January 21, 1998
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In matters closer to home, Bonilla said he favored letting
Search for woman spreads to Washington
By CARA ALLIGOOD
PECOS, January 21, 1998 - A Washington state sheriff's
department has joined the search for Lora Brooks Gabbert, who has been missing from Pecos since Nov. 30.
Gabbert's boyfriend, Chris Bigham, and her teenage daughter
have been questioned by the Pacific County Sheriff's Office in Washington, according to Under Sheriff Dale Staudenraus, who makes their media statements.
Bigham and Gabbert's daughter moved to Washington shortly
after Gabbert was reported missing by friends and relatives.
"Yes, I have talked to them," said Staudenraus. "They say
that they put her on the bus and sent her on her way."
However, Elva Flores at the Pecos Greyhound bus terminal
said that they didn't sell Gabbert a bus ticket, as Bigham has told both law enforcement authorities and Gabbert's parents.
"It's still an active case. We know where the boyfriend and
the daughter are," Staudenraus said. He would not discuss whether or not the van that Gabbert and Bigham shared at the time of her disappearance has been found.
Reeves County Sheriff's Deputy Ernest Lozcano, who is
investigating the case locally, said that he took bones found on the property the couple once shared to local veterinarian Ronald Box for analysis and was told that the bones were those of an animal and not human remains.
Staudenraus said that he plans to talk with the Reeves
County Sheriff's Office tomorrow.
City Council meets Thursday
PECOS, January 21, 1998 - The City Council of the Town of
Pecos City will meet at 7:30 a.m. Thursday to approve a slew of monthly reports, pursue advertising for a vehicle for the city manager, award a proposal for the closure of the Pecos landfill, and take action on the
findings of sewer line smoke tests.
Reports slated for approval include the juvenile monthly
report, tax collector's report, ambulance report, municipal court report, Chamber of Commerce's fourth quarter report, and city financials.
The council will enter into executive session to evaluate
the performance of Municipal Court Judge Phyllis Salyer.
Several complain of explosion
PECOS, January 21, 1998 - An early morning explosion shook
several houses on the west side of town this morning. Concerned calls began to come into the Pecos Police Department around 8:30 a.m.
"We got a call from Dr. Box's office saying the office
shook, as well as, calls from Texas Street and Wyoming Street saying their houses shook," said Dispatcher Laure Orona.
Smoke emanating from behind the Pecos Cantaloupe Company
shed on Highway 17 prompted Fire Chief Jack Brookshire to investigate. According to Orona, Brookshire announced over the radio that the trash and weeds being incinerated behind the shed had been doused with fuel before being ignited, thus causing the explosion.
Clay Taylor, one of the managers at the Cantaloupe Company,
said there had been no explosion. "We're just burning weeds," he said, "There was a tall flame for a while, but no explosion."
Francisco Reyes, who lit the fire, said he had used a little
fuel to help burn the refuse.
Petra F. Gonzales, 67, died Monday, Jan. 19, 1998, at the
Pecos Nursing Home.
A rosary will be held at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 21, at
the Pecos Funeral Home Chapel.
Mass is scheduled for 11 a.m., Thursday, at Santa Rosa
Catholic Church with Father Juan Narez officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery.
Gonzales was born June 29, 1930, in Balmorhea, and was
homemaker and a Catholic.
Survivors include: her husband, Felis Gonzales of Pecos; two
sons, Bonifacio Garcia and Jesus Gonzales of Pecos; one daughter, Frances Leyva of Carlsbad; one brother, Eulalo Fuentez, Jr. of Pecos; one sister, Manuela Martinez of Pecos; and five grandchildren.
Pecos Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Mona Mauldin, 47, died Monday, Jan. 19, 1998, at Reeves
A memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m., Thursday, Jan.
22, at Pecos Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Les Woodard officiating. Burial will be in Mount Evergreen Cemetery.
Mauldin was born March 26, 1950, in Brownfield, Tx. She was
an office manager for an insurance company, had lived in Pecos since 1965 and was a Baptist.
Survivors include: her husband, Johnny Mauldin of Pecos; two
daughters, Mandy Hardwick of Alpine and Cindy Mauldin of Pecos; one son, John Mauldin of Odessa; her parents, Oscar and Norma Skurlock; her grandmother, Mrs. Figpen; two brothers, Michael Smith of Seattle, Wash., and Dale Smith of Menard, Tx.; two sisters, Brenda Skurlock of Terrell, Tx. and Francis Cope of Big Spring.
Pecos Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
PECOS, January 21, 1998 - High Tuesday, 76, low this
morning, 42. A cold front moving
southward across the state will bring colder temperatures,
rain and some light snow to Texas
tonight and Thursday. The front was located early today
along a line from just west of Paris to
south of Fort Worth and Abilene to the Midland-Odessa area.
There is a chance of some light
snow over northern sections of the Panhandle tonight. The
rest of West Texas will have a chance
of rain or showers from the southern Panhandle to the Concho
Valley and Guadalupe Mountains
tonight and Thursday. The rain will continue Thursday and
possibly be mixed with snow in
extreme northern and northwest sections. There is a chance
of rain eastern areas.
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