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Wanted Woman, 38, Taken into Custody by GCSO Deputies Wednesday

June 22, 2017

A 38-year-old Alaska woman, who was wanted out California, was apprehended at a rural Gaines County residence on Wednesday evening.

According to a press release issued by the Gaines County Sheriff’s Office, Brandi Lee Lefferson, 38, of Wasilla, Alaska, was booked into the Gaines County Law Enforcement Center at 8:30 p.m.…

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Census Estimates: Gaines’ Hispanic Population Slightly Increases in 2016 to 41.2-Pct.

June 22, 2017

The gap between Gaines County’s Caucasian and Hispanic populations continues to slowly narrow, according to the latest U.S. Census Bureau figures released publicly Thursday morning.

In the federal agency’s 2016 Census estimates, Gaines County was projected to boast a 41.2-percent  Hispanic population, which was up from a 40.8-percent estimate quoted by the U.S.…

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Texas oil company opens regional headquarters in Hobbs

June 22, 2017

HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — A Texas-based oil company has opened a new regional headquarters in southeastern New Mexico as activity in the Permian Basin heats up.

Officials with Mewbourne Oil say the new office represents the company’s commitment to the region and its interest in expansion in the years to come.…

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Amid Texas nuclear waste site’s financial woes, judge blocks merger

June 22, 2017

Court Issues Ruling Involving Andrews County Facility on Wednesday

A federal judge has blocked a Salt Lake City-based company’s purchase of Waste Control Specialists, further jeopardizing the Dallas company’s plans to expand the nuclear waste dump it operates in West Texas.

U.S. District Judge Sue L. Robinson of Delaware on Wednesday sided with the federal government in blocking a $367 million merger between EnergySolutions and the radioactive site’s parent company.…

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Missing Hikers Found Dead Near Carlsbad Caverns

June 21, 2017

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a Corpus Christi man and his son reported missing on a hike in the area of the Carlsbad Caverns National Park have been found dead.

New Mexico State Police say the search for 57-year-old of Robert Stuart Pluta and his 21-year-old son Robert Jr. began Monday.…

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Study: Oil, gas drilling connected to pollution, earthquakes

June 20, 2017

HOUSTON (AP) — A new study by a nonprofit science organization says oil and gas drilling in Texas is linked to pollution and earthquakes.

The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas study found drilling for oil and gas in shale rock pollutes the air, erodes soil and contaminates water, while the disposal of millions of gallons of wastewater causes earthquakes, the Houston Chronicle (http://bit.ly/2siuByn ) reported.…

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Fed: Oil, Gas Industry Growth Continues in Texas

June 19, 2017

Increased oil and gas production continued to be a trend observed by the Federal Reserve Bank in Dallas, as they released their recent June 2017 report related to energy indicators last week.

U.S. oil and gas employment rose in April by 3,800 jobs to roughly 390,900, of which Texas oil and gas employment accounts for 55-percent, the report stated.…

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Gaines Unemployment Remains at 3.3-Pct. for May

June 19, 2017

The number of employed persons and those available in Gaines County’s labor force both grew in the month of May, while the county’s jobless rate remained at a calendar year low 3.3-percent.

According to the latest figures from the Texas Workforce Commission on Friday, Gaines County’s employed labor force for May climbed to 8,751, up from 8,596 persons reported in the month of April 2017.…

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Hess to Sell $600 Million in Assets to Occidental

June 19, 2017

A major Seminole and Gaines County oilfield player is planning to sell $600 million in assets to another, according to press releases issued Monday by both Hess Corp. and Occidental Permian.

Hess Corp. announced early Monday morning via their issued press release of their plans to sell its stake in enhanced oil recovery assets in the Permian Basin for $600 million to Occidental Petroleum Corp.…

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Matters of Record — June 18, 2017

June 16, 2017

The following are police incident reports as released by the Gaines County Sheriff’s Office and Seminole Police Departments. The reports are obtained by the Seminole Sentinel through a standing open records request with both law enforcement agencies.

Seminole Police Dept.
June 9 —  Officers stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation.…

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