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Tuesday, May 15, 2001

Commissioners OK deal to light Martinez Field

Staff Writer

PECOS, Tuesday, May 15, 2001 -- Reeves County Commissioners approved an interlocal  cooperation contract for community sports and recreation program between  Reeves County, Town of Pecos City and Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD to  provide sports lighting for Martinez Field during their regular meeting  on Monday at the Reeves County Courthouse.

Commissioners also approved DRG's request for payment for work at the Reeves County Detention Center and a contract between Reeves County and Garza County Regional Juvenile Center at Monday morning's meeting.

Reeves County Judge Jimmy B. Galindo told the group that the cooperation contract would allow them to provide lighting at the field, which will be used for high school softball.

"The school has appropriated $15,000 for this and one of the things that's vital is that we will install a sprinkler system," said Galindo.

Martinez field was originally built in 1981 for baseball, at a cost of $99,000. But lights were never installed, which has limited its usefulness over the past 20 years. The county and Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD renovated the field in 1998 when Pecos High School began its girls softball program.

Galindo said the field could also be used by other groups, such as the Senior League baseball, T-ball players, older men's softball and girl's softball.

A payment to DRG for reimbursement in the amount of $1,735. "This is for the support building and it has been approved," said county auditor Lynn Owens.

Reeves County Juvenile Probation officer Louise Moore was on hand to talk to the court about placing juveniles in other facilities.

Moore told the court that they place juveniles at those sites because they might offer services that are beneficial to those in detention. For example, some juveniles may be placed at another facility, to deal with their substance abuse or psychological help, she said.

"This is only if we are able to get state funding and it does have to go through the commissioners court," said Moore. "They have funds especially set aside for rural counties."

Contracts with both Garza County Regional Juvenile Center and Interchange Youth and Family Services, in Hondo, were approved. "We want to have the contracts for when we go before the judge," said Moore. "The sooner we get the contracts the better our chances are of receiving the funding, because we are not the only county that will be seeking these funds."

The facilities in question offer a longer-term type program. "These facilities offer services for a longer term, for youth that have already been placed on probation and have broken that probation," said Moore.

In conjunction the group approved a Juvenile Accountability Grant. "This grant is for $13,000 with matching funds of $1,300 and this is the third year we have applied for this grant and it's been approved," said Moore.

She said that in the past the funds have been used to purchase cameras for the high school, along with other projects.

Red Bluff considers action over minnow lawsuit threat

Staff Writer

PECOS, Tuesday, May 15, 2001 -- Red Bluff Water Power Control Board members discussed funding  an effort to head off any plans to alter Pecos River water releases as part  of an endangered species lawsuit, during their monthly meeting  on Monday in Pecos. 

The board covered the items listed on their brief agenda in under 45 minutes, then discussed the possibility that a lawsuit could be brought by an environmental group that has been fighting to save the habitat of the silvery minnow in the Rio Grande. Board members said the fish has not been seen in the Pecos river in over half a century, but were concerned any future lawsuit could force Red Bluff and other Pecos River water districts into mandatory year-round water releases.

Board members discussed, but took no action on retaining Austin lawyer Susan Potts, who helped the district several years ago, when a similar threat was posed by the Pecos River pupfish. Red Bluff General Manager Jim Ed Miller said they also planned to talk with water district officials in Carlsbad about possibly sharing the $10,000 cost for retaining Potts' services.

"I'm hoping we can split the difference," Miller said, while board resident Randall Hartman said, "Even if it's more money, it doesn't matter."

While Miller said no legal action has been taken by environmentalists at this time, according to the Albuquerque Journal, New Mexico will a large amount of water from the Jemez Reservoir in coming weeks as part of the state's plan to sustain the endangered Rio Grande silvery minnow.
     New Mexico will release 6,000 acre-feet of water from the reservoir in the next two weeks, and will store spring runoff water in reservoirs in Northern New Mexico, instead of Elephant Butte Reservoir near Truth of Consequences in order to assure summer releases to sustain the minnow.

The state has been forced to re-evaluate its operation of reservoir storage on the Rio Grande because of lawsuits filed by environmental groups seeking to force various federal agencies to keep water in the river to sustain the minnow, the Journal said.

Red Bluff Lake currently stores water during the winter months for release downstream to farmers during the spring and summer. Similar rules for the Pecos River could force the district to release water downstream year-round while altering New Mexico's release schedule of water to Texas.

