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Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Tuesday, August 23, 2000
Host families sought
Educational Merit Foundation, a non-profit, Texas-based, student exchange
organization is seeking volunteer host families for ten high school students
These students, will arrive as soon as a host family is found for them
to attend local public schools for one or two semesters and are eager to
experience life in Texas. They speak English, have their own spending money,
medical insurance and expect to share their host family daily life including
It is not too late to decide to host an international student for the
2000-2001 school year. Interested host families are encouraged to apply
For more information visit our web page at www.emfusa.org or
call Marie-Claude Dijoud at 952-495-3868 or 1-800-467-8363.
Ward helps design human mission
Jennifer Ward, of Balmorhea Texas was one of 25 Texas high school students
who spent a week at the Johnson Space Center in Houston using their math
and science skills to design a human mission to Mars.
Ward was nominated by State Senator Frank Madla to be a part of a unique
educational experience, called the Texas Aerospace Scholars Program. The
program is the result of a partnership between NASA - JSC and the State
of Texas to encourage students to pursue engineering options in school.
After being nominated, Ward began the program with distance- and web-based
learning experiences that culminated in a one-week long visit to JSC in
Houston. Ward and her teammates used their imagination, coupled with math
and science skills, to develop a plan for how humans will get to Mars and
then learn to live and work on the planet's surface.
Their expertise came from a series of classroom sessions, field trips,
hands-on projects, and assistance from JSC employee-mentors, provided them
with insight into the challenges of living and working in a hostile environment.
For additional information on the Texas Aerospace Scholars Program,
visit the web site at: http://aerospacescholars.jsc.nasa.gov/
Tarango ends six-month deployment
Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Rafael G. Tarango, son of Esperanza Tarango,
of Pecos, recently returned from a six-month deployment to the Western
Pacific Ocean and Arabian Gulf while assigned to the amphibious transport
ship USS Denver, home ported in San Diego.
Tarango's ship participated in several multi-national exercises including
Eager Mace, Eastern Maverick and Sea Soldier. These exercises focused on
developing friendship, trust and teamwork between coalition nations and
increased their combined military readiness for contingency operations.
During the deployment, Tarango's ship participated in the peacekeeping
and humanitarian operations of the international forces in East Timor,
Indonesia. Denver's visit, board, search and seizure teams boarded five
ships in support of U.N. sanctions against Iraq.
Tarango's ship visited cities in Australia, Hong Kong, Kuwait, Malaysia,
Oman, Quatar, Thailand and the United Arab Emirates, where Sailors had
the opportunity to shop, sightsee and enjoy the local culture and cuisine.
Crewmembers also participated in community relations projects.
USS Denver supports amphibious operations using landing craft air cushions,
which are specially-designed Hovercraft that travel above land and sea
surfaces and deliver vehicles and equipment. The ship also has conventional
landing craft and helicopters embarked, and is equipped with medical facilities
staffed by Navy doctors, dentists, nurses and corpsmen.
Tarango, a 1983 graduate of Pecos High School, joined the Navy in September
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