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Tuesday, January 20, 2004
"Stale" water release eyed by Red Bluff
By JON FULBRIGHT
PECOS, Tues., Jan. 20, 2004 -- Red Bluff Lake has less salt coming
into it, but too much salt sitting at the bottom of the lake, board
members were told during this morning's meeting in Pecos.
Board members met for only 30 minutes in their first meeting of
2004, and were told by Managing Director Randal Hartman that the Malaga
Bend salt alleviation project is beginning to show results in the salt
content of the Pecos River as it enters Red Bluff Lake.
"Apparently the Malaga Bend thing is working. It looks like we
dropped the salt content about 50 percent on our last reading," Hartman
Salt coming into the river from an underground spring at Malaga Bend
doubles the river's salt content south of Loving, N.M. Under a project
begun a year ago, water from the spring is being pumped out of the
Pecos River and into man-made ponds, where the water will be evaporated
and the salt mined by Sun West Salt Co.
However, while the salt going into the lake is down, the salt
already there has had no place to go for the past two years, due to the
onging drought in the Trans-Pecos and eastern New Mexico basins of the
Pecos River that has prevented any water released to farmers. Because
of that, Hartman said "the water is getting stale," and the district
needs to consider a water release to get the excess salt out of the
"Let's wait until next month," said board member Lloyd Goodrich, who
told the board winter rains in the area could help raise the lake from
its current 55,000 acre/feet level and lower the salt saturation of the
water. Hartman said the lake is current at 8.1 parts of salt per 1000
parts of water.
Goodrich did say if water is released from the lake, "I look at the
reservoir and there's about a half-ton (salt) different in the top and
bottom. If you open the (dam) gate real slow the bottom water will run
out faster than the top water," he said.
"We haven't really been in this circumstance before," Hartman said,
explaining that they didn't know how much water would have to be
released to clean up the lake. Border members were told that the salt
content would make the water unsuitable for farmers downstream, who
have not had a water release for irrigation since 2001.
"If anyone wants to take it, it's on their head," Goodrich said.
Board members were also told by Hartman that the U.S. Geological
Survey wants to increase the price charged to Red Bluff for reading the
salt content meters above and below Malaga Bend from $5,400 to $15,000.
"They've got to read two other meters there regardless of what they
do with ours," Hartman said. "They can't make us pay it, but if they
don't do it we've got to get somebody else to do it."
"We had an agreement between Texas and New Mexico. We agreeded the
USGS would read the meters for $2,700 (each) with some minor
adjustments," he said. "If that's a minor adjustment, I don't want to
see a major one."
Financially, the board members accepted the audit report from CPA
Randy Graham for te 2003 Fiscal Year. Graham did not attend this
morning's meeting, but Hartman said, "He said it looked pretty clean
and very good."
Goodrich said the only note on the report was on maintaining better
inventory control on items owned by the Red Bluff District.
Board members also approved accounts payable, cash disbursements and
the fund balance report for December during this morning's meeting.
Stock show's auction take up by $10,000
PECOS, Tues., Jan. 20, 2004 -- Stock show participants fared well
during the Annual 2004 Reeves-Loving County Junior Livestock Premium
Sale held Saturday at the Reeves County Civic Center, as this year's
event raised over $10,000 more than at last year's show.
The show noted a sale total of $60,500 during the sale, which was
held following the final judging on Saturday for the 2004 Reeves-Loving
County Junior Livestock Show. The show began on Thursday, with
weigh-ins, continued Friday evening with the showing of the goats,
steers and lambs and on Saturday morning the hogs.
Last year's Stock Show sale netted $49,550, which was slightly
higher than what the auction took in during 2002.
Nathan Box received $3,000 for his Reserve Champion Steer, which was
bought by Walter Wells Ranch; Kaci Harrison, $1,300, for her Grand
Champion Lamb, a bid from Miller Steel and Welding, Hugh and Gail Box;
Mayle McElroy, Grand Champion Goat, $950, Rosewell Livestock Auction,
2-T Cattle Co.; Marissa Tarango, Grand Champion Hog, $1,100, Pecos Feed
and Supply, Charlie Bowers; Adrienne Bagley, Reserve Champion Goat,
$700, McCoy Building Supply; Mysela Alvarez, Reserve Champion Hog,
$650, Security State Bank; Mia Roman, Finewool Lamb Breed Champ, $650,
Dick Slack, Jerry Moore and Crider Dairy; Luis Carrasco, Duroc Hog
Breed Champ, $550, Kevin Moore, La Tienda, Keefe Supply, Robert
Natividad; Mateo Tarango, Hampshire Hog Breed Champ, $575, Reeves
County Judge Jimmy Galindo; Adam Roman, Cross Lamb Res Breed Champ,
$650, Jimmy Wofford, Onek Propane, Jess Anthony, Leman Barmore, 1-10
Fina, Desert Dist. And Paul Ward; Justin Hannsz, Hamp Hog Res Breed
Champ, $650, from Randy Graham Family and J.M. Fowlkes Family; Matt
Elliott, OPB Hog Res Breed Champ, $600, West Texas National Bank.
