February 23, 1998
Judge upholds evidence in Bechtel family case
By PEGGY McCRACKEN
PECOS, February 23, 1998 - Drug task force officers who
found marijuana and related paraphernalia in the Bill
Bechtel home on Dec. 10, 1997 had probable cause to obtain a
search warrant, District Judge Bob Parks ruled Friday.
Bechtel, his wife, Alta Ruth, and their 18-year-old son,
Skyler, filed a motion to suppress evidence found in the
home through their attorney, Scott Johnson.
Johnson questioned whether officers had enough evidence that
they would find contraband before obtaining the search
Municipal Judge Phyllis Salyer, who issued the warrant,
testified that she based her action on an affidavit
submitted by Pecos Police Department investigator Paul
Deishler said he did not have personal knowledge that
contraband was in the house, but that undercover officer
Tony Garcia told him he had purchased marijuana from Skyler
Bechtel earlier that evening and had arranged to go back
later to purchase another quarter pound.
Garcia testified that Skyler Bechtel came out of the house
to deliver the marijuana to him when he drove up in his
pickup. Skyler offered him four baggies, but he purchased
only three for $20 each, and Skyler returned to the house
with the fourth baggie, Garcia testified.
The suppression motion came on charges of organized criminal
activity -marijuana possession -filed against each of the
family members. They also face eight other charges alleged
in indictments returned by the Reeves County grand jury
shortly after their arrest.
Deishler seized the family home at 902 S. Hickory, which is
within 1,000 feet of Pecos Kindergarten. After a hearing
before Judge Parks in December, the Bechtel family was
allowed to return home, signing a replevy agreement in which
they are to return the property to the state in good
condition if it is forfeited.
Bill Bechtel is suspended with pay from his position as
dispatcher for the Texas Department of Public Safety. Alta
is on leave from her secretarial position with the West
Texas State School in Pyote. Skyler is a Pecos High School
Skyler allegedly delivered cocaine to Garcia, an
investigator for the Permian Basin Drug Task Force, on Nov.
20 and Nov. 22, 1997. Indictments also allege the delivery
of marijuana on Dec. 3 and Dec. 10 and possession of more
than four ounces of marijuana on Dec. 10.
His parents are charged with three counts each of organized
They allegedly conspired with Skyler to deliver more than
one-fourth ounce of marijuana on Dec. 3 and Dec. 10 and
possessed more than four ounces of marijuana on Dec. 10. All
are free on bail posted by Johnson.
District Attorney Randy Reynolds had filed a motion to
compel the trio to allow police to obtain prints of all
fingers and palms on both hands. That was accomplished last
week, said Reynolds.
Reynolds agreed to give Johnson a copy of video and audio
tapes to be used as evidence at trial, which is set for
Two children OK after being hit by car
PECOS, February 23, 1998 - Two children were treated and
released from Reeves County Hospital, following a
vehicle-pedestrian accident that occurred Thursday evening.
The accident happened at 6:15 p.m., at the corner of Lincoln
and Eddy streets as Michelle Flores, 24, drove her 1992
Chevrolet Corsica into the intersection and was temporarily
blinded by the setting sun, according to the accident
report. The vehicle struck the children as they were
attempting to cross Eddy St.
Both the 12-year-old girl and a five-year-old boy were
conscious and alert moments after being struck by the
vehicle, although they were visibly upset and the little boy
had abrasions on his face and arm. Onlookers who rushed to
the children's aid instructed the girl to remain laying in
the roadway until help arrived.
Emergency personnel were on the scene within minutes and the
two children were transported to the hospital. They were
treated and released, according to police reports.
"After reviewing the officer's report and in following the
investigation, it does not appear that any charges will be
filed," said Pecos Police Chief Clay McKinney.
Local candidate expenditures increase
By GREG HARMAN
PECOS, February 23, 1998 - Campaign expenditure reports for
the month of January, turned in earlier in February, reflect
more interest on the part of the candidates to get their
County Judge Jimmy Galindo still holds the title for the
most campaign-related expenses. He disclosed $3,179.59 for
the month, going to Elliot Printing in Pecos, radio and news
advertising and building materials. He had spent over $6,000
at the end of January.
