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May 19, 1997

County searching for construction manager

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PECOS, May 19, 1997 - The search for construction project manager to
work on a housing project will begin with advertising for the positions.

Reeves County Commissioners agreed to proceed with the community
development housing projects by advertising for the position and plan to
award the bids on June 2.

Commissioners voted on the item during a short special meeting held
Friday afternoon.

"This will be the initial advertising for proposals, then give bidders
14 days to respond and then award the bids," said Reeves County Judge
Jimmy B. Galindo.

The need for a new construction manager came about last week after two
contractors informed the commissioners they were resigning their
positions on the project.

"The sooner we get this taken care of, the better," said Galindo.

Commissioner Precinct 3 Bernardo Martinez requested a copy of the
proposal that was to be published in the newspaper.

According to the proposal, an individual or firm is needed to conduct a
preliminary inspection of all approved work sites, draw up
specifications and cost estimate for each work site, conduct interim
inspections of all construction activities and final inspections of all
completed projects.

As part of the construction manager's job they will also be required to
attend a preconstruction conference with all homeowners, contractors and
the Reeves County Grant Administrator prior to beginning the work at
each job site.

Sexual assault trial starts

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Staff Writer

PECOS, May 19, 1997 - Juries were chosen in two Pecos courts this
morning, and testimony was expected to get underway after lunch in 143rd
District Court and in federal court across the street.

In state court, Luis Villalobos Ybarra, 37, of 310 S. Cypress, is
charged with sexual assault of a female. His attorney is Windel M.
"Hoot" Gibson.

District Attorney Randy Reynolds is prosecuting before District Judge
Bob Parks.

U.S. Senior Judge Lucius Bunton presided this morning for jury selection
in the criminal trial of Margaret Wall Friesen, 30, of Seminole.

Friesen is charged with importing and possessing with intent to
distribute marijuana on March 2. Her attorney is Joe Edd Boaz of El
Paso. Jim Blankinship of Alpine is prosecuting for the government.

Style show previews young lady pageant nominees

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Staff Writer

PECOS, May 19, 1997 - Several young ladies took the stage Saturday
modeling the latest fashions local merchants have to offer during the
Annual Golden Girl Style Show.

Golden Girl and Little Miss Cantaloupe Pageant nominees were the special
models at the annual event held in the Pecos Valley Country Club.

Ten girls are vying for the coveted position of 1997 Golden Girl and the
lucky winner will be announced at the pageant scheduled for June 27.

Golden Girl nominees are Cynthia Almanza, Gabriella Bafidis, Ivi Shea
Brossman, Olivia Lara, Lorie Marquez, Stefanie Pharaoh, Erica Rodriguez,
Stephanie Sherrin, Gail Taylor and Ivy Thorp.

Little Miss Cantaloupe contestants will be joining the older girls this
year, after the two pageants were combined.

Cantaloupe contestants include Lyndsay Chowning, Sarah Cross, Kendra
Garcia, Kayla Herrera, Kristin Ikeler, Dorothy Lara, Andrielle Martinez,
Stormy McCoy, Jordan McNeil, Amie Morgan, Lyndsie Natividad, Janette
Perea, Jesseca Perea, Amber Rodriguez, Katherine Anne Tipton, Samantha
Valeriano and Claire Weinacht.

Former Golden Girl Kim Poitevint was emcee for the event with additional
models Conner Armstrong, Heath Armstrong, Taylor Armstrong, Marisa
Levario, Golden Girl Runner-up 1996, Kylie Owen, Justin Owen, Preston
Poitevint and Lindley Workman, Golden Girl 1996 showing off new fashions.

Workman also provided entertainment wooing the audience with several
popular songs.

K'Dee Guliher, Cristie Guliher, and Stephanie Passmore performed dance

Other special models were Lindsey Shaw, Little Miss Cantaloupe 1996 and
Michelle Wein, Little Miss Cantaloupe Runner-Up 1996.

Fashions and door prizes were provided by Anthony's, Desiree's Boutique,
Hollywood Boulevard, Mesquite House Gallery and Gifts, Needleworks Etc.,
Norma Jean's, Style Shop, Wal-Mart and Western Package.

