Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Monday, August 28, 2000
Pecos mayor facing foreclosure sale on home
By ROSIE FLORES
PECOS, August 28, 2000 - Foreclosure proceedings have begun on the home
of the Town of Pecos City Mayor Ray Ortega and the property is scheduled
to be put up for auction in October.
The property will be up for auction sale at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 3,
on the front steps of the Reeves County Courthouse.
The Substitute Trustee will sell the property by public auction to the
highest bidder for cash at the place and date specified.
Ortega, who was elected Town of Pecos City mayor in May, was out of
town today and unavailable for comment.
The property is located in Block seven of the Jay Capps addition to
the Town of Pecos City, according to the Town of Pecos City, Reeves County,
Texas, according to the Plat of Record in Volume 3, Page 118 of Plat Records
of Reeves County.
Original beneficiary on the home, located at 2100 S. Plum St., was Harlingen
National Bank and the current beneficiary is Nationwide Home Mortgage Company
F/K/A Allied Group Mortgage of West Des Moines Iowa.
The home was sold to Raymond Ortega, Jr., on Oct. 21, 1996 for $69,650,
which included an improvement loan, for $10,568. The home was purchased
on a 30-year note.
Taxes, insurance and escrow were also included his monthly payment,
which came to about $700-$800 a month.
The first part in proceedings is delivering a letter and then they have
21 days to make this good, according to substitute trustee David Stephens.
They have those 21 days to catch up on any past payments, according
"For example, if you're behind $2,000 and you give it to them, then
that makes everything okay," he said.
But if you don't come up with it, a second certified letter goes out,
according to Stephens.
On the second letter, it will state that the note has been "accelerated,"
which means that you have to catch up on back payments and you have to
pay off the note, according to Stephens.
"That means the homeowner has been given at least two certified letters,"
The same home had been foreclosed on Drs. Orson and Eunice Anderson,
who had purchased the home from the original owners, Ben and Jesusita "Emily"
Matta. The foreclosure on the Andersons came in April 1996, after the couple
moved from Pecos to Big Spring.
Feds release more WIPP road funds to N.M.
By JON FULBRIGHT
PECOS, August 28, 2000 - The State of New Mexico has received another
$20 million payment from the U.S. Department of Energy for funding improvements
on highways leading to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, but a spokesman
said it was unlikely similar funds would be made available to improve U.S.
285 running north from Pecos to the WIPP site.
WIPP is where the DOE plans to store low-level radioactive waste in
storage containers placed in salt caverns 2,150 feet below the surface.
The site is located 75 miles north of Pecos in Eddy County, N.M., and will
receive waste from five sites in western states and five other sites located
in the Midwest and on the East Coast.
The DOE approved a total of $80 million in federal funds eight years
ago for New Mexico to improve the truck routes to the WIPP site. The state
also planned to contribute $60 million of its own highway funds, and since
then has expanded most of U.S. 285 from two to four lanes between Loving,
N.M. and the junction with Interstate 40 in north-central New Mexico.
But the DOE withheld $20 million of that total when the New Mexico Environment
Department (NMED) included a provision for closure and post-closure activities
at WIPP in the Hazardous Waste Facility Permit.
The DOE challenged the provisions in federal and state court in New
Mexico, and said in a press release last week that the funds were released
on Aug. 9 after NMED removed the financial assurance provisions from the
NMED approved the DOE's proposed modifications to the WIPP hazardous
waste permit, which are designed to strengthen protections for workers
and insure safe and efficient operations. DOE then withdrew its lawsuits
in federal and state court on Aug. 18 and Aug. 21.
The addition $20 million is designed to continue highway improvements
to the WIPP site. When completed, the only two-lane highway the hazardous
waste trucks will travel on will be the 70-mile stretch of U.S. 285 between
Pecos and Loving, N.M.
Dan Balduni, public affairs manager for Westinghouse Waste Isolation
Division, which oversees the WIPP site, said each state designates the
route the trucks will use within its borders. The Texas route follows Interstate
20 from the Louisiana state line to Pecos, where trucks will exit the interstate
and travel through Pecos on the way to the WIPP site.
