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Wednesday, March 29, 2000

RCH patient count down, ER going up

News Writer
PECOS, Mar. 29, 2000 - Reeves County Hospital Board members met for a brief session Tuesday with only three trustees officiating. Board President Hiram `Greg' Luna , board member Chel Flores and hospital CEO Charles Butts were unable to attend.

RCH Controller Richard Mathis told the board that current patient numbers are at a, "(19 97 level of business," referring to the lower numbers reported by the hospital three years ago.

"Out-patient (numbers) are pretty well holding their own," he said, "but in-patient (numbers) at off by 35% this time last year."

"I don't see any upper trends," he added.

On Butts' behalf, board Vice President Marcella Lovett told the group that the CEO is continuing with physician recruitment. She added that it was reported at a recent state trustee meeting that there are only 1,073 family practitioners in the State of Texas and, "most are wanting to go to the highest bidder."

"Charles has weeded out some," she said but continues with his efforts to increase the hospital's medical staff.

Lovett also said during the administrators report portion of the meeting that groundbreaking for the emergency room renovations and additions will take place, "in the next two or three weeks." She also reminded the board that the annual RCH Health Fair would be this weekend. "There will be a free pancake breakfast," she reminded trustees, as well as the usual offer of, "blood work at reduced fees."

The Health Fair will run from 8 a.m. to about 3 p.m. on Saturday at various sites and departments throughout Reeves County Hospital.

Lovett also mentioned to the board that hospital consultant James E. Orlikoff of Chicago, Illinois, who was at the state convention, was very complimentary of the local medical facility. "He said we are right on target," as far as rural hospitals go, Lovett said.

"The only thing we were lacking in was advertising on the Internet," Lovett said.

In other business, the board unanimously approved a bid of $3,050 for the property at 2019 S. Park St., submitted by Sonny G. Orona. The bid had already been approved by the Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD Board of Directors and was passed on to the hospital board for the same purpose as required.

Tax Assessor Collector Lydia O. Prieto reported to the board that a total of $1,117,506.62 total have been collected in taxes as of February 29, leaving a balance of $544,010.92.

Trustees also approved a manual system for the ratification, organizational structure, operation policies and procedures outlined in the Medicare Licensure and Certification applications made by the State Department of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, "and others, as those of the Health Agency", with Charles Butts listed as the authorized representative.

Action to approve payment of bills was taken after a brief discussion. No medical report was received at the regularly scheduled as Chief of Staff W.J. Bang was in surgery.

Arrest in Peace

Teens face cocaine, pot charges following incident at cemetery

Staff Writer
PECOS, Mar. 29, 2000 - Two Pecos teenagers were arrested Tuesday on drug charges, after officers stopped them due to suspicious activity at Greenwood Cemetery.

On Tuesday, Investigator Jamie Rodriguez and Pecos Police Investigator Paul Deishler, observed two vehicles parked within the cemetery, located just northwest of the Reeves County Detention Center.

"Investigator Rodriguez and I observed what appeared to be suspicious activity involving the two subjects," said Deishler. "I then contacted a uniformed officer to come to the cemetery to check on the activity."

Upon arrival of the Pecos Police units and the Reeves County Sheriff's Department, the subjects were then detained and questioned.

"Eventually, I was contacted by Sgt. Juan Vasquez and I went to the location of the units," said Deishler.

Officers found a substance believed to be cocaine and marijuana inside the car of Michael James Estorga.

"The subjects were then transported to the Pecos Police Department for further questioning," said Deishler.

After interviewing the subjects, Estorga, 18, was placed under arrest and charged with possession of cocaine and possession of cocaine. The second suspect, Anthony Steven Ruiz, 18, was charged with possession of cocaine.

Both men were transported to Reeves County Jail, where they were formally charged.

Bond on both Estorga and Ruiz for the cocaine charge was set at $5,000 each, with the bond for Estorga's possession of marijuana charge set at $500.

Trash clean-up teams at work this Saturday

PECOS, Mar. 29, 2000 - Local Adopt-A-Highway groups will be out this Saturday participating in the 15th Annual Don't Mess With Texas Trash-Off, and motorists are advised to watch out for volunteers who will be collecting trash alongside state-maintained highways during the morning and early afternoon hours.

Currently in Reeves County, there are 10 Adopt-a-Highway groups 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. 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.


AUSTIN (AP) - Results of the Cash 5 drawing Tuesday night: Winning numbers drawn: 1-6-10-35-38. Number matching five of five: 1. Prize per winner: $75,614. Winning ticket sold in: Edinburg. Matching four of five: 159. Prize: $713.


AUSTIN (AP) - The winning Pick 3 numbers drawn Tuesday by the Texas Lottery, in order: 5-2-6 (five, two, six)


Eligio Martinez

Eligio Roman Martinez, 91, of Pecos, died Tuesday, March 28, 2000, at his residence.

A rosary will be held at 7 p.m., today, at 1110 E. Second St.

Mass is scheduled for 2 p.m., Thursday, March 30, at Santa Rosa Catholic Church with burial in Greenwood Cemetery.

He was born Dec. 1, 1908, in Ruidosa, Tx., was a lifelong Pecos resident, retired and a Catholic.

Survivors include five sons, Bernardo "Chaquen" Martinez and Leonel Martinez of Pecos, Sebastian Martinez of El Paso, Armando Martinez of Los Angeles, Calif., Ramon Martinez of Phoenix, Ariz.; five daughters, Mary M. Ortega of Pecos, Juana Sandoval of Newport News, Va., Monserato Edwards of Dallas, Loreto Florez of Houston, Sylvia Ramirez of Barstow; two sisters, Bonnie Martinez Marquez and Jesusita Martinez Nichols of Pecos; 38 grandchildren; 45 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

Pecos Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Charlcie M. Teague

Charlcie M. Teague, 88, of Pecos, died Monday, March 27, 2000, at Reeves County Hospital.

Services will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, at the Church of Christ, 4th and Bois D'Arc with Monty Huffman and Gary Taylor officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery.

She was born Sept. 26, 1911, in Davidson, Okla., had lived in Pecos since 1932, was a homemaker and a member of the Church of Christ. The Teagues moved to Pecos in May of 1932, where they had numerous business interests through the years. She was a member of the Church of Christ, where she taught Bible Class, was a lifelong member of the PTA and a Cub Scout Volunteer.

She was preceded in death by her husband, W.W. "Bill" Teague on May 25, 1981, along with one daughter, Virginia T. Walters, and one son, William C. Teague.

Survivors include one daughter, VaLera T. Gatewood of Pecos; one son, John F. Teague of Pecos; one sister, Peggie G. Scott of San Antonio; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

Pecos Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


PECOS, Mar. 29, 2000 - High Tuesday 88. Low this morning 58. Forecast for tonight: Partly cloudy. Low 40-45. West wind 5-15 mph: Shifting east toward morning. Thursday: Increasing clouds. High in the upper 70s. East to southeast wind 10-20 mph. Thursday night: Mostly cloudy. Low around 45. Friday: Partly cloudy. Lows 45-50. Highs mainly in the 70s.


A story in Tuesday's Pecos Enterprise about the regular meeting of the Reeves County Commissioners Court, quoted Benny Hernandez as saying that there were $2,800 in missing funds for the Little League. Hernandez said that the $2,000 was not missing, but was money owed to Gibson True Value for equipment.

Also in the same story, Ricardo Corrales was incorrectly identified as Manuel Corrales. We apologize for the inconvenience this error might have caused.

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