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Fire marshalls are still investigating as to the cause of a 2 alarm fire in Amarillo.

Jacob Ohlert with the Amarillo Fire Department told KGNC, around 9 a.m. on Wednesday, the 10 units including 30 fire fighters found the trailer in the 6600 block of Pavillard drive fully engulfed and focused their attention on preventing it from spreading.

"Get it contained, keep it contained, whatever was already burning and try to save everything around it and that's exactly what they did. They did a great job," Ohlert said.

Ohlert said they had it contained and under control within a half an hour. The trailer was a total loss.


Paul McCartney announced he will kick off the U.S. Leg of his "out there" tour with a June date in Lubbock. 

"I find it incredulous that i am fortunate enough to be Mayor of this great city at a truly historic time when we have someone of Paul McCartney stature reach out to Lubbock, reach out to Texas Tech University and ask to come to Lubbock," said Lubbock Mayor Glen Robertson.

Tickets for McCartney's June 14 performance in Lubbock will go on sale Friday, April 25th at 10 a.m. Prices range from $59.50, $89.50, $165, and $250. 

American Express card members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning next Monday at 10 a.m. Through Thursday at 10 p.m.


A truck full of burning hay shut down the Dumas Highway for about 6 hours Wednesday.

Around 10am, a truck driver traveling on HWY-87 just north of the Canadian River noticed that his load of alfalfa was ablaze.

He pulled over and had enough time to disconnect the cab from the trailer, but the fire was to far along to put it out himself.

"Potter County, Dumas, and the Texas Forest Service showed up to try and out it out," said Trooper Chris Ray with the Department of Public Safety. "The thing smoldered and visibility was horrible because of the heavy smoke. About 4pm we were able to get the road opened back up, south bound, so people could travel through there safely."

Ray adds they were lucky the fire didn't spread to the side of the road and start a grass fire.

The trailer was a total loss. No one was injured in the incident



West Texas A&M Athletic Director Michael McBroom announced Wednesday that Tom Brown, the associate head coach at Winona State University (Minn.) for the past 16 years, has been hired as the 17th men’s basketball coach in program history.  Brown has 20 years of coaching experience overall, and has been part of one of the most successful Division II men’s basketball programs in recent history as he helped lead the Warriors to the NCAA Division II National Championship in 2006 and 2008, while finishing runner-up in 2007. During that span, Winona State posted an unprecedented 105-6 record. Since Brown has been on the bench at WSU, the Warriors have gone to the NCAA Tournament 10 times, including the past two and a string of seven-straight from 2005-2011. Brown has helped the Warriors reach the Elite Eight four times, including most recently in 2013. WSU has won over 20 games in each of the past 10 seasons and are 368-139 (.726). Named Division II Bulletin’s ‘Program of the Decade’ for 2000-2009, WSU set a NCAA Division II record with 57 consecutive wins, a run that began on Jan. 13, 2006, and didn’t end until the national title game on Mar. 24, 2007. The 2007-08 Warrior squad won a NCAA record 38 games. During Brown’s tenure at Winona State, the Warriors have won six Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference championships (1999, 2000, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008) and won five NSIC Tournament titles (2001, 06, 07, 08, 11). The 1999 conference title was the first for Winona State in 24 years. An excellent recruiter and teacher, Brown has had a hand in developing some of the best players in the nation with three National Player of the Year recipients, along with six first team All-America honorees and 10 players total have earned All-America status. He has helped coach five NSIC Most Valuable Players, seven NSIC Defensive Players of the Year and two Elite Eight Most Valuable Players.

Brown is scheduled to meet with media and fans at a press conference on Monday, April 21 at 4:30 p.m. in The Legends Club at the Jack B. Kelley Student Center and it is open to the public.


Even though the Amarillo Venom didn't have a game last week, they were busy.  At his weekly news conference, head coach Julian Reese said they worked on everything!  He said with all the young players on the team, they needed to get back to the basics and work on alot of timing issues.  Coming off their first loss of the season, the open date allowed the team to work on their mental approach as well. Reese feels like the team has learned a valuable lesson from the loss.

The Venom trave to New Mexico this Saturday to take on the Stars, a team they beat in the first game of the season. 


For the third time in four years one of the best rivalries in the North American Hockey League will be renewed in the South Division final and a birth to the Robertson Cup National Semi-Final.

The Amarillo Bulls will host the Topeka RoadRunners in the Best-Of-Five series that begins this Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m at the Amarillo Civic Center.

