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Thursday, January 2, 2003

Woman dies in accident near Toyah

Staff Writer

PECOS, Thurs., Jan. 02, 2003 -- A passenger in an SUV on Interstate 20 became Reeves County's first  traffic fatality of 2003 late this morning, when the vehicle rolled over while  eastbound on the highway near Toyah.

Full details on the wreck were not available at press time, but the woman died when the Ford Explorer she was riding in went off the road and overturned near Mile Mark 19 on I-20, about three miles west of Toyah.

Emergency Medical Service crews and firemen from Toyah and Pecos were called to the scene following the rollover, which occurred about 11:15 a.m. today. The woman was pronounced dead by Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Jim Riley, and the driver and another passenger in the vehicle were taken by ambulance to Reeves County Hospital.

"The driver said he fell asleep," said Department of Public Safety trooper David Murphy, who was investigating the accident. "He said he woke up and they were in the median."

The Explorer, which had California license plates, ended up rolling over and coming to rest on its roof, facing west in the middle of the eastbound lanes of I-20. The woman reportedly died from a severe head injury suffered in the rollover, while the condition of the driver and the other passenger were unknown.

Barstow man gets fantasy story in print

Staff Writer

PECOS, Thurs., Jan. 02, 2003 -- Six strangers - a thief, a magician, a knight, a palatine, a  beautiful explorer and a half-line, are thrown together to solve the secrets with  in a temple in a town call Prospero.

The story `Fantasy Game, Temple of Dreams' is based in a fantasy realm with humorous field to it, author John Diehl said.

Diehl, who currently resides in Barstow, has gotten his book published, and is looking forward to continuing to work with the characters.

The six strangers have been called to solve the Temple of Dream that no one has been able to solve as of yet. Within the temple it is believed that the source of all magic can be found.

"They each have their own agenda," Diehl said about the six strangers.

Another character in his book is Rockie Crimson, a squirrel how has human personalities and has a girlfriend, Melony.

"Melony, who is his girlfriend, has a puff of blond hair," Diehl said.

"It is based on a combination of the Nintendo game Legend of Zelda, the movie `Mystery Men' and files by Mel Brooks," Diehl said.

In not wanting to give too much of his book away, Diehl said that it is now available on paperback or electronic book through

"There will be one or two more in this series," Diehl said.

Though Diehl has written poems before as part of a joke of which he was nominated at poem of the year, he said that the book `Temple of Dreams' is his first book to be released.

"The first draft hand written took me three weeks," Diehl said.

His poems can be found at

The second book in this serious will be titled `Fantasy Game, City of Dragons,' Diehl said.

Diehl is currently working on book number four but has finished book number two `Space Force Commander, The Power of a Dream Thrillage' and said that he could not reveal information on book number three.

He also said that he plans to work being working on a low budget film in about four to five months.

The filming for this movie `Echoes of the Past' will be in the Pecos-Barstow area, Diehl said.

"It all depends on the budget and the equipment I can get," he said.

Diehl was born and raised in Pecos, is a 1994 Pecos High School graduate who currently lives in Barstow.

Year In Review -- March

Galindo re-elected, Precinct 2 voters opted for change in 2002 election

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the third in a series of stories on major events in the Pecos area during 2002. Today's story covers the month of March.

PECOS, Fri., March 1, 2002 — A former Pecos Area Chamber of Commerce president will be filling in at the chamber office, while the group recruits a new executive director.

Longtime executive director Tom Rivera resigned from the position last month to take a job coordinating the Town of Pecos City's Main Street program, and on Thursday chamber members met and agreed to hire Linda Gholson as interim director.


PECOS, Wed., March 6, 2002 — The campaign for Reeves County Judge is heating up with one week to go before the March 12 Democratic Party primary election, with incumbent Reeves County Judge Jimmy Galindo filing complaints alleging campaign rule violations against challenger Louis Matta.

Campaign signs placed in the area by Matta are being criticized by for not conforming to state law by Galindo, who has filed a complaint with 143 rd District Attorney Randy Reynolds and with Reeves County Sheriff Andy Gomez.

Meanwhile, Matta said he was unaware of a separate complaint to the Reeves County Clerk's office involving alleged coercion in mail ballot voting, and a charge of coercion against a Galindo supporter by two other local voters, one of whose statement was disputed by a resident of the same Pecos home.


PECOS, Fri., March 8, 2002 — Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD has been granted a summary judgment  in a complaint filed two years ago by two school district teachers,  board members were told Thursday night. 

The complaint was brought by Bernilda Bauer and Bruce Bauer, both of which were teachers at the Pecos High School at that time. The summary judgment, issued on Monday by U.S. District Court Judge Donald E. Walker, means the case was dismissed by the judge in favor of P-B-T ISD before the case went to trial.

The teachers alleged that the defendants, PBT-ISD School Board, Principal Danny Rodriguez and Superintendent Don Love, discriminated and retaliated against them because of Mrs. Bauer's national origin, her filing of a grievance with the Texas Education Agency and a charge of discrimination with the EEOC, and Mr. Bauer's assistance to his wife with her complaints.


