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AC Student Arrested for Carrying Gun on Campus

A student at Amarillo College was arrested for bringing a gun to school.
"On Thursday morning someone on our campus reported what they saw looked to be a firearm on the belt of a student," Joe Wyatt with AC said. "They reported that to the police.
Wyatt says there was no indication that the student intended to harm anyone. According to the Potter County jail roster, 21 year old Cody Lane Black was booked on a third-degree felony charge of unlawfully carrying a concealed weapon in a prohibited place.

Amarillo West Africa Travellers Released After 3 Week Monitoring

Three weeks are up. The people the Public Health Department were watching for Ebola symptoms after travelling to Amarillo from West Africa were cleared earlier this week.
Public Health Director Casie Stoughten says the city decided to monitor these people twice a day, for 21 days to make sure no symptoms were presented.
"We went a little bit above and beyond what the state and the CDC guidelines are," Stoughen said. "We did ask all the travellers to stay in their homes. We had absolute cooperation."
She says they never presented a threat to the public but they kept a close eye for symptoms all the same.
"There's a checklist that is provided by State Health Services and that includes fever and then the signs and symptoms of Ebola," Stoughten said. "Nausea, vomiting, unexplained bleeding, even muscle aches, headaches, those types of things."

Open Carry Texas President Speaks on Controversy

More discussion on the topic of the open carrying of firearms in Texas has led to debates on what form it will take, should any of the bills pass. Open Carry Texas President CJ Grisham spoke with KGNC.
"Obviously we've been fighting very hard to get the government out of that decision making process by taking away the license and making it voluntary," Grisham said. "But, we're definitely going to have open carry next year, we just don't if it's going to be licensed or unlicensed."
Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick swung from one side of the issue to another after his interview with the Texas Tribune.
"My problem with what Dan Patrick said wasn't the fact that the votes but the fact that he said it wasn't necessarily a priority," Grisham said. "What really bothered me was, here's a guy who campaigned on open carry and making sure it was going to happen. He simply let it out with a very pessimistic tone."
Patrick even states on his website, danpatrick.org, that he will fight for open carry. However, Patrick would not answer as to whether he would have voted for the bill if it had been presented while he was in the Senate.

Two Arrested at Estes Motel for Cocaine and Meth Manufacturing

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.

$800K of Cocaine and Heroin Seized on I-40 in Potter County

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.


Amarillo Bulls Falls to Rio Grande Valley 6-2

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.

Amarillo Native Ryan Palmer Tied for Fourth in Waste Management Phoenix Open After Second Round

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.

WT Sports Preview

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.

High School Basketball Recap

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.


KGNC's James Hunt to Moderate Roundtable Discussion on Water Use in Agriculture

“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.”

Panelists include:

  • Dr. Nolan Clark, Panhandle Regional Water Planning Group Agricultural Water Demands and Projections Committee chair; also former director of the USDA-ARS lab in Bushland 
  • Dr. Dave Brauer, U.S. Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service soil and water management research unit leader
  • Danny Krienke, past president of the North Plains Groundwater Conservation District, past chairman of Groundwater Management Area 1, current member of Panhandle Regional Water Planning Group
  • Dale Artho, past chairman of the U.S. Grains Council, founding member of the United Sorghum Checkoff Program board of directors

Texas Legislature Approves $53 Million for New WTAMU Ag Complex

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.

UPDATED: USDA Info On Risk Management Programs

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 

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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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