Valerie Brown-Kuchera

I do not like kitchen gadgets.  I never owned an electric can-opener; I never got on the salad shooter wagon; I never bought a set of Ginsu knives; and I don’t own, nor do I plan to own, an Instapot.

Our kitchen is small, as in teeny-tiny-barely-enough-counter-space-to-pile-all-the-vital-snacks-cereal-boxes-ketchup-bottles-hot-pads-small.  Where would I put one of those cool stand-mixers? 

May Day Bouquets with Cowboy Poetry

May 4, 2019
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Folks, when I was a boy, we gave May Day flowers to everyone we could find home on the first of May.  Well, I don’t have flowers, so I decided this year on a different kind of bouquet.  Words. 

Luke Clayton

More turkey talk this week on High Plains Outdoors! Luke enjoyed an exciting turkey hunt at Dale River Ranch with his friend and manager at the ranch, Randy Douglas. 

Luke had a gobbler sneak in behind him and open up gobbling, as loud as a gobbler can gobble, at a mere 15 feet. Well, click and listen to Luke tell the story. 

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The 2019 Spring Read on-air book discussion is Sunday, May 5 from 6 p.m.-8 p.m.

Don’t miss it!

(Pro tip: You can catch up on all the books and reviews here.)


Also, Don't Miss So. Much. Music.

HPPR's Living Room Concerts In Amarillo and Garden City: Nikki Talley and Jason Sharp perform Friday, May 3, at the Gallery on 7th (Monroe & 7th) in downtown Amarillo.

This Sunday, May 5th, come to Starlight Ranch in Amarillo for a FREE SHOW with renowned Texas troubadours Radney Foster & Kyle Hutton as they present A Place to Stay: Tour for Foster Awareness.

Our Turn At This Earth: After Sand Creek

May 2, 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!

Thanks so much to Karen Isern of Amarillo National Bank for stopping by High Plains Morning today to spread the word about the 2019 Downtown Women’s Center Luncheon on Tuesday, May 7th. The theme is “Changing Faces of Recovery, 30 Years Strong,” and they’re celebrating their 30th year of helping women overcome homelessness and addiction.

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Long-running frustration about Amtrak’s willingness to keep a rail passenger line running through remote parts of the country has politicians threatening to block new directors to the agency.

A handful of U.S. senators demanded specifics by this week about how Amtrak plans to spend an added $50 million to keep the Southwest Chief line running from Chicago, through Kansas, to Los Angeles.

Gardens are for growing, but there are endless opportunities to adorn your space with doo-dads, trinkets, tchotchkes, and "stuff." Over the years, one of my favorite additions to our outdoor garden has been hefty, hearty wind chimes that stand up to the Herculean winds of the High Plains. Today's Growing on the High Plains will cover some of the charms and tones of these calming instruments of our yards and gardens. 

Thanks to ALT Academy Director Jason Crespin for stopping by HPPR Studios to remind us about the regional premiere of the Broadway hit musical Mamma Mia!, the next show from Amarillo Little Theatre. It runs May 2 through 19, and tickets are going FAST. They run Thursdays at 7:30 pm CT; Friday and Saturdays at 8:00 pm CT; and Sundays at 2:30 pm CT. Plus, they just added a matinee on Saturday, May 11th (and tickets are still available for that one, as of now).

Thanks so much to Lisa Hancock from the Area Agency on Aging of the Panhandle for stopping by High Plains Morning to tell us about the Older Americans Month Celebration, this Friday, May 3rd from 8:00 a.m. through 3:00 p.m. CT at Region 16 Education Conference Center on 5800 Bell St. in Amarillo.

Thanks so much to Donna Price (Sherman County Convention & Visitors Bureau) for spending some time with High Plains Morning today, sharing details about the Big Kansas Road Trip (BKRT) which is going on May 2nd through May 5th. In 2019, they’re highlighting three counties—Cheyenne, Sherman, and Wallace—while also celebrating the Land and Sky Byway by sending travelers through these treasured rural communities.

Oh, come on. Like I need to tell y'all about SUSAN GIBSON! Just mark your calendars, because this show will be a blast. (It was originally going to be her "CD Release Party," but there's been a we're billing it as her "CD Retention Party!") BYO, tell your pals, and let's celebrate LIVE MUSIC on the High Plains with Amarillo's sweetheart of the stage: Susan Gibson!



Saturday, May 25th

Chamber Music Amarillo's Fibonacci Space

(3306 SW 6th Ave.)


A drone is being used to aid in a three-dimensional remake of the Camp Amache Japanese internment camp in southeast Colorado.

As The Denver Post reports, researchers used a drone from the Switzerland-based company senseFly last week to map the project for future restoration work at the camp, where over 7,000 Japanese-Americans and immigrants were imprisoned during World War II.

Valerie Brown-Kuchera

Last week I talked about how my teenaged daughter thinks she needs a hedgehog despite the fact that we have a perfectly nice dog.  I thought I had better give a little backstory to how we acquired Juneau, our nine-year-old husky. 

Thanks so much to Krystal Burns of Palace Coffee & the Amarillo Little Theatre Guild for stopping by High Plains Morning to tell us all about the ALT Gala 2019, which is THIS SATURDAY. It's a crucial 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.

Luke Clayton

Luke talks about what's on the outdoor agenda this coming week.

First comes a turkey hunt early next week on the Dale River Ranch in Palo Pinto County, Texas with Luke’s friend, Randy Douglas, who manages the ranch.

Later in the week, Luke travels up to Lake Fork to participate in the Yantis Catfish Classic to join his friend, Jeff Rice, and rather than fish in a boat, the duo will go 'Old School’ and fish with cane poles in a creek on the upper end of the lake.

U.S. Senate

During a stop at Garden City Community College Thursday, U.S. Senator Pat Roberts shared his concerns about the impact of President Trump’s trade policy on the agriculture economy.

Elected to the U.S. Senate in 1997, the Republican senator serves as the chairman of the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry. He said passing the 2018 farm bill provides a “safety net” for farmers over the next five years.

Do-it-yourself photography enthusiasts, this Sunday is going to RIGHT up your alley! Don't miss the Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day Workshop at Amarillo College (2201 S. Washington St., Amarillo).

Thanks so much to Rachel Flores for stopping by High Plains Morning to tell folks about the event TONIGHT at Amarillo Art Institute. The "All Things Artful Art Festival" is back. It's TONIGHT, Friday, April 26th, from 5 to 8pm. AAI is located at 3701 Plains Blvd., Unit 117 in Amarillo.

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.

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***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.