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Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Tuesday, May 16, 2000
Forecasts predict no early end to drought
From Staff and Wire Reports
May 16, 2000 - Don't expect an end to West Texas' ongoing drought any
time soon, according to the National Weather Service.
The area is one of 13 sections of the United States the NWS is forecasting
will have a dry summer, though for some areas, high temperatures will be
the main cause of a lack of moisture.
The NWS said despite the likelihood of rain, a drought will persist
into the summer in the Midwest and South as expected high temperatures
cause the moisture to evaporate.
Severe to extreme dry conditions will continue in Florida, Georgia,
western South Carolina, western Texas, northern Arkansas and southern parts
of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, according to the National Weather
Severe drought conditions are expected to linger in eastern Nebraska,
northern Indiana and most of Missouri, Iowa and Illinois, a region that
is the heart of the nation's corn and soybean production.
Areas near St. Louis received 8 to 14 inches of rain in early May, but
later high temperatures evaporated much of the water that wasn't lost through
runoff. April was the driest month in 106 years in Missouri and the state
is still 11 inches below normal precipitation.
"Rains like these can't erase overnight what two years of La Nina, and
long-term drought helped to produce. These are major precipitation deficits,"
said Jack Kelly, director of the weather service.
La Nina is a cooling of the Pacific Ocean that is blamed for the drought
in the eastern United States last summer as well as this year's dry conditions
in the South and Midwest. La Nina is expected to continue diminishing over
the next several months, meteorologists say.
The Trans-Pecos rain shortfall isn't as severe as some other areas,
in terms of sheer numbers. But the drought has gone on longer in the western
Permian Basin than in almost any part of the United States, continuing
through both the El Nino warming of the equatorial Pacific Ocean in late
1997, and the La Nina cooling of the same area in late 1998.
The Pecos area has not received its predicted average annual rainfall
total of just under 11 inches in any of the past eight years. Rainfall
in the city was less than 6½ inches in 1998, fell to 4.02 inches
in 1999, and through the first 4½ months of 2000, stands at only
.62 inches, according to the Texas Agriculture Experiment Station's gauge
west of town.
The drought has had only a limited effect on area crops, because over
95 percent of crop land in the Pecos area is irrigated using underground
water supplies. But ranchers have been forced to cut down their herds or
sell off their cattle entirely due to a lack of plants for grazing.
Further to the east, central and southern Louisiana have rainfall deficits
of 29 inches this year. Georgia is 20 inches below normal and western South
Carolina is 18 inches behind.
While those areas are the ones that are expected to lose the most ground
moisture due to heat-related evaporation, hot weather is already out in
force in Pecos, after a break over the weekend. The Experiment Station
said temperatures hit 107 degrees in Pecos Monday, the highest so far in
The drought forecast was being released today along with the recommendations
of a commission that was formed to suggest improvements in government policies
Annual `Relay for Life' to honor cancer patients
By ROSIE FLORES
Pecos May 16, 2000 - The American Cancer Society's "Relay for Life,"
an event celebrating the courage of cancer survivors and honoring those
who lost their battle with cancer, will be held beginning a 6 p.m., Friday
at Eagle Stadium.
The events will kick-off with Opening Ceremonies including the first
lap around the Pecos High School track by local cancer survivors.
The Relay is being sponsored by American Home Health, Anchor West, Capital
Aggregates, Dr. Orville Cerna, First National Bank, the Marshall Family,
Pecos Nursing Home, Reeves County Hospital, Security State Bank, and Texas-New
Mexico Power Company.
The relay committee consists of Tracy Shaw, Irma Castillo, Cathy Teague,
Velma Dominguez, Georgia Morrison, Dot Stafford, Linda Gholson, Sherry
Marshall, Charlene Pry, Terri Spence, and Marie Cardenas.
"The committee has worked hard to provide entertainment with an all-night
DJ, games, and food, while raising money to find a cure for cancer," said
The teams will consist of 10 to 15 people, with each member raising
a minimum of $50. Each team will have one walker on the track at all times
from 6 p.m. Friday until 11 a.m., on Saturday.
WIPP holds hearing on modifications to permit
May 16, 2000 - A public hearing has been scheduled for today and tonight
in Carlsbad, N.M., to discuss changes to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant's
hazardous waste permit.
WIPP is located 75 miles north of Pecos, and began taking its first
shipments of transuranic (radioactive) waste last year. Waste from five
western sites will bring waste to the site southeast of Carlsbad along
U.S. 285 south from Interstate 40, while five eastern sites will ship their
waste to WIPP along a route that will take the trucks along I-20 to Pecos,
and from here north on U.S. 285 to Loving, N.M.
Today's hearing will be from 3 to 6 p.m. CDT and from 7:30 to 10 p.m.
at the Skeen-Whitlock Building, 4021 National Parks Highway in Carlsbad,
and involves a request by site manager Westinghouse and the Department
of Energy to modify the permit issued last October by the New Mexico Environmental
Department for WIPP.
DOE and Westinghouse are requesting a change so that all containers
shipped to the site do not have to be sampled for volatile organic compounds
(VOC) that might be released from the container. The DOE said reducing
the number of containers checked would be sufficient, because not all containers
will have VOC gases.
Containers that would not have to be sampled would be those either proven
not to contain the compounds or those that have been subjected to a thermal
process that eliminates the VOCs.
The second modification to the permit would allow more Cresols and pyridine
compounds in the waste. The DOE said those items are semi-volatile organic
compounds (SVOC), but the permit uses VOE data to determine their inclusion
in radioactive waste shipments.
Only written public comments will be accepted at today's hearing, and
one scheduled for Thursday in Santa Fe. Stamped envelopes will be provided
for mailing comments to the New Mexico Environment Department between now
and June 11.
