Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Monday, June 1, 1998
CCRC appoints director, keeps `Meals'
By ROSIE FLORES
The Meals on Wheels program offered through the Community
Council of Reeves County will continue to serve food to the
elderly and shut-ins, after a decision to appoint an interim
director was made Friday during a meeting by the board in
Board members accepted the resignation of the director,
Caprice Cox, who announced her plans to step down in late
April, and Olga Contreras was appointed as interim director
for the Community Council.
"They also agreed that I would sign the contracts, and I
will be signing the contract for the Meals on Wheels program
today," said Contreras, who is also the CCRC financial
She will be overseeing operations for the community council,
which includes the Meals on Wheels program, which delivers
more than 100 meals in Reeves County. Meals are also served
in Winkler and Ward counties through the same contracts.
A problem had arisen when the board had failed to meet twice
during May due to the lack of a quorum after Cox had
submitted her resignation.
The latest attempt was on May 22 in Pyote, but Only five
board members showed up, and eight are required to take
Board member Bill Wendt had earlier stated that he had tried
four times to get the board together to accept Cox'
resignation and to choose a replacement for her.
Since Friday was her last day, she couldn't sign the
contract for the meals program.
"We'll go ahead and advertise and take applications for the
position," said board member Bill Wendt.
The deadline to accept applications was scheduled for June
Board members also approved the appointment of the chairman,
Julian Florez, vice chairman, Anita Baeza and secretary
The board also approved a resolution authorizing the interim
director to sign official documents; approved to advertise
for audit bids and tabled changing the dates the group meets
from the third Thursday of each month to the fourth.
"They're still thinking about that, and will consider it at
the next board meeting, whether they want to change the
meeting dates," said Contreras.
Traffic stop nets marijuana arrest
A Pecos man was arrested by local law enforcement officials
Thursday after a search of his vehicle resulted in two
Joseph Ray Flores, 1309 S. Ash St., was arrested Thursday
afternoon, May 28, after having his car searched by officers
of the Pecos Police Department and Reeves County Sheriff's
Stopped at the intersection of Peach and Third streets,
Flores was presented with a search warrant his vehicle by
officers. The search uncovered under two ounces of suspected
marijuana and drug paraphernalia, was conducted, police
He was arrested for possession of marijuana and possession
of drug paraphernalia and booked into Reeves County Jail at
5:49 p.m. Flores was released at 1 a.m., Friday, after
posting $1,000 bail.
`March for Jesus' attacts 150-200
From Staff and Wire Reports
In Fort Worth, riders on 12 white horses led the charge. In
the Bayou City, people played tambourines and waved colorful
banners featuring slogans like ``Houston: Cristo se ama
(Christ loves you).'' In Corpus Christi, participants shared
the spotlight with a gay pride parade later in the day.
Thousands of Christians around the state prayed, sang,
danced and walked Saturday in March for Jesus parades to
bear witness to their faith and show unity across
Locally, between 150 and 200 people turned out Saturday
morning for the march, which started at West Park Baptist
Church and went to Maxey Park. More than a dozen area
congregations were involved in the event, the first time it
has been held in Pecos.
The annual parades are part of an international movement
that started in England 11 years ago and now is based in
Austin. Ten to 15 million marchers were expected to
participate worldwide, according to Tom Pelton, national
leader. Marchers in the United States prayed specifically
for Christians in China.
``We put together the march to exalt and lift up Jesus,''
said Jerry Vestal, pastor of the Church of Acts in Corpus
Christi, who organized the march there over three months
with members of 47 local churches.
Trucks and vans carried speakers that piped out recorded
music, and some 1,200 marchers followed along carrying
``March for Jesus'' song books.
At a park, 14 pastors addressed the throng and read
proclamations from Gov. George W. Bush and Corpus Christi
Mayor Loyd Neal, calling May 30 ``March for Jesus Day.''
Two hours after the Christian parade ended in Corpus
Christi, about 100 homosexuals and their supporters took
part in a gay pride parade.
In San Angelo, the march began with a rally where
participants joined in prayer for the youth of San Angelo.
``We know the needs they have,'' said Gloria Bihl, a
grandmother of 12 who has attended all six marches in her
city. ``We know about all of the peer pressure and the
things they're facing.''
Carrying festive banners with such phrases as ``Shout for
the Lord has given us this city'' and ``The Lord is my
banner,'' San Angeloans joined their voices in songs of
``We want Jesus to be Lord over San Angelo,'' Carmen Landin
said. ``And he is, so we're just exalting him.''
A crowd of more than 3,000, mostly Hispanics, marched in
Houston's 97-degree heat as leaders exhorted them to be
stronger in their faith.
Janie Contreras, a member of Centre Evangelico Cristiano, a
nondenominational evangelical church, said the march and
rally help break down denominational barriers.
``Coming here you see evangelicals, Pentecostals, everyone,
the whole religion,'' she said. ``It's really something
great. ... We're able to say `Jesus is alive, he's here, and
The Glory Riders, a performing group riding a dozen white
horses with cross-emblazoned harnesses, led Fort Worth's
parade of about 1,200 marchers through downtown canyons.
The group re-enacts what some believe is prophecy about the
second coming of Jesus in the biblical book of Revelations.
``We expect Jesus back any time now,'' said Joy West of
Denison, a leader of the Christian riding group.
Border pot bust trial opens
BY PEGGY McCRACKEN
Testimony began this morning in the first of four jury
trials before U.S. Fifth Circuit Court Judge Emilio M. Garza
in the Pecos Division of federal court.
