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
Thu January 30, 2014

Reducing Oklahoma oil and gas tax breaks could be a key to a balanced state budget

Tax breaks for certain kinds of oil and gas production will cost Oklahoma millions this year.
Credit OU

Energy production tax breaks will cost Oklahoma $307 million in 2014, and $304 million in 2015.  This year state leaders expect $170 million budget shortfall.  In other words, the expected budget shortfall is about half what the state gives away in tax breaks to oil and gas companies reported Matt Trotter for Public Radio Tulsa.  

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Advanced practice registered nurses
8:00 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Kansas nurses press for more practice independence

Rep. Peggy Mast — a Republican from Emporia and the House Speaker Pro Tem — speaks with Merilyn Douglass, a advanced practice registered nurse from Garden City and chair of the Kansas APRN Task Force.
Credit Phil Cauthon / Kansas Health Institute

The solution to the physician shortage in Kansas could be allowing nurses with advanced skills to become more independent of physicians say advocates of changing state law in a recent article from the Kansas Health Institute.  Under current regulations, an advanced practice registered nurse, APRN or nurse practitioner, has to work under a “collaborative practice agreement” with a supervising physician.

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EPA asks for input
8:01 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Texas regulators weigh in on proposed greenhouse gas rules

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

President Obama instructed the Environmental Protection Agency to revise greenhouse gas limits for existing power plants.  The suggested changes are to be proposed by June 2015, and Texas regulators have already weighed in according to The Texas Tribune.

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Kansas State Government
8:00 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Brownback pushes for all-day kindergarten

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback visited Roesland Elementary School in Roeland Park recently to promote his plan to fund all-day kindergarten programs. Kindergartener Wren Hillburn is cutting out a Kansas Jayhawk, and Aidan Dulya, left, watches. Shawnee Mission is one of 20 districts in the state that charge for full-day kindergarten.
Credit RICH SUGG / The Kansas City Star

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback wants to fully fund all-day kindergarten.  Brownback proposes spending $80 million for the nearly 40,000 children across the state.  He calls it a strategic investment to ensure children are better positioned to succeed in school. 

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Agriculture
12:58 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

The farm bill passes the House, no thanks to Kansas legislators

A lone tractor with grain wagon must keep up with several combines in this Kansas field of Hard Red Winter wheat.
Credit kswheat.org

The farm bill was passed by the House and sent to the Senate.  The compromise farm bill totals almost $100 billion a year, and contains a small cut in food stamps and preserves most crop subsidies according to a recent article in the Washington Post.

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Kansas
8:00 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Happy Birthday, Kansas!

Credit topeka365.com

The Path to Statehood

Kansas became the 34th state on January 29, 1861.  The journey to become a state was long and bloody.  The Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854 opened the two territories to settlement and allowed the new settlers to determine whether the states would be admitted to the union as “free” or “slave.”  

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The Kansas Children's Cabinet
8:00 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Kansas: When the tobacco money’s gone, what will fund children’s programs?

Credit watchdog.org

Tobacco settlement funds were earmarked for children’s programs in Kansas.  The money was to be vetted by the 15-member Kansas Children’s Cabinet.  The intent was to channel the funds toward “innovative” new programs that would supplement, rather than supplant, those already paid for by the state general fund according to The Topeka Capital-Journal.

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Texas Election 2014
8:00 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Lt. Gov. Candidates Debate in Dallas

Clockwise, the four GOP Candidates for Lt. Gov.: incumbent David Dewhurst, Agricultural Commissioner Todd Staples; Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson; and state Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston.
Credit Bob Daemmrich / texastribune.org

The four Republican candidates for lieutenant governor debated this week in Dallas.  They took on end-of-life issues and border security, but there wasn’t much to distinguish one from another on policy according to The Texas Tribune.

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Cattle Ranching
8:00 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

The National Western Stock Show reflects changes in the cowboy way of life

The crowd at a the stock show sale.
Credit Matthew Starver / nytimes.com

The National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colorado, has been a diamond in the crown of cowboy life for over 100 years.  It also is a reflection of the way life is changing at home on the range.  

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Texas Education
8:00 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Texas: December STAAR testing results aren’t good

A sample English I writing question, released from the 2011 STAAR test.
Credit Texas Education Agency / kut.org

Students are having trouble passing the English I writing exam of the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, or STAAR test.  As a matter of fact, 85 percent did not pass the December test, and most of them were taking the test for the second time according to a recent article from KUT.

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Kansas State Government
8:00 pm
Sun January 26, 2014

Kobach Voter Registration Update: Kansas Birth Certificate Comparison Reduces Number of Ineligible

Credit theusconstitution.org

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach recently said comparing voter registration applications against Kansas birth certificates reduced the backlog of registrants whose voting rights are on hold because they don’t meet the new proof of citizenship requirement according to the Wichita Eagle.

