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Amber Waves of Change

Amber Waves of Change: Homecoming (Part 4)

Statue of children playing in downtown Garden City, Kan. (Photo by David Guth)

The population decline within the Southern High Plains has been well documented. However, there are some communities within the region that are holding their own. University of Kansas Journalism Professor David Guth has been researching the area’s declining population. And in his final report, Guth says that family ties and aggressive community planning may be the reason some cities and towns are faring better than others.

Amber Waves of Change: Rural Newspapers (Part 3)

A summer sunset silhouette of the Scott City, Kan., water tower. (Photo by David Guth)

As many towns in western Kansas struggle against a steady population decline, so does one of the most visible institutions in those communities – the local newspaper. University of Kansas Journalism Professor David Guth has been conducting research in the region and takes a look at the challenges facing rural publishers.

Amber Waves of Change: Dust Bowl Revisited? (Part 2)

This parched field, just outside of Colby in Thomas County, shows the effects of the region's worst drought since the Dust Bowl days of the 1930s. (Photo by David Guth)

Most of western Kansas remains in drought or near-drought conditions, raising fears that the region could once again return to the days of the Dust Bowl.  University of Kansas Journalism Professor David Guth traveled the region while conduting research for an upcoming book about issues confronting the rural Midwest.  In this report, he looks back at the Dust Bowl that was... and the one that may come again.

Amber Waves of Change: High & Dry (Part 1)

The Arkansas River bridge, just one mile south of Garden City on U.S. 83, sits over a parched riverbed where the river once ran. (Photo by David Guth)

The number one issue affecting all things in western Kansas is water.  University of Kansas Journalism Professor David Guth travelled the region, conducting interviews for an upcoming book about issues affecting rural communities.  In this report, Guth says there’s agreement on the need to conserve water… but almost no agreement on how to do that.  (This report is part 1 in a series titled, “Amber Waves of Change,” where we hear about issues affecting the rural Midwest.)

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