• BRIEF: Texas clerks waiting on corrected certificates

    Updated: 52 min ago

    While the Supreme Court on Friday overturned a decision to ban same-sex marriages, many couples are having to wait to tie the knot until software updates change forms from “man and woman” to “applicant 1 and 2.” That’s the holdup in nearby Parmer and Bailey County, where county clerks said they are waiting on third-party vendor software to correct marriage applications and licenses before they can issue them to anyone. Parmer County Clerk Geri Bowers said she has had two people call her office since Friday, but she won’t be able to issue marriage licenses until the software corrects the fields. Bailey County Clerk Robin Dickerson said she expects the update to take one to two weeks.

  • New job creation requires funding commitment from policymakers

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    I must admit to being somewhat of a numbers nerd. I think numbers always tell a story whether they be a company’s financial statement or a state budget. I also believe in the old saying, “Put your money where your mouth is.” When I read the headlines, press releases and news stories related to Oklahoma’s recently completed budget for the 2016 fiscal year, I could not help wondering what “story” this latest budget told about our state and its priorities. Public safety received a 4.81 percent increase in state appropriations. Corrections received an additional 2.97 percent, and the state’s Medicaid program received a 1.89 percent increase. Meanwhile, investment in innovation and the economy of the future was

  • BRIEF: Clerk working out same-sex license issues

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    The Anderson County Clerk's office is still working out software issues and the forms necessary to legally process same-sex marriages, Clerk Mark Staples said Monday. Since Friday's decision in the U.S. Supreme Court, Staples and clerks across Texas have been reworking forms and its software to accommodate same-sex marriage. He also met with Anderson County Criminal District Attorney Allyson Mitchell. As part of Mitchell's duties, she provides legal advice to county officials. Staples said he is working with the software vendors to get the correct forms before issuing the licenses. On Friday, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that same-sex marriage is legal nationwide, ending Texas' constitutional ban on the practice.

  • Hood County Clerk still won't issue same-sex marriage licenses

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    Katie Lang won’t be issuing same-sex marriage licenses in Hood County. Lang, the county clerk there, said she won’t issue the documents — despite last week’s Supreme Court landmark ruling that the U.S. Constitution guarantees same-sex couples the right to marry in all 50 states — because it goes against her religious beliefs. “It’s my religious liberty, my belief in traditional marriage,” she said Monday. “Nobody has tried to get one, nobody has called about them ... other than reporters.” Lang’s decision came as Denton County’s clerk began to issue the licenses in spite of her belief that marriage is the union of one man and one woman.

  • Summer driving tips from AAA

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    A little advance planning for road trips can save time and trouble on down the highway. Here are some tips from AAA. Fluids are key •Check the engine oil level. And get an oil change if needed. •With the engine warm and running, check the automatic transmission fluid level. Top it off if needed. Be careful not to overfill. •Check the coolant level in the overflow tank and top off as needed with a 50-50 mix of antifreeze/coolant and water. If the engine is cool, check the level in the radiator as well. If the radiator is not completely full, have the cooling system checked by a professional. Never remove the radiator cap when the engine is hot.

  • Drivers underwhelmed as Hill Climb records fall in less-than-spectacular fashion

    Updated: Sun, Jun 28, 2015

    Rhys Millen drove into history, but not as emphatically as he wanted. The New Zealander took an electric car to an overall title at The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, which marked the first time not only in this 99-year-old race but any major event globally that an electric car bettered a field that included traditional internal-combustion engines. He also set a category record. #PPIHC Tweets Good day, right? "I guess I should put a smile on my face, but we were still 30 seconds off our target," said Millen, whose Drive eO car lost a rear motor pack halfway through the race and had to finish at 50 percent of its power. "It's a new record, but not one I'm happy with." Millen's disappointment w

  • Navajo Technical University adds associate degree programs

    Updated: Sun, Jun 28, 2015

    FARMINGTON — Navajo Technical University in Crownpoint is adding two associate degree programs to its list of offerings. The university received accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission on June 16 to begin offering associate degrees in automotive technology and in chemical engineering technology, according to a press release. The automotive technology program will concentrate on areas such as electrical and electronic systems, engine performance, brake systems, and air conditioning and heating systems, the release states. In order to receive accreditation, the university had the automotive technology program's curriculum follow Automotive Service Excellence standards and requirements set by the National Autom