"The impact assistance funds were explicitly given to New Mexico under
the Land Withdrawal Act," Balduni said, explaining why no DOE funds are
available for improving U.S. 285 in Texas.
The first radioactive waste shipments were sent to WIPP in March of
1999, though as of now no radioactive waste has been shipped from any of
the five sites east of Texas. The Texas Department of Transportation has
proposed to build a `half loop' around the east side of Pecos for the WIPP
trucks to use, but funds will not be available for the project until 2005.
Local officials also went to a TxDOT hearing in San Angelo earlier this
year to argue the case for including U.S. 285 in the Texas Trunk System
program. U.S. 285 north of Fort Stockton was not included in the original
1990 Texas Trunk System, and officials cited the WIPP trucks as one reason
the highway should be included in the revised 2000 highway plan.
Balmorhea preparing for annual festival
By LEIA HOLLAND
PECOS, August 28, 2000 - The 25th Annual Oasis of West Texas
Labor Day Festival is scheduled for this Saturday in Downtown Balmorhea.
Many events are planned, including a few new ones, such as the Gas Grill
Fajita Cookoff in conjunction with the World Championship Frijole Bean
Festival Coordinator Pat Brijalba said they are limiting the entries
to 20 per event and as of today has filled about half of the spots. He
said since space is limited it would be best if participants call and sign
up before Saturday.
Participants in these events can show off their cooking abilities for
an entry fee of $20 per event.
Brijalba said he and the other festival officials would provide the
fajitas and beans for each event and people could pick up the food as early
as 9 a.m. to begin preparing and cooking.
Judging will begin at 4 p.m., with a panel of five judges from Balmorhea
and the surrounding areas.
Brijalba said both events would be judged on appearance, taste, tenderness
"We'll make the participants taste their food first so it won't kill
our judges," he jokingly added.
Trophies will be given for first, second and third places in the Fajita
Cookoff with a Ducane Gas Grill valued at $450 for first place. First,
second and third places in the Bean Cookoff will also receive trophies
with a propane two burner griddle valued at $350 for first place.
Other festivities will begin at 10 a.m. with the Second Annual Yo-Yo
competition for the kids and the Washer Pitching Contest for the adults.
There is no entry fee for the kids'event, but the washer contest will have
a fee of $10 per team, with team trophies being awarded to the winners.
Besides the Yo-Yo competition, other kids events include the Watermelon
Eating Contest, the Egg Toss and the newest event the Hula-Hoop contest,
sponsored by Wal-Mart in Pecos.
All the games will begin at 3 p.m.
There will also be a Pie Bakeoff at Tami Dean's Main Street Café.
There is no entry fee and the first place winner will win a steak dinner
for two and second place wins dinner for two.
Brijalba said participants need to deliver their pies at noon and judging
would begin at 1 p.m.
He said also new to the festival this year is team roping at Hoffman's
Arena with cash prizes.
Various food vendors will be set up all day. Brijalba said there are
still some spaces left, and if any more vendors want to participate they
need to call soon before space runs out.
The fun filled day will end with a free street dance. This year, the
festival welcomes an area favorite, Wayne West from Sierra Blanca.
Brijalba said people wanted a variety of country, Tejano and rock and
believes West and his band would do that.
"This is the first time they have performed in Balmorhea," he said.
The dance will begin at 8:30 p.m. and go to 1 a.m.
With the day full of many different events and games everyone is bound
to have fun.
"There's stuff going on for mom, dad, brother and sister," Brijalba
For more information on any of the events call 915-375-2206 or 915-375-2323.
School board to set budget, tax rate on Tuesday
By ROSIE FLORES
PECOS, August 28, 2000 - Setting the 2000-2001 budget and proposed tax
rate, along with public comments, will be the topic at a special meeting
of the Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD Board, scheduled for Tuesday evening.
School board members will meet at 6 p.m., in the boardroom, 1304 S.
Park St. The public is invited to attend.
Board members will discuss dedicating 1999-2000 budget; amending 1999-2000
budget and the adoption of the budget and tax rate for the just-begun school
The group will also meet in closed session with a private consultation
with the board's attorney and to discuss personnel and hear complaints
They will return to open session and take action, if any on items discussed
in closed session.
Board members will discuss/approve professional personnel, assignments,
change of contract and the resignation of board member.
