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September 9, 1997

Audit shows fund balances increasing

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Enterprise Editor

PECOS, September 9, 1997 - The year 1996 was a good one for Reeves
County, according to an audit conducted by Becky Espino of Card, Graham
& Co, Certified Public Accountants.

Espino presented the annual audit to Reeves County Commissioners Monday
morning during their regular first of the month meeting. All
commissioners were present with the exception of Bernardo Martinez.

The audit was among a number of routine items on the agenda.

Espino pointed out several items that need to be changed as a matter of
routine, including back-up of files and keeping one back-up file in a
safe place, better tracking of county property at the Reeves County
Detention Center and the need for automation in several offices
including the District's office which is now responsible for child
support payments.

Commissioners were pleased with the results of the audit which outlined
a dramatic increase in county cash reserve balances.

A four year comparison presented by Espino showed a recovery from a two
year decline in the county's general fund balance from $1.853 million in
1993 to $1.56 million in 1994 to $1.38 million in 1995 to $1.862 million
in 1996.

The road and bridge fund balance has shown a steady increase for the
past four years, according to the report, going from $157,028 in 1993 to
$159,165 in 1994 to $240, 751 in 1995 to $245,776 in 1996.

The fund balance for Reeves County Detention Center has also shown a
steady increase, except for a slight decrease in 1995. In 1993 the
facility had an $8.84 million fund balance that increased to $10.22
million in 1994, decreased to $10.18 million in 1995, then jumped to
$11.3 million in 1996.

In other matters, at the recommendation of County Auditor Lynn Owens,
commissioners agreed to have surety bonds on six positions for $5,000
each at the RCDC, approved an annual statement of agreement between the
county and the Mental Health/Mental Retardation office and renewed the
adult protective services contract.

Also agreed to was a contract with the Rio Grande Council of Governments
for one guaranteed bed at $55 per day at the Reeves County Juvenile
Detention Center as compared to two beds last year at $45 per day.
Counties involved would be Brewster, Jeff Davis, Presidio, Culberson and

After checking on requirements of the Community Council board of
directors, County Judge Jimmy Galindo appointed Frank Perea, president
of the Pecos-Barstow-Toyah Independent School District board of
trustees, to represent Reeves County.

One bid received on a 1982 GMC refrigerated truck, a repossessed item
from the failed squash farm financed by the Reeves County Revolving
Industrial Fund, was rejected because it did not meet the minimum of
$4,500. It was decided to advertise for bids again with no minimum.

A number of items at the Reeves County Annex were declared as salvage to
be disposed of with Commissioner Felipe Arredondo to take care of the

At the request of County Grant Administrator Mari Maldonado,
Commissioners approved a change order on a housing rehabilitation
project in Saragosa, increasing the cost of the renovation by more than

Commissioners also heard a report on their health insurance carrier,
Blue Cross/Blue Shield, which showed the county is in good shape with
claims being down from previous years.

Commissioner Herman Tarin pointed out the need for a water well at the
Saragosa Cemetery and possibly the Balmorhea Cemetery so that water can
be easily accessible. Commissioner Dr. W. J. Bang agreed with the

Currently, water is carried via truck to an elevated tank at Saragosa
and watering at Balmorhea can only be done when someone is irrigating
and the water canals have water in them.

Galindo asked Tarin to look into the cost of such a project for one or both places and report back to the court.

Open house at PHS begins
open door policy, says principal

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Staff Writer

PECOS, September 9, 1997 - About 104 people are currently employed at
Pecos High School and most were on hand for a special Open House held at
the new gym last night.

The purpose for the event was to introduce all the teachers and staff
and to give the public an opportunity to view the artistic work done by
Walter Holland and his classes during the summer. They painted several
murals in the PHS gym.

PHS Principal Danny Rodriguez introduced all 104 school employees to the
community and the Pecos High School Band was on hand to play the school
song for those attending.

"We want to go slower and in a more positive way to ensure that students
achieve success," said Rodriguez.

Rodriguez stated that they want to have an "open door" policy and make
the school more accessible to the public.

"We want everyone to know that if they need anything or need to know
anything about their student we're here to help," said Rodriguez.

Holland introduced students who helped him with the mural projects at
the school.

A reception was held following the introductions and the program with plenty of ice cream, cake, cookies and punch served to the public.

