HPPR Culture

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

Listen to Luke's story.

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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Old West Tradition
8:00 pm
Sun June 8, 2014

Longhorns mosey through downtown Amarillo

The Coors Cowboy Club Texas Longhorn cattle drive started at South 12th Avenue and South Polk Street in downtown Amarillo, and ended at the Tri-State Fairgrounds.
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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.

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Prairie Ramblings
8:00 pm
Sun May 25, 2014

Becoming the oldest generation

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A phone call brings Karen one step closer to becoming the oldest generation.

High Plains Outdoors
8:00 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

How to can pork

Canned meat hot out of the pressure cooker.
Credit Mike Pullen

Luke talks with Mike Pullen of Frisco Spices about canning pork.

 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. 

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Prairie Ramblings
8:00 pm
Sun May 18, 2014

Mulberries: Banquet or Mess?

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It is that time when Kansas cars, driveways, and tops of heads wear purplish reminders of a passing bird’s mulberry feast. Everyone saw it coming as pale fruits of this native tree first turned from white to bright red then matured to black-purple. Not so long ago, Jayhawk-state residents looked forward to this early spring fruit as one of summer’s first harvests. Now days, most folks consider these berries a mess to clean up.

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High Plains Outdoors
8:00 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Canned venison better than Grandma's

Credit Mike Pullen

Luke talks with Mike Pullen, owner of Frisco Spices about canning venison.

Howdy Folks, 

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

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High Plains Outdoors
8:01 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Easy fajitas for your next camping trip

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Howdy, Folks!

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

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5:10 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Film documents OK Panhandle ranch life

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Filming is almost complete on a documentary that follows the ranching family of Jane and Bob Apple of Kenton, Oklahoma.
OKLAHOMA CITY - The Oklahoma Panhandle is one of the most remote areas of the Sooner State, but a documentary film in production may shed some light on issues residents are facing. "Lone Man's Land" follows a family as they struggle to keep the ranching life alive in the face of rising costs.
Eastern CO abandoned buildings are inspirational
8:00 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

High Plains inspires Colorado artist

Prairie Ghost #3 by Catherine Scott
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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. 

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Prairie Ramblings
8:00 pm
Sun May 4, 2014

A homemade wedding for Barbie and Ken

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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.

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Rates far higher
8:00 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Farming, rural living and suicide

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
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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.

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Prairie Ramblings
8:00 pm
Sun April 20, 2014

The barn kitten version of the city mouse and the country mouse

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 Remember the childhood story about the country mouse and the city mouse? I loved to read that book as a little girl. Why it appealed to me, I don’t know. However, since late this summer my daughters and I have had the opportunity see observe the differences between country cats and town cats.

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FFA thriving amid decline
8:00 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Fewer farms kids but record Future Farmers

The blue corduroy jackets sported by high schoolers in FFA have been a part of the group's brand since its founding in 1928.
Credit 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.

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Music
8:00 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Last dance for Kansas Polka Lovers Klub

Walter and Dorothy Urban were the King and Queen of the Kansas chapter of Polka Lovers Klub of America in 2000.
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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.

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Prairie Ramblings
8:00 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

If only I'd paid attention in art class

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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.

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Prairie Ramblings
8:00 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Let Mother Nature release your inner artist

Scott Wade's dirty car art like this inspires Karen Madorin to think outside the box when it comes to a canvas.
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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.

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Prairie Ramblings Episode
8:00 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Bread dough by hand is best

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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?

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Prairie Ramblings Episode
8:00 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Snow day brings new revelations

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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. 

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Prairie Ramblings Episode
8:00 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

A prairie rabbit shows me the Zen way of life

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One part of Eastern thought that intrigues me is the Zen  concept of intentionally living in the moment and experiencing that moment fully. I suppose that is a  major reason  why I enjoy the out of doors so much.  It’s hard to hike, camp, bird watch, fish, or hunt if you aren’t fully aware of your surroundings and the relationships of those elements with one another. Not long ago, I spotted a Zen rabbit on one of my walks, and it gave me much to consider.

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Prairie Ramblings Episode
8:01 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Small business creativity is alive and well on the high plains

Dog grooming hits the road

City dwellers take for granted easy access to services. With strip malls in urban areas sprouting like weeds in a wet summer, finding a groomer and pet care is as easy as taking a drive around a section is for me. During that four-mile drive in a city, people have to choose which business to support. In small prairie towns on two-lane highways where customers are in short supply, it requires ingenuity to figure out how to meet people’s needs and make a buck at the same time.

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Prairie Ramblings Episode
8:00 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Cosmic Sand Pile

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 Remember the joy you found digging in a great dirt pile or a big sand box when you were a kid? As youngsters, my brother and I spent hours creating our own geography, which included mountain ranges, deep valleys, sloping hills, and raging rivers. All we needed was sand, a couple of spoons or trowels, and water.

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Prairie Ramblings Episode
8:00 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

The Best Dining On the Plains is Found in Small Towns

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City friends sometimes ask if I miss eating at popular chain restaurants. When I first moved to rural Kansas, I did miss running to Olive Garden or Red Lobster. Now days, I’m happy to wait until a local organization hosts a foodie fundraiser. I’ve learned that’s where you find homemade-by-neighbors fine dining. These cook’s reputations are on the line, so they don’t serve just anything.

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Eastern Colorado
8:00 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

A Photo Journal of Low Times on the High Plains

HASWELL, CO - JUNE 23: A tumbleweed races across what once was fertile farmland, but now looks more like a desert suffering from years of drought, June 23, 2013. A small rain storm in the background dropped some much-needed rain. It was a little too late to save this year's crops at a farm in Haswell.
Credit RJ Sangosti / The Denver Post

RJ Sangosti spent the past year in high plains communities of Eastern Colorado.  It is a time of struggle for the region.  Years without rain are pushing changes in agriculture, the region’s main industry.  Farms are getting bigger, pushing small farmers out.  Young people are leaving to continue their education, and not returning.  Corporate stores in nearby cities are strangling main street businesses.  Housing values are declining.  

But, a handful remain-the hardy and determined ones.  Enjoy this photographic vignette of life in Eastern Colorado by RJ Sangosti for the Denver Post by going here.  

Values
8:00 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Satanic Temple Shares Monument Design for Oklahoma Capitol

Monument design for the Oklahoma Capitol
Credit The Satanic Temple

The Satanic Temple started a campaign in December to place a monument of their own next to the Ten Commandments on the grounds of the Oklahoma State Capitol according to The Economist.

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Prairie Ramblings Episode
8:00 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Ode to the Public Library

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Watching how much my toddler granddaughter loves books reminds me of a seven-year-old,  toothpick-legged child who thought she was a big girl when her momma handed her anallowance on Saturday mornings. Along with that shiny dime, that little girl’s mother permitted her to trek uptown-- first to the dime store and then to the library. The coin was spent in no time.  It took much longer to wander up and down the bookshelf aisles searching for the perfect three or four titles to carry home so she could escape into those well-turned pages for a week of exciting adventure.

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