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TNMP Statement on Recent Power Outages

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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2012/8/31 17:20:00 (1054 reads)

Open in new windowMonday's power outage was the fourth major outage to hit Southern Lewisville this year. We asked Lewisville's local electric transmission and distribution provider, Texas New Mexico Power Co. (TNMP) if they incidents had some common thread, or if it was coincidental. Today, they got back to us with this response:

Open in new windowMonday's outage in Lewisville was due to failure of a large piece of equipment in a substation. When that failure happened, system-protection functionality recognized the resulting fault and "tripped off" customers' service, which it's designed to do to protect the system from further damage. The original equipment failure is under investigation by our staff.

TNMP has experienced three other large outages this year in this area. All were unrelated, but we recognize that they were disruptive to our customers. One was the result of a system fault, the second was due to equipment failure and the third was due to protection equipment tripping off (similar to Monday's outage, but in a different location).

TNMP responds quickly to these incidents. To ensure both public and employee safety, however, these sometimes can take longer to restore than we all would like.

We appreciate the concern Lewisville customers have about these outages. Lewisville is home of TNMP's main office and we're proud of our long history serving the community. We take very seriously our responsibility to the citizens of Lewisville and we're working hard to prevent a recurrence of these issues.

In the event of a power outage, you can visit TNMP's outage website on your smart phone, or call 888-866-7456. Hopefully we are done with these outages for the time being.

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Weather forecast 8-31-2012

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Posted by ErinFloyd on 2012/8/31 13:00:00 (384 reads)
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Open in new windowBy Erin Floyd

Via Weatherumderground.com
Friday
Mostly cloudy in the morning, then partly cloudy with thunderstorms and a chance of rain. High of 100F. Winds from the WNW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 20%.

Friday Night
Partly cloudy in the evening, then clear. Low of 75F. Winds from the SSW at 5 to 10 mph.

Saturday
Partly cloudy with thunderstorms and a chance of rain in the afternoon. High of 100F. Winds from the SSW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 20%.
Saturday Night

Partly cloudy with thunderstorms and a chance of rain in the evening, then clear. Low of 79F. Winds from the South at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 20%.

Sunday
Partly cloudy. High of 102F. Winds from the SSW at 10 to 15 mph.

Sunday Night
Partly cloudy in the evening, then clear. Low of 77F. Winds from the South at 5 to 15 mph.

So we did not feel the effects of Isaac, with the exception of some clouds, which is too bad because I think we really need the rain. I did, however, snap this rainbow yesterday from the 17th floor at Baylor in Dallas. Enjoy.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/86269900@N02/7901462680/

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Updated: Woman Dead, Boy Injured After Stabbing in Lewisville Thursday Night

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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2012/8/31 8:20:00 (1380 reads)

Open in new windowVia Lewisville Police:

Lewisville Police were dispatched to 1020 Fox Ave. (Basswood Manor Apartments) on a stabbing call at 7:25 p.m. An uninvolved female at the location called 911 and advised there was a fight between a man and a woman and the woman was bleeding from being stabbed. Lewisville police officers responded to the location and found an adult, 39 year old female victim and a juvenile male victim at the location. Officers observed that both persons had been stabbed and called for Lewisville medics, who had been staged off site, to come to the scene. The juvenile male victim was transported to an area hospital via Care Flight at 8:00 p.m., and is currently receiving medical care for his injuries. The 39 year old female victim was transported via ambulance to an area hospital at 7:44 p.m. The adult female victim was pronounced deceased at the hospital shortly after her arrival as a result of the injuries she sustained. The 24 year old male suspect was not on scene when police arrived at the offense location. The suspect was taken to an area hospital by a known adult male to receive medical care for injuries to his person. It is unknown at this time whether the injuries to the suspect are self inflicted, or were received during the altercation at the apartment. Lewisville Detectives are still in the process of establishing the exact relationship between the suspect and the victims. The suspect is currently in police custody and will be charged accordingly once the investigation is complete.


You can listen to the radio recordings here; this call begins at 7:26 p.m.

