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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Renewable Energy
8:00 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Kansas: Renewable energy repeal stalled out

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The Kansas House rejected a bill to repeal the state’s renewable energy standards.  Kansas Public Radio reported the vote was 44-77. 

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Kansas State Government
8:00 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

KDOT agrees to landmark-saving compromise

Point of Rocks landmark on US 50 outside Dodge City, Kansas.
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A compromise of a 16-foot median is the solution to US Highway 50 expansion between Dodge City and Cimarron, Kansas reported the Dodge City Daily Globe.

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Agriculture
8:00 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

How drought, cattle, and Crimea affect Texas cotton farming

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Farmers across the high plains are faced with planting choices every year.  This year Texas farmers are wondering if corn, cotton, or sorghum will make the most money according to StateImpact Texas

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Kansas
8:00 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Western Kansas thriving despite national slump

Main Street of Garden City, Kansas
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There’s work in western Kansas.  The region hasn’t seen a decline like the rest of the country said a recent article in RFD-TV Magazine

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Renewable Energy
8:00 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

On the roads: Trucks transporting wind farm parts from Kansas and Iowa to the Texas Panhandle

Pattern Energy moves wind turbine components by special trailer to the Texas Panhandle.
Credit amarillo.com

Pattern Energy is moving components from Hutchinson and Abilene, Kansas, as well as Iowa, to the Texas Panhandle.  Sections of towers that hold the large blades in the air and the narcelles that hold the equipment that makes electricity from the turning blades are transported by trucks pulling specially built trailers.  The components are headed for two projects located north of Amarillo.

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Oklahoma State Government
8:00 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Endangered species settlements prompt lawsuit by Oklahoma AG and energy group

Lesser Prairie Chicken
Credit wikipedia.org

The Oklahoma Attorney General and the Domestic Energy Producers Alliance recently filed a lawsuit against the Department of the Interior and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for “colluding” with environmental groups to bypass public procedures for rule-making to enact endangered species regulations said a recent article by StateImpact Oklahoma.

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Texas Panhandle
8:00 pm
Sun March 23, 2014

Texas: Lake Meredith still generating revenue despite low water levels

Lake Meredith
Credit amarillo.com

The water level is down, and so are the number of people visiting Lake Meredith and the associated Alibates Flint Quarries.  However, the sites are still impacting the area’s economy in a positive manner said a recent article in the Amarillo News-Globe.

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Kansas Election 2014
8:00 pm
Sun March 23, 2014

Democratic candidate says Kansas 1st District has lost ag influence and bipartisanship

Jim Sherow
Credit Christopher Guinn / Dodge City Globe

Jim Sherow is challenging Rep. Tim Huelskamp to represent the 1st District of Kansas.  The Democratic hopeful says Huelskamp has lost west Kansas’s influence in the House, especially on agricultural issues reported the Dodge City Daily Globe.

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Kansas State Government
8:00 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Judge orders federal commission to add Kansas and Arizona voting requirements

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A Wichita judge ordered the Election Assistance Commission to enforce Kansas and Arizona laws requiring additional documents to prove citizenship for new voters reported the Wichita Eagle.

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Renewable Energy
8:00 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

First community-owned solar garden comes to Kansas

A solar panel garden in Houston, Texas
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Two energy companies are partnering to build the largest community solar array in Kansas.  Community-owned Midwest Energy and community solar developer Clean Energy Collective (CEC) signed an agreement to build a 1-MW community solar photovoltaic array according to a recent article in Utility Products.

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Texas State Government
8:00 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Texas regulations could kill bid for Tesla plant

Tesla roadster
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Texas is one of four finalists trying to reel in Tesla Motors from California.  However, the state will not allow the company to sell its upscale electric cars directly to consumers because of long-standing state laws protecting and regulating auto dealerships according to the Texas Tribune.

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Growing on the High Plains
8:00 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Full Circle Farming: Fins and Flora

Alice shows Skip the lettuce plugs
Barb Blevins High Plains Public Radio

We'll continue our visit to Beaver Creek Ranch with a look at Full Circle Aquaponics, a re-circulating system combining aquaculture (fish) and hydroponics (plants).  We'll start our tour in a  low-energy footprint greenhouse designed by Alice Hill and take a look at how tilapia fish and a variety of greens and lettuces support each other.

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Weather
8:00 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Kansas: The quiet start of tornado season might not last

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Tornado season has begun, and it’s off to a pretty quiet start, but weather officials say that won’t last according to a recent article in the Wichita Eagle.

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HPPR Economy and Enterprise
8:00 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Bell begins work on a new helicopter

The Relentless 525
Credit amarillo.com

The Bell Amarillo plant is beginning to assemble roofs, floors, nose and tail sections of the Relentless 525—a new civilian helicopter said a recent article in the Amarillo Globe-News.

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Agriculture
8:00 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Texas Farming Update: Panhandle Farmers do well in sorghum competition

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Panhandle farmers did well this year in the National Sorghum Producers competition reported Kevin Welch for the Amarillo Globe-News.

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Texas Election 2014
8:00 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Kinky Friedman could be Texas Democrat’s best chance at a statewide win

Kinky Friedman
Credit NICOLE WEINGART / nashvillescene.com

Texas Democrats' best hope to score a win in the statewide election could be Kinky Friedman.  Friedman is in the May 27 runoff with Jim Hogan to be the Democratic nominee for agriculture commissioner reported Ross Ramsey for the Texas Tribune.

