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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Climate
8:00 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Recent rains didn’t drown drought conditions

Credit droughtmonitor.unl.edu

Recent rains did not significantly change drought conditions for most of the High Plains. 

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Camp Amache
8:00 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Unearthing Amache: A brief history lesson

http://www.amache.org/photo-archives/

The Granada War Relocation Center, also known as Camp Amache, was a Japanese American internment camp located just south of US Highway 50 about a mile west of the small, farming community of Granada, Colorado.  It is an agricultural area with a semi-arid climate.  The Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad track lies just south of the camp.  

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The evaporating Ogallala Aquifer
8:00 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Down to the last drop: The Texas Panhandle water crisis

An American flag stands sentinel over the harsh Texas Panhandle landscape southwest of Vega, Texas. The tattered edge is a testament to the relentless wind in the Panhandle.
Credit nbcnews.com

If you ask Dale Artho about climate change, and the predictions scientists are making, he’ll say there’s no point in discussing the doomsday prophecies.  It’s already happened in Vega, Texas.  He can give you details. 

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Environmental Regulations
8:00 pm
Fri July 4, 2014

Texas: Both sides claim greenhouse ruling a victory

New EPA regulations would place new restrictions on coal-burning power plants, a major source in Texas for greenhouse gases
Credit DAVE FEHLING / StateImpact Texas

The U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled on how much latitude the federal government has to regulate facilities that emit greenhouse gases.  Texas environmentalists who want more regulation and Texas state official who want less both say the ruling was a victory reported Dave Fehling for StateImpact Texas.

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7:06 am
Fri July 4, 2014

A slideshow of bombers to celebrate July 4

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An exhibit of rare planes is in Texas. It includes the P-51, a C-47 and a B-25. Tours and low-altitude flights over Austin are going on all weekend. Click to link to see the planes and veterans taking part in the occasion.
The Texas Raiders have descended upon Austin. No, it's not a football team. It's the codename for a group of B-17 pilots who have brought four renovated
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Surplus military equipment no longer available
8:00 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

New federal agreement could devastate rural firefighting in OK

Credit oklahomafarmreport.com

The U.S. Department of Defense and the Environmental Protection Agency will no longer provide no-cost surplus military vehicles and equipment to fire departments across the country reported StateImpact Oklahoma.

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4:51 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Texas cattlemen say yes to increased "beef checkoff" dollars

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"Beef checkoff" is a national program that funds beef promotion and research. Texas ranchers recently voted in favor of increasing participation in the program by an overwhelming majority.
Every time a cow is sold in Texas, a dollar of that sale goes to industry groups that use it to promote and research beef. It's part of a national program called the "beef checkoff," and that charge will now rise to two dollars in Texas after a statewide vote by cattle owners.
Kansas Election 2014
8:00 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Kansas: Incumbent U.S. Senator Roberts signs Obamacare repeal

U.S. Senator Pat Roberts
Credit roberts.senate.gov

Republican U.S. Senator Pat Roberts recently signed a pledge sponsored by the conservative women’s organization, Independent Women’s Voice.  The pledge is to repeal, defund and dismantle the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare blogged Peter Hancock for the Lawrence Journal-World.

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HPPR Culture
8:00 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Survey says... High Plains fizzles on Fourth

Credit nytimes.com

If you’re looking for a great place to celebrate the 4th of July, the High Plains is not the place to do it.  WalletHub did a nationwide ranking of 100 places to celebrate based on how well they balance cost and fun.  Fourteen metrics were used including the number of food establishments, fireworks laws, attractions, and weather.

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If you cut taxes, you get less revenue
8:00 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Kansas tax cut creates problems

Gov. Sam Brownback
Credit workingkansans.com

Kansas has a budget problem.  It’s collecting less tax money than it planned.  This spring, the state intended to take in $651 million from personal income tax, but only received $369 million. The decrease was due to a large and rather unusual income tax cut passed by lawmakers in 2012 according to The New York Times.

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Ruling has limited impact
8:00 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Kansas law professor says Hobby Lobby ruling isn’t about constitutionality

Credit wikipedia.org

Kansas was one of 18 states that sided with Hobby Lobby in the court battle over opting out of the inclusion of contraceptives in their insurance coverage.  The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby saying certain employers can opt out of including contraceptives in their insurance because of religious beliefs.  The reaction in Kansas followed predictable ideological lines reported Bryan Thompson for Kansas Public Radio.

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Oil & Gas
8:00 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Texas oil and gas boom doesn’t mean prosperity for everyone

A cowboy turned roughneck reflects on the haves and have-nots in Texas’ Eagle Ford oil boom.
Credit nytimes.com

The Lone Star State is king of the oil and gas drilling boom.  Over a quarter of all the active drilling rigs in the world are in Texas.  That prosperity is not without cost, nor does it benefit every Texan.

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Amarillo downtown development
8:00 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Coke-Amarillo Economic Development Corp. exchange finalized

Credit commons.wikimedia.org

Another piece of the Downtown Amarillo development project has fallen into place.  Documents finalizing the property exchange between  Coca-Cola and Amarillo Economic Development Corp. are signed, sealed and delivered according to a recent article in the Amarillo Globe-News.

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Prairie Ramblings
8:00 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Insect inspired fashion

Credit zookyworld.wordpress.com

Time for confession: I’m a female missing the fashion gene. While I love art and creativity, I prefer wearing jeans and  t-shirts. Ironically, I sometimes watch What Not to Wear. I’m pretty sure I’d drive Stacy and Clinton insane because I often don’t like the designs and patterns they convince the person-in-need- of-improvement to select. While I may not like the colors and configurations these style mavens promote, I do love beautifully designed insects.

