Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Monday, November 13, 2000
Commissioners OK Town Hall for parks plan
By ROSIE FLORES
PECOS, November 13, 2000 - Parks and recreation were the topic of discussion
at the regular Reeves County Commissioners Court meeting held this morning.
Commissioners approved holding a Town Hall Public Review meeting to
discuss Reeves County Parks and Recreation Master Plan. The meeting is
scheduled for 6 p.m., Monday, Dec. 11.
On a related topic, commissioners decided golfers wouldn't have to go
far for beverages any more, after they approved submitting an application
to the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) for the purpose of selling
beer at the golf course.
Reeves County Commissioner Precinct 3 Herman Tarin abstained from voting
for this particular item, while all other commissioners agreed authorizing
the submission of the application. The golf course has not had on-site
beer sales in over a year, since the county took over operations of the
clubhouse and pro shop.
A contract renewal with the Senior Citizens Center Permian Basin Area
Agency on the Aging was approved, along with DRG (Dailey, Rabke and Gondeck)
Architects' request for payments Number 208 and 209. "They've been running
a little higher, because they're having to bring more people out because
they're getting close to the end of the project," said county auditor Lynn
Owens. Payment Number 208 was in the amount of $6,322 and payment number
209 was for $1,625, to finish the payout, according to Owens.
The group agreed to award a bid for a second walking track at the Reeves
County Detention Center to Wilkins International, the lone bidder. Wilkins
is already working on building the first track at the RCDC. "This is the
same company that is preparing the first track and in the same price category,"
Security State Bank was the lone bidder for an ATM Machine to be located
at the RCDC, Owens said.
"We advertised for bids and had one proposal," he said. "In preparing
the specifications we stated that they would be in charge of installation
and maintenance costs. They will be responsible for installing, maintenance
and monitors," he said.
Owens stated that they would have a 3-year lease, with two additional
1-year extensions up to five years.
"These machines are very expensive, that's why I came up with the 3-year
lease, with one-year extensions," said Owens. "We also asked for a brochure
and they provided us with that, this is very acceptable."
"This will be at no cost to Reeves County Detention Center or the county,
but it becomes a service to the Reeves County Detention Center employees,"
said Reeves County Judge Jimmy B. Galindo.
Under reports from various departments, Galindo noted that U.S. Marshals
Service payments are up to date. "I'm sure we'll exceed revenue predictions,"
Budget amendments and line-item transfers were all made within the departments,
noted Owens. "These were all done within the departments themselves, including
the ones from the Reeves County Detention Center."
Personnel and salary changes included promotions and new hires at the
RCDC. Promotions went to Amy Romero, C.O. III at $26,000 a year; also,
Pearl Ramos, Art Gomez, Sylvia Aguilar, Nancy Mosby, Christ Matta and Rose
Rodriguez to C.O. III's and Frederick Harkems to M.T.II.
New hires were: Jessica Bautista, Rosa Dominguez, Natalie Evaro, Delila
Fuentes, Nina Gonzales, Arnulfo Granado, Raul Granado, Ismael Juarez, Estevan
Lopez, Elizabeth Lozano, Sarah Matta, Delia Nunez, Hector Rodriguez, Maribel
Rodriguez, Ruben Salazar, Joshua Salazar, Michael Sanchez, Ricardo Tavarez,
Clyde Ward and Cynthia Ybarra, as Correctional Officers I, at $19,000 per
Damon Compton was hired at the Reeves County Sheriff's Department as
a deputy at $26,400.
During the discussion on salaries, Reeves County Commissioner Precinct
4 Gilbert "Hivi" Rayos said he had heard that less than a third of the
28 individuals who took the test at the RCDC had passed it. "Isn't that
costing us money?" he asked.
"I don't know anything about the tests, I haven't seen them, but we
can find out for you," said Galindo. "Because if there's that many that
didn't pass it, that's just not acceptable."
