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Wednesday, December 2, 1998

Schools get T-NMP computer donations

Children in the Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD now have additional
opportunities to practice their computer skills.

Texas-New Mexico Power Company recently donated eight
desk-top computers and two laptop computers to the district.
The desk-top computers are being used in daily classroom
situations at Carver Alternative Education Center and the
laptops will be used to prepare for and compete in UIL

"The equipment was delivered one morning and was set up and
already being used that afternoon," said Jodi Exum,
Technology Coordinator for the school district.

"These computers are all in excellent condition and we're
happy the schools are able to use them," said Mya Surratt,
T-NMP customer relations coordinator.

T-NMP uses computers to run many of its business programs.
During the last few years, the programs have become too
large for some of its existing computers, so the company
needed to replace them with bigger models. Generally when
companies retire computer equipment, they sell them to
companies that recycle the components. But Surratt said
T-NMP saw an opportunity to use the computers to contribute
to its goal of helping communities.

Since the computers were big enough for most school needs,
T-NMP decided to put its "retired" equipment back into

"Being a community partner is part of our mission statement
at T-NMP," said Surratt. "Contributions like this one make
sense and provide benefits to the children or our customers
and our employees."

Texas-New Mexico Power Company provides community-based
electric service to 85 cities and more than 227,000
customers in Texas and New Mexico. It is a wholly owned
subsidiary of T-NP Enterprise, Inc.

Couple's suit against bank renewed

Staff Writer
Three Security State Bank loan customers have renewed their
suit in 143rd District Court claiming discriminatory pricing

Adela Martinez, Rick Herrera and Sylvia Herrera sued the
bank in 1996 alleging the bank charged Hispanics a higher
interest rate on loans than it charged to on-Hispanics.

SSB filed for removal of the suit to federal court, where
District Judge Royal Furgeson granted their motion for
summary judgment Mar. 10, 1997 on statute of limitation

Under state law, the statute of limitations had not expired
when the original suit was filed, the new petition claims,
and time was suspended while the case was in federal court.

Plaintiffs seek damages up to $49,000 and revocation or
suspension of the bank's license to operate in the state of

Third Street staying open during sewer repair

Staff Writer
Construction on Third Street next year will involve both the
replacement of sewer lines under the city's main east-west
street and subsequent repaving by state road crews. But
business along the street will not see traffic completely
rerouted when either project is in progress,

Town of Pecos City Council approved the $300,000 sewer
replacement project during their meeting on Monday. Lines
under nine blocks of Third Street will be replaced, but
engineer Frank Spencer said traffic will continue to use
Third Street while the work is underway.

Texas Department of Transportation crews stripped the
surface off Third Street last December, but resurfacing work
was put off until the sewer project is completed. Gary
Rumbaugh, TxDOT engineer Tech IV, said crews will resurface
the street after the sewer replacement work is completed,
sometime next year.

"We're just waiting for them to finish the sewer project
that the city will be doing," said Rumbaugh. "That's the
reason this project was pushed way up."

Businesses located between Palm and Ash streets will be
affected by the repairs, but traffic is not scheduled to be
stopped while the work is being done, during the first seven
months of next year.

The sewer project is set to begin within the next few weeks.
"Approval was given to go out for bids at yesterday's city
council meeting," said Town of Pecos City Utilities Director
Octavio Garcia.

"They haven't set a starting date yet, but it will be within
the next few weeks," he said.

The work is scheduled to be completed by mid-year, and
Rumbaugh said paving of Third Street would follow.

"Construction has been tentatively set for July, but they
may change that date," said Rumbaugh. "And even if it does
start traffic will be flowing both east and west."

Rumbaugh stated that the construction crew will begin with
about 16 feet, start on one side, move towards the middle
and then do the other side. "We'll be doing it in three
sections, in order to keep traffic going in both
directions," he said.

Either way, traffic flowing will not be a problem, according
to Rumbaugh.

Tests offered at blood drive on Thursday

Staff Writer
Blood donors will leave Reeves County Hospital Thursday
afternoon with a new T-shirt and the knowledge they have
helped someone in a crisis.

Permain Basin Blood Institute will conduct the blood drive
in the hospital lobby from 12 noon to 6 p.m., with the
hospital auxiliary as sponsor and volunteer help.

Men who donate blood will be offered a prostate test for
$15. Non-donors may have the test done for $20.

"PSA testing is recommended for men over 40," said Nancy
Ontiveros, hospital spokesperson.

Cholesterol tests will also be done free of charge for
donors, Ontiveros said. Non-donors may have the test done
for a $5 fee. The complete test will reveal the amount of
both good and bad cholesterol, and results will be returned
by mail.

"The Permian Basin Blood Institute staff is calling all
previous donors, encouraging them to donate because there is
a shortage due to accidents over the holiday that resulted
in patients needing blood products," Ontiveros said.

"They anticipate this shortage to continue because of the
Christmas holiday and people traveling through. Accidents
tent to occur at that time," she said.

PBPI has set a goal of 50 units for Thursday's drive.

Donors must be at least 17 years of age, weigh 105 pounds or
more, be in general good health and not have taken aspirin
products within 48 hours before donating.

"If anyone has questions, they can come out and speak with
the staff or call Reeves County Hospital, extension 350,"
Ontiveros said. "I will be more than happy to answer their


Maria Morrison

Maria Nieves Morrison, 77, of Pecos, died Monday, Nov. 23,
1998 in Odessa.

Private services will be held at a later day in San
Francisco, California.

She was born Paris, France in Oct. 6, 1921.

Survivors include one daughter, Gloria Morrison of Pecos;
one son, Tom Morrison of San Francisco, Calif. and four


High Tuesday 74, low last night 43. Tonight, a 50 percent
chance of showers with a few thunderstorms possible,
otherwise cloudy. Low 50-55. Southeast to south wind 10-20
mph. Thursday, cloudy and breezy with a 30 percent chance of
showers. high in the in the mid 60s. Southwest to west wind
15-25 mph and gusty.

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