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  • Expectations for Permian Basin oil production rises

    06/10/2014 9:17:23 PM PDT · by ckilmer · 28 replies
    fool.com ^ | June 10, 2014 | By Matt DiLallo
    By Matt DiLallo | More Articles June 10, 2014 | Comments (0)   Source: Chesapeake Energy.  Drilling down into the Permian BasinWhile the Permian Basin is one of America's oldest and most prolific oil basins, its best days could lie ahead. According to leading Permian Basin driller Pioneer Natural Resources (NYSE: PXD  ) , the Spraberry and Wolfcamp Shale formations in the Permian Basin represent the largest oil field in America, and one of the biggest in the world. As the following slide notes, the field holds an estimated 75 billion barrels of recoverable oil and gas. Source: Pioneer Natural Resources.  As that...
  • Texas responder to fertilizer blast arrested on pipe bomb charge

    05/10/2013 7:44:15 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 34 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri May 10, 2013 6:38pm EDT | Lisa Maria Garza
    (Reuters) - U.S. prosecutors charged a paramedic, one of the first to respond to a deadly explosion last month in the Texas town of West, with unlawful possession of pipe bomb components, but authorities said no evidence linked the charge to the fertilizer plant disaster. Bryce Reed, 31, appeared at federal court in Waco, Texas, on Friday, where he faced one count of unlawfully possessing an unregistered destructive device. He did not enter a plea, said Daryl Fields, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office in the Western District of Texas. Local police said there was no known connection between...
  • Obama to attend memorial service for victims of Texas explosion (Bush Library)

    04/22/2013 7:12:41 PM PDT · by haffast · 42 replies
    Yahoo News - The Ticket ^ | 4-22-2013 | Holly Bailey
    WACO, Texas—President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will attend a memorial service Thursday for victims of last Wednesday’s deadly fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas. The service is scheduled to take place at 2 p.m. CT at Baylor University in Waco. A city official in West said the president is also expected to visit the site of the blast. The Obamas were already scheduled to be in Dallas for the opening of former President George W. Bush’s presidential library Thursday morning. White House press secretary Jay Carney said Monday the first couple will fly to West after the...
  • Situation in West Texas

    04/22/2013 12:50:32 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 30 replies
    4/22/13 | Me
    Can any Texas FReepers give us an idea of what situation is in the town of West Texas. I gotten some e-mails indicating that there is little to no help for the people there. Is it true or just a fund raising gimick?
  • Obama to Attend Memorial in West, Texas [Attention Whore Needs Attention]

    04/22/2013 10:56:34 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 30 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 4/22/13 | Daniel Halper
    President Obama will attend a memorial in West, Texas for those killed in the explosion there last week, the press secretary announced today. Obama will be in Texas anyway for a Democratic fundraiser...
  • Obama Still Not Scheduled to Visit West, Texas

    04/22/2013 6:48:04 AM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 40 replies
    WH Dossier ^ | 4-22-2013 | Keith Koffler
    President Obama is still not scheduled to visit the devastated community of West, Texas, where an explosion at a fertilizer plant five days ago killed 14 – including 11 emergency responders – and wounded approximately 200 people. Up to 75 homes were damaged, as well as an apartment complex that was decimated. Obama so far has sent prayers and money to the town, but not himself. (snip) He will have ample opportunity. The president, along with First Lady Michelle Obama, will be in Texas two days this week, heading to Dallas Wednesday for a Democratic National Committee fundraiser and then...
  • Texas Fertilizer Plant Failed To Disclose Massive Amount Of Ammonium Nitrate

    04/21/2013 11:22:36 AM PDT · by OKRA2012 · 166 replies
    TPM ^ | 4/20/13 | IGOR BOBIC
    The West, Texas fertilizer plant where a powerful explosion killed at least 14 and injured dozens on Wednesday failed to disclose a massive ammount of ammonium nitrate ordinarily regulated by federal officials, according to Reuters. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security requires fertilizer plants and depots to disclose amounts of ammonium nitrate, which can be used to make a bomb, above 400 lbs. The West, Texas plant, West Fertilizer, reportedly held 270 tons of the substance, 1,350 times that limit.
  • Stelter Berates Fox for Daring to Report on Deadly Texas Blast, Not Obama's Angry Gun Remarks

