HPPR Environment

Growing on the High Plains Episode
8:00 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Love in a Mist

Credit edenbrothers.com

We'll start out our valentine month with a look at an annual flower with an old-fashioned look and the great common name of Love-In-A-Mist.  I think the name fits nicely, as from a distance a mass planting of these blue, white, pink or purple flowers can look like they're floating above the ground.  The fern-like foliage adds to its buoyancy, and the whole image goes well in containers or hanging baskets.  

Playa Country Episode
8:01 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Seven Reasons to Buy a Migratory Bird/Duck Stamp

Credit U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

The Migratory Bird/Duck Stamp is the best kept secret in bird conservation. Buying the annual stamp is a simple, direct way for people to contribute to wetland and grassland conservation. This episode presents seven reasons to buy a stamp.

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High Plains Outdoors Episode
5:48 am
Sat February 1, 2014

What's the big deal about air powered rifles?

Luke Clayton harvest a big boar using an air rifle
Credit Luke Clayton

Luke Clayton talks with big bore air gun designer and builder

Howdy Folks!

I have had quite the adventure spending time with big bore air gun designer and builder,
Terry Tate.   I'm kinda sad to see our time come to an end.

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Growing on the High Plains Episode
8:00 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Good Scents: Discover the citrus benefit

Credit howstuffworks.com

Our final look at plants that are a part of aromatherapy involves a discussion of several scented herbs and a deciduous shrub that grows successfully in the HPPR broadcast area.  All of these plants provide the aroma of citrus fruits and are being used in treatments for several ailments, especially those involving depression, anxiety or the mental confusion of Alzheimer's disease.  Lemon balm, lemon verbena or lemon scented thyme and basil can be grown in an herb garden.  The white blossoms of mock orange shrubs can provide the scent of oranges and can serve as an accent plant or a privacy screen in landscaping plans.     

Playa Country Episode
8:01 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Duck Stamp: Not Just for Hunters

Credit U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

If you think the Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation stamp, the "Duck Stamp," is just for waterfowl hunters, think again! Whether you hunt, bird, photograph wildlife and scenery, collect stamps or conserve habitat, you'll want to purchase this stamp.

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High Plains Outdoors Episode
8:00 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Hog Hunting With Nikon Camera Gets Western

This boar is headed right for me! Thank heaven for trees!
Credit Luke Clayton

Luke talks with Texan Terry Tate about their hog hunting experience with big bore air guns.

Howdy folks!  You have got to listen to this week's show!  I'm talking with big bore air rifle designer and builder Terry Tate.  We had quite an adventure hog hunting, and I got my first big game with an air rifle. 

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Growing on the High Plains Episode
5:12 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Rosemary: It makes good scents

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 Rosemary is one of the most versatile herbs as it plays roles in the kitchen, bath, or medicine chest.  The tangy scent and fresh green needles give the smell and appearance of evergreens. It has proven itself to have antibacterial properties and has been used to fight diseases from medieval times to the present day.  It has a colorful history, being a part of both ancient Greek mythology and the background of Christianity.  This tender perennial can grow on the High Plains, but it needs protection from winter weather.

Texas State Government
8:00 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Failure to ‘Call Before You Dig’ Is a Big Cause of Texas Pipeline Accidents

Temporary sign marks where gas pipeline is buried along road under construction in Harris County.
Credit DAVE FEHLING / StateImpact Texas

Texas has the most miles of natural gas pipelines.  It also has the most accidents.  Federal pipeline regulators say Texas and Florida give the most exemptions regarding who has to notify a pipeline or utility company before digging according to StateImpact Texas.

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Precipitation & Drought
8:01 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Early season snowpack looks promising for drought-stressed rivers

2014 hasn't brought much snow for the western half of the U.S. so far. But there are a few pockets on the eastern slope of the Continental Divide showing above average levels.
Credit PRISM Climate Group/Oregon State University

Midwest farmers that depend on recently drought-stressed rivers like the Platte, Republican, Niobrara, Missouri, Arkansas and Mississippi received some good news this week, along with Rocky Mountain skiers.

