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October 16, 1997

Hospital upgraded to Level IV Trauma

Staff Writer

PECOS, October 16, 1997 - Reeves County Hospital (RCH) received some good news recently and a small reception was held to commemorate the event.

The local hospital was designated as a Level IV, Trauma Facility.

Basic trauma facilities provide resuscitation, stabilization, and arrange for appropriate transfer of all major and severe trauma patients to a higher level trauma facility.

"A lot of hard work has been put into this and we're very proud of our accomplishment," said RCH Trauma Coordinator Melody Whitener, RN.

Whitener accepted a plaque recognizing the accomplishment from Texas Department of Health E.M.S. Program Specialist Leland Hart of Midland.

Hart was on hand to explain the criteria the facility had to meet and to help with the celebration.

"This is a big honor and I know the staff here at RCH has been working very hard to achieve this," said Hart.

Reeves County Hospital is a 62-bed acute-care hospital that serves a population of 15,000. The facility had 45 trauma-related visits in 1995, including 13 admissions.

Hart cited several factors that helped the facility meet the criteria for the new designation.

"The commitment of the RCH administration, staff and physicians to provide quality care to trauma patients and their striving to improve and ensure quality by seeking designation as a Basic Trauma Facility, were found to be a big plus," said Hart.

The financial commitment of the hospital's administration to provide funding for trauma supplies and trauma education to staff members is a tremendous asset and the willingness of the staff to enhance their expertise in caring for trauma patients by taki
ng advantage of these offerings were also found to be assets to the facility, according to Hart.

First National elects Winkles to board

PECOS, October 16, 1997 - Kenneth Winkles has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the First National Bank of Pecos, according to J. L. Davis, First National Chairman of the Board.

Winkles is a native of Brownfield and is founder and president of Winkles Trucks, Inc., Winkles Grain Company and M&W Hot Oil Inc., all based here in Pecos.

Winkles Trucks Inc. is the largest agricultural products carrier in Texas, operating more than 100 over-the-road trucks throughout Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma. Winkles Grain Co. is the merchandising part of Winkles' operations, buying and selling many
of the agricultural products hauled by Winkles Trucks. M&W Hot Oil Inc. operates nine hot oil units in the oil patch and has trucks located throughout the Permian Basin.

"Kenneth Winkles is a great addition to First National's Board of Directors," said Bruce Duston, president of the bank.

"Mr. Winkles brings extensive knowledge of transport, agricultural commodity markets and oil field services and years of successful business experience to our board," Duston said.

"I think I'm going to enjoy being on the board," Winkles said.

Group helps give kids a merry Christmas

Staff Writer

PECOS, October 16, 1997 - Christmas For Kids is now accepting donations for its annual project to make sure all area children have a merry Christmas.

"We've set a goal of trying to raise $5,000 for this year's event," said Sofia Baeza, Reeves County Sheriff's Department Commissary Officer and Christmas for Kids Coordinator.

Baeza and others work diligently during these months trying to provide a wonderful Christmas for children who otherwise would not have one.

"We want to reach as many children as we can, and provide them with a good Christmas," said Baeza.

A door-to-door drive has already been scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 15, and the group will be collecting funds.

"We are accepting good clothes, toys, shoes, new or used," said Baeza.

The group refurbishes all the used items to make them look like new, to be given out during the Christmas holiday.

Applications to be a recipient can be picked up at the sheriff's office.

"We still need volunteers to help with the special drive and the other activities surrounding this project," said Baeza.

A total of 106 households, 186 children, were provided with Christmas gifts last year, thanks to the project.

Jackets, clothes and new shoes were a part of the gifts distributed last year.

"I already have about 180 pairs of shoes and 32 jackets for this year's project, but our goal is to reach more children in our community," said Baeza.

ROT supporters loose car, weapons, dope

Staff Writer

PECOS, October 16, 1997 - It was a win-lose situation for two Republic of Texas sympathizers Friday when District Judge Bob Parks dismissed a felony charge but forfeited the car that weapons and marijuana were found in.

