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2008-09-16 12:00:44

Babcock & Brown has announced the closing of financing and commencement of construction of its 79.5MW Majestic wind farm near Panhandle, Texas, northeast of Amarillo. The project is expected to finish construction and reach full commercial operation before the end of 2008. Babcock & Brown was a supporter of designation of the Central Panhandle Region as a Competitive Renewable Energy Zone (CREZ) by the Texas Public Utility Commission, and plans to construct at least 1,000MW of wind...

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...

2008-07-20 03:00:38

By Anonymous Two banks, two bankers receive awards for their financial literacy contributions In Amarillo, Lilia Escajeda volunteers thousands of hours on an annual basis teaching financial responsibility to Habitat for Humanity homeowners, Cal Parley's Boys Ranch residents, elementary school students, refugees and recent immigrants, to name just a few groups. Down south, in the border city of McAllen, Dora Brown works hard to help combat the financial literacy void that exists among young...

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...


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  • A fudgelike confection of brown sugar, cream or milk, and chopped nuts.
'Penuche' is a variant of 'panocha,' a coarse grade of sugar made in Mexico. 'Panocha' probably comes from the Spanish 'panoja, panocha,' ear of grain.
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