Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Thursday, September 26, 2002
PHA to swear in member, discuss new fencing
PECOS, Thurs., Sept. 26, 2002 -- The Pecos Housing Authority/Farm Labor
Housing Board of Commissioners will swear in a new member and continue
discussion of fencing projects for the East Side Apartments during
their regular monthly meeting today at 5 p.m. at the Administration
Office at Starley and Meadowbrook drives.
The board will also discuss and approve the swearing in the new Commissioner
Olga Lopez, who serves with the Pecos Police Department, while under unfinished
business, they will discuss updating the 2001 Capital Funds regarding the
completion of perimeter fencing on the west side of Orange Street, review,
discuss and approve the revised 2001 budget and the landscaping project.
Under unfinished business, the board will also discuss the update on the
2002 Capital Funds. The board will resolve, discuss and approve the preliminary
drawing and start of the work on the fencing project for 10th
and 11th Street at the East Side Apartments.
Under new business, the commissioners will resolve, discuss and approve
the Labor Compliance Review held in August 21, the PHA 2003 Annual Agency
Plan to be submitted to REAC and the implementation of the Flat Rents Policy
in compliance with the Quality Housing and Work Responsibility Act of 1998
which eliminates Ceiling Rents determinations by PHA.
The commissioners will also resolve, discuss and approve the certifications
dated the 26 of August 2002 on the "Compliance with the Public Funds Investment
Act" and the monthly reports for the month of September 2002.
The board will also read a letter that was sent from Ferias E. Ferguson,
HUD, Labor Relations Office in Fort Worth dated August 26, 2002 regarding
the Compliance Review held on August 21.
A review of the minutes of the August 26, meeting will also be reviewed
and approved by the board.
During the FLH portion of the meeting the commissioners have only two
items on their agenda, to review and approve the minutes of the August 22,
meeting and under new business they will review and approve the monthly report
for the month of September 2002.
PHS student spends summer in `legislature'
By ROSIE FLORES
PECOS, Thurs., Sept. 26, 2002 -- One young student from Pecos High School
had an interesting and informative summer at the New Mexico Lorenzo
De Zavala Youth Legislative Session, held June 29-July 7 in Las Cruces,
"The program starts with you thinking that this is just going to be your
typical leadership program, but believe me it's not," said 16-year-old Erica
Caballero, who had the opportunity to attend the program this past summer.
"The counselors slowly make you second-guess your beliefs about the Latino
community," said Caballero. "The first day we discussed the common stereotypes
we (the Latino community) and others make us believe about ourselves."
The Lorenzo de Zavala Youth Legislative Session is one of several programs
offered by the National Hispanic Institute (NHI) for Latinos from freshmen
in high school to the parents of the students. The program is named after
a Mexican leader born in Yucatan, Mexico around 1800. He helped write and
frame the Mexican and Texas constitutions.
De Zavala was also Mexico's ambassador to France and published two widely
read newspapers. De Zavala also had a particular passion for personal freedom
and a deep belief in education. This program is aimed at Latino sophomores
and juniors with a 3.2 grade point average or higher. They must also be in
Advanced Placement or honors classes. In addition, they must have firm intentions
to attend college. The most important attribute they must have is an interest
in Latino community life.
The program lasts eight days at New Mexico State University-Las Cruces,
N.M. and four other sites, in Ft. Collins, CO, at the national LDZ at DePaul
University-Chicago, IL, at Southwestern University-Georgetown, Tx. and at
a California site.
The Texas LDZ is reserved only for Texas students because of the number
of students that apply.
"Throughout the eight days you eventually begin to see a good change in
everyone," said Caballero, who was the only Pecos youth to attend the New
"The first day we discussed the common stereotypes we (the Latino community)
and others make us believe about ourselves," said Caballero. "A few of the
stereotypes we talked about were Mexicans were always late and that we can
never work together," she said.
Caballero said that the counselors asked them if they believed these or
if the had ever been told this.
"Our next step was to critically think why people thought these beliefs
were real," said Caballero. "The discussions on these and other topics would
get heated because nobody would say if we were right or wrong," she said.
During the week the group realized that everything they thought about
the Latino community isn't necessarily true, according to Caballero.
"Then, we had to think of beliefs we would want our children's children
to believe about the Latino Community," said Caballero. "This proved to be
the toughest of the challenges set before us."
Caballero said that they would stay up late hours of the convention in
which we made two political parties and elected the Supreme Court, and the
"We also elected a governor and lieutenant governor from the two parties,"
said Caballero. "I myself was elected by my party to be one of 12 attorneys."
As an attorney they had to defend beliefs and make theirs more credible
than the opposing team, according to Caballero. "My co-counsel and I became
great friends," she said.
The whole session builds up to the final trial in which all judges and
the top attorneys defend the top case. On Saturday, the last complete day
of the program, they have a Governor's Ball in which formal attire is required.
"We just all relaxed and had a lot of fun," said Caballero.
"Then Sunday comes around and you realize how fast the week passed," said
Caballero. "This also happens to be the saddest day of the program."
