Luke Clayton

This week, Luke talks about his favorite lake for catching striper, Lake Texoma situated on the Texas/Oklahoma border.

Winter is one of the best times for consistently catching stripers on artificial baits, such as soft plastic shad imitations on jig heads. Large flocks of gulls are present now on Texoma, pointing the way to feeding fish.

For more information on fishing Texoma, visit Luke's friends at Striper Express.

Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. CST, tune into HPPR for a LIVE broadcast radio production of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol. 

This charming radio play will hearken back to days of yore with old-time, on-site sound effects and features the supremely talented Amarillo College Conservatory Theatre players.

TUNED IN: Notes from Bob Davis, executive director of High Plains Public Radio


High Plains Public Radio presents an exclusive, live performance of the timeless classic, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.  It will be BROADCAST LIVE from the Chamber Music Amarillo's Fibonacci Space on Dec. 8 at 7:30 p.m.  That's this Saturday!  Please spread the word to your friends, neighbors and coworkers.

Our Turn At This Earth: Slow Migration

Dec 6, 2018
Julene Bair

High Plains Public Radio will be re-airing the past year's episodes of Our Turn At This Earth with this, the very first show. Not to fear though. Julene Bair will be back with new episodes of Our Turn At This Earth. In the meantime, we thought you might like to catch the first year's episodes. Enjoy!

The long prairie winter is already upon us, and it can chill the hearts of some of us High Plains gardeners. To combat those cold-weather blues, today's edition of Growing on the High Plalins provides a little green for the gray days ahead. I'll explain how a windowsill of planted microgreens can be a delightful way to keep your green thumb agile. Plus, we'll look into the brief history of this recent phenomenon. 

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Texas is hunkering down for another summer of scorching heat—and that will likely mean record-breaking power demand once again.

However, as Houston Public Media reports, the Lone Star State’s backup power reserves will be at an all-time low, unlike last year. And all those air conditioners running full blast across the state could mean massive power outages, including blackouts and brownouts.

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The Amarillo Sod Poodles have announced their name, but the Texas Panhandle’s new baseball team still has much to do before opening day, now scheduled for April 8 of next year.

As The Amarillo Globe-News reports, the team plans to announce a mascot-naming contest in the coming weeks. In addition, the team’s ownership will sell the ballpark’s naming rights later this month, and the team’s uniforms will be revealed in January.

The body of former President George H.W. Bush is lying in state this week at the U.S. Capitol. The forty-first president died on Friday. Watch the remembrance ceremony live.

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The Texas Legislative session is set to begin in less than a month, and one major item on the agenda has been figuring out how to increase funding to Texas schools. In fact, a state commission has been set up to tackle that very question.

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The Oklahoma agency in charge of helping residents with disabilities find jobs recently received an injection of funding, and the new money has helped the agency to take thousands of Oklahomans off wait lists and find them new jobs.

Valerie Brown-Kuchera

As in many a typical family, everyone at my house has a different level of body heat regulation.  This, coupled with the fact that we live in a large, old, drafty house, can make for some interesting arguments. 

High Plains Outdoors: Fried Rabbit Recipes

Nov 30, 2018
Luke Clayton

In this week’s High Plains Outdoors, Luke divulges a couple of his favorite recipes for cooking rabbit.

Fried rabbit is one of the tastiest of small game dishes. But add some mushroom gravy and Jasmine rice, and you have a meal that will feed the whole camp. Add a big platter of homemade biscuits and you have a meal fit for a king!

Remember, you can contact Luke via his website

A winter storm system is forecast to hit portions of Northwest and North Central Kansas overnight tonight, with the most intense part of the storm beginning approximately 3 a.m. Saturday morning through mid-day with snow and extreme blowing snow that will limit visibility on affected Kansas roadways.

Our Turn At This Earth: Plains Icons

Nov 29, 2018
Patrick Bolduan

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

Julene Bair is working on a whole new set of episodes, so stay tuned. 

To catch other episodes, visit the Our Turn At This Earth feature page.

Every few years, I obey the compulsion, as instinctive as a migratory bird’s, to return to the home nest.

