Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Thursday, May 30, 2002
Onion harvest for area fields gets underway
By ROSIE FLORES
PECOS, Thurs., May 30, 2002 -- Harvest has already begun on onions in the
Pecos area and things are looking really good, according to onion growers.
"We've already begun the harvest part and things are coming along really
good," said Randy Taylor with Pecos Cantaloupe.
Taylor said that the company would start running some through the Pecos
processing facility next week. "We've already begun the harvest on the fields
and will start running some here at the facility on Monday," said Taylor.
Reports came out this week that Georgia's Vidalia onion crop has been
hit hard by a fungal disease and changing temperatures, cutting back sharply
on the projected 2002 harvest. However, Taylor said the Georgia problems
won't affect the price of onions coming out of Reeves County area field.
"Since it's a specialty onion, it won't affect us at all," said Taylor.
Onions are the first major crop grown in the Trans-Pecos region to come
in each year. Taylor said that they would start the cantaloupe harvest, a
Pecos specialty, about the first of July.
Officials plan tight security for graduation
By ROSIE FLORES
PECOS, Thurs., May 30, 2002 -- Local law enforcement officials will take
extra precaution Friday night, when Pecos High School graduates will
be saying goodbye to their high school.
Graduation ceremonies for the Class of 2002 are scheduled to begin 8 p.m.
at Eagle Stadium. The names of the top four graduates for the senior class,
including the announcement of the valedictorian and salutatorian who will
deliver speeches during Friday's commencement exercises, had not been released
as of press time.
Officials have been receiving some reports of possible problems on Friday
night, and Pecos Police Lt. Kelly Davis said, "We'll have extra officers
on duty, especially at night."
Davis, who will also be attending this year's graduation as a parent,
said that every year rumors fly before graduation day about events that are
going to take place. "Every year we have some troublemakers that make threats
and we usually up our security during that time," he said.
Reeves County Sheriff Andy Gomez said that all Reeves County Sheriff's
Deputies would be out tomorrow. "I'm going to try to have all of them out
there," said Gomez. "We don't know what can happen and we want to prevent
it before it does," he said.
Gomez said that he hopes it will be a quiet evening and that nothing happens,
but that his department will be prepared and ready. "We'll be taking extra
precautions and taking care of our community," he said.
Monahans boy is eliminated at spelling bee
WASHINGTON - The devil really was in the details for Alyssa Coltrain.
Satan ousted the 13-year-old from the finals of the Scripps Howard National
Spelling Bee early Thursday - she reversed two letters in "Beelzebub," a
Hebrew word for the devil that literally means "lord of the flies."
Coltrain, of Glenmoore, Pa., spelled it "beezlebub."
Of 250 contestants who began the competition Wednesday, only 58 remained
at the end of Round 3. The winner was expected to be crowned in late afternoon,
taking home an engraved trophy and $12,000.
Ninety spellers survived a 25-word written test Wednesday, with words
that ran the gamut from elementary ("allot," "solvency") to advanced ("decoupage")
to nearly impossible ("geusioleptic," "boswellize," "scagliola").
The only area competitor, Monahans' Ryan Henson, was eliminated on Wednesday
in the written portion of the competition. He correctly spelled 15 of 25
words given contestants on the written exam, but the field was cut to 90
by taking only those who corrently spelled 16 or more of the words.
Henson, a Walker Junior High School student, correctly spelled "lebkuchen"
in the opening round to advance to the written portion of the competition.
Thursday's finals were broadcast live on ESPN, the cable sports network.
First lady Laura Bush opened the broadcast with taped comments, telling
the contestants, "I am very proud of you. I hope you'll always work hard
at spelling and at reading. The more you read, the better your spelling will
become and the more your vocabulary will grow."
In early competition Thursday, contestants successfully worked their way
through "gamopetalous," "perestroika," "stultiloquence," "remunerative" and
"opusculum," among others.
Pratyush Buddiga, 13, of Colorado Springs, Colo., repeated his word, "deuterogamy,"
a second marriage, a half dozen times before slowly ticking off each of the
Nathan Hammes, 13, of Sheridan, Ind., took only a second to correctly
spell "bacciferous," bearing berries.
But several minutes of deep thought couldn't get the job done for Bria
Wash of Anderson, Ind. She barely missed "antinomy." She substituted an "a"
for the "o."
Others stumbled on these tough nuts: "gnotobiotic," "etymon," "basmati,"
"schloss," "syntrophism" and "wasteweir."
Sarah Troutman, 14, of Chana, Ill., missed that last one, after hearing
the word had a French derivation.
