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Thursday, October 4, 2001

School district begins wiring up new computer lab

Staff Writer

PECOS, Thurs., Oct. 4, 2001 -- Progress is being made on Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD's new  Technology Center, that is being built at the  corner of Eddy and Adams Street.

Construction on the new multimedia building started in July of this year and now workers from Midtex of Midland are placing the finishing touches on the exterior and working on the interior.

Technology Director Jodi Exum said that the building would service everyone in the school district as well as the public.

Exum explained that offices and a workroom have been constructed on the right (north) side of the building with a public multi-media room on the left.

"We have a public area and an office area that can be locked at night so we can leave the public area open," she said

The building also has a room that will be secured to house all the networking equipment for the district.

There is also a conference room that Exum said would be used for video conferencing, meetings and interviews.

Exum explained that each room has enough outlets to provide cable service that can be used for video conferencing along with equipment for multi-media presentations.

All of the equipment used for the P-B-T ISD's TV station on Classic Cable's Ch. 11 will soon be moved over into the new building, according to Exum.

She said that enough progress has been made on the building that efforts will soon begin to move all the Career and Technology offices and equipment over there.

"We may start moving some things in next Thursday," she said.

However, it will probably be Nov. 1 before everything could be moved in, she said.

"It'll take us a while to migrate into the building," she said.

Career and Technology Director Larry Sloan said that the money used to construct the building came solely from Career and Technology funds. None of the money came from tax dollars.

"It was bought with money generated by Career and Technology activities in the district," he said.

The construction workers laid down the parking lot on the Eddy Street side of the building two weeks ago and will start landscaping soon.

"They're going to work on landscape later this week," Exum said.

Exum said that plans are being made to hold an Open House for the public sometime this fall with a grand opening in December.

Midland police jail suspect for shooting of Pecos teen

Staff Writer

PECOS, Thurs., Oct. 4, 2001 -- One person is in jail in Midland and police there are continuing  to investigate an altercation in which an alleged gang member from Pecos  was shot in the head with a rifle.

Pecos resident Julian Olivas, 18, was conscious today, but was still listed in critical condition at Midland Memorial Hospital following a gang-related shooting that occurred at 3 p.m., Sunday, in the 1700 block of North Marienfeld Street.

Olivas was apparently beaten and wounded with a .22-caliber rifle, Midland Police Department Public Information Officer Tina Jauz said.

Jauz said that one person has been taken into custody and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Jaime Carrillo, 18, was arrested just after 10 p.m., and taken to Midland County Jail according to police.

"Following a preliminary investigation, Carrillo has been named as the shooter," said Jauz.

Details in the case remain sketchy and detectives have detained several individuals for questioning, according to Jauz.

"Several people were there at the time of the shooting," said Jauz.

The actual fight originally started in the streets, according to Midland Police Detective John Beasley.

He said that both men are documented gang members, but declined to name the gangs.

Beasley said wounds found on Olivas indicate that he may have encountered his assailant before the shooting.

"It began in the streets with a verbal confrontation, words were exchanged, prior to the physical fight, the actual confrontation," said Beasley.

Olivas was transported to Midland Memorial Hospital after the shooting, and has been listed in critical condition since Sunday.

"He has made some progress," said Julian Olivas, Sr., the victim's father. "He can talk to us and we've tried to move him a little, but the bullet remains in his head."

Olivas said that the bullet is embedded two-thirds in his son's brain and doesn't know if they are going to operate soon to remove it.

"We're just trying to keep our hopes up and we talk to him and he can hear us," said Olivas.

Jauz said that the investigation is continuing.

Cocaine, pot charges filed after police search of home

Staff Writer

PECOS, Thurs., Oct. 4, 2001 -- A Pecos man was arrested following a search of his home early  Wednesday morning, which turned up drugs and drug paraphernalia.

Officers from the Pecos Police Department and the Reeves County Sheriff's Department executed a narcotics search warrant at the home of Reuben Fuentes, Jr., 402 E. Sixth St., at 2 a.m. on Wednesday.

Officers proceeded to search the residence and during the search located a substance believed to be marijuana and another substance believed to be cocaine.

"Officers also found inside the resident materials used in the packaging of marijuana," said Pecos Police Investigator Paul Deishler.

Officers completed their search of the residence and Fuentes, 21, was then taken into custody.

Fuentes was charged with the offense of possession of a controlled substance (cocaine), possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

"He was also arrested on an outstanding warrant that was issued by Judge Amonario Ramon for assault by threat," said Deishler.

Bond for the charge of possession of a controlled (marijuana) was set at $1,500 and bond for the offense of possession of a controlled substance (cocaine) was set at $5,000.

