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Thursday, October 16, 2003

RCH receives $55,000 in grant funds from state

Staff Writer

PECOS, Thurs., Oct. 16, 2003 -- Reeves County Hospital has received a $55,000 grant from Texas Gov. Rick Perry's office, part of $3.6 million in grants handed out statewide for the assessment and improvement of hospital facilities.

Perry's office made the announcement of the grants on Wednesday, saying they will allow the individual institutions to be eligible for federal assistance grants.

"This grant gives hospitals in underserved areas the funds necessary to bring their facilities up to federal standards," Spokesperson for the Office of the Governor Gene Acuna said.

The $55,000 awarded to Reeves County Hospital can be used for the assessment of community needs, the development of a health care model, assistance with federal application process and to provide for additional equipment needed to bring the facility up to Federally Qualified Health Center standards (FQHC).

Hospital officials did not have any final plan for use of the money, but said the funds could specifically be used to offset some of the cost associated with the new dialysis center opening in the spring.

"The grant amount is slightly less than we applied for," RCH Director of Program Development Nancy Ontiveros said, "we are hoping to use the funds to stock the new hospital wing with new equipment that will help the hospital qualify as a FQHC."

"By making this important state investment, Texas is in the position to attract additional federal funds for center that will provide high-quality, cost-effective and comprehensive primary and preventive care," Perry said in a press release. "by increasing the number of federally qualified health centers in Texas, we increase access to health care throughout the state."

As part of Senate Bill 610, the funds are part of the Governor's health care plan for the state. The legislation is part of an effort to increase the number of FQHC throughout the state that will allow the facilities draw upon federal funds to better serve the people.

The program is designed to benefit those areas that are lacking in access to health care by all people in the community. In 2001 the 181 FQHC's in Texas provided health care to 483,452 patients, of which 59% were uninsured. The hope is that the program will expand the availability of health care to those people who don't have it now, specifically the extension of services to low-income and uninsured Texans.

Eagle Band to march in Odessa competition

PECOS, Thurs., Oct. 16, 2003 -- Pecos High School Eagle Band members will be competing Saturday afternoon in the Class 3A competition of the University Interscholastic League Region 6 Marching Competition, at Ratliff Stadium in Odessa.

The Eagle Band will perform at 4:30 p.m., against other area marching bands at the 3A level, mostly made up schools from Pecos' District 4-3A.

"They're just going to go out there and do the best they can," said Eagle Band Assistant Director Scott Bostwick.

Under a rule change in the mid-1990s, bands only are allowed to advance past the regional level to area competition every other year. Winning bands in last year's Class 3A and 5A competitions advanced in 2002, and this year, only bands in Class A, 2A and 4A will advance past Saturday's competition in Odessa.

Bostwick said that the bands practice everyday and on Monday evenings.

The other bands in Saturday's competition will be getting in their final practices on Friday night, at halftime of area football games. However, since Pecos' scheduled game this week was cancelled when Presidio dropped its football program, an open rehearsal has been scheduled for 7 p.m., tomorrow at Eagle Stadium. Everyone is invited to attend.

"As long as they do their best, they'll be alright," said Bostwick. "They're going to go out there and do their best and that's all we can ask of them," he said.

The group received a "Two" rating during last year's competition. Division I is the highest ranking a band can receive from UIL judges, and rankings range from I to IV.

Deadline Saturday for rec dept. soccer registration

PECOS, Thurs., Oct. 16, 2003 -- Saturday is the deadline for parents to register their boys and girls at the Reeves Co. Community Sports and Recreation Dept. for the fall youth soccer program.

The program will be divided up into leagues based on age groups, and boys and girls between the ages of 4 and 14 are eligible to participate. Entry fee is $10 per child, with a deadline of Saturday to sign up at the recreation department office in the old Pecos High School gym

Forms can be picked up at the office during regular office hours. Returned forms must have the signatures of both parents, and a copy of the child's birth certificate also must be provided.

For further information, call the recreation department at 447-9776.


PECOS, Thurs., Oct. 16, 2003 -- High Wed. 89. Low this morning 53. Forecast for tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows near 55. NW winds 10 to 15 mph, shifting to the NE 15 to 20 mph with gusts to 30 mph after midnight. Fri.: Partly cloudy. Highs near 80. NE winds 10 to 15 mph. Fri. night: Partly cloudy. Lows near 50. SE winds 10 to 15 mph.

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