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Sand Creek Massacre Remembered

Oct 27, 2014
gsswdenver.wordpress.com

Condemned by Congress, the Sand Creek Massacre marked the plains with blood, sparking warfare from Texas to the Canadian border. On the morning of November 29, 1864, U.S. Army Volunteers attacked a peaceful camp of Cheyenne and Arapaho, mutilated the dead, and looted the village. The massacre left behind about two hundred Cheyenne and Arapaho dead and many more wounded, with women and children comprising two-thirds of the casualties according to articles from the National Park Service.

bgfons.com

Time travel has been the focus of many a story over the years and recently was in the news with reports about American scientists investigating its possibility during WW II. Michael Crichton explored the concept in his novel Timeline, which required rearrangement of participants’ molecules. Both of these examples are too daring for me, but I’ve found a way to safely journey through time that’s safe for my students and me. All it requires is access to old newspapers, which are available at a local library.

freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com

The scenery along   Highways 9 and 36 challenges many people’s belief that Kansas is flat and treeless. Even in western Kansas, the road undulates over rolling hills. Trees line meandering waterways that lead into either the Solomon or the Republican River drainages. This undulating, grass covered country makes it easy to understand why native inhabitants fought so hard to continue hunting and living in its sheltered valleys.

At harvest, corn huskers still pick by hand

Oct 16, 2014
Abby Wendle/Harvest Public Media

Dick Humes squinted and sweat as he moved down a row of corn. He sliced through the husk with a metal hook in his right hand, snapped the ear from its stalk with his left, and threw it over his shoulder into a wagon rolling alongside him.

Hispanic Heritage Month: Emilio 'Dr. Cab' Caballero

Oct 14, 2014
amarillo.com

This is the final post honoring some of Amarillo’s prominent Hispanic leaders.  Meet Dr. “Cab” Emilio Caballero.  A Cuban immigrant, he came to Amarillo in 1937 hoping to play professional baseball.

It’s National Fossil Day

Oct 14, 2014
historylines.net

Today is National Fossil Day.  It’s a time set aside by the National Park Service to remind us about the importance of fossils, and why they need to be preserved.

Cindee Talley

When it comes to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), the United States is lagging behind.  Dr. Ed Berger stopped by the High Plains Public Radio studios, recently and shared that China has nine times, and India five times more engineering students than the U.S. 

AQHA

Budding artists recently had the chance to learn right from the masters.  Artists of the 2014 America’s Horse in Art exhibit at the Versatility and Art Field Trip hosted by the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum. 

This year, 141 middle and high school students attended sessions from Leanin’ Tree Greeting Card artist Jack Sorenson, nationally renowned artist Edgar Sotelo, and an up and coming artist, Randy Friemel of Hereford, Texas.

Hispanic Heritage Month: Rev. Jacinto Alderete

Oct 12, 2014
amarillo.com

The Rev. Jacinto Alderete didn’t know he was Mexican until he moved to Texas.  Born in New Mexico, he had never experienced prejudice before according to a recent article from the Amarillo Globe-News.

Karen Madorin

Instead of counting sheep to fall asleep, I count blessings until my eyelids slam shut.  On nights when slumber doesn’t come readily, my list grows more creative as I run out of obvious items to tally.  One item at the bottom of a long list of life boons is not just thankfulness for food to nourish my family, but for knowing the origins of my meals.

Jacob McCleland for Harvest Public Media

Fair-goers pack the stands at the East Perry Community Fair in Altenburg, Mo., on a warm, sunny Saturday afternoon. They aren’t here for the blue ribbon pigs, the truck pull or the beauty contest. These people are here for the fair’s biggest attraction -- the jumping mules.

Hispanic Heritage Month: Rita Martinez Sandoval

Oct 9, 2014

Meet Rita Martinez Sandoval, a woman who has dedicated her life to social work and community service.

Karen Madorin

That Thursday’s gusting winds did more than catch  arms and legs  in slamming doors, blow hair in directions it’s not intended to go, and make me tilt at a 60 degree angle in order to prevent joining a bazillion tumble weeds traveling hither and yon. It set my nerves on fire and prepared me to enjoy the perfect weekend to come.

amarillo.com

Retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. E.L. “Zeke” Navarrete was the first Hispanic elected to the Amarillo City Commission. Navarrete served two terms from 1983 to 1987 according to a recent article from the Amarillo Globe-News.

Hispanic Heritage Month: Belinda Gonzales Taylor

Sep 30, 2014

The celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month continues. Meet Belinda Gonzales Taylor.

sydnegeorge.com

Well, hello folks!

