Links to News Photos in Enterprise Files for 2002
Wednesday, May 29, 2002
SAFETY DONATION -- Trans Pecos Drug Task Force Commander Gary Richards
(left) and Abundant Life Church minister Wilson Soko hold up the two bulletproof
vests that the church donated to the task force recently. The church purchased
the vests for the task force employees in honor of officer Jaime Rodriguez,
who was shot and killed two weeks ago.
Tuesday, May 28, 2002
BALMORHEA FESTIVAL -- Kids take a dip in the canal in downtown
Balmorhea just before sunset on Saturday. While the shrimp cookoff only had
six teams competing, the overall turnout was double that of a year
ago, officials, said, with most of those coming from outside of the
Pecos and Balmorhea areas.
BALMORHEA VALEDICTORIAN -- Balmorhea senior Isaiah Rodriguez raises
his arm as he walks off the stage Saturday night after receiving his
diploma during the 2002 Balmorhea High School graduation ceremony.
Rodriguez was valedictorian for this year's graduating class, and received
the C.T. Gray Scholarship and History Club and BPA honors. Salutatorian
Arturo Rodriguez was given the St. Catherine's Knight of Columbus Scholarship,
and several other honors were given out during the 90-minute ceremony.
Friday, May 24, 2002
BUDDY POPPIES -- Mayor Dot Stafford (left) buys the first Buddy
Poppy from new VFW Commander Dora Pineda. Pineda along with many
other members of the VFW will be handing out the poppies for any donations
at La Tienda and the corner of Seventh and Eddy Streets starting at
8 a.m., on Saturday.
Tuesday, May 21, 2002
LOCAL HERO -- Pallbearers for the Jaime Rodriguez funeral take
the flagged covered casket to the burial site at Mount Evergreen Cemetery
yesterday morning. The pallbearers are all members of local law enforcement
and were only a few of the hundreds of law enforcement officers, friends
and family who attended the Rodriguez' funeral. Rodriguez was shot
and later died while conducting a routine drug check on a Greyhound bus last
RELAY WALK -- Cancer survivors are led by Little Miss Cantaloupe
nominees around the track at Eagle Stadium at the start of Friday's
Relay for Life. Chairwoman Terri Spence said about 20 survivors participated
in the walk, and the event itself raised over $19,000 for cancer research.
Monday, May 20, 2002
HONORABLE SALUTE -- Hundreds of law enforcement officers salute
the flag covered casket at Jaime Rodriguez' funeral this morning at Santa
Rosa Catholic Church as it is carried by pallbearers from the church for
the final trip to Mount Evergreen Cemetery. Rodriguez was buried
close to his father, Juan Rodriguez at the cemetery, located on the
southwest side of Pecos.
Friday, May 17, 2002
FAMILY PHOTO -- Trans Pecos Drug Task Force Agent Jaime Rodriguez
stands with his two children Jessica, 17, and Jayme Lee, 6. Rodriguez was
shot yesterday while conducting a drug interdiction on a Greyhound bus.
He later died from those injuries at Covenant Memorial Hospital in Lubbock.
Thursday, May 16, 2002
WOUNDED OFFICER REMOVED -- Pecos police officer Tony Dawdy
(left) and Police Chief Clay McKinney (center) help Emergency Medical Service
personnel lift a stretcher holding Trans Pecos Drug Task Force officer Jaime
Rodriguez off a Greyhound bus, after Rodriguez was wounded in a shootout
with a bus passenger this morning in Pecos. Rodriguez was conducting a drug
interdiction on the bus when he and a female passenger were shot by a male
passenger, who was shot and killed. Rodriguez and the female passenger,
who was not identified, were flown to Lubbock for treatment of their gunshot
BUS GUARDED -- Law enforcement officers stand outside a Greyhound
bus following a shooting this morning on board during a drug intradiction
by two Trans Pecos Drug Task Force officers. The bus, and the body of the
shooting suspect are being kept in Pecos pending an investigation by the
Department of Public Safety's Crime Scene Unit from Austin.
MURDER SUSPECT CAPTURED -- Reeves County sheriff's deputy
Ruben Dominguez (right) holds a rifle on James Robert Moody II, 23, after
he surrendered to law enforcement officers after a 90 minute standoff at
Motel 6 in Pecos this morning. Moody and a woman traveling with him, identified
as Tabitha Hope Colson, 23, were wanted in connection witha a double homicide
in Georgia on Sunday.