Update 8/31 - 10:27 a.m.: Police have formally charged Nelson Flores (24) with murder and attempted murder in the stabbing of Norma Gomez (39) and her son (16). Flores is being held on $2 million bond. The two were boyfriend and girlfriend, and lived together for over a year.

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Tuesday Night Update - RNC Edition

Links, Thoughts, and Open Thread
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2012/8/28 23:40:00 (1109 reads)

Open in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowWell, I tried. I really tried. I tried to force myself to watch the Republican National Convention on TV, but I just couldn't stand it. I'd like to be able to listen to the other side make a rational case for their ideas. I don't think my side has a monopoly on good ideas. But I just couldn't stand it. The constant attacks on the President, using false pretenses (the whole "we built it" thing) and tired old assertions of dogma without any actual facts to back it up made me feel like I was losing IQ points by the minute. So I turned off the TV and Fluffy and I went for a walk.

When we got back, we decided to put on some more intelligent TV: Trailer Park Boys. We just found this series on Netflix, and it is so funny, my sides hurt from laughing just about every time I watch it. There are 55 episodes, and we just finished #38. The comedy series is a mockumentary about a group of recidivist petty criminals living in a trailer park in Nova Scotia, and trying to get ahead and stay out of jail. It's very well-written, but definitely for mature audiences.

New Cat
So, in other news, we have a new cat here in our household. See, we had one dropped off last September, and she's just fine, but she's not a people-loving cat. She hides from my kids, and my youngest son was heart-broken that she wouldn't let him pet her. But the cool thing was that we discovered the boys are not allergic to cats as we had originally thought. So Monday, we visited the Lewisville Animal Shelter, and he picked out a young male kitten to adopt - very similar in color to Becky Skittles, but much more outgoing and playful.

He hasn't settled on a name for this cat yet, but he's threatened to name it "Trevor" - after one of the characters on Trailer Park Boys. Anyhow, he's a little cuddlebug. The kitten laid on my lap and purred through two episodes tonight. Our blue heeler mix, Hank, has met the kitten, and tried to get all up in his grill. The kitten didn't react well to that and actually hissed and clawed at me trying to get away from the dog. We had to deal with that problem tonight by keeping them separated, and getting the nail clippers after the kitten so he won't hurt anyone with those man-shredding needle claws. Becky Skittles has not yet met her new little brother. I've never had more than one cat before, so I'm not sure how that's going to go. I just really hope we can have all the animals get along without any of them having to go to the vet and get stitched up.

Manual Labor
Now and then, when work gets really stressful, I start longing for the simplicity of manual labor. Last week it got that way due to some really screwed up data encoding issues I was trying to get fixed in a software platform I use. I had worked hard to even get the original programmer to acknowledge the problem, then we went back and forth with bugs in the fix, then had a bit of a blow up on Saturday when it tested fine on his end but wouldn't work for our client. Both of us had been working this way too many hours non-billable, and were ready to stab each other. So Sunday, I wore myself out doing yard work. I then got the sick hassle of getting 5 minutes of edging/trimming done, followed by 10 minutes of trying to fix the piece of shit trimmer head where the trimmer cord kept breaking off inside the head. You just trade one damned hassle for another sometimes. So there I am with a pocket knife, needle files, a rag, and a big jar of vaseline, sitting on my front sidewalk cussing at this brand new Troybilt 4-cycle gasoline trimmer that I bought because my last gas trimmer was a piece of shit, and my electric one's battery wouldn't last 5 minutes. At the point where I was just about done edging my front sidewalk - well, 8 inches from being done, the damned cord broke off again. Screw it, I was done.

So, anyhow, this new trimmer has a chainsaw attachment that goes to it, and my elm tree in the front yard was way overdue for a haircut, so my oldest son and I got after it. The chainsaw attachment works much better than the trimmer head, and I only had one 20 minute stint of trying to get the stupid chain back on the rail when it came off. This thing basically ends up being a chainsaw on the end of a 10 foot pole, which you then operate while standing on top of a ladder. That did me in. My upper body strength is not what it used to be, and even that was never that great. My arms, shoulders, and back hurt like hell today, and even as I type this, it's hard to hold my arms up to the keyboard.

