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Dan Butcher is the editor and publisher of the High Plains Daily News.

Founded in 2009 as a simple political blog called High Plains Pundit, the High Plains Daily News has grown into a 24/7 media organization that informs people and engages with them about local, state, and national issues.

With our team of reporters, opinion writers, and talk show hosts, we aim to provide the High Plains Daily News' listeners, readers, and viewers with the news and information they need to make up their own minds.

The High Plains Daily News is dedicated to fair and objective reporting for our engaged independent-minded audience.


For all questions and comments, email us at:

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Copyrights: All original material posted by the High Plains Daily News is copyrighted by the High Plains Daily News and the post’s author. Copyrights to materials quoted from other sources remain with their original owner.

All original High Plains Daily News material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without prior permission.

Permission to quote excerpts is granted with the provision that credit must be given and, where practicable, hyperlinked back to the URL containing the post.

Privacy: This privacy statement covers the High Plains Daily News. Please read this statement carefully and you agree to abide by the terms in effect.

Resale or disclosure of information to third parties: The High Plains Daily News does not sell, rent, loan, trade, or lease any personal information collected at our site.

Information Collection: The High Plains Daily News may collect information from our users at several different points on the site.

Cookies: A cookie is a piece of data stored on the user’s computer tied to information about the user. We may use both session ID cookies and persistent cookies. For the session ID cookie, once users close the browser, the cookie simply terminates. 

A persistent cookie is a small text file stored on the user’s hard drive for an extended period of time. Persistent cookies can be removed by following Internet browser help file directions.

Third Party Cookies: Some of our business partners may use cookies on our site (for example, advertisers). This privacy statement covers the use of cookies by the High Plains Daily News only and does not cover the use of cookies by any advertisers.

Log Files: Like most standard website servers we use log files. This includes Internet protocol (IP) addresses, browser type, Internet service provider (ISP), referring/exit pages, platform type, date/time stamp, and number of clicks to analyze trends, administer the site, track user’s movement in the aggregate, and gather broad demographic information for aggregate use. IP addresses, etc. are not linked to personally identifiable information. 

We may use a tracking utility that uses log files to analyze user movement.

Legal Disclaimer: Though we make every effort to preserve user privacy, the High Plains Daily News may need to disclose personal information when required by law wherein we have a good-faith belief that such action is necessary to comply with a current judicial proceeding, a court order or legal process served to the High Plains Daily News.

Links: The High Plains Daily News contains links to other sites. Please be aware that the High Plains Daily News is not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites. We encourage our users to be aware when they leave our site and to read the privacy statements of each and every website that collects personally identifiable information.

Notification of Changes: Whenever the High Plains Daily News changes its privacy policy, we will post those changes to this privacy statement, and other places we deem appropriate so our users are always aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances, if any, we disclose it.

DCMA Compliance Notice: The High Plains Daily News will process notices of alleged infringement which it receives and will take appropriate actions as required by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (the “DMCA”) and other applicable intellectual property laws. Pursuant to the DMCA, notifications of claimed copyright infringement should be sent to the High Plains Daily News' Designated Agent. Name/Contact Information of Designated Agent:

Dan Butcher email:

To be effective, the notification must be in writing and contain the following information (DMCA, 17 U.S.C., Sect. 512(c)(3)):

1. Physical or electronic signature of a person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed;

2. Identification of the copyrighted work claimed to have been infringed, or, if multiple copyrighted works at a single online side are covered by a single notification, a representative list of such works at that site;

3. Identification of the material that is claimed to be infringing or to be the subject of infringing activity and that is to be removed or access to which is to be disabled, and information reasonably sufficient to permit the service provider to locate the material;

4. Information reasonably sufficient to permit the service provider to contact the complaining party, such as an address, telephone number, and, if available, an electronic mail address at which the complaining party may be contacted;

5. A statement that the complaining party has a good faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law;

6. A statement that the information in the notification is accurate, and under penalty of perjury, that the complaining party is authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.

