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Monday, April 3, 2000

Health Fair draws big early crowds

Staff Writer
PECOS, Apr. 3, 2000 - Despite Saturday's cool, wet weather, a long line of people was anxiously waiting for health care reviews early in the morning at the Reeves County Hospital, as part of the 13th Annual Reeves County Health Fair.

"We're very pleased with the turnout, especially taking into consideration that it rained," said Reeves County Hospital Director of Special Services Nancy Ontiveros.

"The new exhibitors were very pleased with turnout," said Ontiveros. "They had never been to a health fair where so many people attended."

A large number of people signed up for the bloodwork tests being offered and others took advantage of the many health care tests and screenings available.

"We were very excited to see all those people lined up at 7 a.m., despite the weather," said Ontiveros. "And we really appreciate their patience and understanding."

The pancake breakfast was a big hit, with Lions and Masonic Lodge Club members diligently cooking pancakes in the drizzle and 45-degree temperatures in the hospital's courtyard.

"All of the exhibitors were busy throughout the entire time," said Ontiveros.

"All the exhibits evaluations were positive," said Ontiveros. "We will be having a meeting next week to talk about next year's event."

She added that suggestions and changes for the annual event have already been made. "Anybody that would like to suggest something or would like to help make it a bigger and better event, we would appreciate them calling us," Ontiveros said.

Friends of Ward County, which had a van displaying the effects of radioactive material, were very pleased with the turnout and the support they received. "They said they signed up about 12 pages of supporters, and had only one opposed," said Ontiveros. "The only way to get that many signatures otherwise, is to go door to door."

The group is seeking support against a proposed low-level radioactive waste storage site that would be located 14 miles northeast of Pecos, in Ward County.

Clouds take long time to produce a little rain

From Staff and Wire Reports
PECOS, Apr. 3, 2000 - The latest line of storms to pass through West Texas didn't bypass the Pecos area as the ones the previous week had done, but while rains fell on and off in town between Friday afternoon and Sunday morning, the total amount came to just one-tenth of an inch downtown.

The cold front brought more severe weather and more rain to some of the same locations that received it the week before. Heavier rains were reported around Monahans on Friday, severe weather warnings were issued for Glasscock County southeast of Midland, and rains forced cancellation of many outdoor activities in West Texas on Saturday.

The front moved east on Sunday, causing damage to homes around the Houston area, while temperatures remains in the low 50s for most of Saturday and only broke into the 60s after the cloud cover began to break Sunday afternoon.

KIUN radio reported just .10 inch of rain in their measuring gauge over the weekend, while the Texas A&M Agriculture Experiment Station west of Pecos received just .08 inch.

Locally, the rain and 45-degree temperatures hampered morning events Saturday at the West of the Pecos Relays, made things rough on volunteers who were part of the state's Adopt-A-Highway Texas Trash-Off, and forced cancellation of a junior high school tennis tournament in town.

The most severe weather on Sunday was in southeast Texas, where dozens of homes were damaged and at least two residences destroyed by what residents described as tornado-like winds that injured one person over the weekend near here.

Tornado warnings were also issued early today for several spots around the Houston metropolitan area.

But only slight damage was reported near Vidor and southeast of Beaumont, law officers said. Another twister in Waller, about 40 miles northwest of Houston, tore through a subdivision on Sunday.

To the south, near Hockley, a woman was inside a mobile home with her granddaughter when their northwest Harris County residence was thrown more than 50 feet Sunday. The elderly woman sustained a broken collar bone Sunday.

But the 5-year-old girl walked away with only cuts and bruises, the Harris County Sheriff's Department told the Houston Chronicle.

They "lucked out," said Shirley Williams, who lives two houses from the mobile home. "The whole trailer was demolished."

A sudden downburst of air, produced by a passing thunderstorm, was as powerful as a small to midsize tornado, said Wendy Long, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Houston.

Winds were estimated at 110 mph to 120 mph.

