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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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
Credit huffingtonpost.com

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
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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.
Lake Meredith
12:10 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Panhandle wildfire leaves Texas residents homeless

Credit everythinglubbock.com

A huge wildfire swept through Hutchinson County Sunday and Monday.  About 100 houses were damaged or destroyed.  The bulk of the damage was at the Lake Meredith Harbor subdivision reported the Amarillo Globe-News.

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Ties to Americans For Prosperity?
12:10 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Western Kansas Legislator doubts independence of grassroots organization

Credit ljworld.com

Representative Don Hineman, R-Dighton, doubts the lack of connection between the Kansas Senior Consumer Alliance and Americans for Prosperity according to a recent article in the Wichita Eagle

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Kansas ranks 10th most dangerous
12:10 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Kansas is a dangerous place to work

Credit christianfaithatwork.com

A report recently released by the AFL-CIO says Kansas is the tenth most dangerous state to work in.  Kansas has one of the worst workplace safety records in the nation based on 2012 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  The report revealed 88 Kansas workers died because of on-the-job injuries according to The Hays Daily News.

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Voting May 10
10:20 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Texas: Think before you vote on bonds tomorrow

Credit bloomingbath.com

Voters in Texas will be voting on multimillion-dollar bonds for more than 80 school districts and municipalities tomorrow.  Comptroller Susan Combs asks Texas voters to take a close look at what they’re being asked to authorize according to the Amarillo Globe-News.

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Fodor's Travel Guide Ranking
12:45 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Palo Duro Canyon ranked America’s best state park

Credit tpwd.state.tx.us

Palo Duro Canyon is No. 1 on Fodor’s America’s 10 Best State Parks reported the Amarillo Globe-News.

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Emergency Preparedness
12:15 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Livestock disaster preparedness program completed in Texas Panhandle

Credit extension.org

The Regional Resiliency Assessment Program (RRAP) was recently completed in the Texas Panhandle – a major region for cattle feedlots, hog production and the dairy industry.  The 18-month training helps prepare the cattle feeding and livestock industry against natural and manmade threats according to a recent article in PR Web.

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HPPR Environment
12:10 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Amarillo still not conserving water

Credit distancebetweencities.net

Amarillo residents are not conserving water.  The city’s water usage goal is 52 million gallons per day.  Every day this month has exceeded that amount reported the Amarillo Globe-News.

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Higher temperatures create more water stress
3:15 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Drought sensitivity could reduce corn yields for years to come

Corn yields could fall 15 to 30 percent—unless new varieties or agronomic techniques can offset the trend.
Credit JOHN STANMEYER, VII / NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

Corn plants in the United States have become more drought sensitive, not less.  Yields have continued to increase because seed companies have developed genetic improvements allowing higher planting density.  Drought sensitivity could drive yields down in the years to come unless companies like Monsanto, Syngenta, and DuPont successfully develop varieties that thrive in drought reported the National Geographic.

Rain and temperature forecast
3:15 am
Thu May 8, 2014

El Niño is on the way, and that could be good news for the Texas Panhandle

Don't expect a lot of rain this summer in much of Texas. And beyond that, if an El Nino comes in the fall, it might not be the savior we expect.
Chris Coleman StateImpact Texas

Forecasters say it looks like El Niño will reappear this fall.  That usually means more rain for Texas, but one meteorologist says it will have mixed results in the Lone Star State reported StateImpact Texas.

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5:40 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Drought hammers the breadbasket

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Wheat futures are up on the Chicago Board of Trade, but this year's wheat crop is getting battered by the drought.
WICHITA, Kan.-Agricultural economist Josh Roe walked into a dusty wheat field on this city's outskirts this week and spotted trouble. The ground was cracked, and the wheat plants were only half their normal size for this stage of the season.
5:26 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Exploring five steps to feed the world