The scene for games 3 and 4 (if necessary) will shift to Kansas Expo Center Landon Arena for next Thursday, Apr. 24 and Friday, Apr. 25 also at 7:05 p.m. If a fifth and deciding game is needed it will be back at the Amarillo Civic Center on Monday, Apr. 28 at 7 p.m. 


WT Sophomore Libby Strickland is the Lone Star Conference Women’s Track Athlete of the Week. Strickland had a career weekend at home during the West Texas A&M Open last Saturday as she contributed to three new school records along with four provisional qualifying times. She recorded second-place finishes for provisional marks and school records in both the 100m dash (11.66) and 200m dash (23.71).

The Amarillo native and Randall High School graduate added a third school record in the 4x400m relay in a second place finish and provisional time of 3:45.26 along with juniors Sharon Kwarula, Jessie Thomas and Rhemecka Graham. She then led the 4x100m relay team, with sophomore Bri Leeper and seniors Marisa Holiwell and Rachel King, to a first place finish with a provisional time of 46.08.

Currently a provisional qualifier in six different events (100m, 200m, 4x100m & 4x400m relays, long jump and high jump), Strickland ranks sixth in the nation and second in the LSC in the 100m, fourth in the nation and first in the LSC in the 200m, sixth in the nation and first in the LSC in high jump, and eighth in the nation and second in the LSC in long jump. 


For the eighth straight week, the Lady Buffs of West Texas A&M have remained atop of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Division II Top-25 Poll announced on Wednesday morning by the association’s office in Louisville, Kentucky. It also marks the second consecutive week that WT was the unanimous selection with all 16 of the first place votes for a perfect total of 400 points.

WT is also the top team in the South Central Region in the initial NCAA Division II regional rankings. The Lady Buffs are followed by #7 Angelo State (35-9), #11 St. Mary’s (37-8), #22 Texas Woman’s (30-14), Metro State (22-10), Cameron (24-16), Midwestern State (25-19), St. Edward’s (23-19), UC-Colorado Springs (22-12) and Colorado State-Pueblo (20-17) to round out the top-10. 


Wait And See

With the early morning freezes experienced Monday and Tuesday, there is a potential for damage to the area’s winter wheat. However, Texas A&M AgriLife experts tell KGNC that any possible effects the wheat might have suffered won’t be apparent for at least a week. Dr. Jourdan Bell, an agronomist with the AgriLife Center in Amarillo also pointed out that wheat development is progressing at different levels throughout the region. “It’s hard to say that all wheat’s at this point and all damage is going to occur the same. It’s going to vary by field,” Bell said. She is hopeful that any possible effects on eventual yields will be minimal. “Wheat’s pretty phenomenal in the fact that a plant that is damaged early on has the potential to come back and produce more tillers. So, it’s too early to write off a wheat crop.”  

More Education On Farm Bill

The Texas Corn Producers is hosting a series of farm bill seminars across the Panhandle. Dr. Joe Outlaw of the Texas A&M Agriculture and Food Policy Center will present an overview of the farm bill, along with a preview of the decision aid tool being developed by the center. Presentations will be held in Dimmitt on April 21, Tulia and Dalhart on April 22, and Dumas on April 23. Along with the Agriculture and Food Policy Center, Texas Corn Producers is also working with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in providing the informational events which are free to attend and open to the public. Advanced registration is requested. For more information, go here http://texascorn.org/




Cattle Event in Canadian

On April 25, a Beef Cattle, Range, and Wildlife Conference will be held in Canadian at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Office for Hemphill county. Registration for the conference begins at 8:30 a.m. with the program to follow. Topics such as stocking rates on native rangeland, rangeland recovery and renovations, prairie chicken issues and the proposed Texas State Beef Checkoff will be discussed. Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units regarding laws and regulations and integrated pest management will also be available. Registration for this event is $10 at the door and lunch will be provided. Those planning to attend should register in advance by contacting the Hemphill County Extension Office at (806) 323-9114. For more information, contact your local Extension office. 

AgriLife PEDV Event

The spread of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDV) is a huge concern for the pork industry right now, and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is offering an event April 29 at the AgriLife Center in Amarillo to help area producers. Potter County Extension Agent Nathan Carr said, “We want to make sure to educate them on what PEDV is and how to prepare and perform best practices and biosecurity for their operation so we can hopefully minimize the effects of this horrible virus.” The event is free, but an RSVP is requested by April 24.  For more information, call the Potter County Extension Office at (806) 373-0713.

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