Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Monday, February 21, 2000
Pickup crash leaves Lubbock woman dead
By ROSIE FLORES
A Lubbock woman was killed and a man was injured in a one-vehicle accident
in Presidio County this holiday weekend.
The fatality happened at 2:14 p.m., Sunday, five miles South of Marfa,
on U.S. 67 in Presidio County.
The deceased was Maria Gonzales Juarez, 48, of Lubbock who was a passenger
in the vehicle. She was pronounced dead at 3:15 p.m., by Justice of the
Peace Cinderella Gonzales of Marfa and the body taken to Geeslin Funeral
Home in Alpine.
The passenger was not wearing a seatbelt, according to Department of
Public Safety Trooper Mike Stanford in Fort Davis, who investigated the
The vehicle was a 1992 Chevrolet Pickup driven by Alfonso Z. Juarez,
52, of Lubbock.
The accident occurred while the vehicle was northbound on 67. According
to the DPS it left the roadway to the right and the driver overcorrected
to the left and went across the roadway to the west barrow ditch. The vehicle
overturned three times, ejecting the passenger.
Alfonso Juarez is listed in stable condition, with unknown injuries
as of press time, at Big Bend Regional Hospital in Alpine. He was wearing
a seatbelt, according to Stanford's report.
Armstrong first incumbent to file for May 6 elections
PECOS, Feb. 21, 2000 - One incumbent already has entered his name to seek
a new term in the May 6 area elections, as filing began today for all local
city and school races, and for the Reeves County Hospital District board
Steve Armstrong, who is serving on the Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD board
for the second time, has decided to seek a new three-year term. Armstrong,
who served on the board in the 1980s and was re-elected to the post in
1997 filed today for a place on the ballot with P-B-T secretary Jo Allgood.
Armstrong was elected to the board on April 3, 1982 and served one full
term and then ran again on May 4, 1996 and has been on the board since
The slots up for election are those of Armstrong and board member Freddy
Lujan. Both are three-year terms. Candidates can file during the next month
with Allgood to run in the P-B-T election.
Allgood is also handing filings for the Barstow City Council race, one
of four city elections in the area on May 6. Up for election there are
the mayor's position, held by Salvador Villalobos, and two council seats,
currently held by Robert Ortega and Benny Avila.
The mayor's position and two council seats also are up for election
in Pecos, Balmorhea and Toyah. All seats are two-year terms
In Pecos, voters will cast ballots for the seats currently held by Mayor
Dot Stafford and councilmen Danny Rodriguez and Ricky Herrera. Anyone wanting
to enter the race can file with city secretary Geneva Martinez at City
Candidates in Balmorhea can also file at city hall for the May 6 election
there. The terms of Mayor Ismael Rodriguez and council members Rosendo
Galindo and Danny Reynolds will be up for election.
In Toyah, terms expiring are also mayor and two council posts. Paul
Budlong won the mayor's race in 1998, while the council seats up for election
are those won by Clara McConnell and Howard Dennett two years ago.
In the Balmorhea school race, the three-year terms of Paul Matta and
Reyes Castillo are up for election, while in the Reeves County Hospital
District election, all county voters will be eligible to cast ballots in
the at-large election, where Greg Luna is t he incumbent. The other seats
up for election are in Precinct 1, currently represented by Chel Flores,
and Precinct 3, where Jesse Prieto was elected to a two-year term in 1998.
Candidates can file at the Balmorhea ISD administration office for the
school elections there, while the Reeves County Hospital office will handle
candidate filings for its local election.
Dawdy receives lawman award from Chamber
After being honored by his fellow officers and co-workers as supervisor
of the year and officer of the year, Tony Dawdy most recently was named
the 1999 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year.
Dawdy was honored at the Annual Chamber of Commerce Banquet held Feb.
12 at the Reeves County Civic Center. The award was one of several handed
out to community members by the chamber.
Dawdy, the son of Vernell Dawdy and the late Jack Dawdy, obtained his
associates degree in 1978 from Western Texas College and in 1984 began
his law enforcement career with the Reeves County Sheriff's Department
as a corrections officer.
