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November 13, 1997
Eagle named MVP to All-District
By JON FULBRIGHT
PECOS, November 13, 1997 - Pecos Eagles' senior Lori Marquez
was selected as the Most Valuable Player for the
All-District 4-4A volleyball team, while two other Eagles
were named to the squad and two more received honorable
mention in voting by district coaches.
The team was chosen during Wednesday's coaches meeting, and
Marquez was named as the league's MVP even though the Eagles
placed third, behind Andrews and Big Spring, in the 4-4A
"I was surprised. I was expecting the kid from Andrews (Ali
Bane) to get it," said Eagles' coach Becky Granado. "The
coaches went by statistics, and Lori averaged eight kills
per game, which was high in the district."
Marquez, who was an all-state selection last season, led the
Eagles in kills and blocks for the third straight year.
"She's a good all-around player on offense and defense.
Principally, that was the advantage she had over the other
kids," Gran ado said.
Marquez was joined on the first team by senior Marisol
Arenivas as a defensive specialist, while senior setter
Annette Marquez was a second team pick. Two other seniors,
outside hitter Ivy Thorp and middle hitter Gail Taylor, were
the honorable mention choices by the 4-4A coaches.
"I felt Marisol would have a chance with her defense,"
Granado said, while Marquez was the Eagles' main setter this
season. "She had a lot of assists setting up Lori, so that
was good for her."
Taylor and Thorp were the Eagles' second and third-leading
hitters this season, as Pecos finished with a 17-12 record
before falling to El Paso High in the bi-district round of
the playoffs. Andrews and Lake View were ousted last week in
Class 4A area round play.
Andrews' Bane, a junior, and senior Holly Fields were the
Mustangs' two first-team picks, while junior Erin Graham was
Newcomer of the Year and the Mustangs' Penny Bane was named
Coach of the Year. Second place Lake View had only one first
team pick, sophomore hitter Hillary Lee, while Big Spring
senior hitter Krissy McWhorter, Fort Stockton junior hitter
Elisa Espino and Sweetwater junior blocker Vanessa Lehrmann
were the other first-team picks.
Joining Annette Marquez on the second team were Andrews'
Lindsey Hudgens and Leesa Lopez, a senior hitter and junior
setter; Lake View's Stacy Bartz and Brittany Dendle, a
senior blocker and junior setter; Fort Stockton senior
blocker/setter Ashlea Creech; and Big Spring senior blocker
Keesha Lott and senior setter Jessica Cobos.
The other honorable mention picks were Lake View junior
hitter Amy Rodriguez and senior setter Alma Ortiz; Fort
Stockton senior hitter Mandy Lujan; Big Spring senior
blocker Honey Belew and Sweetwater senior hitter/setter Kori
District football coaches also selected their 1997 4-4A team
on Wednesday in Big Spring, but that team will not be
released until after the three 4-4A teams in the playoffs,
Sweetwater, Big Spring and Andrews, are eliminated. Those
teams play their first round games against El Paso High, El
Paso Ysleta and El Paso Riverside this Saturday.
Police chief announces retirement
PECOS, November 13, 1997 - Pecos Police Chief Troy Moore
announced his retirement as head of the Pecos Police
Department at this morning's city council meeting. In
executive session Moore agreed, at the council's urging, to
remain in office beyond the January 31, 1998, deadline of
his retirement notice should no other candidate arise to
fill his position.
"I had tentatively planned to retire in mid-year 1998, but
due to recent circumstances that have occurred in my life I
feel it is now time to retire," read the statement issued by
"'You got to know when to hold'em and know when to
fold'em,'" Moore said later, quoting a Kenny Rogers song.
The recent death of his wife prompted the move, Moore said,
as well as a desire to spend time with family who live out
City Manager Kenneth Neal said, "We tried to convince him to
stay...but I understand (his reasons)."
Moore's letter of retirement presented to the council
continued, "I appreciate the support and respect I have from
the Council and have tried, to the best of my ability, to
serve the community in the most positive manner I know.
"I feel that together we have had the opportunity to build a
stable, better trained and equipped department, than we have
had in the past. I feel that it has been a privilege to have
served the citizens of Pecos for the last ten years."
Strain died from head, chest, back injuries
By RICK SMITH
All defendants plead guilty in district court
By PEGGY McCRACKEN
PECOS, November 13, 1997 - Criminal defendants scheduled for
jury trials before U.S. District Judge Royal Furgeson this
week opted to plead guilty, and he completed the monthly
docket in one day.
Allen Whyde and Benjamin Romero each pleaded guilty to
marijuana possession and will be sentenced Jan. 20, 1998.
Gabriel Nava-Gonzalez pleaded guilty to illegal entry after
Judge Furgeson handed down a seven-year and one month
sentence to Regina Casey for cocaine possession. Her
supervised release term is five years.