But I've got the manual labor thing out of my system for awhile, and I'm ready to go write computer programs again. Unfortunately, we found out from Waste Management that I've got to cut all the trimmings into 4-foot sections and bundle them before the garbage truck will haul it off. Sounds like SO much fun.

Links and Stuff

A Republican Party platform I can mostly agree with.

Now you can say that Congress is literally broken. As in, the damned building could fall apart if the demagogues won't appropriate the money for repairs.

Second West Nile death in Denton County - another elderly person with underlying health problems. Denton County Health Department Director Bing Burton mentioned that a third person had contracted WNV in Denton County, but died in another state after visiting here.

Sounds like New York City police need some extra firearms training.

Quote of the day:

"I spent a lot of money on those florescent light bulbs thinking I was going to save a huge about of money.  It did not seem to make a difference in my light bill - I usually have the lights off anyway." - John Gorena, Lewisville City Councilman - going on about "sustainability" and how it's part of an insidious UN plot to undermine America and such.

(Just let that sink in for a moment… Emphasis ours.)

New Schools, New Lines

As we mentioned last night, the City of Lewisville approved aerial pesticide spraying. (Fluffy is not too happy about that, and you should hear my oldest with his rant about it.) Denton opted out of spraying, but for Lewisville and Flower Mound, it will be Thursday and Friday nights - from 9 p.m to 3 a.m. The Health Department says they won't spray over any high school football games that may be going on.

U.S. Soldiers turn terrorist.

Michael Williams appointed Commissioner of Education. You've got to be kidding me. I guess if anyone can find a way to take a screwed up agency and make it worse, it will be Michael Williams - formerly chairman of the Texas Railroad Commission. Lame.

The real Republican agenda on voting: Hope (or ensure) that the blacks and Latinos don't show up.

Lewisville got a new alarm monitoring center, employing 26 people so far.

Some people have to ruin the reputation of a legitimate profession. It's frustrating, since Fluffy is a licensed massage therapist, and there are people out there who think the unsavory side of it is the norm. Dare you to get on her table and make that kind of proposition; you will get hurt.

A federal court struck down Texas' overtly discriminatory redistricting plan.

At the Republican National Convention, a delegate from Puerto Rico went to the podium to give her delegation's report, and was shouted down with chants of "USA! USA!", which were only stopped after Chairman Reince Priebus gaveled it to a stop. Keep it classy, xenophobic tea party nut jobs.

Oh - one last thing: Shout-out to Dianne Solis of the Dallas Morning News for mentioning our Ski Mount Lewisville T-shirts on her blog. You can order them here for only $15. All the cool kids are wearing them - seriously. You don't want to be left out, do you?

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Weather Forecast 8-28-12

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Posted by ErinFloyd on 2012/8/28 22:20:00 (476 reads)
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Open in new windowBy Erin Floyd

For tonight partly cloudy, then clear. Low of 72F. Winds from the NNE at 5 to 15 mph.

Wednesday clear. High of 97F. Winds from the East at 10 to 15 mph shifting to the NNE in the afternoon. And for Wednesday night clear. Low of 70F. Winds from the NNE at 5 to 15 mph.

Thursday Clear in the morning, then partly cloudy. High of 97F. Winds from the East at 10 to 15 mph shifting to the NNE in the afternoon.
Thursday Night partly cloudy with a chance of rain in the evening. Low of 72F. Breezy. Winds from the NNW at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 60% with rainfall amounts near 0.3 in. possible.

More rain chances on Friday as well.

For those of us following the hurricane, it is currently stalled over open water. I'm worried about the below sea level fish bowl known as New Orleans and surrounding areas. I hope the huge engineering project down there is complete enough to handle the onslaught of rain from Issac.

So here's the latest report from NOAA on Isaac
"HURRICANE ISAAC TROPICAL CYCLONE POSITION ESTIMATE
NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL AL092012
900 PM CDT TUE AUG 28 2012

...CENTER OF ISAAC OVER WATER AGAIN...
...HEAVY RAINS...HIGH WINDS...AND STORM SURGE FLOODING CONTINUE...

