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Friday, April 21, 2000

Construction job on Business I-20 ahead of schedule

Staff Writer
PECOS, April 21, 2000 - Ongoing construction on Third Street in Pecos is ahead of schedule, with the completion date set for two to three weeks from now.

"We're actually ahead of schedule at this point," said project supervisor Gabriel McClelland, who is working for the Reece Albert Construction Company, which is in charge of re-paving the curbs and sidewalks on Third Street (Business I-20) under a contract with the Texas Department of Transportation.

It's the second major curb replacement project in Pecos over the past several months. The first involved replacement of curbs on South Cedar Street between First and 14th streets that was plagued with problems, including cracks in the new sidewalks and a water line accidentally broken by construction workers.

"We're not the same crew that did the construction work on Cedar Street," said McClelland.

The state project was spearheaded by the TxDOT, which had hoped to also repave Third Street as part of the current project. But the paving plans were dropped for now when no acceptable bid could be found. TxDOT delayed its project by nearly two years to allow the Town of Pecos City to replace a sewer line along a 10-block stretch of Third Street in early 1999.

"I don't know if they're going to re-pave the streets or not, that's up to the department of transportation," said McClelland.

Reece Albert Construction Company is based in San Angelo with several of the employees being from Midland, according to McClelland.

"We just lack some sidewalks and landscaping to get this project wrapped up," said McClelland.

"I just want to thank the people of Pecos for being so patient and cooperative with us," said cement foreman Sam Hernandez. "We're very pleased with the work and with the people here in town."

"Everybody has been very cooperative," said McClelland. "We've worked at other places in the downtown areas and it's very frustrating."

However, in Pecos, the crew has received nothing but cooperation and things have run smoothly because of that. "We realize it's an inconvenience," he said.

"It's been a pleasure working here in Pecos, it's made our job easier," said Hernandez.

"We've managed to work really well with the public in Pecos," said McClelland.

The crew was hard at work this morning, when many other businesses are closed for Good Friday. "We're trying to get as much done as possible," said McClelland.

Early voting opens strong for May elections

Staff Writer
PECOS, April 21, 2000 - Contested races have made a big difference in the early voting totals for the May 6 city, school and hospital district elections in Pecos.

Not a single race was contested in last year's local elections in Pecos, and only Balmorhea had any contested races at all. in the surrounding area.

This year, there are contested elections for the city council and mayoral positions in Pecos, along with the two seats on the Pecos-Barstow-Toyah school board and for the at-large position on the Reeves County Hospital District board. As a result, election clerk Debbie Thomas said 355 people cast ballots during the first two days of early voting at the Pecos Community Center.

"We had 171 voters on Wednesday and 184 voters on Thursday," Thomas said. "A wonderful day is usually 120 voters, so it's been great."

In the Town of Pecos City elections, mayor Dot Stafford will be seeking a fourth two-year term and will be challenged by Ray Ortega. In the council election, incumbents Danny Rodriguez and Ricky Herrera are challenged by Hector "Tito" Roman.

The Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD election has four candidates seeking the two three-year terms up for election. Incumbent Steve Armstrong will be joined in the May 6 race by challengers Paul Deishler, Steve Valenzuela and David Flores.

In the Reeves County Hospital District election, the only contested race is for the at-large seat, where incumbent Hiram "Greg" Luna is challenged by Leo Hung. Precinct 1 incumbent Chel Florez and Precinct 3 incumbent Jesse Prieto are unopposed in their bids for new two-year terms.

Thomas said the names for candidates in the city, school and hospital board elections are all on one single ballot for voters at the Community Center. Early voting for the May 6 election is closed today for the Good Friday holiday, but will be open all next week and on Monday and Tuesday, May 1 and 2.

Barstow city council voters will also have a contested election for the first time in years, and Balmorhea will again have contested elections in its city and school elections. Early voting totals there were unavailable today, due to the Good Friday holiday.

In Balmorhea, early voting for the city elections will be at City Hall between now and May 2, while early voting in the school board election will be in the Balmorhea ISD boardroom.

In the Balmorhea city races, incumbent mayor Ismael Rodriguez is being challenged by councilman Danny Reynolds and Doug Maynard. Reynolds' seat was one of two on the council up for election this year. The other incumbent, Rosendo Galindo, is seeking another two-year term and will face challengers Tammy Marmillon, Bertha Brijalba and Eddie Roman.

