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PECOS, March 20, 1997 - Andrew Wayman of Fort Worth is the choice of
Pecos City Council for the position of city manager, and he accepted
City Secretary Geneva Martinez said that Wayman will be on the job in
about three weeks.
The council chose Wayman in a special meeting Wednesday over four other
candidates interviewed in recent weeks. He is assistant to the city
manager in north Richland Hills, a Fort Worth suburb which has a
population of 52,550.
Wayman said in his resume that his objective is to attain a city manager
position where he can utilize his experience and education in municipal
In an interview with this reporter, Wayman said he became interested in
city government through his grandfather, who was a longtime city
administrator. He earned a master of public administration degree from
the University of North Texas in 1994.
Previous experience includes management intern in the city manager's
office for Grapevine (92-93), management analyst for the city of Dallas
(93-94) and budget analyst for North Richland Hills (94-95).
As assistant to the city manager, Wayman assists in day-to-day
operations of the city, administers franchise/contract related city
services, including garbage collection and cable television; is
responsible for grant and aid-related activities,
Coordinates public information activities, including a city newsletter,
oversees citizen request and follow-up, directs federal and state
legislative activities, researches and makes recommendations regarding
complex organizational issues and manages and prepares the departmental
He is a volunteer in a YMCA membership campaign, helped with a chamber
of commerce membership drive and was named outstanding young man of
America in 1996.
He and his wife have one small child.
The last hopeful to file as a candidate for Pecos City Council this
morning drew the first slot on the May 3 ballot.
Johnny Terrazas, 38, of 700 S. Hickory St., was the fifth person to file
an application with City Secretary Geneva Martinez. He is a deputy clerk
in the federal court.
Elvia L. Reynolds Jr., a dentist, drew the second slot. The 67-year-old
incumbent lives at 523 S. Cherry St.
Third is incumbent Randy J. Graham, 42, of 1601 Jefferson. He is a
certified public accountant.
Carlos Hinojos Campos, 44, is manager of Uncle's convenience store. he
lives at 2407 Cactus St., and will be No. 4 on the ballot.
Incumbent Genaro Luis Tellez Jr. of 2209 S. Alamo St. fills the last
slot. He is co-owner of Popular Thriftway.
Martinez said she will submit ballot information to the elections
administrator, Debbie Thomas.
While the city election was already a contested race before Terrazas'
filing, races for the Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD and Balmorhea City Council
became contested elections only in the final hours of filing.
The P-B-T race for two, three-year trustee spots became contested just
prior to deadline Wednesday when Freddy Lujan signed his name up for a
place on the ballot for the May 3 election, according to an
administration office spokesperson.
Lujan is challenging incumbents Hugh Box and Steve Armstrong.
In the Balmorhea city council election, incumbent Janell Ward and
challenger Richard Hoefs were joined at the last minute by Blanca
Barron, Olga Mendoza and Sammy Baeza in seeking the three two-year terms
up for grabs.
Incumbents Kathy Haynes and Norma Jean Redwine opted not to seen new
terms on the council.
The Balmorhea ISD election became contested on Monday, when a third
candidate filed to run for the two available terms on the school board,
and a fourth hopeful joined the race Wednesday.
Darrell Rhyne was the last candidate to file. He joins incumbents Paul
Matta and James Garlick and challenger Reyes Castillo in the May 3
school board race.
Final word was unavailable at press time in the Toyah City Council race,
where four persons were seeking the three available seats as of midday
Vying for those positions are incumbents Diana Tollett and Rose Barnes,
who are joined by challengers Jana McHorse and Howard Dennett.
Bart Sanchez who currently holds the third position on the council is up
for election, but has not put in is bid for re-election.
All three seats are 2-year terms.
Filing in Barstow were incumbents Olga Abila, Lucio Florez and Salvador
Villalobos. The three are seeking new two-year terms on the city council.
In the election for RCH board, only voters in Precinct 2 and Precinct 4
will cast ballots this year, and will have uncontested elections, as
only incumbents Marcella Lovett and Jeannette Alligood filed for new
Early voting for Pecos voters in the city, school and hospital elections
begins April 14 in the Pecos Community Center, 508 S. Oak St. Early
voting in Balmorhea will be at the school administration office and at
Early voting for all elections ends April 29.
PECOS, March 20, 1997 - With the conviction Wednesday of Gabriel
Hernendez Gonzalez, 27, for the July 21, 1996 aggravated assault of
Ruben Mendoza, District Attorney Randy Reynolds dismissed charges
against two of his co-defendants.
Jose Urias and Joe Machuca were also charged with hitting Mendoza in the
head with a bat and shovel. Reynolds said the cases require more
investigation. If warranted, the charges will again be submitted to a
An identical charge against Gilberto M. Rayos was dismissed Dec. 18,
1996 by former District Attorney John Stickels.
Carlos Arenivas Jr., 26, is charged with aggravated assault on Lupe
Mendoza by hitting her in the head with a bat and shovel. That case is
still on the jury trial docket in 143rd District Court, with Tony Chavez
of Odessa as defense attorney.
