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One Person Killed in Ochiltree County Crash

One person is dead and another is in critical condition after a crash in Ochiltree County.  

DPS officials say it happened just before 4:00 p.m Thursday on County Road 3 about 10 miles east of Spearman. A car driven by David Ira Burger, 90, was travelling west on County Road "R" when he failed to yield right of way at the intersection and turned into the path of an oncoming 18 wheeler. Burger later died at the hospital and his passenger, Mildred Burger, 84,was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

72 Grams of Meth Found in 1900 Block of Gregory Apartment

A man has been booked into Potter County after deputies seized over $7,200 worth of methamphetimine from his apartment.

The deputies served a felony warrant Thursday on a person wanted for an assault involving family violence in the 1900 block of Gregory. After searching the house, the officers found about 72 grams of meth. No names have been released yet since the case is still under investigation. Charges are pending.

DPS Patrols Rise During Christmas Time

Tis the season for party's and drinking, which can lead to drunk driving, and local authorities want to stop it before it turns deadly. Trooper Chris Ray with the DPS told KGNC a grant from the Texas Department of Transportation is funding increased patrols in Amarillo from now through January 2nd.
"Our whole goal for this program is to get the intoxicated and impaired drivers off the roadway. We know that during the holidays, people have an increased potential of drinking during Christmas events," Ray said.
While driving home, be extra cautious between the hours of 10 p.m. till 3 am. Ray said historically those are the worst hours for intoxicated driving incidents. Ray said if you are drinking always find a designated driver.

Crime Stoppers Fugitive of the Week

Amarillo Crime Stoppers is asking for help finding their fugitive of the week.  

Jose Miguel Hernandez, 21, is wanted out of Potter County for murder in connection with last month's homicide of Sal Ramirez, 23. Hernandez is described as 5'6", with blue eyes and brown hair. Anyone with information on Hernandez is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 374-4400 or submit a tip online at amapolice.org. An increased reward of up to $2,000 is being offered.

Palo Duro Canyon Holds Christmas Balloon Glow

As the Christmas holiday approaches, the Palo Duro Canyon State Park is offering a bit of fresh 'hot' air to their visitors.
This Saturday, from 5-7, the park will waive their entrance fees for the Christmas Balloon Glow. Bernice Blasingame, the park interpreter, explained to KGNC what it will be.
"The Hot Air Balloon Glow are three hot-air balloons that will be inflated in the parking lot of the Pavillion, it's our way of saying Merry Christmas to our visitors."
She says there will be activities, hot chocolate, and cookies for the kiddos. They also will be taking donations for the High Plains Food Bank. 

Amarillo Paying Average of $2.10 for Gallon of Gas

Gas prices in Amarillo continue their free fall.  

According to the Triple-A Texas Weekend Gas Watch, drivers here are paying an average of $2.10 a gallon, a drop of 18 cents from last week and 71 cents less that a year ago. Statewide, the average fell 14 cents to $2.26 a gallon. Triple-A estimates drivers across the nation are saving more than $400 million each day compared to the high prices paid earlier this year.  

The average price at the pump has fallen nearly 25% since the start of the year, and if the global price of crude continues to register new multiyear lows, these lower prices are likely to persist.

AC Names Deborah Vess as Vice President of Academic Affairs

A new Vice President has named for Amarillo College.
Doctor Deborah Vess, who holds a PhD in European History, a master's and bachelor's in philosophy, and a bachelor's in music, has served as special assistant to the provost at Georgia College, associate provost for the College of Staten Island, and most recently Vice President for Rivier University. But, she started out in Amarillo.
"I am very excited to be returning to Texas," Dr. Vess told KGNC, "like that old saying, you can take the girl out of Texas, but you can't take the Texas out of the girl. I've been gone a while and I'm very excited to work with such a fine President as Russell Lowery-Hart."
Jerry Moller, a longtime dean at AC, filled Russell Lowery-Hart's post on an interim basis since he became president and is now looking forward to retirement. He says he will remain at the college quote "for a short period to help facilitate the transition and provide the strongest foundation possible for Dr. Vess."

$119,000 Worth of Pot Seized in I-40 Traffic Stop

A traffic stop in Potter County yielded over 34 pounds of marijuana.

A Potter County deputy made the stop Wednesday for speeding just west of Coulter on I-40. The deputy could smell the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle and the driver refused to consent to a search. A K-9 unit alerted to the drugs, and the pot, worth around $119,000, was found disguised as christmas presents. Two people in the vehicle were booked into Potter County on a felony charge of possession of marijuana.  

