Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
Wednesday, December 27, 2000, PECOS ENTERPRISE
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Ice storm blamed for at least two area deaths
From Staff and Wire Reports
Tuesday's wintry weather is blamed for one fatal collision in
the Trans-Pecos region, when two people near the 233-mile marker on
Interstate 10 in western Pecos County.
According to the Department of Public Safety, the deaths
occurred Tuesday morning when the 1993 Chevrolet Astro they were
traveling in was struck head on by a 2000 model Ford Explorer that lost control in
the icy conditions and crossed the median into oncoming traffic.
According to the DPS fatality report six people were traveling in the
Juan Carlos Garcia, a 40-year-old accountant, and Fernando
Servin Garcia, a 75-year-old retiree, were both pronounced dead at the
scene by Pecos County Justice of the Peace Lali Minjarez.
The driver, three other passengers and both occupants of the
Explorer required medical attention.
"The van was traveling westbound on Interstate 10. The Explorer
was traveling eastbound. Close to the 233 mile-marker, the Explorer lost control
on the ice and crossed the median, striking the van head-on," investigating
trooper Ernesto Velasquez said.
According to the report, the Explorer was driven by Aaron
Brooks Pond of San Antonio. The passenger was Elizabeth Pond-Stover also
of San Antonio.
The four survivors from the van were transported to Odessa
Medical Center Hospital and were listed in stable condition, Velasquez said.
The driver of the Explorer was treated and released at Pecos County
Memorial Hospital while the passenger remained hospitalized at
Pecos County Memorial in stable condition.
The accident was the most serious of several reported Tuesday
morning along I-10 due to icy roads caused by the winter storm, which
passed through the area. Two people were transported to Reeves
County Hospital from a 6 a.m. accident at the 197 mile marker west of
Balmorhea, while other accidents were reported on I-10 at the 191 and 208 mile
markers in Reeves County, along with a one-vehicle rollover that occurred
about 10 a.m. Tuesday on U.S. 285 near Orla in northern Reeves County.
Pecos escaped most of the icy conditions, as temperatures
stayed closer to the freezing mark that at the higher elevations around Orla
and Balmorhea. Today, most of the Permian Basin was sidestepped
by the second storm front, which tracked to the north through the
The storm, which dumped more than a foot of snow on parts of
the Panhandle, glazed parts of North Texas with a tree-toppling coat of
ice and brought flooding rains to parts of East Texas could linger
until Thursday afternoon, weather officials said.
The culprit? A storm system centered over New Mexico that
has been slow to move out of the region.
"It's been some time since we've seen a prolonged
weather event," said Chris Buonanno, a meteorologist with the
National Weather Service in Fort Worth.
On Tuesday, the storm knocked out power to about
108,000 residents and caused numerous traffic accidents and flight
delays. Authorities said rain-slickened roads may have led to a four-car accident
in East Texas that killed five people and a wreck in San Jacinto County
that killed four. At least one other death, in the San Angelo area, was
blamed on Tuesday's storm.
National Weather Service officials said as much as a quarter inch of
ice could create ice-rink conditions across North Texas, while snow
20 inches deep could bury the Panhandle before the storm
Matt Ham, a security officer patrolling a truck stop
along Interstate 40 in Amarillo Tuesday night, said snowdrifts already
were up to his knees.
"It's real deep, messy. I wouldn't advise coming out here," he said.
"I'm finding a lot of stuck vehicles."
State troopers and members of the National Guard were deployed
to rescue motorists stranded on the snow-packed roads in the Panhandle.
Meanwhile, residents in northern areas of North and East Texas
were without electricity after freezing rain and sleet snapped power lines
and tree limbs. The outages stretched about 300 miles from
Montague County to the Arkansas-Texas border.
Kay Bowling, a cashier at the Short Stop truck stop in Paris
and mother of two, said her trailer home lost electricity and then
telephone service early Tuesday.
"You can just sleep and hear limbs and trees crashing, and you're
just hoping your roof's not gonna cave in," said Bowling, 21. "Everything
in my trailer house is electric. We've got water but it's really, really cold."
Scott McCloud, a spokesman for AEP/Southwestern Electric
Power, said crews were working repair transmission lines. He said the
lines must be fixed before work can start on restoring service to homes
and businesses to its customers in northeastern Texas.
