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December 7, 2021
 
 
 
 
 
 
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LPD identifies victim in deadly morning crash, 2 others injured
 

LUBBOCK, Texas– On Monday, the Lubbock Police Department identified the victim in a deadly two-vehicle crash that occurred at the intersection of the Marsha Sharp Freeway and Interstate 27 access roads.

According to police, a Ford Fusion, driven by Destiny Okoronkwo, 19, was driving westbound on the freeway access road. Then, a Chrysler 200, driven by Karlonte Jackson, 27, was driving northbound on the I-27 access road. Police said both vehicle collided at the intersection

Okoronkwo was pronounced dead on the scene. Jackson and a passenger in the Chrysler suffered minor injuries, according to police.

The crash remained under investigation Monday.

 
     
 
Billionaire donates 98% of funds for Gov. Greg Abbott’s Texas border wall
 

EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – An out-of-state billionaire has donated almost 98% of the money collected for Governor Greg Abbott’s U.S. – Mexico border wall being built in Texas.

$54 million dollars has been raised so far and according to public records, billionaire Timothy Mellon has donated $53.1 million of those dollars in stock. Mellon is the grandson of a banking tycoon. The 79-year-old lives in Wyoming his grandfather is the former U.S. Treasury Secretary Andrew Mellon.

In addition to the border wall fund, Governor Abbott has allocated nearly $3 billion dollars for border security and has deployed 10,000 Texas National Guard and DPS troopers. They are stationed the southern border as part of operation Lonestar.

 
     
 
Chad Read’s mother, children file lawsuit against Kyle Carruth
 

LUBBOCK, Texas — Jinx Read, the mother of Chad Read, as well as his three children, filed a lawsuit Monday against Kyle Carruth and his businesses. Carruth shot and killed Read in November over a child custody dispute.

According to court records, Carruth is accused of negligence for several things, including using deadly force when not justified, discharging a firearm “merely to threaten an individual,” failing to call authorities and failing to render aid.

Court records said Jinx Read and Chad’s children have “suffered mental and emotional anguish, including mental and emotional pain, torment and suffering, ultimately resulting from the death of a loving father and son and will continue to suffer such in the future.”

The lawsuit is seeking punitive damages.

Carruth has never been named by police or prosecutors as the shooter. However, his name has been used in civil filings several times.

As of December 6, no criminal charges had been filed against Carruth or anyone else concerning the shooting.

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Wilson farmers honor the loss of one of their own
 

LUBBOCK, Texas — A tragic farming accident last month brought a community together for one last harvest in Wilson. 62-year-old cotton farmer James Nolte passed away November 1 after a farming accident. A month later, neighboring farmers honored his memory by volunteering to harvest Nolte’s crop.

Dozens of tractors spread across acres of land to complete James Nolte’s last cotton harvest. Nolte’s sister, Terry Thomas, said she felt overwhelmed by the community’s support.

“He’s got many friends, and all these wonderful people are here to help bring in his cotton,” Thomas said.

Born and raised in West Texas, Nolte was a beloved member of the community. Fellow farmer and a friend to Nolte Joe Patellas said Nolte was always going out of his way to help others.

“[Nolte] was friendly, and he needed help. He was there to help,” Patellas said.

Dozens of Farmers collected Nolte’s cotton to show his family just how much he meant to them. Farmers from all over the area dropped everything to work side by side to harvest Nolte’s cotton before the end of the season.

Nolte’s dear friend and fellow farmer Craig Wilke said was here to honor his friend the way farmers do through lending a helping hand.

“He was a good man. He’s gonna be definitely missed…” Wilke said. “I actually finished yesterday, but if I had a cotton field, I still would have come over. I would have dropped it to come over pull this.”

Nolte’s cousin Rachyl Kitten said it reflects who her cousin was and the community he was a part of.

“It just goes to show how close-knit the agricultural community is,” Kitten said. “These other farmers show up, and they may still have cotton out in the field, but they take time out of their day and use their equipment to show how important James was and how big of a person he was.”

 
     
 
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Abbott, Burrows hope to create new $1B endowment for Tech
 

LUBBOCK, Texas — Gov. Greg Abbott and Rep. Dustin Burrows discussed plans to invest a billion more state dollars into Texas Tech University’s endowment next legislative session, part of their latest effort to assist the university in achieving the coveted AAU status.

“I want to provide a billion-dollar endowment to Texas Tech that will almost double the amount of endowment they have already,” Gov. Abbott told KAMC News. “That will help elevate Texas Tech to be what’s called AAU status, the top-level status of universities in the United States of America. Our goal is to get Texas Tech University to that status.”

