Seminole Sentinel (Seminole, Tex.), Vol. 104, No. 93, Ed. 1 Wednesday, August 21, 2013 Page: 1 of 12
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The News Leader of Seminole and Gaines County Since 1907 ”
12 Pages, 2 Sections, 2 Inserts Wednesday, August 21,2013 Volume 104, Issue No. 093 750
Seminole SHD Flirting with
Rollback Tax Rate to Fund
See Page 6B
DPS to Boost
Labor Day Patrols
AUSTIN - Tlie Texas Department of
Public Safety (DPS) will increase DWI
patrol s through September 9, which in-
cludes the Labor Day holiday weekend,
according to a press release issued by the
law enforcement agency on Monday
DPS troopers will focus DWI patrols
in high-risk locations at times when
alcohol-related crashes are most frequent.
The enhanced patrols that target impaired
drivers are funded through a grant from
the Texas Department of Transportation
‘‘Keeping Texas roadways safe for all
travelers is a vital concern for DPS, and
these increased patrols are designed to
save lives by getting intoxicated drivers
off the road,” said DPS Director Steven
McCraw. “The Department urges drivers
to mark the Labor Day holiday responsi-
bly by utilizing safe driving practices and
not drinking and driving.”
During the Labor Day enforcement
effort last year, DPS troopers made
1,879 DWI arrests, and approximately
503 of those were the direct result of the
increased patrols. Last year during this
same time period, DPS enforcement also
resulted in 24,779 speeding citations,
3,890 seat belt/child safety seat citations
and 4,062 no insurance tickets. In addi-
tion, troopers made 1,238 fugitive anests,
895 felony anests and 889 drug anests
during routine patrol operations.
Mainly sunny. High 93F. Winds
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Mostly sunny. Highs in the low 90s
and lows in the mid 60s.
Partly cloudy. Highs in the mid 80s
and lows in the mid 60s.
Partly cloudy with a stray thunder-
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Townhall to Update Public on Plans
Public Invited to Thursday PM
Meeting at Ambassador Room
Members of the Seminole Hospital Districts Board of Directors will be
giving the Seminole community an update on their $48.5 million bond
venture, in a Thursday evening townhall meeting.
The meeting, scheduled for a 6 p.m. start, is open to the general public
and will be held at the City of Semi-
nole's Ambassador Room (former
Seminole City Hall), located at 101
E. Ave. A.
SHD officials and design/construc-
tion officials associated with the project
will be on hand for Thursdays meet- WWW.seminolesentinel.com
ing to discuss current happenings with
the project and recent project design changes.
Earlier this month, SHD Board Directors approved of the issuance
of "Texas General Obligation Bonds, Series 2013A," valued at $41.97
million, and the issuance of 'Texas General Obligations Bonds, Taxable
This story was initially
at 8:48 a.m., at
See TOWNHALL, Page 6A
Seminole Hospital DistrictflVicKinstry/ParWiill, Smith and Cooper graphic
PROPOSED FRONT ENTRANCE
Above is an architectural rendering of the proposed front entrance of the Memorial Hospital campus following work associated with the
Seminole Hospital District's $48.5 million bond expansion/renovation project. The Seminole community is invited to a Thursday evening
townhall meeting, where an update on the project plans will be given by SHD officials.
Sentinel Photo/Dustin Wright
Seminole head football coach Chris Burtch (left) and several of the Seminole Indian varsity football team celebrate a defensive stop during last Friday's pre-season scrimmage against
Pecos at Wigwam Stadium. The Indians will host Class 2A Littlefield in a Thursday evening scrimmage at Wigwam Stadium. Play will begin at 5 p.m. with freshman action.
Lizard Court Motion Filed by Comptroller
Combs Seeks to Intervene in Recent Endangered Species Lawsuit
AUSTIN - As part of hercontinu- According to a press release is- for Biological Diversity could have
ing effort to help Texas strike an sued by the Texas Comptroller's damaging effects on private property
appropriate balance between envi- Office late last week, the suit asks owners, oil and gas producers and
ronmental protection and economic the federal agency to reconsider its agriculture producers, as well as the
growth, Texas Comptroller Susan recent decision to not list the dunes broader state economy.
Combs filed a motion to intervene sagebrush lizard (DSL) asanendan- Combs’ motion, if accepted, will
in a lawsuit filed by environmental gered species. ensure that no ruling is made with-
groups against the U.S. Fish and If successful, the lawsuit filed by out input from those who would
Wildlife Service (FWS). Defenders of Wildlife and the Center be directly affected by a DSL listing
Dunes Sagebrush Lizard
under the Endangered Species Act
“Organizations such as Defenders
of Wildlife and the Center for Biologi-
cal Diversity file lawsuits that can be
veiy problematic for landowners and
local economies, ” Combs said in the
press release. “By filing this motion, I
am working to protect vital industries
in the Permian Basin and ensure that
the stakeholders have a place at the
table in any negotiations.”
The dunes sagebrush lizard’s
range includes parts of the Permian
Basin, a region that accounts for
57 percent of Texas’ total cmde oil
production and supports 47,000 oil
and gas-related jobs, according to
the Railroad Commission of Texas.
And for every job in oil and gas, three
additional jobs are created across
A small sliver of the Dunes Sage-
brush Lizard's habitat is located in
southwestern Gaines County, ac-
cording to a recent study conducted
by Texas A&M wildlife officials.
Comptroller Combs is presiding
See LIZARD, Page 4B
By Dustin Wright
Sentinel Managing Editor
Gaines County Commissioners
adopted their 2014 fiscal year bud-
get, valued at just over $24.3 million,
following a special public hearing
held Monday morning.
The financial budget, unanimously
passed by Gaines County Commis-
sioners, will take affect on Oct 1 of
this year - the official start of the fiscal
calender year for Gaines County.
To fund the budget, Gaines
County leaders are proposing a
36.11002-cent per $100 valuation
total tax rate for the 2014 fiscal year,
which is a5.7481-cent increase from
the 2013 current year total tax rate
of 30.3621-cents per $100 valua-
The increased rate falls just short of
entity's rollback rate of36.2391-cent
per $100 valuation. The increase
rate also comes two-fold, as Gaines
County property valuations fell from
$6.9 million to $6.2 million for the
See COUNTY, Page 7A
By Dustin Wright
Sentinel Manging Editor
Just over 89-percent of Gaines
County's anticipated revenues for
the 2014 fiscal year are expected to
be received from ad valorem taxes
generated from mineral values, ac-
cording to projected tax collection
figures obtained by the Seminole
Sentinel on Monday morning.
Gaines County officials, for the
FY 2014 budget process, have
proposed a 36.1102-cent per $100
valuation total tax rate to fund their
roughly $24 million budget
County Commissioners adopted
their proposed budget, which will
See TAX RATE, Page 1B
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Wright, Dustin. Seminole Sentinel (Seminole, Tex.), Vol. 104, No. 93, Ed. 1 Wednesday, August 21, 2013, newspaper, August 21, 2013; Seminole, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth787440/m1/1/: accessed November 18, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Gaines County Library.