Archive for January, 2011

Winter Weather Update and Warnings

January 31, 2011

A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for much of the South Plains and Panhandle through tomorrow evening.  One to four inches of snow is expected across the South Plains with snowfall totals in the Panhandle reaching up to five inches.  Blowing snow and the potential for the buildup of ice is expected to create hazardous driving conditions over the course of tonight and tomorrow.  Wind Chill values will be at about 0 across the South Plains, with the Panhandle having wind chill values tonight as low as 25 degrees below zero and getting colder to -35 Tuesday evening.  Also, a Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for the southern counties of the South Plains, Permian Basin and Eastern New Mexico.

City of Lubbock street crews are preparing for the expected wintry blast. The city recommends that drivers should allow extra time to get to your destination, drive cautiously, and avoid abrupt actions like suddenly braking, steering, or accelerating, which also means leaving plenty of room to stop between yourself and the car ahead. For homes, it is recommended that indoor faucets should be allowed to drip and ensure that sprinkler and irrigation systems are completely turned off.

All Lubbock ISD outdoor athletic events scheduled for Tuesday have been canceled due to the expected low temperatures.


Could Tax Problem Cost Hernandez His Position?

January 31, 2011

According to the public website of the  Lubbock Central Appraisal District, city councilman Victor Hernandez, and his wife, Justice of the Peace Aurora  Hernandez, have unpaid taxes for 2009, including just over $1100 in city taxes, and just over $815 in county taxes. 

If the website is accurate, Councilman Hernandez might have to forfeit his council seat.  According to Section 4 of the City Charter, dealing with qualifications for city council members, the council members “shall not be indebted to the city.”  The charter goes on to say “any officer or employee of the city who shall cease to possess any of the qualifications shall forfeit his office or position.”  

KFYO made multiple unsuccessful attempts to reach Councilman Hernandez for his reaction– at city hall, his law office and by phone.

All Four Lubbock ISD High Schools to Compete in State Academic Decathlon Tournament

January 31, 2011

All four Lubbock ISD high schools will compete in the state Academic Decathlon. Lubbock High School won the Region 1 Academic Decathlon regional tournament last Saturday. Monterey and Coronado High Schools came in second and third place respectively, and scored high enough to win at-large invitations to the state competition.

These schools defeated teams from Midland High, Midland Lee, Odessa High, and Permian. Estacado High School came in second place at the Region 7 meet in Katy.

Program Featuring Lubbock’s City Manager Debuts Tuesday Evening

January 31, 2011

A new program feature Lubbock’s city manager will debut tomorrow evening.

The monthly program featuring City Manager Lee Ann Dumbauld will be shown on the City News Channel at 6:30 p.m., and on-demand at The program will feature her answering questions on a variety of municipal issues.

Citizens are able to submit their questions by calling 3-1-1 or by sending Ms. Dumbauld an email at

Red Raiders to Play Kansas Tuesday Evening at United Spirit Arena

January 31, 2011

The Red Raider basketball team will take on 6th ranked Kansas tomorrow night at the United Spirit Arena.

Texas Tech’s Red Raiders won their third straight Big 12 victory this past weekend, beating Oklahoma State 75 to 74 in overtime.

Senior Mike Singletary has been named the Big 12 Player of the Week.

LCU Promotes Jones to Chancellor

January 31, 2011

Lubbock Christian University President, Dr. Ken Jones will assume a new role with LCU starting tomorrow.  Jones will become Chancellor and CEO of Lubbock Christian University and will continue to be responsible for daily operations of LCU. 

According to LCU, the role chancellor has not been filled since 1974 after the retirement of Dr. F. W. Mattox.  As part of his duties as Chancellor, Dr. Jones will more prominently represent LCU in a public fashion, including spending more time speaking to area churches, church leadership and business leaders. 

Click here for more information from LCU

Neugebauer: American Involvement In Egypt Could Result In Undesirable Outcome

January 31, 2011

On Lubbock’s First News on KFYO, Congressman Randy Neugebauer said the situation in Egypt is in the hands of the Egyptian people.

“As painful as the outcome may be, we may just have to sit here and let this play out, because I think in many cases, sometimes American involvement at this particular point in time could actually force a more undesirable outcome,” Neugebauer told KFYO.

But Neugebauer said if a new Egyptian leader attacked Israel, the U.S. would honor its commitment to come to Israel’s defense.

Red Raiders face 6th-ranked Kansas Jayhawks tomorrow night

January 31, 2011

Texas Tech’s Red Raiders won their third straight Big 12 victory this past weekend, beating Oklahoma State 75 to 74 in overtime 75 to 74. They take on 6th ranked Kansas tomorrow night at United Spirit Arena. Meanwhile the Lady Raiders have lost their fourth straight conference game. They fell 56 to 53 to Nebraska at Lincoln on Saturday. They’ll be hosting 5th ranked Texas A&M Saturday night at United Spirit Arena.

Suspected drunk driver jailed after car smashes into home

January 31, 2011

A car with a suspected drunk driver at the wheel crashed into a Lubbock residence at 7th and Iola early yesterday. Police said the accident happened around 4:15 a.m. when 27-year-old Mario Olivas lost control of his vehicle. No one was home at the time. Neighbors came out to persuade the driver not to leave the scene. One person, Kimbery Bouldin, said the resident at the house hit by the car was fortunate because he would have been sleeping right where the car stopped. Olivas was taken to the Lubbock County Jail.