Crime victim compensation doubled

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Staff Writer

PECOS, September 9, 1997 - While compensation to crime victims is
already a growing trend in Texas, the maximum amount of compensation
that can be awarded was doubled by the Texas Legislature this year.

Beginning Sept. 1, the maximum compensation that can be awarded a crime
victim increases from $50,000 to $100,000 for those who suffer
catastrophic injuries causing total and permanent disability, according
to Texas Attorney General Dan Morales. The cap for other victims was
increased to $50,000 from $25,000.

"Victims of crime need and deserve all of the emotional and financial
support that we can give them," Morales said. "For far too long
government has been overly concerned about the rights of criminals. We
are pushing the pendulum in the other direction on behalf of the
innocent victims of crime. It is their rights and needs we are concerned

State-wide, criminals sentenced to community supervision in lieu of
prison paid a record amount of restitution to their victims last year, a
20-percent increase from the prior year, according to the Texas
Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ).

Last year, more than 148,000 Texas probationers paid almost $34 million
in cash to their victims. They completed more than seven million hours
of unpaid charitable and community service work, worth $34.3 million
figured at minimum wage.

Figures from the 143rd Judicial District Community Supervision and
Corrections Department comprised of Reeves, Ward and Loving counties,
also show an increase in restitution. Victim restitution paid in the
three-county district in 1995 was $51,838. That amount grew to $89,756
last year. The growth in restitution paid locally is even more striking
considering that the number of people on direct probation in the
district has decreased from 349 in 1995 to 291 in 1996, according to
Camilla Blum, director of the district.

Legislation increasing the maximum compensation was propose by Morales
and sponsored by Rep. Allen Hightower and Sen. John Whitmire.

The Office of the Attorney General administers the Texas Crime Victims'
Compensation Fund. All revenue for the fund comes from state and federal
criminals. Parolees also pay into the fund and private contributions are

Other benefits to victims were also expanded. Crime victims and
qualified family members may be reimbursed for travel costs or lost
wages related to medical treatment or attending court hearings or
meetings with law enforcement. Payments for child care and loss of
support also were expanded.

In 1995, the 349 persons on direct probation in the 143rd district
performed a total of 20,838 hours of community service, worth $88,562.
In 1996 ,when the total number of people on direct probation dropped to
291 the amount of community service dropped to 16,281 hours worth

District courts where an offender is convicted set the terms of
restitution and community service. The 122 local Community Supervision
and Corrections Departments (CSCDs) - previously known as local
probation departments - that oversee probationers are funded annually by
$200 million from the state.

Susan Cranford, TDCJ Community Justice Assistance Division Director,
credits courts and local CSCDs for the increase in payments and
community service in the state.

"The courts are ordering more offenders to do public service and the
CSCDs have sharpened their focus on collecting restitution," Cranford

It's a win, win, win situation, according to Cranford.

"Everyone wins in this system," she said. "The victims get the
compensation they deserve, the community gets work projects done which
it might not otherwise be able to afford and the offenders are given a
chance to at least partially redeem the damage their crimes inflicted on
their victims and the public."

All crime victim dependents, not just of those who are killed, are now
eligible for compensation. The list includes grandparents, Texans
injured or killed out of state of the county, peace officers,
firefighters and others whose jobs include protecting the public.

Victims of mass violence and terrorism will also be eligible for
compensation. The fund will also provide emergency relief such as
housing, travel and food for victims.

Grants to other state or local victim assistance programs have been made
possible through other legislation proposed by Morales and sponsored by
Rep. Pete Gallego and Sen. Mike Moncrief.

Nov. 4 Texans will vote on an amendment that would prevent future
legislatures from spending money from the Crime Victims' Compensation
Fund for any other purpose than to benefit crime victims. The fund is
considered a secondary source of compensation and covers only those
costs not covered by insurance or other sources. The fund will pay
medical, prescription and rehabilitation expenses, mental health
counseling, funeral expenses, loss of wages, chid care, crime scene
cleanup and the replacement costs of items seized as evidence.

The increase in benefits applies only to those crimes committed after Sept. 1.

Texas tobacco talks take pretrial time out

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AP Business Writer

TEXARKANA, Texas (AP) September 9, 1997 - The tobacco industry is
putting all state settlement talks on hold while it girds itself for
trial in a $14 billion lawsuit filed by the state of Texas.

Texas is one of 39 states with lawsuits pending against tobacco
companies. The case will go to trial even while Congress considers a
nationwide settlement.

