Prairie Ramblings
8:00 pm
Sun July 27, 2014

Get Home When the Streetlights Go On

Credit inourwordsblog.com

After pulling weeds, mowing lawns, playing, or swimming under hot summer sun, evening breezes provided welcome relief during games of softball and freeze tag played at dusk during my childhood. As a youngster, I loved being outside under lavender, apricot, and rose tinted  skies when cool winds blew  and tangled hair into Medusa-like snakes and tickled sunburnt skin. This was a such a positive part of my life that I still enjoy replaying mental videos of evenings my brother and I invented new games or enjoyed old standbys with neighborhood kids after supper.

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Southwest Kansas
8:00 pm
Sun July 27, 2014

A history lesson in irrigation

A Finney County irrigation pumping plant in the 1911-1925 period.
Credit knrc.ws

Everyone knew the open, treeless High Plains wasn’t a place to put down roots.  Making a home, farming, and development takes water, and in Western Kansas it’s arid and rainfall is in short supply.  Enter the grand idea of irrigation.

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Inside HPPR
8:00 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Open Range This Week

"Open Range" this week features two great Ry Cooder-produced cuts: Buena Vista Social Club's "Chan Chan" and "I'll Be Rested" from the great Mavis Staples. Also, new music from Johnnie Lang and London Grammar. As an added bonus, local poet Ms. G. Dunbar will be reading from her work.

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Ogallala Aquifer
8:00 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Water is the cornerstone of SW Kansas economy

A NASA photo of Finney County, Kansas. The circles of land are irrigated by center pivot systems.
Credit nasa.gov

The ag world is gearing up to feed 9 billion people, but the Ogallala Aquifer sprawling under the surface of eight Midwestern states is going down the drain.  In fact, in some places, it’s gone reported Amy Bickel for Kansas Agland.

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

Is high-fenced hunting sporting?

Credit Luke Clayton

With the outdoor hunting shows coming up in a few weeks and many hunters making plans for their fall hunting trips, I though it might be interesting this week to discuss hunting on high fences ranches. This is a ‘hot button’ topic for many hunters.

Let me share my thoughts on hunting ranches with game proof fencing. I know many of you have been reading my columns/articles for years and I hope you have come to learn that “Ole Luke” is all about the total hunting experience rather than just the harvest.

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The Affordable Care Act
8:00 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

60,000 Kansans to Receive Insurance Refunds

Credit alexmandossian.com

One of the lesser-known parts of the Affordable Care Act is about to put some money back into the pockets of nearly 60,000 Kansas families.  The refunds will total $3.6 million reported Bryan Thompson for Kansas Public Radio.

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HPPR History
8:00 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

"The Last of the Big Dogs” is dismantled and resting in the Freedom Museum

"The Last of the Big Dogs" ready to be unloaded at the Freedom Museum in Pampa, Texas.
Credit newschannel10.com

“The Last of the Big Dogs” has been dismantled, and now sits in the Freedom Museum in Pampa, Texas.  Disassembly workers at Pantex dubbed the B53 uranium bomb.  It’s a megaton-class, weighed about 10,000 pounds and is about the size of a minivan according to a recent article from the Amarillo Globe-News.

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Ogallala Aquifer
8:00 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Water, we thought it would last forever

Rodger Funk walks out of a dryland milo field on his farm near Garden City, Kansas, that sits atop the Ogallala Aquifer.
Credit pewtrusts.org

The Kansas economy relies on water and for more than a generation, experts have warned that western Kansas' economic resource is vanishing.

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Women for Kansas
8:00 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Women rally across the state to take Kansas back

Laura Dungan, left, and Emira Palacios, right, on a 5-day tour of Kansas. They are listening Kansas women, sharing information, registering women for the Taking Back Kansas convention, and support local communities getting organized.
Credit womenforkansas.org/

HPPR's Cindee Talley talks with Laura Dungan and Emira Palacios from Women for Kansas

  Two ladies, one light, one dark, are traveling across Kansas this week talking about a grassroots movement called, “Women for Kansas.” 

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

German engineering

Cindee Talley

Thank goodness for gadgets because how else would we ever get things done?  Things like cherry pitting for example must have driven Simple Simon's Pie Man to distraction.  But then he probably was never lucky enough to find a dandy little gadget called the

Kernomat der “schnelle” Doppelentkerner.  Ah, the joys of modern living live on in today's Growing on the High Plains.

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