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Oil, gas employment continues to grow in Texas for January

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AUSTIN – Data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and Texas Workforce Commission indicates that upstream oil and gas employment in Texas continues to grow, with the sector adding an additional 1,700 jobs in January.

“Oil and natural gas jobs continue to grow in Texas, a testament to industry’s commitment to producing the irreplaceable products that make modern life possible,” said Todd Staples, President of the Texas Oil & Gas Association. “Despite economic headwinds, the oil and natural gas industry remains invested in ensuring that we not only meet our state and nation’s energy needs, but keep Texas an energy leader.”

At 198,100 upstream jobs, compared to the same month in the prior year, January 2023 jobs were up by 24,000–or 13.8%–over January 2022. 

Since the COVID-low point in September of 2020, months of increase in upstream oil and gas employment in Texas have outnumbered months of decrease by 25 to 3. Industry has added 41,100 Texas upstream jobs, averaging growth of 1,468 jobs a month. These jobs pay among the highest wages in Texas, with employers in oil and natural gas paying an average salary of approximately $115,000 in 2022.

The upstream sector involves oil and natural gas extraction and excludes other industry sectors such as refining, petrochemicals, fuels wholesaling, oilfield equipment manufacturing, pipelines, and gas utilities, which support hundreds of thousands of additional jobs in Texas. The employment shown also includes “Support Activities for Mining,” which is mostly oil and gas-related but also includes some small amount of other types of mining.+++Founded in 1919, TXOGA is the oldest and largest oil and gas trade association in Texas representing every facet of the industry.
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Primary election day is tomorrow, March 5

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  • The election polls will be open at the following locations from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday. See sample ballots at the polling location or at the county website co.montague.tx.us.
  • VOTING LOCATIONS
  • Montague County Annex Community
    Room, 11339 State Hwy. 59
  • H.J. Justin Building, 100 Clay, Nocona
  • Saint Jo Civic Center,
    101 E. Boggess
  • Bowie Senior Citizens Center,
    501 Pelham
  • Tales ‘N’ Trails Museum,
    1522 U.S. Hwy. 82E
  • Bowie Public Library, 301 Walnut
  • Forestburg Community Center,
    16617 FM 455
  • Sunset City Hall, 119 FM 1749
  • Ringgold Fire Hall,
    17832 U.S. Hwy. 81N
  • Valley View Baptist Church,
    6159 FM 103
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Primary election day on Tuesday

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Party primary election day is finally here on March 5 as Texas voters select national, state and local leaders, who will in turn face off against any party opposition in November.
Many voters will be happy to see the end of candidate calls, fliers and tv commercials come to an end. Area political forums also have seen the sparks fly among the prospects. However, campaigning will fire back up as runoffs get underway.
Early voting was coming to an end on Friday with 1,841 voting early as of 1 p.m.
Early balloting was different this year with expanded hours including weekend voting last Saturday and Sunday, and extended hours from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. during the last week.
In the party primaries a voter must select a party in which to cast a ballot. In the event of a runoff, the voter can only vote in that party’s runoffs.
Locations for voting on Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. will be as follows: Montague County Courthouse annex in Montague, H.J. Justin Building in Nocona, Saint Jo Civic Center, Bowie Senior Citizens Center, Tales ‘N’ Trails Museum, Bowie Public Library, Forestburg Community Center, Sunset City Hall, Ringgold Fire Hall and Valley View Baptist Church. For specific addresses see the adjacent chart.

See more on the election in the weekend Bowie News.

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Looney given guilty verdict by jury on meth charge

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On Wednesday afternoon a Montague County Grand Jury found James Bruce Looney guilty of possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver.
The jury deliberated about 20 minutes before returning the verdict on the 64-year-old Nocona man. Looney was arrested after a traffic stop on Feb. 4, 2023 by Montague Sheriff’s Deputy Daniel Carter.
During an inventory of the vehicle officers found about 160 grams of methamphetamine, along with packaging materials and a firearm.
Casey Hall, 97th District Attorney and lead prosecutor on this case said, “I am extremely proud of the efforts of the deputies who worked so hard on this case. Because of their efforts, 160 grams of meth as taken off of the streets.”
Looney faces up to life in prison for committing this crime. He was set for sentencing by District Judge Trish Byars on Friday, but she took it under advisement resetting it to 4:30 p.m. March 7.

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