Seminole/Gaines County News

Wild Fire Burning Northeast of Capitan, N.M.

CAPITAN, N.M. — A wildfire broke out Sunday in rugged terrain northeast of Capitan and the U.S. Forest Service said Monday morning it had expanded to 430 acres.

Dubbed the Seven Cabins fire, the blaze was working its way through dense slash, juniper and grass.

Containment efforts were hampered by the difficult ground and the abundant fuel.…

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County Sees Large Return on FY 2017 First Quarter Investments

An increase in federal interest rates and a shift in $8 million worth of Gaines County money from one investment pool to another has resulted in of the highest interest returns seen in some time.

According to a quarterly investment report given by Gaines County Treasurer Michael Lord to Gaines County Commissioners on Monday morning, for the first financial quarter of the county’s 2017 fiscal year, Gaines County’s investments made $36,742.47 in interest.…

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Oil: Permian Basin Adds Rigs; Gaines has 3 Active within Boundaries Last Week

Activity in the Permian Basin  oilpatch continues to steadily increase, as reflected by the weeks of increases in drilling rigs reported by oil insider Baker Hughes, Inc. in their weekly rig count.

Last Friday, the Houston-based company reported 602 active oil and gas rigs operating in the United States, with 306 of those located within the Permian Basin region.…

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Associated Press News

Feds Rescind Opposition to Key Part of Texas Voter ID Law

AUSTIN (AP) — The Trump administration plans to abandon the federal government’s longstanding opposition to a key portion of Texas’ toughest-in-the-nation voter ID law, a U.S. Justice Department spokesman said Monday.

It’s a dramatic break from the agency under President Barack Obama, which spent years arguing that the 2011 voter ID law that Texas’ Republican-controlled Legislature passed was intended to disenfranchise poor and minority voters.…

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US, Mexico at odds over deportation as top officials meet

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s mounting unease and resentment over President Donald Trump’s immigration crackdown are looming over a gathering of U.S. and Mexican leaders that the U.S. had hoped would project a strong future for relations between neighbors.

There is no shortage of tension points as U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly meet Thursday with top Mexican officials.…

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7 Earth-size worlds found orbiting star; could hold life

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — For the first time, astronomers have discovered seven Earth-size planets orbiting a single nearby star — and these new worlds could hold life.

This cluster of planets is less than 40 light-years away in the constellation Aquarius, according to NASA and the Belgian-led research team who announced the discovery Wednesday.…

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Free News Briefs

Local Entities, Institutions to Observe Presidents’ Day Holiday

A number of governmental entities and financial institutions will observe Monday’s Presidents’ Day federal holiday, according to a polling conducted by the Seminole Sentinel.

The following are local closures obtained by the Sentinel:
• Gaines County Courthouse;
• Seminole City Hall;
• U.S. Post Offices: Seminole, Seagraves and Loop
• West Texas National Bank;
• Commercial State Bank;
• First United Bank: Seagraves and Seminole;

Students attending Seminole ISD will have classes at their regularly scheduled time on Monday, as the district will not be observing the federal holiday.…

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Seminole Woman Arrested at US, Mexico Border with Over $20K of Meth

EAGLE PASS – A 19-year-old Seminole woman was arrested at the U.S.-Mexico border by officers with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection late last month, as she was allegedly in the process of making a shipment of narcotics into the United States.

According to a CBP press release, on Jan. 31, “a 19-year-old woman requested admission into the United States to the CBP officers at the Eagle Pass International Bridge,  walking in the pedestrian lane from Mexico,” said the press release.…

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‘Fibfest’ Slated for Thursday at Gaines County Courthouse Lawn

It’s been a goal for Gaines County head librarian Jane Bering for some time now, having been inspired by similar events that highlight Americans’ and Europeans’ colorful history of storytelling. Now, the first annual “Fibfest” becomes a reality in Seminole on Thursday the 16th on the Gaines County Courthouse lawn.

The event is a collaborative effort between the library, the Seminole Friends of the Arts, Friends of the Library, and the Seminole Economic Development Corporation.…

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