    04/19/2013 9:57:37 AM PDT · by chessplayer · 29 replies
    Brian Stelter, media reporter for the New York Times, foisted his peculiar news judgment on Fox News, weighing President Obama's petulant remarks after the defeat of his gun control plans as more newsworthy than a fire at a Texas fertilizer plant that has killed at least 12 people and injured up to 200.
  • Wow: Runner Escapes Boston Bombs, Texas Blast

    04/19/2013 8:15:21 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 6 replies
    Newser ^ | 04/18/2013 | By John Johnson
    Not too many people can relate to this week better than Austin's Joe Berti. He raced in the Boston Marathon and figures he crossed the finish line about 30 seconds before the first bomb went off, reports AP. His wife got hit with shrapnel but escaped serious injury. The Bertis returned to Texas on Tuesday, and the next night, as he drove home from a meeting in Dallas on I-35, Joe's car got rocked by the explosion of the fertilizer plant in West, Texas. He survived that, too, even pulling over to snap a photo of the plume—as debris hit...
  • Man Miraculously Survives Boston AND Texas Explosions

    04/19/2013 7:11:26 AM PDT · by RummyChick · 26 replies
    kickin country ^ | 4/19 | kickin country
    Seconds after Joe Berti, 43, crossed the finish line of the Boston Marathon, the first bomb exploded. Joe’s wife, Amy, was near the finish line to take a photograph of her husband finishing the 26.2 mile race. He was uninjured. Shortly after, the second bomb exploded. Amy was only 10 yards away from the bomb and was also miraculously unhurt, although, the woman next to her had her leg torn off from the knee down. I had just run to the finish line and… (moments) later I heard the first explosion, and then turned around and saw the smoke,” he...
  • Texas Plant Told State it Could Not Explode

    04/18/2013 2:02:16 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 87 replies
    Newser ^ | 04/18/2013 | By Kevin Spak
    (Newser) – News outlets are digging into the West Fertilizer plant's regulatory filings and finding that, in light of the explosion that may have killed as many as 15 people and injured about 160, the plant might have undersold the risks a tad. While the company did tell regulators it had up to 54,000 pounds of anhydrous ammonia on hand, it said there was "no" fire or explosive risk, Fox News reports. It said the absolute worst-case scenario would be an essentially harmless 10-minute gas leak. In other developments: Rick Perry is asking the federal government to declare an emergency...
  • UPDATE: EMS Director Says 60 To 70 Dead In West Explosion

    04/17/2013 9:26:21 PM PDT · by Nachum · 59 replies
    kwtx ^ | 4/17/13 | staff
    WACO (April 17, 2013)--West EMS Director Dr. George Smith says as many as 60 or 70 people died and at least 100 were injured Wednesday night in a fertilizer plant explosion in West. A rescuer earlier said he knew of five deaths. West Mayor Tommy Muska said at a news conference however, that he doesn't yet know how many people were hurt or killed in the blast explosion. He said there was a fire at the West Fertilizer plant before the explosion.
  • UPDATE: Numerous Injuries Reported In West Fertilizer Plant Explosion

    04/17/2013 7:01:35 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 105 replies
    KWTX Television ^ | April 17, 2013 | none stated
    Emergency crews were responding Wednesday night after a report of a major explosion at a burning fertilizer plant in West north of Waco. West firefighters were dispatched to the plant earlier in the evening after an earlier fire rekindled. The explosion was reported at around 7:50 p.m. in a frantic radio call from the scene of the fire at West Fertilizer at 1471 Jerry Mashek Dr. just off Interstate 35. Numerous injuries were reported and multiple ambulances were requested. Several buildings were reported destroyed and a nearby nursing home was damaged.
  • Powerful Explosion Rocks Small Town North of Waco