McCloud said about 60,000 customers did not have
electricity, and it could be as long as 10 days after the transmission lines are
back up and the weather clears before customers can again turn on
TXU Electric and Gas spokesman Phillip Roth said 35,000 customers
in North Texas counties along the Red River were without electricity.
About 8,000 Grayson Collin Electric Co-op customers north of Dallas were in
At Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport on Tuesday, 738
American Airlines and American Eagle flights were canceled Tuesday.
to discuss jail,
cattle loss case
By JON FULBRIGHT
Town of Pecos City Council members will discuss plans for
the new Criminal Justice Center with Police Chief Clay McKinney and
will discuss a new fire protection contract with Reeves County and a claim
by John Clark for cattle loss during their regular meeting Thursday morning.
The council will meet at 7:30 a.m. at City Hall, in what will be the
first official meeting for Carlos Yerena as City Manager for Pecos.
Yerena attended a council meeting earlier this month, before officially taking
over as city manager on Dec. 18.
Among the items he and the council will review are plans for
the Criminal Justice Center, which would house both the Pecos
Police Department and serve as a 100-bed jail for both city prisoners and
U.S. Marshal's Service prisoners awaiting trial in U.S. District Court in Pecos.
Council members are looking at sites on the southwest side of
town, near Reeves County Hospital, as the likely location of the new facility,
The fire protection contract with Reeves County for 2001 calls for
a payment of $90,530 by the county to the city for services, with $10,000
of that total going towards the purchase of a new fire truck for the department.
The Clark dispute has been the subject of two previous
council discussions and involves the loss of cattle due to a leak from a city
water line back in February. The council has yet to take any action on
Also on Thursday's agenda, council members will
discuss annexation of land in the city limits; discuss a program for
contracting manufactured home installation with the Texas Department of
Housing and Community Affairs; discuss/consider a request to purchase
the old Buster's Barn building at 313 S. Oak St. by Euilio Baeza; approve
tax and ambulance reports and accounts payable and hold an
executive session on the duties of public appointee Oscar Saenz to the
Pecos Economic Development Corporation.
Following the executive session, the council will take up the same
item in open session on Thursday.
Robert "Bob" Garrett, 72, of Sacramento, N.M., died Thursday, Dec.
21, 2000, at his home.
A memorial service has been rescheduled from this afternoon to 2
p.m., Saturday, Dec. 30, 2000, at First United Methodist Church in Pecos,
where Garrett formerly served as pastor.
He was born March 2, 1928, in DeFuniak Springs, Florida, was a
minister for 35 years and a veteran of the U.S. Army. He served the Pecos church
from June of 1991 until his retirement in 1995.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Marylee Ellisor.
Survivors include his wife, Joy Garrett of Sacramento, N.M.;
three daughters, Beverly Basford of Grand Ridge, Fla., Barbara Lynn of
Panama City, Fla., and Jennifer Schild of Chicago, Ill.; one brother, W.A. Garrett
of DeFuniak Springs, Fla.; three sisters, Jeanette Lindsay of DeFuniak
Springs, Fla., Avie Stewart of Daytona Beach, Fla., and Virginia Moody of
Ponce DeLeon, Fla; and four grandchildren.
Ramona G. Munoz
Funeral services will be in Mexico on Friday for Ramona G. Munoz,
78, who died Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2000 in Reeves County Hospital.
She was born Sept. 30, 1922 in Manuel Benavides, Chih., Mex.
Survivors include her husband, Marcelo M. Galindo of Pecos; two
sons, Israel H. Galindo of Ojinaga, Chih., Mex., and Marcelo H. Galindo, Jr.
of Pecos; two daughters, Ramona G. Munoz of Ojinaga, Chih., Mex.,
and Felipa G. Rubio of Pecos; three sisters, Hermenegilda Acosta of
Lovington, N.M., Manuela Baeza of Jal., N.M. and Trinidad H. Alvarado of Ojinaga,
Chih., Mex., 11 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
High Tuesday 33. Low this morning 32. Forecast for
tonight: Mostly clear and cold. Low near 20. Light northwest wind.
Thursday: Mostly sunny and warmer. High near 50. West wind 10 to 15
mph. Thursday night: Partly cloudy. Low in the lower to mid 20s.
Friday: Partly cloudy. Lows in the 20s. Highs in the 50s.
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
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