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Tuesday, June 11, 2002

Supremes leave split on right to bear arms

From Staff and Wire Reports
PECOS, Tuesday, June 11, 2002 -- The Supreme Court let stand the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that the Second Amendment of the Constitution protects an individual right to keep and bear arms rather than a collective right or state's right to maintain a militia.

In doing so, it let stand a split in Constitutional law between different circuits of the federal courts, a situation that the Supreme Court often addresses, Reeves County Court at Law Judge Walter Holcombe said.

The 5th Circuit opinion was first articulated in U.S. vs. Emerson by Federal Judge Sam Cummins and later in the case of John Lee Haney, an Oklahoma man who manufactured two automatic weapons specifically to challenge firearms laws restricting ownership of such weapons, Amarillo attorney Jeff Tormey said.

Both cases were originally filed by the Justice Department and argued under the Clinton Administration's view that the Second Amendment did not protect any individual right to posses a firearm.

Bush Attorney General John Ashcroft has stated that the Bush Administration supports the individual right interpretation of the amendment, which left the Justice Department in an awkward position in regards to the cases.

In both cases the Department had argued for the collective interpretation at the trial level and on appeal but then had to shift gears and argue the same case from an individual rights position at the Supreme Court level.

The Department managed to carve out a ledge of support for the federal laws challenged in the cases by stating that although the Second Amendment protects individual right, that right, like all rights can be subject to limited restrictions, just as some First Amendment rights are.

The Administration urged the Supreme Court to reject the appeals in both cases with this rationale, arguing that in both instances the federal laws being challenged did not unconstitutionally restrict the individual right to keep and bear arms.

"In my view, the Emerson opinion, and the balance it strikes, generally reflects the correct understanding of the Second Amendment," Ashcroft told prosecutors earlier this year.

"The Supreme Court has dodged the Second Amendment," Amarillo attorney Jeff Tormey said. "The Court last dealt with the amendment in 1939 and has consistently declined to revisit it despite numerous opportunities."

"At this point you've got a split between the circuits. The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled that the Second Amendment protects an individual right. Other circuit courts have ruled in favor of the collective right interpretation," he said.

"Such splits are usually resolved by the Supreme Court," he said.

According to Judge Holcombe the decision has the effect of bolstering the 5th Circuit decision and the individual right interpretation.

"In effect what the Supreme Court is saying is that the 5th Circuit was right. If it goes up before the court from another circuit I would expect the court to affirm the individual right interpretation," Holcombe said.

Former Enterprise publisher Dulaney dies at home

From staff and wire reports
PECOS, Tuesday, June 11, 2002 -- A former Pecos Enterprise Editor and Publisher died of a heart attack Sunday at his home.

Ken Dulaney, who most recently was publisher of the Big Spring Herald, died of a heart attack Sunday at his home. He was 60.

Dulaney was editor and publisher of the Pecos Enterprise from 1977 through 1980.

"He was a good man and a good man to work for," Pecos Enterprise Senior Pressman Carlos Nichols said.

"I was sorry to hear of Ken's death," said Ned Cantwell. Cantwell is vice president of operations for Buckner News Alliance, the parent company of the Pecos Enterprise. "I wish the best to his family and appreciate the contribution he made to the Pecos Enterprise," he said.

"He made every day at this newspaper fun," John Moseley, managing editor of the Herald, said Monday. "I don't think anyone who worked here had a better friend in the publisher's office."

Dulaney, who worked in the newspaper business for 37 years, began his career at the Borger News Herald in 1965. He had worked at papers in Richardson, Garland, Pecos, Tulsa, Pampa and Seguin before first coming to Big Spring as an advertising sales representative in April 1992.

He was promoted to ad manager, a position he held until April 1996. From there he became general manager of The Morning News in Blackfoot, Idaho.

Dulaney, who attended Texas Tech University, returned to Big Spring last year from the publisher's job at the Kansas City Kansan. He also has been publisher of the New Albany (Ind.) Tribune.

