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Thursday, March 2, 2000

Cub Scouts celebrate  birthday with Blue & Gold Banquet

Staff Writer
PECOS, Mar. 2, 2000 - Local Cub Scout pack 191 celebrated the 90th birthday of scouting last week during their annual Blue and Gold Banquet.

Along with celebrating the scouting birthday several cub scouts also received awards during the festivities.

Richard Blanchard, Parker Johnson, Mateo Tarango and Daniel Sotelo all received their Bobcat badges, and Joshua Ornelas, Tyler Way, and Daniel Sotelo received their Engineer pins.

"Scouting was 90 years old on February 8th," District Executive Jay Spence said. "

Spence got involved with scouting through the Methodist Church in Pecos which is a chartering organization for the scouts.

"I volunteered and just fell in love with the program," he said.

Spence was recently promoted to district executive which is a paid position in scouting.

"This is really good for Pecos. We haven't had a district executive that lived in Pecos in 14 years," he said.

Spence said that the Sandhills District that encompasses Pecos also takes in Monahans, Balmorhea, Kermit and Van Horn.

The cub scout side of scouting is for boys from 1st to 5th grade, he said.

Boy Scouts range from 6th grade to 18 years old.

"We have plenty of room for more boys and I would encourage anyone interested to contact us," he said.

"This is a fantastic program," he said.

According to Spence, Cub Scouts generally meet each week with their "den."

"A den is usually made up of eight to ten boys of similar ages," he said. "They meet with the den leader each week and then once each month all the dens meet at a pack meeting."

Spence said that there are currently seven dens in Pecos.

The Cub Scouts participate in activities from the annual pine-box derby to camping and learning about conservation.

"We concentrate on camping, swimming, hiking, conservation, nature and recycling," Spence said. "For the boys, it is fun. But while they are having fun they are learning values like honesty, sportsmanship, and respect for others. That's what scouting is all about."

"Our Cub Scout motto is _ I promise to do my best for God and my country, to help others, and obey the law of the pack. _ That pretty much sums up what scouting is all about," he said.

PHS assistant principal files for Barstow mayor's job

Staff Writer
PECOS, Mar. 2, 2000 - Pecos High School principal Danny Rodriguez is already a candidate for re-election to the Town of Pecos City Council. Now, his assistant principal is also looking to get into the political arena, after filing to run for mayor in the May 6 Barstow city election.

Benny Hernandez, PHS assistant principal, has filed to run for the position currently held by Salvador Villalobos. He joins the two incumbent aldermen on the Barstow City Council, Robert Ortega and Benny Avila, who field on Monday with city secretary Jo Allgood for new two-year terms.

Rodriguez and Town of Pecos City Mayor Dot Stafford filed last week to retain their seats on the Town of Pecos City Council. Councilman Ricky Herrera holds the other two-year term on the council that will be decided on May 6.

No other candidates have reported filing in the other area city elections, or for the Reeves County Hospital District board, but one challenger has joined the race for the Balmorhea school board. Raymond Carrasco has filed for one of the two two-year terms up for election. Paul Matta and Reyes Castillo hold the seats that are up for election.

The Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD election already has three candidates seeking the two three-year terms. Incumbent Steve Armstrong is joined in the May 6 race by challengers Paul Dieshler and Steve Valenzuela. All three filed last week.

In the hospital board race, Greg Luna filed last week to retain his at-large seat on the board. The other seats up for election are the Precinct 1 post held by Chel Flores, and the seat in Precinct 3, currently held by Jesse Prieto.

The other area races are for the Balmorhea City Council, where the two-year 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.

The other local elections set for May 6 are for the area Water Improvement District boards, which are part of the Red Bluff Water Power Control District. On Wednesday, Red Bluff board members named election judges for the districts, during a special meeting at the Red Bluff office on West Second Street.

Judges named were Mary Belle Jones for Loving County WID #1, Mary Kate Zeman for Reeves County WID #1, Lorna Navarette for Ward County WID #1, Jeannie Crawford for Ward County WID #2, and Kathy Richardson for both Pecos County WIDs #2 and #3.

