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September 4, 1997
Ambulance has continual problems
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By GREG HARMAN
PECOS, September 4, 1997 - Last week the Pecos Enterprise received a letter to the editor regarding the inefficiencies of the transfer ambulance service of the Reeves County Hospital. On average, the transfer ambulance must run two to three patients to surrounding hospitals every week, but, because of mechanical problems, the ambulance has been unreliable.
Terry Andris, Interim Administrator at Reeves County Hospital, said that "it's hard to depend on something like this . . . [the ambulance has had] continuous problems." However, according to Andris, the ambulance is running well for now. The Mayor Pro-Tem of Toyah, Diana Tollet, has been approached by the Reeves County Hospital Board about the possibility of leasing their ambulance to the hospital, but Tollet has not responded. "We do anticipate the purchase of a new ambulance," he said.
In response to the letter that stated that the Reeves County Hospital's transfer ambulance was unable to transfer an elderly woman with a broken hip, Andris said that since the situation was not life-threatening there was no danger in the delay. If a critical situation were to develop while the ambulance was out of commission, Andris said, Lubbock-Methodist Air Ambulance could be called in. He estimated the air ambulance would take 45 minutes to one hour to arrive in Pecos.
PHS teacher receives teacher of year award
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By CARA ALLIGOOD
PECOS, September 4, 1997 - Jerry Workman, a Pecos High School teacher, recently was honored as a teacher of the year for excellence in teaching.
One of Workman's chemistry students during the 1970-71 school year, Joe Torres, is now a general foreman at Freeport Sulphur Company. He now serves on the Freeport Scholarship Committee. "For the past five years," Torres said, Workman's name "has come up in every interview" of students being considered for scholarships.
Torres said, "When I was in his class, he not only taught us chemistry, he mentored us, and the information stuck with us."
Further, Torres said, "He's more than just a teacher. He really loves teaching chemistry. No kid comes out of his class without being reached by him in some way."
Cookie Canon, Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD's business manager, credits Workman with convincing her to go to college.
She took biology from Workman during her sophomore year in high school, and chemistry during her junior year. Canon said that she was an honor student, but science was her most difficult subject.
However, "I did well in both classes," said Canon.
"He not only taught science, but morals as well."
She didn't have Workman as a teacher her senior year, but still spoke with him. When he asked her what her plans were and she told him that she planned on going to business school, he talked her into going to college.
"Where there's a will, there's a way," Workman told her.
She now holds a BBA in Accounting from Texas A&M University and is a respected part of the administration of the school district she graduated from.
She said that she and her husband, Jack, another former student of Workman's, have become lifelong friends with the beloved teacher.
"I must credit Mr. Workman with teaching me slide rule (some people don't know what that is), hard work, perseverance, how to call coyotes and some chemistry," said Jack Canon.
"I consider him a valued friend and an asset to our school system, he said."
Cookie Canon said, "He touched a lot of lives."
The award Workman received was the 1997 Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year Award. In appreciation of his dedication, the retailer presented a $500 grant to the school.
Workman was one of 1500 teachers throughout the country who were selected to receive this award.
Fayed wanted life with Diana
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By ELAINE GANLEY
Associated Press Writer
PARIS (AP) September 4, 1997 - Love apparently blessed Diana in her final hours of life. A Paris jeweler says he created a magnificent diamond ring that Dodi Fayed gave to Diana during dinner Saturday night at the Ritz Hotel, just hours before they both died.
As Britain mourned, photographers blamed for the accident that killed Diana, Fayed and a chaffeur sought to counter claims they were shoving their way to professional glory at the accident scene. One said he tried to comfort the princess before help arrived.
"I tried to help, just to see if they were still alive," said Romuald Rat of the Gamma agency, explaining on French television why he opened a door of the mangled car before police arrived.
Rat is one of seven people - six photographers and a press motorcyclist - placed under formal investigation by a French court Tuesday for manslaughter and failure to help the victims, an obligation under French law.
