Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Thursday, August 3, 2000
County sets meeting on jail expansion plan
By ROSIE FLORES
PECOS, August 3, 2000 - Reeves County's Detention Center was one of
the first county-owned facilities in the nation to house federal inmates,
when it opened for business in 1986.
Now, other West Texas counties are also looking at building their own
prisons as a way of attracting more income and adding jobs to their economies.
But competing for prisoners won't be a problem, since different services
will be used to procure the inmates, according to Reeves County Sheriff
Gomez was referring to recent talks to expand the Reeves County Jail
in an effort to generate revenue.
Reeves County Commissioners discussed the issue briefly at their last
meeting and agreed that something had to be done.
While other cities and counties are also looking to implement a jail
or upgrade facilities, this would not pose a problem to the Reeves County
Jail, according to Gomez.
"We wouldn't be competing with the RCDC, because these would be different
inmates that we would be getting," said Gomez.
The Reeves County Detention Center has an agreement with the Bureau
of Prisons to house their inmates at their facility, which is currently
being renovated to house 2,000 inmates instead of the 1,000. The facility
should be completed by September and that is when they will start receiving
more inmates, according to RCDC Warden Rudy Franco.
The Reeves County Jail's expansion plans are much smaller, and are being
reviewed by Lorraine Dailey, architect with Dailey, Rabke and Gondeck,
of San Antonio, who designed the plans for the RCDC expansion.
The renovations at the Reeves County Sheriff's Department would include
adding 60 more beds and bringing the number of beds at that facility to
"We would be getting U.S. Marshal Prisoners," said Gomez. "And with
the federal courthouse located right across the street, this would be beneficial
Gomez approached the commissioners court last month about raising the
salaries at the Reeves County Jail to coincide with the RCDC salaries.
County Judge Jimmy Galindo told Gomez that in order to sustain that
salary adjustment was to expand the revenue generating ability through
expansion of the downtown jail.
"This would be the only way without having to raise taxes," said Galindo.
Commissioners are planning a special meeting for 1 p.m., Monday, on
the third floor of courthouse to further discuss the expansion plans.
Based on inmate population numbers, there are a lot of inmates out there,
according to Gomez.
Other cities in the area want to get in on the action, with several
companies approaching the entities about the possibility of building a
Officials in Monahans and Odessa are discussing plans to build 1,000-bed
facilities of their own, which would house inmates under contracts with
Town of Pecos City is also looking at the possibility of a jail and
will also be accepting U.S. Marshal Prisoners.
Town of Pecos City Mayor Ray Ortega approached the Pecos Chamber of
Commerce about support from them in this endeavor.
Ortega told the chamber that this is a lucrative business and would
generate revenue within the city, create jobs and promote stability in
the city budget.
Store says deli display problems fixed
By JON FULBRIGHT
PECOS, August 3, 2000 - Corrections have been made to problems in the
delicatessen department of La Tienda Thriftway, its regional manager said
this morning, during a hearing into health code violations held at City
Town of Pecos City Health and Sanitation Director Armando Gil ordered
the deli department closed down following an inspection on Tuesday due
to the violations, which he said were similar to ones he cited the store
for in April. The problems applied only to the store's delicatessen section,
He said the problems focused on failure to keep refrigerated compartment
doors closed, failure to keep meats at their proper temperatures and failure
to keep sinks open where employees could wash their hands and sanitize
"I will allow you to open the facility today if you make every effort
to resolve those problems," Gil told Fenn Foods' District Manager Robert
Garcia, who said the violations have been corrected.
Garcia said the company's refrigeration workers have already been in
to check on the unit in the deli area. "The luncheon meat counter is well
below the level you need, and the refrigeration area has been cleaned so
it is getting good circulation," he said.
Gil brought a chart to the meeting, indicating meats should be stored
at temperatures either below 41 degrees or over 140 degrees. Tuesday's
inspection showed temperatures in the refrigeration unit were above the
41-degree level, while meat in the deli section's cookers was at temperatures
of around 112 degrees. Those problems were noted in a letter dated Aug.
2 from Gil to La Tienda manager Noe De Los Santos.
Garcia said a glass door on the back of the deli case that had been
removed by a previous deli department manager has been replaced, and that
the temperature inside the case is now at 30 degrees. He added that the
hand-washing sink has been cleared and sanitizing chemicals for kitchen
utensils have been placed in the area to be used by the employees.
An area that allowed customers to pick out their own roasted chickens
from the case was previously closed off, Garcia said.
Gil said he would return to the store in 15 days to conduct another
inspection to make sure the problems had not returned, as he said was the
case following an April 27 walk-through of the area.
