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Monday, September 18, 2000

Students given lesson on Constitution

Staff Writer

PECOS, September 18, 2000 - Students at a Pecos elementary school were able to relive history this morning, as they participated in the signing of the U.S. Constitution.

It may not be 1787, and these delegates are not founding a nation, but students at Bessie Haynes Elementary School in Pecos, got a chance to relive history that was made 213 years ago during a re-enactment of the signing of the U.S. Constitution, sponsored by U.S. Senator Phil Gramm's office as part of National Constitution Week.

Magarita Velez, representing Gramm, presented students with pocket-sized copies of the U.S. Constitution. Students had a chance to sign a scroll in a re-enactment of the signing ceremony. The scroll featuring students' names will then be sent to the National Constitution Center, where it will be displayed alongside others from across the nation.

"The constitution is a living document, as important today as the day it was signed by the Framers, including George Washington, Alexander Hamilton and Benjamin Franklin," Gramm said in a statement. "Events like this give our children a chance to experience history hands-on, so they can appreciate the sacrifices that those men and women made. Constitution Week should be a time for all Americans to reflect on the democratic values that have made our country great."

The U.S. Constitution was signed on Sept. 17, 1787. National Constitution Week is Sept. 17-23.

Velez told the assembled group that everyone at the school would have a chance to sign the scroll, which would be sent back to her office and then forwarded to Philadelphia.

Velez shared information on the background of the constitution and provided vital and little-known facts about the events surrounding the momentous occasion.

Ben Franklin at 81 years of age was the oldest to sign the constitution with the youngest being Jonathan Dayton at 21 years of age, according to Velez.

"There were many people who came together to sign the constitution," said Velez. "There were 13 colonies and representatives from all the colonies to decide what was going to go on this document."

"The people who signed the constitution didn't actually write it," said Velez. "The constitution was framed, or thought of, by these individuals."

Velez stated that it took more than 100 days to see what would actually go on constitution. "They decided that every state would have two representatives, because the smaller colonies wanted equal representation, and the equal number of people for each district," she said.

There are currently 100 members of the U.S Senate, two for each of the 50 states, while members of the House of Representatives are divided up based on each state's population.

"After it was decided how it would be drawn a penman was hired, they paid $30 for clerks to write the constitution," said Velez.

Velez told the group that back then they didn't have ballpoint pens or fountain pens, but instead used quills, sharpening the point of the feathers before using it to write.

"In order to write, they dipped it in ink, which is very hard to write with," she said.

Velez said all these men were very proud to sign this document, which is the basis for the operation the United States' government and for the rights of its citizens.

It took a lot of thought, compromise, foresight and knowledge to put the constitution together, according to Velez.

"And actually the man who wrote the document, his name wasn't even on it, he never signed it," said Velez.

Jacob Challis was an assistant clerk of the Pennsylvania State Assembly, and he is the one who actually wrote the constitution, and got paid only half of what the clerks made.

All students at Bessie Haynes Elementary School will have a chance to sign the document that will hang in Independence Hall in Pennsylvania.

Juries render split decision in possession trials

Staff Writer

PECOS, September 18, 2000 - Two cocaine possession trials before U.S. District Judge Royal Furgeson in Pecos produced two different results last week in U.S. District Court in Pecos, as jurors convicted a Delicias, Chih., Mex. man of possession of 36.2 pounds of cocaine on Wednesday while a second jury found a Chihuahua City, Mex., man not guilty in a case involving possession of 36.8 pounds of cocaine.

Both trials resulted from traffic stops earlier this year at the Presidio Port of Entry. In the first trial, Rafael Miranda-Fierro, 36, was charged possession and importation of over 5 kilograms of cocaine on April 15, 2000. According to U.S. Customs Service agents, Fierro was stopped while driving a golf Ford Windstar van at the Presidio checkpoint, after he told agents he was going shopping in Presidio but did not know the name of the store.

After Fierro was ordered to open the hood of his van, a K-9 unit alerted to an area near the vent system, and the cocaine was found beneath the cowling area near the vehicle's windshield.

In the second trial, Jorge Anaya-Armendariz, 29, was found not guilty of the same two charges, stemming from a traffic stop at the checkpoint on April 26, 2000. Armendariz was a passenger in the red Chrysler driven by Jesus Omar Quezasa-Quintana, 21, also of Chihuahua City, who pled guilty to importation of cocaine on Aug. 10.

After the car was stopped and searched, with the cocaine again being found in the compartment beneath the front windshield, Quintana told agents he had been paid $1,5000 to drive the Chrysler to El Paso, but said while he knew something was in the car he did not know it was cocaine.

Armendariz said he had been asked by Quintana to ride with him to El Paso, and was told he would be paid for doing so.

Armendariz was ordered released following Thursday's not guilty verdict. Sentencing for Quintana on the count of importation of cocaine is scheduled for Oct. 10.

Pee Wee football planning for opening day

PECOS, September 18, 2000 - A parade will be held on Saturday prior to the start of the Pecos Eagle Pee Wee Football League.

Eight teams of players in Grades 3 through 6 will participate in the full-contact league, the first for elementary school-age players in Pecos since 1980. Four games are scheduled on Saturday, starting at 10 a.m. at the Crockett Middle School Field, with the parade scheduled for 9 a.m. from the 800 block of South Eddy Streets south along Eddy, Washington and Iowa streets to the Crockett field.

All parents and other area residents are urged to turn out for the parade and the games. A concession stand operated by the Pecos Lions Club will be set up at the field, with proceeds going to the Pee Wee Football teams.


Laurencia Chavez

Laurencia "Ruena" Chavez, 81, of Wink, died Thursday, Sept. 14, 2000, at her residence.

Services were held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 16, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Kermit with Father John Lucido officiating. Burial was in Kermit Cemetery.

She was born March 16, 1919, in Marfa, was a homemaker, a resident of Wink for 56 years and was a Catholic.

Survivors include one son, Jesse Chavez of Lubbock; three daughters, Ramona Hernandez of Wink, Ermalinda Chavez of Pecos, Gloria Gantz of Odessa; one sister, Maria Montez of Stanton; 12 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.

Cooper Funeral Home Chapel, Inc. of Kermit is in charge of arrangements.


PECOS, September 18, 2000 - High Sunday 96. Low this morning 59. Forecast for tonight: Clear. Low in the mid 60s. Southeast wind 5-15 mph. Tuesday: Mostly sunny. High in the upper 90s. Southwest wind 5-15 mph. Tuesday night: Mostly clear. Low 60-65. Wednesday: Partly cloudy. Low 60-65. High 90-95.

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