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SIGNIFICANT WEATHER ADVISORY FOR RANDALL, POTTER, OLDHAM AND DEAF SMITH COUNTIES UNTIL 1000 PM CDT

SIGNIFICANT WEATHER ADVISORY FOR NORTHWESTERN RANDALL...
SOUTHWESTERN POTTER...SOUTHEASTERN OLDHAM AND NORTHEASTERN DEAF SMITH
COUNTIES UNTIL 1000 PM CDT...

AT 856 PM CDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS DETECTED A
STRONG THUNDERSTORM 6 MILES NORTH OF VEGA...MOVING SOUTHEAST AT 25
MPH.

HAIL UP TO ONE HALF INCH IN DIAMETER AND WIND GUSTS UP TO 55 MPH ARE
EXPECTED WITH THIS STORM.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...
  VEGA...               BUSHLAND...           WILDORADO...

THIS STORM MAY INTENSIFY...AND A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH IS IN
EFFECT FOR THIS AREA. BE CERTAIN TO MONITOR LOCAL RADIO AND TV
STATIONS...AS WELL AS LOCAL CABLE TV OUTLETS...FOR ADDITIONAL
INFORMATION AND POSSIBLE WARNINGS FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE.

 

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR SWISHER ,CASTRO, LAMB AND HALE COUNTY UNTIL 915 PM CDT


A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 915 PM CDT
FOR SWISHER...EASTERN CASTRO...NORTHEASTERN LAMB AND NORTHWESTERN
HALE COUNTIES...

AT 852 PM CDT...SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WERE LOCATED ALONG A LINE FROM
15 MILES WEST OF HAPPY TO NEAR HART...MOVING EAST AT 35 MPH. THIS
STORM PRODUCED A 60 MPH AT THE DIMMITT WEST TEXAS MESONET AS IT
MOVED THROUGH AT 830 PM.

HAZARD...QUARTER SIZE HAIL AND 60 MPH WIND GUSTS.

SOURCE...RADAR INDICATED.

IMPACT...HAIL DAMAGE TO VEHICLES IS EXPECTED. EXPECT WIND DAMAGE TO
         ROOFS...SIDING AND TREES.

LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...
TULIA...DIMMITT...HART...KRESS...HAPPY...NAZARETH AND EDMONSON.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

FOR YOUR PROTECTION MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF A
BUILDING.

 

FLOOD ADVISORY FOR DEAF SMITH COUNTY AND OLDHAM COUNTY UNTIL 1100 PM CDT

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN AMARILLO HAS ISSUED A

* FLOOD ADVISORY FOR...
  DEAF SMITH COUNTY IN THE PANHANDLE OF TEXAS...
  OLDHAM COUNTY IN THE PANHANDLE OF TEXAS...

* UNTIL 1100 PM CDT

* AT 807 PM CDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS DETECTED A
  THUNDERSTORM WITH HEAVY RAINFALL 3 MILES EAST OF SIMMS...OR 18
  MILES SOUTHWEST OF VEGA. VERY HEAVY RAIN HAS ALREADY FALLEN OVER
  PARTS OF THE ADVISORY AREA WITH ADDITIONAL HEAVY RAIN EXPECTED.
  RUNOFF FROM THIS EXCESSIVE RAINFALL WILL CAUSE FLOODING TO OCCUR...
  ESPECIALLY ALONG SMALL STREAMS AND NEAR LOW WATER CROSSINGS.

* SOME LOCATIONS THAT WILL EXPERIENCE FLOODING INCLUDE...
  HEREFORD...           VEGA...               SIMMS...
  DAWN...               BOOTLEG...            WILDORADO...
  BOYS RANCH...         ADRIAN...

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

DO NOT UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF FLOOD WATERS. ONLY A FEW INCHES OF
RAPIDLY FLOWING WATER CAN QUICKLY CARRY AWAY YOUR VEHICLE. TURN
AROUND... DONT DROWN.

 

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH IN EFFECT UNTIL 11PM

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH
240 IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 PM CDT THIS EVENING FOR THE FOLLOWING
AREAS

IN THE TEXAS PANHANDLE

DEAF SMITH OLDHAM POTTER RANDALL                 

THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF...AMARILLO...BOISE CITY...CANYON...
CHANNING.....HEREFORD...KEYES...
STRATFORD AND VEGA.

IN THE PANHANDLE OF TEXAS

CASTRO                PARMER                SWISHER

THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF...BOVINA...DIMMITT...FARWELL...
FRIONA...HART...LITTLEFIELD...MULESHOE...OLTON...
PLAINVIEW AND TULIA.

IN NORTHWEST TEXAS

BAILEY                HALE                  LAMB

IN THE OKLAHOMA PANHANDLE

CIMARRON

 

Demolition Begins on Space for New Xcel Building

Demolition has begun at the site of Xcel Energy's new headquarters on South Buchanan street.

