"The High Plains News Service is one of
a kind. You don't hear programs like it anywhere else....the High
Plains News Service is a high quality news and information show."
Welcome to the High Plains News Service (HPNS).
If you haven't had the opportunity to listen to us, you're in for
a treat! You've discovered the news service that covers the real
issues from a community perspective. We take pride in providing
quality, in-depth coverage of news important to rural America.
Filling the Gap
HPNS fills the growing void
between local news, and national and international programming.
HPNS is the only news and information program covering the Rocky
Mountain and Northern Great Plains Region. HPNS not only covers
issues important to the Western Region, but also serves as a missing
link, connecting rural citizens across the nation.
Building the Network
The High Plains News
Service takes a leading role in building a regional, community
news network. HPNS builds coalitions and a growing recognition
of HPNS as the news network of the Northern Great Plains and Rocky
Mountain Region. "High Plains News Service covers real issues
that affect rural America and provides stories and information
to our station that we wouldn't normally get."
Almost every year since HPNS' inception, High Plains
News has been presented with various awards for excellence in local
and regional programming from the National Federation of Community
Broadcasters, the American Lung Association, a Scripps Howard National
Journalism Award, a Gabriel Award, and an Oscar in Agriculture.
HPNS' programs are created for all public and community radio stations.
HPNS works to expand the dialogue about issues of concern to people
across the region and the nation.
"High Plains News is a vehicle to share
Native American culture with other diverse peoples of the West.
The news is informational and educational." -
High Plains News produces its award-winning special program, Rural
Voices. These 30-minute programs take an in-depth look at issues
affecting our region. Our reporters talk to Western people about
issues they care about. Western Waters: Rivers at Risk explored
problems facing our streams and what can be done to solve them.
Another special, Health Care: Rural Realities, addressed health
insurance and diversity in care for rural people of different races,
cultures and ages. During the summer of 1997 we heard about lives
attacked by racial slurs, death threats and bombs in Intimidation
& Conflict: How to Respond.We've also examined impacts of uncontrolled
growth on wildlife, agriculture, infrastructure, taxes, and community.
Featuring voices and perspectives of grassroots people, Sprawl:
The Cost of Uncontrolled Growth explored booming development and
its consequences on local economies, the environment, and
quality of life.
Most recently High Plains News won a Silver Reel
Award for Western Stampede: The Rush for Coalbed Methane
at the annual meeting of the National Federation of Community Broadcasters
in February, 2003.
High Plains News is a project of the Western Organization of Resource
Councils (WORC), a regional association of seven grassroots membership
organizations: Dakota Resource Council (North Dakota); Dakota Rural
Action (South Dakota); Idaho Rural Council (Idaho); Northern Plains
Resource Council (Montana); Oregon Rural Action (Oregon); Powder
River Basin Resource Council (Wyoming); and Western Colorado Congress
(Colorado). WORC represents 8,250 farmers, ranchers, small business
and laboring people concerned with the preservation of family based
agriculture, the environment, and the use of natural resources.
WORC's purpose is to ensure an informed and effective voice on public
policy decisions affecting the people of this region.
The High Plains News Service
406-252-9672 or 800-729-3540