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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

For armchair quarterbacks everywhere, the Super Bowl is not just a game; it’s “the” event of the football season. Big screens are dusted, dip is prepared, baby sitters are hired and beverages are iced down, all in preparation of the passing of the pig skin or the commercials, whichever you enjoy the most.

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By LEANN PACHECO

The 52-county Texas Plains Trail Region map is now dotted with one more star, signifying the 22-foot ‘Giant Quanah Parker Trail Arrow’ placed in Dalhart’s Veterans Memorial Park on Thursday, January 26. The arrow identifies Dallam County’s historic ties to Comanche Chief Quanah Parker and the Comanche Tribe in general.

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By LEANN PACHECO

Did you know that there is another winter day that is gaining significance, at least for elementary school children? It is the 100th day of school, and it occurs around this time each January or February, the exact day depending on each school calendar.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

The Friday, January 27 work day started out active when Dallam Hartley County 911 dispatchers received a call at 9:28 a.m. of an accident involving a semi-truck.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

In a closed session meeting on Thursday, January 26 Dalhart Independent School District members voted to extend Superintendent David Foote’s contract. Foote currently had two years on his remaining contract. The extension sets his contract ending date for June of 2015. “We had a great session,” stated Foote.

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By LEANN PACHECO

The Dallam-Hartley Counties Hospital District board met Thursday evening, January 26 for a regular meeting at Coon Memorial Hospital. Agenda items included an audit presentation by independent auditor Durbin and Company, L.L.P.; Executive session; Approval of November and December meeting minutes; Review of November and December financial reports; CEO reports; and discussion/action on the hospital district, the hospital, Coon Memorial Home, Dalhart Family Medicine, and Legacy Assisted Living. New business discussed included the Coon Memorial Home expansion to begin this spring.

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By WARREN SLAUGHTER

Before a large crowd at Tuesday’s Dalhart City Council meeting, City Manager Greg Duggan read a proposal for the paving of Jefferson Street. The proposal provided that the city would pay half of the costs for the paving, provided property owners in the area would meet together and decide on how they could pay for the other half of the costs. A rough estimate puts the cost of the project at around $237,000. A more accurate number will be determined when engineering on the street is concluded.

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By AMY SCHNIEDERJAN

Did you drive out to the canyon and watch the sun set in a blaze of glory?
I have a new appreciation for the Rita Blanca Canyon after reading so much about it and talking to many of our illustrious Dalhart residents. Last Thursday afternoon, after I sent in my article, the kids and I walked out into the canyon at Trail Head 6, right behind the houses on Yucca Street. As always, our walks include many a discussion about rock collecting, competitive stick searching, and footprint investigation – with our heads generally pointed down on the trail. But Thursday, we were looking upward for remnants of those caves John Dawson talked about, upward for those geese flying over the water in the distance, and upward talking about the history of the canyon as I tried to describe to my children how at one time the very place where we were standing was covered with water.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

Dallam and Hartley County 4-Hers and FFA members arrived before daylight Wednesday, January 18 to prepare their livestock to parade in front of renowned judges. This year’s Bi-County Junior Livestock Show featured prime stock from the area and buyers that were willing to pay premium prices for the top quality animals.

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The New AND the Old!

By REV. JUDI WIEGMAN

Pound, pound, pound! The beat of the drums and the synthesizer alerted me instantly that I might not enjoy the new CD I was given as a gift.  After the first song played, my mind was made up; I wouldn’t play that one more than once!  I stopped the CD, placed it back in its case and stuck it on the shelf promising to pass it on to someone “younger” who might enjoy it.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

On Monday, January 23 at 11:00 a.m. the Dalhart Police Department stopped a vehicle on the 800 block of South Hwy 87 for speeding. Upon further investigation of the vehicle and the occupants, a Ziploc bag of marijuana was found along with a large amount of cash. The exact amount has not yet been disclosed.

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By LEANN PACHECO

NASA’s Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (MPCV) made a quick stop in Dalhart on Saturday afternoon, January 21, much to the delight of locals who spotted it in the Alco parking lot on Highway 54.
According to NASA’s website, the vehicle is part of a Space Launch System that will develop a heavy-lift launch vehicle to expand human presence to celestial destinations beyond low Earth orbit. It will also serve as a backup launch system for supplying and supporting the International Space Station cargo and crew requirements not met by other available launch vehicles.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

The United States Postal service announced closing of post offices around the country, stating that their business was in financial trouble back in the fall of 2011.  On January 22, 2012 rates increase took effect for many mailing services.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

Dalhart and Dallam County emergency vehicles responded to a call on Highway 87 which caused minor traffic delays. On Friday, January 20, 2012 an extended cab, dually pick up truck, towing a field cultivator became tangled in overhead lines. The entangled implement snapped a utility pole causing various cables lines to fall onto to several trucks of employees at Green Country the local John Deere dealership.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

On Friday, January 20, 2012 around 3:00 p.m. welders removed the Bank of America sign from its home.
Several months ago one of the United States largest banking groups announced the closing of many locations, including the Dalhart branch. Consumers procrastinated about what do to with their banking business.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

Upon returning from Christmas break, Stratford Independent School District had to deal with terroristic threats made by a former student. Although no one from the school district has acknowledged what brought the former student to make such drastic statements, the SISD handled the situation with swift cautionary measures.

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By LEANN PACHECO

Hillside Christian Church in Dalhart kicked off its Epicenter youth program at its new Denrock location last Wednesday evening, January 18, 2012. Former pro quarterback Keith Null, who is now a full-time minister in Amarillo, shared his testimony with over eighty teens in attendance.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

At approximately 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 18, 2012 emergency vehicles were dispatched to a call reporting an accident at the entrance of Cargill Pork on Highway 87.  Dallam County Sheriff’s deputies, DPS Trooper Judy Mitchell and EMS responded to the single vehicle accident.

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By AMY SCHNIEDERJAN

So goes the late John Dawson’s sentiment when reminiscing about his boyhood in his book High Plains Yesterdays, published in 1985. In the earliest days of Dalhart, the Rita Blanca Canyon was a veritable goldmine of discovery, and John and his brothers “…explored every foot of that canyon within walking distance of town.” In 1909, Dalhart did not yet have the gymnasium, swimming pool or tennis court that children of our day are accustomed to… unless, according to John, one counts the fire escape that stood on the outside of one corner of the school building.

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By LEANN PACHECO

People are always asking me how is it that firefighters run into a burning building when everyone else is running out. Courage is the answer. ~ Chief Kennedy in Ladder 49
The Dalhart Volunteer Fire Department (DVFD) recently recognized four of its members for outstanding achievement in 2011.