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Tuesday, November 18, 2003

Reeves gets kindergarteners into dairies' business

Staff Writer

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 Classroom Program.

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 Reeves.

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 Classroom.

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 Southwest.

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 Reeves.

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 the children.

Food bank seeks donations before holidays

Staff Writer

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 less fortunate.

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 distributed.

Food items can also be taken to the Santa Rosa Church office.

Drugs found, items seized during raids

Staff Writer

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 Police Department.

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 Center.

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, (heroin).

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 Pacific.

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 recognition deserved.

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 country."

"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 mid 40s.

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