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Monday, October 22, 2001, PECOS ENTERPRISE

Film crew puts `devil' in old Pecos ice house

Staff Writer

PECOS, Monday, Oct. 22, 2001 -- People traveling to the northside of town last week might have seen  a lot of commotion at the old icehouse building near the Union  Pacific Railroad crossing on Elm Street.

Approximately 20 people rolled into town last Wednesday to begin shooting a short film in and outside the icehouse.

Producer Bret Haller said that the director, Flavin Judd, of Marfa, was searching the area for an old cotton gin to use in the 20-minute thriller and came across the old icehouse.

"I came into Pecos for lunch and saw this building," Judd said.

After Judd discovered the old building, Haller said that he took a drive through town to look at it and was impressed by the people.

"When I drove through everybody was real friendly," he said.

Members of the cast and crew are from all over the country including New York, Los Angeles, Houston, Austin, El Paso, Marfa and even Pecos.

Unit Production Manager Carlin DeGuerinof Houston explained what the movie is about.

She said that the movie is "sort of a moral lesson film" about the devil coming up to Earth to find his replacement and comes across a very nasty man named Joe.

DeGuerin said that Joe, who is a gambler, gambles his soul with the devil on a game of tops and loses.

In order to try and win it back, Joe then gambles with the souls of his wife and children.

Portions of the movie were filmed here as well as El Paso.

This is not the first time that Pecos residents have seen a film crew come into town.

In 1992, citizens had a chance to become extras on the set of Flesh and Bone, starring Dennis Quaid and Meg Ryan. A small portion of the movie was filmed at the Town and Country Motel, now known as the Budget Inn. In 1983, the Kevin Cosner movie Fandango was filmed around the area, including between Pecos and Toyah and at the Rattlesnake Bomber Base in Pyote.

While filming in Pecos, Judd's crew had to rope off a portion of Elm Street from Second Street to just over the railroad tracks.

Although roping off the street did not solve all the problems the crew had with shooting.

Haller and DeGuerin both said that with the numerous trains and cars passing by the building that it was hard to get the sound quality they need and sometimes had to wait.

"Sometimes we'd get set up and then a train would come and we'd have to take a five minute break," DeGuerin said.

Haller said that the main room of the icehouse is so big that the sound just reverberates off the walls.

Despite that problem, Haller said that the crew has had no other problems and was able to finish shooting by Sunday.

He said that the people of Pecos have been very friendly to them and no one has questioned their right to be in the building.

"Everybody in the town has been real nice," he said.

DeGuerin said that nobody has bothered them while they were shooting, the most that happens is people stare as they drive by.

"Just curious glances," she said.

In order to use the old icehouse building, Judd said that he had to talk with a lot of people including the city, county and current and former owners of the building.

After the crew finishes shooting here and in El Paso, the film would be taken to either Los Angeles or New Mexico for editing.

However, it is unlikely that the residents of Pecos will get a chance to see the finished product.

Haller said that he and Judd would be taking the film to a few film festivals, including the Sundance Film Festival.

While their jobs kept the cast and crew busy for most of their stay they did get the chance to eat at some local restaurants and take a look around town.

A few members of the cast and crew were even on hand to help cheer the Pecos Eagles to victory at the home football game on Friday.

Haller said that the cast and crew have enjoyed the city's hospitality and he wouldn't mind shooting another movie here in the future.

"I'd come back and film here any day," he said.

Wendt enlisted for Adventists' N.Y. relief job

Staff Writer

PECOS, Monday, Oct. 22, 2001 -- A Reeves County woman will be traveling on a mission to help  others, following the terrorist attacks last month that killed an estimated  5,000 people in New York City.

Marla Wendt, member of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Saragosa, has been invited to join other missionaries from around the nation to provide missionary work for the people of New York City.

Wendt said she is very excited about going to New York to help others.

"I will be doing missionary work, bible work with the ladies organization," said Wendt. "I feel lucky to have been chosen," she said.

Janet Fornia, who lives in Tennessee and knows Wendt, suggested she be one of the missionaries to go to New York. "She knew me and knew I had done this type of work before and suggested I be one of the missionaries to go," said Wendt.

Wendt is the daughter of Bill and Hazel Wendt and has two sisters and three brothers.

She will be leaving on Thursday and will be in New York for about six weeks.

"I had done this type of work in the Dominican and was there for three years," said Wendt. "I would come home on holidays, but otherwise the rest of the time I stayed there doing Bible work," she said.

"I'm really excited about going to New York, a little bit scared, but adventurous," she said.

This summer Wendt took an emergency medical service course for ambulance workers, which will help her in her duties. She is also fluent in Spanish, which is another plus.

Wendt is planning a fundraiser to help finance her trip and is also taking donations.

To help finance her trip, donations can be made to Marla Wendt, P.O. Box 593, Saragosa, Tx. 79780 or by calling 915-375-2469.

County seeks re-appraisal of RCDC site

Staff Writer

PECOS, Monday, Oct. 22, 2001 -- Reeves County Commissioners agreed to have a re-appraisal of  the Reeves County Detention Center for insurance purposes by the  Texas Association of Counties, after the initial estimate came in at only  30 percent of the facility's predicted value.

Reeves County Judge Jimmy B. Galindo said that the Texas Association of Counties had appraised the 2,000-bed facility at $12 million.

