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.

Nikki Talley & Jason Sharp, celebrated road warriors & folkmasters hailing from North Carolina, return to the High Plains for TWO SHOWS (in Amarillo & Garden City) the first weekend in May. Nikki & Jason's live set is incredible. These two have it all: expertly crafted melodies and lyrics, cloud-crushing vocals and harmonies, and excellent guitar and banjo pickin'. PLEASE TELL EVERYONE, and come out to support LIVE MUSIC on the High Plains. 

An Afternoon Spent With Amarillo

Apr 10, 2019
Camille Corot / Metropolitan Museum of Art

I’m Jane Holwerda, from Dodge City, Kansas.  

Over the weekend, I picked up author Bill Durham’s Amarillo and fell in.

Probably, because you’re listening right now, you’ve had a similar experience: You think to spend, say, an hour or so of reading, a respite from mundane weekend chores and social obligations.

Francophiles and cinephiles on the High Plains will have reason to celebrate over the next few weeks, as West Texas A & M University will host a French film festival: The Tournées Film Festival. The series comes after WT received a grant from the French American Cultural Exchange. Films will be screened at Mary Moody Northen Hall on WT's campus, Room 189Click for more information on our community calendar.


Kansas will have to cough up more than $168,000 in legal fees over its attempt to prevent the publication of investigative files related to the murders portrayed in Truman Capote’s book “In Cold Blood.”

The book, which Capote called a nonfiction novel, brought decades of attention to the slayings of four members of the Clutter family in their Holcomb, Kansas, home in 1959.

The on-air portion of HPPR's Spring Membership Campaign has concluded, but the need to mee our goal continues! from Thursday, April 4th through the 8th for YOUR chance to win. HPPR wants to thank all of our generous "Coffee Buddies" for supporting PUBLIC RADIO across our 300+ communities. They put up some hot cups of joe to encourage listener support, and we were thrilled to make new connections at the caffeine junctions across our region. THANK YOU, COFFEE BUDDIES! 

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At long last, the wait is over. Monday night in Amarillo, thousands of baseball fans will make their way downtown to the city’s brand new baseball stadium to see the Amarillo Sod Poodles in action.

Valerie Brown-Kuchera

This month on Little Spouse on the Prairie, we are sharing funny stories of pranks and tricks in honor of April Fool’s Day.  Continuing with the theme of ornery teachers, I have a story about one whose birthday is actually on April 1st.  I still haven’t forgiven him.  

Gardening - Even If It's Late

Apr 6, 2019
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Folks, used to be I’d plant potatoes on St. Patrick’s Day even if I had to get muddy doing it.  This year, I was lazy.  Or was it tired?  Or was it just plain old?  Mabel Beemer stopped by my house with a little verse:  "Spring is sprung, the grass is ris',/ Wonder where Oleander's garden is?"

"Lordy, Mabel," I said, "I've been busy.  Iola and I had company.  Then we did a bit of traveling.  And I’ve got a complicated tax year.  And our cat named Balanced Budget died."

It's time for HPPR's Spring Membership Campaign, and we're celebrating High Plains LANDSCAPES. If you haven't yet joined as a new member or renewed your membership, NOW IS THE TIME! Tune in and pledge to automatically enter the drawing for one of these four gorgeous photo prints from Garden City photographer Curtis Perez. We'll do the drawing on Monday  morning, so SUPPORT PUBLIC RADIO TODAY!

Luke Clayton

This past week, Luke joined his friend Jeff Rice and some good friends on Jeff's Buck and Bass Ranch situated on the upper end of Lake Fork in northeast Texas and did some "old school" cane pole fishing in a creek that traverses the ranch.

The poles were set out and checked every couple of hours while the guys tossed downsized jigs and spinner baits for crappie, white and yellow bass.

A big fish fry back at camp wrapped up the festivities.