The drugs were reportedly being taken from California to Austin.

Car Stolen Twice; Leads to 3 Arrests

A car that was stolen twice in a 10 day span has led to three arrests.

Early Wednesday morning, an officer saw the car in the 200 block of McMasters. A computer check showed that the car had been stolen on Tuesday. The officer pulled in behind the car at a convenience store and two juveniles got out and took off on foot. While the officer was handcuffing one of the suspects, he saw the car driving away on McMasters.

Officers later caught Nicci Rene Hill, 30, and booked her into Potter County for unauthorized use of a motor vehicl, a bond forfeiture warrant, and four municipal warrants. The two juveniles were taken to the Youth Center of the High Plains for auto theft. 

$387K of Cocaine Seized on I-40

Over a third of a million dollars worth of cocaine was seized after a traffic stop on I-40.  

A DPS trooper made the stop Tuesday morning near Conway for a traffic violation. During the stop, the trooper found the coke, worth over $387,000, hidden inside a false floor. Two people in the car were booked into the Carson county jail on a first degree felony charge of possession of a controlled substance. The drugs were reportedly being taken from L.A. to Atlanta.

Prescribed Burns for Lake Meredith Begin

Over the next few months, you might see smoke coming from areas around Lake Merideth and officials want to make sure you aren't alarmed.

Starting Monday and going through March 31st of next year, there will be prescribed burns to reduce hazardous fuels in the park brought on by the amount of rain and growth of grass in the last six months. The areas of North Canyon, Spring Canyon, the Stilling basin, Water Authority, South Canyon, Sanford Yake, Cedar Canyon, and at the south end of the Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument and Mullinaw Crossing will be closed surrounding the days that the burns are planned.

Maps soon to come.


Canadian Wins Class 2A Division I State Title

Tanner Schafer went 22 of 28 for 232 yards and two touchdowns to lead Canadian to a Class 2A Division I state title win over Mason 34-7. Chance Cook ran 12 times for 80 yards and two scores. It's Canadian's third state title in school history, their first since 2008. Canadian held Mason to seven points when Mason was averaging 43 points per game. The Wildcats finished the season ranked third in the AP 2A poll and with a perfect record at 15-0.

WT Basketball Update

Chon White goes off for 25 points and 17 rebounds as the West Texas A&M Lady Buffs squeezes by Western Washington in the South Point Holiday Hoops Classic with a 64-63 overtime win. Sasha Watson added 13 points with five rebounds and three assists as the Lady Buffs improve to 7-1 on the season. Their winning streak now increases to seven on the year. The Lady Buffs will play again today at 1:15 p.m. as they will take on Northwest Nazarene.

David Chavlovich scores 20 points with five rebounds and six assists as the West Texas A&M Buffaloes get an easy win in Fort Lauderdale, Florida over Nova Southeastern 82-66. Miles Gatewood had 16 points and eight assists as the Buffs win their third straight game. The Buffs improve to 6-4 on the season. They will play again before they take their Christmas break tomorrow at noon against Missouri-St. Louis.

Amarillo Bulls-Lone Star Preview

The Amarillo Bulls are back home for the first time since November 16th as they have a two-game series against Lone Star. The Bulls are 1-3 this season against Lone Star. The Bulls enter the contest with a 9-15-3 record overall and 21 total points. They currently sit at the 7th spot in the South Division. The two teams will play tonight and tomorrow at 7:05 pm.


Signup Deadline For Dairymen

The signup deadline for the new Margin Protection Program has been extended again, this time to Dec. 19. For more information, go here



Southwest Beef Symposium

What will the future of the beef industry look like? On January 14 and 15 that topic will be discussed at the Southwest Beef Symposium in Amarillo. For more information and a way to register, go here



Argentinian Beef Issue

USDA has extended the comments period regarding the proposal to allow fresh beef from Argentina to be imported into the U.S. Many in the U.S. livestock and meat industry oppose this proposal because of concerns about foot-and-mouth disease. The new deadline for comments is Dec. 29. To find out more and to submit comments, go here http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-10-31/html/2014-25936.htm


USDA Info On Risk Management Programs

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


For more information from the Agricultural & Food Policy Center at Texas A&M, cllick here


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In addition to bringing you the insights of ag experts from around the High Plains region, our show also offers up-to-the-minute market information, veterinary news, wildlife reports, and features that explore the daily endeavor of those good people – the farmers and livestock producers – who provide us with the food and fiber we all need.

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