N.M. facing cutbacks in Pecos River water usage

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) - The state engineer has warned that he will not hesitate to cut off cities and other junior water-rights holders on the Pecos River to meet water-delivery obligations to Texas next year.

Speaking Wednesday at a meeting of the Interstate Stream Commission, Tom Turney said he would prefer that cities and irrigators along the Pecos develop a plan themselves to cover the expected shortfall.

For the past several months, Turney has been pushing the Carlsbad Irrigation District - owners of senior rights on the lower river - to agree to sell water to cities and others that might otherwise go dry.

"I am aware that it is going to be very difficult to come to a consensus," Turney told the commission. "However, in the absence of a consensus plan, I am prepared to administer the Pecos River by priority."

Under state law, entities that established their water rights the earliest have priority over junior rights in times of shortage. A priority call on the river would cut off those with junior water rights until the flows in the river increase enough to meet New Mexico's delivery obligation to Texas.

Turney said the commission has until late December to reach a consensus.

L.A. Johnson, board president of the Carlsbad Irrigation District, said he's not optimistic.

"We're just simply out of water in this project," he said. "I don't know where they're going to come up with any water."

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the 1980s that New Mexico had shorted Texas about 10,000 acre-feet of water a year since the 1960s. An acre-foot is about 325,000 gallons. New Mexico paid Texas $14 million and was court-ordered not to fall short again.

Yet New Mexico shorted Texas 14,000 acre-feet last year.

And Turney said this year's underdelivery may be 3,000 acre-feet after taking into consideration the state's 10,000-acre-foot credit.

"New Mexico not meeting the Supreme Court decree and injunction requirements is simply not an acceptable option," Turney said.

Asked whether he believes a priority call would result in an order from his office that cities along the middle and lower Pecos River stop using water, Turney responded: "Eventually, yes. If it doesn't happen this year, then next year they would probably be caught in it."

Those with junior rights include Roswell and thousands of upstream farmers. Acequias on the upper Pecos River system generally have senior water rights and wouldn't be affected by a priority call.

Even in the event of a priority call, Turney said, he isn't likely to try to shut off individuals pumping their own domestic wells. That wouldn't produce any immediate increase in flows, he said.

Rotary hosting pancake breakfast at Fair on Saturday

PECOS, Thurs., Oct. 4, 2001 -- The Pecos Rotary Club will hold its annual "all you can eat" Pancake Breakfast Saturday morning at the Fall Fair from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Sausage, Pancakes, Milk, Coffee and Juice are on the menu.

Adult tickets are $5 and kids eat for $3.50. Contact Bill Hubbs at 445-2773 for more information.

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.


Joe D. Wright, 23, Joe D. Villa, 24, Javeil Hernandez, 25, and Rodrick Garcia, 23, were arrested at 1:41 a.m., on October 1, in the 300 block of West Lincoln all for possession of a controlled substance, cocaine.


Timothy Villalobos, 19, was arrested at 4:56 a.m., on September 30 at Seventh and Elm Streets for driving under the influence, minor.


Rosalinda Munoz, 53, was arrested at 10:46 p.m., on September 28 in the 700 block of Ash Street for public intoxication.


Benjamin Hernandez, 17, was arrested at 11:39 p.m., on September 28 at Sonic Drive In for disorderly conduct (public lewdness).


Manuel M. Salcido, 51, Raul F. Martinez, 48, and Esquiel Ornelas, 45, were arrested at 1:33 a.m., on September 29 in the 600 block of West Second Street all for murder-first degree felony.


Herby Armendariz, 49, was arrested at 7:20 p.m., on October 2 in the 1900 block of Hackberry Street for driving while intoxicated-third degree felony, no driver's license and no insurance.


Amador Salgado, 35, and Maribel Salgado, 27, were arrested at 7:30 p.m., on October 3 in the 800 block of West `F' Street, both on warrants for abandoning or endangering a child.


Abel Sanchez, 32, was arrested at 8:02 a.m., on October 3 on East Fifth Street on a warrant for theft over $50 and under $500.


PECOS, Thurs., Oct. 4, 2001 -- High Wednesday 94. Low this morning 62. Forecast for tonight:   .Mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers  and hunderstorms. Lows 55 to 60. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph. Friday:   Cloudy:  Breezy and unseasonably cool. A 30 percent chance of  showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the upper 60s. Winds becoming north  15 to 25 mph:  With gusts to 30 mph. Friday night:  Cloudy and breezy  with a 20 percent chance of showers. Lows 45 to 50. Saturday:  Mostly  cloudy. Highs around 70. Sunday: Partly cloudy. Lows around 50. Highs 75  to 80.


Jose Gomez

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