    04/17/2013 6:51:57 PM PDT · by kristinn · 377 replies
    WFAA ^ | Wednesday, April 17, 2013
    A large explosion rocked the town of West, Texas, 19 miles north of Waco, on Wednesday evening. A source tells News 8 that a large swath of the small town with a population of 2,800 has been leveled. According to initial reports, the blast was at the West Fertilizer plant at 1471 Jerry Mashek Drive, about a half-mile east of Interstate 35.
  • CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Fertilizer Plant Explosion Near Waco, Texas (Warning, Unedited)

    04/17/2013 8:55:27 PM PDT · by mnehring · 184 replies
    Explosions rocked a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, Wednesday evening as firefighters were battling a fire, causing multiple injuries, authorities said. Dani Moore, dispatcher with the Texas Department of Pubic Safety, said she did not know how many were injured or the extent of their injuries. "The fertilizer plant was on fire. Firefighters were on the scene. There was an explosion ... followed by a second explosion,'' she said. She said there were multiple damages to structures and vehicles. She said she had no information on the cause of the blasts or fire. WFAA.com reported at least 10 structures were...
  • A Waltz Across West Texas (Video)

    04/02/2013 12:23:04 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 9 replies
    vIMEO ^ | Wyman Meinzer and Doug Smith
    A Waltz Across West Texas   Wyman, the photographer, used to live in the old jail in Benjamin, TX.  The photo of the coiled rattlesnake appeared on the cover of a wildlife magazine in the 80's. He said, there were times he crawled a long way on his belly to get a good shot of a wild animal. The music is by Doug Smith.  Doug is from Petersburg, Texas and lives south of town.  Doug plays by ear- He cannot read music, but has many CDs. A pickup accident left Doug paralyzed and he does not play anymore.  Most...
  • Salazar: lizard might not be listed as endangered {West Texas, NM}

    05/10/2012 5:23:12 AM PDT · by thackney · 22 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | May 9, 2012 | Matthew Tresaugue
    U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said Wednesday that the dunes sagebrush lizard might not be listed as endangered if enough energy companies and ranchers voluntarily agree to preserve the sand-dwelling reptile’s habitat. Salazar endorsed the conservation pacts as a way to protect the lizard while avoiding the more rigid federal endangered-species listing, which could put the brakes on oil and gas drilling in parts of West Texas and New Mexico. “We are making great progress with volunteer agreements,” he said after touring a ConocoPhillips site near Midland, in the imperiled lizard’s range. “We might be able to avoid a listing.”...
  • Where are we now?

    03/09/2012 7:51:41 PM PST · by TexasSecede79366 · 19 replies
    West Texas is booming like the "old days". You can walk in off the street and make $1100-$1200 a week throwing a chain on the floor. (That's a worms first job.) Rent for a 2 room trailer is 900 a month if you can find one. It's absolutely insane. It should not be this way. It's like a desperate man's last gasp.
  • Nina Burleigh: Anita Perry, closet liberal?

    10/03/2011 2:26:29 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 28 replies · 2+ views
    Salon ^ | October 2, 2011 | Nina Burleigh, a writer living in Paris
    Not quite. The spouse of the stumbling front-runner embodies the decent conservatism he has left behind The monarch butterflies on their way down to Mexico drift like autumn leaves above the barren cotton fields of Haskell, Texas, like they do every fall. But the cotton gins behind the field where the Indians will play football on Friday nights are idle, the white tufts on the grass mere remnants of last year’s crop. Haskell County farmers planted last spring just like every year, but nothing green came up. No rain. Most people say it’s to do with natural weather cycles. A...
  • Governor Almost Wasn't--After years on ranch, Perry saw climate was right for politics