In the Balmorhea School Board election the three-year terms of Reyes Castillo and Paul Matta are up in May. Mata has filed to seek another three-year term and will be challenged by Dora Machuca, Tommy Ray Dominguez and Louis Rene Contreras and Raymond Carrasco.

Over in Barstow, early voting will be held daily next week and on May 1 and 2 from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Barstow Community Center. Barstow voters will have one contested race, with incumbents Robert Ortega and Benny Avila facing challenger Pablo Navarette. Benny Hernandez will be unopposed in the race for Barstow mayor, where incumbent Salvador Villalobos opted against seeking another term.

Toyah city elections won't be held this year, as both the mayor and council elections there are uncontested. Ann Marsh has filed to run for mayor, while Paul Anthony Budlong and Sharon Sanchez signed up for the two available Toyah city council seats.

Budlong is currently serving as mayor for the little community, a position he won in 1998. The council seats up for election are those won by Clara McConnell and Howard Dennett two years ago.

Recount scheduled Monday in Precinct 3 runoff

PECOS, April 21, 2000 - A recount of the April 11runoff election for Reeves County Commissioners Precinct 3 has been scheduled for 4 p.m. Monday at the Reeves County Courthouse, county clerk Dianne Florez said today.

"Mr. (Bobby) Dean set it up, and we're going to do it on Monday," said Clerk Dianne Florez of the recount of the April 11 election, in which incumbent Herman Tarin defeated challenger David Pattillo by 17 votes.

The recount was delayed until Dean, the Reeves County Democratic Party chairman, could be released from Medical Center Hospital in Odessa after suffering a heart attack last weekend.

Pattillo, who lost out in the primary runoff election by 17 votes to Tarin, requested the recount after he had beaten Tarin by 11 votes in the March 14 Democratic Primary. Both men then advanced to the runoff election in the four-person race because no candidate received 50 percent of the vote.

Freshman plans return to state science fair

Staff Writer
PECOS, April 21, 2000 - A Pecos High School student is already planning for next year's science fair competition, following her recent trip to the 2000 state science fair.

"I didn't advance to nationals, but that's okay, there's always next year," said freshman Pecos High School freshman Hannah Paz, who placed first at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin science fair and then attended the Texas State Science and Engineering Fair at the Austin Convention Center.

"It was a lot of fun," said Paz, who added, "I worked really hard, but there were a lot of good projects at the state competition."

"It is extraordinary that Hannah was able to qualify for the State Science Fair this year," said teacher Barbara Scown. "She is an exceptional student and we are so very proud of her."

Scown said Hannah has accomplished this feat entirely on her own, and she wants to continue this research next year.

"Teacher Sandra Overcash has helped Hannah some this year with her graphs and I know that we can still improve more in that area," said Scown.

This was more a learning experience, since Paz is just finishing ninth grade and will be able to compete three more years, according to Scown.

For her project, Paz tested fifth and eighth graders, to see what color they observed first. She tested them both on the television screen and in person, to see if it made a difference

"And it did," said Paz, who generated different results on the test. "It made a big difference."

The eighth graders chose yellow and on the television screen, the popular color was black. The fifth graders results were a little bit different, according to Paz.

"It has been at least 15 years since I've had a student interested in working on a science fair project here at high school and I'm excited about the prospect of working with Hannah next year," said Scown.

However, this is not Paz' first experience in attending state science fair competition. As an eighth student at Crockett Middle School, Paz also advanced to state competition last year

Her project placed second in the Behavioral Sciences Division at the Regional Science Fair at UTPB in Odessa, earning Paz a trip to Austin.

At that competition, Paz' project, "Battle of the Sexes," received the Teachers Choice award at the local science fair held at Crockett Middle School.

Her idea for his particular project stemmed from a conversation held in class, about who follows directions the best, boys or girls "Battle of the Sexes" is a behavioral science project whose primary research deals with finding out which sex follows directions better.

According to the project findings, female students follow directions more accurately than male students.

Last year, was the fourth year, Paz had attended regional competition. Her science project career began when she was in fifth grade when she and another student, Julissa Leal, won the local competition and the Society of Petroleum Engineers Ribbon at the regional competition in Odessa. As a sixth grader she placed first in the local science fair, but didn't place at regionals in Odessa.

