Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Friday, February 21, 2003
Overnight fire NW of Pecos destroys trailer
By JENNIFER GALVAN
PECOS, Fri., Feb. 21, 2003 -- Puppies being kept in a trailer located northwest
of Pecos were killed early this morning when a fire broke out inside,
destroying the moble home.
The Pecos Volunteer Fire Department responded to the fire call at 2:18
a.m. out on Country Road 406, located off the Duval Road.
Though no one lived in the trailer, Fire Marshall Jack Brookshire said
that the owner of the trailer was housing his dog and her new puppies in
the trailer with a heat lamp.
Brookshire said that the heat lamp might have ignited the trailer, killing
The blaze was the second major fire involving a residence in the area
this week, with the first occurring in the early morning hours on Monday.
Brookshire said that he had brought in an arson dog from Austin to search
through the fire damage to the home at Seventh and Bois D'Arc streets, and
the dog was able to detect a 2 ½ gallon container of gasoline at the
As a result of finding the gasoline, Brookshire said that they now believe
the fire to be an arson case.
The house belonged to Reeves County Hospital employee Beverly Bold-Warrior.
Brookshire said at the time she had been out of town during the incident,
and was in the process of moving when the fire occurred.
First shower of year pass through Trans-Pecos
From Staff and Wire Reports
The first real rains of 2003 passed through West Texas on Thursday
night and continued into this morning, though surrounding areas have received
more rainfall then Pecos over the past 24 hours.
Even more rain was reported in area of Texas to the east, with showers
in Central and Southeast Texas forcing the closure of nearly three dozen
According to KIUN Radio, Pecos has received an overnight rainfall of .75
inches. Before that Pecos had only received .05 inches of rain making this
year's total .80 inches.
The Texas A&M Agricultural Experiment Station reported that one of
their gages measured a rainfall of .8 inches of rainfall from last night.
Coyanosa and Balmorhea both reported at least an inch of rainfall. Coyanosa
Co-Op said that they had received 1.2 inches while Balmorhea's State Park
reported an inch of rainfall from last night.
However, no more rain is expected thought the weekend. The weather report
states that the clouds are to clear and that the next change for cold weather
is expected on Monday with a chance of snow, according to the National Weather
The rains were expected to continue in Central and Southeast Texas,
where most of the roads closed as of now are rural roads with low water crossings.
"We're looking at about 35 roads closed. A lot of them are in the
northwestern part of the county, north of Manor," said Chandy Villegas,
communications supervisor with the Travis County Sheriff's Office.
Austin recorded nearly three inches of rain Thursday and four inches
were recorded in Bryan. A flash flood watch is in effect for all of
Southeast Texas as up to three more inches of rain is expected. The
Hill Country and south central Texas were expected to see up to three
more inches in some areas, with some severe storms, but rain is likely
to end there later Friday.
A flash flood watch also is in effect for far East Texas and central
North Texas, including Dallas/Fort Worth and Waco. The Coastal Bend
and deep South Texas also could see some severe thunderstorms Friday,
although rain will not be widespread. The Edwards Plateau also will
be under a flash flood watch today.
Tellez becomes third candidate to enter election
By ROSIE FLORES
PECOS, Fri., Feb. 21, 2003 -- The current Mayor Pro-tem and long-time Town
of Pecos City Council member has opted to run again for new two-year
term on the council.
Gerald Tellez filed this morning to retain his seat on the council. Tellez
has been on the council for the past decade and is currently serving as Mayor
Pro-Tem. He becomes the second incumbent to file for a new term on the council
Incumbent Frank Sanchez filed to retain his seat on the council on Tuesday,
and was joined by former councilman Danny Rodriguez, who was defeated for
re-election last year.
Three seats will be up for election on May 3, with councilman Johnny Terrazas
holding the other two-year term. Sanchez was elected to the council in 2001
after serving as Town of Pecos City Mayor in the 1980s.
The Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD race currently has two candidates seeking
the two available three-year terms. Randy Baeza filed to run for the school
board Wednesday, joining incumbent David Flores, who is seeking his second
term on the board. Steve Valenzuela currently holds the other seat up for
In the Reeves County Hospital District board election, Precinct 2 incumbent
and current RCH Board president Linda Gholson filed for a new two-year term
on the board on Monday. Gholson's seat is one of two up for election this
May, the other being the seat in Precinct 4, currently held by Hugh Box.
