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Wednesday, October 10, 2001

Fall Fair events a success, Chamber told by officials

Staff Writer

PECOS, Wed., Oct. 10, 2001 -- Exact figures are not in, but the 2001 Reeves County Fall Fair  was deemed a success, with a number of local and out of town people on  hand to enjoy this past weekend's events.

"Exact figures are not available, but we do know that we had a good crowd and it was a huge success," said Catherine Travland, during the regular Chamber of Commerce Board meeting held Tuesday at noon.

Travland told the group that prizes were awarded to the winning entries and red, white and blue ribbons handed out. "We want to thank everyone that helped this year's Fall Fair be a success," she said.

Reeves County Extension Agent Terry Holder reported on the stock show held in conjunction with the fall fair. "It was pretty good, we didn't have as many entries as last year, but it was still really nice," he said.

There were 33 lambs entered in the event, five steers and three heifers. "There was just a stock show in Dallas that a lot of individuals went to and also we didn't get membership for TCLA, which is why the numbers were down," said Holder.

"Everyone had a good time, though," he said.

Women's Division President Laura Briggs reported that the Pretty Baby Contest sponsored by that group also was a success. "We had over 45 entries and it went really well," she said.

Entry fees from the contest will cover the donation the women made to the fire department recently.

"We usually have a dinner for the fire department personnel, but this year I attended their meeting and asked if there was anything else we could do for them," said Briggs. "It's kind of hard to get their families together for a meeting, when they have other activities with their children, so we though it would be nice to ask them what we could do for them."

Briggs said that the fire personnel had asked for some help in their recent drive they had. "They were raising funds for the widows of firemen and the firemen in New York City," killed in the Sept. 11 terrorist attack, she said.

Briggs said that the Women's Division provided the food for the personnel who were out collecting funds that day. "The women baked cookies and we went to Burrito Depot, who donated a lot of burritos to them and we provided all the drinks for them," she said.

In addition, the 2001 Golden Girl Desirae Tercero, along with other fire personnel had a booth in front of Wal-Mart taking donations on that Saturday.

"We also voted at the last meeting to donate $300 to them and Wal-Mart has agreed to match that," said Briggs.

Briggs said that some of the funds from the Pretty Baby Contest would also be used to help fix up the Pecos High School Auditorium. "We want to go back to the high school and help fix up the stage, because we do use it every year for the Golden Girl Pageant," said Briggs.

She told chamber members that the group would be catering a luncheon for the Emergency Medical Service personnel during their next meeting. "Since we haven't done anything for them this year, we will be catering their next meeting," said Briggs. "We just want to show them that we appreciate them as well and pamper them a little."

The Women's Division will also sponsor the annual Halloween Parade. "We don't know what date that will be, it will be on the same day that the city schedules trick-or-treating," she said. Halloween falls on a Wednesday this year.

Under old business, chamber director Tom Rivera told the group that a copy of the audit that was recently done on chamber finances is available to all board members.

"I know some of the board members haven't seen it yet, but we have a copy for them at the office," he said.

Rivera said that all the items pointed out in the audit have already been taken care or are in the process of being taken care of. "Office manager, Lupe Davis, has been working really hard on this."

Board member Richard Creasy suggested that they make sure every member get a copy of the audit and hold a special meeting to discuss this. "We don't just want to throw it out here and forget about it," he said.

A vote of hands failed, and members were asked to stand up, and during a recount the motion again failed.

"I supported it because I felt we should have a separate meeting and discuss that and get it out of these meetings, so that we can discuss the items on the agenda during this meeting," said Briggs. "Maybe during these meetings we can just stick to the agenda."

Sitting in for the board president, Angela Romero, said that they would take it to the executive board and as an executive board decide what to do.

"But anything you decide during the executive board meeting has to be approved by this board," said Creasy. "We can't even get half of these people (board members) to show up."

Rivera handed out a copy of the bed tax contract the group has with the Town of Pecos City and said that everything in the contract has remained the same for the upcoming year.

Tejano star Torres to appear in P-B-T anti-drug program

Staff Writer

PECOS, Wed., Oct. 10, 2001 -- This year's Pecos-Barstow Toyah District Drug Free Rally will be a  little bit different, but will provide something for all age groups.

Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD Counselors were on hand for the regular monthly school board meeting to introduce their proposal to board members. The group also provided a video on their proposal.

"This year we have a totally different idea for the drug-free rally," said counselor Virginia Caballero, while counselor Rosie Salcido said that even though the past drug-free rallies have been a huge success, the counselors thought about a new idea.

"We want to target the secondary students," said Salcido. "The little ones really enjoyed the pep rallies and seeing us at the football field, but the secondary students seemed to be a little bit bored and we want to target them a little bit more this year."

The counselors introduced their new project, "The Patsy Torres Positive Force Tour," featuring the Tejano music entertainer.

"This way the younger ones can enjoy the music and the older ones can listen to the message," said Salcido.

Patsy Torres is one of the most important and influential Tejano singers. She has performed for live audiences of more than 100,000 people, and appeared and performed on national television for millions of viewers, and traveled all over the world winning numerous awards for her musical talents and community works.

Torres has graced the covers of national magazines, and Billboard magazine proclaimed her as one of the "Top Female Tejano Stars," while Vista Magazine selected her to represent "What's Hot in Texas." Latin Style magazine describes Torres as "El Sonido del Futuro" _ the sound of the future.

With a degree in science, Torres is a strong advocate for "Stay in School" partnerships, anti-drug campaigns and student issues and found that her celebrity status gave her a privileged credibility with young people.

