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Thursday, October 25, 2001

Torres' show focus of P-B-T drug-free rally

Staff Writer
PECOS, Thurs., Oct. 25, 2001 -- Elementary students in Pecos got a chance to learn while enjoying live music this morning at the Pecos High School New Gym.

Students from all over the district gathered at 9:30 a.m., to watch Patsy Torres and "The Positive Force Tour."

Torres, who is from San Antonio, has become one of the most important and influential Tejano singers.

She has performed for live audiences of more than 100,000 people, and appeared and performed on national television for millions of viewers, and traveled all over the world winning numerous awards for her musical talents and community works.

Torres has graced the covers of national magazines, and Billboard magazine proclaimed her as one of the "Top Female Tejano Stars," while Vista Magazine selected her to represent "What's Hot in Texas." Latin Style magazine describes Torres as "El Sonido del Futuro" _ the sound of the future.

Counselors from the Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD asked Torres to perform for the students as part of Drug Free Week.

Eva Arriola, counselor at Pecos High School, said that they wanted to do something different to end Drug Free Week than in the past.

"We wanted something different this year," she said. "And this idea was brought to the counselors."

During a recent school board meeting some of the district's counselors explained to the board why they chose to bring Torres.

"We want to target the secondary students," Counselor Rosie Salcido said. "The little ones really enjoyed the pep rallies and seeing us at the football field, but the secondary students seemed to be a little bit bored and we want to target them a little bit more this year."

With a degree in science, Torres is a strong advocate for "Stay in School" partnerships, anti-drug campaigns and student issues and found that her celebrity status gave her a privileged credibility with young people.

At her many speaking engagements, she told students that she felt her greatest accomplishment was getting a college education while flourishing in a career of show business with her morals intact.

San Antonio officials and local businesses supported Torres when she came up with a specialized musical show targeting teen problems and issues. The success of "The Positive Force Tour" has earned her San Antonio's coveted "Hidalgo Humanitarian Award."

This "musical drama" incorporates singing, dancing, skits, interaction dialogue, and testimonials along with state of the art special effects, lighting and costuming.

Arriola and Salcido said that they believed that the younger students really enjoyed the concert and Torres' message.

"They were able to relate to it," Salcido said. "I think it was great. She had their attention and their focus."

During the concert, Torres spoke to the children about the importance of education the impact of alcohol and drug use, suicide and gangs while at the same time using popular songs of today to help get the message across.

Arriola said that she believes Torres will be able to positively influence the older students from Crockett Middle School and Pecos High School when they see the performance at 1:30 p.m., today.

"I really do feel that the high school students will enjoy it," she said. "I think it will have a positive effect on the kids."

Three arrested after Wednesday drug raid

Staff Writer
PECOS, Thurs., Oct. 25, 2001 -- Three individuals were arrested, two on drug charges, after law enforcement officials executed a search warrant Wednesday evening at a home in Pecos.

Officers from the Pecos Police Department, Reeves County Sheriff's Department and the Trans Pecos Drug Task Force, executed the search warrant at 6:48 p.m., Wednesday, at 904 Oleander Street.

"The officers secured two male subjects that were outside the residence sitting inside a parked vehicle and also secured the occupants inside the house," said Pecos Police Department Investigator Paul Deishler.

Deishler said that once all occupants were secured the subjects were presented a copy of the search warrant that was issued by Judge Amonario Ramon.

Officers proceeded to search the premises and the officers located inside the residence a substance believed to be marijuana and paraphernalia commonly used with the smoking of marijuana.

"The officers searched the vehicle that the two male occupants were in and located inside the vehicle a substance believed to be marijuana and paraphernalia commonly used with the smoking of marijuana," said Deishler.

Officers completed their search of the premises and they arrested Joe Arthur Salas, 23, for possession of marijuana under two ounces within 1,000 feet of Pecos Elementary School and possession of drug paraphernalia. Salas also had an outstanding warrant from the Reeves County Sheriff's Department for the offense of theft.

Irene Jiminez, 25, was arrested for possession of marijuana within 1,000 feet of Pecos Elementary School and possession of drug paraphernalia and Ovalle Natividad, 31, for an outstanding warrant issued out of Winkler County for the offense of theft by check.

All three were transported to Reeves County Jail, according to Deishler.


PECOS, Thurs., Oct. 25, 2001 -- High Wednesday 88. Low this morning 44. Forecast for tonight: Clear. Lows 40 to 45. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph. Friday: Sunny. Highs in the mid 70s. Southeast winds 5 to 15 mph. Friday night: Clear. Lows in the mid 40s. Saturday: Sunny. Highs 70 to 75. Sunday: Mostly clear. Lows 40 to 45. Highs 70 to 75.

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