Thanks so much to Buddy Squyres for stopping by High Plains Morning today to remind us all that it's officially Fogelberg Season! The 10th Annual Friends of Fogelberg benefit concert will be on Friday, September 6th at the Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts.

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Dennis Raphael Garcia, AWA, is a retired attorney and teacher. Garcia earned his law degree at the University of Kansas and his Bachelor’s degree in Business at the University of New Mexico.

He practiced civil and criminal law, and served as a Judge Pro Tem in Magistrate Court. He taught government and law at a public high school in Tucson, Arizona.

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Hello, I’m Dennis Garcia.  I was born in 1951 in Garden City, Kansas. 

Even in a small town like Garden City, we get so busy we don’t see things that impact our daily lives. For me, it was the railroad. 

The Pleasure of Reading a Nice Story

Aug 19, 2019

This is Leslie VonHolten with another HPPR Radio Readers Book Byte.

I loved reading News of the World by Paulette Jiles for a few reasons, but the main reason is so simple that I rarely credit books for this: It’s a charming story with a tender, happy ending.

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Much of the Texas Panhandle and South Plains appears to be heading into severe drought conditions, despite heavy rains earlier in the summer.

As The Amarillo Globe-News reports, if the drought conditions continue as expected, it could take a heavy toll on crops in the region.

Valerie Brown-Kuchera

Our time in the UK was ending.  We had to go to Portsmouth to satisfy my son’s deep desire to see the HMS Victory, the ship commanded by Lord Horatio Nelson in the 1700s.  A few years ago, my son was so obsessed with the British hero that he actually went as Lord Nelson for Halloween.

Oleander on Weeds and Immigrants

Aug 17, 2019
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Folks, since 1937 Kansas has had a Noxious Weed law.  Among those on the Most (not) Wanted list are some fearful dangers:  Kudzu, Bindweed, Canada and other Thistles, Russian Knapweed, Bur Ragweed, Pignut, Johnsongrass and Sericea Lespedeza.


This week, Luke discusses the impact that social media has made on the way outdoor folks connect. Sites such as Facebook offer groups with like interests that vary from topics as diverse as night hunting for wild hogs to catching salmon in Alaska. Social media 'connects' those of us that love the outdoors in a way that was not possible before the internet.

High Plains Morning had a fun guest today. Thanks to Sharon Baker, committee member at the 10th Annual Louise Daniel Women’s History Luncheon and Women’s Equality Day Celebration, for stopping by and sharing information about the event and Louise's legacy. This year's luncheon will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday, August 23, in the Great Hall at Polk Street United Methodist Church, 1401 S. Polk St. in Amarillo.

Thanks so much to Malcolm Byers & Katt Massey of the HOODOO Mural Festival for stopping by High Plains Morning today. We had a great chat, and it was wonderful to learn more about this initiative. The HOODOO Mural Festival is a non-profit annual mural project debuting this September throughout Amarillo to increase awareness of the flourishing arts community in the Texas Panhandle, and to celebrate creativity through public art.


High Plains Public Radio captured three awards in the 2019 Kansas Association of Broadcasters contest. Our winners were:

  • Editorial/Commentary

1st Place: Little Spouse On The Prairie: Deep Fried Fun by Valerie  Brown-Kuchera

My Obsession with Paulette Jiles

Aug 16, 2019
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Years ago, in high school and college, it was frequent that I would fall in love with an author.  When I discovered EAST OF EDEN, for example, I rushed to read everything Steinbeck.  I did the same with Kurt Vonnegut, James Lee Burke,  and Toni Morrison,, to name a few. 

Julene Bair

High Plains Public Radio will be re-airing the past year's episodes of Our Turn At This Earth beginning Nov. 22, 2018.

In the meantime, Julene Bair is working on a whole new set of episodes, so stay tuned!

“This farming has gotten so industrialized and out of hand,” Gabe Brown said.

Today on Growing on the High Plains, I thought we could turn our attention toward the many faces of the ever-vigilant sunflower. A common sight across our High Plains prairies, and the namesake flower of Kansas, these stoic soldiers of yellow and brown keep watch over the gardens and fields. It seems that each turns its seedy visage as the sun cycles through the sky...but do they?   

Red Godwin pours a beer behind the bar at Zilker Brewery in Austin. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed new laws that will allow breweries to sell beer to go out of their taprooms, and allow food and wine retailers to deliver beer or wine directly to customers. The new laws go into effect Sept. 1Credit Sergia Flores / The Texas TribuneEdit | Remove

The World of "News of the World"

Aug 14, 2019
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Hello, my name is Freddy Gipp from Lawrence, KS. Welcome to High Plains Public Radio. I’m an enrolled member of the Apache Tribe of Oklahoma and my indian name is “T’sa(N) T’hoop Ah(N)”, meaning Lead Horse in the Kiowa language.

I was born and raised in Lawrence, Kansas, where I graduated from the University of Kansas in 2016 with a degree in Strategic Communications from the William Allen White School of Journalism.

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In Texas, monarch butterfly populations have been in steady decline.

As The Texas Observer notes, while these beautiful orange and black butterflies used to be plentiful in the Lone Star State, in recent years their numbers have dropped by 90%.


