Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
February 4, 1999
Sewer work drains stores' customers
By PEGGY McCRACKEN
Business I-20 could be nicknamed slow-business I-20 if installation
of a new sewer line underneath the highway continues at the pace it has
Holloman Construction Co. of Odessa has worked about three weeks in
the block between Cedar and Ash Streets and are in the process of installing
a new manhole in the alley beside La Nortena tortilla and tamale factory.
"Yes, I'm angry," said La Nortena owner-manager David Castillo this
morning. "They are shutting me down. I think the process could have been
a little faster."
Castillo said he has watched the crew for three weeks.
"It took a week to paint lines on the street and another week to etch
the lines into the asphalt. They started digging it up Friday."
Since the hole where the new manhole will be installed blocks access
to his drive-up window, Castillo said he has lost nearly all his "impulse
"I feel I lost some customers because it is too much of a hassle to
get here," he said.
The few that do hunt a parking space and wend their way through the
maze of trucks, heavy equipment, sewer pipe and accoutrements to get to
the red front door of La Nortena are mostly people who have to pick up
necessities, such as masa, Castillo said.
January and February are normally slow months, he said, and the blockage
is making it worse.
"I just paid my taxes, and I can't afford to be shut down," he said.
Shorter store hours have cut wage costs some, but employees are feeling
Castillo said he has not called anyone to complain — yet.
Jeannie Daniel at Dan Daniels Music and Video across the alley from
La Nortena said the blockage has not stopped customers from coming in,
although it is an inconvenience because it partially blocks drive-through
Weekends are the busy time for Dan's, and owner Ronny Daniel asked the
contractor not to block the drive during the weekend. They obliged, Jeannie
Blocked or not, customers will figure out a way to get in "if they want
something bad enough," she said.
Frido Najar, project foreman, said this morning that the badly deteriorated
sewer line is difficult to deal with.
"The sewer lines are very old and leaking; it fell down and everything,"
Since the line must be kept open during construction, the crew was busy
this morning installing a bypass so they could install the manhole "and
keep on going."
Najar said that a new manhole will be installed at every alley, for
a total of 12. The new line will extend from Oleander to Ash Streets. Traffic
cones are set up to allow one lane of traffic in each direction around
the construction site.
CCRC given emergency funds to help residents
By ROSIE FLORES
Funds have been awarded to Reeves County to help residents out with
utilities, rent and food, according to Reeves County Community Council
Family Services Director Bertha Meierhoff.
Meierhoff said the county has was awarded federal funds under the Emergency
Food and Shelter National Board program. Reeves County will get $9,052
to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the area.
"We will be providing assistance with utility bills, rent problems such
as first and last months rent," said Meierhoff. Help will also be available
for gas, light and water bills, but not for deposits, she added.
Funds will also be used for food, according to Meierhoff.
She said that the funds have not been released yet, but that as soon
as Reeves County receives them, individuals can come and apply. "We're
not sure when they'll be released," said Meierhoff.
Funds will also be allocated to Balmorhea, Saragosa and Toyah and residents
can apply at the city halls in those towns.
Pecos residents can apply at the Community Council of Reeves County
offices, located at 700 Daggett, Suite F, or can call 447-4913, to set
up an appointment.
"Individuals have to apply for the funds and meet certain criteria,"
she added. Those applying need to provide proof of income for the past
month and social security numbers for all those living in that home.
The selection was made by a National Board that is chaired by the Federal
Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and consists of representatives from
The Salvation Army, American Red Cross, Council of Jewish Federations,
Catholic Charities, USA, National Council of Churches of Christ in the
U.S.A. and United Way of America which will provide the administrative
staff and function as fiscal agent. The Board was charged to distribute
funds appropriated by Congress to help expand the capacity of food and
shelter programs in high-need areas around the country.
A local board made up of private organizations has determined how the
funds awarded to Reeves County are to be distributed among the emergency
food and shelter programs run by local service organizations in the area.
The local board is responsible for recommending agencies to receive these
funds and any additional funds available under this phase of the program.
Host of party in DWI deaths gets probation
MIDLAND (AP) — A jury decided against a prison term for a man it convicted
of being partly to blame for a fatal accident that occurred after a party
where about 50 teen-agers were allowed unlimited access to alcohol.
The jury deliberated for two hours Wednesday before deciding on three
years' probation for Billy Henkel, 45, of Midland.
Henkel and his wife, Tina, 42, had been indicted on two counts each
of intoxication manslaughter and intoxication assault after Esteban "Steve"
Lara and Craig Noland died in a crash after leaving a party at the Henkel
residence in July of 1997.
Medical tests showed that Jose DeLaO, the 16-year-old driver of the
pickup the young men were riding in, had a blood alcohol content of .22,
more than twice the legal limit.
DeLaO served 120 days in jail after he pleaded guilty of driving while
intoxicated and is now serving five years probation.
Henkel could have been sentenced to up to 20 years in prison. His wife's
trial date has not been set. State District Judge John Hyde set sentencing
of Henkel for Feb. 12.
Although the jury decided Henkel's sentence, the judge sets the terms
of his probation. Henkel could be sentenced to anywhere from 120 to 180
days in jail as part of that probation.