Victor Uvaldlle, a representative from TAC told commissioners that he would need their approval to have it re-appraised. "We will need more detailed information for individual pricing per pod, they only appraised one and I'm told there are five," he said.

County Auditor Lynn Owens agreed that the appraisal numbers were wrong. "There are about four different projects we are not getting credit for," said Owens.

"There's five pods just in the new one, four in the old unit, plus a segregation unit, three dayroom areas and a central support services building," said Galindo. "There's a lot out there."

"I've communicated with the underwriting department and if you could provide us with something that has a listing of everything," said TAC representative. "That would help the insurance guy keep the value that you currently have."

The current appraisal amount should be $40 million, said Owens.

It will take at least a month to get another representative out here to re-appraise the facility at its higher valuation. The re-appraisal is needed so that the facility can be insured by Reeves County for its proper replacement value.

In other action today, commissioners approved a space-saver for the Reeves County Sheriff's Office.

"Basically, we're running out of file space," said sheriff's department records clerk Gloria Reyes. "We've exhausted our space and filing system and are in need of a system that will work efficiently for us."

Reyes said that she saw this file saver as a big benefit to the office.

"How long do you have to keep those records?" asked county judge Jimmy B. Galindo.

"Forever," said Reyes. "The records of those arrested we have to keep for as long as that person is alive," she said.

Reyes said that the number of repeat offenders is high and that sometimes there are six folders per criminal.

"Is there any way that we could store the records elsewhere?" asked Galindo.

"We have to keep them where we have easy access to them," said Reyes.

The file-saver would cost $15,532 and there is room for another shelf in future years, according to Reyes.

Eagle Band given Division III at Odessa event

Staff Writer

PECOS, Monday, Oct. 22, 2001 -- The Pecos High School Marching Band received a Division III  ranking after their performance in the Region 6 UIL Marching Contest in  Odessa over the weekend.

Head Band Director Merle Lenfest said that the students worked hard and performed well on Saturday but there were some things that needed work.

"The rating was fair," he said. "We had some things we need to work on."

The PHS band marched finished third among the three Class 4A teams that marched in Odessa on Saturday.

Big Spring High School was the only 4A band that was given a Division I and is now able to advance to Area Marching Contest. Andrews High School received a Division II from the judges.

Lenfest said that once the band completed their show that night they were happy with their effort.

"They came off the field feeling good about their performance," he said.

Lenfest said that he knew the students had given it their all during their performance and were proud of them.

"My overall concern is that that's the best they could do and that they feel comfortable with that," he said.

Lenfest explained that he never "preaches ratings" to his students, he just wants them to do their best.

Once the band was in place up in the stands and the judges made their decision, the ratings were announced.

Lenfest said that many of the students had tears in their eyes once they heard the ratings and were disappointed.

"It's something that is hard to take because they tried so hard," he said.

However, Lenfest said that he believes that the judges were very fair and consistent in their decisions.

"When they announced Andrews as a two, I knew what was going to happen," he said.

Lenfest said that one of the three judges did give the band a Division II but with the other two judges giving a three they received a three.

As far as the judges comments, Lenfest said that they were all consistent with each other, and stated that the band needs to work on marching consistency and overall sound.

"There wasn't anything in there that I would disagree with," he said.

Lenfest said that the band can now relax a little and begin working toward next year.

"Now we can sit back, take a breath and actually start to learn what we need to become better next year," he said. "Next year starts now."

Concert season is a time for the students to actually learn to play better instead of rushing around to perform each week, according to Lenfest.

Lenfest said that the hardest thing for the students to do is rework their performance after losing just under a third of the band to ineligibility.

"That made it real hard for our kids," he said.

Lenfest said that he does not believe that a student fails because they can't do the work but he also said that anyone could have a bad six weeks.

"I've told them that their grades are really important," he said. "With that many ineligible it's concerning. They nee to concentrate on their school work."

Now Lenfest and the band must move forward to prepare for concert season without letting this disappointment break their spirit.

"The toughest part of my job is I'm still new to them and they need to trust me and know that if they stick with me we'll be alright."

Rifle Match, Turkey Shoot 

PECOS, Monday, Oct. 22, 2001 -- The Pecos Rifle and Pistol Club will hold the final Service Rifle  Match of the year this going Saturday at the Club Range. An M-1 Carbine  match will be held after the service rifle competition.

The Club is also planning to hold a Turkey shoot on Saturday, November 17. The turkey shoot will include a .22 match, a 200-yard unlimited rifle match, a shotgun match and a 400-yard bottle bust.

For more information contact Smokey Briggs at 445-5475.

Boy Scouts selling Christmas Popcorn

PECOS, Monday, Oct. 22, 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, Monday, Oct. 22, 2001 -- High Sunday 95. Low this morning 56. Forecast for tonight:   Mostly clear. Lows 50 to 55. West winds 5 to 15 mph. Tuesday:   Partly cloudy and breezy. Highs in the lower 90s. Southwest  winds 15 to 25 mph. Tuesday night:  Partly cloudy. Lows 50 to  55. Wednesday:  Partly cloudy. Lows 50 to 55. Highs 80 to  85. Thursday:  Mostly clear and cooler. Lows around 40. Highs  in the lower 70s.


Lana Osborn

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