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March 2, 2001

Rural home raid results in pot arrest

Staff Writer

PECOS, March 2, 2001 - Local law enforcement officials went out of their way Thursday, to serve a narcotics search warrant.

Officers from the Pecos Police Department, Reeves County Sheriff's Department and the Trans Pecos Drug Task Force executed a narcotics search warrant at 8:30 last evening, at the home of Ronald Theodore Fossum, located 20 miles from Pecos, at 821 N. Farm Market Road 869, southwest of Pecos.

Once the SWAT Team had executed the narcotics search warrant Investigator Jeffrey Baeza and Pecos Police Investigator Paul Deishler entered the residence and presented the Fossum, 52, with a copy of the search warrant issued by County Court-At-Law Judge Lee Green.

Officers then proceeded to search the premises for narcotics and other drug contraband.

"During the search of the master bedroom a substance believed to be marijuana was located," said Deishler. "Also during the search of the bedroom, materials commonly used with the smoking of marijuana and materials used in the packaging of marijuana was located."

Deishler said that also removed from the premises were handguns and a shotgun, although the individual has not been charged with these offenses.

Officers completed the search of the premises and Fossum was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana over four ounces, but less than five pounds.

Fossum's bond was set at $2,500 this morning by Justice of the Peace Judge Amonario Ramon and released from Reeves County Jail.

Austin students given early look at careers

Staff Writer

PECOS, March 2, 2001 - What do you want to be when you grow up?

First and second grade students at Austin Elementary School had an opportunity to learn more about careers today.

The students participated in Career Day with several members of the community on hand to help demonstrate their different careers and job duties.

Their guidance counselor, Rosie Salcido, has taught career Guidance lessons to the first and second grade students for the past two months.

"Career Day is a great way to expose children to the different careers," said Salcido. "I want them to learn more about careers and what they would like to do when them grow up."

Even though first and second grade students are a little young to be thinking about a career, Salcido said she likes to give them ideas about what they would like to do when they grow up.

"They are young, but I like to start them thinking at a young age," said Salcido. "I really like to expose them to the different careers at this level."

Salcido has been working with the students on different lessons throughout the year on careers. "There are different things that I do with the students throughout the year on careers and this is one of the things we work on," she said.

The annual gives the children some insight into what the different careers have to offer, the education it takes to achieve that goal and the duties involved in the various careers.

"They get a first-hand account of the different careers and gives them a better idea of what it takes," said Salcido.

The community members on hand today talked to the students about their own careers.

"We want to thank the various community individuals that could come today and talk with the students," said Austin Elementary School Principal Victor Tarin. "It's a great way to expose the children and for them to learn," he said.

Those who were on hand at the elementary school today included Pecos veterinarian Dr. Ronald Box; pilot, Isabel Blanchard; Pecos Police Department Officer Ismael Gamboa; Reeves County Sheriff's Department Juvenile Officer Hilda Woods; social worker, Maribel Alvarez; accountant, Bruce Salcido; Juvenile Probation Officer, Louise Moore; Christian Musical Group, Sudden Impact; Registered Nurse, Faye Lease; food service manager, Frank Rodriguez; banker, Gilbert Abila; Director of Program Development at Reeves County Hospital, Nancy Ontiveros; counselor, Ruben Cervantes and Director of the Odessa College-Pecos Technical Training Center, Michelle Workman.

Along with speaking about their careers, some used visual aids to help them demonstrate what their career entailed.

"I think the students get a lot out of this, they get to see what the career people use in their careers and learn more about them," said Salcido.

Barstow began as biggest town in Ward County

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is one in a continuing series of features on historical locations in Pecos region
By The Ghost Writer

PECOS, March 2, 2001 - Barstow can boast of a glorious past and can now point to citizens that were a big part of that past. It was the county seat of Ward County, having grown more than the other towns having a population in 1900 of 1,219 while Grandfalls had 542 residents and Monahans had 319.

Texas geography was not the same as it is now. On December 19, 1836, the Congress of the Republic of Texas passed an act declaring all the land from the Rio Grande to its source thence north to the forty-second parallel as the western boundary of Texas and soon thereafter, all the territory west of San Antonio was considered as Bexar County. Counties in West Texas developed at different times and from different sources and in 1885 Barstow residents petitioned the 19th Legislature of Texas to create new counties.

Ward County was created in 1887, with Barstow as its county seat, but the Pecos Enterprise reported May 11, 1938 that for the second time voters favored moving the county seat to Monahans. The County Commissioners voted to make the move and it was moved June 14, 1938. It was a legal move, contrary to the rumor that the records were stolen. (Alton Hughes details this move in his volume 2 of Pecos history.)

Barstow's greatest claim to fame was in its agriculture. It started in 1880 at the Ed Carter Brother Ranch when a skunk spoiled a bag of peas stored in the barn. The cook thought that he could clean the peas in the Pecos River and tied the bag in the water. Mrs. Carter, who didn't like peas, had a ranch hand cut a hole in the bag and the peas went down river. Months later, a cowhand found four acres of good peas growing in an alluvial botton.