The Herald is owned by Community Newspaper Holdings Inc (CNHI).

"The CNHI family has lost one of its dear members," said Jim Wilson, vice president of CNHI and publisher of the Weatherford Democrat. "And we share in the tragedy of the Dulaney family."

Dulaney was born Oct. 14, 1941, in Oklahoma City.

He is survived by wife Vera; his mother, Kathleen Dulaney, and a brother, Steven Dulaney, both of Kansas, Okla.; sons Wes Dulaney of Austin and Collin Dulaney of Munford, Tenn.; daughter Kenda Dulaney of Midland; and seven grandchildren.

A memorial service was scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday at First Christian Church in Big Spring.

Memorials may be sent to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Northeast Texas Chapter, 2929 Carlisle, Suite 230, Dallas, Texas 75204.

60s-70s reunion planned for 4th

Staff Writer
PECOS, Tuesday, June 11, 2002 -- Any and all students that attended Pecos High School between 1960 and 1970 are welcome to join in this year's PHS 60's Alumni Reunion.

The reunion is scheduled for the West of the Pecos Rodeo week, July 3-6.

As part of the reunion, the alumni that plan to attend are invited to participate in other activities that would coincide with the annual Rodeo events.

Carlos Nichols, a 1962 graduate, explained that PHS graduate Joe Nunez of Odessa, along with several other exes, got together and decided to plan the reunion.

"They decided to have this exes reunion," he said.

Approximately 250 PHS exes are planning to make the trip back to Pecos from across the nation coming from as far away as California and Washington.

Nichols said that the first event the exes plan to participate in is the West of the Pecos Rodeo Parade.

"The exes will have a float in the parade," he said. "We're supposed to have a few former homecoming queens and the 1962 valedictorian."

Mary Salas, who was the 1962 valedictorian, is also scheduled as one of the guest speakers, according to Nichols.

"She's going to be one of the main speakers," he said.

Nichols favorite portion of the reunion will surely be the golf scramble scheduled for 8:30 a.m., on Friday.

Nichols, who is chairman of the golf scramble, said that there is a $25 fee to enter in the scramble, however, that fee would cover the cost of the golf carts and the greens fee.

The exes from the 60's are not the only exes from PHS that are welcome to participate in the golf tournament, according to Nichols.

"Anybody who went to school here is welcome," he said.

The only requirements to enter the golf scramble is the fee and that the participants have already graduated from PHS.

For old time's sake and for a trip down memory lane, the PHS grads will be able to take a tour of their alma mater on Friday as well as "cruise the drag" later that night.

Activities for the last day of the reunion (Saturday July 6) kick off with a church service at noon at Santa Rosa Catholic Church.

"The church service is for all denominations," Nichols said.

During the service the exes will officially be welcomed and afterwards a barbecue lunch will be held at Santa Rosa Hall.

The lunch will give the exes a chance to mingle and visit with old friends.

Lunch will not be the only chance the exes have to mingle; they will also mingle all night long at the reunion dance scheduled to begin at 9 p.m., Saturday night at the Riverside Ballroom.

Eddy Barela and the Silver Bullets will provide live music and doorprizes will be given, Nichols said.

"At the dance there will be all 60's and 70's music played," Nichols said.

Nichols said that the dance is a good way to cap off the week's events.

"There's going to be lots to do," Nichols said. "It's going to be big."

For more information on the 60's reunion contact Nunez at 915-687-1015.

Summer track keeps Pecos kids hopping

Jennifer Galvan
Staff Writer
PECOS, Tuesday, June 11, 2002 -- A 41-year old man, a science teacher and five teenage boys that are not strangers to competition meet every afternoon and work on their running abilities.

The competitors are two adults Dan Cook and Cary Hannz, and five students Allan Chappell, Jack Bradley, Joshua Cobos, Justin Hannz and Rashad Terry.

