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Two People Arrested for Burglary in West Amarillo

Two people were arrested after a burglary in west Amarillo.  

Around 6:15 p.m. Thursday, a man called police from his father's house on Southwest 10th saying a man and a woman that he didn't know were inside the house.  When officers arrived, Kyle Walter Patton, 32, came out of the house saying it was his grandfather's home. Shelby Brianna Funk, 20, also came outside, and it was learned that she was wanted on several outstanding warrants.  

They were both booked into Potter County for burglary of a habitation and other charges.

One Person Killed in Ochiltree County Crash

One person is dead and another is in critical condition after a crash in Ochiltree County.  

DPS officials say it happened just before 4:00 p.m Thursday on County Road 3 about 10 miles east of Spearman. A car driven by David Ira Burger, 90, was travelling west on County Road "R" when he failed to yield right of way at the intersection and turned into the path of an oncoming 18 wheeler. Burger later died at the hospital and his passenger, Mildred Burger, 84,was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

72 Grams of Meth Found in 1900 Block of Gregory Apartment

A man has been booked into Potter County after deputies seized over $7,200 worth of methamphetimine from his apartment.

The deputies served a felony warrant Thursday on a person wanted for an assault involving family violence in the 1900 block of Gregory. After searching the house, the officers found about 72 grams of meth. No names have been released yet since the case is still under investigation. Charges are pending.

DPS Patrols Rise During Christmas Time

Tis the season for party's and drinking, which can lead to drunk driving, and local authorities want to stop it before it turns deadly. Trooper Chris Ray with the DPS told KGNC a grant from the Texas Department of Transportation is funding increased patrols in Amarillo from now through January 2nd.
"Our whole goal for this program is to get the intoxicated and impaired drivers off the roadway. We know that during the holidays, people have an increased potential of drinking during Christmas events," Ray said.
While driving home, be extra cautious between the hours of 10 p.m. till 3 am. Ray said historically those are the worst hours for intoxicated driving incidents. Ray said if you are drinking always find a designated driver.

Crime Stoppers Fugitive of the Week

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

Jose Miguel Hernandez, 21, is wanted out of Potter County for murder in connection with last month's homicide of Sal Ramirez, 23. Hernandez is described as 5'6", with blue eyes and brown hair. Anyone with information on Hernandez is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 374-4400 or submit a tip online at amapolice.org. An increased reward of up to $2,000 is being offered.

Palo Duro Canyon Holds Christmas Balloon Glow

As the Christmas holiday approaches, the Palo Duro Canyon State Park is offering a bit of fresh 'hot' air to their visitors.
This Saturday, from 5-7, the park will waive their entrance fees for the Christmas Balloon Glow. Bernice Blasingame, the park interpreter, explained to KGNC what it will be.
"The Hot Air Balloon Glow are three hot-air balloons that will be inflated in the parking lot of the Pavillion, it's our way of saying Merry Christmas to our visitors."
She says there will be activities, hot chocolate, and cookies for the kiddos. They also will be taking donations for the High Plains Food Bank. 

Amarillo Paying Average of $2.10 for Gallon of Gas

Gas prices in Amarillo continue their free fall.  

According to the Triple-A Texas Weekend Gas Watch, drivers here are paying an average of $2.10 a gallon, a drop of 18 cents from last week and 71 cents less that a year ago. Statewide, the average fell 14 cents to $2.26 a gallon. Triple-A estimates drivers across the nation are saving more than $400 million each day compared to the high prices paid earlier this year.  

The average price at the pump has fallen nearly 25% since the start of the year, and if the global price of crude continues to register new multiyear lows, these lower prices are likely to persist.

