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Bowie Council to hear report from its power provider

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Members of the Bowie City Council will hear a presentation from its electric power provider on its rate and transmission cost when they meet at 6 p.m. on June 10.
A planning and goals’ workshop also is set to follow the regular meeting.
Ken Lindburg of Bryan Texas Utilities will meet with the council to review its bulk power costs with BTU and the city’s transmission costs. City Manager Bert Cunningham has been recommending changes to the city bill to help offset transmission costs the city has been absorbing.
Possible expenditures for the parks board to make repairs on the Pelham Park walking trail will be considered. A group of local walkers approached the council last month about making repairs to the decaying asphalt trail to help avoid accidents.
Two re-appointments to parks board also will be presented.
The city manager’s report will cover numerous topics including the Nelson Street bridge and the status of that project as well as the sewer line replacement program. He will discuss replacing a water line on Wichita Street, the lake line leak, storm siren testing and a meeting on the substation upgrade.
The only old item of business is the second reading of the ordinance adopting an updated water conservation and drought contingency plan.
Public comments conclude the regular council agenda.

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BISD extends superintendent’s contract 1 year

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By BARBARA GREEN
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Bowie Independent School District Superintendent Blake Enlow received a one-year extension on this three-year contract following the annual summative evaluation during the June 13 board meeting.
Trustees usually conduct this review in the summer and do a board goals’ review in January. Enlow met with the board in closed session for about 90 minutes, afterwhich, trustees discussed the topic without him for about 30 minutes.
There was no action on a salary addendum and it will consider that during the budget process for all administrators and staff.
Much of the agenda focused on year-end reports for transportation, food service, custodial, maintenance and technology. The board also got their first look at State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness grades in math, reading and reading-language arts in grades three-eighth, fifth and eighth grade science and eighth grade social studies.

Read the full story in the mid-week Bowie News.

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Sunset travel center on Rural TIP plan

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The Texas Department of Transportation in late May conducted its virtual public hearings and began accepting public comments on the Rural Transportation Improvement Plan.
TxDOT officials will now review each revised rural TIP proposal and integrate them into the statewide TIP, followed by Rural TIP approval, the first step in the statewide plan.
For Montague County 14 projects were featured in the 2025-29 RTIP spanning road improvements, county road bridge replacements and construction of a new safety rest area on U.S. Highway 81/287, eight miles south of Bowie in fiscal year 2026. The Wichita Falls district of TxDOT includes Archer, Baylor, Clay, Cooke, Montague, Throckmorton, Wichita, Wilbarger and Young Counties.

Read the full story in the mid-week Bowie News.

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First official day of summer arrives June 20

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June 20 is the first official day of summer, although most of Texas has already been sweltering.
Summer begins with the solstice on at 4:51 p.m. on June 20, marking the astronomical first day of summer in the Northern Hemisphere.
In the Northern Hemisphere, the June solstice (aka summer solstice) occurs when the Sun reaches its highest and northernmost points in the sky.
While a heat dome has settled across the country, most of the dangerous heat is in the southwest and the north central part of the U.S. Texas’ forecast shows temperatures in the mid- to high 90s throughout the week.

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