Levon Barragon, Cross Hog Res Breed Champ, $700, Lethco Farm, Crider
Dairy, Alamo-Kerley Gin; Derek Teague, 1st Hvy Duroc Hog, $800, John
Forester; Justin Workman, 1st Lt Hamp Hog, $700, A.B. Foster; Will
Putnam, 1st Lt. Hvy Hamp Hog, $800, Troy Electric; BreAnn Windham, 1st
Med OPB Hog, $800, Gibson True Value; Natalia Ornelas, 1st Lt. Cross
Hog, $800, Security State Bank; Curtis James, 1st Med Cross Hog, $600,
Fisher Construction; Ashley Horsburgh, 1st Hvy Hvy Cross Hog, $600,
Scott Cyber, Cisco Ford; Dailynn Mondragon, 1st Light Wt. Goat, $600,
West Texas National Bank; Clay Teague, 1st Lt. Med Goat, $700, West
Texas National Bank; Conner Armstrong, 1st Med Goat, $850, Loyd and
Carol Carson; Chelsea Carrasco, 1st Hvy Med Goat, $500, Texas New
Mexico Power, First Choice, Pecos Valley SS Road.
Chris Martinez, 1st Hvy Goat, $550, Dellco Commercial Kitchen; Drake
Bradley, 2nd Hvy Cross Lamb, $700, Garland Roustabout; Katie Lee, 2nd
Lt. Med Wool Lamb, $800, Wild Cat Prod. Kermit Elec., Morton Pumping,
Moore Trucking, Strickland Pump, PNA Warren Smith; Michelle Guebara,
2nd Lt. Duroc Hog, $700, Texas-New Mexico Power, Calvin & Ava
Gerke, Norman Hill, First Choice; Chris Bowers, 2nd Lt Hvy Hamp Hog,
$750, Burrito Depot, Roy Kelly, Rediger's Pharmacy, Pecos Ins.; Amber
Cook, 2nd Hvy Hamp Hog, $600, Fisher Construction; Victoria Carrasco,
2nd Med OPB Hog, $600, Reeves County Teacher's Credit Union, Jimmy
Dutchover; Trey Graham, 2nd Lt. Hvy OPB Hog, $650, Fisher Construction;
Alex Morales, 2nd Hvy OPB Hog, $650, Fisher Construction; Joel Madrid,
2nd Hvy Hvy Cross Hog, $600, Security State Bank; Brittney Alligood,
2nd Light Wt. Goat, $550, Steve-Barbara Armstrong, Brownlee Hardware,
First Choice; Ricky Salgado, 2nd Med Goat, $500, Eagle Tire, Specialty
Equip., Water Works, William Proctor, Don Bippes, Dan Rasberry; Michael
Hardwick, 2nd Hvy Med Goat, $900 Walker Wells Ranch.
Heath Armstrong, 2nd Hvy Goat, $900, Loyd and Carol Carson; Michael
Lee, 3rd Light Cross Lamb, $650, Colt Chevrolet; Imari Ornelas, 3rd Lt.
Duroc Hog, $600, RC Teachers Credit Union, First Choice, Matt
Burkholder, J. Remela, Jim Workman, Jet Specialty; Kendra Villanueva,
3rd Med Duroc Hog, $650, West Texas National Bank; Joseph Rodriguez,
3rd Lt. Hamp Hog, $650, Fisher Construction; Nigiel Lozano, 3rd Lt. Hvy
Hamp Hog, $600, NAPA, Luis Carrasco, Crews Adam, Jennifer Ward,
Victor's RS Railroad; Dustin Gulihur, 3rd Hvy Hamp Hog, $1,150, Pecos
Animal Clinic; Jesse Hanks, 3rd Lt. OPB Hog, $550, Dust Devil's Flying
Service; Jennie Canon, 3rd Med OPB Hog, $700, Fisher Construction;
Ariel Garcia, 3rd Lt Cross Hog, $500, West Texas Gas, Mike Harrison;
Russell Garlick, 3rd Med Cross Hog, $800, Steve and Dawn Taylor, Glen
and Sandy Garland; Matthew Martinez, 3rd Lt Hvy Cross Hog, $650, Reeves
County Teacher's Credit Union; Dillon Garcia, 3rd Light Wt Goat, $550,
McCoy Building Supply.