    08/11/2011 3:06:55 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 17 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | March 12, 2006 | CHRISTY HOPPE
    …."I was burned out," he said. "In 1977, I didn't know what I wanted to do. And actually, was a little lost - as a person, both in my temporal life and my spiritual life, a little lost." So three days before his 27th birthday, the man who had owned the skies and commanded a crew was finally heading home, where he would live with his parents, Ray and Amelia, and work on the family farm. …..They formed JR Perry Farms in early 1978. And then it stopped raining. The green stalks wilted, and the ground began to crack. The...
  • How Rick Perry Could Shake Up The GOP Race

    07/20/2011 1:59:33 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 57 replies
    NPR ^ | July 20, 2011 | Liz Halloran Interview
    Jul 20, 2011 — Will the Texas governor elbow his way into the crowded presidential race? Longtime Perry watcher Evan Smith of the Texas Tribune talks about why he thinks Perry will run and what kind of candidate he'd be. [snip] We spoke with the Texas Tribune's Evan Smith about the man he has followed since the early 1990s. A former editor of Texas Monthly magazine, Smith says he's convinced Perry will make a run at the White House, and tells us why other Republican hopefuls should be worried.
  • The Wildfires in West Texas

    04/12/2011 3:20:04 PM PDT · by LUV W · 41 replies · 1+ views
    KWES NewsWest 9, Midland, Texas ^ | April 12, 2011 | KWES NewsWest 9
    Latest Updates on West Texas Fires Large fires continue to burn out of control near Fort Davis and Alpine. Midland residents have returned home after a large fire burned Saturday evening near FM 1788..... In true West Texas fashion, many of (West Texans) have been asking how (they) can help victims of wildfires in Midland and Fort Davis.
  • Wake up to the West Texas Organizing Strategy

    04/20/2010 6:06:39 PM PDT · by Army Air Corps · 41 replies · 809+ views
    Pratt on Texas ^ | 20 April 2010 | Robert Pratt
    Wake up to the West Texas Organizing Strategy (WTOS) Businesses, institutions and politicians need to learn the difference between communities of interest and radical political groups masquerading as such.As was discussed on Pratt on Texas back in 2007, the West Texas Organizing Strategy is an official arm of the radical Chicago-based Industrial Areas Foundation. You’ll find them listed on the IAF’s website among a few dozen other hives of Saul Alinsky socialist groups around the nation. That Lubbock has one should be a concern to Liberty lovers.From the IAF website: “The current generation of IAF organizations began in the mid-1970's...
  • Officials release new details for Bush 'Welcome Home' (Midland, TX)

    01/14/2009 10:06:52 PM PST · by STARWISE · 26 replies · 2,577+ views
    My West Texas ^ | 1-13-09 | Jimmy Patterson
    Tickets to be made available beginning 10 a.m. today at city hall, the Midland chamber, the George W. Bush Childhood home and Kent Kwik locations. ### Midland city officials are working feverishly with White House officials to schedule what Mayor Wes Perry is calling “one of the most incredible events Midland has ever had.” That event, a “Welcome Home Rally for President and Mrs. George W. Bush,” is scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday, in Centennial Plaza, downtown Midland. Free tickets can be obtained beginning 10 a.m. today at Midland City Hall, 300 N. Loraine; the Midland Chamber of Commerce, 109...
  • Corridor Watch: Elect our transportation leaders

    06/24/2008 7:48:48 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies · 184+ views
    The Austin American-Statesman ^ | June 23, 2008 | Ben Wear
    CorridorWatch, a Fayette County-based group that has been active in opposing the Trans-Texas Corridor plan, wants to go beyond the Sunset Advisory Commission’s recommended shakeup of state transportation leadership. The group, led by David and Linda Stall, recommends that TxDOT answer to an elected six-member board led by a chairman appointed by the governor. CorridorWatch makes it recommendation, along with various other reactions to the Sunset commission staff’s recent report on TxDOT, in written comments submitted as part of the sunset process. TxDOT, like all state agencies, “sunsets” after 12 years unless the Legislature acts to keep it alive. As...
  • Column - John Kanelis: State faces many rural roadblocks