Comments should be sent to Mr. Steve Zapper, New Mexico Environment
Department, 2044A Galisteo St., Santa Fe, N.M. 87505. Comments can also
be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org between now and June
CCRC holding monthly meeting tonight in Pyote
Pecos May 16, 2000 - The Community Council of Reeves County will discuss
filling board vacancies along with an agreement on utilization of a building
between the agency and Greater Opportunities of the Permian Basin during
their monthly meeting, at 6 p.m. today at the Pyote Community Center.
Vacancies on the board include the Loving County public sector position
and the Ward County participant sector spot. The board will also discuss
the attendance of the Winkler County private sector board member.
The building agreement is under old business, as are items on Pecos
Housing Authority carpet and storage trailer, and a report on the outcome
of the CCRC Weatherization program.
The only new item is information on 1999-200 Audit field work, while
updates on CSBG, CEAP and Weatherization programs will be heard, along
with information on the elderly meals program.
The CCRC serves clients in Reeves, Ward, Loving and Winkler counties.
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 instanced we will indication payment and release.
William Loren Davis, 45, was arrested at 10:33 p.m., on April 5, in
the 1600 block of Cowan Street, for public intoxication.
Miguel F. Natividad, 35, was arrested at 12:45 a.m., on April 6, in
the 1100 block of Orange Street, for driving while intoxicated.
Eddie Galindo Alvarez, 41, was arrested at 1:45 a.m., on April 6, on
Highway 17 and Austin Street, for driving while license suspended.
Michael Ontiveros, 32, was arrested at 1:06 a.m., on April 7, at Quality
Inn, for public intoxication under Class `B'.
Maribel Salgado, 25, was arrested at 3:51 a.m., on April 7, in the 100
block of Peach Street, on a DWI refusal.
Conrado Gonzalez Jr., 20, was arrested at 2:20 p.m., on April 7, in
the 700 block of Stafford Street, for criminal trespass.
Omar Luna, 17, was arrested at 6:04 p.m., on April 8, in the 1000 block
of Pecan Street, for assault under the Family Violence Act.
David W. Woods, 42, and Sharon Stevens, 41, were arrested at 6:39 p.m.,
on April 8, in the 1800 block of Eddy Street, for public intoxication.
Oscar Hernandez, 29, was arrested at 12:31 a.m., on April 9, at the
corner of Eddy and Jackson streets, for driving while license suspended.
Margarita Beltran, 34, was arrested at 2:01 a.m., on April 9, in the
1400 block of East Second Street, for driving while intoxicated.
Amador Salgado, 33, and Maribel Salgado, 25, were arrested at 7:48 a.m.,
on April 9, in the 900 block of North Elm Street, for assault under the
Family Violence Act under Class `C'.
David Quiroz, 40, was arrested at 10:18 a.m., on April 10, at the Pecos
Police Department, on a warrant for burglary of a habitation.
Jose Alfredo Lujan, 38, was arrested at 5:02 p.m., on April 10, at the
corner of Fifth and Locust streets, for fleeing/DWI refusal.
Darryl Gene Brooks, 32, was arrested at 10:38 p.m., on April 10, in
the 1900 block of Rhodes Street, on a warrant out of Titis County for theft
over $50, under $500.
Hal Pratt, 58, was arrested at 5:52 p.m., on April 11, on Highway 285,
for public intoxication under Class `B'.
Rosalinda V. Munoz, 52, was arrested at 2:13 a.m., on April 13, in the
900 block of South Cedar St., for public intoxication under Class `B' (enhanced).
Virginia Ornelas, 29, was arrested at 9:46 a.m., on April 14, at the
corner of Fourteenth and Cedar streets, on a warrant for terroristic threat.
Jessica Dominguez, 20, was arrested at 11:53 a.m., on April 14, at Wal-Mart,
for theft under Class `B'.
Jeremy Renteria, 19, was arrested at 8:35 p.m., on April 14, in the
1200 block of East Fourth Street, for criminal trespass.
Florencio Garcia, 31, and Mary Monge Ramirez, 36, were arrested at 8:44
p.m., on April 14, in the 1300 block of East Third Street. Garcia was charged
with assault by threat under the Family Violence Act; Ramirez with possession
and use of aerosol paint.
Ridessa Cherie Wright, 20, was arrested at 12:49 p.m., on April 16,
at Town and Country on Cedar Street, on a warrant out of Taylor County
for theft by check under Class ~`B'.
Trinidad Sauceda, 50, was arrested at 6:58 a.m., on April 17, in the
1200 block of Cedar Street, for an invalid driver's license.
Sandra Tucker, 34, and Elizabeth Cocozza, 37, were arrested at 9:19
a.m., on April 17, at Quality Inn, for criminal trespass.
Georgia Maxine Garrett, 47, was arrested at 3:18 p.m., on April 17,
in the 1900 block of Scott Street, for possession of a controlled substance.
Maria D. Villa was arrested at 8:09 a.m., on April 19, in the 700 block
of Cherry Street, on DPS warrants. She paid the fines and was released.
Felix Ortiz, 20, was arrested at 12:03 p.m., on April 19, in the 200
block of East 14th Street, on a warrant for assault.
Pecos May 16, 2000 - High Monday 107. Low this morning 67. Forecast for
tonight: Partly cloudy and breezy. Low 60-65. South wind 15-25 mph and
gusty. Wednesday: Sunny and windy. High 90 to 95. Wind becoming west 20-30
mph and gusty. Wednesday night: Partly cloudy. Low 55 to 60. Thursday:
Mostly sunny and fair at night. Low 60 to 65. High 90 to 95.
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
Division of Buckner News Alliance, Inc.
324 S. Cedar St., Pecos, TX 79772
Phone 915-445-5475, FAX 915-445-4321
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