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Tuesday, February 4, 2003

Work on new subdivision progressing, officials say

Staff Writer
PECOS, Feb. 4, 2003 - Construction has been underway for the past three weeks for the development of the new Housing Infrastructure Project.

According to City Manager, Carlos Yerena, the contractor, Reece Albert Construction of Midland has already installed the water and sewer lines and the fire hydrants that are designed to serve up to 20 new homes that will be built on the site in the 800 and 900 blocks of West Washington Street, in the Airlawn section of town.

"Later this week or early next week the contractors will be installing the sidewalks and streets," Yerena said.

The council awarded the contract to Reece Albert in October. Total cost of the street and utilities installation project is $344,198.

While the construction continues on the infrastructure, Yerena said that there would be a workshop for those interested in purchasing a home.

"The contractor and the lady from the USDA will be there," Yerena said.

Yerena added that the representative of the USDA is a financial advisor and that she would offer special financial rates at one percent low interest loan rates to those who qualify.

"The workshop is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 6, at 5:30 p.m. at the Community Center," Yerena said.

Though people would be able to fill out an application at the workshop, Yerena said that they would not have to bring any thing with them.

"They will be able to fill out an application there," Yerana said. "Later on the USDA will check out their application.

Ground was broken on March 26, 2001 for the project, though it took several months before the installation of utilities could begin.

Ameriway Construction Company, which has an office in Houston and Fort Stockton, will be in charge of building the new homes in four different styles. At the time of the groundbreaking, company president Jerry Reiner said that the home buyers would be able to choose one of four floorplans that they want built and would also be able to participate in the selection process of many things for the home, such as carpet and paint color.

"We allow them to participate in the selection process," he said.

Reiner said that each home would have three bedrooms and two bathrooms.

However, the size of the homes varies from 993-square feet to 1,200-square feet.

"We don't want every home looking the same," he said.

Once construction begins it will only take 60 days for a house to be completed, Reiner said, and the completed homes will include a number of interior items for the homeowners

PHS junior elected as president of area BPA chapter

Staff Writer
PECOS, Feb. 4, 2003 - A Pecos High School junior will be serving as area president for Business Professional of America following a competition held in Pecos recently.

Adam Ortega was a state qualifier in database and won area president for Area IV and Region II.

Ortega competed against other schools and students this past weekend and will be going on to competition in Corpus Christi for state and Dallas for nationals.

Ortega is a junior at Pecos High School, maintains a 3.0 average, is an active member of Business Professionals of America, a participant in UIL Academics and a photographer for the local sports team.

"I'm really excited about going to state competition, but a little bit nervous," said Ortega, which is his first year to be involved in BPA and to compete in such an event.

"When I first got up there to read my speech I was nervous, but later it passes," he said.

As area president, Ortega is also required to attend summer camp in Trinidad, about 75 miles southeast of Dallas. "I'm really looking forward to it and I'm looking forward to being president of this area," he said.

"I have been familiar with BPA for many years," said Ortega. "My older sisters have also been a part of BPA."

Ortega's primary interest is in using computers. "I started using computers while in the fourth grade and my first objective was to learn how to turn on the computer," said Ortega. "Now, I have knowledge in using Access, Excel, Corel Word Perfect, PowerPoint, and Microsoft Word, plus many activities on the Internet," he said.

Ortega attended Tae Kwon Do for five years and assisted his sister in teaching class. "Not only did I learn how to defend myself, but I was taught integrity, perseverance, self-control, self-discipline and knowing right from wrong," he said.

Ortega was taught patience and responsibility by planning out the training classes. "Not only did I have a responsibility to learn my ranks in Tae Kwon Do, but also I had the responsibility of making sure other student's training was a success for them," he said.

When a fellow student achieved a higher rank and carried on the training, Ortega said he felt good about himself because he realized he had helped someone make something of themselves. "My experiences through life have made me stronger," said Ortega. "Giving up is something I do not believe in."

Ortega said that he is always full of hope, leaving the negative things to one side and continue in fulfilling his goals.

In UIL Academics, Ortega competes in computer applications and calculator.

"I've always enjoyed school and participating in other activities," said Ortega. "I want to thank my family and friends for helping me achieve my goals and for being there for me," he said.

Courthouse, S.O. upgrading phones

The Reeves County Courthouse and the Reeves County Sheriff's Department will be conducting a phone system upgrade, from 5-5:45 today.

For an emergency call the Trans Pecos Drug Task Force at 445-1085.

Board to review bids on hospital expansion

The Reeves County Hospital Board of Directors will be meeting at 6 p.m. today, in the hospital classroom to review the bids from the contractors for the hospital's expansion project.

Board members will also consider a resolution by the board authorizing the reimbursement of certain expenditures form bond funds. The directors will then go into executive session in consulting with the hospital attorney.


PECOS, Feb. 4, 2003 - High Monday 69. Low this morning 53. Forecast for tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows in the lower 30s. Southeast winds 5 to 15 mph. Wednesday: Mostly cloudy. Highs in the mid 60s. West winds 5 to 15 mph. Wednesday night: Mostly cloudy. Lows in the lower 30s. Thursday: Mostly cloudy. Slight chance of light rain and drizzle. Highs in the mid 40s. The chance of precipitation is 20 percent. Friday: Cloudy with a slight chance of light rain or drizzle. Rain may mix with or change to light snow in the morning.

Lows near 20. Highs in the upper 30s.

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