All seven could face up to five years in prison and fines.
The Paris jeweler quoted in Britain's The Sun newspaper today said he created an extraordinary diamond ring that Fayed gave to Diana over dinner Saturday.
"He told me how much he was in love with the princess and he wanted to spend the rest of his life with her," The Sun quoted jeweler Alberto Repossi as saying.
Fayed had asked him to create "a ring of the like that had never been seen before," Repossi said.
The $205,400 ring was found in the wrecked car, according to The Sun.
Press Association, the British national news agency, said the ring was turned over to Diana's sisters when they went to Paris to recover the body Monday. It is now at Kensington Palace, Diana's London home, it said.
In London, Buckingham Palace decided to more than triple the length of Saturday's funeral procession to allow as many people as possible to share in the massive public grieving. The procession will proceed through central London to Westminster Abbey along a 3½-mile route.
While the royal family broke its near-silence and acknowledged the public outpouring Wednesday, British papers today pressed Queen Elizabeth to make a show of grief over Diana's death. "Speak to us Ma'am," one headlined. "Show us you care," said another.
Diana's brother-in-law, Prince Edward, today signed a book of condolence at St. James's Palace, where thousands of mourners waited to pay their respects.
With the funeral still two days away, a great amount of attention remains focused on the paparazzi who have been accused not only of precipitating the accident with their frenzied pursuit but of later hampering police access to the mangled car.
Rat and one other photographer have had their press cards and drivers licenses removed.
Freeport merger progresses
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PECOS, September 4, 1997 - Freeport-McMoRan, Inc. and IMC Global, Inc. announced this week that the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice have granted early termination of the 30-day waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act.
The termination of the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act waiting period satisfies one of the principal conditions to the pending merger between IGL and FTX. The merger is subject to several additional conditions, including shareholder approvals, and is expected to close by the end of 1997. IGL and FTX entered into a definitive merger agreement Aug. 26.
With calendar 1996 revenues and EBITDA of nearly $3 billion and $461 million, respectively, IMC Global is one of the world's leading producers and marketers of agricultural products and services.
Freeport-McMoRan Inc. owns a 51.6 percent interest in Freeport-McMoRan Resource Partners, Limited Partnership (NYSE:FRP), which is engaged in the production and sale of phosphate fertilizers and animal feed ingredients as well as the mining and sale of phosphate rock through IMC-Agrico Company, a joint venture with IGL: the mining, transporting, terminalling and marketing of sulphur and the exploration for, development and production of oil and gas reserves.
In a related story, FM Properties, Inc. (FRP) and McMoRan Oil & Gas Co. (MOXY) announced this week that MOXY has purchased for $4.5 million all of the oil and gas interests owned by FMPO. These properties are located in the offshore Gulf of Mexico and in various onshore areas of the United States. Proceeds from this sale will be used by FMPO to reduce its indebtedness and will be recorded as a gain.
Freeport-McMoRan Resource Partners joined MOXY in the acquisition of interests in three exploration properties which represented $3 million of the total $4.5 million acquisition price. These three interests, which had no revenues in 1996, will be included in the current exploration program between MOXY and FRP, with MOXY bearing 40 percent and FRP bearing 60 percent of the $3 million costs. As a result, MOXY's net share of the total $4.5 million acquisition cost paid to FMPO is $2.7 million and FRP's share is $1.8 million. Oil and gas revenues generated by the producing properties acquired by MOXY totaled $1.4 million in 1996, although a single property which generated $0.7 million in 1996 ceased production in the second quarter of 1997. MOXY is an independent oil and gas company engaged in the exploration, development and production of oil and natural gas reserves offshore in the Gulf of Mexico and onshore in the Gulf Coast area.
New doctor "a foot" in Pecos
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By ROSIE FLORES
PECOS, September 4, 1997 - Having trouble with your feet? Pecos has a doctor for you!
