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April 30, 2001

City, county say water available for RCDC plan

Staff Writer

PECOS, April 30, 2001 - City and county officials gathered at 7:30 a.m. this morning for a planning workshop regarding a possible 960-bed expansion of the Reeves County Detention Center, and the increased demand the expansion would place on city water and sewage systems.

"No decisions were made," Reeves County Judge Jimmy Galindo said.

Galindo said that the County presented the rough plan to the city and really just wanted to get the process started.

Town of Pecos City, City Manager Carlos Yerena, said that the city requested at least three weeks to study the proposal before giving the county even preliminary numbers, but that the City thought it could handle the necessary water and sewage demands.

Yerena said that if no unforeseen problems arose, the city's new South Worsham Water Field was scheduled to be operating in about 18 months.

"That timeframe runs parallel to the construction of the 960 beds," Galindo said.

The target date for completing the new addition is 18-20 months in the future, Galindo said.

Galindo said that without the new water field the prison could not be expanded unless it developed its own water sources.

At first glance, it looks like the city's existing infrastructure will support both the increased water flow and the increased sewage.

"The new 16-inch water line running from the city to the RCDC (installed last year) should be sufficient to feed all three RCDC facilities," Galindo said.

The Reeves County Detention Center just completed an expansion that doubled the size of the prison from 1,000 to 2,000 beds. One of the improvements made as part of that project was the installation of 1½ miles of new water line by the Town of Pecos City from Eddy Street to the prison on the southwest side of town.

Galindo said that the 960-bed addition would translate into about 200 more jobs in the area with an average pay of $28,000.

That average includes prison management salaries that are significantly higher than the rank-and-file employees.

However, Galindo said he felt the average was an accurate reflection of the prison payroll since after the first year, all employees who complete their training receive a salary increase to $24,000 per year.

Man survives brush with train after argument

Staff Writer

PECOS, April 30, 2001 - A train/pedestrian accident that occurred Saturday left one man injured, but lucky to be alive, according to Pecos police.

The accident occurred at about 12:14 a.m., Saturday, at the railroad crossing in the 100 block of Locust Street.

"The conductor saw a pedestrian on the tracks and then saw him step out the way," said Pecos Police Investigator Kelly Davis.

Davis said that in his statement to the police the engineer of the Union Pacific freight told them that the man was in the middle of the tracks waving his arms. "He then saw the man step out of the way to the south side and thought he had moved," said Davis. "The conductor blew his horn to warn him."

Davis said the engineer then heard a noise, which led him to believe he had hit something. "The conductor then stopped and went to check to see if he had hit something," said Davis.

The pedestrian, Gilbert Chavez, 28, received a gash on his head and a broken hand. "He lost his balance and fell back and his head hit the brake box," said Davis. "That bounced him back," though not far enough to be hit by the train, he added.

The incident stemmed from an argument the pedestrian had had earlier with his girlfriend, according to Davis.

Enterprise wins two awards at APME contest in El Paso

PECOS, April 30, 2001 - Pecos Enterprise Editor and Publisher Smokey Briggs won first place in General Column Writing at the Associated Press Managing Editor's Convention, held this past weekend in El Paso.

Briggs also shared a second place award with staff writer Rosie Flores for Community Service in Class dealing with a series of stories on allegations of grade changing at Pecos High School last year.

Briggs won for columns on the Y2K scare, "The Greatest Generation" of World War II and Depression-era Americans, and on "Trick or Treat" guilt. Even though the judge of the column writing competition for Class A (circulation 10,000 and below) newspapers had questions about whether or not Briggs really owns a cowboy hat (he does), he went on to say, "A light touch makes for fun reading. A plethora of fantasy friends obviously makes is life very interesting. Plus, he was the only entrant who wore a cowboy hat in his mug shot."

