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What began as a controlled burn at the Gene Howe Wildlife Management Area became a raging fire that destroyed rangeland and trees on both sides of Lake Marvin Road Wednesday afternoon. Firefighters poured into the area in response to the Canadian Volunteer Fire Department’s call for assistance around noon Wednesday. By mid-afternoon, the blaze had spread, jumping the Canadian River to the south and threatening ranchland between the river and Marshall Drive. Three Texas Forest Service air tankers were called into the area to aid in the battle. By early evening, firefighters seemed to be gaining control of the fire, but outbreaks continued to pose a threat and firefighters remained on duty as the sun fell. This photo was taken near the head fire seven miles east of Canadian on Lake Marvin Road.

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THIS IS THE FIRST in a series of articles concerning the proposed 14 million dollar bond election for the Canadian Independent School District. In the weeks leading to the bond election on May 10th, I will provide an opportunity for citizens to ask questions concerning the bond issue. Questions can be submitted to The Canadian Record or by contacting me at the Canadian ISD administration building located at 800 Hillside or by calling 323-5393. In addition, we will be holding two public hearings in order for citizens to ask questions and receive more detailed information concerning the bond issue. The public hearings will be held on Tuesday, April 1st and Tuesday, April 8th at 6:30 p.m. at the Canadian Elementary cafeteria. These public hearings are being conducted in order for citizens to be informed on the specific purposes for the bond issue and to provide information concerning how the bond issue will benefit Canadian ISD. Another purpose for holding the public hearings will be to provide information concerning the County/City partnerships component of the proposed bond issue.


WOULD LIKE TO BEGIN by presenting the facts regarding Canadian ISD’s status as a “property wealthy” school district by the Texas Education Agency, review how bond issues benefit our school district, and outline the purposes of the proposed bond issue. As a “property wealthy” school district Canadian ISD is required to send to the State a percentage of our Maintenance and Operating (M&O) tax collections. The amount of tax collections sent to the State is referred to as recapture, or more commonly called “robin hood” payments. The amount of “robin hood” payments is determined by the number of students in weighted average daily attendance, local property values, and the amount of maintenance and operating tax revenue. As student enrollment declines or local property values increase, “robin hood” payments increase accordingly. This trend has occurred during the past six years. The percentage of “robin hood” payments this school year will be at an all time high of 63%. This translates to a dollar amount of 7.3 million dollars. In other words, 63 cents of all maintenance and operating tax revenue will be sent

to the State and distributed to “property poor” districts. In fact, from 2001 through 2007 Canadian ISD will have sent to the State 28.1 million dollars, an average of $4 million per year. Under current law “property wealthy” school districts can lessen the payment of recapture by issuing bonds. Canadian ISD has been able to avoid the payment of recapture for taxes levied to pay off bond issues. The benefit for taxpayers and ultimately students is that all local tax dollars raised for the repayment of bond issues are kept locally in our district. Revenue generated by bond proceeds guarantee that those tax dollars will stay in the District to directly provide for the education of our students rather than flowing out of local community in the form of “robin hood” payments. To this point Canadian ISD has passed three bond issues of $2.5, $3.5, and $8 million respectively, and has saved the District approximately $8 million in “robin hood” payments. The proposed bond issue will continue to have a large impact due to the fact that the “robin hood” system of funding schools remains in effect. Another factor that impacts our District is that the property tax relief measures passed by the legislature limit the amount of tax dollars a district can levy and at the same time did not provide additional revenue to account for inflationary costs such as fuel, utilities, insurance, and unfunded State mandates. The purpose of the 14 million dollar bond issue will include $2 million to put new roofs on Canadian High School, Baker Elementary, and Canadian Elementary. Another $3 million will be used for capital expenditures and supplies, technology upgrades, maintenance of facilities, and equipment upgrades. This is how past bond have been used by funding capital projects defined as anything that has a life of more than a year. An additional $2 million will be used to fund current and pending construction projects, as well as curriculum initiatives. Pending projects include: cafeteria renovations, bus barn additions, high school classroom additions. Curriculum initiatives include the possibility of providing lap top computers to students. The difference in the current bond issue from those in the past is that $7 million will be earmarked to partner with the County or City on projects. Those projects would be initiated by the County or City and an interlocal agreement developed that would be structured in such a way that the taxpayers, school district and each entity involved would benefit. Possible projects would include the Library, Golf Course, and Swimming Pool renovations. One of the reasons public hearings have been scheduled is to provide detailed information as to how these partnerships would work and to receive feedback from the community. Information will also be provided in future articles.






State Capital Highlights By Ed Sterling TEXAS PRESS ASSOCIATION

AUSTIN—With the U.S. population at 303 million and growing, whatever finds its way into the water supply is increasing. Say you take a prescription medication, the part of it that your body does not use passes naturally. This residue continues through a sewer line or septic system, eventually ending up in the city water supply. The Associated Press did a five-month study to learn the pharmaceutical content in the water supplies of selected cities across the nation. The AP reported the results, and those results were widely published. Surprisingly, Austin’s tapwater came up negative when tested for pharmaceuticals, as did the city tapwater in Albuquerque, N.M., and Virginia Beach, Va. The rest of the cities tested did not fare as well. Think San Francisco, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and others. Sixty-three substances found included such things as antidepressants, cholesterol inhibitors and sex hormones. Now, changing the subject from water to air: Austin, of course, is the Travis County seat, and it turns out the air in Travis County does not meet the Environmental Protection Agency’s new air quality standards for ozone. Travis isn’t alone: other counties identified as not meeting air standards include Bexar, Brazoria, Collin, Dallas, Denton, El Paso, Ellis, Galveston, Gregg, Harris, Harrison, Hood, Hunt, Jefferson, Johnson, Montgomery, Orange, Parker, Rockwall, Smith and Tarrant. Gov. Rick Perry on March 12 called the EPA standards a “moving target” that in effect restrict commerce. But Perry lauded a March 3 editorial in the Wall Street Journal hailing the Lone Star State’s economic strength despite the national economic slowdown. Continuing on the subject of commerce, your capital city was consumed March 7 through 16 with the annual South By Southwest music, film and interactive festivals. Tens of thousands of people came to hear bands ranging from the famous to the barely known from across America and around the world. They purchased “SXSW” wristbands that worked like a passport to all the clubs they could squeeze into. Austin’s welcome guests bunked at hotels, ate heartily at cafes and bistros and shopped euphorically, even with the cost of gasoline, milk, wheat and corn inching skyward.

Employers to receive tax break The Texas Workforce Commission announced a plan to give about 370,000 employers a break from paying unemployment insurance tax. Employers who had a payroll in 2007 and paid all taxes on time will qualify to receive the break, which will come in the form of a surplus tax credit. Qualified employers will receive the surplus tax credit after their first quarter 2008 tax returns are filed and taxes are paid. The tax credit is expected to total about $90 million. That would average about $243 per employer. “Thanks to our healthy economy and low unemployment rate last year, the state collected more money for the unemployment trust fund than we need, which is why I’m directing the state to bring that tax to a screeching halt for this year,” Gov. Perry explained in a March 10 news release.


Life is already rough enough without dragging our children through fields of eggs to get the so-called prize egg. Below are a few tips to the parents of children who participate in this annual community event. If these suggestions are observed, everyone involved will have a better time, assuring the future of the Easter Egg Hunt—and its special place in our children’s memories—for years to come. 1: Arrive early enough to get a good hunting spot. Do not take a chance on your child not getting to hunt because you are late. Your being late will cause the hunt to start late. 2: Do not come to hunt eggs if you are not bringing the children. 3: Do not take eggs out of someone else’s basket. 4: Do not shove or push to get to an egg or toy.

Resurrection GROVELING IN THE DUST of the earth, satan looks up and sees an angel clothed in white, sitting atop the stone rolled away from Christ’s tomb. He gets up and staggers off into the desert sun, dialing 911 for all cohorts to regroup. “Let us say, His disciples came by night and stole Him away while the guards slept.” Mt 28:13 Christianity is not a dead religion. Our

5: The hunt is for the children. Let them enjoy hunting the eggs themselves. 6: Do not try to get a head start by collecting eggs on the side. 7: Be sure to bring your child a basket to hunt eggs with. 8: Do not send your older children in to collect the eggs for a younger child. 9: Do not leave your trash on the ground. Take your grass and empty eggs home with you or drop them in the dumpster on your way out. 10: Be kind to your children and the children next to you. Let it be a fun time for them. Please try to remember there are close to 3,000 eggs out there. That means there are more than enough to go around. You don’t have to try to get them all. Leave some for the next child. Let’s teach our children to share and to be kind.


The Easter Bunny

hero speaks not from the grave, but from heaven, where our risen Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ ever liveth to make intercession for his people. Around the world this Sunday, the body of Christ will assemble to rejoice and give thanks to the One who is triumphant over death, knowing that we, too, will share in this victory at His coming. Let us sing the old church hymn with much gusto, “Up from the Grave He Arose.” See you at the gazebo.


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Nothing is getting done, Congressman Thornberry tells local constituents




U.S. Representative Mac Thornberry presented a bleak assessment of Congress during a Tuesday afternoon meeting with about two dozen Hemphill County residents. The Congressman—now in his seventh term of office—expressed frustration with his job, saying, “There are a number of ideas about how things could be better, but we’re not even talking about them. We’re playing games and naming post offices.” Of 197 bills signed and passed into law by President Bush since last January, Rep. Thornberry said, 40 percent were to name a federal building after someone. “There are serious issues facing us,” he said, “but nothing is getting done except political posturing.” Rep. Thornberry touched briefly on a range of issues during his hour-long “conversation” with an audience predominantly made up of Republican Party faithful. Among the subjects discussed were:

The Iraq War Asked by Steve Rader whether he felt, as President George W. Bush has said, that this country’s actions in Iraq will eventually be justified by history, Rep. Thornberry responded, “History is a long way away...and we are where we are. Clinton and Obama are in a race to see who can get out of Iraq the fastest...which would leave Iraq and the region a mess.” “If we pull out,” he said, “a bunch of those folks will just follow us home, and greatly increase the dangers we face here.” Thornberry cited the decrease in reports of violence since the surge began in early 2007. “Still,” he said, “success is up to Iraq... whether they choose to live together or blow each other up. We are not going to abandon them, and we are not going to hold their hands forever.”

Foreign Surveillance and Terrorism “When will [Speaker Nancy Pelosi] let the House vote on the surveillance bill?” Ann Webb asked Rep. Thornberry. Webb was referring to renewal of FISA, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. That act, as first passed in 1978, governs the surveillance of people in the U.S. for the purpose of collecting foreign intelligence and establishes a special court to hear requests for such warrants. Following the September 11th attacks, portions of the Patriot Act expanded the law to cover terrorism suspects as well as agents of foreign countries. President Bush ordered expanded surveillance by the National Security Agency, bypassing FISA and authorizing warrant-less wiretaps. Last summer, Congress passed the Protecting America Act, reducing judicial oversight of eavesdropping, and attached a Feb-

ruary 1, 2008 expiration date. In anticipation of that expiration, the Senate passed a version of the bill providing amnesty to telecommunications companies that aided the NSA’s warrant-less wiretapping program. In the fall, the House passed a bill without the immunity provision. Last month, the Senate passed one that included it. The law expired on February 16. “This bill gives us the ability to listen to suspected terrorists overseas...without first asking the court’s permission,” Thornberry replied, saying that requirements for judicial oversight are time-consuming and burdensome. He said the Senate compromise passed with bi-partisan support, “but the Speaker will not let it come up for a vote in the House.” “Every day without this authority makes us more vulnerable,” Thornberry said. “We are gambling with fire.”

Immigration and Border Security

Speaker Pelosi drew additional fire from Thornberry for failing to schedule a vote on the SAVE Act, a bill introduced by freshman Democratic Representative Heath Shuler of North Carolina, and by Republicans Brian Bilbray and Tom Tancredo, which increases aerial surveillance of the border, provides for an additional 8,000 border patrol agents and mandates that businesses use a government program to verify the legal citizenship fo all employees. Pelosi wants to attach an amnesty provision. Because the Speaker determines what comes up for a vote and what doesn’t, Rep. Thornberry said, the only alternative is a discharge petition being pushed by House Republicans that would force a floor vote on the bill. Thornberry called it “a good test” of Democrats’ commitment to immigration reform.

Earmarks Beth Sturgeon asked Rep. Thornberry to discuss Congressional earmarks, and asked how those that are necessary can be distinguished from those that are not. The practice of earmarking expenditures circumvents the normal budget allocation process and requires that all or part of a certain revenue source be spent on specific projects or organizations—typically ones that benefit the legislator’s home state or district. Last week, the U.S. Senate defeated a proposed one-year earmark spending moratorium favored by all three senators in the presidential race. Rep. Thornberry said earmark spending “has gotten to the outrageous stage,” and tends to promote the creation of what have frequently been called “monuments to me.” Many earmarks are written into committee reports which effectively draft the law, or into conference reports that are sent to the President, denying Congressmen the opportunity to either review or vote on them,

Thornberry said. The issue is further complicated, he said, by how earmarks are defined. “Every year, I write a letter in support of the V-22 system,” he explained, referring to the V-22 Osprey, a military aircraft manufactured by Bell Helicopter, for which the final assembly point is Amarillo. “In some views, that is an earmark.” A study conducted by CNN last year showed that only 52 of the 435 House members voluntarily disclosed their earmark requests for fiscal year 2008—among them, Rep. Thornberry. Most of the Congressman’s $90.8 million in earmark requests were targeted for projects related to national security and agricultural issues. According to that report, those requests included $42.2 million for BWXT Pantex, $2.5 million for a Feedlot Air Quality project and $5 million for an Ogallala project, both jointly planned by WTAMU and TTU, $31.1 million for the National Cotton Council’s boll weevil eradication program, $3 million for Texas Tech’s Pulsed Power Project to develop anti-IED technology, and $7 million for Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls. “The more attention [we give] to how the federal government spends your money, the better,” Thornberry said, adding that he favored transparency in government spending and disclosure of earmarks up front.

Federal Budget Rep. Thornberry agreed with Hemphill County Republican Chairman Mike Rollins, though, that earmarks are “a drop in the bucket” of the federal budget. Combining the government’s present debt, and the cost of entitlements, including Social Security and Medicare, Thornberry said, “it would equal $455,000 per household for everyone in this country.” Thornberry noted the impact of baby boomers beginning to turn 62 and start collecting Social Security benefits. “We are nine years away from not having enough to pay those benefits,” he said. “I don’t think there’s been a single hearing on that in Congress this year. We are going to have to get serious about these entitlement programs.”

The Economy Asked by Mary Ann Ashley what can be done about a national economy that is “in the pits” other than dropping interest rates, Thornberry mentioned the rebate checks that will soon be sent to many taxpayers as a part of the Federal Economic Stimulus Package, and incentives to businesses to hire more employees. Some parts of the economy are impacted by the sub-prime mortgage crisis, he said, “but this region is not really feeling

Mac Thornberry that.” “I worry that part of what’s happening is that people are all so tuned into the news,” he said. “[The media] likes to report a crisis so they start making it a crisis.” Two things can be done to improve the economy, Thornberry said: passage of a sensible energy policy—including increasing domestic oil and gas production by opening up more fields for exploration—and extension of the Bush tax cuts. “People know their taxes are going to be sky-high in two years,” referring to the scheduled expiration of the Bush tax cuts at the end of 2010, and stressing the importance of legislation that would make those cuts permanent.

The Presidential Race On the battle for the presidency, Thornberry said, “The Democrats...are doing nothing but promising to give away our money with more give-away programs. They’re making a bunch of promises in an election year that they’re not going to keep.” “Playing games is not what I signed up for,” he said. “I hope whoever wins the next election, we can get back to solving problems and not playing games.” Thornberry concluded his comments on this hopeful note: “Washington is not the country. What goes on can hurt us, but the strength of this country is greater than the strength of Washington.” The Congressman’s visit to Canadian was part of a four-town sweep, that began Tuesday morning in Pampa, proceeded to Perryton, and wrapped up Tuesday afternoon with stops in Canadian and Miami. He was accompanied in his travels by Lewis Britt, District Representative with Thornberry’s Amarillo office.


More people see federal government as secretive WASHINGTON—Three-quarters of American adults view the federal government as secretive, and nearly nine in 10 say it’s important to know presidential and congressional candidates’ positions on open government when deciding who to vote for, according to a Sunshine Week survey by Scripps Howard News Service and Ohio University. The survey shows a significant increase over the past three years in the percentage of Americans who believe the federal government is very or somewhat secretive, from 62 percent of those surveyed in 2006 to 74 percent in 2008. “In a democracy whose survival depends on openness, it’s sobering to see that three-fourths of Americans now view their national government as somewhat or very secretive,” said David Westphal, Washington editor for McClatchy Newspapers and co-chairman of the American Society of Newspaper Editors Freedom of Information Committee. “On the other hand, it’s gratifying to see that almost 90 percent believe a candidate’s position on open government is an important issue when they make their Election Day choices.” The survey of 1,012 adults was commissioned by ASNE for Sunshine Week, a national initiative that encourages discussions about the importance of open government and freedom of information. Sunshine Week’s 2008 Sunshine Campaign is a yearlong effort to have candidates for all level of office—from president to city council—discuss their positions on government access issues. Half of respondents said government at the state level is secretive, while 44 percent viewed it as open. Nearly all interviewed, 92 percent, said open government is important to them in assessing candidates for state offices such as governor or attorney general. Those who see local government as secretive increased from 34 percent in 2007 to 40 percent in the 2008 survey. And 91 percent said the local candidate’s position and record on open government are important to them in making a voting decision. People also overwhelmingly want access to information such as who lawmakers meet with each day (82 percent), police reports about specific crimes in local neighborhoods (71 percent), and permits for concealed handguns (66 percent). About half said they do not object to officials asking people seeking records to identify themselves or explain why they’d like to see the record. Although only about a quarter of adults believe the federal government has opened their mail or monitored their telephone conversations without a federal warrant, three-quarters believe it has happened to people in the United States and two-thirds say it is very or somewhat likely to have happened to members of the



Is the government secretive? How Americans feel about government secrecy, spying on the public and political candidates’ positions on open government:

• Is your local government open or secretive?

• Is the federal government open or secretive?

