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Thursday, May 1, 2003

Water use limits urged due to leaks in pipeline

Staff Writer

PECOS, Thurs., May 1, 2003 -- Town of Pecos City officials were cautioning residents to "ration" their water for a few days, while crews worked overnight to correct a water leak that occurred in the main pipeline near the Ward County water field.

"One of our employees checked the 24-inch water line coming into town and noticed some water spots," said Town of Pecos City Utilities Director Octavio Garcia.

Garcia said that the main line was the one coming into Pecos from Pyote across the Pecos River.

He said that the crew went back the next day and noticed the water spots were getting bigger and more noticeable.

"Monday and Tuesday we went out there and started digging them up to fix them," said Garcia.

"We turned the well back on early this morning and everything is fixed," he added.

"We were asking residents to ration their water supply for a couple of days, while we worked on the line," said Garcia. "That's the main line coming into Pecos, so it affected the entire city."

He said that the incident occurred in the afternoon and he immediately contacted the radio station, KIUN to have it broadcast. "He (station manager Bill Cole) did a really good job of alerting the residents," said Garcia.

Although the leaks have been fixed, Garcia said that he was still cautioning the community to ration their water a little today and Friday, because the water level in the tanks were lowered, which in turn lowered the pressure on the water being pumped into Pecos

"We lost 15 feet of ground storage tanks," said Garcia. "As soon as all the tanks are filled back up, we won't need to worry."

City crews worked throughout the night in shifts to correct the problem. "We've been working on it for two days and now we got everything under control," he said.

He said that while he was on site at that water leak, he had received a call about another water leak inside the city limits. "This is on Hackberry and right now it's affecting that block and a couple of other ones," said Garcia.

Garcia said at noon that the problem would be corrected by sometime early this afternoon. "We're fixing to put that pipe back together again," he said.

High School bands do well at UIL meet

Staff Writer

PECOS, Thurs., May 1, 2003 -- Pecos Eagle band members participated in the Region 6 UIL Concert and Sight-Reading Contest held in Crane recently.

The Crockett Symphonic Band received a third division rating of Good. The Pecos High School Concert and Symphonic Bands both received a second division rating of excellent with one judging giving each band a first division superior rating.

Several other band directors commented that this was the best that they had heard from the Eagle Band in many years, according to Eagle Band Director Merle Lenfest.

Lenfest said he was very proud of the band students who worked hard and long to be able to perform at this level. "I'm especially proud of Mr. (William) Goff and the concert band," he said.

Most of the Class 3A schools in this area, do not have enough students in band to have two concert bands compete. "Only Pecos and Monahans had two high school bands compete," said Lenfest. "Our Symphonic Band was only one judge away from matching Monahans' first division rating."

"However, our concert band rated higher than Monahans' concert band and was only one judge away from a first division rating themselves," said Lenfest. "This is an important measure of our progress because the Monahans band has been outstanding for many years."

The Eagle Symphonic Band rating was: 1,2,2; Eagle Concert Band rating: 1,2,2; other rating included: Kermit 3,3,3; Alpine 2,3,3; Fort Stockton1,1,2; Monahans Symphonic, 1,1,1 and Monahans concert, 2,2,2.

The Eagle Spring Concert is set for 6:30 p.m. on Monday in the Pecos High School Auditorium.

"It seems fewer and fewer are willing to give what it takes to approach perfection," said Lenfest. "Good enough is 'good enough,' for many and reaching for excellence takes too much effort," he said.

"There is no place else in the student's school life that asks as much of each student personally," said Lenfest. "To give your heart and soul to create something beautiful allows one to touch the part of us that makes us truly human."

"Having done this you cannot help but come away from the experience changed. The Eagle Band members have accomplished something that they and the town can be truly proud of," he said.

Lenfest said that none of this would be possible without parents who believe that their student's time is well spent in the band hall and students willing to give their time.

PHA board to discuss projects, resignations

PECOS, Thurs., May 1, 2003 -- The Pecos Housing Authority/Farm Labor Housing Board of Commissioners will discuss paving and landscaping work at the PHA apartment complexes, along with the resignation of two of the board's members, when they hold their regular monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m. today at the Administration Office.

During the Pecos Housing Authority portion of the meeting the board will approve the minutes for its February and March meeting held on March 27.

Under unfinished business the board will discuss the 2002 Capital Funds project, and the paving of the alleys at the PHA development, which Judge Jimmy Galindo has said Reeves County will help with by providing equipment.

An update on the fencing project for 10th and 11th Street, the sidewalks and parking project at the South Side Apartments and on the landscaping project will be given to the board.