AIRCRAFT AND RADAR DATA INDICATE THAT THE EYE OF ISAAC HAS WOBBLED
WESTWARD DURING THE LAST COUPLE OF HOURS...AND THE CENTER IS NOW
BACK OVER WATER TO THE WEST OF THE MOUTH OF THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER.

AT 900 PM CDT...0200 UTC...THE CENTER OF HURRICANE ISAAC WAS
ESTIMATED BY NOAA DOPPLER WEATHER RADAR NEAR LATITUDE 28.9 NORTH...
LONGITUDE 89.7 WEST...OR ABOUT 80 MILES SOUTH-SOUTHEAST OF NEW
ORLEANS LOUISIANA...OR ABOUT 75 MILES SOUTHEAST OF HOUMA LOUISIANA.

A SUSTAINED WIND OF 46 MPH WITH A GUST TO 67 MPH WAS JUST OBSERVED
AT LAKEFRONT AIRPORT IN NEW ORLEANS. A SUSTAINED WIND OF 67 MPH
WITH A GUST TO 85 MPH WAS RECENTLY REPORTED AT THE NATIONAL OCEAN
SERVICE AUTOMATED STATION IN GRAND ISLE LOUISIANA. IN ADDITION...A
WIND GUST TO 71 MPH WAS RECENTLY REPORTED AT GALLIANO LOUISIANA.

A STORM SURGE OF 9.9 FEET WAS RECENTLY REPORTED AT A NATIONAL
OCEAN SERVICE TIDE GAUGE AT SHELL BEACH LOUISIANA. A STORM SURGE
OF 6.2 FEET WAS OBSERVED AT A NATIONAL OCEAN SERVICE TIDE GAUGE IN
WAVELAND MISSISSIPPI. "

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Lewisville City Council Approves Aerial Spraying

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 Posted by WhosPlayin on 2012/8/27 19:40:00 (1254 reads)

Open in new windowOpen in new windowJust a few minutes ago, the Lewisville City Council voted 3-1 in favor of allowing aerial pesticide spraying over the city to fight mosquitoes carrying the West Nile virus.

About 25 people attended the Council meeting tonight, with three citizens speaking against the spraying, and one for. Councilmembers also heard from Bing Burton, Denton County Health Department Director, who urged the Council to approve the spraying. Six residents turned in cards in opposition to the spraying, and eight turned in cards supporting the spraying.

In an interesting twist, it was Councilman John Gorena who cast the one dissenting vote against the spraying, expressing his concern for the ecology, and what unforeseen consequences it may carry. Gorena referred to Vietnam-war-era Agent Orange, which was a pesticide thought to be safe at the time, but later caused health issues with veterans.

Mayor Pro Tem Rudy Durham was in favor of the spraying. Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Leroy Vaughn expressed some reservations about impacts on animals, but said that after reviewing the literature, he thought that the small quantities used would have minimal impact, and because of his concern for elderly residents, most susceptible to the virus.

Councilman Neil Ferguson said that he thought the spraying would be a waste of time and money, and that he personally didn't want to do it, but that he had heard from a number of citizens - especially the elderly, and they were in favor of it. Ferguson said he knew that there would be times where he would have to go against his personal thoughts to do the will of the voters, and that this was one of them. Had Ferguson voted against the resolution, it would have resulted in a tie, since Councilman T.J. Gilmore was on a scheduled absence for the meeting. Mayor Dean Ueckert was in favor of the spraying, and would have cast the tie-breaking vote.

Lewisville resident Jennifer Whitaker, a chemist and aquatic toxicology expert gave the Council a presentation, outlining her objections to the spraying. Afterwards, Whitaker said she was disappointed, and that she thought the councilmembers had their minds made up. "I could tell that they had already made up their minds and that the public hearing was merely a formality," said Whittaker. "There are always unforeseen consequences when we change the natural flow of things, the question is how harsh the consequence will be."

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Lewisville SWAT Takes Castle Hills Man Into Custody After Threat

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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2012/8/27 7:54:46 (1948 reads)

Open in new windowVia Lewisville Police Department:

At approximately 11:21 a.m. on 08/26/12, officers responded to a residence located in the 2300 block of King Arthur Blvd, to investigate a threat. Officers had received credible information that the subject who resides at this residence had previously threatened to harm his estranged wife, followed by harming himself.