Somewhat or very secretive

Somewhat or very secretive

40% Don’t know

Somewhat or very open




Somewhat or very open


Don’t know


Does it spy on the public? • Has the federal government opened mail, monitored phone calls of people in the U.S. without asking a federal judge?

• Has federal government opened your mail, monitored some of your phone calls?

Somewhat, very likely

Somewhat, very likely

77% Don’t know, other

Somewhat, very unlikely



26% Don’t know, other

Somewhat, very unlikely



Candidates and open government • How important is a presidential candidate’s position on open government when you decide whom to vote for?

• How about a candidate’s position on open government when voting for your city council or school board?

Somewhat, very important

Somewhat, very important

87% Don’t know, other 3%

Somewhat, very unimportant



Somewhat, very unimportant


Don’t know, other 3%

Source: A Sunshine Week poll by Scripps Howard News Service and Ohio University of 1,012 adults, Feb. 10-28, 2008; margin of error: +/-4 percentage points Graphic: Lee Hulteng, Judy Treible © 2008 MCT

news media. The survey was conducted by telephone from Feb. 10-28 under the supervision of Robert Owens, operations manager of the Scripps Survey Research Center at Ohio University. The codirectors of the center are Jerry Miller and Ani Ruhil. Guido H. Stempel III, distinguished professor emeritus at Ohio University, also assisted the project. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Sunshine Week,, is a

non-partisan open government initiative led by the American Society of Newspaper Editors,, with online and broadcast media, public officials, celebrities, civic groups, non-profits, libraries, schools, religious leaders and others. Sunshine Week is endowed through a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation,, which invests in journalism excellence worldwide and the vitality of the 26 communities where the Knight brothers owned newspapers. It focuses on projects with the potential to create transformational change.


Tulia man convicted of DWI Tuesday A six-member Hemphill County jury convicted Tulia resident Matthew Ladd Cannon of driving while intoxicated following two hours of deliberation Tuesday afternoon. Cannon, 27, was arrested and charged with DWI, a class B misdemeanor, on March 11, 2006, while a resident of Canadian. He was represented at the hearing by Amarillo attorney Qlo Crum. DPS Trooper Jason Redman’s testimony and a video-tape of the arrest were the only evidence in the state’s case, which was presented by Hemphill County Attorney Ty Sparks. Cannon’s sister, Tay Jack, was the sole witness on her brother’s behalf. She testified that Cannon’s inability to perform well on a standard field sobriety test was the result of a head injury he suffered when he was 15 years old. Jury selection began at 9 a.m. Tuesday morning, and the evidentiary hearing lasted another two hours. Following announcement of the jury’s guilty verdict, and a brief punishment phase, Judge Steve Vandiver deliberated briefly before ordering Cannon to pay a $2,000 fine and court costs and to serve 30 days in jail. Cannon was taken directly to Hemphill County Jail following the hearing to begin his jail sentence. His attorney issued no notice of appeal.





Boone Pickens, Salem Abraham form foundation benefitting Roberts, Hemphill county youth T. Boone Pickens, a longtime Roberts County resident and philanthropist, and Salem Abraham, a commodities trader and one of Canadian’s leading citizens, are donating $2 million each to form the Pickens-Abraham Foundation for the benefit of Roberts and Hemphill County youth. “I know what it’s like to grow up in a small town and the challenges families encounter,” says Pickens, who was born in Holdenville, a small town in eastern Oklahoma, and later grew up in the Texas Panhandle. “It is my belief that this Foundation will provide help for youth who live in Roberts and Hemphill counties and are determined to reach for the stars.” The Foundation will focus on youth in the two Texas Panhandle counties, funding educational programs and health initiatives beginning in January 2009. It will award grants each January from the funds’ earnings in the previous year. “Boone and I have often discussed the idea of financially supporting local projects,” says Salem Abraham, whose roots run deep in the 2,000-population town of Canadian in Hemphill County. “I assured him that with his money we could make a difference in the lives of the wonderful people who live in Hemphill and Roberts Counties. Unfortunately, instead of giving me a blank check, he negotiated a dollar for dollar match from Ruth Ann and me as part of the deal. You can always count on Boone to be a good haggler, whether it is for business or charity.” Pickens founded Mesa Petroleum, one of the nation’s premiere independent oil companies. Oil & Gas Investor included Pickens with such luminaries as Henry Ford and John D. Rockefeller on its “100 Most Influential People of the Petroleum Century.” In 1996, Pickens embarked on an even more success-

ful career by forming an energy-focused investment firm, BP Capital, often one of America’s most successful hedge funds primarily focused on oil and gas commodities and energy-dependent equities. In the process, he has continued to shatter the stereotype of the oilman, advocating conservation and the development of alternative energy options such as compressed natural gas as a transportation fuel and wind power, long before they became mainstream issues. The first parcel of land that was to become Mesa Vista Ranch, which Pickens calls home, was purchased in Roberts County in 1971. He now owns 68,000 acres, where he has concentrated on habitat restoration and enhancement for recreational uses. Promoting recreational uses, along with efforts to market water and potential for wind farms in the northeastern Panhandle, has led to a tremendous increase in local land values. Five generations of Abrahams claim Canadian as their home. Salem Abraham is owner and president of a highly successful hedge fund housed in the same family financial offices above a local steakhouse where his grandfather amassed a large land-speculation business. He graduated from the local high school, as have most of his employees. Abraham, who lives in Canadian with his wife, Ruth Ann, and their eight children, is president of the board of trustees for the Canadian Independent School District. The Notre Dame graduate’s Abraham Trading Co. trades global commodity futures using a strategy that relies in large part on the behavioral sciences and the mentality of crowds. Abraham also has been involved in land, water and energy deals throughout the Panhandle.

Salem Abraham

T. Boone Pickens

New arrival in town: A son, Brenner Jack, born March 12, 2008, at 6:55 p.m., at Ochiltree General Hospital in Perryton to Joel and Angela Hawkins of Canadian, weighing 7 lbs, 5 oz and 19-1/2” long. Proud grandparents are Jack and Barbara Hawkins of Canadian, Stephen and Shelly Byard of Midland, Sheila Cates of Emory, Texas, and Mark Mathis of Austin. New arrival in town: A daughter, Sadie Eva, born February 26, 2008 to Brett and Marti Kauk of Canadian, weighing 7 lbs, 12 oz, and 19-3/4” long. She is welcomed by big sisters, Hanna, 5, and Emily, 3. Proud grandparents are Ronnie and Sandy Lyons of Canadian and Ronnie and Kristi Kauk of Miami; and great-grandparents, Emmett and Betty Kauk of Leedey, Oklahoma. In Hemphill County Hospital on Wednesday: Katy Green, Alice Ross, Jessie Corbin, Tana Thompson, William Davis, One Do Not Publish. Dismissed last week: Casandra Lehman (March 12); Arline Hext, One Do Not Publish (March 13); Marie Schneider of Lipscomb transferred to Edward Abraham Memorial Home (March 14); Allie Dennis (March 16); Muriel Ferguson transferred to EAMH (March 17); Viola Holt transferred to EAMH (March 18). In the past week there were 40 Physical Therapy visits and 102 procedures; 42 Home Health visits; 10 Hospice visits; 100 Out-patients; 35 Emergency Room patients; and 11 Ambulance runs.





Record editor to be inducted into Panhandle Press Association Hall of Fame during annual convention Record editor Laurie Ezzell Brown is one of two veteran editors who will be honored next week as the latest inductees to the Panhandle Press Association Hall of Fame, and whose newspapers have earned the distinction of national recognition for journalistic courage. Laurie Ezzell Brown, who began editing The Canadian Record after her father’s death in 1993, has earned literally hundreds of awards—regional, state and national—for reporting and editorial writing. Tommy Thompson worked for the Amarillo Globe-Times from 1941 until 1973 and was the afternoon paper’s editor when it won the Pulitzer Prize for public service in 1961. Both journalists will be honored during PPA’s annual convention at a banquet in their honor Friday, March 28, at the Ambassador Hotel in Amarillo. Brown’s family has owned The Canadian Record since 1956 and both of her parents— Ben and Nan Ezzell—are members of the PPA Hall of Fame. Last year, Ezzell Brown and her mother accepted, on behalf of the paper, the Tom and Pat Gish Award for courage, tenacity and integrity in rural journalism. The national Gish award was established by the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues at the University of Kentucky. Brown has emerged from her parents’ shadows with continued community journalism that includes strong editorial stances on the environment. She’s taken on issues that range from corporate hog farming to state highway officials’ plans to cut down more than 1,000 trees. As a direct result of the Record’s editorial efforts, Hemphill County officials passed a resolution refusing tax incentives to hog farmers and the state revised its highway plan, and ultimately cleared fewer than 100 trees. Thompson, who died in 1989, was best known for exposing illegal and unethical practices among local public officials. The Pulitzer committee awarded its prize “For exposing a breakdown in local law enforcement with resultant punitive action that swept lax officials from their posts and brought about the election of a reform slate. The newspaper thus exerted its civic leadership in the finest tradition of journalism.” Thompson wrote in his book, “North of Palo Duro,” that his home telephone was tapped and he was often concerned for the safety of his family as he led efforts to oust Randall County Judge Roy Joe Stevens and others from office. At one point, armed guards used a newspaper circulation van to transport a news source so he could be placed under the protection of outof-town law officers. Stevens ultimately resigned amid allegations that he was tied to illegal gambling, prostitution and bribery.

Panhandle Press Hall of Fame members 1992: Ben Ezzell, The Canadian Record; William “Bill” Howe, The Shamrock Texan; Harold Hudson, The Perryton Herald; Wen-

dell Tooley, The Tulia Herald; S.B. Whittenburg, Amarillo Globe-News; B.M. Nelson, Castro County News. 1993: Douglas Meador, The Matador Tribune; H.M. Baggarly, The Tulia Herald; Morris Higley, The Childress Index; Jimmie Gillentine, The Hereford Brand. 1994: Gene Howe, Amarillo Globe-News; Putt Powell, Amarillo Globe-News; Virginia Robey, Wellington Leader; Mary Kate Tripp, Amarillo Globe-News. 1995: John Getz, The State Line Tribune; Cherry Kay Hamilton, Fritch Eagle Press; Troy Martin, The Canyon News; Jim Reynolds, The Tulia Herald. 1996: Olin Hinkle, The Pampa News; Wesley Sherman Izzard, Amarillo Globe-News; Orvil Gene “Speedy” Nieman, The Hereford Brand; Dick Reavis, The Moore County News*Press. 1997: Kenneth Hogue, Dalhart Texan; Louise Fletcher, Pampa News; Bill Lee, West Texas State University and Amarillo Globe-News. 1998: H. Deskins Wells, Wellington Leader; George Wayne Estlack, Donley County Leader; Bill Cox, Amarillo Globe-News, Amarillo Times, Lamesa Daily Reporter, Odessa American, Borger News-Herald; Kenneth Towery, Cuero Daily Record, Floyd County Hesperian-Beacon, Crosby County News and Chronicle. 1999: Marie Harris, Tulia Herald, Amarillo Globe-News, Plainview Daily Herald, Lubbock Avalanche Journal, Olton Enterprise; James Roberts, owner of many Panhandle and area newspapers; Gardner Collins, Moore County News-Press, Borger News-Herald, Paris News, Hereford Brand; Joseph Miller, White Deer News, Panhandle Herald, Chickasha (Ok.) Daily Express. 2000: J.C. Estlack, The Lovington (N.M.) Leader, The Clarendon News, The Donley County Leader; W.R. “Bill” Rutherford, Moore County News, Amarillo Globe-News, Blackwell (Ok.) Journal-Tribune; Don Nelson, Castro County News, The Arizona Record; Nancy Ezzell, The Canadian Record. 2001: Herschel A. Combs, The Wellington Leader, The Memphis Democrat; Van Stewart, Ochiltree County Herald; Bill Ellis, Friona Star, Bovina Blade, Muleshoe Journal, San Mateo (CA) Times; Sue Cannon, Kress, Hart, Olton, Plains, Amherst newspapers 2002: W.H. “Sonny” Graham, Stratford Star, Bovina Blade, Farwell State Line Tribune, Lovington (N.M.) Daily Leader; Tom Higley, Childress Index, Sayre Journal, Hollis News; Buford Davenport, Abernathy Weekly Review 2003: L.H. Carhart, The Clarendon News; David Rasco, Amarillo-Globe News; Garet von Netzer, Amarillo Globe-News; Danny Andrews, Plainview Daily Herald. 2004: Edwin Murry “Ed” Eakin, Quanah Tribune Chief; Jeane Bartlett, Amarillo GlobeNews; Rose Watson, Moore County News Press, Hereford Brand, Amarillo Globe-News; Carol Ellis, Friona Star, Bovina Blade, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, Muleshoe Journal. 2005: Trenton Davis, Amarillo Globe-

News; Rollie D. Hyde, Plainview Daily Herald; Faye Plank, Curry County Times, Amarillo Globe-News, Dalhart Daily Texan, Lubbock Avalnche-Journal. 2006: Roy S. Butterbaugh, The Boise City News; Beth Whitley Duke, Amarillo GlobeNews; David McReynolds, Texas Coaster, Galveston Daily News, Friona Star, Cotton Gin

and Oil Mill Press, Stratford Star, Moore County News; Felix Phillips, Amarillo Globe-News. 2007: Brad Tooley, Canyon News; Burle Petttit, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. 2008: Thomas H. Thompson, Amarillo Globe-News; Laurie Ezzell Brown, The Canadian Record.





North Plains Groundwater Conservation District to hold public stakeholder meetings The North Plains Groundwater Conservation District will conduct three public meetings to receive input from well owners and other stakeholders within the District about recent Texas legislation that will affect District rules, and specifically rules limiting the production of groundwater within the District. The public meetings are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. on the dates and at the locations as follows: •March 25, Perryton Expo Center, 402 South Expo Drive, Perryton •March 31, Dalhart Senior Citizens Center, 610 Denrock Avenue, Dalhart •April 1, Amarillo College Moore County Campus Auditorium, 1220 East 1st, Dumas There will be a one-hour presentation (approximately) by the District staff and then the floor will be opened for public discussion. Part of the recent Texas groundwater legislation requires the District to establish management goals. Based on the Districtwide pumping rates, the District set a man-

agement goal in Dallam, Hartley, Moore and Sherman Counties to retain at least 40% of the total current groundwater after 50 years. In Hansford, Hutchinson, Lipscomb, and Ochiltree Counties, the District set a management goal to retain 60% of the total current groundwater after 50 years. These goals may require changes in the District’s rules, including reducing the current annual production limit of 2 acre-feet per acre. During the public meeting, the District staff will discuss: 1) Current groundwater conditions; 2) Proposed management goals and the related requirements of the State of Texas; 3) Creation of two production management areas in the District with separate goals; 4) The possibility (and the effect) of reducing the current 2 acre-feet per acre per year production cap; 5) The possibility (and the effect) of implementing a three-year production period and setting the production cap for the production period at 6 acre-feet (or perhaps less) for the

production period; 6) The appropriate time frame for implementing a reduced annual production cap; 7) The possibility of requiring flow meters to be installed on all nonexempt wells; and, 8) Other proposed changes to District rules and operations. Following the presentation by the District staff, public input and questions will be solicited on these issues. It is a huge task for the District Board and Staff to develop and adopt groundwater rules that will affect the people of this District for the next 50 years. Therefore, we are requesting your participation and input as a stakeholder prior to adopting any new rules. The current District Rules and the District’s Management Plan can be found on the District’s website at For more information about the public meetings, please contact Steven Walthour, District General Manager, or Rhonda Artho, Education & Public Relations Coordinator, at (806)935-6401, or e-mail Rhonda at



High Plains water quality varies from state to state The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) released a report today describing water-quality conditions in the High Plains aquifer. The High Plains aquifer, which encompasses an eight state region from South Dakota to Texas, is the most heavily pumped aquifer in the nation. The report represents the first systematic assessment of water quality in this nationally important aquifer and concludes that water produced by domestic, public supply, and irrigation wells in the aquifer generally was acceptable for most uses, although differences in water quality among aquifer subunits exist. The Ogallala Formation in the southern High Plains, Texas, had the poorest water quality and the Ogallala Formation in the central and northern High Plains, Colorado, Kansas and Nebraska, had the best water quality. Although the majority of water pumped from the High Plains aquifer is used for irrigation, nearly two million people depend on it for drinking water. Although the USGS study did not analyze drinking water after treatment, the results from domestic supply wells were compared to federal drinking-water standards. According to USGS scientist Peter McMahon, “Most exceedances of primary and secondary drinking-water standards were for arsenic, dissolved solids, fluoride, iron, manganese, and nitrate. The most frequently detected pesticide compounds were atrazine and deethylatrazine, whereas the most frequently detected volatile organic compound was chloroform. None of the pesticide compounds or volatile organic compounds exceeded a primary drinking-water standard.” The USGS report is based on analysis of ground-water samples from nearly 500 wells that were collected between 1999 and 2004. The study was designed to broadly characterize water quality throughout the aquifer and to understand the natural and human factors controlling water quality. “The largest concentrations of humanmade contaminants were found in shallow ground water. Although the shallow ground water is not typically used as a drinkingwater supply, concern arises where it may

be hydrologically linked to deeper parts of the aquifer. The study shows that long-term pumping of irrigation and public supply wells, and leakage down inactive irrigation wells, are considered to be major processes for moving contaminants from near the water table to deeper zones more rapidly than would occur otherwise under natural conditions” said McMahon. The combination of chemical inputs to the water table from land surface and mixing in the aquifer by pumping has resulted in gradual increases in concentrations of contaminants such as nitrate and dissolved solids in the ground water. Once contaminated, deep zones in the aquifer where production wells are screened are not likely to be remediated quickly because of long ground-water residence times in the aquifer and slow rates of contaminant degradation. The study found that deep ground water in some parts of the aquifer was about 10,000 years old, indicating that it was recharged near the end of the last Ice Age. That old water still contains small amounts of nitrate of natural origin that was present at the time of recharge. “The availability and sustainability of water supplies in the High Plains aquifer are influenced by many factors, one of which is water quality. This water-quality assessment establishes a regional baseline against which water-quality conditions can be tracked over time and provides process-level understanding to help explain observed changes,” said McMahon. The High Plains aquifer encompasses parts of Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, and Wyoming. FOR