A new podiatrist has set up his office in the Professional Office Building II, located at 880 Daggett-Suite Two.
"We've always liked small towns, since both my wife, Anita and I come from one," said Dr. John Libbie.
Libbie came from a town with about 150 people and graduated from a Michigan high school with a total of about 70 students.
He attended South Illinois University were he did undergraduate work.
Libbie spent four years there and earned a degree in physiology with a minor in math and chemistry.
He then attended and received a degree from the University of Osteopathic Medicine in Health Sciences College of Podiatry Medicine and Surgery.
"I then did residency with the veterans administration in Waco," said Libbie.
Libbie's path to Pecos began with a survey.
"What I did was I started a survey with over 150 small towns in Texas, because I knew I wanted to live in Texas," said Libbie.
Libbie stated that he even though he isn't a native he loves the state and always wanted to settle down in another small town like the one he grew up in.
"I also looked at the towns that needed a podiatric physician and that had a community hospital," said Libbie.
It's harder to find a community hospital, according to Libbie. "It used to be that the hospital was the heart of the community and it's still true in Pecos," he said.
Libbie talked to the administration of the Pecos hospital and was made really welcome.
Libbie also looked at economics, the labor force, health care and where the greater need was for a podiatrist.
He narrowed the list down to 12 towns and later chose Pecos because he felt it had the greatest need for such a doctor and because of the friendly people.
In his "investigation" of the town he and his wife drove to Pecos one night to see the town as it really was and not how others would want him to perceive it.
"I wanted to see it for itself and not have anyone showing me around and pointing out just the good points," he said.
"The other thing is, Texans are special people and West Texas is what I remember our community being like, where people are still kind and courteous, they hold doors for you and wave every-time they see you," said Libbie.
Libbie stated that his office represents a lifetime of work and that the people in this community have really helped him with his dream.
"There's an enormous amount of things that this community has contributed in helping us, the effort is not only our work, but a lot of the people in this community," he said.
"It's one of those things that make us proud to be a part of the community," he said.
The office has three rooms, the first one mainly for primary care.
The room is mostly for general examinations and most people will visit this particular room, according to Libbie. "We see virtually everything there," he said.
Libbie explained that another room is almost a duplicate of this first one.
"That's the third room and is used like the first except that we do orthopedic casting, bio-mechanics, podo-orthopedics and fractures," he said.
The second room is the surgical room, where warts, tumors and plantars are removed through surgery.
The building is also equipped with an x-ray room, where all x-rays are taken and read in the same building.
"This is really more economical for the patient and time-saving for us, it's more convenient," he said.
Libbie stated that most people think podiatrists are just for toenails, but that his office is much more.
Services offered include the treatment of ingrown nails; infections of nails and feet; bunions, heel spurs, neuromas; special needs of diabetic patients; orthotics and arch supports; foot surgery; skin problems of the foot; assistance with foot hygiene; plantar warts, corns and calluses; and complete family foot care.
"The goal of the podiatrist is to preserve the feet," said Libbie. "To a general medical physician, the big enemy is a disease that's terminal, while a podiatrist dreads amputation," he said.
Libbie was a sheriff's deputy before he went to school. "I really enjoyed police work, but it wasn't the same," he said.
"I wanted to help people, and in police work they do, but in a different way," said Libbie. "I just wanted something different and medicine really appealed to me," he said.
Youth commission taking applications
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PECOS, September 4, 1997 - Established in October of 1995, the Pecos Youth Advisory Commission is now entering a new year of service. Students who are interested in being a part of this year's commission may pick up applications from the administration office in their school or from the Pecos City Hall. The applications need to be turned in by Sep. 19, 1997.
The commission is comprised of 21 students: three each from grades seven through twelve, and the Student Council Presidents from grades seven, eight, and high school. They will be selected on the basis of their leadership ability and community involvement. The term of service is one year-beginning Oct. 1 and ending on the new school year elections. Applicants will be called for interviews.