Galindo stated that if 28 individuals took the test more should have
passed it. "It tells me people are not being trained right, there's something
wrong," he said.
"No one's made me aware of this failure rate," Galindo added.
"Doesn't it cost RCDC about $2,000 for each individual?" asked Rayos.
Owens stated that the trainees currently take the test at UTPB after
extensive training. "They go through a two-week training period and then
they take certified testing by the state," said Owens.
He said lately they have been testing the new hires sooner, upon completion
of training. "And this helps because if they don't pass it, it gives them
a chance to re-test."
"They're testing them within three months of hire date, so they have
a chance to re-test," he said, adding that hopefully they can pass it the
As far as some of the costs, Owens stated that he doesn't think they're
giving them the psychological evaluation, until the pass the test.
"They go through training and for them to fail is unacceptable," said
Also this morning, Commissioners approved the Community Sports and Recreation
Interlocal Cooperation Agreement Amendment between Reeves County and Pecos-Barstow-Toyah
"Over the last few weeks, we have been discussing acquiring the building
on Highway 17, to be used by the Reeves County Extension Service," said
The property was foreclosed for delinquent taxes and was acquired by
all the taxing entities. "The school as agreed to give up interest for
the county's use," said Galindo.
"The school has agreed to deed its interest of this building on Highway
17, which was the old Billie Sol Estes Building, to be used by the extension
service," said Galindo.
Galindo stated that the amendment was something they had talked about
before the discussion with the building
He said that the agreement was also amended to include site development
of two softball fields at the Crockett Middle School.
"Having softball fields at the middle school will give better access
to the softball players from high school," said Galindo. "They'll be able
to practice only a few blocks away," he said. Pecos' high school softball
team currently practices and plays at Martinez Field, on the southeast
side of town.
"It's in the best interest of the kids to be able to practice closer,"
Minutes from previous meetings were approved along with semi-monthly
Officials tout Pecos at Maquila Exposition
By LEIA HOLLAND
PECOS, November 13, 2000 - Pecos Economic Development Corporation representatives
Gari Ward and Oscar Saenz attended the 2000 Maquila Exposition and Trade
Show at the convention center in Juarez, Mex, earlier this month.
Ward said he and Saenz were able to visit the 100 exhibition booths
and inform the manufacturers about Pecos and the possibilities this city
He said they were able to hand out brochures that explain the benefits
of Pecos to manufacturing companies moving into town.
Ward said the brochure was able to introduce companies to Pecos.
"It gives a real quick overview of what we have to offer," he said.
Some of the topics discussed in the brochure were the large labor force,
the Pecos Technical Training Center and the location.
The brochure explained that Pecos is located on Interstate 20, 50 miles
from Interstate 10 and is on the main line of the Union Pacific Railroad.
The brochure listed the mileage to many major cities including El Paso,
Midland, Houston, Fort Worth/Dallas, Phoenix and Los Angeles.
There is also a list of incentives to expansion businesses including
the enterprise zone, tax abatement, Texas Capital Fund, Link Deposit Program,
Texas Leverage Fund, Texas Industrial Revenue Bonds, Skill Development
Program and General Obligations bonds.
Ward said he thought the trip was successful.
"We feel like it was well worth our time and money," he said. "I felt
like we made some good contacts."
Ward has not been contacted by any of the companies he and Saenz met
yet but said he would work on contacting many of them himself.
"I'm sure I'll be in contact with them in the next few weeks," he said.
Ward said the PEDC would like to attend another trade show at the end
of January for electrical companies in El Paso.
Drive-by shooting under investigation
By LEIA HOLLAND
PECOS, November 13, 2000 - Pecos police officers and investigators were
called to the scene of a drive by shooting in the 500 block of North Hickory
Street at 10 p.m., on Saturday.
Police Investigator Kelly Davis said there were several shots fired
from a vehicle but no arrests have been made pending an investigation.
He said people were standing outside the Mata residence when the drive
by occurred, but there were no injuries.
