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Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Tuesday, May 30
New study hits state's vehicle insurance rates
DALLAS (AP) - Five years after Texas lawmakers enacted lawsuit reforms
to help cut automobile insurance costs, the state still ranks 17th nationwide
in the average cost of a policy.
Texas ranks even higher, at No. 15, in the average cost of liability
protection, according to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners'
"This confirms our findings that while the amount of insurance claims
paid out to Texans has decreased, very little of the savings has been passed
on to consumers," D.J. Powers of the Center for Economic Justice told The
Dallas Morning News in today's editions.
"Insurers are pocketing extra profits while Texas drivers continue to
pay the 17th highest premiums in the country," Powers said.
Most affected by the 1995 lawsuit limits signed into law by Gov. George
W. Bush was liability coverage - representing more than half the cost of
a typical automobile policy. Coverage included bodily injury claims, medical
payments, property damage and uninsured motorists.
Earlier this month, insurance companies sought a 10.6 percent increase
in the average benchmark rate for the state, while the consumer advocate
contended overall auto rates should drop 4.8 percent.
Two administrative law judges, who first heard the arguments in September,
have recommended an average statewide increase of 1.9 percent. Texas Insurance
Commissioner Jose Montemayor was expected to rule on the new rates within
Most insurance companies under the benchmark rate system must charge
either 30 percent above or below the rate set by the Department of Insurance.
An industry trade group contends that Texas automobile insurance premiums
would have increased significantly if not for the 1995 law that made it
more difficult to sue for damages arising from a wreck.
"Auto insurance rates in Texas have stabilized over the past few years
and that is something we cannot say about the products and services for
which we pay, such as mending broken bodies and repairing damaged vehicles,"
said Jerry Johns of the Southwestern Insurance Information Service.
Bush, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, has in his campaign
often touted the Texas lawsuit changes as a model for the nation.
But former Insurance Commissioner J. Robert Hunter credits greater competition
between carriers, safer cars and aging baby boomers with the slowing of
insurance rate increases. A booming state economy, said Texas Department
of Insurance spokesman Lee Jones, is another factor.
"The good news is that the trend in insurance premiums in Texas is good,"
said Mike Jones, a Bush spokesman.
PHS Class of 2000 receives diplomas
By JON FULBRIGHT
PECOS, May 30, 2000 - The Pecos High School Class of 2000 received their
diplomas on Friday night, during commencement ceremonies at Eagle Stadium.
The class was one of the largest groups of graduates for the high school
in recent years, with over 160 being presented diplomas during the 90-minute
ceremony that included a performance of the song "Graduation" by fellow
seniors Sarah Matta and Frank Dominguez.
"It truly is an honor to have watched each of these students develop
into the scholars you see before you," said Pecos-Barstow-Toyah assistant
superintendent Gome Olibas, whose daughter, Lindsay, was part of this year's
Midland College president Dr. Dave Daniel was the featured speaker at
Friday's commencement, and congratulated the students for making it all
the way through school.
"This sets the state for what you will do and what you will become,"
said Daniel, who noted that while 30 percent of graduates will go on to
four-year colleges, others can benefit from two-year schools like Midland
that can provide technical training as they prepare to enter the job market.
Valedictorian Brandi Harrison thanked God, family and teachers for her
"I appreciate your patience and dedication to your profession," said
Harrison, who also thanked PHS principal Danny Rodriguez and the school
administration during her speech. Teachers also received a special note
of thanks from salutatorian Craig Wein during his speech to those at the
Clinton settles into new office at Trans-Pecos Health Center
By ROSIE FLORES
PECOS, May 30, 2000 - Working with family and educating teenagers is
the main goal of the newest member of the Trans-Pecos Health Center.
Dorothy Clinton, a family nurse practitioner, who has about 20 years
experience in nursing began practicing in Pecos on May 15 and stated that
she has thoroughly enjoyed it.
