Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Tuesday, November 18, 2003
Reeves gets kindergarteners into dairies' business
By ROSIE FLORES
PECOS, Tues., Nov. 18, 2003 -- Got Milk? Students at Pecos Kindergarten
had the opportunity this morning to learn more about where they get it
from during an informative session provided by the Mobile Dairy
Mike Reeves, instructor/Dairy Classroom, brought a cow to the school
as part of a special presentation for kindergarten students on milk,
where it comes from, and it's nutritional value.
Reeves is with the Lubbock office of the Southwest Dairy Center,
whose main headquarters is based at Sulphur Springs.
"We travel and bring the mobile dairy to the schools to teach the
students more about cows, milk and it's nutritional value," said
The dairy industry has long recognized the need for providing these
basic truths to the general public, so for the past several years the
Southwest Dairy Museum and Learning Center has provided many
educational opportunities to thousands of people in the Southwest. One
of the most successful educational programs is the Mobile Dairy
The Mobile Dairy Classrooms are part of a dynamic educational
program sponsored by the Southwest Dairy Museum, Inc. The 32-foot
classrooms feature a fully operational milking parlor. Each classroom
carries a live cow to schools, fairs and festivals throughout the
The classrooms are enjoyed by all ages, but targeted toward
pre-kindergarten through sixth grade. Instructors can teach 100-200
children per presentation and give five demonstrations a day.
Instructors teach audiences: the modern milking process,
characteristics and anatomy of dairy cows, the importance of dairy
foods in a healthy diet and modern environmental and food safety
practices, according to Reeves.
"I travel throughout this area, all the way to El Paso," said
The Mobile Dairy Classroom is a free program for schools, day care
centers, camps, fairs and festivals. It's a traveling milking parlor,
carrying a live cow and providing a milking demonstration along with an
oral presentation about the modern milking process, characteristics and
anatomy of dairy cows, importance of dairy foods, modern environmental
and food safety practices.
Reeves also provided coloring books, erasers and other supplies for
Food bank seeks donations before holidays
By ROSIE FLORES
PECOS, Tues., Nov. 18, 2003 -- With the holidays, just around the
corner, the Santa Rosa Food Bank is preparing to distribute their
annual Holiday Food Sacks, but supplies are low.
The volunteer workers at the food bank are making plans to
distribute between 100 and 150 Holiday Food Sacks to needy families in
the community, but are seeking donations over the next few weeks to
make it possible.
The food bank continues to provide food to approximately 533 people
every month and spend an average of $700 per month. They do not receive
any funds from the government, but it is through the generosity of
individuals and local businesses that donate money to the food bank
that make it possible, according to David Dutchover.
"This donation is what keeps the food bank open 12 months out of the
year, thanks to all the help year round and those who will join us to
help again," said Dutchover.
Tentative dates for the food distribution this year have been set
for 9:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m., on Thursday, Dec. 18 and Friday, Dec. 19
and again, individuals and businesses are asked to help those that are
Money donations may be mailed to Santa Rosa Food Bank, Box 686,
Pecos, Tx. 79772.
Food donations may be taken to the food bank located on the corner
of Fifth and Peach streets, on Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. until
2 p.m. This will also be the place from where the food sacks will be
Food items can also be taken to the Santa Rosa Church office.
Drugs found, items seized during raids
By ROSIE FLORES
PECOS, Tues., Nov. 18, 2003 -- Tools believed to be stolen, along
with drugs and paraphernalia were confiscated last week during three
different narcotics search warrants that were issued by the Pecos
Pecos Police officers served the first narcotics search warrant
served on Wednesday. The local officers were assisted by the 143rd
District Attorney Office and the Trans Pecos Drug Task Force in the
search, which occurred at 802 Daggett St., Apartment #23.
"Once the occupants inside the residence were secured, officers
proceeded to search the apartment," said Pecos Police Investigator Paul
Deishler. "During the search of the apartment officers found a
substance believed to be cocaine."
