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Playa Country
8:01 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Playa Health: The Importance of Buffers

Credit Texas Parks and Wildlife

Research indicates that a buffer surrounding a playa lake, consisting typically of native grasses and forbs, prevents migration of upland topsoil and farm chemicals into lowland wetlands such as playa lakes and rainwater basins.

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Oil & Gas
8:00 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Baker Hughes disclosing all fracking chemicals, Halliburton considering it

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Trade Secrets are a place where oil and gas companies are allowed to keep secret the ingredients used in fracking.  Baker Hughes has decided to publically list all the chemicals used in the process, while Halliburton, a major competitor is considering it reported The Associated Press and StateImpact Oklahoma.

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Kansas State Legislative Session 2014
8:00 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Kansas lawmakers resume session this week

Credit Stephen Koranda

Kansas lawmakers are set to resume the 2014 legislative session this week after taking almost a month off.  They still have some work to do according a recent report from Kansas Public Radio.

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Drought
8:00 pm
Sun April 27, 2014

Drought area expands across the high plains

Credit droughtmonitor.unl.edu/

Drought conditions expanded in the central and southern Plains where winter wheat is struggling to grow according to the U.S. Drought Monitor report released this week.

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Prairie Ramblings
8:00 pm
Sun April 27, 2014

When it comes to rain, it's not good to want a thing too much

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One of my favorite novels to teach is John Steinbeck’s The Pearl. I love his use of landscape, the very human ways the main character Kino and his young wife Juana face ills that befall them, and truths about human nature the author unfolds in quotes that spill from memory at odd times. One of those instances occurred recently.

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Endangered species protection
8:00 pm
Sun April 27, 2014

Feathers ruffled by Fed plan to save prairie chicken

The population of the lesser prairie chicken is plummeting. According to some estimates, it was cut in half in 2012.
Credit J.N. Stuart/Flickr Commons

It's prairie chicken mating season!

Still, it's tough being a lesser prairie chicken these days. This type of grouse once spanned an enormous area, though now they survive mainly in pockets of Oklahoma and Kansas. Their numbers are plummeting; in 2012, the population dropped by half.

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CD of the week
6:31 pm
Sun April 27, 2014

John McCutcheon's 22 Days this week on High Plains Morning

22 Days is John McCutcheon's 36th album in his 40+ year career as a singer-songwriter, author and producer.  This new collection of powerful, insightful songs highlight John's crystal-clear voice and inspired playing. He maintains a very busy touring schedule, including a headlining spot at Garden City's Tumbleweed Festival this summer. We will listen to 22 Days this week on High Plains Morning, Monday through Friday from 9am to noon, cst.  

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High Plains Outdoors
8:00 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

World record whitetail changed this Canadian's life

Milo Hanson and his two Boone and Crockett record bucks.
Credit Luke Clayton

Howdy Folks!

Today, we wrap up our visit with Milo Hanson.  Milo has the world record typical whitetail, and he's made the record book again with the rack shown in this picture.  

The world record changed the lives of Milo and his family, and it also affected his community.  At one point his wife said she'd "like to beat the record with a hammer."

Take a listen.  This man is a great story teller. 

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Rates far higher
8:00 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Farming, rural living and suicide

A 2002 study in the American Journal of Public Health found that men living in rural counties were much more likely to kill themselves than urban men
Credit Stephen D/Flickr Commons

A 2002 study in the American Journal of Public Health found that men living in rural counties were much more likely to kill themselves than urban men. (Stephen D/Flickr)

An alarming number of farmers in the U.S. take their own lives, according to the magazine Newsweek. And while we don’t have great statistics, some of the best numbers available suggest men on the farm today kill themselves nearly twice as often as other men in the general population.

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Strengthening Service
12:15 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Expanding public radio in SE Colorado

A map of the proposed expansion to the KCSE Lamar coverage area.

HPPR has had a presence in SE Colorado dating back to the mid 1980s and now we plan to expand and strengthen that service to the region.

Our objectives and benefits for this project are expansion and enhancement. This project has four primary objectives:

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Federal Conservation Reserve Program
8:00 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

New study reveals playa conservation program is a help, not a fix

A playa wetland in an unaltered native short-grass prairie.
Dale Daniel

Playas are those big ponds you see dotting across the High Plains.  They provide habitat for amphibians and points for aquifer recharge.  A study from Oklahoma State University suggests the Federal Conservation Reserve Program does have a positive impact on the health of the playas, but does not restore them reported The Environmental Monitor.