The purpose of the commission, as stated in Resolution #95-10-12-R, is: "The function of the Commission shall be to serve as a liaison between City Council and the youth of the community . . . to encourage the positive growth and development of youth by involving them in social, cultural, recreational and other drug- and alcohol-free activities."
The commission advises and makes recommendations to the City Council on issues affecting the youth of the community. Members plan and organize recreational activities; establish the guidelines for participation in these activities; and hire entertainers and vendors available within the finds available to the commission.|
Questionable dealings leave
couple with damaged house
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By GREG HARMAN
TOYAH, September 4, 1997 - Mitchell Budlong, along with wife Laura and 11-year-old son Mitch, believe themselves to be the victims in what they feel the county sees as a "victimless crime."
The alleged crime in question occurred several months ago and involved the then mayor of Toyah, Charlotte Waight. Most Toyah residents are aware of the events surrounding the proceedings: how Waight, originally arrested on the felony charge of tampering with public records, plea-bargained and ended up receiving the judgment for a lesser crime. Few understand that, although Waight was forced to resign from office as a result of her actions, special conditions allow her to run for office again, even during the remainder of her probation.
But how many heard about the property the Budlong's purchased from Waight and what happened to it along the way?
Mitchell Budlong, seeking to relocate his family from the East Coast, took a $2,000 personal loan from Waight with which he purchased the property located at Lot 12, Block E, of the Wills Addition in the City of Toyah.
According to Waight, she made the loan partially because she had dealt with Mitchell Budlong's older brother Paul Budlong for years and considered him as her nephew. She said she had first met Mitchell Budlong in Rhode Island where she spent six nights to celebrate Paul Budlong's older brother's birthday.
Waight claims that Mitchell Budlong went out of town soon after buying the property and that he didn't come back to Toyah for two years. However, after only one year, Waight, frustrated at receiving no payment on the loan, and ignoring the warnings of the Toyah City Council, illegally took back the property and sold it to Charles Young who then went to work on the house. According to the Budlongs, Young damaged the house severely; Waight maintains that the changes are improvements to the property.
Young alleges that the property sat empty for 21 years and had no windows, and a faulty roof, at the time of the Budlongs' purchase.
"When we originally bought the house it had walls and plumbing, there were a couple holes in the roof but it didn't leak. Now look at it! What $5,000 could have fixed before . . . $30,000 might not fix now," said Budlong.
Budlong says that when he found out that the property had been resold he called Waight and was told, "I'm the mayor, and I'll damn well do what I want."
When asked if he were aware of the illegal actions that preceded his purchase of the property at Lot 12, Young said that he was on the road for the six months before he purchased the house from Waight. "There are three deeds," Young said, "and I have a copy of every one of them."
So now the Budlongs are forced to rent two rooms at the end of the road from their nightmare property. Their luck has continued to darken: Mitchell recently ruptured four disks in his back at his job at the test track and has been unable to work, meanwhile half of Laura Budlong's paycheck now must go to lawyer's fees. They are suing the city in an attempt to get repairs made to the property they purchased. They are due $500 restitution from Waight but estimate their losses as much higher.
This law suit does not sit well with other members of the community.
"Basically we've been black-balled," said Laura Budlong, "We've been shunned by the community because of the lawsuit we brought against the city. People tell our kid that his parents aren't anything but money-grubbers who want something for nothing."
When Clair McConnel, who works with Paul Budlong and knows the property in question, was asked about the change in the house, said, "Then [when Budlong purchased it] there was a roof on it . . . since the big rain, it's gotta be worse."
The Budlongs' attorney, Spencer Dobbs, believes the $500 restitution due to be paid to the Budlongs is in no way sufficient for the losses they have encountered. "He's been without a home all this time," Dobbs said, "The city is responsible for the additional living costs [incurred]."