The trial likely will last into 1998, said Texas Attorney General Dan

"I know there's been a good deal of discussion about an out-of-court
settlement. The odds of that are essentially zero," Morales said.
"Suffice it to say, we anticipate jury selection to begin the 29th of

"The tobacco companies are either going to get the global resolution or
we'll go to trial one state at a time, starting in Texas. This case is a
mainstream case that needs to go to trial," said Dan Webb, the lead
attorney representing the tobacco industry.

On Monday, U.S. District Judge David Folsom ruled that eight tobacco
industry documents used in a Florida lawsuit are still considered
privileged in the Texas case.

The state still may be able to use information contained in the
documents, a state spokesman said.

John O'Quinn and John Eddie Williams, private lawyers hired by the
state, asked the court Monday to order the release of the eight
documents, which the industry has considered confidential. The documents
were in the Liggett Group's possession and were part of that cigarette
maker's national settlement with plaintiffs.

Folsom also ruled to dismiss some of the state's claims, including
violation of federal and state antitrust laws, the Texas Deceptive Trade
Practices Act and the Consumer Protection Act.

Earlier Monday, Folsom rejected a state request for 30 extra days to
obtain additional information.

Morales filed the suit in an attempt to recover money spent treating
smoking-related illnesses for Medicaid patients in Texas. The state
claims the companies broke state and federal laws, including those
prohibiting deceptive trade and fraud. The lawsuit names American
Tobacco, R.J. Reynolds, Brown and Williamson, B.A.T. Industries, Philip
Morris, Liggett Group, Lorillard, United States Tobacco, Hill &
Knowlton, the Council for Tobacco Research-USA and the Tobacco

Tobacco interests opted to settle similar lawsuits in Mississippi and
Florida. Mississippi settled its suit for nearly $3.6 billion in July,
and Florida reached an $11.3 billion settlement last month. Any national
tobacco deal would supersede those state agreements.

Morales filed suit in federal court because Texas alleges violations of
the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations and the Sherman
antitrust acts, said his spokeswoman, Sonya Sanchez.

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PBT, Balmorhea school boards meet this week

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The Pecos-Barstow-Toyah Independent School District Board of Education
will hold its regular meeting for the month of September Thursday at 6
p.m. in the board room at 1304 S. Park Street, across the street from
Pecos High School.

Agenda items include:

*Call to order and roll call

*Approval of minutes a. Special meeting - Aug. 7, 1997 b. Regular
meeting - Aug. 14, 1997 c. Special meeting - Aug. 28, 1997 *Audience


*Discuss/approve campus restructuring plan

*Closed session, to discuss the Superintendent's Search, discuss
personnel and hear complaints against personnel and discuss pending

*Superintendent's Search update - Bryan LaBeff

*Discuss/approve professional personnel appointments, resignations,
transfers, coaching assignments

*Discuss/approve Alternative Education Program changes

*Discuss/approve Learning Resource Center Policies and Procedures

*Appoint Hearing Officer and Designee

*Discuss/approve bus routes

*Discuss/approve teacher appraisal calendar and appraisers

*Discuss/approve attendance incentive to include counselors,
diagnostician, speech therapist, teacher for visually impaired

*First reading of Policy Update 56

*Discuss/approve 1997-98 budget amendments

*Discuss/approve tax roll errors and corrections for 1996 and prior year

*Discuss/approve resolution to adopt tax rate for 1997-98

*Appoint Donna Davis as 504 Coordinator

*Tax report

*Depository securities report

*Cafeteria report

*Payment of current bills and approval of financial report

*Next regular meeting date

*Calendar of events

*Request for items for next agenda


Bryan LaBeff is from the Region 18 Service Center and was hired by the
school board to conduct the search for a new superintendent for P-B-T ISD.|

Balmorhea ISD board meeting

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The Board of Trustees of the Balmorhea Independent School District will
hold their regular September meeting at 6:30 p.m. today in the board
room, located at 1st and El Paso Street.

After calling the meeting to order and determining a quorum, public
comments will be heard.

There will be a report on student enrollment and discussion on the
Permian Basin School Board Association and Superintendent and Board

Action items include the following:

*Teacher Appraisal - Second Reading DNA Legal and Local

*First Reading Update 56

*Adopt 1997 Tax Rate

*Approve Interlocal Agreement between BISD and Region 17 ESC

*Finance - Accounts Payable

*Approve Minutes of August 12 and August 26, 1997.