VEHICLE CHECKED -- Texas Ranger Gerry Villalobos looks inside
a Chevrolet pick-up parked at a Motel 6 in Pecos Texas this morning. The
vehicle reportedly belonged to a man who was shot and killed in Georgia on
Sunday. Two suspects, identidied as James Robert Moody II, 23, and Tabitha
Hope Colson, 23, were taken into custody following a 90 minute standoff and
are chraged with the murder of the pickup owner and a second person.
Wednesday, May 15, 2002
TEARFUL FAREWELL -- A group of former Anchor West employees gather
for one last picture together after the announcement of the first layoffs
at the plant. Layoffs are scheduled to continue through the end of this
month at the plant, which employed 700 workers last year and still had
650 people on the job as of two months ago. McCain Foods officials said
they are continuing talks with one company that is interested in buying
BRAVE GIRL -- Abigail Orosco, (bottom, center) is pictured with
her classmates at Austin Elementary School first grade. The 7-year-old
was the first to notice a fire that started in her home and alerted her
grandparents who fled the home before the house was engulfed in flames.
Tuesday, May 14, 2002
NATIONAL CHAMPIONS -- John Canon, Jack Bradley, Chase Laurence,
Clifton Brantley and Tim Flanagan stand in front of a banner that congratulates
them for coming home as National Champions in FFA Land Judging competition
during last nights Career & Technology Education's Spring Banquet. The
group of boys recently competed in the National FFA Competition last
week where they were recognized as National Champs.
GUN SAFETY PROGRAM -- Pecos Kindergarten students receive help
from signs and "Eddie the Eagle" during a program on gun safety held
Monday. The program was sponsored by the Pecos Police Department and the
National Rifle Association, whose mascot, Eddy, told the children that if
they see a gun they should stop, don't touch, leave the area and tell
Monday, May 13, 2002
SMELLY DRUGS -- Trans Pecos Task Force Officer Kevin Roberts and
his canine companion, "Rex" are pictured with about 72.6 pounds of
marijuana that was confiscated during a routine traffic stop. The stop also
landed two El Paso residents in Reeves County Jail on possession with
intent to distribute charges.
Friday, May 10, 2002
THIRD TIME'S A CHARM -- Catharine Rambeau sits on her motorcycle
"Molly" in front of Laura Lodge this morning before she headed out
toward Odessa. This is the third trip Rambeau has made around Texas
in efforts to raise money for children's cancer reasearch. Anyone willing
to donate to help in cancer research may mail donations to Lisa Hereford;
Texas Children's Hospital Cancer Center; 6621 Fannin CCC 1400.10; Houston,
Thursday, May 9, 2002
NEW COUNCIL -- New Pecos Mayor Dot Stafford (right) swears in new
Council members Michael Benavides (left) and Angelica Valenzuela (middle)
during the regular meeting this morning at City Hall. Benavides and Valenzuela
are replacing former Councilmen Ricky Herrera and Danny Rodriguez while
Stafford takes over for Mayor Ray Ortega.
KINDERGARTEN RUNNERS -- Pecos Kindergarten students head towards
the finish line this morning at Eagle Stadium, during a track meet held
for the students. The school held its end-of-year track meet today, while
Austin Elementary students will have their track meet for first, second
and third graders later this month.
Wednesday, May 8, 2002
AFTERNOON ACCIDENT -- Pecos Police Officers Cosme Ortega and Helen
Vernon discuss what happened that caused an accident just after noon
yesterday at the corner of Third and Eddy Streets. The drivers of a
Chevrolet pickup and a Ford Tempo were both trying to beat the red light
when they collided, according to Ortega. Pecos EMS personnel
were called to the scene however no transport was made.
CONGRATULATING THE MAYOR -- Mayor-elect Dot Stafford sits at
her festively decorated desk at West Texas National Bank. Bank employees
decorated Stafford's work area in efforts to congratulate her on her
recent election win. Stafford will be sworn in as Mayor during the regular
Town of Pecos City Council meeting at 7 a.m., tomorrow morning at City
Tuesday, May 7, 2002
CLOWN CAR DONATION -- Woody Merritt sits in his 1916 Ford replica
clown car, which he recently donated to the West of the Pecos Museum. The
car is displayed in the Lineberry Building next to the Caboose.
ALL-DISTRICT PICKS -- Pecos Eagles senior Rebecca Wein (left) was
named Most Valuable player on the All-District 2-4A softball team, while
sophomore Stephanie Herrera (right) was named Outstanding Defensive Player
in voting by the district coaches. Three other Pecos players were named
to the first team squad, and three more were second team selections.
