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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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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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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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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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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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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6:24 am
Wed July 23, 2014

A water-centered economy

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The Kansas economy relies on water and for more than a generation, experts have warned that western Kansas' economic resource is vanishing. The Hutchinson News and the Salina Journal are delving into the issues surrounding the declining Ogallala Aquifer and how it affects Kansas. Water: Past, present, and future begins today with a look at a water-centered economy.
ULYSSES - A century ago, when Clay Scott's great-grandfather homesteaded the this area of semiarid western Kansas, he relied on the mercy of the sky. Click here to view all stories in our series It wasn't easy. There were plenty of years when rain came sparingly. Yet, as thousands of far ...
Amarillo Texas
8:00 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Chinese Cadillac enthusiasts get their kicks on Route 66

A caravan of Chinese tourists in Cadillacs travel down Polk Street in Amarillo.
Credit amarillo.com

If you’re traveling Route 66, you might see a caravan of Cadillacs getting their kicks traveling the open road.  They’ve traveled all the way from China for the experience according to a recent article in the Amarillo Globe-News.

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Southeastern Colorado Drought
8:00 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Recent rains are too little too late for ranchers

Credit winterlivestock.com

Many Colorado cattle ranchers are beginning to recover from the drought, but for many the rain is too little and too late.

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Climate
8:00 pm
Sun July 20, 2014

Heavy rain and flooding in drought-stricken SE Colorado

Flood water cascades over Willow Valley Road and back into Willow Creek just south of the Lamar Municipal Swimming Pool on Sun. morning July 13, 2014.
Credit lamarledger.com

Recent torrential rains brought flash flooding to low-lying portions of Lamar and southeastern Colorado.  Heavy rains and strong winds closed Highway 50 in low areas.  Several railroad underpasses were closed until waters receded reported Russ Baldwin for the Prowers Journal.

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Student loan debt
8:00 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

WT grads have significantly less student debt

Credit wtamu.edu

The WT graduating class of 2012 entered the job market with better prospects and significantly less student loan debt.  The Amarillo Globe-News reported the average WT grad had student loan debt of $19,774 compared to the national average of $29,400.

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Kansas Election 2014
8:00 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Kansas Governor Race: Morris backs Davis

Steve Morris
Credit cjonline.com

Former Senate President Steve Morris is one of 104 Kansas Republicans backing Paul Davis in his bid to be governor according to a recent article in the Garden City Telegram

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7:44 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Hastings Entertainment sale is a done deal

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After the blessing of a majority of stock holders, Hastings Entertainment now belongs to Joel Weinshanker.
A New Jersey licensing executive today closed his $21.4-million deal to buy Amarillo-based Hastings Entertainment.Hastings consummated its pact with Joel Weinshanker today after receiving the blessing of at least two-thirds of the holders of outstanding shares of Hastings stock.
Water Conservation
8:00 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Texas: Plains Cotton Growers support proposed groundwater limits

Credit lubbockonline.com

Plains Cotton Growers support the High Plains Underground Water Conservation District’s proposal to limit groundwater use on private farmland in Texas.  

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Water Conservation
8:00 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Hotter temps don't figure into the Texas water plan

Credit 2014 National Climate Assessment

Texans voted overwhelmingly to fund new water infrastructure projects last November.  State water planners are preparing for a more populous Texas, but not a hotter one reported Neena Satija for The Texas Tribune.

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Rural Healthcare
8:00 pm
Sun July 13, 2014

Rural Kansas hospital discovers cure for physician shortage

Credit city-data.com

Although 25 percent of Americans live in rural areas, only 10 percent of doctors do.  Finding physicians willing to live on the prairie is a serious problem in Kansas.  Kearny County Hospital had that problem.  The small hospital is rural, very rural with five people per square mile, but the little hospital has found a solution according to a recent article by the Kansas Health Institute.

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HPPR Arts
8:00 pm
Sun July 13, 2014

Once upon a time when rain followed the plow

Author and UNL geography professor, David Wishart
Credit dailynebraskan.com

Once upon a time there was a myth that motivated pioneers to go west and settle the Great Plains.  Told that rain would follow the plow that they were “changing climate for the better”, these hardy souls broke up vast seas of sod working to make their farming Eden a reality. 

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Water Conservation
8:00 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Kansas water plan team gets an earful in Hays

Credit kwo.org

The water plan for the state of Kansas was recently unveiled.  The goal is to ensure a reliable water supply for the future according to a recent article from the Washington Times.

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6:41 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Farmers hoping for more rain

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More rain could turn things around for farmers, but if the weather turns hot and dry, it could be a repeat of last year.
Some Oklahoma farmers say there's "cautious optimism" that patchy rains this summer will make a dent in the drought afflicting much of the state and help
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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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