While Cook and Hannez are competitors they also act as the five young men's coaches.

"We work out from 5:30 till 7:00, because it gives them time to get to off season workout from 7:00. till 9:00," coach/competitor Cook said. "We encourage everyone, even the younger grades to join us. We work on their stretching, basic running drills and the quality of technical work."

"Running is just a good way to get you ready for any other sport," Cook said. "It is not about the quantity of a workout but rather the quality. You have to learn how to run properly step by step first."

Cook also added that not only does he teach proper stretching techniques before and after a running event but also proper nutrition.

Coach Hannsz also added that it is good for the boys to be out working on their running techniques.

"If they are out here doing it, it pays off in the long run," Hannsz said.

After working out for some time the team traveled to Iraan and competed in their summer track meet this past weekend. Team members Chappell, Bradley, Terry and Justin Hannsz brought back first place in the mile relay.

Individually, Chappell brought back first in the 400-meter dash with a time of 55:05. Chappell also competed in the long jump.

Bringing back four first place ribbons and a second place ribbon was Jack Bradley. He received first in the 110-meter hurdles and in the 300-meter-low hurdles. Bradley's time in the 110-meter hurdles was a 16 seconds flat. His time in the 300-meter-low hurdles was a 44:02 seconds. His long jump distance of 18-feet 8-inches earned him his third first place ribbon and he earned another after jumping 5-feet 8-inches in the high jump. Bradley's only second place finish came in at the 100-meter dash with a time of 10:09.

Another team member competing in the individual events of the 100-meter dash and the high jump was Rashad Terry. His time in the 100-meter dash was a 10:07 earning him a first place ribbon. Terry also competed in the high jump, jumping 5-feet 6-inches.

Justin Hannsz participated in the 100-meter dash, the long jump and the 400-meter dash.

The senior Hannsz ran the 400-meter dash with a time of 54:04.

Though Cook works out with the boys, he acted as coach at the Iraan meet. His plans are to continue to workout and get in shape for an amateurs track meet in July while Hannsz would also like to compete in.

Team member Cobos did not compete last weekend but does plan on competing this weekend in the Kermit Summer Track Meet.

The team will compete in the Monahans Track Meet on June 21, before heading to Odessa on June 28 for a regional qualifiers meet. After competing in Odessa, the team will have three weeks to recover and make any needed adjustments before competing in Crane on July 20. The State Track Meet is set for July 28 in Waco.

The track meets are put on by the schools to give the students something to do over the summer. However, the boys gather together on their own time to practice.

Community Council holds fundraiser Friday

PECOS, Tuesday, June 11, 2002 -- Community Council of Reeves County will hold a fundraiser on Friday, June 14, to raise money for school supplies.

The fundraiser will be a barbecue plate dinner from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., at the CCRC office located in the Reeves County Annex Building at 700 Daggett St.

Plates will consist of brisket, beans, potato salad, bread and trimmings. Tea will be offered for eat-in customers only. Cost per plate is $4.


Marriages for March 2002, as filed with the Reeves County Clerk's Office.
Rosendo Carrasco Lujan and Elia Sauceda Lujan.
Brad Lin Gholson and Toyah Gay Allphin.
Octavio Cabrera Garcia and Prescilla Garcia Lara.
Enrique Rubio, Jr. and Christina Nunez Orona.
Pablo Munoz Rodriguez and Juana De Jesus Rojas.
Jesus Rivas, Jr. and Delfa Rodriguez.

Marriages for May 2002, as filed with the Reeves County Clerk's Office.
Jorge Borunda Hernandez and Catarina Sanchez.
Gregory John Borland and Theresa Baeza Rodriguez.
Adam Michael Natividad and Bridget Inocencia Arvizu.
Sergio Perez, Jr. and Verlie Jewell Coulter.
Timothy Michael Harrison and Michelle Valencia Gabaldon.
Gary Dale Jenkins and Ann Guyer Davis.


