Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Wednesday, July 21, 1999
Sites narrowed to three for new post office
By PEGGY McCRACKEN
PECOS, July 21, 1999 -- After a long delay caused by utility access
problems, the U.S. Postal Service's facilities service center has narrowed
the search for a new post office site to three of six locations offered.
Sandi Rybicki, real estate specialist, said that two sites were ruled
out for economic considerations, and a third was rejected because of the
undesirable site configuration.
* East side of Cedar Street, between Eighth and Ninth streets, where
the only building is a house owned by Mary Perea;
* North side of Third Street between Eddy and Park, where the Arts and
Crafts Shop is located on the corner (the old Bob's Thriftway site);
* South side of Walthall Street, east of Gibson True Value (corner of
Morris and Walthall).
Rejected for economic reasons were the northeast corner of Fifth and
Eddy Streets and the northwest corner of Cedar and Third Streets (old bank).
A triangular shape ruled out a vacant lot at the southeast corner of
Oleander and Walthall, behind Pizza Pro/Showtime Video.
Rybicki said that any member of the community may comment in writing
on any of the properties within the next 30 days. The postal service then
will have 15 days to respond before a final selection is made.
Comments should be mailed to Vice President, Facilities, P.O. Box 667180,
Dallas Tx., 75266-7180, Attention Sandi Rybicki.
Foreclosure sales, water on council agenda
By PEGGY McCRACKEN
PECOS, July 21, 1999 -- Should tax foreclosed properties be sold at
annual auction or individually as offers are received?
That is one question the Pecos City Council will consider in the regular
meeting at 7:30 a.m. Thursday in the council's chambers at City Hall.
Other agenda items include management of Maxey Park Zoo, a request by
Anchor West request to reserve Maxey Park for a company picnic, appointment
of an officer to calculate the effective and rollback tax rates for 1999,
and renewal of the contract for elections coordinator.
Water system improvements continue to be a big item on the agenda. Thursday,
the council will award a contract for construction of 1998 water system
improvements at the Ward County well field, handle three items on development
of the South Worsham well field, and award a bid for a pickup for the water
Street items include a status report on the Third Street project of
replacing the highway surface, and bids for the 1999 street seal coat project.
Resurfacing work on Third Street scheduled by the Texas Department of
Transportation was delayed a year until the city could complete a $500,000
sewer replacement project along a 10-block stretch through downtown Pecos.
TxDOT's project was then further delayed when bids for the resurfacing
work, which included installation of new curbs and gutters, came in well
above the budgeted cost.
Routine reports include Municipal Court, juvenile court, tax collector,
fire department, ambulance service and financials.
Committee mulls ideas for Fall Fair
By ROSIE FLORES
PECOS, July 21, 1999 -- Quilt racks, display racks and scarecrows were
among the items discussed during a luncheon meeting on Wednesday at Cattleman's
All of those items are connected with the annual Reeves County Fall
Fair, and committee members gathered to discuss the various aspects of
the upcoming fair and to share ideas on how to make this year's event a
J.E. Travland will provide some quilt racks to display the many quilts.
Chamber of Commerce Director Tom Rivera told the group that the chamber
has about 24 racks for the art displays.
"One of the questions we wanted to ask, is if the school or a civic
organization has a booth do they have to pay the fee?" asked Barbara Creager.
Rivera said that the fee is usually waived if the civic organization
or school is doing it for non-profit.
Creager asked if the fair has ever made any money and Rivera said that
"no" it's never been a money maker.
"This year, I'd like to go into this event with some funds before we
start doing anything," said Rivera. "The fair has never been a money maker,
but we offset the losses with proceeds from the concerts," he said.
Creager suggested having something at the fair that would be a money-maker
to the chamber. "Maybe we can have a special booth for the chamber," she
"We could have a booth to sign up new members," said Rivera.
A financial committee was set up to discuss the amount of funds that
will be used and the amount that will be taken in. "We can meet before
the next fall fair meeting and have some answers for the group then," said
The theme for this year's event is "Fall" or "Autumn," according to
Creager. "We want to do everything in keeping with the fall season."
Booklets on entry fees, booths, a schedule of events and the many categories
will be available at all the banks, the utility companies, the newspaper
office and the radio station. Also at the museum, the senior citizen's
center, city hall and at the Reeves County Extension Office.
Rivera told the group that he would also like to have some music going
throughout the two-day affair. "We also need to discuss having other forms
of entertainment there," he said.
Creager suggested sending flyers out to all the churches. "We've been
told that there are some groups that want to set up a lemonade stand or
an ice cream stand," she said. "We need to find out what each group wants
to do and we need to send out flyers to all the churches," she said.
A compliment and complaint booth was also suggested by Creager.
"We need to promote ourselves and let them know that we're interested
in their comments, good or bad," said Creager. "If they have a compliment
or suggestion we want to hear that, too."
Regina Armstrong told the group that she had talked to a man about making
balloon animals at the fair. "He said he would contact Tom about this,"
Peggy Walker donated money for four tablecloths to be used on the display
Armstrong said that a TCLA Showmanship Show will be held this year in
conjunction with the stock show. "This will mean double the entries at
the stock show," she said. "It will also mean that we will need three judges
and extra ribbons for the kids."
New this year to the fair will be a scarecrow contest and picture taking.
"Children will have a chance to have
AUSTIN (AP) — Results of the Cash 5 drawing Tuesday night:
Winning numbers drawn: 2-4-11-18-24. Number matching five of five: 3.
Prize per winner: $27,447. Winning tickets sold in: Houston, Kingsland,
San Marcos. Matching four of five: 279. Prize: $442.
AUSTIN (AP) — The winning Pick 3 numbers drawn Tuesday by the Texas
Lottery, in order:
0-6-9 (zero, six, nine)
PECOS, July 21, 1999 -- High Tuesday 93; low last night 67. Rainfall at
Texas A&M Research Station .01 inch. Tonight, partly cloudy with isolated
evening showers and thunderstorms. Low around 70. Southeast wind 10 20
mph, decreasing to 5-10 mph by midnight. Chance of rain less than 20 percent.
Thursday, partly cloudy with isolated afternoon showers and thunderstorms.
High in the mid 90s. South wind 10-20 mph. Chance of rain less than 20
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