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City Council holds abatement hearing
Members of the Dalhart City Council held a hearing to abate a
detached garage at 521 Olive. The building has been deemed dangerous
due to its deteriorated state. During the hearing, City Code
Enforcement Officer Nick Martinez circulated photographs of the
building among the council members.
Code Department is here to help
As Code Compliance Officer for the City of Dalhart, Nick Martinez’s
responsibilities include enhancing the neighborhoods of Dalhart,
keeping the citizen’s health, safety and welfare always in the
forefront, while operating in a responsive and fair manner. Martinez
also strives to improve customer service and increase customer
awareness, all the while respecting the property rights of citizens.
Sorting out the chaff
It is time for wheat harvest. The “amber waves of
grain” sway stately in the field waiting for the farmer to glean their
treasured heads. As the combine makes its way down the field, the
hopper glistens with the fruit of the labor while the chaff is
discarded and blown in the wind. Webster describes chaff as worthless
JBS strategically restructured ownership of Five Rivers Cattle Feeding
In a calculated move to cope with industry struggles and
proposed legislation that would restrict packer ownership of cattle,
JBS S.A. has divided the ownership of Five Rivers Cattle Feeding, with
JBS USA retaining ownership of the 10 feedlots and J&F Oklahoma
Holdings assuming ownership of the cattle.
Swine Flu deaths in Texas now at 10
On Monday, the World Heath Organization (WHO) has officially
classified 52,160 cases as influenza A (H1N1) infection, swine flu. To
date, 231 people have died worldwide. The United States has reported
21,449 laboratory confirmed human cases or 41.21 percent of the total
cases worldwide. Deaths in the United States have reached 87 or 37.66
percent of the total deaths worldwide. The Phase 6 Alert continues.
Birthday bash begins in style
The 97th birthday bash for Clara Murphy began with a limousine
ride from her home on Kiowa to Bar-H Restaurant, where friends and
family were waiting to surprise her and celebrate her birthday with her.
Simmons Limousine pulled up to the corner of Apache and Kiowa
Saturday evening, June 20th at approximately 6:30 p.m. The entire
event was planned from beginning to end, including Susan Clay waiting
for the limo to arrive to snap a few photos of the surprise.
Ask The Lawyer
Question: I work where I hear teens talking a lot. What they say
about alcohol is confusing. The teens that I have heard talking have
said everything from it’s okay for them to drink as long as an adult
buys the alcohol to they can’t get arrested for driving while
intoxicated if they don’t have an open container in their vehicle.
None of that sounds right to me. What is the correct law on drinking
when it comes to teens?
Beginning Guitar class slated for July
Are you ready to move on from air guitar to the real thing? If so,
join Denise Baumert’s Beginning Guitar class slated for Wednesdays in
July from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Offered through Community Connect, the
class will introduce students ages 8 through adult, to strums, finger
and flat picking, and basic chords. The musical fun begins July 1 with
an extended class, 1:00 to 2:30 p.m., so that students can learn to
tune their instruments. Registration is open online at
www.dalhartcommunityeducation.org or at DISD Central office, 701 E.
10th Street in Dalhart.
Take a walk on the wild side at Community Connect Nature Camp
Take a few days this summer to learn how the other half lives; the
other half being those four-legged or even no-legged creatures with
which we share this space we call home. At Nature Camp, June 30 through
July 2, 10:00 a.m. to noon, campers ages 8, 9 and 10, will learn about
habits and habitats of our fellow critters from fish to fowl, from
mammal to reptile.
Dalhart student selected for People to People Program
Waylon Bucher, a student at Dalhart Jr. High School, has been
accepted into the People to People Student Ambassador Program, an
educational travel program founded by President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
Bucher will explore Japan for 14 days this summer as a member of the
Amarillo Area delegation.
80’s theme to kick off the Relay for Life Event
On Friday, June 26th, the Relay for Life event will be held at
Memorial Stadium. This event is held to honor and support survivors of
cancer. There are many activities planned beginning with an opening
ceremony at 7:00 p.m.
Throughout the evening and night
until the “rooster crows” at 7:00 a.m., the events will continue.
Tickets can be purchased throughout the evening for the quilts that
will be raffled off.
U.S. Troop-a-Thon June 25th
Move America Forward, an organization based in Sacramento, CA and
dedicated to providing U.S. Troops overseas with care packages, is
holding a Troop-A-Thon on June 25th. The event may be viewed online
for free. The organization is planning to meet its goal of sending the
largest shipment of care packages to U.S. Troops in history.
Lightning strike causes fire that consumes 12 acres
Lightning is blamed for a fire on Wednesday, June 17th. The fire
broke out just as thunderstorms began entering the Dallam and Hartley
Counties area. The Dalhart Fire Department was dispatched to the scene
with three units and the fire was quickly contained.
Dalhart Consumers Fuel Association, Inc. reports year-end results
Sales for Dalhart Consumers Fuel Association, Inc. for the year
ending February 28, 2009, were $97,472,370.24 which was a decrease from
last year by $10,652,927. Net savings before taxes for the locally
owned Cooperative were $3,348,688. Since Dalhart Consumers is owned by
its customers, the Cooperative owners benefit from the Cooperative
positive financial performance.
Dallam 4-H rifle team competed
The Dallam 4-H rifle team competed at the District 1 4-H rifle match
May 23 in Amarillo at the Amarillo Rifle and Pistol Club. Competitors
were Hayden Wilkerson, Gerret Boer, Glenna Duden and Mitchell McMurry.
Kelly McMurry was their coach.
Jersey Worlds Combine in 2009 tour coming to Dalhart
Dairymen and women from across the United States and around the
world will be visiting numerous dairy facilities in the Dalhart area on
June 23rd and 24th as part of the Jersey Worlds Combine tour.
The tour highlights advancements of Jersey cattle in dairy
production and provides a networking venue for Jersey cattle breeders
Cherie Bayer, director of development for the American Jersey
Cattle Association said, “We will all celebrate the grand success the
Jersey breed has earned in recent years. Here in the U.S.A. and around
the world, statistics will show the Jersey has never before been so
profitable and so popular with breeders and dairymen alike.”
Premium Standard Farms continues reduction in sow operations
On Friday, June 19th, confirmation came that Premium Standard
Farms, through its parent company, Murphy Brown, L.L.C., that PSF is
taking measures in Dalhart to continue its sow reduction that began
more than a year ago. All other operations at PSF in Dalhart will
continue in effect; however the sow herd reduction will lead to job
cuts and layoffs.
Water main repaired on Denver
The Dalhart Water Department diligently began repairs to a broken
water main on Wednesday at the intersection of Denver and 7th Street.
The repairs continued on Thursday, June 18th, and completion is
expected before the weekend.
Assistant City Manager James Stroud stated on Thursday that the
lines beneath the intersection are several years old. A two-inch
water main under the intersection has had several repairs in the past.
The city hopes to replace all of the older two-inch lines.
RAC evaluates mass casualty preparedness at CMH
Several staff members of Coon Memorial Hospital and EMS
participated in a simulated disaster on Tuesday, June 16th. The drill
took place in the emergency room area of the hospital and was overseen
by an evaluator for the Regional Advisory Council, RAC. The afternoon
simulation was brief, but the skills practiced were invaluable.
Gaskill, Pharis & Pharis sponsored June Senior Meal Hamburger cook-out
Gaskill, Pharis & Pharis sponsored the June Senior Meal
Hamburger cook-out. The meal was held during the lunch hour at the
Dalhart Senior Citizens Center on Friday, June 12. The afternoon
luncheon cook-out was a success with beautiful weather, which made the
event a perfect day!