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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Oil & Gas
8:00 pm
Sun June 8, 2014

Kansas oil production is up mostly because of fracking

Credit downtheroad.org

Oil production is up in Kansas, while natural gas continues on the way down says The Kansas Geological Survey. 

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Old West Tradition
8:00 pm
Sun June 8, 2014

Longhorns mosey through downtown Amarillo

The Coors Cowboy Club Texas Longhorn cattle drive started at South 12th Avenue and South Polk Street in downtown Amarillo, and ended at the Tri-State Fairgrounds.
Credit amarillo.com

Texas Panhandle residents had an opportunity this week to step back in history.  The Coors Cowboy Club drove 30 Texas Longhorn cattle through downtown Amarillo to the Tri-State Fairgrounds.  They were kicking off the Ranch Rodeo said a recent article in the Amarillo Globe-News.

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HPPR People
8:00 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Dodge City Mom fights to stay in U.S.

Vanessa poses with her oldest son on his high school graduation day. If deported, Vanessa said she would not force her children to move with her to Mexico, "It's a scary place full of violence," She said.
Credit dodgeglobe.com

Vanessa Melendez was six years old when she arrived in the United States.  She doesn’t remember much about her life before in Mexico.  The Dodge City resident does remember being a teenager and discovering she was in the U.S. illegally when she applied for her first job according to a recent article from the Dodge City Daily Globe.

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Syracuse, Kansas
8:00 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Robot helps save rural hospital

Hamilton County Hospital CEO Bryan Coffey with the robot.
Credit khi.org

Hamilton County Hospital is a small, rural hospital in southwestern Kansas.  A little over a year ago, it was on the brink of closing because of financial and staffing problems says chief executive Bryan Coffey. 

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James Welch
8:00 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Panhandle native couldn’t let 32,000 families down

James Welch
Credit wtamu.edu

James Welch didn’t plan his career.  He just worked hard and did the next thing according to an article from West Texas A&M University.

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Duane Goosen says current budget won't work
8:00 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Former budget director predicts Kansas will soon be in the red

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Duane Goossen is a former state budget director, and he says the state won’t have enough revenue to implement the budget legislators recently passed according to a recent article from the Topeka Capital-Journal.

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Palace Coffee Co.
8:00 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

The best coffeehouse in the region is in the Texas Panhandle

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Palace Coffee Co. won the regional competition of America’s Best Coffeehouse in St. Louis recently according to a recent article from the Amarillo Globe-News

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EPA Carbon Reduction Plan
8:00 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Kansas politicians react to carbon reduction plan for existing power plants

The Sunflower Electric generating station near Holcomb, Kansas.
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The Environmental Protection Agency announced its plan to reduce carbon emissions from existing power plants nationwide.  States will decide how to meet the goals set by the EPA according to the Kansas Health Institute.

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Music
8:00 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

World Renowned Opera Singer Comes Home to WT

Emily Pulley, as Anaide, and Eric Schmidt, as Fadinard, performed in Amarillo Opera's “The Italian Straw Hat.”
Credit amarillo.com

Emily Pulley has traveled the world doing what she loves—singing. 

Pulley’s journey began at West Texas State University.  Although she loved to sing, her dad wasn’t sure she could make a living at it, so she planned to earn a master’s degree in English and teach according to an article from WT. 

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Climate
8:00 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Drought takes its toll on the plains and the Gulf

Fish die off at Galveston Bay
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The drought is hammering fields, pastures, the Ogallala Aquifer, and Galveston Bay?  StateImpact Texas reported researchers suspect drought is causing the massive fish die off.  Millions of shad have washed ashore recently.

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Oil & Gas
8:00 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Texas: The flaming water debate continues despite regulator case closure

Steve Lipsky demonstrates how his well water ignites when he puts a flame to the flowing well spigot outside his family's home.
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Increased methane levels in Texas water wells cannot be linked to nearby drilling activity according to a report released by the state’s oil and gas regulator said a recent article from StateImpact Texas

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Kansas Election 2014
8:00 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Publication labels western KS incumbent Republicans liberal

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A single newsprint sheet was distributed in Hutchinson-area neighborhoods calling western Kansas House Republicans “liberal.”   Western Representatives Steven Becker, R-Buhler, John Doll, R-Garden City, and Don Hineman, R-Dighton are the focus of the comments.  

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Weather
8:00 pm
Sun June 1, 2014

Rains improved drought conditions only in SW Oklahoma

The May 27th update of the U.S. Drought Monitor showing some improvement in southwest Oklahoma.
Credit U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR

Oklahoma experienced very wet weather recently.  That seems to have improved drought conditions, but only in the southwest according to the latest updates from The U.S. Drought Monitor noted a recent article by StateImpact Oklahoma

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Texas Election 2014
8:00 pm
Sun June 1, 2014

Texas Runoff results could impact the Panhandle

State Sen. Kel Seliger
Credit texastribune.org

Unless there’s a Democratic upset Nov. 4, the Texas state government will probably be far more conservative, and committee appointments could impact the Panhandle’s clout, reported the Amarillo Globe News.