Today, I'm going to share a recipe that I made up in elk camp. 

Hispanic Heritage Month Profile: Ray Ruiz Rosas

Sep 25, 2014
amarillo.com

Ray Ruiz Rosas believed in giving back, and that’s the kind of life he lived.

amarillo.com

If you ask people what they remember about Praxedix J. “Joe” Dovalina, you’ll probably get the story about 1992. Joe paid over $3,500 in back taxes so a resident could get the deed to her house back.

Karen Madorin

While calendars tell us summer is over and fall has begun, hordes of giant dragonflies ride still-warm breezes and wasps hover over ripe fruits. Summer birdsong tricks us into believing there’s plenty of time for a second round of ripe tomatoes and okra or many late season dips in a lake or pond. The reality is that frosty mornings are not far off. It won’t be long before summer tunes are silent, insects and birds will vanish, green leaves will turn to dry husks, and ice will crust ponds and lakes.

Opus 3 Artists

This weekend, the Amarillo Symphony provides more than one compelling reason for joining them for the opening of the symphony’s 90th concert season, a landmark for the organization.

The concert, “Triumph,” will feature internationally-recognized, award-winning pianist Garrick Ohlsson on Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3. The composer wrote this concerto with large hands in mind, and Ohlsson has the reach to execute this technically challenging concerto.

Hispanic Heritage Month: Jose Ignacio Rael

Sep 18, 2014
http://amarillo.com/

This is National Hispanic Heritage month.  Over the coming weeks, the Amarillo Globe-News will be telling the stories of prominent leaders in the Amarillo Hispanic community.

Hispanic Heritage Month: Women shaping Amarillo

Sep 16, 2014
theselftaughtcook.com

This is National Hispanic Heritage month.  Over the coming weeks, the Amarillo Globe-News will be telling the stories of prominent leaders in the Amarillo Hispanic community.

pittsburghurbanmedia.com

Hispanic Heritage Month began Saturday, September 15 and continues through October 15.  Hispanics are an important part of High Plains culture.  Here’s a snap shot across the states.

Texas News Roundup

Sep 15, 2014
Brandon Burns / texastribune.org

Here's a taste of Texas news:

Texas is a dangerous place to work.  Texas leads the nation in workplace fatalities and workplace injuries reported the Texas Tribune.  The rest of the story is here.

emsworld.com

Rapid care in the golden hour after an accident or major health issue such as a stroke or heart attack offers hope to patients and their loved ones. For those who live in remote areas, time between the moment  a cardiac incident or traumatic injury occurs and treatment begins depends on how swiftly emergency services arrive on scene. For most of us living on the high plains, that means we depend on neighbor/volunteers during crises.

Luke Clayton

 Howdy, Folks!  It's your old buddy, and do I have a story to tell you!  The week up here at elk camp, one of our hunters, Chris, was hidden, waiting for elk to come by, when he caught sight of a mountain lion about 12 foot away!  Yes, I said 12 foot!  Now, Chris was beside the trail, pretty well hidden, and the lion caught his gaze, then appeared to move away.  Chris remembered what he'd been taught, and watched for the lion to circle back, and that's exactly what happened.  Listen to Chris tell the story of the hunter becoming the prey.

Unearthing Amache: Listener Response

Sep 11, 2014
Lily Yuriko Nakai Havey

The Amache series has prompted a listener to send in these interesting Amache facts:

The Survivor Tree

Sep 10, 2014
Fred R. Conrad / nytimes.com

During Skip's latest trip to The Big Apple she visited the 9/11 Memorial site and learned about a special tree that's growing in the center of the Plaza.  It's called The Survivor Tree, because it survived the 2001 destruction of the World Trade Center and surrounding area.  Nursed back to health by many volunteers, it was replanted in 2010 and was a big part of the opening of the Memorial Park in 2011.  Today the Callery pear tree stands tall among a forest of oaks, and it serves as a reminder of our human strength and spirit throughout the seasons of each year.

aarondougherty.wordpress.com

“Into the sun” began its Kansas tour in Garden City, and finishes with a shining performance at the Folly Theatre in Kansas City.  Libby Hanssen reviewed the show for the Kansas City Star

mustangtripp.blogspot.com

Some people like to buy jeans with holes already in the fabric. I, however, prefer my new britches with only traditional waist and leg openings. Unfortunately, because I’m not good at crossing barbwire fences, I’ve ripped some fashionable extra tears in my denims.

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