Thank you so much to Tina Brohlin of High Plains Food Bank for coming on High Plains Morning today to share information about their 6th Annual “Fight Hunger, Spark Change” campaign that's going on now through May 20th. The campaign kicked off Monday, April 22nd with an initial $3 million donation from Walmart to Feeding America.

Today is Arbor Day, so what better weekend to celebrate the planet? Come to Wildcat Bluff Nature Center TOMORROW as they hold the FogelEarth Music Festival 2019.  It’s Saturday, April 27th from noon to 8 pm. Admission for the day is FREE, but donations are gratefully accepted. Buddy Squyres & Johnny Reverb stopped by High Plains Morning to share some tunes and encourage everyone to come out and support Wildcat Bluff.

TUNED IN: HPPR Honored For Supporting The Arts

Apr 26, 2019

High Plains Public Radio was recognized for its coverage of the arts by the Amarillo Convention and Visitor Council Golden Nail Awards Arts Committee at the Derrick Event Center in downtown Amarillo Thursday night.

Our Turn At This Earth: Indelible Infamy

Apr 25, 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) was the worst blow ever struck at any tribe in the whole plains region, and this blow fell upon friendly Indians.”

Today on Growing on the High Plains, we’ll dig into the benefits of making your home garden a welcome home for wildlife, insects, and other critters. By following a few rules of (green) thumb, you can create a hospitable habitat that’s a sustainable haven for those outdoor friends who bring beauty, nature, and interest to your space. We’ll discuss planting nuts, seeds, and berries; providing clean, chemical-free water; and considering adding a bit of shelter.

High Plains Public Radio

***UPDATE: The Garden City Police Department arrested a 15-year old female student on an allegation of criminal threat in connection to the latest threat.***

A 15-year-old female was arrested early Tuesday evening on an allegation of criminal threat in connection to the second threat of violence aimed at Horace Good Middle School in less than a week. 

The Amarillo Little Theatre Guild & Board of Directors proudly hosts The ALT Gala 2019, a fundraiser for the organization’s productions, outreach initiatives, and educational endeavors. Join them to glam up Amarillo for one night only with this year’s theme: “Hollywood Glam.” It’ll be a place to dance, drink, and revel the night away in true Hollywood Glam style. There will be a live auction, wine & whiskey pull, and dancing!

We were so thrilled to have legendary singer-songwriter Forest Sun live in the HPPR studio today! By the time he showed up, this guy had already been on KVII's TV morning show, Daybreak with Anthony Pittman AND Panhandle Primate podcast with Dexter Cearley.  Now THAT is how you promote a folk show in a pizza joint! Indeed, Forest is playing the Fire Songs  live-music concert series TONIGHT at Fire Slice Pizzeria (34th & Coulter) at 7pm.

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Fifteen million Texans lack access to broadband internet. Most of those Texans are rural residents, and many live in the Texas Panhandle.

Now, as KERA reports, the state Legislature has proposed two bills aimed at closing the digital gap in the Lone Star State.

Thanks so much to Courtnie Stevenson for stopping by High Plains Morning today! She’s the Executive Director of 7 Star Therapeutic Riding Center in Amarillo, a nonprofit organization that provides equine-assisted therapy to physically- and mentally-challenged individuals since 2004. They’re having a fundraiser THIS FRIDAY NIGHT, April 26th called “A Night at the 7 Star Casino,” and at the Piehl Barn in Bushland, TX.

The Texas Tribune

The handful of Republican Texas officials who offered statements said the report definitively proved there was no obstruction. Some Democrats suggested Congress should launch its own inquiry.

From The Texas Tribune:

WASHINGTON — Judging by their reactions, it was as if Texas members of Congress read two wholly different versions of the much-anticipated Mueller report.

Valerie Brown-Kuchera

We have a perfectly good dog.  She’s a nine-year-old Siberian husky named Juneau.  Her arrival in our lives coincides with my last weak moment. 

What I love about Juneau is that she is long past the puppy stage.  She has settled into a quiet, late-middle-aged dog who calmly patrols the backyard.  This is a huge improvement upon the digging, ripping-open-trash, nipping, yapping, chewing, tearing-off-her-collar, barfing, jumping, running away, yanking the leash, wetting on the porch stage. 

Five-Skip Rocks

Apr 20, 2019

Folks, when my great-grandson came to Here for a visit I took him for a long walk at the Oleander home place along No Mile Creek.  He needed some outdoors, to keep from moping.  You see, his dog Scooter just died, some kind of tumor.  He knew my old cat died.  He knew I wouldn’t be getting another.

Luke Clayton

Many turkey hunters are at a loss as to how to use the thighs and drumsticks from the wild turkeys they harvest. Granted, these are the very toughest part of the bird but they can be made tender.

Tune in this week to learn how Luke transforms them into some of the very best fajitas imaginable!

Learn more about Luke by visiting

Thanks to Rachel Flores, Executive Director at Amarillo Art Institute, for stopping by High Plains Morning to share details about the upcoming All Things Artful Art Festival, the nonprofit's annual fundraiser to help support their many educational and outreach efforts across the TX Panhandle. It's Friday, April 26th from 5-8p CT, and it's going to be a blast.

