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February 3, 1997

City manager position

draws 24 applicants

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Staff Writer

PECOS, February 3, 1997 - Johnny Terrazas and Frank Sanchez submitted
their applications for Pecos city manager just before the deadline
Friday, bringing the total of local applicants to six.

George A. Holland of Dayton, Ohio, faxed his resume Friday afternoon to
become the 24th candidate for the position vacated by Harry Nagel.

Nagel announced his retirement as city manager in November, effective
Dec. 31, 1996. Town of Pecos City Council members asked him to stay on
as interim city manager and consultant on a contract basis while
the council considers the resumes.

Holland said he has 20-plus years of progressive management experience
in diversified and administrative positions. He and his wife lived in
West Texas for 10 years.

"We found living there to be exciting and the people to be friendly,"
he said.

Terrazas is a deputy clerk in the Pecos federal court district clerk's
office, where he previously administered the docket for U.S. Magistrate
Judge Louis Guirola Jr. as courtroom deputy.

Prior experience includes administrative assistant to Mike Harrison in
his family businesses; regional manager for an Austin firm as licensed
insurance and securities broker; and was bank manager/loan officer for
an Austin bank.

Frank Sanchez served Pecos as its first Hispanic mayor in 1984-86, then
worked 10 years for Texas-New Mexico Power Company. He has also been a
part-time community supervision officer for the 143rd District Court
since 1988 and was a caseworker for the Texas Department of Human

He served three years in the U.S. Army as a non-commissioned officer
and as captain in the Civil Air Patrol.

Sanchez said he is employed by Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD and his contract
runs through May.

If chosen for this position, I would not be available until June 1,
1997," he said.

The other local applicants are:

- Steve McCormick, city finance officer;

- Tom Rivera, Pecos Chamber of Commerce manager;

- Len Smallwood, former BTCI officer and test track manager;

- Victor Thompson, former engineer with T-NP;

The remaining 17 applicants for the city manager's job are:

- Ken Goslee of Springfield, Mo.,

- Richard Jorgensen of Odessa,

- Raymond H. Kendall of Gainesville,

- Thomas Henry Caffall of Burleson,

- Thomas Walton Winder of Brady,

- Kenneth L. Neal of Anson,

- Kent R. Van Eman of Brenham,

- K.M. Waterstreet of Electra,

- Thomas E. Donaldson of Llano,

- William H. Lewis of Edna,

- Deck Shaver Jr. of Fritch,

- Kyle H. McCain of Denton,

- Stephen K. Shutt of Colorado City,

- Jim Allan of Canon City, Colo.,

- Andrew A. Wayman of Fort Worth,

- Corrin J. McGrath of Corpus Christi and

- Randall Ellis Holly of Farmersville.

The council has yet to set a timetable for interviewing candidates or
making a final decision on filling the vacancy.

Federal jurors to begin

hearing marijuana case

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Staff Writer

Federal court jurors were to begin hearing testimony this afternoon in a
marijuana smuggling case before Senior Judge Lucius Bunton III.

Israel Maldonado-Gonzalez is charged with conspiracy to import and
possess marijuana for distribution on Oct. 29, 1996. Two of his
co-defendants are expected to testify for the government.

Pascual Levario-Quiroz, a Redford resident, will go on trial Tuesday. He
is accused of entering the United States at a location not designated as
a port of entry and of bringing in a weapon.

He has served a prison term for killing a Mexican state policeman and
recently fled across the Rio Grande under a hail of police bullets after
allegedly shooting a rival in the drug business at Presidio.

Wednesday's civil trial involves a young paraplegic who seeks damages
from General Motors Corporation after being injured in a pickup accident.

Rubio trial first as DA for Reynolds

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Staff Writer

PECOS, February 3, 1997 - District Attorney Randy Reynolds began jury
selection this morning in his first criminal trial since taking office
Jan. 1.

In that 143rd District Court trial, Oscar Rubio is charged with burglary
of a habitation owned by Salvador Lozano on June 10, 1996.

Jeff Parras represents the defendant before District Judge Bob Parks.

Cotton harvests in 1996

varied widely for region

From Staff and Wire Reports

PECOS, February 3, 1997 - Timely late summer showers on the South Plains
turned what could have been a disastrous Texas cotton crop into an
average one statewide, though the results varied wildly from region to

The results were far lower in northern sections of the Permian Basin,
while numbers for the Trans-Pecos region show yields to be about the
same overall as in 1995.

