Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
April 27, 2001
School board hires new band director, bids goodbye to Bates and Matta
By ROSIE FLORES
PECOS, April 27, 2001 - Pecos Eagle Band members will be getting a new
leader for the coming school year and he will be bringing along a helper
for the younger musicians.
Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD board members approved a signing bonus for Merle
Edward Lenfest who will be heading the Pecos Eagle Band in grades 6th
through high school. He has a Bachelor of Music Degree from the University
of Houston and 18 years experience.
Superintendent Don Love told the group that they had discussed a signing
bonus for the new band director and suggested a minimum of $4,000 at a
special board meeting held Thursday at noon.
"The bonus can be from zero to $5,000," said Love. "I suggest we offer
a minimum of $4,000," said Love.
Board member David Flores said he had met the new band director at a
recent band booster meeting and was impressed. "The band boosters were
very impressed with him and he can play any instrument in the band, which
is good," said Flores.
Board president Louis Matta said that one of the projects he wanted
to encourage was reviving the Mariachi Band, which has not been existence
for a few years. "We really need to revive the Mariachi Band, a lot of
people have been asking about it, it's something they really enjoyed and
want to see it again," he said.
Along with Lenfest, his wife will be joining PBT-ISD as well. Debra
Kay Graham Lenfest has a Bachelor of Music degree from Texas A&I University
and 15 years experience.
She will be teaching elementary music in grades third through 6th.
"We're very excited about these two new individuals," said Love. "This
is something Gome (Olibas) has been working on for some time now," he said.
Love handed out plaques to outgoing board members Earl Bates and Louis
Matta. Matta has been a member of the board for 16 years and Bates for
15 years. Both have served the board in different capacities including
as president and vice president.
Board members approved a competitive sealed proposal for the new CATE
building, during the special meeting.
Monte Hunter, with Hunter Corral Associates, provided a project cost
summary and told board members that he had received two proposals.
Hunter outlined the two different proposals and told the board they
could choose from the different options. The new building will be located
off of Eddy Street.
Mid-Tex of Midland received the bid to do the construction on the building
The only other bidder was Master Builders which had a higher bid.
"Hawkins, who did the Crockett Addition, was overloaded at this time
and could not bid," said Hunter.
Funds earned by career and technology education FTEs have funded salaries
and benefits for career and technology teachers and staff, covered classroom
supplies and equipment, and provided travel funds for both teachers and
students for career and technology related travel, according to Career
and Technology Director Larry Sloan.
"We've replaced two complete business education computer labs, 50 new
computers and related equipment," said Sloan.
Additional classroom equipment such as smart boards, presentation projectors,
printers, and digital cameras has also come from these funds.
"We've repaired four overhead doors in the Agri-Science and Auto Tech
labs," said Sloan.
Other projects that have been completed include purchase of a new pickup,
purchase of three stock trailers used for Ag-Science projects, and installation
of new heating and air conditioning units in two classrooms.
The building will house computers and equipment that students, teachers
and the community can use.
"We want a great technology center, but we need to get the equipment
in there," said Love.
Board members discussed employee recognition service awards. "I've handed
out samples of what the other schools are doing for employee recognition,"
Love told board members to look over the samples and then they would
decide which option to go with. Some of the options included 5-year service
pins and other gifts.
"The plan will be presented to DEIC and then we'll bring it back to
the board," said Love.
The group approved an amendment to the Enhanced Curriculum Guidelines.
The administration would like to recommend a class of up to 22 students
for the enhanced program. Parental request and consent is mandatory.
Teachers have volunteered to teach the classes, grades one through sixth,
and will ultimately be selected by the Site-Based Decision Making team.
A back-up teacher may need to be selected. The classes will be full
day for the whole year and will be open to everyone at the same time, not
first come, first serve. Applications will be accepted only during the
sign-up period which is the last two weeks in April. It is felt these classes
will meet the needs of students who need higher-level classes for their
Frontage road renamed Raul Florez Blvd. by Council
By LEIA HOLLAND
PECOS, April 27, 2001 - The City Council of the Town of Pecos City unanimously
voted for renaming the north frontage road on Interstate 20 to Raul Florez
Boulevard during the regular meeting last night at city hall.
The new street name will extend from Highway 285 to Highway 17.
The Council looked over a petition in favor of the renaming with over
850 signatures on it.
Florez was Reeves County Sheriff from 1977 through 1992 and died in
Councilman Larry Levario said that perhaps the street could be dedicated
when the city's new criminal justice center is completed.
"It would be nice that when we open the facility that we have a dedication,"
The Council also approved allowing the Pecos Youth Advisory Commission
to take a trip to New Braunfels to visit Schliterban.
