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Controlled substance or cash crop?
7:23 pm
Sun May 11, 2014

A hemp growing “revolution” coming to agriculture?

Front cover of Doug Fine's recently released book predicting an agricultural revolution from hemp growing.
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Hear Luke's interview with author Doug Fine

The farm bill passed earlier this year is big news for advocates of hemp. New rules differentiate industrial hemp from its cousin, marijuana, and pave the way for research on the plant.  Hemp is still considered a controlled substance by federal regulators. But some states are giving farmers the chance to experiment.

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High Plains Outdoors
8:01 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Easy fajitas for your next camping trip

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Howdy, Folks!

Today, I'm going to share my secret recipe for making fajitas when I'm camping.  

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Voting May 10
10:20 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Texas: Think before you vote on bonds tomorrow

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Voters in Texas will be voting on multimillion-dollar bonds for more than 80 school districts and municipalities tomorrow.  Comptroller Susan Combs asks Texas voters to take a close look at what they’re being asked to authorize according to the Amarillo Globe-News.

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Fodor's Travel Guide Ranking
12:45 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Palo Duro Canyon ranked America’s best state park

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Palo Duro Canyon is No. 1 on Fodor’s America’s 10 Best State Parks reported the Amarillo Globe-News.

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Emergency Preparedness
12:15 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Livestock disaster preparedness program completed in Texas Panhandle

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The Regional Resiliency Assessment Program (RRAP) was recently completed in the Texas Panhandle – a major region for cattle feedlots, hog production and the dairy industry.  The 18-month training helps prepare the cattle feeding and livestock industry against natural and manmade threats according to a recent article in PR Web.

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HPPR Environment
12:10 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Amarillo still not conserving water

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Amarillo residents are not conserving water.  The city’s water usage goal is 52 million gallons per day.  Every day this month has exceeded that amount reported the Amarillo Globe-News.

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Higher temperatures create more water stress
3:15 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Drought sensitivity could reduce corn yields for years to come

Corn yields could fall 15 to 30 percent—unless new varieties or agronomic techniques can offset the trend.
Credit JOHN STANMEYER, VII / NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

Corn plants in the United States have become more drought sensitive, not less.  Yields have continued to increase because seed companies have developed genetic improvements allowing higher planting density.  Drought sensitivity could drive yields down in the years to come unless companies like Monsanto, Syngenta, and DuPont successfully develop varieties that thrive in drought reported the National Geographic.

Rain and temperature forecast
3:15 am
Thu May 8, 2014

El Niño is on the way, and that could be good news for the Texas Panhandle

Don't expect a lot of rain this summer in much of Texas. And beyond that, if an El Nino comes in the fall, it might not be the savior we expect.
Chris Coleman StateImpact Texas

Forecasters say it looks like El Niño will reappear this fall.  That usually means more rain for Texas, but one meteorologist says it will have mixed results in the Lone Star State reported StateImpact Texas.

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Growing on the High Plains
2:00 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Plant some shady savings

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If you're looking for ways to cut energy costs in your home or business, don't just look inside.  Turn your gaze outside and consider planting some shade trees to help cool your abode in summer and keep it protected and filled with the warmth of natural sunlight in winter.

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5:40 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Drought hammers the breadbasket

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Wheat futures are up on the Chicago Board of Trade, but this year's wheat crop is getting battered by the drought.
WICHITA, Kan.-Agricultural economist Josh Roe walked into a dusty wheat field on this city's outskirts this week and spotted trouble. The ground was cracked, and the wheat plants were only half their normal size for this stage of the season.
5:26 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Exploring five steps to feed the world

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When you think about carbon footprint, does feeding the world cross your mind? It does for John Foley. He wrote about it recently in an article published by National Geographic. “When we think about threats to the environment, we tend to picture cars and smokestacks, not dinner,” Foley wrote. “But the truth is, our need for food poses one of the biggest dangers to the planet.” Foley outlined five steps to feed the world.
Step Three: Use Resources More Efficiently We already have ways to achieve high yields while also dramatically reducing the environmental impacts of conventional farming. The green revolution relied on the intensive-and unsustainable-use of water and fossil-fuel-based chemicals.
5:10 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Film documents OK Panhandle ranch life

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Filming is almost complete on a documentary that follows the ranching family of Jane and Bob Apple of Kenton, Oklahoma.
OKLAHOMA CITY - The Oklahoma Panhandle is one of the most remote areas of the Sooner State, but a documentary film in production may shed some light on issues residents are facing. "Lone Man's Land" follows a family as they struggle to keep the ranching life alive in the face of rising costs.
Eastern CO abandoned buildings are inspirational
8:00 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

High Plains inspires Colorado artist

Prairie Ghost #3 by Catherine Scott
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Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life   - Pablo Picasso.

A new exhibit at the Portal Gallery in Longmont, Colorado, not only provides an opportunity to wash away the dust of the past months from your soul, but it could also help you to see beauty in the abandoned places of Eastern Colorado. 

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Census looks at national, state, and county levels
8:00 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

2012 Ag Census Reveals New Farming Trends

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The United States Department of Agriculture recently released 2012 Ag Census data.  The report reveals record sales, rising expenses, increasing agricultural diversity, and changing farming and marketing practices according to the Prowers Journal.

