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Wednesday, November 1, 2000

Area near RCH focus of group seeking jail site

Staff Writer

PECOS, November 1, 2000 - Two sites near Reeves County Hospital are the focus of the Town of Pecos City's search for a location to build its new Police Department and Municipal Law Enforcement Center.

The City Council appointed six members to the site selection committee for the new Municipal Law Enforcement Center during a special meeting Monday.

Members of the committee include U.S. Marshal Billy Johnson, President of Corplan Corrections James Parkey, Mayor Ray Ortega, Councilman Johnny Terrazas, Interim City Manager Octavio Garcia and Police Chief Clay McKinney.

McKinney said the committee has two proposed site locations for the new facility.

The first is city property west of the Reeves County Hospital and the other site is property east of the hospital.

"Those are the two sites we'll initially look at and considered," he said. "There's a possibility that the committee may reject both of them."

McKinney said there were several sites looked at for the facility.

"We kicked around a lot of different places to look at, these two sites kept coming up," he said.

McKinney said the two sites were chosen based on several factors, including using city owned property, easy access to Interstate 20 and close proximity to town but far enough away from residential areas.

Once the committee chooses a site, McKinney said the next step would be having an environmental impact study.

The new facility would allow the U.S. Marshal's Service to house inmates awaiting trial at the Lucius D. Bunton Federal Courthouse in Pecos.

McKinney said the schematic floor plan was finished about two weeks ago.

The building would include enough space for the whole police department, as well as the jail facility.

McKinney said the space was designed with the help of Winkler County Sheriff Robert Roberts, who runs a similar facility in Kermit.

"The ideas that he had were good ideas," he said. "He's been pretty helpful."

Since the police department is moving into the new facility once it is built, McKinney said he has talked with Reeves County Sheriff Andy Gomez about the possibility of renting the currant police station building to the Trans-Pecos Drug Task Force. The Police Station and Sheriff's Department currently are located a block from each other on South Oak Street.

McKinney said the committee would probably meet next week to discuss the sites.

Ex-DA facing Acker in Ward County race

Staff Writer

PECOS, November 1, 2000 - Contested races in the Nov. 7 general election are few and far between on the local level in the area, but Ward County voters, including those in Barstow, will have a little more choice to select from than those in Reeves County, with a contested race for the Texas House, along with two local write-in candidates.

One, former 143rd District Attorney Hal Upchurch, is running against Kevin Acker for the position of Ward County Attorney. Upchurch has been in private practice in Monahans since serving as DA for Reeves, Ward and Loving counties in the late 1980s and early 1990s, while Acker is running as a Democrat to retain the post of county attorney he's held since the early 1990s.

All Ward County voters will decide the Upchurch-Acker race, while the other write-in race will not involve voters in Barstow. Pablo Valles is challenging incumbent Ron Widdess for the position of Precinct 3 Commissioner in next Tuesday's election.

At the area level, Republican Steve Fryar is challenging incumbent Democrat Bob Turner for re-election to the Texas House of Representatives. The 35-year-old Fryar is seeking to unseat the 66-year-old Turner as District 73 representative, which includes Ward and part of Ector County.

The other area race is for the 23rd Congressional District seat, where Republican incumbent Henry Bonilla is facing Democratic challenger Isidro Garza. That race is also on the ballot in Reeves County, along with other regional judicial races, and the statewide balloting for president and U.S. Senate.

Early voting in Ward County continues through Friday at the Ward County Courthouse in Monahans. Voters next Tuesday in Box 1 (Barstow) can cast their ballots from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Barstow Community Center.

Motel's owners donate $5,000 for vests

Staff Writer

PECOS, November 1, 2000 - Reeves County's fundraising effort to purchase new bulletproof vests for its deputies moved a lot closer to completion on Tuesday, thank to a large donation from the owner of the Quality Inn in Pecos.

Sam and Andy Patel presented Reeves County Sheriff Arnulfo "Andy" Gomez with a check for $5,000, to go towards the purchase of vests for the department's 10 deputies.

The sheriff's department had been trying to raise funds for the Kevlar vests equipment since July, both to outfit all deputies and to replace the department's old vests, which no longer provided secure protection.

At the time, Gomez asked Reeves County Commissioners to approve the sale of machine gun equipment, with some of the funds going towards buying the vests.

"We have been offered $3,000 for this equipment that has been in storage for many years, and want to use the money to buy vests for the deputies," said sheriff Andy Gomez.

Each vest costs about $500, the sheriff said during the July 10 commissioner's court meeting.

On Tuesday, Gomez said the Patels' donation was very much appreciated by his crew.

Patel said the equipment was very important, since the deputies are always risking their lives to protect the community. "We appreciate all they do for everyone in this community," said Patel.

A fundraiser was held this past weekend in an effort to get money for the vests, and other events had previously been held.

"We had been trying for a couple of months now to raise money, and now this gift, it's just great and we'll never forget it," said Gomez. "It's people like this that make this a great community to live in."

"We plan to work even harder for the people," he said.

Garcia to receive Teacher of Year honor next week

PECOS, November 1, 2000 - Pecos Elementary teacher Eva Garcia will be honored as the Region 18 Elementary School Teacher of the Year during a ceremony set for Wednesday, Nov. 8, at the Region 18 Education Service Center, 2811 LaForce Blvd., near Midland International Airport.

Garcia is being honored along with Kathy Lollar of Nimitz Junior High School in Odessa, who was named Region 18 Secondary School Teacher of the Year, according to a press release today from the Region 18 Service Center.


Ruby Walker

Ruby Evelyn Walker, 91, of Pecos, died Monday, Oct. 30, 2000, at her residence.

Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 2, at First Baptist Church in Pecos, with Rev. Greer Willis officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, following the services.

She was born on Sept. 7, 1909, to William E. and Susie Pearl Poer. Tiny, as she was known to family and friends, was born on the V.H. Ranch near Pecos and attended Sul Ross State Teacher's College and Mary Hardin Baylor. She married Guy E. Walker on July 7, 1931. They made their home in Pecos where Tiny taught in the Pecos schools. She was a lifetime member of First Baptist Church where she taught Sunday School for many years. She was also a "Life Member" of the Merry Wives Club, having been in the club for more than 50 years.

Walker was preceded in death by her husband, Guy E. Walker in 1982.

Survivors include one sister, Edna Withers of Pecos; one brother, Truett Poer of Monahans; three daughters, Carol Chinn and Kathy Garlitz of Pecos and Evelyn Cowart of Arkadelphia, Ark.; two grandchildren, Cheryl Cowart of Arkadelphia and Tim Garlitz of Pecos and several nieces and nephews.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Paisano Baptist Encampment at "Paisano Memorials", P.O. Box 431, Pecos, Tx. 79772.

Pecos Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


PECOS, November 1, 2000 - High Tuesday 85. Low this morning 50. Mostly clear. Low in the mid to upper 30s. Northwest wind 5-10 mph. Thursday: Partly cloudy. High near 70. South wind 10-15 mph. Thursday night: Increasing cloudiness. Low in the mid 40s. Friday: Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Low in the mid 40s to near 50. High in the upper 60s to the mid 70s.

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