The Pioneer Canal Company was formed in 1889 and had a franchise to take 1,020 cubic feet per second from the Pecos River. They were to build and maintain canals, flumes, dams and feeders to serve farms in Reeves and Ward Counties. Melons, all types of vegetables, almonds, peaches, apples, pears, strawberries and grapes flourished at Barstow. Their grapes won first place at the St. Louis' World Fair in 1904.

Alfalfa was a major crop and a special variety, Barstow Common, was developed. It was said that this variety produced five to six tons of seed and up to 1000 pounds per acre. The strand had pretty well died out in 1962. Cotton, cantaloupe, cattle and horses were big items in the early years. Dr. Carson and Carl Pierce persuaded the railroad to transport 3,500 cottonwood trees to be planted on the canals and around their houses. They planted 400 of them. Dr. Carson was so proud of the trees, he named his place "Rancho de los Alamo."

There is much more to tell about Barstow but I have likely lost my readers by now. You should read the little book about the history of Ward County.

Warbirds' boxer to fight tonight in GG semifinal

PECOS, March 2, 2001 - Pecos-Barstow Warbirds boxer Peter Juarez will fight Pablo Pena of El Paso tonight in the Light Welterweight (139-pound) Division of the State Golden Gloves Tournament in Fort Worth.

Juarez defeated Mark Longoria of Corpus Christi in his opening round fight on Wednesday, while Pena won his first round match over Ubaldo Torres of Brownsville.

The winner will fight the winner of tonight's other fight, between Eric Canales of Fort Worth and Americo Santos of Dallas for the Light Welterweight title on Saturday.

Pecos LL holding Saturday sign-ups

PECOS, March 2, 2001 - The Pecos Little League will be signing up players for Little League and Senior League teams on Saturday between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the old Pecos High School gym.

Registration fee for players will be $15 per player and $20 per family.

Women's meeting scheduled today at Oak St. center

PECOS, March 2, 2001 - A conference for women is scheduled for 6 p.m., today at the Community Center, located on Oak Street.

All women are invited to attend the special Christian conference.

Police Report

EDITOR'S NOTE: Information contained in the Police Report is obtained from reports filed by the Pecos Police Department, Reeves County Sheriff's Office, or other officers of those agencies. The serving of warrants by an officer for outstanding fines of either traffic citations, animal control violations or other court costs are considered arrests and will be printed as such unless indicated that the fines were paid. In such instanced we will indicate payment and release.
Vickie M. Renteria, 39, Eric S. Garcia, 28, and Juan Gonzalez, 19, were arrested at 12:41 a.m., on February 23 in the 900 block of Elm Streer, each on a charge of abuse of aerosol spray.

Irene Morales, 29, was arrested at 7:59 p.m., on February 28 in the 1000 block of Yucca Street for two DPS warrants of failure to adjudicate and speeding.

Hector Rodriguez Reyes, 17, David Rodriguez Reyes, 19, and Julio Anchondo Franco, 17, were arrested at 4:10 a.m., on February 25 in the 1800 block of Eddy Street on charges of evading arrest or detention.

Walter Cariel Bearden, 57, was arrested at 9:25 p.m., on February 14 at mile marker 40 on Interstate 20 for driving while intoxicated.

Jesus M. Hernandez, 62, was arrested at 6:26 p.m., on February 21 in the 1000 block of South Cedar Street for public intoxication.

Eric Garcia, 29, was arrested at 9:21 p.m., on February 25 in the 900 block of South Elm Street for assault-Class A Misdemeanor.


Marriages for January 2001, as filed with the Reeves County Clerk's Office.

Thomas Bryan Trammell and Lydia Gomez Gray.

Rene Uribe Porras and Linda Mendoza Lujan.

Rodolfo Lujan and Mary Sue Hernandez.

Bernardino Nunez Mora and Michelle Hernandez Rodriguez.

Jason Alan Trammell and Lorie Ann Minjarez.

Marriages for February 2001, as filed with the Reeves County Clerk's Office.

Federico Marquez Carrasco and Cruselva Rios Sanchez.

Epifanio Baca Reyes and Crystal Martus.


Divorces for January 2001, as filed with the Reeves County District Clerk's Office.

Armida V. Johnson and Roy Lee Johnson.

Marisa Rodriguez Lopez and Rodney Sanchez Lopez.

Rosalinda Sharp and James Sharp.

Isabelle C. Cardona and Roberto J. Cardona.

Juan Carlos Villegas and Carla Villegas.

Divorces for February 2001, as filed with the Reeves County District Clerk's Office.

Heriberto Rivera and Adalgisa Fondeur Sarita.

Michael Dominguez and Tonya Baiza Dominguez.

Raymundo Martinez and Janet Lynn Martinez.


PECOS, March 2, 2001 - High Thursday 55. Low this morning 38. Rainfall past 24 hours at Texas A&M Experiment Station .41 inch. Forecast for tonight: Cloudy with a 40 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms. Low in the upper 30s. Light and variable wind. Saturday: Partly cloudy. High in the lower 60s. West wind 5 to 15 mph. Saturday night: Mostly clear. Low in the lower 30s. Sunday through Tuesday: Partly cloudy. Lows in the 30s. Highs in the mid 60s.

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