Officers also found paraphernalia commonly used in the smoking of
marijuana inside the apartment, according to Deishler.
Officers completed their search of the apartment and Chris Machuca
and Mary Ann Gochicoa were placed under arrest.
Gochicoa was charged with the offense of possession of a controlled
substance (cocaine) and Machuca was charged with the offenses of
possession of a controlled substance (cocaine) and possession of drug
paraphernalia. Both were transported to the Pecos Criminal Justice
Officers from the police department and the task force served the
two other warrants on Friday.
The first warrant on Friday was executed at 221 N. Cedar Street. The
SWAT Team officers proceeded to search the premises once the occupants
of the residence were secured.
"During the search of the premises, a substance believed to be
heroin was found on the premises," said Deishler.
Officers completed their search of the premises and no other
narcotics or paraphernalia were found.
Arrest warrants are pending for one of the subjects that resides at
the premises, for the offense of possession of a controlled substance,
The second warrant executed on Friday, was at 1311 S. Cypress St.
Officers found inside the residence a substance believed to be
heroin, according to Deishler.
"Officers also found various types of property, which is believed to
be stolen property," said Deishler. "Officers completed their search of
the premises and arrests warrants are pending for the subject in
control of the property."
If anyone has had any of the following property stolen, please
contact the investigators at the police department. Items include:
chainsaws, welder, air compressor, toolbox, assorted tools, power
tools, weed eaters and cameras.
"It is believed that the property recovered from this residence is
stolen property and we would like to get it back to the rightful
owner," said Deishler.
Bronze Star given to Morales for saving soldier
PECOS, Tues., Nov. 18, 2003 -- Urbano Joe Morales was crossing a river
in New Guinea with his fellow soldiers during the first days of Harry
Truman's presidency and the closing days of World War II in the South
Suddenly the man in front of him, laden with gear, disappeared under
the water. Morales braced his legs around the edges of the hole the man
had fallen into, grabbed the man's collar and pulled him to safety,
saving the drowning man's life.
This act of valor has finally been recognized 58 years later, by the
U.S. government with the award of the bronze star.
Morales is not the only Pecos resident to receive the medal due him
or her recently. Due to the efforts of Dora Pineda, VFW post #6437 Post
Commander, many veterans in the Reeves County area have gotten the
Through the researching of military documents and interviewing those
who were there, Pineda has filed for and received two medals for
Morales, the bronze star and a purple heart, and two medals for VFW
post #6437 Quartermaster, Andy Hannah, medals he was due from his time
in Vietnam during the conflict.
"The search is still ongoing to find and award all the medals due to
our veterans in the area," Pineda added, "we are trying to go back and
correct and recognize the accomplishments of those who have served our
"In Morales case, we started searching six months ago, and are just
now receiving the confirmation, so as you can see the process can take
quite a while."
Water sale plan focus of hearing set for Van Horn
PECOS, Tues., Nov. 18, 2003 -- The Far West Texas Water Planning
Board will meet on Thursday at the Van Horn Convention Center to allow
residents to hear a presentation from the Midland based company, Rio
Nuevo, on a proposed deal to buy 'water mining' rights on state lands
in six border counties.
The meeting will begin at 1 p.m., at 1801 W. Broadway in Van Horn.
PECOS, Tues., Nov. 18, 2003 -- High Mon. 74. Low this morning 53.
Forecast for tonight: Freeze warning in effect for higher elevations of
Reeves County. Mostly clear. Lows 30 to 35. Light and variable winds.
Wed.: Mostly sunny. Highs near 70. West winds near 10 mph in the
morning becoming light and variable. Wed. night: Mostly clear. Lows in
the mid 30s to the lower 40s. South winds 10 to 15 mph. Thurs.: Partly
cloudy. Highs in the mid 70s. SW winds 10 to 15 mph. Thurs. night:
Partly cloudy. Lows in the lower to mid 40s. Fri.: Partly cloudy. Highs
in the mid 70s to the lower 80s. Fri. night: Partly cloudy. Lows in the
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