February 26, 1998
Walker and Workman seek House seats
By GREG HARMAN
PECOS, February 26, 1998 - Plains, Tx., native and incumbent
State Representative Gary Walker (R) is being challenged in
the upcoming election by fellow republican Skeet Workman for
his District 80 turf -which joins the southern High Plains
region with northern Trans-Pecos.
Workman, a Hockley County rancher, filed to run Jan. 1. She
said that she is seeking Walker's seat primarily over the
issue of property taxes. "He has been there four years and
has not been as aggressive a leader as he could be," said
Workman. "He didn't give us enough of a tax break."
Workman, who expects the Republican Party to sweep the House
of Representatives this election, said fellow Republicans do
not need a representative in Austin that votes with the
Born and raised in West Texas, Workman said that she was "a
long way from Austin" and did not believe in professional
politicians. "I would like to serve for two to four years
and come home."
Workman believes that less government and fewer taxes would
free individuals to build their businesses. "Government
spending needs to be justified before allocated! Government
should live within its means just as our families and
businesses," she said.
Incumbent Rep. Walker, who is seeking his third term as a
state representative, was first elected to the House of
Representatives in 1994 and ran unopposed in 1996.
"The big issues facing us are the deregulation of
electricity and water. Water is the real issue," said
Walker, who is in El Paso today discussing the implications
of Senate Bill One, the water bill passed by the 75th Texas
"We have enough water right now," he said, "but we don't
have the water in the right places for all our needs. We are
working on getting additional supplies for the west and
rural areas and we are working on precipitation enhancement
through cloud seeding."
Born in Houston on May 4, 1946, Walker has been actively
involved in ranching and water conservation since 1978.
He served on the Appropriations Committee and as the vice
chair in the Natural Resource Committee. He is a member of
the Texas Conservation Coalition.
Whether one is a Democrat or Republican, Walker urged that
all go to the polls and vote. "Exercise that right that some
of our grandfathers and fathers have died for. Even those my
age went to Vietnam to protect our right to vote and be
District 80 contains all or portions of Andrews, Dawson,
Gaines, Hockley, Loving, Martin, Reeves, Terry, Winkler and
Yoakum counties. The Republican Primary election in Loving
County began on Monday, Feb. 23.
New Cedar Street retail area created
By GREG HARMAN
PECOS, February 26, 1998 - Maybe not tomorrow, maybe not
next week, and maybe not in the previously anticipated 90
days, but, according to a measure passed at this morning's
Pecos City Council meeting, within 180 days new retail
businesses will be opening their doors on South Cedar St.
The council voted to approve the closure of the alley from
8th to 9th streets on the east side of South Cedar Street
and the removal and relocation of the sewer pipes there,
allowing for retail businesses to establish themselves in
The first of an anticipated three businesses was identified
when Mayor Dot Stafford prodded engineer Frank Spencer for
the information. According to Spencer, C.S.K. Auto, an
automotive parts store that would employ about 8 to12
people, is definitely on the way to Pecos and would be
located in the new area.
The identity of the other two businesses remains undisclosed.
Crime of the week
PECOS, February 26, 1998 - 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 including narcotics can call
"Crime Stoppers" at 445-9898 and you will remain anonymous.
At about 10 a.m. Jan. 23, Pecos police officers were
dispatched to Pecos High School in reference to an
aggravated assault on a juvenile. The victim stated that he
was leaving his classroom and was walking outside to go to
another class when a male subject approached him and said
"you're the one." The suspect then pulled out a knife and
started slashing the knife at the victim. The victim, while
trying to protect himself, received a defensive wound on his
hand. The suspect is described as a Hispanic male, early
20's, six feet tall, mustache with a goatee, wearing a black
cap, dark shades, blue jeans, a black sweater and wearing a
ring with a marijuana plant on his right hand. After the
attack, the suspect fled on foot.
PECOS, February 26, 1998 - 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.
Three hundred gallons of diesel fuel worth about $339 was
High Wednesday 66, low this morning 43. Strong thunderstorms roared across much of the eastern half of Texas, producing winds with gusts of up to 70 mph, small hail and flash flooding. Highs Friday will be in the 50s and 60s.
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