Wreck off Marsha Sharp Freeway leaves woman seriously injured

January 31, 2011

A woman is left seriously injured after her SUV ran off Marsha Sharp Freeway, rolled and slammed into a support pillar. Police say the woman was entering the freeway from the 34th street on-ramp when she lost control of her Jeep Libery around 4 yesterday afternoon. The woman was walking around after the accident but was taken to University Medical Center for treatment of injuries.

Dangerously cold weather is about to hit the South Plains

January 31, 2011

The National Weather Service is looking for hazardous and even dangerously cold weather to move across the South Plains this afternoon and tomorrow. A winter storm is expected to trigger widespread precipitation across the area including a brief wintry mix of sleet and freezing rain due to turn to all snow between 9 p.m. and midnight. Temperatures are expected to plunge into the single digits and teens overnight. Because of strong winds, people should be prepared for what the national weather service says will be dangerous wind chills as low as 15 to 20 degrees below zero tonight through Wednesday.

Lubbock officers investigate East Lubbock holdup

January 31, 2011

Lubbock police are looking for a man who robbed an East Lubbock store late Saturday night. Police said the holdup occurred at the East Point Market at 19th Street and Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard.

One man seriously wounded in ‘Wild West’ shootout in downtown Amarillo

January 31, 2011

A man was seriously wounded during a shootout in downtown Amarillo yesterday involving four police officers and at least one gunman. One officer told the Amarillo Globe News it was like a scene out of the “Old West,” with bullets flying as early morning party goers emerged screaming onto South Polk Street less than 100 feet from the recently opened Courtyard by Marriott at the Historic Fisk Hotel. Police opened fire on a Chevy Tahoe shortly after 2 a.m. when the driver backed the SUV onto South Polk Street, then drove toward them, refusing to heed their demands to stop. Police said at least one gunman fired shots at the SUV in the parking lot before it backed away. The driver, identified only as a 24-year-old Hispanic man, was shot a number of times. Another 24-year-old Hispanic in the SUV suffered a gunshot wound in the arm. The Globe News said it was unclear whether police or another gunman fired the shots that hit the two men. Authorities used a taser stun gun to arrested 27-year-old Michael Manyoun on charges of aggravated assault and evading arrest. His exact role in the melee was not known.

Texas Tech Music Students Compete for the Chance to Play at Carnegie Hall

January 29, 2011

The Texas Tech University School of Music and Manhattan Concert Productions are presenting a Final’s Competition Concert today featuring eight student musicians.

These eight finalists have been selected from a group of 500 other Texas Tech music students, and represent the major performance areas of the university’s school of music.

The concert begins tonight at 7:30 pm in Talkington Hall at the Legacy Event Center on 14th and Avenue O.

Winners of the competition will receive an all expense paid trip to New York to perform in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall.

Odessa Man Arrested for Jan. 1 Police Chase

January 29, 2011

Authorities in Odessa have arrested 18-year-old Saul Acosta Jr. on charges of leading law officers on a chase Jan. 1 that resulted in a fatal car crash.

Anthony DeWayne Neel died at the scene, and passenger Brenda Sue Madrid died Jan. 13.

A deputy suffered a broken leg, ribs and an injured hip, shoulder and ankle.

Workshops With Income Tax Information Begin This Month

January 29, 2011

This week you can attend the first of several workshops to help you with your income tax questions.

This Wednesday, from 6:00 to 7:30 pm, you can attend the first workshop of February entitled The IRS and You.

It will be at the Maxey Community Center at 4020 30th street.

Note that there will not be tax preparation at the workshop.

To register call 767-2705.

Slaton Man Arrested for a Stabbing in Parking Lot

January 29, 2011

Slaton Police have arrested a man in connection with a stabbing last night.

Authorities arrested 18 year old James St. Pierre after he stabbed a man during a fight in an Alco parking lot around 6:30 yesterday.

The victim suffered a large knife wound to the thigh.

St. Pierre has been charged with aggravated assault.

Valentine Mother and Father Dinners at the Hodges Center

January 29, 2011

This February 5th and 6th, parents can take their children to Valentine dinners hosted by the Hodges Center.

Parents can take their children to the Mommy’s Little Sweetheart and Daddy’s Little Valentine dinners, where they can enjoy a dinner, dancing and have a valentine picture taken.

The dinner for mothers and sons is February 4th, and the dinner for fathers and daughters is February 5th.

Tickets are $20 for couples and $10 for each additional child.

The dinners are from 6:00 to 8:00.

To make reservations call 767-3706.

LISD String Fling Tickets on Sale for Next Week

January 29, 2011

Next week LISD’s 26th Annual String Fling will be held in the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center Theater.

Thirteen middle school and high school orchestras will begin their performances at 7:00 Tuesday, February 1st.

You can purchase tickets for $3 from an orchestra student or for $5 at the door.

Increase of Influenza Seen in Lubbock Area

January 28, 2011

The City of Lubbock Health Department has seen a significant increase in reports of influenza this month.

From October 1st through December 31st of 2010, there were 1,814 influenza-like cases, as compared to 2,518 cases of influenza-like reports from January 1st through the 15th.

The health department says that it is not too late to get a flu vaccine, and if you are sick, limit contact with others as much as possible.