Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Friday, February 7, 2003
Chamber hands out awards at annual banquet
By ROSIE FLORES
PECOS, Feb. 7, 2003 - Several awards went out last evening to outstanding individuals
in the community, including the Citizen of the Year Award, which went out
to someone who came to Pecos 10 years ago and made it his home.
Paul Hinojos was named Citizen of the Year, by the Pecos Area
Chamber of Commerce, during their annual awards banquet held last evening
at the Reeves County Civic Center.
Hinojos said that he had come to Pecos from Monahans 10 years
ago and now calls Pecos his home. He plans to remain in Pecos and work
on more projects and help out in any way he can.
Earlier in the evening, Phillip Salcido, a senior at Pecos High
School, was named Student of the Year by the Pecos Area Chamber of Commerce.
Salcido has taken advanced placement courses in
Biology, Chemistry, English I-IV, Algebra I and II, Geometry, Pre-Calculus,
Calculus, Latin I-III, Computer Science, Physics and U.S. History.
Pecos High School Principal Danny Rodriguez presented the award
to Salcido and noted that this student has attended all 12 years in the
"This student has taken concurrent college classes
in government, economics, biology and history and is in the
enhanced independent study course for English," said Rodriguez.
"This student has participated in several extra curricular activities as well
as church and communities activities," he said.
Salcido is a member of the Pecos Eagle Band, participated in
freshman and junior varsity football, tennis, student council, is a member of
the National Honor Society, Latin Club, UIL and was named
Outstanding Student of the Year for Pre-Algebra, English I, Human Anatomy and
AP English III. He was involved with the Youth Crime Stoppers, Pecos
Youth Advisory Committee, academic recognition in math and reading
TAAS, Santa Rosa de Lima fiesta dancer and Catechism aide and a volunteer at
the Pecos Nursing Home.
Among his community service obligations, Salcido, helped out
with Meals on Wheels, a program where food is delivered to the elderly at
their homes; the Thanksgiving turkey drives; Christmas caroling, canned
food drives, Christmas for the Kids and any other organization that
needs youngsters to volunteer their time.
Salcido was surprised to be named Student of the Year last evening.
"I want to thank God first of all," said Salcido.
Salcido also gave thanks to the Chamber of Commerce for
the prestigious award and as president of the Pecos Youth Advisory
thanked them for their help. The students were busy serving the meal last evening.
"I also want to thank my family, my two brothers, Eric and Jason,
my godmother, Rowena Lyles who is always there for me and of course, my
parents, who if it wasn't for them I wouldn't be here," he
said. "They are a great inspiration to me, they have inspired me to do the best I can," said Salcido.
Salcido said that his parents have instilled in him values and morals and
have always supported him in everything that he attempts.
"If it wasn't for them, I wouldn't be here right now," said Salcido. "I will do
my best to represent Pecos as best as I can."
Message of belief in community brought by Phillips
By ROSIE FLORES
PECOS, Feb. 7, 2003 - Humorous anecdotes and inspirational messages were part
of the program at the Annual Chamber of Commerce Banquet, held
Thursday evening at the Reeves County Civic Center.
Masters of ceremonies was John Grant, with Randy Foster
providing the invocation and benediction at the end of the event.
Guest speaker Lemuel Phillips spoke to the crowd about
various subjects and entertained those in attendance with
humorous anecdotes. Phillips' message to Pecos was to believe in the town and
its people, and to look forward to the future.
"I think you have the resources and ability to rebuild something
that will last," said Phillips.
He talked about a variety of subjects and offered
inspirational messages. "One time I went into
a bookstore and found a thin little book," said Phillips.
Phillips said he thumbed through the book, but that it looked
mostly empty. "I went back to the front of the book and there was something
in the first few pages," said Phillips. "The first page read, `Do Your
Best,' the second page, `Be Your Best,' and the third, `Don't Worry About
the Rest,'" he said.
Phillips went on to say that the rest of the book was blank. "And
that's the best book I've ever read, and it didn't take me long," he said.
"Maybe if we all follow what that book says, we can make our
lives better and our town," said Phillips.
"I know what holds your future here in Pecos, you do," said
Phillips. "You say you're just one person,
but that's all it takes is one person trying to make a difference."
Phillips also talked about a speech read by a young girl who had
been named Valedictorian of her class. "If you believe in God, in what is
right, values and morals, then set an example for us. It has to begin
right now, right here."
He said that her speech was inspirational and very true.
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.
He has been a member of the Rotary Club since 1967, holding
every office possible in local clubs. Phillips served as president of two
different clubs, and as District Governor in 1981-82, and was the delegate to
the Council on Legislation in Singapore in 1989.
Having been engaged in various professions, Phillips gained much
of his speaking expertise as a minister. Even as he worked in
other professions, he served as a part-time minister.
His undergraduate studies include Harding Junior College, Garden
City JC, Midwestern State University, and Abilene Christian University and
he has degrees in Education and Bible.
Phillips received an MA degree in psychology and counseling and is
a certified counselor; public school teacher and minister of the
He is married to Oleta Robertson Phillips and the couple has
Overnight snow possible for Trans-Pecos region
By JENNIFER GALVAN
PECOS, Feb. 7, 2003 - Pecos residents might have a chance to see its first snow this
year when they wake up tomorrow morning.
According to the National Weather Service office in
Midland, Pecos and the surrounding areas could see up to an inch of snow
overnight with temperature ranging in the low 30s and with winds at 10-15
miles per hour out of the north.
Currently there are scattered snowflakes west of Pecos and
light snow in the New Mexico, Andrews and Kermit areas.
Though a winter weather advisor has not been issued as of yet,
the station said it would probably issue one later this afternoon.
The report called for Sanderson, Marathon, the Davis Mountains
and the Big Bend area to receive most of the snow.
The station said that there would be anywhere from 30 to 40
Pecos last saw snow flurries about a year ago in which less then an
inch of snow fell to the ground.
The Department of Public Safety has reported no closure of
roadways as of yet.
A slow warm up will take hold, beginning Saturday in West
Texas and the rest of the state by Sunday. Isolated rain in far West Texas
is forecast through Saturday.
Lows will mostly be in the 20s tonight, with upper teens in
the Panhandle. Saturday will remain cloudy but it will warm up, with
highs around 40 degrees in the north to around 50 elsewhere.
This is the second time winter weather has hit the
Trans-Pecos region. A storm just before Christmas did not cause any snow or ice in
the Pecos area, but was blamed for several accidents in the higher
elevations west of town on Interstates 10 and 20, including the death of a Dallas
man near Kent in Jeff Davis County.
FNRA Banquet tickets on sale
Tickets for the annual Friends of the NRA Banquet on March
22 are now on sale. Tickets are $25/couple or $15 each. Children 15
and under are $5.
The event is a fundraiser for youth shooting sports in the area.
This year over a dozen firearms will be raffled or auctioned along
with artwork, knives and other merchandise. For more info
contact David Lovett at 447-9400.
PECOS, Feb. 7, 2003 - High Thursday 55. Low this morning 31. Forecast for tonight:
Cloudy. Chance of light snow mixed with freezing rain and sleet early.
Total snow accumulations under 1 inch. Lows in the mid 20s. Southeast
winds 5 to 15 mph. The chance of precipitation is 30 percent. Saturday:
Cloudy. Highs in the upper 50s. Light and variable winds. Saturday night:
Cloudy. Lows in the mid 30s. Sunday: Mostly cloudy in the morning:
Becoming partly cloudy in the afternoon. Highs in the lower
60s. Monday: Partly cloudy. Lows in the lower 30s. Highs in the mid 60s.
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
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