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Kudos for Pluto

Apr 10, 2015
Kansas Public Radio

Pluto has taken on new prominence this year in the northern Arizona city where it was discovered.  Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff has dedicated 2015 to celebrating one of its most popular attractions and the amateur astronomer who spotted it 85 years ago. 

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.

  We here at HPPR love having guests in our studios.  This morning Maxwell Hughes and Edison stopped by to talk about their show tonight in Amarillo, and to play a couple of tunes for us. They are slowly working their way back home to Colorado after SXSW; you can catch them tonight-4/1 at the 806 Coffeehouse at 2812 SW 6th Ave in Amarillo.  There is no cover charge and the show starts at 9pm.  Listen to the entire interview below.

HPPR welcomes singer-songwriter Eric Taylor to Amarillo for a Living Room Concert on Saturday, April 11.  This show will be at The Fibonacci, located at 3306 SW 6th Ave.  The doors will open at 7:00, and the show will start at 7:30.  We will have the usual great coffee from the good folks at Evocation Coffee Roasters and cookies from Kristy Fuller.  To make a reservation, give us a call at 806-367-9088 or send an e-mail to music@hppr.org.

About Eric Taylor

When you think of Bonnie and Clyde, does southwestern Kansas ever cross your mind? The couple actually lived in Hugoton for several months using the aliases of Blackie and Jewell Underwood reports Kathy Hanks for the Hutchinson News. The two came to town in an old Model A drawn to the area because of the flourishing gas industry. Hugoton was a mecca in a time when the rest of the country was in the depths of the Great Depression.

Jay Ricci / amarillo.com

Have you noticed the two cement towers a few miles east of Amarillo and ever wondered… what in the world? 

The pair are remaining sentinels of the Amarillo Air Force Base writes Jay Ricci for the Amarillo Globe News. 

The military men and women and most of the buildings are gone.  What remains are rusted-out pieces of metal, sidewalks leading nowhere, lonely street signs at intersections with no traffic, and the two rusty water towers.

Attendees might have come to the 13th annual High Plains Snow Goose Festival expecting good food, music, and a chance to see thousands of migrating Canadian and Snow geese, but this year they got even more: a dust storm complete with tumbleweeds; snow cancellations; encounters with elk, road runners, big horn sheep; and petroglyphs in Picture and Carrizo Canyons.

All my married life, I’ve loved attending local auctions.  Part of the charm of these gatherings is seeing friends and neighbors and catching up with one another’s busy lives or listening to the auctioneer’s clever patter.  Another reason these events draw me  is the chance to see history and sometimes buy a little chunk of someone else’s story.  Unfortunately, there comes a time when those little pieces of other’s lives add up to enough stuff to clutter my closets to overflowing.  Before anything bursts, I need to take action.

Jeff Bell

When our land is not covered with a brief blanket of white, “this is the time of the year when the grass is a dormant shade of brown and trees are denuded of leaves,” says Jeff Bell. 

Bell is a travel blogger.  His website is called Planet Bell

He usually leaves his camera in the case when he goes home to western Oklahoma.  But, this year he made an effort to get out and take photos, trying to see the land in a new light. 

The results are stunning.

Josh Davis / rollingstone.com

Sometimes you’ve got to leave home… to see home.  That’s how Rolling Stone says it was for Ryan Culwell. 

Rolling Stone’s Andrew Leahey writes:

MIKE GUNNOE / THE CAPITAL-JOURNAL

Longtime University of Kansas professor and artist Elden Tefft passed away last week at the age of 95.

He leaves behind an important legacy. 

Elden Tefft is probably best known for his bronze sculpture of Moses that sits on KU’s campus. But in the art world, Tefft was a giant. He created the first non-commercial bronze foundry in the United States on KU’s campus, which led to a boom in the craft.

John Hachmeister is a sculpture professor at KU. He came there first as a student in 1969 and spent many years working with Tefft.

