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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Federal Conservation Reserve Program
8:00 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

New study reveals playa conservation program is a help, not a fix

A playa wetland in an unaltered native short-grass prairie.
Dale Daniel

Playas are those big ponds you see dotting across the High Plains.  They provide habitat for amphibians and points for aquifer recharge.  A study from Oklahoma State University suggests the Federal Conservation Reserve Program does have a positive impact on the health of the playas, but does not restore them reported The Environmental Monitor.

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Amarillo-based company
8:00 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

SEC Filing reveals Hastings insiders anticipated a bleak future

Store Set Leader Leah Stevens works in the music department last summer during a Hastings store remodeling project at the Georgia Street store. New Jersey merchandising mogul Joel Weinshanker has offered $21.4 million for the chain.
Credit amarillo.com

A report filed by Hastings Entertainment to the Securities and Exchange Commission reveals the company predicted a dire future.  In 2012, the report states the company considered selling itself when reorganization and eliminating executives didn’t stem the retailer’s downward spiral.  The filing went on to say the steps didn’t have “sufficient impact” to predict the company would “return to profitability in the near future,” reported the Amarillo Globe-News.

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Renewable Energy
8:00 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

OK utilities can now charge customers for generating their own electricity

Credit futurewithinreach.com

Gov. Mary Fallin signed Senate Bill 1456 into law recently.  The new measure allows regulated electric utility companies to charge customers who generate electricity from rooftop solar panels or small wind turbines reported StateImpact Oklahoma.

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Water Conservation
8:00 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Amarillo residents continue to exceed water usage goals despite drought

Credit homeadvisor.com

Amarillo is in the fourth year of drought conditions, yet residents continue to exceed city water usage goals.  During the month of April, there have only been three days when water use was below the goal of about 44 million gallons.  This past Monday, residents used almost 60 million gallons according to the Amarillo Globe-News.

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Kansas State Government
8:00 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Kansas: Brownback signs school finance bill with controversial add-ons

House Speaker Ray Merrick, R-Stilwell, left, and Senate President Susan Wagle, R-Wichita, right watch Gov. Sam Brownback sign the school finance bill into law Monday afternoon.
Credit cjonline.com

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback signed the school finance bill this week; complete with controversial add-ons reported the Topeka Capital-Journal

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Texas Election 2014
8:00 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Texas: Republican Lt. Gov. Candidate accepts debate challenge to talk immigration

Sen. Dan Patrick, r, and San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro debate immigration at Univision on April 15, 2014.
Credit texastribune.org

With the Texas May primary run-off looming overhead, a Republican lieutenant governor candidate is being held-- feet to the fire.  Rep. Dan Patrick answered the social media challenge of San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, where Castro called the senator the “most anti-immigrant Republican running for office,” according to a recent article from The Texas Tribune.

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1:40 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Colorado Republicans cut candidates at statewide assembly

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Colorado Republicans cut number candidates significantly during a recent statewide assembly. U.S. Rep. Gardner will not have a primary challenger. The number of gubernatorial hopefuls was whittled down from seven to four.
BY KRISTEN WYATT, Associated Press BOULDER | Republican U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner won't have a primary before taking on Democratic Sen. Mark Udall. Gardner, a two-term congressman from eastern Colorado, edged two GOP rivals Saturday in a statewide Republican assembly.
Kansas State Government
8:00 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Brownback signs Kansas Supreme Court changes into law

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback
Credit politico.com

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback recently signed 19 bills into law.  Topping the list was and a bill stripping the Kansas Supreme Court of its appointment power as well as changing the system’s management according to a recent article from the Kansas Health Institute.

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Temple, Texas
8:00 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Texas Libertarian Convention: Being small has its advantages

Chairman Pat Dixon presiding at the Libertarian Party of Texas state convention in Temple on April 12, 2014.
Credit Ross Ramsey / The Texas Tribune

The Texas Libertarian Party recently held its convention in Temple to nominate statewide candidates.  With fewer votes than it takes to get on the vestry of a church, November nominees were chosen.  But, there are advantages to being a small group reported The Texas Tribune.

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Oil & Gas
8:00 pm
Sun April 20, 2014

Oklahoma: No rule change for disposal wells permits, but approval process subtly different

Credit JOE WERTZ / STATEIMPACT OKLAHOMA

As experts continue to point to injection wells as the reason for increased earthquake activity, regulators in Oklahoma have changed the way permits for these wells are approved according to StateImpact Oklahoma.