The group will discuss the appointment of a new board member until the
May 5, 2001 school board election. The board will be replacing Frank Apolinar,
Jr., who turned in a letter of resignation following the board's regular
monthly meeting on Aug. 10.
Scouts' sign-up set Wednesday at Civic Center
PECOS, August 28, 2000 - A sign-up date for new Cub Scout members will
be held at 7 p.m., Wednesday at the Reeves County Civic Center.
Scouts will go camping, learn to shoot bows and arrows, learn to shoot
BB guns and play lots of games, learn cool stuff and earn badges.
All youngsters are welcome to come sign up for an exciting year.
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.
Luis A. Mora, 59, was arrested at 1:47 a.m., on August 18 in the 900 block
of South Cedar Street for public intoxication.
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.
Arturo Estorga Chavez, 29, was arrested at 1:24 a.m., on August 21 across
from Santa Rosa Hall on a warrant for no driver's license and no insurance.
Joel Mendoza, 19, was arrested at 10:50 p.m., on August 19 in the 800
block of Mulberry for driving while license is suspended.
Cleofas Muro Baeza, 17, was arrested at 2:33 a.m., on August 20 in the
200 block of Willow Street for public intoxication.
Christopher Fuentez, 18, was arrested at 4:37 p.m., on August 19 in
the 1100 block of South Cypress Street for unlawfully carrying a weapon.
Alvaro Abila, Jr., 18, was arrested at 4:48 p.m., on August 19 in the
1000 block of Martinez Street on a warrant for deadly conduct.
Jesus J. Rayos, 44, was arrested at 10:49 p.m., on August 18 in the
2400 block of Sage Street for public intoxication.
Michael R. Pena, 17, was arrested at 11:51 p.m., on August 18 on Johnson
Street for evading detention in motor vehicle, minor in possession and
driving while under the influence by a minor.
Fabian Dominguez, 33, was arrested at 2:05 a.m., on August 19 in the
2100 block of Alamo Street for the family violence act.
James Esparza, 20, was arrested at 11:10 p.m., on August 18 in the 2000
block of Eddy Street for evading detention.
Greg Peters, 40, was arrested at 4:14 p.m., on August 18 in Winkler
County on a warrant for assault by threat-Class C.
Bobby Jo Enmon, 17, was arrested at 4:47 p.m., on August 18 in the 500
block of South Oak Street on a warrant for criminal mischief-Class A.
Memorie Johnson, 31, was arrested at 10:25 a.m., on August 27 at the
Greyhound Bus Station on a warrant for interfering with child custody.
Albino Tarango, 43, and Adan Padilla, 52, were arrested at 12:58 a.m.,
on August 27 in the 600 block of East Second Street for disorderly conduct
Ismael Rodriguez, 51, was arrested at 1:24 a.m., on August 27 in the
600 block of East Second Street on a DPS warrant for driver not secured
by a safety belt.
Ramiro C. Ramirez, 26, was arrested at 4:27 a.m., on August 27 at the
Reeves County Civic Center for public intoxication.
Pedro Morales, 62, was arrested at 9:38 p.m., on August 26 at Second
and Peach Streets for public intoxication.
Ignacio V. Suarez, 58, was arrested at 9:47 a.m., on August 26 at La
Tienda Thriftway for theft-class C and public intoxication.
Irma Gabaldon, 25, was arrested at 4 p.m., on August 25 in the 500 block
of South Oak Street on a warrant for theft by unlawfully appropriating
property-State Jail Felony.
Ridessa Wright, 20, was arrested at 3:17 a.m., on August 25 in the 1100
block of Lunday Drive for disorderly conduct and resisting.
A male juvenile was arrested at 9:09 a.m., on August 24 at the Lamar
Alternative Education Program for assault causing bodily injury.
A male juvenile was arrested at 10:49 p.m., on August 23 in the 900
block of South Elm Street for assault causing bodily injury-Family Violence
Ramon Natividad, 54, Francisco Rico, 62, and Michael Varela, 27, were
arrested at 7:37 p.m., on August 23 in the 2300 block of Country Club Drive,
all for possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute
and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Armando Martinez, 29, was arrested at 8:55 p.m., on August 23 in the
900 block of Cherry Street for possession of a controlled substance within
1000 feet of a school.