The jury that found Gonzalez guilty assessed punishment at two years in
prison and recommended probation.
District Judge Bob Parks had not entered a judgment as of this morning.
PECOS, March 20, 1997 - Reeves County Sheriff Arnulfo Gomez and his jail
administrator, Alfredo Martinez, did not deny rights to a former inmate,
Eugenio Rodriguez, a federal court jury found Wednesday.
Rodriguez, who was held in Reeves County Jail while testifying in the
capital murder trial of Albert Contreras, claims he was denied the right
to access to petition the courts, the right to exercise his religion and
access to medical services.
The jury answered "no" to each question, effectively clearing Gomez and
Martinez of any liability for damages.
Rodriguez, a long-time state prison inmate, filed the suit without the
aid of a lawyer. He, Gomez, Martinez and Katrina Robertson were the only
witnesses in the one-day trial before Senior Judge Lucius Bunton.
Richard Bonner of El Paso represented the defendants.
In a criminal trial Tuesday, the jury found Jose Eduardo Quezada-Huerta
guilty of possession with intent to distribute marijuana on Jan. 6. He
will be sentenced May 19.
Kim Zion-Collier, who was to be sentenced Tuesday for possession with
intent to distribute marijuana, asked Judge Bunton to allow her to
withdraw her guilty plea.
Zion-Collier claims that her attorney, Edward Garza, made her enter the
plea of guilty. Judge Bunton set an April 28 hearing to allow Garza to
answer the allegations.
PECOS, March 20, 1997 - A Barstow man is $53,103 richer following
Monday's Cash 5 drawing.
Sylvia Seibert, manager of the Uncle's Convenience Store at 1410 S. Eddy
St., said the lucky Ward County resident confirmed his numbers at the
same store he purchased the winning numbers and was headed for the
Odessa Lotto Center Tuesday.
Regional lottery centers, such as the one in east Odessa, can pay
winnings up to $1 million, stores up to $599 and prizes worth more than
$1 million must be claimed at Texas Lottery's Austin headquarters.
The Barstow man's newly found wealth was gained with one ticket matching
all five numbers worth $53,123, one matching three numbers worth $25 and
five matching four numbers worth $391.
The total made the game player a profit of $53,033 after calculating an
expense of $70 worth of ticket purchases.
Seibert said he bought a combination of "quick picks" and individually
The store will get a percentage of the winnings, said Seibert.
Two other tickets across the state matched all five numbers on Monday.
The ticket was the first Cash 5 winner sold in Pecos.
PECOS, March 20, 1997 - With construction nearly completed on the
Roadmaster distribution warehouse in Balmorhea, wheels are starting to
Balmorhea was selected by the Roadmaster Corporation last May to be the
home of a new distribution center that will receive newly-constructed
bicycles from it multi-million dollar manufacturing plant in Ojinaga,
The city, according to Roadmaster representatives, provides a central
location for the manufacture and distribution of their bicycles to the
United States and Mexico. It lies right on Interstate 10 east of
Balmorhea and just 37 miles south of Interstate 20 in Pecos.
Mike Knott of Harris Acoustic of Abilene said work on the structure
remains although the building itself is complete.
He added construction crews are awaiting the arrival of a water storage
tank and pump, dock levellers and are scheduled to begin paving on
Bicycles have begun arrive at the east Balmorhea site, added Knott.
It was estimated that between four and 14 employees will be manning the
distribution center, according to statements last year by officials with
West Texas Utilities, which helped attract Roadmaster to the Balmorhea
The National Weather Service will host a basic weather watch workshop
tonight in Saragosa.
Bill Wendt of the Balmorhea EMS, said the session will be held at
Saragosa Multi-Purpose Center starting at 7 p.m.
Honor Society sets 3-on-3 hoop tourney
The Pecos charter of the National Honor Society will host a 3-On-3
basketball tournament on Saturday at the new Pecos High School gym..
The games will begin at 9 a.m., and interested groups can sign up that
There will be cash prizes and up to five people are allowed to a team.
There will be an entry fee of $25 per team.
Contact any member of the PHS National Honor Society for more
Funeral services for Annelle "Nellie" Bowers, 77, who died March 18 at
Midland Memorial Hospital are scheduled for March 21, 1 p.m., in
Balmorhea at St. Marks Episcopal Church.
Officiating will be Father Charles McIntyre and a burial will follow at
the Balmorhea Cemetery.
Bowers was born Dec. 15, 1919, in El Paso and was Pecos resident for
many years before moving to Fort Davis.
Survivors include husband, Forrest Bowers of Fort Davis; two sons,
Charles Bowers of Pecos and David Bowers of San Antonio; one daughter,
Marquita Wanslow of Round Rock; one sister, Ermine Hourigan of El Paso;
numerous nieces and nephews; eight grandchildren and eight
Donations in form of memorials can be made to the West of the Pecos
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