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Friday, March 15, 2002

Native Pecos man running for 24th District seat

PECOS, Fri., March 15, 2002 -- A West Texas man is the Republican candidate for U.S. Congress in the 24th District of Texas.

Mike Rivera Ortega, who was born in Pecos and later moved to Kermit, is a candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives. Ortega graduated from Kermit High School in 1979, where he was class president.

The 24th District has been redrawn for the 2002 election and covers part of the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area.

Ortega is a fifth-generation Texan, graduate of the United States Naval Academy, the University of Texas School of Law at Austin, and veteran of the United States Marine Corps.

He is currently a member of the order of Barristers, is a former Tarrant County prosecutor, and helped start the first Hispanic Law Journal at the University of Texas Law School at Austin.

Ortega was part of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 235 at Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. He flew missions with this squadron in Japan, Korea, and the Philippines. In 1988, Ortega also received one of Marine aviation's highest ratings-Weapons Tactics Instructor.

According to his campaign slogan, Ortega stands for American values, strong national security, and lower taxes. He is also a strong supporter of President George W. Bush.

Task Force busts bus rider, confiscates $18,900

Staff Writer
PECOS, Fri., March 15, 2002 -- An investigation is continuing in the case of a California man who was traveling with a large amount of cash on a Greyhound bus.

"We do routine checks on the buses," said Trans Pecos Drug Task Force Lieutenant Larry Arredondo.

Arredondo said that about 4:20 p.m., Thursday, officers with the task force detained a California man, Richard Calhoun, 28, who was traveling from Louisiana to California carrying a large amount of cash.

"Calhoun, who was carrying $18,900 in U.S. currency, was detained and the money confiscated," said Arredondo.

Arredondo said that they have information that leads them to believe the cash is related to criminal activity. "We believe it is drug-related," said Arredondo. "He was carrying the cash in his coat," he said.

"If charges are filed on this individual it will be a third degree felony," said Arredondo.

Arredondo said the task force has been busy with drug interdiction and checking the buses, making sure no illegal drugs are being transported via public transportation.

"We want to make sure everyone is safe and drugs are not coming through our county in this area," he said.

Tickets for NRA banquet coming up

PECOS, Fri., March 15, 2002 -- Tickets for the Pecos Valley Friend of the NRA banquet coming up Saturday night March 23 are now on sale at Security State Bank and the Pecos Enterprise. Chicken fried steak catered by The Bear's Den is the main course. Tickets cost $25 each or $40 per couple. Children 4-14 are $5 and children under 4 are free. For more information call Bobby Clark at Security State Bank or Smokey Briggs at the Pecos Enterprise (445-5475).


Marriages for February 2002, as filed with the Reeves County Clerk's Office.
Jaime Jacob Navarrette and Tiffany Rose Carrillo.
Danny Wayne Enmon and Shaina Renee Petty.
Adrian Nunez Soto and Asusena Garcia.
Filiberto Venegas, Jr. and Olivia Gonzales.
Mariano Tarin Rico and Rose Marie Rodriguez.
James Desmond Locker and Bessie Cowell Harkey.
Paul Marquez Abila and Valeria Garcia Lara.


Divorces for February 2002, as filed with the Reeves County District Clerk's Office.
Lisa V. Tarango and Alfred Tarango, Jr.
Veronica L. Guzman and Julian R. Guzman, Jr.
Ernest S. Garcia, Jr. and Esmeralda Garcia.
Helen Luster Vernon and Joe Alan Vernon.
Enrique E. Romero and Virginia E. Romero.

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.


Terry Ellis, 26, and Donald Monroe, 39, were arrested at 7:40 p.m., on March 7 in the 900 block of Lincoln Street both for possession of a controlled substance (cocaine).


Miguel Ronquillo, 43, and Sandra Ronquillo, 38, were arrested at 7:49 p.m., on March 6 in the 500 block of Mulberry Street both for possession of a controlled substance (cocaine) and possession of drug paraphernalia.


Jeannie Jares, 23, was arrested at 7:02 p.m., on March 5 at Eddy and Normandy Streets on DPS warrants for speeding and failure to adjudicate.


Frankie Menchaca, 29, were arrested at 12 midnight, on March 6 in the 900 block of South Cedar Street for evading.


A female juvenile was arrested at 8:48 a.m., on March 5 at Lamar AEP for possession of marijuana under two ounces in a Drug Free Zone.


Alvaro Navarette, 19, was arrested at 8:25 p.m., on March 8 in the 700 block of South Eddy Street on warrants for possession of an open alcohol beverage container in vehicle and minor in possession of alcohol.


Xavier Acosta, 18, was arrested 7:16 p.m., on March 14 in the 600 block of South Park on a Capias Pro Fine warrant.


Mark Gomez, 17, was arrested 12:42 a.m., on March 15 in the 2200 block of South Eddy Street on a warrant for credit card abuse.


Juan Guajardo, 27, was arrested at 2:17 a.m., on March 15, in the 5000 block of South Cedar Street on a Capias Pro Fine warrant.


PECOS, Fri., March 15, 2002 -- High Thurs. 87, early this mornings low was 50. Today partly cloudy and cooler. Highs in the upper 60s. North winds 10 to 20 mph by afternoon. Tonight partly cloudy. Lows near 35. East winds 5 to 15 mph. Sat. partly cloudy and breezy. Highs 70 to 75. SW winds 15 to 25 mph. Sat. night increasing cloudiness. Lows 40 to 45. Sun. mostly cloudy. Highs near 75. Monday mostly cloudy and breezy. Lows 40 to 45. Highs 70 to 75.


Dionisia Villanueva, Ruben Villanueva and Thelma Neeley

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