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Monday, May 12, 2003

Pecos girls place 2nd at state golf

PECOS, Mon., May 12, 2003 -- Overcoming a 10-shot deficit wasn't in the cards for the Pecos Eagles girls golf team on Friday, at the Class 3A state tournament in Austin, but the Eagles did come home with a second place team trophy and a second place individual trophy, while their coach came home with a new last name following the girls' first-ever trip to the state finals.

"We got married on the steps of the state capitol at 8:30 Friday night," said coach Tina Hendrick, now Tina Doan after marrying Pecos Eagles assistant football coach Gaylon Doan following the final round of play.

"My mom showed up for me and the girls were the bridesmaids," she said. "Really the deal was we would get married if they got first, but I said it was close enough."

Snyder, which had advance to the Class 4A state tournament the previous four years, finished five strokes behind Pecos at the Region I-3A Tournament, and needed a playoff to beat out Breckenridge for the second state berth out of the region. But the Tigers used a round of 325 on Thursday to take a 10-stroke lead on Pecos, and that was enough to win despite shooting 10 strokes higher over the final 18 holes of play.

The Eagles, meanwhile, were able to survive a disqualification on Friday by senior Brandi North to cut two shots off their opening round score and finish with a 668, eight shots in back of Snyder and seven shots in front of Yoakum, which had the day's low round at 331 and placed third, with a 675 score.

Lauren Martinez fired a 76 on Saturday to tie Camille Blackerby of Breckenridge for best score of the day and finished second in the medallist standings to Blackerby with a 157 score, to 148 for the Breckenridge golfer. Martinez passed a pair of Snyder golfers; Hailey Putnam and Kellie Dodson, who shot 76 and 78 during the first round of the tournament, which helped the Tigers grab their big lead.

"They're their No. 4 and 5 players, so I don't know where those 70s came from," said Doan, who added that under the UIL tournament set-up, the Eagles and Tigers played in separate groups on Thursday.

"All the No. 1 teams and the No. 2 teams played together," Doan said. "I think the scores would have been different if we had played together the first day.

"We just got behind too far and couldn't come back. Ten strokes is a lot to make up," she added."

The Eagles were able to make up two despite the problem North and her group ran into on Friday. "She played an illegal ball. Instead of getting a ruling from the (tournament) officers, they decided among themselves to play it from that position, and that's an automatic disqualification. But it didn't hurt us, because we would have dropped her score anyway," Doan said.

North shot an 89 on Thursday, and her score was replaced on Friday by Dena Dutchover's 84, which was 10 strokes better than her opening round total. "Dena came through like a champ. She played hard and had good course management that put her in position to play her shots," Doan said. "She was key for us on that second day."

Sarah McKinney, meanwhile, shot an 86 after an opening round of 85, while freshman Shelly Martinez shot an 87, after tying for the fifth best score of the opening round with an 80, but still placed 10th overall in the final medallist standings.

"Lauren had a better day on the second day. She had a lot of good shots to make up ground," Doan said. "It's quite an honor to finish second out of all the girls at the tournament. That's a good way to finish up your senior year.

"Shelly wasn't in trouble. She was just trying too hard to help us catch up and put a little bit of pressure on herself," she added. "Sarah had two good rounds for us."

After Yoakum, the next best score on the girls' side was Waco Robinson, with a 745 total.

Snyder also took the Class 3A boys title with a strong opening round. The Tigers shot a 306 on Thursday and finished with a 621 score. Monahans had a chance to finish second, tying Madisonville through 36 holes with a 643 after a round of 317 on Friday, but lost a playoff for the No. 2 spot in the final standings.

Pecos' girls will lose three golfers off this year's team, but Doan is hopeful the team can return to Austin in 2004. "We had a wonderful year. Coming home with the silver is nothing to be ashamed off and we've got two of our girls coming back next year and we've got three coming up in Bianca Mendoza, Jennie Canon and Eleanor Flores, and then we'll see who comes up from eighth grade."

Commissioners agree to include items in auction

Staff Writer

PECOS, Mon., May 12, 2003 -- Several county-owned items, including used vehicles, were declared as surplus/salvage by Reeves County Commissioners this morning, and will be sold during the Pecos Peddler's Flea Market and Auction, scheduled for this coming Saturday on the grounds of the Reeves County Civic Center.

Commissioners approved the action during their regular meeting held this morning in the third floor courtroom of the Reeves County Courthouse.

"We had agreed to participate in the annual event and now we have more items to declare surplus," said Reeves County Judge Jimmy B. Galindo, who asked Pecos Area Chamber of Commerce Director Linda Gholson to give the court an update on the event.

Gholson said that things were coming along great and that now the city had decided to participate as well, along with both Security State and West Texas National Banks.

"We're just very excited and are happy to have all these people participate," said Gholson.

"We're going to learn a lot and hopefully the next one will be even bigger and better," said Debbie Thomas.

Thomas said that they had advertised in the Thrifty Nickel, in New Mexico, San Angelo and the Odessa/Midland area. "We're also doing a lot of local advertising and have made up fliers," said Thomas.

