Bank and Amarillo National Bank made BauerFinancial's Top 100 Banks. BauerFinancial analyzes and reports on the condition of the nation's banks. Financial institutions do not pay for this rating, nor can they avoid it.
Two Texas Panhandle banks manage billions of dollars in clients' wealth, gold and mineral assets, landing them in some high-roller territory in the banking world.Happy State Bank, based in Happy, comes in at No. 55 on BauerFinancial's Top 100 Banks Nationwide for the sheer dollar volume of its fiduciary assets - $2.1 billion.Amarillo National Bank hits the list at No.
Special Programming
7:32 am
Tue July 2, 2013

A Capitol Fourth: July 4 at 7pm

Credit Courtesy of Capital Concerts

This July 4, America's national Independence Day celebration broadcasts live from the West Lawn of the United States Capitol.  Hosted by Emmy Award-winning TV personality Tom Bergeron and NPR's Korva Coleman, the event features performances from some of America's best known celebrities and musical artists.

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HPPR Economy and Enterprise
7:27 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Rural Kansas Counties Buck Traditional Employment Trends

Credit ezilon

Typically, cities fuel job growth, but a recent article in the Wichita Eagle reveals urban employment levels in Kansas are level, while rural areas are experiencing growth.   Much of the rural improvements can be attributed to increased oil drilling, oil services, overall farming wealth increase, and government transfers like Medicare. 

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Special Programming
7:15 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Capitol Steps, Politics Takes a Holiday: July 4 at 11am

This just in:  The Gang of 8 has announced that in order to be a citizen of the United States, you have to listen to the Capitol Steps 4th of July special, "Politics Takes a Holiday!"

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Special Programming
7:02 am
Tue July 2, 2013

The Joni Mitchell Special: July 4 at 10am

Jian Ghomeshi in conversation with Joni Mitchell in her Los Angeles home.

Join HPPR for this hour-long special with the legendary and highly influential Canadian folk music icon Joni Mitchell.

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HPPR History
8:01 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Sternberg Fossils Go Online in 3-D

Credit Hays Daily News

A joint project between the Fort Hays State University Sternberg Museum of Natural History and the Forsyth Library is bringing fossils into the digital age with 3-D technology.  The Hays Daily News reported Sternberg employees handle the fossils, while students photograph them at the museum.  Students return with the photos to the library to complete the 3-D process.  Scanning allows the viewer to rotate the specimen digitally, rather than looking at multiple photos.

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HPPR Economy and Enterprise
8:01 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Texas Panhandle Farmers Participate in Water Conservation Project

A device that transmits information on soil moisture in a cornfield belonging to David Ford (standing) a farmer near the Texas Panhandle town of Dumas. He is participating in a water-saving demonstration project.
Credit Jerod Foster

Motivated by water district regulations and a falling water table, a handful of farmers in the Texas Panhandle are participating in a water conservation project.  Farmers like Harold Grall, are implementing technology and changing farming practices to reduce water use and remain profitable reported The Texas Tribune.  

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