Items under new business that will be discussed will be the resignation of Commissioners Ray Golden and Resident Commissioner John Garza, the filling of board vacancies, one Commissioner and one Resident Commissioner, and update on the public housing polices, continued efforts for implementation of the 2003 Resident Service and Satisfaction Survey, the registration for Commissioners and Executive Director to attend a training at the NELROD Consortium 3rd Annual Conference to be held May 22-23, in New Orleans and the monthly report for the month of April 2003.

The board will discuss and approve the minutes of its FLH for its February and March meeting held on March 27.

FLH old business will consist of the review and approval of the audit of the financial statement as of Dec. 31, 2002 as prepared by Mike Estes and an update on the occupancy/vacancies, applications, maintenance/repairs and management.

New business will involve the approval of the monthly reports for the month of April 2003.

PBRPC agency on Aging holds jubilee for seniors

PECOS, Thurs., May 1, 2003 -- Midland College and Area Agency on Aging of the Permian Basin Regional Planning Commission are hosting the first annual Older Americans Month Senior Jubilee on Wednesday, May 7, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Midland College Roadrunner Room.

Keynote speaker will be Ms. Chris Kyker, Speaker of the Texas Silver Haired Legislature and Ms. Senior American, Mary Virginia Tuinstra, will be guest speaker. Midland and Odessa Mayors Mike Canon and Larry Melton will present Older Texans Month proclamations.

This year's theme, "What We Do Makes a Difference" will spotlight the contributions of senior centers, individuals and organizations that have worked to enrich the lives of the older population in the Permian Basin. A banquet, door prizes, special awards and special guest speakers will highlight the event.

Admission is $10 per person, and reservations are required by May 5, by contacting Eva Jones at the Area Agency on Aging, 563-1061 or 1-800-491-4636.

Pecos Police Officers are seeking the assistance of the community in solving a burglary of a business.

On Jan. 18, 2003, at 3:45 p.m., Pecos Police Officers were dispatched to 216 S. Eddy St., in reference to a burglary of a business. Upon arrival officers were advised that some time between Thursday, Jan. 6 and Saturday, Jan. 18 person or persons had gained entry into Ryan's Barber Shop through the back door of the business.


Person(s) gained entry by breaking the glass on the back door, reaching through the glass and unlocking the door. Taken in the burglary was: $30 in cash from a cash drawer, two pair of black Oster Classic Hair Clippers Model 76, two pair of gray Andis Clippers T-outliner trimmers model GTO, two pair of gray Wahol SR, one number one blade, one number two blade and a Hitachi Video Camera. Total value of the stolen property was placed at $1,760.

Anyone with information on this crime or any other crime can call Crime Stoppers at 445-9898 and you will remain anonymous.

Police Report

EDITOR'S NOTE: Information contained in the Police Report is obtained from reports filed by the Pecos Police Department, Reeves County Sheriff's Office, or other officers of those agencies.

The serving of warrants by an officer for outstanding fines of either traffic citations, animal control violations or other court costs are considered arrests and will be printed as such unless indicated that the fines were paid. In such instances we will indicate payment and release.


Gloria Menchaca, 25, was arrested at 3:55 p.m., on April 29, at La Tienda for theft under $50.


Juan Carlos Lujan was arrested at 7 p.m., on April 25, at the Criminal Justice Center on a warrant for no liability insurance. Lujan paid the fine and was released.


Johnny Valencia was arrested at 9:55 p.m., on April 25, in the 200 block of North Oak Street on a warrant for default payment of a public intoxication fine.


Jadson Ephriam was arrested at 5:10 a.m., on April 25, at the Reeves County Sheriff's Office on two capias warrants for possession of alcohol beverage open container, a capias warrant for violation promise to appear and a capias warrant for public intoxication.


Jae Ewing, 19, was arrested at 9:53 a.m., on April 24, at the Criminal Justice Center on a warrant for terroristic threat - class B and a Ward County warrant - Grand Jury Indictment for intoxication assault - felony three.


Denise Valeriano, 21, was arrested at 10:50 a.m., on April 23, at the Criminal Justice Center on a warrant for assault - class A, a Texas Department of Public Safety warrant for failure to appear and a DPS warrant for unsecured child.


Martina Aremendariz, 26, was arrested at 3:07 p.m., on April 22, at the Federal Probation Building on for motion to revoke cause - probation violation.


Joann Arredondo, 31, was arrested at 4:57 p.m., on April 22, at the Criminal Justice Center on a warrant for making a false report to a police officer - class B misdemeanor.


PECOS, Thurs., May 1, 2003 -- High Wed. 95. Low this morning 55. Forecast for tonight: Clear. Lows in the upper 50s. South winds 5 to 15 mph. Friday: Sunny. Highs in the mid 90s. SW winds 5 to 15 mph. Friday night: Clear. Lows near 60. Sat.: Partly cloudy. Highs in the lower 90s. Sun.: Partly cloudy and windy. Lows in the mid 50s. Highs in the mid 80s.


Louise Williams

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