"I've always been real interested in science," said Paz, who added she also enjoys math classes.

At the state competition this year, Paz competed with grades 9-12, together in Austin, "Which means she was competing against junior and seniors," said Scown.

The Senior Division is much more demanding and research oriented than the Junior Division, according to Scown. And the Senior Division goes through two rounds of judging.

"There were so many good projects at state and every year you can add to a project you've already worked on," said Paz. "Like this boy that had made an engine and this year he added more to it."
The projects were really good and everyone had worked hard on them, according to Paz.

"I plan to go with my mom this summer to San Antonio and talk to a man who helps with science projects, gives ideas," said Paz, who is the daughter of Diane and Guadalupe Paz.

When she's not busy working on research for projects, she enjoys talking on the phone, hanging out with her friends and going places.

The project she worked on this year took her about a month to complete. "I'm really a procrastinator, I guess that's why it took me so long," she said laughing.

Annual Golden Girl Style Show planned

PECOS, April 21, 2000 - A Style Show and Barbecue Dinner will be held featuring this year's Golden Girl Nominees next month at the West of the Pecos Museum.

This year's event will be held at 6 p.m. on May 6, in the courtyard of the museum, at First and Cedar streets.

Tickets for the event are $12 and can be purchased from any of the nominees.

Tickets can also be purchased by calling Suan Cross at Security State Bank at 445-9000 or by calling 445-3046.

Only 140 seats will be available and 110 tickets are already out to be sold.

Commissioners to discuss cash for Task Force

PECOS, April 21, 2000 - A cash match for the Trans Pecos Drug Task Force and a resolution and interagency agreement for the force will be the topic of discussion at the regular Reeves County Commissioners Court meeting scheduled for Monday.

The group will meet at 9:30 a.m., on the third floor of the courthouse and the public is invited to attend.

Commissioners will discuss FY 2000 EMS/Trauma Care System Fund emergency medical services contract; Eastside Community Center parking lot interlocal cooperation with City of Pecos and an agreement with Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD testing center and RCDC.

The group will discuss and take action on reclassification change of an EMT to Registered Nurse; holiday leave policy amendment; Barn Risk Management request to settle insurance claim for Road and Bridges; DRG Architect's request for payments and the independent audit report FY 1999.

Other items for discussion and action are:

· Deputation and oath for reserve deputy Frederick Hochmann.

· Reports from various departments.

· Budget amendments and line-item transfers.

· Personnel and salary changes (RCDC, Road and Bridge).

· Minutes from previous meetings.

· Semi-monthly bills.


Alcario Corrales

Alcario Leyva Corrales, 74, of Farmersville, Calif., died Wednesday, April 19, 2000, at Kaweah Hospital in Viselia, Calif.

A rosary will be held at 6:30 p.m., Monday, at Hatley Funeral Home Chapel.

Mass is scheduled for 10 a.m., Tuesday, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Viselia, with burial in Viselia Cemetery.

He was born Jan. 26, 1926, in Fort Davis.

Survivors include his wife, Martina Brijalba Corrales; two sons, Alberto Brijalba Corrales of Denver, Colo. and Ismael Corrales of Viselia, Calif.; one daughter, Ana Bel Corrales Rios of Farmersville, Calif.; three brothers, Juan Leyva Corrales, Ricardo Leyva Corrales and Manuel Leyva Corrales of Pecos; one sister, Lilia Corrales Singh of Fort Stockton, and seven grandchildren.

Hatley Funeral Home of Viselia is in charge of arrangements.

Lorane Fields

Lorane Fields, 89, of Pecos, died Tuesday, April 18, 2000, at her residence.

Services will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, April 22, at the Pecos Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Billy Woodard officiating. Burial will be in Eastside Cemetery.

She was born Oct. 6, 1910, in Waco, had lived in Pecos for many years, was a homemaker and a Methodist.

Survivors include two sons, Jake Gardner of Los Angeles, Calif. and Jimmie Wright of El Paso and many other relatives.

Pecos Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


PECOS, April 21, 2000 - High Thursday 83. Low this morning 53. Forecast for tonight: Partly cloudy. Low in the lower 50s. South wind 10-20 mph. Saturday: Partly cloudy and breezy. High in the lower 90s. Southwest wind 15-25 mph and gusty. Saturday night: Partly cloudy. Low 55-60. Sunday: Partly cloudy. High 90-95.

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