Not even 24 hours after the final closing documents were signed, Southwest General Contractors of Amarillo began demolition, which will be followed by site preparation and utility work for the new building. The final documents transfered two parcels of land, formerly occupied by the Renaissance office, a condominium complex, and a city parking lot. 

Opus Development Company, L.L.C. out of Minneapolis will be designing and building the new structure, which will be the first high rise office building constructed in downtown Amarillo since the 80's. 

Spokesman Wes Reeves says Xcel specifically chose that spot because of all that's happening with the new downtown projects, such as the parking garage, convention hotel, and the MPEV (ballpark). 

"We want to be near a really active, vibrant part of downtown, really in the heart of it," Reeves said.

Xcel will be the primary tenant of the new building, hoping to move in March 2017.

Two Arrested for Dillards Scheme

Two people have been arrested in connection with a shoplifting and credit card scheme in Dillard's that occured last month. Four people were walking out of the store when loss prevention employees caught up. During the altercation, security was able to grab two ID's from a purse just before one of the men brandished a gun at them. 32 year olds Erica Thorn and Michael Sawyer were caught on Thursday and booked into the Randall County Jail.

UPDATE: Wednesday's Tractor Trailer Wreck Claims 1 Life

The thunderstorm that blew through the area Wednesday afternoon contributed to the death of an Oklahoma City man. 

On I-40, about 8 miles west of Groom, a high amount of dust across the roadway limited visibility. The accident began when a truck tractor slowed to drive to conditions. That vehicle was hit from behind by another truck tractor, and then another vehicle hit that one. 

This caused the third truck tractor to burst into flames. 71 year old Robert Adams was pronounced dead at the scene. 

A total of six truck tractors were involved in the incident.

Thornberry Speaks on Taliban 5/Bergdahl Swap Anniversary

The release of the Taliban 5 anniversary was Friday. Local Congressman Mac Thornberry, who is also the Chair of the House Armed Services Committee, made the following statement along with Rep. Hartzler, who sits the Chair of the Oversight and Investigation Subcommittee, on the release of the five Taliban terrorists from Guantanamo Bay.

"One year ago, President Obama transferred five senior Taliban terrorists from GTMO to Qatar. Unless something changes, those terrorists will be free to return to the fight on Sunday. News reports suggest  their activities since they left GTMO are already a cause for concern.   

"The transfer was carried out in exchange for the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. As Americans, we always want our troops to return home safe and sound, but that does not mean this transfer was wise, well-executed, or legal. Congress and the American people are right to be concerned about the increased risk to our Nation’s safety now that these five dangerous men are no longer securely held at GTMO.
 
"Since the transfer took place, the House Armed Services Committee has been investigating the swap. We want to know why the President and his advisors felt they could ignore a law designed to provide the people’s representatives advance warning of such transfers, not to mention the ability to ask commonsense questions related to the safety of our country.
 
"Our investigation has been hampered by the White House and the State Department, which have refused to allow DOD to turn over material critical to the investigation. The National Defense Authorization Act, which passed the House this month, and which President Obama has threatened to veto, compels the Pentagon to make a full disclosure. Our investigation continues, and we hope that we will soon be able to present our findings to the public.
 
"On Sunday, the Administration's flimsy restrictions on these terrorists will expire. This will endanger our troops abroad and our families at home. Understanding why and how this came about is the responsibility of the Congress, one we intend to carry out."  

Lawyer Accuses Amarillo Police of Abusive Force

To check out the dash cam: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ak-2dHUyieY

Blackburn & Brown, LLP is taking up a case against the Amarillo Police Department where a man was struck by officers. 

An internal investigation has been launched within the department due to allegations made in the March arrest of Robert Johnson, 21. Officers had been sent to 403 N.E. 24th St. on an aggravated assault call when Johnson rode his bike down that street. According to the dash cam video, one of the officers moved to stop Johnson, who claims his brakes were out on his bicycle. Johnson was then taken to the ground by two officers, and the video shows what looks to be punches thrown from the officers. 

One of the officers claims Johnson's bicycle did not have a white light on the front or a red light on the rear and that was the reason for the initial stop. In the officer's report, it states that after being asked to stop, Johnson did not cooperate, nor cooperated when officers asked him to get off the bike. 

The intellectually disabled 21 year old has a 52 IQ. 

Johnson was arrested on three charges: resisting arrest (which was rejected by Potter County officials), not having proper equipment for his bicycle (which has not been filed by police according to Blackburn), and possession of small amounts of marijuana.

Johnson does not plan on suing the authorities right now, but Blackburn says that all depends on what officers plan to do during the internal investigation. He says there is one particular solution to this problem.

"There are plenty of nonprofits who would be more than willing to give everybody a hearing and do a serious audit of this system," Blackburn said.

He says another reason is so they will have the opportunity to fight the case within the community instead of just in the courts.

The Amarillo Citizens for Open Government group will meet July 9th to publicly discuss concerns surrounding the department. The meeting will be at 6 p.m. at the Black Historic Cultural Building on Hayden Street.

