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Texas employers added almost 14,000 jobs last month, according to the latest report from the Texas Workforce Commission.

Over the past year, the Lone Star State has added almost 210,000 jobs to its job-rolls, reinforcing the resiliency of the Texas economy.

Amarillo soon to gain new pediatric specialty facility

Nov 18, 2016

A pediatric specialty facility on the very near horizon will give Texas Panhandle-area families increased access to specialized care.

According to the Amarillo Globe, Texas Tech University’s Health Sciences Center is receiving a $6 million donation from the Children’s Miracle Network to fund a pediatric specialty facility, which will be located on Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center’s Amarillo campus.

Amarillo voters approve two bond propositions

Nov 14, 2016
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Amarillo voters approved two of seven capital improvement bond proposals in last week’s election.

Voters approved propositions to improve Amarillo streets and public safety.

Called “the best kind of singer-songwriter” by the Dallas Observer, Vanessa Peters has played more than 1,100 shows in 11 countries and has independently released ten critically acclaimed albums. She tours the US and much of Europe, where she has a strong fan base thanks to the albums she made with her former Italian band, Ice Cream on Mondays. (It's because in Italy, all the gelaterias are closed on Monday -- and Vanessa struggled. Oh, she struggled.) 

FASO is thrilled to present internationally celebrated concert violinist, Rachel Barton Pine for the 2nd concert in the Friends of Aeolian-Skinner Opus 1024 (FASO)'s 2016-2017 Concert Season on Sunday, October 16!

Concerts are held at Saint Andrew's Episcopal Church, (1601 Georgia St., Amarillo, TX). 

High Plains Morning was recently haunted by the living ghost of Gabrielle Louise, who was traveling through Amarillo while touring for her recent full-length album release, If the Static Clears.

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Two hundred employees at the distribution center owned by Hastings Entertainment are saying their goodbyes this week. Tuesday was the last day for Hastings’ warehouse and customer service workers, reports Amarillo.com.

Earlier this week, 150 employees of the soon-to-close entertainment chain gathered for a job fair at Sunset Center in Amarillo. Businesses like Suddenlink and the Salvation Army were there to take employee applications.

Band of Lovers is back! 

When music writer Kate Bee wrote about their debut album, “It’s a golden road trip,” her words also reflect the band’s lifestyle. Born on the road in the fall of 2013, Band of Lovers has been living and touring full-time in their self-converted 1997 Dodge van.

Check out Amarillo-based News Channel 10's coverage of HPPR's projected expansion, 94.9 FM Connect. Thanks to John Kanelis for this story. 

We're excited to explore this next chapter in our station's future!

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I worked for Hastings for a few years, in college, managing the book department and working at the front counter. In one way or another, Hastings has always been there for me. The retailer is as much a part of my childhood as Palo Duro Canyon or Cadillac Ranch--more so, probably, given how often I shopped there.

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Wills Elementary in Amarillo has been harvesting produce alongside the brick buildings of the school. And now those fruits and vegetables are going to a good cause, reports Amarillo.com. The food will help refugee and low-income families feed their families. The program is part of a partnership with the High Plains Food Bank.

****UPDATE: REGISTRATION IS FULL!

***But if you would like to volunteer, donate, or help out with this event in any way, contact Jenny ASAP at jinzerillo@hppr.org. We're going to have a blast!

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On Saturday, August 13th, High Plains Public Radio & the Amarillo Art Institute invite kids of the High Plains to CHASE THE SUNSET with a celebration of art, music, and nature to bid the summer a final farewell.

Rebecca Loebe
Live in Amarillo on Saturday, July 30th
The Chalice Abbey
(2717 Stanley – Off Georgia by Wolflin Square)
Doors @ 7p | Show @ 7:30p
Suggested Donation: $15

RSVP online or by calling 806.367.9088. 

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ABOUT REBECCA LOEBE: 

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As summer descends, concerns continue to mount that the Zika virus will spread in Texas over the coming months. In response, the City of Amarillo’s Public Health and Environmental Health departments have launched campaign called Mission Mosquito. The goal is to educate the public on how to prevent mosquito bites and reduce breeding areas in the city, reports MyHighPlains.com.

Jack Williams |  LIVE IN AMARILLO

Saturday, June 4th

@ The Fibonacci ~ (Chamber Music Amarillo)

3306 SW 6th Ave. ~ 7:00 p.m.

$15 Suggested Donation

JACK WILLIAMS returns to Amarillo! 

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An aviation company in Amarillo is in talks for a deal with the federal government that could bring as much as $100 billion to the region, reports Amarillo.com. Bell Helicopter could possibly soon begin producing as many as 4,000 aircraft for the United States Army. The deal hinges on Bell’s parent, Textron, beating out Boeing for the contract.