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Affordable Care Act
8:00 pm
Sun January 26, 2014

Colorado Medicaid Expansion Could Result in More ER Visits

Credit sostadiumstatus.blogspot.com

Colorado has expanded the Medicaid program, as part of the state’s implementation of the Affordable Care Act.  That means tens of thousands of new Medicaid patients will have access to healthcare.  Proponents of the Affordable Care Act say that getting more people insured will cut down on emergency room visits, but a recent study shows that is not what happened in Oregon according to a recent conversation on Colorado Matters from Colorado Public Radio.

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High Plains Outdoors Episode
8:00 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Hog Hunting With Nikon Camera Gets Western

This boar is headed right for me! Thank heaven for trees!
Credit Luke Clayton

Howdy folks!  You have got to listen to this week's show!  I'm talking with big bore air rifle designer and builder Terry Tate.  We had quite an adventure hog hunting, and I got my first big game with an air rifle. 

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Kansas State Legislative Session 2014
8:00 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Western Kansas Legislator Says Family Focus Guides His Voting

Representative John Ewy, R, District 117
Credit votesmart.org

John Ewy is the legislator from the 117th district in the Kansas House of Representatives.  He says one focus guides his voting.

“I think about that every time I sit down and there’s a bill to vote on,” Ewy said. “Number one, how is it going to affect the 117th district? How is it going to affect families?”

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Kansas State Government
8:00 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Kansas Chief Justice Responds to Criticism and Funding in State of the Judiciary Address

Kansas Supreme Court Chief Justice Lawton Nuss.
Credit John Milburn / Associated Press

Kansas Chief Justice Lawton Nuss seemed to respond to Gov. Sam Brownback’s remarks pointed at the Supreme Court in his State of the Judiciary address reported Bryan Lowry for the Wichita Eagle.

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Kansas State Government
8:00 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Kansas Home Inspectors No Longer Regulated

Kerry Parham warns homebuyers and sellers to verify certifications of potential inspectors now that a law regulating the industry has ended.
Credit Mike Hutmacher / The Wichita Eagle

The Kansas law regulating home inspectors expired in 2013.  Gov. Same Brownback vetoed a measure allowing the law to continue, saying he didn’t see evidence that large number of Kansans were being ripped off by home inspectors according to the Wichita Eagle.

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Kansas Election 2014
8:00 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Kobach Leads The Fundraising Race for Kansas Secretary of State

Jean Schodorf, left and Kris Kobach, right.
Credit cjonline.com

Campaign finance records show Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has fundraised more than twice the amount of Democratic challenger Jean Schodorf according to the Wichita Eagle.

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Texas State Government
8:00 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Failure to ‘Call Before You Dig’ Is a Big Cause of Texas Pipeline Accidents

Temporary sign marks where gas pipeline is buried along road under construction in Harris County.
Credit DAVE FEHLING / StateImpact Texas

Texas has the most miles of natural gas pipelines.  It also has the most accidents.  Federal pipeline regulators say Texas and Florida give the most exemptions regarding who has to notify a pipeline or utility company before digging according to StateImpact Texas.

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Texas Panhandle
8:00 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Amarillo has a new—and Official—City Logo

The new City of Amarillo logo designed by Mitchell Tyler
Credit amarillo.com

The city of Amarillo unveiled their new logo this week.  The logo was approved by the city council, and designed by Tyler Mitchell according to a recent article in the Amarillo Globe-News.

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Garfield County, Colorado
8:00 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Study Links Natural Gas Drilling and Spills to Hormone Disrupting Chemicals

A drill rig in Garfield, County Colorado.
Credit Courtesy of Carol Kwiatkowski / Colorado Public Radio

Chemicals used in gas drilling work against our endocrine system, a network of glands and cells that release hormones into our bodies.  The chemical disrupters can effect fertility, sperm counts, cause breast and prostate cancer, compromise our immune system, and even contribute to obesity, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes.  

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HPPR Government and Politics
8:00 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Davis Claims Fundraising Victory—Republicans Question Math

Credit Laura Buckman / Bob Daemmrich / texastribune.org

The race to be the next governor of Texas is heating up, and this time the competition is about who has raised the most money in the last half of 2013.  Democratic contender, Wendy Davis claims to have raised $12.2 million, while Republican Greg Abbott reported $11.5.  Simple logic says that Davis won that lap, but the Republican camp is saying Davis is employing “fuzzy math” to inflate her total and create positive momentum reported Jay Root for The Texas Tribune.

