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February 14, 2001
Chamber discusses different Rodeo Hall site
By ROSIE FLORES
PECOS, February 14, 2001 - Improved landscaping around the Buck Jackson
Rodeo Arena and the possibility of locating the Texas Rodeo Hall of Fame
in the same area were discussed at the regular Chamber of Commerce Board
of Directors meeting held Tuesday at noon.
Reeves County Judge Jimmy B. Galindo was guest speaker at the meeting,
and said, "A couple of weeks ago, I talked to Mr. (Chamber Executive Director
Tom) Rivera about a landscaping project we're working on and specifically
talked about one particular issue, the Rodeo Hall of Fame."
Galindo told the group that John Rediger had been very instrumental
in getting the Rodeo Hall of Fame project started. Pecos received a charter
last year from the State of Texas for the Texas Rodeo Hall of Fame.
"The project is moving along great, but with that in mind we talked
about possibly putting the Rodeo Hall of Fame closer or adjacent to the
rodeo arena," said Galindo.
The discussion about landscaping is part of a larger project the county
is working on in cooperation with the Texas Department of Transportation,
and which includes the area around the rodeo arena and civic center extending
out to the Reeves County Golf Course.
"We'll have a hike and bike trail and landscaping in that area," he
Galindo said that with this project they have an opportunity to apply
for funding through TxDOT, which maintains the road and right-of-way along
U.S. 285 and I-20 through Pecos.
"The program used to be called Putting New Faces on Familiar Places,"
Galindo said that landscaping throughout the area along Interstate
20 and U.S. 285 was very important because of the traffic.
"We have a lot of southbound traffic, with people going to Big Bend,
one of the larges parks," said Galindo.
Galindo said there was also some traffic in that area, due to the Wal-Mart
being right off the Interstate. "A lot of people see that sign and want
to come in to town and purchase a few items," he said. Other traffic also
travels though Pecos along U.S. 285 on the way to Carlsbad Caverns.
Galindo told the group that Reeves County Commissioners had pitched
in funds from the travel expense line-item to purchase trees for the landscaping
He said putting the Rodeo Hall of Fame in that area, and closer to
the rodeo arena, would really bring the whole concept together, since the
project they are working on is a Western Theme.
"We'll have silhouettes of cattle and a western theme throughout,"
"I wanted to see what you thought about this and get feedback on the
landscaping project," said Galindo.
"Will it be a separate building or will you enlarge the civic center?"
asked Chamber member Richard Creasy.
Galindo said that he didn't know what it would take to move the old
Missouri Pacific train depot for the Hall of Fame. Current plans are to
put the Hall of Fame in the Depot, located at First and Oak streets.
"They had talked about the old train depot for the site of the Hall
of Fame, but I don't know if we could move it, or possibly make another
building," said Galindo. "But with the funding we'll be getting through
this project, we could build another building, adjacent to the rodeo arena.
"I'm certainly open to any ideas and possibilities," he added.
"I don't have any idea what it would take, or if we could move the
depot over there," Galindo said. "But we can look into all of that and
go ahead and apply for the funding."
The funding would be 80 percent grant and 20 percent matching funds,
according to Galindo. "There's a good possibility of getting our own building,"
"What's the amount of money that we're eligible for?" asked Jim Ivy.
"I don't think there's a set amount for any particular city," said
Galindo. "The possibilities are tremendous."
Galindo said these were just some of the ideas he has been talking
with chamber members about.
"This is just to give you an idea of what we're doing and what we want
to do," he said.
In other business on Tuesday, Rivera told the group that the Odessa
Chamber of Commerce had invited Pecos to participate in planning a trade
show. "We as a chamber need to be there and need someone to attend the
meeting on the 22nd," he said, which is next Thursday.
Rivera said that he would be there and would like someone else to accompany
Women's Division President Laura Briggs reported that three new members
had signed up to become a part of the club. "We'll also be having Golden
Girl signup for those girls that want to participate in the Golden Girl
pageant," said Briggs.
Signups will be held the Pecos High School on Wednesday, Feb. 21, with
the deadline to register set for March 30.
The group is also working on "Newcomer's Baskets" to be given to new
members in the community. "We'll be going to businesses, to see if they
want to donate some items, such as jar openers, pens, or knickknacks,"
said Briggs. "We want to get a welcome wagon together," she said.
