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Thursday, September 19, 2002

Storms cause overnight power outages in Pecos area

Staff Writer

PECOS, Thurs., Sept. 19, 2002 -- Late night storms have had Texas-New Mexico Power Company  crew members working the hard on the west side of town for the past  12 hours, and caused blackouts for Pecos residents on the south side  of town and in rural sections of Reeves County.

According to Customer Relations Manager, Donald Hunt, a windstorm came in at about 10 p.m. causing a lot of damage on transmitters, distributors and other items.

"There are now 36 poles down," Hunt said. "We have three crews working on them now and two more on the way."

Each T-NMP crew is made up of four members.

With two contractors working in some of the damaged area, Hunt added that two crews from Central Texas and two from New Mexico will be coming in to assist them, Hunt said.

According to Hunt, on the west side of town there were 55-foot and 75-foot transmitter poles that were damaged because of the high winds.

Because of the size of poles, they cannot be housed here Hunt said that they would have to be brought in from outside the area.

Though the manufacture of the poles is based out of Oklahoma, the poles are kept near by in case they are to be needed, Hunt said.

As crewmembers work on the damaged area, Hunt will be working on pen pointing areas of high priority.

"I am heading out to Toyah to talk to the Sheriff and Police Department," Hunt said. "There are a lot of people involved with life support."

According to Hunt everyone is working on the solving the problems and providing the community with service.

"Tommy Terry is getting the crews together," Hunt said. "He is familiar with these areas."

With Texas-New Mexico Power Company working on the poles that are down, Pecos Police Department Lt. Kelly Davis said that the storm did not create any major problems for them last night, although the Criminal Justice Center could be observed without lights for over an hour last night. Police vehicles and pick-ups with CJC workers were patrolling the perimeter of the building after the storm cut power to the building, homes and other structures and street lights south of Stafford Boulevard.

"We do have a backup generator," Davis said. "We even check it frequently as required."

Davis added that the generator kicks on automatically but even though the computers have a UPS, they were the only things that were not working.

"We also have a manual override for everything," Davis said.

The power outage included all buildings along Interstate 20 west of Trans-Pecos Foods, and forced Reeves County Hospital to put its emergency generators into operation. T-NMP crews were working to fix the problem about 12:30 a.m., when power was cut to homes located north of Stafford Boulevard.

Power was restored to both sides of Stafford shortly before 1 a.m., but some areas west of town, including the Texas Agriculture Experiment Station, remained without power as of early this afternoon.

The experiment station reported four-tenths of an inch of rain from last night's storm, while areas inside Pecos received slightly less rain.

According to Davis, with the computers down the only thing they were not able to do is print out police reports.

However, a man will be coming in to install a back up system on their computers so that next time they will be able to work during a storm.

"The computers don't control everything," Davis said. "They just keep paper work and record but they don't lose anything."

Davis continued to state they the Criminal Justice Center is set up to have back up.

"We managed to keep the bonfire from burning," Davis said in closing.

PHS homecoming parade, bonfire set for today

Staff Writer

PECOS, Thurs., Sept. 19, 2002 -- Several homecoming activities have taken place throughout  this week in preparation for Friday evening's homecoming game with  the Eagles versus the Brownfield Cubs.

The Homecoming Queen and King will be crowned during halftime during the game at Eagle Stadium. The game is set to begin at 7:30 p.m.

A homecoming parade will be held today, with lineup at 5:30 at the corner of Second and Eddy streets. The parade will travel down Eddy Street and conclude at the baseball field at the Pecos High School.

Other homecoming activities include the Bonfire scheduled for this evening at 7 p.m., at the old landfill.

This year's homecoming court include freshman prince and princess, Preston Myles and Michelle Wein; sophomore prince and princess, Aurelio Lopez and Jessica Abila; junior prince and princess, Ray Pena and Alessandra Carrasco.

Senior King nominees are Matthew Levario, Tony Trujillo and Freddy Torres.

Senior queen nominees include: Adriana Mendoza, Abby Romo and Lara Weinacht.

Bonfire activities will begin with Student Council president Phillip Salcido officially welcoming everyone to the bonfire and leading the crowd in the pledge of allegiance.

The band will then play the school song and superintendent Don Love will read a speech at the start of this evening's activities.

The band will also play a number from their halftime show; the football captain will give a pep speech; cheerleaders will start with "When I Say Eagles" chant; head football coach Fred Carter will give his pep speech; the cheerleaders will cheer again and Pecos High School principal Danny Rodriguez will give the closing remarks before the lighting of the bonfire.

Firemen get call, but PHS bonfire survives night

Staff Writer

PECOS, Thurs., Sept. 19, 2002 -- Vandals once again were out at the site of the Pecos High School  bonfire, which is scheduled for tonight at the old landfill. But unlike the past  two years, this time the bonfire pile itself was not set ablaze before  the scheduled time.

The "pranksters" set an old couch on fire about 50 feet from the bonfire at about 2:30 a.m., and fire personnel were out at the scene.

"The actual fire was an old couch that they pulled to about 50 feet from the actual bonfire," said Town of Pecos City Fire Marshal Jack Brookshire.

Pecos Police Chief Clay McKinney had said earlier that extra personnel would be out patrolling the area and would be out in full force this evening for the big event.

The call came in at about 2:30 a.m., by Pecos Police Officer Melissa Roberts, who was passing by the bonfire.

"She said that at first she thought it was the bonfire that had been set on fire early again," said Brookshire. "But when we got there we found that it was just that old couch," he said.

Brookshire was referring to the fact that the bonfire has been "lit" early two years in a row.

"We're also investigating the theft of a stop sign and a railroad crossing sign," said Brookshire.

The stop sign was taken from Eddy and Adams Streets and the railroad crossing sign was stolen from the railroad crossing on "F" Street and Highway 80, near B&B Wreckers.

"This incident also happened last evening," said Brookshire.

Both signs were found on top of the bonfire when police and fire personnel went out to the scene. "When we go out there we found both signs on top of the bonfire, which is something they wanted us to find," he said.

Just one fire trucker was called out to the scene and the fire was quickly extinguished, according to Brookshire. "There was nothing to it, because luckily it was just that one couch that was set on fire," he said.

Brookshire said that the investigation into the theft of signs would be closely investigated. "It's very dangerous to take a stop sign, because someone might go through that intersection and not stop, since there is no sign and this can cause major accidents," said Brookshire.

"The same thing for railroad crossing signs," said Brookshire. "There might be someone new in the area who doesn't know there is a railroad crossing there and not stop, just go through it and by the time they do, they can be struck by a train."

This offense is very serious, because of the consequences and ramifications, according to Brookshire. "It might seem like a game to them, but it can be very harmful to motorists," he said.

Honor Society hosts exes tea on Friday

PECOS, Thurs., Sept. 19, 2002 -- The National Honor Society will be hosting an Ex's Tea on Friday from 11 a.m. till noon in the foyer of the Pecos High School New Gym.

Community members wanting to join the Pecos Citizens Police Academy can go by the Pecos Police Department and picking up an application from Community Office, Mike Balog.


PECOS, Thurs., Sept. 19, 2002 -- High Wednesday 93. Low this morning 61. Rainfall last 24 hours  at Texas A&M Experiment Station .4 inch. Forecast for tonight:   Partly cloudy. Lows around 55. Northeast winds 5 to 15 mph. Friday:   Mostly sunny. Highs 85 to 90. South winds 10 to 20 mph. Friday night:   Mostly clear. Lows 55 to 60. Saturday:  Partly cloudy. Highs around 85. Sunday:   Partly cloudy. Lows 55 to 60. Highs around 85.


Jovita Ortega

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