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Monday, August 26, 2002

Commissioners delay decision on medical pact

Staff Writer

PECOS, Monday, Aug. 26, 2002 -- Reeves County Commissioners tabled a final contract  agreement with Physicians Network Associates for Reeves  County Detention Center medical services pending approval of the  new mandate rate at the facility.

"They started providing services for us and have found several physicians for us," said RCDC Assistant Warden Tommy Duncan.

Duncan said that since they had started using PNA's services they have caught up with all the inmates that needed medical attention. "We were about 250 inmates behind on doctor's visits and now we are caught up," said Duncan.

Duncan told the court that the RCDC was requesting an extension to finalize the wording on the contract to formally enter into a contract with Physicians Network Associates.

Commissioners had approved using their services at a prior meeting.

However, Reeves County Judge Jimmy B. Galindo said he was hesitant to get into a contract agreement with them before receiving the new man-day rate from the U.S. Bureau of Prisons.

"I want to hold out until the new man-day rate has been approved," said Galindo. "We have submitted the documentation, but that individual won't be in the office until Sept. 3," he said.

"Until we receive equitable adjustment, I think we should hold off into entering a long-term contract," said Galindo. "They done a good job in providing services, this is nothing against them."

Galindo said that this didn't reflect a lack of confidence in the group. "Pending negotiations with BOP, I think we should just table this item until we can achieve a satisfactory adjustment," he said.

"What are our plans if we don't get the rate we're asking for?" asked commissioner precinct 3 Herman Tarin.

"We can pay them for two months and we would have to notify them as soon as we hear something," said Galindo. "It was my hope that we could receive the mandate adjustment before the contract agreement," he said.

"We haven't entered with PNA into an agreement, so how will they bill us?" said county auditor Lynn Owens.

"The rate was $4.08 per inmate per day, for them to provide services at the facility, plus reimbursement for our medical staff," said Galindo.

Owens made the request that he be allowed to pay for the services.

"The reimbursement is equal to the staff's salary, plus benefits, not just the salary," said Duncan.

The court tabled entering into a formal contract with PNA, but approved the payment and authorization for a request for reimbursement of the facility's medical staff.

Commissioners approved payments to LMD Architect and Frank Spencer, both who are working at the construction site of the RCDC III.

PHA sends board members to convention in Galveston

Staff Writer

PECOS, Monday, Aug. 26, 2002 -- The Pecos Housing Authority and Farm Labor Housing board  held a brief monthly meeting Thursday afternoon at the  PHA/FLH Administration Office, according to Executive Director, Nellie Gomez.

She said that the board decided to table the letter that they received from Ferias Ferguson from the Office of Labor Relations regarding their compliance review until they received the full report.

According to Gomez the board held its Labor Standards Compliance Review on August 21.

Gomez said that the board went on to approve the purchase of a skid loader for the use of the PHA property maintenance.

The board also approved sending five commissioners to the Texas Housing Association Annual Conference in Galveston, which began today and runs through Friday.

Gomez said that they had also received a call from Mayor Dot Stafford informing the board that the council had agreed to appoint Olga Lopez from the Pecos Police Department to replace Juanita Davila's place.

Gomez said that during the FLH portion of the meeting, the board approved the lease form the farm Labor Housing and the revised addendum for the Ineligible Tenants as presented by John Perkins and attorney Scott Johnson.

"There are no more tenants," Gomez said. "There are only 18 tenants left out of 56."

Gomez said that the board also approved the monthly report of August.

Season ticket sales for games on sale

PECOS, Mon., August 26, 2002 -- Season ticket sales to the Pecos Eagle five home football games  went on sale today for new season ticket buyers at the  Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD Business Office, 1302 S. Park St. 

Season tickets are $25 each and can be purchased up until the Eagles' first regular sesason home game, on Sept. 13 against Lamesa. Pecos' other home games are Sept. 20 against Brownfield (homecoming), Oct. 4 against Lubbock High, Oct 18 against Presidio and Nov. 1 versus Fort Stockton. Starting times for all the games is 7:30 p.m.

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.


Lila Zubia, 27, was arrested at 9:44 p.m., on August 25, in the 800 Block of South Eddy Street for warrants of Capias default of payment, expired drivers license, unrestrained child under the age of 2, no liability insurance, expired registration and expired inspection sticker.


Denise Valariano, 20, was arrested at 12:26 a.m., on August 25, at Third and Pecan streets on a warrant of Capias default of payment for assault by contact.


Sammy Valencia Jr, 22, was arrested at 12:03 a.m., on August 25, at Riverside Ballroom on East Third Street on a warrant for criminal mischief.


Robert Jimenez, 22, was arrested at 12:45 a.m., on August 25, at the Oasis Bar in the 1100 block of East Third Street on a warrant for criminal mischief over $500, Class A.


A male juvenile and Luz Jasso, 32, were arrested at 2:07 a.m., on August 25 at the 600 block of South Eddy for assault of the Family Violence Act.


Maria Mendoza, 32, and Tanayana Mendoza, 48, were arrested at 9:38 p.m., on August 23, in the 200 block of Pecan Street. Maria Mendoza was arrested for a Police Department warrant for forgery and Tanayana Mendoza was arrested on a Reeves County Sheriff's warrant for driving while intoxicated on a motion to revoke.


Peter Dominquez, 23, was arrested at 2:56 a.m., on August 24, at Yucca and Park on a Reeves County Sheriff's warrant of theft by check.


Mingo Jimenez, 24, was arrested at 10:41 a.m., on August 21, at La Tienda, 810 S. Eddy St., on a Reeves County Warrant for failure to appear.


PECOS, Mon., August 26, 2002 -- High Sunday 104. Low this morning 69. Forecast for  tonight: Mostly clear. Lows in the upper 70s. Southeast winds 10 to 15  mph. Tuesday: Mostly sunny and hot. Highs near 110. Southwest  winds 10 to 20 mph. Tuesday night: Mostly clear. Lows in the upper  70s. Wednesday: Mostly sunny and hot. Highs near 105. Thursday:  Partly cloudy. Lows near 75. Highs 99 to 104.

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