Flint Hills http://kcur.org en Cindy Hoedel On Life In Matfield Green, Kansas http://kcur.org/post/cindy-hoedel-life-matfield-green-kansas <p>When you live in a town with fewer than 60 residents well, let's just say,&nbsp;there must be something special about it to make you give up&nbsp;the city life.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Fri, 16 May 2014 21:02:57 +0000 Steve Kraske & Danie Alexander 55859 at http://kcur.org Cindy Hoedel On Life In Matfield Green, Kansas New Research Concludes Kansas Is Not The Flattest State http://kcur.org/post/new-research-concludes-kansas-not-flattest-state <p>You may have caught wind of <a href="http://www.improbable.com/airchives/paperair/volume9/v9i3/kansas.html">a study</a>&nbsp;conducted about a decade ago claiming the state of Kansas was indeed flatter than a pancake.&nbsp;</p><p>Using the 'flattening ratio,' researchers in the geography departments at the University of Texas and Arizona State University concluded the topography of Kansas was flatter than that of a "well-cooked pancake" from the <a href="http://www.ihop.com/">International House of Pancakes (IHOP)</a>.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 19:00:24 +0000 Briana O'Higgins 52755 at http://kcur.org New Research Concludes Kansas Is Not The Flattest State From the City To The Country: Cindy Hoedel's New Flint Hills Home http://kcur.org/post/city-country-cindy-hoedels-new-flint-hills-home <p>Fresh steel-cut oats, dozens of Goldfinches swarming a bird feeder, and charmingly eccentric neighbors are just some of the rustic features of Kansas' Flint Hills.</p><p>In the second part of Thursday's&nbsp;<em>Up to Date</em>, we sit down with <em>Kansas City Star</em> writer and columnist&nbsp;<strong>Cindy Hoedel</strong> to check in on her transition from the big city to the Flint Hills.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Cindy Hoedel</strong> is a <em>Kansas City Star</em>&nbsp;writer and lifestyle columnist.&nbsp;</li></ul> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 18:02:21 +0000 Steve Kraske & Cody Newill 49530 at http://kcur.org From the City To The Country: Cindy Hoedel's New Flint Hills Home 90-Mile View: A Special Window For A Flint Hills Cabin http://kcur.org/post/90-mile-view-special-window-flint-hills-cabin <p></p><p></p><p>Carole Brown has shared with us the dichotomy that is her life. A classical musician, Brown spends a portion of her year living with her parents in Westwood Hills, Kan., and the rest in a cabin with no amenities&nbsp;in the Flint Hills of Kansas.</p><p>On this edition of 90-Mile View, Carole is back to talk with host Steve Kraske of her life on the prairie. She's been busy with several projects including a window that took her some time to collect&nbsp;just the right materials before she could construct it.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Tue, 03 Dec 2013 16:50:59 +0000 Steve Kraske & Danie Alexander 47711 at http://kcur.org 90-Mile View: A Special Window For A Flint Hills Cabin 90-Mile View: A Rancher's Gamble http://kcur.org/post/90-mile-view-ranchers-gamble <p></p><p>A life dictated by the seasons and the weather is always a risky one and no one knows it better than Flint Hills cattle rancher Howard Blender.</p><p></p><p>Today Howard talks with Steve Kraske about the hazards ranchers face every day.&nbsp; From the impact of the recent South Dakota snowstorm, to selling cattle by internet auction, Howard tells of the gambles he takes and the best cattleman&#39;s answer he ever heard to the question &quot;Why do you keep doing it?&quot;.</p> Wed, 16 Oct 2013 19:09:58 +0000 Steve Kraske & Danie Alexander 45311 at http://kcur.org 90-Mile View: A Rancher's Gamble 90-Mile View: Carole Brown http://kcur.org/post/90-mile-view-carole-brown <p></p><p>Many of us ask ourselves at some point: "What am I doing and why am I doing it?" For one woman the question looms larger with her choice to pursue a lifestyle that embraces isolation and eschews the modern.</p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 06 Aug 2013 23:00:00 +0000 Danie Alexander 41504 at http://kcur.org 90-Mile View: Carole Brown Kansas' Flint Hills Considered One Of '10 Iconic US Drives' http://kcur.org/post/kansas-flint-hills-considered-one-10-iconic-us-drives <p>A drive through the Flint Hills in Kansas is one of the 10 iconic U.S. drives, <a href="http://www.smartertravel.com/photo-galleries/editorial/10-iconic-us-drives.html?id=486&amp;all=1">according to Smarter Travel</a>.</p><p>Route 177 from Cassoday, Kan. to Manhattan, Kan. runs 87 miles through the last of the rolling tallgrass prairie lands. Along the route are many small towns, including Cottonwood Falls and Council Grove.</p> Thu, 11 Jul 2013 14:29:20 +0000 Briana O'Higgins 39983 at http://kcur.org Kansas' Flint Hills Considered One Of '10 Iconic US Drives' 90-Mile View: Howard Blender http://kcur.org/post/90-mile-view-howard-blender-0 <p>Two years of extreme drought. The failure of Congress to pass the Farm Bill. Life hasn't gotten any easier for cattle rancher <strong>Howard Blender</strong>.</p><p></p><p>In this edition of <em>90-Mile View</em>, Howard gives Steve Kraske an update on conditions in Chase County as he and others struggle with the effects of too little rain from Mother Nature and too little support from legislators.</p> Fri, 28 Jun 2013 16:06:36 +0000 Danie Alexander 39292 at http://kcur.org 90-Mile View: Howard Blender 90-Mile View: Howard Blender http://kcur.org/post/90-mile-view-howard-blender <p>There are few images of the West as iconic as cattle and few people as optimistic as a cattle rancher.&nbsp; Just ask <strong>Howard Blender</strong>. Wed, 23 Jan 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Steve Kraske & Danie Alexander & Danie 30776 at http://kcur.org 90-Mile View: Howard Blender