Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Monday, January 25, 1999
Chamber speakers urge local involvement
By JON FULBRIGHT
Community involvement was the theme of the main speakers Friday night
at the annual Pecos Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet, held at the Reeves
County Civic Center.
Increased involvement, both in the Chamber and in other efforts to benefit
Pecos, was urged by both incoming Chamber President Linda Gholson and outgoing
president Richard Crider along with the night's guest speaker, El Paso
City Councilwoman Elvia Hernandez.
"We need participation from people to help us out," said Crider — referring
in this case about the upcoming Golden Gloves Tournament — while reviewing
the activities of the Chamber during 1998. "We need to keep it here in
our town. It gives young boys the chance to do what they want to do, and
participants come in from all over the Panhandle, which is good for our
Both Crider and Gholson stressed community input.
"We need your ideas, what you people think this town needs," Crider
said, and Gholson later added "I want to stress it takes everyone in this
community to make a stronger community. I urge all of you to share your
Crider cited last year's idea by Chris Metler for local businesses to
purchase their own West of the Pecos Rodeo banners. "Chris also pointed
out the need for flags to hang from light poles," along Cedar Street, an
effort in which several businesses, including Anchor West, Gibson's and
Texas-New Mexico Power Co., got involved.
Gholson said she has been given ideas about making local housing more
affordable by fixing up currently vacant homes for first-time homeowners,
and "Pecos Bucks" — certificates good for spending in Pecos and given to
people who buy goods locally.
Hernandez cited her own work, after being elected as District 8 representative
on the El Paso City Council, in getting the city's downtown Christmas Tree
Lighting Parade changed from a Tuesday to Saturday to increase community
involvement. "We had 20,000 people downtown for that parade," Hernandez
She also cited El Paso's overall efforts to gain the recent "empowerment
zone" designation from the Clinton administration, which will give the
city access to $100 million over the next 10 years and low interest loans
to attract businesses to the area.
"Because we pushed and pushed and pushed to get things done we got that
designation. You need to be in your legislators' faces, whether it's for
health, housing, transportation," Hernandez said. "I encourage you all
to get involved with your mayor, with the city council and with your commissioners
to get things done."
"Any time you want to revitalize an area you've got to put your money
where your mouth is," she said. Citing such activities as the downtown
Convention Center project in El Paso, and the Mex-Tex Menudo Cookoff in
Midland, organized when she was with the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce there.
"I think that first year we lost $9,000. It's in its 11th year right now,
and it ended up making about $67,000.
Along with asking for increased participation, Crider said the Chamber
had a good year financially, cutting losses on the Fall Fair by contracting
out the concert to Louis Matta and Ray Ortega. "The chamber kept the concession
on soda sales and we made some money there," Crider said.
Banquet MC Dick Alligood told the audience that Chamber Executive Director
Tom Rivera and his wife Anita could not attend the meeting because their
young son had been taken to Medical Center Hospital in Odessa suffering
from an as-of-then unidentified illness. Rivera's son has since been released
from the hospital and returned to Pecos.
Windham named Citizen of Year at banquet
By JON FULBRIGHT
Gibson's True Value owner Larry Windham was named Citizen of the Year
for 1998 on Friday night, at the annual Pecos Chamber of Commerce Awards
Banquet at the Reeves County Civic Center.
Pecos City Councilman and past Chamber president Gerald Tellez Jr. presented
Windham with the award, saying, "This individual epitomizes what a citizen's
commitment to community should be.
"Many people and groups in our community have benefited from this very
charitable and giving individual. Whether it be through the donation of
his time, money or materials, he is often called upon to help, and you
can just guarantee 99 percent of the times he is asked, he will say yes,"
Tellez told the audience. "I would venture to say that if you ask just
about anyone in Pecos, he has helped them is some way or another, whether
is was through the schools, church, youth program and many others, he has
been there for support."
Citizen of the Year was the final award of the night given out, before
a crowd of about 250 at the Civic Center. Other awards included presentation
of Student of the Year, to Pecos High School senior Alva Alvarez, and Teacher
of the Year, which went to Zavala Middle School's Ronny Daniel.
