February 2, 1998
Chamber awards citizens for extra efforts
By RICK L. SMITH
PECOS, February 2, 1998 - People making a difference was the
focus at the 1998 Pecos Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet &
Dinner Friday night.
Outstanding community members from many walks of life in the
city were honored at the awards dinner and several speakers
told the packed banquet room at Reeves County Civic Center
how such people improved the quality of life in Pecos.
"It's people that make the difference," said guest speaker
Pete Gallego, State Representative, Dist. 74.
"I always remember what my grandmother used to tell me, You
have to get involved.' It's not the differences between
people that's the problem, it's the indifference between
people that make difficulties."
Gallego went on to encourage those present to volunteer
their services to the community. He pointed out that if the
12,000 Pecos residents gave only 2 hours of their time per
week it would amount to 24,000 man-hours a week of community
Richard Crider, 1998 Pecos Chamber of Commerce President,
continued the theme for the evening with his interpretation
of what the letters in Pecos stand for:
"P" is for Pride, Projects, Participation
"E" is for Enthusiasm
"C" is for Concern
"O" is for Optimism
"S" is for Service
Those receiving awards were:
Donnie Dominquez - Outstanding Director
Brandy Owen - Women's Division Award of Service
Larry Turnbough - Agricultural Service Award
Fred Martin - Ruiz Profile of Courage
Megan Freeman - Student of the Year
Betty Cook - Educator of the Year
Joyce Morton - Hidden Hero Award
Floyd Estrada - Law Enforcement Officer of the Year
Gerald "Junior" Tellez - Citizen of the Year
Retiring chamber directors recognized were: Bob Curry, Dick
Alligood, Gilbert Abila, Gwen Green, Steve Valenzuela, Randy
Graham, Dickie Morelan, Sebero Jaquez, Chrissy Martinez and
New chamber directors are: Henry Dominguez, Dianne Flores,
David Madril, Louis Matta, Fred Dominguez, Velma Dominguez,
Mark Auniga and Donny Dominguez.
Other chamber officers, directors and staff are:
Jim Bob McNeil - President-Elect
Paul Hinojos - Past-President
Linda Jones - Treasurer
Suan Cross - Women's President
Tom Rivera - Executive Director
Rachel Orona - Office Manager
UIL realignment good news for Pecos football
Driver refuses DWI tests after accident
PECOS, February 2, 1998 - Friday night was not a good night
to be out driving around Pecos. There were two accidents,
one at 9:49 in the 1600 block of West Fourth Street for
which details are not yet available, and one at 10:21 which
resulted in two people being transported to Reeves County
Hospital. One of them is facing charges of no insurance and
According to a police report, Pamela Frances Blackstock, 39,
2270 Barilla Road, was driving a 1988 red and gray Ford
F-150 pickup, owned by James Worsham, south in the 1100
block of S. Cedar at 10:21 p.m. Jan. 30 when she struck
another vehicle in the rear.
The other vehicle was a 1988 Gray Nissan Stanza, driven by
Cyrus Gordon of Barstow.
After hitting the car, Blackstock went right and struck a
stop sign at the corner of Twelfth and Cedar and came to a
stop by the windmill, according to the report.
The Nissan came to rest in the left turn lane in the 1200
block of Cedar Street. Both vehicles had major damage.
According to the report, Blackstock was under the influence
of alcohol and refused to give blood for alcohol/drug
The report indicates that in addition to Blackstock being
under the influence of alcohol, her failure to control her
speed contributed to the accident.
Both vehicles were towed by B&B Wrecker Service and both
drivers were transported to Reeves County Hospital, where
they were treated and released.
This morning, Municipal Court Judge Phyllis Salyer said, "We
are in the process of issuing warrants and they will be out
by this afternoon." The warrants will be for failure to
maintain financial responsibility and DWI refusal, the judge
Misunderstandings continue in Head Start
By GREG HARMAN
PECOS, February 2, 1998 - Betty Carter, director of Greater
Opportunities, may wonder just what she has gotten herself
into by agreeing to function as interim provider of Head
Start in Reeves County. Earlier in the week she disputed
several comments made by members of the Pecos Housing
Authority and the Community Council of Reeves County.
Probably the most glaring objection she has is with Bill
Wendt, board chairman of Community Council. Wendt went on
record recently as saying that Greater Opportunities was a
"for-profit" organization that could "eliminate" Community
Council from running the day care. He warned that if this
happened there was a strong probability that the fee for the
program would increase because the new provider would be
more concerned with making a profit.