Style show committee members were Judy Tipton, chairperson, Debra
Armstrong, co-chairperson, Misti Armstrong, Suann Cross and Melissa

Golden Girl committee members are Carolyn Baker, chairperson and
Jeannette Smallwood, co-chairperson.

Little Miss Cantaloupe committee members include Brandy Owen,
chairperson and Debra Armstrong, co-chairperson.

Grandfather plans to look for
fugitive McLaren sympathizer

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Associated Press Writer

DALLAS (AP), May 19, 1997 - The grandfather of the lone fugitive from
the Republic of Texas standoff plans to travel more than 1,000 miles
next weekend to search for his 22-year-old namesake in the remote,
sun-seared Davis Mountains.

``We've got to know if he's alive or dead,'' Richard Keyes said of his
grandson, Richard Keyes III, who fled into the rugged West Texas
wilderness May 3 after the separatist group's weeklong standoff with

``We're going to go to the last place anyone reported seeing him, then
go from there,'' Keyes said in a telephone interview Sunday from his
home in Vincennes, Ind.

The younger Keyes and another Republic of Texas sympathizer, Mike
Matson, fled before the others in the group laid down their arms and
surrendered. Matson, 48, was killed in a shootout with officers on May

Authorities canceled the search for Keyes the following day, saying it
was too expensive to conduct an extensive manhunt in such a hostile
terrain, inhabited mostly by mountain lions and rattlesnakes.

But they said they would continue to search for Keyes, who is wanted on
federal charges of organized criminal activity and kidnapping related to
a hostage-taking April 27 that sparked the stalemate.

The grandfather said he has a good rapport with the man who celebrated
his birthday Saturday and that if he encounters him, he would ``try to
talk him into coming out and giving himself up.''

The 66-year-old pediatrician said he is hopeful about the search, but
doesn't know if his grandson could survive the conditions.

``I don't know how good a woodsman he was,'' Keyes said. ``I know he
could read a compass, he was very good at that. But otherwise, I don't
know. ... We don't know what he had in the way of survival equipment.''

The elder Keyes said he planned to bring his hiking boots, blue jeans,
rain jacket and a cap for the weekend search, but ``no knives, no guns,
nothing like.''

He said Ron Beames, a resident of the Davis Mountains Resort where the
Republic had its ramshackle ``embassy,'' is helping coordinate the
search that will include an undetermined number of volunteers.

``We really need everyone we can get to help us,'' Beames told the San
Angelo Standard-Times.

During the standoff, Beames had pleaded for a peaceful resolution to the
standoff but often had his own confrontation with law-enforcement
officers. At one point, a Texas Ranger whom Beames had pushed threatened
to send him to jail.

Keyes said he had to do something because he has grown frustrated about
the lack of information he's received.

``Nobody's heard from him, nobody's seen him, nobody's sighted him that
we know of,'' the grandfather said. ``(It's) very, very frustrating.
It's like waiting for the other shoe to drop.''

Yet, he clung to hope.

``If he's in there, we should be able to find him,'' Keyes said.

Power company awards $250
scholarship to high school student

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Staff Writer

PECOS, May 19, 1997 - Texas-New Mexico Power Company awarded a $250
scholarship to a high school senior as part of the company's strategic
plan to make a difference in the lives of young people in the
communities it serves.

The 1997 scholarship award recipient is David Zuniga. The scholarships
may be used at the junior college, college or university of his choice.

"We're happy to assist these students as they begin their college
careers because we recognize they are the leaders of tomorrow," said
TNMP Customer Relations Coordinator Mya Suratt. "David has proven
himself to be a true leader in his high school endeavors, and should go
on to a promising future."

Surratt said the scholarships are one element of TNMP's efforts to
support its communities. The company also awards teachers mini-grants to
assist K-8 classroom teachers in math, science and energy education. And
it has a matching customer contribution program called Customer
Connection, which uses stockholder money to match up to $75,000 of
customer donations to support community initiatives nominated by TNP

TNMP provides community-based electric service to 85 cities and more
than 219,000 customers in Texas and New Mexico.