The first officers on scene established a perimeter and made attempts to contact the subject. Members of the Lewisville Police Department SWAT team and Hostage Negotiations unit were also present. During the negotiations process, the subject exited the rear of the residence and was quickly placed into protective custody, without incident, by members of the SWAT team. Prior to this, investigators were able to locate and confirm the safety of the estranged wife.

The subject was transported to the Lewisville Police Department for further evaluation. There are no criminal charges at this time.

During the incident, traffic along King Arthur Blvd near the immediate vicinity of the residence was diverted to adjacent streets. The scene was cleared at 2:25 p.m.

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Be Careful Out There

Local News, Notes and Events
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2012/8/27 7:49:11 (427 reads)

Kids in Lewisville ISD go back to school this morning. Be sure to pay attention to those school zones, and remember that hand-held cell phone usage in those zones is banned. As they like to say: "Watch those flashing yellow lights, before you see the red and blue ones in your rear view."

Don't know about you, but Fluffy and I are doing a little happy dance this morning once we get the kiddos back to school.

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Letters: Aerial Spraying is Less Risky

Letters
Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2012/8/24 23:46:40 (560 reads)
Letters

The West Nile Virus outbreak in our area is an unprecedented public health emergency. Bing Burton, the director of the Denton County Health Department is a very measured and pragmatic expert in public health. I have worked with Dr. Burton on the Denton County Public Health Advisory Board and let me assure you he does not take the recommendation for aerial spraying lightly. This spraying is certainly not a magic bullet, but is a more advanced step to help control West Nile. Everyday we make judgements based on a risk benefit analysis. I urge municipalities to support aerial spraying at this time because the risk benefit scale is tipped heavily in favor of spraying. The ravages of the West Nile virus are well documented. If there are measures that can be taken to limit the effects on our citizens, I would strongly urge support for these measures including aerial spraying.

--
Scott R. McDearmont, MD, FACS
Highland Village

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Thursday Night Update

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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2012/8/23 21:29:27 (781 reads)

Open in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowThe Flower Mound Town Council met tonight, and decided in a 5-0 vote to approve Denton County's plan for aerial spraying over the town. We're told it was a full crowd, and about 20 people got up to speak. Of those, we're also told that it was about evenly split for and against.

Lubbock County Judge Tom Head has delusions about the UN taking over, and him standing up to them by standing in front of their armored personnel carriers. Is the whole Republican party on drugs, or does that kind of thinking just lend itself to this kind of delusional idiocy?

Texas Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa had this to say about Head's statement:

There are a lot of unanswered questions here. Does Judge Head expect the United Nations to come in riding a couple of combines? Does Lubbock also need an Air Force? A Navy? Will the revenues from this tax increase be put into a dedicated account to fight the U.N. invasion? Will the money be returned to taxpayers if the U.N. army doesn’t make it into Lubbock County? What will happen if the Sweetwater militia defeats the vicious blue-beanie peace-keepers before they reach Lubbock?

Judge Head’s statements on the United Nations invasion raise serious questions about his mental competency to hold elected office. Ted Cruz is clearly in good company. Republican crazies have now taken over the Lubbock County courthouse.


I think the guy is clearly delusional, and should be evaluated by a mental health professional. Seriously. He should resign, so that Lubbock County can have some sane leadership.

Mitt Romney continues to flat out lie about President Obama supposedly removing a work requirement from welfare programs. Here is Politifact's "pants on fire" ruling. Romney also continues to misrepresent Obama's "you didn't build that" statement, even when it's perfectly clear in context what he was talking about.

One thing is clear in this November's election: The wrong side absolutely must not win.

Thanks to those of you who like me, wrote letters to Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson asking him to carry out the voters' will, and release $300 million for public education. Patterson responded to us today with a very insulting letter. We need to prove him wrong about us being "slacktivists", and let him know that we care about our schools and expect him to hold up his promise.

Republican wonders if women know what rape is.

Former Dallas Police officer stole from Crime Stoppers

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