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Two men were arrested after a search warrant was served at a motel in east Amarillo.
Members of the narcotics unit served the warrant Thursday afternoon at the Estes motel on Amarillo Boulevard east. They found 11 grams of crack cocaine and 5 grams of meth along with drug paraphernalia. Demarcus Daniel, 33, and Jimmy Drake, 53, were booked into Potter County on a charge of manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance.
Over $800,000 worth of illegal drugs were seized after a traffic stop on I-40.
A DPS trooper made the stop Wednesday afternoon for a traffic violation near Amarillo in Potter County. During a search, the trooper found over five pounds of cocaine and four pounds of heroin in the vehicle. The driver was booked into Potter County on a first degree felony charge of possession of a controlled substance. The drugs were reportedly being taken from Phoenix to Brooklyn, New York.
The Amarillo Bulls allow three goals each in the second and third period as they fall to Rio Grande Valley 6-2. Tristan Rostagno and Brady Crabtree scored goals for the Bulls in the lost. The Bulls' record drops to 16-22-3 overall and 35 points on the season. The two teams will play each other again Saturday at 7:05 pm.
After having the lead after day one of the Waste Management Phoenix Open, Amarillo native Ryan Palmer is tied for fourth on the leaderboard. Palmer shot a 1-over 72 in the second round. He is currently four strokes behind the leader. Play was suspended for the second straight day due to darkness.
The West Texas A&M Buffaloes will be heading to Portales Saturday as they will take on Eastern New Mexico. The Buffs go into the contest with a 12-8 overall record and 2-4 in conference record. The Buffs are coming off a 92-71 home win over Langston on Tuesday. Game time will be at 8:30 pm.
The West Texas A&M Lady Buffs will be on the road Saturday as they will take on Eastern New Mexico in Portales. The Lady Buffs will go into the contest with a 15-2 overall record with a 6-1 conference record. They are currently riding a six-game winning streak after beating Texas Woman's by 15 last Sunday night. Game time will be at 6:30 pm.
The West Texas A&M baseball team's matchup against Southwestern Oklahoma State in Wilder Park has been moved to Sunday afternoon due to weather. The Buffs are coming off a 37-21 overall record and an appearance in the NCAA Playoffs. The Buffs will not be back home until March 6th when they play Eastern New Mexico. The doubleheader starts with the first game at 2:00 pm and the second game starting at 4:00 pm.
In girls high school basketball action last night, Hereford upsets Canyon 39-34. Frenship slips past Tascosa 61-58. Palo Duro defeats Dumas 52-45. Randall survives a tough match against Caprock 52-48. Bushland blows out Borger 69-33. And Spearman takes down River Road 44-26.
In boys high school basketball action last night, Tascosa beats Frenship 61-48. Caprock wins a tight game against Randall 52-49. Canyon gets a win over Hereford 62-56. Palo Duro easily beats Dumas 91-45. And Spearman also gets an easy win over River Road 60-30.
“Water and the Future of Farming on the Plains” is the title for a roundtable discussion Saturday, February 7 at 10 a.m. the downtown branch of the Amarillo Public Library.
KGNC Agribusiness Director James Hunt will serve as moderator for the event, which is free and open to the public. James says, “I hope to see many of my friends in agriculture at that event, but it’s primary purpose is to help the general public – the people who aren’t involved in farming – to get a better understanding of how much water from the Ogallala is being used by agriculture and the dedicated effort of agriculture to use less of that resource. We have a great panel assembled for our discussion.”
With the Texas Legislature underway, a big local consideration is funding for a proposed $53 million ag complex at West Texas A&M University to replace current facilities that the university says are not keeping up with explosive ag program enrollment.
On the KGNC Agribusiness Hour, Dr. Lance Kieth, a professor of ag education and a department head at WT said the university is seeking funding through a tuition revenue bond.
"Tuition revenue bonds are a Texas thing," Dr. Kieth said, "and this is all institutions in Texas. It's not just WT, so even the University of Texas, Texas A&M are a part of this big pot of money. We want everyone to win on this deal."
The Texas Legislature does run into late May, and Dr. Kieth said any decision on funding for the project will likely come late in the session. But WT officials are optimistic about securing funding. As for those facilities the new complex would replace: Dr. Kieth says they’ll be put to use for instructional purposes in areas such as biology, math, and chemistry, which are also growing at WT.
Farmers are faced with some difficult decisions 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
And for cotton-specific information from the National Cotton Council, go here http://www.cotton.org/issues/stax-farm-bill-meetings.cfm
The KGNC Golden Spread Agribusiness Hour is your daily opportunity to hear from agriculture newsmakers from around the region. The program airs Monday through Friday from 5 a.m. to 6 a.m. on KGNC-AM.
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.
If you are unable to listen to the Agribusiness Hour live, remember you can hear recordings of past programs in podcast form by going here: http://multimedia.kgncam.com/audio/ag.htm