The report, “Water-Quality Assessment of the High Plains Aquifer, 1999–2004”, Professional Paper 1749, is available at pp/1749/, or by calling 1(888)ASK-USGS, or by fax 303-202-4693. USGS provides science for a changing world. For more information visit





Law firm seeks entries in weekly essay contest Entries are being sought for a weekly essay contest sponsored by Roger G. Worthington, P.C., a law firm dedicated to helping asbestos cancer patients get justice in the courtrooms and help in the hospitals. “Hope and cancer” is the topic for the week of March 26. The topic changes from week to week, and is posted online at, along with additional information about the essay contest and rules. Essay submissions should be 400 words maximum, and should be submitted no later than 5 p.m. PST each Tuesday. All submissions should be made electronically to The essay should be e-mailed as plain text copied and pasted into the e-mail body. Each entry should be accompanied by the name, address, phone number and e-mail of its author. Each essay must include the following language at the end: “I give permission to the Law Office of Roger G. Worthington, P.C., to use my essay and accompanying images royalty-free on its website for purposes of educating the public about asbestos and mesothelioma. All other rights are reserved by me, the author, [insert name], 2008.” Winners’ names and essays will be published each Wednesday. Winners will receive a $250 cash prize and certificate. #12

Veterans’ organization announces April meeting The Texas LST/Amphibious Association will hold it next biannual meeting on April 10-12 in Corsicana. Veterans from all branches of the military who served during either World War II, Korea, Vietnam or between wars are invited to bring their spouses and come join the fun and fellowship. For more information, contact Jim Holdman, Box 768, Perryton, TX 79070, (806)435-5647. #11

Indian battleground in Kansas subject of HPPR segment High Plains Public Radio offers regional programming Monday through Friday mornings at 10:30. On the Monday, March 24, segment of Playa Country, learn why prairie landowners in eastern New Mexico have a familiar face to turn to for conservation advice. On Learning the Birds, Tuesday, March 25, Ruth Beasley introduces the Osprey, a unique, magnificent fish-eater. High Plains History on Wednesday, March 26, focuses on Punished Woman’s Fork, one of the last Indian battlegrounds in Kansas. On Thursday, March 27, Growing on the High Plains’ Skip Mancini, talks about Poke Salad, a traditional spring tonic in some parts of the country that can pack an unexpected punch if picked late in the season. High Plains in Words on Friday, March 28, is a reading from The Brute by Mike Klassen, young adult fiction about a teenage boy who confronts his own inner demons while facing down a Kansas twister. The programs are repeated on Saturday: PC at 11:15 a.m., LTB at 11:45 a.m., HPH at 12:15 p.m., GHP at 12:45 p.m., HPW at 1:15 p.m. Fans of HPPR, broadcast from Garden City, Kansas, also have access to NPR programming with national and world news. For more information about program schedules on 89.50 FM-KTOT, consult the website at Or call (800)678-7444. #12









•William Derrick Nofire, 18, Canadian 03/12/08, theft greater than $500 and less than $1,500, $500 personal recognizance bond. •Kevin John Boyd, 30, Miami 03/13/08, possession of less than 2 ounces of marijuana, $2,000 bond. •Amber Leigh Ramsey, 19, Canadian 03/16/08, disorderly conduct, $200 personal recognizance bond. •Timothy Michael Knoop, 21, Canadian 03/16/08, resisting arrest, search or transport and public intoxication, $5,000 bond. •Julie Ann Carminati, 35, Canadian 03/17/08, theft by check greater than $20 and less than $500, held. •Joshua Richard Chafin, 18, Canadian 03/17/08, possession of drug paraphernalia and DUI minor, held.

Citations •Travis Mack Macias, 03/11/08 open container. •Jose Manuel Sustaita, Dallas, 03/12/08 speeding. •Jose Manue Sustaita, Dallas, 03/12/08 no driver’s license. •James Steven Vanworth, Muskogee, OK, 03/12/08 no financial responsibility. •Edgar Abraham Rosales, Booker, 03/13/08 speeding. •Edgar Abraham Rosales, Booker, 03/13/08 no financial responsibility. •Harley William Turbyfill, Austin, 03/13/08 no financial responsibility. •Harley William Turbryfill, Austin, 03/13/08 no driver’s license. •Preston Alan Lubbers, Woodward, OK, speeding. •Danny Robert Turner, Higgins, speeding. •Adam D. Scaffide, Wellston, OK, 03/14/08 speeding. •Jimmy Davis Teague II, 03/14/08 speeding. •Mitchel Cory Carroll, Pampa, 03/14/08 driving while license is suspended or invalid. •Francis Dalke Soxie, Pawnee, OK, 03/14/08 disregard stop sign. •Cody Ray Rodenberger, Altus, OK, 03/14/08 speeding. •Larry Duane Sherman, Mangum, OK, 03/14/08 speeding. •Chad Michael Wilhite, Denton, 03/14/08


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expired registration. •Jason Don Stone, 03/14/08 speeding. •Luz Adiana Becerra, Mesquite, 03/15/08 speeding. •Luz Adiana Becerra, Mesquite, 03/15/08 no financial responsibility. •Abel Sotelo-Estrada, Garden City, KS, 03/15/08 no financial responsibility. •Carlos Luis Garcia, 03/15/08 no financial responsibility. •Halie Brook Helms-Merket, 03/16/08 no financial responsibility. •Halie Brook Helms-Merket, 03/16/08 expired registration. •Billy Mack Templeton, Plainview, 03/17/08 defective head lamp(s).

Tuesday, March 11 •4:04 p.m., caller reported a construction crew started a fire on Hwy 60, south of the Y. Caller said she thinks they got it put out, but would like someone to come and wet it down. •8:18 p.m., 911 caller reported a head-on collision south of the Y on Hwy 60/83. •8:32 p.m., security service reported a fire alarm at Edward Abraham Memorial Home. False alarm due to construction. •9:06 p.m., caller reported a sewer leak on 7th and Bungalow.

Wednesday, March 12 •8:43 a.m., caller stated that a flower bed on the corner of a yard on Hobart had been hit by a car. •2:24 p.m., caller stated she was following a vehicle that was driving recklessly. Deputy responded and subject was eating while driving. •6:28 p.m., caller stated a red car and white Suburban were driving fast on River Road, headed to Canadian. •7:34 p.m., caller stated a white SUV on 2nd Street had passed him on the right side and was speeding.

Thursday, March 13 •12:33 a.m., caller stated a father was upset about his daughter being at a residence with adult males and was heading to the house. Deputies responded and juvenile was released to her parents. •5:04 a.m., caller reported a grass fire 8 miles north of Allison on FM 2654. •12:46 p.m., caller stated there was a fire on FM 2654 where there was this morning. •1:02 p.m., caller stated there was a tire


Community Blood Drive scheduled for March 27 The Coffee Memorial Blood Center of Amarillo will host a Canadian Community Blood Drive on Thursday, March 27, 1–7 p.m., at City Hall. Try your luck at winning a 42” flat screen TV and a Fajita Party for 20. Every eligible donor receives a Green T-Shirt. For an appointment, please call 1-877-574-8800. #12


and rim laying on the side of the highway. •1:56 p.m., caller reported the fire on FM 2654 had started up again. •4:28 p.m., caller stated a green car was in front of her on Hwy 283 driving ditch to ditch. Deputy responded and observed no traffic violations. •5:50 p.m., caller stated there were two small children playing in the street on Cheyenne. •8:22 p.m., called stated that a female individual was receiving phone calls that gave no caller ID and could only hear heavy breathing. •8:26 p.m., 911 caller reported a prowler that had been seen by her daughter’s boyfriend around 6 a.m. •9:27 p.m., caller reported a Lincoln Town car that was traveling at speeds greater than 90 mph and was passing vehicles in no passing zones approximately 5 miles west of Miami. Deputy responded and stopped vehicle in Miami. Driver was arrested for possession of less than 2 ounces of marijuana. •10:23 p.m., caller stated that she thought she had seen someone get out of her van and run towards the alley.

Friday, March 14 •6:46 a.m., caller stated that he had just met a semi that was dragging something that was throwing off sparks approximately 9 miles east of Miami. •3:30 p.m., caller requested an officer to come stand by so she could get her belongings out of a residence. •6:16 p.m., Lipscomb County Sheriff’s office reported they received a report of a Red Company pickup all over the roadway on FM 1920. •10:18 p.m., caller requested an ambulance for his mother. •10:28 p.m., received abandoned 911 call. Upon callback the caller stated he was trying to dial 411. •11:40 p.m., caller was the son of complainant and stated his mother was unable to sleep due to the neighbor’s dogs barking.

Saturday, March 15 •9:52 a.m., caller reported seeing a kid running from next door and speeding off in a white extended cab pickup. •3:29 p.m., caller reported 3 children tearing some stuff up behind the YMCA. •4:24 p.m., subject came into the Sheriff’s Office and turned in a debit card he had found at the ATM machine. •9:48 p.m., caller reported hearing gun shots south/southwest of her house. •11:13 p.m., caller requested a deputy to patrol the area around her house. She was


afraid her dog was barking at someone.

Sunday, March 16 •12:54 a.m., caller reported a male juvenile walked into the north Allsups drinking a beer. •11:08 a.m., caller stated he had chased 3 men in a white Chevrolet pickup off of the Clark Ranch. •12:21 p.m., caller stated that a customer had lost her wallet in the Alco department store. •1:58 p.m., caller stated there was a horse in a pen on Hackberry Trail that looks like it has an injured leg. Deputy responded and notified a vet. •2:12 p.m., caller stated there was a red Monte Carlo driving recklessly toward Miami. •2:24 p.m., walk-in stated there looked to be an altercation on 3rd and Purcell. •2:45 p.m., deputy stated he had received a call on a suspicious person and he was heading to the location. •8:03 p.m., caller requested a deputy to the Dairy Queen due to a disturbance. •8:59 p.m., caller complained of a white van with a black stripe parked in the roadway at 9th and Main. •9:56 p.m., caller reported the females involved in the earlier incident at Dairy Queen were now fighting and breaking things at the Riverside Motel. •10:01 p.m., caller requested assistance for individual who had locked himself out of his house.

Monday, March 17 •12:46 a.m. caller reported her grandson had been dropped off in Canadian by his grandfather and was outside her home beating on the windows and screaming. She wanted a deputy to come and make him leave. The Sheriff’s Department responded to 2 calls requesting vehicle unlocks and 3 calls regarding loose farm animals.

Who let the dogs out? •Thursday, March 13, 8:12 p.m., caller reported a stray dog that had been coming on her property for sometime was back. Animal Control was advised. •Saturday, March 15, 10:02 a.m., caller reported she had a dog in a trap in her backyard. •Saturday, March 15, 3:30 p.m., caller requested animal control be called in reference to a dog loose on Nelson. •Sunday, March 16, 12:47 p.m., caller stated there was a Pit Bull and a large black dog running loose on Kingman.





Direct deposit speeds economic stimulus payment DALLAS—The Internal Revenue Service will begin sending more than 130 million economic stimulus payments starting May 2. Taxpayers who choose direct deposit on their federal income tax returns can expect to receive their economic stimulus payments between May 2 and May 16 provided their returns were received and processed by April 15, 2008. For taxpayers who did not choose direct deposit on their tax return but whose returns were processed by April 15, the paper checks will be in the mail starting May 16, with the initial mailings completed by around July 11. “Direct deposit is recommended for several reasons, not just for faster refunds or economic stimulus payments,” said Clay Sanford, an IRS spokesman in Dallas. “It’s much safer than a check lying around in your mailbox.” Sanford added that taxpayers who are not expecting a refund this year can complete the direct deposit section of their return to ensure that the stimulus payment is electronically deposited into their account. There’s an online calculator on IRS.

gov to help people determine the amount of their stimulus payments. Anyone who has prepared a 2007 income tax return can use the calculator. It will ask taxpayers a series of questions, so they should have their 2007 tax returns handy. After answering the questions, the calculator will provide the projected dollar value of the payment. To receive a payment, taxpayers must have a valid Social Security number, $3,000 of income and file a 2007 federal tax return. IRS will take care of the rest. Eligible people will receive up to $600 ($1,200 for married couples), and parents will receive an additional $300 for each eligible child younger than 17. Millions of retirees, disabled veterans and low-wage workers who usually are exempt from filing a tax return must do so this year in order to receive a stimulus payment. For people who normally don’t need to file a tax return, the IRS and Free File Alliance have a special program set up to allow for free electronic filing. Click on the blue and green Free File icon at, then look for this link: Free File—Economic Stimulus Payment page.



Scammers taking advantage of new Federal Economic Stimulus Package Texans should be aware of a scam that has emerged in connection with the proposed federal economic stimulus package. Under recently passed legislation, the IRS will mail tax rebate checks to eligible Texans beginning in May (see related story). Several Texans recently filed complaints with the Office of the Attorney General after receiving unsolicited e-mails and telephone calls from purported IRS agents claiming that the taxpayers are eligible for “Bush refunds.” The scammers demand taxpayers’ Social Security and bank account numbers, claiming the IRS will use the information to directly deposit “rebate checks” into the taxpayers’ accounts. This is outright identity theft fraud. The IRS does not call or e-mail taxpayers unexpectedly to demand personal information for direct deposits. Taxpayers solicited in this manner should just hang up or delete the e-mail. TO




Texans who have received these bogus solicitations can file a complaint with the IRS at or by calling (800) 829-1040. Consumers also can report such calls to our office.

Candidate withdraws from CISD race and hospital district declares non-election Nancy Wilson withdrew her candidacy last Friday for a place on the Canadian ISD Board, one of the entities with races in the May 10 local election. That leaves filers Ken King and Randy Walser to fill the two three-year terms available. Current trustees whose terms expire this year are Dale Schafer and Jill Baker. In their Monday, March 17, meeting the Hemphill County Hospital Board declared a non-election. Incumbent trustee David Cook and Sharon Carr filed for the two two-year terms available. Current trustee Venita McPherson’s term expires this year. For the Canadian City Council, incumbent councilmen Milton Cooke, Rob Talley and Bob Lusk have filed for re-election for their respective three two-year terms that are expiring. Scott Scroggins also filed for one of the positions. Beth Ramp Sturgeon, Monty Markham, Eddie George and Melvin Walser have filed to fill two four-year terms available on the board of the Hemphill County Underground Water Conservation District. Mark Meek—who ran for and won the March 4th Republican Primary nomination for Hemphill County Commis-


sioner Precinct 3—and Lee Haygood will leave the HCUWCD board when their terms expire this year. On May 10, CISD voters will also consider a proposed $14 million school bond issue, proceeds from which will be targeted for several capital improvement projects either already underway or planned for school campuses. Among those projects are roof replacement, restoration and expansion of the CMS Auditorium, purchase of laptop computers for a pilot program at CMS, remodeling of the CES Cafetorium, expansion of the bus barn and construction of additional classrooms at CHS. Public meetings will be held on two consecutive Tuesdays, April 1 and 8, to give school trustees an opportunity to answer questions about the bond issue. Those meetings are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at the CES Cafetorium. The last day for a write-in candidate to file for the May 10th election was Monday. April 26th is the last day to withdraw from the ballot. Early voting will begin on April 28 and continue until May 6.

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Parris Robinson (right) finished in the top 6 of the JV 100 and 200M Run. Chance Walker (upper right) and Shaleigh Price (lower right) compete in the Hurdles Friday. ALAN HALE PHOTOS

Wildcats finish third at Perryton meet Wildcats Varsity and JV squads each had exactly half their members and both teams still captured third place finishes at Perryton Saturday. Caleb Berry (first), John Godino (second) and Alex Meraz (third) took the top three spots in the shot put. Meraz also finished first in the discus with Berry third. Injuries and spring break limited Canadian from fielding complete teams. “Our throwers are really coming around,” said coach Craig Campbell. “They are always a big part of our points, but Alex’s throw in the discus and Caleb’s in the shot are really good this early [in the season].” The 1600M Relay team of Luis Garcia, Leonel R. Avila, Paul Lewis and Dylan

Weaver continued their impressive running with a first place finish. Canadian finished 4 seconds ahead of second place Dumas. Campbell thinks the relay team has a chance to be special. “In 12 years of being here, this is the earliest that we have broke 3:30 in the 4x400M relay,” he said. Paul Lewis finished second in the 800M Run in 2:04. It was only his fourth time to run the race. “Going that fast this early,” Campbell said. “Gives him a good chance to go sub 2 minutes before the year is over.” The Wildcats travel to Booker tomorrow (Friday) and Saturday.

WILDCATS VARSITY March 15 at Perryton Shot Put: 1) Caleb Berry 47’10”; 2) John Godino 42’11”; 3) Alex Meraz 42’8”. Discus: 1) Alex Meraz 150’4”; 3) Caleb Berry 124’11”. 3200M Run: 6) Carlos Lopez 11:20.34. 800M Run: 2) Paul Lewis 2:04.24. 110M Hurdles: 2) Luis Garcia 15.88. 100M Dash: 4) Dylan Weaver 11.31. 300M Hurdles: 2) Luis Garcia 40.59; 3) Leonel Avila 41.40. 1600M Relay: 1) Canadian (Luis Garcia, Leonel R. Avila, Paul Lewis and Dylan Weaver) 3:29.28. Overall: 1) Dumas 144; 2) Perryton 109; 3) Canadian 97; 4) Borger 77; 5) Liberal, Kansas 72.

LADY CATS VARSITY March 15 at Perryton 400M Relay: 5) Canadian 53.34. 800M Relay: 3) Canadian 1:53.37. 300M Hurdles: 6) Morgan Saul 53.52. 1600M Relay: 5) Canadian 4:35.66. Overall: 1) Dalhart 192; 2) Perryton 151; 3) Borger 139; 4) Dumas 82; 5) Canadian 21.

WILDCATS JUNIOR VARSITY March 15 at Perryton 100M Dash: 6) Parris Robinson 12.75. 200M Dash: 3) Parris Robinson 25.09. 1600M Run: 5) Sergio Banda 5:48.81. 3200M Run: 3) Sergio Banda 12 41.13. 110M Hurdles: 2) Jacob Ramirez 18.43; 4) Will Schafer 18.52. 300M Hurdles: 4) Will Schafer 46.37; 5) Jacob Ramirez 47.43. High Jump: 1) Jacob Ramirez 5’4”; 2) Will Schafer 5’2”. Triple Jump: 3) Will Schafer 34’7.5”. Shot Put: 2) Cade Yarnold 36’4”; 5) Martin Ocasio 33’9”. Overall: 1) Caprock 177; 2) Dumas 93.50; 3) Canadian 81.50; 4) Dalhart 78; 5) Perryton 76.

