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March 19, 2001

Area's elections still uncontested as

deadline nears

Staff Writer

PECOS, March 19, 2001 - With only two more days to file for a position on the ballot in the May 5 elections, a third candidate has filed for a seat a seat on the Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD board. But only one of the area's seven scheduled elections is currently contested, meaning only a handful of voters may have to go to the polls on May 5.

Wednesday is the last day to file for area city, school and hospital district elections, and under state law, officials can cancel the election if the races are not contested, in order to save money. As of today, only voters in Precinct 2 in Reeves County will definitely be casting votes on May 5, since there are already two candidates seeking the Precinct 2 seat on the Reeves County Hospital District Board.

Local elections that currently are uncontested include those for city council seats in Pecos, Barstow Toyah and Balmorhea, along with the Pecos-Barstow-Toyah and the Balmorhea school boards, and for the Precinct 4 seat on the hospital board, for which no candidate has filed so far.

There are four seats open on the P-B-T school board, which got its third candidate on Friday. Saul "Chip" Flores, has filed for a position on the board, joining Paul Deishler, who was appointed last year to replace Frank Apolinar, Jr., and incumbent Brent Shaw. All three have filed for one of the full three-year terms.

Three of the board's three-year terms, along with Deishler's one-year unexpired term are up for election on May 5. The three-year terms are currently held by Shaw, Earl Bates and board president Louis Matta. No one has filed for the unexpired term as of this morning.

In the hospital district race, Clark Lindley and Linda Gholson have filed for the Precinct 2 position, currently held by Marcella Lovett, who has not filed for a new two-year term.

The Precinct 4 seat on the hospital board, for which no one has filed as of today, is currently held by Holly Key.

In the Balmorhea city election incumbent Ike Ward has filed to retain a seat along with Olga Lopez who had filed earlier to retain her seat. Both positions are up in the May 5 elections.

Incumbent Diana Tollet of Toyah has filed to retain her seat on the council and has been joined by newcomers Danny Wayne Enmon and Laura E. Budlong. There are three positions open in the Toyah election.

In the Barstow City Council race, all three incumbents whose terms are up have filed to retain their seats.

Aldermen Olga Abila, Dora Villanueva and Lucio Florez have filed to seek new two-year terms in the upcoming local elections.

In the Town of Pecos City, two of the three incumbents and one former city official have filed. Incumbents Gerald Tellez and Larry Levario are joined by former Pecos mayor Frank Sanchez in the council race. Johnny Terrazas holds the other council seat whose two-year term expires in May.

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 date. For seats on the various board for which no candidate either files by Wednesday or opts to run as a write-in candidate, the boards can appoint someone to fill the vacancy following the May 5 election.

The last day a person may register to vote in the local elections is April 5. Early voting by personal appearance will be April 18 through May 1. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m., on Election Day, May 5.

Zoo seeks to get over hump on funding camel

Staff Writer

PECOS, March 19, 2001 - Lack of funding has delayed the arrival of a new animal to the Maxey Park Zoo.

The city recently acquired two African Lions and have been eagerly planning for the arrival of a camel but have held off on transporting it to Pecos due to the cost of feeding the animal.

City Health and Sanitation Director Armando Gil said that the city still plans to get the new camel but have held off the arrival to explore new ways of funding.

Gil said that the city has looked at many ideas of finding enough funding to improve and maintain the zoo and its' animals.

"We're looking to also start to charge for people to come in to our zoo," he said.

The fee would not be very large but it would help the city to keep the zoo open, said Gil, who mentioned the possibility in January when the zoo's newest arrivals, a pair of African lions, were brought to their new home.

The lions came from the same source the city is seeking to acquire the camel from, a ranch for exotic animals owned by Jim and Linda Perry of Ackerly, Tx., located near Big Spring.

City Manager Carlos Yerena said that the city wants to make the improvements on the local zoo because it is an asset to the community.

Yerena pointed out that the Pecos zoo is the only zoo between El Paso and Abilene.

"The city wants to continue to support the zoo because it's an asset to the community," he said.

Yerena said that the city at this time can not afford any more animals but is trying to look into numerous grants that would give "innovative ways to improve the zoo."

He said that right now the city is taking "a step back" to analyze the zoo in order to make improvements and then promote the city and zoo.

"We want to make sure we have the funding," Yerena said.

Gil said that he plans to invite many civic organizations in this area to visit the zoo and ask local television stations to possibly do some kind of documentary on the zoo. He also plans to contact Texas Country Reporter to ask them to tape a story about the zoo as a segment for the show.

Gil said that the camel would need lots of hay to feed on and said consideration has been made on the possibility of local ranchers donating the hay for the camel.

He said the camel is very tall and well behaved making it possible for the community members to visit and pet the animal.

"He's people friendly, so people can actually touch him," Gil said.

