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Friday, May 18, 2001

Cancer relay starts tonight at PHS field

PECOS, Friday, May 18, 2001 -- The annual American Cancer Society "Relay for Life," will be  held tonight, beginning at 6 p.m. at Eagle Stadium.

The event celebrates the courage of cancer survivors and honors those who lost their battle with cancer. It starts this evening with Opening Ceremonies, including the first lap by local cancer survivors.

Teams consisting of 10 to 30 people, with each member raising a minimum of $50, will have one walker on the track at all times from 6 p.m. until 10 a.m. on Saturday.

The relay is being sponsored by American Home Health, Anchor, Capital Aggregates, Dr. Orville Cerna, the Marshall Family, Pecos Nursing Home, Reeves County Detention Center Employee's Club, Security State Bank, and West Texas National Bank.

The relay committee consists of Tracy Shaw, Sherry Marshall, Terri Spence, Brent Shaw, Cindy Velez, and Maxine Wickson. "The committee has worked hard to provide entertainment with an all-night DJ, games, and food, while raising money to find a cure for cancer," Shaw said

"We are really excited this year to have 13 teams consisting of about 275 walkers," said Shaw. "Teams will set up a campsite for some or all team members to campout and enjoy all the entertainment and games we have planned throughout the night."

At 9 p.m., luminaries will be lit to honor cancer survivors and remember those who have lost the battle to cancer. "We encourage the community to buy luminaries and come out and hear the names read at the Luminary Ceremony," said Shaw.

Anyone wanting to purchase a luminary may come by the stadium.

The Pecos Lions Club will be serving hamburgers at 6 p.m., and all donations will be given to relay. They will also serve breakfast to the walkers on Saturday morning.

"We have several activities planned for our teams including a scavenger hunt, Road to Recovery Relay, and Cancer Fact Bingo," said Shaw. "West

Texas National Bank is suppose to have their Llama Kissing event at the relay."

The Luminary Ceremony is sponsored by Family Practice Clinic, Dr. Joseph Darpolor, the Cancer Survivor Lap Ceremony by the Exum Family; Rickey, Jodi, JJ, and Lindsey. Other sponsors include Pecos Insurance, Pecos Automotive, Bonnie Green, Don & Judy Love, David Castillo, Western Abstract, Martinez Funeral Home, and Pecos Funeral Home.

"The money raised at this event not only goes to cancer research and program awareness, but to local patient services, such as transportation to and from treatment, walkers, wheelchairs, and hospital beds," said Shaw. "It's about a community that takes up the fight... make plans to join us today at 6 p.m.," she said.

Father, son clean-up PHA's Airbase site

Staff Writer

PECOS, Friday, May 18, 2001 -- The south side of Pecos is looking a lot better recently, thanks to a  couple of men who cleared off lots at the former Pecos Airbase Apartment  lots, located just off of Raul Florez Boulevard.

"We're very blessed that these two men came and took it upon themselves to clear off those lots," said Pecos Housing Authority Executive Director Nellie Gomez.

Eduardo Martinez and his son, 24-year-old Juan Daniel Martinez, worked diligently from October until January of this year, clearing off the lots located on the north side of Florez Boulevard, the former Interstate 20 north service road.

"And they did all this manually," said Gomez.

The lots, which had been empty since the apartments were torn down a decade ago, were full of shrubs, weeds and trash.

"It was hard work, but we finally got it all cleaned up," said Martinez.

Gomez said that the Pecos Rotary Club has been talking to her about developing a little roadside park in that area, for motorists passing through Pecos.

"Now that the lots are cleared, they want to do something," said Gomez. The part would be located at the southwest edge of the Airbase site, at the Country Club Drive exit off I-20.

Gomez said Reeves County also wants to team up with PHA to work on landscaping.

As part of its beautification program, the county is seeking to improve the landscaping on Airbase land north of I-20, while Galindo told the board the land on the south side of the Interstate is being sought for expansion of the Reeves County Golf Course.

"Over the last couple of year or so, Miss Gomez and I have discussed developing the land where the Airbase used to be," Galindo said. "Even if we no longer use it for public housing, it's still a public asset to be used, even if it's only with trees, plants and flowers."

Galindo told the board at their past two meetings about the recently-begun landscaping work at the I-20/U.S. 285 interchange, and said the county would like to do the same thing in the Airbase area, which could include creation of a hike and bike trail and possibly a man-made pond for fishing.

Gomez said she would welcome the county's help in maintaining the property. The Airbase Apartments, which were built for the Pecos Army Airfield during World War II, were torn down on the north side of Interstate 20 back in 1989 and 1990, while the land on the south side of I-20 was cleared of its apartments in 1984.

"After these two men cleared off the lots we didn't know what to do with the debris, but the city came and told us we could take it to the old landfill," said Gomez.

The older Martinez is still employed at PHA, doing landscaping at the PHA apartments, Farm Labor Housing and keeping the lots clean.

He is also a tennant at the housing authority apartments located on Second Street. "It's really an asset to have him as a tenant and to work for us," said Gomez. "He's an A-plus because he has been a real help to us and we really appreciate it," she said.

Martinez said he had moved into the PHA apartments and noticed that the lots in the area around the administration building and the empty lot off of Florez Boulevard looked really bad. "I just decided to clean it up and my son helped me," he said.

"They just kept going and going, until they had it all cleared up," said Martinez.

Martinez lives alone in his apartment and said that he feels very comfortable living there. "I want it to be nice and clean where we live at and Nellie has been so kind I want to help her," he said. "I'm more comfortable here than anywhere else I've ever lived," said Martinez.

Martinez plans to keep helping with the landscaping and living in the PHA apartments, which he now calls "home."

The PHA board took no action during their April meeting on Galindo's proposal, but are expected to discuss it once again during their May meeting, scheduled for next week.

PHS Baccalaureate set for Sunday

PECOS, Friday, May 18, 2001 -- Baccalaureate for the Pecos High School graduating seniors is  scheduled for Sunday night.

The ceremony is set to begin at 8 p.m., that night at the Pecos High School Auditorium. Graduation for the PHS Class of 2001 is scheduled for next Friday, Sept. 25, at Eagle Stadium.


High Thursday 105. Low this morning 70. Forecast for  tonight: Partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers  or thunderstorms. Low near 65. Light southeast wind. Saturday:  Partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms.  High near 95. Southwest wind 10 to 20 mph. Saturday night: Partly  cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms. Sunday:  Partly cloudy with a slight chance of showers or thunderstorms.  Highs from the upper 80s to the lower 90s. Monday: Partly cloudy and  cooler. A chance of thunderstorms. Lows in the 50s. Highs 75 to 85.


Hector Chavez and Amelia Mora

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