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The Amarillo City Council during their regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday approved a Pump Station Water Transmission Pipeline.
The 5.8 miles of 48 inch line will cost the city almost $12 million. The installation of this line will allow an additional 36 million gallons of well water per day to be pumped and pressurized from the Northeast 24th Avenue Pump Station to the treated side of the Osage Water Treatment Plant. It will also allow for additional capacity from the Carson and Potter County well fields. The funding comes from favorable Texas Water Development Board Water Infrastructure Loans.
There will also soon be a new splash pad at Glenwood Park in Southeast Amarillo. The Amarillo City Council voted unanimously on the consent agenda item which allocates $174,000 for the project. The interactive water splash pad will include a shaded structure over a picnic and seating area. A project similar to this one was done in 2014 at Eastridge Park. Funding comes from the 2014-15 Community Development Annual Action Plan approved by the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
An Amarillo man was arrested on several charges after stealing a pickup. Late Monday afternoon, officers were sent to the 1100 block of Amarillo Boulevard east where they found the man inside a business.
As they were exiting, Trenton Unruh, 42, took off running and a taser was used to stop him. He was booked into Potter County on three charges and three warrants out of Randall County.
One man was hospitalized in critical condition after a crash in west Amarillo.
Officials say it happened Monday evening in the 1100 block of south Bell. Alex Henderson, 28, was riding a motorcycle south on Bell when he hit a pickup making a U-turn. He was not wearing a helmet and speed is considered a factor. The crash is still under investigation by the APD's Traffic Investigation Squad.
A traffic stop on I-40 yielded over $96,000 worth of drugs. A DPS trooper made the stop Sunday near Bushland for a traffic violation.
During a search, the trooper found over 25 pounds of marijuana and 12 ounces of hash in the vehicle. Two people in the car were booked into Potter County on various drug charges. The drugs were reportedly being taken from Riverbank, California to Oklahoma City.
A Canyon man was arrested after breaking into cars in southwest Amarillo.
Police were sent to the 4100 block of Tulane Saturday morning after Hunter Handley, 18, was seen getting into different cars parked in front of houses in the block. Officers also found that handley had stolen a pickup out of Canyon earlier that day. He was booked into Randall County for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, burglary, and a warrant for consumption of alcohol by a minor.
The Potter County Commissioner's Court voted to apply for the Governor's Criminal Justice Division grant program at Monday's meeting. The agenda item also included setting Judge Nancy Tanner as the County's representative on the grant which would help out the Sheriff's Department.
The Court also voted to purchase a nearly $32,000 All-Terrain Vehicle, which Sheriff Brian Thomas says would be essential for any cases that take them out to Lake Meredith, where they lost their HumVee last week. Vote centers were also discussed at the meeting, where an advisory board insists that no less than 16 voting locations be set up. Remember early voting begins late April!
Cyber security was also discussed at the meeting. The County's debt related files are to be moved from Southwest Securities to SAMCO Capital Markets. They'll also be purchasing a nearly $15,000 server from Dell Marketing to process the County's information.
In closed session, amendments were made to the Southern Independent League's lease of Potter County Memorial Stadium. The negotiations won't be released to the general public until the League looks through the amendments and take their vote. Arguments about the contract sparked two weeks ago when the County deliberated on paying for sod, herbicides, and fertilizer.
Antjuan Ball gets his 10th career double-double with 19 points and 11 rebounds as the West Texas A&M Buffaloes take down Langston 92-71. Tez Dumars also went for 19 points in the win as the Buffs increase their record to 12-8 on the season. This was the last non-conference game of the season for the Buffs. The Buffs will be traveling to Portales this Saturday as they will take on Eastern New Mexico at 8:30 pm.
The West Texas A&M Lady Buffs will be on the road Saturday as they will take on Eastern New Mexico in Portales. The Lady Buffs will go into the contest with a 15-2 overall record with a 6-1 conference record. They are currently riding a six-game winning streak after beating Texas Woman's by 15 on Sunday night. Gametime will be at 6:30 pm.
