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May 26, 1988 | CHARLES HILLINGER, Times Staff Writer
Rancher Charley Neely 36, and his wife, Janet, 27, trudged through the bone-dry dusty ranchland in the early morning hours and late afternoon setting fire to acres of prickly pear cactus, burning thousands of spiny thorns off each plant. Each carries an over-the-shoulder tank weighing 50 pounds, filled with 3 1/2 gallons of butane. Connected to the tank is a small hose linked to a four-foot-long tube capped with coil inside a metal bonnet.
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September 2, 2009 | Associated Press
Josh Hamilton broke out of his extended power drought with two home runs and Brandon McCarthy pitched into the seventh inning of his first start in nearly three months, leading the Texas Rangers past the Toronto Blue Jays, 5-2, Tuesday night for a doubleheader sweep. Ian Kinsler hit his seventh leadoff home run of the season in the opener, another 5-2 Texas victory. -- associated press
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June 20, 1998 | From Associated Press
The fields are so parched they're catching fire. Cornfields are yellowing. Soil is turning to dust, casting a pall over highways. Coyotes and opossums are showing up around homes, looking for water from hoses and pets' water dishes. The second drought to hit Texas in three years is leaving farmers in dire straits and taxing the Lone Star State's economy. Texas is projecting agricultural losses of $517 million this year and an overall economic loss of $1.7 billion for the state.
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September 25, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
After almost three months, it finally rained in North Texas. One minute before midnight Saturday, enough precipitation fell in a rain gauge at the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport to register 1/100th of an inch--the only measurable rainfall the official rain gauge had seen since June 30. Those few drops, and the showers that followed, officially ended North Texas' record dry spell.
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September 25, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
After almost three months, it finally rained in North Texas. One minute before midnight Saturday, enough precipitation fell in a rain gauge at the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport to register 1/100th of an inch--the only measurable rainfall the official rain gauge had seen since June 30. Those few drops, and the showers that followed, officially ended North Texas' record dry spell.
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August 31, 1996 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A blistering drought has ended in a flurry of heavy rain and flash flood warnings all across Texas, meteorologists said. In many parts of the state, rain has fallen steadily since last week, when remnants of Hurricane Dolly spun through. Some areas have had nearly a foot of rain, bringing smiles to the faces of farmers and ranchers. "Many of our producers are a lot more optimistic than they were a month ago," Texas Agriculture Department spokesman Gene Acuna said.
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August 30, 2000 | From Associated Press
Gazing across a field of shrunken watermelons on withered vines, Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman promised federal aid to four more counties in drought-stricken North Texas on Tuesday. Glickman's visit marked the 60th consecutive day without measurable rainfall in North Texas, where crops are parched and reservoirs are drying up. The record before this year was 58 days, set in 1934 and 1950. "These folks are really hurting," he said.
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July 21, 1998 | LIANNE HART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Border Patrol agents, who normally block illegal immigrants from entering the U.S., lately have become their rescuers, searching out and reviving scores battered by the unrelenting heat wave in the Southwest. The number of illegal immigrants dead in Texas from heat-related causes reached 43 on Monday. The toll is sure to rise. "Every summer, we're on alert," said Border Patrol spokeswoman Paty Mancha.
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August 5, 1998 | From Times Wire Services
Showers and thunderstorms rolled through north Texas on Tuesday, lowering the temperature to 94 degrees and snapping the 29-day streak of triple-digit heat that has plagued the region. "It feels like springtime," said one resident, Jay Eagle. The rash of storms that blew through the region late Monday stuck around another day, ending the area's second-longest heat streak. During the infamous summer of 1980, there were 42 consecutive days of 100-degree heat.
NEWS
August 29, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
With not even a hint of rain to settle the dust, North Texas went into its 59th day without moisture--longer than the record-setting dry spell during the Dust Bowl days of the Depression. Lawns in Dallas-Fort Worth and beyond are burned, farmers and ranchers have lost an estimated $595 million and reservoirs are shrinking fast, even though rainfall for the year is close to normal. And the forecast doesn't hold a hint of a sprinkle, let alone a good gully washer.
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August 30, 2000 | From Associated Press
Gazing across a field of shrunken watermelons on withered vines, Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman promised federal aid to four more counties in drought-stricken North Texas on Tuesday. Glickman's visit marked the 60th consecutive day without measurable rainfall in North Texas, where crops are parched and reservoirs are drying up. The record before this year was 58 days, set in 1934 and 1950. "These folks are really hurting," he said.