“AAU status” refers to membership in the Association of American Universities, a prestigious group of the 64 most elite research institutions in the country. Texas is home to three AAU universities: The University of Texas, Texas A&M, and Rice University. The legislature has long sought to improve the state’s standing in the association.

“AAU is the next natural thing we should want to achieve for Texas,” Rep. Burrows said. “It is embarrassing that we are not putting the resources necessary to do that. Over the summer, we talked about what we could do to make a splash and try to get Texas Tech to be one of those … and the idea is to put almost a billion dollars into a new endowment set up for it.”

Texas Tech’s endowment is currently valued at $1.69 billion. Another billion-dollar investment from the state would increase it by about 60 percent.

In the third special session of 2021, Rep. Burrows filed legislation to create the Texas University Fund. HJR 13 would have created a new fund for research in the Texas Tech and University of Houston systems, but it failed to gain traction in the House. Burrows said Appropriations Committee Chair Greg Bonnen supports the bill, and he is optimistic it will gain speed next session.

“There’s a lot of people talking about the fact that we need to have at least one if not two more universities part of this prestigious AAU thing,” Rep. Burrows said. “I think we’re going to see movement during the interim to study it, to look at it, and try to fund it this next cycle.”

Rep. Burrows did not offer a plan to fund this investment, but he expressed openness to using a portion of the Permanent University Fund should it be amended.

“That would be poetic justice in my mind,” he said. “My focus is on what Texas Tech needs–not what other universities may have. Wherever it comes from, that’s what is most important. But obviously, if we could get it from the Permanent University Fund and The University of Texas, I would love that. Especially after the debacle of them leaving the Big XII this summer.”

 
     
 
LAS says 112 long-stay dogs will have adoption fees waived this month
 

LUBBOCK, Texas — Usually, Lubbock Animal Services completes around 600 intakes each month, but the shelter said Monday that this month, it had seen a decrease of nearly 200 intakes.

“Our intakes always slow down during the winter months,” said Megan Schroll, the assistant director for Lubbock Animal Services.

With people traveling for the holidays, a ban on trapping during inclement weather, and more people providing shelter to animals they find on the streets, LAS said it has focused on finding homes for the animals that are already in the shelter.

LAS said Monday it would waive adoption fees for 112 long-stay dogs this December.

“They come spay/neutered, microchipped and vaccinated. So, it’s a really good deal, and we want these dogs to get out as soon as possible,” Schroll told KLBK News.

Three of the long-stay pups have been in the shelter for nearly six months: Destiny, Vaca and Dupree.

“Destiny came in as an owner surrender. She came from a home where they’ve had her for a long time, and unfortunately, her owner had to go to a women’s home and get out of a domestic abuse relationship,” Schroll explained. “She’s a really good dog– like she’s house trained. She knows commands…”

LAS said it found Vaca and Dupree on the streets and described 5-year-old Vaca as a “sweetheart.” Schroll said she walks well on a leash.

“She loves going outside for playgroups and sunbathing, and she’s really easygoing,” LAS described, adding she is “laid back.”

Dupree is 2 years old and full of energy.

“He’s extremely happy all the time,” Schroll added.

LAS said it usually sees a decrease in happiness the longer dogs are in the shelter, but Destiny, Vaca and Dupree seem to be thriving in its care.

As sad as it can be for the staff to say goodbye to the dogs, the shelter said it’s always better to see them go to their “furever” homes.

If you can’t adopt but want to give back, LAS is hosting a homeless drive through December 20. It is collecting donations for homeless people and their furry pals. Donations will be passed out before Christmas

Schroll said, “We go around the city and find homeless people to give these donations to, and it’s always a successful event. I think this is the fourth year that we’ve done it.”

The shelter said it would also accept anything that might be helpful to homeless people and their best friends, like blankets, clothing and food.

 
     
 
National Ranching Heritage Center to host 43rd annual ‘Candlelight at the Ranch’
 

LUBBOCK, Texas — The National Ranching Heritage Center will host their 43rd annual Candlelight at the Ranch Friday and Saturday to highlight holiday traditions from the frontier era.

Candlelight at the Ranch reenacts winter holiday scenes from the 1780s to 1950s.

“It might be something as simple as, you know, a couple of cowboys just sitting around and talking while enjoying the fire. You know, maybe they have a little Christmas tree, and they’ve strung up some popcorn on it. Who knows, but it gives people little snapshots of Christmas activities through time,” Robert Tidwell, Curator of Historic Collections at the National Ranching Heritage Center said.

