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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Healthcare
8:00 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Affordable Care Act Update: Kansas and Texas

Credit tacticalminc.com

In Kansas, The Kansas Health Institute recently reported that more than 10,000 Kansans applied or Medicaid or CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program) in January.  That is an increase of 20% over the monthly average since the Affordable Care Act’s insurance marketplace was launched.

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Texas Election 2014
8:00 pm
Sun March 2, 2014

Texas Primary: Links to help you vote

Credit politico.com

Tomorrow is the Primary in the great state of Texas.  To help you make your choices, here are some resources.

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Texas Election 2014
8:00 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Texas Primary: Where a few have a lot of power

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The Republican primary is the election that matters in the state of Texas.  The winners of Tuesday’s race and the following May 27 runoff election will mostly likely win in November according to The Texas Tribune

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Oil & Gas
8:00 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

An unusual combination of circumstances caused winter propane prices to explode

Credit wvut.org

Folks living in rural areas across the High Plains know when the weather is warm, propane is cheap.  When it gets cold, both demand and the price go up.  But, this season the price skyrocketed to unheard of levels due to the combination of the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant disaster, wet corn, and a string of winter storms. according to a recent article from StateImpact Oklahoma.

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Oil & Gas
8:00 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Horizontal Drilling: Is there a safer acid to use?

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Hydrochloric acid is commonly using in horizontal drilling because it’s relatively cheap, but companies are looking for safer alternatives to protect workers and the environment reported StateImpact Oklahoma

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Kansas Election 2014
8:00 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Pat Roberts: A Kansas Senator reinventing himself to win re-election

Pat Roberts is a three-term Republican senator from Kansas.
Credit theadvocate.com

Senator Pat Roberts is working to renew ties in his home state reported Jonathan Martin for the New York Times.  Tea Partly influences have changed his long Washington, D.C. history to a liability, and the 77-year old senator is working to adjust his position to better his chances at re-election say his aides.

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Education
8:00 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Study gives High Plains fourth graders reading report card

Credit pennsbury.k12.pa.us

The Annie E. Casey Foundation recently released a report, “Early Reading Proficiency in the United States.”  According to The Dodge City Daily Globe a majority of Kansas children are not reading proficiently by fourth grade.

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Passenger Rail Service
8:00 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Is it the end of the line for Amtrak’s Southwest Chief?

Carolyn LeBeau, right, takes in the New Mexico landscape, while Ginger Vermooten takes a photograph from the Southwest Chief.
Credit Mark Holm / nytimes.com

Colorado, Kansas, and New Mexico have until the end of the year to improve the railroad track or lose the Southwest Chief passenger rail line.  According to The New York Times Amtrak has asked the three states to put up $40 million over the next 20 years to help pay for track upgrades and maintenance to keep the track viable.  Unless all three states pitch in, Amtrak says it will potentially drop nine small-town stations in favor of existing track in Texas and Oklahoma. 

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Texas Panhandle
8:00 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Black History Month: Amarillo trailblazer Matthew ‘Bones’ Hooks

Matthew 'Bones' Hooks
Credit amarillo.com

Matthew “Bones” Hooks was a trailblazer in Amarillo.  The son of slaves, Hooks is best known as a cowboy, an Amarillo civic leader, and the first black person to serve on a Potter County grand jury according to a recent article in the Amarillo Globe-News.

Hooks was also a leader in the religious community and a businessman, living in Mobeetie and Clarendon.  He worked to establish the North Heights subdivision in Amarillo.  Bones Hooks Park at North Hughes and Northwest 20th Avenue in Amarillo was named after him.

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Healthcare
8:00 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Kansas Corrections Department helping county jails gain access to Medicaid

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The Kansas Department of Corrections, KDoC, is working with local law enforcement officials to help county jail keepers bill Medicaid for part of their inmates’ health care costs according to the Kansas Institute of Health.  

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Education
8:00 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Gov. Brownback’s proposed budget restores Fort Hays State University funding

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Last year the Kansas Legislature took money from universities, but Gov. Sam Brownback’s proposed budget restores the ‘salary cap’ reductions that cost Fort Hays State University $276,176 according to a press release from FHSU University Relations.