Thursday, May 2, 2002
RECEIVE AWARDS FOR WORK -- Sandy Esparza (left) Christina
Bitolas (center) and Laura Rodriguez hold up the awards they received from
Pecos Enterprise publisher Smokey Briggs on Wednesday. Bitolas was named
the employee of the year for 2001, while Rodriguez and Esparza also
received awards in recognition for their efforts in the past year.
AMBULANCE CHECK -- Uvaldo Munoz performs a weekly check of one
of the Pecos Emergency Medical Service's ambulances to make sure all
the equipment is functioning correctly and all the supplies are stocked
up. The EMS personnel alternate this task every week to make sure the ambulance
is ready to go at a moment's notice.
Wednesday, May 1, 2002
COAST TO COAST ROLLERBLADER -- Stacy Olsen-Butler spent the day
in Pecos today to make repairs on his rollerblades he is using to travel
from San Diego, Calif., to Daytona Beach, Fla. Olsen-Butler is traveling
across country in order to raise donations for his nephew, 13-month-old
Kaiden, who was recently diagnosed with cancer.
TEACHER OF WEEK -- Pecos Kindergarten Teacher Rachel Tarin was
chosen as this week's Teacher of the Week by Monahans Radio Station KLBO-1330
AM. Lorna Navarette, whose son Nicholas, is in Tarin's classroom submitted
her name as a possible winner. As part of her submission Navarette wrote
a letter telling of Tarin's teaching talents and of the many things she
does for her students. Tarin received flowers and a certificate from the
station, which honors teachers from the Ward, Reeves, Winkler and northern
Pecos County schools.
Tuesday, April 30, 2002
SING-A-LONG -- Toyah Baptist Church members conclude Sunday night's
sing-a-long, which they hosted. Participating churches from Toyah and
Pecos presented solo, ensemble and choir specials in English, Spanish and
Navajo. Richard Compton, left, operated the sound system. Other singers
are his mother, Linda Compton, Steve and Berta Begay, Sharon Sanchez,
Wayne and Diana Tollett and Damon Compton. Mt. Zion Baptist Church on E. 14th Street will host the next sing-a-long in May.
BALCONY PAINTING CREW -- Roberts Construction employees (left
to right) Oscar Galindo, Juan Natividad and John Natividad apply paint
to the first floor balcony at the West of the Pecos Museum this morning.
The workers were also repainting the balcony area on Monday, applying
a new coat for the first time since the Museum's Orient Hotel building
was restored in 1994 and 1995.
Monday, April 29, 2002
HEADING FOR THE BALL -- Youth soccer players in the age 4-12;
through 6 division go after a ball during Saturday morning's league play
at the Crockett Middle School field. Saturday was scheduled to be the final
weekend for the Community Recreation Department's youth soccer leagues, while
softball and T-ball play will begin in late May and June.
NEW OPENING -- Movie Gallery Manager Suzi Vasquez cuts the ceremonial
ribbon with her staff members and members of the Pecos Area Chamber of Commerce
watching on as the group gathered to celebrate the grand opening of the new
video rental store located on the corner of 11th and Cedar streets
Friday, April 26, 2002
STREET TO REOPEN -- With the closing of Pecos Elementary last
year, West 10th Street will be reopened to regular vehicle traffic,
the Pecos City Council decided on Thursday. Re-opening the street is
expected to make it easier for parents to drop off and pick up their
children at Pecos Kindergarten, located just east of the Pecos Elementary
Thursday, April 25, 2002
ARBOR DAY CELEBRATION -- Pecos Head Start students gather around
Smokey Bear this morning at the Head Start campus on East 12th
Street. Smokey was on hand this morning as part of the Arbor Day celebrations
where he helped inform the kids that "only you can prevent forest fires."
Wednesday, April 24, 2002
BEHIND BARS -- Security State Bank President Bill Oglesby is behind
bars trying to raise money for the Relay for Life project, while Reeves
County Sheriff Andy Gomez "watches" over him. Security State Bank employees
have to raise a certain amount of money before they are "let out of jail"
for their Relay for Life team, which will be participating in the Annual
Relay for Life at the Pecos High School track on May 17-18. Events will
begin at 7 p.m. on Friday and end at 9 a.m., Saturday. Bank employees will
be trying to raise funds for their team throughout this week.
Tuesday, April 23, 2002
GETTIN' LUNCH -- Pecos High School Principal Danny Rodriguez pulls
up his lunch to eat on his outdoor "patio" last Friday while he was on
the roof of the Pecos High School. Rodriguez stayed on the roof of the
school for 24-hours after challenging the high school students to score
at least 80 percent on their TAAS tests.