"You say goodbye to all the people you met and you suddenly realize that
this experience is one you never really forget. This is the day in which
you have a little fire of hope, inspiration and the need to tell everyone
what just happened to you," she said.
"I don't think any one of us had ever felt that feeling and you know that
maybe it's the only time we ever will," said Caballero. "Once you become
a part of NHI you become a part of a family that is global, Mexico, Columbia,
Venezuela, Puerto Rico, etc.," she said.
"You also just don't do one program," said Caballero. "This summer I was
also a judge at the Young Leaders Conference at Sul Ross State University
That particular program was for high school sophomores, kind of like a
prerequisite for LDZ, according to Caballero. T.J. Hardwick and Catherine
Minjarez, two Pecos High School sophomores attended the program.
"The only bad part about the LDZ was that I was the only Pecos High student
that attended the program," said Caballero. "I can only hope that more students
form Pecos attend these programs."
Caballero said that she thought that not only them, but also the community
would benefit from the programs.
"There is a slight fee for attending these programs, but don't think you
can't get help to pay for them," said Caballero. "In fact, I'm very thankful
to the following sponsors, without them I would not have been able to attend
this life-changing experience: Luis U. Carrasco, North Temple Baptist Church,
Oscar Cobos, Felipe and Rose Cobos, the Lions' Club, Felix and Pat Cobos,
Eva Arriola and Robert Ormsby," she said.
Two arrested on coke charges after search
By ROSIE FLORES
PECOS, Thurs., Sept. 26, 2002 -- Two men were arrested on drug charges Wednesday
evening after a narcotics search warrant turned up illegal substances
in both their home and a vehicle at the premises.
Raul Rodriguez Pando and Lionel Pando were arrested following the search
of the home, which police said began at approximately 7:29 p.m. officers
from the department and the Reeves County Sheriff's Department executed the
narcotics search warrant at 621 S. Pine Street.
"Once all the occupants inside the residence were secured, officers proceeded
to search the premises," said Pecos Police Investigator Paul Deishler.
Deishler said that the search officers found inside the residence a substance
believed to be cocaine.
"Officers also found inside the residence and in one of the vehicles paraphernalia
commonly used in the packaging of cocaine," said Deishler.
Officers completed their search of the premises and both Pandos were placed
under arrest for the offenses of possession of a controlled substance (cocaine)
and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Both defendants were transported to the Criminal Justice Center and released
to the jail staff for booking and are currently awaiting arraignment at the
Teen Challenge members to speak in Pecos
PECOS, Thurs., Sept. 26, 2002 -- Teen Challenge of the Permian Basin will
come to Pecos this Sunday at the First Assembly of God Church, 2209 S. Eddy
Pastor Matt Williamson invites everyone to attend the 10:30 a.m. service
and stay for lunch.
"Teen Challenge is an on-premises treatment center located in Midland,
serving men of all ages with life control and addictive problems," said Williamson.
The group's praise band will provide contemporary praise and worship,
followed by testimonies and ministry time geared toward those with life control
problems, Williamson said.
Students at Teen Challenge receive an average of 40 hours of Biblical
training per week, including classes for anger and personal rights, temptation,
obedience to God and obedience to man. They learn basic work skills through
general work experience.
After nine months living in the dorm, graduates move to a re-entry home,
choose a home church and find employment.
The Midland program began in 1971 and has expanded to provide for 32 students
in phases one through three and 12 students in the re-entry phase. No charge
is made for the program, which is religiously based and does not accept any
state or federal subsidy.
"Teen Challenge Program succeeds where all of the government programs
fail," said Charles Colson, a former government official in the Nixon Administration
who began a prison ministry after finding Christ while serving a federal
prison sentence for violations while working in Washington, D.C.
Women's Division seeks more entries for baby contest
PECOS, Thurs., Sept. 26, 2002 -- The Women's Division of the Pecos Area
Chamber of Commerce is hosting a "Pretty Baby Contest" at the Annual Fall
Fair, scheduled for Oct. 4-5, at the Reeves County Civic Center.
To enter your pretty baby, bring a picture of your baby to the Pecos Area
Chamber of Commerce Office, 111 S. Cedar, by next Wednesday, Oct. 2. Entries
must by two years or under. There is no entry fee.
First place will get a $100 Savings Bond; second place, $50 Savings Bond
and there will be prizes for 3rd, 4th and 5th
For more information contact Terri Spence at 447-7248 or 447-4738 or the
chamber office at 445-2406.
PECOS, Thurs., Sept. 26, 2002 -- High Wednesday 86. Low this morning 49.
Forecast for tonight: Clear. Lows 55 to 60. Southeast winds 5 to 10
mph. Friday: Sunny. Highs near 95. Southeast winds 5 to 15 mph. Friday
night: Clear. Lows 55 to 60. Saturday: Partly cloudy. Highs near 95. Sunday:
Partly cloudy. Lows 55 to 60. Highs near 90.
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
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324 S. Cedar St., Pecos, TX 79772
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