Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Friday, May 2, 2003
Voters to decide council, school races Saturday
By JENNIFER GALVAN
PECOS, Fri., May 2, 2003 -- Pecos voters will decide a city council race,
and voters here and in Barstow, Toyah, Saragosa and Balmorhea will have
polling sites open for area school elections on Saturday.
Polls will be open at all sites from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m., and voters will
be choosing between four candidates for three open seats on the Town of
Pecos City Council, between four candidates for two seats in the Pecos-Barstow-Toyah
ISD election, and between five candidates for two open seats on the Balmorhea
Voting in the Town of Pecos City will be for school board and city council
seats and polling for both races will be held at the Community Center.
Those seeking a two-year term on the Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD School Board
are incumbents David Flores and Steve Valenzuela. Challengers are Randy
Baeza and Amy Montgomery Miller.
In the city elections incumbents Gerald Tellez and Frank Sanchez are
seeking new terms. Challengers are Danny Rodriguez and Mark Bragg.
Elections in Barstow for the school elections will be held at the Barstow
Community Center. Barstow voters will also be casting ballots in the special
election to fill an unexpired term in the 19th Congressional District
Toyah and Saragosa voters also will be able to cast ballots locally on
Saturday in the P-B-T school elections. Saragosa voters will cast ballots
at the Multi-Purpose Center, while Toyah voters can vote in the school election
at the city hall.
Orla residents will have to come to Pecos to vote at the Community Center
Early voting in this year's election was down a little under 10 percent
from 2002, according to early voting clerk Debbie Thomas.
"We had 765 vote by personal appearance and 249 ballots by mail," said
early voting clerk Debbie Thomas following the closing of the early voting
period on Tuesday. Another 30 ballots still had not been returned as of
Residents of Balmorhea will be voting for the two seats on the Balmorhea
School Board may place their vote at the Balmorhea Fire Station.
Those seeking a seat on the Balmorhea School Board are Abel Baeza, Paul
Matta, Courtney Mellard, Sharon Oates and Tommy Rey Dominguez.
Loving County residents will be voting for the 19th Congressional District
race in which 17 candidates are running to succeed Republican Larry Combest.
Election site in Loving County will be held in the District Courtroom
of the Courthouse in Mentone. Loving voters have no city election, and the
county is part of the Wink-Loving ISD.
PHA seeks replacements for board members
By JON FULBRIGHT
PECOS, Fri., May 2, 2003 -- Pecos Housing Authority board members reviewed
project, budget and occupancy information for both the PHA and the Farm
Labor Housing Apartments supervised by the board, and also sought replacements
for two board members during their regular monthly meeting on Thursday at
the PHA office at Meadowbrook and Starley drives.
The board had the minimum three members available to hold a meeting on
Thursday, after the two other members, Ray Golden and John Garza submitted
their resignations. Golden, a longtime PHA board member and the board's
vice-chairman, stepped down for "personal reasons," Chairman Frank Perea
said, while Garza, who has been the resident commissioner on the board,
is stepping down because he is moving out of the PHA apartments, Executive
Director Nellie Gomez said.
"I went through a list of residents, and the only one I talked to was
Irene Dominguez," Gomez said. "She works at the hospital, and has been
here a long time."
Gomez also suggested PHA tenant Arturo Marruffo as a possible replacement
for Garza, but said she has not spoken to him about the position.
"I would go with Irene. She's been on boards before," said Gomez. "She
served on the Community Council for about five years."
"You know them better than us," said Perea, and the board later authorized
Gomez to speak to Dominguez about filling Garza's unexpired term, which
runs through the end of February in 2004.
Golden's term expired at the end of May 2004, and board member Jim Workman
recommended Maribel Alvarez, a caseworker with the local Department of Human
Services office, to fill the unexpired term.
"I know her, and she's a very hard working individual and very dependable,"
"I talked at one time about (West Texas National Bank vice president)
Paul Hinojos, but he's got too many irons in the fire," Perea said, and the
board authorized Gomez to speak to Alvarez about the vacancy.
Board members then went over the revised PHA housing policy, which was
drawn up by NELROD, a consulting company for housing authorities. Gomez
said the last policy revisions were done in 1998, and needed to be updated.
"I'm looking into having them do personnel policies," Gomez said.
