Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Monday, March 27, 2000
Water deal approved by county
By JON FULBRIGHT
PECOS, Mar. 27, 2000 - Reeves County Commissioners gave the OK this
morning to an agreement on water rates negotiated last month with the city
Commissioners agreed to approve the proposal as presented to them during
this morning's regular court meeting, with one correction as noted by County
Auditor Lynn Owens and Precinct 3 Commissioner Herman Tarin, who presided
over the meeting in place of Reeves County Judge Jimmy B. Galindo.
The city and county had been at odds over the water rate charged for
the Reeves County Detention Center, located just outside the city limits.
Town of Pecos City officials had said the RCDC had been undercharged for
years and were seeking back payment from the county, at the rate charged
to customers outside the city limits.
Both sides talked about taking the matter to court, until an agreement
was reached during a mediation session with Texas Natural Resource Conservation
Commission representatives in Austin last month.
Under the deal, the city will bill the RCDC for water at the rate charged
to commercial water customers within the city limits, and will be billed
$5 per meter each month. Commissioners amended the printed agreement on
this matter, after it was pointed out the printed contract called for an
annual fee of $5 per meter.
In return, Reeves County will pay the Town of Pecos City a total of
$420,320 annually before Aug. 31 for the next 10 years, to help city officials
finance the new water field project.
Work is underway on developing the South Worsham Field, along with another
field near the Reeves-Pecos County line to provide water to local residents.
City officials were told in 1994 the current Worsham and Ward County water
fields have only enough drinkable water left to supply residents through
the year 2008, with the cost of getting the new fields on line put at $8
"Our attorneys have gone over it, and they are happy with that," said
Precinct 2 Commissioner David Castillo.
The measure will now be taken to the Town of Pecos City Council for
their final action.
Workers spend Saturday with local clean-up effort
By SMOKEY BRIGGS
PECOS, Mar. 27, 2000 - More than 60 people worked Saturday morning
to make Pecos a little cleaner, Michael Benavides said. Benavides was the
coordinator for the Great Pecos Trash-Off, a cooperative effort by local
organizations to clean up Pecos.
Benavides said that the Pecos Downtown Lions Club and Pecos Rotary Club
sponsored the workday. Groups participating included the Pecos High School
Youth Advisory Council, Pecos Post Office workers, Town of Pecos City officials
and employees, workers for the Pecos Housing Authority and members of the
Our Style Car Club.
Volunteers gathered at Maxey Park at 8:00 a.m., and from there moved
off in three groups.
The groups picked up trash in the field south of Interstate 20 between
the Pecos Valley Country Club and Anchor West's facility; the large field
west of Cedar Street between Wal-Mart and McDonalds and the corresponding
area on the east side of Cedar. Students also worked to remove trash from
the area at Cedar and Lincoln streets, across from Motel 6.
"We didn't keep track exactly, but we picked up a lot of trash. These
areas look a lot better," Benavides said. "The fields were full of trash
- especially plastic bags that were caught up in the brush. Getting that
trash up makes Pecos look a lot better."
The groups filled up more than a dozen normal size trash dumpsters and
partially filled the industrial dumpster north of Wal-Mart.
"This was a very good day," Benavides said. "We had excellent participation
and accomplished our goals and Pecos looks a little better than it did
Saturday's clean-up project was the first of two scheduled on consecutive
This coming Saturday, other volunteers who are part of the Adopt-a-Highway
program will be out picking up trash on their sections of roadway, as part
of a statewide effort on April 1.
Larry Levario, the Texas Department of Transportation's roadway supervisor
in Reeves County, said there are 10 Adopt-a-Highway groups in Reeves County
who keep 20 miles clean.
They include, Reeves County Sheriff's Posse, whose area is U.S. 285;
Texas-New Mexico Power Company, U.S. 285; 143rd Judicial District
Adult Probation, U.S. 285 and Reeves County Sheriff's Office, SH 17.
TxDOT's Don't Mess With Texas litter prevention programs have resulted
in a 72 percent reduction in litter and are saving taxpayers nearly $4
million per year in litter pickup costs. TxDOT's grassroots partner, Keep
Texas Beautiful, is a nonprofit organization including private citizens,
cities, industries, civic groups, schools and government agencies.
Anyone interested in participating in the Don't Mess With Texas Trash-Off
can call 1-800-CLEAN-TX for more information.
Groups interested in adopting a two-mile section of highway can call
915-498-4746, or their local TxDOT office.
Teens arrested on pot charges following raid
PECOS, Mar. 27, 2000 - Two Pecos teenagers were arrested by local law enforcement
officials Sunday night in a drug raid on a west side home that police said
netted a half-pound of marijuana.
According to Pecos police investigator Paul Deishler, officers from
the police department, the Trans Pecos Narcotics Task Force and the Reeves
County Sheriff's Department entered a house at 1921 Scott Street on a narcotics
search warrant, at approximately 9:12 p.m.
Once inside, officers secured the residents and conducted a search of
the home, which Deishler said turned up about ½-pound of a substance
believed to be marijuana, along with various types of drug paraphernalia.
