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Tuesday, April 23, 2002

City opening business/home resource center

Staff Writer
PECOS, Tues., April 23, 2002 -- A grand opening for the Town of Pecos City's new resource center will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday and the public is invited to attend.

The city's Main Street Project will be hosting an Open House/Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the newly created Small Business Resource Center and Housing Resource Center.

"We welcome everyone to come out and see the new center," said Pecos Main Street Director Tom Rivera.

The Resource Centers are available to anyone requiring assistance with their business activities or for individuals/families interested in purchasing a home, according to Rivera.

"This is part of my new duties as main street director," said Rivera. "Our office will handle the resource centers and help individuals that request it."

There is software available and an extensive library for small businesses, according to Rivera. "We have a lot of valuable information for anyone who wants to develop a small business or who is already an owner," he said.

"We'll also be working with the Small Business Development Center from Sul Ross and they will provide consultation and work with them on a one to one basis," said Rivera. "And everything is free of charge," he said.

Rivera said that his office will also have information on the homes by Pecos Family Subdivision, the low-income homes that will be built in the empty lot behind Gibson True Value on Washington Street.

"We'll have information on those homes or purchasing a home elsewhere," said Rivera.

The Resource Centers contain two computers that individuals can use (free of charge) to access the Internet for their business or housing related activities, according to Rivera.

"All this is to help families and small businesses in Pecos," said Rivera.

The center is located in the Community Center building at 508 S. Oak.

For more information on the services provided, contact Rivera at 445-9656.

Rodriguez finds winds lone fault in rooftop stay

Staff Writer
PECOS, Tues., April 23, 2002 -- Pecos High School Principal Danny Rodriguez fulfilled his end of the bargain and completed his 24 hours on the roof of PHS on Saturday morning.

After challenging the students of PHS to raise their TAAS scores, Rodriguez was held to his end of the deal and spent a full day on top of the building, finally climbing down at 8 a.m. Saturday.

Rodriguez said that he challenged the students to score at least 80 percent in each section of the TAAS test, which they surpassed.

The students accepted the challenge and were able to score over 90 percent in each section.

"They just kicked it," Rodriguez said. "They took it to the next level."

The students scored 94 percent in reading, 95 percent in math and 96 percent in writing.

So early Friday morning, Rodriguez climbed up the ladder to start his day on the roof at the main entrance on the high school.

Rodriguez said he enjoyed his time on the roof and had many visitors come by till the early hours of Saturday morning.

"We had a lot of excitement and a lot of people visit me," he said. "I had quite a few people come by until four o'clock in the morning."

Rodriguez' visitors included local school children, the high school students, teachers, community members and several members of the media.

Both KWES and KMID television stations out of Odessa dropped by to check out what the local principal was up two along with newspaper staff from the Ojinaga paper, the Contacto.

Rodriguez said that even high school students from Presidio dropped by and video taped him on the roof.

"They wanted to show it back home," he said. "I guess they thought that this principal was crazy."

Rodriguez said that he got a little hot during the day however, that night the temperatures dropped quite a bit.

He said he had to battle the wind while trying to stay warm Friday night.

"The wind blew everything I had on top of the roof down to the ground," he said.

Visitors drove by to make sure Rodriguez was still on the roof till the early hours of the morning, but the principal said that only one complaint was filed because of the noise.

"All they wanted to know was that I was still up there," he said.

However, Rodriguez said he hopes that community members realize how his being on the roof was for the students.

"It was all for the best," he said. "It was to show support for our students doing well."

Rodriguez said he is grateful for the support of the community, parents and teachers K-12 showed to the students.

"This was a district-wide effort," he said.

Rodriguez explained that without the teachers in all grades and the parents and community members this occasion might not have happened.

He said that those are the people, along with the high school teachers, are the ones who help the students each day and in the past learn what they need in life.

Rodriguez said that a small group of people gathered to welcome him back to Earth on Saturday morning, which he appreciates as well.

As for next year, Rodriguez said that he has not made any plans for another challenge.

"I will leave it open," he said.

Board to discuss next step in RCH renovation proposal

PECOS, Tues., April 23, 2002 -- The Reeves County Hospital District Board of Directors are scheduled to discuss the next step for the Facility Master Plan at the regular meeting tonight at 6 p.m., in the hospital's classroom.

The board was given an outline of the plan earlier this month, and the next step includes detailed design and drawings for the possible renovation of the facility.

The board will also discuss various resolutions including a resolution of the medical staff and board of directors for trauma designation.

Also on the agenda is the CEO evaluation, which would be discussed in executive session.

Regular items on the agenda that are up for discussion include the monthly tax report, financial statements and budget amendments and payment of bills.

Firm backing Pecos County Spaceport site

HARLINGEN (AP) - Despite a late entry into the race for a spaceport, South Texas officials remain hopeful that the county will land one.

The Willacy County Development Corp. for Spaceport Facilities met Monday to discuss proposals to launch spaceport plans.

Willacy County entered the spaceport race after Kenedy County residents passed on the project, deciding it involved too many environmental and health concerns. The proposed commercial facility would serve as the launching and landing facility for still-theoretical civilian spacecraft.

Willacy County is playing catch-up against two other counties vying for such a facility in South Texas. Brazoria and Pecos counties have had significantly more time to plan and rally support.

