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Monday, March 31, 2003

Auction, sales collect $4,000 for PHS band

Staff Writer

PECOS, Mon., March 31, 2003 -- Pecos Eagle Band Boosters collected over $4,000 through the sale of different items this past Saturday during the Annual Pecos Eagle Band Boosters Auction at the Pecos High School band hall.

"We did really well, thanks to the community," said Band Booster President Norma Wentworth of the eight-hour auction, which began at 10 a.m. and ended at 6 p.m.

"We sold a lot of items," said Wentworth. "We had some certificates left at the end, but the students that were helping us bid on them and some we just gave out for helping us," she said.."

Along with the auction, the group held a barbecue plate sale and a bake sale.

"Things went great there, too," said Wentworth, as the plate sale brought in $426 and the bake sale netted $250.

"All together we raised $4,000," said Wentworth. "We were really pleased with the way things went Saturday," she said.

Band director Merle Lenfest was auctioneer, and Scott Bostwick manned the cameras for this year's event.

"Wal-Mart gave us $700, they have really helped us a lot throughout the year," said Wentworth.

Wentworth said that the group still has calendars for sale. "We have some that have the band members from last year for $5 and the new band members for this year for $10," she said.

Wentworth added that the great thing about the calendars is that you can take off the picture and put it on a frame.

"Bertha Natividad is in charge of those calendars, if anyone is interested in purchasing one," she said. To purchase a calendar individuals can call the band hall at 447-7218.

Proceeds from the fundraiser go towards the annual scholarship given to a high school band senior member and towards other band activities.

Gang suspect jailed by police

for November armed robbery

Staff Writer

PECOS, Mon., March 31, 2003 -- The Pecos Police Department has arrested a 19-year old Pecos man in connection with a robbery of an Eddy Street convenience store that happened back in November.

Lt. Kelly Davis said Lee O. Varela was arrested at the Reeves County Jail for aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony on Friday.

"He was arrested at the Reeves County Jail where he was already in jail on a weapons charge," Davis said.

Varela is a suspected gang member, Davis added.

According to the report by police, Varela, along with Albert Contreras Jr., 20, Alex Plasencia, 19, and Jose Sauceda, 19, were all arrested at 7:19 p.m., on March 22 at the corner of Yucca and Eddy Street after being stopped on a traffic violation. Varela, Contreras and Sauceda were all arrested for unlawfully carrying a weapon - Class A. Plasencia was also arrested for unlawfully carrying a weapon - Class A and on a Reeves County Sheriff's Office warrant for open container violation.

The robbery occurred on November 11, at 12:44 a.m., at the Allsup's in the 2200 block of South Eddy Street, where a clerk advised that a male suspect entered the store with a crome semi-automatic gun wanting the money in the cash register.

"He got the money and left," Davis said. "He made out with maybe $100."

He later added that the gun that was recovered during the traffic stop is believed to be the same one as the one used during the robbery.

"We believe we have the gun," Davis said. "It is the same gun from the weapons charge."

He added that since the charge is a first-degree felony, Varela could have as much as a life sentence in prison. However, the eventual sentence if Varela is convicted could be lower.

"The charge is based upon the danger to a human's life," Davis said. "Pointing a gun at someone is dangerous because guns hurt people."

Board weighing FLH status, after hearing USDA report

Staff Writer

PECOS, Mon., March 31, 2003 -- Pecos Housing Authority and Farm Labor Housing board members listed to a presentation by John E. Perkins on the status of the farm housing in Pecos, and later discussed the future management plans for the farm housing complex, during the board's monthly meeting on Thursday at the PHA offices on Starley Drive.

Perkins, a community development specialist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Development area office in Fort Stockton, presented the board the results of his inspection of the Farm Labor Housing, both to the apartments themselves and in the operation of the program. Those included fixing shingles and repainting the apartments, along with stabilizing the soil in the area of the FLH housing, updating the FLH management plan, documentation of efforts to rent to eligible farm laborers and charges for washers and dryers at the apartments' laundry.

"I can continue to give permission to rent to ineligibles after the farm season, so long as you continue to make efforts to rent to farm workers," Perkins told the board. He also added that he could help FLH file for a grant to pay for some of the housing repairs, and board chairman Frank Perea said the item would be put on the group's April agenda.

However, at the end of the meeting, board members also discussed whether or not they wanted to continue managing the FLH apartments under the current arrangement.

"I need it explained to me how we're going to operate," said board member Jim Workman, while board member John Garza said, "There's no need to discuss the issue of grants and loans until the issue of management is taken care of."

Garza said one of the management items involved putting and FLH employee on-site 24 hours a day to handle any problems that come up. But he added, "Anybody that lives of there is going to need money. We've tried it before (Executive Director Nellie Gomez) got here."