Kristy Fuller

Chalice Abbey in Amarillo was THE place place to be last Saturday night! It was the first time HPPR has utilized this beautiful venue-many thanks to Paul Carruth for allowing us to use it! The current art exhibit features the work of Jim Livingston, who donated a great print that we gave away to an audience member.

bearlyvisible.net

Keeping it all in the family, Skip takes a short trip back in time and learns how to keep her mother's violets alive.  And in doing so she develops her own keepsakes for the future.

nbcnews.com

Colorado veterinarians are warning pet owners that the number of dogs accidentally eating pot products is on the rise reports Vermont Public Radio.

Apryl Steele is the past president of the Colorado Veterinary Medical Association.  She says since pot became legal in Colorado, they’ve seen a four-fold increase in the number of dogs treated for accidentally ingesting it.  Steele says THC is much more toxic to dogs who don’t understand the concept of eating just a little. 

Lost Home Movie Footage of Selma March Discovered

Feb 10, 2015
texasarchive.org/

In the summer of 2014, the Texas Archive of the Moving Image (TAMI) went to Amarillo to collect Texas-related films and videos from the Panhandle community for our free digitization program.  One donor, Joe Jeoffrey, brought in a large collection of 16 millimeter family films from the 1960s. While we are always excited by 16mm film, which produces a sharp, dynamic image, we were especially enthusiastic to receive this collection after Jeoffrey disclosed that one reel might contain his father's footage of the Selma march.

Liberty Theater (Amarillo Downtown, Inc.) / myhighplains.com

The Liberty Theater could be getting a chance at a second life reports Channel Four News in Amarillo. 

The historic theater was built in 1921.  It was the only place African-Americans were welcome.

It’s been vacant for years, but a group of people are working to redevelop the building into a place for artists to perform.

ninetyone.canby.k12.or.us

Kansas is at the bottom of the barrel when it comes to kids taking advantage of the Summer Food Service Program.  Only 7 percent of eligible children participate.  That’s the lowest in the nation reports the Hays Daily News.

One reason for dismal participation rates in a state where one out of every four children live in poverty could be the lack of serving sites. 

The Kansas State Department of Education reports there are 40 counties statewide with no serving site.  The only counties in northwest Kansas with summer programs are Ellis, Russell, and Smith counties. 

endorevblog.com

Fans of the Pulitzer Prize winning “To Kill a Mockingbird” know Harper Lee is planning to release an unexpected sequel to the famous story later this year.  But, you may not know the private author has ties to the Sunflower State reports KSN.

Before she was internationally recognized for “To Kill a Mockingbird”, Harper Lee spent some time in Garden City working on another famous book.

Laurie Oshel is the assistant director of Finney County Historical Society.  She says, “Lee came to Garden City in late 1959, early 1960 with Truman Capote.”

coloradopreservation.org/

2016 is the centennial year of the National Park Service.  President Obama’s budget request for the coming year includes $3 billion for the bureau’s critical conservation, preservation, and recreation mission reports the Lamar Ledger.  That’s a boost of almost $433 million.

The national parks in southeastern Colorado plan on using the increase to add seasonal park rangers, deliver more educational programs, and address maintenance backlogs.

Alexa Roberts is the superintendent of Bent’s Old Fort and Sand Creek Massacre National Historic sites.  She says the President’s budget highlights the importance of investing in a historic effort to attract and host more visitors.  It also helps leverage additional private philanthropy for the parks. 

pintrest.com

A look at the history and development of one of the largest plant groupings in the world.  As with many other life forms, these fragile tropical plants are facing a questionable future in the wild, which makes their development in botanical gardens, protected areas, and commercial outlets all the more valuable.

theguardian.com

Watching how much my toddler granddaughter loves books reminds me of a seven-year-old,  toothpick-legged child who thought she was a big girl when her momma handed her anallowance on Saturday mornings. Along with that shiny dime, that little girl’s mother permitted her to trek uptown-- first to the dime store and then to the library. The coin was spent in no time.  It took much longer to wander up and down the bookshelf aisles searching for the perfect three or four titles to carry home so she could escape into those well-turned pages for a week of exciting adventure.

texastribune.org

Despite concerns that the undocumented immigrant population in Texas is growing, it’s remained stable in recent years reports the Texas Tribune. 

