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Once upon a time when rain followed the plow

Jul 13, 2014
dailynebraskan.com

Once upon a time there was a myth that motivated pioneers to go west and settle the Great Plains.  Told that rain would follow the plow that they were “changing climate for the better”, these hardy souls broke up vast seas of sod working to make their farming Eden a reality. 

Luke Runyon/Harvest Public Media

A furry beast, a brave rider and a roaring crowd make up the list of ingredients for the Western rodeo tradition known as “mutton busting.” Think of it as bull-riding, but for 6-year-olds, and the furry beast is actually a wooly sheep.

Unearthing Amache: The story begins

Jul 8, 2014
Angela Rueda

My name is Anika Cook.  I'm an anthropology student at the University of Denver (DU).  DU is conducting a field school at Camp Amache.  The project is focused on researching, interpreting, and preserving the tangible history of Amache, one of ten WWII-era Japanese American internment camps.

Unearthing Amache: A brief history lesson

Jul 8, 2014
http://www.amache.org/photo-archives/

The Granada War Relocation Center, also known as Camp Amache, was a Japanese American internment camp located just south of US Highway 50 about a mile west of the small, farming community of Granada, Colorado.  It is an agricultural area with a semi-arid climate.  The Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad track lies just south of the camp.  

A slideshow of bombers to celebrate July 4

Jul 4, 2014

An exhibit of rare planes is in Texas. It includes the P-51, a C-47 and a B-25. Tours and low-altitude flights over Austin are going on all weekend. Click to link to see the planes and veterans taking part in the occasion.

Survey says... High Plains fizzles on Fourth

Jul 2, 2014
nytimes.com

If you’re looking for a great place to celebrate the 4th of July, the High Plains is not the place to do it.  WalletHub did a nationwide ranking of 100 places to celebrate based on how well they balance cost and fun.  Fourteen metrics were used including the number of food establishments, fireworks laws, attractions, and weather.

Luke Clayton

 Howdy, Folks!

Today, I'm sharing one of my favorite outdoor recipes with you.  Give it a try!  You won't be sorry.

Harvest Public Media

U.S. farmers are more than three times more likely to commit suicide than other workers, a new study has found.

University of Iowa researcher Wendy Ringgenberg compiled a study based on Occupational Safety and Health Administration farm death statistics from 1992 to 2010. In a recent interview with Iowa Public Radio, Ringgenberg said suicide rates have likely been underestimated and underreported.

dankalal.net

Old houses intrigue me—especially those with formal parlors. In today’s world, the concept of an appointed sitting room is alien to our interactions. However, after participating in the Donna Day Craft Workshop at Cottonwood Ranch Historical Site, I’m rethinking my feelings about fancy salons folks once used only for weddings, Sunday visitors, or wakes.

Luke Clayton

 Howdy, Folks!

This week Cindee asked me to talk about the way my hunting experience has changed with time.  When I think about it, as a young man it was all about bagging the tags and having a bigger gun.  Through the years, I was challenged by the skill bow hunting required, and moved that direction.  Now, I'm experimenting with air rifles, and the different skill set they require.  As I think about it, hunting at this time is about the experience.

TAMI works to save Texas history through film

Jun 12, 2014
texasarchive.org

Dr. Caroline Frick has a passion for saving Texas history through film.  She is a film archivist and a professor at the University of Texas at Austin.  Dr. Frick started the Texas Archive of Moving Image (TAMI) to accomplish her goal. 

Longhorns mosey through downtown Amarillo

Jun 8, 2014
amarillo.com

Texas Panhandle residents had an opportunity this week to step back in history.  The Coors Cowboy Club drove 30 Texas Longhorn cattle through downtown Amarillo to the Tri-State Fairgrounds.  They were kicking off the Ranch Rodeo said a recent article in the Amarillo Globe-News.

D-Day at 70, Remembering Ike's Finest Hour

Jun 5, 2014
kpr.org

Seventy years ago, the allied invasion of Normandy, France marked the beginning of the end for Adolf Hitler and his Nazi empire. 

How to can pork

May 23, 2014
Mike Pullen

 Howdy, Folks!

It's your ole buddy, Luke, and today we're talking to Mike Pullen of Frisco Spices.  He's walking us through the process of canned pork.  Take a listen.  If you have questions, Mike would love to talk you through the process. 

Summer reading inspired by the High Plains

May 18, 2014
tpwd.state.tx.us

From northwestern Kansas to the Texas Panhandle, the High Plains inspire the imagination of two authors.