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Weather
8:00 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Haboob blasts across the High Plains

NASA’s Terra satellite spied these streams of dust blowing south across Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico on March 11, 2014. Look for the streamers of pale, sand-colored stuff south of the big cloud bank.
NASA

A towering wall of dust known as a haboob pushed across a big swath of the High Plains last Tuesday said an article from Discover.

The dust streamed out of Colorado and Kansas into Oklahoma, Texas, and New Mexico.

Winds gusting to almost 60 miles per hour reduced visibility to almost zero in southwestern Kansas. 

Texas Panhandle
8:00 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Amarillo makes the top 20 of cities to start a business

Amarillo skyline
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Amarillo ranks the 14th best city to start a business said a recent article in the Amarillo Globe-News.  

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Kansas State Legislative Session 2014
8:00 pm
Sun March 16, 2014

Kansas Senate passes bills regarding foster parents rights and voter party changes

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Two bills were recently passed by the Kansas Senate.  

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Agriculture
8:00 pm
Sun March 16, 2014

High Plains dairy producers attend Lubbock conference

Credit Kay Ledbetter / Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

Over 300 participants attended the High Plains Dairy Conference in Lubbock, Texas.  Most of them were from Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Kansas and Colorado according to a University News release.

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Texas State Government
8:00 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

New Texas abortion law spurs nonprofit development and court appeal

Lenzi Sheible founded Fund Texas Women, a non-profit organization that pays for women's travel costs associated with obtaining an abortion.
Credit Lenzi Sheible/Todd Wiseman / The Texas Tribune

Last year, Texas lawmakers passed House Bill 2, which made abortion rules even more stringent.  The procedure was banned after 20 weeks of gestation and physicians performing abortions were required to have hospital admitting privilege within 30 miles of an abortion facility.  Those changes reduced access to abortions across the state according to The Texas Tribune.

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Agriculture
8:00 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Kansas: Greeley County hog farm expansion approved by KDHE

The Ladder Creek farm site in Greeley County is the largest hog-growing facility in Kansas. The operation is located 12 miles north of Tribune on Highway 27 and east on 12 Mile Road. With its expansion permit approved it can legally have up to 365,000 pigs.
Credit Phil Cauthon / Kansas Health Institute

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment approved the expansion of Seaboard Farms’ Ladder Creek hog farm according to a recent article from the Kansas Health Institute.

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Oil & Gas
8:00 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Texas: Unlikely to be a leader in methane reduction

Texas drilling rig
Credit blog.heartland.org

Texas is the nation’s top energy producer.  It could also be the leader in slashing emissions of methane.  But it’s unlikely that state environmental regulators will embrace the opportunity according to a recent article from the Texas Tribune.  

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4:51 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Kansas Attorney General Gives Legislators School Funding Deadline

Lead in text: 
The Kansas Supreme Court recently ruled on the school funding issue. The Kansas Attorney General recently gave legislators a deadline for solving the issue.
Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt made it emphatically clear to Republican lawmakers Monday that they must act to fix inequities in school funding before July 1 - or a district court could take action for them. The state Supreme Court's decision in a school-funding lawsuit Friday requires the Legislature to equalize local option budget and capital outlay funds for school districts, Schmidt said.
Texas Election 2014
8:01 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Texas: Wendy Davis on candidacy, border voters, abortion, and her plans if elected

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Democratic-gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis recently appeared on TribLive, a Texas Tribune interview program.  

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Wind Energy
8:00 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

New study reveals wind turbine placement could reduce yield

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A new study by the University of Texas at San Antonio found that placing wind turbines too closely together in a wind farm causes turbulence that reduces productivity according to a recent article by StateImpact Texas.  

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Texas Education
8:00 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Texas Universities will not lower admission standards to match high school graduation requirements

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The Texas State Board of Education recently changed graduation requirements, curriculum, and testing requirements under the guidelines from lawmakers.  As part of the January change, algebra II will no longer be part of the “foundation graduation plan” beginning this fall said a recent article in the Texas Tribune.

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Election 2014
8:00 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Kansas: Democratic party focuses on bringing in moderate Republicans

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The Democrats recently held their convention in Topeka.  Their strategy to win the governor’s race and a few House seats is simple:  Convince moderate Republicans dissatisfied with the conservative wing of the GOP that they have a place underneath the Democratic Party’s big tent said a recent article in The Wichita Eagle.

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Wind Energy
8:00 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Texas: Wind turbine clearinghouse comes to Plainview

Turbine blades on railcars like this, will be coming to Plainview, Texas.
Credit blogs.democratandchronicle.com

Tri Global Energy and BNSF Railway have joined forces to create a clearinghouse for wind energy equipment east of Plainview, Texas according to The Amarillo Globe-News

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Texas Election 2014
8:00 pm
Sun March 9, 2014

Texas: The Tea Party finds a silver lining in the primaries

Senator John Cornyn easily won his Republican primary on Tuesday.
Credit texastribune.org

In the Texas primary, four of the five candidates in judicial and legislative races endorsed by Ted Cruz won on Tuesday said The New York Times.  

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