Juan Mendoza-Mejia was sentenced to 33 months plus three
years supervised release for marijuana possession.
Other marijuana possession sentences were: Jose Corralles
(selling) 29 months plus four years supervised release; Raul
Hernandez (smuggling) five years probation; and Kevin
Fletcher, possession, five years probation.
Cesar Ramirez failed to appear for court on a marijuana
possession charge, and Judge Furgeson issued a warrant for
Paperwork crowds county officials out of room
By CARA ALLIGOOD
PECOS, November 13, 1997 - Talk about being buried in
paperwork! Boxes of paper records are taking up so much
space in the Reeves County Courthouse that county officials
are considering acquiring a separate building just to house
"I'm running out of space," says County Clerk Dianne Florez.
Every document ever filed with Reeves County is stored in
the courthouse. The county clerk is the chief recorder for
all land transactions that take place in the county. Florez
keeps records for four different courts: civil, criminal,
probate and juvenile. She keeps the minutes from
commissioners court. Then there are the birth certificates,
marriage licenses, bills of sale, assumed name documents for
businesses, incorporations, liens, election records, Letters
Testamentary, guardianship appointments, wills and death
certificates, all on file.
All these records have to be maintained indefinitely, so
Florez has to find a way to keep and store them all.
"People are constantly filing new instruments (documents),
so our records keep growing," she said.
The problem is that the county clerk's office isn't big
enough to store all the records that need to be kept. The
volume of records keeps growing and Florez is running out of
storage space. Even the basement is almost full of old
"People complain because some of the records are stored so
high that they can't reach them," Florez said. "And I don't
The County Clerk's office is lined with wall-to-wall shelves
that stretch from floor to ceiling and are filled with
binders full of records. That doesn't include the records
stored under work tables, in the back section of the office
and in the basement.
Not only is the courthouse crowded with records, there are
even water leaks in the old building that could damage the
records kept there, Florez said.
County commissioners have discussed the possibility of using
a building repossessed by local taxing entities at 213 S.
Oak to store county records.
"That would be beneficial," Florez said. "It would be better
if we could have a building of our own so we would have
enough room for everything we need to keep in our office."
In addition to the records, the county clerk's office
contains numerous storage units, work tables, desks, three
copy machines (two provided by abstract companies in
addition to the one provided by the county) and four
computer terminals. Florez has three deputies who work for
her, so there also has to be enough room for her and her
staff to work, as well as space for the public who need
access to records.
"We do have some records that are on microfilm and we are
getting ready to do some more," she said.
However, hard copies of all those records still need to be
stored. Currently, records on microfilm are kept at First
National Bank, Florez said. The county does not have the
capability to copy their records from microfilm. If copies
are needed from microfilm the film has to be sent
out-of-town, according to Florez.
Florez has spoken to vendors about a cashiering system that
would tell which volume of the record books and what page
number a record is on as well as how much a person would
have to pay for a copy of a record. But the county hasn't
purchased the system yet.
County officials have also considered reducing the volume of
records by transferring them to smaller binders, but that
would be expensive and time-consuming, Florez said. In
addition to purchasing the new binders, she would have to
hire additional personnel to work on the project because the
staff she has is already too busy with their current duties.
Four homes featured in annual Christmas tour
PECOS, November 13, 1997 - Community members will have a
State to rebuild SH-17 south of Balmorhea
PECOS, November 13, 1997 - For the next few months, there
will equipment working on State Highway 17 between Balmorhea
and the Jeff Davis County line, according to a Texas
Department of Transportation official in Pecos.
"We will be widening the portion of highway from Balmorhea
to the Toyahvale intersection near Balmorhea State Perk"
said Doug Eichorst, the TxDOT engineer in charge of the
"One major culvert east of the state park, which carries
water that flows from Giffen Spring, will be replaced by a
larger structure and other culverts will be modified to make
for a safer roadway," sand Eichorst.
TxDOT and the contractor, Jones Bros. Dirt & Paving
Contractors, Inc., of Odessa, will be working with Reeves
County Water District No. 1 to divert the water temporarily;
and with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Department in the live
capture of members of two endangered fish species from the
culvert being replaced.
Construction work will begin at the Jeff Davis County line
on Monday, November 17, according to the contractor.
Traffic will be directed through the work zone by flaggers
and a pilot car, which will lead vehicles through the
working area. Motorists are urged to observe all warning
signs and proceed carefully through the work zone.
The project is scheduled for 99 working days and is expected
to be complete by March }998. Cost of the project will be
CRIME OF THE WEEK
PECOS, November 13, 1997 - Crime Stoppers will pay up to
$1,000 in reward for information leading to the arrest and
Grand Jury indictment of person(s) responsible for the
incident described below. Anyone having any information on
this crime or any other crime can call "Crime Stoppers" at
445-9898 and you will remain anonymous.
