Thursday, December 24, 1998
Five teachers receive mini-grantsBy ROSIE FLORES
Five Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD teachers have received mini-grants from Texas-New Mexico Power Company, as part of a program to assist teachers in math, science and energy education.
T-NMP awarded the $200 grants to Jim Workman of Crockett Middle School, Olivia Herrera of Zavala Middle School, Eva Abrego of Pecos Elementary and Barbara Armstong and Elaine McKee of Pecos Elementary. "T-NMP supports the wonderful work teachers are doing in the lives of students today," said Pauline Moore, Business Unit Manager. "And the mini-grant program reinforces the support."
The grants go to teachers in kindergarten through eighth grade and provide funds for additional classroom resources to enhance learning. One focus of the mini-grant program is on energy awareness, conservation and the importance of using energy resources wisely.
In addition to a student scholarship program, T-NMP sponsors Customer Connection and Hometown Challenge. Customer Connection uses stockholder dollars to match up to $75,000 of customers donations to support community programs nominated by T-NMP customers. Hometown Challenge is a challenge-grant program designed to help fund projects spear-headed by local organizations that have a broad level of grassroots support. Through the challenge program, T-NMP will match dollars that community groups raise for a specific project.
"Being a partner in the communities we serve is important to everyone at T-NMP," said Moore. "These programs are designed to let our customers tell us what the needs are and where our limited resources can best be used."
Recently, T-NMP started another community-support program which matches employee volunteer hours with a financial contribution to the organization supported by the employee. It also matches dollars contributed by an employee.
Texas-New Mexico Power Company provides community-based electric service to 85 cities and more than 226,000 customer in Texas and New Mexico.
Groups to help serve Christmas dinnersBy PEGGY McCRACKEN
Christmas is a day of giving, and many local youth plan to give their time and energy to take a turkey dinner to the elderly.
Bruce Dury, Christian Home director, said young people who helped deliver the tasty treat to Meals on Wheels clients on Thanksgiving have said they plan to help with the Christmas delivery as well. And the Low Riders Club has joined the effort.
It's not all youth, of course.
Many adults sacrifice time with their families to ensure that those who can't leave their homes have a special meal at noon.
Those who are able to go to the Reeves County Civic Center are invited to the free meal, which will be served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Dury said.
Turkeys and the trimmings donated at Thanksgiving were on their way to the civic center this morning, Dury said.
"We could use more pies," he said. "We have plenty of cake, but it is good to have a variety of desserts."
Volunteers who plan to deliver the meals will gather at the civic center about 9:45 a.m., Dury said.
Each will be given a list of addresses where homebound individuals are served throughout the year by the Meals on Wheels program.
The Christian Home delivers those meals on Thanksgiving and Christmas while the Meals on Wheels staff takes a holiday.
Victim of hit-and-run dies in OdessaBy PEGGY McCRACKEN
Jesus Olivas Ortiz, 57, died this morning in Odessa Medical Center of injuries sustained in a hit-and-run accident early Sunday.
Pecos Police Investigator Freddy Contreras is searching for the driver of a vehicle that struck Ortiz in the northbound lane of U.S. Highway 285 just north of the railroad tracks about 2 a.m. Sunday.
Contreras said that Ortiz suffered a massive head wound. He had been on a life support system since being transferred to the Odessa hospital's intensive care unit.
A passing motorist discovered Ortiz lying in the roadway in a pool of blood shortly after the accident happened. He stopped to protect the injured man from traffic, Contreras said.
No eyewitness to the accident had been located as of Monday, and Contreras asked that anyone who has information should call the police department.
WeatherHigh Wednesday 33; low last night 25. Tonight, clear. Lows 15 to 20. Light winds. Christmas Day, sunny and warmer. Highs around 60. West winds 10-20 mph. Remainder of the Christmas weekend, partly cloudy. Lows upper 20s to mid 30s. Highs in the 60s.
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