Linda Gholson will be in charge of the Reeves County Fall Fair this
year, but is looking for a helper. "She said she would take on the duties
of chairman, but needs a co-chair," said chamber president Barbara Creager,
who chaired the committee last year.
City wants to fill `holes' through annexation plan
By LEIA HOLLAND
PECOS, February 14, 2001 - Many local business owners and community
members attended a public hearing on annexation of several sections of
land held by the Town of Pecos City Council this morning at City Hall.
The Council has been considering annexation for about three or four
years of the small islands throughout town that are not currently within
the city limits, according to Councilman Ricky Herrera.
He said it has taken so long to get this far in the annexation process
because of various projects that have been in development over the years.
"We've just been so busy with the water fields and other major projects,"
According to City Secretary Geneva Martinez, about 15 to 20 people
were at the hearing in protest of the annexation plans
"Everyone was really against it," she said.
Community member David Pattillo presented the Council with a petition
that was signed by 23 people from the area, and many of those at the meeting
voiced their concerns to council members.
Martinez said that the council handed out a list of possible benefits
to land and property owners after annexation.
According to the handout the benefits would include the water and sewer
rates would be cut in half and the property owners would also get police
protection and the ability to vote during city elections.
Herrera said that in his opinion the main reason for annexation is
to promote future development and to allow property owners to be hooked
up to city services including water, sewer and gas lines.
"We are conforming with the laws that are allowed for home rule cities
to be able to annex," he said. "To be able to provide full city services
to all the areas being annexed."
The largest section of land the city wants to annex is south of Walthall
Street and on the eastside of Cedar Street. It included the areas behind
McDonald's, Wal-Mart and the Flying J Truck Stop, along with several homes
along Daggett, Lincoln and Oliver streets. Those streets currently are
designated as county roads once outside the city limits.
Other smaller parcels of land are in the Winding Way area, west of
Eagle Stadium and between the Pecos Nursing Home and Casa Manana Apartments
Another public hearing is set for 7:30 a.m., tomorrow morning in the
Council Chambers at City Hall.
SSB announces promotions of four
PECOS, February 14, 2001 - Four employees at Security State Bank are being
rewarded for their years of service and dedication with new positions within
Bill Oglesby, President of Security State Bank announced that the longtime
employees have been elected to new officer positions. Cecilia Ward was
promoted to Vice President and Cashier, Brenda McKinney and Bobby Clark
to Vice President, and Suan Cross to Assistant Vice President.
Ward has been with the bank since 1975 and has worked in various departments
of the bank and currently supervises the loan and teller operations. Her
new duties will include supervising date processing, ATMs, bookkeeping,
personnel, and funds management as well as her current duties.
Brenda McKinney joined the bank in January of 1987, returning to Pecos
from Alpine where she worked in banking. Brenda supervises the new accounts,
CDs and bank marketing and has currently been managing the new check printing
service of the bank.
Clark joined the bank in 1988 as internal auditor/loan review officer
and is now a lending officer. Bobby has worked in the banking industry
since 1976 as an examiner auditor, and loan officer.
Suan Cross began working for the bank in August of 1987 as a secretary.
Suan started her banking career in 1979 and had worked for several West
Texas banks before moving to Pecos to begin work for the Security State
Bank. Cross is in charge of loan administration.
Bill Oglesby said, "These four officers represent over 80 years banking
experience, most of which came serving the customers of Security State
Bank. These officers are outstanding assets to the bank and the community."
Science Fair efforts taken up by sixth graders
By ROSIE FLORES
PECOS, February 14, 2001 - Solar energy, weather predictions and germs
were some of the projects from sixth graders at this week's Science Fair
at Zavala Middle School.
The students had the opportunity to learn more about science, and the
top finishers have an opportunity to advance further with their projects.
"They really had fun with these projects," said science fair director
She said the school had a really good turnout, with 134 projects that
were displayed and judged on in six categories: Physics, Environmental,
Life, Chemistry, Behavioral and Earth and Space.
"We followed the International Science Fairs," said Paz.
The winners of the local fair will go on to compete in the Permian
Basin Regional Science Fair in Odessa, which is scheduled for March 24.
"First, second and third place winners will advance to the regional
fair," said Paz. "Eighteen projects will get to go on to regional."