Hospital officials said Box cannot run for the position on Precinct 4
because he is no longer in that precinct. Box's residence is now in Precinct
2, after precinct lines were redrawn as a result of the 2000 census.
Deadline to file an application for a place on the ballot in all local
elections is 5 p.m., Wednesday, March 19.
Tuesday, March 4, will be the first day to accept applications to vote
by mail, and early voting by personal appearance will be held at the Pecos
Community Center, 508 S. Oak St., from April 16-29.
The last day a person may register to vote in the elections is April 3,
and the last day to receive applications for early voting ballots to be voted
by mail is April 25.
City council elections will also be held in Barstow, Toyah and Balmorhea
on May 3, as will elections for the Balmorhea ISD board.
Commissioners to OK payments on RCDC work
PECOS, Fri., Feb. 21, 2003 -- Payments to contractors working at the Reeves
County Detention Center III and property bids top the agenda for the regular
meeting of the Reeves County Commissioners Court.
The group will meet at 9:30 a.m., Monday, Feb. 24, in the third floor
courtroom and the public is invited to attend.
Interior work on the 960-bed addition to the prison is scheduled to be
completed by Tuesday. Commissioners will discuss and take action on LMD Architect
request for payment invoice No. 276-RCDC III; Frank Spencer and Associates
request for payment Invoice No. 2001070.ADD and Trinity Engineering/Kleinfelder
request for payment for Invoices No. 39187, 43690, 49092, and 67836-RCDC
In other action, bids for property located at 1602 S. Alamo; 602 S. Palm;
2212 S. Alamo; 2018 Balmorhea Hwy. Blk. 16; 2018 Balmorhea Hwy. Blk. 15;
122 N. Alamo; 411 Sunset and 320 S. Walnut will be discussed and action taken.
An interagency agreement between the Trans Pecos Drug Task Force and Midland
County; deputation and oath for reserve deputy sheriff Ruben Salazar; salary
grievance committee and a Xerox copy machine lease for Reeves County Annex
Building will also be discussed.
Regular agenda items include: reports from various departments; budget
amendments and line-item transfers; personnel and salary changes (RCDC, and
Reeves County Sheriff's Department); minutes from previous meetings; semi-monthly
bills and spread on the minutes: comprehensive certification and assurance-federal
50 Years Ago This Week
PECOS, Fri., Feb. 21, 2003 --
FRONT PAGE: Police to Enforce Fire Traffic Laws.
Firemen met with Sgt. Hugh Shaw of the Texas Highway Patrol, Chief Sammy
Caroline and Asst. Chief Charlie Hayton of the fire department to discuss
the enforcement. Several firemen's wives had requested the officials to take
steps to prevent possible serious accidents when the firemen are enroute
Petition Proposes County Hospital.
Petitions are being circulated among Reeves County property owners to
ask the Commissioners Court to call a bond election for construction of a
new county hospital. Leaders of the group say they hope to get 500 names
on the petition, calling for a bond issue of $400,000.
PVS Spends $4,000 on Communications to Speed Service.
Excellent results are being obtained from the communication system recently
installed here by Pecos Valley Southern Railway, according to Carl F. Holm,
general manager of the line.
The company has spent approximately $4,000 on the high frequency system
that beams 159:67 megacycles between a 100-foot tower atop the Brown-Bozeman
building to another tower at Collier's Spur, 20 miles south of Pecos, and
to receiving sending stations on both the engine and the caboose of the PVS
train, and on an automobile operated by Trainmaster Lester Stafford.
Electioneering Time is Near in Lions Club.
Porter Donnell, chairman for the past presidents of the organization,
announced candidates: For president, Joe Henderson, Hugh Martin and Ray McPherson.
For vice-president, C.J. Anderson, Jesse Bush, Jack Camp, Price Francis,
D.H. (Doc) Rhodes, and Glen Stone.
