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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Texas State Government
8:00 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

The Race to be Texas Governor: It’s no Claytie and the Lady

Ann Richards (l) on the campaign trail in 1988 and Clayton Williams during the campaign in 1990
Credit texastribune.org

The last open race for governor of Texas was in 1990 —  a contest that ultimately featured two charismatic politicians and attracted national attention.  But a recent piece in The New York Times said Greg Abbott is no Clayton Williams, and Wendy Davis is no Ann Richards.

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Texas State Government
8:00 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Liberals and Conservatives in the Texas House: The 2013 Rankings Are In

Credit texastribune.org

Mark P. Jones, chairman of Rice University’s political science department, updated his rankings of Texas state representatives based on their votes during this years sessions.  The Texas Tribune recently featured Jones and his results.

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Colorado History
8:00 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Denver: Historic Brown Palace is For Sale

The Brown Palace Hotel. Denver, Colorado
Credit Brown Palace Hotel

The historic Brown Palace Hotel, in downtown Denver, is for sale. This is only the fourth time its been on the market since opening more than a century ago according to a recent feature of Colorado Matters.

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Election 2014
8:00 pm
Sun October 6, 2013

Who’s Who in the Next Texas Governor Race

Credit jjo78.blogspot.com

A recent piece in the Economist provides an outsider’s view of the players and dynamics of the Texas governor’s race. 

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Ogallala Aquifer Key to Ag Success
8:00 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Kansas Agriculture: What Counties Make the Most Money?

Irrigation Sprinkler in Southwest Kansas
Credit harvestpublicmedia.org

The top ag revenue counties in Kansas are not in the east where water flows freely in rivers and creeks.  The top producers are in the dry west according to Drovers Cattle Network.

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Texas State Government
8:00 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Texas Elections 2014: Texas Railroad Commission is an Important Race

Credit .epbusinessjournal.com

In the next state election, Texas has important choices to make.  One of the most significant races in terms of state impact, is also one of the most unknown and unnoticed according to The Texas Tribune

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Eastern Colorado
8:00 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Pedal the Plains: Explore Colorado’s Eastern Plains

Credit Pedal the Plains

Celebrate the agricultural roots and frontier heritage of Colorado’s Eastern Plains by participating in the second annual “Pedal the Plains.”  This year there’s a brand new route for cyclists of all ages and abilities.  Riders will have a chance to taste regional foods, learn about the area from local experts, try their hand at local crafts, enjoy lively entertainment, and experiment, hands-on, with farming techniques.

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Dodge City 300
8:00 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Back in the Day: Dodge City was… Sturgis Nascar?

Credit http://dodgecity300.org/

In 1914, 17,000 people came to watch the Dodge City 300.  A motorcycle race that took place on an oval track, northeast of Dodge City.  The epic race took place on July 4.  26 trains a day brought race fans to town.

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Oil & Gas
8:00 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Oklahoma: Does a booming oil industry need tax incentives?

Credit State Impact Oklahoma

As the oilfields boom in Oklahoma, so are the state tax credits for drilling reported State Impact Oklahoma.  

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Wind Energy
8:00 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Texas Wind Energy Production: West Texas Leads

Credit State Impact Texas

Texas leads the nation in wind energy production, and a lot of that wind power comes from the panhandle.  A recent article from State Impact Texas features a map showing annual wind energy production by county. 

If you’d like to see wind energy production around the world, The Wind Power, is a wind industry website that maintains a database of all wind farms. 

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Kansas Education
8:01 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Kansas Higher Education Funding: The Search for Middle Ground

A full moon rises behind a statue of a Kansas Indian on top of the Kansas Statehouse in Topeka, Kansas
Credit Charlie Riedel/Associated Press

Negotiations may be on the horizon for higher education spending, but the Wichita Eagle reports agreement seems a long way off.

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Growing on the High Plains Episode
9:00 pm
Sun July 28, 2013

Busy Bee Farms Part Three: A legacy for the future

Ready to leave the greenhouse.
Credit Skip Mancini

Our final trip to Busy Bee Farms includes some advice from the experts on how to choose and use a great tasting tomato.  Differences between tomatoes that are shipped long distances and the greenhouse or homegrown varieties are explored, as well as tips on storing colorful heirloom tomatoes.  Susan also sums up the family's belief in the true rewards of hard work.     

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Climate
8:01 pm
Sun July 28, 2013

Texas Attorney General Candidate Does Not Believe in Global Warming

Barry Smitherman
Credit texastribune.org

Barry Smitherman, the head of Texas’ oil and gas drilling regulatory agency, does not believe in global warming according to a recent piece by State Impact Texas.  Smitherman says before dismantling the electrical power generating fleet, there should be certainty about the role of CO2. 

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Texas Panhandle
8:01 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Downtown Amarillo: New Development Project Takes Form This Fall

Downtown Amarillo Skyline
Credit www.city-data.com

Three jewels, totaling $113 million, will be added to the crown of downtown Amarillo. They are: a $69.3 million convention center hotel, $30.3 million multi-purpose event venue, and $13.4 million parking garage.  The Amarillo Globe-News reported they will be constructed in the vicinity of City Hall and the Amarillo Civic Center.