She was born and raised in East Tennessee, in a small town similar to
Pecos. "I like small towns, I don't do big city traffic or the city routine,"
Clinton is currently seeing about 15-20 patients at the health center,
located on Daggett Street. "That's a pretty good number, but it's probably
a little slow since its summer and school is already out," she said. "We
haven't been super-super busy."
Clinton earned her AND degree in Fort Worth, her master's degree in
nursing at Vanderbilt in Nashville, Tenn.
"I've worked all over, since my husband is in the military," Clinton
Clinton has been an Air Force reservist for 16 years and has worked
at different facilities in California, Florida and Texas. "I've worked
mostly in Texas, I've kept up my license here in Texas, because it is good
in all the states," she said.
As a reservist in the Air Force she was called upon many times to utilize
her nursing skills. "I had a few good tours with them, they used to pull
me more when I was an ICU nurse," she said.
She has done a little bit of everything in her years of nursing, including
working in the ICU, Trauma Care, rescue and transplants. "I really enjoyed
working in transplants and that's what led me to want to go into family
practice, working with all those families," she said, but added, "I got
too old for all that."
"I wanted to work somewhere where it wasn't for so many hours straight,
and dealt more with family care," she said.
Clinton is married to Harvey Clinton and the couple has four sons, ages
29, 28 and 17. The family owns a farm in south east of Abilene and is currently
making the transition of moving to Pecos.
"My 17-year-old son was home-schooled and he and my husband are currently
in the transition of moving down here," she said.
When she's not busy seeing patients, Clinton enjoys sewing, quilting
and doing macramé. "I love doing macramé pot holders and
giving them out as gifts," she said.
Hours she is on duty at the center are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.
until 5 p.m. Clinton sees all family members from pediatrics to geriatrics.
"I like to give patient and family education," Clinton said. "I teach them
to do breast exams and I really enjoy taking to teenage kids," she said.
Clinton said she likes to reach teenagers before they get into trouble
and enjoys teaching them and guiding them. "I like to talk to them before
they become sexually active," she said. "And hopefully, I can reach them
before it's too late," she said.
"Everybody has been so friendly and helpful here, I love it," Clinton
Clinton and her staff consist of nurse's aide, Myra Villegas and her
receptionist, Jennifer Martinez.
The group welcomes everyone to the clinic, regardless of age.
Jal woman dies leaving vehicle moving on I-20
PECOS, May 30, 2000 - A New Mexico woman was killed Friday evening in a
vehicle/pedestrian accident that occurred near Pyote. The accident happened
at about 7 p.m., three miles west of Pyote, on Interstate 20.
The deceased was identified as Mitzi D. Montoya, 28, of Jal, N.M., who
was pronounced dead at Memorial Hospital in Monahans, by physician Federico
Gregorio. Next of kin was notified and her body was taken to Harkey Funeral
Home in Monahans.
According to the Department of Public Safety office in Pecos, the accident
occurred when Montoya, who was a passenger in a 1992 Chevrolet extended
cab pickup, asked her boyfriend, the driver of the vehicle, Ronald C. Keys,
of Oro Valley, Ariz., to let her out of the truck. The boyfriend refused
and she told him that if he didn't pull over, she would jump out of the
vehicle. Montoya then proceeded to open the door of the vehicle and jumped
out onto Interstate 20.
Trooper Manuel Moreno, Jr. of Monahans investigated the accident.
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.
Jose Roberto Fierro, 38, of El Paso, was arrested on May 26 at mile marker
13 on I-20 for public intoxication and driving with a suspended license.
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.
Danny A. Rasberry, 46, Harlan Burris, 38, and Carmon P. Henderson, 59,
were arrested at 12:53 a.m., on May 25 at the Purple Sage. Henderson was
arrested for public intoxication and Rasberry and Burris were both arrested
for public intoxication and assault.
Pete Ramos III, 19, was arrested at 2:33 p.m., on May 25, in the 500
block of South Oak Street on a warrant for burglary of a building.
