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Ports to Plains official touts I-27 extension

August 3, 2015

Local efforts to extend Interstate 27 through the Crossroads area are bearing fruit, bit by little bit, officials say.

Michael Reeves, president of the Ports to Plains Alliance, was in Big Spring Friday to give local supporters of the idea a combination update/pep talk on the status of projects which should give a boost to communities along the Ports to Plain corridor, a 2,300-mile stretch of highways connecting Canada, the United States and Mexico.

Analysts: Gas prices heading down

August 3, 2015

2015’s second half represents a strong commitment that motorists will spend even less on gasoline this year than they did in 2014.

GasBuddy experts say that before Christmas, as many as 20 states could have average gas prices below $2 per gallon as the national average for December slips to $1.98.

“We’re confident that our projections give consumers more than accuracy; we think they’ll help them identify some savings that should come in handy at Thanksgiving and Christmas,” said Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst for GasBuddy.

Hang Gliding competitions takes flight this weekend

August 1, 2015

Up, up and away the hang gliders will be ... for the next week.
The 2015 Hang Gliding Nationals are under way in Big Spring at the McMahon-Winkler airport.
Saturday was set aside for practice. Competitors used the time to check out the conditions and test their equipment for any fine tuning needs.
The competition officially begins Sunday.

A natural calling

August 1, 2015

A career in teaching never entered Ryan Ward’s thoughts concerning his long-term career goals, however perceptions change in an instant.
When Ryan walked out of his Washington Elementary fourth grade classroom on his first day as a teacher, he knew he had found his life’s calling. Every day in the classroom since has just been a validation.
“Teaching has changed my life, my world and I love every minute of it,” the 27-year-old said.

Attacking the invasive saltceda

August 1, 2015

This past year’s rains may have set back a long-term program to combat the invasive, water thirsty saltcedar plant temporarily, but experts believe once nature takes its natural course the program will be back in full force.
Tamarix Ramosissima (tamarisk) or the more common name, Saltcedar, are evergreen or deciduous shrubs or trees that grow 1-18 m in height and form dense thickets.

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