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Growing on the High Plains
8:01 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Introduction to Xeriscaping

Credit landscapingnetwork.com

 This week begins a series about xeriscaping.  Sometimes our growing conditions leave us feeling as if we’re living in the desert.  Today, Skip will teach us what kind of landscaping thrives in heat without much water.  

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Healthcare
9:57 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Texas law failed to provide nurse practitioner independence

Dr. Rose Okoro, a nurse practitioner, who owns Daystar Family Clinic. She says she has struggled to treat a greater number of Medicaid patients because of state regulations.
Credit texastribune.org

Texas lawmakers loosened supervision requirements for nurse practitioners last session in theory, but not in practice according to a recent article from the Texas Tribune.

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Texas Election 2014
8:00 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Texas Democratic Leaders Snub Kinky

Credit styleweekly.com

Texas Democratic leaders don’t want Richard “Kinky” Friedman to run for any public office as a Democrat.  For example, State Sen Leticia Van De Putte of San Antonio made a robocall touting South Central Texas rancher High Fitzsimmons III as the “serious” candidate for agriculture commissioner reported the Amarillo Globe-News.

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Springfield, Colorado
8:00 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

SE Colorado hemp farmer secures commercial agreement

Ryan Loflin works in his hemp field near Springfield, Colorado.
Credit hcn.org

Rocky Mountain Hemp has entered into a commercial agreement with Cannabis Therapy Corp. to provide an exclusive land lease and crop services according to a recent press release in the Wall Street Journal.

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Playa Country
8:01 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

A Playa Rehab on the West Texas Plains

Credit Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism

Mark Hilliard of Hale County, Texas, says, "This is cotton country. It's rare to find a pristine playa lake."

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Drought
8:00 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Drier than the Dust Bowl

A lone cow stands by a dried up pond near Wiley, Colorado.
Credit wodumedia.com

Millard Fowler is a centenarian from the panhandle of Oklahoma.  He remembers the 1930s when he was a young, newly married farmer. 

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2014 Wildfire Outlook
8:00 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Greatest wildfire danger is in Eastern Colorado

The Heartstrong Fire in Yuma County, Colorado. March, 2012
Credit colostate.edu

The fire outlook for Colorado was recently released by the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention & Control.  The document shows the areas with the greatest potential wildfire danger are the plains of Eastern Colorado reported Laura Palmisano for KVNF

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CD of the week
5:42 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Ben & Ellen Harper's 'Childhood Home' this week on High Plains Morning

'Childhood Home' is a collaboration between 3 time Grammy winner Ben Harper and his mother Ellen, who placed her music career aspirations on hold years ago in order to raise her 3 children. Recorded in Ben's studio in Los Angeles, this record record is a history of a family written in song by a mother and a son. 10 tracks, 6 written by Ben and 4 by Ellen, we will listen to the entire CD this week on High Plains Morning.

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6:00 am
Mon May 19, 2014

It's primary runoff time in Texas

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Here's some information to help get you ready to vote in next week's primary runoff in Texas.
AUSTIN - Early voting for the May 27 Democratic and Republican primary runoffs begins today. Texas voters still have six critical statewide races to decide.Democratic voters will choose the party's nominees for the U.S.
Prairie Ramblings
8:00 pm
Sun May 18, 2014

Mulberries: Banquet or Mess?

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It is that time when Kansas cars, driveways, and tops of heads wear purplish reminders of a passing bird’s mulberry feast. Everyone saw it coming as pale fruits of this native tree first turned from white to bright red then matured to black-purple. Not so long ago, Jayhawk-state residents looked forward to this early spring fruit as one of summer’s first harvests. Now days, most folks consider these berries a mess to clean up.

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Literature
8:00 pm
Sun May 18, 2014

Summer reading inspired by the High Plains

Credit tpwd.state.tx.us

From northwestern Kansas to the Texas Panhandle, the High Plains inspire the imagination of two authors.

