The Justice Department is holding a press conference about the wave of suspicious packages that have been sent to political enemies of President Trump this week. A suspect has been arrested. Watch the remarks live.

TUNED IN: Wine And Public Radio Pair Nicely

Oct 26, 2018

This Friday in Garden City, Kan., High Plains Public Radio is launching its Wine Club. It's a great way to pick up some awesome bottles of wine and support public radio on the High Plains.

Joining us will be HPPR's Valerie Brown-Kuchera who is celebrating her ONE-YEAR anniversary on the air & Honorable Mention from the Kansas Association of Broadcasters for her regional feature, Little Spouse on the Prairie! Visit her FRIDAY in Garden City, Kan.

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GARDEN CITY, Kan. -- Four out of five candidates for governor of Kansas said Thursday they would seek to expand the state’s Medicaid program to include more uninsured Kansans. The lone holdout was Kris Kobach, the Republican nominee who said expansion would lead to “back-breaking” tax increases.

Old, Old Age Isn't for Sissies

Oct 26, 2018
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This is Denise Low, a regular contributor to the High Plains Public Radio Book Club.

When my mother had her first health crisis, the social worker at the hospital informed me that at 72, she was in young old age, how fortunate because odds of successful treatment were high. I thought everyone over retirement age was just old. This was my introduction to the changes of aging, ahead for both of us.

Bob Davis / High Plains Public Radio

Garden City Area Chamber of Commerce

All five Kansas gubernatorial candidates will be in Garden City this evening for a debate, hosted by the Southwest Kansas Chambers of Commerce. HPPR will be broadcasting the debate live. 

Details about the event our outlined below:

It's almost Halloween, so I thought I'd spend this week's edition of Growing on the High Plains prattling on about an October tradition: pumpkins! From tiny, white and smooth to huge, gray and bumpy, pumpkins these days are hardly limited to the traditional orange orbs of yore.

Thanks so much to Valerie Brown-Kuchera of HPPR's Little Spouse on the Prairie for her thoughts after a FULL YEAR of writing and producing her regional feature for HPPR. Plus, she was just awarded Honorable Mention from the Kansas Association of Broadcasters!  

Times are tough for many of our area residents. However, don't just sit around and STEW about it! Make a direct impact at this year's EMPTY BOWLS in Amarillo, happening Thursday, Oct. 25th at the Southwest Church of Christ (4515 Cornell St.).  For a $10 donation, you can choose a handmade ceramic bowl keepsake, designed and donated by local potters, and slurp to your heart's content—and it's all for a great cause.

There will be up to 40 different soups, stews, chowders, chilis, and more. This year, your donation will support Snack Pack 4 Kids, which provides weekend sustenance for kids facing food insecurity over the weekend.  

Using Graphic Memoirs to Tackle Tough Topics

Oct 24, 2018
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Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast is a compelling graphic memoir about the struggle Chast goes through as she watches her parents age and eventually die.

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On Nov. 6, Oklahomans will go to the polls to elect a new governor.

KFOR has released a helpful guide to the policy differences among the candidates.

Kevin Stitt, the Republican candidate, says he would reduce the budgets for all 400 state agencies while giving the governor the power to fire underperforming agency leaders in appointed positions.

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A Federal appeals court has upheld much of Federal Judge Janice Jack’s ruling that Texas must do better when it comes to taking care of the state’s 10,000 foster care kids.

Jack was compelled to force the State of Texas to comply after Texas showed little sign that it was interested in repairing the state’s beleaguered foster care system.

Early voting begins across the Texas Panhandle on Monday and will run until Nov. 2. Election day is Nov. 6.

This year’s midterm ballots hold a number of big-name races, including the races for Governor and one of the U.S. Senate seats from the State of Texas.

Death Comes As A Shock

Oct 22, 2018
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Hello, Radio Readers. I’m Jane Holwerda from Dodge City, Kansas.  I’ve been thinking about the memoir Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?

I’ve been thinking,  of all the many ideas that Roz Chast shares of her parents’ aging and death, one idea that I keep mulling is that aging and death sneak up on us, tip-toe from behind, tap us on our shoulders, catch us unaware.

