Rhonda has been a long time listener to HPPR. Her personal music collection ranges from classical works to zydeco music with everything in between included, so the station's programming just fits her style.

She graduated from West Texas State University in 1982 with a Bachelors in Mass Communications/Journalism, and in 2003 from West Texas A&M University with a Masters in Communications.

In her spare time Rhonda enjoys reading, art, writing, and exploring the Texas panhandle.  Her favorite time is when her grandson Rowan gets to come and play.  She lives in Canyon with her dog Ollie, although if Ollie could talk he would probably say that Rhonda lives with him since he rules the house.

EPA Carbon Reduction Plan
8:00 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Kansas politicians react to carbon reduction plan for existing power plants

The Sunflower Electric generating station near Holcomb, Kansas.
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The Environmental Protection Agency announced its plan to reduce carbon emissions from existing power plants nationwide.  States will decide how to meet the goals set by the EPA according to the Kansas Health Institute.

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Music
8:00 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

World Renowned Opera Singer Comes Home to WT

Emily Pulley, as Anaide, and Eric Schmidt, as Fadinard, performed in Amarillo Opera's “The Italian Straw Hat.”
Credit amarillo.com

Emily Pulley has traveled the world doing what she loves—singing. 

Pulley’s journey began at West Texas State University.  Although she loved to sing, her dad wasn’t sure she could make a living at it, so she planned to earn a master’s degree in English and teach according to an article from WT. 

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Climate
8:00 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Drought takes its toll on the plains and the Gulf

Fish die off at Galveston Bay
Credit wrecklessfaith.com

The drought is hammering fields, pastures, the Ogallala Aquifer, and Galveston Bay?  StateImpact Texas reported researchers suspect drought is causing the massive fish die off.  Millions of shad have washed ashore recently.

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Playa Country
8:01 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Playas: Nebraska Landowner Story

Credit Courtesy Ben Wheeler/Pheasants Forever and Nebraska Game & Parks Commission

Dave Hilfterty grows dryland winter wheat and irrigated corn in Perkins County, Nebraska.

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Oil & Gas
8:00 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Texas: The flaming water debate continues despite regulator case closure

Steve Lipsky demonstrates how his well water ignites when he puts a flame to the flowing well spigot outside his family's home.
Credit dallasnews.com

Increased methane levels in Texas water wells cannot be linked to nearby drilling activity according to a report released by the state’s oil and gas regulator said a recent article from StateImpact Texas

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Kansas Election 2014
8:00 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Publication labels western KS incumbent Republicans liberal

Credit cjonline.com

A single newsprint sheet was distributed in Hutchinson-area neighborhoods calling western Kansas House Republicans “liberal.”   Western Representatives Steven Becker, R-Buhler, John Doll, R-Garden City, and Don Hineman, R-Dighton are the focus of the comments.  

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CD of the week
4:57 am
Mon June 2, 2014

Adler & Hearne's 'Second Nature' this week on High Plains Morning

Winnsboro, Texas-based Lynn Adler & Lindy Hearne have completed their brand new CD "Second Nature," due to be released on July 4.

It was recorded in Dripping Springs, Texas with producer Lloyd Maines and a cast of Austin area musicians.

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Weather
8:00 pm
Sun June 1, 2014

Rains improved drought conditions only in SW Oklahoma

The May 27th update of the U.S. Drought Monitor showing some improvement in southwest Oklahoma.
Credit U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR

Oklahoma experienced very wet weather recently.  That seems to have improved drought conditions, but only in the southwest according to the latest updates from The U.S. Drought Monitor noted a recent article by StateImpact Oklahoma

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Texas Election 2014
8:00 pm
Sun June 1, 2014

Texas Runoff results could impact the Panhandle

State Sen. Kel Seliger
Credit texastribune.org

Unless there’s a Democratic upset Nov. 4, the Texas state government will probably be far more conservative, and committee appointments could impact the Panhandle’s clout, reported the Amarillo Globe News.

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