Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
Tuesday, February 4, 2003
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Work on new subdivision progressing, officials say
By JENNIFER GALVAN
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
"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
However, the size of the homes varies from 993-square feet to
"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
By ROSIE FLORES
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
"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,"
"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
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
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.
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
Division of Buckner News Alliance, Inc.
324 S. Cedar St., Pecos, TX 79772
Phone 915-445-5475, FAX 915-445-4321
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