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drought
8:00 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Western Kansas drought scars run deep

On normal years, thousands of acres of crops receive supplemental irrigation water from the Amazon Ditch. But Ditch Superintendent Dan Maxfield hasn't made a call for water from John Martin Reservoir in Colorado. There's none to be had.
Amy Bickel kansasagland.com

Even if you had no idea western Kansas was in the midst of a long-term drought, the scars are hard to miss.  Corrals and roads are drifted with tumbleweeds.  Irrigation ditches are bone dry.  Fence rows are filled with drifted sand, and grass in the pastures has disappeared according to a recent article from Kansas Agland.  

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1:06 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

State attorneys general gather in Denver to talk fracking regulation

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About a dozen attorneys general attended the first-ever conference on fracking.
The fracking boom in Colorado and other western states has attorneys general dealing with an evolving and thorny set of legal and public policy issues. About a dozen attorneys general met in Denver yesterday for a first-ever gathering on fracking, sponsored by the Conference of Western Attorneys General.
Growing on the High Plains
8:00 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Kale: Everything old is new again

Ornamental kale
Credit wikipedia.org

 There’s an old song, “Everything old is new again.”  This year a portion of Skip’s vegetable garden will be on the cutting edge of the latest culinary style.  In addition to featuring some heritage tomatoes and watermelons from the 1800s, she’s decided to add some kale seeds to the patch of greens that traditionally provide the makings of her summer salads.  If you haven’t been to the produce section recently, here’s an update on what’s hot and what’s not.

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Oklahoma State Government
8:00 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

‘August: Osage County’ reveals Oklahoma film rebates are “bad business”

State Rep. David Dank (R-Oklahoma City)
Credit http://kgou.org/

Oklahoma State Rep. David Dank says a recently released report the Oklahoma Department of Commerce shows legislative film rebates are a “bad deal” according to a recent story from KGOU.

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Oil & Gas
8:00 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Own your very own Texas oil well

Credit texasstaralliance.com

The Lone Star State has always been willing to gamble on oil and gas drilling.  The bets are big, and the latest boom has mostly been the work of companies and investors with plenty of capital.  A new Texas company could change that.  For a minimum investment of $80,000 you can own your very own oil well reported StateImpact Texas.

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Texas Panhandle
8:00 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Amarillo: Town Square Village is more than another development

Architectural drawing of Town Square
Credit Michael Schumacher / amarillo.com

Town Square Village is a four-square-mile piece of southwest Amarillo with a vision of being more than another development.  The multimillion-dollar expansion will be an “urban landscape where apartment dwellers live above stores and restaurants in a pedestrian-friendly community core surrounded by row houses and suburbs of single-family homes,” according to a recent article in the Amarillo Globe-News

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Oklahoma Panhandle
8:00 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Oklahoma: Lone Democrat joins US 3rd District race

Credit oksenate.gov

Lone Democrat, Frankie Lee Robbins, wants to unseat 10-term U.S. Rep Frank Lucas in Oklahoma’s 3rd Congressional District according to The Republic.

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Swisher County
8:00 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Texas Panhandle: First hantavirus case of 2014

deer mouse
Credit unl.edu

A Swisher County resident is the first case of Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome in Texas this year according to a recent news release from the Texas Department of State Health Services.  

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1:10 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Don't miss the rare blood moon tonight

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There was a time when a blood moon didn't happen for 300 years. Tonight's forecast of mostly clear skies across the high plains should give good visibility to the total lunar eclipse. The moon will have a burnt reddish orange color. The eclipse will be seen about 1am central time.
On Tuesday, April 15, there will be a total lunar eclipse that will turn the moon a coppery red, NASA says. It's called a blood moon, and it's one of four total eclipses that will take place in North America within the next year and a half.
Food Processing
8:00 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Labeling accident proves fake meat taste is improving

Ethan Brown, the founder of Beyond Meat, and colleagues served meatless tacos at the Natural Products Expo in Anaheim, Calif.
Credit Ann Johansson / nytimes.com

The taste of vegetarian meat substitute is improving.  It’s so good, in fact, that consumers couldn’t tell if they were eating meat substitute or chicken in a salad product from Whole Foods.  The labels on the products were inadvertently switched.  Whole Foods had to recall the item not because of consumer complaints, but federal labeling requirements.  Consumers eating the plant protein substitute were inadvertently exposed to soy and eggs, which are allergens requiring labeling according to a recent article in the New York Times.