Friday, April 19, 2002
HEAD EAGLE LANDS ON ROOF -- Pecos High School Principal Danny Rodriguez (right) talks with News West 9 Reporter Joe Dominguez about why is would be spending 24-hours on the roof of the high school this morning. Rodriguez
started his day on the roof at 8 a.m.today and will stay there for
24 hours.after challenging PHS students to score at least 80 percent
on the TAAS test this year.
Thursday, April 18, 2002
VFW TEACHER OF THE YEAR -- PHS Teacher Karen Hill holds a plaque
she received after being recognized by the state chapter of the VFW as
Citizenship Education Teacher of the Year. Hill is also entered in the
National contest, which would be decided in August.
RETURNED TO FORMER OWNERS -- The old Amistad Lion's Club building
at 209 S. Pecan St. was returned to four of its former owners by Town of
Pecos City Mayor Ray Ortega and former Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD board president
Louis Matta in December of last year. Taxes of over $7,000 owed on that
property and two adjacent lots became a campaign issue in Matta's unsuccessful
bid for Reeves County Judge; by giving back the building and paying city
taxes on a separate property, Ortega has avoided being in violation of
the Town of Pecos City charter requiring all serving elected officials
and candidates for office not to owe the city any property taxes.
Wednesday, April 17, 2002
EARLY VOTING -- Town of Pecos City Council candidate Michael Benavides, his wife Irma and their family is on hand in front of the Community Center early this morning to greet voters and visit with those that are voting early. Early voting began today and will continue until April 30 at the Community Center. Other candidates have signs posted on billboards atop vehicles in front of the early voting site.
ARBOR DAY PROCLAMATION -- Town of Pecos City Mayor Ray Ortega and Pecos Tree Board members stand outside City Hall on Tuesday, after Ortega signed a proclamation in honor of Arbor Day next week. The Tree Board plans to hold a tree planting ceremony on April 25 at 9:30 a.m. at the Pecos Head STart center at 12th and Locust streets, with Smokey Bear as the special guest for the Head Start students.
Tuesday, April 16, 2002
SAFETY WARNING FOR VANS ISSUED -- Department of Public Safety
trooper Larry Wilson looks over the wreckage of a 15-passenger Ford
van that rolled over on Interstate 10, 45 miles west of Pecos last
Wednesday, killing two of the 13 U.S. Marshal's Service inmates being transported
from El Paso to Odessa. On Monday, the National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration issued its second advisory in the past year; warning that
all models of 15-passenger vans have a dramatically higher risk of
rollovers when fully loaded and only should be operated by experienced
Monday, April 15, 2002
BACK OF HOME BURNS -- Flames race through the rear section of a home
at 611 Ross Blvd. and the adjacent carport about 2:45 p.m. Friday.
The fire was in an unoccupied house, but would eventually spread to an adjacent
building, leaving a Pecos family homeless.
GOING-AWAY PARTY -- Iris Rives stands in front of a cake given
to her Thursday in honor of her 25 years work at Reeves County Hospital.
Rives' last day at the hospital was Friday, as she is moving with her husband
to Cleburne, southwest of Fort Worth.
Friday, April 12, 2002
BIGGER AND BETTER -- Reeves County Hospital Administrator
Robert Vernor explains the financial plan for the proposed renovation and
expansion of the existing hospital Thursday morning, during a public discussion
at the hospital.
Thursday, April 11, 2002
INMATE VAN CRASH AFTERMATH -- Area law enforcement personnel,
along with Emergency Medical Service personnel and Texas Department of Transportation
workers stand near the wreckage of a van that crashed on Interstate 10 in
Jeff Davis County, Wednesday afternoon while transporting U.S. Marshal's
Service inmates from El Paso to Odessa. The bodies of Francisco Letkemon-Wiebe,
48, and Jose Rubio, 25, were thrown from the rear of the vehicle, and at
least one of the 11 other inmates was also ejected during the rollover, according
to Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. Luis Najera. However, reports today
say neither the third ejected inmate nor any of the other passengers or guards
in the van suffered life-threatening injuries.
AIRLIFTED FROM HOSPITAL -- Local emergency personnel and workers
with Aerocare out of Lubbock load one of two U.S. Marshal's Service
inmates into a helicopter, after they were transported to Reeves County
Hospital following Wednesday's two-fatality van crash on Interstate 10, three
miles west of the I-20 junction. One of the inmates was flown to Midland
Memorial Hospital, while a second was taken to Covenant Medical Center in
Wednesday, April 10, 2002
TEMPORARY REPAIR -- Town of Pecos City crews were busy Tuesday afternoon
digging up a water pipeline that was found to be leaking at the corner
of Eighth and Cedar streets. Workers were forced to do a temporary repair
on the 2-inch pipeline because the leaking section was lined on the outside
with asbestos, which is no longer used for pipeline insulation. Workers
were back at the site today, to put in a permanent replacement for the
leaking section using PVC pipe.
