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Friday, February 7, 2003

Chamber hands out awards at annual banquet

Staff Writer

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 Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD.

"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

Staff Writer

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 Gospel/Elder.

He is married to Oleta Robertson Phillips and the couple has three children.

Overnight snow possible for Trans-Pecos region

Staff Writer

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 percent precipitation.

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.

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