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Friday, November 24, 2000

Stores busy with first Christmas shoppers

Staff Writer

PECOS, November 24, 2000 - It has become an American tradition; eat Thanksgiving dinner, go to bed and wake up extra early the next day to hit the stores for the day after Thanksgiving sales.

Stores nationwide call in the troops in order to open early and accommodate the crowds of people who want to "save" money.

A few local stores joined in on the tradition.

Wal-Mart employees opened the doors to a parking lot full of cars and hundreds of people at 6 a.m., this morning.

Wal-Mart Manager Olga Guebara said she got to work at 4:30 a.m. and by the time 5 a.m. rolled around, lines of people were already forming in the foyer.

Guebara said she is not sure how many people have visited the store this morning.

"Count the carts because all of them were being used," she said.

Guebara said large shipments of Christmas and sale items had been put out on the floor and by 10 a.m. "almost everything's gone."

She also said the store would be open at the regular hours on weekdays and Saturdays with the store opening from 10 a.m.-7 p.m., on Sundays.

On Dec. 2, the store will open at 7 a.m., for a charity special to benefit Toys for Tots and senior citizens.

Beall's on South Eddy Street also opened early with "early bird sales" at 8 a.m., according to Store Manager Delma Arreguy.

Although the employees of Beall's did not have the lines Wal-Mart had, Arreguy said business has been steady.

Early start to cost local mule deer hunters

Staff Writer

PECOS, November 24, 2000 - A group of Balmorhea residents who decided to get an early start on mule deer season will end up paying for that move, after they were charged with illegal hunting by Reeves County Game Warden Jim Allen on Wednesday.

White tail deer season is already underway, but mule deer season doesn't start until Saturday. However, Allen said he received an anonymous call Wednesday about the kill, which occurred on Tuesday in a cultivated field northwest of Saragosa.

Allen went to a home in Balmorhea and said, "Upon further investigation, the deer carcass, processed meat and the head of a nine-point buck were recovered, and three male juveniles and one adult male were filed on for criminal charges of possession of a mule deer buck during closed season."

He added that along with the criminal charges, the four would face civil restitution under state law for killing the deer four days before the start of hunting season.

Mule deer are the most prevalent deer in the Trans-Pecos area, and the hunting season for them starts Saturday morning and runs through Dec. 10. Allen added that while white tail deer season is already underway, "the only white tail I know of are in the southwestern corner of the county."

He said anyone who witnesses poaching going on should contact the Texas Parks and Wildlife Operation Game Thief Hotline, at 1-800-792 GAME (1-800-792-4263).

Christian Home feeds 470 for Thanksgiving dinner

Staff Writer

PECOS, November 24, 2000 - More than 470 people ate Thanksgiving dinner yesterday, many of whom might not have been able to afford it, thanks to the annual free dinner put on by the Christian Home of Pecos.

"There is no criteria for eating with us," Bruce Dury, executive director for the home, said. "Anybody can come."

Dury said that 139 of the dinners were delivered as part of the Meals on Wheels program.

"Meals on Wheels does not deliver on Thanksgiving and Christmas so we help out on those days," he said.

Dury said that more than 30 people volunteered to cook, serve, deliver and clean.

"It's quite an undertaking. We started cooking turkeys a month a go. We cook them and freeze them. This year we used more than 40 turkeys," he said.

All of the food is donated.

"Some people bring us food and others simply make a cash donation. It works out well. The cash lets us buy large quantities of things like potatoes and canned goods and anything else we need to fill out the donations," he said.

"This year was very successful," he said. "This is the third year we held the dinner at the Civic Center and that is a great facility."

The Christian home is an overnight shelter supported by local churches, Dury said.

"That is our mission. We have seven beds and average about 15 people a month over the year," he said.

The work at the home will not slow down now, however.

"We do the same thing at Christmas so we have already started cooking, getting ready for it."

Dury said that Christmas Day the home will sponsor a similar dinner, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

"Everybody is welcome and any donations are greatly appreciated," he said.

This year's Thanksgiving dinner set a new record. Last year the event served 305 meals.