New Grid Coaches Open Annual Spring Training. 40 Hopefuls Report for
Alton Hughes, retiring Pecos Chamber of Commerce manager, writes his farewell
"For eight years we have served as the manager of your Chamber of Commerce,
and they have been eight happy years. They have been happy because we have
watched Pecos grow from a struggling small town into a healthy young city
with great possibilities of becoming one of the larger western cities. They
have been happy because we have had an almost total absence of unpleasantness
connected with our work. There is no group of people any place in these United
States more cooperative, easier to deal with, or more helpful than our own
Pecos people. Therefore, our job has been a pleasant one, for which we are
Barney Hubbs deeded to Sam B. Sparks Lot No. Six, Block 4, Airlawn Heights
SPORTS PAGE: Balmorhea Sweeps District Tourney. Teaney Ranks 7th on
Cage Scoring in District 8-AA.
ORLA NEWS: Juanita Wiley reports that Mr. and Mrs. Lenord Troutman
are the proud parents of a baby girl born Feb. 4 at Kermit.
Mrs. W.H. McKinney gave the opening prayer and devotional when the Friendly
circle of the First Baptist Church met with Mrs. Sid Kyle Tuesday morning.
Dr. and Mrs. John Paul Dunn of San Antonio are the parents of a baby girl
born Wednesday morning. Ruth Dunn of Pecos is the grandmother.
ADVERTISING: Southwest Fertilizer & Chemical Company claims
to have an adequate supply of anhydrous ammonia. "We wish to announce to
the farmers of this area that we have contracts with the only reliable houses
handling Anhydrous Ammonia in the State of Texas, assuring you of an adequate
supply of this lowest cost nitrogen fertilizer."
"Hagar's Chicken House" : A real chicken house full of Armours Star Fryers,
89 cents each.
Pecos City Bakery, Phone #140, salutes Pecos' volunteer firemen.
Dr. Jim Camp opposes building a new $400,000 county hospital with 35 beds,
preferring instead to add on to the Camp Hospital, creating 50 to 70 beds
in one location.
CLASSIFIED: Wanted: To buy, out-house, call 1045.
Miscellaneous: McCallum Pet Shop, 218 S. Maple, Parakeets, Gold Fish,
Tropical Fish and Supplies for Cats, Dogs, Birds and Fish.
Sign-ups starting for spring soccer
PECOS, Fri., Feb. 21, 2003 -- The Reeves County Community Sports and Recreation
Department is enrolling boys and girls ages 4½ through 13 for its
spring youth soccer leagues.
Parents can pick up their forms at the recreation department officer during
regular business hours between now and March 15. Returned forms must have
both parents' signatures and a birth certificate must be provided when the
form is returned.
Sign-up fee is $10 per player. For further information, call the recreation
department at 447-9776.
Clean-up work set for Saturday
By JENNIFER GALVAN
PECOS, Fri., Feb. 21, 2003 -- Come rain or shine, Pecos will be having its
first clean up of this year tomorrow, as part of the `Keep Pecos Beautiful'
Director Michael Benavides said that the clean up would begin at 7:30
a.m. on Saturday at the Odessa College parking lot on South Eddy Street.
"We will clean the cemetery, down Walthall Street," Benavides said. "Behind
Wal-Mart, down Lincoln and (U.S.) 285."
He also said that he wanted to remind everyone to dress appropriately
during the morning hours, when temperatures are supposed to be in the upper
30s and low 40s.
"All they have to do is bring something warm to wear," Benavides said.
"I will provide them with water and trash bags."
Benavides added the water and trash bags were donated by Wal-Mart.
When residents go to City Hall to pay their bill, Benavides said that
they should receive a miniature trash bag that can be used in their vehicles.
"You should not have to ask for it," said Benavides, who is also a member
of the city council. "You can keep it and it is reusable."
The next `Keep Pecos Beautiful' clean up is scheduled for the week of
April 7, which kicks off `Don't mess with Texas' campaign, Benavides said.
PECOS, Fri., Feb. 21, 2003 -- High Thursday 48. Low this morning 43. Rainfall
last 24 hours at Texas A&M Experiment Station .8 inch. Forecast
for tonight: Becoming mostly clear. Lows 35 to 40. Northwest winds
5 to 15 mph. Saturday: Partly cloudy: Warmer: And breezy. Highs 65
to 70. South winds 15 to 25 mph. Saturday night: Mostly clear. Lows
35 to 40. Sunday: Partly cloudy. Highs around 60. Monday: Mostly cloudy
and colder with a slight chance of rain or snow. Lows around 30. Highs
40 to 45.
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
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324 S. Cedar St., Pecos, TX 79772
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