    05/11/2008 2:38:48 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies · 387+ views
    Amarillo Globe-News ^ | May 11, 2008 | John Kanelis
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry wants to build a big highway through the Lone Star State. No, make that a really big highway, as in a monstrously big highway. The exact route hasn't been determined. The mega-highway would run roughly from Laredo on the Rio Grande River through the Hill Country and the Piney Woods and then through Texarkana in that tiny portion of the state that borders Arkansas. Imagine for a moment if that thoroughfare would be pointed in the other direction - from the Valley, through the South Plains and then through the heart of the Panhandle, right past...
  • McReynolds to TxDOT: 'Drop I-69/TTC absurdity'

    03/26/2008 5:37:17 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 29 replies · 671+ views
    The Lufkin Daily News ^ | March 25, 2008 | Gary Willmon
    State Rep. Jim McReynolds has sent a letter to the Texas Department of Transportation saying he thinks TxDOT should drop the idea of tying the Trans-Texas Corridor in with plans for routing Interstate 69 through East Texas. McReynolds says tremendous negative outcry from his constituents and other East Texas residents has made it clear to him no one wants infrastructure that massive and disruptive to the quality of life to be built, taking big swaths out of the Pineywoods countryside. "Within the past several weeks, I have personally attended every TxDOT hearing held in my district regarding this proposed corridor,"...
  • TxDOT traveling bumpy road

    02/18/2008 1:33:51 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies · 421+ views
    Lubbock Avalanche-Journal (Lubbock Online) ^ | February 18, 2008 | Enrique Rangel
    AUSTIN - When it comes to road improvement and maintenance, by most accounts, the South Plains and Panhandle are fortunate. Despite a $1.1 billion accounting error, the Texas Department of Transportation recently reported no projects in the region have been canceled or delayed while cities like Dallas, Houston and Laredo had at least a half dozen highway projects delayed. But the $1.1 billion-error, which occurred because TxDOT inadvertently counted some bond money twice and consequently allocated more funding than it had, is just the latest problem plaguing the beleaguered agency. For months, TxDOT executive director Amadeo Saenz and other transportation...
  • Ports-to-Plains Corridor Enters A More Serious Planning Phase

    10/02/2007 5:45:25 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies · 148+ views
    Associated Construction Publications ^ | October 2, 2007 | Liz Moucka
    Austin, Tex. – The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) announced it will form a working group to develop a financial master plan a Ports-to-Plains Corridor, which would create new jobs and economic opportunity for West Texas. Ports-to-Plains is a proposed divided highway corridor stretching from Laredo on the Mexican border, through Midland/Odessa, Lubbock, and Amarillo in West Texas north to Denver, Colorado. Designated as a High Priority Corridor by Congress in 1998, the Ports-to-Plains corridor is intended to expand economic opportunity and serve international trade from Mexico to Canada. Despite the congressional designation, adequate federal funding has not been provided...
  • Report: Private Sector Investment Key to Ports-to-Plains Corridor

    05/16/2007 8:27:11 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies · 328+ views
    NewsChannel 11 (KCBD.com) ^ | May 15, 2007 | NewsChannel 11 (KCBD.com)
    The state's ability to develop public-private partnerships - as envisioned with the Trans-Texas Corridor - is critical to complete long-sought transportation improvements and economic development from Laredo to north of Amarillo, according to the Ports-to-Plains Corridor Coalition. "Partnerships that pool federal, state, local and private sector resources will be needed to make Ports-to-Plains a reality and there are several opportunities for that to occur," said Michael Reeves, president of the Lubbock-based coalition. A new study prepared by Cambridge Systematics, Inc. for the Texas Department of Transportation concludes that enhancements to rail, electric transmission lines and highways would improve mobility, safety...
  • Ports-to-Plains project progressing

