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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Texas State Government
8:00 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Texas regulations could kill bid for Tesla plant

Tesla roadster
Credit wikipedia.org

Texas is one of four finalists trying to reel in Tesla Motors from California.  However, the state will not allow the company to sell its upscale electric cars directly to consumers because of long-standing state laws protecting and regulating auto dealerships according to the Texas Tribune.

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Growing on the High Plains
8:00 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Full Circle Farming: Fins and Flora

Alice shows Skip the lettuce plugs
Barb Blevins High Plains Public Radio

We'll continue our visit to Beaver Creek Ranch with a look at Full Circle Aquaponics, a re-circulating system combining aquaculture (fish) and hydroponics (plants).  We'll start our tour in a  low-energy footprint greenhouse designed by Alice Hill and take a look at how tilapia fish and a variety of greens and lettuces support each other.

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Weather
8:00 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Kansas: The quiet start of tornado season might not last

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Tornado season has begun, and it’s off to a pretty quiet start, but weather officials say that won’t last according to a recent article in the Wichita Eagle.

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HPPR Economy and Enterprise
8:00 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Bell begins work on a new helicopter

The Relentless 525
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The Bell Amarillo plant is beginning to assemble roofs, floors, nose and tail sections of the Relentless 525—a new civilian helicopter said a recent article in the Amarillo Globe-News.

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Agriculture
8:00 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Texas Farming Update: Panhandle Farmers do well in sorghum competition

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Panhandle farmers did well this year in the National Sorghum Producers competition reported Kevin Welch for the Amarillo Globe-News.

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Texas Election 2014
8:00 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Kinky Friedman could be Texas Democrat’s best chance at a statewide win

Kinky Friedman
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Texas Democrats' best hope to score a win in the statewide election could be Kinky Friedman.  Friedman is in the May 27 runoff with Jim Hogan to be the Democratic nominee for agriculture commissioner reported Ross Ramsey for the Texas Tribune.

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Weather
8:00 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Haboob blasts across the High Plains

NASA’s Terra satellite spied these streams of dust blowing south across Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico on March 11, 2014. Look for the streamers of pale, sand-colored stuff south of the big cloud bank.
NASA

A towering wall of dust known as a haboob pushed across a big swath of the High Plains last Tuesday said an article from Discover.

The dust streamed out of Colorado and Kansas into Oklahoma, Texas, and New Mexico.

Winds gusting to almost 60 miles per hour reduced visibility to almost zero in southwestern Kansas. 

Texas Panhandle
8:00 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Amarillo makes the top 20 of cities to start a business

Amarillo skyline
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Amarillo ranks the 14th best city to start a business said a recent article in the Amarillo Globe-News.  

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Kansas State Legislative Session 2014
8:00 pm
Sun March 16, 2014

Kansas Senate passes bills regarding foster parents rights and voter party changes

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Two bills were recently passed by the Kansas Senate.  

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Agriculture
8:00 pm
Sun March 16, 2014

High Plains dairy producers attend Lubbock conference

Credit Kay Ledbetter / Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

Over 300 participants attended the High Plains Dairy Conference in Lubbock, Texas.  Most of them were from Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Kansas and Colorado according to a University News release.

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Texas State Government
8:00 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

New Texas abortion law spurs nonprofit development and court appeal

Lenzi Sheible founded Fund Texas Women, a non-profit organization that pays for women's travel costs associated with obtaining an abortion.
Credit Lenzi Sheible/Todd Wiseman / The Texas Tribune

Last year, Texas lawmakers passed House Bill 2, which made abortion rules even more stringent.  The procedure was banned after 20 weeks of gestation and physicians performing abortions were required to have hospital admitting privilege within 30 miles of an abortion facility.  Those changes reduced access to abortions across the state according to The Texas Tribune.

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Agriculture
8:00 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Kansas: Greeley County hog farm expansion approved by KDHE

The Ladder Creek farm site in Greeley County is the largest hog-growing facility in Kansas. The operation is located 12 miles north of Tribune on Highway 27 and east on 12 Mile Road. With its expansion permit approved it can legally have up to 365,000 pigs.
Credit Phil Cauthon / Kansas Health Institute

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment approved the expansion of Seaboard Farms’ Ladder Creek hog farm according to a recent article from the Kansas Health Institute.

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Oil & Gas
8:00 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Texas: Unlikely to be a leader in methane reduction

Texas drilling rig
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Texas is the nation’s top energy producer.  It could also be the leader in slashing emissions of methane.  But it’s unlikely that state environmental regulators will embrace the opportunity according to a recent article from the Texas Tribune.  

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4:51 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Kansas Attorney General Gives Legislators School Funding Deadline

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The Kansas Supreme Court recently ruled on the school funding issue. The Kansas Attorney General recently gave legislators a deadline for solving the issue.
Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt made it emphatically clear to Republican lawmakers Monday that they must act to fix inequities in school funding before July 1 - or a district court could take action for them. The state Supreme Court's decision in a school-funding lawsuit Friday requires the Legislature to equalize local option budget and capital outlay funds for school districts, Schmidt said.
Texas Election 2014
8:01 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Texas: Wendy Davis on candidacy, border voters, abortion, and her plans if elected

Credit abovethelaw.com

Democratic-gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis recently appeared on TribLive, a Texas Tribune interview program.  

