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Monday, September 30, 2002

Cable company, stations pass blame on missing signals

Staff Writers

PECOS, Mon., Sept. 30, 2002 -- Cable subscribers in Pecos haven't been very happy with their  service recently, with two channels on the blink for at least the past two  months, and no solution to the problem seems likely in the near future

The signal for Ch. 8 (KPEJ), the area's Fox station, has been out for all but a few days over the past two months, while ABC viewers of Ch. 12 (KMID) has been out for extended periods since early August.

"Fox channel is going to be that way because of their translator, which is on Gomez Peak," said Classic Cable technician Manuel Gonzales. "That's just what we're picking up," he said.

Gonzales said that they have always had problems with Channel 8, which is the station that picks up KPEJ's UHF signal in Pecos.

"There's nothing we can do about it, because that's the signal we're receiving," he said.

Gonzales said that the other channel Pecos is having problems with will be check out. "We didn't know there was a problem with KMID, but we'll be sending a technician out to check it," he said.

"It's kind of hard when we're 80-90 miles from the translator," said Gonzales.

"As far as Fox, until Fox finds a way to fix the translator on Gomez Peak, there's nothing we can do about it," said Gonzales.

Back on Sept. 6, KPEJ General Manager Jamie Beeghley said, "I talked with Classic Cable engineer, Mr. Gonzales, and he told that he had ordered a new pre-amp for Channel 20, which is the channel you are receiving the Fox station from."

"The engineer had ordered the pre-amp, but they had sent him the wrong one," said Beeghley. "As soon he gets it in, he'll install it and start working on it to get a better signal," he said.

"He's doing his best to get that fixed," said Beeghley. "I've done all I can, I talked with my engineer and sent his report to their engineer, and we're doing all we can to help."

KMID technician Glen Edwards said that they hadn't received any complaints and weren't aware there was a problem with KMID's signal into Pecos. "Somebody needs to call in and let them know there is a problem," said Edwards. "We get the signal in Monahans and they aren't having any problems with it."

KMID's signal in Monahans is received over the air and is picked up by antenna at Classic Cable's Monahans location. However. Because KMID's and KPEJ's antennas are located north of Midland International Airport, neither signal is strong enough to reach Classic Cable's receiving antenna in Pecos on its own. Three other Midland-Odessa signals, KOSA (Ch. 7), KWES (Ch. 9) and KUPB (Ch. 38) have their main antennas located west of Odessa, and their signals are strong enough to be picked up in Pecos by Classic Cable's antenna, so viewers have not had any similar problems with the CBS, NBC and Univision stations.

Edwards said that he realized the other problem is that Classic Cable doesn't have an office in Pecos. "I know they have an office in Monahans and I spoke with them and nobody there knew anything about the problem," said Edwards.

Classic Cable closed its office in Pecos two years ago in an effort to save money.

The Tyler-based company filed for bankruptcy last year, and is currently seeking to emerge from bankruptcy protection.

Edwards suggested that someone turn in a "trouble ticket" to let Classic Cable know there was a problem with the signal Pecos is receiving for that particular channel. "We're sending out the signal and the problem is not with us," he said.

"Maybe when they don't get to see Monday night football they'll start complaining," he said.

KPEJ beams its signal from its Midland-Odessa transmission site to 6,500-foot Gomez Peak, where an antenna there broadcasts an over-the-air signal on UHF Ch. 20 that Classic Cable uses to pick up the station in town.

KMID in contrast, uses a microwave relay signal to broadcast into Pecos by way of a transmission tower at Notrees, west of Odessa.

Under earlier agreements between the station and the area's former cable operator, United Video Cablevision, KMID and the cable company split the cost of the microwave transmission, which in the early 1990s cost about $3,000 a month.

Because of the high cost, the microwave signal is only for Pecos customers. Other area cable subscribers include Classic Cable customers in Barstow, receive their ABC signal via satellite from Denver, Colo.

KPEJ's signal has been unwatchable for most of the time since early August, and problems have been a common complaint since the station went on the air in the area seven years ago.

Bad weather caused the signal to fail often over between 1995 and 2001, when the UHF translator station was on UHF Ch. 18.

It was taken off last June when Univision began broadcasting in Midland-Odessa over Ch. 18 (KUPB - Ch. 38). Pecos cable customers then received Fox via the FoxNet satellite link for the next five months, but that station failed to carry most of last fall's Cowboy games.

In November 2001, KPEJ began sending their signal to Pecos via a microwave relay, the same method KMID uses to get its signal into Pecos. However, because of the expense for the microwave relay option, when KPEJ received permission earlier this year to resume broadcasting from Gomez Peak on Ch. 20, the microwave signal was terminated.

Other cable customers in the area, including Classic Cable's Barstow customers, continue to receive the FoxNet satellite signal.

However, neither of the Cowboys' two games so far this season aired on Fox have been part of the FoxNet national telecast.

Those viewers saw Detroit and New Orleans in place of Sunday's win by Dallas at St. Louis, and saw New Orleans and Chicago the previous week, instead of the Dallas-Philadelphia game.

Police hunting suspects in elderly man's beating

Staff Writer

PECOS, Mon., Sept. 30, 2002 -- An elderly Pecos man was found severally beaten in his own  home early Saturday morning on the east side of town

A call came into the Pecos Police Department at about 1:05 a.m. Saturday about a suspicious person in front of the house where 81-year old, Anastacio Acosta lives, Lt. Kelly Davis said.

According to Davis, Acosta's home is located between the Del Rio Bar and a storage area within the same building.