``We're about 70 miles from a bumper crop,'' said Donald Long, who
ginned about 11,000 bales this winter - a quarter of what he normally
processes as manager of the Farmers Cooperative Association gin in
Stanton, 20 miles northeast of Midland.

In the High Plains region Long pointed to, things went much better. That
West Texas region, which normally produces about half the state's
cotton, outdid itself with 3.1 million bales, or 75 percent.

The region even set a production record with 615 pounds per acre
planted, although about 800,000 acres normally reserved for cotton
didn't go into production last spring because of drought and harsh May
wind storms.

In the smaller Trans-Pecos region, which includes Reeves and Pecos
counties, the number of acres planted was reduced in 1996, but the
amount ginned was up from the previous year.

Alamo-Kerley Gin owner-manager Don Kerley said in late December that
despite the decrease in acreage, they put Upland bales ginned at about
9,500, up slightly from last year. Pima acreage was also down, but
unlike Upland the final total of 3,474 bales for Alamo-Kerley was also
under last year's count.

Coyanosa Co-op has ginned 6,500 bales of Upland this year.

Overall, Texas cotton growers produced 4.35 million bales last year,
according to recently released estimates by the Texas Agricultural
Statistics Service.

That's not far off the 1995 number of 4.46 million bales, an average
number for the nation's No. 1 cotton patch.

``The big rains in September sent up all kinds of red flags,'' said
James Supak, cotton expert for the Texas Agricultural Extension Service
in College Station. ``There could have been an early frost, but it was
warm and sunny after that, so the crops were able to utilize the water
and turn all that into a good yield.''

The 18.6 million bales produced nationally in 1996 ranks as the
third-best production year in United States history. Texas easily
remained the U.S. cotton king, besting California's output of about 2.8
million bales.

Timely rains in the region around Lubbock and northward allowed
producers to make three bales per acre, more than twice their average
yield in some cases.

The rain fell too late in the northern sections of the Permian Basin -
Midland, Martin, Howard, Mitchell and Glasscock Counties, where Long
says many farmers could be down to their last year in the business if it
continues to stay dry this year.

``It was kind of a feast or famine year here,'' said Shawn Wade,
spokesman for Plains Cotton Growers. ``I talked to a friend of mine down
there (Permian Basin area) who said that this was the first year he
didn't make any cotton and didn't gin any either.

``What that means for him is 18 months between paychecks, and that's
pretty tough.''

Many Rio Grande Valley growers, still fuming about the boll weevil
eradication program they abandoned last year and intrigued by high grain
sorghum prices, planted just 220,000 acres, 139,000 fewer than the year

However, limited weevil infestation and timely rains helped Valley
farmers harvest 170,000 bales, compared to just 70,000 in 1995.

All those production successes don't mean much to Long, who has worked
in cotton for 40 years and vividly remembers the devastating 1950s
drought as a youth.

``This is the worst I've ever seen it,'' he said. ``Back then, if you
didn't make a crop you could come back next year and make up for it. It
takes years to get over it now.''


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Hollis Bell

Hollis Bell, 83, died Saturday, Feb. 1 at Reeves County Hospital.

A memorial service was held today at 10 a.m. at Pecos Funeral Home
Chapel with Ministers Grear Willis and Monty Huffman officiating.

He was born Oct. 16, 1913 in Cooper, Tx., had lived in Pecos since
1940, was a retired electrician and a Baptist.

Survivors include his wife, Helen Bell of Pecos; two sons, Terry Bell
of Lubbock, Randy Bell of Harlingen; one brother, Oran Bell of Haiti and
one niece.

Pecos Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Gladys Burkholder

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Gladys Burkholder, 90, died Saturday, Feb. 1 at Reeves County Hospital.

Services are scheduled for Tuesday, at 10 a.m. at First Baptist Church
with Rev. Grear Willis officiating. Burial will be at Barstow Cemetery.

She was born Dec. 27, 1906 in Comanche County, was a homemaker and a
Baptist. She had lived in the Barstow-Pecos area since 1925.

Survivors include one son, Bob R. Burkholder of Pecos; one daughter,
Genora Prewit of Pecos; one brother, George T. Awalt of Glassboro, N.J.;
six grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Pecos Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


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High Sunday 74, low last night 58. High Sunday 74, low last night 43.
Tonight, clear. Low around 35. Northwest to north wind 10-20 mph.
Tuesday, increasing high cloudiness. Cooler with a high 60-65. Northeast
wind 5-15 mph.
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