Garden City Kansas

Flying east to west over Kansas, the land transforms from lush green to desert brown. Rectangular farm plots fill in with emerald circles, the work of center-pivot irrigation.

Outside Garden City, in the middle of one of those circles, Dwane Roth scoops up soil to reveal an inconspicuous PVC pipe. It’s a soil moisture probe that tells Roth exactly how much water his crops need. The device is one of many new technologies designed to help farmers make the most of every drop.

“All that you have to do is open up your app,” said Roth. “It’s going to tell you, you don’t need to irrigate or you’re going to need to apply an inch within  six days.”

Josh Harbour

The president of Garden City Community College faces growing pressure to resign over a range of sexual harassment issues at the school and a threat to its accreditation.

This week, the college’s faculty senate demanded Herbert Swender step down — citing what it says was a too-slow reaction to accusations that a coach sexually harassed former cheerleaders and directed racist remarks at them. Local residents echoed those sentiments to the school’s board of trustees.

Meanwhile, the community college faces possible suspension of its accreditation.

GARDEN CITY! 

Don't miss Colorado-based folksinger RUPERT WATES, live in concert for the first time at our HPPR Living Room Concert Series! 

High Plains, meet Korby Lenker.

If you listen to High Plains Morning, you've probably heard his music. If you follow what's new in US folk/Americana, you definitely know him. But if not, HPPR is happy to introduce y'all at our first 2018 Living Room Concerts! 

Live in Concert: TWO SHOWS! 

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Live in Amarillo - Friday, February 9th 

The Chalice Abbey (2717 Stanley)
Doors @ 7p ~ Show @ 7:30p

For the AMARILLO show, RSVP online here or call 806.367.9088 to save a seat! 

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Live in Garden City—Saturday, February 10th 

HPPR Studios (210 N. 7th St.)
Show @ 7p

For the GARDEN CITY show, RSVP online here or call 806.367.9088 to save a seat!

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Both shows are community concerts! 

Please RSVP now -- as they are expected to sell out! (Trust us. This guy's GREAT.) 

Suggested Donation: $15 --- ***Make life easy & please bring cash!***

Find out more about Korby's music on his website!

ADAM SHRIMPLIN / REUTERS

On Monday, New York Magazine published a 9-page article about last October’s thwarted plot to bomb that targeted members of Garden City's Somali community.

The article paints portraits of the three Southwest Kansas men, Curtis Allen, Patrick Stein and Gavin Wright, who are accused of planning to bomb a Somali mosque and apartment complex. It describes the men's affiliation with a militia group and the men’s motivation for planning the attack.

A rural hospital administrator in southwest Kansas has taken on the role of go-between for Kansans and immigrants from war-ravaged countries on the other side of the world.

Schellack / Wikimedia Commons

The Roth family, founders of Beef Products Incorporated, announced this week that they have established a $10 million fund to benefit former employees.

The Amarillo Globe-News reports that the money will go toward helping communities affected by plant closures. In 2012, BPI laid off approximately 750 employees and closed three production facilities, including plants in Amarillo and Garden City.

Don't miss Oklahoma singer-songwriter HAVEN ALEXANDRA,with special guest, jazz/blues master MARK MONTGOMERY from Kansas City.

Saturday, September 30

HPPR Studios (210 N. 7th St.) 

Doors at 7p | Show at 7:30p

Suggested Donation: $15

 

RSVP online now, or call us at 806.367.9088!

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If you have not yet attended an HPPR Living Room Concert, you are missing some serious fun. Our station proudly hosts singer-songwriters, folk artists, and Americana masters from across the country as they travel through the High Plains. We also love supporting regional favorites, growing our station's community of live music lovers, as well as fans of public radio

Big Pool's big mural featured in time-lapse video

Jun 14, 2017
Valarie Smith / High Plains Public Radio

Garden City’s Big Pool is featured in a time-lapse video by the Wichita Eagle, showcasing its recent transformation.

Garden City artist Justin Brown recently gave the Big Pool’s bathhouse a facelift of sorts, spending day and night spray-painting a multi-colored mural on the exterior of the building that includes an abstract lion and elephant, a bird that appears to be emerging from blue and purple ocean waves, as well as a brightly-colored beach ball.

Angie Haflich / High Plains Public Radio

The sister of a Garden City woman who was brutally murdered 31 years ago is in Garden City collecting signatures for a petition protesting the early release of the man convicted of killing the woman.

As the Garden City Telegram reported in Aug. 2015, 21-year-old Lora Beth Williamson was murdered in a cornfield five miles outside of Garden City on Aug. 17, 1986.

ALL RIGHT, High Plains! HPPR is thrilled to be hosting CARTER SAMPSON, live in Garden City, KS as part of HPPR's Living Room Concert Series. 

Wednesday, June 14th

HPPR Studios - Garden City (210 N. 7th St.)