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Texas Panhandle
8:00 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Tumbleweeds are thriving and causing problems

Tumbleweeds are causing problems in Texas and New Mexico. Here they are piled high in eastern El Paso County, Texas
Credit koaa.com

There might not be enough rain for pastures, but in the Panhandle of Texas tumbleweeds are thriving.  The Amarillo Globe-News reported some serious issues in Dallam and Hartley counties.

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

Bill would require counting and reporting undocumented public school students in Kansas

State Rep. Allan Rothlisberg, R-Grandview Plaza
Credit jcpost.com

State Rep. Allan Rothlisberg, R-Grandview Plaza recently filed a bill requiring the state to count and report how many undocumented children are in Kansas public schools reported the Lawrence Journal-World.  

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Texas Election 2014
8:00 pm
Sun February 2, 2014

The biggest race in Texas is... for a seat on the U.S. Senate

Credit The Texas Tribune

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, a two-term Republican senator has 20 competitors for his senate seat.  The pack consists of seven Republicans, five Democrats, four independents, three Libertarians, and one Green Party according to a recent article from the Texas Tribune.

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Oil & Gas
8:00 pm
Sun February 2, 2014

Propane prices set records

Credit propane.pro

The cost of propane is breaking records.  The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) lists the current average price nationwide at just over four dollars per gallon.  That’s more than a dollar higher than last week said a recent article in StateImpact Oklahoma.

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Oil & Gas
8:00 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Reducing Oklahoma oil and gas tax breaks could be a key to a balanced state budget

Tax breaks for certain kinds of oil and gas production will cost Oklahoma millions this year.
Credit OU

Energy production tax breaks will cost Oklahoma $307 million in 2014, and $304 million in 2015.  This year state leaders expect $170 million budget shortfall.  In other words, the expected budget shortfall is about half what the state gives away in tax breaks to oil and gas companies reported Matt Trotter for Public Radio Tulsa.  

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Advanced practice registered nurses
8:00 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Kansas nurses press for more practice independence

Rep. Peggy Mast — a Republican from Emporia and the House Speaker Pro Tem — speaks with Merilyn Douglass, a advanced practice registered nurse from Garden City and chair of the Kansas APRN Task Force.
Credit Phil Cauthon / Kansas Health Institute

The solution to the physician shortage in Kansas could be allowing nurses with advanced skills to become more independent of physicians say advocates of changing state law in a recent article from the Kansas Health Institute.  Under current regulations, an advanced practice registered nurse, APRN or nurse practitioner, has to work under a “collaborative practice agreement” with a supervising physician.

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EPA asks for input
8:01 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Texas regulators weigh in on proposed greenhouse gas rules

Texas power plant
Credit Andrea Parker / Cory Maluski / The Texas Tribune

President Obama instructed the Environmental Protection Agency to revise greenhouse gas limits for existing power plants.  The suggested changes are to be proposed by June 2015, and Texas regulators have already weighed in according to The Texas Tribune.

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Kansas State Government
8:00 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Brownback pushes for all-day kindergarten

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback visited Roesland Elementary School in Roeland Park recently to promote his plan to fund all-day kindergarten programs. Kindergartener Wren Hillburn is cutting out a Kansas Jayhawk, and Aidan Dulya, left, watches. Shawnee Mission is one of 20 districts in the state that charge for full-day kindergarten.
Credit RICH SUGG / The Kansas City Star

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback wants to fully fund all-day kindergarten.  Brownback proposes spending $80 million for the nearly 40,000 children across the state.  He calls it a strategic investment to ensure children are better positioned to succeed in school. 

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Agriculture
12:58 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

The farm bill passes the House, no thanks to Kansas legislators

A lone tractor with grain wagon must keep up with several combines in this Kansas field of Hard Red Winter wheat.
Credit kswheat.org

The farm bill was passed by the House and sent to the Senate.  The compromise farm bill totals almost $100 billion a year, and contains a small cut in food stamps and preserves most crop subsidies according to a recent article in the Washington Post.

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Kansas
8:00 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Happy Birthday, Kansas!

