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Wednesday, September 11, 2002

Courthouse hosts  local ceremony honoring victims

Staff Writer

PECOS, Wed., Sept. 11, 2002 -- Pecos area residents, along with local law enforcement, firefighters, EMTs and reserve and retired military personnel gathered at the Lucius B. Bunton Federal Courthouse this morning for a commemoration ceremony of the first anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks on the United States.

The ceremony began at 9:15 a.m., as Pecos Downtown Lions Club and Pecos City Council member Michael Benavides welcomed everyone out to the event.

An opening prayer immediately followed with Lions Club member John Grant reciting two biblical phrases before and after the prayer.

Mayor Dot Stafford followed in reading a proclamation that would declare September 11, as a day of remembrance in the Town of Pecos City.

Grant then led the audience into several patriotic songs, including America the Beautiful, before police and the city's emergency warning sirens were sounded at 9:30 a.m.

Following that, those at the courthouse were called on to recite the Pledge of Allegiance, which was then followed by a minute of silence.

The lowering of the flag to half-staff at the courthouse was done by courthouse security Clifford Adkins.

The Catholic War Veterans performed a 21-gun salute, which was followed by the Taps played by Pecos High School band member Dallas Goff.

The ceremony ended with the presentation of certificates of appreciation by the Federal Courthouse staff to local law enforcement and emergency services.

Roy Pena, Fire Chief of the Pecos Fire Department; Clay McKinney, Chief of the Pecos Police Department; Andy Gomez, Sheriff of the Reeves County Sheriff's Office; Gary Richards, Commander of the Trans Pecos Drug Task Force; John Cravey of the Pecos EMS; Derek Evans of the Texas Department of Public Safety; Monty Zimmermann and Susan Chavez of the United States Immigration and Naturalization; John Carter of the U.S. Border Patrol; Billy Johnson of the U.S. Marshal Service and Steve Balog of the U.S. Court Security Office all receiving a certificate.

Grandchildren of area residents born on Sept. 11 mark birthdays

PECOS, Wed., Sept. 11, 2002 -- Amber Ann and Audria Ann Garay celebrated their first "patriotic" party together along with several family members. The twins were born Sept. 11, 2001.

They are the children of Angela Ortega and Oscar Garay and have one brother, Nathan Garay.

Amber and Audria enjoyed their party with refreshments, games, piñata and gifts. Their patriotic cake was given to them by their aunts and uncles, Amy and John Romero and Robert and Beatrice Ortega.

Grandparents are Armando and Angelina Ortega of Barstow and Ismael and Gloria Valeriano of Pecos.

The twin's godparents are Armando Jr. and Michelle Ortega of Artesia, N.M.

Chamber updated on plans for Fall Fair

Staff Writer

PECOS, Wed., Sept. 11, 2002 -- Plans are coming together for the Annual Reeves County Fall Fair, scheduled for Oct. 3-5 at the Reeves County Civic Center.

"The fall fair committee met recently and the group is working hard on new ideas and projects," said Debbie Thomas, during the regular Pecos Area Chamber of Commerce Directors meeting, held Tuesday at noon.

Thomas told the group that Jason Garduno is working on putting together a ranch rodeo at the adjacent Buck Jackson Rodeo Arena during the fall fair activities.

"Booths are still available and Austin Elementary will be decorating with red, white and blue and farm animals," said Thomas. "In the past, they have done scarecrows to decorate with and this year it will be farm animals."

Thomas said that appraisers for the animals will be back again this year, and setting up and decorating will be done Thursday, Oct. 1. "They're going to try to keep it open for the schools that want to go in and decorate," she said.

"Jason is working really hard in putting together this ranch rodeo, and that's something we really need to bring people in," said chamber president Kevin Duke.

Entry fee for the ranch rodeo events is $5 for teens and adults, and free for children 12 and under, according to Duke.

Women's Division President Laura Briggs told members that "Welcome Baskets" have been delivered to several new families in the community.

"We delivered several baskets and everybody seemed really pleased, but now we're hearing that there are some new families we need to go visit," said Briggs. "I'm going to try to assign a business to each woman in the club to go visit and gather something from them to place in the baskets."

Briggs said that items such as menus, jar openers, a welcome letter, or anything with the businesses' logo. "It can be anything, just so that the people will know about their business," she said.

Briggs said that if anybody knows of a new family or individual in the community to contact her or the chamber office, so that they will be properly introduced into the community.

"At our last meeting we discussed having a dance for Christmas, but I don't think we'll be able to do it for this Christmas, maybe for Valentine's Day or next Christmas," said Briggs. "The cost of a big band and just finding one is harder than I thought."

The Women's Division is also working hard on doing something for the teachers in the community. "We thought about having a teacher's tea, but everybody has been so busy, so we'll probably do something else for them next semester," Briggs said.

She added that the Women's Division will be hosting an appreciation dinner for all the EMT's and firemen in the community on Oct. 12. "Jennifer Galvan, a reporter for the newspaper will be the chairperson for that event," said Briggs.

Thomas told the group that a new exhibit will be on display at the West of the Pecos Museum for the month of October. "However, we need some sponsors to help us with this exhibit, because it will cost $1,000 to bring it here," said Thomas.