Jose Rodriguez, 3rd Hvy Goat, $600, Armstrong Mechanical, Bob Bagle,
Assoc. Parts, CF Ranch; Dominique Vejil, 4th Lt Duroc Hog, $550, Pecos
Well Service; Josh Elliott, 4th Med Duroc Hog, $850, Verne Jones;
Francisco Ornelas, 4th Med Hamp Hog, $550, Balmorhea Ag Boosters; Jamye
Galindo, 4th Hvy Hamp Hog, $750, Charles and Gloria Bowers; Haley
Kington, 4th Med OPB Hog, $750, 2-T Cattle Co.; Joe Abel Rodriguez, 4th
Light Wt Goat, $600, Wofford Ranch, ABD Group, Baeza Feed, Crider
Dairy, Hollye Kington,CF Ranch; Ariel Salgado, 4t Lt Hvy Goat, $550,
Reeves County Sheriff, Bob's Thriftway, Peggy Walker, First Choice;
Zack Morton, 5th Hvy FineWool Lamb, $700, Don Morton, Gray Pumping,
Buster's Well, Ralph Roach; Anastasia Contreras, 5th Hvy Cross Lamb,
$600, Forst Tire, CF Ranch, First Service, McCoy Building Supply;
Maritza Sandoval, 5th Hvy Duro Hog, $800, Paul Putnam Oil; Chance
Fincher, 5th Med Hamp Hog, $650, Security State Bank; Kristie
Rodriguez, 5th Lt. Hvy Hamp Hog, $600, Balmorhea Ag Boosters.
Liza Vejil, 5th Lt OPB Hog, $600, Corplan Corrections, Architects,
Pecos Municipal Criminal Justice; Ty Kington, 5th Med Cross Hog, $750,
Duke Outdoor Advertising; Matt Lindemann, 5th Lt. Hvy Cross Hog, $600,
Colt Chevrolet; Vanessa Garcia, 5th Med Hvy Cross Hog, $850, Crider
Dairy; Jamie Gallego, 5th Light Wt. Goat, $600, Gary Hebbert,f Vicki
Machuca, Crider Dairy, CF Ranch, McCoy's; Brandi Machuca, 5th Lt Med
Goat, $600, West Texas National Bank; Harlee Lozano, 5th Lt Hvy Goat,
$600 Wild Horse Pecan Farm; Teg Lozano, 5th Hvy Goat, $650, Mona Cook
Memorial; Ryan Mondragon, 6th Hvy Cross Lamb, $600, Pecos Cantaloupe;
Vanessa Baeza, 6th Med Duroc Hog, Trey and Amy Miller; Josh Cobos, 6th
Lt. Hamp Hog, $750, Hale-Mills, Pecos Municipal Criminal Justice;
Zachary Bowers, 6th Med Hamp Hog, $700, Jimmy Galindo; Sarah McKinney,
6th Lt Hvy Hamp Hog, $1,150, Jr. and Mae Martinez.
Geronimo Ornelas, 6th Lt. OPB Hog, $600, Loring Box, Coastal
Chemical Jim-Mecca Kenney; K'Dee Gulihur, 6th Hvy OPB Hog, $760,
Charlie Mitchell-Trans Pecos Dairy; Lauren Elliott, 6th Lt. Hvy Cross
Hog, $1,100, Brent Shaw Family, West Texas National Bank; Nathan
McCormick, 6th Med Hvy Cross Hog, $650, Bill Allen, West Texas Gas,
Elliott Waldron Abst.; Brianna Rodriguez, 6th Light Wt Goat, $650, Cee
Sales and Miller Steel and Welding; AriAnna Alligood 6th Lt Med Goat,
$750, Taylor Farms; Noelee Garcia, 6th Hvy Med Goat, $600, Lisa
Boicourt, CF Ranch, Crider Dairy.
Chamber banquet tickets available
PECOS, Tues., Jan. 20, 2004 -- Tickets for the Annual Chamber of
Commerce Banquet, scheduled for next Thursday, Jan. 29, can be
purchased at the Pecos Area Chamber of Commerce Office, 111 S. Cedar
Tickets are $20 each and the guest speaker will be Kirt Watson, the
ex-mayor of Austin and an attorney.
For more information contact the chamber at 445-2406.
PECOS, Tues., Jan. 20, 2004 -- High Monday 66. Low this morning 33.
Forecast for tonight: Mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of rain.
Lows near 35. West winds 10 to 15 mph. Wednesday: Mostly cloudy. Highs
near 50. North winds 10 to 15 mph.Wednesday night: Mostly cloudy. Lows
near 30. East winds near 10 mph. Thursday: Mostly cloudy with a 20
percent chance of showers. Highs in the mid 50s. East winds near 10
mph. Thursday night: Mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of rain.
Lows in the lower to mid 30s. Friday: Mostly cloudy with a 20 percent
chance of showers. Highs in the lower to mid 50s. Friday night: Mostly
cloudy with a 20 percent chance of rain. Lows in the mid 30s.
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
Division of Buckner News Alliance, Inc.
324 S. Cedar St., Pecos, TX 79772
Phone 432-445-5475, FAX 432-445-4321
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