President Trump is holding a press conference from the G-7 summit of world economic leaders in France. He had meetings with multiple heads of state over the weekend. The summit comes ahead of a looming recession and amid an ongoing trade war with China.

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

In Paulette Jiles’s book News of the World, 10-year-old Johanna Leonbarger, the child of German immigrant parents who had been murdered, has been reclaimed from the Kiowa family, who have been raising her since she was six years old.

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More than 600,000 Texans will immediately be eligible to have their driver's licenses reinstated after the program's Sept. 1 repeal. The system was widely criticized for adding additional annual fees on top of the price of tickets, but all pending surcharges will soon be waived.

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Little Spouse On The Prairie: The Burger And The King

Aug 24, 2019
Valerie Brown-Kuchera

As we traveled through the Chunnel from the UK to France, we started talking about food we were leaving behind and the French cuisine we were excited to try. We laughed about the London pubs’ funny names. In the UK, we had eaten at so many restaurants that included the word “and.” For some reason, the English love to name their dining establishments things like “The Rose and the Crown,” “The Hare and the Hound,” “The Horse and Groom,” “The Hand and the Flower,” and  “The Cat and the Fiddle.” There was even a place called “The Bat and the Ball.” 

High Plains Outdoors: Catchin' Big Blues

Aug 23, 2019
Luke Clayton

This week, Luke discusses catching giant blue catfish during the summer months (right now).

Traditionally, the big blues are caught during late fall and the winter months.

Lake Tawakoni guide Tony Pennebaker told Luke during a spring fishing trip that he felt confident that the big blues should go on a dependable bite in August, after they finish spawning and disperse widespread over the lake.

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The number of visitors to High Plains Public Radio’s website — — is more than 60 percent higher than this time last year, according to a search of online data conducted this week. Not surprising. is a place where people of the High Plains (and others) can access the latest news, our thought-provoking features, and stream our two services — the music and news of High Plains Public Radio or the news and information on HPPR Connect.

Radio Readers BookByte: Where was Mexico?

Aug 23, 2019

Hi, I’m Valerie Mendoza, a relatively new radio reader, here to talk to you about News of the World by Paulette Jiles.

The things that struck me the most about the book were seemingly inconsequential details laced throughout the book about the main character’s back story. For me, these details added to the rich dimensions of the time period and thick flavor of the book.

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GARDEN CITY — Ali Abdi usually cuts meat at the Tyson plant in Holcomb, and was at the plant when a fire broke out and destroyed part of the structure.

He didn’t see it as he and the other workers evacuated, but, he said, “Yes, I was scared.”

Abdi, a Somali refugee who moved to Garden City five years ago, is one of several employees cleaning up the damage. Tyson hasn’t said when the plant will reopen — it could be months. And that uncertainty has a ripple effect on area feedlots, livestock drivers, Garden City itself and even Garden City Community College.

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!

When I saw some information about a free, pop-up health clinic in Amarillo this weekend, I had to invite the organizer onto High Plains Morning. Thanks so much to Pastor Bobby Harris of Seventh Day Adventist Church for stopping by to talk about the Jumpstart Free Health Clinic, coming to town this Sunday, August 25th from 7:00 am to 4:00 pm CT. It’s being held at 3 Angels Community Center (405 S. Western St.) in Amarillo.

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Wily coyotes and mischievous mice aren’t just in cartoons. They can also be found at certain times of the year in the hay bales that protect Skip’s garden.  

On this week’s Growing on the High Plains, Skip explains the many uses of straw bales and how they not only help protect her garden from the wily weather of western Kansas, but also with supporting her small ecosystem of critters.

Check out the slideshow of local farmer Tom Stoppel’s hay bailer as he delivers the stacks of straw.

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Hello, I’m Dennis Garcia.  I was born in 1951 in Garden City, Kansas.  Today, I’d like to share with you a family story about two great historical events that took place in the 1930s, the Great Depression and The Dust Bowl. 

Radio Readers BookByte: Loss of the News of My World

Aug 21, 2019
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Captain Kidd laid out the Boston Morning Journal on the lectern and began to read from the article on the Fifteenth Amendment. 

He had been born in 1798 and the third war of his lifetime had ended . . . He had been at one time a printer but the war had taken his press and everything else. 

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%.