The BISD will hold a closed meeting to discuss personnel, then reconvene
in open session and take any action based upon discussion in the closed

Future agenda items and announcements are the last items on the board's agenda before the meeting adjourns.

Stun belt keeps defendant quiet

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Staff Writer

PECOS, September 9, 1997 - Dudley Vandergriff sat quietly at the defense
table this morning as his trial on "felon in possession of a firearm"
drew to a close.

Conferring often with his appointed attorney, Robert Leahy of Odessa,
the 29-year-old Dallas man continued to claim the federal court trial
violated his rights as a citizen of the Republic of Texas.

Senior Judge Lucius Bunton listened respectfully to Vandergriff's
argument Monday that the court has no jurisdiction over him, but firmly
overruled his motions.

Before docket call Monday, Judge Bunton allowed Vandergriff to address
the court about his concerns. During his argument, the 6 ft. 4 inch,
190-pound defendant shed his coat and pulled up his shirt to show how
his rights were being violated.

Strapped to his waist was a rectangular black box that at first looked
to spectators like a bomb. Called a stun belt, the device is designed to
render the prisoner helpless if he becomes violent or tries to escape.

Deputy U.S. Marshal Steve Sinofsky of El Paso held a remote control that
would activate the device with the push of a button and send 50,000
volts of electricity into the defendant.

Before court, Sinofsky showed Vandergriff a video of police officers
being trained to use the stun belt. Several officers wore the belt in a
demonstration of its effectiveness. As each officer was stunned, he or
she fell to the floor, rolled and yelled - some more violently than

The more muscle a person has, the greater the effect of the shock,
Sinofsky said.

"This is the second time the belt has been used in the Western District
of Texas, but nationwide it is used frequently," he said. "The
technology has been around since 1993."

Action of the stun belt is similar to that of the stun gun that has been
used since the 1980s.

"It interrupts the nervous system and causes them to fall down and lose
control of their faculties, but there is no permanent injury or harm"
Sinofsky said. "It disorients them for several seconds and allows us to
gain control."

Before using the device, marshals consulted with Judge Bunton, and he
authorized its use, he said.

Sinofsky is a supervisor for the El Paso marshal's office, which
oversees the Pecos Division. He is the only one in this area who is
trained to use the stun belt.

"We have certain guidelines that have to be explained to (the prisoner),
and if he exceeds those guidelines, I will activate the device," he said.

Makers of the REACT (remote electrically activated control technology)
device claim it provides safety, prevention and control. It is
especially effective in stopping inmates who are trying to escape and
provides extra security when transporting prison inmates.

Incidents like the Rodney King beating can be prevented by use of the
belt, claims the Cleveland, Ohio company. Handcuffs or arm restraints
may be used in conjunction with the device, which is attached to the
body with velcro strips.

A one-second delay after the button is pushed warns the prisoner that he
will be stunned if he continues his action.

"It is a good control device," Sinofsky said. "It keeps us from having
to use physical force on a prisoner. We like to use as little force as

Even with the stun belt, Vandergriff was surrounded by guards during
court proceedings, which included jury selection and testimony that
continued until 6 p.m. Monday.

Judge Bunton granted Vandergriff's unusual request to open proceedings
with prayer, and also allowed him to hug his mother.

Pecos Police Patrolman Cosme Ortega was the first witness for the
government. He told how he spotted Vandergriff and six companions headed
west on I-20 at about 5 a.m. April 30.

Ortega said his department had been alerted to a tan Suburban that left
the Dallas area loaded with weapons and headed for Fort Davis, where
Rick McLaren and his ROT companions were in a standoff with law
enforcement officers.

McLaren had sent out a plea for militia members to gather at Balmorhea
and attack the officers around the perimeter of his residence and
"embassy" in the Davis Mountains Resort, said government prosecutor Jim

After Ortega spotted the Suburban and a blue Oldsmobile, he notified his
sergeant and followed the vehicles as they exited I-20 and parked at the
Flying J Travel Plaza.

Calling the Department of Public Safety office for help, police found
five Texas Rangers there, heading from the Panhandle to the Fort Davis
standoff. Together, the officers arrested all seven occupants of the
vehicles and towed the cars to the sheriff's office for inventory.

