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Wednesday, July 26, 2000

Ryan swaps torch for clippers in new job

Staff Writer

PECOS, July 26, 2000 - After finding himself out of a job with the closing of the plant he had worked at for many years, Pecos native Lee Ryan has established a new business in town.

Ryan's Barber Shop, located at 216 South Eddy St., opened on Tuesday, and Ryan said he had to stay late to finish a total of 15 haircuts.

"I had a real good day yesterday for the first time out," he said.

Ryan was one of the many Pecos workers who lost their jobs when the Freeport McMoRan Sulphur Mine closed down last year.

Ryan then decided to change fields of work from a welder to a barber. To accomplish his career change, he moved to Lubbock for nine months.

While in Lubbock, Ryan attended the Lubbock Hair Academy for barber training. He recently graduated and now is back in Pecos for good.

"Pecos is home to me," he said. "I wouldn't consider living anywhere else."

Ryan said he is very happy with this change in his life.

"This is a great profession," he said. "I love it."

Ryan said he has a good time working on each style of haircuts as well as visiting with his customers.

"I have a blast getting to visit with everybody and with my friends," he said. "That is what I missed while I was in Lubbock."

Ryan is not sure about expanding his business quite yet. He said that if someone asked to join him he wouldn't say no.

"I want to give him the same opportunity as me," Ryan said.

Ryan's Barber Shop is open from 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Tuesday through Friday and from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday.

Men's haircuts are $8 and he will do women's haircuts on Mondays by appointment only for $10.

Ryan said he would like to thank everyone for their support and kindness.

"I look forward to seeing everybody, old and new friends alike," he said.

For more information or to set appointments call 448-6476.

Better irrigation methods called for in water report

Staff Writer

PECOS, July 26, 2000 - More efficient irrigation methods were called for in a report presented to the Region F Water Planning Group on Monday, during a meeting of the group in Big Spring.

The report is the latest step in drawing up a water management plan for the 32-county region, which extends from Reeves County eastward to Brown County (Brownwood) and Kimble County (Junction), and includes the cities of Midland, Odessa and San Angelo.

John Grant, Chairman of the Region F Planning Group, said copies of the plan would be mailed out to county clerks in all 32 counties next Monday, and should be available to the public by Aug. 4.

"The big picture was we looked at water needs and supplies in each of the 32 counties," he said. "There were some shortfalls in agriculture use in some counties."

During a hearing about the plan in Pecos last December, engineers advising Region F noted that the district's western counties _ Reeves, Pecos, Loving, Ward and Winkler counties _ get almost all of their drinking water from underground supplies, while those further east usually rely on above-ground reservoirs for their driking water resources.

"There is some shortage in municipal needs, but we think we can deal with that. The main concern was with agriculture," Grant said.

Grant said water and agriculture officials with Texas A&M and Texas Tech were involved with the preliminary report, and the San Angelo Standard-Times reported on Tuesday that Dr. Phillip Johnson, assistant professor and director of Agriculture Financing at Texas

Tech; and Dr. Jason Johnson, San Angelo-based extension economist, conducted a study which showed Region F faces a shortfall of 190,023 acre feet in irrigation irrigation water next year.

"They said we need to think about changing to more efficient irrigation systems," Grant said. Those included installing more drip irrigation systems and using pipe instead of irrigation canals to transport water from lakes and rivers to farms.

Even with those changes, "There may not be enough water to meet the needs, and irrigated land may have to go to dry land farming."

Grant said the final plan has to be submitted to the Texas Water Development Board by Jan. 5, 2001. The plan and the creation of water districts across the state were mandated by Senate Bill 1, passed by the Texas Legislature in 1997.

Grant said under the law, "We have to have the first draft plan sent to the Water Development Board by Oct. 1. Before that, we have to hold public hearings to take public comments on the report."

He said there will be two hearings following the Labor Day holiday. The first will be on Sept. 5 at the Texas A&M Agriculture Extension and Research Center north of San Angelo. The second will be Sept. 6 at the University of Texas Permian Basin's Center for Economic Energy and Development, near Midland International Airport.

Band hopes concert helps fund Rome trip

Staff Writer

PECOS, July 26, 2000 - Music and more will be a part of the entertainment scheduled for Friday evening at the Pecos High School Auditorium, as a local group seeks the community's help in funding their trip to Rome next month.

Sudden Impact will be performing beginning at 7:30 p.m., at the PHS Auditorium, and they will be bringing with them other artists to help out with the entertainment.

