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Tue
22
Jul

2019: Big Lake – Population 17,262

The City of Big Lake could reach a population of 17,262 by the end of the decade according to a report produced by the engineering firm Enprotec / Hibbs & Todd, Inc. The report was presented  to the Big Lake City Council
last week during a budget workshop 
 
Tue
22
Jul

Ybarra retiring at 91

Inez Ybarra has lovingly  cared for the Ozona United Methodist Church as it's custodian and grounds keeper for over 40 years. Pastors and members have come and gone through the years, but E.Z. has always been there.
This summer, at the age of 91, he has decided the time has come to retire 
 
Tue
22
Jul

Texas solar farm employs lamb landscapers

The landscapers at this 45-acre solar farm northeast of downtown do not complain that they are only paid in shrubbery. After about three months on the job, the bleating crew has kept the grounds in sheep-shape. Since April, the site’s operator, OCI Solar Power, has used about 90 Barbadoscross sheep as a low-cost, low-effort solution to controlling the overgrowth that would otherwise impede the company’s technicians.
 
Tue
15
Jul

Littlejohn presents pipeline proposal

A group from the Val Verde Water Company gave a presentation to the Crockett County Commissioners’ Court Monday about building a pipeline from lower Val Verde County to Jal, N.M. that will cross through Crockett
County for hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, for oilfield companies. The group is looking to form the West Texas Regional Transportation Authority, which would include Irion,  Reagan, Crockett, Loving and Martin counties, the City of Pecos, Barnhart, Big Lake, Lenorah and Stanton Water Supply Companies. 
 
 
Tue
15
Jul

Splashing the day away

YSABELLA ESPARZA splashes away her summer day at the Crockett County Swimming Pool. The pool is a great way to cool off on hot days.

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Tue
15
Jul

Progress made on county hydro-stratigraphic study

Hydrogeologist Allan Standen presented a report on the status of the hydrostratigraphic research being  done on Crockett County. The presentation took place on Monday, July 7, at the Ozona Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center, where Standen displayed a series of information through two-dimensional  models of the earth beneath the county and colorcoded maps 
 
Tue
08
Jul

Ozona wells recharge quickly

Doug Meador is continually amazed at the groundwater wells that furnish drinking water to residents in Ozona. Despite the drought, he can always count on the wells’ quick recharge. “The wells have a fast recharge,” he said. “We can let up on the pumping and we’ll see them come back up within five minutes.” 
 
Tue
08
Jul

Fourth of July events

The 4th of July Festival at the Square turned out to be big success. We had over 10 different types of food and game booths along with some good music by DJ TKO “ Johnny Tambunga” throughout the afternoon. Cico and Frankie Moran chaired the washer pitching contest and we had 11 teams in the contest. The washer pitching winners were Cico and Frankie Moran  
 
 
Tue
08
Jul

Rainwater harvesting ‘soaking in’ as water conservation

After a long dry period, many parts of the state have finally received some badly needed  rain, and those with rainwater harvesting systems have been reaping the rewards of this belated gift from Mother Nature, said Texas A&M AgriLife water resources experts.
 
Tue
01
Jul

Independence Day Safety

There are many ways to celebrate the Fourth of July, and while sitting by the campfire, grilling  a favorite dish, or using fireworks are common activities – they could spark a wildfire. According to Texas A&M Forest Service Prevention Specialist Jan Amen, 90 percent of wildfires are started by humans, so it is imperative to be mindful of the  risk of starting a fire – even with recent rainfall
 

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