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Wednesday, October 17, 2001

Public given tour of RCDC additions

Staff Writer
PECOS, Wed., Oct. 17, 2001 -- Community members had the opportunity to view the newest addition to the Reeves County Detention Center Tuesday afternoon, during an Open House that had been rescheduled following last month's terrorist attacks on the United States.

About 60 individuals were on hand during the morning session of the Open House at the facility with another big crowd touring the grounds in the afternoon.

"This new addition is more efficient and safer for both the employees and the inmates," said RCDC Warden Rudy Franco of the 1,000-bed addition, which doubled the capacity of the facility.

Work on the facility was completed in late 2000 and the early part of this year. Four units of D-Wing in RCDC-I were selected to house United States Marshal inmates in March of 2001 and in May, the facility achieved its goal of 2,000 inmates.

"This facility will generate $29 million this year," said Reeves County Judge Jimmy B. Galindo. "Our plans are to expand the facility, which will create more jobs in Reeves County and more opportunities."

Reeves County Commissioners have already authorized another addition to the facility, which will be called RCDC-III. The new addition is expected to increase the prison's capacity to 2,960 inmates.

The current RCDC will contribute almost $1.8 million toward the Reeves County General Fund in 2001.

The present inmate population at the facility consists primarily of deportable aliens, most of which are from Mexico, according to Franco.

"These inmates have been convicted of various federal offenses and the majority are drug and immigration law violators," he said.

Franco said that the tour was an effort to give the community a better insight on the facility and provide them with answers to any questions they might have.

Construction began in Sept. 1999 on the RCDC-II project, which was designed to meet the needs for enhanced security, efficient inmate management and program requirements. Along with beds for 1,000 inmates, the RCDC-II work included construction of an administrative complex, education building, recreation building, and outside recreation yard.

With the increased population, a Support Services building was situated in the center of the complex to support both RCDC-I and II. This building contains a central laundry, warehouse, loading dock, mechanical shop, and office space.

In Oct. 2000, the Education Department and Library relocated to their new building. Available classes are in electrical repair, typing, basic computer, basic home wiring, GED classes, and "English as a Second Language" classes. There are also Vocational Training Programs such as auto mechanics and horticulture. These programs are designed to keep the inmates busy and productive, as well as provide skills for their release.

In December 2000, A, E and B-Unit opened for occupancy. Each unit holds a total of 192 inmates. The first meal at that facility was served in the RCDC-II Mess Hall on Thanksgiving of that year.

In November 2000, Reeves County purchased a state of the art transportation bus, and in the same month it made it's first run to Grants, New Mexico. In January, the recreation yard was opened to accommodate the inmate population in the new units, the segregation unit was expanded to house an additional 55 inmates.

Church schedules fair to replace 16th of Sept. fiestas

Staff Writer
PECOS, Wed., Oct. 17, 2001 -- Plenty of food, games and dancing will be a part of the activities planned for this weekend by Santa Rosa Catholic Church, to replace a similar event canceled in September.

Santa Rosa will be hosting a Family Fall Festival on Saturday, with festivities are set to begin at 11 a.m. and conclude at 11 p.m.

The event is being held this weekend due to the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, which led the church to cancel their annual 16th of September Fiestas.

At that time, Father Ben Flores said that they wanted to focus on the national event and wanted to reach out to those affected through prayers and other events. Canceling the yearly fiestas was the right thing to do at that time, Flores said, adding that something else would be planned for a later date.

"Now they have re-scheduled some events for this weekend," said church secretary Hilda Vasquez. "It won't be as big as the 16th of September Fiestas, but it will bring some entertainment and fun for the whole family," she said.

Games for the children, loteria (Mexican Bingo), and a gordita sale will be held inside the Santa Rosa Hall.

Church booths outside the hall will offer tripitas, hamburgers, burritos, barbecue, asado, brisket and asadero and long green chilies burritos, all made with homemade tortillas.

All kinds of drinks will also be available and D. J. music will be provided on the stage for dancing and easy listening.

A religious store will be housed inside the hall and will offer a number of items.