Tuesday, April 9, 2002
HELPING WITH READING -- Angela Pafacio (center) sits with
students from Judy Fuentes' class at Pecos Kindergarten on Friday.
Pafacio, who taught Fuentes in Pecos in 1957 while working as a nun at the
Santa Rosa School, was a guest reader and listener for a couple of
classes at the kindergarten.
Monday, April 8, 2002
FEELING BETTER! -- Several individuals took advantage of the free
massages at the 15th Annual Reeves County Health Fair held Saturday
at the Reeves County Hospital. Health services were offered throughout
the hospital at no charge or at drastically discounted prices. The
annual event proved to be a huge success and plans are underway for
next year's event.
CLEAN UP -- Students from Heather Scheier's and Catherine Allan's
third grade classes at Austin Elementary School joined the volunteers
of Keep Pecos Beautiful Committee, by cleaning up their own school on Friday
afternoon. The Keep Pecos Beautiful Committee did their own cleanup
on Saturday morning, while the younger students cleaned up their own
school yard and surrounding area on Friday.
Thursday, April 4, 2002
CLEAN-UP AREA -- Trash litters the area along Walthall Street near
the intersection with Oak Street this morning. Walthall is one of the streets
scheduled to be part of the local Texas Trash-Off project on Saturday, sponsored
locally by the Keep Pecos Beautiful Committee. The group is still seeking
clean-up volunteers, who will meet to begin their work at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday
in the Odessa College-Pecos Technical Training Center parking lot.
Wednesday, April 3, 2002
SMALL BUSINESS RESOURCE CENTER -- Pecos Main Street Director Tom Rivera holds up one of the many books available to small business owners at the new resource center located in the Community Center on Oak Street. Anyone interested in opening a small business or who already owns one is invited to use the resource center where they have access to a fax machine, the Internet and numerous resource materials.
EAGLES EXTEND DISTRICT WIN STREAK -- Pecos Eagles players surround the pitchers mound just prior to the start of Tuesday's game against Clint. The Eagles won their 19th straight game in District 2-4A play and sixth straight this season, with a five-inning, 10-0 win over the Lions. Pecos' boys also stayed unbeaten in the 2-4A baseball standings on Tuesday, with a 9-1 win at El Paso Mountain View.
Tuesday, April 2, 2002
TWO-MILE PAINT JOB -- Rob Lykins with Wilkins International works a paint sprayer around the east side of the Pecos High School track today, as part of a two-day paint job on the track. Lykins had to paint more than 3,600 meters - 2 1/4 miles - of white lines around the eight-lane track first, before putting other lines on the track as part of a resurfacing project prior to next week's District 2-4A Track and Field Championships. Pecos-Barstow-Toyah Athletic Director Bubba Williams said the track would be closed to walkers for at least the next two days while the new marking are painted on the track.
UPCOMING REVIVAL -- Tito Hernandez, Sheriff Andy Gomez and local pastor Jose Gonzalez stand for a picture outside the Reeves County Jail where Hernandez will come in May to hold a revival for the inmates. Hernandez will also hold a rally in Saragosa Park in the same weekend in May in efforts to help people in the area.
Monday, April 1, 2002
TWO HURT IN SATURDAY INCIDENT -- Pecos Emergency Medical Service personnel wheel one victim of a Saturday night incident to an ambulance, while other EMT's treat a second victim in a yard in the 500 block of Martinez Street. Police received a call of a hit-and-run accident about 2:20 a.m., but said the victims, a man and woman, may have fallen out of a pickup that then left the scene. The two were taken to Reeves County Hospital, where they were treated and released, police said. No charges reportedly have been filed in the case, and further details on the incident were not available.
Friday, March 29, 2002
BUT STILL WORKING -- Lourdes Vejil (standing) and Sam Salcido take a look at work on the computer at their office in the Valley Motors building on the Balmorhea Highway. Vejil and Salcido will remain in that office after the dealership closes to continue receiving payments from customers.
DOORS CLOSING -- Cars sit on the lot of Valley Motor Company, which is closing its doors today after 39 years in business. Owner Ben Meek said that the cars remaining in this lot after today would be transferred to other dealerships.
