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The City of Amarillo authorized more uses of the hotel occupancy tax at Tuesday's council meeting.
The tax is exactly what it sounds like: a tax tacked onto hotel bills when people stay in Texas.
"Number one, it helps market Texas as a state to visitors. And then it helps individual communities with their own marketing efforts," said Eric Miller with the Amarillo Convention and Visitor Council.
Miller said Amarillo's share of the tax normally goes into the Amarillo Civic Center. The city has allowed them to be more flexible with their share to promote other government owned venues like Palo Duro Canyon and West Texas A&M University, which brings in tourists and shoppers.
It's been passed by the Animal Management and Welfare Board, and also by the Amarillo City Council: if your dog runs off, it might come back with a microchip.
Interim Director of the Board Scott McDonald explained that animals that are usually brought to the pound are pets that have been brought in before.
"If we impound that animal without tags typically there will be citations that'll go along with it as well as the impound costs for how many days the animal is there. So this is a much better alternative," McDonald said.
The pets can be scanned and shipped back to their owner much faster this way and the cost of the chip and registration fee is much cheaper.
Drones have been in the news a lot recently, and now a local organization organization has a way for you to win one.
The Don Harrington Discovery Center is holding a drawing for a Dji Phantom 2 Ready to Fly Quadcopter that comes with a GoPro Hero camera to give you instant feedback on what the drone is seeing.
"The tickets are $50 each and you can purchase them here at the Discovery Center but the easiest way is to go online to dhdc.org and click on the link to own your own drone," says Amy Juba with the DHDC.
Juba adds the drone would be great for everyone from farmers to hunters with a lot of applications in between. The drawing is on October 25th during their Mad Scientist Ball where they are thinking about flying the drone in with the winning ticket.
The West Texas A&M Lady Buffs volleyball team swept Wayland Baptist in 3 straight sets (25-18, 25-11, and 25-12). Senior Lauren Bevan led the way for the Lady Buffs in kills with 13 for the contest followed by senior Kameryn Hayes who had 8 kills in the match. The Lady Buffs next match will be on the road Friday against Texas A&M Commerce.
The Canyon Lady Eagles volleyball team swept Hereford in a critical District matchup (25-22, 25-21, and 25-20). The Lady Eagles improve to 19-12 on the season with their first District victory of the season while Hereford drops to 13-17 on the season. Senior Caroline Mills led Canyon in kills with 16 for the match.
In other high school volleyball action, No. 12 ranked Randall swept Caprock in 3 straight sets as they improve to an impressive 21-6 record, Dumas swept Palo Duro to remain unbeaten in District play, Frenship beat Tascosa in 4 sets as the lost snapped Tascosa's 16-game district game winning streak, and the No. 1 ranked Bushland swept Borger to improve to 28-4 on the season.
The Amarillo Venom have signed former University of Wyoming RB Tedder Easton. Easton ran for 311 yards and 5 TDs for the Cowboys in the 2013 season. The Venom will be holding open tryouts Oct. 18 beginning at 8:00 am at the Kids Inc. Sports Complex.
Big decisions are coming for farmers related to their participation in various Farm Bill programs, most notably Price Loss Coverage and Agricultural Risk Coverage. Information about PLC, ARC, base reallocation, and yield updates is available here
Enrollment is underway for the next edition of Texas A&M AgriLife’s Master Marketer Program. Classes will begin in January of 2015. The program offers participants education on a variety of ways to strengthen their risk management skills. Past graduates report increasing their personal profits by an average of more than $33,000 a year. For more information about Master Marketer, go here https://agriliferegister.tamu.edu/index.cfm/productDetails/ProductID/1545/
The annual Southwest Dairy Day is scheduled Oct. 8 at the Del Rio Dairy near Friona. Texas A&M AgriLife Extension and the Gingg family are hosting the event. For more information, go here http://today.agrilife.org/2014/09/08/southwest-dairy-day-to-offer-look-at-modern-dairy-oct-8-near-friona/
Farmers can now enroll in the Cotton Transition Assistance Program. CTAP will provide cotton farmers in the 2014 crop year with interim payments until USDA can begin offering the new insurance product known as the Stacked Income Protection Plan, which was created in the new Farm Bill. For more information, go here
Many in agriculture are concerned about what is commonly referred to as “The Waters of the U.S. Rule.” This “rule” involves the Clean Water Act, and what many fear is an attempt by EPA to reinterpret the Act in ways that would make even small bodies of water like ditches and ponds subject to regulation and thereby impose new restrictions on common agricultural practices like fertilizer and herbicide application. A public comments period regarding the Clean Water Act proposals is open through Oct. 20. To learn more about the issue and submit your opinions, go here http://water.epa.gov/lawsregs/guidance/wetlands/CWAwaters.cfm