Because of that fact, Gil said that ideas have come up such as walking the camel in parades in order for the community to get a close up view of the camel.

Yerena said that the city should have a "game plan" within a few weeks.

"We're trying to be more efficient," he said. "We want to run it (the zoo) at least to meet the expenses."

Yerena said that the city has not canceled the plans for the new animal but just postponed it.

"Eventually we're going to get it here," he said. "Not only the camel but additional animals as well. It's just a matter of time."

City established fire department early in 1900s

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

The Pecos Volunteer Fire Department was established in 1907 or 1908, according to an article printed in the Pecos Independent January 13, 1953. They were celebrating their 32nd annual banquet and were recalling the great Cowan Building fire. Annual banquets must have started after the fire. The first Fire Department was equipped with one pumper that was to be pulled by a horse, however, the firemen pulled it themselves.

The $350,000 Cowan Building burned January 21, 1921. A new fire truck was in use at the time. The front of the building collapsed causing great injury to three brothers. Charlie Manahan was fire chief at the time and served for 25 years, retiring in 1944.

The Cowen Building housed: the Post Office, Manahan Jewelry, Warn Abstract and Real Estate, (present day Elliott and Waldron Abstract Company) Western Union, Collings Insurance and Elite Confectionary. Upstairs was occupied by: Pecos Valley Southern Railroad and attorney, J.F. Ross. Charlie Doty lived upstairs but received no harm from the fire. (This does not conform the account of the occupancy in Alton's Hughes' book on Pecos.)

The cause of the fire was never determined; however, they were sure that it was not caused by an electrical problem as electric power was cut off for repairs. Only gasoline lights were in use. Pecos had been served by a central electric and water system since at least 1911. On February 20, 1911, the Pecos City Council granted a fifty-year franchise to Pecos Light and Ice Company for electric, gas and water systems. The system was located on Elm Street between First and Second streets. They sold the system in 1926 for $107,000 and it later became Texas-Louisiana Power Company, than Community Public Service Company and the name was changed to Texas-New Mexico Power Company. The water tower and cooling towers have been removed but the brick building housing the power plant and ice plant remain.

The City Council, in 1953, raised the pay for firemen to $2 from $1 for each fire and $2 per meeting. They were given $3,925 to be divided among 32 members. This $2 was not enough to cover their cleaning bills after each fire. Pecos is fortunate to have a good fire department and the cost is much less than a paid department. The next time you see a fireman, thank him for a job well done.

My "mature" advisors were discussing the Pecos Fire Department with great appreciation when one member announced that he had forgotten to shave that morning. He thought that he must have brushed his teeth twice. That was accepted by all until it was observed that he had no teeth. The unshaved, toothless man sat silent for the rest of our meeting trying to remember what it was that he had done instead of shaving. Old age gives you time to think of important things.

Internet training course scheduled at

OC next week

PECOS, March 19, 2001 - The Odessa College Continuing Education Department will be offering an eight-hour internet training course, Tuesday, March 27 and Thursday, March 29, from 1-5 p.m.

Anyone interested should register by Monday, March 26. No textbook is required. Tuition is $39.

OC will also be offering a beginning Microsoft Word 2000 Course on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, March 26, 28 and 30, from 1-5 p.m. Registration deadline for that course is this Friday. Typing skills are beneficial and a textbook is required. Tuition is $60.

For more information stop by the college and pick up an informational packet or call 445-5535.


Mary Brownlee and Joe Davis

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.

Jesus R. Armendariz, 22, was arrested at 10:36 p.m., on March 13 in the 1100 block of Orange Street for assault under the Family Violence Act.

Joel J. Roman, 38, was arrested at 11:10 p.m., on March 13 in the 1100 block of Orange Street for public intoxication.

Two male juveniles were arrested at 10:13 a.m., on March 14 at La Tienda, both for theft under $50 and public intoxication.

Ramon Medrano, 41, was arrested at 12:23 p.m., on March 15 at Anchor West for a Ward County warrant for assault under the Family Violence Act.

Esteban M. Enriquez, 63, was arrested at 1:39 a.m., on March 18 in the 700 block of East Second Street for driving while intoxicated.

Joaquin Gervacio, 17, and Fernando Estorga, 35, were arrested at 10:42 p.m., on March 16 in the 700 block of Sycamore Street. Gervacio was arrested for minor in possession and Estorga was arrested for purchasing and furnishing alcohol to minors.


PECOS, March 19, 2001 - High Sunday 62. Low this morning 40. Weekend rainfall at Texas A&M Experiment Station .06 inch. Forecast for tonight: Mostly clear. Low in the lower to mid 30s. Light and variable wind. Tuesday: Sunny and warmer. High in the upper 70s. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph. Tuesday night: Mostly clear. Low near 40. Wednesday: Partly cloudy and warm. High 80 to 85. Thursday: Increasing clouds. Low in the mid 40s. High near 80.

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