Radio Reader Book Leader Freddy Gipp

Sep 9, 2019

Freddy Gipp was born and raised in Lawrence, Kansas. He is an enrolled member of the Apache Tribe of Oklahoma and his Indian name is T'sa(N) T'hoop A'h(N), meaning Lead Horse in Kiowa. 

Gipp graduated from the University of Kansas in 2016 with a degree in Strategic Communications from the William Allen White School of Journalism. 

Valerie Brown-Kuchera

After fending off Eiffel Tower keychains offered by seven different vendors, exploring the area around the Paris landmark, and soaking our tired feet in the fountains, we decided it was high time we tried some crepes. The cute chalkboard marquee near the closest food stand advertised 27 flavors. Clementine was drawn to lemon crème, my friend wanted fromage, and Joel, being the resident carnivore, liked the looks of the ham and cheese. 

Oleander on the Bartlett Arboretum

Sep 7, 2019
Kansas Sampler Foundation

Folks, the older I get the more I like to visit places that have a long history.  “What about the Bartlett Arboretum?” I asked Iola Humboldt.  She consulted her Kansas map, but couldn’t find it.  “Let’s just drive to Belle Plain,” I insisted.

Luke Clayton

Join Luke this week for High Plains Outdoors.

He gives a recipe for wild pork gusiado that is easy to prepare.

Luke also talks a bit about an upcoming bow hunt for axis deer on his friend Mike Ford's Rio Rojo Ranch situated in Red River County near the Texas/Oklahoma border. 

Visitors to HPPR’s Community Calendar may have noticed something new this week. The Amarillo Convention & Visitor Council is sponsoring the calendar, which lists events across the High Plains. To post your event click here.

Corinne Boyer / Kansas News Service

GARDEN CITY — Zion Roth farms with his uncle, father and brothers near Garden City. Roth uses tools that monitor weather and the soil moisture on his farm, including one that notifies him when conditions are ideal for irrigation.

Public Domain

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

New episodes will be airing after the new year, so stay tuned!

When it came time to plant a new windbreak on my family’s farm back in the 1980s, my father wanted just junipers or elms, while I wanted both of those, plus lilacs, Russian olives and plums, not in rows, but all mixed together randomly, like in a real forest.

Today's Growing on the High Plains zips through a fast summer full of bees, but I'm fairly certain these aren't your average High Plains pollinator. It seems my garden and yard have been taken over by some B-listers, so I thought we'd take a few minutes to discuss the differences between some of these interlopers and the typical bumblebees of our region.

Library of Congrses

Hello, Radio Readers! Jane Holwerda here to chat with you about one of the novels in our Fall 2019 book series—Paulette Jiles’  News of the World. This True-Grit type of Western features the wizened veteran of many wars—Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd-- charged with returning a young girl recently ransomed by the Kiowa to her blood kin near San Antonio.

Laurie Howard of The Hope and Healing Place fluttered by the Amarillo studio to share a wingful of information about a lovely event they’re hosting this Saturday, Sept. 7th from 10am to 12p CT. Don’t miss Wings of Hope: A Butterfly Release & Remember Event. “A butterfly release is a tangible way to remember your loved one.

After coming across an intriguing folk compilation entitled Working-Class Heroes: A History of Struggle and Song, I reached out to the artists who released this project: Mat Callahan & Yvonne Moore. I was thrilled when Mat offered some time to chat with High Plains Morning and share some insights from the album, the accompanying book (which is out this month), and the deep

In conjunction with National Hispanic Heritage Month in September, HPPR was so excited to host a native of Garden City, Kansas—who’s also an award-winning authorDennis Raphael Garcia.

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Mere hours after a West Texas mass shooting left at least seven dead, the State of Texas loosened gun restrictions.

As CNN reports, a series of new laws went into effect on Sunday, only a day after a shooter killed seven and injured at least 20 in Odessa, including a 17-month-old girl.

Radio Readers BookByte: Poet as Storyteller

Sep 2, 2019
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This is Leslie VonHolten of Strong City, Kansas, with another HPPR Radio Readers Book Byte.

There is joy in reading the story of Captain Kidd and young Johanna, the main characters in Paulette Jiles’s News of the World.

The plot, the characters, the setting are beautifully rendered in this story about the Captain’s task of returning the young girl to the family she was taken from four years earlier.

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Hello, my name is Eric Mercer. I am an industrial and organizational psychology practitioner in the southwest Kansas area.

