How does your garden grow?
City slickers and city dwellers have long embraced urban gardening, growing fruits, vegetables, herbs and plants in kitchen windows, in planters on the patio or a small patch of earth in the backyard. The need for urban gardening began with a couple of beliefs. One belief was that “organic” and “pesticide free” lent itself to better tasting food and healthier eating. Another belief was that a beautiful garden can exist on a rooftop and in containers, and that space should not be a determining factor, but only a measurement for the size of the garden. Whichever belief leads one to buy potting soil, seeds and a trowel and fork set, or a combination of both, urban gardening has evolved to an American past-time and is no longer a passing trend.
Returning home to an even better Dalhart
Big city lights, the hustle and bustle, and great entertainment venues made big city living awesome, but something was missing; most simply home. As the lines of a famous song go, “the glitz and glamour are nice, but there is no place quite like home.” I never realized how true that iconic lyric is. It has been three years, and I now return to Dalhart, fully knowing the unmatchable allure of home.
Coon Memorial Home crowns XIT King and Queen
Coon Memorial Nursing Home held its annual crowning of the XIT King and Queen on Tuesday, August 4th. Festivities began at 10:30 a.m. in the lounge of CMH, which was filled to capacity with residents, family, friends, and XIT officials.
Each 73rd XIT Rodeo and Reunion Director was introduced. They each let everyone know what tasks they were individually responsible for this year. The directors include Andrew Banks, Greg Batenhorst, John Foley, Marty Galloway, Tommy Parker, Scott Simmons, Chad Strafuss, Travis Taylor and Troy Valdez. Also attending were the 72nd XIT Queen Laramie Wing, 73rd XIT Queen candidates Jamie Coleen Frazier and Rebecca Richardson, the newly crowned Little Mr. XIT Stratton Potter and Little Miss XIT Dylan Moore. The directors and other XIT officials make an impressive entry into any event, with their starched white shirts and cowboy hats.
Lowest score determines ranking for entire district
Results from the Texas Education Agency 2009 District Accountability were released on July 31st and are available to the community online or by visiting the school administration building.
Dalhart Elementary School ranked Exemplary, the highest possible rating. Dalhart Intermediate School ranked the second highest rating with Recognized. Dalhart Junior High School received the lowest ranking with Academically Unacceptable. Dalhart High School and the XIT School both ranked Acadmically Acceptable, the third possible rating.
Dalhart football and volleyball begin two a day practices
The Dalhart Wolves football and Lady Wolves volleyball teams began two a day practices on Monday. Both teams will be looking to repeat or better last years district record. The football team went 4-1 in district while the Lady Wolves were 10-0. Early Monday’s practice did not include freshmen who will meet with coach Young in the afternoon to pick up equipment. There were close to 60 players working out on the field during the morning practice gearing up for their first scrimmage against WT High in Stinnett on the 15th of August.
Historic hotel closes doors
Gleaming crystal chandeliers, historic accommodations, sumptuous cuisine, and most recently locked doors. The Historic Eklund Hotel in Clayton, New Mexico has fallen prey to declining tourism. The hotel, restaurant, and bar closed its’ doors at the end of April. The hotel, a famed piece of the Old West including a saloon with bullet holes in the tin ceiling was constructed in 1892, and underwent an extensive 2.3 million dollar renovation just five years ago.
XIT Junior Rodeo 2009
A Muddy arena, beautiful weather, wild stick horses, and varied aged youth decked in full western regalia promised for a memorable day for all who attended the 2009 XIT Junior Rodeo. The true western spirit was alive and well at the XIT Arena Saturday morning as reigning XIT Queen Laramie Wing rode through the arena displaying the XIT Colors. Little Mr. XIT Dylan Moore and Little Miss XIT Stratton Potter joined in the pursuit and were transported through the arena waving to all attendees.
Welcome to the 73rd XIT Rodeo & Reunion
On behalf of the Dalhart Texan, we would like to welcome all visitors of the XIT Rodeo and Reunion to Dalhart. You are about to experience a city and a celebration like none other. A community and celebration that are both long steeped in both history and long run heritage of the true western spirit.