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When you think about carbon footprint, does feeding the world cross your mind? It does for John Foley. He wrote about it recently in an article published by National Geographic. “When we think about threats to the environment, we tend to picture cars and smokestacks, not dinner,” Foley wrote. “But the truth is, our need for food poses one of the biggest dangers to the planet.” Foley outlined five steps to feed the world.
Step Three: Use Resources More Efficiently We already have ways to achieve high yields while also dramatically reducing the environmental impacts of conventional farming. The green revolution relied on the intensive-and unsustainable-use of water and fossil-fuel-based chemicals.
5:10 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Film documents OK Panhandle ranch life

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Filming is almost complete on a documentary that follows the ranching family of Jane and Bob Apple of Kenton, Oklahoma.
OKLAHOMA CITY - The Oklahoma Panhandle is one of the most remote areas of the Sooner State, but a documentary film in production may shed some light on issues residents are facing. "Lone Man's Land" follows a family as they struggle to keep the ranching life alive in the face of rising costs.
Eastern CO abandoned buildings are inspirational
8:00 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

High Plains inspires Colorado artist

Prairie Ghost #3 by Catherine Scott
Credit catherinescott.com

Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life   - Pablo Picasso.

A new exhibit at the Portal Gallery in Longmont, Colorado, not only provides an opportunity to wash away the dust of the past months from your soul, but it could also help you to see beauty in the abandoned places of Eastern Colorado. 

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Census looks at national, state, and county levels
8:00 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

2012 Ag Census Reveals New Farming Trends

Credit kids.britannica.com

The United States Department of Agriculture recently released 2012 Ag Census data.  The report reveals record sales, rising expenses, increasing agricultural diversity, and changing farming and marketing practices according to the Prowers Journal.

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Texas Election 2014
8:00 pm
Sun May 4, 2014

Texas Democrats move forward without national support

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The Democratic Governors Association is not investing in the Texas Governor’s race this year said the head of the organization.  Despite the fact that the state is a fertile fundraising stop, the money isn’t flowing back into Texas to help turn the state blue reported KUT.

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Agriculture
8:00 pm
Sun May 4, 2014

Drought and late April frost could decimate western Oklahoma wheat harvest

Western OK wheat field April, 2014.
Credit osuwheat.com

Drought and a late April freeze could produce the worst wheat harvest in decades for the western part of Oklahoma history reported The Oklahoman

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Southeastern Colorado
8:00 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

High winds leave aftermath of destruction

Tree Damage on West Elm Street in LaMar
http://theprowersjournal.com/

Skies over southeast Colorado have cleared of the choking dust propelled by high winds, but the effects are evident.  Prowers County residents are dealing with the aftermath of fallen trees and dumpsters scattered like bowling pins.  More about the storm and its lingering effects are available from the Prowers Journal.

North Texas
8:00 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

$3 million dollar suit worries drillers

Credit Helen Slottje / The Texas Tribune

A jury recently awarded a North Texas family $3 million dollars in damages.  The family alleged a drilling company’s activities near their home caused chronic headaches, nose-bleeds, wheezing, and other illnesses according to The Texas Tribune.

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It's a mixed bag
8:00 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

What is drought doing to beef prices?

Credit The Texas Tribune

Texas is the nation’s biggest beef-producing state, and as the state enters the fourth year of drought, ranchers, consumers, and grocers are feeling the effects reported The Texas Tribune.

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Texas Panhandle
8:00 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

More hiking and biking at Lake Meredith

Credit nps.gov

New hiking and mountain biking trails open at Lake Meredith this weekend according to the Amarillo Globe-News.

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Healthcare
8:00 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Refusal to expand Medicaid costs Kansas

Credit obamacareworks.org

A recent panel said the decision by Gov. Sam Brownback and Republican legislative leaders not to expand Medicaid is denying care to thousands and costing Kansas hospitals millions of dollars according to a recent article by the Kansas Health Institute.

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HPPR Government and Politics
8:00 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Texas loses upwind battle with Feds

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

The state of Texas has battled the federal government over quite a few environmental regulations.  This week it lost a major battle when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled to reinstate a regulation with the goal of limiting air pollution effects across state boundaries according to The Texas Tribune.

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