When Waight heard that Mitchell Budlong felt swindled, she responded, "I'm so glad he feels that way. He never paid me one payment. It's awful for me to condemn him. God will forgive me."
"My brother doesn't deny he owes her money. He had full intention to pay her back-with interest," said Paul Budlong, "I feel bad that she [Waight] was indicted, but she's a gullible woman."
County Attorney Walt Holcombe said that he never saw the details of the case, but that after Waight was indicted by the Grand Jury she reached a plea bargain agreement with the District Attorney. "I honored their agreement," said Holcombe, "I couldn't try the case again without incurring double jeopardy."
The Mayor Pro-Tem, Diana Tollett, had no comment about the matter. The District Attorney was unavailable. Meanwhile, the Budlongs are pursuing legal action against the city; Young is seeking to generate interest regarding his claim to the property by writing letters to the governor, the Texas Rangers, and 60 Minutes; and Waight has left on vacation.
Storm drops more than an inch of rain
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By CARA ALLIGOOD
PECOS, September 4, 1997 - The first rainstorm of September blew into Pecos yesterday, dumping 1.10 inches of rain on the town by 7:30 this morning. Hail was reported in the northwest corner of town, but no damage was reported to the health department.
Cable service was knocked out, but "they're working on it," said customer service representative Debbie Salcido.
"Most of the channels are out," she explained this morning, because "a lineman hit the head-in line," the main cable from the satellite dish.
She estimated that the affected channels would be back in service between 11 a.m. and noon.
No interruptions in Internet or e-mail service were reported to Oilfield Phone Service, a local provider of both services.
PHS SAT scores below
national average on test
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By ROSIE FLORES
PECOS, September 4, 1997 - Counselors and school officials will be trying something different this year to encourage students to take the SAT exam and improve scores. Pecos High School average SAT scores were well below national averages last year.
"We're going to try to help them to take it as many times as they want to and to have more students take it by having it available here," said Pecos High School Counselor Pat Cobos.
About 63 students from PHS took the test last year earning an average of 459 on the verbal section of the exam and 458 on the math portion.
The national average was 505 on the verbal and 511 on the math.
Cobos stated that they have books in the counselor's office that students can borrow that will help them on the test.
"The math department also has SAT software that they can practice on after school," said Cobos.
Another thing school officials will stress is the importance of junior students getting involved and taking the test a year early.
"This will help them improve for when they are seniors and then they can take it again," said Cobos.
Cobos stated that the students can take the test as many times as they want.
"The junior students, we will be giving them a PSAT - a pre-SAT exam," said Cobos.
The PSAT is for juniors, so that they will know what to expect, according to Cobos.
A pre-college assembly is scheduled for next week for all seniors, according to Cobos.
The assembly will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 10, at the PHS Auditorium and will cover a variety of topics that will benefit senior students, according to Cobos.
Sentence reimposed on Davidians
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WACO, Texas (AP) September 4, 1997 - U.S. District Judge Walter Smith reimposed the same sentences on five Branch Davidian followers of David Koresh today after a brief court hearing.
At issue was whether the defendants I Renos Avraam, Brad Branch, Jaime Castillo, Graeme Craddock, and Kevin Whitecliff I carried or had access to machine guns during a 1993 firefight with federal agents who were attempting to arrest Koresh and search his religious compound near Waco.
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PECOS, September 4, 1997 - EDITOR'S NOTE: Information contained in the Police Report is obtained from reports filed by the Pecos Police Department, Reeves County Sheriff's Office, Texas Department of Public Safety, 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.
Ramon F. Nunez was arrested at 10:23 a.m. on Aug. 21 for theft at La Tienda Thriftway.
Alvaro R. Rodriguez was arrested at 10:23 a.m. Aug. 21 for theft at La Tienda Thriftway.
Delia F. Herreda was arrested at 11:30 a.m. Aug. 21 on a warrant.
Ricky Don Oliver was arrested at 4:55 p.m. Aug. 21 at 900 W. 3rd on a warrant for theft.