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Texas Panhandle
8:00 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

New United Supermarket Location Brings 250 Jobs to Amarillo

Credit amarillo.com

The United Supermarket location on South Soncy Road will bring about 250 new jobs to Amarillo according to the Amarillo Globe-News.  The supermarket will be hosting a job fair from Jan. 27 through Feb. 7 at Redeemer Christian Church located at 3701 South Soncy Road.

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Texas Panhandle
8:00 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

Pantex: Water and Soil Cleanup Efforts Appear to Be Working

This Sept. 4, 1992 file aerial photo provided by Pantex shows the U.S. Department of Energy's Pantex Plant near Amarillo, Texas.
Credit AP Photo/Pantex, File / mercurynews.com

Pantex is the nation’s only plant for assembling and disassembling nuclear weapons.  The plant was added to the national Superfund cleanup list because of past site practices of burning chemicals in unlined pits, burying waste in unlined landfills, and discharging waste into on-site surface waters known as playa lakes in 1994.  The first five year review of the site was recently completed, and it appears efforts to clean up soil and groundwater contamination have been effective according to The San Jose Mercury News.

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Kansas State Legislative Session 2014
8:00 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

Lobbyists Will Not Push For Kansas Ag Law Revision This Session

Ag law reform would effect ag transactions like The Ladder Creek farm site in Greeley County. The land was sold to Seaboard by farmer, Danny Peter. Ladder Creek is the largest hog-growing facility in Kansas. The operation is located due north of Tribune and east on 12 Mile Road. Seaboard recently applied to expand it to 200,000. If approved, that would make it the second largest hog-growing facility in the nation.
Credit Phil Cauthon / Kansas Health Institute

The Kansas Agricultural Growth and Rural Investment Initiative was introduced last session.  It’s goal was to allow any agricultural business to operate anywhere in the state, but lobbyists say they will not attempt to change the law this year according to The Kansas Health Institute

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Agriculture
8:00 pm
Sun January 19, 2014

Expert Worries Current Conditions Will Destroy Oklahoma’s Cattle Market

Credit oklahomafarmreport.com

Oklahoma ranks number five in the nation when it comes to the number of cattle, but years of drought and high market prices are fueling a sell-off, and experts worry that the $4.5 billion dollar industry is in a downward spiral that will be difficult to recover from according to an article from StateImpact Oklahoma.

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Texas Panhandle
8:00 pm
Sun January 19, 2014

Drought and Extreme Cold May Have Damaged Winter Crops

Wheat plots, forefront, in the High Plains appear to have little to no damage from extreme cold temperatures, however oats, middle of picture, at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research trials near Bushland show damage.
Credit Jason Baker / Texas A&M AgriLife Research photo

While timely rains have the Texas wheat crop looking much better this year, however the drought and cold may have done some damage to winter crops reported AgriLife Today.

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Kansas State Government
8:00 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Brownback Tries to Back Off Supreme Court Justices in State of the State Speech

Gov. Brownback giving the State of the State speech.
Credit ksn.com

Governor Sam Brownback said the number one item in the state budget is education in his recent State of the State speech according to a recent article from the Kansas Health Institute.  

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Eastern Colorado
8:00 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

A Photo Journal of Low Times on the High Plains

HASWELL, CO - JUNE 23: A tumbleweed races across what once was fertile farmland, but now looks more like a desert suffering from years of drought, June 23, 2013. A small rain storm in the background dropped some much-needed rain. It was a little too late to save this year's crops at a farm in Haswell.
Credit RJ Sangosti / The Denver Post

RJ Sangosti spent the past year in high plains communities of Eastern Colorado.  It is a time of struggle for the region.  Years without rain are pushing changes in agriculture, the region’s main industry.  Farms are getting bigger, pushing small farmers out.  Young people are leaving to continue their education, and not returning.  Corporate stores in nearby cities are strangling main street businesses.  Housing values are declining.  

But, a handful remain-the hardy and determined ones.  Enjoy this photographic vignette of life in Eastern Colorado by RJ Sangosti for the Denver Post by going here.  

Values
8:00 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Satanic Temple Shares Monument Design for Oklahoma Capitol

Monument design for the Oklahoma Capitol
Credit The Satanic Temple

The Satanic Temple started a campaign in December to place a monument of their own next to the Ten Commandments on the grounds of the Oklahoma State Capitol according to The Economist.

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Kansas State Government
8:00 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Kansas Business Owners Say Taxes are Too High Despite Cuts

Credit ocpathink.org

Gov. Sam Brownback says Kansas has the best tax environment in the nation for small businesses, however 57% of business owners say state and local taxes are too high despite state tax cuts reported Bryan Lowry for the Wichita Eagle.

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