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February 26, 1999

Pecos County set to decide water district option

Staff Writer
PECOS, Feb. 26, 1999 -- Temporary directors for the proposed Trans Pecos Underground Water Conservation District plan to meet Tuesday in Fort Stockton with Pecos County Commissioners and Fort Stockton city council to determine if they want to have Pecos County participate in the district.

Clark Lindley, secretary, said that if they do wish to participate, a fourth representative will be appointed to the board to match the number of representatives from Reeves County.

Loving County is also participating in the three-county district.

Lindley is also working to increase West Texas representation on the regional water board.

"I am presently working with (Pecos) County Judge Delmon Hodges to obtain additional representation on the board of Region F Regional Water Planning Group," said Lindley.

"As it stands, there are 32 counties in Region F, ranging from Reeves and Pecos counties to Brown County (Brownwood). The seven western counties only have one representative on the board, and one county has five," he said.

That issue was raised last week in a Region F meeting in Fort Stockton.

The chairman, John Grant, agreed that additional representation for the western counties would be reasonable, said Lindley.

"Our concern partly came out of their decision on how to distribute the administrative cost of Region F," said Lindley.

For the $160,000 cost, four alternative means of payment were proposed. The one settled upon was: 50 percent based on distribution of population, and 50 percent on distribution of water usage.

"On that formula, Reeves County and Pecos County were faced with the highest costs related to irrigation," Lindley said. "That's why we felt we needed additional representation on the regional board, and that's something we are working to correct at this time."

Pecos County rancher D. A. Harral is a likely candidate for that board position, Lindley said. He is past president of the Texas Sheep and Goat Raisers Association; director of the Pecos County Farm Bureau; and past president and past director of the Trans Pecos Soil and Water Conservation District.

A.B. Foster of Pecos is president of the Trans Pecos Underground Water District board, and Dennis Braden of Coyanosa is vice president.

Cotton farmers to discuss eradication zone

PECOS, Feb. 26, 1999 -- Cotton farmers are encouraged to attend a boll weevil eradication meeting Wednesday in the Reeves County Civic Center.

Representatives of the Texas Boll Weevil Eradication Foundation, the Texas Agricultural Extension Service and Texas Department of Agriculture are scheduled to provide information about boll weevil eradication and pink bollworm suppression.

In preparation for the upcoming Texas Department of Agriculture referendum on March 26, the El Paso/Trans Pecos Grower Committee has scheduled a series of informational meetings to give cotton growers and crop-sharing landowners an opportunity to discuss the proposed boll weevil eradication / pink bollworm suppression program.

The vote is being held to determine if cotton producers and crop-sharing landowners want to implement this program in the proposed El Paso/Trans Pecos Eradication Zone.

All cotton producers and landowners, as well as others interested in the cotton industry, are encouraged to attend either the Pecos meeting or another in Fabens on Thursday. Both meeting times are scheduled for 5 p.m.

The Fabens meeting will be in the Cattleman's Restaurant.

Meals will be provided by the El Paso Pest Management Association and friends of the cotton industry. For more information, contact the foundation at Abilene, 800-687-1212 or 915-672-2800.

The proposed EP/TP eradication zone consists of 60,000 acres in 15 counties: Brewster, Crane, Crockett, Culberson, El Paso, Hudspeth, Jeff Davis, Loving, Pecos, Presidio, Reeves, Terrell, Val Verde, Ward and Winkler.

In the March 26 referendum, cotton growers and crop-sharing landowners in the 15-county area will vote on the establishment of the area as an official eradication and suppression program and the approval of a maximum assessment necessary to fund a program.

Voters will also elect a representative from the proposed zone to serve on the board of directors who administer the eradication program in Texas.

Successful boll weevil eradication has already been completed in Alabama, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, North and South Carolina and Virginia.

The states of Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Tennessee are also involved in boll weevil eradication efforts.

Man jailed following raid for pot, heroin possession

PECOS, Feb. 26, 1999 -- An east side man is in jail on heroin and marijuana possession charges following a drug raid Thursday evening by Pecos police and Reeves County sheriff's deputies.

On Thursday, at about 10:15 p.m., officers from the Pecos Police Department and the Reeves County Sheriff's Department executed a narcotics search warrant on the home of Armando Armendariz and his family, located at 406 S. Mesquite St.

After executing the search warrant officers proceeded to search the residence and during the search they located one syringe commonly used in the injecting of heroin.

"Inside and about the syringe was a substance believed to be heroin," said Police Investigator Ernest Lazcano.

Also during the search a substance believed to be marijuana was found inside the residence.

Armendariz, 40, was placed under arrest for the offenses of possession of a controlled substance, heroin and possession of marijuana.

"Armendariz was also served with three outstanding traffic warrants issued by the Judge Phyllis Salyer," said Lazcano.

He is currently in the Reeves County Jail awaiting arraignment, police said.

Filings going slow for Balmorhea races

Staff Writer
PECOS, Feb. 26, 1999 -- Braulia Natividad is the only candidate to file for re-election in Balmorhea for the city and school elections.

Natividad's three-year term on the Balmorhea ISD board of trustees is expiring, as are those of Dora Machuca and Javier Lozano.

No one has filed at city hall for the three council positions. Council members whose terms are expiring are Olga Mendoza, Sammy Baeza and Dick Hoef.

In Pecos, filings remain static. Johnny Terrazas seeks re-election to the city council; Marcella Lovett to the hospital district board from Precinct 2; and Billie Sadler seeks to return to the Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD board.

Terms expiring are those of Terrazas, Randy Graham and Gerald Tellez Jr., city; Lovett and Jeannette Alligood, hospital; and Alberto Alvarez and Daisy Roquemore, school board.

