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The Amarillo Fire Department responded to a house fire Thursday afternoon that started on the back deck and quickly spread to the main part of the house on Seminole.
Quick thinking students walking home from Caprock High School noticed smoke coming from the back yard. They notified the homes occupants, who to that point, were unaware their house was on fire. A woman and two children escaped without injury, and all but two house pets were rescued. It took fire crews about 15 minutes to bring the fire under control.
Amarillo Fire Marshal's ruled the cause as undetermined. Damage is estimated at $35,000.00.
Earlier this week, the Amarillo Botanical Gardens asked the Amarillo City Council for a lease agreement amendment for extra land.
The extra land is a small strip on the immediate west side of the existing Botanical Gardens and will be used for an upcoming planned improvement. Kevin Ball, Executive Director of the Gardens says details will be finalized in the upcoming weeks with a formal announcement soon.
The 2015 Amarillo EnterPrize Challenge Recipients have been declared. Seven local businesses have received investment funding through the WT Enterprise Center. Out of 49 companies the winners will split the $500,000 in investments. 2015 had the highest number of participants and recipients in the 20 years the Amarillo EnterPrize Challenge has been held.
3rd Coast Soda - $60,000
Circle 21 Candles - $50,000
Evocation Coffee Roasters - $50,000
PlanIt Wed - $100,000
Process Art House - $100,000
ROI Online - $40,000
Zynia Business Solutions - $100,000
Amarillo Crime Stoppers Fugitive of the Week has been captured.
Thursday evening around 7, a Potter County Deputy made a traffic stop near Willow Creek and Tipton and identified one of the occupants as Enola Gay Apodaca. She was booked into Potter County on her parole warrant.
The City of Amarillo is hosting an informational meeting Monday evening on the Martin Road Lake drainage improvements project.
Construction on the project is scheduled to begin Tuesday April 7th. The meeting will provide information to area business owners and residents about the scope and timeline of the project. The meeting will be at the Travis Middle School cafeteria beginning at 6:30.
The United States Navy says its going ahead with plans to order 44 V-22 Ospreys. Those aircraft will be assembled in Amarillo by Bell Helicopter in partnership with Boeing, Navy officials confirmed the plans Thursday. The contract is expected to begin in the January-March time frame of 2019. The overall contract value is estimated at $3.81 billion.
A large fight in the 3100 block of Redwood ended with several men hospitalized with gunshot wounds.
At 9 Thursday night, officers met with a man who told them what happened, he himself had suffered a gunshot wound to the back and right arm. Officers found 3 other victims, all with injuries from what is believed to be from a shotgun. All four men were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
No arrests have been made.
Gas prices are down slightly in Amarillo and across the state.
According to the Triple-A Texas Weekend Gas Watch, drivers here are paying an average of $2.15 a gallon, a dip of two cents from last week. Statewide the average is $2.22 a gallon, down a penny. Concerns that rising U.S. production could outpace storage capacity is contributing to lower prices.
Amarillo Crime Stoppers is asking for help finding their Fugitive Of The Week.
Enola Gay Apodaca is wanted for a parole violation warrant with the original charge of dangerous drugs. Anyone with information on Apodaca is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 374-4400 or submit a tip online at amapolice.org. If your anonymous tip leads to her arrest you could receive a reward of up to $300.
The Pampa Police Department is reporting that during the Spring Break holiday they conducted 17 traffic stops, with a total of 19 citations that included 2 DWI arrests.
They say they were able to log an additional 20 hours of traffic enforcement thanks to a TXDOT grant for extra patrols during Spring Break. PPD says these citations reflect only the activity that was conducted by officers working on overtime through the grant. Overall the department conducted a total of 164 traffic stops with 131 citations or warnings.
Potter County has joined many of the other areas of the Texas panhandle by enacting a burn ban. This begins immediately.
Other counties include: Armstrong, Carson, Castro, Collingsworth, Deaf Smith, Hutchinson, Oldham, Randall, and Roberts counties.
A DPS trooper busted a man carrying over 878 grams of THC in his vehicle on Tuesday morning. Around 10:30, the trooper pulled the Nissan Altima over on I-40 near Shamrock. 19 year old Fernando Bejarano of Tulsa, had $17,000 worth of the edibles inside the vehicle. He was booked into the Wheeler County Jail. The drugs were allegedly being taken from California to Tulsa.
That’s right. If you have not made your PLC/ARC decision or updated your base acres and yields, you now have more time. USDA announced late Friday morning that they will be extending that deadline one more week, to April 7. For more information, contact your local FSA office. Also, click here to read the USDA news release
Congress is now looking at what, if anything to do, in response to calls for special labeling for foods made with GMO ingredients. The latest news is that a bill has been filed in the U.S. House to block states from adopting their own biotech labeling laws. The bill by Kansas Republican Mike Pompeo also would create a new USDA program to certify foods that don’t have GMO ingredients, similar to what USDA does now with organic products.
The report released by the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee five weeks ago remains highly controversial, and the meat industry continues to hope for better treatment when the Guidelines’ final version is issued by USDA and the Department of Health and Human Services.
Adria Sheil-Brown of the National Pork Board says it would be highly unusual for the agencies involved to significantly revise the advisory committee’s language, but it could happen this time around because the panel allowed non-nutrition issues to influence its work.
"This is the first time that sustainability has been an issue written into the report," Sheil-Brown said. "So there's been a lot of controversy around that, in regards to that that is the scope of the advisory committee's practice, they're not experts, they can't make nutritional guidelines off something they're not familiar with or have no expertise in."
USDA has issued a proposed rule that would implement additional limits on farm payments made to non-farmers. For more information and to offer comments about the proposal, go here http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome?contentid=2015/03/0074.xml&contentidonly=true
USDA has announced the availability of approximately $97 million in grant money to fund projects to support specialty crop producers, local food entrepreneurs, and farm to school efforts. For more information, go here http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome?contentid=2015/03/0064.xml&contentidonly=true
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension is offering two regional sorghum education meetings. Topics will include soil, irrigation and weed management. The meetings will take place March 26 in Dimmitt and April 6 in Levelland. For more information, go here…
The full report from the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committtee has been released. Beef and cattle organizations have been very critical of the Committee's recommendations regarding meat consumption. See what you think by reading the report, which is available here
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
The KGNC Golden Spread Agribusiness Hour is your daily opportunity to hear from agriculture newsmakers from around the region. The program airs Monday through Friday from 5 a.m. to 6 a.m. on KGNC-AM.
In addition to bringing you the insights of ag experts from around the High Plains region, our show also offers up-to-the-minute market information, veterinary news, wildlife reports, and features that explore the daily endeavor of those good people – the farmers and livestock producers – who provide us with the food and fiber we all need.
If you are unable to listen to the Agribusiness Hour live, remember you can hear recordings of past programs in podcast form by going here: http://multimedia.kgncam.com/audio/ag.htm