Linda Gholson, his only opponent, spent about $3,300 on her
campaign in January. Fast Signs in Midland received most of
the money, the went for other advertising and office space
expenses. She had spent just under $5,000 by January's end.
Gholson and Galindo returned their forms on time.
In the district clerk's race, incumbent Juana Jaquez
declared a total of $612 of campaign expenses, $285 of which
went to Wally's Advertising in Kermit. Rosemary Chabarria
returned her form one day late, with $126 in expenditures
for the month of January. Catalina "Kathy" Ybarra listed no
County Clerk Diane O. Florez spent $276.98 on her campaign
last month. The majority of the money went to sign-making
equipment, photo copies and stamps. Seeking Forez's seat,
Kristina K. Talamantez listed $380 in campaign
contributions, but no expenditures.
Both candidates seeking the county treasurer seat, incumbent
Linda Clark and challenger Terry Terrazas, returned their
forms by the Feb. 9 deadline. Clark listed a total of
$599.58 for her January campaign expenses -$253 for Wally's
Advertising in Kermit -going to radio and newspaper
advertising, stencils and paint. Terrazas recorded $607.89
for campaign-related expenditures. Allied Signs in San
Antonio got $353, the rest went for radio and newspaper
David Castillo, unchallenged for county commissioner,
precinct two, has no expenditures.
County Commissioner for Precinct 4, Bernardo Martinez,
listed $92 in expenses for January, putting him just past
the $1,000 mark. The money was spent on gas, stamps and
voter lists. Gilbert Rayos disclosed $1,447.34 for the month.
County Court-at-law Judge Lee Green has no expenditures.
Unopposed Justice of the Peace, Amonario Ramon (Precinct 1)
and Lamberto Herrera (Precinct 4), did not return forms.
Incumbent Justice, Precinct 2, J.T. Marsh lists $361.31 in
January campaign expenses. His challenger Wesley Harpham,
who recorded $762.98, returned his form early.
Incumbent J.P. of Precinct 3, Joel Madrid, listed no
expenditures for the month. He is challenged by Rosendo
Carrasco, the only candidate in the race with
campaign-related expenditures ($943), David Vejil, and
Prior to the March 10 primary, candidates are required to
turn in three Candidates and Office Holders Campaign Finance
Reports. The first was due Jan. 15, the second on Feb. 9,
and the third will be turned in eight days before the
election on March 2, 1998.
According to Texas Ethic Commission's guidelines, candidates
also have the option of a one-time modified reporting if the
candidate does not intend to accept more than $500 in
contributions or spend more than that amount on their
campaign. Both county commissioner candidate for precinct
four, Mari Maldonado, and County Surveyor Frank Spencer
filed modified reportings.
PHS band competes in Monahans
PECOS, February 23, 1998 - Thirty seven members of the Pecos
High School Band competed in the UIL Solo and Ensemble
contest held last Saturday in Monahans.
Eighteen of these students advanced to the State Solo and
Ensemble Contest to be held in Austin on May 30 and June 1.
Four students will participate in two events. Students who
will be preparing for the contest in Austin, include Amanda
Stickels, Amy Carrasco, Frank Dominguez, Sarah Armstrong,
Sarai Garcia, April Ryan, Amy Barrera, Kristen Carreon, Lisa
Navarette, Delilia Valenzuela, Frank Dominguez, Lee Lyles,
Melissa Valdez, Penny Armstrong, Megan Freeman, Jerermy
Thomason, Jack Armstrong, Penny Armstrong, Orlando Lara,
Sara Matta and Jeremy Thomason.
Other band members who received a Division One on a solo or
ensemble were, Fernando Rodriguez, Amanda Jaramillo, Nicole
Payne, Jocelyn Paz and Ashley Salcido.
The following students received a Division Two on a solor or
ensemble, Jacob Barrera, Rebecca McChesney, Lupita Pina,
Marty Clary, Sara Dominguez, Ana Gonzales, Jacque Levario,
Angela Martinez, Ana Carrasco, Jessica Carreon, Amanda
Jaramillo, Jocelyn Paz, Adrian Herrera, Erin Paz, Craig
Wein, and Sandy Belles.