The Dalhart Senior Citizens Center Coffee Reception in honor of Volunteers
The Dalhart Senior Citizens Center held a Coffee Reception on Wednesday, July 29th recognizing the centers Volunteers. The reception began at 10:00 a.m. in the Center’s gathering room with coffee, fresh fruit, pastry and certificates of appreciation were presented to all the volunteers.
Boy Scout Troop 101 heads out
On Monday, July 13th Dalhart’s Boy Scout Troop 101 headed for the mountains. After last year’s very successful canoe trip to Arkansas, the guys decided to head to Colorado to bag some 14,000 foot peaks. Rest days were open to fly fishing. Leaving Dalhart at 5:30 a.m. the troop traveled the mountains west of Creed Colorado. Eleven hours in the vehicles left the scouts with lots of pent up energy. They needed that energy the next morning when Scoutmaster Christopher Joens led them to the top of Handies Peak.
World War II Historical marker unveiled in Dalhart
The Texas Historical Commission in conjunction with the Dallam County Historical Commission, the City of Dalhart and Hartley County will dedicate an official Texas Historical marker commemorating the historical significance of Dalhart Army Air Field during World War II.
La Rita Melodrama: Great Family Fun
As everyone eagerly anticipates Dalhart’s XIT season, many cast members are perfecting lines for this year’s La Rita melodrama, “The Masked Canary.”
Local dairy receives Supplier of the Year award
Executives from The Kroger Company (www.kroger.com; NYSE: KR) and Select Milk Producers, Inc. visited the Dalhart area Thursday to present Natural Prairie Dairy Farm and the dairy’s employees the prestigious Kroger’s Supplier of the Year award.
Changes in tradition
Tradition dictates that change comes slow for the XIT Rodeo and Reunion in Dalhart. They have been serving up the street parade, rodeo, dances, and free feeds for years. But, the XIT Directors who put on the event are always trying to make the experience the best it can be. Under the leadership of President John Foley, there are several big and very positive changes for attendees during the 73rd Annual XIT Rodeo and Reunion on August 6, 7, 8.
First Presbyterian Church welcomes new pastor
Pastor Dave grew up in Forest Grove, Michigan. He and his wife Shannon have two teenage children, Vicki, who will be going off to college this fall, and Craig who will be a 11th grader in high school.
It’s how you finish the race
I have never met a person who has not failed at one time or another in their life. It is not failing that is the problem; but what one does after the failure. To accept failure as the final end is to become a true failure. Looking at failure as a learning tool contributes to one’s growth.
Fire Chief has personal experience with fire-starting battery charger
Dalhart Fire Chief Curtis Brown recently became aware of the potential dangers of battery chargers when a battery charger for his digital camera caught fire in his home. The fire occurred while Chief Brown was resting from an all night fire. The fire was caught early, but the possibility of fires occurring in homes within the area led him to comment about the subject.
Rain, an almost forgotten occurrence
Rain is defined as the condensation of atmospheric water vapor into drops heavy enough to fall, making it to the surface of the earth. I felt that I needed to brush up on the definition. In recent times, we have not gotten to hear its soothing pitter-patter on the roof, smell its clean refreshing scent, or see the wonders it can do to our dry mother earth in our locale. However, most recently our plagued abstinence of rain has been broken.
Dalhart Fire Chief gives thanks to area agencies
Late Tuesday evening, July 14th a fire broke out at the Beck Ranch, located about 30 miles southwest of Dalhart. The fire began at approximately 7:00 p.m. and ultimately didn’t succumb to firemen until July 15th. The Dalhart Fire Department responded to the fire, which quickly grew. Assistance rolled in from the Sedan Fire Department in New Mexico and the Texline Fire Department. The firemen worked through the night to battle the blaze that consumed 920 acres.
City Council: To Patio, Or Not To Patio?
The first reading and a public hearing were held regarding Ordinance 2009-22, which would change the zoning on lots owned by David Lowe from R-1 Residential to Special Use for the purpose of building zero lot line patio or garden homes. The zoning change would increase the number of lots from four to six. Plans presented by Lowe show a 30’ wide paved street with curb and gutter that would be paid for by Lowe and deeded to the city as a public street. The plans also call for burying all utilities in that area.