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Amarillo-based company
8:00 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

SEC Filing reveals Hastings insiders anticipated a bleak future

Store Set Leader Leah Stevens works in the music department last summer during a Hastings store remodeling project at the Georgia Street store. New Jersey merchandising mogul Joel Weinshanker has offered $21.4 million for the chain.
Credit amarillo.com

A report filed by Hastings Entertainment to the Securities and Exchange Commission reveals the company predicted a dire future.  In 2012, the report states the company considered selling itself when reorganization and eliminating executives didn’t stem the retailer’s downward spiral.  The filing went on to say the steps didn’t have “sufficient impact” to predict the company would “return to profitability in the near future,” reported the Amarillo Globe-News.

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Renewable Energy
8:00 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

OK utilities can now charge customers for generating their own electricity

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Gov. Mary Fallin signed Senate Bill 1456 into law recently.  The new measure allows regulated electric utility companies to charge customers who generate electricity from rooftop solar panels or small wind turbines reported StateImpact Oklahoma.

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Foot and mouth fears
8:00 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Ranchers Wringing Hands Over Possible Brazilian Beef Imports

Gyr cattle in Brazil
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Hear the audio version on Luke's story

Sharon Harvat drives a blue pick-up truck through a field of several hundred pregnant heifers on her property outside Scottsbluff in western Nebraska and notes, “On a warm day they’ll lay out flat like that...”.

Harvat and her husband John run their cattle here in the Nebraska panhandle during the winter and take them back to the mountains in northern Colorado when the calves are born. Harvat says, when she heard about a proposal to open up beef trade with Brazil, she felt a pit in her stomach.  “On an operation like ours, where we travel a lot with our cattle, that would probably come to an abrupt halt if there was an outbreak.”

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Water Conservation
8:00 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Amarillo residents continue to exceed water usage goals despite drought

Credit homeadvisor.com

Amarillo is in the fourth year of drought conditions, yet residents continue to exceed city water usage goals.  During the month of April, there have only been three days when water use was below the goal of about 44 million gallons.  This past Monday, residents used almost 60 million gallons according to the Amarillo Globe-News.

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Growing on the High Plains
8:00 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Great Horned Owls: A tale of survival in southwestern Kansas

Nesting platform
Credit Skip Mancini

 Years ago the resident architect joined up with the family environmental engineer to create a very special abode.  They spent the weekend fashioning a nesting platform for great horned owls, in hopes of providing the perfect honeymoon cottage for the pair that spent the previous year in the shelterbelt.  Ollie and Big Owlberta moved in and set up house.  Their struggle to survive in this sometimes brutal land has taken the architect and the engineer on a rollercoaster ride of joy, grief, and worry.  

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Living Room Concert
6:10 am
Wed April 23, 2014

HPPR's Songwriters in the Round series continues on Friday, May 9

The next installment of HPPR's Songwriters in the Round series will take place on Friday, May 9!

This show will be at the Fibonacci, located at 3306 SW 6th Ave. The doors will open at 7, and the show will start at 7:30. We'll  have the usual great coffee from the good folks at Evocation Coffee Roasters.

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Kansas State Government
8:00 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Kansas: Brownback signs school finance bill with controversial add-ons

House Speaker Ray Merrick, R-Stilwell, left, and Senate President Susan Wagle, R-Wichita, right watch Gov. Sam Brownback sign the school finance bill into law Monday afternoon.
Credit cjonline.com

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback signed the school finance bill this week; complete with controversial add-ons reported the Topeka Capital-Journal

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Texas Election 2014
8:00 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Texas: Republican Lt. Gov. Candidate accepts debate challenge to talk immigration

Sen. Dan Patrick, r, and San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro debate immigration at Univision on April 15, 2014.
Credit texastribune.org

With the Texas May primary run-off looming overhead, a Republican lieutenant governor candidate is being held-- feet to the fire.  Rep. Dan Patrick answered the social media challenge of San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, where Castro called the senator the “most anti-immigrant Republican running for office,” according to a recent article from The Texas Tribune.

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1:40 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Colorado Republicans cut candidates at statewide assembly

Lead in text: 
Colorado Republicans cut number candidates significantly during a recent statewide assembly. U.S. Rep. Gardner will not have a primary challenger. The number of gubernatorial hopefuls was whittled down from seven to four.
BY KRISTEN WYATT, Associated Press BOULDER | Republican U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner won't have a primary before taking on Democratic Sen. Mark Udall. Gardner, a two-term congressman from eastern Colorado, edged two GOP rivals Saturday in a statewide Republican assembly.
Playa Country
8:01 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Playas: Providing Biodiversity in the Plains

Credit Oklahoma Conservation Commission

Scientists are increasing their understanding of how playas contribute to the landscape.