Numerous members of the youth commission were present at the meeting
to ask for the Council's blessing on the trip and to explain all the things
they have done this year.
The youth commission held many fund-raisers and completed numerous community
service projects including handing out turkeys to needy families at both
Thanksgiving and Christmas, handing out green apples to patients and staff
of Reeves County Hospital in celebration of St. Patrick's Day, giving Pecos
Nursing Home patients Easter baskets as well as many others.
Mayor Pro Tem Danny Rodriguez asked City Attorney Scott Johnson if allowing
the youth to go on the trip would cause any problems with insurance.
Johnson replied that the city would not be sponsoring the trip and that
the youth commission would have their own transportation.
"It's really not a city sponsored event," he said.
Rodriguez also brought to the Council an example of the Pecos-Barstow-Toyah
ISD's employee recognition plan during the public comment portion of the
The plan explains the service awards for the number of years that each
employee is with the school district.
The city has been working on a plan in order to reward the employees
that have given many years of dedication to the city.
"I think our employees deserve a pat on the back," Rodriguez said.
The Council approved the second reading of the amended ordinance for
the City of Pecos International Plumbing Code as well as the offer to purchase
two vacant lots located at 1503 East Second Street by Criselda Navarrette
for the amount of $200.
In other business the Council approved the monthly tax collector's report,
the accounts payable and the minutes from the previous meeting.
City Council, County plan powwow for water
PECOS, April 27, 2001 - Reeves County Commissioners will meet at 7:30 a.m.,
Monday morning for a special meeting.
The group will meet with Town of Pecos City officials as a workshop
regarding expansion of the Reeves County Detention Center and to find a
solution to the water issue.
Commissioners had approved preliminary plans and financing for RCDC
III at their regular meeting, but Reeves County Judge Jimmy B. Galindo
said that he would need to speak to city officials about providing water
or whether RCDC would need to come up with their own source of water and
PHA will receive an update on 2000 budget during meeting today
PECOS, April 27, 2001 - Pecos Housing Authority Board members will meet
at 5 p.m., today, to discuss several items.
Reeves County Judge Jimmy B. Galindo will be part of the audience and
board members will discuss a governmental agreement between Reeves County
and the Pecos Housing Authority under old business.
The board will receive an update on the 2000 Capital funds budget for
sidewalks and parking on Orange Street; a sprinkler system on Second Street;
and fencing for the administration office.
Under new business the board will discuss: the budget for 2001 Capital
funds; drawings for East Side 10th and 11th Street
parking/sidewalks project; a new roof for the day care building; roof damages
throughout the Pecos Housing Authority sites caused by high winds on April
10 and insurance adjuster's claims report and approval to repair the damages.
Monthly reports for both the housing authority and Farm Labor Housing
are also on the agenda.
Sul Ross names Borrego Woman of the Year
PECOS, April 27, 2001 - Linda Borrego of Pecos, was recognized as Sul Ross
State University's Woman of the Year during the annual Honors Convocation,
held last Monday at Marshall Auditorium.
Linda Borrego of Pecos receives 2001 Sul Ross Woman of the Year award
from President R. Vic Morgan.
Borrego, who will graduate summa cum laude in May with a B.A. in psychology,
has compiled a 3.914 grade point average since transferring to Sul Ross
from Odessa College. She is a member of Who's Who Among Students in American
Universities and Colleges and is a member of the Alpha Chi and Psi Chi
She is the daughter of Luis and Laura Tellez of Pecos.
Enterprise to run candidate profiles in May 3 edition
PECOS, April 27, 2001 - The Pecos Enterprise will be running profiles of
candidates for the May 5 city, school and hospital district elections on
Thursday, May 3. The profiles will be for the candidates in the contested
The profiles will be those provided by the candidates, and can be up
to 400 words (10 inches) in length, and will be run with an accompanying
photo, if available.
Candidates wanting to be included in next Thursday's profiles should
bring in their information to the Enterprise by 12 noon on Wednesday, or
e-mail the information to firstname.lastname@example.org by that time.
Rifle match Saturday
PECOS, April 27, 2001 - The Pecos Rifle and Pistol Club will host a Service
Rifle Match Saturday morning at 8:00 a.m. at the club range. Any military
service rifle with iron sights and that can be reloaded with either charging
strips or magazines is eligible.
PECOS, April 27, 2001 - Today sunny. High in the lower 80s. Southeast wind
10 to 20 mph. Tonight mostly clear. Low near 50. Southeast wind 5 to 10
mph. Saturday mostly sunny. High 80 to 85. Southeast wind 10 to 20 mph.
Saturday night partly cloudy. Low around 50. Extended forecast Sunday through
thursday partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 50s. Highs in the mid to upper
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