    03/22/2007 1:19:51 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies · 491+ views
    Lubbock Online ^ | March 22, 2007 | Lubbock Online
    THERE'S GOOD NEWS in the latest Ports-to-Plains progress report for Lubbock and West Texas residents who recognize the evolving trade route's potential economic benefit to our area. Extending from the most active U.S.-Mexico border port, Laredo, through Lubbock and West Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Colorado, the Ports-to-Plains Corridor links the nation's plains states to the border centers of commerce. The Texas Department of Transportation is analyzing funding alternatives including opportunities for private investment and partnerships to pay for moving freight and utilities along the trade route. Using Ports-to-Plains as a case study, TxDOT will research the best potential applications...
  • Candidates Log West Texas Miles in Race for House Seat

    08/27/2006 6:38:33 AM PDT · by Theodore R. · 1 replies · 556+ views
    Lubbock, TX, Avalanche-Journal ^ | 08-27-06 | Lunsford, D. Lance
    Story last updated at 4:20 a.m. Sunday, August 27, 2006 Candidates log West Texas miles in race for House seat BY D. LANCE LUNSFORD AVALANCHE-JOURNAL Across 15,104 square miles, House District 85 covers 16 counties and a population of more than 145,000 West Texans. It's 275 miles from the district's northern point to its southern. Reaching the edges of Abilene with its borders a few miles from Lubbock's and San Angelo's outskirts, the district's most metropolitan centers are Plainview and Big Spring. The two candidates looking to replace retiring state Rep. Pete Laney, D-Hale Center, have burned a path between...
  • Tommy Lee Jones hosts El Paso fundraiser for border groups

    02/02/2006 5:54:19 AM PST · by Racehorse · 41 replies · 1,663+ views
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 2 February 2006
    Tommy Lee Jones hosted a fundraising reception and screening of his new movie, The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, on Wednesday to benefit a local border group. Jones, who directed and stars in the film loosely based on the 1997 shooting death of an 18-year-old high school student by a U.S. Marine stationed at the border to help curb drug smuggling, said his goal was to show the human side of a culture bisected by an international border. In the movie, an illegal immigrant tending to a herd of goats is shot to death by a rogue U.S. Border Patrol...
  • Area coalition hopes library proposal hits home with Bush family (West Texas)

    11/17/2005 6:59:10 AM PST · by hispanarepublicana · 19 replies · 453+ views
    Lubbock Avalanche Journal ^ | 11/17/05 | Amie Parnes
    WASHINGTON - David Miller looked relieved. After weeks of preparing slides, videos and speeches for this moment, the work was finally done - at least for now. In front of President Bush's chief of staff, Andrew Card, advisers Karl Rove and Harriet Miers and even the president's brother Marvin, Miller and 19 West Texas representatives finally had the opportunity on Wednesday morning to make the case about why Texas Tech should be home to the George W. Bush Presidential Library. In the 21/2-hour presentation at the prominent Washington hotel The Mayflower, Tech Chancellor David Smith, President Jon Whitmore and others...
  • Wolfforth Early Voting For Alcohol Sales Underway

    08/24/2005 8:34:30 AM PDT · by Army Air Corps · 3 replies · 232+ views
    KCBD NewsChannel 11 ^ | 24 August 2005 | Staff
    Early voting for on site alcohol sales is underway in Wolfforth. Residents will decide if they want to legalize the sale of alcohol inside the city limits. We spoke with some Wolfforth citizens and while there is no organized opposition, some say a dry town is more safe. Others say alcohol sales bring money into the economy. The group, 'Responsible Citizens For Economic Development' says alcohol sales will bring a minor league baseball team to the town. The election is the result of a petition started by the group. Citizens begin early voting Wednesday morning at 8 through September sixth....
  • Round Two of the Alcohol Debate Begins in Littlefield

    07/01/2005 1:36:57 PM PDT · by Army Air Corps · 47 replies · 406+ views
    KCBD NewsChannel 11 ^ | 1 July 2005 | Staff
    Round two of a familiar debate is brewing in Littlefield over alcohol sales. Citizens will battle it out at a November 8th election. The controversy is whether or not to allow packaged liquor sales in the city. Littielfield residents are no stranger to this issue, you'll recall a similar election failed by only 27 votes last September. Now that another election is set opinions from both sides are circulating. Proponents say it comes down to driving and money. You may only see poker chips and decks of cards at Chad Wright's poker hall, but look closer and you could see...
  • Former DA indicted on state drug charges