"We have been invited to World Youth Day in Rome and plan to leave on Aug. 10," said Eddie Vasquez with Sudden Impact. "That is why we're planning this concert, is to help raise funds to finance our trip to Rome."

No cover charge will be assessed for admission, but the group will be taking donations to help finance their trip.

"This will help finance our trip, but also (will) bring our music to the community and show them what we are all about," said Vasquez.

CD's featuring Sudden Impact, T-shirts and caps and other promotional items will be for sale during the concert. All proceeds will go towards the trip, according to Vasquez.

"We also have other people that will be singing that evening, such as the 1999 Golden Girl Sara Matta and a former Golden Girl Runner-Up Jennifer Martinez," said Vasquez.

The current Golden Girl, Diana Rubio, will be MC for the evening, and will also be showing off her talent which helped her win her title. Rubio will perform a dance to her favorite Christian song. Her performance during last month's Golden Girl Revue wowed the audience and helped her win the title for the 2000 show.

World Youth Day, is a five-day event begun by Pope John Paul II and had been held every two years in a different country.

"The last year in the U.S. was in 1995 in Denver, Colo.," said Vasquez.

In 1997 it was held in Paris and then skipped 1999, in order to hold World Youth Day in Rome, in conjunction with the 2000 "Jubilee Year" celebration, according to Vasquez.

Sudden Impact will be representing New York. "We got into Heartbeat Records which is in Iowa and the group we're representing are taking about 500 youth from the New York area," said Vasquez.

The majority of the time, the group will be playing for them, but other groups will be there as well, according to Vasquez.

"Certain things will be televised, we don't know yet if our group will be," he said.

Different concerts and events will be going on throughout the day and Sudden Impact will be performing at different times.

"A minimum of 500 youth are expected each time, but more than likely (there will be) more than that," said Vasquez.

This is their first trip abroad as a group, but Vasquez said they have traveled nationally all year, including stops in Chicago, Buffalo, Miami and Iowa, where their record company is located there.

"We appreciate the community's support and thank everyone in advance," said Vasquez.

"We hope they come out and see the show and the newest talents in town," he said.

Vasquez said Sudden Impact would have a full-blown show on Friday that will attract young and old alike. "We want to show them that this is a different show, something new added to attract more kids, new moves and a variety of different songs," he said.

California woman suffers burns in crash

Staff Writer

PECOS, July 26, 2000 - A California woman was lifeflighted to Lubbock early this morning after the vehicle she was riding in burst into flames and rolled over on Interstate 10 in southwestern Reeves County.

The woman was burned over 50 percent of her body in the crash, which occurred near the I-10 junction with I-20 shortly before 2 a.m.

The woman, her husband and son were traveling west on I-10 when the accident happened at mile marker 187, according to Department of Public Safety Trooper Matt Kasmerski, who investigated the accident.

Kasmerski said he believes the man fell asleep at the wheel, though that was disputed by the car's driver.

"He said he didn't fall asleep," Kasmerski said. "But, I think he just fell asleep and drove off the right side of the rode."

The 1977 4-door Buick left the westbound lanes of I-10 and hit a guardrail and caught on fire before rolling down the embankment. The woman was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the car, but the man and their son were wearing their belts, Kasmerski said.

Balmorhea ambulance transported the woman to Reeves County Hospital, from where she was flown to a burn unit in Lubbock. The man and son only received minor cuts and bruises in the accident.

Names of the three people were unavailable at press time.

The family was on their way back home to California from Florida, according to the trooper's report.

The vehicle was completely burned and was taken to B&B Wrecking Service in Pecos.

Student orientation underway today, Thursday at PHS

PECOS, July 26, 2000 - Pecos High School is beginning orientation today.

Seniors and Juniors were able to pick up their new schedules, lockers, and parking spaces at the PHS Auditorium. Seniors received them at 10 a.m. and Juniors at 1 p.m.

Sophomores will be able to get their schedules at 10 a.m., tomorrow with the incoming Freshmen at 1 p.m.

For schedule changes, students should contact a counselor between next Tuesday and Thursday, Aug. 1-3.

In order for students to receive their schedules, they must bring their enrollment forms filled out and signed by a parent or guardian.


PECOS, July 26, 2000 - High Tuesday 110. Low this morning 83. Forecast for tonight: Partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms. Low 70-75. South wind 10-20 mph. Thursday: Partly cloudy. High near 108. South wind 10-20 mph. Thursday night: Partly cloudy. Low 70-75. Friday: Mostly sunny and fair at nights. Lows 70-75. Highs 104-109.

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