Thursday, March 28, 2002
EGG-HUNTING -- Several classes at Pecos Kindergarten had the opportunity to look for Easter eggs on the school grounds this morning. The classes searched for eggs and enjoyed parties throughout the short school day. Classes were dismissed at 1 p.m., at all the Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD schools, which will be closed on Friday and Monday.
Wednesday, March 27, 2002
MASTER PLAN -- Rob Meese, of HGA, Inc., describes some of the ideas his company came up with to help update the look of Reeves County Hospital during the RCH Board of Directors' regular meeting Tuesday night in the RCH classroom. The master plan is only that, a plan, and the board has not approved making changes to the hospital.
Wednesday, March 13, 2002
HAPPY JUDGE -- Reeves County Judge Jimmy B. Galindo hugs his wife Michele and daughter, Jayme, upon hearing the results of the Democratic Primary Election. Galindo defeated his opponent Louis Matta in the race for county judge and will serve in that capacity for the next four years.
PRIMARY WINNERS AND LOSERS-- Reeves County Commissioner Precinct #2 candidate Norman Hill is congratulated by his opponent, incumbent David Castillo, after his win Tuesday in the Democratic primary election. Castillo
was beaten by Hill in his bid for a second four-year term in office.
CONGRATUATIONS AND CONSOLATIONReeves County Judge candidate Louis Matta is pictured with his brother, Jerry Matta, following the announcement of Tuesday's final election results. Louis Matta lost to incumbent Jimmy Galindo in his bid for Reeves County Judge, but Jerry Matta defeated Clinton Glenn in the election for the Democratic nomination for Constable Precinct #2.
Tues, Mar. 12, 2002 - WINDS HAMPER FIREFIGHTERS - Pecos volunteer firemen fight a fire in the 100 block of North Alamo Street shortly after 1 p.m. Monday. Embers from the fire caused an addition on a neighboring home to also catch fire. Firemen were at the site for several hours and were called back later in the evening. Winds that gusted over 50 m.p.h. in the Trans-Pecos on Monday also forced the Texas Department of Transportation to shut down Texas Hwy. 17 between Pecos and Saragosa. Traffic was diverted through Toyah along FM 2903.
Tues., March 5, 2002 -
Pecos High School Art Teacher Walter Holland (left) instructs students in his 3-D sculpture class how to hand the nine-foot metal sculpture they built in the drive through of West Texas National Bank this morning. The sculpture is one of many that the students will be involved in constructing as part of renovating the downtown area.
PHS students Mindy Harrison, Vanessa Hernandez (back right) and Will Armstrong (back left) were among those who decided to donate blood this morning at the PHS New Gym. Donor Care Specialists Jay Drpaer (front) and Sylvia Borrego (back) spent the day taking the students' blood. Students who were at least 17-year-old and 110 pounds were able to donate blood.
Monday, March 4, 2002 -
FROZEN FOUNTAIN - The second arctic front in less than a week left the fountain outside the West of the Pecos Museum frozen for the third straight morning. Temperatures downtown dropped to 18 degrees today and were still below freezing at mid-morning, but were expected to warm back up into the high 70s by later this week.
Thurs., Feb. 28, 2002
Students from Pecos Head Start chat with KIUN's Bill Randall Cole this morning during Pecos Talking. The students took a field trip to the radio station and while there they were able to recite the Pledge of Allegiance over the air.
A crane is used to lift a concrete slab at the construction site of the new Reeves County Detention Center III, which is currently underway next to RCDC I and RCDC II. Things are going smoothly and all phases of the construction are on schedule, according to Kurt Nissen, with Carothers Construction. Concrete for the dormitories has been poured and the walls gone up, while other phases of construction can be seen at the site. The addition will increase the prison's capacity from 2,000 to 2,960 inmates.
Tues., Feb. 26, 2002
Several members of Boy Scout Pack 191 gathered for the annual Blue and Gold banquet last night at the First United Methodist Church to celebrate the birthday of boy scouting in America. These boys stand in line for food during the celebration at which they also had birthday cake for the 92-year-old organization.
Friday, Feb. 22, 2002
Former Pecos Police Officer Tony Dawdy stands next to his new office at the Pecos Municipal Criminal Justice Center. He is now serving as jail administrator for the new facility, a job that he is excited about. Dawdy said that he is already proud of his staff and is looking forward to the challenge ahead.
Dave Scheider, with the Anchor Food plant in Fort Arkinson, wis., talks with a visitor to the Third Annual Reeves County Job and Career Fair and Trade Expo and hands him an application for employment this morning at the Odessa College-Pecos Technical Training Center. Anchor employers were offering job opportunities at the fair, which runs until 7 p.m.
