HPPR Environment

Prairie Ramblings
8:00 pm
Sun June 8, 2014

We could learn a thing or two about recycling from Mother Nature

Credit blogs.dickinson.edu

For weeks, I eye-balled a dead deer lying in a nearby wheat field. Each time I passed, I saw carrion eaters had whittled the carcass further. When I first spotted the broken body, I hoped a highway crew would clean it up, but after observing how many meals it provided not only to crows and magpies, but also to other scavengers, it served a better purpose where it was.

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Growing on the High Plains
8:00 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Top five plants to use in xeriscaping

Don Lonnberg, right, talks with Skip Mancini.
Credit Cindee Talley

Skip talks with Don Lonnberg at Ward's Garden Center.

Horticulturalist Don Lonnberg gives us five of his favorites that will do well in a low-water, high-heat garden.

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EPA Carbon Reduction Plan
8:00 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Kansas politicians react to carbon reduction plan for existing power plants

The Sunflower Electric generating station near Holcomb, Kansas.
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The Environmental Protection Agency announced its plan to reduce carbon emissions from existing power plants nationwide.  States will decide how to meet the goals set by the EPA according to the Kansas Health Institute.

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Climate
8:00 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Drought takes its toll on the plains and the Gulf

Fish die off at Galveston Bay
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The drought is hammering fields, pastures, the Ogallala Aquifer, and Galveston Bay?  StateImpact Texas reported researchers suspect drought is causing the massive fish die off.  Millions of shad have washed ashore recently.

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Playa Country
8:01 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Playas: Nebraska Landowner Story

Credit Courtesy Ben Wheeler/Pheasants Forever and Nebraska Game & Parks Commission

Dave Hilfterty grows dryland winter wheat and irrigated corn in Perkins County, Nebraska.

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Oil & Gas
8:00 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Texas: The flaming water debate continues despite regulator case closure

Steve Lipsky demonstrates how his well water ignites when he puts a flame to the flowing well spigot outside his family's home.
Credit dallasnews.com

Increased methane levels in Texas water wells cannot be linked to nearby drilling activity according to a report released by the state’s oil and gas regulator said a recent article from StateImpact Texas

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Weather
8:00 pm
Sun June 1, 2014

Rains improved drought conditions only in SW Oklahoma

The May 27th update of the U.S. Drought Monitor showing some improvement in southwest Oklahoma.
Credit U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR

Oklahoma experienced very wet weather recently.  That seems to have improved drought conditions, but only in the southwest according to the latest updates from The U.S. Drought Monitor noted a recent article by StateImpact Oklahoma

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Prairie Ramblings
8:00 pm
Sun June 1, 2014

It's all in the beholder's eye

Credit idahoweedawareness.net

Living in the same region and sharing roads, doctors, schools, and hair stylists doesn’t mean people see a common experience from the same perspective. Everything that’s happened to individuals prior to those events colors their interpretations. It’s true of two kids who grow up in the same house with the same parents but tell two different stories about their upbringing. People spin their own explanations. 

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High Plains Outdoors
8:00 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Axis deer are rutting in Texas

Axis Deer in Texas
Credit thehibbitts.net

Howdy Folks!

Axis deer are a big deal down here in Texas. They came to the area on exotic ranches. Some of those rascals got loose, and now they free range across the state.

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Weather
8:00 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Abundant rains in NW Kansas not alleviating drought

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Thomas County had the most rain in the state of Kansas this month, but overall, it’s not alleviating the drought according to the Garden City Telegram.

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4:47 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Seeds could be key to Midwestern Bee decline

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Are the vast seas of corn and soybeans killing bees?
Growing on the High Plains
8:00 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Great Beginnings in Xeriscape Gardening

Skip Mancini (L) and Mike Ward (R) talk about the addition of xeriscaping experts and plants at Ward's in Garden City, Kansas
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Skip talks with Mike Ward

Today Skip begins a series on xeriscaping by introducing some people who will be our guides as we travel down the road to survival during the dry times.

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Playa Country
8:01 pm
Mon May 26, 2014

Kansas Producer Group Uses Soil Practices to Preserve Moisture

Credit Scott Bauer / USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

Western Kansas is a semi-arid region, with yearly precipitation at 17-19 inches. Progressive farmers understand their biggest challenge is capturing and holding every drop of moisture they can.

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Growing on the High Plains
8:01 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Introduction to Xeriscaping

Credit landscapingnetwork.com

 This week begins a series about xeriscaping.  Sometimes our growing conditions leave us feeling as if we’re living in the desert.  Today, Skip will teach us what kind of landscaping thrives in heat without much water.  

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Playa Country
8:01 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

A Playa Rehab on the West Texas Plains

Credit Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism

Mark Hilliard of Hale County, Texas, says, "This is cotton country. It's rare to find a pristine playa lake."

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Drought
8:00 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Drier than the Dust Bowl

A lone cow stands by a dried up pond near Wiley, Colorado.
Credit wodumedia.com

Millard Fowler is a centenarian from the panhandle of Oklahoma.  He remembers the 1930s when he was a young, newly married farmer. 