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Production Agriculture
8:00 pm
Sun May 18, 2014

No trains for grains on the Plains

Credit bluefish.org

On the high plains, there aren’t any commercially navigable rivers, and the U.S. rail system has been the main way for farmers to move grain to ports to sell around the world said a recent article in Reuters.

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Historic court decision
8:00 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Brownback observes Brown v. Board of Education anniversary

Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site is the former Monroe Elementary School. It was established in Topeka, Kansas, on October 26, 1992, by the United States Congress to commemorate the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision aimed at ending racial segregation in public schools.
Credit kansas.com

Today is the 60th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision ordering an end to segregation in public schools.  Governor Sam Brownback remembered Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka ruling by speaking at the former Monroe Elementary School in Topeka yesterday reported Kansas Public Radio

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High Plains Outdoors
8:00 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Canned venison better than Grandma's

Credit Mike Pullen

Luke talks with Mike Pullen, owner of Frisco Spices about canning venison.

Howdy Folks, 

It's your ole buddy, Luke.    Today, I'm talking to Mike Pullen, the owner of Frisco Spices.  

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upcoming event
12:53 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

HPPR presents songwriting workshop with Dana Cooper

Dana Cooper

HPPR proudly presents a first for us... a songwriting workshop with singer-songwriter Dana Cooper!

The workshop will take place on Saturday, May 17 from 10am to 1pm in our Amarillo facility, located on the NW corner of 6th and Polk. We are in the basement of Amarillo National Bank's Special Assets Center at 104 SW 6th Ave.

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Legal for 16 years
9:06 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Canada feeding the American appetite for hemp

Hemp seed products are now widely available in leading grocery and warehouse food stores thanks to vertically integrated producers such as Manitoba Harvest that handles the product from plants in the field to ready-to-eat products on the store shelf.
Quentin Hope / HPPR

The U.S. market for foods and beauty products that contain hemp is growing, but American manufacturers that use hemp have their hands tied. The crop is still illegal to cultivate, according to federal laws, which means the current American hemp industry, estimated at $500 million per year, runs on foreign hemp.

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Texas Election 2014
8:00 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

GOP Railroad Commission race gets personal in Texas

Ryan Sitton and Wayne Christian are facing off to become the GOP nominee for Railroad Commissioner.
Credit StateImpact Texas

When there’s not much difference in policy, campaigns tend to get personal.  That’s exactly what’s happening in the Railroad Commission race in Texas.   (Just as a reminder, the Railroad Commission doesn't have anything to do with Texas railroads.  It regulates the oil and gas industry.)

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Data analysis gives clue
8:00 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Drought: Cyclic or foreshadowing?

Cracked earth on the Texas High Plains
Credit southwestfarmpress.com

Increasing temperatures and decreasing precipitation may not be cyclic.  Dr. B.A. “Bob” Stewart recently released an analysis of data from 1895-2013 for the Texas High Plains.  He found the area is getting warmer and drier, and the recent drought is not a temporary state according to a study by Dr. Stewart for WTAMU.

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Growing on the High Plains
8:00 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Tree Planting Pointers

Lone tree stands on the plains near Johnson, Kansas
Credit stevegarufi.com

This week GHP looks at the best way to insure success with shade trees, starting at the very beginning with good ideas on planting.  We've turned to Master Gardener and long-time tree grower Shirley Buller to line up some simple tips and techniques to get your trees started down the right road to a long, healthy, and shady life.

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Incumbent promises to fight incompetence
8:00 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Kansas: Huelskamp runs again

U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp seeking re-election
Credit huffingtonpost.com

U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp filed for re-election this week for the 1st District.  The lawmaker paid his $1,760 filing fee in Topeka.  The Topeka Capital-Journal reported the legislator is polishing his credential as a tea party rebel who is not afraid to ruffle the most influential Republicans and Democrats in Washington, D.C.