At her many speaking engagements, she told students that she felt her greatest accomplishment was getting a college education while flourishing in a career of show business with her morals intact.

San Antonio officials and local businesses supported Torres when she came up with a specialized musical show targeting teen problems and issues. The success of "The Positive Force Tour," has earned her San Antonio's coveted "Hidalgo Humanitarian Award."

This "musical drama" incorporates singing, dancing, skits, interaction dialogue, and testimonials along with state of the art special effects, lighting and costuming.

Emphasizing the importance of education, self-esteem, and setting personal goals, the show has been presented to thousands of school children while on tour throughout Texas, Arizona, Idaho, New Mexico and Kansas. It is now expanding to other states.

Salcido told the group that two-thirds of the funding for the show will come from outside the school district.

"It will cost $3,000, but we have applied for a mini-grant that will cover $2,000 of it," said Caballero. "The other $1,000, will be funded by the district, with $500 coming from the funding of the counselors."

Each of the counselors at the school will provide $100 from their budget and the rest will come from Gome Olibas, PBT-ISD assistant superintendent.

"This was also presented to the district executive committee who supported it also," said superintendent Don Love.

The event is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 25, at the Pecos High School new gym.

"This year we will divide the students," said Salcido.

Students in kindergarten through sixth grades will see the show from 9:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. Students in grades seventh through 12th will see it from 1:30 p.m. until 2:45 p.m.

"She will also talk to the students at the Lamar (alternative education) school for 45 minutes," said Salcido. "The Lamar students are also invited to the secondary show."

Salcido said that the local police department would be helping out also. "The group will come in the day before and the police department will provide the meals and lodging," she said.

Task force, police help with N.M. drug roundup

From Staff and Wire Reports
Twenty-two of 40 alleged members of a drug ring were arrested  Tuesday after an investigation that started three years ago, Hobbs Police Chief  Tony Knott said.

The undercover investigation involved Texas and New Mexico officers as well as federal agents, Knott said Tuesday.

Officers from the Trans-Pecos Drug Task Force in Pecos assisted in the investigation. Pecos police also provided assistance, according to the Hobbs Police Department.

Commander Gary Richards said that the task force and Lea County have been working together with an "exchange" program where agents from Lea County come to Pecos and work undercover and agents from Pecos go to New Mexico to work undercover as well.

"We've had agents over there working in New Mexico with Lea County for three years," he said.

Richards said that local officers were asked to assist in approximately 10 cases pertaining to the drug ring investigation.

Those arrested Tuesday included 16 men and six women from Hobbs and Lovington, according to a statement released by Knott's office.

Charges ranged from possessing marijuana to trafficking in cocaine or distributing methamphetamine. Most were cocaine-related.

The operation will continue seeking the other 18 individuals named in arrest warrants, he said.

Undercover purchases began in 1998, but that case was hampered by the death of the lead agent due to heart problems unrelated to the case. The case was re-initiated last year as Operation Narcissus with undercover purchases of cocaine and methamphetamine from Arturo Chihuahua of Hobbs, some associates and family members, Knott said in a news release.

State and federal arrest warrants naming 40 individuals were issued. They were served starting at 6 a.m. Tuesday, Knott said.

Agencies involved in the operation included police from Hobbs, Roswell, Tatum, Lovington, Eunice, Jal, the Lea County sheriff, Chaves County sheriff, the U.S. attorney's office, Region VI Drug Task Force, Chaves County Metro Narcotics and New Mexico State Police.

Also involved were the Kermit, Texas, police; U.S. Customs Service, Border Patrol, Immigration and Naturalization Service, Drug Enforcement Administration and the FBI, which was the lead agency, Knott said.

Richards said that he plans to continue working with Lea County and the "exchange" program in the future.

They are a good source for man power," he said.

Council to discuss engineering pact for sewer project

PECOS, Wed., Oct. 10, 2001 -- The Town of Pecos City Council is scheduled to discuss advertisement for engineering services request for qualifications for sewer improvements project during the regular meeting at 7 a.m. Thursday in council chambers at City Hall.

The council is also set to discuss approval of the Pecos Economic Development Corporation budget.

They will also approve the second reading of the adoption of provision affecting the Texas Municipal Retirement System credit service ordinance.

Also on the agenda are discussions of the juvenile court report, the accounts payable and the minutes of previous meetings.

Cosmetology school will cut hair for Red Cross funds

PECOS, Wed., Oct. 10, 2001 -- Odessa College cosmetology students will host a Cut-A-Thon fund-raiser offering haircuts for donations to benefit Red Cross disaster relief.

The Cut-A-Thon will be held from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 20, at the OC Cosmetology Building located at the corner of University Boulevard and Halley Avenue (across from the main campus at 201 W. University).

The fundraiser is in cooperation with local salons and no appointment is necessary.

For more information, contact the OC cosmetology department at 335-6452.


PECOS, Wed., Oct. 10, 2001 -- High Tuesday 90. Low this morning 56. Forecast for  tonight: Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of showers  or thunderstorms. Lows in the mid 50s. Northeast winds 10 to 20  mph. Thursday: Partly cloudy and cooler with a 20 percent chance of  showers or thunderstorms. Highs in the mid 70s. South winds 5 to 15  mph. Thursday night: Partly cloudy. Lows 50 to 55. Friday:  Mostly sunny. Highs in the lower 80s. Saturday: Partly cloudy. Lows  in the lower 50s. Highs in the lower 80s.


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