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Thursday, April 6, 2000

Balmorhea students given look at life in college

Special Correspondent
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 is like.

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

Staff Writer
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 said.

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 with him."

"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 family.

"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

Staff Writer
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 elections.

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 Dianne Florez.

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 Florez.

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 Street.

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 elections.


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.

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