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2009-05-22 11:16:47

Former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf has been indicted by a Randall County (Texas) grand jury on drug and burglary charges, the district attorney's office said. Leaf, a 1998 first-round draft pick, had been accused of breaking into a Canyon, Texas, apartment on Oct. 30 and stealing an unknown quantity of the painkiller Hydrocodone. There were signs of a forced entry, Canyon police Lt. Dale Davis told the Amarillo Daily News. The drug was being used by an injured player at West Texas A&M...

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2008-11-19 17:35:00

The Texas Department of State Health Services said on Wednesday that there has been no human case of mad cow disease in the Texas panhandle area in the past month, despite the rumors in Chicago markets of a woman patient.During a variety of mad cow-related rumors, one of which was the woman being treated for the disease in an Amarillo hospital, cattle futures plummeted at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange."We do not have any confirmed cases of CJD or variant CJD in that area in the last month,"...

2008-09-10 15:00:16

John Watson, president and CEO of conservation real estate company Orvis/Cushman & Wakefield, wanted to find the perfect stewardship buyer for the 2,864-acre Palo Duro Canyon Ranch. It wasn't just any property. It was situated along the rim of the state-owned "Grand Canyon of Texas," and adjacent to Palo Duro Canyon State Park -- with unlimited sporting and recreational opportunities. The sale of the ranch (locally known as Fortress Cliffs Ranch) to The Trust for Public Land (TPL), a...

2008-07-29 15:00:57

By Brad Newman, Amarillo Globe-News, Texas Jul. 29--After 10 years at West Texas A&M University, media-relations specialist Joe Wyatt will transfer to a similar job at Amarillo College this fall. Wyatt will join AC's staff as communications coordinator. He begins Sept. 2. "It has been a great privilege and joy working on behalf of my alma mater," said Wyatt, a 1987 graduate of WT. "However, I'm tremendously honored to be chosen to champion the many virtues of Amarillo...

2008-07-28 18:00:32

By Hayley Cox, Amarillo Globe-News, Texas Jul. 27--Matt Bevers is only 17, but he knows more about power plants than most people in Amarillo. The Amarillo High senior is interning this summer with Xcel Energy to get ahead on his future career. This is the first year for the job shadow program at Xcel, which took in eight juniors and seniors from local schools. One of the community's biggest problems is losing young people to jobs elsewhere, Xcel spokesman Wes Reeves said. The...

2008-07-25 18:00:45

By Karen Smith Welch, Amarillo Globe-News, Texas Jul. 25--A $44.2 million Interstate 27 improvement project delayed by state funding woes could be back on the books for the 2012 fiscal year. The project would widen I-27 to three lanes in each direction from Western Street south to Loop 335/Hollywood Road, David Miller, a planner with the Texas Department of Transportation's Amarillo District, said Thursday. The stretch of I-27 carries an estimated 44,000 vehicles a day, Miller...

2008-07-17 15:00:56

By Kevin Welch, Amarillo Globe-News, Texas Jul. 16--Schools in the region hope to deliver skilled workers to the growing wind-energy industry. "Wind energy is more and more on the radar," said Paul Matney, vice president and dean of instruction at Amarillo College. "We can't be too far ahead of the curve with the industry, but we can't be too far behind." A work group is investigating what it might do to train students to do operations and maintenance jobs on wind farms. Later this...

2008-07-17 15:00:36

By Kevin Welch, Amarillo Globe-News, Texas Jul. 16--The water outlook for Amarillo may be tight next summer, but it won't last forever. "Lake Meredith will be an afterthought," City Manager Alan Taylor said during a meeting with city commissioners Tuesday. The city typically gets 60 percent of its water from the Canadian River Municipal Water Authority's Lake Meredith and the Roberts County well field. The rest of the water comes from city-owned well fields in Carson and Randall...

2008-07-15 15:00:40

By Karen Smith Welch, Amarillo Globe-News, Texas Jul. 15--Northeast Amarillo residents on Monday successfully rallied against a company seeking to open a nightclub in a shopping center near their homes. The Amarillo Planning and Zoning Commission on Monday elevated members Louise Ross and John Notestine to serve as chairwoman and vice chairman, respectively. It recently appointed Brandon Neely and Judy Day as replacements for outgoing Chairman Paul Williamson and Commissioner...

2008-07-03 15:00:36

By Hayley Cox, Amarillo Globe-News, Texas Jul. 2--The United States must launch a national movement to attain energy independence over the next 10 to 15 years, U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison said Tuesday. With energy prices rising at an alarming rate, Hutchison said the country must embark on an ambitious effort to wean itself off foreign oil. Invoking President Kennedy's call to place a man on the moon, Hutchison said the U.S. must invest in renewable energy, nuclear power and...


Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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