Megan Joplin received a Division Three on a Class 3 flute
"All of the band students who participated put in many long
hours of practice to be able to achieve this high goal. They
are to be congratulated for their effort and for
representing Pecos High School," said PHS Band Director
Early voting in primary gets strong start
By ROSIE FLORES
PECOS, February 23, 1998 - Early voting in the primary
election is off to a great start, with more voters turning
out than ever before, according to early voting clerk,
Thomas said that 301 individuals voted by personal
appearance Saturday, the first day of early voting. The
county clerk's office was open from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. to
accomodate those who don't have the opportunity to vote
during the week.
"We were very excited that we had such a good turnout," said
This brings the number of early voters up to 510, counting
the 209 mailed in ballots.
"This is the total as of Saturday evening," said Thomas.
A Republican Party booth is set up in the courthouse lobby.
"If anybody wants to vote Republican, we are trying to ask
the groups that walk in, that if they do want to vote
Republican we will help them," said Thomas.
The booth was unmanned this morning, but Thomas stated that
anyone interested in voting Republican can do so.
"There are no local Republican candidates on the ballot, but
it is available," she said.
Early voting will continue until until March 6, for the
Democratic Primary Elections.
Individuals can call the county clerk's office to receive
ballots by mail. "They should also call us back to make sure
they received their ballot, filled it out and that we have
received it back," said Florez.
On Feb. 28, the clerk's office will have a booth at La
Tienda, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. for anyone who would like
to vote early and by personal appearance.
"The different voting places gives people a chance to vote
when they can and this way we get more people to vote," said
Leaders address drug, alcohol abuse by youth
By CARA ALLIGOOD
PECOS, February 23, 1998 - The Town of Pecos City and Reeves
County have found themselves with a growing number of
juveniles being referred to the Reeves County Juvenile
Detention Center, and the common thread among those
referrals appears to be drug and alcohol use, according to
an early draft of a community plan for dealing with the
increasing drug abuse problem. The plan is being called
"Save Our Youth."
A committee was put together several months ago to develop
the plan and start looking for the funding necessary to
begin a local drug and alcohol rehabilitation program.
Currently, the closest treatment center is 80 miles away in
Odessa, and costs about $180 per day, according to the draft
of the Save Our Youth plan.
"In the fall, we started looking at the grants that were out
there, trying to tailor-make a plan for Reeves County," said
committee member Jimmy Dutchover, Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD's
Alternative Education Program director.
Other committee members are Jimmy Galindo, Reeves County
Judge; Phyllis Salyer, Town of Pecos City Municipal Judge;
Don Love, superintendent of P-B-T ISD; Danny Rodriguez,
mayor pro-tem; Lee S. Green, Juvenile Judge, Reeves County;
Alberto Alvarez, Chief Juvenile Officer, Reeves County;
Dutchover; and Rosie Salcido, a P-B-T ISD guidance
counselor. Rodriguez is also the principal of Pecos High
School, but is serving on this committee from his position
as mayor pro-tem.
"This all began several months ago when discussions were
held and it came out that most of the young people out here
(Juvenile Detention Center) are involved in substance
abuse," said Alvarez. He said that about 95 percent of the
juveniles at the detention center either had positive
results on drug tests or admitted to drug use.
Rodriguez said that Dutchover and Alvarez worked with the
company who will be providing the outpatient treatment
center, Genesis Outpatient Services of El Paso, in writing
the grant proposal. "These individuals far and above meet
the needs we have in Reeves County," said Rodriguez.
Genesis' treatment program is called "Excel" and currently
services patients in El Paso, Vinton and Tornillo.
"They're experts and that's what we need," said Rodriguez.
"We have never had treatment (available here). These people
from El Paso walked into my office, looking to put up a
treatment center," said Rodriguez.
Dutchover said that the district wants to do whatever they
can do to help students to stay in school and graduate, and
that a drug treatment program would be one more option that
could be used to help students to do that. "Last year was
the first time we had a summer school just for people on
probation," he said.
