Amarillo Texas

Amarillo Texas
8:00 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Chinese Cadillac enthusiasts get their kicks on Route 66

A caravan of Chinese tourists in Cadillacs travel down Polk Street in Amarillo.
Credit amarillo.com

If you’re traveling Route 66, you might see a caravan of Cadillacs getting their kicks traveling the open road.  They’ve traveled all the way from China for the experience according to a recent article in the Amarillo Globe-News.

Read more
HPPR Briefly
8:00 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Briefly: Supercharged in Hays, Fizzy in Amarillo

Credit Hays Area Chamber of Commerce

Potter County OKs tax break for Coca-Cola, paves the way for ballpark
Potter County is the final jurisdiction to pass a tax abatement for Coke to move from downtown Amarillo to the CenterPort Business Park to make way for a future hotel/ballpark development. Read more from The Amarillo Globe-News.

Read more
Panhandle city is a good place to raise a family
8:00 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Amarillo is tenth best city for families

Credit national.deseretnews.com

Between 2012 and 2013, 11.7 percent of the population moved according to the U.S. Census Bureau.  About a third of those moved because of “family-related reasons,” the Wall Street Journal reported.

Read more
HPPR Environment
12:10 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Amarillo still not conserving water

Credit distancebetweencities.net

Amarillo residents are not conserving water.  The city’s water usage goal is 52 million gallons per day.  Every day this month has exceeded that amount reported the Amarillo Globe-News.

Read more
Water Conservation
8:00 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Amarillo residents continue to exceed water usage goals despite drought

Credit homeadvisor.com

Amarillo is in the fourth year of drought conditions, yet residents continue to exceed city water usage goals.  During the month of April, there have only been three days when water use was below the goal of about 44 million gallons.  This past Monday, residents used almost 60 million gallons according to the Amarillo Globe-News.

Read more
Texas Panhandle
8:00 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Amarillo: Town Square Village is more than another development

Architectural drawing of Town Square
Credit Michael Schumacher / amarillo.com

Town Square Village is a four-square-mile piece of southwest Amarillo with a vision of being more than another development.  The multimillion-dollar expansion will be an “urban landscape where apartment dwellers live above stores and restaurants in a pedestrian-friendly community core surrounded by row houses and suburbs of single-family homes,” according to a recent article in the Amarillo Globe-News

Read more
Texas Panhandle
7:47 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Black History Month: Teacher turned community activist, Marvell Ervin White

Marvell Ervin White
Credit Amarillo Globe-News

Marvell Ervin White is remembered in Amarillo as a community organizer and community activist.

Among her most notable accomplishments include organizing for a community center in Amarillo's North Heights district. White was honored as co-founder of the Amarillo United Citizens Forum, which saw the Cultural Center built in the early 1990's.

Read more
Texas Panhandle
8:00 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Amarillo has a new—and Official—City Logo

The new City of Amarillo logo designed by Mitchell Tyler
Credit amarillo.com

The city of Amarillo unveiled their new logo this week.  The logo was approved by the city council, and designed by Tyler Mitchell according to a recent article in the Amarillo Globe-News.

Read more
Texas Panhandle
8:00 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

New United Supermarket Location Brings 250 Jobs to Amarillo

Credit amarillo.com

The United Supermarket location on South Soncy Road will bring about 250 new jobs to Amarillo according to the Amarillo Globe-News.  The supermarket will be hosting a job fair from Jan. 27 through Feb. 7 at Redeemer Christian Church located at 3701 South Soncy Road.

Read more
Transportation
8:00 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Will Southwest Airlines Continue to Stop in Amarillo?

Credit visitamarillotx.com

The Wright Amendment expired in October, meaning that Southwest Airlines doesn’t have to make stops in cities like Amarillo.  The airline can fly non-stop from destinations to hubs anywhere in the United States.

Read more
Amarillo City Government
8:00 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Consultant Recommends Parking Meters and Garage for Downtown Amarillo

Credit commons.wikimedia.org

Downtown Amarillo revitalization leaders recently heard consultant recommendations for parking reported The Amarillo Globe-News.

Read more
5:34 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Amarillo Logo Contest Round Two

Lead in text: 
See the top entries and vote for your favorite!
Judging by the number of submissions, contestants in the Amarillo logo competition were delighted to throw their hats in the ring to help alleviate the city's mishap.The general public was even more willing to help decide which design ultimately will represent the city.
Religion
8:00 pm
Sun November 17, 2013

Happy 125th Birthday Polk Street United Methodist Church

Credit sherrysharp.com

The years have not been easy for Polk Street United Methodist Church, but facing challenges within the church and in Amarillo has become the legacy of Amarillo’s oldest church according to a recent article in the Amarillo Globe-News.  

Read more
Amarillo Centennial
8:00 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

Amarillo: Let the Centennial Celebration Begin

Amarillo, Texas. 1943
Credit legendsofamerica.com

The purpose of the 1913 Amarillo City Charter was to bring order to a city that was out of money and run by Texas Rangers and Potter County according to a recent article in the Amarillo Globe-News.  The efforts worked so well, the newly amended charter is the focus of a yearlong celebration of the document’s 100th anniversary.

