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Sgt. Gass' Shooter Has Been Booked into Gray County

The Pampa News reports the 29 year old man accused of shooting Pampa police Sgt. Houston Gass has been booked into the Gray County jail.
Ryan John Kelley had been hospitalized, and receiving treatment for a gunshot wound following the January 6th stand-off, during which Kelley is accused of shooting Sgt. Gass in the face. Kelley has been charged with attempted capital murder of a police officer as well as 2 additional felony charges related to the shooting. Sgt. Gass, meanwhile continues to convalesce and has received tremendous support from the community.

Crime Stoppers Holds Back the Badge for Pampa Sergeant Houston Gass

Amarillo Crime Stoppers third annual Back the Badge night for first responders will be this Saturday at the Civic Center. 
"This is normally a Crime Stoppers fund raiser," Corporal Sean Slover said. "But this year, seeing how the Pampa Sergeant Houston Gass was shot in the line of duty, we're trying to do all the fundraising and get it over there for his family."
Everyone attending is asked to wear blue in support of first responders. For tickets, call 242-1122.

Amarillo City Council Approves Pump Station, Splash Pad, & Renews Investment Zone

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.

City Council also voted to renew the designation of Reinvestment Zone Number 7 which encompasses the Amarillo Economic Development Corporation's Centerport Industrial Park in Northeast Amarillo. The renewal will last for the next five years. It does not grant any property tax abatements or amend any exiting ones but allows for continued eligibility of the area for those incentives.

Autopsy Report Shows Amarillo's Latest Homicide Victim was Strangled

Autopsy results have come in on Amarillo's latests homicide.
It shows Joanna Olivas, 23, died from strangulation. The suspect, Luis Olivas, 24, was initially booked into Potter County for aggravated assault against a family member.
"We're working with the 47th DA's office and we're keeping them apprised of all goings on in our investigation and at some point the District Attorney will determine when we will make the switch in charges," Lieutenant Eric Bohanon with the Special Crimes Unit said.
Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Special Crimes Unit at 378-9468

First Day to Register to Put Your Name on May 9th Ballot

Today is the first day to register to have your name on the ballot for the May 9th Amarillo municipal election. City secretary Francis Hibbs gives the qualifications.
"The mayor and each council member must be residents of the city and have been a resident for a period of 12 months immediately preceeding the election," Hibbs said.
There's also a new requirement.
"This year, because of our charter amendment that we did in November of 2013, is 100 signatures of registered voters within the city limits, or $100," Hibbs said.
The deadline to sign up is February 27th.

Amarillo Man Steals Pickup; Arrested on 3 Charges & 3 Warrants

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.

Potter County Warrant Round-Up

Hot check writers beware...the Potter County Warrant Round-Up will start February 2. People that have been contacted about their hot checks could be arrested. County Attorney Scott Brumley says the warrant can be served basically anywhere.
"When an officer, whether it's one of our investigators or a police officer, has a warrant in hand, the fact that you are some place that might be inconvenient or embarrassing to have that warrant served, won't keep it from being served," Brumley said.
He says there isn't a safe haven in your home, work place, or on the streets. If you have a hot check that needs to be taken care of, contact the hot check division of Potter County to work out an arrangement at 379-2255.

WT's Dr. Emily Hunt Signs Patent for Nanostructured Alloy for Antibacterial Use

A West Texas A&M doctor has agreed to patent her work on an antibacterial application. The Aggie Venture Fund sign the agreement today along with President of WT Patrick O-Brien, WT vice president for research and compliance and dean Dr. Angela Spaulding, and the researcher herself, Dr. Emily Hunt. Hunt says her nanostructured metal alloy can be used for several antibacterial applications for it's unique properties.
"It's a nano-material that can be applied to any kind of surface. Bacteria cannot grow on it," Hunt said.
Such a material can be used in the oil industry to coat pipes that would otherwise need to be cleaned regularly. Other applications include increased sterility in operating rooms, hospitals, and restaurants. This is the first time research by a WT staff member has been accepted for commericalization.

Bell Street Crash Sends 1 to the Hospital

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.

Amarillo LGC Deals with Wallace-Bajjali Disappearance

The Amarillo Local Government Corporation Tuesday in a special meeting has found Wallace-Bajjali Development Partners in default.  President of the LGC Richard Brown says taxpayers will not suffer consequences.
"It doesn't mean much to the taxpayers because we've not paid Wallace-Bajjali for anything except what they've done in the past, there's no advance funds out the door," Brown said.
The LGC board voted unanimously to give proper notice that the four existing contracts are terminated. This action comes a day after they learned Wallace Bajjali had vacated their offices in Joplin, Missouri.
Brown says the contracts signed with Wallace-Bajjali were designed so if something like this happened the LGC would be in a position to terminate them as project manager and continue with the Convention Center Parking Garage as scheduled.

Ellen Robertson Green Announces Re-Election Campaign for City Council, Place 1

Another public official has announced their re-election campaign.
Ellen Robertson Green will be running for Amarillo City Council Place 1, and says they've been able to accomplish many things the past four years she's been in office. She noted that they've increased the police force by 13% since 2010, and hired 7 new officers last year. She also spoke of their work on Animal Management and Welfare.
"We have improved the facilities there," Green said. "We're not finished yet but we have made some good improvements there. Those facilities hadn't been touched since 1971."
She says she's excited about  the upcoming downtown investments.
"Two private investors have announced a total $87 million worth of projects downtown," Green said. "SPS and Xcel are building a $42 million headquarters and Newcrest Image, Chuck Patel, is investing $45.5 million in a downtown hotel."
Early voting begins April 27th and elections take place May 9th.

Hill House Fire Caused by Dryer

One person is hospitalized for possible smoke inhalation after a house fire in east Amarillo Monday morning. The home, in the 3400 block of south Hill, caught fire in the kitchen and the garage. The Fire Marshall's Office says the fire started around a clothes dryer. Captain Larry Davis says fires that begin around dryers are common.
"They need to be cleaned out, a lot of lint can build up inside the dryer and that can eventually, in various ways, catch fire," Captain Davis said.
The accidental fire caused $40,000 in damages to the home.

$96K Seized Near Bushland

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. 

Canyon Man Arrested for Car Burglaries

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.

Cyber Security, All-Terrain Vehicles, Voting Centers Discussed at Potter County Commission Meeting

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.



WT Men's Basketball Tops Langston/ Lady Buffs Preview

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.

High School Basketball Recap

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.

Amarillo Bulls-Rio Grande Valley Preview

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.


Cotton Harvest Still Going On

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.

Ranchers Begin Rebuilding Their Herds

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.

Winter Wheat Looking Much Better This Year

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."

Sorghum U Comes To Texas Panhandle

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/ 

Grain Elevator Workshop

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


UPDATED: USDA Info On Risk Management Programs

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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