Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Thursday, October 18, 2001
Work on city's new jail proceeding on schedule
By LEIA HOLLAND
PECOS, Thurs., Oct. 18, 2001 -- Despite a few rainy and windy
days construction on the new municipal law enforcement center is on schedule.
Craig Brown, project manager from Hale-Mills Construction, said that
progress is being made as workers construct interior walls and drop hollow
core planks in for the ceiling of the 98-bed jail facility.
"At this moment in time it is the best we can hope for," he said.
Brown said with the help of some excellent subcontractors and local
government, construction is moving ahead.
"The local officials here have been very cooperative and very helpful,"
Total cost of the facility, located on Interstate 20 near Reeves County
Hospital, has been estimated at $5.6 million including financing costs,
Town of Pecos City Manager Carlos Yerena said earlier this year. Of that
total, the U.S. Marshal's Service is paying $2.4 million to the city for
construction of the facility, which will house Marshal's Service inmates
awaiting trial in U.S. District Court in Pecos.
Brown explained that the perimeter of the facility is complete with
brick masons, plumbers and electricians working inside.
"All kinds of things are going on here," he said.
Approximately 70 percent of the employees are from this area, according
He said that the law enforcement center is about the fifth or sixth
facility of this kind that he has personally worked on.
He said that most of the time this type of project he has worked on
has gone smoothly but it continues to be challenging.
"It's not an easy process," he said. "It depends on the experience you
Brown said that this project has gone smoothly so far because of the
experience of the "excellent subcontractors."
Of course having wonderful architects help in construction, according
Brown said that the two architects working on this project are both
women and are "some of the best in the business."
Deborah Williams is one of the architects, from Eversole-Williams Architects
out of Argyle, near Dallas. She has been working with the city since this
project has started.
Brown said that they have not had any problems with theft since construction
started, which he credits to the abundance of police protection the site
"We've received excellent security from the police," he said.
Pecos Police Chief Clay McKinney has also been working with the construction
crew and visits the site on a regular basis, according to Brown.
Brown said that things are about to get busier in the near future once
construction of a metal building, which will serve as the roof of the facility,
"It'll start getting a lot busier," he said.
In approximately two to three weeks more people will start coming in
to work on the interior, including the installation of the security doors
Once construction is completed, Brown is confident that the people of
Pecos would be proud of the facility.
"You're going to like it," he said.
Enchilada plan sale set by Church Friday
PECOS, Thurs., Oct. 18, 2001 -- Santa Rosa Church is holding an Enchilada
Plate Sale will be held from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., Friday at Santa Rosa
Plates will be $3.50 and consist of three red or green enchiladas prepared
with homemade tortillas, served with beans, rice and salad.
Deliveries of four plates or more will be made. For orders call 445-2302.
Crockett hosting parenting course
PECOS, Thurs., Oct. 18, 2001 -- Crockett Middle School eighth grade,
invites all parents to a parenting skills class at 6 p.m., Monday in the
The event will be presented by High Sky Children's Ranch.
"Anger Management" will be one of the topics to be discussed.
Boy Scouts selling Christmas popcorn
PECOS, Thurs., Oct. 18, 2001 -- Local Buffalo Trail Council Boy Scouts
will be selling Christmas Popcorn packages until December 12. For more
information call Yvonna Johnson at 447-4143.
PECOS, Thurs., Oct. 18, 2001 -- High Wed. 87. Low this morning 47.
Forecast for tonight: Clear. Lows in the upper 40s. NE winds 10 to 20 mph.
Fri.: Partly cloudy. Highs 75 to 80. East winds 5 to 15 mph. Fri. night:
Mostly clear. Lows near 50. Sat.: Mostly sunny. Highs in the mid 80s. Sun.:
Partly cloudy. Lows from the mid 40s to near 50. Highs from the upper 70s
to the mid 80s.
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
Division of Buckner News Alliance, Inc.
324 S. Cedar St., Pecos, TX 79772
Phone 915-445-5475, FAX 915-445-4321
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