As 200,000 miles click over, Nikki Talley just smiles.

After 3 ½ years of hard touring, with approximately 200 shows annually, Nikki keeps traveling on, bringing her gorgeous voice and thoughtful songs across the nation.

  If you asked Joe, the sole singer-songwriter of Williams Lost, his music combines “country cheese” and “bubble-gum pop,” with a hint of melancholy.  To the local listener, however, his sound evokes a straight-up, High Plains singer-songwriter aesthetic.
 

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I’m curator of art and western heritage at the Panhandle Plains Historical Museum at West Texas A&M in Canyon, Texas.  I’ve been asked to comment on this month’s High Plains Public Radio’s Radio Reader A Strong West Wind by Gayle Caldwell.  I’ve lived out here for going on 29 years.   I grew up in Kansas and the title appealed to me initially because of the reference to wind.  I’m out west of Canyon, a little bit north and west of Canyon.  Canyon sits about 18 miles south of Amarillo.

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The contractor that oversees management of Pantex has reached an agreement with a union that represents workers there, reports Amarillo.com. Pantex, located outside of Amarillo, is the nation’s only nuclear weapons assembly and disassembly facility. Consolidated Nuclear Security, the contractor that oversees management of Pantex, agreed to terms last month with the West Texas Building Trades and Construction Council.

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Amarillo.com has published a fascinating glimpse into the life of an Amarillo transit driver. The driver explains what it was like to grow up in the Panhandle as a person of color. “I do remember having a lot of problems during high school integration back in 1967,” explains Clarence Bolton. He continues: “I went from Carver, over in the Heights, to Palo Duro High School. . . . There was a little racism going on as people tried to accept the integration. . . . We were the start of integration. .

People of the Plains: Behind the Mic

Feb 5, 2016

During the Fall Semester, HPPR and a communications class partnered together to spotlight the people who call the High Plains home. Cindee Talley had the opportunity to sit down with some of the students and talk with them a little about their life, school, and the project. 

From the piece entitled, "A Nod to Creation", Tessa Davis, Natalie Andrews and Kaitlin Johnson discuss more about their project and their plans for the future: 

Cindee Talley and Andreana Guajardo and Maricela Leal about pushing past the limit, and discovering their future selves. 

A Nod to Creation

Feb 4, 2016

 

Through an interview with the creators of the online magazine of Field and Bone, Brittany and Evan Kelly, and excerpts from the magazine itself, we learned a little bit about where they came from, how they began Field and Bone, and where they plan to go in the future.

“We hope that Field and Bone is a catalyst for Spirit, body and mind. The goal is to inspire, encourage and equip people to change their community and their world for the better.” Evan Kelly.

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The number of qualified applicants at the Amarillo Police Department is dwindling each year, reports Amarillo.com. Changing societal attitudes toward marijuana and public furor over police-involved shootings are making it harder for APD to attract younger officers.

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Stories of police sexually assaulting women have become depressingly common in Texas, according to a new story in Texas Monthly.

In June, an Amarillo police officer was fired a day after he responded to a 911 call at the home of a woman. After the officer went to her house, the woman told police that he raped her. A rape kit conducted afterward proved her story. Though the officer was fired, he was not indicted.

Slideshow: Amarillo Residents Concerned About Flooding

Aug 4, 2015
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Overnight storms in Amarillo this week broke the record for year-to-date rainfall. Amarillo.com reports that the city has seen almost 27 inches of rain this year. This brings the total past the previous record, set in 1960. In neighborhoods around Amarillo’s playa lakes, flooding has become a serious concern. Citizens near the 77th street neighborhood have been stacking sandbags around their houses.

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The National Teacher of the Year is an educator from Palo Duro High in Amarillo.  Shanna Peeples is the first Texas teacher to win the award since 1957. 

Peeples works in an environment where 85 percent of students live below the poverty line and where more refugee children are enrolled than in any high school in the district reports the Amarillo Globe News.

Amarillo BBQ Joint is one for the bucket list

Apr 7, 2015

There's a little place in the Texas Panhandle that was just named one of the 17 Texas barbecue joints you need to try before you die- Mike's BBQ Haven in Amarillo.

Boat launch fees and permits waived at Lake Meredith

Mar 26, 2015
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In a story from Amarillo Globe News reporter Kevin Welch, fees and permits for Lake Meredith are to be waived for the next three years as of April 1st 2015.

According to a news release from the National Park Service; the fees, which were established decades ago for maintenance costs, are no longer necessary due to upgrades and decreased visitation due to drought conditions.

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