Inside the Suburban was an assault rifle mounted over the driver's seat,
a shotgun and other weapons. Additional assault rifles, handguns,
ammunition, helmets, battle gear and medication were found in the
Oldsmobile, which was registered to Vandergriff's mother.

Vandergriff had been convicted of felony drug possession in Dallas
County and was on probation at the time of his arrest. He was charged
with a federal weapons violation because the assault rifles were
manufactured in China and imported into Texas. He was also charged in
state court with possession of a firearm by a felon.

Closing arguments began shortly before 10 a.m. today.

In other hearings Monday, Judge Bunton accepted six guilty pleas, found
one defendant guilty in a bench trial and dismissed charges against
three defendants.
The jury found Vandergriff guilty after a short deliberation.

Water board sets meeting to
discuss salt cedars on Pecos

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Staff Writer

PECOS, September 9, 1997 - Red Bluff Water Power Control Board members
were updated yesterday afternoon on a meeting set for Sept. 19 to review
salt cedar eradication proposals along the Pecos River.

Board members were briefed on that, along with progress on the Pecos
River desalinization project planned for Eddy County, N.M., during their
regular monthly meeting.

The discussions came after approval of other items on the agenda,
including the reappointment of Red Bluff General Manager Jim Ed Miller
to another one-year term.

The board will meet at the Pecos Valley Country Club on Sept. 19 with
officials from the Texas Department of Agriculture and Dr. David Duncan
of New Mexico State University, who is supervising a project to remove
the water-hungry salt cedars from an area along the Pecos River south of
Artesia, N.M. by spraying the area with Arsenal herbicide.

"There will be a round table discussion to lay out goals," said Pecos
River Compact Commissioner Brad Newton. "If there is a problem with the
process, that's when we should hear about it."

Newton said the herbicide would also kill goldenrods along the river,
but would not harm mesquite trees in the same area.

One problem the district faces is the classification of Arsenal. "It
currently doesn't have a wetlands label and a rangeland label," Newton
explained. "We need a wetlands label to get the right to spray near

One other potential problem, voiced by board president Randal Hartman
and board member Lloyd Goodrich, was the requirement that cattle be kept
off any sprayed land along the river for a year.

"We're going to have a problem with land owners on that," Hartman said,
though Newton said Arsenal disperses quickly when it hits water.

Miller told the board that further action on the Malaga Bend project was
delayed at least two weeks, because the Carlsbad City Council was unable
to take action on an easement request by Red Bluff.

The council had been scheduled to meet Monday on the request, but Miller
said "Their engineer was not ready, so it will be on the Sept. 23

The district is seeking a right-of-way over land owned by Carlsbad to
drill on 40 acres of land at Malaga Bend. A pump would be installed to
remove water from the salt spring there and pump it onto adjacent land
owned by Albert Wagner of Sun West Salt Company, which plans to build
pits to hold the water.

Sun West would then extract the salt from the man-made lakes for
commercial use. The move would also lower the salt content flowing into
Texas from the Pecos River.

"The minute we get this in our hands we'll get to work with the (New
Mexico) state engineer and work on getting a permit to drill the well,"
Miller said, adding permission was also needed from the Interstate
Stream Commission.

Newton said officials from both Texas and New Mexico, who met recently
to discuss Rio Grande water issues were also urged to speed up action on
Pecos River issues such as the desalination project.

The board was also told a second bid has been received for land in the
East Ford Unit in Reeves County which is owned by the district. The bid,
for $51,000, was $6,000 higher than an earlier bid for the land from a
Florida man, but members again agreed not to sell any mineral rights on
the property.

They also were told that Geco-Prakla was offering higher fees to ranch
owners near the Loving-Winkler County line to do geophysical work than
the a $7 per acre offer the company made to conduct mapping surveys on
1,326.34 acres in two sections of land in Loving County and two sections
in Reeves County.

Miller said he was waiting to hear back from the company, after the
board told him last month to negotiate with Geco-Prakla. "We just need
to sit tight and wait until they get back to us," Miller said.

Miller also said he talked with Roy Prewit of Pecos Insurance Agency, to
get a comparable offer on workman's comp insurance for the district.
Miller said local rates were higher than those presented by Tommy Taylor
of the Texas Municipal League in August, when the board was asked to
join TML's Intergovernmental Risk Pool for worker's compensation.

