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Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Thursday, January 6, 2000
TxDOT sets Cedar St. sidewalk repairs
By JON FULBRIGHT
PECOS, Jan. 6, 2000 - Curbs along South Cedar Street are looking a
lot better since a Texas Department of Transportation project began six
The sidewalks, however, are another story. But TxDOT resident engineer
Paul Henderson said that problem should soon be resolved with the arrival
of addition state funds to fix up sidewalks along a 14-block stretch of
Crews began work in mid-November on the original job of replacing the
curbs along Cedar Street (U.S. 285), along with adding wheelchair accessible
ramps at several street corners. The work has just past the halfway point,
but on some downtown streets there are gaps and cracks between the new
curb and the old sidewalks.
"There are some gaps in there and holes in the sidewalk," Henderson
said, but added, "The money has become available to do the sidewalks there."
"We had to do a change order on the contract (for the curbs), and that
takes a good bit of time," he said. "The cost of it exceeded my authority
to tell them to go to work."
Henderson said he's authorized to order work that costs under $25,000,
but the sidewalk repairs will cost over that amount, which required approval
"It does cause a delay, but I feel it's best for the community," he
said, adding that approval of the additional work was expected "any day
Most of the sidewalks will be replaced between First and 14th
Streets. "The Museum wanted us to leave their old sidewalk and the wooden
one they have there alone, but it will mainly go from there to 14th
Street," Henderson said. "There are gaps and broken sidewalks in there
we're going to fix."
As for the curbs, the recent cold weather has slowed that project. Morning
temperatures have hovered around 20 degrees on and off since mid-December,
and Henderson said, "Some stuff is temperature sensitive…you're not supposed
to pour concrete when it's below 40 degrees."
The work on U.S. 285 from First to 14th streets two years
comes after TxDOT installed new sidewalks and covered over a drainage ditch
along Cedar Street between 14th St. and Interstate 20. TxDOT
crews also are continuing work on relocating the I-20 westbound entrance
ramp from U.S. 285, while Union Pacific crews today re-opened the railroad
crossing on U.S. 285 at First Street, after replacing rails during the
early part of the week. Rail replacement will continue over the next several
days on the west side of Pecos.
Balmorhea students preparing for livestock show
BALMORHEA - Jan. 6, 2000 - Animals will be abundant in Balmorhea this weekend,
with the annual Balmorhea Livestock Show set for Saturday morning and afternoon
at Balmorhea High School.
Events will begin at 10 a.m., with the showing of the hogs, at the Balmorhea
High School Ag Building.
A noon break will consist of a barbecue lunch, and the stock show will
then resume with judging of goats, lambs, and then steers.
Awards will be given out in all events, and the winners will compete
in the Reeves-Loving County Livestock show, scheduled for Jan. 14-15 at
the Reeves County Civic Center.
Pattillo says aiding community behind seeking office
PECOS, Jan. 6, 2000 - David Pattillo says he would like to see Pecos and
Reeves County prosper, which is one of the reasons he has filed to for
run for the Reeves County Commissioner Precinct 3 position in March's Democratic
"I want to see the community grow, the way it used to be, and for Reeves
County to prosper," said, who is one of four candidates seeking the Precinct
3 spot. Incumbent Herman Tarin, James "Jimmy" Gallego and James H. Thomas,
Jr. are the other candidates in the March 14 race.
Pattillo is a 47-year-old Pecos native who owns Pecos Battery and Electric,
located across the street from Security State Bank. It's a family business
owned and operated by Pattillo and was first established in 1947 by his
father, the late Dick Pattillo.
"I have been there since 1983, and I also raise cattle in the Balmorhea
area," said Pattillo. "My mother is Jo Pattillo, three years ago I married
Jan Holley-Pattillo, also a native of Reeves County," he said.
Pattillo has three children, Kelcey, Erinn and Matthew.
"Having lived in Reeves County for may years and watching the economy
slowly die, I would like to be a major part of helping to rebuild it,"
said Pattillo. "We are so fortunate to have Anchor West, the prison, and
Smithers test track. However we need more industry."
Pattillo said that the community cannot totally survive on the industry
and agriculture we have. "I think my experience as a business person will
be an asset to the commissioner's court, along with my agriculture experience,"
"I would like to see the commissioners court operate like a business,"
He said he would like to see more advertisement on commissioner's court
agendas and to possibly have the meetings in the evenings to allow those
individuals that work during the day a chance to attend and participate.
"Maybe even have the meetings late, to give them a chance to attend
and find out what's going on in our county," said Pattillo.