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Kansas State Government
8:00 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Brownback signs Kansas Supreme Court changes into law

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback
Credit politico.com

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback recently signed 19 bills into law.  Topping the list was and a bill stripping the Kansas Supreme Court of its appointment power as well as changing the system’s management according to a recent article from the Kansas Health Institute.

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Temple, Texas
8:00 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Texas Libertarian Convention: Being small has its advantages

Chairman Pat Dixon presiding at the Libertarian Party of Texas state convention in Temple on April 12, 2014.
Credit Ross Ramsey / The Texas Tribune

The Texas Libertarian Party recently held its convention in Temple to nominate statewide candidates.  With fewer votes than it takes to get on the vestry of a church, November nominees were chosen.  But, there are advantages to being a small group reported The Texas Tribune.

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Oil & Gas
8:00 pm
Sun April 20, 2014

Oklahoma: No rule change for disposal wells permits, but approval process subtly different

Credit JOE WERTZ / STATEIMPACT OKLAHOMA

As experts continue to point to injection wells as the reason for increased earthquake activity, regulators in Oklahoma have changed the way permits for these wells are approved according to StateImpact Oklahoma.

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Prairie Ramblings
8:00 pm
Sun April 20, 2014

The barn kitten version of the city mouse and the country mouse

Credit peeksintojoyce.blogspot.com

 Remember the childhood story about the country mouse and the city mouse? I loved to read that book as a little girl. Why it appealed to me, I don’t know. However, since late this summer my daughters and I have had the opportunity see observe the differences between country cats and town cats.

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HIghrise
8:00 pm
Sun April 20, 2014

Vertical farming growing up

Large banks of fluorescent lamps provide the spectrum of light that keeps the floating beds of plants alive year-round in The Plant Chicago, a vertical farming facility.
Credit Peter Gray/Harvest Public Media

Farmers are making inroads supplying local food to hungry city foodies, but many producers are trying to grow more food in urban centers. City real estate is at a premium, so some producers are finding more space by using what’s called “vertical farming,” and going up rather than spreading out.

Growers across the country are heading indoors, using greenhouses and hydroponics – growing plants in a water and nutrient solution instead of soil and using lamps to replace sunlight. Vertical farming takes that to a new level.

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CD of the week
7:22 pm
Sun April 20, 2014

Nickel Creek's 'A Dotted Line' this week on High Plains Morning

Sean Watkins was 11 years old when he and his 9 year old sister Sara and Chris Thile, also 9, formed Nickel Creek in 1989.  Since that time, they have released 3 CDs and toured non-stop until taking an "indefinite break" in 2007, to focus on solo projects.  Now they are back with a brand new release, produced by Eric Valentine.  We will listen to 'A Dotted Line' this week on High Plains Morning, Monday through Friday from 9am to noon.  

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High Plains Outdoors
8:00 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Tell me the story of the world record whitetail buck, ey?

Milo Hanson and his world record typical whitetail
Credit biggamehunt.net

Howdy Folks!

I tell you what, I have just had a conversation with Milo Hanson about the day he shot his world record whitetail buck.  I feel like I've just been on the set of The Red Green Show.

Milo is from Biggar, Saskatchewan.  He tells the story of that day better than any radio theater.  Pour yourself a cup of coffee, lean back, and listen to Milo.

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Proposed Federal rule change
8:00 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

No more brewery leftovers for cattle?

A new federal food safety rule would classify breweries as animal food manufacturers because many breweries sell or donate leftover grains to ranchers.
Credit Flickr Commons / Niels Linneberg

Few people connect craft breweries with cattle feed. But passing along the spent grains from the brewing process, like barley and wheat, to livestock ranchers is a common practice. Although now, that relationship could be in jeopardy.

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drought
8:00 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Western Kansas drought scars run deep

On normal years, thousands of acres of crops receive supplemental irrigation water from the Amazon Ditch. But Ditch Superintendent Dan Maxfield hasn't made a call for water from John Martin Reservoir in Colorado. There's none to be had.
Amy Bickel kansasagland.com

Even if you had no idea western Kansas was in the midst of a long-term drought, the scars are hard to miss.  Corrals and roads are drifted with tumbleweeds.  Irrigation ditches are bone dry.  Fence rows are filled with drifted sand, and grass in the pastures has disappeared according to a recent article from Kansas Agland.  

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