He has 16 years of law enforcement experience. In 1988 he went to work
for the Federal Bureau of Prisons as a corrections officer. In 1989 he
returned to work for the sheriff's department, this time serving as their
transportation director. In 1991, he was hired as a police officer for
the Pecos Police Department and has quickly risen through the ranks. In
1995, he was promoted to patrol sergeant, and last year, he was promoted
to patrol lieutenant.
Dawdy has an advanced peace officers license and is a certified law
"He started his career with the complete understanding that the pay
was low, the work dangerous, and the hours long," said Town of Pecos City
Police Chief Clay McKinney who presented the award to Dawdy at the Chamber
"This man is in law enforcement simply because he loves the job. Knowing
this individual like I do, I know one aspect of the job grabbed his attention
some 16 years ago," said McKinney. "That aspect is the ability to help
people while serving as a peace officer."
"If you've know this man for 10 years, or 10 minutes, you realize that
he is a genuine, sincere, honest and caring individual," said McKinney.
In 1998, his fellow officers and co-workers voted him supervisor and
Officer of the Year. In 1999, he was awarded SWAT Officer of the Year and
again received the Officer of the Year award from the Pecos PD.
"As a law enforcement officer, I know that he is challenged daily in
the performance of his duties. He faces each challenge freely and unselfishly
while answering the call to duty," said McKinney. "I am very thankful to
have people of his character working with me at the police and I am also
grateful to the chamber for recognizing his exemplary service to the law
McKinney said Dawdy is without a doubt an asset to the Pecos Police
Department and to the community.
Chamber plans effort to boost membership
Pecos Chamber of Commerce volunteers will help kick of a membership drive
this Thursday, Feb. 24, and will continue for two weeks.
Chamber president Jeanette Alligood said the "Drive for the Future"
seeks to add both businesses and individuals to the chamber's membership.
New members will be listed in the chamber's directory and buyer's guide,
and other advantages include being listed on business referrals and having
access to the chamber's research library, Alligood said.
For further information, call the Chamber office a 445-2406.
Routine items on RCH board's Tuesday agenda
Reeves County Hospital District board members will officially order the
district election for May 6, 2000, and will discuss naming election workers
for that date on Tuesday, during their regular monthly board meeting.
Members will meet at 4:30 p.m. in the hospital classroom and will discuss
several other routine items, including financial statements and budget
amendments, tax collection report, payment of bills and the joint conference
committee report. The board will also vote on reappointment of Dr. William
Reilly to the Courtesy Medical Staff Members list for the Years 2000-2001.
The board will also hear public comments and the administrator's report
during Tuesday's RCH board meeting.
AUSTIN (AP) - Results of the Lotto Texas drawing Saturday night: Winning
numbers drawn: 9-14-21-34-40-42 Estimated jackpot: $4 million. Number matching
six of six: one. Winning ticket sold in: Matagorda. Matching five of six:
78. Prize: $4,451. Matching four of six: 3,884. Prize: $104.
AUSTIN (AP) - Results of the Cash 5 drawing Friday night: Winning numbers
drawn: 3-18-22-32-39. Number matching five of five: one. Prize per winner:
$87,386. Winning ticket(s) sold in: Natalia. Matching four of five: 236.
AUSTIN (AP) - The winning Texas Million numbers drawn Friday by the
Texas Lottery: 8-15-86-95 (eight, fifteen, eighty-six, ninety-five)
AUSTIN (AP) - The winning Pick 3 numbers drawn Friday by the Texas Lottery,
in order: 4-1-2 (four-one-two)
AUSTIN (AP) - The winning Pick 3 numbers drawn Saturday by the Texas
Lottery, in order: 5-6-2 (five, six, two)
Services are incomplete for James Daniels, 64, who died Monday, Feb. 21,
2000, at Reeves County Hospital.
Pecos Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
PECOS, Feb. 21, 2000 - High Sunday 74. Low this morning 44. Forecast for
tonight: Cloudy with a 30 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms. Low
in the upper 40s. South wind 10-20 mph. Tuesday: Cloudy with a 30 percent
chance of morning showers or thunderstorms: Becoming partly cloudy and
breezy by afternoon. High in the lower 70s. South wind 10-20 mph: Becoming
west 15-25 mph and gusty by afternoon. Tuesday night: Fair skies. Low in
the mid 30s.
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