The Amarillo Police was made aware of the allegations by news agencies only, and say no complaints had been made previously on this matter. Chief Robert Taylor has ordered an internal investigation, which has begun. In a press release: "The department takes such allegations seriously and will conduct a thorough investigation into the matter and action will be taken as appropriate. The quality and integrity of any investigation into a matter such as this is of utmost importance. The legal rights and reputation of all involved must also be respected."

KGNC-AM SPORTS NEWS

Amarillo Native Ryan Palmer Tied for Third at AT&T Byron Nelson Invitational

Amarillo native Ryan Palmer got off to a fast start at the AT&T Byron Nelson Invitational in Dallas as he is currently tied for third after one round. Palmer shot a five-under 65 for the round as he is just three strokes behind leader Steven Bowditch and one stroke behind Jimmy Walker for second. Palmer will tee off for the second round today at 12:40 pm.

Amarillo Thunderheads Fell to St. Paul 8-4 in 11 Innings

After allowing 4 runs in the 11th inning, the Amarillo Thunderheads fell for the second straight night as the St. Paul Saints picked up an 8-4 win in extra innings. Geraldo Valentin went 3 for 4 with a solo homer in the first in the lost. The Thunderheads drop their overall record to 3-4 on the season. They will be back in action at home tonight against the Lincoln Saltdogs at 7:05 pm.

High School Baseball Playoff Update

In high school baseball playoff action yesterday, Hawley defeated West Texas High 6-3 in game one of their series with game two Saturday at 1 pm and the Booker-Miles game was postponed twice as now the game will be played this morning at 11. Also in action today, Randall will take on Fort Worth Arlington Heights at noon and Canyon will take on Aledo in Wilder Park at 3 pm.

McCamey Names Former Panhandle Coach Ricky Peacock Athletic Director and Head Football Coach

According to the Amarillo Globe News, former Panhandle head football coach Ricky Peacock has been named the new athletic director and head football coach at McCamey. Peacock coached eight seasons at Panhandle compiling a 51-37 record and five appearences in the playoffs. He has also coached at Sterling City, Leakey, and Nazareth earning 116 wins in 17 years.

Amarillo Venom-Sioux City Bandits Preview

With two games remaining in the regular season, the Amarillo Venom are in "win now" mode as they are on the road this Saturday against the Sioux City Bandits. The Venom enter the game at 6-4 overall and are sitting in sixth place in the league standings. Kickoff for the game will be at 7:05 pm.

KGNC-AM AGRIBUSINESS NEWS

Farmers Helping Farmers

We have been surrounded by news lately regarding the massive flooding that has taken place downstate. Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller told KGNC a total of 46 counties have been engulfed by water and out of those, 43 are primarily rural.

Looking at agricultural communities like these, Commissioner Miller said there are a lot of things that can be affected that you don’t normally think about. “You think about evacuating people, but there’s also dead animals that need to be buried, and stray animals that need to be off the highways, and we have pets that we’ve got to assimilate and see if we can put them back with their owners. Somebody’s got to get the pine trees off the railroad tracks so we can deliver chicken feed in East Texas and things like that.”

To alleviate some of this burden, “we have disaster relief funds. That’s several million dollars available to counties and cities that have suffered major disaster and we can reimburse them for infrastructure costs, like culverts washing out in the county or road and bridge repairs,” said Miller.

Along with that government assistance there is also a special fund known as the State of Texas Agriculture Relief Fund, or STAR fund. “It’s money given to us for disaster relief by farmers and ranchers and agribusiness. It’s farmers helping farmers, and ranchers helping ranchers, and you can apply for these funds [to help] reimburse replacing fences and that damage to infrastructure on the farm or ranch.”

Commissioner Miller is encouraging anyone who can donate to the STAR fund to do so at the texasagriculture.gov website. However, if you are a farmer or rancher in a disaster area, Commissioner Miller said, “We need you to pitch-in. We need the front end loaders and the tractors. Our volunteers and responders need that machinery to remove these drifts and piles. We still have people missing. We’re hopeful that there will be some survivors, but even if not we still want to recover those bodies and get them back to their families.”

For more information regarding donations or how to apply for assistance you can visit the Texas Department of Agriculture website at https://www.texasagriculture.gov/NewsEvents/NewsEventsDetails/tabid/76/Article/2788/Commissioner-Miller-Encourages-Texans-to-Help-Those-Devastated-by-Deadly-Tornad.aspx

How Dry We Are NOT!

The Weekly Weather and Crop Bulletin issued by USDA illustrates the impact of all that rain we’ve been getting. Click here to see all the charts and data

http://usda.mannlib.cornell.edu/usda/current/weather_weekly/weather_weekly-05-27-2015.pdf

  

IPM Coordinator Training

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension is offering a one-day training for integrated pest management coordinators on June 11 in Amarillo. The fee is $135. For more information and to register, go here

http://today.agrilife.org/2015/05/18/school-integrated-pest-management-training-set-for-june-11-in-amarillo/

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