Candlelight is open and free to the public and a great family event.

“Candlelight at the Ranch is a living Christmas card for the citizens of Lubbock. And anyone who’d like to come and join us. And what they come and do is walk through our luminaria lit pathways and peek inside buildings to see what people in different time periods were doing during the winter and holidays,” Julie Hodges, Hellen Devitt, Jones endowed Director of Education at the National Ranching Heritage Center, said.

According to Hodges, preparations and logistics for Candlelight start in early August every year with the help of over 200 volunteers.

“We have been decorating since the week before Thanksgiving. We have a wonderful crew of staff members and then many volunteers that helped pull together other decorations not only for our main museum building but for all the structures that are featured on the trail,” Hodges said.

Hodges and Tidwell said there’s nothing more that gets you into the Christmas spirit.

“It’s a total experience. And, and it takes you from the 1700s all the way through until about the 1950s as far as the structures go, and then you can go inside the museum building, get warmed up, spend some time socializing with people, and kids get to meet Santa,” Tidwell said.

 
     
 
Lubbock Mom hosts Struggle Gift Giveaway this holiday season
 

LUBBOCK, Texas– Buying an assortment of Christmas gifts can be a struggle, which is why Lubbock Mom, Tracy Cole, is hosting a gift giveaway with a variety items! Everything offered is from local businesses in the area and are each priced under $50 dollars. One lucky person will be able to win the bundle of all items showcased and that winner will be announce Friday, December 10th!

 
     
 
COVID-19 Update: City of Lubbock reports 236 new cases, 1 additional death since Friday
 

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KLBK’s Ag Journal Forecast: Monday, December 6th, 2021
 

LUBBOCK, Texas — KLBK Chief Meteorologist Jacob Riley has your Monday Ag-Journal weather update.

Tonight: Hard freeze. Low of 27°. Winds S 8-12 MPH.
Tomorrow: Partly cloudy. High of 68°. Winds WSW 15-20 MPH.

After a rather chilly day, a bitter cold night is expected across the South Plains tonight! A mostly clear sky this evening will be replaced by a partly cloudy sky tonight. Lows will bottom out in the upper 10s to low 30s by sunrise on Tuesday, with winds out of the south around 8-12 MPH. Be sure to remember the four Ps!!!

Tuesday will start off below average, but we are forecasted to finish the day around 10-15 degrees above average! Highs will top out in the upper 50s through the 60s under a partly cloudy sky. Winds will be out of the west-southwest around 15-20 MPH. Tuesday night into Wednesday morning will be chilly, with lows dropping into the mid 20s to mid 30s.

High temperatures will be 15-20 degrees above average on Wednesday, with high temperatures peaking in the upper 60s to mid 70s. Winds will be out of the southwest around 22-28 MPH, with gusts near 40 MPH. Blowing dust is expected across portions of the KLBK viewing area. We will see a partly to mostly cloudy sky around the region throughout the day, with clouds hanging on through the overnight hours. These clouds, combined with southwesterly winds, will keep our low temperatures well above-average. Lows will only cool into the mid 30s to mid 40s.

Thursday will most likely be the warmest day out of the next week! Highs will range from the upper 60s to upper 70s region-wide. Winds will be out of the west-southwest around 22-28 MPH, with gusts occasionally exceeding 40 MPH. Fire weather is a major concern for Thursday. Exceptionally low relative humidity values, combined with a worsening drought and breezy conditions, conditions will be extremely favorable for wildfires. Outdoor burning should be postponed until further notice. Another warm night is expected into Friday morning, with lows only dipping into the low 40s to low 50s.

Extended Forecast:
Our next storm system will impact the western portions of the United States on Friday, before moving into the South Plains late Friday night into Saturday morning. head of the front, exceptionally strong wind gusts and above average temperatures will continue for the South Plains. Temperatures will take a sharp dive behind the cold front Friday evening, with winds shifting from the southwest to the northeast. Unfortunately, it looks like this front will lack moisture. Temperatures will fall 25-35 degrees behind the front, with high temperatures only ranging from the 40s to low 50s on Saturday. By Sunday, above average conditions will return to the region, and last through early next week. Fire weather will continue to remain a concern as well. When we look into the next several weeks, it looks like temperatures will continue to remain well above-average, with precipitation chances remaining exceptionally low.

