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Monday, February 10, 2003

Awards given to Hinojos, Carrasco at banquet

Staff Writer

PECOS, Feb. 10, 2003 - A local banker who was born in Pecos and moved back to town from a nearby community a decade ago was named Citizen of the Year by the Pecos Area Chamber of Commerce this past Thursday night, during their annual awards banquet.

"I knew something was going on when I saw my parents here," said Paul Hinojos, who was born in Pecos and raised in Monahans, but came to Pecos 10 years ago and now calls it his home.

"This person is very special to me, I have a soft spot for him," said Town of Pecos City Mayor Dot Stafford, who works with Hinojos at West Texas National Bank. She presented the award to him near the end of Thursday's banquet at the Reeves County Civic Center. It was one of several awards given out during the banquet.

"This is someone who is involved in many activities and volunteers for numerous projects," said Stafford. "His interests and volunteerism range in different areas and I know we couldn't do without him."

Hinojos a member of the Chamber of Commerce, and is a past president of the group. He is active with the Tourism Committee and with the cleanup campaign for Pecos, attended the Leadership Seminar for Pecos, served on the board of the West of the Pecos Museum, committee member for the 16th of September celebration and was guest speaker for Career Day with the Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD.

As past director for the chamber he was active with Night in Old Pecos and chairperson of the Fall Fair Concert.

Hinojos is a Downtown Lion's Club member, where he has been past president, past vice-president, past tail twister, past lion tamer and as past director, and zone chairperson and chairperson of the rose sale. He also is a member of the Knights of Columbus, where he is current recorder, co-chairperson of the Annual Golf Tournament, co-chairperson of the Scholarship Program and active with the Hoop Shoot for our Youth.

Hinojos is West of the Pecos Rodeo current director, and is a current committee member of the Reeves County Junior Livestock Show, chairperson of the buyer's pool and is active with the Reeves County Recreation Department, a coach for both T-ball and flag football.

"You name it, he does it," said Stafford.

"This is my home," said Hinojos. "When I came here 10 years ago, I thought I would be moving on, that this would be a stepping stone, but since then I have changed my mind and want to stay here and raise my family."

Hinojos thanked his family, especially his wife, Cynthia, without whom he said he couldn't have done all this. "Or should I say, without me, because I'm often gone with these other activities and she puts up with me," he said.

The couple has two children, 6-year-old Paul Anthony and daughter, Caileigh Rayne, two years old.

Also receiving an award Thursday night was a former Pecos elementary school principal whose campus received a high score for several years in a row.

A teary-eyed Mary Lou Carrasco, former principal at Bessie Haynes Elementary School for several years was named Educator of the Year by the Chamber. The fourth and fifth grade campus received a Recognized Campus rating from TEA from 1996 until last year when it received an Exemplary Campus rating for the year 2000-2001.

She is currently is principal for Balmorhea Independent School District campus, which serves Kindergarten through 12th grade.

"I feel honored to receive this award and would like to share this award with every other Pecos educator," said Carrasco.

Carrasco said that she has worked with many of these teachers and educators and knows the trials and tribulations that they are facing.

"I feel that the campuses at Pecos ISD will be exemplary in the future," said Carrasco.

Carrasco thanked her family for supporting her throughout the years. "My blessings, my family has been with him and has been my main support," she said.

Carrasco graduated from Pecos High School with honors in May 1959; in August 1975, she graduated Magna Cum Laude from Sul Ross State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Education, Bilingual Certification and Early Childhood Certification; in May 1991, she graduated from Sul Ross State University with a Masters in Education in Supervision and Curriculum and in August 1991, she received her mid-management certification from Sul Ross State University.

She was the principal at Bessie Haynes Elementary School, fourth and fifth grades, since 1996, until this past May, and implemented several programs and wrote several grants that benefited the district.

Other nominees for the Educator of the Year Award include, from Pecos Kindergarten, Julia Fleming; Austin Elementary School, Eva Martinez; Bessie Haynes Elementary School, Rhonda Foster, Zavala sixth grade, Oscar Guerrero; Crockett Middle School, Olivia Herrera; Lamar AEP, Crissy Zuniga and Pecos High School, Karen Hill.

Gomez defends actions by FLH after fed report

Staff Writer

PECOS, Feb. 10, 2003 - The Pecos Housing Authority and Farm Labor Housing Board members questioned executive director Nellie Gomez over problems with the FLH buildings and budget cited in a federal agency report, during their meeting Friday at the PHA office on Starley Drive.

The board discussed a letter dated January 15, 2003 from John Perkins Community Development Specialist with the USDA Rural Development regarding the Routine Notice of Services Results and Concerns.

According to Gomez, the letter from Perkins to Chairman Frank Perea stated that the facilities of the Farm Labor Housing had deferred maintenance of missing shingles need to be replaced, while the FLH reserved account depository authorization and management plan were not current. Other problems listed included actual expenses for 2001 have not been provided on Form 1930-7, 2003 proposed budget has not been submitted, documentation on how insurance premiums are divided between the HUD apartments and RHS financed property has not been provided and documentation on the local authority's efforts to rent to eligible domestic farm laborers has not been provided.

Gomez responded to the report by stating that the shingles had been replaced and that she had sent Perkins a copy of the current reserved account depository authorization.

"We have current management plan," Gomez said. "However he never asked for it. This is the first time he has asked for it."

Gomez went on to say that she do not have a budget built because she did not have the year end figures at that time.

"It would have been impossible to sent the budget within the 15 days he had asked for it," Gomez said.

She informed the board that Perea had a copy of the letter, and that it would be hard to determine the 2003 budget due to the current low number of residents.

"We are down to eight residents," Gomez said. "We are not generating enough income."

On the back of a sheet of paper Gomez said that she had scribbled down average revenue.

"On an average we are generating $200 per unit," Gomez said. "I figured it to be $2,000 per month for nine months."

However there would be one month out of the year in which they would not generate any revenue.

Gomez added that when Anchor Foods closed last May they lost a lot of tenants. The plant, located just south of the FLH apartments, employed 700 local residents at one time.

Gomez said the eight current tenants the FLH has would be moved over to the Pecos Housing Authority facilities.

"We will be moving them to housing as they come up," Gomez said. "Of those eight five more will move over here by May 31."

In regards to the maintenance problem Gomez said that in the month of March they would need a full time maintenance worker to do the repairs needed.

"One person won't cut it," Gomez said.

The preparations would be done in order to prepare the homes for the tenants during the six weeks of cantaloupe harvest, Gomez said.

During the year Gomez said that during the month of July is when they have no vacancies available at the time.

In January of last year they had 38 occupancies and 17 vacancies where as of the later part of 2002 they had 43 vacancies.

Honor Society holds induction at PHS tonight

PECOS, Feb. 10, 2003 - The Pecos High School National Honor Society will hold their induction ceremony at 7 p.m., today, at the Pecos High School Auditorium.

Santa Rosa Hall lunch plate sale Friday

PECOS, Feb. 10, 2003 - An enchilada and chile verde con carne plate sale will be held from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., Friday, at the Santa Rosa Hall, 600 W. Third St.

The enchilada plate consists of three red or green enchiladas, rice, beans and salad.

The chile verde con carne plate will contain rice, beans and one tortilla.

All plates are $4 and deliveries will be made on four plates or more. For deliveries or more information call 445-2302, Friday.

Ignacio Chavez Jr., Paul Condit, John Fernandes

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