The oil and gas production in the Panhandle is increasing due to the rise in oil and gas prices.
Most producers are making a profit because the price per barrel has risen enough to start drilling. Price per barrel right now costs around $73 and profitability hits at around $60 to $65 dollars per barrel.
At the beginning of this year, there were no drilling rigs operating in the Panhandle, and in February natural gas production was down about 30 percent.
Currently there are five rigs operating in the Panhandle.
The Hilmar Cheese Company is holding a hiring fair today.
The company is hosting the fair at the processing facility at 12400 US 385 in Dalhart from 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Hilmar Cheese Company is growing and provides employees the opportunities to advance.
Xcel Energy wants customers to be prepared for the extreme temperatures to come and the bills that come along with it.
The spokesman for Xcel, Wes Reeves, says it is important for customers to budget for higher bills in the summer. Reeves says if you are worried about making a payment to give them a call and they can work with you.
If there are extreme conditions like we saw over the past two weeks, Xcel will suspend its disconnects during that time.
If you want to contact Xcel about payment arrangements, call 1-800-895-4999 Monday through Friday