PECOS, Mon., March 11, 2002 — Reeves County Sheriff's Deputies are continuing their search for  an inmate who escaped early Friday morning from Reeves County  Jail, with the search focusing on the Dallas area.

Steven Carrasco Perez, 31, of Pecos, apparently escaped from the jail before 9 a.m. on Friday when he was believed to have been working in the front portion of the building. However, his escape was not noticed by jail personnel until 9½ hours later.


Tuesday, March 12, 2002 - The Trans-Pecos Drug Task Force's grant application for operational funds covering the period between June 2002 and May 2003 has been approved by Texas Gov. Rick Perry's office.

The task force will receive just over $500,000 out of a total of $30 million in federal grant money that will be divided among Texas cities and counties for regional drug-control efforts, the governor's office announced Monday.


PECOS, Wed., March 13, 2002 - Reeves County voters returned several incumbents to office on Tuesday in voting in the Democratic primary election, but voters in Precinct 2 elected a new county commissioner and constable, and put the incumbent Justice of the Peace into an April runoff.

Reeves County Judge Jimmy B. Galindo was re-nominated for a third term as county judge, colleting 2,052 to 1,313 for challenger Louis Matta. Galindo currently is unopposed in the November general election.

Precinct 2 voters gave challenger Norman Hill a surprise win over incumbent Reeves County Commissioner Precinct 2 David Castillo. Precinct 2 voters will also have one runoff election to decide on April 9, between two of the three candidates in the Justice of the Peace election.

Incumbent J.T. Marsh received 244 votes finishing second to challenger Jim Riley, while a third candidate, Jaime Salgado received 233 votes.


PECOS, Wed., March 20, 2002 — "Lonestar" was officially christened during a  ribbon-cutting ceremony held southwest of Pecos Tuesday morning.

"Lonestar" is the name the U.S. Air Force has given to its new Pecos Electronic Scoring Site, which is part of the Realistic Bomber Training Initiative (RBTI) program for B-1 and B-52 bombers operating out of Dyess Air Force Base in Abilene and Barksdale AFB near Shreveport, La.


PECOS, Thurs., March 21, 2002 — A young Pecos cowboy set a new record for bull riding recently  in competition in Fort Worth, earning him the Jr. Championship  Challenge Bull Riding Title at the Tuff Hedeman Jr. Championship Challenge.

Guthrie Long was entered in the event at Fort Worth's Will Rodgers Coliseum for the third consecutive year, and on March 10, Long scored 93 points on ride, the highest score ever given to a junior bull rider.


PECOS, Fri., March 22, 2002 — Town of Pecos City Council elections will be minus one  candidate, following notification that a candidate who entered the May  4 election on Wednesday has been disqualified because he does not  live within the city limits.

Israel Campos had filed to run in the May elections and listed his address as being on North Hickory Street. But Town of Pecos City Secretary Connie Levario said Campos' home is just outside the city boundary on the north side of town.


PECOS, Tue., March 26, 2002 — Local residents gathered together along with the Town of Pecos  City employees and officials this morning for the  groundbreaking ceremony of the new single family subdivision on Washington Street.

The Town of Pecos City Council and Mayor Ray Ortega along with City Manager Carlos Yerena has been working on developing a new subdivision for low-income families for about a year. Ortega explained that the new subdivision would be a 20-unit single family project offering quality homes at an affordable price.


PECOS, Thurs., March 28, 2002 — Funeral services were scheduled today for a longtime Pecos resident, who had been honored along with his family as the Reeves County Pioneer Family in 2000, who died this past Sunday just 2½ months shy of his 100th birthday.

Curtis Frank Joplin, 99, died Sunday, March 24, at Odessa Medical Center. Joplin had been a resident of Pecos for the past 92 years, and his family was honored as the Reeves County Pioneer Family during a reception held in July 2000 at the West of the Pecos Museum.


PECOS, Friday, March 29, 2002 — McCain Foods will close its Anchor West onion processing plant in Pecos at the end of May, the company announced in a press release on Thursday.

The closing is three weeks later than company officials had planned, and a job fair for Anchor workers is still scheduled for Pecos in late April.

OC's Saturday class sign-ups set next week

PECOS, Thurs., Jan. 02, 2003 -- Registration for Odessa College's spring weekend classes will be held during regular spring registration next week.

Weekend courses parallel those offered in regular term except they are compressed into a shorter time span. Students whose last named begin with the letters M-Z will register at OC from 8:30 a.m. until 7 p.m. next Wednesday, and those with last names that begin with letters A-L will register next Thursday.

Session A and B classes begin on Saturday, Jan. 18. The last day to register for those classes is Friday, Jan. 17 from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. For further information, contact the Odessa College Admissions Office at 915-335-6432 or visit the OC website at


PECOS, Thurs., Jan. 02, 2003 -- High Wednesday 66. Low this morning 26. Forecast for tonight:   Clear. Lows 25 to 30. Winds light and variable. Friday:  Mostly sunny. Highs in the  mid 60s. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph. Friday night:  Mostly clear. Lows  in the lower 30s. Saturday:  Mostly sunny. Highs in the upper  60s. Sunday:  Clear. Lows in the lower 30s. Highs in the  upper 60s.


Grace Conway

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