Early voting starts in local, state runoffs

PECOS, Apr. 3, 2000 - Early voting for the April 11 Democratic primary runoff election got underway successfully on Saturday, with 153 people casting their votes on the first day to do so.

County residents can cast their vote early at the Reeves County Courthouse from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. between now and Friday. All registered Democrats are eligible to vote in the runoff election for U.S. Senate, while commissioners' races in Precincts 1 and 3 will also be decided on April 11.

"All the boxes will be open on election day," said Reeves County Clerk Dianne Florez, giving voters the opportunity to vote at their own precincts, according to Florez.

Florez said Tuesday at 5 p.m., is the deadline to request an application by mail.

Police Report

EDITOR'S NOTE: Information contained in the Police Report is obtained from reports filed by the Pecos Police Department, Reeves County Sheriff's Office, or other officers of those agencies.
The serving of warrants by an officer for outstanding fines of either traffic citations, animal control violations or other court costs are considered arrests and will be printed as such unless indicated that the fines were paid. In such instances we will indicate payment and release.

Juanita Estorga, 39, was arrested at 1:42 p.m. on March 16, in the 700 block of Sycamore Street, for forgery.


Alton Turner, 39, was arrested at 10:36 a.m., on March 17, at the Flying J Travel Plaza, for theft.


Ruben B. Arenivas, 28, was arrested at 7:30 p.m. on March 17, at the corner of Third and Oak streets for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.


David Wood, 42, was arrested at 11:28 p.m. on March 17, in the 2000 block of Nebraska Street, for public intoxication.


Rosa Miranda, 38, Guillermina Adame, 22, and Juanita Ovalle, 47, were arrested at 1:41 a.m. on March 18, at La Offecina Bar, for public intoxication.


Jose Luis Jasso, 27, Enrique Ornelas, 33, and Joe Luis Falcon, 19, were arrested at 2:06 a.m. on March 18, in the 200 block of Walnut Street. Jasso was arrested on a breathalizer refusal; the others for public intoxication.


Eric Brown, 19, was arrested at 2:41 a.m. on March 18, at the corner of Third and Elm streets, on a warrant for a motion to revoke probation.


Erik Randell Brown, 19, was arrested at 2:51 a.m. on March 18, in the 300 block of South Elm Street, on a warrant service.


Jacob Matthew Williamson, 21, was arrested at 2:55 p.m. on March 18, in the 2200 block of Eddy Street, on a warrant out of Ward County for theft by check.


Hector Manuel Rey, 42, was arrested at 8:39 p.m. on March 18, in the 300 block of Peach Street, for driving while intoxicated.


Jose Martinez Valle, 55, was arrested at 9:16 p.m. on March 18, in the 800 block of East Third Street, for public intoxication.


Dagoberto Rodriguez, 18, Christopher Rodriguez, 22, and Vincent Prieto, 18, were arrested at 2:36 a.m. on March 20, at Allsup's, 708 S. Cedar St., for public intoxication.


Kristopher Aaron Granado, 19, was arrested at 8 p.m. on March 20, in the 700 block of South Eddy Street, for reckless driving.


Juanita Estorga, 39, was arrested at 4:41 p.m. on March 22, at the corner of Eighth and Sycamore streets, on a warrant for a parole violation.


Clinton Hooker, 25, was arrested at 6:58 p.m. on March 22, on Interstate-20, for driving while license suspended.


Raul Barrera, 31, was arrested at 8:15 p.m. on March 22, in the 400 block of South Cedar Street, on a warrant for a motion to revoke probation. He was also charged with evading arrest.


Hal Pratt, 58, was arrested at 7:39 p.m. on March 23, in the 400 block of South Cedar Street, for disorderly conduct/public intoxication.


Elias D. Sanchez, 47, was arrested at 10:57 p.m. on March 23, at Allsup's, 708 S. Cedar St., for public intoxication.


Enrique Lara Sais, 48, was arrested at 4:07 p.m. on March 24, in the 800 block of East Third Street, on a Grand Jury Indictment.


