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Tuesday, August 26, 2003

Machuca joined PD after early military career

Staff Writer

PECOS, Tues., Aug. 26, 2003 -- Joining the military at the age of 16, Pecos Patrol Officer Oscar Machuca accredits his four years in the service as his reason for pursuing a career in law enforcement.

"I joined the Army at the age of 16," Machuca said. "My father had to sign for me. I actually turned 17 the day of graduation."

During his time in the service, Machuca was stationed at Ft. Hood in Killeen where he worked as an electrician.

Machuca eventually left the military and eventually became a member of the Pecos Police Department.

"I have been with the department for fives years," Machuca said. "Before I was with Corrections for three years."

Machuca is the only member of the Pecos Police Department with a K-9. He also has been a member of the S.W.A.T. team for four years and has worked highway interdiction for three years.

He describes his job as being exciting but at the same time demanding, since officers have to continue training and stay informed on the new laws that are created.

"You learn something everyday," Machuca said. "You can be with the department for 20 years and still learn something new."

Like any job, being a police officer has it good and bad moments, for Machuca the good thing about his job is that it allows him to get to know his fellow co-workers and their families.

"The best part of the job is that it allows us to get to know the other officers," Machuca said. "We get to know each other and their families forming a bond together."

By forming a bond, Machuca said it helps them work with each other during a stop.

"We learn how we each reacts and are then able to react if a problem arises before it escalates to something worse," Machuca said.

The bad part of his job is when he has to handle cases involving children.

"The worst part is when an innocent child is involved in an accident or child abuse," Machuca said. "We then have to explain to them what is going on."

Having two kids of his own, Machuca says that the talks to them about the things he sees while on the job.

"They love to hear the stories," Machuca said. "I tell them about the drugs and weapons that are out there and explain to them why they are wrong."

He added that his children, Oscar Jr., 13, and Victoria, 10, understand what he does.

Machuca said that he would suggest to anyone wanting to pursue a career in law enforcement to join the armed forces and that they must have a desire to be in law enforcement.

"You must have a drive," Machuca said. "You must love the job and not do it because of the money. You must also be patient."

County library obtains funds to start repairs

Staff Writer

PECOS, Tues., Aug. 26, 2003 -- New shelves will be installed at the Reeves County Library soon, thanks to a grant awarded to the local facility.

"I applied and was awarded another grant from the Tucker Foundation of Austin," Reeves County Librarian Sally Perry told county commissioners Monday morning, during her report and update on what is going on at the library at the regular Commissioners Court meeting.

Perry said that the grant came from Texas Public Libraries and was awarded to small facilities in the state. The grant is in the amount of $28,566 and will be used for new shelving at the library.

"This grant has no match, so the county won't have to put any money into it," said Perry.

"This money is designated for new shelving," said Perry. "I went after this grant because the shelving at the library dates back to the 1960's."

Perry said that some of the shelving is in ill-repair and that some repairs had been done this summer. "But those were just temporary, because some of those shelves really need to be replaced," she said.

Perry told the group that this was the second grant award that she had received for the county library in the past 12 months.

"The other one was to automate the library," said Perry.

The grant was a telecommunications infrastructure grant from the Texas Legislature.

"This was not a private funded company," said Perry. "It has helped tremendously, but there is still a lot to do."

Perry said that one of the problems that they are experiencing is the lack of space in the building, located at Fifth and Park streets.

"As we fill up this library, there seems to be less space," said Perry. "I was thinking that maybe we need to expand in the future."

Perry said that the library had also been awarded a grant from the Bill Gates Foundation, which was used towards new computers. "I'm also applying for a TIFF grant and we'll be getting 15 more computers," said Perry.

Perry said that some of the computers would be slim-line and laptops.

"We'll also be getting a new filter system," for the Internet, she added.

Perry said that she has set some goals for the library that include a lot of new items. "We'll be getting a lot of new things for the community and we welcome everyone to come to the library and see everything that we have done," she said.

"I will go after any kind of money that we are eligible for and that is out there," said Perry. "The only problem will be space, but I'll see what I can do in the next year or so."

Amendment voting starting Wednesday

PECOS, Tues., Aug. 26, 2003 -- Early Voting by personal appearance will begin Wednesday at the Reeves County Courthouse for the Sept. 13, Constitutional Amendment Election.

Courthouse lobby hours will be between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. and early voting will end on Tuesday, Sept. 9.

The courthouse will be closed on Labor Day.

For questions concerning the election contact Dianne O. Florez, Reeves County Clerk, at 445-5467.


PECOS, Tues., Aug. 26, 2003 -- High Monday 96. Low this morning 71. Forecast for tonight: Partly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of evening thunderstorms. Lows in the upper 60s. Southeast winds 5 to 15 mph. Wednesday: Partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of afternoon thunderstorms. Highs in the mid 90s. Southeast winds 5 to 15 mph. Wednesday night: Partly cloudy with isolated thunderstorms. Lows in the upper 60s. Thursday: Partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms. Highs in the upper 90s. Friday: Partly cloudy with a slight chance of thunderstorms. Lows in the upper 60s. Highs 95 to 100.

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