Seminole/Gaines County News

Gaines Airport to See AWOS Relocated

Due to continued and potential future expansion of hangars at the Gaines County Airport, Gaines County leaders approved of the relocation of a key piece of equipment at the facility, in action taken Monday morning.

In a unanimous vote, Gaines County Commissioners approved of a $60,536 bid from Fort Worth-based B-C Company for the relocation of the county airport’s automated weather observing system (AWOS).…

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GCSO Traffic Stop Nets $60K in Currency, 2 Arrests

A weekend traffic stop by resulted in the seizure of over $60,000 in U.S. currency and the arrest of two men, according to a press release issued Monday by the Gaines County Sheriff’s Office.
Shortly after 5 p.m. Saturday evening, a Gaines County Sheriff’s Office deputy made contact with a 2017 Ford Fusion traveling northbound on U.S.…

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Seminole’s Rainfall Total Increases to 8.17 Inches for 2017 Calendar Year

Welcomed rainfall over the weekend helped push August’s precipitation total to a shade under 2-inches  for the month, following weekend showers which blanketed the West Texas and southeastern New Mexico region.

According to Texas Tech’s mesonet weather monitoring system, 0.47 inches of precipitation was officially recorded in the City of Seminole on Saturday, while 0.63 inches of precipitation was received in the Seagraves community.…

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Associated Press News

Texas House adjourns, leaving tax bill’s fate uncertain

AUSTIN (AP) — The Texas House has abruptly adjourned for good with one day still remaining in the special session — forcing the state Senate to accept its version of a contentious property tax bill or risk seeing nothing passed on the issue.

Rep. Dennis Bonnen said Tuesday night that there wasn’t enough time to reconcile different versions of property tax measures before the session was scheduled to end at midnight Wednesday.…

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20 immigrants found locked in a semitrailer in West Texas

SIERRA BLANCA (AP) — Border Patrol agents have found 20 immigrants crammed into a locked semitrailer at a checkpoint in West Texas.

A Border Patrol spokesman said the immigrants from Mexico, El Salvador and Guatemala were in good condition after being found early Monday at the Interstate 10 checkpoint in Sierra Blanca, about 85 miles (136 kilometers) southwest of El Paso.…

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Report: Higher premiums if Trump halts ‘Obamacare’ subsidies

WASHINGTON (AP) — Premiums for a popular type of individual health plan would rise sharply, and more people would be left with no insurance options if President Donald Trump makes good on his threat to stop “Obamacare” payments to insurers, the Congressional Budget Office said Tuesday.

The nonpartisan number crunchers also estimated that cutting off payments that now reduce copays and deductibles for people of modest incomes would add $194 billion to federal deficits over a decade.…

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Free News Briefs

SHD Board to Host Special Meeting Monday PM

Seminole Hospital District Board of Directors will meet in a special meeting on Monday evening, according to an agenda obtained by the Seminole Sentinel.

Monday’s meeting, set to be held at the SHD Boardroom, located inside Seminole’s Memorial Hospital campus, is scheduled for a 6:15 p.m. start.

In the agenda, SHD officials will call Monday’s special meeting to order, and then move into an executive session to discuss “personnel matters.” 

SHD officials, under the guidelines of Texas Government Code 551.074, are allowed to participate in such discussions in an executive, non-public setting.…

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NWS: 60-Pct. Chance of Rainfall Forecasted for Tuesday

MIDLAND — A Flash Flood Watch remains in effect through this morning for Southeast New Mexico and portions of the Permian Basin, including Gaines County, after showers and thunderstorms moved through the region early Tuesday morning.

“Occasional moderate to heavy rainfall could result in additional rainfall amounts up to 1 inch through mid-morning across the Watch area,” said NWS Midland officials on their website Tuesday morning.…

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Wet Weather Anticipated in Local Forecast Monday, Tuesday

MIDLAND — Thunderstorms will increase in southeast New Mexico and spread into the northwestern Permian Basin this afternoon and tonight, bringing with it the potential for measurable rainfall, according to the latest forecast models from the National Weather Service.

“Widespread thunderstorms will move into the rest of the Permian Basin Tuesday and Tuesday night,” said NWS forecasters in explaining this week’s weather pattern.…

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