Seminole/Gaines County News

Oilfield sand miners encroaching on threatened West Texas lizard

A voluntary plan the state of Texas crafted to protect a tiny West Texas reptile — and avoid its listing as an endangered species — is facing a significant threat from companies that mine the fine-grain sand oil producers use for hydraulic fracturing.  

That’s the central message of a letter Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar’s office sent late last week to the U.S.…

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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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County Renews 2-Year 9-1-1 Communications Agreement with PBRPC

Gaines County Commissioners approved of a major, biennial interlocal agreement which provides crucial 9-1-1 emergency communications service to local residents, all through business action taken Monday morning at the Gaines County Courthouse.

In an unanimous vote, Gaines Commissioners approved of a two-year agreement between the county and the Permian Basin Regional Planning Commission (PBRPC) for the use of 9-1-1 emergency community cations service.…

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Associated Press News

Legislature approves $560M for schools, teacher retirement

AUSTIN (AP) — The Texas Legislature has approved about $560 million in extra funding for schools and retired teachers.

The state House originally sought to spend an additional $1.8 billion, but the Senate balked. House Public Education Chairman Dan Huberty said Tuesday, “To say I’m disappointed is an understatement,” but urged supporting the scaled-back version.…

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Driver of Texas trailer indicted for 10 passengers’ deaths

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The driver of a tractor-trailer packed with people illegally entering the United States in an alleged human smuggling operation was indicted Wednesday on charges related to the deaths of 10 people inside.

James Matthew Bradley Jr. was indicted Wednesday by a federal grand jury in San Antonio on five counts, including a count of illegally transporting immigrants for financial gain, resulting in death, and a separate count of conspiracy to transport immigrants illegally, resulting in death.…

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Trump aide: No military solution in North Korea

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump’s chief strategist Steve Bannon says there’s no military solution to the threat posed by North Korea and its nuclear ambitions, despite the president’s recent pledge to answer further aggression with “fire and fury.”

In an interview with The American Prospect posted online Wednesday, Bannon tells the liberal publication that the U.S.…

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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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