Julian Rayos, 23, was arrested at 9:10 p.m., on May 25, in the 800 block
of South Oak for deadly conduct.
Daniel Natividad, 18, was arrested at 1:21 p.m., on May 25, at the Pecos
Police Department on a warrant of burglary of a building.
Jose G. Chavez, 20, was arrested at 11:33 p.m., on May 29, at the Texaco
on I-20 for assault according to the Family Violence Act.
Jose Ramon Juarez, 43, was arrested at 4:22 p.m., on May 29, at 12th
and Elm Streets on a warrant of Federal Probation Violation.
Jose Luis Rodriguez, 46, was arrested at 5:32 p.m., on May 29, at Pecan
and D Streets on a traffic stop for driving while intoxicated _ Class B.
Albert Corrales, 31, was arrested at 4:34 p.m., on May 27, in the 400
block of Mulberry Street for public intoxication.
Manuel Contreras, 19, Fernando Navarette, 19, and Francisco Coria, 19
were arrested at 10:15 p.m., on May 27, in the 200 block of Hickory Street
on a traffic stop. Contreras was arrested for driving under the influence
and minor in possesion-3rd offense, Class B. Navarette and Coria
were arrested for minor in possession _3rd offense, Class B.
Raymond Avila, Jr., 22, was arrested at 7:15 a.m., on May 27, in the
700 block of Plum Street for public intoxication.
Joel C. Aleman, 24, was arrested at 1:50 p.m., on May 27, in the 1100
block of Veterans Street for public intoxication.
Jose Burciaga, 17, and Elizabeth Jimenez, 29, were arrested at 12:24
a.m., on May 27, in the 600 block of East 2nd Street, both for
Ida Flores, 37, was arrested at 12:49 a.m., on May 27, in the 600 block
of East 2nd Street for public intoxication, disorderly conduct
and resisting arrest.
Chris Fuentez, 18, and two male juveniles, both 16, were arrested at
3:19 a.m., on May 27 in the 500 block of North Cherry Street, all for evading
Winnie Moore, 86, of Brady, died Sunday, May 28, 2000, at her residence.
Services were held at 10 a.m., today, at Heritage Funeral Home Chapel
with Rob Moore officiating. Burial was in Pear Valley Cemetery in Brady.
She was born June 7, 1913, in McCulloch County, was a housewife, and
a member of Pear Valley Church of Christ.
Survivors include one son, Jaroy Moore of Lubbock; one daughter, Becky
Phillips of Brady; two grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Heritage Funeral Home of Brady is in charge of arrangements.
Pedro Espinosa Ramonez, 94, of Pecos, died Monday, May 29, 2000, at Odessa
A rosary will be held at 7:30 p.m., today, at the Pecos Funeral Home
Mass is scheduled for 10 a.m., Wednesday, May 31, at Santa Rosa Catholic
Church with burial in Mt. Evergreen Cemetery.
He was born April 29, 1906, in San Antonio, had lived in Pecos since
1948, was a retired farmer and a Catholic.
He was preceded in death by one son, Antonio M. Ramonez.
Survivors include his wife, Margarita Garate Ramonez of Pecos; two daughters,
Josephine Garza of Hayward, Calif. and Barbara Hernandez of Pecos; one
sister, Juanita Vasquez of Midland; nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Pecos Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Services are incomplete for Bobby Sherrill, 79, of Pecos, who died Monday,
May 30, 2000 at Odessa Medical Center.
Pecos Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
High Monday 101. Low this morning 69. Forecast for tonight: Clear. Low
65-70. South wind 10-20 mph. Wednesday: Mostly sunny and hot. High 95-100.
South wind 10-20 mph. Wednesday night: Partly cloudy. Low 65-70. Thursday:
Partly cloudy and a little cooler with a slight chance of thunderstorms.
Low 65-70. High in the mid 90s.
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
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