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Yoakum Deputy with Seagraves PD Ties Killed in Saturday Accident

August 7, 2017

PLAINS — A 28-year-old Yoakum County deputy who had ties to the Seagraves Police Dept. was killed in a Saturday evening accident while in response to a separate motor vehicle accident.

Deputy Jason Fann, 28, of Plains was pronounced deceased at the scene of the accident, approximately two miles south of Plains, according to Sgt.…

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Seagraves Woman Jailed on Felony Warrants

August 4, 2017

Seagraves Police Dept. officials arrested a 28-year-old woman on two felony warrants following an investigation by the department, according to a social media post by the department on Monday of this past week.

On Monday, Aug. 1, Seagraves PD served Brittany Voorhies, 28, with two, third-degree felony warrants in relation to one charge of tampering with a government document and one charge of forgery of a government document.…

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Xcel Energy plans short outage in Denver City on Tuesday to repair substation

August 4, 2017

DENVER CITY – Xcel Energy customers south of Broadway in Denver City will be without power for up to 15 minutes starting at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 8 as substation crews perform maintenance on the Denver City East Substation near Broadway and Main Street.
 
The work can only be performed safely if the lines feeding the southern part of the city are de-energized.…

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Seminole ISD Student Registration Slated for Tuesday

August 4, 2017

Seminole’s six educational campuses will he hopping with activity Tuesday morning.

However, Tuesday doesn’t mark the official start of the 2017-18 Seminole Independent School District’s educational year.

Consider it, in sports terms, the “pre-game warm-up,” as student registrations will take place for Gaines County’s largest public school district.

With the exception of the Seminole High School campus, registration for all SISD campuses will be held from 9 a.m.…

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Occidental Ties Compensation to Plan to Break-Even at $40 a Barrel

August 4, 2017

HOUSTON (AP) — Occidental Petroleum Corp. has tied company-wide compensation to a plan to bring costs low enough to break even at $40 a barrel oil, CEO Vicki Hollub said Thursday.

After reshuffling its oil properties and pouring cash into the Permian Basin, the Houston oil company now has the most lucrative assets it has ever owned in its 100-year history, she said in a story produced by FuelFix.com, an online publication of the Houston Chronicle.…

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N.M. Originated Chase Terminated in Western Gaines Co. Tuesday PM

August 4, 2017

A New Mexico man remains jailed at a Lea County facility after leading law enforcement officials from both sides of the Texas/New Mexico state line on a roughly 14-minute pursuit, which ended in far western Gaines County Tuesday evening.

According to a press release by the Gaines County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday, GCSO officials were advised of an incoming vehicle pursuit from Hobbs, N.M.…

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GCAD: Total Values Up for Most Gaines Taxing Entities

August 4, 2017

In total, Gaines County’s 11 taxing entities saw a combined 10.42-percent increase in certified taxable values for the 2017 calendar year compared to the year prior, according to an official release of valuations by the Gaines County Appraisal District.

The 2017 calendar year’s increase comes after two consecutive years of declining taxable values for Gaines County’s ad valorum taxing entities, as oil market price increases over the past calendar year led to increases in mineral valuations.…

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Area Democrats Introduce Themselves, Platforms in Tuesday Forum

August 3, 2017

The Democratic Party has been a whisper in the West Texas wind over the years, especially when discussing and participating in local level politics such as county governments and area state-level positions.

Some area Democrats are hoping to change that, as two U.S. District 19 Congressional and one Texas House Dist.…

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Seminole Fuel Prices Remain Unchanged, Texas Average Rises 5-Cents

August 3, 2017

COPPELL — The statewide gas price average in Texas was quoted at being $2.15 for a gallon of regular unleaded fuel on Thursday morning, according to the AAA Texas Weekend Gas Watch.

Thursday’s weekly average price  quote is five cents more than last week and is 18 cents more per gallon compared to this day last year.…

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Fracturing-related water issues draw attention in West Texas

August 3, 2017

VAN HORN (AP) — A West Texas land baron and oilman is on the verge of pumping 5.4 million gallons of water a day from far under the desert mountains here and piping it 60 miles to the nation’s most bountiful oil field, the Permian Basin, where hydraulic fracturing has fueled a renaissance of U.S.…

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