In girls high school basketball action last night, the Canyon Lady Eagles clinched their 30th straight playoff spot with a 58-41 win over Dumas. Amarillo High gets an easy win over Lubbock Coronado 52-30. Palo Duro's defense keys a 44-17 win over Caprock. Hereford beats Randall 52-45. Bushland beats Perryton in a close 75-72 game. Sanford-Fritch takes down River Road 58-50. And Childress beats Highland Park 42-39.
In boys high school basketball action last night, Lubbock Coronado upsets Amarillo High 52-49. Dumas easily beats Canyon 66-51. Palo Duro blows out Caprock 79-48. Randall gets past Hereford 50-45. Bushland earns a 43-36 win over Perryton. Childress's offense overpowers Highland Park 89-33. And River Road beats Sanford-Fritch 63-54.
The Amarillo Bulls will be at home this weekend as they will take on Rio Grande Valley. The Bulls go into the series with a 16-21-3 record with 35 points on the season. They are coming off a 4-2 win over Odessa on Saturday. The puck will drop on Friday and Saturday at 7:05 pm.
Believe it or not, we will have some cotton harvesting going on in our area in February as last week’s snow was another case of fieldwork postponed by precipitation.
"We're certainly grateful for it," Mary Jane Buerkle with Plains Cotton Growers said. "We're not going to turn it back, but it has definitely delayed harvest. In particular, when you have snowfall and it takes a while for it to melt and dry up.
Mary Jane reminds us the good news is production levels for cotton are up significantly, also due to getting more precipitation back in the growing season.
USDA’s January Cattle on Feed report shows the number of cattle in Texas feedyards is up by about 60,000 head from this same time a year ago.
But, Texas Cattle Feeders Association President and CEO Ross Wilson says it looks like ranchers are starting to rebuild their herds and – as heifers are held back for breeding purposes – heifer placements in feedyards have been running at low levels not seen since the previous herd rebuilding eight or nine years ago.
Growing back the nation’s cattle herd is good for the overall health of the beef industry, but Wilson says it will limit the repopulation of feedyards.
"We continue to believe that the numbers will remain tight over the next several months as we work through this biological cycle of rebuilding the herd," Wilson said.
USDA’s latest report on crop conditions rates 43% of the Texas winter wheat currently in the fields as in good to excellent shape, 41% is fair and only 16% is in the poor to very poor range. Texas Wheat Producers’ Steelee Fischbacher says those numbers are much better than the last growing season when almost four times as much wheat was in the poor and very poor categories.
"So for right now compared to where we were last year, things are looking much better," Fischbacher said. "Also, we had the ability to get a lot of good moisture last week with the rain and the snow event that came through. So, we're very optimistic about our chances for a decent crop in the panhandle, something that we've struggled with several years in a row now. So, we feel like we got off to a pretty good start, we knew there were some pretty good acres that really needed some additional moisture and hopefully those can benefit from what we saw last week."
How to farm sorghum profitably is the theme of the Sorghum Checkoff-sponsored educational event, Sorghum U, coming to Perryton on Jan. 28. For complete details and a way to register, go here http://sorghumcheckoff.com/sourghum-u-perryton-texas/
Worker protection, aeration, and dust management are some of the topics to be covered at the Texas High Plains Grain Elevator Workshop in Amarillo on Jan. 29. The event is provided by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension. For more information or to register, go here
Farmers are faced with some difficult decisions related to their participation in various Farm Bill programs, most notably Price Loss Coverage and Agricultural Risk Coverage. Information about PLC, ARC, base reallocation, and yield updates is available here
For more information from the Agricultural & Food Policy Center at Texas A&M, cllick here
And for cotton-specific information from the National Cotton Council, go here http://www.cotton.org/issues/stax-farm-bill-meetings.cfm
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