Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Friday, January 25, 2002
Chamber says annual banquet nearly sold out
By ROSIE FLORES
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
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
Commissioners will meet at 9:30 a.m., Monday and the public is invited
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
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 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
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
May Bush, Timotea Hernandez and Alicia Rodriguez
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