Garden City! Don't miss this summertime HPPR Living Room Concert featuring Minnesota folky-tonk duo, Pushing Chain! This will be a foot-stomping fun show, with a little bit of country, some bluegrass, ballads, Americana, roots, folk, and gospel—so bring your friends for this LIVE MUSIC CELEBRATION!


HPPR Studios—Garden City (210 N. 7th St.)

Show at 7:00p CT

Suggested Donation: $15

Valerie Brown-Kuchera

My teenager will piddle around in the kitchen from time-to-time, although it looks as if she may have inherited my culinary skills. Not too long ago, she made a couple of batches of brownies for an event.  When I asked her why she threw the first batch away, she responded that it had a plastic-y flavor.

“Hmm,” I said.  “I wonder if the flour picked up some of the taste from the canister.” 

“That could be,” Millie replied.  “But I’m thinking it had more to do with the spatula that I baked into it.”

We have taken to referring to that particular dessert as “brownies spatchatori.” 

Capt. Mike Williams

A potential client once asked Capt. Mike Williams to describe hooking, and landing a big shark. Williams, who has spent a lifetime fishing and guiding anglers in the bays and Gulf around Galveston, answered: “It’s like standing on a street corner with a rod and reel and hooking a passing Harley Davidson going 80 miles an hour. I tell my new clients to anticipate the fish fight of their lives, then multiply their expectations by 10, and they will come close to understanding the sheer power of a big shark.

We hope you’ll join us Thursday, June 20, for an open house at the High Plains Public Radio offices in Garden City. (210 North 7th St., Garden City, KS)

We are the site for the Garden City Area Chamber of Commerce’s June After-Hours event.

Please come by between 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Don’t miss a musical performance by HPPR’s Ruth Ellen Lynch and Stephen Johnson from 5:30-6.

Our Turn At This Earth: Finding The Right Words

Jun 13, 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!

It’s happened many times. There I’ll be driving innocently down a western Kansas road, and a stretch of buffalo grass will reach out and grab me, almost pulling me into the ditch. Often, I’ve had to stop the car and get out, as I did one February afternoon a few years ago.

HPPR Airs ‘TEXAS Outdoor Musical’ On July 4

Jun 13, 2019


On Thursday, July 4, High Plains Public Radio will air a production of the 2019 “TEXAS Outdoor Musical.” In fact, we’re so excited about this special programming for the Fourth that it will be broadcast twice. The first opportunity will be at 9 a.m. and the second will be at 7 p.m.

Please mark your calendars to be a part of this Lone Star State gem.


Gardening has been a part of my life since the beginning, and much of that is due to my family's influence. My father instilled within me the joy of tending and enjoying a landscape filled with blooms and plots filled with homegrown food. That love stayed with him until his final days, and it will stay with me with me as well.

“Ho! Ho! and up she rises / Early in the morning.” So goes the old sea shanty, “Drunken Sailor,” and so go us all on High Plains Morning. Today, we all caught a swift breeze in our sail as folk duo Son of Town Hall docked in HPPR’s main port in Amarillo. We’re so grateful for their time, sharing their story and song with everyone in our listener region.

Calling all artists! High Plains Public Radio wants YOU and your talent to participate in an upcoming art show at an Amarillo gallery.

It's called "POSTCARDS FROM THE HIGH PLAINS," and it's a juried exhibition by The Cerulean Gallery and High Plains Public Radio (HPPR) open to artists from Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, Kansas, and Nebraska.

Corinne Boyer / Kansas News Service

Every summer since 1922, locals and tourists have flocked to Garden City’s Big Pool. Once promoted as “the world’s largest outdoor free concrete municipal swimming pool,” it holds around 2 million gallons of water. “Holds” might now be an overstatement.

Valerie Brown-Kuchera

Nearly every evening, Joel delivers snacks and drinks to our bed.  He has learned that it’s just easier to do it before I start begging and finding excuses as to why I can’t go myself.  Because I am the queen of waiting him out. 

It wasn’t always this way.  Early in our marriage, there was a possibility that I might actually go back downstairs and pop the corn and bring some hot tea upstairs for the both of us.  And to my credit, I did do that – at least twice.

Luke Clayton

Through the years, I have been designated cook in camps from the wilds of Canada to south of the border. I absolutely love cooking outside and preparing meals that are simple and tasty. This past weekend while filming a cooking segment for my weekly outdoor show, I prepared a Dutch Kettle recipe that I learned years ago from the late Bob Hood, who wrote about the outdoors for almost a half-century. Bob was a great Dutch Kettle cook and taught me a recipe for quail that we used on many quail hunts.

TUNED IN: A Fond Farewell To The High Plains

Jun 7, 2019

My 12 months with High Plains Public Radio are a vivid illustration of the close relationship between this community-focused radio station and the community it serves.

Our Turn At This Earth: Nature Fix

Jun 6, 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!

Back in my late 20s, after my marriage had ended, I just couldn’t stand being in the city. I fled to the Mojave Desert every chance I got, because in the wilderness, with no people for miles upon miles, I felt less alone. That sounded crazy whenever I said it out loud, so I seldom did.

