Lifelong Hereford resident Bub Sparks was named Hereford’s 50th Father of the Year by KPAN Radio. Mr. Sparks and his wife Georgia raised four sons in Hereford, and he worked for 45 years at Consumer’s Fuel Co-op; since his retirement he has worked part-time at his son Terry’s business in Hereford. KPAN received eight nominating letters on his behalf. Chip Formby of KPAN presented Mr. Sparks the award Father's Day weekend.……..At age 89, Bub Sparks is the oldest active deacon in First Baptist Church. He served in the US Navy in the Pacific in World War II. Mr. Sparks received gift certificates from Moovies 6, Hereford Cattlewomen, Pickup Corner, Parson’s Steakhouse and Purcella’s Western Allee, and an engraved plaque from Texas Threads.
F-0 tornado near Summerfield June 12, 2015. The twister prompted a tornado warning at 3:21pm. Photo courtesy of Nicholas Massey.
Wall cloudy of the severe thunderstorm near Cattletown Feedyards west of Summerfield June 12, which also produced 1-inch hail and heavy rain. Photo courtesy of Cody Powell.
Brad Land and Josie Nava of the KPAN Krew congratulate Jennifer Brumley, Hereford's Mother of the Year for 2015. She was nominated by family and friends to recognize her strength in facing a tragic highway mishap 16 months ago that critically injured her husband and two children. KPAN received 58 letters on behalf of 11 nominees for the 54th annual award. Jennifer was presented gifts from Purcella's Western Allee, United Amigos, Parson's Steakhouse, Sherry's Hallmark, and Moovies 6, an engraved plaque from Texas Threads and a spring bouquet from Terry's Floral and Designs.
Two huge wind energy projects are producing power and selling electricity into the ERCOT grid of Texas. Several other utility-scale wind projects are on the table for Deaf Smith County.
Electric generation began in December, 2014 at Hereford Wind LLC, a 200-megawatt wind park owned by EDF and BlackRock Infrastructure. At a 48% capacity factor, the Hereford-EDF project produces 759,000 megawatt hours yearly. The project covers 15,000 acres of farm and ranchland, and consists of 50 2.0MW Vestas turbines and 54 1.85MW GE turbines. Total investment in the project is estimated at $340 million. EDF also operated several other wind parks in the region, including the Spinning Spur installations in Oldham County.
Power is also being produced at the 300-megawatt wind project named Jumbo Road in northern Castro County, which is owned by Mid-American Renewables; it borders the south edge of the EDF-Hereford wind park. The project has a long-term contract to supply energy to the city of Austin. There are now 250 wind turbines that stretch from the site of the old La Posta along the Castro-Deaf Smith County line to west of Buffalo Lake.
Lincoln Renewable Energy of Chicago was instrumental in developing both the Hereford Wind and Jumbo Road wind parks. Both of the projects connect to the grid through the Sharyland CREZ substation on FM 1259 southeast of Hereford.
Three other projects are currently on the table, with some site work and tax abatement discussions underway. Unity Wind LLC plans a 240MW project north of Dawn; that project also has 100MW of solar energy proposed for phase 2. Fremantle Energy proposes a project near Wildorado called Canadian Breaks LLC, with 29MW installed in Deaf Smith County; the company also plans to construct another substation in northeastern Deaf Smith County. The third is Broadview Energy LLC, which plans a 297-megawatt wind park that would straddle the New Mexico border and locate 40 wind turbines in southwestern Deaf Smith County.
The first phase of the Mariah project is in process in Parmer County, being developed by Scatec of Norway and Scandia Wind Southwest of Bovina; the first 2 phases of the project would total 800 megawatts.
Power produced by the projects are collected by Sharyland Utilities and transmitted by CREZ lines. The CREZ project interconnects Sharyland wind energy collection substations near Silverton, Nazareth, Hereford and White Deer to the ERCOT grid downstate. Other companies developing wind projects to interconnect through the Deaf Smith Sharyland substation include Tri-Global, EURUS, Chermac-Happy, and E.ON.
Classes are in session at the $7 million Amarillo College Hinkson campus on West Fifteenth Street. Besides core college curriculum classrooms, the campus includes technical labs for training in trucking, industrial maintenance and renewable energy-wind.
Margaret Formby Memorial Collection -- A project of Deaf Smith Friends of the Library, readers are able to view over 300 very early editions of the Hereford Brand newspaper. Click here to learn about and view the collection online.
To see photos of the KPAN wind build, click here.
To read the July 2008 Radio article, click here.
To read the February 2009 Radio magazine article, click here.
As of January 1, 2012, the KPAN Skystream has prevented the release of 10,243 pounds of CO2, compared to energy from coal.
Welcome to an on-line visit to the Texas Panhandle, where the people are genuine, the ground meets the sky in an unbroken line and they call the wind Mariah.....Carey. Or on some days there are other names for the wind. Where cows outnumber people 10 to 1. Where malcontents and ne'er-do-wells are still allowed daily access to loaded sidearms and live microphones. Where you can still be home on the range. Where the land is flat and the deck is stacked and the ladies.....are angels. Where money talks and men are real men and the livestock are.....real nervous.
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