Cindee Talley

Regional Programming Director

As Regional Programming Director, Cindee develops and produces HPPR’s regional information and feature programming, including working closely with volunteer individuals and organizations from across the region with knowledge, experience and perspectives to share.

Cindee is a native of Western Nebraska and a graduate of the University of South Dakota who followed her love of public radio and passion for rural life to High Plains Public Radio.  She joined HPPR in August, 2010, assuming the role of Regional Programming Director.  Simply put, she strives to provide listeners a sense of the High Plains- in all its dimensions of environment, history, enterprise, and culture that stretch beyond geography.  

Location:Garden City, KS studios

Phone: (800) 678-7444 or (620) 275-7444

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High Plains Gardening
8:00 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Will the recent cold snap hurt the trees?

A maple leaf lays in snow on a Sterling sidewalk Tuesday, Nov. 11.
Credit Sara Waite / Sterling Journal-Advocate

What effect will the recent artic cold snap have on our trees? 

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4:39 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Agencies not recognizing gay marriages yet

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State government agencies under Republican Gov. Sam Brownback’s direction aren’t yet changing their policies on recognizing marriages.
Same-sex couples can get married in Kansas, but some state agencies haven't changed policies that would allow them to do such things as change their names on driver's licenses.Gov.
Virtual Reality
8:09 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Initiative brings Bent’s Old Fort into the virtual world

Credit www.secoloradoheritage.com

A national historic site in southeastern Colorado will become a virtual reality in the video game Minecraft.  The Immersive Education Initiative announced Bent’s Old Fort will also be reconstructed as a fully immersive 3D environment.

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HPPR Communities
8:09 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Authorized immigrant population declining to steady across KS, OK, CO and TX

The size of the unauthorized immigrant population in Colorado and Kansas fell between 2009 and 2012 and stayed the same in Texas and Oklahoma, according to an updated tracking report from the Pew Center for Research. 

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8:05 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Kansas Attorney General wants gay marriage clarity

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Derek Schmidt, Kansas Attorney General, says gay marriage is legal in the state now, but same sex couples can't be sure their unions will remain so.
Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said Wednesday that his vigorous defense of the state's gay marriage ban is designed to get a final decision from the U.S.
Breakfast in the Classroom
8:00 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Breakfast in the classroom comes to Kansas

Credit www.dmschools.org

A program called Breakfast in the Classroom has added Kansas and six other states to the list of those eligible for the grant-funded program reported Bryan Thompson for Kansas Public Radio.

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Wisdom from Experience
8:00 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

The secret to a long life is blueberries and beer

100 year old Mary Spriggs
Credit Gloria Tucker / Dodge City Daily Globe

Mary Springs knows the secret to living a long life. She says it's blueberries and beer reported the Dodge City Daily Globe.

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Municipal Equality Study
8:00 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

When it comes to gay rights, how do the region's cities rank?

Credit hrc.org

The Human Rights Campaign is a gay civil rights group.  The group recently issued a report card ranking city policies toward lesbians, gays, bisexual and transgender people. 

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Agriculture
8:00 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

International partnership brings powdered milk plant to Kansas

This Kansas dairy farm operates 24 hours a day running 2,500 cattle through each shift.
Credit kansasagland.com

China’s appetite for milk is growing.  The Dairy Farmers of America and the leading Chinese dairy processor are working to satisfy that taste.

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Growing in the High Plains
8:00 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Great Gardens: Colby Cottage Garden

Credit gardenideaspicture.biz

In this final segment of our trip down the Great Gardens memory lane, we travel to Colby, Kansas to the garden of Beverly and Curt Eicher.  The Eichers took a trip, and returned home wanting their own cottage garden. 

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HPPR Government and Politics
8:00 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

It's open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act

The Affordable Care Act open enrollment period is underway.  KUT reported one of the barriers stopping people from getting coverage can be summed up in three words: health insurance literacy.  Here are the cliff notes for health insurance terms:

A HMO requires you to pick a primary physician.  That person will become your health home, and any services you want have to be approved by that physician.