Paul Lujan, 17, was arrested at 6:01 p.m. on March 24, in the 100 block of North Pecan Street, on a warrant for engaging in organized crime and a warrant for aggravated assault.


Charlee Anthonie Waight, 18, and Donavan Agapito Rodriguez, 30, were arrested at 9:26 p.m. on March 24, in the 800 block of South Cedar Street, for assault under the Family Violence Act.


Nelson McGrew, 36, was arrested at 11:06 p.m. on March 24, in the 1100 block of South Pecan Street, for driving while intoxicated/driving while license suspended.


Gabriel Gonzalez, 22, was arrested at 11:40 p.m. on March 24, in the 400 block of North Elm Street, on a DWI refusal and for making alcohol available to minors.


Thomas Marquez, 32, was arrested at 1:19 a.m. on March 25, at La Offecina Club, on a Grand Jury Indictment.


Rafael Medina Jr. 20, was arrested at 11:39 a.m. on March 25, on I-20 and Highway 17, for driving while license suspended.


Mary Ramirez Monge, 36, was arrested at 4:40 p.m. on March 27, in the 500 block of Mesquite Street, for public intoxication by inhalant.


Daniel Lee Dunne, 61, was arrested at 3:06 a.m. on March 28, on Highway 17 and Palmer Street, on a warrant service.


Adam Arredondo was arrested at 2:57 p.m. on March 28, at the corner of 13th and Eddy streets, on a DPS warrant. He paid the fines and was released.


Rigoberto Perez, 23, was arrested at 3:13 p.m. on March 28, in the 400 block of Walthall Street, for no driver's license and no insurance.


George Gonzales, 45, was arrested at 4:43 p.m. on March 28, in the 2000 block of Walthall Street, for driving while license suspended.


AUSTIN (AP) - Results of the Lotto Texas drawing Saturday night: Winning numbers drawn: 7-11-17-19-37-46. Estimated jackpot: $9 million. Number matching six of six: 0. Matching five of six: 108. Prize: $1,316. Matching four of six: 6,120. Prize: $83.


AUSTIN (AP) - Results of the Texas Million drawing Friday night: Winning numbers drawn: 55-93-76-11. Number matching four of four in Group One: Zero. Number matching four of four in Group Two: One. Prize: $25,000. Number matching four of four in Group Three: Zero. Prize: $10,000. Number matching three of four in any group: 308. Prize: $300.


AUSTIN (AP) - Results of the Cash 5 drawing Friday night: Winning numbers drawn: 36-07-04-20-09. Number matching five of five: Zero. Matching four of five: 251. Prize: $860.


AUSTIN (AP) - The winning Pick 3 numbers drawn Friday by the Texas Lottery, in order: 5-0-0 (five, zero, zero)


AUSTIN (AP) - The winning Pick 3 numbers drawn Saturday by the Texas Lottery, in order: 0-4-8 (zero, four, eight)


Jose Vela

Jose Vela, 68, died Saturday, April 1, 2000, at the Reeves County Hospital.

Services are scheduled for 2 p.m., today at Nueva Vida Baptist Church with Rev. Paul Garcia officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery.

He was born March 13, 1932, in El Salto, Mexico, was retired and a Baptist.

Survivors include his wife, Alicia Vela of Pecos; four sons, Fernando, Javier, Gerardo and Joshua Vela of Pecos; five daughters, Luz, Bertha, Martha, Gabriela and Claudia Vela all of Pecos; two brothers, Angel and Abraham Vela of El Paso; two sisters, Lucia Lopez of El Paso and Maria Chaidez of Chicago, Ill.; 11 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Pecos Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


PECOS, Apr. 3, 2000 - High Sunday 68. Low this morning 43. Weekend rainfall at Texas A&M Experiment Station .08 inch. Forecast for tonight: Mostly clear and cold. Lows in the lower 30s. Northeast wind 5-15 mph. Tuesday: Sunny and a little warmer. High in the mid 70s. Southwest wind 10-15 mph. Tuesday night: Mostly clear. Low near 40. Wednesday: Partly cloudy and warmer. High in the mid 80s.

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