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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There are seven constitutional amendments up for vote today in Texas. They address issues ranging from highway funding and homestead exemptions to tax exemptions for spouses of disabled veterans and letting professional sports teams use their charitable foundations to hold raffles.

The statistics are in, and the unemployment rate in Kansas is down.

The voter registration debate continues with Kris Kobach and Hillary Clinton.

A western Kansas man is charged with voting in multiple Sherman County elections between 2012 and 2014 without being qualified. Secretary of State Kris Kobach is also charging Lincoln Wilson with committing election perjury. Two Johnson County residents are accused to voting in the 2010 general election without being lawfully registered Kansas voters. Few details have been released, but court documents show Kobach has worked with officials in surrounding states.

Winston Corfield

In this week's installment of Agland, Amy Bickel and Kathy Hanks give an update on a young farmer who was severely injured last harvest season.  The man was not expected to live, but life had other plans, and he's made it back just in time to help bring in this year's crops.  

Hoarding isn't confined to city limits.  The duo explore the phenomenon happening down on the farm.

In this episode of Agland, it's about the State Fair Banana Bread Queen, a ghost town trying to come back to life, a fall harvest update, and the most beautiful Kansas places to visit in the fall.

In the current Kansas political climate, it’s tough to be the Supreme Court Chief Justice.

How does one stay motivated when the judicial branch seems at odds with the legislative branch over school funding, selection of local chief judges, and the  division's budget is at risk if the selection law is struck down?  Add to that the judicial branch, comprised of 1,800 people, hasn't seen a raise in seven years.

Over 30,000 Kansas voter registrations are on hold because they don't include citizenship documents. Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach put a new rule in place cancelling those incomplete registrations after 90 days. Paul Davis, who was the Democratic candidate for governor last year, is heading up the lawsuit.

Most of us think of him as Newly O’Brien from the long running television series Gunsmoke. But, Buck Taylor first love was art says his wife Goldie. Taylor’s art is on exhibit along with a private collection of memorabilia from movies he’s been involved in during the Wild West Fest at the Boot Hill Museum in Dodge City. The exhibit features watercolor western scenes, images from Gunsmoke and Tombstone, as well as movie scripts and outfits. People are loving the traveling showcase says museum director Lara Brehm. She says most of the visitors are baby boomers who grew up watching Gunsmoke. Taylor will be in attendance at the reception being held at Boot Hill Museum Friday evening.

Today is the September Equinox. The number of hours in the day and night are equally balanced all over the world- that's about 12 hours. The change in tilt causes the seasons. Here in the United States, the fall equinox is usually characterized by huge variations in temperature. The leaves are changing color, and an increase in low pressure usually brings in more rain, and maybe snow.

Wes Jackson has headed the Land Institute since it was established in 1976. Next year he plans on stepping down from his leadership position.

A how-to recipe from the Huffington Post on how to create a teacher shortage following the Sunflower State example.


Aug 20, 2015

Book Byte Embedded 

Plainsong by Kent Haruf is the first selection for the fall season.    

Jane Holwerda is the scholar for this book.  

You can participate in the discussion forum here.  

Find  supplemental material by going here.  

A letter from federal lab regulators cites K-State's "history of non-compliance" that has "raised serious concerns" about the school's ability to safely contain dangerous pathogens.

The rains have turned brown back to green once again, but in terms of the aquifer, it's not enough.

The Clean Power Plan tells each state how much carbon emission has to be reduced, but the state can decide how to meet the target. How that's going to work in Kansas is yet to be decided.

When it comes to the budget, Kansas tax collections have come up short of estimations ten times in the last year. Four of those occurrences were at least $20 million below expectations. Shawn Sullivan is the state's budget director. He says he doesn't know if there's something his department should be doing differently. But, he plans on talking with colleagues in other states to learn how their processes work in the coming months.

This is the eighth time this year a Kansas has contracted a disease that was never seen in the Western Hemisphere prior to 2013.

Jonathan Baker

Novelist and essayist Jonathan Baker recently returned home to Canyon, Texas, after living in New York City. He was struck by the differences and unexpected similarities between the Big Apple and small-town West Texas. Baker published an essay about his observations in the magazine Colloquium, and he was surprised when the essay went viral.

Kansas could effectively lose Amtrak service if one section of the track in Kansas City isn't updated. The piece is owned by the Kansas City Terminal. Amtrak has a federal mandate to install positive train control across its tracks by December of 2015. The line runs daily between Chicago and Los Angeles, serves 33 cities, six in Kansas. They are Dodge City, Garden City, Hutchinson, Newton, Topeka, and Lawrence.

