Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Monday, March 31, 2003
Brown celebrates birthday in Barstow
Mercedes LaChelle Brown celebrated her birthday on March 23 at the Barstow
Friends and family were on hand to help her celebrate the special occasion.
Theme for the event was Mary Kate and Ashley.
Her favorite gift was a Game Boy Advance.
Mercedes is the daughter of Chriselda Florez and Brian Brown.
Maternal grandparents are Julian and Frances Florez.
Grandmother is Debra Brown of Pecos.
Wildflower hotline available
Motorists searching for the best wildflower locations along Texas highways
have help at their fingertips.
The Texas Department of Transportation's wildflower hotline 1-800-452-9292
gives callers information on the best spots to find wildflowers along the
79,000-mile Texas highway system.
To make it easier to find wildflowers in bloom, callers may request information
by seven different regions of the state: Big Bend, Gulf Coast, Hill Country,
Panhandle, Piney-Woods (East Texas), Prairies and Lakes (North Central Texas)
and Southwest Texas.
Information on the hotline comes from TxDOT's maintenance office as well
as from chambers of commerce and parks officials.
"There should be an excellent crop of bluebonnets," said Ben Bowers of
TxDOT Vegetation Management. "The wet weather the past few months has made
conditions good for an even bigger crop of wildflowers than last year,"
April is considered the prime blooming month for wildflowers, according
The department's wildflower program is part of a comprehensive vegetation
management program encouraging the growth of native species that require
less mowing and care.
This year, TxDOT put out more than 33,000 pounds of wildflower seeds
along Texas highways. Each pound contains at least 30 varieties of wildflowers.
The hotline will be active daily, from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m., through early
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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