Dudley Edward Vandergriff of Dallas was charged with possession of a firearm by a felon. Judge Parks agreed to dismiss that charge, as requested by District Attorney Randy Reynolds, because Vandergriff has been convicted on the same charge in federal cou

But Judge Parks forfeited to the Department of Public Safety a 1983 Oldsmobile belonging to Vandergriff's mother, Elizabeth Vandergriff of Dallas.

Ms. Vandergriff represented herself in the forfeiture hearing. She filed two documents claiming the court has no jurisdiction over her because she is a citizen of the Republic of Texas.

After attending Friday's hearing, Vandergriff said she was disappointed in the judge's ruling. "He could have given me that car," she said.

Her son and six other men were arrested in Pecos April 30 while enroute to Fort Davis where Rick McLaren and other ROT members were in a standoff with law enforcement officers.

The Oldsmobile and a Suburban were loaded with assault weapons, ammunition, protective gear and medical supplies. A baggie containing 9.98 ounces of marijuana was found in the Oldsmobile, and Vandergriff's fingerprint was found on the bag.

Vandergriff was on parole at the time of his arrest. He had been convicted in Dallas County of possession of marijuana and cocaine.

Virus could affect 3.5 million U.S. children

Staff Writer

PECOS, October 16, 1997 - Parents should be on the lookout for a highly contagious disease that affects children.

Rotavirus, the most common cause of childhood diarrhea, is a highly contagious disease, infecting virtually every child in the world by the age of 4. It can cause as many as 20 vomiting episodes and 20 diarrhea episodes per day, and each year results in
the dehydration and death of as many as 1 million children worldwide, according to Parallex Communications Group in Indianapolis and the Journal of the American Medical Association.

"We haven't had any outbreaks at the school yet," said Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD nurse Mary Sanders. "We've had the usual stomach viruses, but not diarrhea," she said.

In the U.S. rotavirus causes about 3.5 million cases of childhood diarrhea, 55,000 hospitalizations and 500,000 doctor visits each year. The disease strikes hardest in winter, beginning each fall in the southwest and moving eastward across the U.S. In So
uthwest Texas, rotavirus peaks during the months of November and December.

There is no cure for rotavirus - only treatments for the dehydration it can cause. A new vaccine now in development, however, may lessen the toll the disease takes on children and their parents.

Rotavirus is highly contagious and can be spread by forgetting to wash hands after using the bathroom, changing diapers or blowing the nose. Rotavirus can even be spread in swimming pools, because it is resistant to chlorine. Rotavirus outbreaks are comm
on in child care centers, hospital pediatric units and other places where children gather.

The disease infects the intestine and is spread by fecal-oral contact. Symptoms develop quickly and can cause as many as 20 vomiting and 20 diarrhea episodes daily. Sometimes, the child may also have a fever.

Until a vaccine is commercially available, parents, care providers and children can help reduce rotavirus-caused diarrhea by practicing good hygiene, even though hand washing alone probably won't prevent a child from contracting the disease.

Chamber reviews past projects, plans future

Staff Writer

PECOS, October 16, 1997 - Chamber officials are planning a special day of fun, mixed with a lot of hard work in the very near future to refurbish the Christmas lights which will be set up around town.

"We want to schedule a Saturday where everyone that wants to help can come out and have some fun, and help us refurbish the Christmas lights," said Chamber of Commerce Director Tom Rivera.

Rivera explained to the chamber of commerce board of directors, during their regular meeting Tuesday, that they have raised enough funds to refurbish 115 fixtures.

"In the past we only put up 56 and this year we have enough to put up 115, which is great," said Rivera.

Rivera and chamber president Paul Hinojos have been working diligently in trying to raise funds for the Christmas lights and to make this Christmas a special one for all.

"We wanted to buy new fixtures, but it is so expensive, and J.D. Williams, of Waco, told us it would be better if we just refurbished the ones we had and if we had any funds left over to buy new ones with that," said Rivera.

J.D. Williams, of Waco, is with Design Creation, the company the chamber is purchasing the materials from.

This year the decorations will be expanded and will be set up in more areas around town, including more down Third, Eddy and Cedar Streets.

