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Wednesday, January 29, 2003

City seeks Bonilla's help with delayed Post Office

Staff Writer

PECOS, Jan. 29, 2003 - Congressman Henry Bonilla will be in town Friday night to address area members of the Texas Municipal League, and Town of Pecos City leaders will ask for his help on an issue that has been put on hold for the past three years.

"We don't want to put him on the spot or anything like that, we just want to ask for his help," said Town of Pecos City Manager Carlos Yerena. "We're planning to talk to him about the new post office."

Yerena said city officials would be welcoming Bonilla on Friday, when Pecos hosts the Texas Municipal League Region IV meeting. The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m., at the Reeves County Civic Center.

Dinner will be served and door prizes awarded.

"We want to talk to him about moving that issue forward," said Yerena.

Talk about a new post office in Pecos began in the late 1990s following completion of the new United States Federal Courthouse two blocks east of the current building in Decemeber 1995. The federal court had shared the Post Office building since its construction in 1935.

After a selection process of about a year, a site for the new building was chosen in the 800 block of South Cedar Street. The new building was supposed to have more parking spaces and better handicapped accessibility than the current 68-year-old facility, and work on the structure was scheduled to be only weeks away from beginning when the U.S. Postal Service delayed construction in January of 2000.

Then-Postmaster Ramona Sterling said at the time that "The Postal Service is working on about 25 new post offices simultaneously and the paperwork is behind." However, a few months later, Postal Service officials halted all new construction, citing deficits that would result in later postal rate increases.

"Money allocated for the post office has been frozen for right now," said Yerena. "And it's not just here in Pecos, but several other sites as well."

Yerena said that the group just wanted to talk to Bonilla about that particular issue and get his input. "Maybe he'll know the right people to talk to and can help us with this issue and hopefully move it forward," he said.

Yerena said that no other big issues would be discussed with Bonilla, who is one of the ranking members on the House Appropriations Committee.

"We just want to welcome him and the main thing is for him to come to this area," said Yerena. "We want him to tell us what is going on in Washington."

Eagles fighting with gophers for home field

Staff Writer

PECOS, Jan. 29, 2003 - Before the Pecos Eagles softball team battles the Yellowjackets or Loboes this year, they're having to deal with the gophers.

They're not a District 4-3A team, they're the real thing, and they're also one of the main reason that when workouts began for Texas high school girls softball teams on Monday, the Eagles were working out on the Pecos High School football field.

Gopher holes and barren patches in the outfield where grass should be is what Eagles' coach Tammy Walls said she found earlier this month at Martinez Field, and after a disagreement between the county and the Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD on who would fix the problem, county crews are out at the field this week smoothing out the infield and doing work on the outfield areas.

"We've had to practice on the football field," said Walls, who has a digital slide show of pictures showing the gopher holes around the infield area prior to this week's work. She said with the gopher holes on the infield, "It isn't safe for my girls to practice."

The Eagles moved into Martinez Field in the middle of the 1998 season and have played all their home games there the past four seasons. "We've never had a gopher problem before," said Walls, whose team will be competing in the tougher District 4-3A this season against the Kermit Yellowjackets and Monahans Loboes, along with Fort Stockton, Greenwood and Presidio.

Reeves County Judge Jimmy Galindo was out of town today, but he said last week that the county would have to order special dirt to put on the field, and the black dirt was laid out by crews on the infield and behind home plate this morning. However, the outfield remains a problem, with a dirt path running through the middle of it, from left to right field where some of the other gopher holes were located.

Workouts also began on Monday for Pecos' baseball team, who'll be using their high school field on Feb. 7 to scrimmage Midland Christian. The girls' first home game this season won't be for another month, when they play Monahans in their second district game. But they'll open up their regular season a week before the baseball team, and will have two scrimmages, two regular season games and three tournaments between now and March 7.

"We need a place to work out and right now we don't have one," Walls said.

There was no word as of press time how long county crews would be working on the field.

Chamber still selling tickets for annual banquet

Staff Writer

PECOS, Jan. 29, 2003 - Tickets are still available for the annual Pecos Area Chamber of Commerce Banquet scheduled for 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 6.

The annual event will be held at the Reeves County Civic Center and tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the Chamber of Commerce office, 111 S. Cedar St., or from any Chamber of Commerce board member.

Guest speaker will be Lemuel Phillips, a motivational speaker and humorist from Texas A&M.

"The price of the tickets is lower this year, to help the distressed economy and because of the wonderful response of sponsorship," said chamber director Linda Gholson.

Gholson said that the lower price of the tickets in no way means that the speaker or the food will be of less quality.

The Bears' Den of Balmorhea will cater the event and the group will be cooking on-site. "We had six menus submitted, by four different caterers and a group chose the Bears' Den," said Gholson.

"It would be nice to have a sell-out crowd by this time, but we still have tickets available and we want to invite everyone to come out and join us," said Gholson.

Banquet sponsors include: West Texas National Bank, Security State Bank, Calvary Baptist Church, KIUN/KPTX, Peaceful Garden Funeral Home, West of the Pecos Museum, Alfredo's Mexican Restaurant, Dairy Queen, McDonald's, Pecos Funeral Home, Valley Distributors, Cellular One, Texas-New Mexico Power Company, Standard Sales and Pecos Main Street.

Phillips has delivered both serious and humorous speeches to more than 1,000 different clubs, fraternities, businesses, professions, unions, public schools, colleges and universities, youth groups and churches in most of the United States, including Hawaii and Alaska and three foreign countries.

His undergraduate studies include Harding Junior College, Garden City JuCo, Midwestern State University, and Abilene Christian University and he has degrees in Education and Bible.

Phillips received an MA degree in psychology and counseling (marriage and family therapy. Honors: Magna Cum Laude, Kappa Delta Pi (National Honor Society in Education), Alpha Chi National Honor Society (top ten percent of college and university grade and is a certified counselor; public school teacher and minister of the Gospel/Elder.


PECOS, Jan. 29, 2003 - High Tuesday 78. Low this morning 35. Forecast for tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows in the lower 30s. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph. Thursday: Mostly sunny. Highs in the upper 60s. South winds 5 to 15 mph. Thursday night: Mostly clear. Lows in the mid 30s. Friday: Mostly sunny. Highs in the lower 70s. Saturday: Increasing clouds. Lows in the upper 30s. Highs in the mid 70s.


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