Monday, August 10, 1998
Recent showers not enough to stop drought
By GREG HARMAN
Showers continue to toy with drought conditions that blanket
area ranches, teasing dry fields and thirsty cattle with
their quickly dissipating rains.
Brief showers that have crossed parts of the Trans-Pecos
"It's been nice to have showers," said Anderson Ranch
Loftin, who ranches northeast of Pecos, said the area could
Typically, said Barney Lee of the Natural Resource
John M. Moore, who runs cattle from west of Toyah into the
"We're going to need about 10 to 12 inches to turn this
Recent scattered showers did little for his land, he said,
Pecos received over a third of its rainfall total for the
Trip to study sales tax use rescheduled
Last week's scheduled bus trip to Wharton to study that
town's use of sales taxes for economic development has been
rescheduled at a later time, according to Pecos Economic
Development Director Gari Ward.
Ward stated that several conflicts led to the rescheduling
The Pecos Economic Development Corporation had offered a
Ward stated that the school and city were having special
Wharton was one of the first cities to take advantage of the
The cost of the two-day tour had been set at $75 for the bus
Rollovers sent two to area hospitals
One man was flown to Lubbock Methodist Hospital and a
juvenile was transported to Reeves County Hospital on
Sunday, as the result of two accidents about 12 hours apart
and just southwest of Pecos.
The first accident occurred at 2:30 a.m. about four miles
According to the Department of Public Safety, the driver of
The second accident occurred about 2:30 p.m. on County Road
Jacobs said the juvenile was not ejected from the vehicle,
He was taken to Reeves County Hospital following the
DOE hosting forum to study cleanup
The Carlsbad, N.M., area office of the Department of Energy
(DOE) will be holding a two-day technology forum on
environmental monitoring and cleanup technologies along the
United States - Mexican border on Wednesday and Thursday,
with a reception set for Tuesday night at the Pecos River
Village Conference Center in Carlsbad.
Keynote speakers include Congressman Joe Skeen of New
Mexico, Congressman Silvestre Reyes of Texas, and Barbara
Greenfield, an EPA regional compliance director.
Officials hope to determine how existing DOE technologies,
such as waste minimization/prevention, contaminant detection
and mapping methods, and use of mobile laboratories and
transportation systems, could better be used for border-area
The public is invited to attend this event. For more
information, the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant information
center at 1-800-336-9477(WIPP).
State seeks to corral marauding minnow
By GREG HARMAN
Who would have ever thought that one little minnow could
cause such problems? Especially a tiny coastal bait fish
probably introduced to West Texas as an afterthought.
But, when it comes to causing problems, the sheepshead
Imported from the Gulf and Atlantic coasts and introduced in
Both the endangered Comanche Springs Pupfish and Pecos
Striking back, state officials performed one fish kill last week at Diamond Y Springs, north of Fort Stockton, to save the Leon Springs Pupfish by eliminating the sheepshead minnow, and are planning another at Balmorhea Lake to retake habitat for the native minnows later this month.
Officials hope to begin piscicide application with rotenone
"Any time you get two species in the same genus together, if
The sheepshead minnow, generally more aggressive than the
"West Texas is a harsh environment to begin with," said
According to a study by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service,
Red Bluff Water Power Control Board members have already
Feds report single moms' poverty higher
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Three in 10 Americans lived below the
poverty line for at least two months during a three-year
period, but few remained poor for longer stretches, the
Census Bureau reports.
A new study released today takes an unusually deep look at
From 1993 through 1995, 30.3 percent of the population lived
``These statistics portray poverty as a trap door for a few
The government considers a three-person family poor if its
In 1994, on average, 15.4 percent of Americans were poor
Nearly half of them stayed poor for just two to four months.
On average, people were poor for four and a half months.
But the rates differ dramatically by race and family
Blacks, Hispanics and children are among the poorest groups
But the most likely to be poor were families headed by
The difference was even more dramatic among the chronically
``You can't understate the role of family structure,'' said
Children are most likely to be poor, no matter what the
But while senior citizens are least likely to fall into
``Where are they going to get an increased income?'' he
The report also notes that while blacks and Hispanics have
July called hottest month in U.S. history
By DOUGLAS KIKER
Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON -- Last month was the hottest month on record --
almost half a degree hotter than July 1997, the previous
record-holder -- according to government statistics released
Vice President Al Gore called a White House briefing to
``You don't have to be a scientist to know it's been hot
The administration has been focusing on the hot weather as a
Many climate experts fear that these gasses, which have been
Not all scientists agree some contending that the hot
The Earth's average temperature for July was 61.7 degrees
Gore also announced the establishment of eight new federally
Tax rate items on agenda for Balmorhea
Balmorhea ISD board members will discuss the presentation of
an effective tax rate, rollback tax rate and set a date to
adopt a tax rate during the regular meeting of the school
board, scheduled for 7 p.m., Tuesday.
