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Groundhog Day! It was no surprise that both Punxsutawney Phil
and Rita Blanca Rocky agreed there would be six more weeks of winter. I
don’t know Phil, but Rocky is a sensible little fella and smart enough
to run back inside to snuggle himself down for a nap when presented
with the alternative; unbelievable piles of snow!
Romance, Roses and Rendezvous
Every year area residents have an opportunity to share some of
their precious memories of their loved ones as a Valentine to that
special someone. No one knows who they are from or to, except the
author and the recipient. Stories of love, disappointment, triumph and
fond memories are shared here. Enjoy!
Council passes no right turn ordinance
The Dalhart City Council met in a whirlwind session on Tuesday,
February 9. Council members passed two ordinances and set a date and
time to call for bids all in the space of about 21 minutes.
One good turn deserves another
The numerous bouts with winter weather have created havoc in Dallam
and Hartley Counties. From huge snowdrifts, to fallen trees, to icy
front porch steps, the storms have made a mess for everyone. Along
with the anticipated problems with too much snow were a few additional
ones that have caused trouble for area residents. Where to park was
high on the list of nuisances that had to be contended with. Whether
in front of houses, businesses or in large parking lots, more parking
has been available for piles and piles of snow than vehicles.
Ask The Lawyer
What if someone is harassing me that I’m not
related to and I am really scared I’m going to be hurt?
Question: I have heard that the only way a person may get a
protective order against another person is if they have some sort of
family relationship with one another. What if someone is harassing me
that I’m not related to and I am really scared I’m going to be hurt?
Meet the candidates
Dallam County Treasurer
Incumbent Wes Ritchey
As a lifelong resident of Dalhart, Wes Ritchey graduated from
Dalhart High School in 1981 before going on to Texas Tech University
where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 1986.
Annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper
St. James Episcopal Church will have their 32nd annual Shrove
Tuesday Pancake Supper in the Parish Hall at 801 Denver Avenue,
Tuesday, February 16, 2010 from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Please use the
WEST entrance to the Educational wing on Denver Avenue.
Lady Wolves survive slugfest
In what I thought was one of the roughest games I have ever seen
(at least until the boys game which was much worse), the Lady Wolves
used a smothering defense limiting Lubbock Cooper to 18 percent
shooting, combined with a lot of trips to the free throw line to
overpower Cooper 42-37. The Lady Wolves who trailed Cooper by as much
as nine points in the third period, made nine out of 12 free throws in
the fourth quarter (75 percent) and outscored Cooper 16-6, to seal the
victory and maintain their third place standing in district play.
Estacado, 4-5, maintained their margin behind Dalhart with a victory
over Perryton, but the Lady Wolves have a 5-4 record in district with
one game left, Tuesday night against Perryton, while Estacado has to
play top ranked Levelland.
Wolves make Cooper walk the plank
If there was ever an attempt at mutiny, it was certainly Friday
night during the last home game by the Wolves. In a very fast paced
game that was up and down the court, the officials struggled to keep up
with the action, and there was plenty of action as both teams were very
aggressive. Neither of the coaches were very happy, and both teams
became very frustrated. In the end it was the Golden Wolves who kept
their composure and pulled out a big victory over the Lubbock Cooper
Pirates, 75-57. Believe me, the game was not as close as the score.
Dalhart is now16-6 for the year and 4-4 in district play.
Meet the candidates
Dallam County Judge
Incumbent David D. Field
On the bench since 1986, David D. Field is one of the senior
members of the judiciary in Dallam County. Field’s background is in
engineering, having graduated with his Bachelor of Science and Master’s
of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Texas Tech University in
1975. Before going to college, Field graduated from Dalhart High
School and is a member of the class of 1968.
Meet the candidates
Dallam County/District Clerk
Incumbent Terri Banks
Terri Banks has held the office of Dallam County District and
County Clerk since January 2007. She has worked with the office since
May 2000. This is Banks’ first re-election run for an office she has
come to thoroughly enjoy.
Tree limb disposal
The City of Dalhart will allow residents to dispose of tree limbs
at 200 Olive Street, outside the fenced area by the municipal garage,
rather than going out to the landfill. The opportunity is open from
now through March 6th. The recent weather storms have led to many
downed tree limbs and branches causing the need for a place to put all
of them. City employees will continue to pick up limbs from curbs and
in the alleys, but due to the massive amount, the process may take
Care packages for those in harm's way
Many residents of the Dalhart area are currently deployed to
Afghanistan and Iraq. The brave young men and women who are halfway
around the world are in large part why Americans experience great
freedom. Several United States military members have found themselves
deployed overseas more than once. An effort to show them the support
of their hometown continues, and a request for assistance goes out to
everyone who has the benefit of staying here at home.
Weather systems continue
The year 2010 may go down as the winter of stormy weather for the
Dallam and Hartley Counties area. The first snowfall of the winter
season came just after Christmas and was light enough to be called
pleasant. It added that special something for the Holiday Season. The
second major system hit the area in late January and caused many
closures for area businesses and schools, but everyone remained a bit
light-hearted and enjoyed a couple of days away from regular routines.
The third bout with snow knocked branches off of nearly every tree in
town, and by then any desire for snowfall was gone.
Romancing the Bean
Nothing has “perked” the interest of my readers more than my
recent jottings on coffee. Apparently, it has caused quite a “stir.”
Suddenly, messages have been arriving by phone, fax and
face-to-face encounters on the street. I even had a discussion on my
return flight home from Houston on Saturday about coffee. The lady
shared with me that the best coffee she has found is Dunkin Donuts
brand. Since I’ve never tried that blend, I will make it the next
coffee to tantalize my taste buds.
Covered in snow and tree limbs
Wednesday’s winter storm dumped more than six inches of heavy wet
snow over Dallam and Hartley Counties. The storm that began early
Wednesday with a light rain turned to snow by early afternoon. By
midnight, several inches of snow and ice covered the area, causing
numerous motor vehicle accidents and fender benders.
Weekly Weather (Snow) Review
Welcome to the new arctic frontier, Dalhart, Texas. We’ve got snow,
snow, snow. Polar bears and penguins freely roam the streets of
Denrock. Tourists are flocking in from Colorado to ski down the boat
ramp at Lake Rita Blanca. The 2010 Winter Olympics are set to start
next week at the XIT Rodeo Arena.
The show is over, but the money is here
Things always seem good when you have money in your pocket. Many
area youth now know that feeling, after the Bi-County Livestock Show
Premium Sale. The 2010 Premium Sale was a huge success with sales
totaling $351,558.85. In comparison, this year’s sale and last year’s
sale brought in $75,000 more than the 2008 sale.
New district realignment for Wolves
Every two years the UIL conducts realignment for Texas High
Schools, and every year someone comes away happy or sad about the
results. Monday the UIL (University Interscholastic League) released
the new alignments for Dalhart. There is good news and bad news. The
good news is that we will no longer have those long road trips to
Lubbock. The bad news is that we now have a four team district
consisting of new addition Pampa, and old teams, Borger, and Perryton.
That means that three of the four teams in our district will make the
playoffs; however, if you lose one game, it can be very costly. More
unfortunate news is there are not any 3A teams in our area. With the
new alignment it will be very hard to schedule games because everyone
else will be competing in district, while we will only be playing three
district games. Scheduling will be a nightmare for Coach Young and his
Ground shakes near Vega
An earthquake struck in the Texas Panhandle early Thursday morning
as snow continued to fall throughout the High Plains. Although
earthquakes in Texas are rare, they are not unheard of, and Thursday’s
quake was relatively small in magnitude.