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Severe Weather
8:00 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Texas Panhandle Communities: Weather Warning Systems

  While communities in the Texas Panhandle work to improve severe weather warning systems and equipment, experts say the best plan is your own.  

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Texas Panhandle
8:01 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

The Freedom Train Comes to Canyon, Texas- in Miniature

Walt and Linda Shelly operate their model train sets on display Monday at Canyon Area Library. The exhibit is made up of trains from their collection.
Credit Sean Steffen / AGN Media

The Freedom Train toured the country from 1947-1949, and again from 1975-1976.  It was  the idea of Attorney General Tom C. Clark to remind Americans of the freedoms, liberties, and sacrifices so often taken for granted.   The Amarillo Globe reported The Freedom Train is back... in miniature... in Canyon, Texas.  

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In memory of parents
5:51 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Lee Fund: Raising Alzheimer's Awareness in SW Kansas

I recently had the opportunity to sit down and talk with Skip Mancini and Jan Evans about a project to raise Alzheimer's awareness in southwest Kansas. 

Skip Mancini is the creator and voice of Growing on the High Plains.  She also has been profoundly affected by Alzheimer's.  Both her parents had the disease. 

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HPPR Economy and Enterprise
8:01 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Texas Panhandle Farmers Participate in Water Conservation Project

A device that transmits information on soil moisture in a cornfield belonging to David Ford (standing) a farmer near the Texas Panhandle town of Dumas. He is participating in a water-saving demonstration project.
Credit Jerod Foster

Motivated by water district regulations and a falling water table, a handful of farmers in the Texas Panhandle are participating in a water conservation project.  Farmers like Harold Grall, are implementing technology and changing farming practices to reduce water use and remain profitable reported The Texas Tribune.  

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HPPR Culture
11:21 am
Sat June 29, 2013

Indiana Jones Author Debuts Latest Work in Dodge City

  Max McCoy is a well-known and award-winning author.  The Dodge Globe reported that McCoy, a Kansas native and professor at Emporia State University, will launch his newest novel, “Of Grave Concern,” on Tuesday, July 2, 2:00 pm, at the Long Branch Saloon in Dodge City, Kansas.

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Government & Politics
5:26 am
Wed June 19, 2013

Last Minute Budget Addendum and Deadline Pressure Leads to Questionable Program Approval

Representative Marc Rhoades
Credit tilrc.org

In the midst of conference committee negotiations, with dozens of bargaining items on the table, Representative and House Appropriations Committee Chair, Marc Rhoades, presented a $12 million grant program earmarked for Educational Design Solutions.  Dave Ranney reported in a  recent article by the Kansas Institute of Health the Senate agreed to this addition partially out of desire to end the drawn out session to a close. 

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Environment
8:01 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Dust Storm Deja Vu?

John and Jane Stulp witnessed this massive dust storm approaching their farm near Lamar. Seven such storms have hit the area since November.
Credit Jane Stulp, Special to The Denver Post

Picture this:  A software engineer pulls off Highway 83  because the dirt is so thick he can't see.  Dirt drifts that require a farmer to get the scoop out for the tractor so he can clean up.  A layer of fine dust covers everything in the house, and people huddle in their bed and cover their heads so they can breathe.  Scenes from a Ken Burn's documentary?  No, it's happened seven times over the past few months right here on the high plains. 

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Government & Politics
12:20 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Constitutional Showdown Looming Over Kansas and Texas

Kansas Senate President Susan Wagle
Credit Dion Lefler/The Wichita Eagle

State legislatures are constitutionally mandated to provide adequate funding for schools.  Courts in both Kansas and Texas recently ruled this directive is not being met. 

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History
8:01 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Unique Teaching Tool Found at High Plains Museum

Credit High Plains Museum

If you google the galaxy planetary system made by The Thomas Kane & Company, you won't find it.  You will find information about their manufacture of blackboards, furniture, and maps, but not this interesting little galaxy gizmo made in 1881.  However, the one place you can see and learn about it is at the High Plains Museum in Goodland, Kansas. 

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High Plains History Episode
8:01 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

A Leaf Should Know Its Tree

A Young Velma Whipple

I met Velma Whipple Wancura two years ago.  Her grandson, Dan Wancura contacted me, telling me I needed to meet his grandmother.  He said the story of her life was simply amazing.  He was right. 

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High Plains History Episode
8:01 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Where I Come From

Virginia Kerns Frantz was born near Granada, Colorado on February 28, 1924.  She remembers her childhood as a hand to mouth existence.

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High Plains History Episode
8:01 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

End of an Era

Vintage Herb's Carry Out on Kansas Avenue in Garden City, KS

You get used to things always being there, maybe even take them for granted.  Things like snow at Christmas, Grandma sharing her wisdom no matter how old you are, Mom meeting you at the door when you pull in the drive, calling Dad when you have trouble with your car,  or driving to Herb's Carry Out for a burger and a piece of coconut cream pie.   Somehow, you're surprised when they are not.  November 21 will be the end of an era.  Herb's Carry Out, located on Kansas Avenue in Garden City, will be gone. 

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High Plains History episode
6:30 am
Wed May 9, 2012

Center City

If  a street could talk …. Polk Street would tell of the times when neon, cruising, boom and abundance were the themes of Amarillo.

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