A can-do spirit is built into the DNA of the High Plains.

It was this pioneering mindset that inspired a set of dreamers four decades ago to create something the naysayers predicted was impossible - community-supported public radio on the High Plains.

5/4/19 UPDATE

KANZ now at 30% of normal power. New components have been installed allowing  the main transmitter to be connected to the backup antenna and line. Repairs will continue with the goal of reaching 100% of licensed power.

!!!UPDATE 4/18/19!!!

Tower climbers are scheduled to assess the damage to the KANZ transmission tower on Friday, April 19, 2019. During the time when climbers are near the antenna, the transmitter power will have to be reduced or shut off. Work is expected to begin around 11 am central time on Friday. The transmitter may be off for as long as two hours. This outage will affect a large area of southwest Kansas including Garden City, Liberal, Tribune, Ashland and the surrounding areas. Listeners in Dodge City can tune to KONQ, 91.9 fm. We will post an update as soon as new information becomes available

HPPR thanks Jamie Adams for coming back to High Plains Morning to remind us that Empty Bowls 2019 is happening NEXT WEEK! This fabulous fundraiser was initially started by a high school teacher in Michigan in 1990 as a high school student project to help feed the needy and has grown into an international phenomenon. There are hundreds of Empty Bowls projects around the world, raising millions of dollars to feed the hungry and combat food insecurity. 

Last summer, while delivering the beloved garden basket to a winner in the Texas Panhandle, I had a chance to visit urban gardener and vegetable enthusiast Danny Melius. He’s both the brains and the brawn behind Nuke-City Veg, a multi-locational urban farm in Amarillo, TX that uses natural practices to grow leafy greens, roots, and vegetables year round.


Through a new program, Texas Panhandle residents could get paid for their outdated refrigerators.

According to a press release from Xcel Energy, the utility giant has begun paying Texas customers $50 for old refrigerators and freezers.

Courtesy/Fort Hays State University

On Thursday, April 11, approximately 200 people attended a press conference at Fort Hays State University as the school announced the receipt of a $20 million gift, the largest donation in the school’s history. FHSU alumni Earl and Nonie Field made the donation as an estate gift.

The couple lived in Hays, and were childhood sweethearts, according to a FHSU press release.

Julia Wang, high school student / American Academy of Poets

I am Xánath Caraza, and I today will read one bilingual poem from my book Sílabas de viento  / Syllables of Wind


Que la poesía

Que la poesía se ponga color verde

Que cubra la tierra

Se enrede en los patios 

Las flores blancas se hagan poemas

Valerie Brown-Kuchera

Good morning, listeners on the high plains.  We are still talking about April Fool’s Day pranks this week.  My teacher-friends aren’t the only ones who have pranked me.  Over the years, my own children, dear as they are, have played a few tricks on me in honor of April Fool’s Day. 

High Plains Outdoors: Calling Wild Boars

Apr 12, 2019
Luke Clayton

This week, Luke tells about an exciting new adventure (for him) - CALLING WILD HOGS!

Luke used THE BULLET HP by Convergent Hunting Solutions to successfully call several wild hogs within camera range. One almost touched THE BULLET with its nose and all came within close rifle range.

Calling hogs, just like any other outdoor endeavor, doesn't work every time, but Luke is 3 for 3 in his early efforts.


A New Jersey congressman says Garden City Community College officials have agreed to meet about the death of 19-year-old Braeden Bradforth, who died of exertional heat stroke after a grueling work out last August. 

Republican Congressman Chris Smith says GCCC President Ryan Ruda has said he will meet with Bradforth’s mother, Joanne Atkins-Ingram.

Spring is planting time on the High Plains. It’s a season of hope.

Seeds are placed in the ground with the expectation that over time a hearty crop will emerge, decorating the landscape and nourishing those in need.

Corinne Boyer / Kansas News Service

Wind scrapes across the plains of southwest Kansas like few places in the country.

It drives a booming new industry of turbines that feeds electricity across the region. But at times, the wind gets out of hand.

This week, it plowed across the landscape, causing trucks to swerve on highways, kicking up dust clouds and freeing family pets by knocking down fences.

My Own Introduction To Mystery

Apr 12, 2019
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My introduction to mystery/detective stories came early.

Of course, by the age of 12, like many other American girls, I had amassed an entire set of Nancy Drew mysteries and had read each twice.


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!

I’m not sure why this never dawned on me when I was a kid, but not until well into my adulthood did I put two and two together and realize that Cheyenne County, just north of our Kansas farm, was—duh!—named after the tribe that used to live there.

Not every living thing thrives in the sunshine. Today's Growing on the High Plains will delve into those unique blooms that are shy during the daytime but come alive in the afternoon. Some of us call them "four o'clocks," but they're also known as "the Marvel of Peru," or "Les Belles-des-Nuits (Ladies of the Night)," but botanists just call them Mirabilis jalapa.