Lawmen jail two Wednesday following east side drug raid

PECOS, Mar. 2, 2000 - Local law enforcement officials seized marijuana and drug paraphernalia Wednesday night and arrested two people, according to Pecos police.

Investigator Paul Deishler said officers from the Pecos Police Department, the Reeves County Sheriff's Department and the Trans-Pecos Narcotics Task Force conducted a raid on a home at 1014 E. Eighth St. Lawmen with a narcotics search warrant entered the home at 7:56 p.m. and after securing all the residents, conducted a search that turned up a substance believed to be marijuana.

Various types of paraphernalia used in the smoking and packaging of marijuana was also found inside the house, and two men were then placed under arrest, according to Deishler.

The two were identified as Cruz Salazar Jimenez, who was charged with possession of a controlled substance (marijuana) and possession of drug paraphernalia, and Pablo Ramirez Montoya, who was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

Both men were taken to Reeves County Jail Wednesday night, pending arraignment today.

Enterprise's entrance to be shut

for sidewalk replacement work

The Pecos Enterprise will be open on Friday, although the front door won't be for most of the day.

Sidewalk replacement work, as part of the Cedar Street reconstruction project being carried out by the Texas Department of Transportation, will force the Enterprise to close the front door of the office for safety reasons on Friday. Anyone needing to enter the building during the day should use the side entrance on East Fourth Street, which will be staffed by circulation department personnel.

Swim sign-ups for junior high set for Monday

PECOS, Mar. 2, 2000 - Registration for the Pecos Junior High Swimming program will be held on Monday at 5:30 p.m. at the Pecos High School swimming pool. The program is for all interested sixth, seventh and eighth graders, according to PHS swimming coach Terri Morse.

Other information will be provided during registration. Morse said the program would have a limited number of entries due to pool space. For further information, call 447-7242.

Rec department registering kids for soccer play

PECOS, Mar. 2, 2000 - The Reeves County Community Recreation Department is registering boys and girls for the spring soccer league now through April 3.

Registration forms are available at the recreation department office in the old Pecos High School gym weekdays between 5 and 10 p.m. The program is open to children between the ages of 5 and 12.

For further information, call the RCCRD office at 447-9776.


AUSTIN (AP) - No ticket correctly matched all six numbers drawn Wednesday night for the twice-weekly Lotto Texas game, state lottery officials said.

The numbers drawn Wednesday night from a field of 50 were: 29-37-41-42-45-50.

Saturday night's drawing will be worth an estimated $7 million.


Ina Mae Jenkins

Ina Mae Jenkins, 70, died Feb. 25, 2000, in Pecos Nursing Home. Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, March 3, in Martinez Funeral Home Chapel, with burial in Mt. Evergreen Cemtery.

She was born April 9, 1929 in Leona and was a longtime resident of Pecos. She was a homemaker and a member of the Church of Christ.

Survivors include one son, Bobby Joe Jenkins of Pecos; seven daughters, Linda Terry of Pecos, Christine Harden, Josie Smith, Doris Jenkins and Trudie Jenkins, all of Lake Charles, La.; Tonya Wesley of Houston and Valerie Bellany of Killeen; two brothers, Raymond Tillis of Pecos, and Roy Lee Tillis of Portland Oregon.

Jack David McCall

Graveside services for Jack David McCall, 80, will be at 11 a.m. Friday, March 3, at Johnson Cemetery in Munday. He died March 1, 2000, at Pecos County Hospital in Fort Stockton.

He was born June 27, 1919 in Farmersville, was an Army veteran of World War II, and had lived in Pecos since 1970. Greer Willis, First Baptist pastor, will officiate.

Survivors include a daughter, Debe Booker, of Denton; and two sisters, Ailsie Renier of Irving and Christine Kerr of Cleburne.


PECOS, Mar. 2, 2000 - High Tuesday 77. Low this morning 38. Forecast for tonight: Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms. Low 45-50. Southeast to south wind 10-20 mph. Thursday: Partly cloudy with a less than 20 percent chance of morning thunderstorms. Becoming windy with a high 70-75. Areas of blowing dust possible. Wind becoming west 20-30 mph and gusty. Thursday night: Fair. Low in the lower 40s.

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