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High Plains Outdoors Episode
1:21 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Stripers.... mmm mmm good!

Dave netting a big one on Lake Texoma

Luke Clayton and Larry Sparks “Sparky” call in to share with Marshall Allen Bailey their favorite ways to cook striper. These men are down on Lake Texoma fishing, and they have caught a bunch. Sparky kicks it off with his method of cooking stripers on the half shell.

Each year about this time, thousands of sea gulls converge on Lake Texoma, situated on the Texas/Oklahoma border and striper fishing becomes red hot. 

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Growing on the High Plains Episode
8:01 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

High Plains Food Bank Practices Water Conservation

Justin hard at work. See the green rain collectors against the building?

Today we'll make our final visit to Amarillo and the High Plains Food Bank, where we'll be investigating the task of watering the large plot that provides food for so many in the Texas Panhandle. 

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High Plains History Episode
1:15 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Oslo on the High Plains

Hansford County, Texas

Written and produced by Skip Mancini

A full history of the Oslo Settlement is provided in the article below.

Oslo on the Texas High Plains
Peter L. Petersen (Volume 28: Page 138)

HPPR thanks the Norwegian-American Historical Society for permission to post this article.  A grant from the West Texas State University committee on organized research assisted in its preparation.

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HPPR election coverage
1:05 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Continuous Election Night Coverage on HPPR

Tune to HPPR for continuous election coverage on its FM stations and web stream from 7pm-2am CT.  Coverage may extend past 2am if the presidential race remains undecided.  

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HPPR political coverage
9:39 am
Sat November 3, 2012

Continuous Election Night Coverage from HPPR

HPPR will provide continuous election night coverage from 7pm-2am CT on November 6, immediately following the usual broadcast of All Things Considered.  In the event that the presidential race remains undecided and results are still coming in, coverage may extend past 2am.  NPR News will provide coverage from a national perspective and HPPR staff will report results of congressional and state-level positions and issues within the High Plains region.  In addition to providing coverage on all of its broadcast stations

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High Plains Outdoors Episode
8:01 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Stripers Run at Lake Texoma

Look what we caught!

The stripers are running on Lake Texoma.  Located on the border of Texas and Oklahoma, Lake Texoma is the perfect home for stripers.  It was first stocked in the 1960's, and since the ideal salinity of the water has led to not only the procreation, but thriving of the game fish. 

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Prairie Ramblings Episode
8:01 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Buffalo Grass Miracle

Weather in Kansas often leaves a person feeling a little schizophrenic.  If it confuses me, what does it do to vegetation and animals that live outside?  At this moment, our climate is causing some abnormal buffalo grass behavior.

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Pledge Drive Thanks
6:38 am
Thu November 1, 2012

All Who Pledged Their Support... Thank You!

Thanks for all the support!

We would like to thank all those who made time to pledge their support during the Feed your Radio, Feed a Family Fund Drive. No matter whether you called, mailed or went on to hppr.org to make your pledge, you've made a difference on the high plains.  

The Feed your Radio, Feed a Family Fund Drive raised over $60,000 for HPPR, and thanks to our generous sponsors,  5.7% of every dollar pledged to HPPR was also matched to local food banks. Those food banks were able to take that 5.7% and translate it into 17,500+ meals to high plains residents.

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HPPR
8:01 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

Volunteers at High Plains Food Bank Come in All Shapes and Sizes

Cara and Justin Young, Skip Mancini, stand with one of the weed control workers in the garden.
Credit Vincent Mancini

We'll continue our visit at the High Plains Food Bank in Amarillo by doing a walk-through of the garden with Cara Young. 

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High Plains History Episode
8:01 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

Cattle Drive Quarantine Creates Wild Cowtown

Driving cattle from Texas to the north became complicated when homesteaders refused to allow herds to cross their land.  Quarantine laws were passed to protect herds from tick fever carried by Texas cattle.  