"We plan to set up a barbecue grill and have all the volunteers we can get to help us and make it a fun day with burgers and lots of hard work," said Rivera.

Member Linda Ornelas volunteered her pep squad, which consists of 60 Crockett Middle School students to help with the project and Gerald Tellez volunteered the Youth Advisory Committee.

Rivera told the group that he would have a city employee who has worked with the fixtures for many years, help out and show everyone how to refurbish the fixtures.

The material for the fixtures has just come in and are ready, according to Rivera.

The group discussed the Fall Fair, which was held this past weekend.

"I think we should set the dates for the fair and stick to them, because some people didn't understand exactly which dates they were on," said Linda Gholson.

Gholson also suggested planning earlier to have more activities and booths available.

"I think with more activities and booths available we could attract more people," said Gholson.

"Everything went just great, as far as volunteers and having enough help," said Rivera. "But the concert didn't bring in any money," he said.

Rivera stated that they don't know how much revenue was lost at this time, but the group will be trying for new ideas and ventures in the future.

Other suggestions for next year's fair included having it in conjunction with the concert again, making sure it's pay day for more insidividuals and reducing the days to two instead of three days.

Brandi Owen reported that the Women's Division is currently working on the Christmas Tour of Homes and have already contacted vendors to participate.

The tour is scheduled for Dec. 5 and the homes to be toured have already been procured. Tickets will be sold, in a booklet, and will be punched or stamped at each home. The homes will be described in the booklet and the tour will end at the Pecos Valley
Country Club for the Annual Christmas Bazaar, where vendors display their merchandise.

"The bazaar is basically so the vendors can display their items and door prizes will be awarded at that time," said Owen.

The Christmas Parade has been set for Dec. 11 and the theme will be "The 50's."

"We're trying to get everyone that is going to participate to have a lighted float and make it into a lighted parade," said Rivera.

Rivera stated that the after-work social mixer was a huge success and thanked the many vendors for the door prizes.

Fractured neck did not stop

first-string Eagle from playing

Staff Writer

PECOS, October 16, 1997 - The Pecos Eagles have had football players play in the past with fractured arms and legs, but its doubtful they've had one on the field before with a fractured neck.

But, as he found out this week, that's what senior Robert Cravey has been doing for the Eagles this season - and in fact, he did it long enough for much of the problem to fix itself.

Cravey was cleared to continue playing on Wednesday by a Lubbock doctor, after tests done earlier this week showed he had suffered a fracture of the C-5 vertebrae in his neck.

Cravey, is the Eagles' starting center and defensive tackle.

Cravey said the fracture apparently occurred during two-a-day workouts back in mid-August, and he made it through the next eight weeks despite the injury.

The fracture didn't show up until X-rays were taken Monday. Trainer Joel Birch said that after Cravey and his family went to see a specialist in Lubbock on Tuesday, "He was cleared to play by the doctor. It was old enough (the injury) to where it healed

"The doctor said there was some muscle damage and some ligament damage," Cravey said this morning. But as far as the bone itself, he added that he and his parents were told "There's nothing to worry about."

Cravey returned Wednesday afternoon, and was at practice just a few hours after Eagles' coach Mike Belew was saying "It doesn't look good right now," and he and the other Eagle coaches were busy readjusting their front lines for Friday's game against the
Andrews Mustangs.

"We don't have a lot of depth on the line, so anytime you lose a football player as good as Robert, it really hurts," said Belew, who has had problems getting some of his healthy players to workouts this season, as well as seeing turnout on the junior va
rsity level drop well below normal levels for Class 4A schools.

The last time a similar situation occurred for Pecos was in 1993, when running back Quentin Terry played much of the season with a hairline leg fracture. He only missed the final game of the year, but had to sit out the entire 1993-94 basketball season w
while that fracture healed.


PECOS, October 16, 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 Surety, 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 i
ndicate payment and release.

Jose Martin Lopez, 20, was arrested at 12:42 p.m. Oct. 8 for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

Gloria Matta, 1507 Elizabeth, was arrested at 10:38 p.m. Aug. 28 for possession of marijuana over 2 oz. but less than 4 oz., a Class A misdemeanor.

