HPPR Communities

Panhandle city is a good place to raise a family
8:00 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Amarillo is tenth best city for families

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Between 2012 and 2013, 11.7 percent of the population moved according to the U.S. Census Bureau.  About a third of those moved because of “family-related reasons,” the Wall Street Journal reported.

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Health
8:00 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Alzheimer’s patients benefit from new music program

iPod playlists are created for each individual as part of The Roth Project: Music Memories
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Communication is heartbreaking for families who have a loved one with Alzheimer’s.  A new music therapy project in Central and Western Kansas experienced a bit of a breakthrough reported KMUW.

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Innovative classroom in Liberal KS
8:00 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

High Plains students fly into science aboard Boeing jet

Boeing 727
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Imagine learning in redesigned space of a 153-foot jet.  Students across the high plains will soon have that opportunity. 

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Harvest Public Media story
8:01 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Migrant Education Program looks to give farmworkers’ children a boost

The Migrant Education Program in the Imperial Valley of California serves about 7,000 students with support like tutoring, college prep and online courses.
Credit Jill Replogle/Fronteras Desk

Several hundred teenagers filed into a swanky event center in Heber in California’s Imperial Valley on a recent Friday morning. By all accounts, they look like typical high schoolers — smacking gum and texting away. The vast majority were Latino.



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Amarillo, Texas
8:00 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Amarillo: New Logo In Question

New City of Amarillo Logo paired with EMAAR logo.
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The city of Amarillo unveiled its new logo at the kickoff of the centennial celebration this weekend, and the design is under review after officials discovered the design is similar to one used by a Dubai company according to a recent story in the Amarillo Globe-News.

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Harvest Public Media story
8:01 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Dreaming beyond the slaughterhouse

Binh Hua (left) and My Nguyen, both 18, work in the Garden City Community College chemistry lab. The two best friends graduated from high school in three years and after community college, plan to go on to universities.
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Not yet 9 a.m. on a warm fall day, freshmen Binh Hua and My Nguyen are in protective goggles, long hair pulled back, ready for their chemistry class in a Garden City Community College lab.

The teacher calls the class to order, calling the students “Busters,” short for “Broncbusters,” the college’s mascot and a reminder of this old West town’s history of raising cattle.

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Harvest Public Media story
8:01 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Garden City: Tending to a cultural crossroads in Kansas

Sister Janice Thome at a local Garden City school. Thome teaches several classes, including a teen parenting class at the Garden City alternative high school.
Peggy Lowe/Harvest Public Media

GARDEN CITY, Kan. — Sister Janice Thome’s office is a 2003 brown Ford Focus with a backseat piled high with paperwork and a prayer book.

Thome puts 125,000 miles a year on this car, picking up boxes from the food pantry, finding a mattress for a newcomer, delivering a sick soul to a doctor’s appointment. All the while, she fields emergency calls on her flip phone, responding to her mission to serve the poor of Garden City, out on the plains of southwest Kansas.

This day, Thome is teaching her teen parenting class at the alternative high school.

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Population Decline
8:01 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Greeley County, Kansas Fights Depopulation

Broadway, the main street in Tribune, Kansas.
Credit Matt Nager/The Wall Street Journal

In a town and county named in honor of Horacy Greeley, the man credited with saying "Go West, young man," officials fear for the town's survival after three decades of accelerating population decline.

Greeley County, Kansas does not have demographics on its side. Rural areas across the Great Plains tend to experience high death rates as baby boomers age and die, while young people move away.  The county has lost over a third of its population since 1960.

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Harvest Public Media story
6:15 am
Mon October 28, 2013

In the Shadows of the Slaughterhouse: Noel, MO Schools build safety net for immigrant children

At the primary school in rural Noel, Mo., teachers and staff function as educators about as often as they do de facto social workers.
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NOEL, MO - It’s almost 9 a.m., and Noel Primary School teacher Erin McPherson is helping a group of Spanish-speaking students complete English language exercises. But it’s tough going.

One student in a bright blue T-shirt – 9-year-old Isac Martinez – has not yet picked up his pencil. He’s clearly sick. When McPherson asks him what’s wrong, Isac’s small voice is barely audible in between coughs. He says he threw up four times last night but did not go to a doctor.

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Harvest Public Media field note
9:14 pm
Sun September 22, 2013

Sister Janice of Garden City, helping in any way needed

Sister Janice Thome in her other office at a Garden City school
Credit Peggy Lowe/Harvest Public Media

Harvest Public Media reporter Peggy Lowe has been visiting Garden City working on a series of stories profiling “meat packing towns” and their economic, social and cultural life and challenges.  Fittingly, one of her first contacts was Sister Janice Thome who provided a ground-level orientation to the community.  Here is Peggy’s first field note featuring Sister Janice.

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The billboards that dot the long gray line of Interstate 70 west from Kansas City tried to lure me to tourist towns that promised Wild West shows, lots of sunflowers and even an Oz Winery.

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Technology
8:01 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Why is Amarillo in So Many Songs? …and Other Google Autocomplete Assertions

You may or may not agree with it, but Google has some interesting things to say about where you live.  You just have to know how to ask.

By manipulating the “autocomplete” function implemented by Google, bloggers and journalists alike recently discovered they can trick the search engine into surreptitiously suggesting what may appear to be biased or over-generalized judgments regarding various geographic locales.

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Harvest Public Media series
8:01 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

A civic lesson for rural towns

Jim Schulte and his wife, Rita, bought their 450-acre farm near Columbia, Mo., in 1991, but didn’t start farming full time until Jim finished working in the mortgage business.
Credit Abbie Fentress Swanson / Harvest Public Media

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It’s not just lifelong farmers who feel the pull of the land as they get older. For some Americans, retirement is an opportunity to begin the farming dream.

“I wanted to be able to be active and have a pastime that ensured physical activity,” said beginning farmer Tom Thomas, who at 65 still has the physical fitness to wrestle and brand steers at his son’s ranch in Oklahoma. 

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HPPR Communities
1:33 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

The Lee Fund: Raising Alzheimer's Awareness in SW Kansas

I recently had the opportunity to sit down and talk with Skip Mancini and Jan Evans about a project, one near and dear to Skip's heart.  Many of you know Skip as the voice of, Growing on the High Plains, but you may not know how Alzheimer's personally touched the life of both her parents.

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Hope for the congregation
8:01 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

A Treasure Chest of Bibles Found in SW Kansas Church Attic

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The First Presbyterian Church calls Ashland, Kansas home.  The rural church has seen attendance, as well as hope, rise in the past year.  Why?  Because of a treasure found by Minister Marsha Granberry when she was cleaning out the attic.  Granberry said, in an article by Becky Tanner, for the Wichita Eagle, she was sorting through boxes and found a box of bibles in different languages.  The 15 bibles are from the 1920s and 1930s, and one bible, written in Cherokee, may have been printed in the 1860s.

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10:51 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Growing Your Own Food at School

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Elementary students in the Texas panhandle are part of a new project teaching how to grow food with your own hands, and the nutritional value it puts into your mouth.
A joint venture between AgriLife Extension Service, Friends of Carver and Carver Elementary Academy is working to combat childhood obesity and raise food awareness.
WSOT geography
1:25 pm
Sat August 4, 2012

The territory of Western Swing & Other Things

Swingin' Gate Ranch

Marshal Allen Bailey's Swingin' Gate Ranch is the broadcast home of Western Swing & Other Things.

Howell Social Club

The nearby entirely exclusive Howell Social Club hosts the area's classiest events, including the Spring 2011 Woodchopper's Ball.

Abner's Guitar Shop

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