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Playa Country episode
4:00 am
Mon October 29, 2012

Managing for drought on Playa Country

Grazing and drought

This week on Playa Country, we begin a three part series on grazing. Much of Playa Country has been in a two-year drought, and parts of the region are in exceptional drought. How do ranchers and range managers plan and operate and protect their grasslands under these conditions? A strategic plan is essential. Playa Country airs on Tuesday's at 6:44 pm during All Things Considered.

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New FM coverage for the northwest TX Panhandle
5:13 am
Sat October 27, 2012

HPPR welcomes Dalhart, TX at 89.3 FM

HPPR now serves Dalhart, TX at 89.3 FM, KDTH

KTDH, 89.3 FM is now on the air providing public radio service for the first time to Dalhart, TX and surrounding Dallam and Hartley counties of the northwest Texas panhandle.  HPPR thanks and congratulates everyone in the Dalhart community who has made this station possible, especially  Scot and Sylvia Renick, Jim McDaniel and Sherry Hanshew, Gerald Burney and Dean Graham.  We look forward to serving everyone in the Dalhart community for years to come. 

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Prairie Ramblings Episode
8:06 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Sandhill Song

Leaves changing colors and a sudden nip in the air proclaim autumn’s arrival more forcefully than any date on a calendar can..  With that change comes an ancient song.  Like steps on the porch announcing a visitor, this tune is the sound of summer’s exit and fall’s approach. Vernal musicians herald ice storms and frosts that destroy lingering tomatoes and late summer blooms.

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High Plains Outdoors Episode
8:01 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Upland Birds

The High Plains offers some of the best upland bird hunting in the country.  Larry and Luke discuss everything from dove to grouse hunting in today’s show.  

Growing on the High Plains Episode
8:01 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Skip Visits High Plains Food Bank in Amarillo

Volunteer Day at the Food Bank

This week Growing on the High Plains will begin a series about a great garden place in Amarillo that produces food for those who need it.  We'll meet Cara and Justin Young, two energetic young people who are helping to bring community efforts, nutrition know-how, and garden harvests to hundreds of adults and children in the Texas Panhandle.

High Plains History Episode
8:01 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Masterson, Man of Many Colors

For many, the name Bat Masterson, brings to mind gunfights and the Old West.  He was born in Quebec, Canada.  Masterson came to eastern Kansas with his parents, but western Kansas drew he and his brother with its wide open spaces and hunting.  The most well known part of his life as Ford County Sheriff inspired a television show, but did you know Masterson:

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Playa Country Episode
12:04 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Final episode of Invasive Species on Playa Country

Eastern Red Cedar
Jim Mason

On Tuesday at 6:44 pm central time, we will hear the final episode of Invasive Species on Playa Country. This report covers woody shrub invasions and control efforts in Nebraska. Biologist Kirk Schroeder of Grand Island enumerates particular weeds invading Nebraska: phragmites is a growing problem in waterways and riparian land, Russian Olive and Eastern Red Cedar (ERC) are invading uplands. Tom Hartman of Grand Island manages the family ranch at Scotia, NE, and faced an onslaught of ERC. He and neighbors have been controlling with mechanical removal followed by fire.

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High Plains Outdoors Episode
8:01 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Sight Pin Placement is Critical for Bow Hunters

Luke has been on the Mathews Bows pro staff for many years and is a devout bow hunter. He and Larry discuss topics such as sight pins, how to get started in archery and how equipment improvements have shortened the learning curve for hunters. 

Prairie Ramblings Episode
8:01 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

End of Summer Sunbathing

I remember college days . . . waiting for the first warm day of spring when my friends and I headed to a nearby lake . . . unveiling our winter-white bodies to piercing rays of pre-summer sun.  It felt so good to lay my bathing suit clad body on the softness of a worn patchwork quilt.   While vitamin D mixed with UV rays coursed through our sun-starved carcasses, my friends and I agreed  that this was bliss.  If I close my eyes, I can still feel the sharp edges of small stones pressing into my spine and the sensation of solar beams soaking into my belly and face.