8TH-GRADE WILDCATS March 14 at Perryton 100M Dash: 2) Brandon Bryede 12.75; 4) David Morales 13.01. 200M Dash: 1) Isaac Lewis 26.09. 400M Dash: 1) Isaac Lewis 58.31. 800M Run: 2) Jordan Ramsey 2:20.72;

5) Alex Ortiz 2:38.90. 1600M Run: 4) Alex Ortiz 6:00.94. 110M Hurdles: 1) Chance Walker 17.56; 2) Kade Johnson 18.97; 4) Eric Sanchez 20.21. 300M Hurdles: 2) Eric Sanchez 51.25; 5) Kade Johnson 55.46. 400M Relay: 1) Canadian (Walker, Schafer, Morales and Breyde) 49.69. 800M Relay: 1) Canadian (Sanchez, Morales, Schafer and Ramsey) 1:47.58. 1600M Relay: 2) Canadian (Walker, Schafer, Ramsey and Lewis) 3:57.16. High Jump: 3) Jordan Ramsey 4’10.25”. Boys Long Jump: 2) Taylor Schafer 16’1.5”. Triple Jump: 3) Isaac Lewis 34’0.5”; 6) Taylor Schafer 30’3.75”. Shot Put: 3) Salvador Escamilla 40’.0”; 4) Brandon Breyde 38’4”; 6) Jacob Keener 34’11.5”. Discus: 1) Salvador Escamilla 133’11”. Overall: 1) Perryton 256; 2) Canadian 177; 3) Dalhart 118; 4) Perryton B 47.

7TH-GRADE WILDCATS March 14 at Perryton 100M Dash: 4) Tyler Valenzuela 14.16. 800M Run: Rhett Meyer 2:42.03. 110M Hurdles: 2) Taylor Thompson 20.37. 300M Hurdles: 4) Taylor Thompson 54.78. 400M Relay: 3) Canadian (Manriquez, Marquez, Meyer and Valenzuela) 54.84. 800M Relay: 2) Canadian (Valenzuela, Meyer, Marquez and Marting) 1:56.87. 1600M Relay: 3) Canadian (Marting, Shrader, Manriquez and Marquez) 4:49.28. Triple Jump: 6) Jose Pallares 26’7.5”. Overall: 1) Perryton 245; 2) Dalhart 207; 3) Canadian 65; 4) Perryton B 55.






NWTF fund raising banquet The 6th annual fund raising banquet for the Canadian River Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will be April 5 at 6 p.m., at the Hemphill County pavilion. Tickets are $45 single, $60 couple, $5 kids under 17 and $280 for donor. Tickets are $10 extra if purchased at the door. Ticket includes NWTF membership, meal and chances to win auction or raffle items. Since 2003 the Canadian River chapter has given away over $50,000 in local scholarships, supported hunters education classes and Little League with money raised from the local banquet. For tickets or more information, call 806-323-9198. #10

State Champion footballs and T-shirts available Orders are being taken for State Championship football panels. Currently, there are 60 footballs in stock and more can be ordered. The balls can be signed by all members of the Championship team prior to delivery or the balls can be purchased unsigned. Also, State Championship T-shirts are still available in most sizes. Cost for the footballs is $40 and the T-shirts cost $15. Proceeds from the footballs will be donated to the Wildcat ring fund and profits from the T-shirts will be used to buy each player a football panel. For more information, contact Jim Knight at 323-5386 (work) or 323-6892( home) or Michael Bentley at 323-8919. #09

March 10 and 11 at Panhandle Girls’ Doubles Tatum Ellison and Maddie Abraham won 3-of-4 matches, finishing in second place. Meagan Burns and Tracey Young won 3-of-4 matches. Jordan Gallaway and Shane Davis won 2-of-3 matches.

Mixed Doubles Emma Johnson and Lucio Vasquez won 2-of-3 matches. Kelsey Hanes and Brock Johnson won 2-of-3 matches.

Boys’ Doubles Tyler Ellison and Bo Albin lost 2-of-2 matches Will Schafer and Chris Dorris won 1-of-3 matches.

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Macy Woodside won 2-of-3 match-

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Boys’ Singles Edward Isaacs won 4-of-5 matches. Dallie Thomas won 1-of-3 matches.

Championship game DVD’s on sale DVDs of Canadian’s State Championship victory over Elysian Fields are available for purchase. Cost is $5 and those interested should call the high school office at 323-5373 to reserve their copy. The Wildcats defeated Elysian Fields 40-25 on December 22, claiming their first-ever State Championship.

Your Veterans Service officer, Nick Thomas, can help you with any Veteran-related problems, paper work or medical records.






IT’S BEEN A ROUGH WEEK for TV viewers. In the wake of the sex scandal involving the

Jacob Hamby wins calf scramble SAN ANTONIO: Jacob Hamby of Canadian successfully haltered a calf during the calf scramble held February 11th at the San Antonio Livestock Show & Rodeo. Hamby is 17 years old and in the eleventh grade. He is a member of Canadian FFA, and intends to purchase a pig with his calf scramble award. Calf scramble participants were competing for $800 certificates to be used toward the purchase of breeding animals. Those animals will then compete in the 2009 San Antonio Junior Livestock Show. A total of more than 200 certificates were given away this year during the rodeo. In pursuit of its mission “Helping Youth Today So That Agriculture Can Grow Tomorrow,” the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo has committed more than $79 million to youth education since 1984. Pictured with Hamby (center) are: (l-r) Mark Medbury, Calf Scramble Committee Superintendent; Alyssa Plackemeier, Miss Rodeo Texas; Ken Knight, Calf Scramble Committee Vice Chairman; and Bryan Allison, Calf Scramble Committee member.

Rooster Morris visits CES Entertainer Rooster Morris performed for the Canadian Elementary and Baker Elementary Schools last Thursday. In the photo above, he is shown with a group of CES students on stage who helped perform for the student body. Morris is an author, entertainer, storyteller, musician, and composer and has performed for more than 4.5 million students in elementary schools, public libraries, museums, and public venues. He has a passion for entertaining audiences while encouraging all forms of creativity. His ability to connect with all ages has resulted in national recognition by Southern Living magazine and numerous newspapers.

former Governor of New York and the pretty call girl, TV coverage produced bizarre authorities on the sex industry in America. There was Larry King interviewing two prostitutes, a madam, a pimp, a TV psychiatrist, an FBI agent, and a vice squad cop. Most annoying of all was Harvard Professor Alan Dershowitz insisting that prostitution should be legalized because it is a victimless crime. Then there were the continued allusions to the movie Pretty Woman where a successful businessman (Richard Gere) winds up marrying a beautiful prostitute (Julia Roberts). As a symbol of the sex trade, the romanticized film version totally contradicts the complex analysis of prostitution offered by literature through the ages. Literature can shed more light on the subject of prostitution than any of the experts rounded up for the TV coverage because it portrays women as desperate, exploited human beings and societies as either hypocritical or in denial. Western literature has its roots in Ancient Greece and Rome where slaves and other non-citizens were forced into prostitution. The author who first romanticized prostitution was the Greek playwright Menander. In his play Sikyonioi a virtuous young girl is kidnapped by pirates and sold into prostitution. Her real parents later recognize her, she is freed, and marries. Menander created the “hooker with a heart of gold,” a stock character in Western literature. The Greeks also considered prostitution a flaw in democracy. Aristophanes in his play Assemblywomen, declares that democracy should be extended to the slaves, and therefore prostitution should be banned. Plato in The Republic states that prostitution is responsible for discord in the ideal city and therefore should be banished. The Roman poet Ovid in his Amores also called for an end to prostitution. Fast-forward to the 1300s. Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales presents the basic blueprint for the plot of a powerful political figure practicing sexual blackmail on young women. In The Physician’s Tale a governor sees the young girl Virginia whom he desires. He frames her father on a trumped up charge that Virginia is not really his daughter, but a slave belonging to another man. The governor decrees that Virginia be turned over to the court, in other words to him. The father winds up beheading his own daughter rather than see her prostituted to the lecherous governor. Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure takes on the sex trade and hypocritical politicians. The play is about over-zealous Puritanical Angelo, Duke of Vienna, who decides to outlaw prostitution and tear down all of the brothels in the city. Meanwhile he uses his power to commit sexual blackmail, promising he will save the life of young Isabella’s lover if she will sleep with him. Other European authors including Cervantes, Voltaire, Victor Hugo, Dickens and Dostoyevsky portray prostitutes as heroines. American authors later adopted the “hooker with the heart of gold” character. Stephen Crane’s Maggie—Girl of the Streets is the story of an Irish immigrant abandoned by her family, whose only of hope of survival is prostitution. Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind features Belle Watling, the madam with a heart of gold. Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises introduces the prostitute/drug addict. John Steinbeck, Robert Penn Warren, Ken Kesey and other American writers have portrayed prostitutes as sympathetic, complex characters, but have not taken on prostitution’s dark side. I’ve had it with the interviews with sex trade entrepreneurs explaining how it all works. Just one quote from Victor Hugo this past week would have reminded us why prostitution is not Pretty Woman and not a “victimless” crime.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Mary Jane McKinney is the founder and CEO of LLC, a publisher of grammar exercises. She has used her English degree as a teacher, editor, reporter, and marketing executive. Readers who have questions or comments on this column are welcome to write to the author in care of The Canadian Record, PO Box 898, Canadian, TX 79014, or by e-mail at:






Children’s outdoor survival program offered at Copper Breaks

Musical salute to Texas history performed at BES Fourth-grade students performed a musical salute to Texas history last Friday at Baker Elementary School. “The Texans” featured a cast of 50 appropriately-costumed young actors and actresses performing musical selections and vignettes about the birth of the Lone Star State. “The Texans” was written by Ron Fink and John Heath, and covers Texas history from the arrival of the European explorers through the state’s annexation in 1845. Musical selections included “Let’s Cook Some History,” “Let’s Sell Off New England,” and “Do I Look Like an Inca to You?”

Members of the cast were leader Mikayla Sims; mission builders Viridiana Varcia, Bailey Urschel and Aaron Morales; native Americans Eli Klein, Christian Webb, Joel Pina and Guadalupe Robledo; Spanish explorer Lewis Abraham; old 300 men Edgar Moreno, Alberto Martinez, Mason Wilson and Victor Moreno; old 300 women Madison Zenor, Megan Reed, Catlin Cook and Neyma Garcia; Holly Wright as Sara and Ryan Royse as Stephen Austin; Texas fighters Daniel Olguin, Gustavo Cisneros, Hannah Baker, Hope Spruell and Quentin Campbell; Robert Abraham

as Sam Houston, Macy Patterson as Susannah and Alaisa Rodriquez as her friend; Texas citizens Bailey Wright, Jonathan Gonzalez, Mason Burton and Connor King; worried Texans Kandace Moreno, Lorena Herrera, Janeth Lopez and Lauren Koetting; Cattle women Nayeli Uribe and Ruby Ford; cattleman Steven Martinez and farmers Alexander Cervantes, Rosa de la Rosa and Eduardo Paz; Tanner Schafer as Jose Antonio Navarro and Isaias Orozco as an oil-covered farmer; Ty Cockrell and Dawlson Allen as working Texans; Madison Sells as Anna,

Makensie Dodson as Barbara, Sawyer Cook as Joey, Saige Pennington as a teacher, and Ravin Gandhi as the chorus. Cara Dawn Macias helped make decorations and designed the program for the performance. Cheta McLanahan taught the students Texas dances and, along with Coach Jack Martin, assisted with last-minute details. Fourth-grade teachers Julie Culver, Kay Hamby and Darlene Olivier allowed extra time for practices and helped students learn their lines, and JJ Cullender helped with costumes. “The Texans” was directed by Sarah Beth Brewer.

QUANAH—Your child in the wild is the focus of a new Campsite Program premiering Saturday, April 5, at Copper Breaks State Park. The family-oriented presentation will begin at 3 p.m. and is part of the statewide Great Texas Trash Off events being observed there that day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Park Ranger Carl Hopper will offer practical, easy-tounderstand and memory tips that can make a real difference when a youngster becomes lost in the wild. With an emphasis on preparation and prevention, the program will utilize the rugged terrain around Copper Breaks and feature a brief hike, so program participants are advised to dress appropriately. The program is ideal for church youth groups, scouting organizations, as well as families. Volunteers for the Trash Off event can attend the program for free, and park personnel encourage large groups to contact the park in advance in case more than one presentation would better accommodate participants. For information, call (940)839-4331. Copper Breaks State Park is located 13 miles south of Quanah and eight miles north of Crowell on State Highway 6. #12

Mutual fund manager Don Hodges contributes $50,000 to WTAMU CANYON—The College of Business at West Texas A&M University recently made a significant commitment to incorporate into its curriculum a great deal more discourse on ethical business practices and corporate responsibility. Don Hodges, chairman of First Dallas Securities and portfolio co-manager of the award-winning Hodges Fund, is backing the effort. Hodges, a 1956 graduate of WTAMU, has contributed $50,000 to the College of Business, funds that are being used to add to the curriculum and support student and faculty development. The initiative already has led to the addition of two new courses in the College of Business: ACCT 6321—Ethical Solutions in Professional Accounting for those studying to become certified public accountants, and FIN 4311/5311—Corporate Governance and Ethics for finance, economics and graduate students. Moreover, based on a recommendation by the faculty, some of whom recently attended

training and development seminars related to these topics, the College of Business has elected to require a corporate governance and ethics case study or special project in the majority of its senior- and graduate-level courses. “I am very pleased by the faculty’s recommendation to move in this direction,” Dr. Neil Terry, dean of the College of Business, said. “When Mr. Hodges made his generous donation to the College of Business, he made clear his feelings that too many people serve on boards who do not understand the fundamentals of corporate governance and that too often ethical considerations in business are swept aside in the decision-making process. “That our faculty agrees with this assessment and want to be part of the solution is gratifying. I think we have a responsibility to society to produce ethical leaders who understand the role of a corporate board member, whether serving a major corporation or a non-profit organization,” Terry said. “We are thrilled by Mr. Hodges’ contribution;

it already has helped enrich our curriculum, and it means we share a conviction with someone who understands the corporate world exceedingly well.” Don Hodges and his son, Craig, are comanagers of the Hodges Fund, a core equity mutual fund with total assets of about $630 million. In each of the past four years, the Hodges Fund has been named “Best MultiCap Core Fund” by the Lipper Fund Awards program, most recently for five-year, risk adjusted performance among 445 multi-cap core funds for the period ended Dec. 31, 2006. The Hodges Fund appears to be a candidate for the award again this year. Don Hodges points to recent and highly publicized scandals that have plagued corporate America as evidence that certain values and ethics are lacking in the corporate process. “I’m concerned that our value system has been left behind in the educational process the last few years and that it’s time to restore the sense of fairness and balance that’s been

lacking,” Hodges said. “This country was founded on certain values and ethics, and I am pleased that West Texas A&M is willing to become a beacon for creating not only graduates but ethical leaders. “Our country’s system of capitalism is the greatest system in the world, but it needs to be handled with care. We have got to eliminate the abuses. No single effort is going to solve the total problem, but putting a program into effect like the one at West Texas A&M can and probably will make a difference, and I’m pleased to be a part of that.” In addition to developing new courses and providing additional training for its faculty, the College of Business has invited a number of guest speakers into its classrooms to help facilitate discussions about ethics and corporate governance. Also, plans are being formulated to extend the discussion beyond the classroom and into the community through seminars, training programs and, possibly, continuing education classes.















PATTER Three new exhibits open at Nancy Morgan Ezzell the Metcalfe Museum BY

We all make mistakes; no one is perfect. One of the things I do at The Record office is to read proofs—in other words, I read what I and others have written and make corrections when needed. I make my share of mistakes, willingly admitting to my own errors, for no one is perfect. But I do urge everyone to re-read what they have written before they send it off to others. Or let some trusted friend, relative or associate look it over, just in case. I recently received a letter which had so many mistakes I just had to take out my red pencil and mark them. My correspondent will never know. But it made me realize once more that reading what one has written, with an unjaundiced eye, is always a good idea. (Incidentally, I just invented “unjaundiced,” it being the opposite of jaundiced, which means “state or attitude characterized by envy, distaste or hostility,” none of which enter into this diatribe in any way.) And when have I had the need or opportunity to use “diatribe” before! The archaic meaning of diatribe, by the way, is “a prolonged discourse.” Time to drop the whole subject, seems to me.

New to me are the terms “girlfriend” and “boyfriend.” My generation would have hyphenated both, but no longer. A little tighter relationship, I would suppose.

Since my dictionary was handy I looked up “great-grands” as in “greatgrandfather” and “great-grandmother.” But neither one is recognized. Alas and alack! Either I am outdated or my dictionary needs to be updated. For there are a lot of us out there, great-grands, I mean.

By Lynn Deal, Curator DURHAM, OK—”Nature Beckons” is the title of the new 2008 Augusta Metcalfe exhibit at the Break O’Day Farm and Metcalfe Museum, Inc. Fifty years of landscapes are featured in thirty historic Metcalfe paintings. “Fall on the Washita,” “Canyon at Shamrock, Texas,” and “Palo Duro Canyon” are some of the original works displayed until May 27. Contemporary artists Peggy Carr and Sarah Jrab are also featured in the Metcalfe gallery until May 27. Carr’s exhibit “Memories as Heirlooms: A Reconstruction of the Remembered” depicts sketches and paintings that commemorate personal memories. Peaceful and thought invoking, Carr’s pieces include “Chick’s Kiss,” a watercolor that shows a child’s delight in playing with baby chickens. “Grandma’s Gasp” visualizes Carr’s memory of her grandmother instructing painting techniques, while “Prodigal Father” is a hand-colored limited edition print from Carr’s Amish series. As a whole, Carr’s art makes a strong statement about feelings and beliefs that come together in this exhibition and illustrate the importance of personal collective imagery. Sarah Jrab’s photograph and photo collages are vibrant, action-oriented pieces that feature cowboys and horses. “Zac” depicts a mature cowboy contemplating work, while “Buck” displays several images of a single horse in a field. Jrab’s photographs feature horses in “I’ll Scratch Your Back If You Scratch Mine” and a rodeo scene entitled “American Pride.” “Self Portrait” is of particular interest, as Jrab has captured herself

“Fall on the Washita” by Augusta Metcalfe is now on display at the Break O’Day Farm and Metcalfe Museum, near Durham, Oklahoma. Photograph courtesy of the Metcalfe Museum, 2008. reflected in the eye of a horse. The Metcalfe Museum is located on the Break O’Day Farm, just south of the Antelope Hills. Access to the farm is from Highway 33 between Durham and Roll. Follow the signs. The Museum and Grounds are open Tuesday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Admission is free, donations are appreciated. A free public reception with refreshments will be held Saturday, April 12, from 2 to 4 p.m., with guest artists Jrab and Carr speaking at 3:00. In addition to the art gallery, the studio where Augusta Metcalfe painted the last 30 years of her life is open for tours, as is the Pioneer House, Blue Goose Saloon, Country Store and Carriage House. A museum store, public restrooms with handicap access, walking trails, and a picnic area are also available to visitors. For information, including a map to the property, visit or call (580)655-4467.

