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TUNED IN: Don’t Miss ‘High Plains Outdoors’ On Saturdays


“It’s about time for a fishing show.”

With that, Luke Clayton kicked off his weekly High Plains Outdoors segment last weekend.

What followed was a description of a recent trip to Texas’ Lake Tawakoni “to catch a bunch of ‘eater’ size blue catfish.”

Are you a listener to “High Plains Outdoors?”

If not, may I respectfully request that you consider becoming one?

Every Saturday around 11:30 a.m. (Central) during Western Swing & Other Things Luke delivers a fresh episode of “High Plains Outdoors.”

On another recent show, Luke went “old school” by doing a little cane pole fishing. His ode to trot lines and cane poles brought back memories of my youth.

“We had one awesome fish fry,” Luke said, before signing off, “Get out there on a creek, just relax, and have fun.”

Good advice.


Kudos For HPPR’s Book Club


Are we blushing?

The Lenfest Institute for Journalism recently featured HPPR’s Radio Readers Book Club as a way to connect community and “trying to bridge the broad distances of its listening area.”

Take a bow, Kathleen Holt, who oversees the Book Club.


Here are some fun facts to know and share from this week’s news on High Plains Public Radio and HPPR Connect:


> “If you get addicted in middle school or high school as a 14- to 17-year-old,” said [State Rep. John] Zerwas, “there is less than a 5% chance you will ever kick the habit.”

READ MORE | Texas House Approves Bill To Raise Smoking And Vaping Age To 21


> “Although the antagonistic relationship between Texas cities and the state has been building for years, this session has reached the fever pitch of all-out legislative assault, Austin Mayor Steve Adler said in April. Typically, the Texas Municipal League tracks bills it opposes that are gaining momentum in the Legislature. This session, the group had amassed more than 150.”

READ MORE | ‘People Were Giving Us Lip Service’: Texas Cities’ Legislative Efforts Have Struggled This Year


>“A new Pew Research study shows that Latino voter turnout nationally almost doubled from the previous midterm election year in 2014 — from 6.8 million to 11.6 million voters in 2018. In Kansas, 11,000 more Hispanics voted in 2018 than four years before.”

READ MORE | These Kansas Counties Are Mostly Hispanic, But Their Elected Officials Mostly Are Not



The Future of My High Plains Hometown


“In touch with the world ... at home on the High Plains” are the words that sum up High Plains Public Radio’s mission. To that end, we are seeking feedback from High Plains residents about the future of the place they call home.


What concerns you about your community? What do you think will it look like in 10 to 20 years? Let High Plains Public Radio know. You can email director@hppr.org and/or call 806-553-0919.

HPPR.org is your go-to spot for the latest news from the High Plains region, as well as our events, exclusives, and features. You’ll also find the latest national and international news. Here are this week’s TOP STORIES from our website.


  1. Who Has The Bigger Economy, Russia Or Texas?

  2. Texas Senate Approves School Finance Reform Bill But Opts Not To Fund It With A Sales Tax Hike

  3. Roadtrip: Town of 200 keeps Volga German heritage alive with weekend feast

  4. Why Kansas Cops Don’t Want To Legalize Marijuana — Medical Or Otherwise

  5. Growing on the High Plains: Tears of Joy

  6. These Kansas Counties Are Mostly Hispanic, But Their Elected Officials Mostly Are Not

  7. Senate to Amtrak: Explain What You’re Doing To Rail Passenger Service In Kansas

  8. American Muslims In Public Life Say They Face Outsized Scrutiny

  9. As Nurse Practitioners Try To Shake Free Of Doctors, Kansas Physicians Resist

  10. Kansas College Will Pay $100,000 For An Outside Investigation Into Football Player's Death


HPPR’s Living Room Concert series brings live music to the High Plains. Check out the schedule here.



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