Wed., Feb. 20, 2002
Officer Jaime Montano opens a door for a co-worker inside the new Pecos Municipal Criminal Justice Center. The new jail facility was dedicated two weeks ago and received its first 20 U.S. Marshal Service inmates on Tuesday. The new jail on the southwest side of town can hold up to 96 inmates.
Pecos High School Assistant Coach Joan Capshaw introduces the PHS Swim Team and their coach Terri Morse at the pep rally held in their honor last night at the PHS Natatorium. The team will be traveling to Austin on Thursday to represent Pecos at the State 4A Swim Meet at teh Jamail Aquatic Center on the UT campus on Friday and Saturday.
Friday,Feb. 15, 2002
CHARACTER EDUCATION -- Members of Primary Focus, an educational group out of San Diego, sing and dance for students at Austin Elementary while teaching students about the six pillars of character. Counselors Rosie Salcido and Ruben Cervantes hosted the program with the help of a mini grant from the state.
LEAVING FOR NEW JOBS -- Town of Pecos City Health and Sanitation Director Armando Gil and his former secretary, Lupe Nieto, stand together at a retirement party for Gil on Thursday. He has accepted a position as solid waste superintendent for the bity of Big Spring, while Nieto will interview for a job as code enforcement officer for that city.
COACH OF THE YEAR -- Pecos High School swimming coach Terri Morse accepts plaque from Supt. Don Love duyring the school board meeting Thursday in the new technology building. Morse also received plaques for district and regional champs.
Thursday, February 14, 2002
The Town of Pecos City declared February Africa American History Month during the regular meeting this morning at City Hall. In the front row are Pecos-Barstow-Toyah school board member Billie Sadler, Ella Sue Johnson, Town of Pecos City Mayor Ray Ortega, Reeves County Chief Probation Officer Louise Moore and Donald Hunt, with First Choice Power Co.'s Fort Stockton office.
Crockett Middle School "Cupid Mom" Grace Guerra (left) delivers a special valentine to Crockett Middle School student Ashley Jimenez during this morning's Valentine activities. The "Cupid Mom" which are part of the Parent Teacher Organization sold Valentines and helped deliver them today as part of a fundraiser.
Wednesday, February 6, 2002
Numerous community members and area law enforcement
officers gather in line to take a guided tour of the new Pecos Municipal
Criminal Justice Center after the grand opening ceremony this morning.
Architect Kendall Phinney (right) hands Mayor Ray Ortega
a key to the new Pecos Municipal Criminal Justice Center during the grand
opening ceremony this morning. The Town of Pecos City decided to construct
the facility to house the Pecos Police Department as well as U.S. Marshal's
Service inmates awaiting trial in Pecos.
Tuesday, February 5, 2002
Bessie Haynes Elementary student Bailey judges PHS senior explains her science project entitled "Parting the Water" to the Dannelley. Over 100 projects were submitted in the Bessie Haynes Science Fair and the winners were announced this afternoon.
Friday, February 1, 2002 --
Mayor Ray Ortega (right) swears in John Garza as new resident commissioner for the Pecos Housing Authority during the regular meeting of the Town of Pecos City Council last night at City Hall.
Thursday, January 31, 2002 --
Both mother Marina Mendoza and her new
daughter, Faith Breann Guerra, are doing fine at Reeves County Hospital
today, following a scary event that occurred yesterday morning. The baby
was born en-route to the hospital and the delivery was assisted by Pecos
police officers. Pictured with the mother and baby are Pecos Police officer
Felipe Villalobos, dispatcher Wilma Brookshire, officer Ismael "Smiley"
Gamboa and the new father, Jason Guerra.
Zavala Middle School students Angel Millan and
Leslie Ortiz explain their science fair project to Pecos High School
student John Chappell (left) and Jacob Sanchez (facing away), while Chappell's
brother, Allan, is told by student Beverly Ortega and Ashley Bustamante
(right) about their project this morning in the Zavala gym. Students
in Barbara Scown's science class at the high school were acting as judges
for the sixth graders' projects, and the winners of the fair were to
be announced this afternoon.
Tuesday, January 29, 2002
Cathy Travland (left) presents the Ruiz Profile of Courage/Hidden Hero Award to Sofia Baeza and Linda Clark during the Annual Pecos Area Chamber of Commerce Banquet held Friday evening. Several awards were handed out during the evening and the two netted the coveted Hidden Hero award for the work they do during the Christmas holidays for the children in the community.