Delma C. Hernandez was arrested at 9:07 p.m. Aug. 21 for theft and public intoxication.
Espiridion Amaya was arrested at 12:40 a.m. Aug.22 at the Oasis bar for public intoxication.
Ector Martinez was arrested at 4:21 p.m. Aug. 22 for public intoxication on the 500 block of Sycamore.
Espinosa Alonzo Mendoza was arrested at 11:14 p.m. Aug. 22 on the 100 block of S. Mulberry for conduct.
Tyron Negale Jenkins was arrested at 12:36 a.m. Aug. 23 at Flying J for public intoxication.
Maria G. Valenzuela was arrested at 2:07 p.m. Aug. 23 at Wal-Mart for theft over $50/under $500.
Albino Tarango was arrested at 7:04 p.m. Aug 23 for public intoxication and assault causing bodily injury at the Circle M bar.
Rodrick Garcia was arrested on Aug 24 for public intoxication.
Jose A. Dominguez was arrested on Aug. 24 for public intoxication.
Daniel Joe Wright was arrested on Aug. 24 for public intoxication.
Pedro Mendoza Jr. was arrested at 5:53 p.m. Aug 24 on a warrant on the 400 block of Locust.
Michael Ontiveros was arrested at 1:50 a.m. Aug. 25 for deadly conduct and public intoxication.
David A. Martin was arrested at 3:26 p.m. Aug 27 for public intoxication at Wal-Mart.
Angel Anchondo was arrested at 2:30 a.m. Sept. 1 on warrants during a traffic stop at Jefferson and Park. After being handcuffed he escaped, and was recaptured in the 1500 block of Alamo.
A gas drive-off was reported at Amigo's Texaco, I-20 and Highway 285, at 6:56 a.m. on Sept 1.
David N. Fuentes was arrested at 12:31 a.m. Sept. 2 for assault by threat and public intoxication.
Juan Nunez Rey was arrested early in the morning on Sept. 2 for public intoxication.
Procopio T. Gustamantes was arrested in the early morning hours of Sept. 2 for public intoxication.
September 4, 1997
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Service arrangements are incomplete for Santiago Lara, 46, who died Thursday, Sept. 4, 1997, at Reeves County Hospital.
Martinez Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Robert Neal Walker
Robert Neal Walker, 82, of Pecos, died Tuesday, Sept. 2, 1997, at his residence.
A memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m., Friday, Sept. 5, at the Church of Christ in Pecos with Rev. Monty Huffman officiating. Burial will be in Talpa Cemetery in Talpa, Tx. with Walker's nephew Danny Walker officiating at the graveside service.
He was born Oct. 14, 1915, in Ballenger, had been a residence of Pecos for 47 years and a member of the Church of Christ.
Survivors include two sons, G.W. Walker of Pecos and Bob N. Walker of Leaday, Tx.; three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Pecos Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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>PECOS, September 4, 1997 - High Wednesday, 96, low this morning, 67. Precipitation for the past 24 hours was 1.10 inches bringing the month-to-date precipitation total to 1.10 inches and the year-to-date total to 7.58 inches. Cooler temperatures are in store across all of Texas tonight and Friday. But the showers and thunderstorms that accompanied the cold front on its slow southward trek across the state are dying down and becoming more widely scattered. There is still a chance of showers and thunderstorms in most areas of the state, but they will be of the scattered variety and most areas will likely miss any significant precipitation. There is a chance of showers and thunderstorms in extreme western portions of West Texas and in the Edwards Plateau area. Lows tonight will be in the 50s and 60s in West Texas. Highs Friday will be in the 80s and 90s. Scattered showers and thunderstorms lingered over portions of the Permian Basin, Concho Valley, trans-Pecos and Davis Mountains as well as some areas of North Texas during the pre-dawn hours today. The heaviest rainfall from the storms on Wednesday was at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport where 1.91 inches fell.
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