When the officers arrived Acosta was found conscious, on his bed inside his home.

"He was found in bed and believed to have been beaten," Davis said.

Acosta was airlifted to Covenant Medical Center Hospital in Lubbock that night, were he is now in the ICU unconscious and in serious condition, Davis said.

Davis added that Acosta lives by himself in the bar, which happened to be closed that night.

Because there was no sign of forced entry and the fact that Acosta lived by himself there the police do not know if he had been robbed.

"This was a vicious attack," Davis said. "He was too elderly to defend himself."

Davis is sure that this incident was not gang related and that he would have more information and a possible arrest tomorrow.

Police did not release any information on whether or not the department had a definite suspect, but Davis did say that they hope to arrest the people involved in this attack.

"We would really like to catch these people," Davis said.

Organizers happy with clean-up of locations

Staff Writer

PECOS, Mon., Sept. 30, 2002 -- Saturday's clean up of areas on the east side of Pecos "went  pretty good," according to the effort's organizer, Michael Benavides.

"We had about 24-25 kids show up, we had some (Sheriff's Department) explorers, some probationers plus my two volunteers Manny (Porras) and Slim (Bub Ewbank). Councilman Gerald Tellez also showed up," said Benavides, who is also a member of the Pecos City Council.

"We cleaned up the east side (Santa Rosa) cemetery and we cleaned up some lots. But even with that, we just scratched the surface," he said. "We cleaned up a lot of bottles and we cleaned up a lot of trash, but there's still a lot to go.

"Manny said he was going to go back after the last Pee-Wee football game on Saturday with some Round-Up to get all the weeds so they wouldn't grow back," Benavides added.

Saturday's clean up was the first organized effort since April, but Benavides said he was hoping to hold another one before it gets too cold this fall.

"We're looking to do something with the (Pee Wee) football kids. Randy (Baeza) and I are trying to utilize the kids for a clean-up probably after the season is over, at the end of October or November, weather permitting," he said. "That would be about 150 kids and their coaches, so we can cover various area around town."

PHS band to sell enchilada plates during Fall Fair

PECOS, Mon., Sept. 30, 2002 -- An Enchilada Plate Sale will be held during the Annual Reeves County Fall Fair, scheduled for this weekend at the Reeves County Civic Center.

The plate sale will be held from 5-9 p.m. this Friday and from noon until 9 p.m. on Saturday. Plates will be $3.50 and 50 cents extra for those who want an egg on top.

Tickets can be purchased from any Pecos High School Band student or they can pay during the event. Feel free to dine in, or take it home.

For more information contact Merle Lenfest at 445-7218 or Norma Wentworth at 447-3264.

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.


Yolanda Romero Rodriquez, 32, was arrested at 8:07 p.m., on Sept., 23 in the 900 block of Locust, for Motion to Adjudicate delivery of a controlled substance, warrant out of Reeves County.


Steve Ornelas, 18, was arrested at 1:28 p.m., on Sept. 23, at the Criminal Justice Center

for warrant capias for drug paraphernalia.


Lionel Pando, 31, and Raul Pando, 36, were arrested at 7:29 p.m., on  Sept. 25, in the 600 block of Pine Street. Lionel Pando was arrested  for possession of a controlled substance, cocaine, possession of  drug paraphernalia, warrant exhibition of acceleration, driving without  a license, violation promise to appear, disregard stop sign, Ward  county warrant for no drivers license and a ward county warrant for failure  to appear. Raul Pando was arrested for possession of a controlled  substance, cocaine, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Dominique Franco, 27, was arrested at 8:58 a.m., on Sept. 25  in the 300 block of Eddy street for warrant for default payment.
Jose M. Rodriguez, 45, was arrested at 10:53 a.m., on Sept. 25,  in the 500 block of Oak Street on two warrants for default payment.
Lucy M. Vela, 41, was arrested at 2:31 p.m., on Sept. 25 in the 400  block of Peach Street, for warrant default capias.
Margarito Carrasco, 30, was arrested at 2:32 a.m., on Sept. 25  at Reeves County Sheriff's office for warrant for no liability insurance.
Carlos Subia Carrasco, 18, was arrested at 1:57 on Sept. 25 at  the Municipal Court for warrants minor in possession, 2 warrants  for violation promise to appear on minor in possession, and warrant  capias minor in possession.
Joaquin Gervacio, 17, was arrested at 3:13 a.m., on Sept. 30, in the  1600 block of 7th street, for public intoxication.
Cesar Coria, 20, was arrested at 9:10 p.m., on Sept. 28 in the 1600  block of Washington street for warrant minor in possession of alcohol,  and warrant for violation failure to appear.
Theodore Cabral, 20, was arrested at 7:09 p.m., on Sept. 27 in the  1100 block of Oak Street for warrant for expired registration, warrant for  no drivers license and warrant for violation failure to appear,
Jabson Ephriam, 27, was arrested at 2:07 a.m., on September 27 in  the 800 block of East 12th Street for warrant for consuming  alcoholic beverages while operating a motor vehicle, warrant for violation  promise to appear, and warrant capias default payment of possession of an  open container of alcohol.
Deloras Munoz, 32, was arrested at 7:26 p.m., on Sept. 26 in the  600 block of Eddy Street on a warrant for ordinance violation of an animal  at large, and a warrant for violation of promise to appear.
Omar Jasso, 28, was arrested at 12:31 a.m., on Sept. 26 at the  Criminal Justice Center for 2 warrants for assault under the family violence act.


Warren Burnett, Maxima Gomez and Elena Matta

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