DAR hosted by Deana Gardiner Comancheria Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, met on the evening of March 11 in the home of Deana Gardiner. The business meeting was conducted by Mary Ann Ashley, Regent. Freda Collier told of her visit to the Savannah, Georgia, DAR cemetery and park and shared the pictures she had taken while there. Deana Gardiner presented a slide program of the Period Rooms in the DAR Museum in Washington, D.C. Refreshments furnished by Esther Rader were served. The next meeting will be held April 8, in the home of Gena Tubb. Those in attendance, other than mentioned above, were: Marilee Wright, Cornelia Varnell, Loretta Morgan, Patsy

DAR members, Shawna Wagner Ditmore of Jane Douglas Chapter, Dallas, and Deana Gardiner of Comancheria Chapter, Canadian Wilson, Jeri Pundt, Gena Tubb, Carla Haygood, Loralee Cooley, Davene Hendershot and guest, Shawna Wagner Ditmore, a current member of the Jane Douglas Chapter, Dallas.








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Taylor Weitzel and Clay Arrington to wed June 13 Mr. and Mrs. J. Dennis Weitzel of University Park are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Taylor Allison Olivia, to Jonathan Clay Arrington, son of G. Michael and Debbie Arrington of Canadian. He is the grandson of George and Jane Arrington of Canadian and Ronald and Waydetta Clay of Flomot, Texas. The bride-elect is a graduate of Highland Park High School. She attended Baylor University and graduated from Texas Tech Health Sciences Center where she received a Bachelor

of Science degree in Nursing. She is employed as a registered nurse at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas, working in the intensive care unit. The prospective groom is a graduate of Canadian High School. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture and Applied Economics from Texas Tech University. He is currently employed as a commodities trader at Southwest Securities in Dallas. The couple will wed on June 13, 2008 at the McNutt River Garden in San Antonio.



Lions Club holds March 14 meeting The Canadian Lions Club held its weekly meeting on Friday, March 14th, at the Fire Hall. Gary Minyen led the Pledge of Allegiance and the invocation was given by Sherry Timmons. Second VP Joe Dial presided over the business meeting and informed the members that the dunking booth will be moved to a new storage location this week. The members voted to extend the clubs’ membership drive to May 16. Secretary/Treasurer Sherry Timmons noted that the Club had received its invitation to the International Convention to be held June 23–27 in Bangkok, Thailand. The club does not anticipate sending any delegates. Lion Gary Minyen then treated the group to an informal discussion of his FBI antics, as well as a trip down memory lane to the 1968 Democratic Convention. Members attending were: Dawn Dial, Joe Dial, Steve Mauldin, Gary Minyen, Heath Mitchell, Rick Timmons and Sherry Timmons. #12

Until Proven Innocent: Political Correctness and the Shameful Injustices of the Duke Lacrosse Rape Case, by Stuart Taylor, Jr. and KC Johnson. Crime Scene at Cardwell Ranch, by B. J. Daniels. Snake Dance, by Dane Coolidge. Hickok & Cody, by Matt Braun. Trail to Fort Smith, by Ralph Compton. Sizzle and Burn, by Jayne Ann Krentz. 7th Heaven, by James Patterson (also available in Large Print and CD). As the World Churns, by Tamar Myers. The Purrfect Murder, by Rita Mae Brown and Sneaky Pie Brown. Light of the Moon, by Luanne Rice. The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression, by Amity Shlaes. Stranger in Paradise, by Robert B. Parker (also available on CD). Firefly Lane, by Kristin Hannah. The Devil’s Bones, by Jefferson Bass. Weight Watchers® Annual Recipes for Success. The War: An Intimate History 1941-1945, by Geoffrey C. Ward and Ken Burns. Death of a Gentle Lady, by M.C.Beaton Irish Tiger, by Andrew M. Greeley. Nameless Night, by G. M. Ford. A.D. Chronicles: Seventh Day, by Bodie and Brock Thoene. Complete Guide to Women’s Health, by Dr. Nieca Goldberg. Everything you need to know, age 35 and beyond. Shavetail, by Thomas Cobb. Why Mars & Venus Collide, by John Gray, Ph.D. Standard of Honor: A Templar Novel, by Jack Whyte. Hope’s Boy: A Memoir, by Andrew Bridge. The Killing Ground, by Jack Higgins. Dakota, by Martha Grimes. Hunter’s Run, by George R. R. Martin, Gardner Dozois, Daniel Abraham. Douglas and Lincoln, by Paul Kendrick and Stephen Kendrick. Smoke, Mirrors, and Murder and Other True Stories, by Ann Rule. Diablerie, by Walter Mosley. Playschool Guide to the Toddler Years, by Rebecca Rutledge, Ph. D. Dare to Prepare: How to Win Before You Begin, by Donald M. Shapiro with Gregory Jordan. The Sweet Potato Queens’ Guide to Raising Children for Fun & Profit, by Jill Conner Browne. The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Walt Disney World, by Doug Ingersoll. Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain, by John J. Tatey, MD with Eric Hagerman.

In Durham, Oklahoma

Metcalfe Musings By Director Lynn Deal Hah! You (and I) just thought my final column was last week. It turns out that I get to be published one more time (which is good, as writing this column was one of my favorite things to do at the Metcalfe). It is my pleasure to introduce Roger and Lloydelle Lester as the new Metcalfe employees. The Lesters will be taking my place. Does it feel good to have my previous workload shared by two people, rather than one? You bet! With all that is happening at the Metcalfe, additional helpers are always welcomed. Roger has been working part time at the Metcalfe for the past year as the maintenance man, while Lloydelle was raised in Roll and has a wonderful understanding of the Metcalfe family. Having four hands on the property will surely be a blessing for the organization. In addition to showing the Lesters around the grounds and giving tours to visitors from Amarillo and Pampa, as well as Avard, Oklahoma, I have been stocking the museum store with new merchandise. Several new books are now in stock, including a new recipe book called “Barbeque, Biscuits and Beans” and a historical novel entitled “Mama Grace.” In contrast, there are only three Frankhoma Centennial Plates left in the shop. Oklahoma-shaped chocolate bars from Bedre Chocolate of Pauls Valley, Oklahoma, are also going quickly. These solid milk chocolate bars are a treat at only $1 apiece. Several stuffed animals are also finger puppets and start at $4.50. Choose from a rabbit, rooster, hummingbird, butterfly and other puppets. The Break O’Day Farm and Metcalfe Museum, Inc. is open Tuesday– Saturday from 10 a.m.–5 p.m., March 1–November 30. Stop by and welcome the Lesters to the Metcalfe Museum. Maybe they can show you a thing or two regarding Augusta and Howard while you are here! And, have a Hoppy Easter!





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River Valley Pioneer Museum CANADIAN, TEXAS 118 S. 2nd St. 806.323.6548

River Valley Museum Notes By Director Sharon Wright

Mabel Bernson was married to Albert Bernson, a longtime resident of Canadian. She was the mother to a daughter, Joyce, and three sons, Maurice, Claude and Albert Jr. of Dallas. She looks amazing in the photos we have of her, but she is best known as Maurice’s Mom. Maurice was an artist and his love of color and his talent emerged at an early age. Several homes in Canadian are graced by his pictures, including Canadian’s own Citadelle Art Foundation and our Museum. His pictures have been displayed at the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum and the San Angelo Museum of Fine Art, among others. Mabel passed away on March 16, 1961, after a lengthy stay in the Abraham Memorial Home. She received daily visits from her son, Maurice, while she was there and he created colorful murals for the Activity Room during that time. Maurice passed away on February 8, 1998 at the age of 77.

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Here are a few of our best-selling books: Rene Heil’s latest book Dust and Smoke; Tied Hard and Fast; Romancing the Texas Panhandle; An Affair to Remember; a true story by Ronald Ward called “Catch’Em Alive” Jack Abernathy, the Greatest Wolf Hunter That Ever Lived; a western romance novel by Norman Dysart, Like Whispers in The Wind; Getting Away With Murder on The Texas Frontier, Notorious Killings and Celebrated Trials, by Bill Neal.

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BURRO HILL By Bob Rogers

I sure did like that hat ALL OF MY LIFE, so far anyway, I have been told, “If you have to ask how much, you can’t afford it.” A friend and I were enjoying the sunshine in New Mexico, the “Land of Enchantment,” and partaking of the local cuisine, when we happened across a hat shop. Now when your noggin measures in at eight and an eighth and you come across a hat shop, check it out. As we entered the shop, it was like hitting the jackpot of all hatters. On the wall just to my right was an authentic “Hoss Cartright” hat. Pictures on the back wall told a story that these folks had built hats for many a famous movie star: John Wayne, Jimmy Stewart, Clark Gable and more. I swear that there was a hat of every kind right there on the walls of that shop. Wow, what a place. Folks were elbow-toelbow buying and ordering hats. A couple from Sicily were arguing over boots and hats. New Mexico ranchers were ordering the local style of buckaroo toppers. Three California gauchos were gathering up their flared, creased sombreros. Some really classy looking head covers. On the northwest wall was the perfect hat. Ronald Reagan wore this same hat in his movies. The price tag on the hat read a mere one hundred and twenty-five Amer-

ican dollars. Hey, at that price I couldn’t pass it up. The hat was too small. A size seven and a quarter. Sitting on my head it looked like a June bug on a tater. A helpful fellow from the counter asked if he could assist me. Sure, why not. I was escorted to a chair where a wire basket was lowered to my head. After several adjustments of some twist and turns my head was perfectly measured. Eight and an eighth, oval. About this time I am plum tickled. Pulling the hat from the wall, I said, “This one in my size, please sir.” “Ah, a good choice, sir.” Then over to the counter for my “special order” new hat. Typical questions asked. What is your name, address and phone number? Do you wish your name embossed inside the hat? What color and type of hat band? About this time my friend approached me from the side. She said in a low voice, “You might want to ask the price of the hat.” “Oh, for Pete’s sakes, okay. “How much over that one twenty-five is this special order going to set me back?” “WHAT! NINETEEN HUNDRED DOLLARS! The tag said one twentyfive.” The fellow at the counter informed me that was the cost of the hat band—not the hat. “Oh well, I am afraid I just can’t allow myself to purchase a fine hat like that with such a cheap hat band. Thank you for your time, sir, and have a good day.” When I caught up to my friend down the street, she asked if I had ordered the hat. I told her, no, that after some careful consideration I had decided to buy a new refrigerator instead. Several weeks later on a trip to Nebraska, I met a fellow with a hat just like the one in the shop. After a visit and a compliment on his hat that looked strangely familiar, he told me that he had purchased the hat in New Mexico. I really wanted to tell him about my new refrigerator. I sure did like that hat. Enjoy Your World—it’s a good place to be!




The Lost Boys WELL, WE ALL KNOW that time waits for no one and little boys grow into men— young adventurous men! It was so much simpler when they were little guys. Why am I telling you? Let me start at the beginning. I called my son’s cell phone Sunday night to check to see if he had made it to Montana. I made contact with a very tired and weary hiker. It would seem the three adventurers had run into a bit of a problem while cruising around Montana looking at wildlife and hiking. The vehicle they were driving became stuck in the snow. Where, you might ask— well, that part of the story is still unclear—

RIDING THE TRAIL: Trailriders enjoyed last

weekend, March 14-16, at Susan Redding’s Deer Creek Ranch, northwest of Wheeler. Pictured are riders: (l-r) Mady McLanahan, Cheta McLanahan, Tori Hamby, Bobbie Cof-


Trevor Schafer, Tom Isaacs and Ben Riverman but somewhere in Montana. After trying unsuccessfully for quite some time to become mobile again, the three realized they were about to run out of gas. Like any responsible twenty-year-olds, the three decided to play rock-paper-scissors to see who was going on the hike. Apparently Ben lost, because he was the one who trudged through the snow to get help. He was the weary hiker I had made contact with when I placed that first phone call of the evening. Did I mention he was very reassuring

fey, Pam Talley, Markesha Scott, Caroline Cornett - organizer, Albert and Judy Bouse from Woodward, Oklahoma, Dan Cornett, Nelda French - mule rider from Whiteface, Texas, and DVM Carolyn McLarty from Mutual,


Pampa group seeks Black Sunday information Black Sunday, April 14, 1935, Pampa Texas. Where were you? Were you there? Do you know someone who lived through that day? Do you know someone who has pictures of the Dust Bowl Days? Do you have any letters that told of those days? Pampa’s Tribute

that things were under control and instructed me not to freak out. They would be out of this situation in no time. I’m not bragging, but I didn’t freak out—but I was not the only mother involved in this situation. As the night grew longer and hours ticked on, I kept thinking of these three little boys who have grown up together since they were born. Now they were out in the middle of Montana, freezing and hungry. How could they possibly tell the three woman who gave birth to them, fed them, clothed them and protected them, not to FREAK OUT?

Oklahoma. Others attending were Jo Redding of Wheeler, Joe Redding of Helena, Montana, Levi Rutledge of Woodward, Oklahoma, and Susan Redding.

to Woody Guthrie Center will be commemorating the Dust Bowl Days on April 10, 11, 12 & 13 at the Woody Guthrie Center located at 320 South Cuyler in Pampa. There will be exhibits, photos, stories and jam sessions throughout the weekend. Children from Lamar Elementary will perform during the afternoon on Saturday, April 12. Anyone who has photos, stories, letters, etc., please let us know and/or mail us at the Center, 320 South Cuyler, Pampa, TX 79065 or e-mail to #12


Oh, wait a minute, these are the same three boys who have fished and hunted most of their lives. They watch “Survivor Man” on Discovery and, if needed, they could drink bird urine to help with dehydration, they could suck maggots out of wooden tree stumps for nourishment, they would be fine. That is all well and good, but what about the mothers? As day broke, we received news that Ben, the lone hiker, had made contact with the authorities in the Big Sky Country. They were off to rescue the other two stranded adventurers. All the while in a small town in Canadian, Texas, people of this sweet community were sending up prayers for the safe return of our boys. Well, it worked, and about 10:30 Monday morning, all were safe and on to the next adventure. That is what I like most about this little town. We pray for one another, we love one another, we are a family. On behalf of Valerie, Dawn and myself, we extend a heartfelt thank-you for all of your concern. Oh yeah, I might mention in closing that the fathers, Bill and Lindsey, never fretted much about this latest episode. And as for the bird urine and maggots— it seems the lost boys sustained themselves on Girl Scout cookies and cokes. How boring. Well, God bless. Canadian is a great place to live.




Society. Each group would hold annual Museum Happenings Thank you to all of you who visited us parades featuring bagpipes and drums. last week. A steady stream of new and fa- These groups grew to become powerful miliar faces. It is always fun to show a new political groups and the parades became a show of strength visitor around the for Irish Amerimuseum and let cans, as well as a them explore, then must-attend event stand back as they for a slew of politienjoy the great hiscal candidates. In tory of the area. 1948, President People new to this Truman attended part of the country New York City’s are amazed. St. Patrick’s Day We also received parade, a proud new items from the moment for the Korean War for many Irish whose our military colancestors had to lection. Thanks for fight stereotypes your generosity to and racial prejuyou know who in By Virginia Scott dice to find accepFargo, Oklahoma. tance in America. They also gave us Today, St. Patrick’s Day is celebrattwo lovely paintings. Last week was our first week for our ed by people of all backgrounds in the online course on Basic Archive 101. It took United States, Canada, and Australia. us all week to get signed on and do the in- In modern-day Ireland, St. Patrick’s Day troduction. Stay tuned for our journey and has traditionally been a religious occasion keep your fingers crossed for us. This course and, in fact, up until the 1970s, Irish laws is part of the pilot program we are in for this mandated that pubs be closed on March 17. year concerning museum standards. Beginning in 1995, the Irish governGeorgia and I will be traveling to Galveston next week for the annual meet- ment began a national campaign to use St. ing of the Texas Association of Museums. Patrick’s Day as an opportunity to drive There will not be a column unless Doro- tourism and showcase Ireland to the rest thy feels creative. We will have a lot to talk of the world. Last year, close to one million people took part in Ireland’s St. Patrick’s about when we return. Festival in Dublin, a multi-day celebration Historical Happenings featuring parades, concerts, outdoor theAs always, this column is written on ater productions, and fireworks shows. At this time of the year, I always enjoy Monday and today is St. Patrick’s Day. reading about Lipscomb County’s “Irish This holiday is always fun and I hope many of you went to Shamrock to the parade on Lad” George Sennitt, a renowned cowboy Saturday. This day is an Irish feast day to from the Box T. He was described as the celebrate the death of St. Patrick in the “dancin’est, whiskey-drinkin’est cowpoke fifth century. In Ireland, they would go to between Wolf Creek and the Canadian church in the morning and then have fam- River” and known for his “ready wit, his ily celebrations in the afternoon and eat a disarming smile, his tenderness to others and his readiness to lend a hand wherever feast of Irish bacon and cabbage. The first St. Patrick’s Day parade it was needed.” He spoke with a combinatook place in the United States. The Irish tion of Irish brogue and western drawl. The Irish Lad was also a prankster. In soldiers serving in the British military marched through New York City on March my next column I will recount the story 17, 1762. Along with their music, the pa- of “Grass in the Street,” where the lad rade helped the soldiers to reconnect with helped President Hoover with a campaign their Irish roots. Over the years, the Irish slogan. See you in two weeks. Easter is this Sunday, the earliest patriotism among American immigrants since the ‘50s and won’t recur at this flourished, prompting the rise of so-called “Irish Aid” societies, like the Friendly time for another 100-plus years. (Lovella Sons Saint Patrick and the Hibernian looked it up.)

