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Amber Waves of Change

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.)