Seminole/Gaines County News

Gaines County Public Records — May 1

Marriage Licenses

Johnathan George Rodriguez, 23 and Janell Delores Rangel, 22.

Abraham Froesse, 27 and Helena Enns, 17.

Juan Luis Cruz, 45 and Guadalupe Brito Hernandez, 52.

Michael Goertzen Heide, 25 and Adriana Letkeman, 19.

County Court Filings

State of Texas vs. Sammy Esquivel, criminal trespass.

State of Texas vs. Bryan Keith Hernandez, possession of a dangerous drug.…

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WCS Files Application for High-Level Nuclear Waste Storage at Andrews Co. Site

WASHINGTON — An Andrews County toxic waste storage facility is seeking a license to accept and store spent nuclear reactor fuel, much of it highly radioactive.

Waste Control Specialists, which operates a low-level nuclear waste dump in far western Andrews County, near the Texas-New Mexico state line, announced Thursday that it has applied for the license to build and maintain a temporary storage site for the spent fuel.…

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Xcel Announces Expansion of Area Infrastructure

AMARILLO — Xcel Energy has accepted eight new transmission infrastructure projects totaling over $40 million from the Southwest Power Pool (SPP) in New Mexico, which includes planned work near the Gaines County area, according to a press release issued by the company on Thursday.

The projects include rebuilding or replacing conductor on more than 30 miles of transmission line and upgrading seven substations.…

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Associated Press News

Energy explorers Halliburton and Baker Hughes abandon merger

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two companies crucial to the business of U.S. energy exploration, Halliburton and Baker Hughes, have abandoned their planned merger in the face of opposition by regulators who said it would hurt competition.

Prospects for the merger, which was valued at nearly $35 billion when it was announced in 2014, seemed especially bleak after the Justice Department sued to block the deal on April 6.…

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Texas, Feds Agree to Renew Short-Term Medicaid Funds

The Obama administration has agreed to temporarily keep some federal Medicaid money flowing into Texas to help hospitals treat uninsured patients, a relief to health care providers that feared losing the funds over state leaders’ refusal to provide health insurance to low-income adults.

State health officials said Monday they have struck a deal with the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to keep the program going for another 15 months, with hospital reimbursements remaining at their current level.…

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Apple has created over 2,000 Austin jobs since 2012

AUSTIN (AP) — Apple has created more than 2,000 new jobs in Austin since 2012 and is on track to meet the area hiring goals it promised in exchange for millions of dollars in public incentives, according to documents filed with the city.

The technology giant is set to receive $35 million in tax incentives over the next several years from the city of Austin, Travis County and the state of Texas for an expansion of its operations in central Texas, the Austin American-Statesman reported (http://bit.ly/1NMgvvD ).…

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Free News Briefs

Retirement Party Planned for Outgoing Gaines Museum Director

The public is invited to join the Friends of the Gaines County Museum, Seminole Branch, in the celebration of the career and the retirement of iconic Seminole educator and Gaines County Museum Director, Roy Barnes.  Barnes has officially announced his retirement from the Museum.

The party begins on Friday, May 6th, from 2:00-4:00 p.m.…

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‘Mennonites in Texas: The Quiet in the Land’ Exhibit to be Featured in Seminole

  • Seminole Elementary to Play Host to Traveling Exhibit May 10

The Seminole Elementary School campus will play host to a unique exhibit featuring a key aspect of the Gaines County community.

On the evening of May 10, the public school campus will present “Mennonites in Texas: The Quiet in the Land,” an exhibition produced by The Dolph Briscoe Center of America History at The University of Texas at Austin, presented in partnership with Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.…

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NWS: Slight Chance of Isolated T-Storms in Thursday Forecast

MIDLAND — A fifth straight day of potential wildfire danger could give way to an evening of isolated thundershowers, according to a Thursday morning forecast model from the National Weather Service.

“Temperatures will warm around 10 degrees above normal this afternoon, and could aid thunderstorm development along a dryline over the eastern Permian Basin.…

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