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Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Monday, April 3, 2000
Health Fair draws big early crowds
By ROSIE FLORES
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
"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
"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
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
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
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
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
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
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, 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.
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
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324 S. Cedar St., Pecos, TX 79772
Phone 915-445-5475, FAX 915-445-4321
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