Today, Mollie Swafford stopped by High Plains Morning to remind us that the OPEN HOUSE at Another Chance House is this Saturday, June 8th from 11a – 2p at 209 S. Jackson in Amarillo. (If this sounds like déjà vu, it’s because the original date was April, but it was rescheduled due to bad weather.)

This Saturday, here’s the rundown for the Open House:

11 am:                   Property tours begin

Today's Growing on the High Plains will focus on some of my favorite summertime house guests that we often welcome at the start of the season. Our resident barn swallows can be an annual delight, especially if given appropriate abodes to keep them out of your way. We delight in these flighty friends as a source of company and airborne entertainment. Listen and I'll share some insight regarding their family dynamic, hearty architecture, and unique squeaks as they go in for a feline dive bomb.


Marjorie Kamys Cotera / The Texas Tribune

The bills aim to create a "hostile environment" for human trafficking in Texas and address sexual assault, said Gov. Greg Abbott at a bill signing ceremony Tuesday in Dallas.

From The Texas Tribune:

The Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum will be hosting the crowd favorite, Night at PPHM, for one night only from 8 to 11 pm. on Friday, June 7. Role players and storytellers will bring PPHM to life to show visitors what life was like on the Panhandle-Plains during several decades in history. Only one night a year can you really get to experience PPHM at night and the costumed characters really bring the building to life. Bring your family and flashlights to enjoy PPHM after dark.

Valerie Brown-Kuchera

Spring cleaning often brings a variety of small projects to our yard and home.  Every year, I make a resolution that this spring, I’ll be satisfied with just a little weeding and painting any areas that have weathered during the winter; but every year, that resolution crumbles when I see how much needs done and how very nice things look on Pinterest.

Oleander on Voting I.D.

Jun 1, 2019
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Folks, how many of you plan to vote in November?  How about having to show that ID?

Claude Anderson is trying to get me ready.  He reminded me of the time, last year, when I woke up, threw on a pair of overalls, and spent the entire morning padding around the house and puttering in the garden.  Iola Humboldt fixed tomato soup for lunch, and I spent the afternoon reading on the porch, talking to my grandson on the telephone, visiting with neighbors as they walked by.

This weekend,“TEXAS Outdoor Musical” makes its 2019 debut. To make sure everyone knew it, Matt McComas and Dave Yirak stopped by High Plains Morning on Thursday to share some updates to the script, as well as some history about this legendary show.

Luke Clayton

Luke is about to head to the wilds of northern Saskatchewan to Iskwatikan Lake Lodge for five days of catching walleye, pike and lake trout.

In today's show, Luke explains how easy it is to coordinate the travel and details of actually 'getting there.’

Feel free to email Luke for more information through his website or visit the following two links for more information. 


This weekend the “TEXAS Outdoor Musical” makes its 2019 debut.


The first performance of the season is Saturday, June 1, at 8:30 p.m. The location is the Pioneer Amphitheater in Palo Duro Canyon. More information about this classic production in its 54th season can be found here.

Exciting news, right? Well, there’s more.

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Boys Ranch, the storied home for at-risk youth located in the Western Texas Panhandle, continues to find itself at the center of controversy. An Austin-based law firm is suing Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch on behalf of two boys who allege they were repeatedly sexually abused while living at the institution during the 2000s.

Our Turn At This Earth: Taking Notice

May 30, 2019
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!

Today, rather than share my observations of the High Plains, I devised an exercise to encourage you to explore yours. I hope you enjoy it and that it brings you some insight into your relationship with the land.


This art form is not as simple as a stroll through the flowers, but when done right, topiaries can truly animate a garden.

Join Skip on this week’s Growing On The High Plains as she describes her own attempt at transforming one living thing into another living thing, after pondering the role of topiaries through the ages.

Downtown Women's Center

The Downtown Women’s Center of Amarillo has brought in an incredible fundraising haul this year, and the charity remains one of the most important resources for homeless women in the Texas Panhandle.

Valerie Brown-Kuchera

As the school year draws to a close, my kids are feeling the anticipation.  Indeed, they are almost giddy.  I am too.  Those first joyful nine seconds of having the kids home for three months are some of the best of the year for me. 

One of the many joys of summer is not having to get everyone up, dressed, breakfasted, packed, and out of the house at an absurd hour.  By this time of the school year, we are barely dragging into the building when the bell rings. Our excuses for lateness are as varied as spring weather on the high plains. 

Here are a few:

Luke Clayton

This week, Luke recaps a couple of very enjoyable days earlier in the week that he spent with his friends, the Rices, at their Buck and Bass Ranch in east Texas.

Richard Rice traveled from Arizona and harvested a big wild boar and Luke connected with a small 'eater' hog, the backstraps from which he had on the smoker within an hour after the harvest.

The resulting pulled pork BBQ backstrap sandwiches made for an awesome lunch - from the woods to the dinner table in 3.5 hours!

In case you missed it, High Plains Morning got Ordinary Elephant on the phone from the mean streets of Georgia.