Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Friday, November 16, 2001
Fog blamed for morning I-20 accident
PECOS, Fri., Nov. 16, 2001 -- Early-morning fog blanketed Pecos and other
parts of the Permian Basin, and was a factor in one accident on Interstate
20 at the Country Club Drive exit.
No one was injured in the accident, which occurred at the Country Club
Drive exit ramp on the north side of Interstate 20 (Raul Florez Boulevard).
According to a report by the Texas Department of Public Safety, Saul Gomez,
20, was driving a silver Toyota Corolla on I-20, near mile marker 41 when
his vehicle ran off the road into a drainage ditch.
Neither Gomez nor his passenger, Ana Chavez, 37, were injured in the accident,
though a wheel cover and the front bumper of the Toyota were knocked off
by the collision.
The couple was traveling from Carrollton, near Dallas, to California,
according to Department of Public Safety Trooper Derek Evans, who investigated
Oil prices plunge as OPEC cutback fails
VIENNA, Austria (AP) - Oil prices plunged to their lowest level in more
than two years despite efforts by OPEC to stop the free fall, which analysts
said could further push down prices at the gas pump.
Setting up a showdown with Russia and other producers outside the cartel,
the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries agreed Wednesday to cut
output beginning next year, but only if non-OPEC producers also tighten their
OPEC delegates said they would reduce their daily production target by
1.5 million barrels, or 6 percent, starting Jan. 1, on the condition that
outsiders such as Russia, the world's No. 3 producer, cut their own output
by 500,000 barrels a day.
Kuwaiti Oil Minister Adel al-Sabeeh said Thursday that crude prices could
fall as low as $10 a barrel if the standoff between OPEC and non-OPEC producers
over oil output persists.
As the market moved closer to an oil price war, traders reacted almost
instantly to the uncertainty with a sharp sell-off in petroleum futures.
December crude oil futures dropped as low as $17.15 a barrel on the New
York Mercantile Exchange on Thursday before closing down $2.29 at $17.45
a barrel, the lowest level for a front-month contract since June 1999.
December heating oil futures tumbled 5.03 cents to close at $51.09 a barrel,
their lowest level since August 1999, while the December gasoline futures
contract ended down 4.53 cents at 48.84 cents a gallon, a 29-month low.
In initial trading Friday, oil prices rebounded somewhat. In London on
the International Petroleum Exchange, Brent crude from the North Sea for
delivery in January was up 67 cents at $18.00 after the contract fell nearly
10 percent on Thursday.
The global economic slowdown has dented demand for crude, and lingering
uncertainty from the terrorist attacks on the United States has worsened
OPEC's financial problems. Prices have tumbled by a third since Sept. 11
Although analysts warned that a prolonged slump in oil prices could discourage
companies from exploring new fields and developing older ones the immediate
fallout could be lower prices for consumers for gasoline and home heating
For the short term, at least, they could also provide relief to airlines
skirting bankruptcy since the attacks by cutting prices for jet fuel, and
help truckers by easing diesel prices.
"This is good news for a world economy that could use a boost right now,"
said Carl Weinberg, chief economist at High Frequency Economics in Valhalla,
PECOS, Fri., Nov. 16, 2001 -- High Thurs. 68. Low this morning 44. Forecast
for tonight: Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of showers and
thunderstorms. Lows in the mid 40s. East winds 5 to 10 mph. Saturday:
Morning low clouds and fog: Otherwise mostly cloudy with a 20
percent chance of showers or thunderstorms. Highs in the mid 60s. Southeast
winds 5 to 10 mph. Saturday night: Mostly cloudy with a 20 percent
chance of showers. Lows 45 to 50. Sunday: Mostly cloudy with
a 20 percent chance of showers. Highs in the mid 60s. Monday:
Mostly cloudy. Lows in the lower 40s. Highs 60 to 65.
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.
Lorena R. Martinez, 41, and Pete F. Martinez, 46, were arrested at 1:21
a.m., on November 12 in the 500 block of Bois D'Arc Street, both for assault
under the Family Violence Act.
Ricky Ortiz, 19, was arrested at 9:53 p.m., on November 10 in the 100
block of West Second Street on a Capias Pro Fine warrant for theft.
Rudy Freeman, 27, was arrested at 7:13 p.m., on November 9 in the 800
block of East 11th Street on three Ector County warrants for failure
to adjudicate on theft by check charges.
Martin Vasquez, 18, was arrested at 8:36 p.m., on November 9 at Pecos
High School on a Capias Pro Fine warrant for minor in possession.
Jaime Wade, 44, was arrested at 9:04 p.m., on November 9 at Pecos High
School on a Capias Pro Fine warrant for no liability insurance.
Rafael Carillo, 17, was arrested at 1:36 a.m., on November 10 in the
400 block of North Elm Street for public intoxication.
Jesus Franco Orosco, 35, was arrested at 1:36 a.m., on November 10 in
the 400 block of North Elm Street for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
Beverly Yazzie, 32, was arrested at 2:11 a.m., on November 10 at the
intersection of Elm and `C' Streets for driving while intoxicated and refusal.
Hal Pratt, 60, was arrested at 6:23 p.m., on November 8 in the 1100
block of Cypress Street for public intoxication.
Chris Fuentez, 19, was arrested at 2:16 a.m., on November 9 in the 800
block of East Ninth Street for public intoxication.
Willie Terry, 32, was arrested at 7:32 p.m., on November 8 at Fourth
and Cypress Streets for no liability insurance.
Ray Bravo, 43, was arrested at 9:44 a.m., on November 8 at the police
department on a warrant for parole violation.
Patricia A. Patino, 18, was arrested 6:34 p.m., on November 13 in the
100 block of North Pecan Street on a warrant for possession of drug paraphernalia.
Jill Franco, 21, was arrested at 7:30 p.m., on November 13 in the 1000
block of South Mesquite Street on warrants for motion to adjudicate on original
offense of indecency with a child, expired registration, allowing a unlicensed
driver operate a motor vehicle, two warrants violate promise to appear and
no liability insurance.
Sandy Rodriguez, 37, was arrested at 10:49 p.m., on November 13 in the
700 block of Mesquite Street on DPS warrants for no liability insurance,
no driver's license and failure to adjudicate.
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
Division of Buckner News Alliance, Inc.
324 S. Cedar St., Pecos, TX 79772
Phone 915-445-5475, FAX 915-445-4321
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