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Wednesday, October 2, 2002

Air Field vets return to Pecos for 2002 reunion

Staff Writer

PECOS, Wed., Oct. 2, 2002 -- They were stationed in Pecos from 1942 until 1945 and  the memories of their stay will be relived this week as they come together  for another reunion.

The Pecos Army Airfield Reunion 2002 began on Tuesday and will continue through Thursday, and some couples arrived early for the happy occasion.

"Some were actually in town since Monday and the group signed in yesterday," said West of the Pecos Museum Curator Dorinda Millan, who helps the group organize their reunion every two years.

"We love having them come in and spend time here, a place where they have warm memories," said Millan.

The first Pecos Army Air Field reunion was held eight years ago, and has usually taken place in the fall. A space dedication and opening ceremony for this year's event was held this morning at the Pecos Municipal Airport, with a big welcome from Town of Pecos City Mayor Dot Stafford.

"We once again welcome you and hope you're stay in Pecos is a safe and happy one," she told the group.

"We all need to get together to give them a big welcome," said Debbie Thomas, museum director. "We would love to have at least one of you at each of the events."

A flagstone was constructed at the Pecos Municipal Airport and bricks were placed around the flagstone that the reunion attendees can purchase. This morning the bricks were officially dedicated and Thomas told the group that there were a few left for purchase.

Town of Pecos City Main Street Program Coordinator Tom Rivera, a Vietnam veteran, led the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance and the Pecos High School Band played a song and Stafford passed out copies of the proclamation to the group. The Catholic War Veterans were on hand for a 21-gun salute.

The reunion attendees will meet again from 1-3 p.m., at the museum courtyard for the reception. They are planning a trip and tour to the Realistic Bomber Training Initiative just outside of Pecos, where B-1 and B-52 bombers conduct their electronic scoring tests. The site, about 17 miles southwest of Pecos, was dedicated earlier this year.

A banquet for the Army Air Field veterans will be held Thursday, before the group moves on to see World War II era planes in flight this weekend, at the annual Commemorative Air Force Airsho, this Saturday and Sunday at Midland International Airport.

"They also plan to go to the airsho later this week," said Millan.

A Pecos Army Air Field Display is set up at the West of the Pecos Museum.

Teens facing fines, punishment over use of alcohol

Staff Writer

PECOS, Wed., Oct. 2, 2002 -- A "gathering" held this past weekend at a local residence  turned out badly for several teenagers, who are now facing hearings in  Pecos Municipal Court after the police were called out to investigate.

The incident began when officers were dispatched to 1704 Missouri St., at about 11:47 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 28.

"This was a call from a neighbor who said that the owners of the residence were not home at that time," said Pecos Police Chief Clay McKinney. "The neighbor noticed a lot of people at the residence and they knew that the owners were not there and they called it in."

McKinney said that this was a case of a neighbor looking out for a neighbor.

Once inside the residence, officers found open and empty cans of beer, and approximately 18 teenagers were cited for Minors in Possession (MIP) as a result of the incident. "There were some that the police didn't cite," said McKinney. "Some of them had left the scene."

Most of those involved were Pecos High School students, and will also face school disciplinary action, including a one-week suspension from extracurricular activities, as a result of their citations.

The citation is a Class C Misdemeanor, according to McKinney. The fine is from 0-$500, according to the individual and his past record.

"The fine and/or punishment they receive will be up to the judge," said McKinney.

The individuals who received a citation Saturday have not seen the judge yet. The students are also subject to school discipline.

Experiment Station's Field Day fails to attract farmers

Staff Writer

PECOS, Wed., Oct. 2, 2002 -- The amount of crops being grown in the Trans-Pecos region has  been below normal levels this year, and on Tuesday, the annual Field Day at  the Texas Agriculture Experiment Station west of Pecos harvested few  farmers to view the results of tests which have been conducted over the past year.

Tests discussed this year were on Bermuda grass, cotton, guayule, lesquerella and forage crops. The tests were conducted at the Pecos Station, seven miles west of town, at the Extension Service's Lubbock facility and at sites in other western states.

"There was another field day in Lubbock that the farmers from Coyanosa all went to," said Mike Murphy, Senior Research Associate for the Experiment Station. Most of those in attendance were associated with the crop tests whose results were presented in the handbook given out as part of the Field Day events.

Because of the small turnout, the presentations were all given inside the barn area of the main building at the Sid Kyle Experiment Station. The only plants those in attendance got a close-up look at were the summer forage plants brought in from Yoakum County by Calvin Trostle, Extension Agronomist with the Lubbock research center.

