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The First Lady of the Texas Panhandle

Jul 19, 2013
Charles Goodnight Historical Center

Mary Ann Dyer Goodnight: First Lady of  the Texas Panhandle, wife of Charlie Goodnight, and to cowhands, "The Mother of the Texas Panhandle."  Myra H McIlvain recently told the story of Mary Goodnight in her blog.

A father with Alzheimer’s alone on the farm.  A swindling banker.  The school bully now grown-up as the local drug dealer.  A bleak, fictional town set in eastern Colorado.  The “unhomesteading” of the plains.  These are all elements of Greg Hill’s new novel East of Denver.

First Carnivore Dinosaur Tooth Found at Black Mesa

Jul 15, 2013
byways.org

Black Mesa is the highest point in Oklahoma.  Its name comes from a layer of black volcanic rock that coated the mesa 10 million years ago.  Located in the northwest corner of the panhandle, it's where The University Herald says Dr. Mark Micozzi found a tooth from the largest land-dwelling carnivores- theropods. 

Southeast Colorado Getaway Spots

Jul 14, 2013
Colorado Preservation

If Colorado is on your summer get away list, there are some interesting places to visit.  Colorado Matters recently asked listeners and travel guide, Doug Whitehead, for suggestions that might not be as well-known.  Some of the ideas are right outside our front door in southeastern Colorado. 

John Graham

The Amarillo Symphony last week announced Jacomo Rafael Bairos as its new musical director.  I sat down with the new conductor to ask him about his influences and his vision for the symphony.

Randall Derrick

June, 1874

The second Battle of Adobe Walls begins.

Chief Quanah Parker, one of the sons of captured white woman Cynthia Ann Parker, has been convinced by the tribe's medicine man his warriors are immune to enemy bullets.  They attack the Adobe Walls trading post, defended by buffalo hunters.  The medicine man was wrong.  Survivors include Parker and a crack shot by the name of William "Billy" Dixon. 

Amarillo Symphony Names New Music Director

Jul 3, 2013

Jacomo Rafael Bairos comes to Amarillo from Charlotte, N.C., and puts emphasis on making the symphony feel younger and more relevant.

Sternberg Fossils Go Online in 3-D

Jul 1, 2013
Hays Daily News

A joint project between the Fort Hays State University Sternberg Museum of Natural History and the Forsyth Library is bringing fossils into the digital age with 3-D technology.  The Hays Daily News reported Sternberg employees handle the fossils, while students photograph them at the museum.  Students return with the photos to the library to complete the 3-D process.  Scanning allows the viewer to rotate the specimen digitally, rather than looking at multiple photos.

Indiana Jones Author Debuts Latest Work in Dodge City

Jun 29, 2013

  Max McCoy is a well-known and award-winning author.  The Dodge Globe reported that McCoy, a Kansas native and professor at Emporia State University, will launch his newest novel, “Of Grave Concern,” on Tuesday, July 2, 2:00 pm, at the Long Branch Saloon in Dodge City, Kansas.

Folks, you get a couple Texans together, fishin' on a pond, and I guarantee the thing they'll be talking about as they head to shore is cookin' what's on the stringer.

Quentin Hope

Poet Mary Lee Hahn offers a short poem that reflects on tourists eyeing the High Plains from I-70 and defines "a good, soaking rain".

Benediction continues the story of the small, ever-changing, ever-the-same, town of Holt, Colorado. In "Plainsong," the picture of traditional family was shifted when two brothers took in a pregnant girl who became their "daughter." "Eventide," saw the community ban together to protect a family from a violent uncle. "Benediction," brings a minister from Denver to the high plains, who challenges the community's beliefs, and Holt will never be the same.

Vox Veniae, a church in East Austin, Texas, has discovered a unique path to blending people of different colors and cultures, as well as reflecting the place they live. The key? Being a good neighbor who engages and participates in the world. A great lesson no matter where you live on the high plains. Don't miss the video- Rev. Gideon Tsang shares insightful perspective.

There are Many Things to See in Kansas

Jun 8, 2013
kansastravel.org

Travelers across the High Plains often say there's nothing to see as you travel across this great expanse.  A recent article in The Wichita Eagle gave a list of 105 things to see in the state of Kansas that would argue that perception. 

Clutter Murderer Files Online

Jun 7, 2013
Kansas State Historical Society

Home should be safe.  It doesn't matter if you live in the country or the city, in an apartment or on a farm, the place where you lay your head should be safe.  No so for Herb and Bonnie Clutter, and their two children.  The Clutter family was murdered in 1959 by Richard Eugene Hickock and Perry Edward Smith a few days before Christmas in their farmhouse, outside a little farming town in Kansas called Holcomb. 

Refugees find home on the farm

Jun 6, 2013
Amy Mayer, Harvest Public Media

On a small farm in suburban West Des Moines, Iowa, even the barn is a refugee—an historic structure relocated from nearby Valley High School. The farmers, most of them refugees, are just starting to hoe the land, each one working a 50-foot by 50-foot plot where they’ll grow corn, beans, cabbage, eggplant, onions, tomatoes and peppers.

Unique Teaching Tool Found at High Plains Museum

Jun 3, 2013
High Plains Museum

If you google the galaxy planetary system made by The Thomas Kane & Company, you won't find it.  You will find information about their manufacture of blackboards, furniture, and maps, but not this interesting little galaxy gizmo made in 1881.  However, the one place you can see and learn about it is at the High Plains Museum in Goodland, Kansas. 

Smithsonian plows into farming history

May 29, 2013
Abbie Fentress Swanson/Harvest Public Media

Visitors to the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. only get small glimpses of farming, such as a mural display of immigrant farmworkers planting crops in a 19th century California town. The museum once had an Agriculture Hall, but it was removed in 2006.

How many remember dancing in a circle while weaving long ribbons around a May Pole or making construction paper baskets covered with crayon drawings? Afterwards, flowers picked from the yard or a kind neighbor’s garden filled those paper baskets. Once you loaded your baskets with fragrant blooms, you sneaked from door to door to hang your homemade containers. At each house, you’d knock and then run like crazy to avoid detection. May Day was one of my favorite holidays from earliest childhood.

End of an Era

Nov 13, 2012

You get used to things always being there, maybe even take them for granted.  Things like snow at Christmas, Grandma sharing her wisdom no matter how old you are, Mom meeting you at the door when you pull in the drive, calling Dad when you have trouble with your car,  or driving to Herb's Carry Out for a burger and a piece of coconut cream pie.   Somehow, you're surprised when they are not.  November 21 will be the end of an era.  Herb's Carry Out, located on Kansas Avenue in Garden City, will be gone. 

The site of Old Tascosa in the Texas Panhandle has a rich history, beginning centuries ago with a prehistoric Indian culture that settled in a valley where several creeks converged into a river we now call the Canadian.  The Spanish explorer Coronado probably rested at the campsite in 1541 when he followed the Canadian in his trek across the plains.  Mexican traders used the site to barter with Indian tribes, and ultimately named it for the quicksand at the crossing.

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