Pecos County's proposed site would be south on Interstate 10 and east of Fort Stockton, and the site has an endorsement from Kistler Aerospace.

Kistler has stated that a spaceport in Willacy would not meet the firm's needs, claiming coastal winds could potentially blow sounding rockets into the Gulf of Mexico. Barzoria County's site would also be near the Gulf of Mexico, but it would also be located just to the south of NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston.

Pecos County's site would be in an area of Texas with both low land costs and a small population. The advantage of costal launch sites, such as those at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida and Vandenberg AFB in California, is launches can be directed away from land in case of any rocket malfunctions.

"We're pushing primarily because of the economic development that it would bring," Armando Rubalcaba, board member for the Willacy County Development Corp. for Spaceport Facilities, told the Valley Morning Star for its Tuesday editions.

The spaceport, which could provide more than 5,000 jobs when complete, would be used to launch reusable space vehicles called "sounding rockets" that can be refurbished and reused.

During the next five months, the Willacy County board will study possible sites where a spaceport might be built.

"We're now taking it to the next step," said Thomas Rodino with Shiner Moseley and Associates Inc., which has been hired as consultants to work with Willacy County. "We've got the public sector involved. Now, we want to get the private sector involved. We want to look for companies that will work with us and that will contribute their services or sponsor some of the activities and help us get the work done."

Rubalcaba said the California-based Interorbital Systems recently contacted the board showing interest in the project. Company representatives are scheduled to visit Willacy County to see if the county provides the necessary resources that would allow them to launch reusable rockets.


PECOS, Tues., April 23, 2002 -- High Monday 88. Low this morning 64. Forecast for tonight: Partly cloudy with isolated evening showers and thunderstorms. Lows around 60. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph. Wednesday: Partly cloudy. Highs around 90. Northwest winds 5 to 15 mph. Wednesday night: Partly cloudy. Lows 55 to 60. Thursday: Mostly cloudy and breezy with a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs 80 to 85. Friday: Partly cloudy. Lows around 55. Highs 85 to 90.

Police Report

EDITOR'S NOTE: Information contained in the Police Report is obtained from reports filed by the Pecos Police Department, Reeves County Sheriff's Office, or other officers of those agencies.

The serving of warrants by an officer for outstanding fines of either traffic citations, animal control violations or other court costs are considered arrests and will be printed as such unless indicated that the fines were paid. In such instanced we will indicate payment and release.


Rafael V. Medina, 40, was arrested at 3:26 p.m., on April 13 in the 1900 block of South Eddy Street on an Ector County Sheriff's Office warrant for failure to adjudicate on a driving with license suspended.


Roy Carrillo, 34, was arrested at 6:41 a.m., on April 21 at the Pecos Police Department for public intoxication.


Sandra Ortega, 38, was arrested at 6:32 p.m., on April 20 in the 700 block of East Fourth Street on a warrant for driving without a license in possession and a warrant for liability insurance proof.


Tomas Carmona, 52, was arrested at 8:35 p.m., on April 20 in the 200 block of East Third Street on a Capias Pro Fine warrant for default of payment on a theft under $50 charge.


Jose Alfredo Lujan, 40, was arrested at 11:36 p.m., on April 20 in the 400 block of Bois D'Arc Street for public intoxication.


Delfino Lujan, Jr., 50, was arrested at 9:47 p.m., on April 20 in the 1000 block of South Oak Street for driving while intoxicated and a Capias Pro Fine warrant for default of payment on public intoxication.


Amador Salgado, 35, was arrested at 2:26 a.m., on April 21 in the 1300 block of East Third Street on a Capias Pro Fine warrant for default of payment on an assault under the Family Violence Act charge and a warrant for theft by check.


Jerardo Juarez, 17, was arrested at 12:58 a.m., on April 20 in the 1200 block of Park Street on Capias Pro Fine warrants for no seatbelt and no driver's license.


William Benjamin Beaguer, 28, was arrested at 1:29 a.m., on April 20 at the Flying J Truck Stop for burglary of a coin operated machine.


Richard Dominguez, 45, was arrested at 8:02 a.m., on April 19 in the 600 block of West Sixth Street for assault under the Family Violence Act.


Alma Romo, 38, was arrested at 1:44 p.m., on April 19 at Anchor Foods on a Reeves County warrant for motion to adjudicate.


David Levario, 18, was arrested at 10:30 p.m., on April 18 in the 500 block of South Oak Street on a warrant for default in payment on a minor in possession charge. Levario paid the fine.


Joshua Pogue, 19, was arrested at 9:02 p.m., on April 12 in the 1400 block of Iowa Street on warrants for no seatbelt and driving without a license.


Robert Halpain, 17, was arrested at 10:43 p.m., on April 12 at Third and Park Streets on a Capias Pro Fine warrant for theft and public intoxication.


Yolanda Vela, 39, and Fernando Vela, 42, were arrested at 1:25 a.m., on April 13 at Toliver and Kerr Streets. Yolanda Vela was arrested for driving while intoxicated and Fernando Vela was arrested for public intoxication.


Thomas Marquez, 34, was arrested at 2:15 a.m., on April 13 in the 700 block of South Cedar Street for public intoxication and resisting arrest.


Melissa Acosta Ortiz, 26, and Edna Rubio, 23, were arrested at 12:02 p.m., on April 13 in the 200 block of West Sixth Street both for family violence.

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