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Water Conservation
8:00 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Drought pushes wastewater into Texas spotlight

A tour group samples treated wastewater at the Dos Rios Water Recycling Center, operated by the San Antonio Water System.
Credit texastribune.org

The depleting of aquifers and endless drought has spurred discussion, debate, and even court cases about who owns the water.  Groundwater and rain are familiar disagreements, but in Texas wastewater has stepped on stage. 

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Still a murky field
8:01 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Hemp growing returns after 44 year ban

At Centennial Seeds in Lafayette, Colo., Ben Holmes is testing hemp varieties. Holmes made his name distributing and breeding strains of medical and recreational marijuana, but recently has become a prominent figure in Colorado’s fledgling hemp industry.
Luke Runyon/Harvest Public Media

A handful of farmers are set to plant the country’s first hemp crop in decades, despite federal regulations that tightly restrict the plant’s cultivation.

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Garetson Brothers v. American Warrior
8:00 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Haskell County family tests Kansas water law

Haskell County, Kansas
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With the depletion of the Ogallala aquifer looming, a Haskell County family is testing Kansas water rights law.  First in time, first in right gives senior water rights priority over junior rights.  If the senior right is impaired, the owner of the junior right could be ordered to reduce irrigation from their well or even be shut down completely water reported Amy Bickel for Kansas Agland.

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Bill keeps fed conservation efforts out of KS
8:00 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Brownback says no to conservation of lesser prairie chicken

Credit wikipedia.org

Gov. Sam Brownback signed a bill this week that tells the U.S. government it has no authority to regulate prairie chickens within the state of Kansas.  The bill also threatens lawsuits against federal conservation efforts in an escalating dispute over reversing the population decline of the lesser prairie chicken according to a recent article from the Topeka Capital-Journal.

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10:21 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Election board says Pat Roberts is a Kansas resident

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U.S. Senator Pat Roberts was determined to be a Kansas resident this week by the state elections board. The Republican will be allowed to seek re-election this year.
TOPEKA, Kan. - A state elections board Monday rejected a claim that U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts is not truly a Kansas resident, allowing the three-term Republican to seek re-election this year to a seat the GOP always has counted on holding. The State Objections Board’s decision means Roberts will be on the ballot in the Aug.
Lake Meredith
12:10 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Panhandle wildfire leaves Texas residents homeless

Credit everythinglubbock.com

A huge wildfire swept through Hutchinson County Sunday and Monday.  About 100 houses were damaged or destroyed.  The bulk of the damage was at the Lake Meredith Harbor subdivision reported the Amarillo Globe-News.

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Ties to Americans For Prosperity?
12:10 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Western Kansas Legislator doubts independence of grassroots organization

Credit ljworld.com

Representative Don Hineman, R-Dighton, doubts the lack of connection between the Kansas Senior Consumer Alliance and Americans for Prosperity according to a recent article in the Wichita Eagle

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Playa Country
8:01 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Wetlands Reserve Easement in Kansas

Credit Michael Pearce / kansas.com

McPherson County landowner Dale Schmidt bought ground he intended to farm, but often it was too wet to plant, or to harvest.

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Prairie Ramblings
12:45 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Turkey Lonely Hearts Club

Credit statesymbolsusa.org

Typically, when you see wild turkeys, you see them in a flock. If they are seeking a morning breakfast of grasshoppers and other early rising insects, several dine together.  At night, they gather in  large groups to roost in a big tree that provides each bird its own branch.  However, they perch close enough to one another for the turkey equivalent of The Walton’s “Goodnight, John-boy” evening song.

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Kansas ranks 10th most dangerous
12:10 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Kansas is a dangerous place to work

Credit christianfaithatwork.com

A report recently released by the AFL-CIO says Kansas is the tenth most dangerous state to work in.  Kansas has one of the worst workplace safety records in the nation based on 2012 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  The report revealed 88 Kansas workers died because of on-the-job injuries according to The Hays Daily News.

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