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Growing on the High Plains Episode
8:01 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

Money Plant

Money Plant

During the continuation of our fall fund drive, we'll talk about an old fashioned plant from the cutting garden that produces coins of the gardening realm. Lunaria flowers with thin, silvery circles that look like shiny nickel.

High Plains History Episode
8:01 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

Nicodemus

Nicodemus 1885

Pioneers come to the west, leaving all that was familiar, to create a new community- Nicodemus, Kansas.  To this day, descendants of that hardy bunch return to celebrate.

Playa Country Episode
12:01 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

Invasive Species series continues on Playa Country

Oklahoma Historical Society

The second in the three-part series on invasive species airs this week on Playa Country.  On Tuesday at 6:44 pm central time, Biologist Gene Miller describes the problem with invasives along the banks of the Canadian River in the Texas panhandle and western Oklahoma. He and NRCS rangeland manager Clint Rollins created the consortium the Canadian River Cooperative Weed Management Area, a group of agencies, non-governmental organizations and landowners conducting invasive weed control efforts.

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Prairie Ramblings Episode
8:01 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

A Corn Maze, Roasted Peanuts, and a Kansas Pumkin Patch. Does Life Get Any Better?

Gold, scarlet, and orange leaves and grasses, blue skies muted by just a hint of vernal gold, air crisped by a gentle breeze, and burnished milo fields.  What more could anyone ask for on an October weekend?  Not much, unless you want to toss in a cornfield maze, a pumpkin patch full of traditional pumpkins, Cinderella pumpkins, and some odd gray - blue pumpkins, a toasty wood fire designed for roasting marshmallows and peanuts, and hayrack rides.  

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Growing on the High Plains Episode
8:01 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

Little Blue Flower Seed Remembrance

Last June Skip presented a special Growing on the High Plains visit about her father and his gift of larkspur seed that has become a reliable reminder of him and his love of gardening.  During our fall fund drive week we'll repeat that show, and Skip will offer her own special gift to HPPR listeners.  Call 1-800-678-7444 for more details.

High Plains History Episode
8:01 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Commancheria

Today we'll look at a battle that marked the turning point in the Red River Wars.

Playa Country Episode
11:20 am
Mon October 8, 2012

Playa Country returns to HPPR

Starting Tuesday evening during All Things Considered, Playa Country returns to the air. Playa Country features stories from experts in the fields of conservation, wild life management, farming, ranching and land management. All focused on the future of one of our area's most important resources, the Ogallala aquifer.

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Prairie Ramblings Episode
9:56 am
Fri October 5, 2012

Canine Happy Hour at the Fruit Drop

When I first met my husband, a field-trained black lab owned him.  Rebel was an intelligent canine with a once in a lifetime personality. The retriever and the man had enjoyed a rustic bachelorhood  at Meade  State Fish Hatchery.  Dog and man led an idyllic life hunting, fishing, and working fishponds located far from town and people.

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Growing on the High Plains Episode
9:48 am
Fri October 5, 2012

Perennial Division is a Gardening Budget Bonus

If your gardening budget is drooping, you can give it a transfusion by digging into your perennial bed.  This week's Growing on the High Plains gives all the basics for dividing many spring blooming plants that may have overgrown their space or become old and tired.  If you don't have an excess of perennials, perhaps you can offer to clear out and replant a neighbor's garden in exchange for some 'take home' cartons.  Fall is a great time to reorganize garden spaces and find that 'everything old is new again'.

High Plains Outdoors Episode
9:46 am
Fri October 5, 2012

One Shot Challenge

There’s something special about the one shot challenge of hunting with a muzzle loader. Luke and Larry have both done their share of shooting and hunting with ‘smoke poles.’  This show deals with not only the basics of muzzle loading but also highlights some tricks to get the most accuracy possibly from your front loading rifle.

High Plains History Episode
8:01 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

Rawlins County Seat

Chicanery and hi-jinks were on tap in this non-violent but very heated county seat war.

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