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Thursday, July 29, 1999

Highway 17 rebuilding set to begin

Staff Writer
PECOS, July 29, 1999 -- While the traditional seal coating work during the summer is slowing down motorists on roads around the area, drivers are being advised by the Texas Department of Transportation a larger project is about to get underway in southern Reeves County.

Barricades have already been set up by TxDOT in the Saragosa area in preparation for rebuilding more than nine miles of State Highway 17 from Farm to Market Road 3334 to the south frontage road of Interstate 10 near Balmorhea, according to Pecos Area Engineer Paul Henderson.

"We started that yesterday, putting up the barricades and the real work will began either today or Monday," said Henderson.

"Construction, which will start at the north end of the project, will be completed in three-mile sections," said Henderson, and will run south to the small rest area, where Highway 17 merges with I-10 on its way to Balmorhea.

The work zone includes the community of Saragosa. "Actually, Saragosa is about in the middle of it," said Henderson.

The work will be performed by Jones Bros. Dirt and Paving Contractors, Inc., of Odessa, at a cost of at about $3.7 million. Construction is expected to be completed by mid-January with the final surface to be placed in late May, according to Henderson.

Motorists will encounter a flagman, who will advise them of the length of the expected delay. A pilot car will ferry traffic through the work zone. Drivers are urged to observe all warning signs and proceed with caution through the project.

Traffic using County Roads 310, 307 and 305, and FM 1215 and 2448 should proceed cautiously from those intersections.

Residents of Saragosa can expect construction at that community about the second week of October.

"We've been planning this project for awhile," said Henderson. "Usually when we have a project of this magnitude it takes about two years of planning," he said. Work on rebuilding the northern portion of Highway 17, between Pecos and Verhalen, was carried out by TxDOT in the early 1990s.

Old gym gets new look over summer

Staff Writer
PECOS, July 29, 1999 -- Go by Pecos High School right now, and the reconstruction work on the Eagle Stadium track is easy to spot.

But work is also continuing next door, in the old Pecos High School gym, where improvements to the 39-year-old building have been underway since June.

Both projects are a combined effort of the Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD, the Town of Pecos City, and Reeves County. The gym project was approved along with the formation of the Reeves County Community Recreation Department last year, and is a continuing job, with the first section scheduled to be completed in the next few weeks.

"We better have it done by the time school starts, because it has to ready for the kids to use when they get back," said Community Recreation Department director Nora Geron, whose new office in the old gym's lobby was the first work done at the facility.

Right now, paper covers the floor of the main gym, while work is underway to repaint the wooden walls and the ceiling of the building. Meanwhile, in the small gym on the south side of the facility, the walls already have been repainted white and a new floor mat has been laid down.

The two basketball goals have been taken down and two air conditioning units have been installed at either end so it can be used as a fitness center.

Part of the gym wall still has to be stripped of peeling paint before it can be redone, and Geron said after the white base is applied, "Mr. Holland (Pecos High School art teacher Walter Holland) is going to put some sort of design on after it's all done."

On Wednesday, Holland's daughter, Leia, and Geron's granddaughter, Victora Hernandez, were helping to apply purple and gold trim to the walls of the small gym.

"They next thing I want to work on is the lobby," Geron said. She hopes to get the walls painted and rearranged the trophies and photos currently along the lobby's back wall.

One thing that definitely won't be in place by the time school starts is a new racquetball room. After initially looking at putting it in an existing part of the building, it was decided earlier this year that a new section would have to be built for the racquetball court.

"The architects are looking at the area over near the fence (on the west side of the gym) to see if they can put them there," Geron said. The original plans had the racquetball courts going into the small gym, but the ceiling was found to be too short to fit a court wall in without covering up the windows and the new air-conditioners.

The gym still isn't cold this time of year the a/c units are only slightly larger than a regular window-mounted home unit but Geron said, "They create a little breeze, and the aerobics people say that really helps."

The main part of the gym remains fan-cooled, and will also need more work sometime in the future.

"I hope they can get to the floor next," said Geron, referring to stripping off the old the varnish and resurfacing the wood, while new padding for the undersides of the basketball backboards is also needed.