Trostle said tests on Brown midrib sorghum/sudan showed the crop had better digestibility for livestock, which increase daily weight gain in a three-year study from 2.6 to 2.9 pounds per day, though seed costs are somewhat higher.

He also said the forage crops are at their most useful if they are harvested before they "head" (bloom), and displayed a photoperiod-sensitive sorghum/sudan that remains in its vegetative state until daylight length is less than 12:20 no matter when the crop is planted, and then heads out four weeks later. He said in West Texas, it allows growers to control the harvest date to the period around Sept. 20, when the plant enters its reproductive cycle.

On grasses, Mason said main tests have been concluded on the varieties of Bermuda grass for forage.

"We did find that World Feeder Bermuda grass … is actually producing better in this region than it does in any other region of the state," Mason said, adding that the grass would probably be the best for small operators.

While the seven-year test is completed, Mason said they would continue observations on the Bermuda grass plot. "We're going to see which one is going to be more aggressive than the others," and eventually push out the other varieties of grass.

Mason also spoke for Dr. John Gannaway, who is supervising the cotton tests at the Pecos Experiment Station and in the Lubbock area. Greenhouses are being built there for Texas A&M's "World Seed Bank" which will be home to cotton varieties from around the world, where tests will be done to see which varieties are the most insect and disease resistant.

Some cotton varieties have been growing in the Pecos research center's greenhouse, and will be sent to Lubbock once its facilities are built. "It's going to be an exciting era for the next five years," Mason said.

The guayule test report was presented by Mike Foster, who said the plant, which can be used in the making of rubber, is beginning to attract commercial interest thanks to tests done here, and in Arizona and New Mexico, though the increased use of the plant for latex products means it will be subject to stricter Environmental Protection Agency regulations.

He said a commercial program for the non-allergenic latex product has been launched in the Yuma, Ariz., area, and the company hopes to eventually have enough acres under contract to supply 10 percent of the natural rubber latex imported annually by the U.S. "They're starting to get a handle on the production costs," Foster said. "We've done our part in getting the data. The company is going to have to take the risk."

Foster also talked about testing on lesquerella, a plant that produces a vegetable oil seed that is being studied for high volume non-food commercial uses. He said that includes testing by a Cleveland company on it for use as a biodegradable 2-cycle oil and for hydraulic fuel.

He said a new salt-tolerant lesquerella developed in Riverside, Calif., will be tested during the 2002-2003 year at the Pecos Station, with plantings in the Coyanosa and Fort Stockton areas.

"I've been visiting with the farmers on pricing, and things need to come together," Foster said. "This could be the greatest thing in the world, but they need to make a buck from it."

Rec department holding sign-ups for youth soccer

PECOS, Wed., Oct. 2, 2002 -- The Reeves County Community Sports and Recreation Department is signing up boys and girls for youth soccer between now and Oct. 19.

The leagues are open to boys and girls ages 4 ½ to 14. Parents can pick up enrollments forms at the Recreation Department office in the old Pecos High School gym during office hours. Entry fee is $10 per child, and forms must have the signature of both parents and a birth certificate also must be provided.

For further information, call the recreation department at 447-9776.


PECOS, Wed., Oct. 2, 2002 -- High Tuesday 92. Low this morning 70. Forecast for  tonight: Partly cloudy with isolated showers and thunderstorms. Lows  around 65. Southeast winds 10 to 20 mph. Thursday: Partly cloudy. Highs  85 to 90. Southwest winds 10 to 20 mph. Thursday night: Clear.  Lows around 55. Friday: Mostly sunny. Highs around 80. Saturday:  Partly cloudy. Lows around 55. Highs 85 to 90.

Police Report

EDITOR'S NOTE: Information contained in the Police Report  is obtained from reports filed by the Pecos Police Department,  Reeves County Sheriff's Office, or other officers of those agencies.
The serving of warrants by an officer for outstanding fines of  either traffic citations, animal control violations or other court costs  are considered arrests and will be printed as such unless indicated  that the fines were paid.  In such instances we will indicate  payment and release.

Ike Hernandez, 19, was arrested at 1:59 a.m., on October 1, at  Seventh and Sycamore streets for warrant out of Ector County Sheriff's  Department for theft by check a class B misdemeanor.
Katrina Bell, 17, was arrested at 7:51 p.m., on Sept. 30, in the 200 block  of W. 14th street, for Indecent Exposure.
Jose Cano, 31, and Brandy Varela, 24, were arrested at 4:18 a.m., on  Oct. 2, in the 600 block of Eddy street both for assault under the family  violence act. And Jose Carno also for an outstanding DPS warrant for use  of equipment with out approval.

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