`"Weir' sounds German to me, rather than French," she said, watching the
competition after being eliminated.
Sarah, who was also eliminated in Round 3 last year, said she was disappointed,
especially since she's an eighth-grader and ineligible to compete next year.
"It's not the greatest feeling right now. I did the best I could, though.
That's the best anybody could really ask for."
Balmorhea receives state award, money for efforts
By LEIA HOLLAND
PECOS, Thurs., May 30, 2002 -- A lot of hard work and dedication to keeping
their city clean has paid off for citizens of Balmorhea after receiving
a prestigious state award this week.
Balmorhea is one of only nine cities in Texas to receive the Keep Texas
Beautiful's Governor's Community Achievement Award, which they received for
their achievements in litter prevention, beautification programs and minimizing
Diane Birdwell, the director of public relations Keep Texas Beautiful
(KTB), said that every town and city in Texas is eligible to receive this
"Every community, no matter how big or small, may apply," she said.
Birdwell explained that the cities are judged in different categories
set up by population.
Along with Balmorhea, the winners of the awards include Breckenridge,
Corpus Christi, Lufkin, Muenster, Southlake, Sugar Land, Taylor and Waco,
according to a KTB press release.
The different communities will share a $1 million landscaping prize to
use for the communities.
The 527 residents of Balmorhea would receive a total of $60,000 at a luncheon
banquet during the state KTB convention in San Antonio on Friday, July 12.
According to a KTB fact sheet about the achievement awards, their mission
"is to empower Texans through education to take responsibility for enhancing
their community environment," which is something the organization, Keep Balmorhea
Beautiful, has done.
Outreach person for the Balmorhea group, Ellen Weinacht, said she described
the efforts that Keep Balmorhea Beautiful, along with essentially the whole
community, have made to keep their town clean in the application for the
The committee has their own mission, which is "to encourage attitude,
action, and accountability for the enhancement of the environment of the
Madera Valley community."
Keep Balmorhea Beautiful is funded by donations, dues, and fund-raising
events and is staffed by volunteers.
Weinacht explained how the group does encourage people to enhance the
community, also known as the "Oasis of West Texas."
"The Balmorhea News is the `mouthpiece' to promote, publicize, and encourage
participation in the efforts of our partners to accomplish our shared mission,"
Weinacht said in the essay.
The small newspaper, published by the group, allows the volunteers to
communicate to the general public about their efforts to conserve, recycle,
cleanup and beautify Balmorhea.
Keep Balmorhea Beautiful uses several methods to help beautify their city,
including education to the community and school children, public awareness,
litter prevention and cleanup, paying attention to illegal dumping and enforcement,
beautification and property improvement, and solid waste management.
Balmorhea's efforts to bring the community together to succeed in these
items earned them recognition at the state level.
Weinacht said she did not receive the call that they had won the award
until Tuesday of this week and was quite surprised to hear the good news.
"I was floored," she said.
Birdwell said that the citizens of Balmorhea are very honored to receive
this "very prestigious" award.
"This is just a huge, huge award for a community of that size," she said.
The members of the group plan to meet tonight to discuss who would be
attending the convention in July.
Weinacht said they also have to prepare to give a presentation during
"We will make a video presentation for the convention in July about what
we did around town," she said.
Weinacht said that the group would continue to beautify Balmorhea and
hope to be able to apply for more funding in order to help with the cost
of taking care of their city.
"The money's out there," she said. "But you're not going to get it unless
you ask for it."
Pecos, Balmorhea graduation section to appear Friday
PECOS, Thurs., May 30, 2002 -- The Pecos Enterprise will be publishing
their graduation special section for Pecos High School and Balmorhea High
School students on Friday, as a special addition to the newspaper.
The tab will contain pictures of all the graduates for both Pecos High
School and Balmorhea High School. Balmorhea seniors held their graduation
ceremonies this past Saturday, while Pecos High School's graduation will
take place at 8 p.m. on Friday.
PECOS, Thurs., May 30, 2002 -- High Wednesday 98. Low this morning 66.
Forecast for tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 60s. East winds
5 to 10 mph. Friday: Partly cloudy. Highs 95 to 100. East winds 5 to
10 mph. Friday night: Partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 60s. Saturday:
Partly cloudy. Highs near 100. Sunday: Partly cloudy. Lows in the mid
60s. Highs in the mid 90s.
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
Division of Buckner News Alliance, Inc.
324 S. Cedar St., Pecos, TX 79772
Phone 915-445-5475, FAX 915-445-4321
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