AC Names Deborah Vess as Vice President of Academic Affairs

A new Vice President has named for Amarillo College.
Doctor Deborah Vess, who holds a PhD in European History, a master's and bachelor's in philosophy, and a bachelor's in music, has served as special assistant to the provost at Georgia College, associate provost for the College of Staten Island, and most recently Vice President for Rivier University. But, she started out in Amarillo.
"I am very excited to be returning to Texas," Dr. Vess told KGNC, "like that old saying, you can take the girl out of Texas, but you can't take the Texas out of the girl. I've been gone a while and I'm very excited to work with such a fine President as Russell Lowery-Hart."
Jerry Moller, a longtime dean at AC, filled Russell Lowery-Hart's post on an interim basis since he became president and is now looking forward to retirement. He says he will remain at the college quote "for a short period to help facilitate the transition and provide the strongest foundation possible for Dr. Vess."

Prescribed Burns for Lake Meredith Begin

Over the next few months, you might see smoke coming from areas around Lake Merideth and officials want to make sure you aren't alarmed.

Starting Monday and going through March 31st of next year, there will be prescribed burns to reduce hazardous fuels in the park brought on by the amount of rain and growth of grass in the last six months. The areas of North Canyon, Spring Canyon, the Stilling basin, Water Authority, South Canyon, Sanford Yake, Cedar Canyon, and at the south end of the Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument and Mullinaw Crossing will be closed surrounding the days that the burns are planned.

Maps soon to come.


High School Basketball Recap

In girls high school basketball action Friday, the Canyon Lady Eagles defeated Amarillo High in a defensive battle 27-21. Both teams were ranked in the ten with Amarillo High ranked fifth in Class 6A and Canyon ranked second in Class 5A. Amarillo High drops to 16-1 while the Canyon Lady Eagles improve to 13-1 on the season. Other scores from last night, Tascosa took down Hereford 67-58. Pampa beat Caprock 55-42. Tulia wins a tight game against Highland Park 47-45. Wellington blows out Palo Duro 63-40.

In boys high school basketball action Friday, Amarillo High easily beats Canyon 53-31. Tascosa also gets an easy win over Midland Lee 69-41. Randall beats Plainview 70-59. Pampa wins a close game against Caprock 48-43. Highland Park goes to .500 on the year with a 71-59 win over Tulia. And Friona beats River Road 59-43.

WT Basketball Update

Chon White racks up 23 points and eight rebounds as the West Texas A&M Lady Buffs beat Northwest Nazarene 76-69. Madison McLain had 22 points and nailed six three-pointers as the Lady Buffs improve to 9-1 on the season. The Lady Buffs will be on their Christmas break and will not play until January 7th when they play their first conference game of the season against Midwestern State. The men's basketball team play Missouri-St.Louis at noon Saturday as their last game before they have their Christmas break.

Amarillo Bulls Defeat Lone Star

Jesper Synnelius scored his first North American Hockey League goal with 27 seconds left in overtime to help the Amarillo Bulls beat Lone Star 2-1. Jacob Weatherly saved 28 of 29 shots for Amarillo. The Bulls improve to 10-15-3 on the season and stay pace with Rio Grande Valley as the Bulls are one point behind them for the sixth spot in the South Division. The Bulls and Lone Star faceoff Saturday at 7:05 p.m.

Canadian Wins Class 2A Division I State Title

Tanner Schafer went 22 of 28 for 232 yards and two touchdowns to lead Canadian to a Class 2A Division I state title win over Mason 34-7. Chance Cook ran 12 times for 80 yards and two scores. It's Canadian's third state title in school history, their first since 2008. Canadian held Mason to seven points when Mason was averaging 43 points per game. The Wildcats finished the season ranked third in the AP 2A poll and with a perfect record at 15-0.


Southwest Beef Symposium

What will the future of the beef industry look like? On January 14 and 15 that topic will be discussed at the Southwest Beef Symposium in Amarillo. For more information and a way to register, go here



Argentinian Beef Issue

USDA has extended the comments period regarding the proposal to allow fresh beef from Argentina to be imported into the U.S. Many in the U.S. livestock and meat industry oppose this proposal because of concerns about foot-and-mouth disease. The new deadline for comments is Dec. 29. To find out more and to submit comments, go here http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-10-31/html/2014-25936.htm


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


For more information from the Agricultural & Food Policy Center at Texas A&M, cllick here


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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.

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