Jurors heard testimony that Henkel allowed DeLaO and about 50 other
teen-agers all they wanted to drink and that Henkel even moved his vehicle
so that DeLaO could get around it and leave the party.
Defense attorney Bob Garcia said he believes the testimony of Gracie
Lara, mother of one of the accident victims, convinced the jury on a lenient
sentence for Henkel.
Mrs. Lara told jurors she became so sick with grief after her son died
that she went to the Henkels in an attempt to ease her pain. She now considers
"For me, Steve was ready to go," Mrs. Lara said. "I don't blame these
people. It was wrong of them to offer drinks, but I don't blame them. They
are now going through the same pain that I went through."
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.
Antonio Rodriguez, 18, was arrested at 3:11 p.m., on Jan.29, at Pecos
Municipal Court, on a Capias Pro Fine warrant. He was transported to Reeves
Ernest Galindo Wright, 39, was arrested at 3:20 a.m., on Jan. 30, in
the 1300 block of South Cherry St., for assault under the Family Violence
Act under Class C. He was transported to Reeves County Jail.
A male juvenile was arrested at 3:02 p.m., on Jan. 30, at Wal-Mart,
1901 S. Cedar St., for theft. He was transported to Reeves County Juvenile
Dnan Ramirez, 21, was arrested at 5:51 p.m., on Jan. 30, at Wal-Mart,
1901 S. Cedar St., on a warrant for assault causing bodily injury.
Benjamin Anchondo, 18, was arrested at 9:33 p.m., on Jan. 30, at Anchor
West, on DPS warrants. He was transported to Reeves County Jail.
Frank Matta Rivera, 27, was arrested at 2:20 a.m., on Jan. 31, in the
400 block of South Park St., for assault under the Family Violence Act.
He was transported to Reeves County Jail.
Eric Flores, 18, was arrested at 3:07 a.m., on Jan. 31, in the 2100
block of Hackberry St., for assault under the Family Violence Act. He was
transported to Reeves County Jail.
Marcos Luna, 21, and Jose A. Mendez, 25, were arrested at 6:46 a.m.,
on January 31, at the corner of Thirteenth and Cedar streets, for public
intoxication. They were transported to Reeves County Jail.
Joaquin Mata, 17, was arrested at 9:23 a.m., on Jan. 31, at Reeves County
Hospital, for aggravated assault under the Family Violence Act causing
serious bodily injury. He was transported to Reeves County Jail.
Melissa K. Good, 34, was arrested at 4:14 p.m., on Jan. 31, at Wal-Mart,
for theft under Class A. She was transported to Reeves County Jail.
Jodi Lynn Hernandez, 33, was arrested at 9:23 p.m., on Jan. 31, in the
300 block of East Eighth St., for evading detention after a fight and on
a warrant (theft/gone off bond) out of Ector County.
Norma Avila, 32, was arrested at 3:20 p.m., on Feb. 1, at 112 N. Cedar
St., on a warrant service. She was transported to Reeves County Jail.
Arnulfo Quevedo, 24, was arrested at 7:33 p.m., on Feb. 2, at Reeves
County Sheriff's Office, on warrants for no driver's license and no liability
insurance. He was released to the jail staff for booking.
Jorge Abrego, 28, was arrested at 11:15 p.m., on Feb. 2, at Reeves County
Sheriff's Office, on warrants for speeding and no liability insurance.
He was released to the jail staff for booking.
Curtis Clark Gable, 43, was arrested at 12:45 p.m., on Feb. 3, in Hockley
County, on a warrant for theft over $20,000. He was transported to Reeves
Pecos Valley Crime Stoppers
Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 in reward for information leading
to the arrest and grand jury indictment of the person(s) responsible for
the incident described below.
On Sept. 15, at approximately 10:25 a.m., a Reeves County Sheriff's
deputy was dispatched to Orla in reference to a theft of oilfield equipment,
located at the mesquite (SWD) section 30 block 56tp. Upon arrival the deputy
was told that sometime between 5 p.m. on Sept. 14 and 7 a.m. on Sept. 15
the person(s) took slips for holding tubing, a rod hook and 100 gallons
of diesel fuel from the pulling unit co #1.
The property taken was stamped with TBS-89a. Estimated value of stolen
property was placed at $7,100.
Anyone with information on this crime or any other crime including
narcotics call "Crime Stoppers" at 445-9898 and you will remain anonymous.
Mary Leona Rogers, 93, of Pecos, died Sunday, Jan. 31, 1999 at her residence.
Graveside services were held at 2 p.m., today at Fairview Cemetery in
She was born June 5, 1905, in Center, was a retired music teacher and
Survivors include numerous friends and cousins.
Pecos Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
High Wednesday 78; low last night 35. Tonight, becoming cloudy and breezy.
Low near 50. Southeast to south wind 15-25 mph and gusty. Friday, cloudy
with a slight chance of showers in the morning. then becoming partly cloudy
and breezy. High near 70. Southwest to west wind 15-25 mph and gusty. Rain
chance less than 20 percent.
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
Division of Buckner News Alliance, Inc.
324 S. Cedar St., Pecos, TX 79772
Phone 915-445-5475, FAX 915-445-4321
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