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USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) State Conservationist Salvador Salinas announced Jan. 13, 2012 as the first ranking cut-off period for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP).
“CSP gives conservation minded producers the ability to apply and build on their current stewardship efforts,” said Salinas.  “Farmers and ranchers actively engaged in natural resource conservation practices have the opportunity to earn financial rewards through CSP.”

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD & LEANN PACHECO

Dalhart said good-bye to some old friends, welcomed new babies, completed on-going construction projects, crowned queens and kings, graduated seniors and pre-K children, and made major improvements throughout 2011. It’s said that change is good, although some of us struggle with new names and faces.

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By LEANN PACHECO

“Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good.” -- Voltaire
Inevitably, New Year’s introspection turns to thoughts of self-improvement and the annual ritual of making resolutions. The first month of the year offers us a clean slate and the opportunity to let go of old patterns. But resolutions can be as troublesome as they are rewarding. Around 44 percent of Americans make – and break – a new set every New Year.

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By AARON GRAVES

Snow flakes were gently falling Thursday morning as another winter system was making its way past Dalhart, right on the heels of a blizzard that brought 7 inches of snow a couple days before. This second winter storm was forecast to be much less aggressive, with only an inch or two of snow possible for Dallam county.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

The EOC (Emergency Operations Center) was activated during the recent blizzard. The function of the EOC can become very intense. EOC staff members are activated and assigned particular jobs. Every single position is vital - from answering the phones, handling radios, keeping track of what units are where, what roads are closed, which roads are open, stationary road blocks, which road blocks are manned or unmanned and the weather status.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

DISD met Tuesday, December 20, 2011 for their monthly meeting. Under agenda item number four, special presentations, 5th grader Hannah Holms read a poem that was outstanding, and the board viewed a video of the DHS band in their first division performance.

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Remember that Christmas when…

By REV. JUDI WIEGMAN

It is almost here!  Christmas; that one day when even those who use His name in cursing, stop and recall a magical, mystical time in their life when the Christ of Christmas etched a permanent memory in their heart.
Gathering around the table, sitting in front of the fire, sipping hot chocolate, or piecing together a 1000 piece puzzle; memories are made.  During those moments someone will begin by saying; “remember that Christmas when…”  Discussion will ensue as family members add their thoughts and soon the event has grown by epic proportions.

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By AARON GRAVES

Blizzard like conditions prevailed Monday afternoon as a winter storm system took its time moving over the Dalhart area. It brought with it strong winds, dangerously low wind chills, rain and snow.
By midnight on Monday, seven inches of snow had fallen in Dalhart, this being the preliminary total provided by the National Weather Service. North winds, blowing 35 mph and gusting up to 55 mph, cut visibilities and led to highways in and out of Dalhart being closed. Cars were stranded on Ponderosa Road north of town, according to Curtis Brown with the Dalhart Volunteer Fire Department. Fire fighters also responded to a garage fire during the storm, and had to evacuate another house due to carbon monoxide gas.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

Monae Younger’s journey began in September of 2011 when her former co-worker called her and offered her two Yorkie puppies that were due to be born in early November. Younger was excited about the new addition to her family for Christmas.

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By LEANN PACHECO

Mary Bell’s Christmas, in its fifth year, was another huge and heartwarming success. Children and families from all around the Dallam and Hartley County areas gathered Sunday, December 18 at Rita Blanca Coliseum to share in holiday festivities and gift-giving. Mary Bell’s Co-Director Kurtis Thomas reported that this year’s monetary donations for the event totaled around $40,000, exceeding expectations and making it possible to provide more gifts than in any previous year.

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By LEANN PACHECO

Three-year-old Adrian Rojas received a $25 Radio Shack/City Gift gift card from The Texan. Adrian’s name was drawn as the winner of this year’s “What would Santa do if…” contest. Adrian’s suggestion for getting one of Santa’s elves off the Naughty List in time for Christmas was: “If the elf sits on Santa’s lap, maybe she’ll be on the Nice List.” A special thank-you goes to Ms. Sherry Chism of DACCC for gathering and submitting her students’ answers.

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The Dalhart Texan, area businesses and local residence have contributed to the special edition to wish each and every reader a very Merry Christmas.

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By LEANN PACHECO

The Dallam-Hartley County Hospital District board met Thursday, December 16 to determine which direction it will take on proposed renovations to Coon Memorial Nursing Home. A motion was approved to move forward on a project that will add rooms to the courtyard wing of the home and permanently close the west wing for residence. Pending financing, the renovation will begin in the first quarter of 2012 and could take up to eighteen months or longer to complete.

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By LEANN PACHECO

Is holiday stress catching up with you yet?
The holidays are a time for family, fun, festivities, and inevitably, added stress.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

Is your boss lacking in good humor and holiday cheer this season?  Has the Christmas party been locked in their bottom desk draw, where they keep the checkbook as well? Time to become creative and employ your devastating powers of persuasion to pounce on the opportunity to make things happen. This is strictly at your own risk and within reason, of course!

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

Andrew Porter was scheduled to appear in court Tuesday, December 13, 2011. During his appearance he pled guilty to two counts of manufacturing and delivering a controlled substance. He received fifteen years in prison which will be served through the Texas Department of Corrections.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

The Dalhart Area Chamber of Commerce sponsors a holiday lighting contest each year. The 2011 contest was spectacular. The light show produced by the all the participants was stunning.  


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By LEANN PACHECO

It’s Christmastime, so it stands to reason that December is designated “National Fruit Cake Month.” It is a time to honor the fruit cake in all its fruity, dense, nutty, chewy glory. And whether you like it or not, the oft-mocked concoction is here to stay.

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By WARREN SLAUGHTER
Special to the Texan

In a town that is known for its cold winters, one would think that Dalhart’s police officers would be clad accordingly. That thinking, however, would be incorrect – that is, until Tuesday night’s Dalhart City Council meeting. In an effort to boost morale and the officer retention rate, Police Chief Gary Sinclair offered to spend this year’s uniform budget on winter coats for his officers, but his officers said they would rather have new – and more uniform – uniforms. At his request, a police uniform company sent Chief Sinclair a sample uniform.

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Joseph - the Man God trusted

As families gather around the table or a warm fire their thoughts are turned to their father; no longer with them.  Fond memories are shared, along with many “father-isms” recalled. We can all hear our dad saying, “Go ask you mother.” “Don’t make me get up.” “Do you think I’m made of money?” “Because I said so.”