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Dalhart Man Killed in One Vehicle Crash

A Dalhart man is dead after a one vehicle crash in Dallam county.  

DPS officials say it happened just before 3:00 a.m. Thursday on FM 1727 about 4 miles west of Dalhart. Bernhard Giesbrecht, 21, was driving east when he ran off the left side of the road. He overcorrected and rolled several times. Giesbrecht was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Pampa Man Dies After Car Crash Earlier This Month

A Pampa man has died from injuries received in a car crash earlier this month.  

Authorities say it happened on the evening of Thursday October 2nd on County Road 3 about 6.5 miles west of Pampa.  29-year old abraham rios-rodriguez 29, was driving south when he went into the barrow ditch. He over corrected and rolled several times. He was taken to Northwest Texas Hospital by Lifestar where he died on Monday the 13th.

Crime Stoppers Fugitive of the Week

Amarillo Crime Stoppers is asking for help finding their fugitive of the week.  

Danny Gorman is wanted out of Potter county for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Anyone with information on Gorman is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 374-4400 or submit a tip online at amapolice.org. If your anonymous tip leads to his arrest, you could get a reward of up to $300.

Armstrong Fire Dept. to Hold Zombie vs. Superhero 5K

Armstrong Fire is holding their 2nd annual 5k run and a mile walk through the streets of Claude this Saturday, where they have a Halloween twist of Zombies versus Super heroes.
Susan Overcast, coordinator for the run, said there are three ways to participate.
"As a human runner, which is a real runner, no one will touch them," Overcast said. "We also have zombie bait runners, who have flags, and can come as human zombie bait or as superhero zombie bait. And then there's the zombie hoard, who will be chasing the zombie bait."
"It will be held at the rodeo grounds," Overcast said, "registration will open at 9 a.m. The actual 5K Fun Run, which also includes a one mile, will start at 11."
The day is also their 3rd annual Safety Day which promotes safety awareness, emergency preparedness, and a fun way to learn more about the safety equipment up-close for all ages with free kids' activities. 
All proceeds from the run go to Armstrong Fire, a group of volunteers who help serve Claude and Washburn. For more details and how to sign up, visit armstrongfire.com or call 355-7023.

Mad Scientist Ball at DHDC

Have you ever wanted to be a mad scientist, with you very own lab coat, eating Sherlock Holmes food and drinking from four open bars?
The Don Harrington Discovery Center is promising just that from 7 to midnight this Saturday.
"The Mad Scientist Ball is our annual fundraiser here at the Discover Center," Amy Juba said, "we have adults only and it helps us raise necessary funds for our wonderful travelling exhibits, for overhead, and for our educational programs."
Juba adds people will receive their own signature lab coat for the night of fun on top of a photo booth that has over 150 green screen backgrounds, and a black light snowball fight.
For more information, and to purchase tickets, go to dhdc.org or call them at 355-9547.

Electricity Bill Will Not See Fuel Increase Nov. 1st

Your energy bill may not increase next month as much as originally thought.
Xcel had planned on its customers seeing a surcharge for undercollections involving fuel prices prior to May of this year. However, natural gas prices have dropped so much so that Xcel has decided to cancel the surcharge.
"It's primarily a function of supply," Xcel spokesman Wes Reeves said, "we've seen a greater supply of gas on the market. Also, the world economy has cooled a little bit and we're seeing changes in the global prices as well."
Fuel costs are pass through charges that rise and fall based on the market. Almost 40% of the energy used by customers across the area is generated at natural gas-fueled power plants.
The base rate increase that took affect at the beginning of this month will not change, since it is not affected by fuel price changes.

Man Arrested for Burglary on 9th

An Amarillo man has been arrested on burglary charges after an incident Monday afternoon.  

Just after 1:00, officers were sent to the 3600 block of Northeast 9th on a possible burglary in progress. When they arrived, they saw a man matching a description given by a witness. When he saw the officers, he took off running but was caught a few blocks later.  

Christopher Michael Hernandez, 19, was booked into Potter county for burglary of a habitation and evading arrest. It is believed that he broke into two different houses in the area, and additional charges are pending.

Sewer Main Construction on Pierce; Expect Traffic Delays

Starting Wednesday, motorists should expect some delays on south Pierce Street, beginning at southeast 4th, all the way down to southeast 9th in downtown as construction of a sanitary sewer main and other facilities will commence.

Traffic has been limited to two lanes but will now be down to one. The work is scheduled to be completed by November 26th. Drivers are encouraged to take alternate routes and are asked to proceed with extreme caution as there will be heavy construction equipment being used. 

Expect Traffic Delays This Week Near Coulter Between I-40 and 9th

Expect some traffic delays over the next few days on Coulter between I-40 and 9th street, near the area of the hospitals.