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CD of the week
4:41 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Carrie Elkin & Danny Schmidt's 'For Keeps' this week on High Plains Morning

Two singer-songwriters with successful  solo careers meet and decide to go on tour together.  That was a couple of years ago, and now Carrie Elkin and Danny Schmidt have produced their first cd together, 'For Keeps'.  It's a collection made up of some of each of their songs and some that were written together. Recorded in Austin, Texas,  the new cd features a slew of great musicians/friends.  This cd will be released on May 13.  Enjoy a preview all this week on High Plains Morning.

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Prairie Ramblings
8:00 pm
Sun May 4, 2014

A homemade wedding for Barbie and Ken

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Only a Grinch could hate spring’s arrival. What’s not to like about warmer days, leaves unfurling, grass greening, tulips and daffodils bursting into bloom, lilacs perfuming breezes, and white blossoms exploding on Barbie’s wedding bush. This plant is really called spirea, but for little girls playing dolls, this shrub provides bouquets enough for a hundred wedding ceremonies--hence its nickname.

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Agriculture
8:00 pm
Sun May 4, 2014

Drought and late April frost could decimate western Oklahoma wheat harvest

Western OK wheat field April, 2014.
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Drought and a late April freeze could produce the worst wheat harvest in decades for the western part of Oklahoma history reported The Oklahoman

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Texas Election 2014
8:00 pm
Sun May 4, 2014

Texas Democrats move forward without national support

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The Democratic Governors Association is not investing in the Texas Governor’s race this year said the head of the organization.  Despite the fact that the state is a fertile fundraising stop, the money isn’t flowing back into Texas to help turn the state blue reported KUT.

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Southeastern Colorado
8:00 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

High winds leave aftermath of destruction

Tree Damage on West Elm Street in LaMar
http://theprowersjournal.com/

Skies over southeast Colorado have cleared of the choking dust propelled by high winds, but the effects are evident.  Prowers County residents are dealing with the aftermath of fallen trees and dumpsters scattered like bowling pins.  More about the storm and its lingering effects are available from the Prowers Journal.

High Plains Outdoors
8:00 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Cleon P Carraway... the Hog Whisperer

Cleon P Carraway in action with one of his calls.

  There is a great deal of information available on most aspects of wild hog hunting but the art of using calls to attract porkers within shooting range is one that is often skirted around, probably because of lack of factual information. Through the years, I’ve had very limited success using calls to attract hogs. The lion’s share of my failures I attribute to lack of skill on my part and possibly the fault of the calls I used to perfectly duplicate the sounds made by wild hogs.

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North Texas
8:00 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

$3 million dollar suit worries drillers

Credit Helen Slottje / The Texas Tribune

A jury recently awarded a North Texas family $3 million dollars in damages.  The family alleged a drilling company’s activities near their home caused chronic headaches, nose-bleeds, wheezing, and other illnesses according to The Texas Tribune.

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It's a mixed bag
8:00 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

What is drought doing to beef prices?

Credit The Texas Tribune

Texas is the nation’s biggest beef-producing state, and as the state enters the fourth year of drought, ranchers, consumers, and grocers are feeling the effects reported The Texas Tribune.

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Texas Panhandle
8:00 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

More hiking and biking at Lake Meredith

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New hiking and mountain biking trails open at Lake Meredith this weekend according to the Amarillo Globe-News.

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Healthcare
8:00 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Refusal to expand Medicaid costs Kansas

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A recent panel said the decision by Gov. Sam Brownback and Republican legislative leaders not to expand Medicaid is denying care to thousands and costing Kansas hospitals millions of dollars according to a recent article by the Kansas Health Institute.

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Growing on the High Plains
8:00 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Great Horned Owl facts and fallacy

Fledgling peeking out of the nesting platform.
Credit Skip Mancini

 Last week Skip told you about the efforts to attract great horned owls to her home, and the enjoyment watching these wonderful birds gives her.  This week, she shares owl facts, separating fact from fallacy.  

If you'd like to learn how to build a nesting platform for these magnificent birds, or if you'd like to see the family residence at Skip's, simply drop her an email using this link.

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HPPR Government and Politics
8:00 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Texas loses upwind battle with Feds

Texas power plant
Credit Andrea Parker / Cory Maluski / The Texas Tribune

The state of Texas has battled the federal government over quite a few environmental regulations.  This week it lost a major battle when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled to reinstate a regulation with the goal of limiting air pollution effects across state boundaries according to The Texas Tribune.

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Spring Membership Campaign
3:16 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Thank you for your support!

Thank you for your support!

Thank you to everyone who helped to make HPPR's Spring Membership Campaign a success. With the support of HPPR member-listeners, we were able to raise $96,425 and grow to 1,896 active contributors. 

Throughout the membership campaign we heard from nearly 100 new members, over 300 renewing members, and 214 members giving additional gifts of support. 

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Amarillo, Texas
8:00 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Chase Tower sways with high winds

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The high winds plaguing the High Plains this week moved real estate ranging in size from bits of soil to the Chase Tower located in downtown Amarillo. 

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Healthcare
8:00 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

KanCare costs contractors millions

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The three main KanCare contractors all lost money in their first year of managing health care for 380,000 Kansas Medicaid enrollees according to a recent article from the Kansas Health Institute.

The trio received cash infusions from their parent companies allowing them to meet their obligations and stay solvent.

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Oklahoma State Government
8:00 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Fallin signs abortion hospice care bill

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Gov. Mary Fallin signed a bill this week requiring caregivers to notify women of the availability of perinatal hospice services for fetuses diagnosed with conditions incompatible with sustaining life after birth.  The perinatal hospice services provide support from the time of diagnosis through the infant’s birth and death according to a report from KGOU.

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