Rising in defense of Greater Opportunities, Carter said that
while she had no doubt that PHA and Community Council were
at odds with each other, Wendt "knew better than that." She
stressed that Greater Opportunities was a non-profit agency.
"We are a limited-purpose agency. We are just a grantee for
Head Start," said Carter.
Wendt's concern that Greater Opportunities was out to take
over the day care was addressed when Carter stated that her
agency was in no way interested in running the day care
program currently run by Community Council. She said,
speaking of her agency, "We have operated Head Start both in
Ector and Howard counties for the past 32 years . . . The
only other program we would even consider is Infant Head
Infant Head Start is a version of the Head Start program,
still in the pilot stages in Dallas and San Antonio, that
provides for children from infancy to Head Start age. It is
being promoted by national and regional offices of the
Department of Health and Human Services as another tool to
help low-income families to move from poverty to
Carter pointed out that her agency had not sought to take
over the Head Start program in Reeves and Ward counties, but
that "They relinquished it themselves," Carter said of the
Council. "We were asked by the regional office to be interim
Wendt said that his claim that Greater Opportunities was a
for-profit agency was based on "some kind of a paper" he had
read and hasn't been able to find again. He also claims that
Frank Perea, board chairman of the Pecos Housing Authority,
told him that Greater Opportunities was interested in taking
over the day care program.
Carter's views also contrasted with those of Frank Perea.
She disputed Perea's claim that anyone from her agency ever
contacted him or anyone else seeking additional classroom
space for the Head Start program. Carter said that they had
only been "making sure there is proper space" for the
Perea maintains that he received two phone calls from
Richard Smith, assistant director of Greater Opportunities,
while Carter was out of town. Perea said that Smith asked
him if Community Council still had a lease on the day care
building on 10th Street, where Head Start and Community
Council share space.
According to Perea, Smith told him that he needed to do some
measurements and find out what the needs of Greater
Opportunities were. Perea said that Smith expressed interest
in leasing all or part of the 10th Street building which
currently houses two Head Start classrooms as well as the
day care and Meals on Wheels.
Smith admits to contacting Perea about securing space for
the Head Start program. Their first conversation centered on
the 10th Street building. "I told him we were interested in
the building and very likely could use all the space," said
"He [Perea] told me that if they [Pecos Housing Authority]
needed to relocate the day care, they could." But, Smith
also holds that he never approached anyone about taking over
the day care. "We only want to continue and improve [Head
Start] operations. We are not trying to run anybody out of
Meanwhile, Wendt said that the housing authority is taking
bids on the 10th Street property, and the council may be
forced out of the building. "This will put nine people out
of work, there will be no elderly meals and no medical
transportation program," said Wendt. These actions of the
PHA, he claims, will be "putting people back into poverty
instead of working to pull them out."
Perea said that PHA is waiting on a proposal from Greater
Opportunities for the building. "I don't know if Community
Council is going to make one, but we're entertaining the
idea of soliciting both."
Perea insists that the Pecos Housing Authority has no
intention of dissolving day care. "There is a great need for
day care. PHA will support whatever efforts -whether by
Greater Opportunities or Community Council -to keep it
Caprice Cox, director of Community Council, said that her
agency held a parents meeting on Tuesday, January 27, to
"straighten out the rumors," and discuss what action must be
taken to keep the day care.
Obviously angered over Perea's suggestion at a recent PHA
meeting that Greater Opportunities should take over the day
care, Cox asked, "What gives Mr. Perea the authority to
recommend anything concerning our program? The day care
belongs to Community Council."
But despite the rough edges surrounding Greater
Opportunities' new service area, Carter says her experience
has been predominately favorable. "I have found the staff to
be very pleasant and helpful," said Carter. "We will try to
make sure the services continue as smoothly as possible for
Greater Opportunities will be holding a buffet for parent's
at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Reeves County Civic Center.
Parents of Head Start children from Saragosa, Monahans and
Pecos are invited to attend the meeting. The purpose of the
meeting is to introduce the idea of parental involvement and
to assure parents local Head Start services will continue.
"Parents need to know Head Start is OK," said Carter.
Greater Opportunities became the interim provider of the
Head Start in Reeves and Ward counties when the program was
dropped by its previous provider, Community Council of
Reeves County, as of the first of the year.
Head Start is a national program providing comprehensive
developmental services (such as health, nutritional,
education and other services) primarily to low-income,
pre-school children between three years of age and the age
of compulsory school attendance, and their families.
About 130 children benefit from Head Start programs in
Reeves and Ward counties.
