Archive for April, 2010

Ammo Report

April 30, 2010

Each week, KFYO checks on the availability of ammo in this area, specifically six calibers — 22, 9 mm, 380, 40, 357 and 45.

Four dealers took part in the survey this week:  Sharp Shooters, LSG Tactical Arms and Gander Mountain, all in Lubbock, and Tibbet’s Gun Works in Floyd County.

On the day we surveyed, all four dealers had all six calibers in stock.

This week’s price spotlight is on 22 caliber ammo at  Tibbet’s Gun Works.  The price range for 22 caliber ammo was $3.95 to $25.95 per box.

Farm Bill Hearing Scheduled for Lubbock

April 30, 2010

Congressman Randy Neugebauer has hinted that this would happen, and now it’s actually been scheduled.

At 9 a.m. on May 17th, Neugebauer will host an Agriculture Committee field hearing on the 2012 Farm Bill.  It will take place at the Texas Tech Museum, with committee chairman Collin Peterson leading the hearing.

“It is an honor to host a field hearing in Lubbock to discuss with local farmers and ranchers what’s working in agriculture policy and what needs to be improved,” Neugebauer said in a news release.  “This is a great opportunity for producers in West Texas to share their vision for agriculture policy.

Lubbock Economic Index Up, and Consumer Price Index Down

April 30, 2010

The Lubbock Economic Index increased slightly last month. The March LEI rose to 124.5 from February’s 124.3, but still remains down 4.3 percent from one year ago. Taxable retail spending in Lubbock for March was down 3.7 percent and estimated payroll employment is down about 1.4 percent compared to March 2009. Some areas are seeing improvement, with March auto sales increasing by about six percent and construction permit valuation is over fifty percent higher compared to the first quarter of 2009.

The Lubbock Consumer Price Index has declined significantly for March, dipping to 1.8 percent from February’s 2.5 percent. The Food/Grocery CPI declined by 1.5 percent compared to March 2009, housing declined to 1.9 percent from February’s 2.1 percent, and the health care sector declined in March to 5.3 percent, down from February’s 5.6 percent.

Early Voting Continues for May 8th Election

April 30, 2010

Early voting continues for the May 8th election. Polling locations will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, and from 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday. Polling locations include most area United Supermarkets and the Lubbock County Office of Elections on Crickets Avenue.

Six Year-old Girl Thrown From Vehicle in Morning Wreck

April 30, 2010

A young girl was badly injured in a wreck this morning. The six year-old girl was in a Chevrolet Tahoe that was travelling southbound on Avenue Q, when a Chevrolet Cavalier driven by a fifteen year-old girl without a driver’s license ran the stop sign at 48th Street and Avenue Q around 7:45 this morning. The drivers were unharmed, but the three children riding in the Tahoe were all taken to an area hospital. Two young boys suffered moderate injuries, and the six year-old girl is in critical condition after being thrown from the vehicle. It is not yet known if the children were restrained.

Police Search for Man Suspected of Lying to Bank

April 30, 2010

Lubbock police are searching for a man wanted for making a false statement to a bank. They’re searching for forty-nine year-old Andy Clark, who is possibly working as a landscaper or painter in the Lubbock area. Clark is about six feet tall, weighing around 235 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes. He was last seen driving a dark gray Cadillac Seville with Texas plates 709-JXB. Anyone with information is urged to contact Crimeline at 741-1000.

Area Firefighters Battle Grass Fires in North Lubbock

April 30, 2010

Area firefighters have been busy battling grass fires in North Lubbock today. Multiple fires broke out near Quaker Avenue and the Clovis Highway this afternoon, due to sparks from a passing train. Firefighters had the flames extinguished in around half an hour.

Police Search for Man Suspected of Stealing Computers from Wal-Mart

April 30, 2010

Police are searching for a man that managed to steal computers from Wal-Mart. The suspect hid the computers inside boxes for large children’s toys and checked out normally at the Wal-Mart at 82nd Street and Milwaukee Avenue. The suspect is described as Hispanic between the ages of thirty and forty, about 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighing around 270 pounds with dark hair, and balding. Anyone with information is urged to contact Crimeline at 741-1000.

Upland Avenue North of Freeway to Close Monday for Railroad Maintenance

April 30, 2010

Beginning Monday, Upland Avenue north of the Marsha Sharp Freeway will be closed due to railroad maintenance. West Texas and Lubbock Railway will be replacing the railroad crossing in the area. North and southbound traffic on Upland Avenue will be detoured to 66th Street. No left turn will be allowed from Eastbound freeway traffic, and no right turn will be allowed from westbound traffic.

