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Wednesday, October 24, 2001

Bear collection bound for kids of terror victims

Staff Writer

PECOS, Wed., Oct. 24, 2001 -- Victim Services, a part of the Reeves County Adult  Probation Office, is preparing to send a second shipment of teddy bears to  the victims of the Sept. 11 tragedy.

Susie Saenz, of Victim Services, said that many community members responded well to her request for donations.

Saenz said that she and some colleagues decided to ask the community for help after seeing the same "Beggin' for Bears" campaign being done elsewhere in Texas.

"We saw it on one of the channels in Dallas," she said.

Saenz sent out flyers to area businesses asking the community to make the teddy bear donations that will be given to all school children in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania. Those were the sites of the four-plane hijacking and crashes, into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania on Sept. 11.

She said she hopes the teddy bears will be able to help the children cope with the tragedy better than anything that could be said to them.

"There's no words that we can say to heal what they are going through right now," she said.

The deadline to donate was Oct. 15, according to Saenz, who sent out approximately 200 bears on Oct. 18th.

Saenz said that more bears were donated since then including a group from Ward County totaling at least 100 to 120 bears.

Saenz said that many people have come by to donate all with different reasons for donating.

One story was from a grandmother and her grandchildren who donated teddy bears instead of replacing a lamp the grandchildren had broke.

Saenz also said that another grandmother brought in numerous teddy bears representing each one of her grandchildren.

"There were kids that said instead of buying them lots of presents that they would rather just donate teddy bears," she said.

Saenz said that the community responded well and she is very grateful to the community for taking an interest in the teddy bear donations.

"We (the community) always help out," she said. "We help each other as well as everyone else."

Anybody who wishes to donate teddy bears may still drop them off at the Adult Probation Office at 700 W. Daggett St., Suite A.

Alley work causes problems for 3rd St. business again

Staff Writer

PECOS, Wed., Oct. 24, 2001 -- As Southern Union Gas employees work on refurbishing  a gas line under Third Street, a local business owner hopes the work  will be completed quickly.

David Castillo, owner of La Nortena Tortilla Factory, said that he has seen a slowdown in sales in the last two days due to the construction, which is blocking access to his drive-thru window on the south side of Third Street.

Gas company crews are digging up the alleyway in between the tortilla factory and Uncle's Convenience Store on East Third Street as well as between the La Nortena store and Dan Daniel's Music and Video.

Equipment and open holes are blocking the drive-thru window at Castillo's store, which accounts for a good amount of La Nortena's business, according to Castillo.

"Our drive thru window is pretty much 50 to 60 percent of business," he said.

Castillo said that this is not the first time crews have dug up the alleyway _ in fact he can remember that it has happened three times in the past three years.

"It's become a yearly thing," he said.

Castillo said that some major construction occurred in 1999, when the crews worked in the alley for months, which affected his business.

"That was one of our harder years," he said.

Some of the work during that period involved the installation of a new 10-block section of sewer line by the Town of Pecos City along the south side of Third Street, while Texas Department of Transportation crews were also busy that year replacing curbs and building new sidewalks along the length of Third Street in Pecos.

Permian Area Operations Manager for Southern Union Gas Johnny King said that he does not remember his company's work being a yearly occurrence.

He said that the crews have dug up that particular alleyway before to do a temporary repair on the gas line but no other time.

"Right now we're trying to do a permanent repair," King said. "Hopefully this will be the last time for quite some time."

King said that the crews started working on repairing the line on Monday and hopes to be done by Friday of this week.

Castillo said that he has already noticed an impact on his business since the crew started working on Monday.

"In the last day or so our sales were down," he said.

However, Castillo said that he understands that the work must be done, but only hopes that the company moves the work along quickly.

"Hopefully they understand our situation," he said.

Sewage, landfill facilities topics for City Council

PECOS, Wed., Oct. 24, 2001 -- Town of Pecos City Council members will hold a public hearing on adopting rules for the city's on-site sewage facilities, and will discuss the Pecos Economic Development Corporation's budget and amending the city's bed tax agreement with the Pecos Chamber of Commerce during their meeting Thursday afternoon at City Hall.

Council members will hold an executive session during which they will discuss/consider acquisition of property for a new city landfill before returning to open session.

The council will also allow public comments about the operation of Classic Cable in the city, will formally set the time and date for trick-or-treating in the city and will discuss/consider a resolution for the city to authorize signatories for the Texas Community Development grant during Thursday's meet, which begins at 5:30 p.m. in council chambers.

The council will discuss moving the scheduled Halloween trick-or-treat night up four days, from Wednesday, Oct. 31 to this Saturday, Oct. 27, The public hearing will be prior to the second reading of the rules adopting the on-site sewage facilities, and after the public comments portion of the meeting, during which a discussion of Classic Cable's local operations is expected to take place.

Other items on Thursday's agenda include discussion of errors and corrections for 2000 and prior tax rolls; discussion and consideration of the 2001 tax rolls and approve a proclamation for National Alzheimer's Disease Month, which is scheduled for November.

Crockett hosting parenting skills course Monday

PECOS, Wed., Oct. 24, 2001 -- Crockett Middle School, 8th grade, invites all parents to a parenting skills class at 6 p.m., Monday in the school cafeteria.

The event will be presented by High Sky Children's Ranch.

"Anger Management" will be one of the topics to be discussed.


PECOS, Wed., Oct. 24, 2001 -- High Tues. 88. Low this morning 64. Forecast for tonight:  Clear.  Lows around 40. NE winds 5 to 15 mph. Thurs.:  Sunny. Highs around 70.  SE winds 5 to 15 mph. Thurs. night:  Clear. Lows around 40. Fri.:  Mostly  sunny. Highs 70 to 75. Sat.: Clear. Lows around 40. Highs around 70. Sun.:   Clear. Lows 40 to 45. Highs 70 to 75.

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