HPPR Culture

11:18 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Hispanic Heritage Month: Belinda Gonzales Taylor

Lead in text: 
The celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month continues. Meet Belinda Gonzales Taylor.
Editor's note: This is a feature in a series profiling some of Amarillo's prominent leaders in the Hispanic community. Amarillo Globe-News will publish one story each day through Oct.
High Plains Outdoors
8:00 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Hey Luke, what's for supper?

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Well, hello folks!

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

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Hispanic Heritage Month
8:00 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Hispanic Heritage Month Profile: Ray Ruiz Rosas

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

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Hispanic Heritage Month
8:00 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Hispanic Heritage Month Profile: Praxedix J. “Joe” Dovalina

Praxedix J. “Joe” Dovalina
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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.

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Prairie Ramblings
8:00 pm
Sun September 21, 2014

Angus herd takes one last summer's dip

Credit 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.

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Hispanic Heritage Month
8:00 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Hispanic Heritage Month: Jose Ignacio Rael

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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.

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National Hispanic Month
8:00 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations across the High Plains

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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.

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Hispanic Heritage Month
8:00 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Hispanic Heritage Month: Women shaping Amarillo

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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.

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Texas Headlines
8:00 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Texas News Roundup

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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.

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HPPR Culture
8:00 pm
Sun September 14, 2014

Rural hands deliver in golden hour

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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.

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High Plains Outdoors
8:00 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Elk Camp: Mountain Lion!

The picture is fuzzy. The hunter was nervous. Look for the mountain lion in the center of the picture.
Credit 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.

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Growing on the High Plains
8:00 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

The Survivor Tree

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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.

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Prairie Ramblings
8:00 pm
Sun September 7, 2014

Crossing barbed wire fences is an art

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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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HPPR Culture
8:00 pm
Sun August 24, 2014

Country Auctions— Celebration or Farewell

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 “Going once, twice, sold!” patters the auctioneer as he transfers ownership of an old wedding ring quilt to a buyer. The crowd moves in unison from the flatbed display wagon to let the woman who purchased the heirloom retrieve it. As soon as she moves back into place, the curious mass  realigns itself like a giant amoeba shifting and reforming. Many become one on a sunny prairie morning.

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High Plains Outdoors
8:01 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

The salami-making Beast

This vintage electric sausage grinder belonged to one of Luke’s dearest friends, the late Bob Hood. The old grinder, probably made back in the 1940s, still works as good as new.
Credit Luke Clayton

Most readers of the outdoor press have read newspapers and magazine articles written by Bob Hood. Bob was a very active outdoors writer for close to half a century. He was one of my best friends and we hunted and fished together often and shared story ideas, pictures and the experiences of spending time together in the outdoors from the brush country of Mexico to the Rocky Mountains.

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Prairie Ramblings
8:00 pm
Sun August 17, 2014

Outdoor America

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Any good outdoors person knows that Cabela’s is a necessary stop on any vacation destination within 200 miles of this famed outdoor shopper’s paradise.  As lovers of nature, my husband and I always squeeze in a shopping expedition on our way to or/and from Wyoming.  We would always wonder what we missed if we ever drove past that green roofed utopia on I-80.

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Prairie Ramblings
8:00 pm
Sun August 10, 2014

Witness Trees

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We once traveled to Montana where I met a remarkable man who introduced me to “Witness” trees. In that particular case, the storyteller was talking about 1000 or 2000-year-old pine trees that oversaw pack trains led first by native people and later by miners and then hunters heading into the Bob Marshall Wilderness.

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Prairie Ramblings
8:00 pm
Sun August 3, 2014

It's County Fair Time!

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Sometimes Western Kansans get so caught up in getting through a day or the week, they forget something special occurs toward the end of summer. Those unique events are area fairs, which began a few weeks ago and wrap up over the next few weeks. They provide opportunities to socialize, eat good food while supporting local organizations, and explore 4-H and open class entries in categories from fashion review to animal showmanship. It’s a time for kids and adults to showcase favorite projects.