Wolf Creek Museum Notes




Just a reminder to all that Jay, Hank and Venita will be performing again for residents of the Abraham Home this Thursday at 6 p.m. If you would like to hear them, Shirley Flowers wants you to know you are welcome as guests of residents to join them for this evening of entertainment. The whole community claims this group as their own and was so saddened when circumstances beyond their control caused them to have to cancel their monthly performances at the Middle School. So this is your opportunity to hear them again. Another great big thanks goes to Arlene and Ronnie Walker of Higgins who donated a washer and dryer to the residents of the Abraham Home. We don’t know what we would do without kindhearted people such as these. Thanks, Walkers. Jim Hash and Rolanda Coffee led the music for Jim’s Sing-a-long on Sunday. Maggye and Lyndlee Coffee assisted their grandmother as she played the piano. Wayne and Shirley Baker of the First Christian Church also served Communion to all who desired to participate. On Monday Linda Folley, Shirley Baker and Vonda Robbins were the volunteer manicurists. Vonda also played the piano and led the residents in gospel singing. In the afternoon, Wayne Baker loaded up the bus with residents to take on a Joy Ride. They toured Lake Marvin, drove to Glazier and visited the IV Ranch headquarters. Those going on the ride were Bertha Lee Irons, Cleo Isaacs, Arleta Jones, Emily Meier, Vera Murphy, J. Bob Pickens, Sue Reames, Clara Wootton and Grace Wright. Upon returning to the Home, residents were greeted by a new Bingo caller. Welcome to Betty Flowers as a new volunteer. Evelyn Billenwillms, Cleo Isaacs, Arleta Jones, Phyllis Laramore, Bea Moon, Sue Reames, Genevieve Webb, Florease Wells, and Clara Bell Wootton were on hand to make her first time a memorable one. Residents enjoyed Sittercise, Rhythm Band, Balloon Ball and Bingo on Tuesday. Mary Lynne Schafer and Ronnie Webb conducted the entertainment for Rhythm Band. Arleta Jones was the big winner of the Bingo games with three wins to her

credit. Sue Reams won two games plus the Blackout game. Evelyn Billenwillms and Phyllis Laramore followed with two wins each. Bea Moon won one game and also a Blackout game. Genevieve Webb, Cleo Isaacs, Ollie Rogers and Vera Murphy didn’t win any games but enjoyed the competition and fellowship. Wednesday was another beautiful day. The residents exercised with Carolyn, enjoyed a Bible study, a game of Bingo and Name That Tune. Bingo winners were Florease Wells, Cleo Isaacs and Bea Moon with one win each. Evelyn Billenwillms and Clara Bell Wootton won two games each and Phyllis Laramore won three. Wayne also took them on another Joy Ride to the ranches of Wright, Isaacs and Yarnold. Gracie, Cleo and Howard especially enjoyed this ride to see their old stomping grounds. Thursday was hair fixings day in the beauty shop. Meanwhile, Ronnie Webb was keeping them entertained in the Activity Room as he served up hot donuts and coffee, compliments of Ma Beasley’s Donut Shop. David Young of the Assembly of God Church brought a mid morning devotional. Wayne took them on another Joy Ride after lunch. This time they drove out to Lake Fryer. It was a very pretty drive. Musical entertainment in the afternoon was provided by the Colliers. Those attending were Evelyn Billenwillms, Florene Daughtry, Roy Dickinson, Ruth Holdaway, Bertha Lee Irons, Cleo Isaacs, Phyllis Laramore, Warren Lingg, Mary McCullough, Ernest Meek, Emily Meier, Bea Moon, Vera Murphy, Juana Nava, Ila Pettit, J. Bob Pickens, Sue Reames, Ollie Rogers, Bubba Webb, Clara Bell Wootton, Grace Wright and Howard Yarnold. After beauty shop doings on Friday, Wayne Baker was in his usual “teacher’s seat” as he led a Bible study on the topic of “Four Doors.” There is usually nothing much going on over the weekends; however, it was noted that Peggy Pollard and Betty Flowers were seen calling Bingo and other things to occupy the residents. So one might say, “When do these people get to rest?” They are much too busy to slow down.




March 24–28 •Monday: Hamburger steak, scalloped potatoes, peas, Mandarin oranges, hot roll, lemon yummy. •Tuesday: Chicken tetrazzini, broccoli, tossed salad, garlic bread, coconut fruit bars. •Wednesday: Ham, brown beans, spinach, tossed salad, cornbread, cherry delight. •Thursday: Chicken salad sandwich, potato chips, lettuce/ tomato/ onion, tropical fruit, spice cake. •Friday: Pepper steak, rice, zucchini, tossed salad, roll, chocolate mint.



Lipscomb Union Church to dedicate historical marker The public is invited to the Lipscomb Union Church in Lipscomb for the dedication of a historical marker on Easter Sunday, March 23, at 9 a.m. Following the dedication, services will be held with Pastor Jon Nichols as the speaker. #12









Lois Irene Vaughn Hudson, 91, of Wheeler died Saturday, March 15, 2008 in Amarillo. She lived at Park Place Towers Retirement Center. Services were held on Tuesday, March 18, at 10:30 a.m. in the United Methodist Church of Wheeler, with Brother Aaron Laverty of Gageby and Rev. Mike Dyer of Amarillo officiating. Burial was in the Wheeler Cemetery in Wheeler under the direction of Wright Funeral Home. Lois Hudson was born to M. H. and Effie Haddox Vaughn on December 22, 1916 in Hopkins County, Texas, and lived most of her life in Briscoe. She married Oden Lester Hudson on December 22, 1933 in Wheeler. She was a member of the Methodist Church. She worked for the school cafeteria in Briscoe during the 1950s and 1960s. She and her husband owned and operated a milk transportation business from 1948–1970. After they sold their business, she worked in the Briscoe store and later became the postmistress of Briscoe. She retired from the post office. Some called her Granny Lois, some called her Ma Lois, and some called her Mom, and all of her family loved her and visited as often as they could. Lois loved being around her family and often traveled great distances so that she could see them. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Oden Hudson; two children; 11 brothers and sisters; and one daughter-in-law. Survivors include two sons, Melvin Leroy Hudson and wife, Laverne, of Arlington and Ray Hudson and wife, Glenda, of Briscoe; a daughter, Sharon Bertrand and husband, Harold, of Panhandle; a brother, E.T. Vaughn of Latonia, Texas; a sister, Margie Meadows of Wheeler; two brothers-in-law, Ernest Evans of Dallas and Leonard Fulks of Amarillo; 15 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. An online guest book is available at

Selma Northcott, 96, of Dumas died Monday, March 17, 2008 in Dumas. Services will be held at 1 p.m. today [Thursday, March 20] at the First United Methodist Church with Rev. Dr. Mark Scott, pastor of the church, officiating, assisted by Rev. John Wagoner, retired minister. Graveside services will be at 4 p.m. in Fairview Cemetery in Pampa with Rev. Steve Cox, pastor of St. Paul United Methodist Church, officiating. Arrangements are by Morrison Funeral Directors. Selma Northcott was born March 1, 1912 in Coryell City, Texas, to Gus and Alvina Symank. She graduated from Megargel High School with the Class of 1930. On December 2, 1933, she married Thomas Vernon Northcott who preceded her in death on May 19, 1986. They had lived in Gray County for 53 years where she continued to live until moving to Dumas in 2005. She worked in food service in Lefors and Pampa until age 83 and jokingly said the only reason she quit at that time was because the store closed. She loved the friends she made during her employment and was affectionately known by many as “Granny.” Mrs. Northcott was a member of First United Methodist Church of Lefors and was recognized by the church with a special recognition pin. She was a former Sunday School teacher and a member of the women’s organization at the church. Since moving to Dumas, she attended First United Methodist Church where she was a member of the Fidelis Sunday School class and United Methodist Women and Young in Spirit. Her parents, two brothers and four sisters preceded her in death. She is survived by two sons, Tommy Northcott and wife, Janet, of Dumas and Richard “Butch” Northcott and wife, Barbara, of Canadian; a daughter, Glynda Pflug and husband, Jerry, of Dumas; sister-in-law, Iva Symank of Megargel; 14 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; three nieces; and four nephews. Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, PO Box 363, Lefors, TX 79054.

FRANK PETE LOPEZ Frank Pete Lopez, 80, of Arleta, California, died on March 5, 2008. Frank was born September 9, 1927 in Canadian to Maximinia Cervantes Lopez and Francisco Lopez. He attended school in Canadian and was a Canadian Wildcat during his school years. He entered the military service upon completion of high school. Frank was employed by the Santa Fe Railroad for a short time in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He worked for the U. S. Postal Service while in New Mexico, transferring to California and worked there until his retirement. He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Frankie Lopez; brothers, Miguel (Tuffy) Lopez and Ynes (Fat) Lopez; and a sister, Josephine Lopez Murrah. He is survived by his wife, Pauline; daughters, Marylyn”Kookie” Sanchez and Linda Ramirez; his sister, Lucy Williams of Austin; grandchildren, Joseph Sanchez, Frankie Lopez, Natalie Sanchez, Monique Ramirez, Erica Sanchez and James Ramirez; great-grandchildren, Aleyah Sanchez, Alyssa Gutierrez, Cassandra Frias, Ashley Sanchez, Frankie Lopez, Steven Huerta, Frankie Garcia, Joie Skye Sanchez, Sebastian Macias and Jayden Lopez.

RANDEL KEITH LEMONS Randel Keith Lemons, 75, lost his battle with cancer and died Sunday evening, March 9, 2008 in Austin. Born in Canadian, Randel graduated from Canadian High School in 1951. He served his country as a corporal in the U.S. Army while stationed at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma. After exiting the service, Randel settled down in Albuquerque, New Mexico, as a salesman for an electrical contractor. After a divorce, Randel and his young daughter moved to Arkansas to live out a dream of owning a ranch. After several years, Randel and his daughter returned to New Mexico where he lived out his other dream and opened the Chuck Wagon Café, which had received national acclaim, in the Sandia mountains. Later, Randel left his mountain home and the café to come home to his beloved Texas so he could be close to his daughter and her young family. Randel (known affectionately as Papa by the grandkids) enjoyed Willie Nelson, John Wayne, Louis L’Amour, fishing and spending time with family, especially the kids. He made a significant impact in the lives of many young boys coaching football for over 25 years while in New Mexico. Randel is survived by his daughter and son-in-law; a granddaughter; and two grandsons. Randel will be laid to rest next to his brothers, Tom and Dobber, in Canadian.





Sarah Atlee is featured artist in OK City Art 365 exhibit OKLAHOMA CITY— Six Oklahoma artists—including one with ties to Canadian— are featured in Art 365, an exhibit which opens tomorrow at Untitled [ArtSpace], an Oklahoma City gallery. The artists were given a year and $10,000 to hone their unique approaches to art and to develop a body of work that expresses their identities as artists. Sarah Atlee (daughter of Canadian native Marian Ezzell, and granddaughter of Nancy Ezzell), Betsy Barnum, Joseph Daun, Ashley Griffith, Liz Roth, and Darshan Phillips and Aaron Whisner, in a collaboration called Live4This, were each selected from a statewide call for proposals. Their individual points of view combined with their artistic talents granted them a place in Art 365, an exhibition of art produced during their year of work. Art 365 will be exhibited at Untitled [ArtSpace] with an opening reception honoring the artists and curator tomorrow (Friday, March 21) from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The opening reception will be preceded by a curator’s talk from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. The exhibition will run through April 26. Art 365 was created and sponsored by the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition

(OVAC). Each of the artists worked individually with curator Diane Barber and used the opportunity to focus intensely on progressing their style of art. The artists represent a diverse cross section of art in Oklahoma, with painting, printmaking, mixed media, sculpture, and modified technology all represented. Ashley Griffith, for example, created detailed grids of images, one of which is a documentation of her life for 365 days. Betsy Barnum used twelve prints to document the growth and changes that took place in her life over the year. Sarah Atlee’s project is called “Normal, OK,” and includes portraits of fictional people inspired by the names of places in Oklahoma. Joseph Daun used consumer products to create functional and interactive large-scale sculptures that explore the ideas of surveillance. Darshan Phillips and Aaron Wishner (Live4This) worked on wall-size screenprints meant to trigger memories of childhood, ranging from freedom to the possibilities of play and fun. Liz Roth’s project is entitled “America 101” and includes 100 small oil paintings of landscapes from all 50 states. Diane Barber, co-executive director

and visual arts curator for DiverseWorks in Houston, curated the exhibition. Art 365 is funded in part by the Oklahoma Humanities Council, the National Endowment for the Humanities, Oklahoma Arts Council, Allied Arts, Kirkpatrick Foundation, and Jean Ann Fausser. Untitled [ArtSpace] is a not-for-profit arts organization in downtown Oklahoma City committed to stimulating new ideas and creative thought through contemporary art. Untitled [ArtSpace] is dedicated to providing access to quality exhibitions, educational programs, performances, and publications and to involving the community in collaborative outreach efforts. Untitled ArtSpace’s exhibitions are free and open to the public Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday 11 a.m.–8 p.m., and Sat 11 a.m.–4 p.m. FOR



To learn more about Untitled ArtSpace or Art 365, visit or call (405)815-9995. The gallery is located at 1 NE 3rd in Oklahoma City. For more information about the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition, visit or call (405)232-6991.



Easter Sunrise Service at Copper Breaks QUANAH—The Easter Sunrise Service is scheduled for Sunday, March 23, at 6:30 a.m. The annual non-denominational service will be hosted again this year by Rev. John Spangler of the Trinity Baptist Church in Quanah. The service will be held outside the park headquarters. In case of inclement weather, the service will move inside the headquarters. “It is usually chilly on Easter Sunday morning, so bring a blanket and dress to stay warm,” said Park Manager David D. Turner. The annual Easter Sunrise Service is free, but the regular park admission fee of $2 for adults is charged for those wishing to enter the park for day use. For more information on Copper Breaks State Park facilities or programs, call (940)839-4331 during regular business hours. Copper Breaks State Park is located 13 miles south of Quanah and eight miles north of Crowell on State Highway 6.

Ogallala Quilter’s Society to hold festival in April The Ogallala Quilter’s Society will hold its 11th Annual Quilt Festival April 4–5 in Dimmitt. Registration for the festival will be held in the Expo Building at SE 4th & E Lee. Other events will be held at the Senior Citizens Center, the Methodist church, the Church of Christ, City Hall, Car Works and Rhoads Memorial Library. Entry fee is $5 for 2 days—Ogallala members are free. The festival features 200 judged quilts, an additional 150 quilts in special exhibits, classes, free

Mundy Tulsa, Present Day, 2007 Acrylic and collage on found panel by Sarah Atlee



demonstrations and quilt vendors. Special displays include the Ogallala Challenge, the Hoffman Exhibit, art quilter Marilyn Ford from Tucumcari and the West Texas Logarm Group. Awards will be presented at the diner on Thursday night. Friday night’s dinner will feature a presentation by teacher Jan Krentz and the quilt auction event. Reservations are required. For more information, visit the website or call Joyce Davis at (806)647-5362. Ogallala Quilter’s Society is a non-profit, educational organization. #10

Curry County to hold Trade Days event The Curry County Fairgrounds, located at 600 S. Norris Street in Clovis, New Mexico, is the venue for a new trade days event in the Eastern New Mexico and West Texas area. “Curry County Trade Days” is scheduled for Saturday, April 5 and Sunday, April 6, and will be held the first Saturday and Sunday weekend of each month. The house will be Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Admission and parking are free. Vendors will sell all types of new and used merchandise including antiques, art, crafts, Western decor, candles and jewelry. Food vendors and entertainers are being sought for the event, and prize drawings will be held throughout the weekend. The festival atmosphere is expected to continue with special attractions each month, such as car shows and musical entertainment. For more information call the fairgrounds office at (575)762-8827 or (575)693-7342. #11






National Agriculture Week, March 16-22

WACO—Texas Farm Bureau encourages its members to celebrate National Agriculture Week which applauds the production, agribusiness and conservation efforts of individuals in the agriculture industry across the country. National Agriculture Day is March 20, the first day of spring. “Texas Farm Bureau is completely committed to conservation and is extremely proud of members’ efforts in assisting the conservation effort,” said Texas Farm Bureau President Kenneth Dierschke. “We join others in agriculture to celebrate the success of our industry.” The accomplishments of farmers and ranchers across the state have been significant. According to USDA and NRCS documents nearly 23 million acres of land have been improved through various projects. “We

are very proud of the significant gains made by the agriculture industry in preserving our resources for future generations,” said Dierschke. Dierschke said agriculture continues to develop systems to produce safe and affordable food in harmony with the environment. “That’s the most important message of National Agriculture Day.” #12

A.P.I. meeting tonight in Pampa The March meeting of the Panhandle Chapter of the American Petroleum Institute will be held at the Pampa Country Club tonight [Thursday, March 20]. The speaker will be Dale Wilmoth with Balon Valve. The chicken fry buffet costs $15 per person. Attendees are encouraged to bring their significant others to this and all A.P.I. functions. Memberships are available at the door. Door prizes are being donated by G.C.I.C. The social hour will begin at 6:30 p.m. and dinner will be served at 7 p.m. #12



Farm and home expo set for April in Elk City ELK CITY, OK—Oklahoma’s largest free farm and home show rolls into Elk City, Oklahoma, April 5–6. Products and services in farming, ranching, home and garden will be on display at the 24th Annual Southwest Farm and Home Expo at the Civic Center. More than 100 displays will showcase the latest in farm and livestock equipment and lawn and garden supplies. Several special events are scheduled including the FFA Ag Mechanics Show, Antique Tractor Pull, Christian Artists Talent Show and the All Breed Bull Sale. Hours are Saturday, April 5, 9 a.m.–6 p.m. and Sunday, April 6, 9 a.m.–6 p.m. Admission is free. For a complete schedule of events or more information, call the Elk City Chamber of Commerce at (580)225-0207 or log onto www.visitelkcity. com. #12









