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Thursday, August 1, 2002

Fly-in breakfast offering children free airplane ride

Staff Writer

PECOS, Thurs., August 1, 2002 -- Children will have an opportunity to let their imaginations run wild  and soar like an eagle on Sunday morning at the Pecos  Municipal Airport.

The 17th Annual Fly-In Breakfast will be held beginning at 7 a.m., Sunday at the airport, and new events have been added that will include the children in the community.

The breakfast is scheduled for 7 a.m., on Sunday, Aug 4, and will give area and local pilots as well as community members a chance to share experiences and dreams of the vast skies.

The breakfast, which will be cooked by the Pecos Downtown Lion's Club, is scheduled to run until to 11 a.m., and everyone is welcome.

"This year, we'll be having the Young Eagles Program," said airport manager Isabel Blanchard, who explained that this was a program to welcome young people into the world of aviation

"Aviation is exciting and important to our nation's future," said Blanchard.

Children ages 8-17 will have the opportunity to fly and take a tour of the city with an experienced pilot on Sunday morning beginning at 9 a.m. "We'll be signing the children up at 9 a.m.," said Blanchard, who added that she welcomes everyone to come out.

The children will experience a safe and enjoyable flight in an FAA registered aircraft, flown by a licensed pilot in accordance with FAA rules and regulations, according to Blanchard.

There will be no acrobatics and there will be no charge to any youth between the ages of 8-17, according to Blanchard.

"If you ever dreamt of flying or laid in your bed dreamt you could fly like an eagle, stop dreaming and come to the airport on Sunday morning," she said.

At least one parent or guardian must accompany the child.

This is also a program that has a follow-through, according to Blanchard. A certificate will be issued to the child after he/she has flown, and after they will receive an aviation magazine. "It's a magazine about flying, which includes information on aviation personalities and careers in aviation," said Blanchard.

Blanchard said that maybe through this program a spark would ignite one youngster. "This will encourage them to aspire to bigger things," said Blanchard. "The sky's the limit, they can do anything and be anything they want to be."

Blanchard said that the possibilities are endless and only limited by the individual.

"When you fly, you get a different perspective," she said.

Children will be taken out through the surrounding area, where they will have the opportunity to see their schools, street, home and cows, from away above in the sky, according to Blanchard.

"It's a pretty exciting thing," she said.

Blanchard said that for those youngsters who will be flying for the first time, it would be something they will remember forever.

"This is real, it's not like television or video games, but a real thing," she said.

Registration will begin at 9 a.m. and the group will be flying children until all have had the experience of being in an airplane.

"Weather permitting, we'll fly until all of them have had the opportunity," she said.

Blanchard said that they had done this five years ago and that about 78 children had participated at that time.

"We're doing a lot of different things this year," said Blanchard.

Five aircrafts will be on hand to take the children up in the air and to participate in the Young Eagles Program.

"We hope to have pilots from all over West Texas and New Mexico," said Blanchard.

A Cantaloupe Bombing Contest will also be held for the pilots that fly into Pecos on Sunday.

"We'll also have two representatives from FAA in Lubbock to participate in a safety seminar and courtesy evaluation of pilots," said Blanchard. The pilots will be evaluated without any fear of punitive damages.

"Our main thing is focusing on the Young Eagles Program," said Blanchard. "This is an introduction and welcome into aviation."

Along with receiving a certificate and aviation magazine the children that register will also be listed in the World Longest Log Book, which is on display in Wisconsin.

"They'll be able to see their town in a different perspective," said Blanchard. "Set your goals and look at what you can do."

As kids we've all dreamt of flying. "They'll also have a chance to visit with the pilots from all over this area," she said.

"It's an interesting field that has something for everyone, whether you're interest in computers, mechanics, being a stewardess, or whatever," said Blanchard. "The career possibilities are huge," she said.

The Lions Club breakfast consisting of eggs, sausage, pancakes and cantaloupe will be served from 7-11 a.m., for everyone.

"This is something we love to do," said Lion's Club member Richard Crider. "We enjoy participating in anything in the community."

The group has been working at the fly-in breakfast for the past 10 years, and also helps out during clean ups of the city, participates in Night in Old Pecos, Fall Fair and cooks breakfast for Relay for Life.

"Anything that will make Pecos a better community to live in, we want to participate in," said Crider.

Anything people would like for the Lions Club to participate they will. "They just have to contact one of our members and we'll be happy to help out," said Crider.