In the Barstow City Council election, all three incumbents Olga Abila, Lucio Florez and Dora Villanueva have filed to retain their positions.

The election is set for May 1. March 17 is the deadline for filing.

PHA apartment remodeling job almost finished

Staff Writer
PECOS, Feb. 26, 1999 -- Apartments have taken on a totally new look on the exterior and are almost completed for some residents of the Pecos Housing Authority, according to director Nellie Gomez.

Gomez updated the PHA board during their monthly meeting Thursday on the CIAP 96 grant which allowed her to make major renovations to several apartments including painting the apartments on the outside.

"The outside painting has almost been completed and the final exterior items taken care of," said Gomez. "We're almost ready to close out CIAP 96," she said.

Gomez said that PHA apartments located on the east side of Pecos look really nice and final repair work is almost completed on those apartments which were targeted for renovation through CIAP 96.

Under the CIAP 98 grant, a new maintenance truck can be purchased, according to Gomez. "Under this grant we're allowed to buy a new pickup and we were thinking of waiting until later this year, when prices will go down a bit," said Gomez.

"We'll be needing the new maintenance truck when the new grant gets rolling and we really start with the renovations," said Gomez.

Board members discussed the issue and opted to go ahead and advertise for bids and purchase the pickup. "I'll go ahead and advertise for bids and get it earlier in the year then," said Gomez.

A resolution for the budget for FY 1999 was approved, along with a resolution for the Public Housng Management Assesment Program (PHMAP) FY 1999.

Gomez told the board that employees had attended training in Odessa and have been updated on pertinent information concerning public housing. "We've learned a lot and have new information if the board wants to review it," said Gomez.

Employees will also attend a public housing funding seminar in Lubbock on March 9.

Board members also approved a resolution to write off to collection losses several individuals. "These tenants were at the Farm Labor Housing," said Gomez.

Individuals on the list include Gonzalo Madrid, $90; Rachel Medellin, $278; Rona Roberts, $154; Carla Villegas, $124; Donald Johnson, $223; Ryedesel Luna, $140 and James Meininger, $282.

One of the tenants destroyed the apartment, which had to be fixed up by PHA, according to Gomez. "He broke furniture, trashed it and literally broke other items in the apartment," said Gomez.

There was also a plant growing station located in one of the closets, according to Gomez.

"Did this individual just move out or did he give notice? asked board member Debbie Flores.

"He just moved out and we didn't know he had trashed the apartment until after he had been gone and we went in to look at it," said Gomez.

"We need to go ahead and send all of these to collections and try to recoup some of the money," said Ray Golden.

"We've been doing a little bit better at collecting some of these funds," said Gomez.

Gomez told board members that there has also been a lot of money spent on fixing up some of the vacant apartments. "We've had a lot of vacancies and have been going in there and fixing items such as gas leaks, water leaks, towel racks and other bathroom items," said Gomez. "Which accounts for our big bill at Gibson's," she said.

Gomez said that the apartments should be rented out by next month, however, and most of the waiting list wiped out.

Board members also approved the monthly financial statement, accounts payable, occupancy status and rent roll and cash journal for both the Farm Labor Housing and Pecos Housing Authority.

WTO's hearing on rural transit set for April 19

PECOS, Feb. 26, 1999 -- A hearing will be held on at 4 p.m. April 19 in Lamesa by West Texas Opportunities on the continuation of its rural public transportation services in the Permian Basin.

Lamesa-based WTO provides public transportation vans in Pecos and Reeves County, along with other area cities and counties. It is seeking almost $230,000 in financial assistance from the Texas Department of Transportation, along with additional state funds, to continue operation.

Other areas served by WTO include Lamesa and Dawson County; Stanton and Martin County; McCamey/Rankin and Upton County; Seminole/Seagraves and Gaines County; Andrews and Andrews County; and Glasscock County; Monahans and Ward County; Fort Stockton and Pecos County; Kermit and Winkler County; Sanderson and Terrell County; Mentone and Loving County; and Gail and Borden County.


Juana Chabarria

Services are incomplete for Juana Chabarria, 85, who died today at Medical Center Hospital in Odessa.

Pecos Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Elodia Orona

Elodia Orona, 73, died Wednesday, Feb. 24, 1999, at Memorial Hospital in Midland.

A rosary is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. today at the Pecos Funeral Home Chapel.

Mass will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 27, at Santa Rosa Catholic Church with burial in Greenwood Cemetery.

She was born Dec. 18, 1925, in Grandfalls, was a lifelong Pecos resident, a homemaker and a Catholic.

Survivors include her husband, Benito Orona of Pecos; two sons, Manuel Orona of Odessa, Benito Orona of Austin; four daughters, Lilly Villanueva and Irma Rodriguez of Pecos, Elva Sanches and Debbie Galindo of Midland; one brother, Manuel Jimenez of Odessa; one sister, Alvin Jimenez of Odessa; 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Pecos Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Jean Rowe

Jean Rowe, 78, of San Angelo, died Wednesday, Feb. 24, 1999, in a local hospital.

Graveside services will be at 10 a.m., Saturday in Mount Evergreen Cemetery in Pecos.

She was born Oct. 27, 1920, in Pecos, was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church in Balmorhea.

Survivors include two sons, Gary Rowe and Ronnie Rowe, both of San Angelo; a sister, Elizabeth Stewart of Colorado and one grandson.

Pecos Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


PECOS, Feb. 26, 1999 -- High Thursday 85; low last night 58. Tonight, partly cloudy. Low 40-45. West to northwest wind 10-20 mph and gusty. Saturday, mostly sunny, breezy and cooler. High in the mid to upper 60s. North wind 15-25 mph and gusty.

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