Intentions to Drill HEMPHILL (WILDCAT & BUFFALO WALLOW Granite Wash) Cordilera Texas, L.P., PD 13000’ for the following wells: #2116 Buckthal, 1877’ from North & 1980’ from East line, Sec. 16, 41, H&TC. #1918 Hoover, 2099’ from North & 1980’ from East line, Sec. 18, 41, H&TC. HEMPHILL (HEMPHILL Granite Wash) Cimarex Energy Co., Hobart Ranch, for the following wells: #1969, 20’ from South & 785’ from West line, Sec. 69, A-2, PD 12800’. #2067, 1445’ from North & 2069 from West line, Sec. 67, A-2, H&GN, PD 13300’. HEMPHILL (HEMPHILL Granite Wash) Devon Energy Production Co., L.P., #1 Young ‘52’, 560’ from North & 1980’ from West line, Sec. 52, A-2, H&GN, PD 15500’. HEMPHILL (WILDCAT & N.W. MENDOTA Granite Wash) Cimarex Energy Co. of Colorado, #7H Isaacs ‘1’, 1385’ from South & 2047’ from East line, Sec. 1, –, Alfred Lout, PD 12000’ (BHL: 1676’ from North & 1790’ from East Sec. line) Horizontal LIPSCOMB (LIPSCOMB Cleveland) BP America Production Co., #1455 James Roland Wheat, et al, 1980’ from South & 1880’ from West line, Sec. 455, 43, H&TC, PD 11000’ (BHL: 100’ from South & 1984’ from West Sec. line) Horizontal Recompletion LIPSCOMB (S.W. LIPSCOMB Cleveland) BP America Prodcution Co., #2374 Hollene Perry, et al ‘A’, 1600’ from South & East line, Sec. 374, 43, H&TC, PD 9000’ (BHL: 1807’ from North & 710’ from East Sec. line) Horizontal Recompletion LIPSCOMB (WILDCAT & LIPSCOMB Atoka) EOG Resources, Inc., #2 Appel ‘438’, 1385’ from South & 1720’ from West line, Sec. 438, 43, H&TC, PD 11000’. LIPSCOMB (LIPSCOMB Cleveland) EOG Resources, Inc., PD 9000’, for the following Horizontal wells: #6H Barton ‘346’, 300’ from South & 680’ from East line, Sec. 346, 43, H&TC (BHL: 500’ from North & East Sec. line) #1H Cooper ‘445’, 560’ from North & 2405’ from East line, Sec. 445, 43, H&TC (BHL: 500’ from South & East Sec. line) #4H Corwin Trosper ‘431’, 650’ from South & 1630 from West line, Sec. 431, 43, H&TC (BHL: 1100’ from North & 2355’ from West Sec. line) OCHILTREE (WILDCAT & DUTCHER Atoka) EOG Resources, Inc., #2H Cour-




OIL & GAS CONTINUED son Parnell ‘405’, 1025’ from South & 955’ from West line, Sec. 105, 43, H&TC, PD 9500’ (BHL: 1750’ from North & 1230’ from West Sec. line) Horizontal OCHILTREE (ELLIS RANCH Cleveland) Wildhorse Operating Co., #1 W.L. Herndon, Jr., et al, 1980’ from North & West line, Sec. 490, 43, H&TC, PD 9810’. Recompletion OCHILTREE (TWITCHELL Upper Morrow) M’Red Petroleum, L.L.C., #3 Hedrick, 467’ from North & 2640’ from East line, Sec. 135, 10, SPRR, PD 8575’. Recompletion OCHILTREE (WILDCAT & ELLIS RANCH Cleveland) Holmes Exploration, L.L.C., #2H Courson ‘126’, 300’ from South & 1000’ from East line, Sec. 126, 13, T&NO, PD 10000’ (BHL: 1920’ from North & 620’ from East Sec. line) Horizontal OCHILTREE (WILDCAT & FARNSWORTH Des Moines) Texas American Resources Co., #7 Hancock, 400’ from North & 1979’ from West line, Sec. 53, 4, GH&H, PD 7600’. Recompletion ROBERTS (WILDCAT & NORTH MENDOTA Upper Morrow) Unit Petroleum Co., #9 Waterfield ‘C’, 1446’ from North & 500’ from West liine, Sec. 105, C, G&M, PD 11200’. ROBERTS (RED DEER CREEK Granite Wash) Cimarex Energy Co. of Colorado, #18 Byrum ‘6’, 1095’ from North & 2034’ from West line, Sec. 6, B-1, H&GN, PD 11000’. WHEELER (WILDCAT & DYCO Granite Wash) Linn Operating, Inc., #6 Lohberger ‘25’, 2173’ from North & 853’ from West line, Sec. 25, M-1, H&GN, PD 14620’. WHEELER (STILES RANCH Atoka) Apache Corp., #804 Stiles ‘4’, 1980’ from North & 467’ from West line, Sec. 4, A-3, H&GN, PD 18000’, Recompletion WHEELER (WILDCAT & STILES RANCH Atoka) Apache Corp., #1468R Stiles ‘48’, 1725’ from South & 1980’ from East line, Sec. 68, A-7, H&GN, PD 18000’. WHEELER (WILDCAT & MILLS RANCH Atoka) Forest Oil Corp., #2043 Davis, 1001’ from North & 1776’ from East line, Sec. 43, A-7, H&GN, PD 16600’. WHEELER (WILDCAT & STILES RANCH Atoka) Chesapeake Operating, Inc., #6 Legg ‘6’, 467’ from North & 937’ from East line, Sec. 6, E, G.W. Jacobs, PD 18000’. WHEELER (WILDCAT & STILES RANCH Atoka) Linn Operating, Inc., for the following wells: #3 Dobson Ranch, 1749’ from South & 1908’ from East liine, Sec. 40, A-3, H&GN, PD 16790’. #5 Rizley ‘22’, 2173’ from North & 467’ from West line, Sec. 22, A-3, H&GN, PD 16500’. WHEELER (WILDCAT & STILES RANCH Atoka & Granite Wash) Apache Corp., #1219 Bartz ‘19’, 1980’ from North & East line, Sec. 19, A-3, H&GN, PD 18000’. WHEELER (WILDCAT & WEST PARK Granite Wash) Linn Operating, Inc., #2 Donelson ‘15’, 1980’ from North & 660’ from East line, Sec. 15, RE, R&E, PD 15090’.

Oil Well Completions LIPSCOMB (LIPSCOMB Cleveland) EOG Resources, Inc., #1H Cooper ‘357’, Sec. 357 43, H&TC, spud 8-17-07, drlg. compl 9-22-07, tested 3-4-08, pumped 156 bbl. of 43 grav. oil + 10 bbls. water on 24 hour test, GOR 962, TVD 8377’, MD 10594’ – Horizontal OCHILTREE (CAMBRIDGE Atoka) EOG Resources, Inc., #3 Tregellas ‘648’, Sec. 648, 43, H&TC, spud 11-10-07, drlg. compl 11-20-07, tested 2-7-08, flowed 26 bbl. of 43 grav. oil + 102 bbls. water thru 36/64” choke on 24 hour test, GOR 3769, TD 8906’, PBTD 8843’ – OCHILTREE (ELLIS RANCH Cleveland) Holmes Exploration, L.L.C., #1H Cowboy ‘127’, Sec. 127, 13, T&NO, spud 12-6-07, drlg. compl 1-1-08, tested 2-2-08, pumped 343 bbl. of 37.5 grav. oil + 276 bbls. water on 24 hour test, TVD 7259’, MD 9230’ – Horizontal ROBERTS (LARD RANCH Granite Wash) Linn Operating, Inc., #1 Flowers ‘CCSL’, Clay County School Lands, spud 9-17-07, drlg. compl 9-27-07, tested 2-13-08, flowed 58.9 bbl. of 56.4 grav. oil + 35 bbls. water thru 42/64” choke on 24 hour test, GOR 10203, TD 9500’, PBTD 9500’ –

Gas Well Completions HEMPHILL (BUFFALO WALLOW Granite Wash) Linn Operating, Inc., #12 Lola ‘235’, Sec. 235, C, G&MMB&A, spud 9-17-07, drlg. compl 10-5-07, tested 11-12-07, TD 13675’, PBTD 13184’ – HEMPHILL (HEMPHILL Granite Wash) Cimarex Energy Co., #2368 Hobart Ranch, Sec. 68, A-2, H&GN, spud 11-26-07, drlg. compl 12-17-07, tested 2-6-08, potential 3063 MCF, TD 12805’ PBTD 12713’ – HEMPHILL (HEMPHILL Granite Wash) Samson Lone Star, L.L.C., #15 Hobart ‘67’, Sec. 67, A-2, H&GN, spud 11-13-07, drlg. compl 12-1-07, tested 2-14-08, TD 12447’, PBTD 12370’ – OCHILTREE (HAYWOOD Atoka) Kile Production, #2 Kelly, Sec. 86, 13, T&NO, spud 11-19-07, drlg. compl 12-31-07, tested 2-13-08, potential 40 MCF, TD 8580’, PBTD 8322’ – PlugBack OCHILTREE (NORTHRUP Cleveland) Apache Corp., #1669 Brownlee Bros. – Cook, Sec. 669, 43, H&TC, spud 8-1-07, drlg. compl 10-4-07, tested 1-10-08, potential 7 MCF, TD 9323’, PBTD 7200’ – Recompletion WHEELER (BUFFALO WALLOW Granite Wash) Devon Energy Production Co., L.P., #5036 Hefley, Sec. 36, M-1, H&TC, spud 10-12-07, drlg. compl 11-9-07, tested 12-22-07, TD 13800’, PBTD 13760’ – WHEELER (BUFFALO WALLOW Granite Wash) Samson Lone Star, L.L.C., #8048 Hefley, Sec. 48, M-1, H&TC, spud 11-20-07, drlg. compl 12-18-07, tested 2-21-08, TD 13700’, PBTD 13666’ – WHEELER (MILLS RANCH Granite Wash) Crest Resources, Inc., #6045 Fabian, Sec. 45, A, H&GN, spud 7-3-07, drlg. compl 9-6-07, tested 2-12-08, potential 702 MCF, TD 12777’, PBTD 12758’ –







City Sales & Use Tax Comparison Summary March 2008 County/City

Current Net Payment Comparable % 2008 Payments 2007 Payments This Period Payment `07 Change Rate To Date To Date

% Change









1.500% 1.000% 1.000% 1.000%

21,892.60 1,066.72 1,725.91 9,498.36 34,183.59

19,316.47 694.78 1,667.52 10,085.48 31,764.25

13.33% 53.53% 3.50% -5.82% 7.61%

60,204.83 3,226.16 5,506.51 28,110.18 97,047.68

60,710.19 2,422.86 5,239.42 14,955.14 83,327.61

-0.83% 33.15% 5.09% 87.96% 16.46%















1.000% 1.750% 1.500%

369.58 23,724.96 34,343.03 58,437.57

798.39 23,070.31 17,184.89 41,053.59

-53.70% 2.83% 99.84% 42.34%

1,278.90 83,220.51 125,309.05 209,808.46

1,752.76 77,372.94 90,171.59 169,297.29

-27.03% 7.55% 38.96% 23.92%

LIPSCOMB Booker Darrouzett Follett Higgins TOTAL



WHEELER Mobeetie Shamrock Wheeler TOTAL

Comptroller reports continued growth in sales tax revenues AUSTIN—Texas Comptroller Susan Combs today announced state sales tax revenue in February totaled $1.79 billion, up 8.8 percent compared to February 2007. “For the first half of fiscal 2008, state sales tax collections are up 7.1 percent over fiscal 2007,” Combs said. “Although growth is slower than the two previous fiscal years, increases in state sales tax revenues continue at a steady pace.” Combs delivered $436.1 million in March sales tax payments to Texas cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts, a 9.9 percent increase compared to March 2007. So far this calendar year, local sales tax allocations are up 7.1 percent com-

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pared to the first three months of 2007. Canadian received an $84,260 sales tax rebate check for February, representing a 64 percent increase over last year’s payment. The year’s payments to date are 25 percent ahead of those for 2007. [see graphic] State sales tax revenue for February and March payments made to local governments today primarily represent sales that occurred in January. Comptroller Combs sent March sales tax payments of $293.2 million to Texas cities, up 9.2 percent compared to March 2007. Calendar year-to-date, city sales tax allocations are running 6.8 percent higher than last year. Texas counties received sales tax payments

of $26.8 million, up 10.5 percent compared to one year ago. Calendar year-to-date, county sales tax allocations are 7.2 percent higher than last year. The Comptroller’s next sales tax allocation will be made on Friday, April 11. FOR



For details of March sales tax payments to individual cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose districts, locate the Monthly Sales and Use Tax Allocation Comparison Summary Reports on the Comptroller’s website at compsum.html.






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real estate WILL TRADE existing bar business building and two apartments in northern Idaho for farm or ranch land in Oklahoma or Texas Panhandle. Call (406)930-0286. 12-2p REAL ESTATE and Rental has two new listings: 810 Conklin and 718 N. 8th St. Don’t pass up the property off Highway 60 that could easily be turned into a home or business. Call Christina at (806)323-8613 for more listings or information. 12-1cR

FOR SALE: Four bedroom, two bath, two car garage, huge back yard, 434 Harrah, Miami, TX. Call (806)868-3017 or (806)217-0552. 11-2p CORNETT REALTY or pick up handbill from office porch at 500 S. 2nd Street. (806)323-8206. 11-2cC FOR SALE: 403 Kingman. Great renovation opportunity! Project never finished. Two, possibly three bedroom house, large backyard, lots of potential. Must sell. Will make a deal on 401 Kingman (see ad below) and this house next door. Call (806)679-8539, leave message if no answer. 9-tfnc

FOR SALE: 401 Kingman Ave. Two bedroom, one bath, nice hardwood floors, huge backyard. Great for small family. Call (806)679-8539, leave a message if no answer. 8-tfnc

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FOR SALE: 210 Elm Street: 2002 28’ x 56’ Southern Energy double-wide mobile home, sits on two 53’ x 80’ lots. Four bedroom, two bath, fireplace, all electric, two car carport (24’ x 24’), storage building. Call for appointment (806)323-5506 or (806)217-0402. 8-tfcH

mobile homes FOR SALE: 2004 16’ x 80’ Clayton mobile home in excellent condition, located at Lazy H, $30,000 OBO. Call (405)880-0680. 12-2p

miscellaneous IS YOUR HOUSE or Foundation Settling? Cracks in brick or walls? Doors won’t close? Childers Brothers Stabilizing & Foundation Leveling. (800)299-9563 or (806)352-9563. 41-51p

help wanted AUTOMATION X is looking for part-time help: Warehouse/Delivery person. Apply in person at 215 N 2nd St., ask for Jennifer. 12-2cA CATTLE EXCHANGE is now hiring lunch time waitstaff, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. or 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., Monday thru Friday. Apply in person, ask for Wes, 12-2cC Donna or Chris. HOUSEKEEPER needed. Please call (806)3238821 after 4 p.m. 12-2cE CANADIAN FAMILY Physicians is looking for an LVN. Benefits package offered. Call (806)323-8882 or come by 1025 S. 3rd Street for more information. 11-2cC FULL-TIME Secretarial position available. Skills needed are: Accounting, computer, managing accounts and rental property. Good pay. Send résumé to: H.E.I, P.O. Box 188, Canadian, TX 79014, e-mail:, fax: (806)323-8723. 11-tfcH

THE HEMPHILL County Sheriff’s Office will be accepting applications for a temporary position of Administrative Assistant. This position will be temporary only for a period not to exceed 6 months. Applications may be picked up at the Sheriff’s Office and will be accepted until March 21, 2008. 11-2cH SCROGGINS MEAT Processing is in need of part-time help. Please apply in person at 620 N. 2nd St. 12-4cS THE CITY OF Canadian will be taking applications or résumés for Service Workers in the Water & Wastewater Department. Must be able to learn to operate all equipment owned by the City of Canadian. Must be a High School graduate and have a valid Texas Drivers License.$10 per hour, minimum, depending upon qualifications. Paid vacations and full City benefits, including excellent retirement plan. Applications and job requirements may be received at: City Hall, 6 Main Street, Canadian, Texas 79014, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The City of Canadian is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 5-tfcC PARKVIEW HOSPITAL is now accepting applications for a full-time RN and LVN for the 7 p.m.- 7 a.m. shift. Competitive salary, excellent benefits, mileage paid. Call Sue Stiles, DON at (806)826-5581 or apply in person at 901 Sweetwater Street, Wheeler, Texas. 2-tfcP




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FOUND: Australian Shepherd wearing a John Deere collar was found Tuesday north on Highway 83 but believed to have been in area for about a week. May claim by calling (806)323-5735. 12-1nc

pet grooming PET GROOMING in Canadian every Wednesday (806)323-6432. Rest of the week in Pampa (806)669-7387. 11-2p

rain gauges JUST ARRIVED! Easy to read “BIG” rain gauges. Measures up to 5 inches! Buy one and it will rain. Come on folks...we need some positive thinking. Canadian Gardens 302 S. 2nd St. 12-1cC

for sale FOR SALE: 20’ x 20’ sturdy metal carport - you move $500. Call (806)336-6715. 12-1p FOR SALE: 4-ton Payne AC unit, condenser, etc. $1,000 firm. Call Jesse Wampler, (918)759-3077 or (806)375-2418. 12-2p FOR SALE: 6-month-old Commercial John Deere mower comes with weed eater and blower $900. 402 S. 3rd Street. Call (806)323-5848. 10-3p

FOR SALE: Fiberglass topper for Chevy shortbed, bed liner for Chevy longbed, step rails for Dodge quadcab. Call (806)323-6935. 11-thcH

vehicles FOR SALE: Very nice 2004 Ford F-150 4-door pickup, 75,000 miles, garaged, $15,000. Call (806)323-6994. 12-2cH FOR SALE: 2006 Toyota Scion, extra clean, low mileage. Call (806)323-9711. 44-tfcC

