Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Wednesday, May 8, 2002
Cigarette blamed for Daggett Street house fire
By LEIA HOLLAND
PECOS, Wed., May 8, 2002 -- A Pecos family was left homeless Tuesday after
a fire destroyed the inside of their house i n the 200 block of Daggett
All seven units for the Pecos Volunteer Fire Department plus Pecos Emergency
Medical Service personnel responded to the fire call at approximately 7:40
p.m., last night, and arrived to find that the fire had spread throughout
the home, with flames shooting out onto the front porch.
Pecos Fire Marshall Jack Brookshire said that the fire seemed to have
been started by a cigarette that had fallen onto a bed in one of the bedrooms.
"It started in the east back bedroom," he said. "The entire structure
on the inside was pretty much gutted."
As a result of the fire the home received major fire, heat, smoke and
The owner of the home, Ralph Orozco, was home with his wife, Lupe and
their seven-year-old granddaughter when the fire started.
Pecos EMS transported Mrs. Orozco to Reeves County Hospital where she
was treated for smoke inhalation.
"She just breathed in a lot of smoke," Brookshire said. He added that
Mrs. Orozco was still being held at RCH as of this morning.
Brookshire said the fire spread from the bedroom quickly once Orozco and
his family realized there was a fire.
He explained that after seeing the fire Orozco went out the front door
to get a water hose and once the door was opened it created a vent allowing
the fire to spread.
"It went up in a hurry," he said.
The fire is ruled as an accidental fire. The fire caused no other injuries.
The volunteer firemen were also called out to the same location of the
structure fire that occurred early Sunday morning.
A fire had rekindled in the 100 block of South Plum Street at approximately
2 p.m., yesterday.
Brookshire said that the debris from the burnt structure had been smoldering
since the department had originally put out the fire causing it to catch
Nobody has come forward to provide any more leads to those persons responsible
for causing that fire, which was ruled as arson.
Brookshire is still investigating that fire.
New council to take oaths on Thursday
PECOS, Wed., May 8, 2002 -- Newly elected Town of Pecos City Mayor Dot
Stafford will be sworn in along with two new Council members during the regular
meeting of the city council at 7 a.m. Thursday at City Hall.
Stafford will start her first official day as mayor after her swearing
in and will replace Mayor Ray Ortega, who defeated her for election two years
Michael Benavides and Angelica Valenzuela will also be sworn into duty
after they were elected to the Council in last Saturday's election.
Benavides and Valenzuela are replacing current Council members Ricky Herrera
and Danny Rodriguez.
Before the new Council members and Mayor are sworn into office, Ortega
and current Council members will discuss and approve a resolution canvassing
The Council is also scheduled to appoint a Mayor Pro Tem to replace Rodriguez,
who has held the office in recent years.
Also on the agenda is the discussion of a status report for the Pecos
Municipal Criminal Justice Center, accounts payable, the municipal court
report and the juvenile court report.
Board to swear in members, recognize students
The Pecos-Barstow-Toyah school board will swear in one current member
and one former one to new three-year terms on Thursday, and recognize several
school groups and individuals during the board's regular monthly meeting.
The group will meet at 6 p.m. at the Technology Center, 1301 S. Eddy St.
Board members will first hold a special meeting to canvass election returns
and then follow with their regular scheduled meeting after Billie Sadler
and Paul Deishler are sworn into office. Sadler is beginning a new three-year
term while Deishler is returning to the board after a one-year absence, after
winning back a seat in last Saturday's school board election.
The board will recognize Zavala Elementary Regional Science Fair students,
Crockett Middle School state science fair students, fifth grade UIL science
fair regional students, Business Professionals of America state qualifiers,
Distributive Education Clubs of America state qualifiers, UIL District winners
_ regional qualifiers, softball champions, baseball champions, golf champions,
tennis champions, track champions and District powerlifting champions.
Board members will recognize district teachers for Teacher Appreciation
Week and a presentation of candidates and announcement of Teacher of the
Year will be made.
Under correspondence: OMC properties lab equipment donation and under
old business the board will listen to a report on renovations at Pecos High
School, Crockett Middle School, Bessie Haynes Elementary, Zavala Elementary,
Lamar AEP and Pecos Kindergarten.
Under new business, board members will discuss and approve: custodian/maintenance
personnel paid holidays and total days worked for the 2002-2003 school year
as compared to non-professional/auxiliary P-B-T ISD employees; proposals
for asbestos removal and general renovations at Pecos Kindergarten, Austin
Elementary, Bessie Haynes Elementary, Zavala Elementary, Lamar AEP and Crockett
Middle School; offers to purchase foreclosed properties; summer recreation
program; payday schedule; 2001-2002 budget amendments; 2001-2002 and 2002-2003
Summary of Finance; cost for Run Out claims for R.H. administrators and Pecos
High School summer school.
The group will meet behind closed doors in closed session section 551.101
et seq., Section 551.074: discuss personnel or hear complaints against personnel.
They will return to open session and take action, if any, on items discussed
in closed session.
Board members will discuss and approve PEIMS and Student Accounting Supervisor,
compensation for the 2002-2003 school year and number of days for contract;
recommendation regarding future operations of the DAEP/AAEP, including location,
staffing, compensation for employees, funding sources, projected costs and
student enrollment; curriculum director/special program director, classification
for pay scale and number of days for contract for 2002-2003.
Regular items on the agenda include:
Professional personnel: resignations, retirements, appointments, change
Cafeteria report and commodities received.
Depository securities report.
Investment transactions report.
Reconciled bank balance report.
Current bills and financial report.
Community Recreation Department report.
Date and time for next regular meeting.
Pecos High School graduation at Eagle Stadium (weather permitting) May
31, 2002- 8 p.m. (board member receiving line).
Calendar of events.
Request for items for next agenda.
Summer swimming sign-ups scheduled for later this month
PECOS, Wed., May 8, 2002 -- Pecos High School will be offering summer
swimming lessons and registration has been set for Monday, May 20 and Wednesday,
May 22, at the Pecos High School Swimming Pool.
Registration will be held from 4:30-6:30 p.m., and cost will be $25 per
session, per child.
Session I will take place from June 3-14 and will run from Monday through
Friday and session II will be from June 17-28, (Monday through Friday).
For more information contact Terri Morse at 447-7242.
PECOS, Wed., May 8, 2002 -- High Tuesday 101. Low this morning 66. Forecast
for tonight: Mostly clear. Lows in the mid 50s. Southwest winds 5 to
15 mph. Thursday: Partly cloudy: Cooler and becoming breezy. Highs
near 80. Northwest winds 10 to 15 mph becoming northeast 15 to 25
mph. Thursday night: Increasing clouds. Lows in the mid 50s. Friday:
Partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms. Highs in the mid
80s. Saturday: Partly cloudy with a slight chance of thunderstorms. Lows
in the mid 60s. Highs in the mid 90s.
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