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Tuesday, February 11, 2003

Commissioners discuss lagging work at RCDC

Staff Writer

PECOS, Feb. 11, 2003 - Reeves County Commissioners discussed several change orders involving final work at the Reeves County Detention Center III project, and discussed delays involving two of the contractors during their regular meeting Monday in the third floor courtroom of the Reeves County Courthouse to.

According to Gerald Tally with Carothers Construction Co., the main contractor on the project, the companies requesting change orders have met the definition of completion that would allow the county to occupy and use the facilities as intended.

However, Tally added that there were two additional companies that did not meet with definition of completion.

"We will meet with them this week," Tally told the commissioners.

During their meeting Tally said that he would advise the contractors the urgency for them to finish their work with in the next 18 days before the facilities is scheduled to open on March 1.

Tally told the commissioners that the two contractors he was talking about were NC Sturgeon and SamCorp.

Though Tally has meet with both companies, he said that SamCorp has not made any effort to fix its areas.

"I have spoken and written to NC Sturgeon and I will be meeting with them again on Wednesday," he said.

While working with these two companies, Tally said that the RCDC addition was on line and that it was looking great.

Tally went on to say that if the prison becomes occupied before the two companies are finished with their minor repairs it would become harder for them to work in the building.

"If they sent in 40 people in now it would be cheaper then having 10 people working after March 1," Tally said.

He added that they are currently working on doing everything they can to look after the county.

County Judge Jimmy Galindo asked Tally if the inside and the outside of the facility was available to the contractors 24 hours a day, which Tally said it was.

"We are in no means restricting them," Galindo said. "They are able to work eight hours of a day."

According to County Auditor Lynn Owens, the county has worked with NC Sturgeon in the past but has never worked with SamCorp.

Commissioners asked Tally if both companies were aware that if they did not finish their repairs then they would have to have security escort.

"Do they understand that if they do not finish, security will escort them by the appropriate number of staff members," Galindo said.

Tally hoped that the contractors would use every minute available to them to finish their punch list. He also said he hopes after meeting with them they will do everything they could to finish their repairs. However, he added that there was no personnel working out at the facilities this weekend.

"I will be meeting with SamCorp on Wednesday at 2:30," Tally said.

Commissioner Felipe Arredondo asked if the work force was available here so that the necessary repairs could be made.

Tally responded that both contractors employee labor forces from El Paso and Odessa. He also added that contractors could read their contract and would know the importance of finishing their work. Tally said that they have also given them literature to read.

Again Tally informed the commissioners that the Texas Jail Committee has approved everything else and that they are just now working on minor cosmetic items as well as the repairs by the two contractors.

Currently only one contractor, Tank Building, has received its retaining fee Tally said. He added that the commissioners might what to hold the money owned the two contractors until their jobs are done and they have turned in the necessary paperwork and their manuals.

Tally also informed the commissioners that he had been having problems with one of the contractors turning in their paperwork on time for payment.

Thought they contractors would turn in their paperwork seven to eight days late, Talley said that he would make exceptions and go out on Saturday or Sunday nights to check the building so that he could approve payment on their work.

However he said this last time he received the paperwork two weeks late, so he was not able to get the paper work in time for payment by the county.

Other then the two contractors, the commissioners agreed to approve the change orders for the following contractors, Scott Thane Ditching, ISI Detention Contracting Group, Howard Mechanical, Inc., ACME Electric Company, Texas Commercial Fence, Jarrett Dirt Work and Paving, R.W. Jones and Sons, Inc., and ABCO Fire Protection.

Trio jailed by police Saturday

during east side drug seizure

Staff Writer

PECOS, Feb. 11, 2003 - The Pecos Police Department made three arrests this weekend in connection with possession of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and a warrant of motion to revoke.

According to the police report Fernando Rios Jr., 22, Francisco Coria Jr., 21, and Joe Lara Jr., 20, were arrested at 9:08 p.m. Saturday at 1015 E. Fourth St.

Rios was arrested on a warrant of motion to revoke out of Ector County, which was originally for possession of marijuana.

Lt. Kelly Davis said that less then four ounces of marijuana was recovered at that location along with a scale and a marijuana pipe.

An unknown amount of marijuana was also flushed down the toilet, Davis said. The police however found some paper in the toilet. An additional amount of marijuana was found underneath Rios bed inside a shoebox at 2128 S. Park after police obtained permission to search the room.

Though Davis said he had not weighed the marijuana found, he said that it appears to be less then four ounces.Coria was arrested for possession of marijuana under two ounces while Lara was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia, a class C misdemeanor.

Police investigator Paul Deishler said that even though it wasn't a big drug bust, at least some drugs were taken off the street by officers.

Awards go to Box, Campos at chamber banquet

Staff Writer

PECOS, Feb. 11, 2003 - A Pecos native active in different groups and organizations was recognized for his unselfishness and dedication to those in the community during this past Thursday's Pecos Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet.

Hugh Box received the Ruiz Profile of Courage/Hidden Hero award during the annual banquet at the Reeves County Civic Center.

Austin Elementary School Principal Cindy Duke presented the award to Box and said that in the last 30 years Bo had worked in the cattle and oil industry. "He has been an active volunteer in our community," said Duke.

Box graduated from Texas Tech University and returned to Pecos to raise his family. He has served on the executive board of the Chamber of Commerce and was a member of the Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD Board for many years. He is a director on the West of the Pecos Rodeo, currently serves on the Reeves County Hospital Board, the Reeves County Appraisal Board and the Reeves Loving Junior Livestock Show and Sale.