Region 18 personnel services cooperative, board policy FL
Board members will discuss and take action on Texas
In closed meeting they will discuss personnel employment,
The group will reconvene in open session and take any action
AREA NEWS ROUNDUP
The Big Bend Sentinel
MARFA, Aug. 6, 1998 -- The Marfa Border Patrol Sector is
growing with new security systems, facilities and housing in
order to meet an unprecedented deployment of agents and
other resources moving into the area to tighten control of
the border. The expansion of the sector over the next three
to four years has become a question of not or how many new
agents will be added to the current contingent of 160, but a
question of where the new agents will work and live.
PRESIDIO, Aug. 6, 1998 -- Mexican consular officials say
they'll look into a complaint that a truckload of
heavily-armed Mexican troops recently crossed into the
United States. The Border Patrol said that a lone agent
responding to a sensor alarm last week discovered a dozen
Mexican soldiers with automatic weapons in the desert near
Columbus, N.M. "They took off and headed south when they saw
the patrol vehicle," a Border Patrol official said.
The McCamey News
McCAMEY, Aug. 6, 1998 -- The West Texas Area American Red
Cross is assisting residents throughout West Texas seeking
relief from the extreme heat. For detailed information
regarding whom to contact in each county, call the West
Texas Area American Red Cross at 684-6161 or 1-800-378-6614.
Various agencies including the Federal Emergency Management
Agency (FEMA) are cooperating in this effort.
SANDERSON, Aug. 6, 1998 -- The Texas Natural Resource
Conservation Commission (TNRCC) will begin sophisticated
airplane monitoring as part of an ongoing effort to better
define the causes of haze in Big Bend National Park and the
surrounding region. The TNRCC will amend an existing
contract with Baylor University, which flies a specially
equipped twin-engine airplane that has been used to monitor
ozone formation in Texas metropolitan areas.
IRAAN, Aug. 6, 1998 -- Applications for emergency farm
loans for damages and losses caused by drought that occurred
from May 1, 1997, through April 29, 1998, and continuing are
being accepted at the Farm service Agency (FSA) office
located in Fort Stockton, William H. McAnally said. Terrell,
Brewster, Pecos Counties are three of five in Texas recently
named by Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman eligible for
loans to cover part of actual production losses resulting
from the drought that occurred from May 1, 1997, through
April 29, 1998 and continuing.
MONAHANS, Aug. 6, 1998 -- County sheriffs and police chiefs
in the Trans-Pecos and Permian Basin want to be part of a
new regional task force attack on illicit narcotics by Sept.
1. If it happens, as the command law officers want and the
criminal justice division of the governor's office promises,
several procedural and organization problems must be
resolved. The major issues are agreement by the sheriff's
and chiefs, determining jurisdictional liability for task
force actions and reaching agreement on whose badge task
force officers might wear.
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.
Ronald Leigh, 42, was arrested at 9:09 p.m., on August 6, in
the 800 block of West Third Street, for public intoxication.
He was transported to Reeves County Jail.
Robert Bridgeman, 45, was arrested at 10:40 p.m., on August
6, in the 1300 block of South Cypress Street, for public
intoxication. He was transported to Reeves County Jail. He
was arrested again at 5:28 p.m., on August 7, in the 100
block of East Pinehurst Street (Flying J), for public
intoxication. He was transported to Reeves County Jail.
Cristy Jasso, 22, was arrested at 2:20 p.m., on August 8, at
the corner of Third and Eddy Streets (Dairy Mart), on an
outstanding warrant out of Midland County for bond
forfeiture on a misdemeanor theft. She was transported to
Reeves County Jail.
A male juvenile was arrested at 1:33 a.m., on August 9, at
Meadowbrook and Country Club drives, on a probation
violation. He was transported to Reeves County Detention
The Rev. Glen Edwards
Services for The Rev. Glen Edwards, 74, were held Saturday
at First Baptist Church in San Angelo. He died Aug. 5, 1998
at his home in Atascosa.
Rev. Edwards held many positions, among them pastor of First
Survivors include his wife, Helen Edwards of San Angelo; one
The family requests memorials be made to Paisano Baptist
Weekend temperatures in Pecos topped off at 100 degrees on
Saturday and Sunday, while only reaching 95 on Friday. Lows
were 66 on Saturday, 71 on Sunday and 74 this morning.
Forecast for tonight: Fair. Southeast wind 5 10 mph. Low 65
70. Tuesday, partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of
thunderstorms. high in the mid 90s. Southeast wind 5-15 mph
becoming northeast late.
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