    05/17/2005 2:15:47 PM PDT · by Racehorse · 6 replies · 349+ views
    PAMPA, Texas — A former West Texas district attorney awaiting sentencing on a federal drug-related weapons charge was indicted Tuesday on state charges alleging he intended to sell methamphetamine and cocaine. The indictment against Rick Roach stems from his Jan. 11 arrest at the Gray County Courthouse in Pampa where federal agents found two guns in his briefcase. The indictment alleges he had methamphetamine and cocaine with him that day and that he intended to sell the drugs. Each charge carries a sentence of 10 to 99 years or life in prison. Roach, who ran on a tough-on-drugs campaign in...
  • County Abuzz As Bezos Plans Spaceport (Texas Commercial Space)

    03/12/2005 8:08:13 PM PST · by anymouse · 10 replies · 537+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 3/12/05 | MICHAEL GRACZYK
    VAN HORN, Texas - Even skeptical locals, who've become wary over the years of city slickers with big ideas for their town, perked up when Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos made his pitch — a spaceport for commercial travel into the beyond. Bezos flew into this West Texas town a few weeks ago to tell key leaders how he planned to use his newly acquired 165,000 acres of desolate ranch land. He also gave his only interview so far on the spaceport to the Van Horn Advocate, the weekly newspaper Larry Simpson runs from the back of his Radio Shack store....
  • Congressmen Neugebauer, Stenholm Agree to Face Off in Series of Three Debates This Autumn

    06/22/2004 6:21:05 AM PDT · by Theodore R. · 1 replies · 428+ views
    Lubbock, TX, Avalanche-Journal ^ | 06-22-2004 | Smith, P. Christine
    Neugebauer, Stenholm agree to face off in series of three debates this autumn BY P. CHRISTINE SMITH AVALANCHE-JOURNAL U.S Reps. Randy Neugebauer, R-Lubbock, and Charlie Stenholm, D-Abilene, have agreed to three debates in the fall. The freshman Republican is facing the 25-year Democratic veteran in the District 19 congressional race in November. The only caveat Stenholm issued is that he sees no need to stop at just three debates, said Robert Hinkle, Stenholm's campaign communications director. "We want to debate those three times, plus 10 more times, 20 more times," Hinkle said. The three proposed dates for the debates are...
  • Cheney Extols Neugebauer on Stenholm's Turf

    12/06/2003 6:28:04 AM PST · by Theodore R. · 2 replies · 220+ views
    Lubbock, TX, Avalanche-Journal ^ | 12-06-03 | Fuquay, John
    Cheney extols Neugebauer on Stenholm's turf By JOHN FUQUAY AVALANCHE-JOURNAL ABILENE — Vice President Dick Cheney was in the hometown of an incumbent Democrat on Friday touting the president's record and urging voters to support Republican Rep. Randy Neugebauer of Lubbock. Cheney's appearance at a fund-raiser for the freshman representative was a brazen campaign move on turf represented for the past 24 years by U.S. Rep. Charlie Stenholm, D-Abilene. Stenholm and Neugebauer were thrown into the same congressional district during this year's raucous redistricting battle initiated by GOP members to increase Republican seats in Washington. "My main concern is to...
  • Dave McNeely: "Following the Leader. What Leader?"

