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Pick A Shovel
Thursday, January 29, 2015
Soft drinks weren’t the only thing available in small, medium and large sizes in Muleshoe this past week, as area residents, businesses and even the city itself found it necessary to dig out from under four inches of snow and ice with shovels and blades of various sizes.

by Larry Thornton)

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Minsa Plant Hit With OSHA Fines
Thursday, January 29, 2015
Minsa Corporation’s corn flour mill, located southeast of Muleshoe on Hwy. 84, was cited for numerous health and safety violations this past week, according to information received from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

While OSHA noted 33 violations in its report — all of which appeared to be related to an inspection during July 2014 — the agency also assessed fines ranging from $3,600 to $6,300 per incident and totaling $151,200.

Attempts to contact a representative of Minsa for comment were unsuccessful.

According to the individual citations, the safety violations included blocked safety exits, faulty electrical equipment, and the hazardous accumulation of flour dust, along with insufficient or inappropriate efforts to remove that dust.

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Hospital District Continues Toward Lease Agreement
Thursday, January 29, 2015
Employees at the Muleshoe Area Medical Center will begin the process of applying for a position with Preferred Medical, Inc., beginning Feb. 10, according to the hospital’s interim administrator.

Although the hospital district has yet to sign a lease agreement with the Oklahoma-based company, the voiced opinions from its board of directors — as well as from company representatives, indicate it is only a matter of time before such official action is taken, and Interim Administrator Jerry Howell indicated several steps needed to be completed to insure a smooth transition.

At Thursday’s regular meeting it was noted that a special meeting to either approve or disapprove the lease agreement is tentatively being set for Feb. 5., at noon.

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General Election Filings Are Open
Thursday, January 29, 2015
In the coming weeks the City of Muleshoe, the Muleshoe Independent School District and the Muleshoe Area Hospital District will be ordering their general elections.

Election Day is Saturday, May 9, and all voting will take place at Muleshoe City Hall.

The City of Muleshoe will elect mayor in the general Election. The City will also hold two special elections — reauthorizing the street maintenance sales tax election and a charter amendment election.

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Ladies Improve Season
Thursday, January 29, 2015
The Lady Mules improved to 2-3 in district this past week by defeating the Friona Squaws and Tulia Hornets.

The Squaws struggled to score against the Lady Mule defense in the first three periods.

The Lady Mules held the Squaws scoreless in the first period and led 12-0 and continued to add to the lead in the second half.

The Lady Mules defeated Friona 43-24.

Tulia did not fair any better and the Lady Mules led 11-1 after the first period. The Lady Mules turned up the heat in the second period and poured in 19 points while allowing the Hornets five.

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Mules Fall To Friona, But Dominate Tulia
Thursday, January 29, 2015
Dagen Dunham dominated the paint in Friona Tuesday night against the Chieftains, but it was not enough.

Friona rained 10 treys on the Mules to win the game 60-52.

But the Mules bounced back Friday night to improve their district record to 2-1.

The Mules defeated Tulia 56-26.

(Mule Danny Campos shoots in game against Tulia. Photograph by Gabby Perez)

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JV Ladies Have A ‘Big Week’
Thursday, January 29, 2015
The JV Lady Mules had a big week and defeated both the Friona Squaws and Tulia Lady Hornets.

Tuesday the Lady Mules traveled to Friona and jumped on the Squaws early. Full court pressure helped the Lady Mules to come home with a 36-12 win.

Friday the Lady Mules were not very gracious hosts as they swatted the Lady Hornets 49-13.

“It was two nice wins for us,” said Lady Mule coach Edie Niblett.

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JV Mules Defeat Friona, 40-37
Thursday, January 29, 2015
Jesse Leal helped fuel a 9-2 JV Mule scoring run in the opening quarter at Friona Tuesday night.

Leal opened the game with a driving lay up.

Later he added a free throw and a second hoop for five points.

The Mules held off Friona in the final period for a 40-37 win.

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Bailey County Junior Livestock Show Results Released
Thursday, January 29, 2015
The results of the 2015 Bailey County Junior Livestock Show, held Jan. 23-24 at the Bailey County Coliseum, are as follow:

Beef Show

Dagen Dunham 204 ABC Breed Champion; Shelby McCamish 204 ABC Reserve Breed Champion; Marki Stearmer 204 ABC 3.

Beef Heifer

Joe Waggoner 201 Beef Heifer Breed Champion; Kinley Coker 201 Beef Heifer Reserve Breed Champion; Kinley Coker 201 Beef Heifer 3; Shelby McCamish 201 Beef Heifer 4.


Ashton Hunt 202 British Breed Champion; Rowdy Ramage 203 British Reserve Breed Champion; Conner Harrison 202 British 2; Shelby McCamish 203 British 2; Dagen Dunham 202 British 3; Braden Bessire 203 British 3.


Rowdy Ramage 207 Exotic 1; Conner Harrison 206 Exotic Grand Champion; Haley Hunt 205 Exotic Reserve Grand Champion; Braden Bessire 205 Exotic 2; Rowdy Ramage 206 Exotic 2; Kinley Coker 207 Exotic 2; Tony Castillo 205 Exotic 3; Conner Harrison 206 Exotic 3.
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