Commissioners table recreation program
By Mac McKinnon
PECOS, February 2, 1998 - Reeves County Commissioners
meeting in emergency session this morning approved a
resolution on consolidation of the county and Town of Pecos
City for maintenance of birth and death records and tabled
one item for lack of information.
Commissioners also approved paying $8,149.06 to Amardillo
Drilling of Alpine for drilling of a well at Saragosa
Cemetery. The well has not been hooked up, according to
Commissioner Herman Tarin, as West Texas Utilities has not
yet provided electric service.
Also approved was a budget amendment to pay for the well
One other item on the agenda was the take action on the
interlocal agreement between the county and Balmorhea school
district on a community recreation program whereby school
facilities will be open for three evenings -Wednesday,
Saturday and Sunday -to the public.
The county is providing money to help buy more exercise
equipment. Tarin reported that the school board, which has
approved the contract, wants more specific information in
the contract on the amount of money provided by the county
and exactly what that money is to be used for.
However, County Judge Jimmy Galindo was not present for the
meeting as he had an illness in the family and he was the
one working on the contract. The matter was tabled until the
Regarding the consolidation for maintenance of birth and
death records, the matter was requested by County Clerk
Dianne O. Florez so that anyone, regardless of where they
were born, can come into the clerk's office and get a birth
certificate as a result of an online service with Austin and
using special birth and death certificate printing paper.
Money for the new computer and required software is
available in a special clerk's fund. This will become
effective June 1.
Also not present for the meeting was Commissioner Bernardo
Schools focus on counseling this week
Jesus Duhon, 61, of Galveston, died Saturday, Jan. 31, 1998,
at Midland Memorial Hospital.
Graveside services were held at 10 a.m., Monday, Feb. 2, at
Mount Evergreen Cemetery, in Pecos, with Father Roberto
Duhon was born July 1, 1936, in Pecos. She was a homemaker
who had lived in Galveston for 30 years and was a Catholic.
Survivors include: one son, Michael Gonzales of Texas City;
one daughter, Rosa Gonzales of Texas City; three brothers,
Carlos Gonzales of Pecos, Jose and Cipriano Gonzales of
Odessa; six sisters, Antonia Gonzales of Midland, Jacinta
Wallas of Crosby, Andrea Bruson, Pauline Jacoby and Narcisa
Gonzales of Odessa and Adela Gonzales of Mobil, Ala.; and
Pecos Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Rosa Salazar, 35, died Friday, Jan. 30, 1998, at UTMB
Hospital in Galveston.
Graveside services were held at 10 a.m., Monday, Feb. 2, at
Mount Evergreen Cemetery with Father Roberto Alvarado
Salazar was born June 19, 1962, in Pecos and had lived in
Texas City for 30 years. She worked for the Cook School
District and was a Catholic.
Survivors include two sons, Alberto and Baldomero Salazar of
Texas City and one brother, Michael Gonzales of Texas City.
Pecos Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Rachel Irene Eppenauer, 50, died Wednesday, Jan. 28, 1998,
at her home in Von Ormy, Tx.
Funeral services were at 3 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 31, at
Sunset Chapel in San Antonio.
Graveside services are scheduled for 10 a.m., Tuesday, Feb.
3, at Hillcrest Cemetery in Fort Davis.
Eppenauer was born Dec. 16, 1947, in Alpine. She graduated
from Pecos High School and attended South West Texas
University in San Marcos and Sul Ross State University in
Alpine. Eppenauer was a National Intercollegiate Rodeo
Association Finalist during her college years. She was the
founder of a jewelry design company known as "Pin-A-Pocket."
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, A.R.
Eppenauer Sr. and Rachel Eppenauer and her parents, A.R.
(Buddy) Eppenauer Jr. and Elizabeth Fowlkes Eppenauer.
Survivors include: two brothers, A.R. (Bob) Eppenauer III
and Edwin Holland Eppenauer of Fort Davis; two nephews; and
Memorial Funeral Home of Alpine is in charge of arrangements.
PECOS, February 2, 1998 - High Sunday, 62, low this morning,
27. January 1998 was the first rainless month in the area
since November, 1995. A cold night is in store across most
of Texas tonight before unseasonably warm temperatures
continue on Tuesday. Lows will be below freezing as far
south as the Hill Country tonight. It will be clear to
partly cloudy across West Texas. It will be sunny on
Tuesday. Lows tonight will be in the 20s in the mountains
and in the 30s and 40s elsewhere in West Texas. Highs
Tuesday will be in the 50s and 60s over most of West Texas,
ranging upward into the 70s in the Big Bend area
Temperatures were in the 20s and 30s in West Texas.
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