Bringing the drug treatment facility to Pecos is one more
way in which local officials are pulling together to better
the community, Dutchover and Rodriguez agreed. The school
district led the grant-seeking efforts, and Reeves County
will provide space at the Reeves County Juvenile Detention
Center for the treatment services. Alvarez said that the
services would be provided in a separate, portable building
on JDC property.
The school district is seeking a grant through the
Governor's office to help local people pay for treatment
services. The Permian Basin Regional Planning Commission
administers the governor's criminal justice plan, which
funding for the drug treatment center would be a part of.
Genesis is a for-profit organization, and treatment will be
paid for by Medicaid, private-pay insurance and the grant,
if the committee's request for the grant is approved.
The draft of the Save Our Youth plan states that when
juveniles or families of juveniles enrolled at the
Alternative Education Center were asked, 89 percent said
that they would enroll in a rehab center or support the
juvenile's decision to enroll, if they could afford it.
"Even if someone can't afford the program, these other
sources of funding can help them out," Dutchover said. "This
is a proactive solution to give people more options."
"We're not going to hear anything until the end of April
-that's when we'll know whether this grant went through or
not," said Dutchover. If the grant is awarded, the fiscal
year for it will be Sept. 1 to Aug. 31, he said.
"If the governor's office says no, we'll just have to go
look for somewhere else to get the money," Dutchover said.
"We will still have some treatment available," said
Dutchover, "but the grant would enable the schools to have
control over students the judge orders into treatment."
"A great deal of expertise on this project came from Mr.
Alberto Alvarez," Dutchover said.
Alvarez said that parents often know their children are
having problems and call the Juvenile Probation Office
before they get involved in legal difficulties. However, his
office does not have the authority to do anything with
juveniles unless they are referred by the courts. All they
have been able to do in the past has been to refer them to
outside sources, such as the drug treatment center in
Odessa, which many of them could not afford to use.
"We are very excited about this upcoming program coming in,"
"Some of the calls I get are from community members asking
what we are doing to deter the problem, and we don't have
those resources right now," said Alvarez.
Alvarez said that the number one concern of the juveniles is
confidentiality. He said they all ask, "Who can I trust with
"This company out of El Paso will ensure client
confidentiality," Alvarez said.
Charlie Garcia, owner of Genesis, said "our focus will be on
the youth, but we have a license to treat adults as well.
Excel is the adolescent program."
"Primarily it will be for youth ages 12 to 17, but we can
have outpatient services available for adults with substance
abuse problems as well. If the community wants adult
services, they will be added as well."
According to the company's literature, "The Excel program is
a treatment program for adolescents with substance abuse
addictions. The program is licensed by the Texas Commission
on Drug and Alcohol abuse and accepts referrals from
physicians, school counselors, probation officers, social
workers and individual parents."
"It is a well-balanced program," said Garcia, stressing that
it isn't just adults telling kids not to do drugs.
Garcia said that there will be a level three, intensive
outpatient program, taking up about 15 -20 hours per week
for six weeks and a level two outpatient program for youth
who are not strongly addicted and using drugs or alcohol
He said that the Excel program is modeled on the popular
12-step programs that have proven themselves to be very
effective over the years. Garcia said that along with the
drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs, Excel will teach
HIV prevention, tobacco prevention and education, family
support group on Wednesdays and social recreation activities
According to the literature, "The ultimate goal is for each
client to effectively meet their needs using responsible
behaviors." That is why the program incorporates
recreational activities, and group as well as individual
Excel also counsels entire families because the company's
experience has shown them that "the more a family is
involved with a child, the better the outcome of the therapy
Licensed, certified drug counselors will head the
rehabilitation program, Garcia said. The facility will also
be licensed as an ACTI (Accredited Certified Training
Institute). After the program is established, the facility
will be able to train local people who have the proper
degrees, but no clinical experience, to become drug
counselors. Eventually, they hope to see the program being
run entirely by local people, Garcia said.
Commissioners met today
PECOS, February 23, 1998 - Reeves County Commissioners met
this morning to take care of several continuing projects.
