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February 22, 2001
Ex-Pecos mayor Sanchez to seek seat on council
By ROSIE FLORES
PECOS, February 22, 2001 - A former Pecos mayor has opted to join an
incumbent councilman in seeking a position on the Town of Pecos City Council.
Frank Sanchez has filed to run for a seat on the council, joining incumbent
Larry Levario who entered the race for on the council on Monday, the first
day to file for the May 5 elections.
Sanchez became Pecos' first Hispanic mayor in 1986, and served two
terms. Levario is one of the three city council members whose terms expire
this year. He is currently finishing his first term on the city council.
Gerald Tellez and Johnny Terrazas hold the other two council seats whose
two-year terms expire in May.
The first day to file applications for a place on the ballot in school,
city and hospital district elections was Monday, and will continue through
In the Pecos-Barstow-Toyah school board election, three three-year
terms are up for election along with an unexpired term currently being
served by Paul Deishler.
Deishler, who was appointed last year to replace Frank Apolinar, Jr.,
on the board, has filed for one of the three-year term along with one of
the three incumbents, Brent Shaw.
Three-year positions on the board up for election on May 5 are those
currently being held by Shaw, Earl Bates and Louis Matta, who is president
of the board. Deishler's unexpired term will also be up for election.
In the Reeves County Hospital Board election, only voters in Precincts
2 and 4 will be casting ballots this year. No one has filed for either
of those seats, which are held by Marcella Lovett and Holly Key.
Council seats also will be open on May 5 in the Balmorhea, Barstow
and Toyah city elections, along with the Balmorhea ISD election.
If there are no opposed candidates, along with no propositions and
no vacancies to be filled by special election in the various city, school
and hospital board races, the election may be canceled anytime after this
The last day a person may register to vote in the local elections is
April 5. Early voting by personal appearance will be April 27 through May
1. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m., on Election Day, May 5.
Swimmers head to state seeking to keep focus
PECOS, February 22, 2001 - The Pecos High School varsity swim team is headed
to the state's capital today to take part in the Class 4A and under State
Swimming and Diving Championships, at the Jamail Aquatic Center on the
University of Texas campus.
Head Coach Terri Morse said that her team has been concentrating on
this meet since they came back from the region swim meet in Lubbock two
Both the boys and girls team won the Region I-4A Championship titles
at that meet with several individuals and relays automatically eligible
"We're ready to go down there, stay focused and do whatever we have
to do," Morse said.
This is the second year Class 4A and below schools have had their own
state meet, but unlike last year, the two weeks leading up to state have
been far from quiet for the team, due to the uncertain status of senior
freestyle swimmer Cortney Freeman.
Freeman's availability has been up in the air since last week, as the
result of a Jan 28 citation he received involving possession of drug paraphernalia.
Freeman was suspended from athletics on Monday by Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD
Athletic Director Lawrence "Bubba" Williams, but is currently cleared to
swim after his parents obtained a temporary injunction against Williams'
action from Reeves County Court-At-Law Judge Lee Green.
Green declined to comment on the status of the case today, but said
a hearing has been scheduled for 10 am Tuesday in county court at law,
after the completion of this weekends meet.
Freeman won the 100-yard freestyle race at the Region I-4A meet on
Feb. 10 in Lubbock, and qualified as an at-large swimmer in the 50 freestyle.
Going into Friday's preliminaries he is seeded sixth among Class 4A swimmers
in the 50 freestyle and eighth in the 100 free.
Morse said that the team has been working toward the meet and staying
focused so they would be able to go to Austin and improve as a team.
"My team is focused right now and we are concentrating on state," she
The boys' team finished the fifth last year at the state meet, and
"We're going to do whatever it takes to improve."
She said that the team is in good shape going into Friday's preliminaries,
with definite room for improvement.
"We've got some relays and individuals that are seeded well going into
the meet," she said.
The only possible change that Morse has made is for the boys' 200-yard
She said that she would probably allow K.W. Winkles to swim in place
of Jason Lopez in order to rest Lopez more for his 100-yard breaststroke
"Other than that nothing changes," she said. "I'm just ready to get
down there and see what we can do."
Pecos' 200 yard medley relay team is seeded first going into the meet,
the only top ranking for the Eagles at the state meet. Pecos finished third
in the 200 medley last year. The 200 freestyle relay team is seeded sixth
and the 400 freestyle team is seeded seventh entering preliminaries.
Individually, senior Tye Edwards has the highest seeding. He ranked
second in the 100 yard backstroke, a race he finished fourth in at state
a year ago. Edwards is also ranked fourth in the 100 yard butterfly. Pecos
has two other individual qualifiers, Lopez, who is seeded seventh in the
100 breaststroke, and Randall Reynolds, seeded 10th in the 500 freestyle.
