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Yes, Lubbock is still joining the ERCOT power grid

Lubbock leaders are keeping a close eye on the Texas House and Senate hearings beginning Thursday about last week's winter storm that crashed the state's power grid. Subzero temperatures caused a spike in electrical demand that required controlled rotating outages over two days. But unlike in some Texas cities, those outages were actually brief. The city was largely unaffected by power failure thanks to timing. “June 1 of this year, we’re set to migrate 70% of our electrical grid over to the...

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How to get a COVID-19 vaccine in Lubbock

Editor's note: This post will be updated regularly with where eligible Lubbockites can get a COVID-19 vaccine. Find a map of providers and availability in each Texas county here. Updated noon on Feb. 26 Appointments are now available for the City of Lubbock's Health Department COVID-19 vaccine clinics for the week of Feb. 22. Lubbock's Health Department received another 5,000 doses this week. This week's vaccine shipment was delayed and affected some previously scheduled appointments. If you...

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Yes, Lubbock is still joining the ERCOT power grid

Feb 25, 2021
Sarah Self-Walbrick/Texas Tech Public Media

Lubbock leaders are keeping a close eye on the Texas House and Senate hearings beginning Thursday about last week's winter storm that crashed the state's power grid. 

 

 

Subzero temperatures caused a spike in electrical demand that required controlled rotating outages over two days. But unlike in some Texas cities, those outages were actually brief. 

The city was largely unaffected by power failure thanks to timing. 

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Millions of Texans have been able to get vaccinated for COVID-19 since distribution began late last year, but there are still questions waiting to be answered when it comes to minors looking for their shot. 

 

 

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From KUT

Texas state lawmakers on Thursday will hold the first of what will likely be many hearings in response to the blackout that gripped Texas last week. They will discuss what happened and how to stop it from happening again. They will also be using a lot of jargon that hardly anyone understands.

Montinique Monroe for The Texas Tribune

Texas winter storm may lead to COVID-19 surge

Feb 24, 2021
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From TPR

Texans did a lot of things to stay safe and warm last week that weren’t necessarily pandemic-safe and could contribute to another surge in cases.

This week on the Music Crossroads of Texas, there's time for one more song! Host Curtis Peoples presents the  second of two shows featuring west Texas songs about time. It seems we have all had some extra time on our hands lately, so here are some songs to help occupy that time!

This week host Charles Olivier honors tango violinist Fernando Suarez Paz. Join us in remembering Paz through his music on this edition of Noche de Tango.

Esta semana el anfitrión Charles Olivier honra al violinista de tango Fernando Suárez Paz. Únase a nosotros para recordar a Paz a través de su música en esta edición de Noche de Tango.

Panhandle ranchers, cattle endure in sustained freeze

Feb 19, 2021

Cows are hearty animals that can withstand freezing temperatures. But when those temperatures last for a week? That can be a problem.

Temperatures were below freezing, and at some points below zero, for the past week in the Panhandle and much of Texas. Snow and ice accumulations have further deteriorated conditions.

Kristen Brown and her family ranch near the town of Channing, where it’s spring calf birthing season. The weather hasn’t stopped that. 

Cat Haggard-Gowdy is working to keep animals sheltered during the cold spell that's hit Lubbock and the rest of Texas.
Cat Haggard-Gowdy

 

Letrice “Cat” Haggard-Gowdy and her husband have been dropping off blankets with stray animals in Lubbock for years. As temperatures started dipping lower and lower this weekend, she knew she had to do more. 

“With the weather getting really bad, I knew these dogs were going to die if we didn’t do something,” said Haggard-Gowdy. “They’re just not going to make it.”

Despite weather, COVID vaccinations continue in Lubbock

Feb 17, 2021
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Even with icy roads and temperatures in the teens, Lubbock’s Health Department managed to give over 1,700 COVID-19 vaccine shots on Tuesday. 

 

 

That’s about 575 doses fewer than last Tuesday when weather conditions were dry and temperatures were in the 40s. 

Some people have canceled appointments, but Mayor Dan Pope said the week's frigid weather has not really affected Lubbock's vaccination hub. 

 

“We plan on being open to continue to put that life-saving vaccine in the arms of our citizens,” Pope said at a news conference Tuesday.

 

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Noche de Tango compiles sounds from musicians around the globe into an hour of your favorite Tango songs. New programs air every Friday night at 9 p.m. on 89.1.