Doors @ 7p | Show @ 7:30p

Suggested donation: $15

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KSN

This week, officers of the Garden City Police Department were called out to investigate a potential threat of violence at Garden City High School.

As KSN reports, this is the third Garden City arrest made in recent weeks, related to teenage bullying or threats of violence.

City of Garden City, KS

Two independent film makers are in production on a new documentary film focusing on Garden City.

According to a press release, film makers Bob Hurst and Tess Banion – in collaboration with lifelong Garden City resident and former mayor Nancy Harness - are exploring the history of Garden City, Finney County and the many immigrant groups that have come to call the area home over the last 100 years and beyond. 

CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER

SATURDAY NIGHT, 4/29! LIVE IN GARDEN CITY!

Don't miss the Band of Lovers, live in Garden City on Saturday, April 29th at HPPR Studios – Garden City! They're touring their NEW ALBUM, so come out and hear the new tunes!

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Garden City Telegram

The trial of a southwest Kansas man who held a state judge hostage last year has been delayed, reports The Garden City Telegram.

Who knew so many of the good people of Garden City would venture out on a Sunday night for a live jazz concert? 

HPPR would like to thank our honored guests, The Bob Bowman Trio from Kansas City, for their phenomenal concert on  March 6th. It was broadcast live on air from our Garden City studio in front of a live audience.  

This show was made possible by: Hicks Thomas LLC - A Texas energy and trial law firm.

Clinic for refugees opens in Garden City

Feb 20, 2017
City of Garden City, KS

There’s a new clinic in Garden City, Kansas that aims to provide the community’s refugee population with healthcare and language services.  

As the Garden City Telegram reports, Dr. John Birky, CEO of the New Hope Together clinic, said the organization is dedicated to improving the physical, spiritual, and socioeconomic well-being of refugees in the community through healthcare services, English language learning and mutually beneficial relationships.

This is a two-part story on immigrants and small town viability. Part one aired on this Weekend Edition Saturday. For the full story, listen to both audio segments.

Like thousands of rural towns across the country, Cawker City, Kan., was built for bygone time.

Resident Linda Clover has spent most of her life in Cawker City, and she loves the place, but it's a shell of the town it used to be.

City of Garden City, KS

In Kansas, some rural towns are booming while others are dwindling. Garden City, Kan., for instance, attracts people from across the globe. The population is young, growing, and extremely diverse.  And the large immigrant community provides the workforce that fuels the local economy.  None of this happened by accident, as the story notes.  Frank Morris reports.

Terror investigation reveals alleged child pornography

Dec 13, 2016
Valarie Smith / High Plains Public Radio

Alleged child pornography has been uncovered in the investigation into the thwarted terror plot planned last month targeting Garden City’s Somali community.

ALAN GOMEZ/USA TODAY

Two University of Kansas professors recently completed a study on Garden City’s ever-changing demographics and the way educators in the southwest Kansas community teach a diverse population of students.   

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In western Kansas, meanwhile, a farmer and local officials were recently honored for their efforts to preserve water.

A Finney County farmer and the City of Garden City were recognized earlier this month at the Governor’s Water Conference in Manhattan for taking measures to conserve, reuse or adopt practices aimed at preserving the state’s future water resources.

Kansas Flatlanders Militia / Kansas City Star

A Kansas Militia says it spurned members of the October plot to blow up an apartment complex in Garden City, Kansas.

Miles Evans, commander of the Kansas Flatlanders Militia, says he was contacted by two of the plotters, who wanted to join his group.

As The Kansas City Star reports, Evans met the two men at militia training events. The would-be bombers later contacted him through Facebook. Evans rejected the two men, calling them “too extreme.”

Adam Shrimplin / Reuters

The New York Times has published a full feature on the Somalis living in Garden City, Kansas, who were the focus of a white nationalist bomb plot earlier this month.

The Times noted that towns like Garden City are attractive to immigrants. Pay at many of the cattle yards and packing plants starts at $16 an hour and little English is needed to perform the work there. Many of the Somalis and Burmese, Mexicans and Sudanese who settle here see this as their shot at the American Dream.

South_Agency / Getty Images

On Friday the FBI arrested three men in Garden City, alleging that they are part of a terror plot to carry out an attack on Kansas Muslims.

Don't miss a phenomenal DOUBLE CONCERT for guitar lovers across the High Plains! Two GUITAR MASTERS perform at HPPR Studios in Garden City, KS on Friday, November 4th at 7pm. 

Hiroya Tsukamoto and

Adam Gardino, with special guest Kelly Champlin.

Click here to RSVP online or call 806.367.9088.

James M. Dobson / Garden City Telegram

“Garden City is small and peaceful,” Halima Farah, 26, told USA TODAY this week. “I love living here. I didn't think something like that could happen here.”

Farah lives in the apartment complex that was targeted for a mass bombing this weekend by a violent white-nationalist militia group. The men had evidently hoped to spur similar such acts of violence across the nation. But their foiled plan is having the opposite effect.

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