Ag Journal 5-Day Forecast
Valid: December 6th, 2021

Lubbock Climate Data for Monday, December 6th:
Sunrise: 7:38 AM CDT
Sunset:  5:39 PM CDT
Normal High: 57°
Record High: 83° (1939)
Normal Low: 30°
Record Low: 1° (1950)

Have a terrific Tuesday, South Plains!

-Jacob.

Facebook: Chief Meteorologist Jacob Riley

Twitter: @jrileywx

 
     
 
KLBK Monday PM Weather Update: December 6th, 2021
 

LUBBOCK, Texas — KLBK Chief Meteorologist Jacob Riley has your Monday evening weather update.

Tonight: Hard freeze. Low of 27°. Winds S 8-12 MPH.
Tomorrow: Partly cloudy. High of 68°. Winds WSW 15-20 MPH.

After a rather chilly day, a bitter cold night is expected across the South Plains tonight! A mostly clear sky this evening will be replaced by a partly cloudy sky tonight. Lows will bottom out in the upper 10s to low 30s by sunrise on Tuesday, with winds out of the south around 8-12 MPH. Be sure to remember the four Ps!!!

Tuesday will start off below average, but we are forecasted to finish the day around 10-15 degrees above average! Highs will top out in the upper 50s through the 60s under a partly cloudy sky. Winds will be out of the west-southwest around 15-20 MPH. Tuesday night into Wednesday morning will be chilly, with lows dropping into the mid 20s to mid 30s.

High temperatures will be 15-20 degrees above average on Wednesday, with high temperatures peaking in the upper 60s to mid 70s. Winds will be out of the southwest around 22-28 MPH, with gusts near 40 MPH. Blowing dust is expected across portions of the KLBK viewing area. We will see a partly to mostly cloudy sky around the region throughout the day, with clouds hanging on through the overnight hours. These clouds, combined with southwesterly winds, will keep our low temperatures well above-average. Lows will only cool into the mid 30s to mid 40s.

Thursday will most likely be the warmest day out of the next week! Highs will range from the upper 60s to upper 70s region-wide. Winds will be out of the west-southwest around 22-28 MPH, with gusts occasionally exceeding 40 MPH. Fire weather is a major concern for Thursday. Exceptionally low relative humidity values, combined with a worsening drought and breezy conditions, conditions will be extremely favorable for wildfires. Outdoor burning should be postponed until further notice. Another warm night is expected into Friday morning, with lows only dipping into the low 40s to low 50s.

Extended Forecast:
Our next storm system will impact the western portions of the United States on Friday, before moving into the South Plains late Friday night into Saturday morning. head of the front, exceptionally strong wind gusts and above average temperatures will continue for the South Plains. Temperatures will take a sharp dive behind the cold front Friday evening, with winds shifting from the southwest to the northeast. Unfortunately, it looks like this front will lack moisture. Temperatures will fall 25-35 degrees behind the front, with high temperatures only ranging from the 40s to low 50s on Saturday. By Sunday, above average conditions will return to the region, and last through early next week. Fire weather will continue to remain a concern as well. When we look into the next several weeks, it looks like temperatures will continue to remain well above-average, with precipitation chances remaining exceptionally low.

KLBK 7-Day Forecast
Valid: December 6th, 2021

Lubbock Climate Data for Monday, December 6th:
Sunrise: 7:38 AM CDT
Sunset:  5:39 PM CDT
Normal High: 57°
Record High: 83° (1939)
Normal Low: 30°
Record Low: 1° (1950)

Have a terrific Tuesday, South Plains!

-Jacob.

Facebook: Chief Meteorologist Jacob Riley

Twitter: @jrileywx

 
     
 
KAMC AM Weather Webcast December 6, 2021
 

LUBBOCK, Texas — KAMC Meteorologist Shelby Mac has today’s forecast. Sponsored by J Ferg Pros.

Today: A strong cold front has moved across West Texas this morning bringing in cold air and windy conditions. Highs this afternoon will stay chilly as we get near 47°.

Tonight: Temperatures this evening will drop below freezing but a southerly breeze will pick up overnight. Our evening low will be close to 29°.

Tomorrow: A 20 degree warm up will happen tomorrow bringing back mild conditions with partly cloudy skies. The afternoon high for our Tuesday will be 68°.

Winds this morning have been strong as they move 15 to 25 miles per hour with gust up to 55 miles per hour. As the sun comes up the breeze will slowly slack off, but it will affect our temperatures for most of the day. The breeze will start to shift and move in from the south through our afternoon which will set us up for a much warmer day by tomorrow.

