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Monday, August 14, 2000

OC's new campus ready for registration

Staff Writer

PECOS, August 14, 2000 - All prospective students of the Pecos Technical Training Center of Odessa College can register for classes for the school's first fall semester on Tuesday, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 3 p.m.- 7:30 p.m., at the OC center on Eddy Street.

This is the first full semester registration for the new OC center here. Some summer classes were held in the building, while the official grand opening took place two weeks ago.

Director of OC's Pecos campus, Michelle Workman, said the registration is for every kind of student from high school concurrent students to the continuing education students.

"That's including everyone," she said. "Every student we can think of."

Workman said they would take on additional staff members to help with the needs of the students.

"There are 20 people coming to join us tomorrow for registration," she said.

Robert Munoz, Dean of Workforce for Continuing and Distance Education will be on hand to help with the registration along with the others.

Students will have access to advisors and counselors that would help them choose the courses they need and plan out what the students need to do.

In addition to the advisors and counselors, staff from OC's bookstore, financial aid and business offices will be here to take payments, help students apply for grants and financial aid and purchase books.

Advisors are available for students who want to get ahead today at the Pecos Center.

Workman said the staff would help the students step-by-step in the registering process so they would not get lost.

"They'll hand them a checklist of what to do before they walk out the door," she said.

Students who do not have financial aid or grant money right now will be required to make a payment on the tuition and fees tomorrow.

Returning students with good grade point averages or new students will be required to pay 10 percent of the total payment and students with a low GPA will be required to pay 50 percent.

Payment plans are offered on tuition as well as books.

The staff at the Pecos Center, which has been open since the last week of May, has helped about 300 people get situated and advised for the fall semester.

Workman said they are gathering information of what the people of Pecos want to take if offered at the center.

She said there has been interested expressed for cake decorating, stained glass, flower arranging and Spanish as a second language.

Workman said they hope for a big crowd at the registration and would like to encourage all new students to come at 9 a.m.

"We'd like all the new people get a head start with advisement," she said.

Being a first generation college graduate in his family, Munoz said this is a good opportunity for Pecos to have the OC extension and believes all the citizens should take advantage it.

"We want to assure the folks of Pecos we are a presence and are committed to the community," he said.

Munoz said he is willing to speak to any organization in Pecos and would be happy to visit with anyone who has questions. He can be reached at 915-335-6685.

Classes being offered this fall include courses ranging from history, public speaking, English, mathematics, science, drawing, art and music appreciation to introduction to computer systems, welding, psychology, child guidance and medical terminology.

Late registration for the OC center in Pecos has been scheduled for August 22-25 with a $5 late charge fee.

For more information call 445-5535.

Brown wins third vote for 83rd DA's position

PECOS, August 14, 2000 - The results of a contested race for district attorney in six Trans-Pecos and Big Bend counties was reversed on Saturday, with Alpine attorney Frank Brown defeating Marfa lawyer Steve Spurgin in an election ordered by a visiting district judge.

Brown, who had finished second to Spurgin in the March Democratic primary election and in the ensuing April runoff, won by a 3,270-to-3,229 margin in the race for 83rd District Attorney, after Spurgin's two-vote victory in April was voided due to accusations of voter fraud.

Although the election was close again, Spurgin said he sees no reason at this point to ask for another recount.

"It was hard-fought from the beginning," said Spurgin, who congratulated Brown on his victory. "It looks like this one just wasn't meant to be."

Brown is sure to get the job in the 83rd District race, because he and Spurgin are both Democrats and there is no Republican candidate.

"We're pleased - we worked real hard," said Brown, who credited higher voter turnout in Brewster County, for which Alpine is the county seat. "I think this is probably going to settle it."

To make the race, the 45-year-old Spurgin resigned as assistant prosecutor to current District Attorney Albert Valadez, who wasn't seeking re-election.

Spurgin aggressively sought the Hispanic vote, especially in Pecos County, the most populous county in the district and emerged from the April 11 runoff with a one-vote victory, 2,448-to-2,447. After a recount, Spurgin had two more votes than Brown.

However, reports immeidately circulated about possible illegal voting in the runoff election, and State District Judge Murray Jordan of Brady voided six ballots and said an undetermined number of illegal mail-in ballots tainted the April 11 vote.

"Illegal votes equal to or greater than the number necessary to change the outcome of the election were counted but the court cannot ascertain the true outcome of the election," Jordan declared.

Brown, 41, filed a lawsuit challenging the election. He alleged voter fraud in connection with ballots cast early by elderly and disabled Hispanic voters, many of whom could not read or write.

Spurgin argued that any

City's tax rebate check shows slight drop

Staff Writer

PECOS, August 14, 2000 - Sales tax rebate figures for Pecos were down slightly in June from a year ago, according to figures released Friday by Texas Comptroller Carole Keeton Rylander's office, while results around the Permian Basin overall were mixed for the month.

Pecos' check was down 5½ percent from 1999, Rylander's office said. The city got back $75,859 from Austin as its 1½ cent share of the state's 8 ¼ cent sales tax, down from $80,290 sent back in August of last year, based on June, 1999 sales.

