Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Tuesday, September 5, 2000
Opening date for RCDC addition delayed
By ROSIE FLORES
PECOS, September 5, 2000 - The arrival of the first inmates for the
new 1,000 bed addition at the Reeves County Detention Center has been pushed
back from its originally announced date of this Wednesday, but completion
of the construction and the arrival of the first new prisoners is still
scheduled for later this month.
"They're working as hard as they can to stick as close to the scheduled
completion date as possible," said RCDC Warden Rudy Franco.
Franco had earlier stated that inmates would be transported to the new
facility on Wednesday, Sept. 6, but that date has been pushed back because
final approval of the work has not been done.
"They are still waiting on the inspections they need to have before
they can bring in inmates and I don't know when they have scheduled that,"
said Mark Schumacher, vice president sales and marketing with Banes General
Contractors, Inc., which is the construction contractor working on the
"We still have some buildings that are not completed, we're trying to
complete Phase I, so that they can transport the first inmates in here,"
The inmates, like those currently at the prison, would come from those
being held within the U.S. Bureau of Prisons detention system.
"The system is moving them to Oklahoma City until we're ready to accept
them," said Franco.
The completion date will still be before the end of September. "As soon
as we open up a unit, we'll bring a batch of inmates in," said Franco.
A unit can hold 192 inmates and Franco said that at two of the units
would be ready by the end of this month to accept new prisoners.
The facility will then undergo two inspections by the Texas Commission
on Jail Standards and the Bureau of Prisons before the first inmates are
allowed into the new unit.
The RCDC was built in 1986 and originally handled about 300 inmates.
It was expanded in the early 1990s to a capacity of 500 inmates, and 2½
years ago the prison population was increased to 1,000 inmates.
Local capture festival events in Balmorhea
By LEIA HOLLAND
PECOS, September 5, 2000 - The 25th Annual Oasis of West
Texas Labor Day Festival was a complete success according to Festival Coordinator
Brijalba said the festival was full of people despite the heat.
"I think it was the biggest crowd we have ever had," he said.
People from all over West Texas competed in the various competitive
events held on Saturday.
Joel and Florinda Madrid of the Bearden Café in Balmorhea beat
11 entries in the Gas Grill Fajita Cookoff to take home the first place
trophy and prize of a Duquesne Gas Grill.
The second place winner of the fajita cookoff was Tommy Dominguez of
Balmorhea with George Valerio of Fort Davis taking third.
The World Championship Frijole Bean Cookoff brought out 16 entries.
Tami Dean of Tami Dean's Main Street Café in Balmorhea triumphed
over the pack to take first place and receive a propane burner griddle.
Abel Dominguez of Balmorhea received second place and Salvador Garcia
of Del Rio received third.
Pat Towler of Balmorhea delighted the judges' sweet tooth in the pie
bakeoff with her Blueberry Delight pie. She won the first prize of a steak
dinner for two.
Dianna Tollett of Toyah and Ernastina Castillo of Balmorhea both received
a dinner for two with their pies.
Tollett won second place with her blueberry pie and Castillo won third
place with her Pineapple Cream pie.
Brijalba said the competitions and games were very successful and also
said the dance brought the people good music and lots of fun.
"Everybody seemed to enjoy it," he said.
Open House set for Kindergarten this Thursday
PECOS, September 5, 2000 - Pecos Kindergarten, at 10th and Hickory
streets, will be having its annual Open House at 7 p.m. this Thursday.
Everyone is encouraged to come tour the school and visit with the teachers
Eagles' tickets for 2000 games remain on sale
PECOS, September 5, 2000 - Pecos Eagle Football Tickets remain on sale
at the school business office for the team's five home games for the 2000
Call 447-7204 to purchase tickets or for more information on season
tickets for the games, which are Sept. 15 versus Alpine, Sept. 22 against
Presidio, homecoming on Oct. 13 against Clint, Oct. 27 versus Canutillo
and Nov. 3 against El Paso Mountain View.
Tickets also are available for individual games at the P-B-T school
business office, 1302 S. Park St., at $5 per game.
Beth Oden Boykin, 79, of Colonial Heights, died Thursday, Aug. 31, 2000,
at her residence.
Services were held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 2, at the Petersburg
Chapel of J.T. Morris and Son Funeral Home. Burial was in Blandford Cemetery.
She was born in Wichita Falls, but grew up in Pecos, where she graduated
as valedictorian of Pecos High School in 1938. She then graduated from
the Drawn's Business College in Wichita Falls, in 1943, served in the U.S.
Army during WWII and was honored for her service by having her name inscribed
on the Women's National Memorial at Washington D.C. She was a retired civil
service employee with the Quartermaster and Consolidated Supply at Fort
Lee, Va. She was Past Worthy Matron of Alpha Chapter #1 Order of the Eastern
Star and a longtime member of the Walnut Hill Baptist Church in Petersburg,
One sister, Quinnie Bell Oden Henson, preceded her in death.
Survivors include one son, Alton Boykin, Jr. of Petersburg, Va.; one
daughter, Brenda Marie Boykin Thompson of Colonial Heights, Va.; two brothers,
Bill Oden of Pecos and John E. Oden of New York City; three grandchildren
and several nieces and nephews.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers memorials be made to Colonial
Heights Fire and EMS, P.O. Box 3401, Colonial Heights, VA 23834 or Walnut
Hill Baptist Church, 310 S. Blvd., Petersburg, VA 23805.
J.T. Morris and Son Inc. Funeral Homes of Petersburg were in charge
PECOS, September 5, 2000 - High Monday 103. Low this morning 66. Forecast
for tonight: Clear. Low around 70. Light southeast wind. Wednesday: Sunny
and continued hot. High around 101. Southeast wind 10-20 mph. Wednesday
night: Clear. Low around 70. Thursday: Mostly sunny and clear at night.
Low in the upper 60s. High 95-100.
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
Division of Buckner News Alliance, Inc.
324 S. Cedar St., Pecos, TX 79772
Phone 915-445-5475, FAX 915-445-4321
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