Read more
American Indian Heritage
8:01 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Arrow Planting for Quanah Parker Trail in Potter County Saturday

The first Comanche arrow planted on the Quanah Parker Trail, in downtown Matador, TX in August of 2011.
Credit Carol Campbell

A giant steel Comanche arrow lands at the Wildcat Bluff Nature Center west of Amarillo on Saturday morning.

The large sculpture is part of a larger project in which identical arrows have already been planted at various historical sites throughout the Texas Panhandle region. The arrows and their locations represent the historical range and serve as a physical reminder of the nomadic Comanches of the 19th century.

Read more
Federal Helium Reserve
5:52 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Amarillo facility avoids the “helium cliff”

Postcard view from the mid-20th century of the Amarillo Helium Plant operated by the US Dept. Of Interior as part of the Federal Helium Reserve.
Credit High Country News

Amarillo’s Federal Helium Reserve got a reprieve Thursday as the Senate unanimously approved a bill extending the reserve, a day after the House approved the measure, also unanimously. Without the legislation, the facility would have been forced to shut down on October 7th under older legislation.  The reserve provides 42% of the country’s helium and 35% of the world’s.

Read more
City and State Government
8:00 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Texting Rules: State Laws or City Ordinances? Amarillo Weighs In

Credit polhudson.lohudblogs.com

This year the Texas legislature did not pass a measure prohibiting texting, but Amarillo passed a city ordinance a year ago prohibiting all use of hand-held devices while driving according to the Amarillo Globe-News. 

Read more
Weather
8:00 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Amarillo: May Hailstorm Damage Total Is In

Credit spotted.amarillo.com

The hailstorm that hammered Amarillo on May 28 resulted in $500 million in insured losses according to Claims Journal.  The final figure was released recently by the Property Claim Services of the Insurance Services Office (ISO).  The ISO is responsible for tallying catastrophic weather losses across the country.

Read more
Music
8:01 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Harrington String Quartet Fundraiser Nearing Goal

Rossitza Jekova-Goza, Keith Redpath, Emmanuel Lopez and Vesselin Todorov perform at the end of the Harrington String Quartet's 2012-13 concert season.
Credit Sean Steffen/Amarillo Globe-News

A fundraising campaign to sustain the Harrington String Quartet after a major loss of funding has raised a majority of its goal.

Stringendo, a West Texas A&M University project established in April to support the Canyon, Tex. classical music quartet, has raised $25,000 of a $35,000 goal in under four months, the Amarillo Globe-News reports.

Read more
Values
8:00 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Resilient: Amarillo Botanical Gardens and High Plains People

A visitor to the Amarillo Botanical Gardens
Credit amarillobotanicalgardens.org

The Amarillo Botanical Gardens is a shining example of the pioneering spirit of the High Plains.  The hail of May 28 destroyed what late frosts did not reported the Amarillo Globe-News

Read more
Texas Panhandle
8:01 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Downtown Amarillo: New Development Project Takes Form This Fall

Downtown Amarillo Skyline
Credit www.city-data.com

Three jewels, totaling $113 million, will be added to the crown of downtown Amarillo. They are: a $69.3 million convention center hotel, $30.3 million multi-purpose event venue, and $13.4 million parking garage.  The Amarillo Globe-News reported they will be constructed in the vicinity of City Hall and the Amarillo Civic Center.

Read more
Technology
8:01 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Why is Amarillo in So Many Songs? …and Other Google Autocomplete Assertions

You may or may not agree with it, but Google has some interesting things to say about where you live.  You just have to know how to ask.

By manipulating the “autocomplete” function implemented by Google, bloggers and journalists alike recently discovered they can trick the search engine into surreptitiously suggesting what may appear to be biased or over-generalized judgments regarding various geographic locales.

Read more
More live music on the High Plains
8:01 am
Sat June 29, 2013

Upcoming Living Room Concerts Schedule

Friday, July 18  hONEyhoUSe CD Release Party @ The Fibonacci-Amarillo

Saturday, August 2 Rodney Branigan @ The Fibonacci-Amarillo

Friday, September 5 Sonwriters In The Round @ The Fibonacci- Amarillo

Saturday, September 20 Dana Hubbard- Amarillo

Thursday, September 25  Tia McGraff-Garden City

Saturday, October 25 Jon Brooks-Amarillo

10:51 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Growing Your Own Food at School

Lead in text: 
Elementary students in the Texas panhandle are part of a new project teaching how to grow food with your own hands, and the nutritional value it puts into your mouth.
A joint venture between AgriLife Extension Service, Friends of Carver and Carver Elementary Academy is working to combat childhood obesity and raise food awareness.
High Plains History Episode
8:01 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Kansas Born Architect Impacts Amarillo Skyline

The White and Kirk building located at the corner of Sixth and Polk in downtown Amarillo, Texas.

A list of the movers and shakers who helped develop the city of Amarillo would have to include Guy Anton Carlander.  An architect who developed his own style by utilizing elements of design and decoration from the 1920s and 30s, his name is on the dedication plaques of many courthouses, hospitals and medical buildings, and office buildings throughout the Texas Panhandle.

HPPR
8:01 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

Volunteers at High Plains Food Bank Come in All Shapes and Sizes

Cara and Justin Young, Skip Mancini, stand with one of the weed control workers in the garden.
Credit Vincent Mancini

We'll continue our visit at the High Plains Food Bank in Amarillo by doing a walk-through of the garden with Cara Young. 

Read more