Having not served in a political position, Pattillo said, "I believe
I can honestly represent the citizens of Reeves County from the people's
point of view with success. Your vote and support will be greatly appreciated."
"I just see the community and the county shrinking, and feel like I
want to be here and make sure there's always a Pecos and a Reeves County,"
said Pattillo. "There's no where else I want to live, Pecos, Reeves County
is my home and I would like to see it grow again."
Task force aids in cocaine bust of Amarillo trio
By ROSIE FLORES
PECOS, Jan. 6, 2000 - The Trans Pecos Drug Task Force had a fairly
busy month in December with several arrests made both near and far.
On Dec. 22, an investigator with the task force conducted a traffic
stop on Interstate 20 in Ward County, which investigators said turned up
approximately two pounds of marijuana in the trunk of the vehicle. Arrested
and charged with possession of marijuana, over four ounces and under five
pounds, was David Ramirez.
One week later, on Dec. 29, task force, assisted by agents from the
Panhandle Regional Narcotics Trafficking Task Force, the Amarillo Police
Department Agents, SWAT Team and F.B.I, completed a six-month investigation,
which ended in a five kilogram (11 pounds) cocaine seizure as part of a
reverse drug sting.
The investigation led to the arrest of three suspects for Possession
of Cocaine and Illegal Investment. The suspects arrested were identified
as Carlos Hugo Galindo, 29, Moses Rato Franco, 44 and Wilfredo Grimaldo,
28, all of Amarillo.
In conjunction, over $30,000 and a vehicle were seized.
The estimated street value of the cocaine was $85,000, according to
the Trans Pecos Drug Task Force Commander Gary Richards.
The Trans Pecos Drug Task Force was formed in 1998 and covers over a
half dozen counties in West Texas. It is headquartered in Pecos and is
under the direction of Sheriff Arnulfo "Andy" Gomez and Commander Gary
School holding board training seminar Jan. 11
PECOS, Jan. 6, 2000 - Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD, Board of Education will
sponsor a Board Training seminar, at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 11, in the P-B-T
boardroom, 1304 S. Park St.
The team building session is facilitated by Region 18 Education Service
Center in Midland.
Jessie Sue Armstrong Couch, 91, of Pecos, died Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2000,
at Reeves County Hospital.
Services are scheduled for 1 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 8, at First Christian
Church with Reverend Chris Diebel of Abilene officiating. Burial will be
in Mt. Evergreen Cemetery.
She was born Oct. 17, 1908, in Grandfalls, was a retired teacher for
the Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD and a member of the First Christian Church
Survivors include two daughters, Christie Couch Staplenton of Haskell,
Susann Couch Flowers of Old Glory; two brothers, Fred P. Armstrong of Pecos,
Cole Armstrong of Pecos; two sisters, Hope A. Wilson and Ethel A. Collier
of Pecos; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Pecos Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Clyde McDaniel, 62, of Pecos, died Monday, Jan. 3, 2000, at Reeves County
Services will be held at 3 p.m., Friday, Jan. 7, at West Park Baptist
Church with Rev. James Sain and Rey Carreon officiating. Burial will be
in Mt. Evergreen Cemetery.
He was born Oct. 24, 1937, in Lamesa, was retired from Union Pacific
Railroad and a Baptist.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Curtis "Buz" Lee
and two sisters, Ruth Vasquez and Gladys "Mike" Scifres.
Survivors include his wife, Patsy McDaniel of Pecos; one son, John McDaniel
of Monahans; three daughters, Roberta Lott of LaVernia, Patti Penney of
Rockdale and Wilma Brookshire of Ballinger; one sister, Ruby "Fritzi" Dee
of Shamrock; one brother, George Clint "Buck" McDaniel of Grand Prairie
and 15 grandchildren.
Pecos Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
AUSTIN (AP) - No ticket correctly matched all six numbers drawn Wednesday
night for the twice-weekly Lotto Texas game, state lottery officials said.
A winning ticket would have been worth an estimated $4 million. The numbers
drawn from a field of 50 were 3, 4, 22, 23, 31 and 43.
AUSTIN (AP) - The winning Pick 3 numbers drawn Wednesday by the Texas
Lottery, in order: 5-5-2 (five, five, two)
PECOS, Jan. 6, 2000 - High Wednesday 70. Low this morning 30. Forecast
for tonight: Fair skies. Low in the low to mid 20s. Northeast wind 10-20
mph: Diminishing overnight. Friday: Partly cloudy. High in the lower 50s.
East wind 10-15 mph. Friday night: Increasing cloudiness. Low 25-30. Saturday:
Mostly cloudy. High in the mid 60s.
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
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324 S. Cedar St., Pecos, TX 79772
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