The board approved the changes, and later approved a trip to the NELROD
conference in New Orleans for Gomez, Perea and board member Olga Lopez on
May 22-23. Gomez said the combined cost for their trip would be $697, and
that she planned to spend a few days visiting her son in Alabama after the
Gomez also presented board members with updates on the PHA budget and
work on the paving, sidewalk and fencing projects.
She said she had already talked to the contractor about the $40,000 sidewalk
and paving work, while footing for the new fencing at the East Side Apartments.
"We have enough money in the budget to start with the South Side Apartments,"
she added, which would cover the area from Sage to Meadowbrook.
The board was also told that all of the PHA Apartments are filled and
there is a waiting list for new tenants, while during the Farm Labor Housing
portion of the meeting, Perea said the board has to make sure that the remaining
tenants are out of the apartments by the end of May, so that seasonal farm
workers can move into the West County Road apartments by June 1.
"More than likely we'll have all of them out except for one," Gomez said,
who is employed at the new dairy south of Pecos and qualifies to remain
in the FLH apartments.
She added that fliers have been made up to notify arriving migrant workers
of the vacancies. "We have six applications already from the (Texas) Migrant
Council," she said.
The board also discussed the day care facility used by the Migrant Council
during the spring and summer months. "After this year we're going to put
a new floor in, and they're going to pay half of it," she said. The FLH also
plans to offer the Migrant Council a yearly lease agreement, which she said,
"would allow them to keep their stuff in there," while the day care center
is not being used.
Police arrest three after raids
on drug, sex assault charges
By ROSIE FLORES
PECOS, Fri., May 2, 2003 -- Pecos Police Officers were busy Thursday evening
executing narcotics search warrants at two separate locations in Pecos that
led to the arrest of three people, two on drug charges and one on a sexual
assault charge out of Alabama.
The first search warrant was executed at 810 E. Ninth St., which police
said was the home of Fernando Chavez Vela, 43 and Yolanda Rodriguez Rubio,
"Once the residence was secured officers proceeded to search the premises
for narcotics or other narcotics-related paraphernalia," said Pecos Police
Investigator Paul Deishler.
During the search of the premises, officers found a substance believed
to be marijuana inside and outside the residence.
They completed the search of the premises and Vela and Rubio were charged
with possession of a controlled substance (marijuana) less than five pounds,
but more than four ounces.
"This is within 1,000 feet of a school, Bessie Haynes Elementary School,"
Deishler said that this offense was a third degree felony and both subjects
were transported to the Pecos Criminal Justice Center.
The second narcotics search warrant occurred at 1934 Scott Street, at
8:45 p.m. Police said. The home was identified as that of Marty Howard,
Paula Howard and Brian Shierling.
Once the resident was secured, officers proceeded to search the residence
for narcotics or other narcotics-related paraphernalia.
Deishler said that during the search, officers located a substance believed
to be marijuana, and also found paraphernalia commonly used with the smoking
of marijuana and other drug related paraphernalia within the residence.
In addition, Deishler said, "A records check revealed that Brian Skye
Shierling was a wanted subject out of Alabama for the offense of sexual
Shierling, 28, was placed under arrest and transported to the Pecos Criminal
Justice Center on the outstanding warrant.
Officers completed their search of the premises and arrest warrants are
pending for the Howards, according to Deishler.
Cookout events set next week for RCDC staff
PECOS, Fri., May 2, 2003 -- Correctional officers at the Reeves County
Detention Center will be honored next week and recognized during Correctional
The group will receive a special treat when the administration staff at
the facility cooks for them on the grounds of the facility.
Correctional officers will enjoy hamburgers from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.,
Wednesday and Thursday.
Each officer will get a free meal cooked by the administration staff
including the RCDC Warden Rudy Franco and his support staff.
PECOS, Fri., May 2, 2003 -- High Thursday 93. Low this morning 48. Forecast
for tonight: Clear. Lows in the upper 50s. South winds 5 to 15 mph. Saturday:
Sunny and windy. Highs in the lower 90s. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph increasing
to 20 to 30 mph. Saturday night: Clear. Lows in the mid 50s. Sunday: Sunny
with areas of blowing dust. Windy. Highs in the upper 80s. Monday: Clear.
Lows in the lower 50s. Highs in the mid 80s.
Alfonso B. Levario
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324 S. Cedar St., Pecos, TX 79772
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