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The Path to Statehood

Kansas became the 34th state on January 29, 1861.  The journey to become a state was long and bloody.  The Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854 opened the two territories to settlement and allowed the new settlers to determine whether the states would be admitted to the union as “free” or “slave.”  

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The Kansas Children's Cabinet
8:00 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Kansas: When the tobacco money’s gone, what will fund children’s programs?

Credit watchdog.org

Tobacco settlement funds were earmarked for children’s programs in Kansas.  The money was to be vetted by the 15-member Kansas Children’s Cabinet.  The intent was to channel the funds toward “innovative” new programs that would supplement, rather than supplant, those already paid for by the state general fund according to The Topeka Capital-Journal.

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Texas Election 2014
8:00 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Lt. Gov. Candidates Debate in Dallas

Clockwise, the four GOP Candidates for Lt. Gov.: incumbent David Dewhurst, Agricultural Commissioner Todd Staples; Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson; and state Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston.
Credit Bob Daemmrich / texastribune.org

The four Republican candidates for lieutenant governor debated this week in Dallas.  They took on end-of-life issues and border security, but there wasn’t much to distinguish one from another on policy according to The Texas Tribune.

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Texas Education
8:00 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Texas: December STAAR testing results aren’t good

A sample English I writing question, released from the 2011 STAAR test.
Credit Texas Education Agency / kut.org

Students are having trouble passing the English I writing exam of the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, or STAAR test.  As a matter of fact, 85 percent did not pass the December test, and most of them were taking the test for the second time according to a recent article from KUT.

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Cattle Ranching
8:00 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

The National Western Stock Show reflects changes in the cowboy way of life

The crowd at a the stock show sale.
Credit Matthew Starver / nytimes.com

The National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colorado, has been a diamond in the crown of cowboy life for over 100 years.  It also is a reflection of the way life is changing at home on the range.  

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Kansas State Government
8:00 pm
Sun January 26, 2014

Kobach Voter Registration Update: Kansas Birth Certificate Comparison Reduces Number of Ineligible

Credit theusconstitution.org

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach recently said comparing voter registration applications against Kansas birth certificates reduced the backlog of registrants whose voting rights are on hold because they don’t meet the new proof of citizenship requirement according to the Wichita Eagle.

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Affordable Care Act
8:00 pm
Sun January 26, 2014

Colorado Medicaid Expansion Could Result in More ER Visits

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Colorado has expanded the Medicaid program, as part of the state’s implementation of the Affordable Care Act.  That means tens of thousands of new Medicaid patients will have access to healthcare.  Proponents of the Affordable Care Act say that getting more people insured will cut down on emergency room visits, but a recent study shows that is not what happened in Oregon according to a recent conversation on Colorado Matters from Colorado Public Radio.

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High Plains Outdoors Episode
8:00 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Hog Hunting With Nikon Camera Gets Western

This boar is headed right for me! Thank heaven for trees!
Credit Luke Clayton

Luke talks with Texan Terry Tate about their hog hunting experience with big bore air guns.

Howdy folks!  You have got to listen to this week's show!  I'm talking with big bore air rifle designer and builder Terry Tate.  We had quite an adventure hog hunting, and I got my first big game with an air rifle. 

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Kansas State Legislative Session 2014
8:00 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Western Kansas Legislator Says Family Focus Guides His Voting

Representative John Ewy, R, District 117
Credit votesmart.org

John Ewy is the legislator from the 117th district in the Kansas House of Representatives.  He says one focus guides his voting.

“I think about that every time I sit down and there’s a bill to vote on,” Ewy said. “Number one, how is it going to affect the 117th district? How is it going to affect families?”

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Kansas State Government
8:00 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Kansas Chief Justice Responds to Criticism and Funding in State of the Judiciary Address

Kansas Supreme Court Chief Justice Lawton Nuss.
Credit John Milburn / Associated Press

Kansas Chief Justice Lawton Nuss seemed to respond to Gov. Sam Brownback’s remarks pointed at the Supreme Court in his State of the Judiciary address reported Bryan Lowry for the Wichita Eagle.

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