Divorces for May 2002, as filed with the Reeves County District Clerk's Office.
Marty D. Parks and Marty K. Parks.
Ofelia Alvarado and Ismael Alvarado.
Linda Sue Terry and Windell Terry.

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 instances we will indicate payment and release.
Billy Ray Box, 66, was arrested at 10:12 a.m., on May 30 at Flying J Truckstop for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Abel Sanchez, 32, was arrested at 8:47 p.m., on May 28 in the 400 block of East Fourth Street on a warrant for burglary of a building a state jail felony.

Rhonda Renteria, 19, was arrested at 9:43 p.m., on May 28 in the 200 block of Fourteenth Street on a warrant for driving without a license in possession.

Robert Ramirez, 21, was arrested at 11:48 p.m., on May 28 in the 800 block of South Eddy Street on a warrant for failure to report an accident upon striking an unattended vehicle.

William Jim Morse, 39, was arrested at 2:02 p.m., on June 8 at Fourth and Mesquite Streets on an Ector County warrant for assault.

Myron Jenkins, 29, was 8:54 p.m., on June 7 at the Criminal Justice Center on a warrant for theft by appropriate.

Yolanda Rodriguez, 32, was arrested 8:41 p.m., on June 6 in the 700 block of South Cedar Street on a warrant for theft.

Rafael Medina, 22, at 6:09 p.m., on June 6 at Texas and Washington Streets on warrants for running a red light, an expired driver's license, open container and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Isaac Granado, 19, was arrested at 8:12 p.m., on June 6 at Adams and Eddy Streets on warrants for no liability insurance proof and parking in a fire lane next to a fire hydrant.

Amado Salazar, 51, was arrested at 2:03 a.m., on June 7 at Third and Cedar Streets on a Capias Pro Fine warrant for default of payment of a public intoxication charge.

Zair Granado, 21, and Ricardo Estrada, 28, was arrested at 7:43 p.m., on June 6 at Adams and Eddy Streets. Granado was arrested on Capias Pro Fine warrants for default in payment on original charges of minor in possession of alcohol, speeding in a school zone and assault under the Family Violence Act. Estrada was arrested on Capias Pro Fine warrants for default in payment on original charges of public intoxication and assault under the Family Violence Act.

Mario Rayos, 32, was arrested at 7:42 p.m., on June 5 at Third and Locust Streets on a Capias Pro Fine warrant for default in payment on the original charge of theft under $50 and another warrant for theft under $50.

Dana Francis, 37, and Ramon Garcia, 34, were arrested at 10:07 p.m., on June 5 at the Club Suavicito both for public intoxication.

Tanya Mendoza, 37, was arrested at 7:43 p.m., on June 5 at Third and Peach Streets on warrants for no seat belt on the driver and no operators license.

Tony Castelo Salmon, 58, was arrested at 10:08 p.m., on June 3 in the 200 block of South Locust Street on a Presidio County warrant for harassment.

Diana Lara Armendarez, 44, and Anna Marie Rodriguez, 40, were arrested at 9:45 a.m., on June 3 at the Pecos Police Department both on warrants for theft.

Luis Fernando Salgado, 20, was arrested at 2:44 p.m., on June 3 at the police department on a warrant for speeding. Salgado paid his fines and were released.

Criselda Villanueva, 39, was arrested at 7:16 p.m., on June 2 in the 100 block of Ash Street on a Capias Pro Fine warrant.

Osvaldo Garcia, 44, was arrested at 7:42 p.m., on June 2 in the 500 block of Mesquite Street for public intoxication.

Francisco Menchaca, 29, was arrested at 4:57 p.m., on June 2 in the 400 block of Peach Street for a warrant.

Gilbert Placencia, 21, was arrested at 10:12 p.m., on May 31 at Pecos High School on warrants for speeding and disorderly conduct and fighting.

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