Gomez currently serves as both FLH and PHA manager, but has told the board she wants to give up her job overseeing the farm housing apartments.

Workman said due to the decline in agriculture workers during the summer months in the Trans-Pecos area, farm workers usually occupy the Farm Labor Housing for only about two months out of each year.

"Is it worth (housing workers) 45 days a year for this?" he asked. "I'd like to see it come back up, but agriculture's pretty much gone. We have the dairies coming in, but they don't need that many people."

Workman asked that the item be placed on executive session for the April FLH meeting, but Perea said he didn't know if under state law the subject could be discussed behind closed doors.

"Let's talk to (attorney Scott) Johnson and see what he says," Perea said, while Gomez later suggested the item be placed on a special meeting agenda for the board sometime between now and the April meeting.

Board members also approved the 2002 end-of-year reports and the 2003 budget submitted by Gomez. She said the FLH expected to take in about $45,000 from apartment rentals, out of a potential $132,000 if the apartments were rented year-round. During the monthly reports portion of the meeting, she added that there are 54 apartments available this summer for migrant workers.

In the PHA portion of Thursday's meeting, Gomez said she had just gotten the drawing for plans to put new fences and sidewalks in on the South Side Apartments, while Reeves County Judge Jimmy Galindo has agreed to provided county crews to work on repaving work, once temperatures get warmer.

Gomez said the county had helped with similar work last year on the East Side Apartments, saving the PHA $125 per day in equipment rentals.

She also said the PHA got a score of 92 out of 100 in a recent physical plant inspection.

The board also approved a request by Gomez to update the PHA's Public Housing Policy. "We haven't upgraded administrative policies or housing policies since '98, so now it's time," she said.

Gomez said The Nelrod Company, a Fort Worth-based advisory firm for housing authorities, had helped draw up the policy, and it had been approved by Johnson.

Board members were told the PHA apartments have four vacancies as of now, "but all have been assigned," Gomez said. "We had 15 vacancies in January when we went up with the rents, so we've been really busy getting those apartments ready for move-ins."

She also said her staff would be in Odessa on April 6-9 for a management training session. In response to a question by Garza, Gomez said that someone would be at the PHA office each day while the conference was taking place.

Gomez also asked for approval to attend a Nelrod conference on Public Housing in New Orleans on May 22-23. The conference is open to both housing authority commissioners and administrators. "They're real good at keeping up-to-date with all the policies," she said.

No decision was taken on the New Orleans trip, which Gomez said would replace a trip to Galveston for a conference of housing-related issues.

Hospital board cancels election, OKs health plan

PECOS, Mon., March 31, 2003 -- The Reeves County Hospital Board held a short, regular monthly meeting last Tuesday, in the Classroom to approve the order of cancellation of the elections.

"The main thing is that there will be no elections," Administrator Robert Vernor said. "We only had one candidate from each precinct."

Current board chairman Linda Gholson is the only candidate for the Precnict 2 seat on the hospital district board, while Pablo T. Carrasco was the only person to file for the Precinct 4 seat, currently held by Hugh Box.

Vernor said that the board also approved the personnel pay leave for the employees and the renewal of the employee health insurance.

"The renewal of the employee health insurance is a self funded plan with Blue Cross," Vernor said.

He also said that they sold property located at 611 S. Elm.

PHS softball team reschedules game for this afternoon

PECOS, Mon., March 31, 2003 -- The Pecos Eagles' softball game against Presidio has been rescheduled for today at 5 p.m., after Friday's game was postponed due to freezing rain and snow in the Trans-Pecos area.

Skies cleared in time for Pecos' baseball team to play Fort Stockton at home on Friday, but the decision to cancel the girls' game was made earlier in the day because of the longer drive for Presidio to Pecos.

Hospital preparing for 16th annual Health Fair

Staff Writer

PECOS, Mon., March 31, 2003 -- The Reeves County Hospital will have more exhibitions and displays on Saturday, when the hospital hosts its 16th Annual Health Fair, according to Nancy Ontiveros.

"We are still working on some last minute things," said, Ontiveros, Director of Program Development/Community Services for the hospital. "We are very excited about the blood package."

The blood package, which usually costs about $425, will be done at a cost of only $20 and without a doctors order, at the Health Fair to be held on Saturday from 8 a.m. till 2 p.m.

"The blood package includes about 50 different of assessments," Ontiveros said. "It assesses the body for every type of problem."

The results of the blood work will then go directly to the patient, she added.

She added that the people who came in for blood work could enjoy a pancake breakfast, which will be provided by the Downtown Lions Club. Lunch will be provided by the Dietary Department.

"We will have some new services as well," Ontiveros said.

