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June 9th, 2011

Seliger: Legislative session has been 'extremly difficult'

June 9, 2011

Nobody ever said being an elected official was easy, but this may have been the most difficult few months in Texas Sen. Kel Seliger's political life.

Seliger (R-Amarillo), Big Spring's representative in the Texas Senate, said he and his colleagues were forced to deal with several difficult challenges this year, starting with how to deal with a $27 billion shortfall in state revenue.

The deep cuts inflicted on almost every segment of the Texas budget are guaranteed to leave few people happy, he conceded.

Water deliveries cut again

June 9, 2011

The summer of 2011 is about to become even drier than anticipated.

Colorado River Municipal Water District officials announced this week that water deliveries to the district's member cities — which have already been cut by 10 percent — will be slashed by another 10 percent effective July 1.

Reduced pumping capability is being cited as the main reason for the district's latest move.

Model plane club taking to the skies this weekend

June 9, 2011

It's all about having fun.

For the past 31 years, the Big Spring Model Aircraft Association has been putting on a fun fly. Once again the fun fly will take place at John Wesley Buzbee Airfield Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“This is a neat thing to see, especially for the airplane enthusiasts who don't really get the opportunity to fly,” said Robert Walker, president of the Big Spring Model Aircraft Association. “It's a great chance for them to see the aircraft up close.”

Police/Sheriff/EMS

June 9, 2011

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity Wednesday:
• ABEL GUZMAN, 29, 2911 W. Highway 80, was arrested on warrants charging unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon in a weapons free zone, failure to identify fugitive from justice, retaliation and a warrant from another agency.
• PATRICK ROBERTS PARRAS, 23, 2804 Williams, was arrested on a warrant charging no driver's license.
• VELERIA MATA MONTEMAYOR, 35, 2522 Gunter, was arrestged on warrants charging failure to report change of address/name, failure to appear and a warrant from another agency.

June 8th

Old Settler Reunion starts Saturday

June 8, 2011

Rodeo week is a big one for Howard County residents, especially the old settlers.

The 87th Annual Settlers Reunion will conclude rodeo week, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 18 at the Heritage Museum.

“It started out as a big family reunion for residents of Glasscock and Howard counties and it has evolved over the years,” Museum Director Nancy Raney said.

Hot fun in Forsan

June 8, 2011

ORSAN — The splash is back.

Forsan Independent School District's swimming pool, which has offered a way for area residents to beat the heat for several years, is once again open for business.

The pool's annual summer run began Memorial Day and will last until August, FISD Superintendent Randy Johnson said.

Officials caution: Be safe in the water

June 8, 2011

As temperatures heat up, many area residents will turn their attention to local lakes and swimming pools to try to keep cool. However, according to officials with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, fun in the water can quickly turn deadly without proper supervision for children.

Police/Sheriff

June 8, 2011

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Tuesday and 7 a.m. today:
• AARON KEITH HILL, 24, of 1304 Stanford, was arrested Tuesday on a charge of public intoxication.
• STEVEN VALENCIA GAMBOA, 27, of 506 N. Nolan, was arrested Tuesday on charges of driving while license suspended/invalid – no insurance and failure to maintain financial responsibility.
• GILBERT JOSHUA MUNOZ, 25, of 2603 Ent, was arrested Tuesday on charges of possession of a controlled substance and a warrant from another agency.

June 7th

Saddle up! Rodeo's coming

June 7, 2011

It's time to cowboy up.

The 78th Big Spring Cowboy Reunion and Rodeo is back for three nights — June 16,17 and 18 — at the Big Spring Rodeo grounds.

“We are trying something new this year,” Big Spring Cowboy Reunion and Rodeo board member Derek Wash said. “With the hot temperatures especially, we thought we would cut out the parade and do a Rodeo Kick Off instead.”

Focusing on the children

June 7, 2011

Knowing how to anticipate, prevent and manage certain situations can go a long way to raising a well-rounded child.

Mike Foster, trainer for a World for Children, had a training session Friday morning for area foster families. The three-hour session focused on trauma informed prevention.

“These kids need highly skilled caregivers and we are here to help people get the knowledge base,” Foster said. “Investment parenting is a big key. These kids have to know you have something invested in it as well.”

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