Paz said that sixth grade students had not participated in a science
in a long time. "They tell me they haven't had one in a long time, so this
might be called our first annual," she said.
Ideas for the projects came from the students themselves, according
to Paz. "We looked on the Internet and found several ideas, but a lot of
them came from just the students themselves." Paz added that the students
were very enthused about the projects.
"I think it was very successful," said Principal Cindy Duke. "Mrs.
Paz did an excellent job of organizing it, getting together with the teachers,
and getting the students to participate."
"Everyone had a great time doing the projects and the students were
really enthused," said Duke.
"We're very excited about it and are looking forward to next year's
event," she added.
Judges for the event included Paz' daughter, Erin Paz and Lance Ward,
both of whom came in from San Angelo State University to help out.
Other judges were, Terry Holder, Ruben Cervantes, Jerry Milsapps, John
Barrett, Hannah Paz, Emily Fernandes, Lupe Paz, Joyce Morton, Bud Nelson,
Lois Nelson and Isabel Blanchard.
Winners in this year's event include in the Behavioral Science: first
place, Matthew Garcia and Jonathan Gomez with their "Maze Madness" project;
second place went to the project, "Shock of Breakfast," by Justo Dominguez
and third place winner was Larry Johnson with his "T.V. Mania" project.
Honorable Mention went to Ruben Salgado, "The Steady Hand Game" project.
In Chemistry: "The Battle to Increase the Shelf-Life of Vegetables,"
by Claudia Brandt took first place; second place went to Daniel Tarin,
with "Tooth Decay and Liquids" project and third place, was "Crystals,"
a project by Rebecca Gooding. Honorable Mention was "The Beauty of Gardening"
by E. Jaymes Navarrete.
Earth and Space Science winners included first place, Jesseca Perea,
with "Hold the Solar Energy"; second place, "Battles of the Warm Fronts,"
by Michael Buentello and third place "Weather Predictions," by R.J. Guerra
and Bonifacio Garcia. Honorable Mention was "Wacky Weather," by Jasmine
Environmental: first place winner was Eleanor Mason with "Gasoline
Alley"; second place, "Survivors," by Santiago Leija and Francisco Ornelas
and third place project, "What Kind of Music Do Plants Like?" by Casey
Castillo and Crystal Orozco. Honorable Mention went to Daniel Reyes with
his project "Magnetic Effect." Honorable Mention winner in this category
was Brittany Castaneda with "The Water Challenge".
In Life Science, Crystal Ikeler and Silvia Baeza won first place with
their project, "Knock Out Germs"; second place was "Plant Battle," by Syra
Mendoza and Valeria Bersosa and third place winner was Melody Juarez with
"The Beat Goes On." Honorable Mention went to Matthew Oglesby and Randy
Prieto, with their project, "What Makes a Cockatiel Rock?"
In the Physics Category: Michael Herrera took first place with this
project, "Best Bat"; second place went to Cody Hernandez and Adrian Solis
with "Electroplating" and third place was "What Conducts Electricity?"
by Chris Navarette. Honorable Mention was "Can White Light Change Into
Color?" by Melissa Mendoza and Bianca Lujan.
Filing set to start for city, school,
PECOS, February 14, 2001 - Filing will begin on Monday for seats on the
Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD and Balmorhea ISD school board, and for city elections
in Pecos, Barstow, Toyah and Balmorhea.
Individuals who want to sign up to run in any of those elections can
do so between Feb. 19 and March 21. School registration will be done at
the administration buildings in Pecos and Balmorhea. City election candidates
can do so with the city secretaries in all four towns, while Reeves County
Hospital District filings will be handled at the Reeves County Hospital
Elections this year will be on May 5.
David Morena, Sr. and Ramon Ortega
PECOS, February 14, 2001 - High Tuesday 70. Low this morning 48. Rainfall
last 24 hours at Texas A&M Experiment Station .06 inch. Forecast for
tonight: Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms.
Low 40 to 45. Variable wind 5 to 10 mph. Thursday: Partly cloudy with a
30 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms. High in the mid 60s. West
wind 10 to 20 mph and gusty. Thursday night: Partly cloudy. Low in the
lower 30s. Friday: Partly cloudy. Highs in the 60s. Saturday and sunday:
Partly cloudy and cooler. Lows in the 30s. Highs in the 50s.
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
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