According to her, local optometrist, Dr. Russell Subia will have an exhibition for the testing of cataracts and glaucoma, Dr. Deli will have a display on diabetes and prenatal and obstetrical care.

"The Citizens Police Academy will be having a variety of displays," Ontiveros said. "They will fingerprint and ID kids, teach about gun safety and give out gun locks for those who have guns."

Another display will be provided by the Permian Basin Company Foot Assessment that determines whether someone steps incorrectly and then corrects it to reduce any problems one might have.

"The Reeves County Hospital Surgery (Department) will also have a display," Onitveros said. "Because of the increase of colon cancer in our community we want to bring in awareness."

She said that the display would include the equipment used, the screening information and a video on the process.

"One special display will be put on by Bessie Haynes," Onitveros said. "They will be doing care packages for our soldiers. A list of the items they will be needing can be picked up at Bessie Haynes Elementary, the Pecos Enterprise and several other locations."

She added that the majority of the displays will be free to the people but those participating in the blood package must pick up a registration from at the business office or during pre-registration on Friday from 3 p.m. till 6 p.m. in the hospital lobby.

"The registration is only required for those participating in the blood work package.

For more information people can call 447-3551 ext. 350 or 242 or the Pecos Chamber of Commerce at 445-2406.

Pecos-area military personnel

Listed below are the names of service men and women from our community who are serving in our nation's Armed Forces. We ask that you keep our brave military personnel in your thoughts and prayers.

Everyone is asked to wear yellow ribbons and fly their American flags to show their support for our troops. Pray for their speedy and safe return home.

Individuals from Pecos and neighboring communities include:

Adam Seijas, Marines, serving in Kuwait.

Herman Siejas, U.S. Navy, stationed in Chicago, on "standby."

Specialist Juan Romo, Sr., U.S. Army, serving in Jordan.

Chief Warrant Officer 3 Mario G. Villescas, U.S. Marines, serving in Kuwait.

Alonzo Nichols Madero, U.S. Army, serving in Germany.

LCPL Jimmy Nichols Porras, U.S. Marines, serving in Iraq.

Sgt. James Silvas, U.S. Marines, stationed in California, on "standby."

Pablo Rodriguez, U.S. Army, stationed in Ft. Ervin, California.

Daniel Sanchez, U.S. Army, stationed in Ft. Bliss.

Steve Machuca, stationed in Ft. Hood.

Airman Carmen Matta, stationed in San Antonio.

Apolinar Vasquez, U.S. Navy, serving in Kuwait.

Airman Marco Barreno, U.S. Air Force, stationed in England.

Lance Corporal Juan Longoria, U.S. Marines, serving in Kuwait.

Margaret Gonzalez, U.S. Army, stationed in Killeen.

Phillip Vance, U.S. Army, serving in Kuwait.

Bruce Lee Franco, U.S. Army, stationed in Ft. Lewis, Wash., on "standby."

Augustin Natividad, Jr., U.S. Air Force, stationed in San Antonio.

Jeremy Christopher Vasquez, U.S. Marines, stationed in Spain.

Liza Marie Vasquez, U.S. Air Force, stationed in Arizona.

Dominique Natividad, U.S. Air Force, stationed in Spain.

Israel Natividad Vasquez, U.S. Marines, stationed in Tennessee.

Orlando Mendoza, U.S. Army, serving in Kuwait.

Daniel Chavez, U.S. Air Force.

Lt. J.G. Robert Trujillo, U.S. Navy, serving in the Persian Gulf.

Sgt. Pedro Harrison, serving in Kuwait.

Robert Payne, stationed at Fort Knox.

LCP1 Robert Lee Garcia stationed in Camp Pendleton.

Orland Mendoza, U.S. Army, serving in Kuwait.

Pvt. E3 Meagan Carr, U.S. Army, stationed in Fort Jackson, Carolina.

Staff Sgt. Misty Cox Link, Air Force Base in Abilene.

Staff Sgt. Scott Link, Air Force Base in Abilene.

Marcello Bustillos, grew up in Pecos, serving in Iraq.

Alvaro Abila, U.S. Army, stationed in South Carolina.

Rudy Nunez, in the reserves, on "standby."

Michael Howard, U.S. Navy, U.S.S. Pioneer, stationed in Ingleside, Tx.

Christopher R. Valez, U.S. Army, stationed in Ft. Hood.

Heather C. Valdez, U.S. Army, stationed in Ft. Hood.

Daniel Chavez, Air Force, serving in Quatar, Saudi Arabia.

Air Force Staff Sergeant Robert Chabarria, Jr., stationed in Biloxi, Mississippi.

Sgt. Edward Lujan, serving in Kuwait.

Sgt. Matthew Gonzales, serving in Kuwait.

Martin Guzman, stationed in Fort Hood, on "standby."

