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Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
February 13, 2001
Commissioners OK golf course proposals
By ROSIE FLORES
PECOS, February 13, 2001 - Golf tournaments and stocking the pro shop
at the Reeves County Golf Course were topics of discussion at the regular
Reeves County Commissioners Court meeting held Monday morning.
Commissioners approved a Sadie Hawkins Golf Tournament, which is held
each year at the golf course, along with the West Texas Junior Golf Champion
The Sadie Hawkins Tournament is scheduled for April 28-29 and is sponsored
by the Pecos Women's Golf Association. The group plans to use funds from
the tournament toward building a gazebo at the course. Commissioners approved
that item in August.
The West Texas Junior Champions Tour was founded in the summer of 1999.
Steve Alexander of San Angelo is in charge of the tournament, which has
grown from 13 tournaments in 1999 to 20 tournaments in 2000.
In his letter to the commissioners, Alexander said that participation
in 2000 grew 15 percent over 1999 and that they expect it to continue to
increase 15 percent to 25 percent in 2001.
"Junior Golf is very important to the future of golf and it is a great
sport for our youth. With your support we can make junior golf even more
important," said Alexander.
Proposed date that the tournament will be in Pecos is June 8 with the
group planning to be in Monahans on June 7 and at the Fort Stockton golf
course on June 18.
Recreation Department manager Nora Geron told commissioners "They want
to play here in Pecos on that particular week, charge $5 and have the holes
free by 1 p.m., since they'll begin at 8 a.m."
Geron said that the sponsor of the event will do all the work, the
only that will be needed is someone to rent out the golf carts for them.
"He wants to get as many kids involved as he possibly can and to get
the high school coaches involved," said Geron.
Pecos players who are in seventh grade through 12th grade
are eligible to participate.
Geron said Alexander will bring an average of 17 players with him to
make the tournament and that the students are transported to each particular
city by their parents.
"If someone wants to participate, they don't have to follow the whole
summer, if for some reason the parents can't take them or something," said
This will give the kids in Pecos a chance to see what the players in
the tournament are doing, according to Geron.
Along the same topic, commissioners approved putting out a bid for
proposals to have someone in charge of stocking the pro shop at the golf
"We've been talking about stocking the pro shop again, since there
seems to be a need for it," said Reeves County Judge Jimmy B. Galindo.
Any vendor that would like to be in charge of this venture can put
in a bid, according to Galindo. "This will be a simple request for proposals,
detailing what they'll stock it with and what percentage will go to the
county," he said.
"In your opinion, Mr. Vejil, is there a real need for this?" Precinct
3 commissioner Herman Tarin asked David Vejil, who manages the pro shop
and is in charge of cart rentals.
"Yes, we always have golfers that for some reason or another need golf
balls, gloves or tees," said Vejil. "These are just routine items that
are needed for playing, but the pro shop could also feature other golf
According to Vejil, the basic items would certainly sell at the pro
shop and would make it easier for the golfers who are already out at the
golf course and don't want to go back into town to purchase basic items.
In other action, commissioners approved Banes General Contractors Inc.
request for Reeves County Detention Center 1,000 bed addition change orders.
"There are a number of changes that Spencer has outlined that he would
like approved," said county auditor Lynn Owens.
The first one was for additional water and sewer lines at the vocational
shop at the facility; the second was for additional water lines at wing
"D" at RCDC and the third was to delete sewer lines which are not in compliance.
The changes meant a decrease of $2,500 in total contract price, according
A payment for the racquetball courts to Banes was also approved, as
was a payment to DRG Architect's, which was an extension of basic fees.
The group approved a contract between Reeves County and Taylor County
for Juvenile Detention services at $75 per day. "This is Abilene, but we've
had kids further than this, so it's no big deal," said Owens.
The county is seeking rocks for the landscaping project in conjunction
with Texas Department of Transportation. The project will include landscaping
along Interstate 20 and U.S. 285.
"There's going to be a considerable amount of rock needed for this
project and we're talking of possibly getting rocks donated," said Galindo.
Galindo asked Owens if it was legal for the county to accept such donations.
"I understand that it was changed at the last legislature so that you
could accept donations," he said.
"Do you see any problems with us getting these donations?" asked Galindo.
Owens assured Galindo that there was no problem in receiving donations.
Personnel and salary changes included at the Reeves County Detention
Center, Gary Hill, to SIS Lit. at $31,500 per year; Jose Hernandez was
promoted at an annual salary $31,500, Jennifer Rainwater, to training officer
at $24,000, Leti Armendariz to CO II at $24,000, Danny Bradley to CO II
at $24,000 a year, Steve Reyes to recreation officer II at $24,000 a year,
Abelardo Marquez to CO II at $24,000 a year and Monica Orona to budget
clerk II at $24,000 per year.
