Reunions galore...

CHS Classes of '66, '67, '68, '69, '70, '71, '72

A couple of weeks ago, several groups of classmates converged on Colorado City for a big reunion. Classes met separately and as a group.

Rain, rain, don't go away...

Come again another day

Colorado City has gotten about 1.6 inches of rain since August 10th, while other parts of the county have reported much more.

Football season is here!

Wolves, Wildcats and Bulldogs start season Friday

All three high school teams in the county begin their season on the road this Friday. The Wolves travel to Albany, the Wildcats go to Borden County, while the Bulldogs play in Wellman.

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  • The Colorado City Police Department participated in a DWI initiative that was part of a TxDOT ID mobilization last year. The $3,000 grant was awarded to the CCPD for participation in the Labor Day Impaired Driving Mobilization Incentive. The initiative was held at the end of August and through the first week of September last year to help reduce drunk driving over the Labor Day weekend. Once CCPD ...
  • The school year began in earnest on Monday, and there are plenty of activities slated for the next couple of weeks. Colorado ISD students and parents should take note to be prepared for upcoming events.On Monday, August 29th, an open house is planned for Colorado Elementary School, grades pre-k through 2nd. Parents and students can visit with teachers from 5:30 to 7 p.m. that day.Pigskin Preview i...
  • Pigskin Preview, the annual introduction of Wolves and Lady Wolves athletes to the fans, will be held Monday, August 29th at Wolf Stadium.The event will start at 7:30 p.m. and include introductions of 7th, 8th, JV and varsity football players, along with volleyballers, cheerleaders, twirlers and color guard. Those attending can expect to be treated to performances by the CHS and mini cheerleaders,...
  • The county courtroom was full again on Monday, as a called meeting of the Mitchell County Commissioners’ Court was held. Ranchers from around the county attended the meeting to ask court members to keep the county trapper.Amid the stressful budget talks, commissioners had voiced the possibility of cutting the position of County Trapper. Sterling City citizen Donnie Moore currently holds the title,...

Ranchers convince court to keep trapper

ferral hotThe county courtroom was full again on Monday, as a called meeting of the Mitchell County Commissioners’ Court was held. Ranchers from around the county attended the meeting to ask court members to keep the county trapper.
Amid the stressful budget talks, commissioners had voiced the possibility of cutting the position of County Trapper. Sterling City citizen Donnie Moore currently holds the title, but court members were looking everywhere for cuts. The county pays $32,400 of the trapper’s salary, with the rest coming from the state.
Some of the ranchers attending included Wes Glass, Howard Morrison, Josh Gaines, Steve White, Lee Roy Miller, Coty Strain and Baylor Walker.
Glass began by saying he thinks having a County Trapper is important. Most people think of coyote and hogs as the only animals hunted by the trapper, but Glass said there are a variety of uses, such as controlling grackles at the municipal airport.
Of course, the biggest threat to farmers and ranchers right now is feral hogs. Glass said that wild hogs carry a disease called swine brucellosis. The disease can be transferred to both cattle and humans.
“It can shut down whole ranches,” he said.
Glass also reminded the court of the terrible wreck experienced by Swann’s driver Wendy Palmer a few years ago. Palmer was seriously injured after hitting a group of hogs between Colorado City and San Angelo.
“That could have been a school bus full of kids,” he said.
Gaines presented statistics for the court from 2008 to July 2016. In that period of time, Moore has managed to eliminate 1,366 coyotes and 2,070 feral hogs. In 2015, he killed 14 bobcats, 632 hogs and 149 coyotes, all livestock predators. Ranchers maintain that the trapping or killing of these predators has allowed for a sharp rise in the deer population and has held down the number of livestock killed by them.
Moore was in attendance, and he said that he has killed 120 hogs on the Thompson Ranch, 80 to 90 on the Spade, and about 170 on a place known as Chalk. He takes part in helicopter hunts, and on the last one, there were 1,500 feral hogs killed in three days in Nolan, Mitchell and Howard counties.
Commissioner Jeremy Strain said that he would like to see the county keep a trapper. “There’s a lot of tax money represented here,” he said.
Commissioner Jesse Muñoz agreed, and the board voted unanimously to add the trapper’s salary back into the budget.
A discussion ensued about where those funds would come from. Bill Preston expressed his opinion. “Are we gonna’ change the tax rate for this?” he asked. The answer was that the funds needed to pay the $32,400 would come from reserves. Preston went on to say what he thinks.
Preston said that one cent of the tax rate pays for about one cycle of payroll, which means that 26 cents of the tax rate covers all the payroll cycles for the year. He said that six cents of the tax rate goes to pay for the bond to build the new jail. That accounts for half of the county’s proposed rate of 64 cents.
“That only leaves 32 cents for all the rest of the county services,” Preston said. “I advocated for the effective rate. Every time we go below the effective tax rate, we’re moving backwards. That’s my feelings and I’m not ashamed of it.”
In other business, archive fees were approved, a presentation was made by Lynette Rich, and a bid was approved for the construction of two evaporation ponds for the desalination plant.

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