Samuel M. Rodriguez, U.S. Army in Germany, on "standby."

Spec. Adrian Herrera, U.S. Army, stationed in Fort Hood, on "standby."

Spec. Filimon Herrera, U.S. Army, stationed in El Paso, Fort Bliss.

Sgt. Ruben Contreras, Jr., U.S. Army, serving in Kuwait.

Ricardo Garcia, U.S. Marines, serving in Kuwait.

Sgt. Wade Dodson, 82nd Airborne of Toyah, (Pecos graduate), serving in Kuwait.

Justin Ornelas, U.S. Navy, stationed in San Diego, Calif.

Benjamin Maldonado, Jr., U.S. Army, stationed in Georgia, on "standby."

LCPL Steven Marruffo, serving in Kuwait.

SPC Jesus "Chuy" Marruffo, stationed in Fort Hood, on "standby."

First Lieutenant Ismael Natividad, stationed in Fort Hood, on "standby."

PFC Jaime Natividad, stationed in Fort Hood, on "standby."

Roger Salinas, U.S. Airforce, serving in Kuwait.

Rene Salinas, U.S. Army, deployed to the Middle East.

Alexa Arredondo, Air Force, stationed in Albuquerque, N.M.

Lee D. Lyles, Senior Airman, Air Force, stationed in San Antonio, on "standby."

Joseph Torres, stationed in Fort Hood, Army, to be deployed to Turkey this week.

Patsy Abila Salinas, U.S. Army, stationed in Fort Bliss.

Benito Juarez, Marines, came from training is in Pecos, will be stationed in San Diego.

Hector Prieto Rubio, U.S. Army.

Mark Prieto Corrales, U.S. Army.

Robert Prieto Natividad, U.S. Army, stationed in the Persian Gulf.

Airman Rebecca Natividad with the U.S. Air Force, serving in Saudi Arabia.

Erlinda Salgado-Ramirez serving with the U.S. Army in South Korea.

First Lt. David V. Carrasco serving with the U.S. Army in Kuwait.

Stephanie and Robert Babcock who are with the 74th Engineering Company at Fort Hood, to be deployed to the Persian Gulf this week.

Rojelio Marta with the U.S. Army serving in Kuwait.

Fernando Marta with the U.S. Army serving in Kuwait.

Martin Arreguy (former resident and Pecos High School graduate) now serving with the U.S. Marine Corps in the Persian Gulf.

Mark Abila with the U.S. Marine Corps. serving in Iraq.

Ernest Matta Jr. serving with the U.S. Navy in the Persian Gulf.

Johnny Villareal Mata serving with the U.S. Army, 32nd Division, in Kuwait.

Bobby Mitchell Johnson, with the U.S. Army, stationed at Fort Hood, Texas.

Sgt. Robert Overcash, the U.S. Marine Corps.

Roger Cortez, U.S. Army.

Nathan Lujan, U.S. Air Force.

Staff Sgt. Christopher Corrales with the U.S. Air Force, serving in Saudi Arabia.

Crystal Gayle Garcia, with the U.S. Air Force, stationed in Clovis, N.M.

Michael J. Carrasco, with the U.S. Army, stationed in South Korea.

T.J. Huffman, with the U.S. Marine Corps, serving in Iraq.

Jeremy "Jerry" Lara with the U.S. Marine Corps, stationed in San Antonio, on "stand-by."

David Carrasco, with the U.S. Army, stationed in Virginia.

Sr. Airman Clint Hounshel with the U.S. Air Force stationed in San Antonio.

Lance Corporal Eric Aguilar serving with the U.S. Marine Corps.

From Balmorhea:

Melchor Avalos, Marines, serving in Iraq.

Arturo Miranda, Marines, serving on the front line.

Chris Natividad, Marines, serving on the front line.

Logan Humphries, Air Force, deployed to the Middle East.

Amparo Balderas, U.S. Navy, stationed in Japan.

Maria Balderas, U.S. Navy, stationed in San Diego, Calif.

Efrain Rodriguez, U.S. Air Force, stationed in North Carolina.

Josh Pogue, U.S. Army.

Osbaldo Rodriguez, U.S. Army, serving in Germany.

If you would like to add a name to our list, call 445-5475 or come by the office located at 324 S. Cedar.


PECOS, Mon., March 31, 2003 -- High Sun. 78. Low this morning 35. Forecast for tonight: Clear. Lows in the mid 40s. South winds 10 to 20 mph. Tues.: Sunny. Highs in the upper 80s. SW winds 10 to 20 mph. Tues. night: Clear. Lows near 50. Wed.: Mostly sunny. Highs 85 to 90. Thurs.: Partly cloudy. Lows in the lower 50s. Highs in the upper 80s.


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