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Garfield County, Colorado
8:00 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Study Links Natural Gas Drilling and Spills to Hormone Disrupting Chemicals

A drill rig in Garfield, County Colorado.
Credit Courtesy of Carol Kwiatkowski / Colorado Public Radio

Chemicals used in gas drilling work against our endocrine system, a network of glands and cells that release hormones into our bodies.  The chemical disrupters can effect fertility, sperm counts, cause breast and prostate cancer, compromise our immune system, and even contribute to obesity, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes.  

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Texas Panhandle
8:00 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

Pantex: Water and Soil Cleanup Efforts Appear to Be Working

This Sept. 4, 1992 file aerial photo provided by Pantex shows the U.S. Department of Energy's Pantex Plant near Amarillo, Texas.
Credit AP Photo/Pantex, File / mercurynews.com

Pantex is the nation’s only plant for assembling and disassembling nuclear weapons.  The plant was added to the national Superfund cleanup list because of past site practices of burning chemicals in unlined pits, burying waste in unlined landfills, and discharging waste into on-site surface waters known as playa lakes in 1994.  The first five year review of the site was recently completed, and it appears efforts to clean up soil and groundwater contamination have been effective according to The San Jose Mercury News.

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Growing on the High Plains Episode
8:01 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

The Good Scents of Lavender

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Lavender is perhaps the most popular aromatic herb, and has a long history of being used as a part of soaps and bathwater, even as far back as the ancient Greek and Roman civilizations.  Amid the numerous types of this sweet-smelling herb, some of the most popular have taken geographic names.  English lavender is the most common, followed by Spanish and French lavenders.  Though a tender perennial, this fragrant herb can be very successful in High Plains gardens if some care is given to protect it from winter freezes. 

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Water Conservation
8:00 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Water Rights: Is contaminating your groundwater with waste water trespassing?

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If someone dumps trash in your garage is that trespassing?  Obviously, the answer is yes.  But, if someone dumps trash water and it contaminates your water, is it still trespassing?  The Texas Supreme Court is deciding that issue right now.

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Water Conservation
8:00 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

State Lines Would Be Much Different if Water and Topography Determined Location

How the states might look if their boundaries were drawn around water resources and topography.
Credit John Lavey / Sonoran Institute

State boundaries would be a lot different if a 19th Century idea would have been used to determine boundaries, and not railroad companies.  Colorado Matters recently explored the premise with John Lavey, a land use planner at the Sonoran Institute in Montana.

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Playa Country Episode
6:54 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Ranchers Rediscover Burning

2009 Burn--3200 acre pasture south of Clarendon
Credit Texas Panhandle Prescribed Burn Association

Biologist Peter Berthelson of Pheasants Forever took action to educate land managers how to burn and created burn trailers stocked with all the hardware required to safely conduct prescribed burns.

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Water Conservation
8:00 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

The High Plains Irrigation Conference Is For Everyone Concerned About Water

Credit ga.water.usgs.gov

The annual High Plains Irrigation Conference is for everyone concerned about water.  Regional water issues, an update on Texas Water Board Programs, irrigation trends, best practices for irrigation, and risk management tools are conference topics.  A research panel will also debate the issues.

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Fauna
8:01 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

If You See This Insect, You Might Want to Keep it Around

Ensign Wasp
Credit bugguide.net

When most of us see bugs of any kind in the house, our immediate response is to grab the fly swatter or the bug spray, but there’s one insect you might want to consider having as a house guest.  

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Growing on the High Plains Episode
8:00 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Making Scents Makes Sense

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  Today we'll look at the therapeutic properties of scent and the results of recent studies in the treatment of some major diseases.  Practiced since ancient times, aromatherapy is currently being used with patients suffering from stress, headaches, inflammation, sleep disorders, indigestion, heart conditions and Alzheimer's disease!  Our Good Scents series will look at some specific plants that can work  to help create a 'healing garden' , a windowbox, or patio pot. 

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Water Conservation
8:00 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Ogallala Aquifer Preservation Program Wins Big Award

Credit nwksgmd4.blogspot.com / USGS

The Ogallala Aquifer is life to the high plains.  The depletion of that resource moved Kansas State University, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service, Texas Tech University, Texas A&M University, and West Texas A&M University to team up and work together to preserve the vital resource according to the High Plains Journal.  

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Playa Country Episode
8:01 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Benefits of Using Fire on the Landscape

Prescribed Burn
Credit Oklahoma Grazing Lands Conservation Association

Native Americans used fire to manage rangeland for thousands of years, but a 100-year burning hiatus followed settlement by Europeans of the North American heartland. Those decades of fire suppression allowed invasive plants to negatively alter the landscape. But rangeland researchers and managers are awakening to the benefits of burning.