GARAGE SALE Saturday, 8 a.m. - ? 407 Elsie. Loveseat, jumper, swing, baby girl clothes, and table. 12-1p

card of thanks God, family and friends are the core of our lives, and we have been blessed by all of these. Our love goes out to Dax’s friends and classmates, and to family, friends and “Earth Angels” who share our grief. Thank you for everything. CANDY AND DOYLE TERRY CAROL LISA AND MIKE

public notice Notice of Application for Oil and Gas Waste Disposal Well Permit Range Production Company, whose address is, 500 Throckmorton Street, Suite 1900, Ft. Worth, Texas 76102 is applying to the Railroad Commission of Texas for a permit to dispose of produced salt water or other oil and gas waste by well injection into a porous formation not productive of oil and gas. The applicant proposes to dispose of oil and gas waste into the Brown Dolomite formation, Imagine (SWD) well. The proposed well is located approximately 15 miles SW of Canadian, Texas in the Hemphill Granite Wash field in Hemphill County,Texas. The waste water will be injected into strata in the subsurface depth interval from 4,200 to 5,500 feet. LEGAL AIUTHOIRTY: Chapter 27 of the Texas Waste Water Code, as amended, Title 3 of the Natural Resources Code, as amended, and the Statewide Rules of Oil and Gas Division of the Railroad Commission of Texas. Requests for a public hearing from persons who can show they are adversely affected, or request for further information concerning any aspects of this application, should be submitted in writing, within 15 days of publication, to the Underground Injection Control Section, Oil and Gas Division, Railroad Commission of Texas, P. O. Drawer 12927, Capitol Station, Austin, Texas 78711, (Telephone (512)463-6792). 12-1cP

BID INVITATION Hemphill County Temporary Library/ Future Office Building. Hemphill County is requesting proposals for the construction of an approximately 10,000 square foot building to be used as a temporary County Library Building, (phase 1) that will be used in the future as a office building for various governmental agencies (phase 2). This proposal request is for phase 1 work only. The building consists of a 10,000 S.F. metal building, with a concrete foundation and a 1,000 basement/tornado shelter, as detailed in the bid package. The work to be bid as part of this package includes but is not limited to: Excavation and grading, paving and curbs Retaining walls and flatwork, flagpole, exterior lighting Concrete foundation and basement walls Steel structure with metal cladding, Covered entry Masonry cladding at entry Interior walls, ceilings Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing, including septic system Interior finishes including tile, ceilings, stained concrete and paint Fire Alarm system Structural design of the metal building system and foundation Work not included in this package: Furniture, Interior and exterior signage, carpet supply and install Architectural design Audio, Video, Security and Data design and installation Kitchen equipment design and installation Landscape General Contractors interested in Bidding on this Project must pre-qualify, and must obtain Documents from the Architect for Bids to be considered valid. Bid documents are available from the Architect, upon payment of a refundable deposit of $500.00. This deposit will be refunded to bidders upon return of 5 complete sets of bid documents, (bidder to retain at no charge one set), to the Architect within 5 days of bid date. Included in the Bid package will be six (6) sets of Architectural Drawings, two (2) Project Manuals, and one (1) AIA form 305, Bidder Qualification form. Alternatively, Bidder Qualification forms can be provided free of charge, and be reviewed and responded to within three (3) days by the client. Bidder qualification forms will request a report as to the bidder’s safety and environmental record, financial stability, relevant experience, etc., and this will be part of the qualification procedure. Bid Documents are also available for viewing at the Associated General Contractors Plan Room, 1707 West 8th Ave., Amarillo, Texas and Canadian Public Library. The proposed contract (based on AIA 101) will be included in the Project Manual, along with bidding requirements, bid form, insurance requirements, and specifications. The documents in the bid package will be supplemented as is necessary during the bid process. The schedule for this process is as follows: Bid Packages available: March 7th, 2008 Pre-bid meeting: March 20th, 2008, at job site, 11:30 am. Bidder Qualifications required to be delivered to the Architects Office: March 19th, 2008, 11:00 am. Fax copies will be accepted. Bid Date: April 7th, 2008, 2:00 pm. Sealed bids will be accepted at the Office of

the County Judge, 400 Main Street, Canadian, Texas, 79014. Bids will be publically opened at 10:00 am, April 14th, 2008, at the Hemphill County Commissioner’s Court. A performance Bond will be required. A Payment Bond will be required. The Bid price is to be a lump sum. Bid documents can be obtained from: ROGERS-FORD, L.C. 1900 MARKET CENTER BOULEVARD DALLAS, TEXAS, 75207-3317 TOLL FREE: (877)883-9388 (214)871-9388 FAX (214)871-3155 ATTN: LAUREN HOWARD 11-2cR

notice to bidders The Hemphill County Commissioners’ Court will be accepting bids for the sale of a 1991 Chevrolet S-10 4x4 pickup. For more information or to see the vehicle you may contact Sally Henderson at (806)323-6521 or Mac Purcell at (806)323-2249. Bids will be accepted in the County Judges office until 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 28, 2008, and opened on Monday, March 31, 2008 at the Hemphill County Commissioners’ Court. Hemphill County reserves the right to reject any and all bids. 11-2cH

notice to bidders The Hemphill County Commissioners’ Court will open sealed bids on Monday, March, 31, 2008 in the Commissioners’ Courtroom of the Hemphill County Courthouse in Canadian, Texas, for the purchase of three (3) 2008 belly dump trailers. Bids will be accepted in the County Judges office until 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 28, 2008. The Court reserves the right to reject any and all bids. More information is available from the County Judge’s office. 11-2cH

notice to bidders The Hemphill County Sheriff’s Office is accepting bids for the sale of a 2003 Ford Crown Victoria. This vehicle has been wrecked and may be viewed at Prater’s Wrecker Service. Bids may be submitted to the County Judge’s Office and all bids will be opened on April 14, 2008 at the Commissioners’ Court meeting. 11-2cH



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THE STATE OF TEXAS NOTICE TO DEFENDANT: “You have been sued. You may employ an attorney. If you or your attorney do not file a written answer with the clerk who issued this citation by 10:00 a.m. on the Monday next following the expiration of forty-two days after the date of issuance of this citation, a default judgment may be taken against you.” TO AMERICAN INNOVATIVE ROYALTY SYSTEM, Defendant(s), HELEN N. WILLIAMS THELMA L. WILLIAMS CAROL S. DINSMORE J.W. STRAIGHT T.R. CHITWOOD GREETING: You are hereby commanded to appear by filing a written answer to the Plaintiff’s ORIGINAL Application at or before ten o’clock a.m. of the Monday next after the expiration of forty-two days after the date of issuance of this citation the same being Monday the 7th day of APRIL, 2008, before the Honorable 31ST JUDICIAL DISTRICT Court of HEMPHILL County, Texas at the Court House of said County in CANADIAN, Texas. Said Plaintiff’s Petition was filed in said court on the 21st day of FEBRUARY, 2008, in this case, numbered 6552 on the docket of said court, and styled, LAREDO PETROLEUM TEXAS, LLC, Plaintiff VS. AMERICAN INNOVATIVE ROYALTY SYSTEMS, HELEN N. WILLIAMS, THELMA L. WILLIAMS, CAROL S. DINSMORE, J.W. STRAIGHT, and T.R. CHITWOOD, Defendants. The names of the parties to the cause are as follows: A brief statement of the nature of this suit is as follows to-wit: Appointment of Receivership for Mineral Interest as is more fully shown by Plaintiff’s Petition on file in this suit. The officer executing this writ shall promptly serve the same according to requirements of law, and the mandated thereof, and make due return as the law directs. Issued and given under my hand and the Seal of said Court, at office in CANADIAN, Texas, this the 22nd day of FEBRUARY, 2008. ATTEST: BRENDA PERRIN, CLERK, DISTRICT COURT, HEMPHILL COUNTY, TEXAS. BY: VELDA BILLENWILLMS, DEPUTY. 9-4cS


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THE STATE OF TEXAS NOTICE TO DEFENDANT: “You have been sued. You may employ an attorney. If you or your attorney do not file a written answer with the clerk who issued this citation by 10:00 a.m. on the Monday next following the expiration of forty-two days after the date of issuance of this citation, a default judgment may be taken against you.” TO: ALFRED M. STEWARD, Defendant(s), GEORGIE GALBREATH, DOROTHY L. SMITH, JOHN J. ENGLE, GLORIA DAWN SCHAEF, JANELL ARDIS WARDWELL, DANIEL HUGH WARDWELL, PEGGY LOUISE MCDANIEL, ROBERT S. NEEL, GARY L. NEEL GREETING: You are hereby commanded to appear by filing a written answer to the Plaintiff’s ORIGINAL Application at or before ten o’clock a.m. of the Monday next after the expiration of forty-two days after the date of issuance of this citation the same being Monday the 7th day of APRIL, 2008, before the Honorable 31ST JUDICIAL DISTRICT Court of HEMPHILL County, Texas at the Court House of said County in CANADIAN, Texas. Said Plaintiff’s Petition was filed in said court on the 21st day of FEBRUARY, 2008, in this case, numbered 6551 on the docket of said court, and styled, LAREDO PETROLEUM TEXAS, LLC, Plaintiff VS. ALFRED M. STEWARD, GEORGIE GALBREATH, DOROTHY L. SMITH, JOHN J. ENGLE, GLORIA DAWN SCHAEF, JANELL ARDIS WARDWELL, DANIEL HUGH WARDWELL, PEGGY LOUISE MCDANIEL, ROBERT S. NEEL, GARY L. NEEL, Defendants The names of the parties to the cause are as follows: A brief statement of the nature of this suit is as follows to-wit: Appointment of Receivership for Mineral Interest as is more fully shown by Plaintiff’s Petition on file in this suit. The officer executing this writ shall promptly serve the same according to requirements of law, and the mandated thereof, and make due return as the law directs. Issued and given under my hand and the Seal of said Court, at office in CANADIAN, Texas, this the 22nd day of FEBRUARY, 2008. ATTEST: BRENDA PERRIN, CLERK, DISTRICT COURT, HEMPHILL COUNTY, TEXAS. BY: VELDA BILLENWILLMS, DEPUTY. 9-4cS

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CITATION BY PUBLICATION THE STATE OF TEXAS TO: The Unknown Heirs of W.H. MCCLURE AND RAY WILSON their Unknown Spouses, Unknown Heirs, Executors, Administrators, and Assigns, Defendant, GREETING: YOU (AND EACH OF YOU) ARE HEREBY COMMANDED to appear before the 31st Judicial District Court of Hemphill County at the Courthouse being located at 400 Main Street in the City of Canadian, Hemphill County, Texas, by filing a written answer at or before 10 o’clock A.M. of the First Monday next after the expiration of forty-two days from the date of the issuance of this citation, the date for answer being the 14th day of April, 2008, to Plaintiff’s Petition filed in said court, on the 26th day of February, 2008, in this cause, numbered 6554 on the docket of said court and styled, JACK WRIGHT and MARY ANN WRIGHT VS. W.H. MCCLURE AND RAY WILSON, their unknown spouses, unknown heirs, executors, administrators and assigns, Defendants. A brief statement of the nature of this suit is as follows, to-wit: 1. The nature of the suit is a Trespass to Try Title as to Lot Seven (7), and Eight (8), in Block Twelve (12), Glazier, Hemphill County, Texas. 2. Plaintiff claims ownership by adverse possession of ten years under provisions of the Civil Practice and Remedies Code Section 16.026, and Section 16.030. The officer executing this writ shall promptly serve the same according to requirements of law, and the mandates hereof, and make due return as the law directs. Witness, Brenda Perrin, Clerk of the District Court of Hemphill County, Texas. Issued and given under my hand and the seal of said Court at office this the 26th day of FEBRUARY, A.D. 2008. BRENDA PERRIN, CLERK, DISTRICT COURT HEMPHILL COUNTY, TEXAS BY: VELDA BILLENWILLMS, DEPUTY P.O. BOX 867 CANADIAN, TEXAS 79014 NOTICE You have been sued. You may employ an attorney. If you or your attorney does not file a written answer with the clerk who issued this citation by 10:00 A.M. on the Monday next following the expiration of forty-two days after you were served this citation and petition, a default judgment may be taken against you. CHARLES L. KESSIE 209 MAIN STREET CANADIAN, TEXAS 79014 (806)323-6542. 9-4cJ

CITATION BY PUBLICATION THE STATE OF TEXAS TO: The Unknown Heirs of TOM CONNELL and L.A. McADAMS, their Unknown Spouses, Unknown Heirs, Executors, Administrators, and Assigns, Defendant, GREETING: YOU (AND EACH OF YOU) ARE HEREBY COMMANDED to appear before the 31st Judicial District Court of Hemphill County at the Courthouse being located at 400 Main Street in the City of Canadian, Hemphill County, Texas, by filing a written answer at or before 10 o’clock A.M. of the First Monday next after the expiration of forty-two days from the date of the issuance of this citation, the date for answer being the 14th day of April, 2008, to Plaintiff’s Petition filed in said court, on the 27th day of February 2008, in this cause, numbered 6557 on the docket of said court and styled, JOSE L. MERAZ and DORA E. MERAZ VS. TOM CONNELL and L.A. McADAMS, their unknown spouses, unknown heirs, executors, administrators and assigns, Defendants. A brief statement of the nature of this suit is as follows, to-wit: 1. The nature of the suit is a Trespass to Try Title as to Lots 1, Block 6, Connell & McAdams Addition to the Original Town of Canadian, Hemphill County, Texas. 2. Plaintiff claims ownership by adverse possession of ten years under provisions of the Civil Practice and Remedies Code Section 16.026, and Section 16.030. The officer executing this writ shall promptly serve the same according to requirements of law, and the mandates hereof, and make due return as the law directs. Witness, Brenda Perrin, Clerk of the District Court of Hemphill County, Texas. Issued and given under my hand and the seal of said Court at office this the 27th day of February, A.D. 2008. BRENDA PERRIN, CLERK, DISTRICT COURT HEMPHILL COUNTY, TEXAS BY: VELDA BILLENWILLMS, DEPUTY P.O. BOX 867 CANADIAN, TEXAS 79014 NOTICE You have been sued. You may employ an attorney. If you or your attorney does not file a written answer with the clerk who issued this citation by 10:00 A.M. on the Monday next following the expiration of forty-two days after you were served this citation and petition, a default judgment may be taken against you. CHARLES L. KESSIE 209 MAIN STREET CANADIAN, TEXAS 79014 (806)323-6542. 9-4cJ



citation by publication CITATION BY PUBLICATION THE STATE OF TEXAS TO: The Unknown Heirs of TYSON S. WAMBLE, JAMES T. CRAWLEY AND JIMMYE THOMPSON JOINTLY (ASSIGNEES), CLARA JUSTICE, MARY WAMBLE EASLEY, JAMES P. MARKHAM AND ADKINS, FOLLEY, MCCONNELL AND KANKINS (ASSIGNEES), MILTON M. WAMBLE, D. CLYDE GARDNER AND F.H. HAMMOND AND D.V. HAMMOND (ASSIGNEES), LEON A WAMBLE, KENNETH W. WAMBLE, JOHN L. WAMBLE, J.C. WAMBLE, H.E. WAMBLE, F.G. WAMBLE (INCOMPETENT), KATHLEEN MURPHREE TIPS, CHRISTINE MURPHREE WESTERFIELD, JOE HUNTER MURPHREE, LOTTIE BUCHANAN TRAPP, GILLIE BUCHANAN, LOUSE HENDERSON, JOHN L. HENDERSON, MAY TURNER DEWITT, W.K. TURNER, BOBBIE NORWOOD, JOHNNIE DEAR, FRANK TURNER, DALE TURNER, JO YATES, GUY RUFUS TURNER, PEARL TURNER, BILLYE PERRY, ROBERT W. TURNER GIBSON, OCHSNER, HARLAN, KINNEY AND MORRIS AND ATCHLEY AND RUSSELL (ASSIGNEES), CECIL RAY WAMBLE, MARJORIE TURNER THOMPSON, DOROTHY TURNER JOEKEL, MARTHA IRENE TURNER, DELLA WILHITE, EMMA CASEY, EDNA BISHOP, JENNIE ALLEN, JOHN LEE WAMBLE, MARY EMMA WAMBLE FRENCH,ELLEN KATHRYN WAMBLE SCROGGINS, D.E. WAMBLE, HENRY HUBERT WAMBLE A. CECIL WAMBLE, THEIR UNKNOWN SPOUSES, UNKNOWN HEIRS, EXECUTORS, ADMINISTRATORS, AND ASSIGNS; Defendant, GREETING: YOU (AND EACH OF YOU) ARE HEREBY COMMANDED to appear before the 31st Judicial District Court of Hemphill County at the Courthouse being located at 400 Main Street in the City of Canadian, Hemphill County, Texas, by filing a written answer at or before 10 o’clock A.M. of the First Monday next after the expiration of forty-two days from the date of the issuance of this citation, the date for answer being the 14th day of April, 2008, to Plaintiff’s Petition filed in said court, on the 27th day of February, 2008, in this cause, numbered 6556 on the docket of said court and styled, ESTATE OF LOIS WRIGHT VS. TYSON S. WOMBLE, et al, their unknown spouses, their unknown spouses, executors, administrators and assigns, Defendants. A brief statement of the nature of this suit is as follows, to-wit: 1. The nature of the suit is a Trespass to Try Title as to Lot Three (3), and Four (4), in Block Seven (7), Glazier, Hemphill County, Texas. 2. Plaintiff claims ownership by adverse possession of 10 years under provisions of the Civil Practice and Remedies Code, Section 16.026, and Section 16.030. The officer executing this writ shall promptly serve the same according to requirements of law, and the mandates hereof, and make due return as the law directs. Witness, Brenda Perrin, Clerk of the District Court of Hemphill County, Texas. Issued and given under my hand and the seal of said Court at office this the 27th day of February, A.D. 2008.

BRENDA PERRIN, CLERK, DISTRICT COURT HEMPHILL COUNTY, TEXAS BY: VELDA BILLENWILLMS, DEPUTY P.O. BOX 867 CANADIAN, TEXAS 79014 NOTICE You have been sued. You may employ an attorney. If you or your attorney does not file a written answer with the clerk who issued this citation by 10:00 A.M. on the Monday next following the expiration of forty-two days after you were served this citation and petition, a default judgment may be taken against you. CHARLES L. KESSIE 209 MAIN STREET CANADIAN, TEXAS 79014 (806)323-6542. 9-4cJ

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