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Weather
8:00 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Abundant rains in NW Kansas not alleviating drought

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Thomas County had the most rain in the state of Kansas this month, but overall, it’s not alleviating the drought according to the Garden City Telegram.

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Texas Election 2014
8:00 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Runoff maps reveal low Texas voter turnout

Dan Hill The Texas Tribune

The primary runoffs are history in the Lone Star State, and maps from the Texas Tribune reveal voter turnout was pretty low. 

For example, in the race for lieutenant governor only 3.5 percent of registered Texas voters earned State Sen. Dan Patrick the Republican nomination.

David Alameel won the Democratic primary for the U.S. Senate with 1 percent of voters.

Music
8:00 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Texas Panhandle Farm Boy Makes Good

Credit americansongwriter.com

Who has more number one songs than Guy Clark, Willie Nelson and Don Henley combined? 

It’s Gruver, Texas farm boy Rodney Clawson. 

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Renewable Energy
8:00 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Unique energy transmission line gets approval

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Clean Line Energy Partners recently received approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to go ahead with one of the Great Plains transmission projects according to the Center for Rural Affairs.

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4:47 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Seeds could be key to Midwestern Bee decline

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Are the vast seas of corn and soybeans killing bees?
Innovative classroom in Liberal KS
8:00 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

High Plains students fly into science aboard Boeing jet

Boeing 727
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Imagine learning in redesigned space of a 153-foot jet.  Students across the high plains will soon have that opportunity. 

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Oil & Gas Industry
8:01 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

The Texas oil boom benefits drug smugglers?

Eagle Ford road
Credit theeaglefordshale.com

New roads and the increased activities of the Texas oil boom are also helping another lucrative market- drug smuggling according to a recent story from KUT.

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Kansas Drought
8:01 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Over half of Kansas counties placed on Drought Declaration

The Arkansas River has been dry for years south of Garden City, Kansas.
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More than half of Kansas counties were placed on the updated Drought Declaration by Gov. Sam Brownback this week.  105 counties are either in an emergency, warning or watch status according to the Hays Daily News.

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Kansas Department of Labor April Statistics
8:01 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Western Kansas still has lowest unemployment rates

Credit Kansas Department of Labor

The numbers are out, and once again Western Kansas has the lowest April unemployment rates in the state.   Logan and Ness counties tied for the best rate at 2.2-percent according to the Hays Daily News.

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Federal Renewable Energy Standard
8:01 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

SW Kansas lawmaker says voting on repeal of green energy is no-brainer

Rep Ronald Ryckman
Credit kslegislature.org

A southwest Kansas lawmaker says there is no debate about renewable energy standards according to a recent article from the Kansas City Star

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Healthcare
9:57 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Texas law failed to provide nurse practitioner independence

Dr. Rose Okoro, a nurse practitioner, who owns Daystar Family Clinic. She says she has struggled to treat a greater number of Medicaid patients because of state regulations.
Credit texastribune.org

Texas lawmakers loosened supervision requirements for nurse practitioners last session in theory, but not in practice according to a recent article from the Texas Tribune.

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Texas Election 2014
8:00 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Texas Democratic Leaders Snub Kinky

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Texas Democratic leaders don’t want Richard “Kinky” Friedman to run for any public office as a Democrat.  For example, State Sen Leticia Van De Putte of San Antonio made a robocall touting South Central Texas rancher High Fitzsimmons III as the “serious” candidate for agriculture commissioner reported the Amarillo Globe-News.

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Springfield, Colorado
8:00 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

SE Colorado hemp farmer secures commercial agreement

Ryan Loflin works in his hemp field near Springfield, Colorado.
Credit hcn.org

Rocky Mountain Hemp has entered into a commercial agreement with Cannabis Therapy Corp. to provide an exclusive land lease and crop services according to a recent press release in the Wall Street Journal.

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Drought
8:00 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Drier than the Dust Bowl

A lone cow stands by a dried up pond near Wiley, Colorado.
Credit wodumedia.com

Millard Fowler is a centenarian from the panhandle of Oklahoma.  He remembers the 1930s when he was a young, newly married farmer. 

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2014 Wildfire Outlook
8:00 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Greatest wildfire danger is in Eastern Colorado

The Heartstrong Fire in Yuma County, Colorado. March, 2012
Credit colostate.edu

The fire outlook for Colorado was recently released by the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention & Control.  The document shows the areas with the greatest potential wildfire danger are the plains of Eastern Colorado reported Laura Palmisano for KVNF

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6:00 am
Mon May 19, 2014

It's primary runoff time in Texas

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Here's some information to help get you ready to vote in next week's primary runoff in Texas.
AUSTIN - Early voting for the May 27 Democratic and Republican primary runoffs begins today. Texas voters still have six critical statewide races to decide.Democratic voters will choose the party's nominees for the U.S.

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