The Ruiz Profile of Courage Award was given to Rachel Apolinar Dominguez,
Obie Maddux won the Hidden Hero Award for 1998, Department of Public Safety
Cpl. Emmitt Moore received the award as Law Enforcement Officer of the
Year, Dale Toone received the Agricultural Service Award, Suan Cross was
presented the Women's Division Award of Service, and Fred Dominguez was
named Outstanding Director of the Chamber of Commerce for the past year.
Pecos High School principal Danny Rodriguez presented the Student of
the Year Award to Alvarez, who has been accepted into Harvard following
her graduation from PHS this Spring. He also had Alvarez read the essay
she submitted to Harvard, on riding with her father on his job as a trucker
and what his sacrifices meant to her future, to the Civic Center audience.
School superintendent Don Love gave Daniel his award, saying "I was
privileged to have had him as a teacher when I was principal at Zavala,
and I know first hand the outstanding job he has done. He is very deserving
of this honor."
Matt Ivy, Elizabeth Parent and Efrain Rodriguez were the other students
nominated as Student of the Year, while the other teachers recognized during
the banquet as nominees were Elaine McKee of Pecos Elementary, Pamela K.
Miller of Lamar Middle School, Delia Olibas of Bessie Haynes Elementary,
Francisco F. Ornelas Jr. of Crockett Middle School, Yolanda Matta Ramirez
of Austin Elementary, Sue Parent of Pecos Kindergarten and Karen Waters
of Pecos High School.
The Ruiz Award was presented by Frank Apolinar Jr. to his sister.
"Growing up, she, like the rest of us, experienced tragedy, but never
let it weigh her down, for she had great faith and courage to continue
in life," Apolinar said. "She has truly been an inspiration to her children,
who love her dearly. Through her words and actions she teaches individuals
with an unending desire to fulfill the greatest of aspirations.
"On top of raising six children she has continued her father's legacy
(at the Santa Rosa Catholic Church Food Bank) to see that no one goes without
food," he added, saying Dominguez, "has constantly and in the absence of
hesitation responded to God's calling, to educate individuals, vocally
proclaim God's word, seek the needs of the less fortunate as well as ensure
the welfare of all."
Pecos Mayor Dot Stafford presented Maddux with the Hidden Hero Award,
recounting his actions with the Pecos Volunteer Fire Department after fire
Chief Doug Cox was hospitalized with an illness in 1997.
"He assumed the duties of fire chief while declining the pay for that
position so that Doug could continue to draw that pay," Stafford said.
"He held the position of acting fire chief until Doug was released to assume
his duties in September, 1997.
Stafford said Maddux, 73, "turned down thousands of dollars to help
a friend in need at the same time he helped the fire department and the
entire community in a time of need."
Moore received his honor as Law Enforcement Officer of the Year from
County Court-at-Law Judge Lee Green, who called Moore "a positive role
model and an example of what a law enforcement officer should be," citing
his involvement with the Police Explorers and his presentations at the
schools "in teaching advanced math and how that can be used in the reconstruction
of accident scenes."
"He has integrity, he is professional, honest and compassionate and
he never forgets the human element when he deals with people," Green said.
Other law enforcement nominees included officer Armando Garcia of the
Pecos Police Department, Reeves County Sheriff's Deputy Hilda Woods, Officer
Danny Perea of the Reeves County Law Enforcement Center and Deputy U.S.
Marshal Billy K. Johnson.
Dale Toone was the only recipient unable to attend Friday's banquet,
due to illness, Agriculture Service Award Presenter Ray Owen told the audience.
Owen went over Toone's 47 years of involvement with agriculture in Reeves
County, and his successful involvement in cotton farming in the 50s and
a less-successful endeavor into hog farming in the 60s.
"During the 70s he worked with cotton and a few trial things along the
way," Owen said, "Onions, alfalfa, sugar beets, small grain, and so forth.
He tried alfalfa in a big way during the mid- and late-70s. He sold his
alfalfa to a local feed lot and others bought in for their stock. He then
sold his land to a new farmer in the area and left the alfalfa business,
as well as part of his index finger, on that farm."