Other activities will also be planned for Saturday's festival and the winners of the raffle originally scheduled to be announced the night of Sept. 15 will be announced this Saturday at 9 p.m.

Pecos woman wins big before football game

Staff Writer
PECOS, Wed., Oct. 17, 2001 -- The Pecos Eagles football team wasn't the only big winner Friday night in Clint. One lucky Pecos woman is still "in shock" after she purchased a scratch-off ticket their prior to the game and ended up with one of the Texas Lottery's top scratch-off prizes.

Inez Hinojos bought a Jumbo Bucks scratch-off ticket at an Exxon convenience store in Clint while on her way to Friday's football game, which Pecos won by a 36-0 final score.

"I've been an Eagles fan since 1970 and enjoy watching them play," said Hinojos. "I love baseball and football and we have been following them for a few years."

Hinojos said that as soon as she bought the ticket, she went outside the store she scratched it off, and discovered the ticket was a $25,000 winner.

"I didn't know what I was feeling when I found it was a winner," she said.

"I was in shock and just hugged the ticket to me quietly," said Hinojos.

Even though Hinojos has won several times on scratch-off tickets, this is the first big payoff she's had. "I've always won like $1 or more, but never this much," said Hinojos.

Her luck was extended just a little bit more, when she won $10 on another scratch off ticket Tuesday, and she said prior to Friday's big win, "The most I have ever won on a scratch-off ticket is $80."

Hinojos' family consists of her husband, David Hinojos, her son, Salvador Hinojos, of Nolanville, his wife, April Faulkner and granddaughter, Magdalena Cosette Hinojos.

She said she's not a gambler, but always buys a scratch-off ticket everywhere they go. "Whenever we go out of town, I always like to buy one," she said.

Hinojos said she plans to pay bills with her "loot."

Early voting for elections starts Monday

PECOS, Wed., Oct. 17, 2001 -- Early voting on the 19 proposition amendments to the Texas Constitution will begin Monday at the Reeves County Courthouse Lobby and will continue until Friday, Nov. 2.

Copies of the 19 propositions are available at the Reeves County Clerk's office.

Requests for ballots by mail can be obtained at the clerk's office.

All incoming boxes in Pecos will be consolidated on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6, at the Reeves County Civic Center. All out-of-town boxes will be at their usual locations in Toyah, Saragosa, Balmorhea and at Red Bluff Lake north of Orla.

To request a copy for a ballot by mail, individuals can call the Reeves County Clerk's office at 445-5467.

TAAS workshop planned Thursday at PHS auditorium

PECOS, Wed., Oct. 17, 2001 -- A Texas Assessment of Academic Skills (TAAS) Workshop will be held at the Pecos High School Auditorium at 7 p.m. Thursday to provide families and students with information on the TAAS.

To receive a high school diploma, a student must successfully complete all course work and pass the TAAS exit level test. Parents of sophomore students and students who have taken the TAAS and have not passed a section of the TAAS are encouraged to attend to receive information on TAAS.

Juniors and seniors who have not passed a section of the TAAS will be tested on Oct. 23- writing; Oct. 24- mathematics and Oct. 25- reading.

Bake sale benefit for Pecos Museum to be held Friday

PECOS, Wed., Oct. 17, 2001 -- Homemade cakes, cookies and more will be for sale at the annual Friends of the Museum Bake Sale scheduled for Friday.

The bake sale will begin at 9:30 a.m., at the West of the Pecos Museum, First and Cedar Streets.

The Pecos Bill Park, name brick project will end Nov. 1. For more information contact the museum at 445-5076.


PECOS, Wed., Oct. 17, 2001 -- High Tues. 68. Low this morning 39. Forecast for tonight: Clear. Lows near 50. South winds 5 to 15 mph. Thurs.: Sunny. Highs near 90. SW winds 10 to 20 mph. Thurs. night: Mostly clear. Lows 45 to 50. Friday: Mostly sunny. Highs near 80. Sat. through Tues.: Partly cloudy. Lows from the mid 40s to near 50. Highs from the upper 70s to the mid 80s.


Senaido Pargas and Guillermo Rubio

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