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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.
In what seems to be a recent transition turning us into a winter
ski town, Dalhart has been pummeled with yet another snow storm. Rain
began falling Wednesday around noon and as the day continued, rain
transitioned into sleet and then into very wet snow. Snow continued
through Wednesday night and into the early morning on Thursday.
Reports state that Wednesday’s storm left somewhere around four to six
inches of snow accumulation with a bed of ice underneath.
St. Anthony’s Catholic School Celebrates Catholic Education
Dalhart, TX – An open house, new service projects, and many fun
activities highlight this year’s observance of Catholic Schools Week at
St. Anthony Catholic School. The events are part of the nationwide
celebration of Catholic education during the week of Jan. 31 – Feb 6.
This year’s theme, “Catholic Schools: Dividends for Life,” underscores
the commitment of schools like St. Anthony Catholic School to offer the
foundation in faith, knowledge, morals and discipline that prepares
students for successful lives.
Today again and winter continues
In the movie, “Groundhog Day,” Phil Connors, played by Bill Murray,
experienced the worst day of his life over and over and over again.
Each day when he awoke, the same events as the previous day occurred
exactly as they had the day before. Several days passed before Phil
realized what an advantage he had because he knew what was going to
happen before it happened. By the end of the movie he was able to
change the outcome of his originally horrible day and have a wonderful
Get ready to rumble
The first Sunday in February and “Get ready to rumble” can only
mean one thing: the Super Bowl is at hand. This year’s 44th Super
Bowl will be played on Sunday, February 7th in the Sun Life Stadium in
Miami, Florida. Dalhart area residents are getting ready too for a
game between the Indianapolis Colts and the New Orleans Saints, and
whether a Colts fan or a Saints fan, Super Sunday should be fun for
Ask The Lawyer
Question: I was curious about the two pawnshops that are now in
Dalhart. Are there certain rules that apply to pawn shops that don’t
apply to other stores?
A bottle's worth of change
Each time a person uses the drive-thru lane at a fast food
restaurant, or stops into a convenience store for a soda or bag of
chips, or darts in and out of the grocery store for an item or two,
they get a handful of change. Most people have a place, either in
their car or somewhere in the house, where they plop all of that
“unwanted” change. A jar on the dresser, a cup in the car, or maybe a
piggy bank on a dusty shelf in a closet all are potential sources for
"I'm a Dalhart Texan Facebook fan!"
As a relatively new resident to Dalhart, Sarah enjoys the Dalhart
Texan. She and husband, Bill, moved to Dalhart in 2008. They both
enjoy how friendly everyone has been and state that it was very
welcoming. The Dalhart Texan has been Sarah’s source for local events
Jessica Barth has fit right into the Dalhart community. Having
been raised in another small Texas town of Quinlan in East Texas, Barth
has enjoyed what small town life offers. One thing Dalhart offered
Barth was the opportunity to intern at High Country Rural Health Clinic
under the supervision of Bruce Schubert.
Happy cows don’t always come from California
We all have seen the dairy commercials, where Lucy or some other
soft-spoken bovine move up in the world by relocating from some frigid
climate to the “green open meadows” of California. The cutesy cows
share with viewers in a northern accent of “just how great life is here
in California.” The ad is then followed by the spokesmen stating,
“Happy cows come from California.”
A blizzard is a severe storm condition characterized by low
temperatures, strong winds, and heavy blowing snow. By definition, the
difference between a blizzard and a snowstorm is the strength of the
wind. Ground blizzards are a variation on the traditional blizzard; in
that ground blizzards require high winds to stir up snow that has
already fallen, rather than fresh snowfall. Regardless of the variety
of blizzard, they can bring near-whiteout conditions, which restrict
visibility to near zero.
City gets back to normal
Thursday’s snowstorm shut down Dalhart and surrounding areas for
the second time in a year. Heavy snowfall throughout Dallam and
Hartley Counties led to road closures and businesses soon followed. By
Friday, most people were hunkered down in their homes, schools were
closed, and the task of digging out of deep snowdrifts began.
Meet the candidates
Dallam County Justice of the Peace Challenger Alicia Gomez WIlliams
As a long time member of the Dallam County community, Alicia
“Alice” Gomez Williams believes she is ready for the responsibility of
the office of Dallam County Justice of the Peace. Williams currently
works for the office of Hartley County Justice of the Peace and has a
strong desire to bring her experiences into Dallam County.
Meet the candidates
Dallam County Justice of the Peace Incumbent Rita Little
Rita Little announced her candidacy for re-election for Justice of
the Peace for Dallam County. Little took office in January 2003. As a
member of the Dallam County community, Little was employed by the
Dallam County Sheriff’s Office for 16 years prior to taking office.