Angela Anzaldua, 40, and a female juvenile were arrested at 9:03 p.m.,
on August 22 near the Flying J Truck Stop. Anzaldua was arrested for public
intoxication and resisting arrest and the juvenile was arrested for obstructing.
Arnulfo Calderon, 77, was arrested at 6:44 p.m., on August 16 in the
700 block of East Eighth Street for assault with family violence.
Hal Pratt, 59, was arrested at 6:36 p.m., on August 23 in the 1000 block
of South Cedar Street for public intoxication.
Armando Granado, Sr.
Armando H. Granado, Sr., 66, of Pecos, died Friday, Aug. 25, 2000, at Odessa
Medical Center Hospital.
Mass was held at 10 a.m., today, at Santa Rosa Catholic Church with
burial in Mt. Evergreen Cemetery.
He was born March 22, 1934, in Sierra Blanca, was a U.S. Army veteran,
had lived in Pecos since 1950 and was retired.
He was preceded in death by a brother Rolando Granado and a sister,
Survivors include his wife, Modesta Granado of Pecos; one son, Mondi
Granado of Pecos; two daughters, Anna Chavez of Arlington, Coach Becky
Granado of Pecos; five brothers, Francisco and Arnulfo Granado of Pecos,
Simon Granado of El Paso, Ramon Hernandez of Hobbs, N.M., Oscar Granado
of Big Spring; two sisters, Emma Morales of Kermit, Consuelo Luedtke of
South Dakota; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Pecos Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Jodell Hannah, 53, of Breckenridge, died Thursday, Aug. 24, 2000, in Mineral
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m., Sunday, Aug 27, with Lessie Woody
Woodard officiating. Burial was in Breckenridge Cemetery.
He was born June 1, 1947, in Archer City, and grew up in Pecos. He was
a Vietnam veteran, having served on the U.S.S. Constellation in the United
States Navy from 1964 to 1968. He retired in 1998 from Dynegy in Oklahoma
City, where he was an Operations Manager of Crude Oil Trucking. He moved
to Breckenridge a year ago from Oklahoma City and was a Baptist.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Bobbie Young and one brother,
Survivors include his wife, Rayma Hannah of Breckenridge; one son, John
Hannah of Oklahoma City; one daughter, Casey Dawn Hannah of Oklahoma City;
his father, Odell Hannah of Waxahachie; two sisters, Donna Jannel Woodard
of Pecos and Debbie Ann Rater of Antelope, one grandson and numerous nieces
The family requests that in lieu of flowers that memorials be made to
the donor's favorite charity.
Morehart Mortuary of Breckenridge is in charge of arrangements.
Gilbert D. "Blue Boy" Ortega, 60, died Saturday, Aug. 26, 2000, at Midland
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m., today at Ellis Funeral Home Chapel
in Midland, with Jo Albert Fuentes officiating.
He was born July 31, 1940 in Pecos, grew up and was educated in Pecos
and had lived in Midland for the past 10 years.
He was preceded in death by his a sister, Mary A. Ornelas.
Survivors include his wife, Juanita Ortega of Odessa; three sons, Ricky
Ortega of Las Vegas, Gilbert Ortega, Jr. and Romeo Ortega of Odessa; two
daughters, Belinda Ortega of Lake Dallas and Janette Ortega of Odessa;
three brothers, Herman Ortega of Abilene, Tony Jares of Irving and Jerry
Jares of Dayton; four sisters, Yolanda Fuentes and Candy Martinez of Midland,
Debbie Gomez of Andrews and Sandy Ortega of El Paso; five grandchildren
and several nieces and nephews.
Ellis Funeral Home of Midland is in charge of arrangements.
PECOS, August 28, 2000 - High Sunday 105. Low this morning 72. Forecast
for tonight: Clear. Low near 70. Southeast wind 5-10 mph. Tuesday: Sunny
and continued hot. High near 101. South to southeast wind 10-20 mph. Tuesday
night: Mostly clear. Low near 70. Wednesday: Mostly sunny and fair at night.
Low in the upper 60s to near 70. High near 100.
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
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