The traveling exhibit is provided by the American Airpower Heritage Museum of Midland. It is entitled: North America: United In Victory, a multi-venue exhibit which documents a unique part of North American history and perpetuates its rich cultural heritage by providing a compelling and educational experience focusing on the history and achievements of the Tuskegee Airmen, the Navajo Code Talkers, and the Mexican 201st Fighter Squadron.

"If anybody is interested in helping us out, they can come by the museum or call us," she said.

The exhibit consists of seven free-standing panels. It also includes an interactive kiosk that allows visitors to get a more in depth look into each history and dramatically enhances the overall impact of the presentation.

"It will be very nice and something different for the community to come and see," said Thomas. "And of course exhibits are free to the community."

Town of Pecos City Manager Carlos Yerena updated the group on what projects the city is currently working on.

"Right now, our biggest project is the landfill," said Yerena of the new trench being built south of town. "We hope to get it in operation soon."

Yerena said that the project is a big expense, but something that the community really needs. "This will be a Type I and Type IV landfill and we'll be able to really start cleaning up the community, because we'll have somewhere to dump all that debris," said Yerena. Currently, the city ships most of its garbage to a regional landfill west of Odessa.

Yerena said that the city already has someone with a license that will operate the facility.

Reeves County Hospital Administrator Robert Vernor told the group that plans for the expansion at the hospital are coming along great.

"We're down to getting the details for each of the rooms and area," said Vernor. "We also hired a consultant to help with the kidney dialysis room to get everything in the right place."

Vernor said that the group plans to move dirt and start on the architecture by the first of the year.

Duke told chamber members that the Hawaiian Luau held last week had been a huge success and the chamber plans to have host it again last year. "Peaceful Garden had a great reception and the museum decorated the courtyard and everything was great," said Duke.

Rural funds application, budget on council agenda

PECOS, Wed., Sept. 11, 2002 -- The Town of Pecos City Council will discuss and consider a resolution authorizing the submission of an application to the Texas Community Development Program's Office of the Rural Community Affairs for the Community Development Fund during their regular meeting Thursday morning in Council chambers at City Hall.

The meeting will begin at 7 a.m. and council members will discuss and consider approving the contract with the Office of Rural Community Affairs for the HIF Project. The council will also discuss an ordinance for the making of appropriations for the support of the Town of Pecos City, for the fiscal year beginning on October 1, 2002 and ending on September 30, 2003 during the meeting.

In appropriating the money the council will put it into a sinking fund to pay the interest and principal due on the City's bonded indebtness.

The council will also hear the first reading for adoption of the annual report budget of the Town of Pecos City for the 2002-2003 fiscal year, and will also discuss and consider an ordinance levying taxes for the use of and support of the municipal government of the Town of Pecos City, providing for the interest and sinking fund for the year 2002-2003.

Each levy will then be appropriated for its specific purpose in its first reading.

A discussion and consideration for the approval of the local option over 65 exemption, the local option of Medical Disability exemption and the disabled veterans exemption will also be a part of the councils agenda.

Non-budget or tax items on Thursday's agenda include discussion of the closing the streets around Santa Rosa Church for the September 16th celebrations this weekend, the recommendation for the appointment to the Permian Basin Airport board and any items that should be placed on the next agenda.

The council will also vote on approving the minutes of its regular council meeting of August 22, 2002, the accounts payable report and the juvenile monthly report of August 2002.

They will also hear a presentation by the Pecos Economic Development Corporation.

"Heroes" pep rally scheduled Friday at new gym

PECOS, Wed., Sept. 11, 2002 -- An All-American Heroes Community Pep Rally will be held at 3:05 p.m., Friday, Sept. 13, at the new Pecos High School gym.

Local heroes will be honored during the Pep Rally and everyone is invited to attend.

Eagle football season tickets remain on sale 

PECOS, Wed., Sept. 11, 2002 -- Season ticket sales for the Pecos Eagle home football games continue on sale now through Friday, the day of Pecos' opening home game for the 2002 season.

The Eagles will have only four home games this year due to the cancellation of their Oct. 18 game against Presidio. Tickets for those games are on sale for new season ticket buyers at the Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD Business Office, 1302 S. Park St.

Season tickets are $20 each. The games are this Friday against Lamesa, homecoming on Sept. 20 against Brownfield, Oct. 4 against Lubbock High and Nov. 1 versus Fort Stockton. Starting times for all the games is 7:30 p.m.


PECOS, Wed., Sept. 11, 2002 -- High Tuesday 86. Low this morning 76. Rainfall last 24 hours at Texas A&M Experiment Station .06 inch. Forecast for tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows 65 to 70. East winds 5 to 15 mph. Thursday: Partly cloudy with isolated showers and thunderstorms. Highs around 90. Southeast winds 5 to 15 mph. Thursday night: Partly cloudy with isolated showers and thunderstorms. Lows around 70. Friday: Partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms. Highs 90 to 95. Saturday: Partly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows 65 to 70. Highs in the lower 90s.


Virgina Holmes

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