In fact, more than half of the state’s undocumented immigrants have lived in Texas for more than 10 years according to data from the Migration Policy Institute.

Texas has the second-largest undocumented immigrant population in the country—about 1.5 million people.  California has about twice as many.

Tanner Colvin / Salina Journal

Veterans from the Battle of the Bulge reunited at the Eisenhower Library in Abilene, Kansas reports the Hays Daily News

The group celebrated the 70th anniversary with group photos, a buffet luncheon, and an opportunity for veterans and their families to tour the library complex, watch Battle of the Bulge documentaries, and tour the museum’s featured exhibit, "World War II Remembered: Leaders, Battles & Heroes 1941-1945."

A panel discussion with Battle of the Bulge veterans was the highlighted event. 

Luke Clayton

In this week's High Plains Outdoors, I'm wondering, "What game animal do you consider the most challenging to hunt?"  I hunt everything from elk and bear up in the mountain states to deer and birds. I consider a wise older wild sow the most adept at avoiding humans, thanks mostly to the refined sense of smell. I've been watching this one wild sow for the past 4 months on trail cameras and occasionally see her in the woods. One of the fat pigs is my target.

In my opinion, there is no finer eating game animal than a fat wild hog weighing between 20 and 50 pounds.

KUSA

It’s National Western Stock Show time on the high plains.  The stock show, rodeo, and horse show drew a record crowd opening day in Denver.  Over 47,000 people were in attendance.  That’s the biggest first-day crowd in the show’s century plus history reports 9 News.

The stock show was started by some forward thinking men with the goal of demonstrating better breeding and feeding techniques to area stockmen.  It’s the world’s largest according to Colorado.com.  It’s grown to be more than a stock show.  This year’s events include a parade in the streets of downtown Denver, including a herd of longhorns; daily rodeos, a western art exhibit and sale, and more than 15,000 animals competing for top awards.

driversed.com

Some of us rise long before dawn breaks the horizon and hit narrow two lane highways in night’s deepest black. For these folks, life between the white lines balances boredom caused by limited visibility  with edge of the seat, adrenaline-rushing thrills.

Early each morning I turn east on Highway 9 and immediately shrink to a blip on the universe’s radar. If satellites actually watch cars passing down remote roads, I ‘d hardly be visible in my silver Toyota that blends in with a worn asphalt ribbon  connecting one shrinking farm town to another. I’d show up as two tiny eastward moving light rays.

The Big Fat Surprise

Jan 7, 2015
wsj.com

The American Heart Association warns us eating foods containing saturated fats raises your cholesterol level… which in turn increases your risk of heart disease.  But, what if they’re wrong?

Nina Teicholz makes a compelling argument in her new book The Big Fat Surprise.  She questions if saturated fat is truly to blame reports the Economist

Her case is the vilification doesn’t hold up to close scrutiny.  She pokes holes in famous pieces of research pointing out the methodological problems and overlooked results.

kansasleadershipcenter.org

Americans, especially those in largely rural states, have little confidence in their neighbors, elected officials, media outlets, and schools reports Emily Badger for the Washington Post.

When it comes to public schools, Nebraska has the most confidence.  40 percent of Kansans have a great deal of confidence in the education system.

Residents of Mississippi talk about politics with their friends the most.  In the listening region, Colorado takes the top spot.

BIG Sister Club

Jan 4, 2015
etsy.com

People join clubs for different reasons, and sometimes they gain membership because of something someone else did. That’s certainly the case for those initiated into the big sister or brother club. Affiliation with this organization has nothing to do with a child’s intentions. Involvement is totally a result of parental action. 

A Fruitful Calendar

Dec 31, 2014
smithsonianmag.com

My calendar for the new year takes me back to a time when crates for vegetables and fruit were made of sturdy wood, and the labels were works of art.

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