The gym project was part of a effort to create a new recreation facility for Pecos. The old Pecos Community Recreation Department had been housed at the West Pecos Gym at Third and Park Streets until December of 1990, when the building was closed due to unsafe ceiling rafters.

The PCRD operated out of several different locations after the gym was shut, supervising outdoor recreational activities until funding was ended four years ago. Meanwhile, there was no indoor facility for basketball, volleyball, racquetball or other recreational activities until Reeves County Judge Jimmy Galindo got together with school and city officials about using the old high school gym during the summer and after school hours.

The old gym has only been used for a handful of varsity games since Pecos High School's new gym opened in 1983. It is still used for regular gym classes, practice, sub varsity games and other school events, but until now had received only minor improvements over the past 15 years.
"This is a good gym. It's a well-built building, but it had just fallen into disrepair," said Geron.

Council to study new budget

PECOS, July 29, 1999 -- Town of Pecos City Council members will meet on Friday at in the council's chambers at City Hall to discuss and consider proposed budget for 1999-2000.

The 4:30 p.m. special meeting will consist of looking over the budget only.


AUSTIN (AP) Results of the Lotto Texas drawing Wednesday night:

Winning numbers drawn: 7-18-19-21-34-48. Estimated jackpot: $10 million. Number matching six of six: 1. Winning ticket sold in: Midland. Matching five of six: 97. Prize: $1,442. Matching four of six: 5,204. Prize: $96.


AUSTIN (AP) The winning Pick 3 numbers drawn Wednesday by the Texas Lottery, in order:

8-6-4 (eight, six, four)

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.


Frederico Lara, 42, was arrested at 5:31 p.m., on July 17, in the 800 block of South Walnut Street, on a warrant out of Ector County for bond forfeiture.


Paul Rivera, 30, Anthony Rivera, 34, and Jose Chavez, 20, were arrested at 11:14 p.m., on July 17, at Saragosa Hall. Paul Rivera was charged with interfering with a peace officer; Anthony Rivera for resisting arrest/failure to identify/evading detention and Chavez for disorderly conduct/public intoxication.


Francisco Reyes, 18, was arrested at 8:52 a.m., on July 18, in the 1000 block of Ash Street, on Capias Pro Fine warrants.


Santiago V. Ortiz, 34, was arrested at 9:27 a.m., on July 18, at the corner of Fourth and Cherry streets, on a DWI refusal.


Robert Allen Bakewell, 36, was arrested at 9:37 p.m., on July 18, in the 3000 block of South Cedar Street, for public intoxication/disorderly conduct/failure to identify.


Grace Ornelas, 27, was arrested at 1:41 a.m., on July 19, at the corner of Ninth and Pecan streets, on Capias Pro Fine warrants.


Raul Fuentes Martinez, 46, was arrested at 8:15 p.m., on July 19, at the corner of Fifth and Cedar streets, on Capias Pro Fine warrants.


Delfino Lujan, 47, was arrested at 7:54 p.m., on July 20, on West `F' Street, for public intoxication.


Myron Jenkins, 27, was arrested at 8:58 p.m., on July 21, in the 200 block of Ninth Street, on a Capias Pro Fine warrant.


Thomas Salcido, 48, was arrested at 1:23 a.m., on July 23, in the 200 block of West Fourth Street, for public intoxication.


Ector Martinez, 36, was served with a Capias Pro Fine warrant at 9:22 a.m., on July 23, at Reeves County Jail.


Nicolas Hernandez, 33, was arrested at 12:05 a.m., on July 24, in the 900 block of East Second Street, for public intoxication/disorderly conduct.


Wesley Ray Curry, 56, was arrested at 10:23 p.m., on July 25, in the 600 block of North Cedar Street, for public intoxication.


Rodolfo Beltran, 36, was arrested at 1:35 a.m., on July 27, at the corner of 12th and Walnut streets, for unlawfully carrying a weapon/public intoxication.


High Wednesday 101 Low this morning 73. Forecast for tonight: Mostly clear. Low 70-75. South wind 5-15 mph. Friday, partly cloudy. High 95-100. South to southwest wind 10-20 mph. Extended forecast, Friday night, mostly clear. Low around 70. Saturday through Monday, partly cloudy with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows 70-75. Highs in the 90s.

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