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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Water Conservation
8:00 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Western Kansas voters say no to water conservation program

A center-pivot irrigation system in Trego County.
Credit kgs.ku.edu

Water rights holders in Western Kansas counties recently rejected a plan to conserve the Ogallala Aquifer.  Groundwater Management District No. 1 board members asked its voting membership to approve a measure to that would cut irrigation use by 20 percent reported Amy Bickel for Kansas Agland.

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Budget
8:00 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Kansas borrows millions to pay bills, again

Credit Stephen Koranda / KPR

The state of Kansas is loaning itself $675 million to be able to pay its bills.  That’s nothing new.  That’s how it’s been done for the last 16 years according to the Kansas Health Institute.

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Education
8:00 pm
Sun June 22, 2014

Fort Hays State University: Best buy in Kansas

The Kansas Board of Regents gave final approval of in-state rates for all six universities.  Fort Hays State University has the lowest increase, both in terms of percentages and in dollars according to a recent press release.

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Rains have given the prairie burst of color
8:00 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

It’s prime time to see Kansas prairie wildflowers

Butterfly milkweed
Credit freedomsfrontier.org

Recent rains came just at the right time to spur and explosion of wildflowers across the Kansas Prairie.  Along roadways and in pastures flower paint the prairie with splashes of orange, red, purple, blue, white and yellow reported the Wichita Eagle.

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Oil & Gas
8:00 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Texas Railroad Commission media policy raises concerns

State Rep. Jim Keffer, R-Eastland, and Steve Brown, the Democratic candidate for Texas railroad commissioner.
Credit texastribune.org

A recent story on the Railroad Commission of Texas’ practice of not allowing staff to talk to the media has raised some questions according to a recent article from the Texas Tribune.

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Health
8:00 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Alzheimer’s patients benefit from new music program

iPod playlists are created for each individual as part of The Roth Project: Music Memories
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Communication is heartbreaking for families who have a loved one with Alzheimer’s.  A new music therapy project in Central and Western Kansas experienced a bit of a breakthrough reported KMUW.

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Panhandle city is a good place to raise a family
8:00 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Amarillo is tenth best city for families

Credit national.deseretnews.com

Between 2012 and 2013, 11.7 percent of the population moved according to the U.S. Census Bureau.  About a third of those moved because of “family-related reasons,” the Wall Street Journal reported.

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Agriculture
8:00 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

USDA down payment program helps beginning farmers

Credit marysbeagooddogblog.blogspot

Two of the biggest barriers for beginning farmers and ranchers are access to land and access to capital reported the Center for Rural Affairs

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HPPR Government and Politics
8:00 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Texas foster care alumni not using higher ed benefit

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The Lone Star State offers high education tuition waivers for students who were in the foster care system.  But, it’s rare students take advantage of this opportunity according to a recent article from the Texas Tribune.

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An innovative solution to a landfill problem
8:00 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Pantex: Top secret compost

A compost turner churns Pantex waste paper to begin the composting process.
Credit amarillo.com

The Pantex Plant generates tons of paper that has to be destroyed in a manger that protects classified information about the facility’s top-secret nuclear weapons operations.  The material used to go into a landfill because it had to be shredded so finely, it couldn’t be recycled.  Then about 10 years ago, a waster operations employee thought turning the paper into compost would be the perfect solution according to the Amarillo Globe-News.

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A look at the Koch brothers
8:00 pm
Sun June 15, 2014

Examining the Kochtopus

Credit Brett Ryder / economist.com

Koch Industries is one of the great success stories of American business.  The oil, gas and commodities conglomerate is based in Wichita.  It employs more than 100,000 people worldwide and has an annual turnover of about $115 billion.  It’s also one of the most unusual companies in its management techniques, enthusiasm for political activism, as well as the intensity of its family feuds according to a recent article in the Economist about a new book, “Sons of Wichita,” by Daniel Schulman.

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Got groceries?
8:00 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Food deserts plague the High Plains

Food deserts abound on the High Plains
Credit msucommunitydevelopment.org

Across the High Plains, areas are colored with food deserts.  In a place that’s been dealing with drought for four years, the added designation of being a food desert feels more literal.  A food desert is an area designated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a non-metropolitan, low-income area where at least 500 people or 33 percent of the population lives more than ten miles from a supermarket or large grocery store.

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Agriculture
8:00 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

New farm bill creates two-tiered test for farm program participation

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One unintended consequence of the recent farm bill was the creation of a more rigid and stricter test to define what “actively engaged” in farming means reported John Crabtree for the Center for Rural Affairs.

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Air Pollution
8:00 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Oklahoma and Texas have opposite responses to EPA rules

Oklahoma Gas & Electric's coal-fired Sooner Plant in Red Rock, Oklahoma.
Credit http://stateimpact.npr.org/oklahoma

There are completely different responses to the Obama administration’s recent proposal to combat climate change in Oklahoma and Texas. 

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Texas Archive of Moving Image
8:00 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

TAMI works to save Texas history through film

Credit texasarchive.org

Dr. Caroline Frick has a passion for saving Texas history through film.  She is a film archivist and a professor at the University of Texas at Austin.  Dr. Frick started the Texas Archive of Moving Image (TAMI) to accomplish her goal. 

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Less public assistance, more families in crisis
8:00 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Kansas has more children in foster care than ever

The number of Kansas children in foster care is at an all-time high.
Credit Cathy Mores/Special to KHI News Service / khi.org

Kansas has the more kids in foster care than ever reported the Kansas Health Institute.  In April, there were 6,156 children in the system.  That’s an increase of 356 over April of 2013, and 872 more than April of 2012.  The reasons for the all-time high vary.

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Veterans Administration
8:00 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

High Plains Vets face long wait for mental health care

The Amarillo Veterans' Affairs Health Care System serves about 25,000 veterans in seven facilities in the Texas and Oklahoma panhandles, eastern New Mexico, and southern Kansas.
Credit amarillo.com

The Amarillo Veterans Affairs Health Care System ranks third in the nation for the longest average wait times for new mental health appointments according to a recent article from the Amarillo Globe-News.

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Angelo McCain
8:00 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Boy’s Ranch: Alum’s success proves residential programs can work

Angelo McClain
Credit bostonherald.com

Angelo McClain is a social worker.  He never planned on it, but that’s where the road led. 

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Conservation Tillage Practices
8:00 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

No-Till is not a soil carbon fix

Credit deltafarmpress.com

No-till farming alone won’t build soil carbon.  Recent research revealed that conservation tillage practices don't have any advantage over conventional practices reported Adele Phillips for the Center for Rural Affairs.

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High Plains housing shortage
8:00 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Independent developer has solution for western Kansas housing shortage

Credit wikipedia.org

In Western Kansas, it’s not jobs that are in short order, it’s housing.  An investor is taking measures to remedy the housing shortage in Liberal without any form of government subsidies according to a recent article from the High Plains Daily Leader.

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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

Credit khi.org

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

Credit amarillomagonline.com

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.
Credit pitch.com

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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Climate
8:00 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Drought takes its toll on the plains and the Gulf

Fish die off at Galveston Bay
Credit wrecklessfaith.com

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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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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