Thomas said that they have also hired a registered auctioneer that would really help sales. "I think the prices will be higher, with his help, and everyone will be pleased," she said.

"Mr. (Reeves County Auditor Lynn) Owens, the vehicles from the task force, they don't have to be declared surplus, do they?" asked Galindo.

Owens said that those vehicles did not belong to the county and did not have to be declared surplus. "As long as we advertise them."

Galindo told the group that one of the vehicles Sheriff Andy Gomez had listed as surplus could be used by another county official. "I think the best of those vehicles that the sheriff listed would be good for the emergency management individual," he said.

"The court does have the right to re-assign vehicles, if they wish to do so," said Owens. "As long as you tell me which one, so that I can file it with the insurance."

Galindo said he would speak with Gomez and decide which one would be best for the county employee.

In other action, commissioners approved a payment to Banes General Contractors in the amount of $92,617 during their regular meeting.

Banes was the contractors for the 1,000-bed RCDC-II addition, which was completed two years ago.

Owens told the group that everything was in order and that the architect had approved the bill.

"This is basically for paying off the work on the laundry and suppliers," said Banes General Contractor employee Mark Schumacher.

Schumacher said that a balance of $32,600 would still be owed. "Lorraine (Dailey, RCDC architect) and I will do another walk-through and it might be less," he said. "We'll make any adjustments at that time."

School board debates store's beer sales bid

Staff Writer

PECOS, Mon., May 12, 2003 -- Pecos-Barstow-Toyah school board members approved a report from Bob Card on agreed upon procedures for students moving out of the district, received an update of Summary of Finance for 2002-03 and 2003-04 and also discussed permitting of a store on the north side of town for beer sales during the regular Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD Board meeting on Thursday.

The discussion on alcohol sales began after board members reviewed a letter from a couple who are planning to open Herrera's Groceries, located at 410 N. Cedar St.

Mary Ann and Eloy Herrera wrote a letter to the board to let them know that they would be opening the grocery store, which is within 1,000 feet of Lamar AEP. "Before our wine and beer retailer's off-premise permit can be submitted we need a letter from the school stating that it will be fine to sell beer at this location," they wrote.

The store has been open periodically in recent years. Beer and wine were sold there in 2000 and a few years before that with no problems, the Herrera's letter said, "So we would like to open and mainly concentrate on groceries," they wrote.

P-B-T Superintendent Don Love told the group that he had spoken to city attorney Scott Johnson, and said that the board did not have to take any action on this.

"I think they just mainly wrote the letter out of courtesy," said Love. "The ordinance (for beer sales) is for 300 feet," said Love.

"They thought they were supposed to do this," said board president Billie Sadler.

"I think we should try to prevent the sale of alcoholic beverages at this location, because what kind of a message are we sending the students by allowing it," said new board member Amy Miller.

Miller read out a section of the alcohol beverage code. "Does this mean we can write to the city officials to prevent the sale of alcohol at this location," said Miller. "I think we need to do everything within our power to keep schools drug free."

Love said that if the school board wanted to do that, they could and he would deliver the letter.

"But if we do that, we're going to have to involve everyone, we're looking at a whole lot of other vendors," said Chip Flores. "What about La Tienda, they were approved to sell alcohol," he said.

"How did La Tienda get to sell alcohol?" said board member Crissy Martinez. The supermarket is located three blocks from Pecos High School and one block from West Park Baptist Church. City law also bars alcohol sales in stores near churches.

"I think they got a zoning change or something," said Flores.

"If they're close to a church, then this letter is moot and void," said finance director Cookie Canon. "Because it's located right across the street from a church."

Board members opted to not take any action on the matter.

Accountant Bob Card, with Card and Company, talked to the board about a special report on agreed upon procedures for "leavers," on Thursday.

"This gives an explanation of procedure on student leavers," he said, adding that the information needs to be turned in to the state to make sure the district is doing it correctly.

"We performed certain procedures, which were agreed to by the district and the Texas Education Agency (TEA), solely to assist the district in evaluating its internal controls and compliance with reporting of student records for the 2001-2002 school year as reported in the fall resubmission report submitted in January as required by the Texas Education Code," said Card.

For the student who left the district, accountants reported documentation and coding exceptions. "We tested 128 students files from a population of 371 and found four exceptions," said Card. "Given these results, we are 95 percent confident that the population exception rate is 3.13," he said.

Card said that the staff in the schools is doing an excellent job. "We do have one recommendation, that when you have a change in personnel, continue training," said Card. "But they're doing a very good job."

During the update on Summary of Finance, Love told the group that the district is in good financial shape. "Things can change, this is just a preliminary report," he said. "It depends on what the state does."

Love said that the district might lose more state funding, but that they would fight hard to keep it.

"This school district has a lot of money in the bank and that will help us weather another year and hopefully the one after that," said Love. "But through attrition we've saved some money."

Love said that when school personnel leave the district right now, they are not replacing them. "We are just reassigning people, and then if we need to hire a teacher we do," he said.

Board members also approved a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Texas Department of Health (TDH) concerning smallpox response plans.