Duke said that in his spare time he volunteers preparing and serving food for such events as the EMT Appreciation Dinner, the Rodeo Cowboy appreciation dinner and Hospitality room, the livestock show barbecue, fundraisers for the Pecos Valley Country Club and many school and church functions for friends and family.

"He not only helps large groups, but he also helps individuals in need," said Duke. "His numerous acts of kindness _ time and monetary are greatly appreciated," she said.

Duke said that she could be more specific about his giving, but that Box did these things, not for recognition, but because he was a perfect man.

Box humbly accepted his award and thanked everyone.

Also receiving an award on Thursday was Reeves County Sheriff's Deputy Israel Campos, who was named Officer of the Year for 2002.

Louis Carrasco made the presentation during the banquet, and said that Campos was an outstanding law enforcement official who deserved the award.

Deputy Campos was born Sept. 17, 1974, and raised in Pecos.

His current functions include working with the community's youth, showing leadership skills to prepare tomorrow's world, providing a positive environment through the explorer youth program and assisting the community by proudly participating in charitable events.

Campos was employed with the Reeves County Detention Center as a correctional officer, worked for the Ector County Sheriff's Office, and was a patrolman for the Wink Police Department before going to work for the Reeves County Sheriff's Office.

Reeves County Sheriff Andy Gomez said that he volunteers approximately 30 hours a month, assisting the communities' youth as the Reeves County Sheriff's Explorer Post, advisor. "On the weekends he volunteers a lot of his time to assist in different areas," said Gomez.

Gomez said that Campos had come a long way, since starting with the sheriff's department. He was assigned to all the schools, while at the same time doing other duties, such as, serving civil process, arrest warrants, court duties and is also in the city-county narcotics entry team. "Deputy Campos and the Reeves County Sheriff's Explorers have also worked on several fundraisers to help the community," said Gomez.

Campos said that he was honored, surprised and happy to receive the Officer of the Year Award. "I'm a little bit nervous right now," said Campos, upon accepting the award. "I'm not used to speaking to non-hostile crowds," he said.

"When the sheriff first told me to write a resume, I didn't know it was for this, I thought he wanted to ship me off somewhere else," said Campos.

"I really appreciate this and want to thank everyone for it," he said.

His hobbies include card collecting and hanging out with his family, which includes his wife, Veronica Carrasco, their two children, son Noah and daughter Verenice. His parents are Margaret and Ancesion Franco and his grandparents are Jesus and Maria Soto, all of Pecos.

Students receive regional band honors

Staff Writer

PECOS, Feb. 11, 2003 - Several Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD `musicians' earned spots on the All Region High School and Junior High Bands during the last few weeks.

Savannah M. Orona, Carlos Salgado, Donald Walker, Savanna M. West, GeNelle Willis and Kenneth W. Winkles earned spots in the High School Region Band, while students who earned a spot in the Junior High All Region Band were; John Paul Salcido, Kayla Natividad, Stephanie Galindo and James Navarette.

Students must compete against Region 6 band members from other Class 3A, 2A, and 1A band programs to earn a spot in these groups, according to Eagle Band Director Merle Lenfest.

"I would like to thank all the students who worked on this music and those who actually competed for one of the region groups," said Lenfest. "These students demonstrated a desire to improve themselves and it is this attitude that will help the Eagle Band continue to improve in the future," he said.

Students who auditioned for the Junior High Region Band include, Alyssa Garcia, Eleanor Mason, Katherine Ornelas, R.J. Guerra, James Navarette, Stephanie Galindo, Sada Orona, Quinten Roman, Andres Lujan, Kayla Natividad, John-Paul Salcido, Joseph Tarin, Francisco Ornelas, Isaiah Porras and Vanity Vasquez.

The students who auditioned for the High School Region Band: Sarah L. Clark, Jacob C. Guzman, Hipolito M. Lira, Joe A. Lopez, Jonathan P. Martinez, William M. Moody, Stephanie J. Ornelas, Savanna M. Orona, Roger L. Quintana, Carlos F. Salgado, Donald Walker, Savanna M. West, GeNelle Willis and Kenneth W. Winkles.

These students performed with the All Region Bands in concert Saturday, Jan. 25, at the ATSSB Region VI Clinic Concert in Crane.

The high school all region process continues with area auditions and finally the All-State Band, according to Lenfest.

"Over 33,000 Texas band members start this extremely difficult process in the fall to try and become one of the 240 All State Band members," said Lenfest.

Orona, Salgado, West, Willis and Winkles auditioned Jan. 11, at the Area West Band auditions at Sundown High School.

Area West goes from Dalhart to Sanderson to El Paso.

"These five are among the best from band programs across this area and although none advanced to the All State band they have distinguished themselves as being among the elite musicians of our state," said Lenfest.

Riley attends seminar for JPs

PECOS, Feb. 11, 2003 - Justice of the Peace Jim Riley was certified at the recent Justice of the Peace 40-hour Seminar held January 26-31 in Austin. The seminar was sponsored by the Texas Justice Court Training Center, a division of Southwest Texas State University.

The seminar is the second of three held for newly elected Justices of the Peace so they can fulfill their Continuing Judicial Education Requirements of "obtaining eighty hours of training within one year of taking office" as set forth in Article 27.005 of the Texas Government Code. Riley took over as Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace for Reeves County on Jan. 1.

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