Colored Rock Map of Texas at I-20 in Pecos, Click for Travel Guide

Pecos Enterprise

Site Map
Pecos Gab

Pecos Country History
Archive 62
Archive 74
Archive 87
1987 Tornado Photos
Rodeo Photos 88
Archive 95
Archive 96
Archive 97
News Photos 1997
Rodeo Photos 97
Archive 98
News Photos 1998
Rodeo Photos 98
Parade Photos 98
Archive 99
Photos 99
Archive 2000
Archive 2001
Archive 2002
Photos 2000
Photos 2001
Photos 2002
Photos 2003

Archive 2003

Area Newspapers
Economic Development


Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas

Tuesday, December 9, 2003

Channel lineup for Pecos rises, not in Barstow

Staff Writers

PECOS, Tues., Dec. 9, 2003 -- The new owners of the Pecos cable company will be returning one channel to the basic cable lineup and adding several others in the near future. However, Barstow cable residents won't be looking at any improvement to the channel line-up for their system in the immediate future.

Cebridge Connections, which took over the Pecos and Barstow systems this past summer from bankrupt Classic Cable, posted a notice on the community cable channel that it would be returning Chicago's WGN to the local cable lineup in the near future, along with adding several other channels, including Black Entertainment Television and E! Entertainment Channel, to the basic package.

WGN was taken off the local system three years ago and replaced with the National Geographic Channel. The other channels have never before been on the Pecos system.

The changes were among several additions and subtractions to the expanded basic and digital cable packages for Pecos viewers planned by Cebridge. Several channels will also be moved to new locations, while one current basic channel, Toon Disney, will be relocated to the digital-only cable package, according to the notice posted on Channel 6.

While Pecos' channel line-up is scheduled to increase from its current total of 54 channels in the expanded basic cable package, Barstow's cable situation has far less variety.

Barstow residents receive 43 less cable TV channels than Pecos, with a ten-dollar reduction in price.

According to a Cebridge Connections representative, the expanded basic program that Pecos receives, which delivers 54 channels at $39.95 per month, is not available to Barstow. Barstow can only receive the 11 channels contained in the full basic program at $29.95 per month.

The problem is the smaller city's lack of receiving equipment, according to officials with Cebridge. The system was purchased from a previous cable provider and the satellite signal receiving dishes are either not present or too few in number to pick up the additional channels that Pecos can get.

Pecos' system was expanded from 12 channels to 21 channels by Warner Amex (now Time Warner) Cable in 1982, when it owned the system. It later sold Pecos and other area cable systems to United Video Cabelvision, which expanded the service to over 40 channels in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Classic Cable added another dozen channels to the local line-up and added digital cable service to the local system over the past five years, before filing for bankruptcy in 2002.

The line-up that Barstow receives includes: ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, PBS, the Weather Channel, National Geographic channel, Univision, Galavision, Telemundo, and PTCB. On the Barstow system, CBS, NBC, Univision and PTCB are received from Midland-Odessa, while the other stations are brought in by satellite.

The root of the problem is that Barstow only has approximately 100 subscribers to the cable service. The installation of the additional equipment needed to being the small community up to speed is just not cost effective, according to a Cebridge representative.

Balmorhea, on the other hand, can receive 38 channels in their basic cable package provided by Mountain Zone TV. Balmorhea and Barstow are roughly the same size, with Balmorhea having about 200 more residents, according to the 2000 Census.

Cebridge is a growing company with 885 employees, that specializes in providing service to underserved or rural areas, according Hoover, a business information website. The company's own website adds that Cebridge provides service in nine states, and according to its mission statement, it is dedicated to "bringing [rural] customer the level of service that their urban counterparts enjoy, and to that end, the company is currently investing tens of millions of dollars to upgrade systems, improve picture quality, expand television entertainment choices and enhance the internet experience."

According to the FCC website, cable television has been deregulated to allow local government entities to contract out the cable services for their town. The FCC only regulates the broadcast of indecent material, the number of commercials aired during children's programming, and the broadcast of material having to do with a candidate for political office.

All other regulation is left up to the local franchising authority, or LFA. The LFA enters into a contract of a certain length of time, with intermittent renewal dates throughout the life of the contract. The FCC directs all complaints to be presented to the cable provider, then the LFA, and if those do not solve the problem, then the site ask customers to call the FCC.

The cable company has the right to select what channels will be available to an area according to price of delivery and market interest of the customers, according to the FCC website. The channels provided and the pricing for the service are both laid out in the contract agreement between the cable company and the LFA.

Third candidate eyes Precinct 3 commish race

Staff Writer

PECOS, Tues., Dec. 9, 2003 -- A former agriculture teacher in Pecos has become the second potential challenger for the Precinct 3 commissioner's seat in the Reeves County Democratic primary election, while four incumbents are the only ones so far to officially file to run for new terms in the March election.

Bailey E. Wheeless has filed his treasurer's designation with Reeves County Clerk Diane O. Florez as the first step in running for office in Reeves County. Wheeless, a retired agriculture teacher at Pecos High School, has filed to run for Commissioner Precinct 3 and designated himself as treasurer.