"We're expecting a big turnout at Christmas too," he said. "We are really pleased with yesterday's success and are very thankful to live in a community like Pecos were there are so many generous people."

Anybody wishing to help with the Christmas dinner can contact the Christian home at 445-2049.

Commissioner set three sessions

Staff Writer

PECOS, November 24, 2000 - The Reeves County Commissioners' Court is scheduled to meet three times next week, to discuss personnel and salary changes for the Reeves County Detention Center and the Reeves County Public Library and also to conduct working sessions for the RCDC Expansion and the Radioactive Waste Disposal Opposition.

The Commissioners will hold their regular meeting first, starting at 9:30 a.m., on Monday in the third floor courtroom at the Reeves County Courthouse.

During that meeting, the Commissioners are scheduled to discuss the personnel and salary changes as well as an amendment between Reeves County and the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs.

Another amendment up for discussion is the DRG Architectural Professional Services agreement involving work on the 1,000-bed expansion at the RCDC. They will also discuss numerous payment requests from Banes General Contractor's Inc., DRG and Frank X. Spencer and Associates in connection with the project.

During a special meeting at 2 p.m., on Tuesday the Commissioners will discuss the Radioactive Waste Disposal Opposition. The meeting pertains to the plans by Envirocare of Texas to build a low-level radioactive waste storage site 14 miles from Pecos, in northwestern Ward County.

In another special meeting at 9:30 a.m., on Wednesday, commissioners will discuss action for a payment request from Banes.

They will also discuss in that meeting the Court's review of the RCDC addition construction site as well as a working session for the RCDC expansion.

Eagles place four on 2-4A volleyball team

Staff Writer

PECOS, November 24, 2000 - Four members of the Pecos Eagles' volleyball team were named to the All-District 2-4A squad in voting by district coaches last week, while a fifth earned honorable mention.

Seniors Philly Fobbs and D'Andra Ortega were named to the first team, with Fobbs earning the Outstanding Hitter award for the second year in a row. Junior Christina Arenivas was named Newcomer of the Year, while senior Dee Dee Molina was a second team choice and junior Jessica Rodriguez received honorable mention at setter.

"I was surprised at Christina being named Newcomer," said coach Becky Granado, who was also disappointed Molinar didn't earn first team honors as a setter this season.

"They (the other coaches) kind of voted on which girl they remembered had a good game against their team instead of going by the numbers," Granado said. "In D'Andra's case, they probably remembered that she played opposite Philly in the rotation."

Fobbs was a first team pick for the third year in a row, but finished behind a Clint player in Most Valuable Player voting for the second straight season. This time, the Lions' Collanne Bramblett was named District 2-4A MVP, while two players from El Paso Mountain View, Diana Gonzales and Diana Cineceros, were named Outstanding Setter and Outstanding Blocker for the district.

Pecos man dies in Thanksgiving morning crash

PECOS, November 24, 2000 - A Pecos man died in a one-vehicle rollover at 3:30 a.m. on Thanksgiving morning in Reeves County, near the Pecos County line.

Jesus Garcia Gonzales, 45, was traveling north on U.S. 285 in a 1992 Dodge pick-up truck when he drifted off to the east side of the highway 21.2 miles south of Pecos, according to the report from the Department of Public Safety.

Gonzales overcorrected and lost control and then "skidded through the bar ditch overturning two times," the report said. He was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle.

Justice of the Peace Rosendo Carrasco pronounced Gonzales dead at the scene at 6:10 a.m. Thursday.

Gonzales' next of kin were been notified and he was taken to Pecos Funeral Home with services pending.

DPS Corporal Emmitt Moore is investigating the accident.


Jesus Gonzales


PECOS, November 24, 2000 - High Thursday 58. Low this morning 40. Forecast for tonight: Mostly clear. Low in the lower 30s. Northwest wind 5 to 15 mph. Saturday: Increasing cloudiness. High in the mid to upper 50s. North wind 10 to 20 mph. Saturday night: Mostly cloudy with a slight chance of rain. Low 30-35. The chance of rain is less than 20 percent. Sunday: Mostly cloudy with a slight chance of rain. Highs in the lower to mid 50s.

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