He added that other drug-related items were found inside a car parked at
Following the search and the discovery of the marijuana, the two adult
residents of the home, identified as Terri Hernandez, 18, and Eric Baeza,
18, were placed under arrested and charged with possession of marijuana
over four ounces but under five pounds, which Deishler said is a state
jail felony. The two were then transported to Reeves County Jail where
Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Amanario Ramon set bond on both at $5,000
Home health operation tops RCH agenda
PECOS, Mar. 27, 2000 - Reeves County Hospital District board members will
discuss organization of the hospital's home health operations and take
action on an offer to purchase property on South Park Street during their
regular monthly meeting Tuesday afternoon.
The board will meet at 4:30 p.m. in the hospital classroom and will
discuss and take action on ratification of the organizational structure,
operation policies and procedures for home health. They will also consider
the offer to purchase property at 2019 S. Park St. during the meeting.
Other routine monthly items include discussion/action of financial statements
and budget amendments, payment of bills, tax collection report, medical
staff report and the administrator's report. Board members will also take
public comments and review minutes of their February meeting during Tuesday's
The information on candidates in the Balmorhea ISD board election in Thursday's
Enterprise was incorrect.
Paul Matta and Reyes Castillo currently hold the two three-year school
board terms up for election on May 6. Candidates in this year's election
include Mata, Raymond Carrasco, Tommy Ray Dominguez, Dora Machuca and Luis
AUSTIN (AP) - Results of the Lotto Texas drawing Saturday night: Winning
numbers drawn: 22-44-16-9-2-40. Estimated jackpot: $4 million. Number matching
six of six: none. Matching five of six: 72. Prize: $1,460. Matching four
of six: 4,052. Prize: $94.
AUSTIN (AP) - Results of the Texas Million drawing Friday night: Winning
numbers drawn: 7-8-10-41. Number matching four of four in Group One: 0.
Number matching four of four in Group Two: 0. Number matching four of four
in Group Three: 0. Number matching three of four in any group: 357. Prize:
AUSTIN (AP) - Results of the Cash 5 drawing Friday night: Winning numbers
drawn: 13-28-29-35-37. Number matching five of five: 3. Prize per winner:
$27,881. Winning tickets sold in: Hempstead, El Paso (2). Matching four
of five: 191. Prize: $656.
AUSTIN (AP) - The winning Pick 3 numbers drawn (XXX)day by the Texas
Lottery, in order: 7-3-1 (seven, three, one)
AUSTIN (AP) - The winning Pick 3 numbers drawn Friday by the Texas Lottery,
in order: 0-7-3 (zero, seven, three)
Anastacio Jimenez Galindo, 94, of Andrews, died Thursday, March 23, 2000,
in Permian General Hospital in Andrews.
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. today at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic
Church in Andrews with Rev. Bernard Gully, Pastor, officiating. Burial
was in the Andrews North Cemetery.
He was born Dec. 21, 1905, in Presidio, worked as a ranch hand in Balmorhea,
moved to California in 1950 and worked in manufacturing. He lived in El
Paso from 1971-2000 and had moved to Andrews two months ago. He was a member
of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Andrews.
Survivors include his wife, Petra B. Galindo of Andrews; three sons,
Thomas Galindo of San Angelo, Juan Galindo of Barstow and Toribio Galindo
of Odessa; one daughter, Rosa Jacquez of Pecos; one brother, Jose Galindo
of Long Beach, Calif.; one sister, Rosa Aguilar of Phoenix, Ariz.; seven
grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.
McNett Funeral Home of Andrews is in charge of arrangements.
Services are incomplete for Cecilio Mendoza, who died Sunday, March 26,
Martinez Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Roberto Rodriguez, 77, of Pecos, died Friday, March 24, 2000, at Reeves
Mass was held at 10 a.m., today, at Santa Rosa Catholic Church with
burial in Greenwood Cemetery.
He was born Oct. 3, 1922, in Ojinaga, Mexico, was retired, a longtime
Pecos resident and a Catholic.
He was preceded in death by one son, Hector Rodriguez and three sisters,
Concepcion Villanueva, Gregoria Rodriguez and Isidra Navarrete.
Survivors include his wife, Maria Madrid Rodriguez of Pecos; one son,
Heriberto Rodriguez of Pecos; three daughters, Mary Martinez of Pecos and
Maria Elena and Manuela Rodriguez of Presidio; two brothers, Reymundo Rodriguez
of Ojinaga, Mexico and Pedro Rodriguez of Midland; two sisters, Lilia Leyva
and Delia Deanda of Ojinaga, Mexico; 13 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Martinez Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
PECOS, Mar. 27, 2000 - High Sunday 90. Low this morning 50. Forecast for
tonight: Partly cloudy. Low 45-50. South wind 5-15 mph. Tuesday: Partly
cloudy. High in the lower 80s. Southwest wind 10-20 mph. Tuesday night:
Partly cloudy with a slight chance of thunderstorms. Low near 50. Wednesday:
Partly cloudy with a slight chance of Showers and thunderstorms. Lows 45-50.
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
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