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Marriages begin but not in all counties
8:00 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Same sex marriages begin in Kansas

David Bergeron (left) and Geraldo Sousa greet well-wishers following their marriage ceremony.
Credit Stephen Koranda / kpr.org

Because of the standard waiting period in Kansas, Monday was the first day many same sex couples would be eligible to get married. KPR’s Stephen Koranda reported about two hundred people were present for the first same sex wedding at a Lawrence church.  Gerlado Sousa and David Bergeron were married by Reverend Peter Luckey.

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Education
8:00 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Martin accepts Dodge decision not to merge

Mirta Martin

The merger of Fort Hays State University and the Dodge City Community College failed.  The DCCC Board of Trustees voted 3-3 to continue the merger process reported Hutch News.  Mira Martin is the president of FHSU.  She issued an official statement saying Fort Hays State University was prepared to continue exploring the merger, but the decision to proceed or not was always the responsibility of the Dodge City trustees.

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Literature
8:00 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Find love and danger in Garden City, Kansas

Credit Simone Beaudelair

A historical romance series has an unusual setting—Garden City, Kansas.  Simone Beaudelair starts the series with the story of a small town pastor and a church organist.  The author dedicates the book to the people of Garden City saying it was a wonderful place to live.  High Plains Holiday is the first installment of Love on the High Plains.  Simone Beaudelair is the pseudonym for a single mom and teacher now living in Texas. 

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Texas Legislature
8:00 pm
Sun November 16, 2014

Panhandle legislators get in on pre-filing

Representatives line up to prefile bills on Nov. 8, 2010.
Credit Elise Hu / texastribune.org

Texas lawmakers filed 365 bills on the first day of pre-filing.  Panhandle representatives made a number of contributions.  

The Amarillo Globe News reported State Senator Kel Seliger, R-Amarillo, filed proposals to fund 64 construction and renovation projects at public universities, and address high-stakes testing at high schools.  State Representative Four Price filed three bills.  One requiring public colleges and universities to post mental health information on their website. 

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U.S. Supreme Court Gives Ruling
8:00 pm
Sun November 16, 2014

Supreme Court lifts hold on Kansas gay marriage

Credit mspbwatch.org

Same sex marriages have the green light in Kansas.  The U.S. Supreme Court is not going to block the marriages while the state’s lawsuit is in appeals court.  Earlier a federal district judge stopped the state from enforcing its ban.. staying in line with an a federal appeals court ruling that struck down bans in Oklahoma and Utah.

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Election 2014
8:00 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Voter turnout turns tide in Colorado

Mr. Merrifield, a Democrat, who had worked for Mayors Against Illegal Guns, took the seat of State Senator Bernie Herpin, a Republican.
Credit Michael Ciaglo / The Colorado Springs Gazette

Last year two Colorado lawmakers who supported stricter new gun control laws were recalled out of office.  This year is a different story.  The pair of pro-gun Republicans were defeated by Democratic candidates.  Analysts say the seesawing results are due to increased voter participation using a new mail-in ballot process reported the New York Times.

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Goodbye warm weather
8:00 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Welcome to Winter

Calm before the storm. Sunset in the Texas Panhandle before the cold front moved in.
Robert Jr. Twitter

A cold front blowing across the High Plains earlier this week brought drifts of tumbleweeds.  It also created a haboob.  That's a dust storm that typically last about three hours with sand and dirt forming a “dense whirling wall” up to 3,000 feet high according to the American Meteorological Society’s glossary.

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Kansas and Texas Election 2014
8:00 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

How to win an election

Credit commons.wikimedia.org

The keys to winning an election in Kansas when the pivotal issue is abortion are: voting guides in churches, fliers on car windshields in church parking lots, telephone calls, and knocking on doors.  

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Tax cuts main cause
8:00 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Forecast shows Kansas faces big budget deficits

Credit nathansnews.com

Revenue estimates for the state of Kansas are in, and the projections have a lot of red ink reported Stephen Koranda for Kansas Public Radio.  To balance the books for the current fiscal year, which is half over at the end of December, $279 million needs to be cut.  $435 million in reductions needs to be made to balance the upcoming fiscal year. 

