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Dalhart City Council honors employees

Acting Finance Director Sarah Cooley - 10 years of service.

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Dalhart council approves interlocal agreement with Amarillo for interim police chief

By SHAWN YORKS
The Dalhart Texan

Dalhart’s ongoing police chief woes have prompted the city to take drastic steps. Following the loss of interim police chief Eloy Duran, the city has entered into an inerlocal agreement with the Amarillo Police Department for an interim police chief - Jimmy Johnson - who is an assistant chief in Amarillo.

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Remembering the ‘Shootout at the XIT’

The great XIT Ranch of the Texas panhandle was in operation from 1885 until 1912. This ranch is celebrated for more than three days in early August of each year in Dalhart. There is a parade, three rodeos, dances and a free barbecue that feeds thousands of people. On Saturday, August 7, 1971, during this celebration, gunshots were heard. Some thought it was a reenactment of old west days, others didn’t even hear it because of all the other noise going on around them.

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Dalhart remembers Yahir Cancino

The funeral for Dalhart High sophomore Yahir Cancino was held in Memorial Stadium on Tuesday September 13. A large number of his friends and family, along with his teammates and many others in the community, gathered on the home side of the stands to honor Yahir.

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AirMedCare Network gives presentation to Dallam, Hartley commissioners

By SHAWN YORKS
The Dalhart Texan

The Dallam and Hartley commissioner’s courts heard a presentation from AirMedCare Network during a joint meeting Monday, Sept. 12, discussing membership services they are proposing to both counties. Jason Monday, the national director of membership for AirMedCare Network travelled from Tennessee to Dalhart to give his presentation.

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Dallam County Commissioners approve budget and tax rates; honor 4-H students

By Shawn Yorks
The Dalhart Texan

The Dallam County Commissioner’s Court on Monday, Sept. 12, approved the 2022-2023 budget and property tax rate, and also honored Dallam County 4-H with a proclamation for National 4-H week.

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Yahir returns home, services Tuesday at 5 p.m

Law enforcement and first responders escort Yahir Cancino back to Dalhart, Saturday morning. Cancino passed away Sept. 3 from injuries he suffered during a junior varsity football game on Sept. 1. Services will take place Tuesday at 5 p.m. at Memorial Stadium.

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Dalhart’s Taylor Martin named Miss Texas Angus Queen

Taylor Martin is the 18 yearold daughter of Todd and Carol Martin of Dalhart.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

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Interim Dalhart police chief meets with community

Dalhart interim police chief Jimmy Johnson, center, met with community members Thursday morning, Sept. 8, for the first-ever “Coffee with the Chief” event at The Flying Pig Mercantile, Coffee and Tea Bar in downtown Dalhart. The event was s[ponsored by the Dalhart Police Department and the city of Dalhart. Johnson is on loan from the Amarillo Police Department until the city can find a permanent police chief.

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Dallam Hartley Counties Hospital District Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine Training Bags

Dallam Hartley Counties Hospital District Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine for the donation of our Athletic Training bags for our Student Athletic Trainers.

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Grants available to Texas landowners for prescribed burning

By Leighton Chachere

Texas A&M Forest Service is accepting applications for grants to help eligible Texas property owners with the cost of prescribed burning on their land.

The grants will reimburse landowners to offset the cost of having a prescribed burn conducted on their property by certified and insured prescribed burn managers. Last year, these grant programs provided more than $322,000 to landowners for a total of 11,667 acres treated.

The deadline to apply is Sept. 30. Interested landowners can determine eligibility and find an application at tfsweb. tamu.edu/cppgrant.

“Prescribed burning can be an important and effective tool for landowners to reduce wildfire risk, while enhancing wildlife habitat and promoting a healthier forest ecosystem,” said Weldon Dent, Texas A&M Forest Service fuels specialist.

Prescribed fire needs

Prescribed fire is a land management practice that eliminates brush, weeds, dried vegetation and downed trees. Prescribed fire also fosters seed and plant regeneration, reduces invasive plants and restores soil nutrients.

“This year’s extreme wildfire season is a good example of the importance of prescribed burning,” Dent said. “Prescribed fire in a controlled environment can reduce the intensity of an unplanned fire by reducing the fuel load on the ground.”

Texas A&M Forest Service offers grants to landowners to complete prescribed fires on private lands across the state, each with their own goals.

For residents in parts of the Panhandle, West Texas and South Texas, applications for the State Fire Assistance Mitigation Plains Prescribed Fire Grant are available each June 15 through Aug. 15.

Texas A&M Forest Service does not conduct these prescribed burns. Grant recipients must select a certified and insured prescribed burn manager to be eligible for reimbursement.

For more information, including eligibility requirements and an application, visit https:// t f s w e b . t amu . e d u / cppgrant/.

For information about other natural resource programs that offer financial assistance to Texas landowners, visit https:// texasforestinfo.tamu.edu/ fundingconnector/.

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Dalhart turns to prayer during rough weekend

A larger number of Dalhart students and residents, along with others from around the area, came together at Memorial Stadium on Sunday September 4 for a candlelight vigil in honor of Yahir Cancino, a Dalhart sophomore who passed away two days earlier from a head injury suffered during a JV football game. The candlelight ceremony was hosted by the DHS student council.

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The return of the Wells Fargo ATM

Crews from Wells Fargo Bank installed a new Automated Teller Machine at Malfunction Junction last week. City secretary Wendy Kleynhans said the Wells Fargo branch closed in June 2020 and the ATM was removed from the branch location in October of that year. She said the bank called the city to obtain permits to install the new stand-alone ATM this week.

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Nobody hurt in Thursday rollover

Dalhart fire, the Hartley County Sheriff’s Department, Texas Department of Public Safety and AMR ambulance responded to the scene of a single-vehicle rollover Thursday afternoon on U.S. Highway 54 at County Road 11 in western Hartley County. The driver of the vehicle was uninjured as the vehicle rolled and came to rest upside down in a field on the south side of Highway 54.

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XIT Rangers set for final Playdays Rodeo on Sept. 17

Hayden Boaldin competes in the flag race during the XIT Rangers Playdays Aug. 27.

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Headed out to the country for Dove Season? Keep an eye out for abandoned or deteriorated water wells

AUSTIN – Texas hunters headed out for dove season are asked to watch for abandoned or deteriorated water wells, and to report any they find to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation.

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Dalhart XIT Rangers hold 10x10 round robin team roping

Tyler And Jace Thomas with a 25.011 on three to win the Dalhart XIT Rangers 10x10 Round Tobin team roping tournament on Sunday.

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Local beef community raises over $100,000 for SP4K Beef Fund

The Amarillo area beef community presented a check for $109,000 to the Snack Pak 4 Kids (SP4K) Beef Fund. The money will provide beef protein to hungry students through the Snack Pak weekend hunger program. The check was presented at the fourth annual Beef 4 Kids Classic golf tournament.

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XIT Rangers Playdays Rodeo season is winding down

Klansey Gutierrez competes in the barrel race on Saturday during the XIT Rangers Playdays Rodeo.

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Milk haulers mix it up

The Dalhart Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched Saturday afternoon to the intersection of U.S. Highway 54 east and Spur 24, about four miles outside Dalhart, for an accident between a pair of loaded milk haulers.