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Wind Energy
8:00 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

New study reveals wind turbine placement could reduce yield

Credit JILL JOHNSON / LANDOV

A new study by the University of Texas at San Antonio found that placing wind turbines too closely together in a wind farm causes turbulence that reduces productivity according to a recent article by StateImpact Texas.  

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Texas Education
8:00 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Texas Universities will not lower admission standards to match high school graduation requirements

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The Texas State Board of Education recently changed graduation requirements, curriculum, and testing requirements under the guidelines from lawmakers.  As part of the January change, algebra II will no longer be part of the “foundation graduation plan” beginning this fall said a recent article in the Texas Tribune.

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Election 2014
8:00 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Kansas: Democratic party focuses on bringing in moderate Republicans

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The Democrats recently held their convention in Topeka.  Their strategy to win the governor’s race and a few House seats is simple:  Convince moderate Republicans dissatisfied with the conservative wing of the GOP that they have a place underneath the Democratic Party’s big tent said a recent article in The Wichita Eagle.

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Wind Energy
8:00 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Texas: Wind turbine clearinghouse comes to Plainview

Turbine blades on railcars like this, will be coming to Plainview, Texas.
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Tri Global Energy and BNSF Railway have joined forces to create a clearinghouse for wind energy equipment east of Plainview, Texas according to The Amarillo Globe-News

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Texas Election 2014
8:00 pm
Sun March 9, 2014

Texas: The Tea Party finds a silver lining in the primaries

Senator John Cornyn easily won his Republican primary on Tuesday.
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In the Texas primary, four of the five candidates in judicial and legislative races endorsed by Ted Cruz won on Tuesday said The New York Times.  

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Texas Election 2014
8:00 pm
Sun March 9, 2014

Texas Primary Results: Where statewide candidates got their votes

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Totals were pulled county-by-county for each statewide runoff candidate, and the two gubernatorial nominees, then analyzed to find out what parts of the state the votes came from.  The Texas Tribune created an interactive map to compare each candidate’s performance.  Find the maps here.

Education
8:00 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Kansas: Supreme Court rules on school finance case

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The Kansas Supreme Court released its decision in the school finance case.  The unanimous decision found the lower court partially erred in its conclusion, and remanded it for further consideration.  The ruling also stated the lower court properly found the state’s funding mechanism had created “unconstitutional, wealth-based disparities” among school districts according to an article from the Kansas Health Institute

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Energy Conservation
8:00 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Why Texans are using less energy than predicted

Controllers make daily forecasts of the next day’s electric demand and supply.
Credit FILIPA RODRIGUES / StateImpact Texas

A growing population and inadequate electricity supply has kept a looming energy crisis over Texans.  Rolling blackouts would come, or so it was predicted.  This month, a report from the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) release its annual forecast of how much electricity Texas will have in the coming years, and thing don’t look so bad according to StateImpact Texas.

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Oil & Gas
8:00 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Plentiful domestic crude oil brings a refining revival to Kansas and Texas

A small “teapot” refinery, mothballed for years, has reopened in Nixon, Tex., and the town is coming back to life.
Credit Michael Stravato / nytimes.com

Small, abandoned refineries dot the High Plains, but the domestic oil boom of domestic light-crude is breathing new life into some of them said a recent article in the New York Times.  

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Kansas State Government
8:00 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Midsession Forum: Western Kansas delegates talk elections, mortgages fees and EPA regulations

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Representatives Bud Estes and John Ewy, as well as Senator Garrett Love were in Dodge City, Kansas, recently for an open forum.  The delegates shared their position on elections, mortgage fees, and EPA regulations according to a recent article from the Dodge City Daily Globe.

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Texas Election 2014
8:00 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Texas Election 2014: The Primary Results

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The results are in from the Texas Primary.  Here’s the scoreboard from the Texas Tribune

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Agriculture
8:00 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

West Texas A&M beef cloning moving ahead

Part of the team caring for West Texas A&M University's clones, bull Alpha and one of the females called Gammas, from left to right: Kelly Jones, Landon Canterbury, Paydon Hales and Hayden Alexander.
Credit amarillo.com

A cloning project at West Texas A&M University is poised to enter the next phase of creating cattle that will produce top quality beef recently reported the Amarillo Globe-News.

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Kansas Election 2014
8:00 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Tea Party PAC supports Wolf in U.S. Senate race against Roberts

Republican candidate Milton Wolf greets supporters at a tea party celebration in Wichita. Wolf is challenging Republican incumbent Pat Roberts for a U.S. Senate seat.
Credit Mike Hutmacher / The Wichita Eagle

Milton Wolf is trying to unseat three-term U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts in the Kansas Republican primary.  Wolf now has the support of a national tea party political action committee according to a recent article in The Wichita Eagle

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Water Conservation
8:00 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Southeastern Colorado: Pueblo Dam conduit gets approval

The Pueblo Reservoir is the source for the conduit.
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The “Frying Pan-Arkansas” project conduit as been planned since the 1960s when the Pueblo Dam was built, but due to lack of funding was never completed.  The Bureau of Reclamation recently signed a Record of Decision giving the project the green light according to an article by The Colorado Springs Independent.  

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Kansas State Government
8:00 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Kansas Legislative Update

Credit khi.org

Here is where some key issues stand at the midpoint of the legislative session according to a recent article in the Wichita Eagle.

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