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Past articles by Ben:

Xcel cancels proposed fee increase

Xcel Energy has canceled a request to charge residential accounts an extra $1.48 per 1,000- kilowatt-hour bill, citing low August energy usage and market trends. → Read More

Irma Leal leads restaurant through 60 delicious years in West Texas

Irma Leal peered out of the car window, terrified of the looming skyscrapers towering above her. This wasn’t what she had signed up for, she told her husband Jesse, when she agreed to move from the Rio Grande Valley town of Mercedes to Muleshoe in 1955. → Read More

Xcel opens new downtown building for shareholders’ meeting

AMARILLO - Xcel Energy christened its new downtown office building with the company’s annual shareholders meeting on Wednesday, marking the latest step in the company’s surge into the future. → Read More

Balderas family building $320,000 home next to disaster site

AMARILLO - After the accidental pesticide poisoning that killed four of Peter and Martha Balderas’ children and hospitalized their remaining four kids as well as the parents on Jan. 2, the family has bounced around, depending upon the kindness of their parish and friends to keep a roof over their heads. → Read More

Canyon’s $6 million aquatic center gets ready for summertime opening

With spring break in the rearview mirror, the City of Canyon is looking ahead to summer vacation and its $6 million water park’s grand opening. → Read More

Xcel announces $1.6 billion investment in wind energy from South Plains, New Mexico

AMARILLO — Xcel Energy on Tuesday filed to build two new wind energy developments, as well as entering a long-term contract with two existing sites on the South Plains and Eastern New Mexico, adding 1,230 megawatts — enough energy to power 440,000 homes — to its regional system. → Read More

KaleidoScoops closes Amarillo store, Lubbock shop remains open

Lubbock’s KaleidoScoops ice cream shop remained open Monday, although the brand’s flagship store in Amarillo was closed. → Read More

Report: Lubbock’s Gander Mountain store closing as company files for bankruptcy

Lubbock’s Gander Mountain store is among 10 across the state slated to close, according to a Dallas Morning News report. → Read More