A male juvenile was arrested at 11:11 p.m. Sept. 4 in Balmorhea for possession of marijuana over 2 oz. but less than 4 oz.

Robert Jiminez, 18, 515 S. Elm, was arrested Oct. 10 for criminal trespass at the Pecos Housing Authority apartments.

Ector Hinojos Martinez, 34, 213 W. 7th, was arrested at 11:51 a.m. Oct. 9 on a motion to revoke probation warrant service.

Jose Luis Bustamante, 42, 902 Mesquite, was arrested at 1:44 p.m. Oct. 9 on a motion to revoke probation warrant service.

Rebecca Sue Baiza, 35, 420 Magnolia, was arrested at 2:27 p.m. Oct. 9 on a motion to revoke probation warrant service.

Noel Octavio Baeza, 22, was arrested at the North Side Park at 12:10 p.m. Oct. 13 for assault causing bodily injury.

Clemente Urquidez, 20, 514 S. Cypress, was arrested at 10:26 p.m. Oct 9 for assault by threat under the Family Violence Act and resisting arrest.

Christopher Alan Davis, 18, was arrested at 8 a.m. Oct. 10 on charges of burglary, burglary of an auto and criminal mischief.

At 10:03 a.m. Sept. 10, a report of criminal mischief was made. An unknown person or persons caused damage to two windows at Desert Rentals and Sales, 500 E. 3rd, with a B.B. gun.

At 9:31 a.m. Oct. 10, an act of criminal mischief (graffiti) was reported at the Style Shop, 1225 S. Eddy.

Michael Wayne Reynolds, 39, Monahans, was arrested at 9:44 a.m. Oct. 10 on the 300 block of Oleander for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Lee Roy Brown, Jr., 31, was arrested at 7:53 a.m. Oct. 10 at 1607 Eddy on a warrant service for terroristic threat.

William Warren Kintz, 39, was arrested at 8;57 p.m. Oct. 10 at the I-20 Dairy Queen for public intoxication.

Richard Luna Cerna was arrested at 1:37 a.m. Oct. 12 on the 600 block of E. 3rd St. for public intoxication, minor in possession of alcohol and on a warrant service.

Keith Jaramillo, 41 1105 E. 3rd St., was arrested at 2:12 a.m. Oct. 12 for public intoxication.

Maria Guadalupe Valenzuela, 33, Fort Stockton, was arrested at 6:03 p.m. Oct. 12 on two capias pro fine warrants.

Don Wesley Barton, 43, 413 Mulberry, was arrested at 1:11 p.m. Oct. 13 at 4th and Mesquite on a warrant service for forgery.

Ricky Don Oliver, 37, 1921 W. 4th St. was arrested at 5:24 p.m. Oct. 13 inside Wal-Mart on two outstanding local warrants for theft.

Timothy Sappington was arrested at 12:44 a.m. Oct. 15 on the 500 block of S. Cedar for public intoxication.


Ernestine Kruse

Ernestine Adelia Kruse, 74, of Odessa, died Wednesday, Oct. 15, at Medical Center Hospital in Odessa.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, Oct. 17, at Belmont Baptist Church with Rev. Rex Clayton officiating.

Kruse was born Aug. 30, 1923, in San Angelo. She married Richard Kruse on Nov. 15, 1947. She moved to Odessa in 1947, was a homemaker and a Baptist.

Survivors include: two sons, Richard John Kruse, Jr., of Katy and Loren Scott Kruse of Odessa; one daughter, Brenda Kruse Harrison of Midland; one brother, Eugene Knowles of Odessa; one sister, Frances Wicker of Fort Worth; and three grandchildren.

The family suggests memorial be made to Belmont Baptist Church.


PECOS, October 16, 1997 - High Wednesday, 77, low, 39. Pleasant fall weather is in store across all of Texas for the weekend. A weak, dry cold front moving southward across the state early today won't produce any precipitation and should do nothing to sp
oil the pleasant weather pattern that began following last weekend's drenching rains. It will be mostly sunny during the day and clear at night through Friday in West Texas. Lows tonight will be in the 30s and 40s, highs Friday will be in the 60s and 70s

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