Efrain Soto-Palomar, 21, of Ojinaga, Mex., is charged with
possession with intent to distribute 548 pounds of marijuana
on Jan. 19.
Soto was arrested on private land near the Rio Grande, 6 1/2
miles east of Presidio when Border Patrol agents found him
near a pickup loaded with marijuana.
Five sets of tracks indicated the marijuana was transported
across the river from Mexico by men on foot, a Border Patrol
When apprehended at a gate allowing access to a dirt road
from Farm Road 170 down to the river, Soto had a two-way
radio in his possession, the agent said.
Jim Blankinship of Alpine is prosecuting for the government,
while Jason Leach represents the defendant.
Omar Prieto-Trevizo and Carlos Sanchez-Dominguez go on trial
Tuesday. Blasa Gonzalez will be tried Wednesday.
On Thursday, jurors will consider a civil case in which
Melissa Barnett charges Dolgencorp of Texas Inc., d/b/a/
Dollar General Stores, with sexual harassment.
Jury convicts Pando for cocaine delivery
BY PEGGY McCRACKEN
Hector Pando now faces 15 years in prison and $15,000 in
fines, following his second conviction Thursday for delivery
of cocaine. A third delivery charge is awaiting trial in
143rd District Court.
District Attorney Randy Reynolds on Friday prepared a
judgment sentencing Pando, 23, to 10 years in prison and a
$10,000 fine, as recommended by the jury. That prison term
is to be consecutive with the April 23 conviction on a
similar charge, which drew five years and a $5,000 fine.
Odessa attorney Tony Chavez represents Pando on the charges,
which resulted from an undercover investigation by the
Permian Basin Drug Task Force in cooperation with the local
city/county drug task force.
Reynolds dismissed two pending charges of theft of firearms
against Anival Pando. A third charge was dismissed earlier
in the week when a crucial witness failed to appear for
All three charges stemmed from the same incident in which
firearms were allegedly taken from Abel Natividad.
Big Bend lion attack sparks warning
BIG BEND NATIONAL PARK (AP) -- Two popular trails at Big
Bend National Park remained closed Saturday after a mountain
lion attacked a woman on May 25.
The Pine Canyon and Lost Mine Trails, as well as the Pine
Canyon 4 campsite, are off-limits until further notice, park
Superintendent Jose A. Cisneros said.
Mary Jane Coder of Harlingen and her three daughters, ages
9, 8 and 6, were hiking on the Pine Canyon Trail on Memorial
Day when they saw a mountain lion on a large rock.
Ms. Coder gathered her children and tried to frighten the
animal away by yelling, waving her arms and throwing rocks.
The lion struck her in the left hand with its paw but did
not hurt the girls.
The lion followed the family back down the trail, but
stopped when they reached an open area.
The attack on Ms. Coder is the third documented mountain
lion attack on humans in the park since 1984. Other lions
have killed two deer in the park in recent months.
Park staff have been warning visitors to be especially wary
of mountain lions, Cisneros said. Rangers have been advising
visitors not to take small children on trails in and around
the Chisos Mountains and to keep children close at all
Park officials warn visitors who see mountain lions to stick
together and make themselves look large by waving their
arms. They should pick up their children and throw sticks or
rocks if the animal appears aggressive.
Visitors should not run from a mountain lion, however,
because running triggers the animal's natural instinct to
chase and attack prey.
Virginia Gamboa, 80, of Pecos, a homemaker, died Saturday,
May 30, 1998, at her home.
Rosary was said Sunday, May 31, at 7:30 p.m. at the Pecos
Funeral Home Chapel. Mass is scheduled for 2 p.m. today at
Santa Rosa Catholic Church with Rev. Antonio Mena
officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery.
She was born in Marathon, lived in Pecos most of her life
and was a Catholic.
Survivors include four sons, Anastacio, Liberator and Ismael
Gamboa of Pecos and Robert Gamboa of Coyanosa; five
daughters, Rosa Peticolas of El Paso, Maria Castenada of
Coyanosa; and Corina Pando, Olympia Gamboa and Sue Carrasco
of Pecos; one brother, Joe Vasquez of Fort Stockton; five
sisters, Herminia Rodriguez and Dionicia Vasquez of Fort
Stockton, Juana Morales of Roseville, Calif., Maria Bass of
Carlsbad, N.M. and Manuela Villalba of El Paso; 19
grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
Pecos Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Adelaida Machuca, 57, of Odessa, died Friday, May 29, 1998
at her residence.
A rosary will be held at 7 p.m., Monday, June 1, at Odessa
Mass is scheduled for 11 a.m., Tuesday, at St. Joseph's
Catholic Church with Rev. Luis Zepeda officiating. Burial
will be in Rosehill Cemetery.
She was born May 4, 1941, in Saragosa, was the
vice-president of the Women's Catholic organization, a
member of the Eucharist Committee and was employed at the
Odessa Day Nursery.
Survivors include two sons, Anthony Prieto of Odessa and
Richard Machuca of Lubbock; three daughters, Jeannette
Hollingsworth and Caroline Vega of Odessa, Guillermina
Machuca of El Paso; her father, Balente Machuca of Odessa;
three brothers, Adan Machuca of Pecos, Alberto Machuca of
Odessa and Valente Machuca of Odessa; three sisters, Senida
Lopez, Cecilia Mendez and Celia Soto of Odessa.
Odessa Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
High Sunday 105. Low this morning 67. Forecast for tonight:
Fair. Low 70 75. South wind 10-20 mph. Tuesday, sunny and
hot. High 105 110, ranging upward to near 115 in the Big
Bend area. Southwest wind 10 20 mph.
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