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High Plains Outdoors
8:00 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Long and slow is the key to good barbeque

This small amount of dry plum wood is all the wood that’s necessary to smoke up to 20 pounds of meat. This is the ‘well used’ Smokin Tex electric that has been put to work many times during the past seven years
Credit Luke Clayton

I’m sure that most of you that have been listening to me for any length of time understand that I dearly love the entire outdoor lifestyle, everything from the actual hunting or fishing trip to transforming the fish/game meats into tasty meals.

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Western Heritage
8:00 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Amarillo celebrates National Day of the Cowboy

AQHA celebrated National Day of the Cowboy by offering free test rides of American Quarter Horses as part of a free day of fun at the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum.
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The whole family had the opportunity to get a taste of cowboy life at the National Day of the Cowboy the past weekend.   About 1,200 people braved the heat to attend the free event at the American Quarter Horse Association Headquarters according to the AQHA.

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Prairie Ramblings
8:00 pm
Sun July 27, 2014

Get Home When the Streetlights Go On

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After pulling weeds, mowing lawns, playing, or swimming under hot summer sun, evening breezes provided welcome relief during games of softball and freeze tag played at dusk during my childhood. As a youngster, I loved being outside under lavender, apricot, and rose tinted  skies when cool winds blew  and tangled hair into Medusa-like snakes and tickled sunburnt skin. This was a such a positive part of my life that I still enjoy replaying mental videos of evenings my brother and I invented new games or enjoyed old standbys with neighborhood kids after supper.

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Amarillo Texas
8:00 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Chinese Cadillac enthusiasts get their kicks on Route 66

A caravan of Chinese tourists in Cadillacs travel down Polk Street in Amarillo.
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If you’re traveling Route 66, you might see a caravan of Cadillacs getting their kicks traveling the open road.  They’ve traveled all the way from China for the experience according to a recent article in the Amarillo Globe-News.

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Growing on the High Plains
8:00 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

The City of Brotherly Love: Reading Terminal Market

Reading Terminal Market
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On a recent trip to Philadelphia Skip explored a treasure trove of local food, fresh produce, and other special items just made for those who love farms and gardens and what they grow.  A historical setting that once served the Eastern U.S. as a huge train station has now become a huge market for all things tasty and tasteful.

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Prairie Ramblings
8:00 pm
Sun July 13, 2014

How many critters can get under that one tree?

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All eyes in the stands focused on a bright yellow Volkswagen parked in the center of the Big top.  Both doors opened simultaneously, allowing two clowns wearing towering top hats and oversized, floppy shoes  to step into the spotlight.  Then two more characters in bright, outsized  attire squeezed out, and then two more and two more and two more  like an out of control tube of toothpaste until there were 12 clowns crowding around that little  VW.  If those weren’t enough to dazzle the crowd, two more popped out. 

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Rodeo Tradition
8:01 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Mutton Busting A Rodeo Tradition For Rough And Tumble Kids

Two cowboys lift a mutton busting participant onto a wooly sheep at the Greeley (Colo.) Stampede rodeo.
Credit 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.

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HPPR Culture
8:00 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Survey says... High Plains fizzles on Fourth

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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.

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High Plains Outdoors
2:00 am
Fri June 27, 2014

The best smoked beans you'll ever taste

The table is set, and Luke's smoked baked beans are part of the feast!
Credit 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.

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Farming & Mental Health
12:20 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Report: Farmer Suicide Rate Higher Than All Other Workers

A new study shows that agricultural workers have unusually high suicide rates compared to other workers.
Credit 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.

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Prairie Ramblings
8:00 pm
Sun June 15, 2014

Stitching lives together at the Cottonwood Ranch

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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.

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High Plains Outdoors
8:00 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

The life cycle of a hunter

Luke bow hunting this season
Credit 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.

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