Mike Pullen

Howdy Folks, 

It's your ole buddy, Luke.    Today, I'm talking to Mike Pullen, the owner of Frisco Spices.  

kansas.com

Today is the 60th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision ordering an end to segregation in public schools.  Governor Sam Brownback remembered Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka ruling by speaking at the former Monroe Elementary School in Topeka yesterday reported Kansas Public Radio

iheartfris.co

Howdy, Folks!

Today, I'm going to share my secret recipe for making fajitas when I'm camping.  

Film documents OK Panhandle ranch life

May 7, 2014

Filming is almost complete on a documentary that follows the ranching family of Jane and Bob Apple of Kenton, Oklahoma.

High Plains inspires Colorado artist

May 5, 2014
catherinescott.com

Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life   - Pablo Picasso.

A new exhibit at the Portal Gallery in Longmont, Colorado, not only provides an opportunity to wash away the dust of the past months from your soul, but it could also help you to see beauty in the abandoned places of Eastern Colorado. 

ravengrrl.blogspot.com

Only a Grinch could hate spring’s arrival. What’s not to like about warmer days, leaves unfurling, grass greening, tulips and daffodils bursting into bloom, lilacs perfuming breezes, and white blossoms exploding on Barbie’s wedding bush. This plant is really called spirea, but for little girls playing dolls, this shrub provides bouquets enough for a hundred wedding ceremonies--hence its nickname.

Stephen D/Flickr Commons

A 2002 study in the American Journal of Public Health found that men living in rural counties were much more likely to kill themselves than urban men. (Stephen D/Flickr)

An alarming number of farmers in the U.S. take their own lives, according to the magazine Newsweek. And while we don’t have great statistics, some of the best numbers available suggest men on the farm today kill themselves nearly twice as often as other men in the general population.

Luke Runyon/Harvest Public Media

The blue corduroy jacket worn by high school students in FFA, formerly the Future Farmers of America, is an icon of rural life. To the average city dweller the jacket is a vestige of dwindling, isolated farm culture, as fewer and fewer young people grow up on farms. The numbers tell a different story however. In spite of that demographic shift, a record number of kids are donning blue jackets this year.

Last dance for Kansas Polka Lovers Klub

Apr 1, 2014
kansas.com

After 31 years, the Kansas chapter of the Polka Lovers Klub has schottisched for the last time to the steady oom-pah-pah beat.  Membership has been declining, volunteers willing to serve as officers were hard to find, and most dancers are over 70 years old.

wikipedia.org

St. Patrick’s Day has come and gone for another year. With the flip of that calendar page went the need to wear green and an urge to search lawns for lucky four-leaf clovers. The more common three-leaf variety representing faith, hope, and love symbolized Ireland’s most famous saint. Add a leaf to that trefoil and you get luck as well. Finding a shamrock with that extra something is the difficulty. According to some statisticians, only one in 10, 000 possesses the lucky fourth.

http://www.dirtycarart.com/

Recently, a friend sent me a link to “Scott Wade’s Dirty Pictures.”  It sounds like something that should make me blush; however, it is actually a site detailing a clever artist who turned his dirty car windows into canvases for spectacular drawings.  With recent snow melt and the resulting swampy driveway, I  wondered if I couldn’t save some money on canvas and take up sketching on our pick-up and car windows.

saidanotherway.blogspot.com

Here’s a challenge: can you tell the difference between handmade and machine made bread? Handmade means no mixers, no dough hooks, and no electronic devices of any kind until it’s time to pop those risen loaves or rolls in the oven. If taste buds can’t tell a significant difference, why would anyone choose an old-fashioned technique to do a job?

lilbitfarms.com

Like my students, I appreciate occasional snow days. Waking to hear a DJ listing my school on the school cancelation list reminds me of finding an unexpected twenty dollar bill in an old pair of jeans. 

In what may be called the apex of the symphony's vision to rejuvenate the traditional symphonic experience, the Amarillo Symphony's "Reimaginings" this weekend presents a concert full of reconception.

Project Trio, comprised of a string bass, cello and flute, joins the symphony, adding an eclectic flavor of musical styles to the concert.

Brooklyn-based Project Trio will be performing with the Amarillo Symphony this Friday and Saturday night at the Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts.

They stopped by HPPR studios on Thursday for a quick interview and performance. You can hear the interview and 2 performances above- the first piece is the trio's arrangement of Charles Mingus' Fables of Faubus, and the second is one of their own compositions entitled Raga Raja.

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