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Thursday, April 6, 2000
Balmorhea students given look at life in college
By JENNIFER WARD
BALMORHEA, April 6, 2000 - A group of Balmorhea High School students
are participating in a new program at Sul Ross State University which is
designed to give impending first generation high school graduates, and
other students from low income families, the chance to feel what college
Sul Ross has begun participation in a program called Upward Bound. It
is funded by the federal government's Trio Program, and Elizario Cano,
and Jill Cilano, Curriculum Coordinator, is in charge of the project at
Sul Ross' Alpine campus.
Nine students have been selected from Balmorhea High School to participate.
They are Abigail Garza, Aricela Arredondo, Terry Hernandez, JoAnna Garza,
Keni Benavidez, Auturo Rodriguez, Janie Jones, Sammy Dominguez, and Delilah
Nunez. The nine meet one Saturday each month with many other students from
around the area. Last Saturday was the second meeting of the group.
"They had to go through interview process," in order to qualify for
Upward Bound, said Balmorhea assistant principal Michael Barrandey. He
added that along with Balmorhea, students from schools in Alpine, Fort
Stockton, VH and Marfa are participating in the program.
Under the Upward Bound program, Students will attend classes, and stay
in the dorms at Sul Ross for a month during the summer. Participants are
also provided with a stipend, somewhat like an allowance for going through
the program. Students who participate will get wavers on the prices of
the SAT, ACT and TASP tests, along with three college applications. After
a participant graduates from high school, they will get to take six hours
of college course credit for free at Sul Ross.
Sheriff's deputy taking on detective's role
By ROSIE FLORES
PECOS, April 6, 2000 - After two years with the Reeves County Sheriff's
Department, deputy Michael Dominguez has proven to be a valuable asset
to the department.
"We're glad to have him," said Chief Deputy Victor Prieto said of Dominguez,
who was recently promoted to detective sergeant. "He has worked so hard
and has proven to be a very valuable part of our department."
Dominguez has worked for the sheriff's department for two years, but
law enforcement is not something new to him. He spent nine years with the
Pecos Police Department as a patrolman and has been receiving further education
and training in the law enforcement field.
He will be in charge of felony investigations and narcotics investigations,
according to Prieto.
Basically, Dominguez has been training in interviews, and all kinds
of investigations, such as narcotics searches and homicide.
"I'll still be studying and learning more," said Dominguez, who has
also undergone some training with the new drug-detection dog and plans
to further train in several areas.
"He's a very good man and we want to make people aware that he's here
to help," said Prieto.
"I want them to know that no tip is too small," said Dominguez. "If
anybody has any suspicions about something or want to report suspicious
activity, they can call me, it doesn't matter what it is," he said.
Dominguez has been an avid deterrent in juvenile crime. "He has been
working on curbing the juvenile problem," said Prieto.
"That's always been my main goal, to help the youth in the community,
because they are our future," said Dominguez. "And I've always been interested
in law enforcement."
Dominguez said he would be working diligently to curb drug trafficking
in the county, especially among juveniles. "There just seems to be more
juveniles out there, drug trafficking, and I just want to help them," he
He has worked hard on curbing juvenile crimes and gang activity and
last year participated in a "gang roundup" where several juveniles were
successfully charged and adjudicated through the juvenile court system.
"Everybody that comes in here will be treated courteously, and with
a lot of respect," said Prieto. "He's a good guy and everybody gets along
"Here at the sheriff's department, we're very close, we're like family,"
said Dominguez. "But we also want the public to know that we are here for
them, to help them," he said.
Dominguez is married to Tanya, and the couple has two children, 4-year-old
Laney and Ariel, who is three.
When not busy at work, he enjoys fishing and spending time with his
"He's very involved with the children, participating in Head Start activities
and everything that they do," said Prieto.
"I love kids and that's one of the reasons, I want to help the youth
in the community stay out of trouble," Dominguez said.
Early voting nearing 500 for primary runoff
By ROSIE FLORES
PECOS, April 6, 2000 - With only one day left to vote early, 488 people
have already cast their ballots for next Tuesday's Democratic primary runoff
Early voting in the run-off election will end at 5 p.m., Friday in the
lobby of the Reeves County Courthouse, according to Reeves County Clerk
Florez said she had received 127 by votes by mail as of Wednesday, and
had sent out 517 ballots.
All the polling places will be open on Election Day, Tuesday, April
11. "However, my office will be closed for business on that day," said
All county voters can cast ballots in the runoff election for the Democratic
nomination for U.S. Senate, where retired military lawyer Gene Kelly and
former state representative Charles Gandy are seeking to run against Republican
incumbent Kay Bailey Hutchison in November.
Voters in Precincts 1 and 3 also will be deciding on their nominees
for commissioner. Incumbent Felipe Arredondo and Herman Tarin are being
challenged by Jesse Preito and David Pattillo in those races. Arredondo
finished first and Baeza second in a four-person race in the March 14 primary
election, while Pattillo received the most votes out of four candidates
in the Precinct 3 race that day, with Tarin placing second.
Tuesday at 7 p.m., is also the last day to receive ballots for the primary
runoff election. "I'll be checking the box one last time on that day for
any ballots by mail," said Florez.
If anybody has a question or has not received their ballot by mail as
requested they are urged to call the county clerk's office at 445-5467.
While county clerk's office only, will be closed on election day, other
offices at the Reeves County Courthouse, including the tax-assessor collector's
office, will be open for regular business.
Red Bluff to vote on Malaga Bend project resolution
PECOS, April 6, 2000 - Red Bluff Water Power Control Board members will
approve a resolution on the Malaga Bend Salt Project, and will discuss
Pecos County water measuring weirs during their regular monthly meeting
on Monday at 1 p.m. at the Red Bluff office in the 100 block of West Second
Water reports from December 1999 through March of 2000 are scheduled
for approval, along with cash disbursements and accounts payable. The board
will also take any required action relating to the May 6 water district
AUSTIN (AP) - Results of the Lotto Texas drawing Wednesday night: Winning
numbers drawn: 20-21-25-38-39-49. Estimated jackpot: $13 million. Number
matching six of six: 0. Matching five of six: 62. Prize: $2,462. Matching
four of six: 4,240. Prize: $130.
AUSTIN (AP) - The winning Pick 3 numbers drawn Wednesday by the Texas
Lottery, in order: 9-0-2 (nine, zero, two)
PECOS, April 6, 2000 - High Wednesday 95. Low this morning 54. Forecast
for tonight: Tonight: Clear. Low near 50. West to northwest wind 5-15 mph.
Friday: Sunny. High 80-85. North wind 10-20 mph. Friday night: Clear. Low
in the upper 30s. Saturday: Mostly sunny. High in the mid 70s.
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
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324 S. Cedar St., Pecos, TX 79772
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