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Friday, February 21, 2003

Overnight fire NW of Pecos destroys trailer

Staff Writer

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 puppies.

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 home.

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 roads.

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 Service.

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

Staff Writer

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 election.

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 III.

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 funds.

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 to fires.

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 1st Workout.

Alton Hughes, retiring Pecos Chamber of Commerce manager, writes his farewell column:

"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 most grateful."


Barney Hubbs deeded to Sam B. Sparks Lot No. Six, Block 4, Airlawn Heights Addition.

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

Staff Writer

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' program.

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.

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