"We're real fortunate," Davis said.
Davis said there are a few suspects and several witnesses to the shooting.
He said this shooting is one of several drive by shootings over many
"We've had very, very few, " he said.
Davis said if anybody has any information about the drive by call 445-4911
and ask for Davis or Olga Lopez.
Area's November tax rebates up sharply
By JON FULBRIGHT
PECOS, November 13, 2000 - Sales tax collections for the Permian Basin
were up sharply in September, meaning this month's tax rebate check from
the state comptroller's office in Austin is also up significantly for most
Comptroller Carole Keeton Rylander sent back checks totaling over $261.4
million to Texas cities and counties last week, an increase of nearly 15
percent over September of a year ago. And unlike most other recent months
in the past few years, when the Permian Basin numbers have lagged those
for the state as a whole, most area cities reported increases of over 15
percent in their rebate checks.
Pecos' tax rebate check for October was nearly 19 percent higher, at
$66,642, based on the city's 1½-cent share of the state's 8¼-cent
sales tax. For the first 11 months of the year, Pecos has gotten back $710,782
from Rylander's office, a three-percent increase.
Of the city's $66,642, about $11,000 of that will go to the Pecos Economic
Development Corp., under a measure approved by voters to devote ¼-cent
of the city's sales tax revenue to economic development.
Balmorhea, Toyah and the Reeves County Hospital District also reported
tax rebate increases above the state average.
The hospital district got back $25,826 from its ½-cent sales
tax, up 48.65 percent from the $25,826 in September of last year. For all
11 months so far in 2000, the hospital's rebates are $288,595, an 8.79
Balmorhea's tax rebate check for $1,347 represented a 62.41 percent
rise from last year, though part of that is due to an increase in the city's
sales tax. For the year, Balmorhea tax rebates total $8,243, up 49.45 percent.
Toyah, which has seen its rebate checks drop sharply for most of 2000,
was up 40.39 percent this month, from $407 to $693. For the entire year,
however, the $4,341 the city has gotten is down 63.61 percent from a year
Alpine and Kermit were the only area cities to show declines in their
September tax rebate checks, and every other town reported increases of
at least 10 percent. Checks to Monahans and Presidio were up about 30 percent,
while Andrews, Fort Stockton, Marfa and Midland showed increases of 25
percent. Midland got the region's largest check, for $1,557,703, though
that was due in part to a recent ¼-cent rise in the city's tax rate.
Christmas Parade scheduled Dec. 8
PECOS, November 13, 2000 - The Annual Pecos Christmas Parade will be held
on Friday, Dec. 8 and is sponsored by the Pecos Area Chamber of Commerce.
Line-up will be held at 5 p.m., at the Pecos High School Parking Lot
and the parade will start at 6 p.m.
The parade will then conclude at the Reeves County Courthouse.
Barbara Paul Daniel, 69, of Lubbock died Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2000, at her
A memorial service is scheduled for 1:30 p.m., on Monday, Nov. 13, at
St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Lubbock with Rev. Clifton Mann and Rev.
Jo Mann officiating.
She was born Jan. 28, 1931 in Oklahoma City, Okla., and married Edward
A. Daniel on Sept. 2, 1956.
She has been a resident of Lubbock since 1982 and has been involved
in the travel business and Meals On Wheels.
She also worked for the Better Business Bureau and Green Thumb.
Survivors include one daughter, Leslie Daniel of Lubbock and one sister
Virginia Stallings of Corpus Christi.
Arrangements are under the direction of Resthaven Funeral Home.
PECOS, November 13, 2000 - High Sunday 65. Low this morning 32. Forecast
for tonight: Mostly clear. Low in the upper 20s. Southeast wind 5-15 mph.
Tuesday: Partly cloudy. High near 60. Southeast wind 5-15 mph. Tuesday
night: Partly cloudy. Low near 30. Wednesday: Partly cloudy. Low in the
30s. High 55-60.
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
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