Taylor told the board its five employees could be covered for an annual
fee of $3,673. Board member Jay Lee said Pecos County Water Districts #2
and #3 are paying about half in worker's comp insurance fees than before
they joined the TML program.

Action on the TML offer was to be put on the board's October agenda.

In other action, the board also voted to give the district's old Xerox
copier to the Reeves County Library, approved August's cash
disbursements and accounts payable, and approved the water report for
the month.

Red Bluff Reservoir's water level was down just over 500 acre feet in
August, to 49,771, after 3,527 acre feet of water was used by the seven
water districts during the month.

Accounts payable totaled $13,656.50, while monthly disbursements were
$73,042.59. Miller said $50,000 of that came from cashing in a $100,000
certificate of deposit, and putting half back into a CD and the other half into the district's checking account.


September 9, 1997

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The Fort Stockton Pioneer

FORT STOCKTON, Sept. 4, 1997 - Personnel at the Fort Stockton Police
Department - including the department's top officers - have devoted
extra hours this past month in an effort to make local school zones
safer. After a very quiet and sparsely-attended budget period, the Fort
Stockton school system has set its tax rate for the 1997-98 school year.
During the meeting, the Fort Stockton Independent School District's
Board of Trustees, voted unanimously to set the tax rate at $1.4038 per
$100 cash valuation and mixed property located and situated within the
confines and boundaries of the school district.

The Big Bend Sentinel

MARFA, Sept. 4, 1997 - The Marfa Chamber of Commerce reported that the
11th annual Marfa Lights Festival was the most successful ever. As for
the lights fest concert, Emilio, his band and his brother, Raulito, gave
one of the best festival concert performances ever. A Presidio man was
seriously wounded in a drive-by shooting. Israel 'Shorty' Ocon was in
the front yard of his Millington Addition home when a shot or shots were
fired from a passing vehicle at about 2:15 p.m.

The Alpine Avalanche

ALPINE, Sept. 4, 1997 - Eighteen hot air balloonists came to Alpine over
the Labor Day weekend and put on a three day show of dazzling colors,
excitement and plenty of fun that grabbed the hearts and minds of
thousands of viewers. Perfect weather added to the completeness of the
Saturday, Sunday and Monday launchings.

The International, Presidio Paper

PRESIDIO, Sept. 4, 1997 - Pecos attorney Bill Weinacht is suing several
branches of the U.S. government and military in regard to a U.S. Marine
shooting and killing a teenage civilian near Redford along the
Texas/Mexico border, according to the Pecos Enterprise. Weinacht has
filed a claim with the Secretary of Defense, the Department of the Navy,
the U.S. Marine Corps, the Immigration and Naturalization Service, the
U.S. Border Patrol and the U.S. Attorney General's office pursuant to
the Federal Tort Claims Act, on behalf of the family of Ezequiel
Hernandez, Jr.

The Sanderson Times

SANDERSON, Sept. 4, 1997 - The 1998 Sanderson Eagle Football Team is
ready for the new season. Director and head coach is Vance Jones and
assistant coach is Don Jones. Other assistant coaches are Mike Poppell,
Augie Maldonado, and Jerry Garza.

The Monahans News

MONAHANS, Sept. 4, 1997 - A dour-looking David Reif, accompanied by his
mother and a lawyer, left Monahans City Hall after 11th-hour
negotiations over a lease agreement for the city-owned Camelot Building
apparently went South. The talks between M.M. Reif and Co. and Mayor
David Cutbirth, City Manager David Mills and the city's attorney
apparently broke down after Reif set a Nov. 15 deadline for having the building ready for operations.


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PECOS, September 9, 1997 - High Monday, 95, low this morning, 66. A cold
front is expected to trigger showers and thunderstorms across most areas
of Texas tonight and Wednesday. It will be partly to mostly cloudy
across West Texas with showers and thunderstorms possible over most
sections through Wednesday. Lows tonight will be in the 50s and 60s in
West Texas. Highs Wednesday will be in the 70s in the Panhandle and in
the 80s and 90s elsewhere across West Texas. A few showers and
thunderstorms dampened portions of West Texas before dawn today. Most of
them extended across the northern and central low rolling plains. The
storms formed along an outflow boundary from earlier storms.

24-hour weather info available - See the Pecos Enterprise Website on the
Internet at for continual radar coverage of
area weather. Click on the "News" page and look for the "Weather" link.

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