On the girls' side, the Eagles' highest seeding is Rachel Eisenberg,
who is ranked 12th going into the 100 yard breaststroke. The girls 200
medley relay team is seeded 13th, the 400 yard freestyle relay team is
seeded 14th, and senior JoAnn Wein is seeded 14th in the 200 freestyle
and 15th in the 500 freestyle.
Friday's preliminaries are scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m. while the
finals will start at 10 a.m. on Saturday at the Jamail Aquatic Center,
which is located on the southeast end of the UT-Austin campus.
City set to OK giving Barstow used fire truck
By LEIA HOLLAND
PECOS, February 22, 2001 - The Town of Pecos City Council is scheduled
to officially approve the disposition of the Pecos Volunteer Fire Department's
fire truck number 306 to the Barstow Volunteer Fire Department during the
regular meeting at 5:30 p.m., tonight in Council chambers at City Hall.
During a workshop earlier this week the council unofficially approved
giving the fire truck to Barstow due to their interest and proximity to
During that meeting the mayor of Barstow, Benny Hernandez, informed
the council that the two fire trucks in Barstow are obsolete due to unavailable
parts needed to fix them.
Councilman Danny Rodriguez said that he believed that Barstow and Pecos
both would benefit from the truck going to Barstow.
"I think it's a safety issue," he said. "I consider Barstow as a part
of our family."
The council is also set to officially approve a contract with the Pecos
Area Chamber of Commerce for expenditures of hotel/motel tax.
The council discussed utilizing hotel/motel taxes to provide funding
for a new position, a full-time Main Street Program manager during the
workshop on Monday.
City Manager Carlos Yerena said that the new position would allow the
city to have someone working full-time in efforts to beautify the downtown
Also on the agenda is the second reading of a city ordinance for building,
fire, electrical and plumbing codes to include the city's extraterritorial
jurisdiction as well as the first reading for an ordinance authorizing
F.I.R.E. Inc., to charge or claim for certain fire department responses.
The Council will also discuss numerous requests to purchase foreclosed
properties including property at 605 S. Palm St., 1101 S. Locust St., 2025
S. Eddy St., 616 Ross Blvd., and 495 acres in Reeves County.
Also on the agenda are some annual reports from juvenile court, municipal
court and the tax collector's report as well as the accounts payable.
McGrew gets to speak, gets re-sentenced
By ROSIE FLORES
PECOS, February 22, 2001 - Pecos resident was given a chance to speak
to the court before being re-sentenced in Federal Court held Tuesday morning;
something a federal court said he was denied previously in U.S. District
Court in Pecos.
Tony Earl McGrew, addressed the court before being re-sentenced to
19 months in Federal Prison to be served at the Federal Correctional Institute
Big Spring, by presiding Judge Royal Ferguson.
He had been originally sentenced to five years probation on April 1,
1998 after being charged with two counts of importation and distribution
of marijuana. His probation was revoked on March 15, 2000.
But on January 12, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
in New Orleans remanded the case and vacated the sentence on McGrew, while
at the same time dismissing McGrew's appeal and denying a motion by his
attorney to withdraw from the case.
According to the statutes, each defendant is allowed to speak their
thoughts before being sentenced and the 5th Circuit Court found
that McGrew had not been allowed to do so during his original sentencing
in U.S. District Court in Pecos.
McGrew had that opportunity this morning to speak to the court during
Federal Court held at the Lucius D. Bunton Courthouse in Pecos.
LL sign-ups benefit lunch set Saturday
PECOS, February 22, 2001 - The Pecos Little League will hold sign-ups this
weekend at two locations, and will also have a fundraising hamberger lunch
League official Lee Serrano said sign-ups for Little League, Junior
League and Senior League players will be held both at the old Pecos High
School gym and at Wal-Mart on South Cedar Street. In addition, the hamburger
sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Wal-Mart.
Registration fee for players will be $15 per player and $20 per family.
Modesta Munoz and Gerhard Renz
PECOS, February 22, 2001 - High Wednesday 81. Low this morning 45. Forecast
for tonight: Cloudy with a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms.
Low in the mid 40s. Southeast wind 10 to 20 mph. Friday: Mostly cloudy
with a 30 percent chance ofhowers and thunderstorms. High in the mid 60s.
South wind 10 to 20 mph. Friday night: Mostly cloudy with a 20 percent
chance of showers and thunderstorms. Low in the mid 40s. Saturday and sunday:
Partly cloudy. Lows in the 30s. Highs 55 to 65.
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