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Despite concerns that the undocumented immigrant population in Texas is growing, it’s remained stable in recent years reports the Texas Tribune. 

In fact, more than half of the state’s undocumented immigrants have lived in Texas for more than 10 years according to data from the Migration Policy Institute.

Texas has the second-largest undocumented immigrant population in the country—about 1.5 million people.  California has about twice as many.

Luke Clayton

In this week's High Plains Outdoors, I'm wondering, "What game animal do you consider the most challenging to hunt?"  I hunt everything from elk and bear up in the mountain states to deer and birds. I consider a wise older wild sow the most adept at avoiding humans, thanks mostly to the refined sense of smell. I've been watching this one wild sow for the past 4 months on trail cameras and occasionally see her in the woods. One of the fat pigs is my target.

In my opinion, there is no finer eating game animal than a fat wild hog weighing between 20 and 50 pounds.


It’s National Western Stock Show time on the high plains.  The stock show, rodeo, and horse show drew a record crowd opening day in Denver.  Over 47,000 people were in attendance.  That’s the biggest first-day crowd in the show’s century plus history reports 9 News.

The stock show was started by some forward thinking men with the goal of demonstrating better breeding and feeding techniques to area stockmen.  It’s the world’s largest according to Colorado.com.  It’s grown to be more than a stock show.  This year’s events include a parade in the streets of downtown Denver, including a herd of longhorns; daily rodeos, a western art exhibit and sale, and more than 15,000 animals competing for top awards.


Some of us rise long before dawn breaks the horizon and hit narrow two lane highways in night’s deepest black. For these folks, life between the white lines balances boredom caused by limited visibility  with edge of the seat, adrenaline-rushing thrills.

Early each morning I turn east on Highway 9 and immediately shrink to a blip on the universe’s radar. If satellites actually watch cars passing down remote roads, I ‘d hardly be visible in my silver Toyota that blends in with a worn asphalt ribbon  connecting one shrinking farm town to another. I’d show up as two tiny eastward moving light rays.

The Big Fat Surprise

Jan 7, 2015

The American Heart Association warns us eating foods containing saturated fats raises your cholesterol level… which in turn increases your risk of heart disease.  But, what if they’re wrong?

Nina Teicholz makes a compelling argument in her new book The Big Fat Surprise.  She questions if saturated fat is truly to blame reports the Economist

Her case is the vilification doesn’t hold up to close scrutiny.  She pokes holes in famous pieces of research pointing out the methodological problems and overlooked results.


Americans, especially those in largely rural states, have little confidence in their neighbors, elected officials, media outlets, and schools reports Emily Badger for the Washington Post.

When it comes to public schools, Nebraska has the most confidence.  40 percent of Kansans have a great deal of confidence in the education system.

Residents of Mississippi talk about politics with their friends the most.  In the listening region, Colorado takes the top spot.

BIG Sister Club

Jan 4, 2015

People join clubs for different reasons, and sometimes they gain membership because of something someone else did. That’s certainly the case for those initiated into the big sister or brother club. Affiliation with this organization has nothing to do with a child’s intentions. Involvement is totally a result of parental action. 

A Fruitful Calendar

Dec 31, 2014

My calendar for the new year takes me back to a time when crates for vegetables and fruit were made of sturdy wood, and the labels were works of art.


Greyhound is celebrating 100 years, and the BBC’s Laura Barton traveled from Michigan to rural Kansas trying to understand the lure of bus travel reports the Guardian. 

Luke Clayton

Merry Christmas!

This week I'm sharing one of my favorite winter dishes- smoked chili.  The secret to this recipe is to smoke the meat prior to adding any liquid ingredients.  Take a listen to the show, and I'll walk you through the process step by step.


There are three times as many men officially unemployed now as there were in 1968 reports the New York Times.

Men in their prime working age from 25 to 64 were studied.   

Percentage of unemployed males in area counties:


 Today, we'll catch the scent and track two biblical spices that have been used for centuries in exalted temples, though they are best known for their appearance in a lowly stable in Bethlehem.

Flash Christmas

Dec 14, 2014

What do you do when you aren’t ready for Christmas? As a former Type A Christmas junkie who decorated, baked and made dozens of cookie and candy platters, wrote long Christmas letters, and had her Christmas shopping done before Thanksgiving , I’m about to find out.

Alan Gomez / USA TODAY

Garden City is in national news.  A reporter from USA Today came to the southwestern Kansas community talking with residents about the impact President Obama’s immigration plan would have.  Some said it would allow undocumented immigrants live without the worry of being picked up by immigration officers.  Some worry there will be an exodus as they look for better jobs in other parts of the country. 

John Lee / thepampanews.com

Wounded Warriors returned to the Texas Panhandle for the third year.  The Pampa News reports 24 veterans arrived in Pampa this weekend for mule deer season.  The group was mostly Iraq and Afghanistan vets. 

Andy Cross / The Denver Post

Weekend remembrances drew 1,000 visitors to the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site to recognize those brutally killed 150 years ago on November 29.


I know some might think, heavens no; December doesn’t need another holiday. After all, it has Christmas and New Year’s Eve, but for those of us living in deer country, we need to make opening day of firearms deer season the kind of holiday that frees kids from school and employees from work. Even for people who don’t hunt, advantages exist.


Thinking of the holiday season takes me back to my childhood, the smell of black gold in the oil patch, well-worn ornaments, and a gunny sack for collecting mistletoe once the grown-ups knocked it out of the tree with buckshot.

A new style of luxury gun club is popping up around urban areas. They’re known as “guntry clubs” for their resemblance to country clubs, and are a far cry from dingy strip mall facilities or the rural shooting ranges with outhouse facilities known on the High Plains. The New York Times has this profile of these new clubs, featuring the Centennial Gun Club in the Denver area:


Our last dog came to us as a mature hand-me-down. Our daughter adopted him as a furry white puppy with appealing eyes. He was small enough to fit in her housecoat pocket. His mom was Shih Tzu and reportedly his dad was Lhasa Apso, so Dudley should have remained tiny and cuddly. Six years later, he weighs 45 pounds and comes to my very tall knee. While he isn’t purse pet material, he’s still lovable.

Luke Clayton

Deer season is well underway and I’m betting many of you have a freezer full of venison. What would you think is the most popular method of cooking venison? Maybe chicken fried steak? I’m betting the old standard fried backstrap or ham steak is very high on the list! I’ve enjoyed chicken fried venison since childhood and thought I’d share with you my method of preparing it.


While living out of a suitcase has definite drawbacks, one of the bonuses of visiting new places is trying local foods. Because my family both moved and traveled a great deal as I grew up, I learned early the joy of sampling regional delights every time I hit the road.

Luke Clayton

Well folks, today I’m sharing my favorite wild game barbeque.  It’s mouth-watering good.


World War I was known as “The Great War.” It officially ended with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles on June 28, 1919.  Although fighting had stopped several months earlier when an armistice between the Allied Nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. That’s why President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.


Sometimes I think hunters use hunting as an excuse to get into the fields and woods. If they said, “I think I’ll spend day after day out-of-doors,” many of their friends and family members would wonder exactly what goes on in the woods or fields. They might jump to incorrect conclusions just because they don’t understand how time in nature renews a soul.

Russ Baldwin / The Prowers Journal

Christmas came early for a bunch of Prowers County, Colorado kids.  They got a new shoes of their choice because of the Share the Spirit fundraiser held earlier this month at Amache Farms reported Russ Baldwin for the Prowers Journal.

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.


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.

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. 


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.