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
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.
Credit dallasnews.com

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

Credit cjonline.com

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
Credit rikoooo.com

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

Credit styleweekly.com

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.
Literature
8:00 pm
Sun May 18, 2014

Summer reading inspired by the High Plains

Credit tpwd.state.tx.us

From northwestern Kansas to the Texas Panhandle, the High Plains inspire the imagination of two authors.

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Production Agriculture
8:00 pm
Sun May 18, 2014

No trains for grains on the Plains

Credit bluefish.org

On the high plains, there aren’t any commercially navigable rivers, and the U.S. rail system has been the main way for farmers to move grain to ports to sell around the world said a recent article in Reuters.

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Historic court decision
8:00 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Brownback observes Brown v. Board of Education anniversary

Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site is the former Monroe Elementary School. It was established in Topeka, Kansas, on October 26, 1992, by the United States Congress to commemorate the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision aimed at ending racial segregation in public schools.
Credit kansas.com

Today is the 60th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision ordering an end to segregation in public schools.  Governor Sam Brownback remembered Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka ruling by speaking at the former Monroe Elementary School in Topeka yesterday reported Kansas Public Radio

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Texas Election 2014
8:00 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

GOP Railroad Commission race gets personal in Texas

Ryan Sitton and Wayne Christian are facing off to become the GOP nominee for Railroad Commissioner.
Credit StateImpact Texas

When there’s not much difference in policy, campaigns tend to get personal.  That’s exactly what’s happening in the Railroad Commission race in Texas.   (Just as a reminder, the Railroad Commission doesn't have anything to do with Texas railroads.  It regulates the oil and gas industry.)

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Data analysis gives clue
8:00 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Drought: Cyclic or foreshadowing?

Cracked earth on the Texas High Plains
Credit southwestfarmpress.com

Increasing temperatures and decreasing precipitation may not be cyclic.  Dr. B.A. “Bob” Stewart recently released an analysis of data from 1895-2013 for the Texas High Plains.  He found the area is getting warmer and drier, and the recent drought is not a temporary state according to a study by Dr. Stewart for WTAMU.

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Incumbent promises to fight incompetence
8:00 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Kansas: Huelskamp runs again

U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp seeking re-election
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U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp filed for re-election this week for the 1st District.  The lawmaker paid his $1,760 filing fee in Topeka.  The Topeka Capital-Journal reported the legislator is polishing his credential as a tea party rebel who is not afraid to ruffle the most influential Republicans and Democrats in Washington, D.C.

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Water Conservation
8:00 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Drought pushes wastewater into Texas spotlight

A tour group samples treated wastewater at the Dos Rios Water Recycling Center, operated by the San Antonio Water System.
Credit texastribune.org

The depleting of aquifers and endless drought has spurred discussion, debate, and even court cases about who owns the water.  Groundwater and rain are familiar disagreements, but in Texas wastewater has stepped on stage. 

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Garetson Brothers v. American Warrior
8:00 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Haskell County family tests Kansas water law

Haskell County, Kansas
Credit commons.wikimedia.org

With the depletion of the Ogallala aquifer looming, a Haskell County family is testing Kansas water rights law.  First in time, first in right gives senior water rights priority over junior rights.  If the senior right is impaired, the owner of the junior right could be ordered to reduce irrigation from their well or even be shut down completely water reported Amy Bickel for Kansas Agland.

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Bill keeps fed conservation efforts out of KS
8:00 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Brownback says no to conservation of lesser prairie chicken

Credit wikipedia.org

Gov. Sam Brownback signed a bill this week that tells the U.S. government it has no authority to regulate prairie chickens within the state of Kansas.  The bill also threatens lawsuits against federal conservation efforts in an escalating dispute over reversing the population decline of the lesser prairie chicken according to a recent article from the Topeka Capital-Journal.

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10:21 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Election board says Pat Roberts is a Kansas resident

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U.S. Senator Pat Roberts was determined to be a Kansas resident this week by the state elections board. The Republican will be allowed to seek re-election this year.
TOPEKA, Kan. - A state elections board Monday rejected a claim that U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts is not truly a Kansas resident, allowing the three-term Republican to seek re-election this year to a seat the GOP always has counted on holding. The State Objections Board’s decision means Roberts will be on the ballot in the Aug.

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