The board authorized Miller to discuss retaining Potts' services, pending approval during the June board meeting.

In action that was taken, the board approved fixing windows on a house at Red Bluff Lake, approved the monthly water report, cash disbursements and accounts payable, and approved the quarterly investment review.

Miller also told the board he has not yet heard back from the Chicago corporate offices of Loving Salt Co. on a contract send there three weeks ago in connection with the Malaga Bend salt alleviation project.

"They've had it for three weeks, but I haven't heard any response," Miller said. Loving Salt is seeking to pump salt spring water entering the Pecos River at Malaga Bend to six man-made ponds, where the water would be evaporated and the salt later mined.

The project would reduce salt levels in the Pecos River below Malaga Bend, but Miller said the district wouldn't take any more action until hearing back from Chicago.

"I don't want to spend another dime unless they come back with a signed contract and earnest (guarantee) money," Miller said. The money, $25,000, would be equal to the amount of the deposit Red Bluff returned to Loving Salt's Albert Wagner last year. "If they don't have that kind of money, we should just forget it," he said.

Reyes' teaching work honored by OC

Staff Writer

PECOS, Tuesday, May 15, 2001 -- A local teacher has been recognized for his many years  of service and dedication to adult education.

David Reyes received a special award during graduation exercises at Odessa College recently.

Reyes was nominated for teacher of the year by Odessa College, but even though he didn't net that award he received an award for Special Recognition for 20 years of service.

"And in 20 years I have never missed a day," said Reyes.

Reyes teaches adult basic education, English as a Second Language and also gives GED instruction.

"I was really surprised at learning that I won this award," said Reyes.

Reyes really shouldn't be at all surprised, since he has helped many go on to earn their GED's, to learn to speak English and to further their education.

"I also taught at the Ector County Public schools, but I enjoy teaching adults more," said Reyes.

Reyes depends on a wheelchair to get around, but that doesn't stop him from his devotion to giving to others and providing them an opportunity to learn.

He lost his left arm in an industrial accident at the age of 12 when he reached into an operating commercial dryer at the former Pecos Laundry, now Iglesia Emmanuel, at the corner of Cherry and Willow. He went on to graduate from Pecos High School in 1951 and some years later experienced what he calls, "a freak accident."

While working at the Camp Hospital building, which now houses the local Texas Department of Human Services offices, Reyes said he slipped on a wet floor while showing another employee around for the TDHS renovation project.

"My head hit the floor so hard," said Reyes. "The only functioning parts of my body were my eyes and ears."

From that point until 1960 when he began courses at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin he underwent strenuous physical therapy rehabilitation at various hospitals, including one in Bethesda, Maryland. He managed to regain usage of his right arm and left leg, speech, and most of his upper body.

He received an associate's degree from Odessa College, his BA from UTPB and his master's degree from Sul Ross State University.

As for his plans for the future, retirement is not included. "I don't plan to ever retire," said Reyes. "This is something I enjoy doing and will keep doing for as long as I can."

Latina Pageant's entry deadlines set for next week

PECOS, Tuesday, May 15, 2001 -- The Miss Permian Basin Latina/Teen Latina Pageant is  scheduled for 4:30 p.m., on June 1 at the MHCC Annual Mex-Tex Menudo  Cook-Off at Midland Center.
Any woman with 25 percent Hispanic descent is welcome to participate in either the Teen and Miss categories.
The teen contestants must be between the ages of 13 and 17, single with no children and a legal resident of the United States. The miss contestants must be between the ages of 18 and 28 and can be single, married or divorced with or without children as well as being a legal resident of the United States.

The pageant entry fee is $200 and the deadline is May 22. Winners will represent the Permian Basin at the National Miss Latina/Teen Latina Pageant in San Antonio on July 3-5.

For an application contact the Miss Permian Basin Latina Pageant at (915) 570-8898 or for more information log onto


High Monday 93. Low this morning 68. Forecast for  tonight: Partly cloudy. Low around 60. Southwest wind 5 to 15  mph. Wednesday: Partly cloudy and warm. High around 100.  Northwest wind 5 to 15 mph. Wednesday night: Partly cloudy. Low around  60. Thursday: Partly cloudy. High 95 to 100. Friday: Partly cloudy  with isolated showers and thunderstorms. Lows from  the upper 50s to the lower 60s. Highs from the upper 80s to the mid 90s.


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