Pot wheels get Mexican driver arrested on I-20

Staff Writer

PECOS, Thurs., August 1, 2002 -- An SUV traveling through Reeves County with `special' tires  on Tuesday ended up getting the driver into trouble and in jail on  drug charges.

According to Trans Pecos Drug Task Force Officer Kevin Roberts, at 11:28 a.m. on Tuesday he stopped a white Chevrolet Cherokee Laredo, at mile marker 35 in the eastbound lanes of I-20, for a traffic violation.

"I obtained consent from the driver to do a search," said Roberts. "A trap door in gas tank was fraud, in cargo area of the Jeep," said Roberts, but nothing was found in that area of the vehicle.

Roberts did a thorough search of the vehicle and noticed a distinct odor of marijuana. "The tires were later found to be loaded with marijuana," said Roberts.

The marijuana was found inside the "housing" part of the tire. "Each tire was tightly packed with marijuana," said Roberts.

Roberts called Trans Pecos Drug Task Force Officer Joe Gonzales to assist at this time.

Arrested was Wilhelm Neufeld, 36, of Mexico, who was traveling alone. "He was taking the marijuana from El Paso to Tennessee," said Roberts.

Officers confiscated 90.20 pounds of marijuana with a street value of $45,000.

Neufeld was transported to the Reeves County Jail and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute a second degree felony.

Roberts said getting the marijuana out of the "homemade" housings of the tires was a chore. "It took us a long time to get all that marijuana out of there," he said.

"It's thanks to the good investigative techniques of Roberts that led to the discovery of the marijuana," said task force lieutenant Larry Arredondo. "He interviewed the individual and got a confession out of him."

Arredondo said he was very proud of the work his officers are doing in taking all drugs off the streets. "This are very well-trained officers that are here to protect and keep our community safe," he said.

Council approves seeking engineer for grant project

PECOS, Thurs., August 1, 2002 -- The Town of Pecos City Council approved authorization for the proposals for the engineering services for the funding of the 2003 Texas Community Development Program during a special meeting at noon on Wednesday.

"We will be advertising to select an engineer for the program," Carlos Yerena, City Manager said.

While the city will be selecting an engineer, Yerena also said that the project that person will be working on has not yet been determined.

"We have not decided what program we will be doing but it will probably have to do with water or sewer," Yerena said.

According to Connie Levario, City Secretary, the council also approved the administration services to be provided by the City of Pecos Staff for the 2003 Texas Community Funding Cycle.

"They also decided that the city would be doing the administration of the Community Program," Yerena said.

OC campus holds open house before start

Staff Writer

PECOS, Thurs., August 1, 2002 -- The Odessa College branch in Pecos held an open  house Wednesday afternoon for local residents, before the start of the  fall semester for the Technical Training Center.

According to Paula Howard, Continuing Education Coordinator, the open house was held to so that the people of Pecos could become familiar with their facilities.

"We wanted to acquaint the community with our services and so that they could meet the President (Dr. Vance Gipson) and the Dean of our School (Robert Munoz)," Howard said.

With 55 people in attendance, Howard said that some networking was done with the community during the open house.

"The President and the Dean meet with some of the school board members and some of the principals," Howard said.

According to Howard, Pecos-Barstow-Toyah school board members and principals were informed of the different types of classes high school students could take through Odessa College.

The college provides classes over the Internet and through interactive classes, Howard said.

According to Howard the interactive classes are held with a teacher lecturing a class through a television enabling the students watching to respond back.

Such classes are government, history, child development and numerous academic classes are done interactively, Howard said.

With the open house being held from 3 p.m. till 6 p.m., Howard believed the event to be a very successful open house.

"We would like to thank the community for making this open house a successful one," Howard said.

"We would like to invite the public to come and view our facilities if they have not done so," Howard added.


PECOS, Thurs., August 1, 2002 -- High Wed. 97. Low this morning 72. Forecast for tonight: Partly  cloudy with isolated evening thunderstorms. Lows in the lower 70s. SE winds 5  to 15 mph. Fri.: Partly cloudy with isolated afternoon  thunderstorms. Highs in the upper 90s. SE winds 5  to 15 mph. Fri. night: Partly cloudy with isolated evening  thunderstorms. Lows in the lower 70s. Sat.: Partly cloudy with isolated  afternoon thunderstorms. Highs in the upper 90s. Sat. night: Partly cloudy  with isolated evening thunderstorms. Lows in the lower 70s. Sun.:  Partly cloudy winds 10 to 15 mph. Lows 70 to 75. Highs in the mid  90s.


Bill Painter

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