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Monday, February 11, 2002

Area accidents leave two dead six others hurt

Staff Writer
PECOS, Mon., Feb. 11, 2002 -- Two area men were killed and another injured this weekend in Reeves and Pecos Counties, while five other people were injured in another accident south of Pecos over the weekend

The first fatality occurred at 2:30 a.m., Sunday morning, two miles south of Pecos on Highway 17. According to a DPS report filed by Trooper Terry Gilcrest, Christopher Lee Cook, 20, of Balmorhea died at the scene of the accident.

Cook was driving a 1999 GMC truck with one passenger, identified as Todd Aaron Bailey, 18, of Denver City when he lost control causing the vehicle to roll and ejecting Cook.

Gilcrest's report said the vehicle was southbound on Highway 17. "The driver was swerving left to right and lost control," his report said. "The vehicle entered a broadside skid to the right and left the roadway to the West where the vehicle overturned ejecting the driver."

Justice of the Peace for Precinct 3 Rosendo Carrasco pronounced Cook dead at the scene after which his body was transported to Pecos Funeral Home. Bailey was transported to Reeves County Hospital where he was listed in stable condition with a fractured arm and minor abrasions.

The report stated that Bailey was wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident while Cook was not.

The fatality was the second major accident of the weekend on Highway 17 south of Pecos. On Saturday morning a one-vehicle rollover occurred at approximately 7:10 a.m., 13 miles south of Highway 17, which injured five people including a two-year-old child.

Both Emergency Medical Service personnel and volunteer firemen were called to the scene, but no one was reported trapped in the vehicle following the accident. No further information was gained at press time.

The other fatal accident occurred at approximately 2:10 p.m., Sunday on a Pecos County road in Fort Stockton, which caused the death of Manuel B. Ramirez, 33, of Fort Stockton.

Trooper Robert Losoya filed the report for that accident which stated that Ramirez was driving a 1997 Ford.

"The vehicle was eastbound on Parkview Road traveling at a high rate of speed," the report said. "The vehicle drifted off the road into a barrow ditch striking a wire fence. The vehicle then overturned several times ejecting the driver."

Ramirez was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident.

Dr. Bo Wang, of Fort Stockton, pronounced Ramirez dead at the scene and his body was transported to Chapa Funeral Home in Fort Stockton.

All the accidents are still under investigation.

Contracts for utilities, RCDC approved

Staff Writer
PECOS, Mon., Feb. 11, 2002 -- Several items and payments to different providers working on the Reeves County Detention Center III construction project, along with county phone and electric services, were approved during the regular meeting of the Reeves County Commissioners Court.

The group met this morning to discuss and approve several items and all commissioners were on hand for the regular meeting. Reeves County Judge Jimmy Galindo was unavailable due to a death in the family, so Precinct 3 Commissioner Herman Tarin filled in for the judge.

Commissioners approved an agreement between the county and Reeves County Hospital District for RCDC medical services and a contract with WorldCom Long Distance Telephone Service.

The group approved a two-year contract with the long-distance company.

Commissioners approved First Choice, the subsidiary of Texas-New Mexico Power Co., for electric power service.

"We had sent out for proposals during the holiday and it had been placed on the back burner," said county auditor Lynn Owens. "We had sent out four packets and got two back."

Owens said that the packets that were received were from First Choice and West Texas Utilities Company. "The First Choice is more detailed and the one from West Texas Utilities, is more like just a brochure," said Owens.

Owens said the group could accept the proposal and then negotiate the terms. "This is just something I don't have a lot of knowledge on," he said.

Commissioners agreed to accept the proposal from First Choice and let the county judge negotiate the price and length of contract.

"We'll go ahead and approve it today and let the judge meet with them and bring something back to the court," said Tarin.

The group approved several payments to providers that are currently working on the new addition at the Reeves County Detention Center. The 960-bed addition will bring the capacity of the prison to just under 3,000 inmates.

Commissioners approved payments to LMD Architects for $3,186, to Lorraine Dailey, reimbursement for December; a payment to LMD Architects Invoice #225 for Dailey's professional fees, construction phase for $41,353 and a payment to LMD Architect for payment, for kitchen consulting in the amount of $266. "We agreed to pay her $30,000 for these services and that's just averaged out per month," said Owens.

The group approved payments to Acme Electric Company in the amount of $133,950; Texas Commercial Fence, Co. in the amount of $37,617; Howard's Mechanical, Inc., for $507,404; ISI Detention Center in the amount of $35,113; N.C. Sturgeon, payment in the amount of $730,493; R.W. Jones and Sons, $484,139; Carothers Construction, Co., $125,279 and Trinity Engineering, in the amount of $6,521.

"All of these have documentation and have been approved by the architect," said Owens. "Everything checked out."

Commissioners approved the purchase of a new copier for Justice of the Peace Precinct 2 J.T. Marsh's office.

"Mr. Marsh has had an old copier for a long time, it was purchased second hand," said Owens. "It's now about 18 years old and has quit working."

Owens said that they simply can't get any parts for this old copier and told the group that Marsh had requested a new copier for his office. "It's really hard for him to have to drive all the way from Toyah just to make a copy," said Owens.

Owens said that Marsh wanted to purchase a copier from Jay Chandler out of Fort Stockton, who would also keep up with the maintenance on the new machine. "We could order one from a catalog, but this way, Mr. Chandler from Fort Stockton will do all the maintenance on the machine," he said.

"We need one we can depend on. They've been servicing my old one for years," said Marsh.

The new item will be purchased with funds from the General Equipment budget.

The group approved a software maintenance agreement for the new jury selection system for 143rd District Court.

"Two or three years ago, the court approved a new jury system for district court, we had all the software installed and we have an annual fee to keep this software maintained," said Owens.

Deputation and oath for Jose Luis Hernandez was approved.

New hires at the Reeves County Detention Center included: Donny Winfrey as Correctional Officer I at $19,000 per year; Janice Dominguez, David Ramirez, Gilbert Carrillo, Betty Zakshesky, Michelle Carrasco, Ian Dominguez, Alexa Medrano, Joaquin Gervacio, Amber Diehl, Daniel Fuentez, Bertha Orona and Rodney Carrasco as Correctional Officer's I at $19,000 per year; Joe Martinez, as a temporary construction employee at $12 per hour; Jaime Jurado was promoted to COII at $24,000 per year; Geneva Rayos, COII at $24,000; Kevin Rodriguez, COII at $24,000 per year; Irene Soto to COII at $24,000 per year; Kristina Martinez as a part-time receptionist at the Reeves County Sheriff's Office; Jeffrey Ortega was promoted at the Reeves County Sheriff's Office to shift supervisor at $28,000 per year and Corina Matta was hired at the Reeves County Auditor's Office at $20,000 per year.

Pecos LL holds meeting tonight at Saragosa Hall

PECOS, Mon., Feb. 11, 2002 -- The Pecos Little League will be holding an organizational meeting for the 2002 baseball season tonight at 7 p.m. at Saragosa Hall, at Sixth and Peach streets, league official Lee Serrano said today.

All coaches and other league officials are urged to attend tonight's meeting.


PECOS, Mon., Feb. 11, 2002 -- High Sunday 52. Low this morning 24. Forecast for tonight: Mostly clear. Lows in the mid 20s. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph. Tuesday: Mostly sunny. Highs around 60. Northeast winds 10 to 20 mph. Tuesday night: Mostly clear. Lows 25 to 30. Wednesday: Partly cloudy. Highs 55 to 60. Thursday: Partly cloudy. Lows 30 to 35. Highs in the mid 60s.


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