"If they have to give smallpox vaccinations, we will give them a place to do it," said Love. "We're just agreeing that they can use our facilities," he said.

Van's illegal load up front takes El Paso man off road

Staff Writer

PECOS, Mon., May 12, 2003 -- There was more in the dashboard of a 1994 Dodge Grand Caravan than a cassette or CD player, officers with the Trans Pecos Drug Task Force found out, after they stopped the vehicle in Reeves County late Friday morning just west of Pecos.

The incident occurred at 11:05 a.m., Friday, when Trans Pecos Drug Task Force Officer Kevin Roberts stopped the van for a traffic violation, at mile marker 37, eastbound on I-20. Roberts said he then obtained verbal consent from the driver to search the van.

"During the search, Officer Joe Gonzales and I discovered 41 bricks of marijuana," said Roberts.

Robert said that the bricks contained approximately 46 pounds of marijuana, and were tightly wrapped with black tape. "Street value for the drugs is about $20,700," he added.

Arrested was Gerardo Silva, 42, of El Paso. He was transported to Reeves County Jail and charged with possession of marijuana over five and under 50 pounds, a third degree felony.

"We're very proud of the work these officers are doing," said task force commander Gary Richards. "They do an outstanding job of locating these drugs before they come into our community."

Between June 2002 through April 2003, Trans Pecos Drug Task Force Officers have seized 16 vehicles and $108,145 in currency being used for illegal activities, Richards said.

Narcotics seized during this time included 398,279 grams (889 pounds) of marijuana; 36,032 grams (80.4 pounds) of cocaine; 20.96 grams of crack cocaine; 9.02 grams of methamphetamine and 8.81 grams of heroin.

"They have also assisted in several cases," said Richards of the task force officers.

In the assisted cases the group has taken 39,638 grams of marijuana off the streets; 5,012 grams of cocaine; one gram of crack cocaine and 16.94 grams of methamphetamine. Street value of the combination of drugs seized was approximately $5.01 million.


PECOS, Mon., May 12, 2003 -- High Sun. 91. Low this morning 66. Forecast for tonight: Partly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms, some storms may be severe with damaging winds and large hail. Lows in the mid 60s. Southeast winds 10 to 20 mph.

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 Vela, 40, and Fernando Vela, 43 were arrested at 7:23 p.m., on May 1, for possession of a controlled substance (marijuana) within 1,000 feet of a school zone. The location was not given in the police report.


Brian Shierling, 28, was arrested at 8:45 p.m., on May 1, on a warrant service out of Baldwin County Sheriff's Office in Alabama for attempted rape. The exact location of the incident was not given.


Carlos Pena, 39, was arrested at 12:53 a.m., on May 2, at the corner of Second and Mesquite streets on warrants for failed to signal right turn and violation written promise to appear.


Marty Howard, 44, and Paula Howard, 48, were arrested at 6:46 p.m., on May 2, in the 1800 block of Scott Street on warrants for abandoning or endangering a child and for possession of a controlled substance under 20 ounces - class B.


Alfonso Marquez Jr., 23, was arrested at 7:16 p.m., on May 2, in the 2100 block of South Alamo Street on a warrant out of the Ward County Sheriff's Department for theft by check over $20 under $500 - class B; possession of alcoholic beverages in a moving vehicle - class C; evading arrest - class B; and furnishing alcohol to a minor.


Jose Bustamante, 47, was arrested at 2:08 a.m., on May 3, at Club Suavicito in the 900 block of South Cedar Street for public intoxication.


Erika Mendoza, 17, and Daniel Valenzuela, 29, were arrested at 12:32 a.m., on May 4, in the 100 block of North Alamo Street. Mendoza was arrested for leaving the scene of an accident and Valenzuela was arrested for giving a false statement to a peace officer.


Ruben Villegas, 24, was arrested at 2:09 p.m., on May 6, in the 2100 block of Hackberry Street on a warrant for failure to identify, a capias warrant for default payment on no proof of insurance and a capias warrant for default payment on violation of a promise to appear.


Noe Ornelas, 17, was arrested at 5:13 p.m., on May 6, in the 400 block of Cypress Street on a warrant for failure to stop and render aid - 3rd degree felony.


Ector Galindo, 42, was arrested at 9:05 p.m., on May 7, on the corner of 14th and Ash streets on a warrant for disorderly conduct - urinating in public.


Rodolfo N. Lujan, 33, was arrested at 2:43 p.m., on May 9 at the Criminal Justice Center for family violence.


Joe Daniel Wright, 24, was arrested at 10:24 p.m., on May 9 on the corner of Eddy and Normandy streets on a capias warrant for leaving the scene of an accident.


Daniel Rivera, 24, was arrested at 12:26 a.m., on May 11, in the 1800 block of West Adams Street for assault family violence act.


Alberto Franco Prieto, 42, was arrested at 9:19 p.m., on May 7, in the 600 block of Mesquite Street for possession of drug paraphernalia.


Francisco Salcido Menchaca, 30, was arrested at 7:52 p.m., on May 7, in the 200 block of West 14th Street for possession of drug paraphernalia.


Rafael Acosta and George F. Hook

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