At the recreation department Kimberly Acosta was hired on a part-time
basis at $8 per hour and Jose T. Herrera as maintenance at $8 per hour,
Commissioners approved an agreement between the county and Reeves County
Hospital to provide medical services for the inmates at the RCDC, for emergency
and in-patient care and approved a resolution in support of the West Texas
Center, Mental Health Mental Retardation. "They need to muster as much
support as possible to procure funding," said Galindo.
The group approved to be bid out a CASE Model 660 Trencher and bond
and oath for Patricia Tarin, district clerk and Mary O. Bitolas, reserve
Regular items approved during the meeting were budget amendments and
line-item transfers, reports from various departments, semi-monthly bills
and minutes from previous meetings.
I-20 rollover near Barstow leaves 10 hurt
By LEIA HOLLAND
PECOS, February 13, 2001 - Three people were airlifted to Lubbock with
serious injuries when the vehicle they were traveling in rolled over on
Interstate 20, four miles east of Barstow on Monday afternoon.
The rollover occurred at about 1 p.m., yesterday afternoon when a Ford
Explorer traveling west on Interstate 20 lost control and rolled over before
coming to rest upright and facing north near Mile Marker 53 on I-20, just
east of the Business I-20 (Barstow) exit.
A total of 10 people were reported inside the Explorer, according to
reports by the Department of Public Safety. DPS troopers, along with Reeves
and Ward County Sheriff's Deputies, Pecos Volunteer Firemen and ambulance
crews from Reeves and Ward County responded to the accident.
John Cravey, first assistant chief of the Pecos Emergency Medical Technicians,
said that five of the 10 were transported from the accident site to Reeves
County Hospital with varying injuries. They included the most serious of
the rollover victims. Two air ambulance helicopters and one air ambulance
jet were flown to Pecos from Lubbock to transport three of the injured
to Covenant Medical Center.
Cravey also said that the remaining five were transported to the Ward
The victims included men, women and children ages eight and up. Names
and hometowns of the accident victims were not available at press time.
DPS troopers are still investigating the accident.
Police bust juvenile for pot, stolen items
By ROSIE FLORES
PECOS, February 13, 2001 - A juvenile who has been under surveillance
for a while by local law enforcement officials was taken into custody following
a narcotics drug search that was executed at his home on Monday.
Officers from the Pecos Police Department, Reeves County Sheriff's
Department and the Trans Pecos Drug Task Force executed the search warrant
at about 6 p.m., Monday, at 1509 S. Eddy Street.
"Once the SWAT team had secured the residence, officers proceeded to
search the residence and during the search of a juvenile's bedroom, a substance
believed to be marijuana was found," said Pecos Police Investigator Paul
Also found in the juvenile's bedroom were materials used in the packaging
of marijuana to be sold, according to Deishler.
"Found in the bedroom was also contraband in the smoking of marijuana,
along with property believed to belong to either the state highway department
or the Town of Pecos City, also recovered in the bedroom," he said.
Officers completed their search of the residence and the juvenile was
placed under arrest and transported to the Reeves County Juvenile Center
to be booked.
The juvenile was charged with possession of a controlled substance
within a 1,000 feet of school (Pecos High School), possession of drug paraphernalia
and theft by appropriation.
"This juvenile has been under investigation for several months for
drug trafficking within the Pecos area," said Deishler.
Bears in basketball playoff at Imperial
PECOS, February 13, 2001 - The Balmorhea Bear girls basketball team will
face the Sanderson Eagles in their first-ever Class A Division II basketball
playoff game, starting at 6 p.m. tonight at Buena Vista High School in
Class A was divided into big and small school divisions in basketball
for the first time this year, and the Bears finished second in District
9-A, while Sanderson was the District 10-A champion. It's the fourth meeting
of the year for the teams, with Sanderson having won the first two contests
while Balmorhea took the most recent game in overtime.
Balmorhea's boys are awaiting the start of the Class A playoffs next
week, after having won the District 9-A title. They'll face the Marathon
Mustangs at a site and time to be determined.
PECOS, February 13, 2001 - No time was given to the Enterprise on Monday
for the funeral of Bobby E. Hill, 46, who died on Feb. 6, 2001.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2001 at the
Pecos Funeral Home Chapel with burial following at the East Side Cemetery.
Ramona Ortega, Ramona Soto, and Jimmy Vasquez
PECOS, February 13, 2001 - High Monday 65. Low this morning 50. Forecast
for tonight: Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of showers. Low in
the upper 40s. South to southwest wind 5 to 15 mph. Wednesday: Mostly cloudy
with a 50 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms. High in the upper
60s. Southwest to west wind 10 to 15 mph. Wednesday night: Mostly cloudy
with a 30 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms. Low 40 to 45. Thursday:
Partly cloudy with a slight chance of showers or thunderstorms. High near
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