Gas Prices Back Up In Lubbock

April 30, 2010

Gas prices have gone back up in Lubbock this week.  According to the KFYO News Gas Price Survey, the average price for regular self-serve unleaded is $2.67 a gallon.  That’s up 3 cents from our last survey.  In the AAA Texas statewide survey the average price is $2.76 a gallon. That is up 2 cents from last week.

Xcel Applies to Expand Lubbock Power Facility

April 30, 2010

Xcel Energy is seeking state approval to expand one of its power generating facilities.  Today, Xcel’s Southwestern Public Service Company filed an application with the Public Utility Commission of Texas to add a new 168-megawatt natural gas-fired turbine at the Jones Generating Station in southeast Lubbock.  The current power generating units at Jones Station were constructed in 1971 and 1974. They have a combined capacity of 486 megawatts.  Once regulatory approval is granted, Xcel says they want to have Jones Unit 3 online by 2012.  The project is expected to cost $116 million dollars.

Tech rodeo teams look strong at Tarleton

April 30, 2010

Texas Tech’s men’s and women’s rodeo teams had a strong finish at the Tarleton State University NIRA road in Stephenville. The men finish third and the women fourth in the 16-team competition ended last week. On the men’s side, Luke Creasy won the championship in the bareback bronc  riding event.

Red Raiders’ softball team looks ahead to A&M

April 30, 2010

The Texas Tech softball team lost to Texas 7 to 2 yesterday at Rocky Johnson Field. The defeat came as the Red Raiders were trying to make a case for getting into the NCAA tournament. They have a chance to bolster their chances when they host Texas A&M for a series this weekend.

Lady Chaps clinch another softball title

April 30, 2010

Lubbock Christian University clinched the Sooner Athletic Conference softball championship yesterday with a doubleheader sweep over Rogers State. The Lady Chaparrals took the first game 12 to 2 and won the second as well 14 to 4. It was LCU’s second consecutive conference title.

Early voting continues in the May 8th election

April 30, 2010

Early voting continues today in the May 8th election. 1195 ballots were cast yesterday, upping the total early votes since Monday to 4631. The early voting period ends Tuesday. Lubbock residents can vote at most city polling locations today from now until 8 pm. Those locations include most United Supermarkets as well as the downtown elections office on Crickets Avenue.

First Grassfire of the Season Burns

April 29, 2010

The dry and windy conditions today, which prompted a Red Flag Warning across the region, contributed to the first wildfire outbreak of the year.  A grass fire broke out around 6 o’clock today in Hockley County.  The Hockley County Sheriff’s Office tells KFYO News that area fire departments were able to contain the blaze and no one was injured.

Dollar General Robbed

April 29, 2010

Lubbock police are searching for two female shoplifting suspects.  Around 1:30 this afternoon, the Dollar General at 18th and Milwaukee was robbed.  The two suspects fled the scene in a van and almost ran over a store employee in the parking lot while they made their escape.  If you have any information on this robbery you’re urged to call the Crime Line at 741-1000.

Police Officer Comes Home to Robbery

April 29, 2010

A Lubbock police officer received a scare when he went home for lunch today.  KAMC 28 reports around 1 o’clock the officer went home to the 3200 Block of 67th Street and noticed a broken back window and some electronics missing.  The officer then went outside to the back alley behind his house and saw two teenage boys trying to escape.  He arrested them on sight.  The 16 year old and 17 year old were both charged with burglary of a habitation, and the 17 year-old could be put on trial as an adult.

Lubbock ISD to Restructure Head Start Program

April 29, 2010

The Lubbock ISD School Board met this morning and voted to make a major change to the district’s Head Start program.  Currently, LISD’s Head Start program is housed in four separate facilities across the district.  Starting next year, those four facilities will be closed and the Head Start program will be housed in 16 of the district’s elementary schools.  LISD expects a cost savings of about $2 million dollars.  However, $1.5 million dollars of the savings will be used to cover a funding gap when a state grant is lost next school year.  In other LISD news, the board approved the renaming of Coronado’s softball field from Lady Mustang Field to ‘Doc’ Rosenow Field.

Construction at Two Lubbock Intersections

April 29, 2010

A southwest Lubbock intersection has temporarily been turned into a 4-way stop.  98th and Frankford Avenue will be a 4-way stop with flashing red lights through at least Monday.  This is because of construction for a manhole at the intersection for the Lubbock drainage system.

Construction on another waterline project in Lubbock will cause a traffic headache in central Lubbock.  For about the next month, lanes will be closed at- and around- the intersection of 34th and Quaker Avenue.  During the construction northbound and southbound Quaker and eastbound and westbound 34th Street will be reduced to one lane in all directions.  Drivers are encouraged to use caution around the intersection and use alternate routes.