This morning temperatures are around freezing across the South Plains. The winds are so aggressive that it feels more like the lower 20’s due to the wind chill. However, windy conditions will subside through the afternoon as the sunshine tries to warm us up. Highs this afternoon will be in the upper 40’s, which will be a 30 degree temperature dropped compared to highs yesterday. As the night goes on, the wind chill will return after sunset.

Our coldest day of December so far is in the forecast as we start off a new work week. Highs this afternoon will be in the upper 40’s, which is much chillier than yesterday. We will slowly warm up by the time you are picking the kids up from school, but the sunshine will battle the cold air that moved in this morning. A shift in the breeze from the north to the south later today will lead to warmer conditions tomorrow.

A cold front moved across the South Plains this morning which means we will have a chilly and windy days. Winds through our morning will move 15 to 25 miles per hour and battle with the sunshine. Highs will only get into the upper 40’s which will make it our coldest day of December yet. A quick warm up by tomorrow afternoon will lead to temperatures getting into the upper 60’s for our Tuesday. Mild conditions will last through the rest of the work week before another strong cold front come sin by the weekend. This will knock highs down into the lower 50’s for our Saturday.

Have a great afternoon!

-Shelby Mac

Facebook: Meteorologist Shelby Mac

Twitter: @ShelbyMacWx

 
     
 
KLBK Sunday PM Weather Update: December 5th, 2021
 

LUBBOCK, Texas — KLBK Chief Meteorologist Jacob Riley has your Sunday evening weather update.

Tonight: Strong cold front. Low of 31°. Winds SW/NE 25-30 MPH, gusts ~45 MPH.
Tomorrow: Mostly sunny. High of 49°. Winds NE 15-20 MPH.

A strong cold front is racing towards the South Plains, and is expected to arrive after midnight! Winds will shift from the southwest to the northeast behind the front, with gusts exceeding 40 MPH! Some blowing dust is likely. Unfortunately, this front will not bring us any rainfall. Lows by Monday morning will range from the mid 20s to mid 40s under a mostly clear sky.

Below average temperatures will remain around the region on Monday, with a mostly sunny sky persisting throughout the day! Many of us will see daytime highs in the 40s! Our actual high temperatures will occur early in the morning hours, just ahead of our cold front! Winds will gradually calm throughout the day. Gusts out of the northeast around 25-30 MPH are still possible! Monday night into Tuesday morning will be cold, with low temperatures bottoming out in the upper 10s to low 30s.

Temperatures will not waste any time warming back to above average levels! Highs on Tuesday will race back into the 60s to mid 70s under a partly cloudy sky! Winds shift back to the west-southwest, with occasional gusts nearing 35-40 MPH. Tuesday night into Wednesday morning will be chilly, with lows falling into the upper 20s to low 40s.

High temperatures will continue to climb even further above average on Wednesday! Temperatures will max out in the upper 60s to upper 70s under a partly cloudy sky. The main culprit behind the above average temperatures will be our down-sloping, westerly winds! Gusts out of the west-southwest will exceed 40 MPH at times. Blowing dust is also expected. Fire weather will be a concern for Wednesday, so outdoor burning should be postponed until further notice! Wednesday night into Thursday morning will remain warm due to strong southwesterly winds. Lows will only reach the low 40s to low 50s.

Extended Forecast:
Temperatures will remain above average for Thursday and Friday, peaking in the 70s. Winds will increase on Thursday and Friday ahead of our next cold front. Gusts over 40 MPH will be possible each day, resulting in continuation of fire danger across all of the KLBK viewing area. Morning lows will remain well above average for each day, too. Our next strong cold front will pass through the region on Saturday, resulting in below average temperatures, once again. This cold front could have just a tiny amount of moisture associated with it, which could result in some isolated showers. If the timing is right, some areas could even see some light snow flurries! At this time, no impacts due to winter weather are expected. After Saturday, temperatures will jump back up to above average levels by Sunday. Our long range forecast suggests that temperatures will remain well above-average through at least the 20th of December. Our odds of seeing a white Christmas this year look slim to none.

KLBK 7-Day Forecast
Valid: December 5th, 2021

Lubbock Climate Data for Sunday, December 5th:
Sunrise: 7:37 AM CDT
Sunset:  5:39 PM CDT
Normal High: 57°
Record High: 79° (1939)
Normal Low: 30°
Record Low: 10° (1950)

Have a great week, South Plains!

-Jacob.

Facebook: Chief Meteorologist Jacob Riley

Twitter: @jrileywx

 
     
     
     
   
   
 
 
 
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