  • Bio Matters: Family influences led EyeCRO’s executive into scientific research

    Updated: Sun, Jun 28, 2015

    “So that meant that even when my older brothers were in college we had dinner together every night, and I was exposed to a lot of the medical field,” Farjo said. “I would come home every day and my parents asked about what I learned in science class. It got me thinking about the whole scientific method and learning.” That didn’t leave much room for assessing the latest episode of “Murder, She Wrote,” for instance. But it certainly led him into a research career that is deep in scientific discovery. Today, Farjo is chief operating officer of both EyeCRO and Charlesson, which are involved in research to advance treatments for eye disease such as age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy an

  • Air Force Academy engineering students get hands-on experience building Navajo hogans

    Updated: Sun, Jun 28, 2015

    Swinging hammers and twisting screwdrivers taught Air Force Academy cadets high-level engineering lessons this month as they built two homes for a Navajo charity. The cadets built a pair of one-bedroom hogans, octagonal houses that will be given to needy Navajo Nation residents. "Our students are given a great opportunity to get hands-on experience," senior cadet Dana Sanelli said. "Our motto is build first, design later." The homebuilding is part of the academy's Field Engineering Research Laboratory, which puts cadet engineering majors on the job in construction trades for three weeks every summer. In addition to banging nails, cadets learn about plumbing, wiring and concrete in a bid to show them real-world applicati

  • RCSO recognized for traffic safety efforts

    Updated: Sun, Jun 28, 2015

    The Rogers County Sheriff’s Office (RCSO) received first place in a statewide competition for traffic safety last week. The Oklahoma Law Enforcement Challenge honor was awarded to the RCSO by the Oklahoma Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP) during the OACP Annual Training Conference in Norman. The award recognizes agencies in a competitive challenge — with other similar law enforcement agencies — on their overall traffic safety program. This includes efforts to improve existing programs such as officer training, public traffic safety awareness, and enforcement strategies.

  • Technology education incentives cut for Kansas school districts

    Updated: Sun, Jun 28, 2015

    Kansas school districts this year will get less than half the monetary incentive they expected from the state as part of a 2012 initiative to enhance career and technical education. A memo sent to school districts from the Kansas State Department of Education last week says the per-pupil payment for students who obtained certificates in certain high-demand fields will be “approximately $450” for the just-completed school year. That’s down from a $1,000 per-student incentive promised in the initial legislation. “It’s been a great program. It’s been highly successful,” said Dale Dennis, deputy education commissioner. “But the appropriation was just reduced due to the state’s fiscal condition.

  • Summer workshop teaches children about robotics

    Updated: Sun, Jun 28, 2015

    OteroSTEM hosted a week-long summer workshop for students ages 9-15 that taught them about robotics by using Lego Mindstorm kits. OteroSTEM is an effort by the Holloman American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics chapter along with the Alamogordo community that provides creative ways for youth in Otero County to get excited about math and science. The workshop started June 22 and ended June 26 at Bethel Baptist Church. A second workshop will be held July 6-10. OteroSTEM President Fred Stong said the workshop has taught children how to program robots using LabVIEW software that enables them to control machines to do different tasks.

  • Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb could be the stage for a global first in racing

    Updated: Sun, Jun 28, 2015

    A first in the world of racing - and transportation in general - could happen atop Pikes Peak on Sunday. No, Rhys Millen isn't on the threshold of joining pioneering figures in transportation like Robert Fulton, the Wright Brothers or Chuck Yeager, but if he can take his electric car to the summit faster than those powered by traditional internal-combustion engines it would mark an important milestone. An electric car has never before won a title over internal-combustion engines in a major competition. It could very well happen, as Millen's Drive eO PP03 megawatt supercar has already made electric-car history by logging the quickest overall qualifying time this week at The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.

