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Andrews Man Given Over 200 Year Sentence for Indecency with a Child

A jury in Hutchinson County Wednesday convicted a former Borger resident of ten counts of indecency with a child by sexual contact.  
Bobby Raymond Anderson, 48, of Andrews was given the maximum sentence on all ten counts, and the judge ordered each sentence to run consecutively, giving the effect of a 200 year sentence. The offenses occurred in Borger from 2008 through 2011 and involved three victims ranging in age from 12 to 16.

Deadline for Property Taxes Coming Up

The deadline for paying your property taxes is coming up.  
According to the Potter-Randall appraisal district website, current year property taxes are due by January 31st. Mayor Paul Harpole spoke to KGNC recently about our property tax rate.
"We have the lowest taxes for a city of our size or larger in the state of Texas," Harpole said. "34.5 rate and that's extremely low. That's about 18 cents lower than Lubbock."
Since the deadline falls on a weekend, the last day to file is automatically extended to the next business day, which is Monday February 2nd.

BBB Warns of "Yellow Pages" Scam

The Better Business Bureau is warning businesses of a scam involving the Yellow Pages.
"We've received a lot of calls from businesses that claim they've received an invoice for Yellow Page advertising from different company names," Janna Keihl with the BBB said. "Indeed this is really a solicitation and if they pay it, it's really difficult to get their money back."
Keihl says because the name "Yellow Pages" and the "Walking Fingers" logo are not protected by any federal trademark registration, they can be used by anyone.  To make sure the invoice you received is legitimate, go to bbb.org/amarillo or call 379-6222

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.

Additional Details Regarding $12 Million Pipeline in Amarillo

KGNC has received additional updates on the Pump Station Water Transmission Pipeline Amarillo City Council approved at their meeting Tuesday. Assistant Director of Utilities Floyd Hartman says this 6 mile project will not only allow for an additional 36 million gallons of pumped well water but...
"Our midterm needs, as far as the city goes talking 10-20 years out, we could add a pump and boost the volume through up to 54 million gallons a day," Hartman said. "So that allows us to grow without having to add additional pipelines, just add a pump."
A concern about the $11.7 million pipeline that'll run from the Northeast 24th Avenue Pump Station to the Osage Water Treatment Plant is the amount of road that'll be taken up for the project. Hartman says their contractor plans to be smart about it. 
"We expect them not to open up 6 miles of pipeline and then come back and compact and pave," Hartman said. "There going to install the pipe, compact, and pave as they go. It'll be a system of three or four blocks long that's disrupted and then finished."
The funding comes from favorable Texas Water Development Board Water Infrastructure Loans. 

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.

Amarillo Public Library Introduces "Well Aware Series"

The Amarillo Public Library is starting a brand new series of classes aimed at helping people in the area live healthier lives. Stacy Yates explained to KGNC what the Well Aware Series will consist of.
"The Well Aware Series is a series of six classes designed to help people learn more about a healthy lifestyle," Yates said. "There are classes about eating healthy, there are exercise classes, classes about doing your own gardening."
Each class will be held Thursdays at the East Branch Library at 4. Yates adds people can attend any of the classes they wish and they are completely free.

Amarillo Man Arrested After Fleeing Police

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.  

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.


WT Basketball-Eastern New Mexico Preview

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.

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.

Texas Tech Basketball Falls to Oklahoma

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-PGA Tour Begin Waste Management Phoenix Open Today

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.

High School Basketball Recap

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.


Grazing Lands are Looking Better But Not All Have Livestock Back On It

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."

Sorghum May Increase in Acres This Year

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."

Hemphill County Extension Talks Wheat Boost

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.

Texas Dairy Industry is Growing

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.

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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