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8:00 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Kobach pushes for power to prosecute voter fraud

Kris Kobach during his victory speech this week.
Credit Stephen Koranda / kpr.org

Secretary of State Kris Kobach says he’ll keep pushing for the power to prosecute voter fraud cases reported Stephen Koranda for Kansas Public Radio.

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Armistice Day
8:00 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Veterans Day: Of Soldiers and Families

Credit kirk.senate.gov

World War I was known as “The Great War.” It officially ended with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles on June 28, 1919.  Although fighting had stopped several months earlier when an armistice between the Allied Nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. That’s why President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

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Mis-sampling the actual voters
8:00 pm
Sun November 9, 2014

The GOP got the right vote out in Kansas and fooled most pollsters

Credit ivn.us

What drove the tide of GOP victories in Kansas and proved many pollsters wrong?  Political Science Professor Chapman Rackaway of Fort Hays State University believes the answer is simple -- Republicans just turned out in greater numbers.  

In an interview with Stephen Koranda of Kansas Public Radio, Rockaway explained that the GOP accomplished that by using sophisticated data models and tools that helped them contact the right people, in the right way, and get them to vote.

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Hunting law enforcement
8:00 pm
Sun November 9, 2014

“Biological check station” for poachers in SE Colorado

Hunting checkpoint in Utah
Credit www.tmoutdoors.com

If you’re driving through southeast Colorado this fall, you might encounter a different sort of roadside checkpoint. It’s not for drunk driving or border security.  It’s for poachers. 

Last week two dozen Colorado Department of Parks and Wildlife (CPW) and law enforcement officials checked vehicles on Highway 50 at Lamar for hunting violations, as reported by Russ Baldwin in the Prowers Journal.

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Veterans Healthcare
8:00 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Veterans Choice Cards arriving soon in Kansas

Credit stripes.com

The V-A has begun mailing cards to veterans who may need medical care outside the V-A health care system. The cards are called Veterans Choice Cards.  They’re intended for veterans who live more than 40 miles from the nearest V-A health care facility—or who have faced excessive wait times for appointments reported Bryan Thompson for Kansas Public Radio.

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Kansas Senator Pat Roberts
8:00 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

KS Sen. Roberts ready to find common ground with President Obama

Pat Roberts
Credit Stephen Koranda / kpr.org

Disagreements between President Obama and Republican leaders of the U.S. Senate will surely continue after Republicans take control of the chamber.  But, Kansas Senator Pat Roberts says maybe they should try to find a middle ground where they can see eye-to-eye reported Stephen Koranda for Kansas Public Radio.

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Oil & Gas Regulation
8:00 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Earthquake lawsuit dismissed by Oklahoma judge

Credit nesi-ses.org

A Lincoln County district judge has dismissed a lawsuit claiming water disposal well operators caused a 2011 earthquake that injured a Prague woman reported Adam Wilmoth for The Oklahoman.

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Election 2014
7:03 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Election 2014 Results

Credit front-lines.com

The votes are in, and the results are just a click away. Here are the links to the Secretary of State for your state: 

Colorado, The Centennial State
Kansas, The Sunflower State
Nebraska, The Cornhusker State
Oklahoma, The Sooner State
Texas, The Lone Star State 

7:51 am
Tue November 4, 2014

Brownback vs Davis: A nonpartisan guide to voting

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Kansans, here's a little help in case you haven't voted yet.
Posted: Are you looking for a nonpartisan voter guide to the Sam Brownback vs. Paul Davis Governor's race? One that will give you an unbiased, no-spin comparison of candidate positions on key issues? That's what our Campus Election Engagement Project guide will give you!
7:29 am
Tue November 4, 2014

Colorado tests mail-in ballots

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Colorado's election will test a new voting system.
DENVER-A new election system using only mail-in ballots faces an immediate test in Colorado, with tight Senate, House and gubernatorial races that are being closely watched nationally. Hoping to boost turnout, the Democrat-led legislature here passed a law a year ago requiring Colorado to use mail-in ballots in virtually all elections.

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