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February 2003

Release Date: February 6, 2003

West Texas Collection Drops Morning, Evening Hours

The West Texas Collection is reducing its public hours in response to state-mandated budget cuts affecting Angelo State University and other state agencies.

Effective Monday, Feb. 10, the West Texas Collection (WTC) will be open 1-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Previously, the collection opened to the public at 10 a.m. weekdays and stayed open until 9 p.m. on Thursdays.

WTC Head Suzanne Campbell said the reduction in hours was necessary to meet the budget reduction with the staffing that will be available for the remainder of the fiscal year.

"We regret the inconvenience the reduction in hours will cause the public," Campbell said, "but with our small staff we had limited options in meeting the budget mandate."

Last month Texas Gov. Rick Perry in conjunction with Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and House Speaker Tom Craddick ordered state agencies to reduce their budgets 7 percent during the current fiscal year.

The WTC is a regional archive devoted to preserving materials on the history of the region. A unit of the Porter Henderson Library, the WTC is located on the second floor of the Houston Harte University Center on the ASU campus.