Jessie Barmore celebrates her 100th birthday Saturday, surrounded by her five children, their spouses and dozens of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Pecos was well represented at the party in the Midland Crestview Baptist Church Trinity Center. Mrs. Barmore, then known as Jessie Cleveland, raised her children in Pecos while working as a barber. She was a charter member of West Park Baptist Church when it was organized in 1945 and attended services there until her move to Midland several years ago.
Friday, January 25, 2002
Ladies Chamber members Laura Briggs and Jenny
Abbott work on blowing up balloons for the Pecos Area Chamber of Commerce
Banquet scheduled for tonight at 7 p.m. at the Reeves County Civic Center.
Texas Department of Transportation employees
work on blowing away dust and debris from the cracks in the road on the
west side of Cedar Street. The crew soon came back by filling in those
cracks with tar after patching cracks on the east side of Cedar Street
Tuesday, January 22, 2002
NEW BABY -- The new baby for the year 2002 has finally arrived
in Pecos at Reeves County Hospital. A girl, born to Juan and Michelle
Ramirez, of Pecos, arrived Monday at 9:40 a.m. Brianna Daphny Ramirez weighed
five pounds, 14 ounces and was 18 ½ inches long at birth.
Proud grandparents are Clyde and Irma Martinez and Juan and Dolores
Ramirez. A brother, Juan Michael Ramirez, who will celebrate his sixth birthday
tomorrow, also welcomed the new arrival home. The Reeves County Hospital
Auxiliary presented the newborn with several gifts. Pictured with the
newborn and her mother, left to right are: Bea Owens, Patsy Rogers, Linda
Gholson and Lita Carrasco.
NEW POSITION -- Reeves County Detention Center Assistant Warden
of Programs LaVaughn Garnto stands inside the Special Housing Unit
(Segregation Unit) at the facility. Garnto was approved by the Bureau
of Prisons for the position and is excited about his new role at the
PECOS, Wed., Jan. 16, 2002 --
Famous rapper Snoop Dogg takes time from
his busy shopping schedule to pose for a picture with numerous Wal-mart
associates during a stopover in Pecos this morning. Snoop and his crew
also surprised customers of McDonald's and the Flying J Truck Stop where
the group's tour bus also stopped. Wal-Mart associates said that Snoop
was on his way to Atlanta, and stopped here because one member of Snoop's
entourage has relatives in Pecos. The veteran rapper, who first came
to fame nine years ago, signed autographs for staff and customers while
shopping at the local store.
PECOS BILL PARK -- Pecos Bill stands tall at the West of the Pecos
Museum Pecos Bill Park located in the 100 block of Oak Street.
The museum is selling name bricks for a walkway that will be placed at the
park. Anybody interested in purchasing a name brick contact the
museum before the end of January. Each brick costs $60 with a limit
of three lines per brick.
Pecos, Jan. 14, 2002 -
HISTORY LESSON - Brian Williams, center, gives Rev. Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech to Head Start students this morning at Reeves County Library. Fellow actors who portrayed restaurant patrons, demonstrators and President Lyndon Johnson in the skit hold hands aloft to signify their joy at Blacks being freed from segregation by Johnson's Civil Rights Act. In the circle, from left, are Clarence Oster, Bill Scarber, (Nancy McAnally and Glenda Cox, partially hidden) Faye Scarber, Kim Ewing, Williams, Police Patrolman Helen Vernon, Louise Moore, Ella Mae Johnson, (Velma Bradley and Peggy McCracken, partially hidden) and Billie Sadler. Digital Photo by Leia Holland
DINE IN - Pizza Pro Manager AnaBell Madril (standing) serves customers
with some cheese sticks in the new dine in area. Dan Daniel's Music and
Video recently added a lunch menu along with the 10 tables and booths for
Pizza Pro dine in customers. Pictured are (l-r) customer Freddy Ornelas,
Dan's employee Adela George, customer Ophelia Juarez and customer Leo Ornelas.
BIG BUFFALO - This baby buffalo is one of many animals at the Maxey Park Zoo that community members can come and visit. The city is working on improving and possibly expanding the zoo in order to be able to bring in more animals in the future.
INVITING ENTRANCE - This sign stands at the entrance of Maxey Park inviting people to stop by the zoo. Despite recent rumors, the Town of Pecos City is not planning to close the zoo.
COLD BLOSSOMS - Peeping out from under two inches of snow on the first day of 2002, these purple and gold pansies still show a sunny face.
Digital Photo by Peggy McCracken
SNOWBIRD -- JANUARY 2, 2002 -Tiny dry snowflakes raked into a pile Tuesday create a snowbird resting in the shade of cedar limbs. The first snow of 2002 left about two inches on the ground, and much of it remained this morning.
Digital Photo by Peggy McCracken
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