He presented photos of that walk-through to Pecos Mayor Ray Ortega and
City Manager Kenneth Neal showing the problems found at that time. Gil
said the glass doors on the counter had been taken off because they didn't
close, which left the counter open to flies, while other products were
placed too high in the counter, cutting circulation of the refrigerated
"I asked for voluntary closure at that time, and Mr. De Los Santos complied,"
Gil said. He added store employees fixed the problems overnight following
the April walk-through, and that a return inspection was conducted on May
8, after which department manager Debra Lara signed an inspection form.
Garcia said this morning he did not know the current closing was mandatory.
"We were under the impression this was a voluntary suspension. I talked
with the mayor and a talked with Mr. Neal, and they gave the impression
that that was what we were under," he said.
Gil said he had notified De Los Santos of the problem, and told him
about the Thursday hearing.
Garcia said the department's half dozen employees had been without work
for the past two days.
"We're willing to do everything in our power to correct the problem,
but I don't believe in putting people out of work," said Garcia, who added
the store had passed a state inspection six weeks earlier.
Earlier in the meeting, Gil told Garcia "my concern is with the consumer,
to make sure they have a good safe product. In 17 years I've been in this,
I've only shut down three establishments, and we've had not a single food-born
outbreak in Reeves County, which reflects on my record."
In response to a question from Garcia, Gil said store employees were
allowed to eat the food in question, but could not sell it to the public
until the problem was resolved.
Gil said following today's 10 a.m. hearing he had briefly shut down
the store's previous owner, Furr's, several years ago when the supermarket's
manager failed to remove meat that had been on display in a faulty refrigeration
"They fixed the cooling unit, but they didn't remove the meat," he said.
After the closure, "I got a call from (Furr's offices) in Lubbock, and
they were very co-operative. The problem was solved that day, and then
they had a new manager."
Two face indecency charges following arrests on Tuesday
By LEIA HOLLAND
PECOS, August 3, 2000 - Pecos police arrested two local men on Tuesday
on charges of indecency with a child, in separate incidents, which allegedly
occurred during the past 10 days.
Len Carson, 52, was arrested at the police department after turning
himself in at 10:08 a.m., and charged with indecency with a 10-year-old
According to the police report, the child's mother reported the incident
on July 26.
The report said the child immediately told her mother of the incident
as soon as it happened.
In the other incident, Armando Guzman, 41, was arrested at 2:39 p.m.
on Tuesday, in the 500 block of South Oak Street and charged with indecency
with a 13-year-old male.
The police said the mother of the child walked in on the incident happening
and reported it on July 31.
In both incidents, the men charged are acquaintances of the victims
and their families, said police, who are continuing to investigate both
Bessie Haynes sets registration Aug. 10 for 4th, 5th
PECOS, August 3, 2000 - Bessie Haynes Elementary School will be having
registration on Thursday, Aug. 10 for incoming fourth and fifth grade students.
Registration will be held from 6-7:30 p.m., in the school cafeteria.
If your child is new to the Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD, please bring the child's
birth certificate, social security card, immunization record and report
card of previous school attended.
Helen Miller and Sarah Tarin, Food Service Personnel, will be on hand
to process free and reduced lunch applications.
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.
Eric F. Baeza, 19, was arrested at 1:04 a.m., on August 1 in the 1900 block
of Scott Street for assault under the Family Violence Act-Class B and resisting
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.
Fred Lara, 43, was arrested at 4:29 p.m., on August 1 at Allsup's, 708
S. Cedar St., for criminal trespass.
Lynell Metcalf Putnam, 31, was arrested at 3:12 a.m., on Aug. 3 at Third
and Cedar Streets for public intoxication.
Hilario Celaya III, 19, was arrested at 4:07 a.m., on Aug. 3 in the
800 block of Monroe Street following a report received from the 1500 block
of Johnson for public intoxication.
Charles Palmer, 42, was arrested at 5:27 p.m., on Aug. 2 in the 500
block of South Eddy Street for public intoxication and assault by threat
under the Family Violence Act.
Benjie Maldonado, 40, was arrested at 9:24 a.m., on Aug. 2 at Fourth
and Locust streets on a warrant for parole violation.
Theresa Enmon, 48, was arrested at 9:50 a.m., on Aug. 2 in the 800 block
of South Eddy Street on a warrant for terroristic threat.
Orlando Munoz, 18, was arrested at 11:02 a.m., on Aug. 2 in the 300
block of West Palmer Street on two warrants for delivery of a controlled
Marco Vasquez, 18, was arrested at 11:28 a.m., on Aug. 2 in the 100
block of Locust Street on a warrant for delivery of a controlled substance/cocaine.
PECOS, August 3, 2000 - High Wednesday 101. Low this morning 68. Forecast
for tonight: Mostly clear. Low around 70. South to southeast wind 5-10
mph. Friday: Mostly sunny. Highs 102-106. South wind 10-20 mph. Friday
night: Mostly clear. Low in the mid 60s. Saturday: Mostly sunny and clear
at night. Lows in the upper 60s. Highs 104-109.
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
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324 S. Cedar St., Pecos, TX 79772
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