E-Mail: The Publisher and individual post authors can be contacted at addresses listed on the contributors page. The content of these messages, including the identity of the sender, is presumed for publication unless otherwise requested. 

Each comment and trackback to the site generates an email to the Publisher. Additionally, he receives numerous other communications related and not related to the site. 

The combination of these means he receives several hundred messages daily; he can not respond to all of them. This is especially true of pitches for links from other sites. He does endeavor, with reasonable success, to read all messages that get past his spam filter.

Comments: In order to enhance their use of the High Plains Daily News, users can choose to leave comments on particular articles of interest. 

To leave a comment, users must submit information including an email address. The High Plains Daily News may use this, and other information, to screen out users who leave comments prohibited by our terms and conditions of use, and will not pass this information to any other organization.

The First Amendment protects the right to freedom of expression from government interference. When you submit a comment on our website, however, you are posting on private web property and your comments are bound by our websites’ policies.

We have a zero-tolerance policy for comments containing violence (threats, suggestions or direct statements permitting violent or threatening acts or sentiments), racism (suggestion that one “race” is superior to others), crassness or profanity (any word or phrase considered by courteous society to be profane), all caps (a violation of internet etiquette), discourteous behavior (calling names, rude or insulting statements directed at another user/post) or violations similar in nature to any of these offenses. Posts violating our policies of posting are subject to removal and the user may face banning.

Commenting is allowed to encourage thoughtful discussion of the ideas posted on this site. We welcome open debate and viewpoints that differ from those of the post authors. That said, we wish to keep the conversation civil and the following policies, subject to change without notice, apply:

1. Remember that the people under discussion are human beings. Comments that contain personal attacks about the post author or other commenters will be deleted. Repeated violators will be banned. Challenge the ideas of those with whom you disagree, not their patriotism, decency, or integrity.

2. The use of profanity stronger than that normally permitted on network television is prohibited. A substantial number of people read this site from an office or in a family environment.

While any comment deemed abusive or offensive may be deleted without warning or appeal by the post author, the following will almost always be deleted:

1. Comments that are completely off topic.

2. Comments, especially long ones, that are posted on multiple sites for propaganda purposes.

3. Trackbacks from posts that do not link back to the post that received the trackback.

4. Trackbacks from what appear to be spam blogs.

5. Duplicate trackbacks to the same post.

6. Comments that advocate violence towards posters, commenters, private, government officials, or pretty much anyone not strongly suspected of terrorism, violent crime, or a declared enemy of the United States.

7. Comments that contain personal information about others such as home addresses and personal phone numbers.

8. Any form of trolling, defined as comments that appear intended to send the discussion in a fruitless direction, including repeated raising of only tangentially related points.

The High Plains Daily News will not tolerate hate speech. We’re open to a broad discussion about race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, culture, and related issues and will generally not delete controversial comments regardless of our own disagreement. Regardless, comments that reach into any of these areas may be deleted and commenters warned or banned:

1. Advocacy of violence on racial, gender, or ethnic grounds.

2. Use of ethnic, racial, or gender slurs.

3. Trolling on these topics.

Additionally, comments containing too many hyperlinks will automatically go into the moderation queue. Comments by other bloggers are welcome, as are relevant links to your blogs, other blogs, or media articles that relate to the topic at hand. Do not, however, simply use the comment section to post links to your site without otherwise adding to the discussion. Doing so will be considered spamming.

Each individual author is responsible for monitoring the comments to their posts, and ultimately determines which comments merit deletion. Since the approval and moderation system is automated, it is possible that your e-mail address or domain will be placed on system maintained lists. If for some reason you find yourself unable to comment due the anti-spam software please notify the Publisher and we’ll investigate.

The High Plains Daily News does use every available technology and puts forth every effort to eliminate spam comments and emails. All spam and potentially dangerous emails and comments will be reported as such.

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