Mark Read, City Engineer, says crews worked on that project over the weekend so it should be finished by this Wednesday. And further delays will be experienced on Hillside Road on the west side of the intersection with Coulter Street due to construction of a new sanitary sewer main.

The Hillside lanes should be all reopened by January 16th.


High School Football Update

In high school football action last night, Amarillo High defeated Lubbock Monterey 42-13 to improve to 8-0 on the season. Lubbock Estacado survives at home against Pampa 34-29. Follett blews out Fort Elliott at home 64-22 to improve to 6-1 overall on the season. Groom took care of business on the road against Silverton 58-6.

For high school football action tonight, Lubbock Coronado will be at home against Tascosa. Caprock and Hereford will face each other. Canyon is at home against Palo Duro. Dumas is at home against the Randall Raiders. Lubbock Cooper faces off against Plainview. Borger is at home against Levelland. Bushland is at home against 3-4 Vernon. Perryton is at home against Iowa Park. Childress faces off against Muleshoe. River Road will be on the road against Friona. Dimmitt is on the road against Littlefield. Lubbock Roosevelt and Idalou faceoff against each other in a battle of 5-2 teams. Tulia is at home against Sanford Fritch. Highland Park will look to upset unbeaten Spearman at home. Unbeaten Canadian is at home against 1-loss Stratford. Panhandle faces off against West Texas. Boys Ranch will look to go .500 on the season against Wellington. Wheeler takes on Sunray. Shamrock is at home against unbeaten Booker. Gruver is at home against Claude.

WT Sports Update

The West Texas A&M Buffaloes football team is preparing for their final home game of the regular season as they will take on Texas A&M - Kingsville. The Buffaloes go into the contest with a 4-3 overall record with a 3-2 conference record and are currently tied for second place in the conference. The Buffaloes lost their last game Saturday against Texas A&M - Commerce 48-21. Game time is tomorrow at 3:00 pm in Canyon.

The West Texas A&M Lady Buffs volleyball team will be on the road to Lubbock today as they faceoff against Dallas Baptist. The Lady Buffs go into the contest with a 21-3 record with an unbeaten 12-0 conference record. They are currently riding a 13 game winning streak dating back to September 20th. Gametime will be at 2:00 today.

UIL Making Changes

UIL is changing several of their athletics rules. Beginning in the 2015 football playoffs, the higher seeds in the Class 6A playoffs will have home-field advantage in the first round. Class 2A will increase the amount of teams making the playoffs from 3 to 4 for all conference 2A varsity team sports. And Class 1A will have their own playoffs with Class 1A and Class 2A playing each other in district play, but divide the two into separate playoff brackets.

Amarillo Bulls Preview

The Amarillo Bulls are getting set for their two home games this weekend against the Corpus Christi Ice Rays. The Bulls head into the contest with a 3-6-2 record on the season and are currently last in the South Division. The Bulls and Ice Rays will play on Friday and Saturday at 7:00 pm in Amarillo.


AgriLife Farm Bill Meetings

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension is offering another round of educational meetings to help producers better understand the new Farm Bill. A wide variety of locations throughout the Texas Panhandle are on the list of where programs will be conducted. For the complete schedule and other details, go here http://today.agrilife.org/2014/10/22/second-round-of-farm-bill-meetings-coming-to-the-panhandle/

Dairy Education Events

Speaking of the dairy business, producers have a new risk management program available to them through the new farm bill. It’s called the Margin Protection Program and sign up is underway at this time with an enrollment deadline of November 28. So there’s still plenty of time left to get in, and if you would like to know about the program before signing up, Texas A&M AgriLife is providing two opportunities. On Friday, October 24 AgriLife educational programs will be conducted in Hereford and Hartley. There’s no cost to attend either of the sessions and no pre-registration required either. For more details, go here


USDA Info On Risk Management Programs

Big decisions are coming for farmers 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


Master Marketer Enrollment

Enrollment is underway for the next edition of Texas A&M AgriLife’s Master Marketer Program. Classes will begin in January of 2015. The program offers participants education on a variety of ways to strengthen their risk management skills. Past graduates report increasing their personal profits by an average of more than $33,000 a year. For more information about Master Marketer, go here  https://agriliferegister.tamu.edu/index.cfm/productDetails/ProductID/1545/

Water Regulation Proposals Controversial

Many in agriculture are concerned about what is commonly referred to as “The Waters of the U.S. Rule.” This “rule” involves the Clean Water Act, and what many fear is an attempt by EPA to reinterpret the Act in ways that would make even small bodies of water like ditches and ponds subject to regulation and thereby impose new restrictions on common agricultural practices like fertilizer and herbicide application. A public comments period regarding the Clean Water Act proposals is open through Nov. 14. To learn more about the issue and submit your opinions, go here  http://www2.epa.gov/uswaters/documents-related-proposed-definition-waters-united-states-under-clean-water-act


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