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Climate
8:00 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Good News on the Colorado Drought Front

Credit http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/

Drought conditions have been downgraded for portions of eastern Colorado.  

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High Plains Outdoors Episode
8:01 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Home-cured Ham

Doesn't that look good? Wild hog that I cured and then smoked.
Credit Luke Clayton

Howdy Folks!

This week, I'm walking you through the steps to cure and then smoke ham.  You can do it with ham you buy at the store, but the ham you see to the right is a wild boar I got a couple weeks ago.  Take a listen.  This is delicious!

Until next time, enjoy the great outdoors!

Prairie Ramblings Episode
8:00 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Winter Morning Shadow Plays

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One of my favorite childhood memories or maybe even adult memories involves casting finger shadows of rabbits, birds, and other creatures onto a blank wall. One morning, I noticed Mother Nature playing her own shadow games on Big Creek below my kitchen window.On weekend mornings, I look forward to seeing what sorts of fun the “old girl” can concoct using barren branches, agile squirrels, and flitting birds.

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Playa Country Episode
8:01 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Controlling Invasives in Central Nebraska

Russian Olive (Elaeagnus angustifolia)
Credit Dave Powell / USDA, Forest Service

This episode of Playa Country is a report on woody shrub invasions and control efforts in Nebraska. Biologist Kirk Schroeder of Grand Island enumerates particular weeds invading Nebraska: phragmites is a growing problem in waterways and riparian land, Russian Olive and Eastern Red Cedar are invading uplands. Tom Hartman of Grand Island manages the family ranch at Scotia, NE, and faced an onslaught of ERC.

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High Plains Outdoors Episode
8:01 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

New Year's Resolution: Outdoor Ideas

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Howdy Folks!

I have some great ideas of ways to spend time outdoors during the coming year.  If you've been wanting to get out of that rocking chair, and into the fresh air, take a listen.  You might hear an idea that appeals to you!

Until next time, enjoy the outdoors!

Growing on the High Plains Episode
6:07 am
Thu December 26, 2013

How to Care for the Amaryllis

Credit thegardenhelper.com

A giant bulb can bring blooms to brighten the holiday and with a bit of attention they'll usually stay around long enough to banish the "after holiday blues".  Today we'll also cover the minimal care and feeding of your amaryllis throughout the rest of the year, so that you can have a repeat success for many Christmas seasons to come.

Flu Season
8:01 pm
Wed December 25, 2013

H1N1 flu virus hits Texas early

Credit CDC

Texas is among the states hardest hit so far by an early-striking flu season, and H1N1 is the strain most commonly reported among diagnoses this year.

Flu season this year is less severe elsewhere on the High Plains. Oklahoma is reporting a moderate flu season as of mid-December, while Colorado and Kansas are experiencing only localized or regional flu outbreaks, according to KUT Austin.

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Playa Country Episode
8:01 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

What Are Invasives?

Salt Cedar (Tamarix sp.)
Credit Hillebrand Steve / U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Biologists and rangeland conservationists discuss problems caused by the aggressive invasions of native and exotic shrubs such as Tamarisk, Russian Olive, Eastern Red Cedar and reeds on western Great Plains rangelands. These pests adversely impact ag economics, the ecology and native wildlife on the Plains.

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Wind Energy
8:00 pm
Sun December 22, 2013

Eagles: A Legal Casualty of Wind Energy

A Red-Tailed Hawk takes off from an idle turbine blade near Livermore, Ca.
Credit sfgate.com

A new federal rule allows wind farms to obtain 30-year permits allowing the legal killing of bald and golden eagles reported Dan Frosch for the New York Times.  

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High Plains Outdoors Episode
8:00 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Holiday Get Away Idea: Texas Hog Hunting

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Howdy Folks!

If you have some extra time this holiday season, I have a great outdoor idea.  Head on down to Texas, and go hog hunting.  It's economical; most hunts are around $150 per day and that includes lodging.

The internet is a great place to arrange your trip.  I do have a friend, Mark Ballette, at East Texas Exotics, and he'd be glad to help you out.

Until next time, enjoy the great outdoors!

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