US Geological Survey

Residents of Amarillo and surrounding areas awoke Saturday morning to jostling beds and rattling walls, as a magnitude 4.0 earthquake shook the region.

Seismologist Jascha Polet told The Amarillo Globe-News that, “Without a more detailed analysis, it is difficult to state at this point […] whether this earthquake was tectonic in nature or associated with activities of the oil/gas industry.”

Luke Clayton

In this week's High Plains Outdoors, Luke discusses the importance of learning to properly use a compass and GPS units.

TUNED IN: Please Support A Powerful Signal That Delivers The World To The High Plains  

During its 2018 Fall Membership Campaign, High Plains Public Radio is employing tech tools popularized in this decade. Our platforms include our website,, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube and Mailchimp — ways of communicating generally unheard of two decades ago.

Texas State Senate

You might be surprised to learn that the Lone Star State has never elected a Latina woman to Congress. But that may change this November.

As CBS News reports, Sylvia Garcia and Veronica Escobar are looking to cruise to victory in their deep-blue Texas districts. Victories will mean the two women will become the first Latinas to represent Texas in the nation’s capital.

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Many Oklahoma students are likely to struggle when they reach college, according to the latest ACT scores.

As The Oklahoman reports, 43 percent of students in the state were unable to meet a single benchmark in the areas of English, mathematics, reading and science. And only 16 percent were able to show college readiness in all four of those subjects.

Our Turn At This Earth: Animal Stories

Oct 18, 2018
Julene Bair

My mother used to tell a story about a dog that our family had before I was born. She swore he could read her mind. “’Elmer, ‘ I said to him one time, “why don’t you get me that chicken?’ I didn’t even point. But danged if he didn’t go over and grab me the chicken I’d been thinking about.”

Mom also liked to recall the time she placed duck eggs into the nest of a mother hen. “Well,” she said, “when they hatched and got a little older, they slipped through the fence and went swimming in the pond. Oh did that hen have a conniption.”

John Graham

Recently I spoke with Amarillo Symphony Music director and conducter Jacomo Bairos about the 2018-2019 season now underway. In this audio clip, Bairos talks about the exciting  music, performers and outreach plans for the Amarillo Symphony for the current season.

They say good things come to those who wait. On today's Growing on the High Plains, I'd like to discuss a biennial for which many a gardener has been very patient. I'm talking about Lunaria annua, also known as honesty or money plant. While biennials typically take a couple years to crop up, this one is well worth the wait. 

As a gift for supporting High Plains Public during our Fall Membership Campaign, HPPR is offering a 2019 calendar. It features photos from the High Plains taken by local artists.  Listeners can claim a calendar for a gift of $25 or more    

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As election day approaches, the two most populous counties in the Texas Panhandle are seeing record numbers of voters registering to cast ballots.

As MyHighPlains reports, both Potter and Randall Counties have seen the highest number of registrants ever—this despite the lack of a presidential candidate on the ballot.


Heads-Up, Kansas & Texas!

Don't miss these two debates:

Mark your calendars for an important pair of upcoming political debates, and they're both airing this month on the HPPR Network.

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Some 350 children separated from their migrant parents this summer have yet to be reunified, despite a court-ordered July 26 deadline to do it and endless hours of pro bono legal aid. About half of those kids are on track for reunification.

From The Texas Tribune:

By popular request, we have wrangled THE RIFTERS from their NM home. They'll be LIVE in Amarillo at our next HPPR Living Room Concert. You'll adore their Southwestern folk-Americana from the Rio Grande watershed, so MARK YOUR CALENDAR!

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Amarillo city leaders have released their proposed legislative agenda, and it includes a number of big-ticket items that will require approval by the Texas Legislature.

As The Amarillo Globe-News reports, the new plan includes operational funding for the Texas Tech University School of Veterinary Medicine and backing for the Texas Loop 335 expansion project.

Valerie Brown-Kuchera

All the talk at High Plains Public Radio about the upcoming wine club launch has gotten me thinking about my limited experience with choosing wines.  Joel isn’t much of a drinker.  Truth be told, neither am I.  I may be a far cry from a sommelier, but recently, I learned that I can drink Joel right under the table.