The stories on grade changing at Pecos High School involved the allegations made by PHS teachers Brenilda and Bruce Bauer, and subsequent actions taken by the Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD board against the couple. Litigation in the case is still pending. The Enterprise's series finished second in Class A to a series of stories by the Marshall News Messenger on racial profiling in that city connected to traffic stops by police.

The community service award was given out on Saturday during the AMPE meeting, while the column writing award was announced during the final session on Sunday. Other area papers winning awards were the Midland Reporter-Telegram and Odessa American in Class 2A and the San Angelo Standard-Times and Lubbock Avalanche-Journal in Class 3A.

Immunization shots offered to kids in Thursday sessions

PECOS, April 30, 2001 - All children will have an opportunity to receive vaccinations they are missing at a special "Shots Across America" project scheduled for this week and next week in Pecos.

The immunization effort is sponsored by Trans Pecos Health Center, Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD, Pecos Volunteer Ambulance Service and Texas Department of Health. Vaccinations will be given this Thursday, May 3, and again on Thursday, May 10, and are available to all school age children in grades kindergarten through 12th grade.

Immunizations will be offered from 1-5 p.m., on both Thursdays at Bessie Haynes Elementary School at 11th and Sycamore streets.

All children given a vaccination will receive a Dairy Queen certificate.

Tornillo woman jailed in pot bust after traffic stop

PECOS, April 30, 2001 - A routine traffic stop netted about 60 pounds of marijuana and landed a Tornillo woman in jail on Friday about four miles west of Pecos.

According to a report by the Trans-Pecos Drug Task Force, at 12:08 a.m. on Friday, Sergeant Investigator Arnulfo Rivas of the task force, assisted by Reeves County Deputy Fernando Valenzuela, conducted a traffic stop on I-20, at mile marker 35 west of town. As a result of the traffic stop, about 43 bundles of marijuana were found in a hidden false compartment located in the front bumper of a two-door Chevrolet.

"The marijuana weighed at about 60 pounds and has an estimated street value of $30,360," said Trans Pecos Drug Task Force Commander Gary Richards.

Arrested and charged with possession of marijuana, a second-degree felony was Armida C. Hernandez, of Tornillo, located 30 miles east of El Paso.

Along with assistance from the Reeves County Sheriff's Department, Pecos Police also assisted the task force in the arrest.

The Trans Pecos Drug Task Force covers eight counties in West Texas and is under the direction of Sheriff Arnulfo "Andy" Gomez and Commander Richards.

Enterprise to run candidate profiles in May 3 edition

PECOS, April 30, 2001 - The Pecos Enterprise will be running profiles of candidates for the May 5 city, school and hospital district elections this Thursday, May 3. The profiles will be for the candidates in the contested area elections.

The profiles will be those provided by the candidates, and can be up to 400 words (10 inches) in length, and will be run with an accompanying photo, if available.

Candidates wanting to be included in next Thursday's profiles should bring in their information to the Enterprise by 12 noon on Wednesday, or e-mail the information to by that time.

Reeves-Loving 4-H meeting on Tuesday

PECOS, April 30, 2001 - The Reeves-Loving 4-H Club will hold a meet on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Reeves County Extension office at 700 W. Daggett St., Suite E.

Those involved with the 4-H Club or other interested persons are asked to come and give your input at the meeting.


G.Q. 'Shine' Avary, Jr. and Jesus Casillas


PECOS, April 30, 2001 - High Sunday 89. Low this morning 61. Forecast for tonight: Partly cloudy with a slight chance of evening showers or thunderstorms. Low in the upper 50s. Southeast wind 10 to 15 mph. The chance of rain is 20 percent. Tuesday: Partly cloudy. High in the lower 90s. South wind 10 to 20 mph. Tuesday night: Partly cloudy. Low in the lower 60s. Wednesday: Partly cloudy. High in the lower to mid 90s. Thursday: Partly cloudy with a slight chance of thunderstorms. Lows in the lower 60s. Highs in the upper 80s to the lower 90s.

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