Kansas resident, Shona Banda, faces five counts, four of them marijuana related. Banda was booked into jail, and later released after posting $50,000 bond. If convicted on all counts, she could be looking at 30 years behind bars. Sarah Swain, of Lawrence, is her attorney. She says cannabis oil cured Banda of her Crohn’s Disease, and if she goes to prison and can’t get that treatment, she will likely die. According to Swain, Banda has been without the oil since her home was raided, and has lost a dramatic amount of weight, as a result. She’s also had to undergo oral surgery, due to infections that Swain says had been kept at bay by cannabis oil. Swain’s goal is to take Banda’s case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, if necessary, to stop marijuana from being classified as a Schedule 1 drug, defined as having no medicinal value.

Legislators from the Texas Panhandle were successful in getting many of their efforts passed this session. Sen. Kel Seliger filed about 75 bills, and the Texas Legislature passed nearly 20. In the House of Representatives, Four Price and John Smithee both fared well. Nine of Smithee’s 37 bills passed. As for Price, eight of the 27 bills he authored passed. He also sponsored nine Senate bills, and all passed.

Kansas Legislators have finished the longest session in the state's history. The wrapped up their work late Friday and left Topeka. Lawmakers faced an $800 million deficit. They found a way to balance the budget. They will return to the capitol later this month for the ceremonial end to the 2015 legislative session.

As the Kansas legislative session winds down, a late-session attempt to make Medicaid expansion a bargaining chip was sidelined by debates on a tax and budget plan. Expansion would have made all Kansas adults with incomes up to 138 percent of poverty eligible.

Governor Greg Abbott signed a number of bills that will spend a record breaking amount to provide security along the Texas-Mexico border. The issue was named one of Abbott's emergency items at the beginning of the legislative session. Abbott says Texas is a safer place because of these bills.

Last week Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback signed a bill threatening to defund the entire state judiciary if it rules against a law he favors reports Slate.

The Huffington Post says Brownback has spent much of his tenure attempting to curb the Kansas Supreme Court and consolidate power in the executive branch. 

The outbreak began in mid-May, with three cases of the highly-contagious respiratory disease. Now there are 23 reported cases, according to the Reno County Health Department, in Hutchinson. As of June 2nd, 134 cases of pertussis had been reported in Kansas this year. Pertussis causes rapid and violent coughing, and the struggle to inhale while coughing sometimes causes a “whooping” sound. Pertussis most commonly affects babies and young children, and can be fatal—especially during the first year of life. The bacteria responsible for the disease are spread through the air by coughing or sneezing. Symptoms appear one to three weeks after exposure. The best defense against pertussis is vaccination. Protection from the childhood vaccination tends to wane over time, but a booster shot is available. Getting the booster shot can protect you, as well as vulnerable babies you might come into contact with. Those who’ve been vaccinated may still catch pertussis, but the symptoms will likely be milder than if you have not been immunized. Health officials are asking anyone who’s been coughing for two weeks without explanation to see a doctor.

Skyrocketing appraisal rates in some Texas counties could have homeowners paying more this year even with the increased Homestead Exemption. That’s according to analysis put together by the Texas House Ways and Means Committee on the last days of the session. Dale Craymer is a budget expert with the Texas Taxpayer and Research Association and says in areas like Bexar County where appraisal rates rose by almost 12-percent, you will likely pay more this year. Craymer says on average homeowners will still save $130 on their property taxes, but for those living in those more populated counties, that $130 is off of the thousands of dollars they may owe. At the Start of the session Governor Greg Abbott stressed to lawmakers that they pass some form of property tax relief and that its impact be long-lasting. But even Abbott says this session’s property tax relief effort was just a starting point to keep rates from skyrocketing in the future.

Egg imports from the Netherlands will be soon be allowed under a new decision from the U-S Agriculture Department. As Harvest Public Media’s Peggy Lowe reports, that’s because the huge outbreak of bird flu in the Midwest has hurt supplies.

Plaintiffs in a settled lawsuit say not enough progress is being made to improved the foster care system in Oklahoma. The Pinnacle Plan is a result of the suit claiming the Oklahoma Department of Human Services had policies leading to the harm of abused and neglected children in state custody. The plan contains a list of specific improvements to be met by 2017, complete with progress goals along the way. Plaintiffs have written a letter to program monitors asking them to push for faster change. A spokeswoman for the department says a written response will be given by today.