Part of the decline may have been due to a later start this year for the West of the Pecos Rodeo. The first rodeo performance this year was July 5 instead of on July 1, meaning that almost all pre-rodeo events, along with the cowboys and other rodeo workers involved in slack competition, did not start up until after July 1 this year.

For the first eight months of 2000, the city's tax rebates remain virtually unchanged from a year ago. Pecos has gotten $523,447 back from the comptroller's office, up .79 percent from the $519,322 the city had gotten by this time last year.

Balmorhea's tax rebate check for August showed a 4.82 percent rise, to $1,559, while Toyah's check for $661 was down 73.68 percent from last year's $2,513 total. Toyah's checks for 2000 have been down sharply from a year ago, after spiking up from their normal levels in 1999, while Balmorhea's check was affected by an increase in the city's sales tax since last year.

For the year, Balmorhea's rebate checks total $5,967, up 38.41 percent from a year ago, while Toyah has gotten $3,277 back, down 72.57 percent.

Midland also benefited from a ¼-cent sales tax rise in the past year, which helped their rebate check jump over 30 percent. The city got back the biggest single check for the Permian Basin, $1,615,783, while Odessa got back $1,280,219 from Rylander's office, up .75 percent.

Other cities showing single-digit increases this month were Andrews, Big Spring and Presidio, while Fort Stockton and Marfa joined Pecos with single digit declines and Alpine, Monahans and Kermit saw their rebate checks drop by double digits compared to 1999.

The Reeves County Hospital District's August check for $36,096 was up 7 ½ percent from last year's $33,572 total. Overall, the hospital's eight-month total, like Pecos' figure, is almost unchanged from a year ago, at $208,444, up .88 percent from 1999.

Statewide, Rylander sent out just under $255 million in tax rebate checks to cities and counties in Texas this month, a 1.2 percent rise from a year ago. Houston again received the state's biggest check, for $32.5 million, though that was down 3.6 percent from last year, while Dallas got back $21.3 million, down 3.1 percent from a year ago.

Pee Wee football sign-up deadline Friday

PECOS, August 14, 2000 - This is the final week to sign up players for the Pecos Eagle Pee Wee football program.

Players in Grades 3 through 6 can sign up today through Friday at the Reeves County Community Sports and Recreation Department office in the West Pecos gym.

Registration is $20 per player, with a player draft of players set for Saturday. Teams will be divided into two divisions, for Grades 3-4 and 5-6 with workouts set for three weeks before the first games on Saturday, Sept. 9 at the Pecos High School practice field.

For further information, call the RCCRD office at 447-9776.


Maria F. Martinez

Funeral Services for Maria P. Martinez, 67, will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Catherine's Catholic Church, under the direction of Martinez Funeral Home, with Fr. Mike Alcunio officiating. Burial will be at Mt. Evergreen Cemetery.

Viewing is today and Tuesday morning, with a rosary tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Martinez Funeral Home Chapel.

Martinez was born April 19, 1933 in Presidio and died Saturday, Aug. 12, 2000, at St. Luke's Hospital in Houston after a long illness. She was a longtime resident of Pecos, was retired from the Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD and was a Catholic.

Survivors include her husband, Salvador C. Martinez of Pecos; four sons, Dan P. Martinez of Kingsville, Sam P. Martinez of Midland, Joey Martinez of San Marcos and Rick Martinez of Denver, Colo.; four daughters, Estella Rodriguez, Elida Rodriguez and Anna M. Madrid of Pecos and Isabel M. Falcon of Odessa; five brothers, Monico M. Pisana of San Antonio, Manuel M. Pisana of El Paso, Eusebio M. Pisana of Grand Prairie, Domingo M. Pisana of Roswell, N.M. and Billy M. Pisana of Austin; six sisters, Pola Rubio and Gabina Hernandez of Pecos; Juanita Acosta of Carlsbad, N.M., Linda Minjarez of Mesquite and Cecila Garcia and Candida Chavez of Odessa;24 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Maria Felix Reyes

Funeral Services for Maria Felix "Fela" Reyes, 68, of Pecos will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Santa Rosa Catholic Church, with burial at Santa Rosa Cemetery under the direction of Pecos Funeral Home. A rosary will be held at 7:30 p.m. today at the Pecos Funeral Home Chapel.

She was born on July 12, 1932 in Presidio and died Friday, Aug. 11, 2000 at Medical Center Hospital in Odessa. She was a homemaker, had lived in Pecos since 1949 and was a Catholic.

Survivors include her husband, Pedro "Pete" Reyes of Pecos; one son, Alfredo Reyes of Pecos; two daughters, Ann Herrera of San Diego, Calif., and Manuela Reyes of Pecos; two brothers, Willie Alaniz and Manuel Alaniz, both of Pecos; four sisters, Macaria A. Huertas, Alibina A. Lara, Carmen A. Dominquez and Prisciliana a Rede, all of Pecos, and six grandchildren.


PECOS, August 14, 2000 - High Sunday 101. Low this morning 69. Forecast for tonight: Mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms. Low 70-75. South wind 5-15 mph. Tuesday: Partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms. High around 100. South wind 10-20 mph. Tuesday night: Partly cloudy with a slight chance of showers or thunderstorms. Low around 70. Wednesday: Partly cloudy. Low around 70. High 98-102.

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