  • Hotel, conference center is still planned

    Updated: Sun, Jun 28, 2015

    EDMOND — Plans for a hotel and conference center near Covell Road and Interstate 35 are still in the works. Assistant City Manager Steve Commons said the developer expects to start construction this summer. Developers and city leaders had hoped for an earlier start on the project, but the location of the complex was moved to the west and there were financing hold-ups. City of?ficials invested $11 million in the 300-acre development on three sides of the intersection of Covell Road and Interstate 35 in far north Edmond. Of that $11 million, of?ficials invested $4.8 million for construction of the conference center, which the city will own. The Edmond Convention and Visitors Bureau will operate out of the conferen

  • Bio Matters: Family influences led EyeCRO’s CEO into scientific research

    Updated: Sun, Jun 28, 2015

    “So that meant that even when my older brothers were in college we had dinner together every night, and I was exposed to a lot of the medical field,” Farjo said. “I would come home every day and my parents asked about what I learned in science class. It got me thinking about the whole scientific method and learning.” That didn’t leave much room for assessing the latest episode of “Murder, She Wrote,” for instance. But it certainly led him into a research career that is deep in scientific discovery. Today, Farjo is chief operating officer of both EyeCRO and Charlesson, which are involved in research to advance treatments for eye disease such as age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy an

  • Moody HS principal, student heading to White House

    Updated: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    People are taking notice of Moody High School's science, technology, engineering and math programing — including the White House. Principal Sandra Clement and senior Natasha Sanchez, 17, will head to Washington, D.C., this week to attend the "Celebrating Innovations in Career and Technical Education" convening at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Clement will speak on Moody High School's science programs and community partnerships, and Sanchez will give a demonstration for White House officials of an underwater robot she built. "I'm extremely excited not that I was invited to be sitting at the table but that our student is going to be providing a demonstration," Clement said.

  • Texans who commit 'revenge porn' could soon land in jail

    Updated: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    She never knew she was being videotaped. But private moments shared in bed between the Fort Worth woman and her then-boyfriend were secretly captured on his iPad. There they remained until the two stopped seeing each other. Then, after she received a series of disturbing text messages, he sent them to dozens of people on her email contact list, including her parents, who showed up at her home early one morning after receiving the sexually explicit video. “This event in my life has been the most invasive and humiliating circumstance that I have ever experienced,” the woman, who is not being identified by the Star-Telegram because of the nature of the crime, said last week.

  • How an iconic business, once Miller Blueprint, grew with Austin family

    Updated: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    Luci Miller fans out the photographs, postcards, maps, yearbooks, directories and other printed material on a broad table. Each time she gently lifts an item, the president of Miller Imaging and Digital Solutions — formerly Miller Blueprint — relates a fresh story. When your family has been in business in downtown Austin since 1876 — Miller Blueprint goes back to 1920 — you have plenty of stories to tell. “When we were on Congress Avenue, they hung the blueprints out of windows over Congress to dry,” Miller says of the company’s first location. “It was a wet process. My grandfather also had Southwestern Aerial Surveys Inc. In World War II, their plane was requisitioned. That was the end of the flying business.

  • Diamond drill bits add efficiency and cut costs for industry

    Updated: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    FARMINGTON — The advent of horizontal drilling offered new life for operators in the San Juan Basin, but technological advances at the frontline of a drilling operation — the drill bit — are helping make the process faster, more precise and more cost effective. Using the same technology used in guided missiles, newer drill bits fashioned with synthetic diamonds and sensors have optimized operations in the Mancos play. WPX Energy uses polycrystalline diamond cutter, or PDC, drill bits at its wells in the Lybrook area. A bit’s sensors relay information to drilling operators that help keep the bit in the sandy part of the play, which is about a mile underground and is the productive part of the play.

  • South Africa company to unveil new groundwater technology

    Updated: Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    The Alamogordo Brackish Groundwater National Desalination Research Facility will be welcoming Trailblazer Technologies, an innovative chemical technology company from South Africa that specializes in agricultural fertilizer products, to demonstrate a brand new state of the art technology that turns salt water into fertilizer July 21 at the BGNDRF facility. Facility Manager Randy Shaw said the inventor, John Bewsey who works for the company in South Africa, invented an ion exchange process that converts dissolved salts in brackish water into fertilizer products and also produces agricultural quality water. "They've invented a process that's called the KNEW process.