He becomes the third person to file a treasurer's designation in the Precinct 3 race, though none as of yet have filed with county Democratic Party Chairman Bobby Dean. Incumbent Herman Tarin has filed with the Reeves County Clerk's office, as has Manuel "Manny" D. Lopez.

Both Tarin, who filed on Nov. 26, and Lopez, who filed last Wednesday, also designated themselves as treasurer for their campaigns. Tarin is seeking his fourth term as Reeves County Commissioner.

The only candidates to file so far with Dean to officially run in March are incumbent Reeves County Sheriff Arnulfo "Andy" Gomez; Reeves County Tax Assessor/Collector Elfida Zuniga; Precinct 2 Constable Jerry C. Matta and Precinct 3 Constable Tomas "Tommy" Martinez.

The first three also have filed their treasurer's designation. Gomez listed Grace Morales as his treasurer; Zuniga selected Orlando Zuniga as treasurer of her campaign and Matta designated himself as treasurer.

Incumbent Reeves County Precinct 1 Commissioner Felipe Arredondo filed his treasurer's designation, on Sept. 9, naming himself as treasurer, but has not yet filed with Dean to run in the Democratic primary. Also filing a treasurer's designation in the Precinct 1 race is Elizer "Chel" Flores, who currently holds the Precinct 3 seat on the Reeves County Hospital District board. Flores filed with the county clerk last Wednesday.

To file officially, candidates must file a petition with 50 names or pay a filing fee to the local party chairmen, so the individuals who have filed with the county clerk, will now have to take this second step. Almost all candidates in Reeves County run in the Democratic primary and file Dean.

Arredondo is seeking a third consecutive term in office, and fourth term overall as Precinct 1 Commissioner. Flores currently is in his fourth term on the Reeves County Hospital District's board of directors.

Another incumbent has also filed with the County Clerk. Eriberto "Eddie" Rodriguez filed for Constable Precinct 4, a position he currently holds. Rodriguez designated himself as treasurer.

Filing for the Reeves County primary elections in March officially began last Wednesday with the party chairmen, and continues through Friday, Jan. 2 This year's primary elections are scheduled for March 9.

Along with the county positions, other local offices that will be up for election on March 9, are Reeves County Attorney; 143rd District Attorney and 143rd District Court Judge.

The District Attorney and District Judge positions cover Reeves, Ward and Loving Counties. Former District Attorney Hal Upchurch of Monahans already has announced his plans to seek re-election to the position he last held 12 years ago. Randall W. Reynolds currently holds the position, and was first elected to office in 1996.

Both the District Attorney and the District Judge candidates will file their petitions or pay a filing fee in Austin.

Museum offering supplemental pages to local cookbook

PECOS, Tues., Dec. 9, 2003 -- Museum Cookbook Supplements, which includes 200 recipes to add to your "Cookin West of the Pecos" #4 Cookbook, are now for sale at the West of the Pecos Museum for $5.

Or get the complete Cookbook for $17.95 for 400 mouthwatering recipes.

Sign-ups start for 6-8 grade swim squads

PECOS, Tues., Dec. 9, 2003 -- Sign-ups are currently taking place for sixth through eighth grade students interested in joining the Junior High Swimming and Diving Team.

All students are welcome - beginning and experienced swimmers, and can sign up at the student's school office.

Individuals should attend the following meet to visit with Coach Bates:

Sixth graders: at 3 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 16, in the cafeteria at Bessie Haynes;

Seventh and eighth graders: at 3:10 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 17, in Room 109 at Crockett.

For more information call the Pecos High School Pool at 447-7242.

Flu shots offered Wednesday at Kindergarten

PECOS, Tues., Dec. 9, 2003 -- Flu shots will be administered Wednesday from 1:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m., at the Pecos Kindergarten.

The shots will be available for any child in the Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD, who are eligible for Medicaid, CHIPS or are underinsured.

A certain number of doses will be available and they will be administered until they run out.

A parent or guardian must accompany the child. If someone else is taking the child, a note from the parent, granting permission for the shot, must be presented at the time.


PECOS, Tues., Dec. 9, 2003 -- High Monday 80. Low this morning 46. Forecast for tonight: Clear. Lows near 25. Northwest winds near 10 mph in the evening becoming light and variable. Wednesday: Mostly sunny. Highs near 60. Light and variable winds becoming southeast near 10 mph in the afternoon. Wednesday night: Mostly clear. Lows near 30. Southeast winds near 10 mph.

Search Entire Site:

Pecos Enterprise
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
Division of Buckner News Alliance, Inc.

324 S. Cedar St., Pecos, TX 79772
Phone 915-445-5475, FAX 915-445-4321

Associated Press text, photo, graphic, audio and/or video material shall not be published, broadcast, rewritten for broadcast or publication or redistributed directly or indirectly in any medium.

Copyright 2003 by Pecos Enterprise