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Monday, February 21, 2000

Pickup crash  leaves Lubbock woman dead

Staff Writer
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 accident.

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 of directors.

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 then.

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 Hall.

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 enforcement instructor.

"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 banquet.

"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 enforcement profession."

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. Prize: $555.


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)


James Daniels

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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