Chuckwagon exhibit opening at museum

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Staff Writer

PECOS, May 19, 1997 - A new addition to the West of the Pecos Museum
will open this week.

Museum officials will hold a Grand Opening for the Carriage House at 3
p.m., Wednesday, May 21, at 101 Oak Street. The Carriage House displays
the Frying Pan Ranch Chuckwagon which was donated by Tom and Evelyn
Scarborough Linebery.

The museum, located at First and Cedar streets, recently renovated the
building at the corner of First and Oak
streets that now houses the exhibit of an authentic chuck wagon,
complete with all the gear that would have been used by a cook to feed
cow punchers on a roundup.

The Lineberys donated the chuck wagon to the museum about a year ago,
according to Mike Burkholder, West of the Pecos Museum Board Vice

The chuck wagon had been in Evelyn Linebery's family, the Scarborough's,
for more than 100 years, Burkholder said.

Several years ago Hershal Cox donated the building that houses the chuck
wagon, located on the west side of Oak Street, to the museum.

Tom Linebery also donated $17,000 for the project through a family

Plans for the building include skylights in the roof and observation
windows in its walls. The chuck wagon and all its gear is displayed in
the building as if it were in service out on the range.

Visitors will be able to look through the observation windows and view
the exhibit, Burkholder said.

The grand opening will include a ribbon cutting ceremony and Tom
Linebery's Birthday Social


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Trine Dominguez

PECOS, May 19, 1997 - Trine Dominguez, 74, died Friday, May 16, at
Reeves County Hospital.

A mass was held this morning at Santa Rosa Catholic Church with Father
Rick Zamorano officiating. Burial was in Mount Evergreen Cemetery.

She was born Oct. 15, 1922 in Toyah, was a homemaker, a lifelong Pecos
resident and a Catholic.

Survivors include her husband Ruben Dominguez, Sr. of Pecos; four sons,
Ruben Dominguez, Jr., Abel and Armando Dominguez of Pecos, Victor
Dominguez of Dallas; four daughters, Norma D. Wentworth of Pecos, Petra
Valdez of Big Springs, Arcelia Tarango of Dallas, Sandra Diaz of
Anaheim, Calif.; one brother, Manuel Marquez of California; two sisters,
Dominga Ybarra of Midland, Frances Marquez of Pecos; 20 grandchildren
and nine great-grandchildren.

Pecos Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Eliazer Lopez Rodriguez

PECOS, May 19, 1997 - Eliazer Lopez Rodriguez, 61, died Friday, May 16
at Medical Center Hospital in Odessa.

Services were held today at 2 p.m. at Santa Rosa Catholic Church with
burial at Greenwood Cemetery.

He was born Jan. 29, 1936 in Balmorhea, was a laborer and a Catholic.

Survivors include his wife, Maria Olga Rodriguez of Pecos; seven sons,
David Armendariz, Danny Minjares of Odessa, Lee Roy Rodriguez, Elisar
Rodriguez of Pecos, Sammy Morales of Banning, Calif., Joe Mendez of
Atlanta, Ga. Manuel Jacquez of Hobbs, N.M.; four daughters, Jessie
Fernandes of Kerman, Calif., Sally and Maria Morales of Alpine, Marlene
Rodriguez of Pecos; five brothers, Vicente L. Rodriguez of Pecos, Henry
L. Rodriguez of New Mexico, Joe L. Rodriguez of Odessa, Tony L.
Rodriguez of Las Cruces, N.M., Ramon L. Rodriguez of New Mexico; four
sisters, Lupe Baeza of Earlimart, Calif., Katy Barrera, Apolonia
Rodriguez, Virginia Rodriguez of Pecos; his mother, Edubijen Lopez
Rodriguez of Pecos; eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Martinez Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


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PECOS, May 19, 1997 - High Sunday, 99, low this morning, 74. It will be
partly to mostly cloudy through Tuesday across West Texas. Lows tonight
will be in the 40s and 50s. Highs Tuesday will be in the 70s and 80s.

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