Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Monday, October 18, 1999
Tree board earns excellence award
A long-standing commitment to urban forestry has earned the Pecos Tree
Board of Pecos the Community Forestry Award of Excellence _ Civic Organization
award for 1999.
The statewide honor was presented by the Texas Forest Service and the
Texas Urban Forestry Council during the Council's annual conference, which
was held earlier this month in Dallas. The Council presented a total of
14 Award of Excellence honors this year. Each winner received a specially
commissioned, limited-edition framed print by Texas-artist Ronnie Wells.
"The Pecos Tree Board began its work in 1986 and has made major contributions
to the community since then," said Mike Bradshaw, TUFC president.
"The goals of the board are beautification, shade and windbreak plantings,
care of existing trees, and education of the public," Bradshaw said. "Much
of the success of the Pecos Tree Board is due to its willingness to establish
partnerships with other organizations such as the Chamber of Commerce Beautification
Since 1986, more than one tree per six citizens has been added to the
urban forests of Pecos. Other accomplishments include five years as a Tree
City USA, educational workshops held in 1993, 1995, 1997 and 1999, the
creation and distribution of a tree-planting guide, and providing a Project
Learning Tree workshop for area teachers.
In its continuing efforts, the Pecos Tree Board is now becoming involved
with the National Tree Trust Community Tree program.
Vernon joins Navy ship
Navy Fireman Keat K. Vernon, son of J.L. Vernon of Pecos, is currently
halfway through a deployment to the Adriatic, Mediterranean and Black seas
while assigned to the guided-missile Brigate USS Elrod.
During the first half of the deployment, Vernon's ship participated
in Exercise Cooperative Partner '99 off the coast of Bulgaria. The exercise
involving forces from Bulgaria, Georgia, Greece, Romania, Turkey and the
United States were geared towards cooperation and understanding in addition
to addressing and overcoming the challenges present in working with different
navies who possess different equipment, language and tactics.
Vernon's ship also made port visits to cities in Bulgaria, Israel, Italy,
Spain and Turkey where Vernon and fellow shipmates were able to relax,
sightsee and shop.
Vernon's ship is a combatant ship designed to protect amphibious expeditionary
forces, underway replenishment groups and merchant convoys from undersea
attack. In addition to torpedoes, frigates carry helicopters that have
sonar and torpedo capabilities, expanding the ship's reach.
The 1996 graduate of Georgetown High School joined the Navy in November
Girl Scouts can still register
Girls interested in participating in Girl Scouts and who are in grades
5th-8th can still register.
For more information call Laura Gonzales at 447-3755.
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
Division of Buckner News Alliance, Inc.
324 S. Cedar St., Pecos, TX 79772
Phone 915-445-5475, FAX 915-445-4321
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