Tyson Fresh Meats plans to reopen the Holcomb, Kansas, beef packing plant partially destroyed by a weekend fire — it’s just not sure when.

Tyson said in a news release that it will recruit some employees to rebuild the plant, which processes about 5% of the country’s cattle.

News of the World Discussion Leader Leslie VonHolten

Aug 12, 2019

Leslie VonHolten lives in Strong City, Kansas, in the heart of the beautiful Flint Hills tallgrass prairie. Her writing interests are in the area of environmental art and culture.

“Our land, the weather, the seasons, and even the night sky dictate the terms of our lives,” she said. “No one knows that better than people who live and work in the High Plains. That’s why I love discussing books for HPPR. Our conversations  always expand my perceptions.”

The Spirit of Girls

Aug 12, 2019
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I’m Leslie VonHolten of Chase County, Kansas, with another HPPR Radio Readers Book Byte.

She throws like a girl. She’s a weak sister. Hey, don’t be such a girl.

Come on. By now most of us know these are garbage colloquialisms, even though we still hear them.

Valerie Brown-Kuchera

Driving around England gave us the opportunity to try a lot of unique pubs and dining establishments. I wanted to be sure to eat some local foods. Though England is not known for its gourmet cuisine, I wanted the kids to experience as much of the authentic culture as possible.

Update: Fire At Tyson Plant Under Control

Aug 10, 2019
Holcomb Community Fire Department

A fire that started Friday night at the Tyson Fresh Meats plant in Finney County, Kan., was put under control mid-morning Saturday, according to the Garden City Police Department. However, officials are remaining on the scene in case there are flare-ups.


Approximately 1,200 Tyson employees were on the job Friday night when the fire started. There are no reports of serious injury.

High Plains Outdoors: Refried, Refried Beans

Aug 9, 2019
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In this week's High Plains Outdoors, Luke shares one of his favorite camp recipes that actually can be prepared at home before the camping trip.

Refried beans is something that is often taken for granted, something served at a Mexican restaurant as a side dish to enchiladas or fajitas. And they often taste like, well, just mashed beans.

But seasoned properly and cooked to the right consistency, refried beans become a bit more than a side dish. 

Take a listen as Luke explains how he makes ‘em!  

Folks, we have a fantastic ol' timey jazz-folk duo for you. Their sound evokes a bygone era, so if you love tunes from the 20s, 30s, and 40s, as well as gypsy jazz and swing music, you'll dig the Paper Moon Shiners. They'll bust out some mouth trumpet, kazoo, enchanting vocals, and a lot of fancy pickin'. Mark your calendars, and we'll see you there!

TUNED IN: Get Your Fall Read On

Aug 9, 2019

  HPPR's Radio Readers Book Club's 2019 Fall Read began this week. The new theme is "Navigating Uncharted Waters — Past, Present, & Future." We’ll be exploring the ways in which our childhood and life experiences inform our worldviews. Are we products of nature or nurture? Many intriguing questions will be explored.

Get Your Books On!

Aug 9, 2019
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Hello, Radio Readers! It’s here – it’s finally here: our Fall 2019 Book Club series! Time for us to get our books on! I’m Jane Holwerda, from Dodge City KS, and, oh man! Is this ever some set of books!  Are you ready? 

We’re starting off with novels set within our High Plains region! The first, News of the World, is a  True-Grit type of Western by San-Antonio based author Paulette Jiles. The story unspools in that tenuous transitional time between open frontier and settlement in Texas back in the late 1800s.   A veteran takes on the challenge of returning a ransomed girl to what he presumes will be her caring family. Will the girl remember her home language, her kin? Will her kin tolerate her tribal ways? Then it’s Brandon Hobson’s Where the Dead Sit Talking.  Set in Oklahoma in the late 1900s, native teens, unable to find within their troubled families any seeds of hope and inspiration for their futures, turn to each other and towards the ghosts that haunt them. Hobson, himself, is an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee nation of OklahomaDescribed  by Publisher’s Weekly as “a smart, dark novel of adolescence, death, and rural secrets,” Where the Dead Sit Talking was a 2018 National Book Award finalist.

Our Turn At This Earth: The Missing Loop

Aug 8, 2019

High Plains Public Radio will be re-airing the past year's episodes of Our Turn At This Earth beginning Nov. 22, 2018.

In the meantime, Julene Bair is working on a whole new set of episodes, so stay tuned!

By lucky coincidence, my visit this May to the North Dakota farm of the remarkable soil health advocate Gabe Brown corresponded with a study being led by two other remarkable men. One of them was Abe Collins, who has spent most of his life raising cattle and sheep.

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While Texas is still reeling from a mass shooting in El Paso where 22 people were murdered, the state has a plan to loosen gun laws.

As CNN reports, in about three weeks, a raft of new, looser gun laws will go into effect in a state that already has some of the laxest gun laws in the nation.

Today on Growing on the High Plains, I thought I would introduce listeners to the wonders of catnip. I don't mean a love bite from a feisty feline.


An armed suspect barricaded himself in a Cheyenne Wells, Colorado home yesterday, forcing road closures and a daylong standoff with law enforcement before he was arrested.