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Friday, January 25, 2002

Chamber says annual banquet nearly sold out

Staff Writer
PECOS, Fri., Jan. 25, 2002 -- Tickets are scarce for the Annual Pecos Area Chamber of  Commerce Banquet, scheduled for this evening at the Reeves County Civic Center.

"I just have two left and I need to get in touch with one of the directors that didn't get to sell them all," said Lupe Davis, chamber office manager. "We're really pleased that we sold so many."

The banquet is held annually by the Chamber, and several awards are handed out to deserving local citizens.

Awards which will be handed out tonight include the Citizen of the Year Award; Ruiz Profile of Courage/Hidden Hero Award; Law Enforcement Officer of the Year; Firefighter of the Year; EMT of the Year; Director of the Year; Out-going President's Award; Agricultural Service Award; Educator of the Year and Student of the Year.

The banquet will start at 7 p.m. with a dinner, provided by Alfredo's Restaurant, and continue with the awards presentations and a silent auction to benefit the Chamber. The items will be on display in the banquet room at the Civic Center.

Master of Ceremonies will be John Grant and Bruce Abbott will deliver the invocation.

Guest speaker for the evening is Ray Stone of the `Dallas Cowboys Football Report' who has filed reports for the past 28 years for his syndicated daily talk/interview show that airs five times a week on 184 radio stations in Texas and four other states. Over the past 18 years, Stone has traveled across the southwest as a speaker, recounting stories involving the Cowboys, while also discussing a topic of more direct concern to chamber of commerce members, "Economic Growth in Your Community."

"Small communities are truly the heartbeat of America," Stone says, adding that a small community is comparable to a patient in the hospital listed in critical condition.

Commissioners to discuss golf tourney requests

PECOS, Fri., Jan. 25, 2002 -- Requests to use the Reeves County Golf Course for the Knights of Columbus Golf Tournament and the West Texas Junior Champions Tournament will be topics of discussion at the regular Reeves County Commissioners Court meeting.

Commissioners will meet at 9:30 a.m., Monday and the public is invited to attend.

Commissioners will discuss and take action on donation of land by The Nature Conservancy of Texas to Reeves County for Balmorhea Community Center and Park; LMD Architects, PLLC request for payment invoice NO. 223; bid package #9 food service equipment for RCDC 3; Frank X. Spencer request for payment Invoice No. 59; early voting clerks for March 12, Primary election; deputation and oath for Estella Anaya; deputation and oath for Kathryn Alice Gray and Texas Association of counties property insurance.

Regular agenda items that will be discussed include: reports from various departments; budget amendments and line-item transfers; personnel and salary changes (RCDC, sheriff's department, recreation department); minutes from previous meetings and semi-monthly bills.

EMT-B course set next month at OC campus

PECOS, Fri., Jan. 25, 2002 -- The Pecos Emergency Medical Service along with the Pecos campus of Odessa College will be conducting an EMT-B Course beginning on Feb. 11 at the OC center on Eddy Street.

The class will meet on Mondays and Thursdays from 6 to 10 p.m. For further information, contact Dennis Thorp at 445-1573 or 447-3551 ext. 342.

Terrell ranches to become nature preserve

AUSTIN (AP) - Two large ranches near the Pecos River in Southwest Texas are being transformed into a nature preserve for native wild animals and plants, the Nature Conservancy of Texas announced Thursday.

The 8,690-acre Oasis Ranch and the adjacent 9,692-acre Cannon Ranch are part of a new partnership between the Nature Conservancy and conservationist Robert McCurdy.

The land is about 125 miles south of Midland, along the Pecos River in Terrell County.

McCurdy has agreed to turn the two ranches into the Independence Creek Preserve and restore it to what he calls a "native wildlife paradise."

The deal is a lifelong conservation lease agreement with the nonprofit Nature Conservancy, which upon McCurdy's death will retain ownership of the land.

The preserve will protect eight miles of the pristine, 10-mile-long Independence Creek, a tributary to the Pecos River and a refuge for rare fish. The preserve also contains the Carolina Springs, which pumps about 5,000 gallons of water per minute amid desert land in Terrell County.

Nature Conservancy originally bought the two ranches in 2000 and 2001 and planned to sell them to a conservation buyer before reaching the agreement with McCurdy.

McCurdy, 52, is perhaps best known as the original owner of the Austin Angler, a famous fly fishing store in Austin.

In the 1980s he led an effort to improve the water quality of the Colorado River. He also has advocated protecting seagrass beds along the Texas Coast, where he once was a fly fishing guide in Port Aransas.


PECOS, Fri., Jan. 25, 2002 -- High Thursday 56. Low this morning 25. Forecast for  tonight: Clear. Lows in the upper 20s. Light and variable winds. Saturday:  Sunny. Highs near 70. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph. Saturday night: Mostly  clear. Lows in the mid 30s. Sunday: Mostly sunny. Highs in the mid 70s.  Monday: Partly cloudy. Lows 35 to 40. Highs in the mid 70s.


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