TUNED IN: Notes from Bob Davis, executive director of High Plains Public Radio

This weekly update is out a day early because I wanted to share some exciting news:

The Final Installment of HPPR Connect's Community Conversations Series is Today

As we waft through Fall, nature lovers across our region enjoy bearing witness to the spectrum of flaming colors splashed across the treetops. So today’s dive into a bright orange fruit, about which many of you might not be too familiar, will certainly accessorize well with our High Plains autumn hues. Persimmons, whose name translates to “food of the gods” in Latin, grows best in warm, dry climates. If you’re lucky enough to have them available in your local produce section, you’re most likely looking at Japanese persimmons.

Bureau of Land Management

City of Amarillo and Potter County officials are working to figure out the best way to make thousands of acres north of the city accessible to the public.

As The Amarillo Globe-News reports, the 12,000 acres controlled by the Bureau of Land Management is the only land in the state of Texas owned by the federal government.

Yummy! Enter Our Gingerbread House Contest

Nov 27, 2018

Submit your entry by clicking here. Be sure to include:

> Name of your business/organization

>  Contact and his/her phone and email

State Rep. Dennis Bonnen, R-Angleton, announces at a Capitol press conference that he's accumulated enough votes to be elected speaker of the Texas House in January.Credit Bob Daemmrich / The Texas TribuneEdit | Remove

Valerie Brown-Kuchera

I believe my children subscribe to the medieval idea that a good solid layer of filth protects from illness and evil spirits.  I agree to some extent, as my kids are remarkedly healthy.  Based on some of the behavior I’ve witnessed, however, the protection from evil spirits is up for debate.  



Date: Tuesday, November 27

Time: 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. on-site

Place: Western Kansas Community Foundation, 402 N. Main in downtown Garden City or donate online at anytime from 12 a.m.-11:59 p.m.

Luke Clayton

Cold weather and venison chili go hand and hand. Nothing is tastier than a bowl of well-seasoned, well SMOKED wild game chili.

In this week's High Plains Outdoors, Luke tells us how he used wood smoke to make venison chili even tastier!

Our Turn At This Earth: An Introduction

Nov 22, 2018
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High Plains Public Radio will be re-airing the past year's episodes of Our Turn At This Earth with this, the very first show. Not to fear though. Julene Bair will be back with new episodes of Our Turn At This Earth. In the meantime, we thought you might like to catch the first year's episodes. Enjoy!

"I grew up on the mild-green, short-tufted buffalo grass prairies of northwestern Kansas.”

That is the first sentence in my first book, One Degree West.

“It’s a pleasure and privilege, as always, to be bringing you the annual night-before-Thanksgiving special Reflections, now in its ninth year. The program presents jazz, swing and pop standards from the 1930s through the 1960s.

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Fort Hays State University is committed to playing a role in economic prosperity across the High Plains region, Jeff Briggs, FHSU interim provost and vice president of academic affairs, said during a visit to High Plains Public Radio’s Garden City offices last week.


“We’re trying to meet the growing demands that we see in business and industry and in the professions, and make state of the art equipment [and] state of the art experiences, and we’ve been able to do that,” Briggs said.

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The future looks grim for a couple of iconic Texas beer brands.

As The Austin American Statesman reports, the beer company Pabst has entered into a feud with brewing behemoth Miller Coors, which could spell the end of Pabst.

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Last week, after a long and controversial process, the new Amarillo baseball team announced that it had finally settled on the nickname “Sod Poodles.”

The news was met with much cheering and no small amount of grumbling among baseball fans on the High Plains.

Valerie Brown-Kuchera

**This episode of Little Spouse On The Prairie received a 2018 Honorable Mention from the Kansas Association of Broadcasters --- Enjoy!**

The funny stories on the rural plains just keep happening. Joel has started claiming that when he does something funny, he’s only being helpful by providing material!  Today’s sketch is called, “Honey, Where are My Keys?” 



Alan Cain whitetail deer program leader for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD). Alan and Ellis Powell, also with TPWD, recently used big bore air rifles to do a bit of research into the effectiveness of big bore air rifles for harvesting game.

Cain recently spoke at the TPWD Commissioners meeting in Lufkin and gave his opinion of the power and effectiveness of big bore air rifles in cleanly and humanely dispatching deer-sized game. 

New Report Indicates One In Five Texas Children Lives in Poverty

Nov 16, 2018
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From Texas Standard:

Texas often touts its record of economic growth, low unemployment rates and its success as a magnet for workers, but who's thinking about the kids in tow and how well-fed or educated they are? Many people are surprised to find that about one in five kids in Texas lives in poverty.