On Sept. 19 1997 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 9:45
a.m., a person or persons entered a residence located at
2027 Nebraska and removed property without the owner's
consent. Entry was gained through the back door on the west
side of the residence. The person or persons entered a
bedroom located on the southwest corner of the residence and
took $1,700 in cash, one love knot ring with blue stones, a
gold tennis bracelet with diamonds, a diamond ring with the
letter "S," a 30-inch gold chain with heart shaped figures,
an 18-inch gold chain with "Guadalupe," a man's gold wedding
band, gold loop earrings and a pair of diamond stud
earrings. Total value of stolen property was placed at
PECOS, November 13, 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, 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.
John Edward Curtiss, 57, Littlerock, Calif., was arrested
during a traffic stop at 5 p.m. Nov. 1 for public
intoxication and speeding, both Class "C" misdemeanors.
At 1 p.m. on Nov. 2 the burglary of a habitation on Madera
Road was reported. An unknown person or persons took 60
compact discs, a CD player, a B.B. gun, $15 cash and a
bottle of Crown Royal whiskey.
Rogelio Cerna, 24, 1111 W. 2nd St. was arrested at 7:05 p.m.
Nov. 5 in the 700 block of S. Walnut for public intoxication.
Sometime between 8 a.m. Oct. 23 and 7:49 a.m. Nov. 6, a tire
and rim were stolen from a 1991 GMC Sonoma pickup at an
The driver's side mirror of a 1989 Ford pickup was broken
while the truck was in a parking lot at Pecos High School.
Pedro M. Morales, 59, was arrested in the 300 block of S.
Cedar at 7:27 p.m. Nov. 7 for public intoxication.
Abraham Garcia Conzales was arrested at 10:35 p.m. Nov. 8
for assault by threat for threatening his wife at the
Suavesito Club on the 900 block of S. Cedar.
Miguel O. Baeza, 21, 1620 Cowan, was arrested at 3:15 a.m.
Nov. 9 in the 1600 block of Cowan for public intoxication.
The Circle M Bar, 810 E. 2nd St., was burglarized. An
estimated $600 was taken from the juke box. The juke box and
a window were damaged during the burglary, which was
reported at 12:23 p.m. Nov. 9.
Sometime between 4:15 and 11:30 p.m. Nov. 8, the windshield
of a green 1991 Chevrolet S-10 pickup was broken on W. 4th
Israel Gochicoa Natividad, 29, 2318 Country Club, was
arrested at 2:10 p.m. Nov. 10 on service of a warrant for
driving while intoxicated/accident involved.
Kenneth Salas, 25, Park St., was arrested at 6:31 p.m. Nov.
10 at 708 S. Cedar on warrants for delivery of a controlled
Jesus Olivas Ortiz, 56, 1013 Martinez St., was arrested on
Nov. 11 at municipal court on a warrant for enticing a child.
Rodrigo Perea Beltran, 26, 1515 S. Alamo, was arrested at
10:54 a.m. Nov. 12 on a warrant service at municipal court
and released after paying fines.
Angelita Saenz, an infant baby girl, died Tuesday, Nov. 11,
1997, at Reeves County Hospital.
Mass is scheduled at 10 a.m., Friday, Nov. 11, at Santa Rosa
Catholic Church with Father Antonio Mena officiating. Burial
will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Babyland.
Survivors include: her parents, Edmundo and Ana Luisa Saenz
of Pecos; one brother, Joe Angel Saenz of Pecos; one sister,
Sabrina Saenz of Pecos; maternal grandparents, Luis and Rosa
Munoz of Pecos; paternal grandparents, Edmundo Sr. and
Manuela Saenz of Pecos.
Martinez Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
PECOS, November 13, 1997 - High Wednesday, 44, low this
morning, 42. Rainfall in the past 24 hours totaled 0.29 of
an inch bringing the total for the month to 0.29 of an inch
and the year-to-date total to 9.12 inches. The rainfall that
has dampened most areas of Texas will come to a chilly end
by late Friday. The end of the precipitation and clearing
skies will result in much colder temperatures over the
northern half of the state. Temperatures will drop into the
20s across much of the northern half of the state over the
weekend.There is the possibility of some light snow in the
Panhandle and South Plains on Friday. The rain in West Texas
will be ending late today. It will remain mostly cloudy to
cloudy through Friday with the clearing expected Friday
night and Saturday. Lows tonight will be in the 20s and 30s
in northern sections of West Texas and in the 30s and 40s
elsewhere. Highs Friday will be in the 30s and 40s over
northern sections of West Texas and in the 40s and 50s
across the rest of the area. Rain fell across most of the
state during the night and early today.
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