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Water Conservation
8:00 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Water Basics 101

This map portrays the volume of water being depleted from rivers, lakes and aquifers on a daily basis (MGD = million gallons per day).
Credit EPRI, 2014

Math helps us understand the causes of water shortages, how much water we’re wasting, as well as predict flooding.  The big picture can be seen when you grasp how much water is falling as rain or snow, moving into rivers or aquifers, and how much is being used in cities, industry and farms.  An explanation of the current water situation from the National Geographic can be found here.   

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Kiowa County
8:00 pm
Sun April 6, 2014

Southeastern Colorado: Small community gambles economic future on casinos

Grain storage, houses and out buildings as well as playground Residents attend the Eads Main Street Bash aimed at raising money to save the town's theater, August 10, 2013.
Credit RJ Sangosti / denverpost.com

The Kiowa County oil and gas boom has tanked, and now the small community of Eads is putting its economic development bets on casino gambling according to a recent article from the Denver Post

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Invasive weeds
8:00 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Tumbleweeds drift across the High Plains causing havoc

Tumbleweeds, also know as Russian thistle, clog a road in Crowley County in southeast Colorado.
Credit Crowley County Road and Bridge Department

Prolonged drought, bursts of high winds, and untimely rain is a recipe for an explosion of tumbleweeds across the rolling plains of southeastern Colorado, parts of New Mexico and the Texas Panhandle said a recent article in Reuters.

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Music
8:00 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Last dance for Kansas Polka Lovers Klub

Walter and Dorothy Urban were the King and Queen of the Kansas chapter of Polka Lovers Klub of America in 2000.
Credit kansas.com

After 31 years, the Kansas chapter of the Polka Lovers Klub has schottisched for the last time to the steady oom-pah-pah beat.  Membership has been declining, volunteers willing to serve as officers were hard to find, and most dancers are over 70 years old.

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Texas Panhandle
8:00 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Carson County Texas: Pantex plant under new management

Credit dshs.state.tx.us

Consolidated Nuclear Security is the new Pantex Plant Contractor according to a recent article in the Amarillo Globe-News.  The Government Accountability Office rejected the third contract protest by a representative of Babcock and Wilcox Co. who currently operate the Carson County nuclear weapons plant.

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Conservation
8:00 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Kansas: Wildlife and conservation bills spur strong emotions

Bill Johnson, right, has been working to get a conservation easement put on his property so a favored wetlands could never be drained and the land developed. A current bill could greatly hamper conservation easements in Kansas.
Credit Michael Pearce / kansas.com

Legislative action to revoke the Kansas Endangered Species Act and another bill to prevent landowners from locking their property indefinitely into conservation programs are firing up conservationists reported the Wichita Eagle.

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Conservation of the lesser prairie chicken
8:00 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Kansas joins Oklahoma’s lawsuit over federal listing of lesser prairie chicken as threatened

Lesser Prairie Chicken
Credit watchdog.org

Gov. Sam Brownback recently announced that Kansas is joining a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over the designation of the lesser prairie chicken as a threatened species according to a recent article in the Wichita Eagle.

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Oklahoma State Government
8:00 pm
Sun March 30, 2014

Oklahoma Oil Executive Doesn’t Think Oil and Gas Tax Cuts are Needed

Don Millican, CFO, Kaiser-Francis Oil Company.
Credit JOE WERTZ / STATEIMPACT OKLAHOMA

The Kaiser-Francis Oil Company is like other Oklahoma energy empires in many ways.  It’s been created by entrepreneurs who pulled themselves up by the bootstraps.  It’s ruled by a billionaire CEO who has weather storms of controversy and showers of praise, but the Tulsa-based exploration and production company is different.  It isn’t pushing for oil and gas tax cuts according to a recent article from StateImpact Oklahoma.

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GoCode Colorado
9:25 am
Sat March 29, 2014

App Competition Underway in Colorado

Credit blogs.telegraph.co.uk

Recently programmers from five Colorado cities began competing against each other to create apps with a goal of putting to use massive amounts of public data sitting in virtual file drawers of government agencies reported Elaine Grant for Colorado Matters.

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Texas State Government
8:00 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Despite National Efforts, Texas isn’t supportive of GMO labeling

Credit bestmeal.info

Eric Herm is one of a small group of farmers and environmental advocates pushing for labeling of GMO products in Texas according to a recent article in the Texas Tribune

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