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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.

Prairie Ramblings Episode
8:01 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Early Morning Rambles

Sunrise on the Prairie

An early morning walk makes you healthy, wealthy in the abundance of nature, and wise in discovery.   It also makes the four-legged family friends very happy.  Karen Madorin is greeted by cardinals, rabbits, and the wide open vistas that bring to mind the smallness that early pioneers may have felt.

HPPR
8:01 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Black Bear Numbers Increase

Looking Luke Straight in the Eye

Luke Clayton just returned from an elk hunt in Colorado mountains.  Bear numbers and sightings were at an all time high.  A couple close encounters gave Luke a photo to remember, and another guide an opportunity to share his candy bar.  Larry Weishuhn gives some insight into causes for the increased numbers.  Plus, as usual, a good bit of ‘hard core’ campfire talk!

Growing on the High Plains Episode
8:01 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Sandhill Plums are a Jelly Favorite

This wonderful native shrub has a deeply history, as it provided a rare and welcome fruit for North American Indian tribes as well as early day settlers.  The roots of this manna of the plains literally run deep, searching out subsoil moisture and giving the little shrubs an ability to survive our infamous prairie winds.  Today the scarlet fruits are still a favorite for jelly, and are the basis for providing a product for many small-scale  local businesses on the High Plains.

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

Sand Creek Survivor Becomes Famous Historical Figure

A survivor of the Sand Creek Massacre became a famous figure in Native American History.

Harvest Public Media feature story
11:40 am
Tue September 25, 2012

My Farm Roots: Entrusted with a legacy

Nathan Dorn stands in front of the feedlot on his family’s farm in Adams, Neb.
Camille Phillips/Harvest Public Media

Down a stretch of rural highway and country roads lined with fields, about an hour south of Lincoln, Neb., lies the Dorn family farm. That’s where Nathan Dorn grew up, where his grandfather farmed before him and where his father, uncles and cousin now farm beside him.

Dorn’s strong ties to the land made the decision to continue the family tradition of farming an easy one. But it also leaves him feeling misunderstood by the average American.

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5:52 am
Tue September 25, 2012

Kansas governor positions budget cutting

Lead in text: 
Kansas governor Sam Brownback is raising concerns about the national and global economy to justify state budget cut planning, deflecting concern over the impact of large tax reductions approved last year.
Gov. Sam Brownback's administration already has developed talking points to deflect anticipated criticism of the newly enacted massive income tax cuts should Kansas face significant budget problems next year. Critics said their fears about the aggressiveness of the cuts were confirmed by the conservative Republican governor's budget director in July, when he told state agencies to draft proposals for slicing up to 10 percent of their spending.
7:38 am
Mon September 24, 2012

Kansas eliminates Main Street program

Lead in text: 
Emails were sent last week by Kansas Commerce Department Secretary Pat George to 25 Main Street programs, including Garden City Downtown Vision, informing them of elimination of the program.
  • Source: Cjonline
  • | Via: Topeke Capital Journal
HUTCHINSON - The abrupt demise of a popular Kansas program that helped participating communities with downtown revitalization and small-business development has left many disappointed and perplexed.Kansas Commerce Department Secretary Pat George announced the elimination of the 27-year-old Kansas Main Street program in an email Thursday to officials of the 25 local programs around the state.
Highh Plains Outdoors Episode
1:47 pm
Fri September 21, 2012

Sighting in Rifles and Bows

Sighting Pins on a Bow

Shots can be in close range or from quite a distance, and out here on the high plains, your gun or bow needs to be ready for both.  A general rule is to sight in at different target distances.  It is also important to shoot a number of times a week from  different positions.     

Prairie Ramblings Episode
1:32 pm
Fri September 21, 2012

The Gold Coronado Missed

Hiking Boot Covered with Pollen

The search for gold compelled Spanish conquistador Coronado into Kansas.  Ironically, he found gold more valuable that the metal he hoped to find, but unfortunately did not recognize the value of the gold dust coating his boots and leggings.  Pollen is the essence of life, but without pollinators moving from plant to plant, creatures of every kind would lack fruits, vegetables, grains, and grasses. 

Growing on the High Plains Episode
6:30 am
Thu September 20, 2012

Gooseberries. You hate 'em or you love 'em

These little green orbs are kissin' cousins to the currant, and like their relatives they can be welcomed or reviled in the U.S.  They make great pies, jellies, jams, and sauces for the table, but they can also transport a destructive fungus called 'white pine blister rust'.  If your locale doesn't feature white pines then gooseberry bushes might make a good berry bramble for you, especially if you like your sweets a little on the tart side. 

High Plains History Episode
8:01 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

The Great Flood of 1965

1965 brought more water than folks knew what to do with when the Arkansas River flooded its banks.

Harvest Public Media feature story
1:26 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

My Farm Roots: From pastime to passion

Aaron Troester farms about 5,000 irrigated acres in north-central Nebraska.
Hilary Stohs-Krause for Harvest Public Media

Aaron Troester’s life both did, and didn’t, turn out exactly the way he planned.

The 29-year-old farmer in the north-central Nebraska town of O’Neill was pouring honey into jars from bees he keeps when I met him. I soon learned he had a chemistry degree and had planned to go to medical school, but the lure of the land he farms with his father changed his mind.

“All through grade school, I knew I wanted to farm,” Troester said. That changed in college, but a year spent back on the farm while waitlisted for med school slowly evolved from passing the time into passion.

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High Plains Outdoors Episode
8:30 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

The Rub Tells All

Deer rubs and rub lines tell you there is a buck in the area.  When the deer loses its velvet, you'll start seeing rubs.  It could be as simple as a hook in the brush or a rub on a tree.  The purpose of rubbing is to strengthen a deer's neck for the upcoming breeding season.   The size of the rub generally does indicate buck size.  You can also tell about antler structure by looking carefully at the rub.   Here on the high plains, you can find rubs on blue stem, sunflowers, fence posts, or windmill towers.   

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Prairie Ramblings Episode
8:00 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

How to Catch a Hummer

One of Fall's gifts is a migratory visitor to the High Plains.  A hummingbird feeder, some sugar solution, and a little patience brings a  hummingbird outside Karen Madorin's kitchen window.

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