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    The hot months of summer and early fall lend themselves to snake sightings.  Central Dispatch also receives numerous calls for help in getting a wandering snake out of a house or business.  Most people have learned to tolerate sharing the outdoors with the many different types of snakes found in the panhandle, but sharing one’s home or office is flatly unacceptable.

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International dairy producers and Jersey cattle experts from across the country and throughout the world visited several dairy facilities in the Dalhart area last week as part of the 2009 Jersey Worlds Combine tour and annual meeting.

Members of Jersey cattle associations from all over the world come together for this annual event, which is held in a different country each year. This international conference provides producers with an opportunity to network with other dairymen; learn about the latest practices being used in dairy production throughout the world; and celebrate the success of the Jersey breed.

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  This week, many towns across the country, large and small, will celebrate the Independence of the United States of America.  Parades and family get-togethers will dominate the scene as fireworks burst on the canvas of a darkening sky.  It is the perfect day for community celebrations.

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Question:  With the death of a pop star that had sole custody of his three children, I was wondering, what could happen to Michael Jackson’s three children since he has passed away?

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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 matter.  

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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. 

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   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.

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    The Dalhart Fire Department responded to a fire in the 1200 block of Olive Avenue on Friday, June 19th.  The fire occurred at the noon hour and was confined to the home’s air conditioning unit. 

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     A driver with Swift Transportation out of Phoenix, Arizona was found dead in his truck on Sunday, June 21st.  Chester Austin, age 55, from Palmdale, California, was pronounced dead at the scene by Hartley County Justice of the Peace Edwyna Womble.  Austin is believed to have suffered a heart attack.  He managed to pull his truck off of the roadway before passing away.

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The Dallam-Hartley Counties Historical Association presents local photographer Sylvia Renick in her third gallery showing at a reception to be held at the XIT Museum on Thursday, July 2nd beginning at 7:00 p.m.  The subject matter of Renick’s exhibit will be unveiled along with the photographs. 


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    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.

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   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.

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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.

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    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. 

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    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.

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    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.

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    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?

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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.

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    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.

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   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.