Owen also noted Toone's work after suffering a heart attack in 1981,
working with cantaloupes and bell peppers and receiving his real estate
Crash kills Enterprise circulation manager
By PEGGY McCRACKEN
David Brian Madril, 35, the circulation manager for the Pecos Enterprise,
died early today when his car hit a concrete pillar at the I-20 overpass
on Texas Highway 17.
Pecos Police Sgt. Tony Dawdy was one of four officers pursuing the Madril
vehicle north on Texas 17 at a high rate of speed when it moved to the
center of the roadway and struck the pillar, said Police Chief Clay McKinney.
Police investigator Kelly Davis said the impact pushed the engine into
the passenger compartment, "so he had to be going real fast."
Ambulance attendants cut open the car and removed Madril from the vehicle,
but were unable to revive him. Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Amonario
Ramon pronounced Madril dead at 1:27 a.m. today.
Ramon ordered an autopsy and will await the results before ruling on
the cause of death. He said the body was taken to Lubbock, and he expects
a report from the pathologist later this week.
McKinney said that police officers were pursuing Madril after receiving
a call from his ex-wife, Annabelle, at 12:30 a.m. today that she was worried
While on their way to Madril's home at 1614 Johnson St. officers spotted
his vehicle on Eddy Street and tried to stop him, McKinney said.
Madril failed to stop, and from Eddy he turned onto Stafford, then south
onto Texas Highway 17, McKinney said. Four officers continued to pursue
the vehicle until it reached Lindsay Road, where Madril made a U-turn and
began traveling back north into town, he said.
As they were approaching the overpass at I-20, the officers saw Madril's
vehicle move to the center of the roadway and impact the barricade on the
overpass, then strike the cement pillars, McKinney said.
The barricade, called a guard rail energy-absorbing terminal, was demolished,
and Texas Department of Transportation has placed bright orange barrels
in front of the pillars.
Enterprise Publisher Smokey Briggs said Madril had been circulation
manager about four months.
"This is a great loss to the Enterprise," Briggs said. "David was a
trusted and loyal employee and a respected colleague. Our hearts go out
to David's family, and we will miss him greatly."
Besides his Enterprise job, Madril worked nights at Reeves County Hospital
as a security guard for the past year. He had worked in ground maintenance
from March, 1992 to June, 1995.
While managing the Pecos Recycling Center, Madril received the "Hidden
Hero" award given by the Pecos Chamber of Commerce at its 1997 annual banquet.
Prior to that, he had been an unsuccessful candidate for county commissioner,
Madril was also involved in a number of projects for the Pecos Chamber
of Commerce. He helped with the preparation of Friday's Chamber of Commerce
Awards Banquet, and received a certificate for his work during the banquet,
along with several other outgoing directors.
Madril had recently sought to create a `time capsule' project to coincide
with the building of the new United States Post Office in Pecos.
"We are going to miss him," said Nadine Smith, Reeves County Hospital
Maynard Bates, 73, of Pecos, died on Saturday, Jan. 23, 1999, at a Big
Graveside services will be on Wednesday, Jan. 27, at Talpa Cemetery,
He was born on May 10, 1925 in Hamlin, Tx., grew up in Nolan County
and had lived in Pecos since 1953. He worked as an oilfield pumper for
Paul Williams Contract Pumping until he retired.
Bates was a Baptist and a veteran of World War II having served in the
United States Army.
Survivors include his wife, Wanda Bates of Pecos; one daughter, Lorrie
Walker of Pecos; two sons, Nolan Bates of Brenham and Tim Bates of Afton,
Tenn.; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild; one brother, Erma Bates
of Lampasas and one sister, Violet Bates of Lampasas.
Nalley-Pickle and Welch Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Services are incomplete for David B. Madril, 35, who died Monday, Jan.
High Sunday 86; low last night 31. Tonight, partly cloudy. Low in the lower
40s. South to southeast wind 10-20 mph and gusty. Tuesday, partly cloudy.
High around 70. Southwest wind 15-25 mph and gusty, shifting to northwest
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
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324 S. Cedar St., Pecos, TX 79772
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