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2014 Wildfire Outlook
8:00 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Greatest wildfire danger is in Eastern Colorado

The Heartstrong Fire in Yuma County, Colorado. March, 2012
Credit colostate.edu

The fire outlook for Colorado was recently released by the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention & Control.  The document shows the areas with the greatest potential wildfire danger are the plains of Eastern Colorado reported Laura Palmisano for KVNF

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Data analysis gives clue
8:00 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Drought: Cyclic or foreshadowing?

Cracked earth on the Texas High Plains
Credit southwestfarmpress.com

Increasing temperatures and decreasing precipitation may not be cyclic.  Dr. B.A. “Bob” Stewart recently released an analysis of data from 1895-2013 for the Texas High Plains.  He found the area is getting warmer and drier, and the recent drought is not a temporary state according to a study by Dr. Stewart for WTAMU.

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Growing on the High Plains
8:00 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Tree Planting Pointers

Lone tree stands on the plains near Johnson, Kansas
Credit stevegarufi.com

This week GHP looks at the best way to insure success with shade trees, starting at the very beginning with good ideas on planting.  We've turned to Master Gardener and long-time tree grower Shirley Buller to line up some simple tips and techniques to get your trees started down the right road to a long, healthy, and shady life.

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Water Conservation
8:00 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Drought pushes wastewater into Texas spotlight

A tour group samples treated wastewater at the Dos Rios Water Recycling Center, operated by the San Antonio Water System.
Credit texastribune.org

The depleting of aquifers and endless drought has spurred discussion, debate, and even court cases about who owns the water.  Groundwater and rain are familiar disagreements, but in Texas wastewater has stepped on stage. 

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Bill keeps fed conservation efforts out of KS
8:00 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Brownback says no to conservation of lesser prairie chicken

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Gov. Sam Brownback signed a bill this week that tells the U.S. government it has no authority to regulate prairie chickens within the state of Kansas.  The bill also threatens lawsuits against federal conservation efforts in an escalating dispute over reversing the population decline of the lesser prairie chicken according to a recent article from the Topeka Capital-Journal.

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Lake Meredith
12:10 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Panhandle wildfire leaves Texas residents homeless

Credit everythinglubbock.com

A huge wildfire swept through Hutchinson County Sunday and Monday.  About 100 houses were damaged or destroyed.  The bulk of the damage was at the Lake Meredith Harbor subdivision reported the Amarillo Globe-News.

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Playa Country
8:01 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Wetlands Reserve Easement in Kansas

Credit Michael Pearce / kansas.com

McPherson County landowner Dale Schmidt bought ground he intended to farm, but often it was too wet to plant, or to harvest.

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Prairie Ramblings
12:45 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Turkey Lonely Hearts Club

Credit statesymbolsusa.org

Typically, when you see wild turkeys, you see them in a flock. If they are seeking a morning breakfast of grasshoppers and other early rising insects, several dine together.  At night, they gather in  large groups to roost in a big tree that provides each bird its own branch.  However, they perch close enough to one another for the turkey equivalent of The Walton’s “Goodnight, John-boy” evening song.

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Fodor's Travel Guide Ranking
12:45 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Palo Duro Canyon ranked America’s best state park

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Palo Duro Canyon is No. 1 on Fodor’s America’s 10 Best State Parks reported the Amarillo Globe-News.

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HPPR Environment
12:10 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Amarillo still not conserving water

Credit distancebetweencities.net

Amarillo residents are not conserving water.  The city’s water usage goal is 52 million gallons per day.  Every day this month has exceeded that amount reported the Amarillo Globe-News.

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Rain and temperature forecast
3:15 am
Thu May 8, 2014

El Niño is on the way, and that could be good news for the Texas Panhandle

Don't expect a lot of rain this summer in much of Texas. And beyond that, if an El Nino comes in the fall, it might not be the savior we expect.
Chris Coleman StateImpact Texas

Forecasters say it looks like El Niño will reappear this fall.  That usually means more rain for Texas, but one meteorologist says it will have mixed results in the Lone Star State reported StateImpact Texas.

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Growing on the High Plains
2:00 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Plant some shady savings

Credit blog.cartwrighttree.com

  

If you're looking for ways to cut energy costs in your home or business, don't just look inside.  Turn your gaze outside and consider planting some shade trees to help cool your abode in summer and keep it protected and filled with the warmth of natural sunlight in winter.

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Agriculture
8:00 pm
Sun May 4, 2014

Drought and late April frost could decimate western Oklahoma wheat harvest

Western OK wheat field April, 2014.
Credit osuwheat.com

Drought and a late April freeze could produce the worst wheat harvest in decades for the western part of Oklahoma history reported The Oklahoman

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Southeastern Colorado
8:00 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

High winds leave aftermath of destruction

Tree Damage on West Elm Street in LaMar
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Skies over southeast Colorado have cleared of the choking dust propelled by high winds, but the effects are evident.  Prowers County residents are dealing with the aftermath of fallen trees and dumpsters scattered like bowling pins.  More about the storm and its lingering effects are available from the Prowers Journal.

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