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2008-06-27 18:02:41

By Kevin Welch, Amarillo Globe-News, Texas Jun. 27--Texas has moved closer to drawing the final map for transmission lines to carry wind energy to the state's largest cities. Wind developers buried regulators with 37 last-minute filings to meet a deadline Thursday for comments from those with a stake in developing the state's wind energy industry. The next step is a final hearing and a decision by the Public Utilities Commission of Texas on where to put transmission lines to...

2008-06-27 12:02:55

By Kevin Welch, Amarillo Globe-News, Texas Jun. 26--Some of Amarillo's homeless are looking to settle down in the "Hometown to the World" -- Postville, Iowa. "They have an opportunity to better themselves," said Kimber Bruns, community impact director for United Way of Amarillo and Canyon. "That's what they're looking for, and they don't have that opportunity here." That opportunity is being provided by Agriprocessors, the country's largest producer of kosher meat. The company is...

2008-06-20 12:00:32

By Karen Smith Welch, Amarillo Globe-News, Texas Jun. 19--The property's no longer sizzlin', but its owners hope it will be a business hot spot. A new retail strip center will replace the Western Sizzlin' Steak & More Restaurant, now being razed at West Interstate 40 and Wolflin Avenue. "We're really very open-minded on who (tenants) we have in there," said Cody Graham of Dick Graham Construction, owner and developer of the property. "That's all I can comment on right now."...

2008-06-20 12:00:28

By Chris Ramirez, Amarillo Globe-News, Texas Jun. 18--Rising ticket prices and new fees for checked luggage apparently haven't stopped travelers from boarding flights in Amarillo, if just-released airport data is any indicator. In all, 184,211 passengers flew out of Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport from Jan. 1 to May 30, compared with 178,420 during the same period last year, according to a monthly report published by the city. The Amarillo Convention & Visitor...

2008-06-13 18:00:33

By David Pittman, Amarillo Globe-News, Texas Jun. 12--A day of job shadowing last year at Pampa Regional Medical Center changed Ashley Murray's life. The girl, now about to start her junior year at Groom High School, witnessed her first delivery of a baby last summer while at the hospital for a summer camp aimed at sparking teen interest in health care careers. Since then, Murray has volunteered in labor and delivery at the Pampa hospital. "I saw a delivery at the camp last...

2008-06-13 18:00:33

By David Pittman, Amarillo Globe-News, Texas Jun. 12--Andrew Welch is the new director of the Thomas E. Creek Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Amarillo. He takes over for Byron Jaqua, who retired late last year. Welch will head the 69-bed acute care hospital at 6010 W. Amarillo Blvd., and its 120-bed nursing home. The center also operates outpatient clinics in Childress, Lubbock, Stratford, Clovis, N.M., and Liberal, Kan. The system treats roughly 25,000 patients...

2008-03-04 15:00:49

By Jim McBride, Amarillo Globe-News, Texas Mar. 4--The Bureau of Land Management's crude helium enrichment unit north of Amarillo will be shut down for maintenance and component replacement through March 14. The temporary shutdown could potentially exacerbate a helium supply shortfall that began in 2006 because of spiraling worldwide demand. But BLM officials said they have coordinated the plant's shutdown with private refiners, who are prepared. "Doing this maintenance now is...

2007-09-24 17:15:11

By David Pittman, Amarillo Globe-News, Texas Sep. 23--When Stephen Selzer worked as a chief executive at a Houston hospital, one of his colleagues pointed out that the hospital's poorest patients had no savings mechanisms to help whittle down their prescription drug costs. Selzer set out to change that. Late last year, the company Selzer now works for, Health Plan Partners, teamed with Northwest Texas Healthcare System and began a program to provide uninsured and underinsured...

2007-03-27 00:00:21

By Kevin Welch, Amarillo Globe-News, Texas Mar. 25--A blizzard of paper blew into Austin on Wednesday and Thursday as wind power companies filed details on their plans in the Panhandle. The filings came right on the Public Utilities Commission deadline for companies to produce reports of their financial commitment to wind projects they have proposed, said Terry Hadley, spokesman for the PUC. Including the whopper report by Airtricity for a $1.75 billion project in Gray and Carson...

2007-02-22 18:00:51

By David Pittman, Amarillo Globe-News, Texas Feb. 22--Job fairs at Amarillo College's Nursing Division are lucrative for students. Held each semester, potential employers come to woo nursing students. "It's amazing what they try to do to get our graduates," AC's Nursing Division Chair Sheryl Mueller said. With forecasts predicting a huge shortfall of nurses in the state, almost all AC nursing graduates have a job before they graduate, Mueller said. Texas will be nearly 71,000...


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call-note
  • The call or cry of a bird or other animal to its mate or its young.
'Call-note' is newer than 'bird-call,' which originally referred to 'an instrument for imitating the note of birds' but now also refers to 'the song or cry of a bird.'
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