In News of the World, by Paulette Jiles, Johanna is a 10-year-old girl who has spent the last four years of her life with the Kiowa tribe and who fully identifies with them and shares the general values and beliefs of the tribe.

Once again, for the second time in the span of a month, West Texas is reeling from another mass shooting. The Texas Panhandle has, thankfully, thus far been spared.

The death toll from Saturday’s massacre in Odessa has now risen to eight. A shooting that began with a simple traffic stop resulted in at least 19 injured, including three police officers and a 17-month old girl.

Valerie Brown-Kuchera

The morning after our arrival in France, we drove from Calais toward Paris. It was so good to be driving on the “right” side of the road again. The kids were relieved that I had given up my mock British accent, but they seemed equally unimpressed with my faux Francais. 

Luke Clayton

In this week's High Plains Outdoors, Luke discusses the advances in compound bows since he first began shooting and hunting with one back a quarter-century ago.

Today's bows are much quieter, faster, lighter and easier to shoot than bows just a few years ago, thanks to advancements in technology. 

Photo courtesy of David Biller, professor and section head of radiology, K-State College of Veterinary Medicine

During Labor Day celebrations, the Kansas State College of Veterinary Medicine wants dog owners to be vigilant of one tempting food left sitting on the table or grill.

Corn on the cob is a summer favorite, but for dogs it can be deadly. Susan Nelson, a veterinarian and professor at Kansas State University says dogs are attracted to the cob. 

Garden City Author Dennis Raphael Garcia To Sign Books At GCCC Sept. 6

Aug 30, 2019

In partnership with High Plains Public Radio and HALO, Garden City Community College is hosting a book signing event with Dennis Raphael Garcia, Garden City native and author of Marine, Public Servant, Kansan The Life of Ernest Garcia in the Endowment Room of the Beth Tedrow Student Center at 10:45 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 6.

TUNED IN: Welcome to Labor Day Weekend

Aug 30, 2019

Whatever your plans for this holiday weekend, we hope you will keep HPPR, either on the air or online, nearby. Allow us to share a couple of musings on Labor Day:

> Time Tells Its Own Story: A Labor Day Fable (From a 2012 column by Adam Frank):

Our Turn At This Earth: Old Fools in The Wilderness

Aug 29, 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's Growing on the High Plains gives some love to lovage, the  herbaceous, perennial plant that first appeared in my life through a theatre production. I soon planted it, and it's been love(age) ever since. Tune in to hear a bit about its history and popular uses in cooking and  as an herbal remedy.


The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today that it will begin investigating beef prices. The action comes after a fire shut down production at a Tyson meatpacking plant in western Kansas.

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue released a statement Wednesday directing the agency to investigate beef prices.

University Press of Kansas

I’m Dennis Garcia and I’m a Boomer, born in 1951 in Garden City, Kansas. Ten years earlier on December 7, Japan attacked Pearl Harbor.  Days later, the U.S. entered World War II and required males, age 18-65, to register for military service.

My father, Dionicio, and his five brothers registered as ordered. Like most families on the High Plains, the brothers believed military service was a duty owed to the country.

You know what’s worse than applying for jobs? Pretty much nothing. Thankfully, there’s a quick and convenient way to make all the best connections in the Texas Panhandle in one place. HPPR wants to thank Karl Kimsey, Employer Relations Coordinator at West Texas A&M University, for stopping by the station this week to tell folks about WT’s upcoming 2019 Fall Career EXPO.

Thanks so much to Tina Brohlin of High Plains Food Bank for stopping by High Plains Morning today to remind Dalhart area residents about the enrollment event for the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) this Thursday, August 29 from 9-11AM at the Good Samaritan Dalhart (104 Denrock). The event will allow eligible seniors age 60 and older to receive a monthly food box beginning in September.

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I had almost forgotten how good it feels to slip into a narrative which folds around you and won’t let go until the very end.

In “News of the World” Paulette Jiles’ protagonist, Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd is a former printer who lost his press in the civil war and is now a traveling lecturer, who reads news of the world out of newspapers from cities around the country. He lives off the money his audiences pay to hear him.

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Hello, I’m Dennis Garcia and I’m from Garden City, Kansas.  For most Americans in the last century their first encounter with a person of different heritage occurred in the schools. 

That was the case in my family.  My grandfather, Jose, was working for the Santa Fe Railroad in 1920 when the Santa Fe shipped him and his family from El Paso, Texas to Southwest Kansas. 

In 1928, Jose bought a small house in Garden City’s Mexican Barrio along the Santa Fe’s tracks.   There he and my grandmother raised six sons.