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Kansas Election 2014
3:05 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Schodorf reveals proposed voting changes

Jean Schodorf holds a voter registration form during a news conference at the Kansas Statehouse.
Credit Stephen Koranda / KPR

Jean Schodorf says Kansans with voter registrations that are on hold should be allowed to cast ballots until there’s actual suspicion of voter fraud according to a story from KPR.

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Front Porch Fourth of July

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Our front porch
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Oil & Gas
8:00 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Pipeline companies are paying more to cross private land in Texas

Workers install a section of natural gas pipeline that runs through a field that abuts a subdivision on Schultz Lane in Berthoud, CO.
Credit Felisa Cardona / denverpost.com

Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has tapped reserves that were once thought unreachable.  The industry is scrambling to provide infrastructure to support the boom.  Pipelines sometimes have to cross private land.  For the pipeline companies, it’s not a simple off that has to be accepted.  Recent court cases have been awarding landowners significantly higher amounts than companies offer reported Gilad Edelman for The Texas Tribune

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Water Conservation
8:00 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Western Kansas voters say no to water conservation program

A center-pivot irrigation system in Trego County.
Credit kgs.ku.edu

Water rights holders in Western Kansas counties recently rejected a plan to conserve the Ogallala Aquifer.  Groundwater Management District No. 1 board members asked its voting membership to approve a measure to that would cut irrigation use by 20 percent reported Amy Bickel for Kansas Agland.

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Budget
8:00 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Kansas borrows millions to pay bills, again

Credit Stephen Koranda / KPR

The state of Kansas is loaning itself $675 million to be able to pay its bills.  That’s nothing new.  That’s how it’s been done for the last 16 years according to the Kansas Health Institute.

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Education
8:00 pm
Sun June 22, 2014

Fort Hays State University: Best buy in Kansas

The Kansas Board of Regents gave final approval of in-state rates for all six universities.  Fort Hays State University has the lowest increase, both in terms of percentages and in dollars according to a recent press release.

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Rains have given the prairie burst of color
8:00 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

It’s prime time to see Kansas prairie wildflowers

Butterfly milkweed
Credit freedomsfrontier.org

Recent rains came just at the right time to spur and explosion of wildflowers across the Kansas Prairie.  Along roadways and in pastures flower paint the prairie with splashes of orange, red, purple, blue, white and yellow reported the Wichita Eagle.

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Oil & Gas
8:00 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Texas Railroad Commission media policy raises concerns

State Rep. Jim Keffer, R-Eastland, and Steve Brown, the Democratic candidate for Texas railroad commissioner.
Credit texastribune.org

A recent story on the Railroad Commission of Texas’ practice of not allowing staff to talk to the media has raised some questions according to a recent article from the Texas Tribune.

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Health
8:00 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Alzheimer’s patients benefit from new music program

iPod playlists are created for each individual as part of The Roth Project: Music Memories
Credit commons.wikimedia.org

Communication is heartbreaking for families who have a loved one with Alzheimer’s.  A new music therapy project in Central and Western Kansas experienced a bit of a breakthrough reported KMUW.

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Panhandle city is a good place to raise a family
8:00 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Amarillo is tenth best city for families

Credit national.deseretnews.com

Between 2012 and 2013, 11.7 percent of the population moved according to the U.S. Census Bureau.  About a third of those moved because of “family-related reasons,” the Wall Street Journal reported.

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Agriculture
8:00 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

USDA down payment program helps beginning farmers

Credit marysbeagooddogblog.blogspot

Two of the biggest barriers for beginning farmers and ranchers are access to land and access to capital reported the Center for Rural Affairs

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HPPR Government and Politics
8:00 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Texas foster care alumni not using higher ed benefit

Credit tpr.org

The Lone Star State offers high education tuition waivers for students who were in the foster care system.  But, it’s rare students take advantage of this opportunity according to a recent article from the Texas Tribune.

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An innovative solution to a landfill problem
8:00 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Pantex: Top secret compost

A compost turner churns Pantex waste paper to begin the composting process.
Credit amarillo.com

The Pantex Plant generates tons of paper that has to be destroyed in a manger that protects classified information about the facility’s top-secret nuclear weapons operations.  The material used to go into a landfill because it had to be shredded so finely, it couldn’t be recycled.  Then about 10 years ago, a waster operations employee thought turning the paper into compost would be the perfect solution according to the Amarillo Globe-News.

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A look at the Koch brothers
8:00 pm
Sun June 15, 2014

Examining the Kochtopus

Credit Brett Ryder / economist.com

Koch Industries is one of the great success stories of American business.  The oil, gas and commodities conglomerate is based in Wichita.  It employs more than 100,000 people worldwide and has an annual turnover of about $115 billion.  It’s also one of the most unusual companies in its management techniques, enthusiasm for political activism, as well as the intensity of its family feuds according to a recent article in the Economist about a new book, “Sons of Wichita,” by Daniel Schulman.

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Got groceries?
8:00 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Food deserts plague the High Plains

Food deserts abound on the High Plains
Credit msucommunitydevelopment.org

Across the High Plains, areas are colored with food deserts.  In a place that’s been dealing with drought for four years, the added designation of being a food desert feels more literal.  A food desert is an area designated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a non-metropolitan, low-income area where at least 500 people or 33 percent of the population lives more than ten miles from a supermarket or large grocery store.

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Agriculture
8:00 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

New farm bill creates two-tiered test for farm program participation

Credit cfra.org

One unintended consequence of the recent farm bill was the creation of a more rigid and stricter test to define what “actively engaged” in farming means reported John Crabtree for the Center for Rural Affairs.

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