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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 numerous charges after fleeing from police.
It happened early Wednesday morning when officers tried to pull a car over. The suspect sped off and wrecked in the 1100 block of north Mirror. He was caught after a short footchase. Santwone Smith, 19, was booked into Potter County on a firearm charge, drug possession charge, and two evading arrest charges.
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.
The West Texas A&M Buffaloes will be heading to Portales this Saturday as they will take on Eastern New Mexico. The Buffs go into the contest with a 12-8 overall record and 2-4 in conference record. The Buffs are coming off a 92-71 home win over Langston on Tuesday. Gametime will be 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.
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.
Robert Turner led the way for Texas Tech with eight points, but the Red Raiders fell to Oklahoma in Norman 81-36. The Sooners allowed the fewest points by a Big 12 team in a conference game. Texas Tech only shot 21% from the field in the lost. The Red Raiders drop to 11-10 overall and 1-7 in Big 12 play. Texas Tech will play West Virginia on Saturday.
Amarillo native Ryan Palmer will be participating in the Waste Management Phoenix Open today. This past weekend, Palmer finished the Humana Challenge 19 under par and finished tied for tenth on the leaderboard. Palmer will tee-off today at 12:43 pm.
In girls high school basketball action Tuesday 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 Tuesday 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 precipitation we started getting going back to last spring has certainly helped put grazing lands in better shape. But not all the grass has had livestock put out on it, and Donley County Extension Agent Leonard Haynes says that could be a concern.
"There's always the risk of the wildfire issue," Haynes said. "We turn off dry because we do have that fuel load sitting out there in our pastures where cattle have just not been reintroduced."
Right about now farmers are strategizing on what to plant to this year, and with demand for sorghum continuing to grow, Sorghum Checkoff CEO Tim Lust says the early indication is that sorghum acres will increase this year.
"Producer profitability, as growers are looking at the numbers, they're not excited about the numbers compared to the past couple of years," Lust said. "From a profitability standpoint, I think sorghum's coming out in many operations as being the best choice and getting a nod to have an increase in some acres."
As we hear in our forecast, we are looking at more precipitation come Friday and Saturday. That’s good to hear. But Hemphill County Extension Agent Andy Holloway told KGNC that farmers in his county are still celebrating last week’s precipitation event, which provided a booster shot to a wheat crop that was starting to decline.
"We did not get the amount of moisture out here that the western part of the Texas panhandle received but we did received enough that once it does warm up, wheat will begin to grow again and be potentially some good grazing, particularly in late winter, early spring," Holloway said.
The dairy industry in Texas continues to grow, with much of that occurring here in the KGNC listening area.
The latest report form USDA says – in December 2014 – Texas milk production was up by 9.7% over December 2013, with an additional 30,000 cows and an increase of 50 pounds of milk per cow per month. Hereford dairyman and KGNC contributor Mike Schouten says the good weather in Texas played a role in all that.
"The production per cow is totally related, but the whopping 30,000 additional cows means that any facilities that were empty are probably now full and as far as I know there aren't any additional facilities being built at this time but that Texas number is starting to get the interest of the nation," Schouten said.
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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