Look to the Pecos Enterprise tomorrow for a complete story
on the meeting.
Commissioners expected to discuss or take action on a Texas
Department of Transportation landscaping master plan for
parts of the county; funding for the Pecos Economic
Development Corporation; an interlocal agreement between the
PBT school district and the county for the use of Martinez
baseball field for a girls' softball program; a Balmorhea
ISD community recreation program; a storage agreement
between Bell Motel U Storage and the Reeves County Detention
Center; bids for a housing rehabilitation project; a county
road crossing by Interstate Common Carrier Pipeline; a
contract for collection of delinquent taxes; a delinquent
tax report; county departments' reports; budget amendments
and line-item transfers; personnel and salary changes; and
other routine matters.
An amendment was added to the regular meeting agenda to
include discussion or taking action on a water line
installation by Pecos City at the Reeves County Detention
Housing authority meets tomorrow
PECOS, February 23, 1998 - The Housing Authority of the Town
of Pecos City Board of Commissioners will hold their regular
monthly meeting at 5 p.m. tomorrow at the PHA /FLH
administration office, 600 Meadowbrook Drive.
They will approve the minutes from their Jan. 23 meeting and
hear from Rosa Dominguez, Chairman of the Balmorhea Housing
Under old business, the PHA board will discuss the CIAP 96
update, executive director's certification, hold an
executive session for deliberation/review on evaluation of
the Executive Director for the fiscal year of Jan. 1, 1997
to Dec. 1, 1997, then return to open session to
discuss/approve the executive director's evaluations and
salary for FY Jan. 1, 1996 to Dec. 31, 1996 and FY Jan. 1,
1997 to Dec. 31, 1997.
Under new business, agenda items include,
resolution/approval of revised utility allowance,
resolution/approval of 1997 PHMAP, monthly income and
expense report (PHA and CIAP 96), monthly accounts payable
and monthly occupancy report.
In the Farm Labor Housing portion of the meeting, they will
approve the minutes of the Jan. 23, meeting, and discuss
monthly accounts payable, monthly occupancy status and rent
roll and cash journal.
Roy A. Bailey, 93, died Thursday, Feb. 19, 1998, at Pecos
Cremation will be held at Trinity Crematory in Big Spring.
Bailey was born Oct. 21, 1903,, in Van Alystyne, Tx. He was
a graduate of Texas A&M University, a retired shift engineer
for a veterans hospital in Houston for 21 years and a U.S.
Air Force World War II veteran.
Survivors include: his wife, Irma Bailey of Pecos; one
brother, Ben Bailey, Jr. of Lago Vista, Tx.; and numerous
nieces and nephews.
Pecos Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Henry P. Bryan, Sr., 90, died Friday, Feb. 20, 1998, at the
Pecos Nursing Home.
Graveside services will be held at 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb.
24, at Fairview Cemetery with Monty Huffman officiating.
Bryan was born Sept. 11, 1907, in Nash, Tx. He had lived in
Pecos since 1911 and was a Baptist.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Genevieve Bryan on
Jan. 7, 1998.
Survivors include: two sons, Henry P. Bryan, Jr. and Jerry
W. Bryan of Pecos; one daughter, Mary Elaine Wilson of
Albuquerque, N.M.; eight grandchildren; and 15
Pecos Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Jaime and Emily Marie Matta
Jaime Matta, Jr. and Emily Marie Matta, infant twin
children, died Tuesday, Feb. 17, 1998, in El Paso.
Rosary was held at 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 19, in Holy Spirit
Catholic Church in Horizon.
Mass was held at 10 a.m., Friday, Feb. 20, at Holy Spirit
Catholic Church with Father Pablo Matta officiating. Burial
was in Bay Land in Mount Carmel Cemetery.
Survivors include: their parents, Jaime E. and Lourdes Matta
of El Paso; maternal grandmother, Carmen Rodriguez of El
Paso; paternal grandparents, Pablo and Juanita Matta of
Pecos; and several uncles, aunts and cousins.
PECOS, February 23, 1998 - High Sunday, 73, low this
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