    09/26/2003 6:45:27 AM PDT · by Theodore R. · 237+ views
    Austin, TX, American-Statesman ^ | 09-25-03 | McNeely, Dave
    Following the leader? What leader? Thursday, September 25, 2003 The Democratic senators are back in the Capitol. But congressional redistricting isn't a done deal — this time because of the Republicans. They might have a tougher time agreeing on a map than they did getting the Democrats to return. Perry, who declined to call a special session after the Legislature couldn't agree on a map in 2001, could have escaped involvement had redistricting happened in the regular session last spring. But once House Democrats shut that down by heading to Oklahoma, Perry's job forced his involvement — if he considered...
  • Governor's partial map baffles some Republicans

    09/23/2003 5:29:50 AM PDT · by Arrowhead1952 · 3 replies · 255+ views
    AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF ^ | Monday, September 22, 2003 | By Laylan Copelin and Ken Herman
    Perry offers a lone piece for district map puzzle Gov. Rick Perry on Monday offered sparsely populated West Texas a new congressional district to help settle a fight between Republicans in that region, only to anger or confuse several Senate Republicans. The governor's partial map left the eastern half of the state blank and several Senate Republicans disturbed because they think the governor's solution to the West Texas squabble could steal a seat in Congress from the more populous regions of the state, including Central Texas. The governor's partial map underscores the problem of rearranging the state's 32 congressional districts:...
  • TX Congressional Redistricting Map Gets Third Thumbs Up

    09/17/2003 6:49:09 AM PDT · by Theodore R. · 8 replies · 274+ views
    Map gets third thumbs up House passes plan weakening area representation Associated Press AUSTIN (AP) — The Texas House voted to accept a Republican-drawn congressional redistricting map Tuesday that weakens West Texas farm representation in Congress. For the third time this summer, the House approved the map sponsored by Rep. Phil King, R-Weatherford, that would likely give Texas Republicans an edge over Democrats in Congress. The vote was 77-60 with four present but not voting. Delwin Jones and Carl Isett, both Lubbock Republicans, voted against the plan. The map also gives House Speaker Tom Craddick, R-Midland, a congressional district separate...
  • GOP Redistricting Map Stirs Uprising in Heavily Republican West Texas

    07/10/2003 7:13:52 AM PDT · by Theodore R. · 3 replies · 331+ views
    Lubbock, TX, Avalanche-Journal ^ | 07-10-03 | Kitche, Sebastian
    GOP's new map stirs uprising in West Texas By SEBASTIAN KITCHEN AVALANCHE-JOURNAL Many West Texas entities appear to be leading a charge and a public information campaign against congressional redistricting plans before the Legislature. The Lubbock Chamber of Commerce believes the Republican-backed plan would hurt business and representation in West Texas and all of rural Texas. Plains Cotton Growers also is opposed to the plan based on the loss of representation in agriculture and loss of rural representation. State Rep. Delwin Jones, R-Lubbock, voted against the plan this week because his constituents, Republican and Democrat, were against it and believe...
  • Dan Morales to Campaign for Perry Today in West Texas

    10/14/2002 5:55:32 AM PDT · by Theodore R. · 1 replies · 194+ views
    Lubbock Avalanche-Journal | 10-14-02 | Staff reports
    Monday, October 14, 2002 Last modified at 11:44 p.m. on Sunday, October 13, 2002 © 2002 - The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal GMorales to make Lubbock stop to endorse Perry campaign Following last week's surprise endorsement of Gov. Rick Perry, former Democrat gubernatorial candidate Dan Morales will be in the Hub City today stumping for Perry. He will appear at La Fiesta Restaurant, 1519 34th St., at 12:35 p.m., according to a release from the Democrats for Perry organization. In his appearance, Morales will explain why he crossed party lines to support Perry, the release said. He also will be making campaign...
  • Tony Sanchez Says West TX May Oppose Him Because of His Heritage

    10/13/2002 7:17:14 AM PDT · by Theodore R. · 22 replies · 167+ views
    The Laredo Morning Times | 10-13-02 | AP
    Heritage works against Sanchez in some regions Associated Press AUSTIN (AP) - Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tony Sanchez says being Hispanic is working against him in some regions, particularly in parts of North and West Texas. "It's just that north part, when you get past Dallas County to those northern counties, they are just very conservative, and I think my name 'Sanchez' will have some adverse effect. I don't think I'm accepted there," Sanchez was quoted as saying in Wednesday's Austin American-Statesman. "There are pockets of West Texas where I don't think I'm going to do well because of that," he...