NEWS
August 29, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
With not even a hint of rain to settle the dust, North Texas went into its 59th day without moisture--longer than the record-setting dry spell during the Dust Bowl days of the Depression. Lawns in Dallas-Fort Worth and beyond are burned, farmers and ranchers have lost an estimated $595 million and reservoirs are shrinking fast, even though rainfall for the year is close to normal. And the forecast doesn't hold a hint of a sprinkle, let alone a good gully washer.
NEWS
August 5, 1998 | From Times Wire Services
Showers and thunderstorms rolled through north Texas on Tuesday, lowering the temperature to 94 degrees and snapping the 29-day streak of triple-digit heat that has plagued the region. "It feels like springtime," said one resident, Jay Eagle. The rash of storms that blew through the region late Monday stuck around another day, ending the area's second-longest heat streak. During the infamous summer of 1980, there were 42 consecutive days of 100-degree heat.
NEWS
July 21, 1998 | LIANNE HART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Border Patrol agents, who normally block illegal immigrants from entering the U.S., lately have become their rescuers, searching out and reviving scores battered by the unrelenting heat wave in the Southwest. The number of illegal immigrants dead in Texas from heat-related causes reached 43 on Monday. The toll is sure to rise. "Every summer, we're on alert," said Border Patrol spokeswoman Paty Mancha.
NEWS
June 20, 1998 | From Associated Press
The fields are so parched they're catching fire. Cornfields are yellowing. Soil is turning to dust, casting a pall over highways. Coyotes and opossums are showing up around homes, looking for water from hoses and pets' water dishes. The second drought to hit Texas in three years is leaving farmers in dire straits and taxing the Lone Star State's economy. Texas is projecting agricultural losses of $517 million this year and an overall economic loss of $1.7 billion for the state.
NEWS
August 31, 1996 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A blistering drought has ended in a flurry of heavy rain and flash flood warnings all across Texas, meteorologists said. In many parts of the state, rain has fallen steadily since last week, when remnants of Hurricane Dolly spun through. Some areas have had nearly a foot of rain, bringing smiles to the faces of farmers and ranchers. "Many of our producers are a lot more optimistic than they were a month ago," Texas Agriculture Department spokesman Gene Acuna said.
BUSINESS
May 24, 1996 | EDUARDO MONTES, ASSOCIATED PRESS
When the weather cooperates with a little water, Tom Beard's ranch is as good as any cattle country in Texas, its fertile range land readily capable of sustaining a foraging herd. "If it doesn't rain, it's a lot of rocks and dirt," Beard said. Lately, to his dismay, he has seen much more of the latter. A far-reaching drought has been gradually drying up many Texas ranches, forcing cattlemen to buy expensive feed or scour their depleted lands for patches of vegetation to nourish their livestock.
SPORTS
September 2, 2009 | Associated Press
Josh Hamilton broke out of his extended power drought with two home runs and Brandon McCarthy pitched into the seventh inning of his first start in nearly three months, leading the Texas Rangers past the Toronto Blue Jays, 5-2, Tuesday night for a doubleheader sweep. Ian Kinsler hit his seventh leadoff home run of the season in the opener, another 5-2 Texas victory. -- associated press
BUSINESS
May 24, 1996 | EDUARDO MONTES, ASSOCIATED PRESS
When the weather cooperates with a little water, Tom Beard's ranch is as good as any cattle country in Texas, its fertile range land readily capable of sustaining a foraging herd. "If it doesn't rain, it's a lot of rocks and dirt," Beard said. Lately, to his dismay, he has seen much more of the latter. A far-reaching drought has been gradually drying up many Texas ranches, forcing cattlemen to buy expensive feed or scour their depleted lands for patches of vegetation to nourish their livestock.
NEWS
June 4, 1995 | ROBERT BRYCE, THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR
Texas farmers, river rafters and environmentalists are frothing over a Rio Grande water shortage caused by Mexican farmers upstream siphoning off the scarce resource. Thousands of farmers in northern Mexico are struggling through a three-year drought that has killed 300,000 cattle and withered nearly a million acres of crops. The Mexican government says it needs the water to prevent further devastation. But critics on both sides of the border say Mexico's problems spring from poor planning.
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