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Friday, April 9, 1999

Crockett duo earn state academic slots

By ROSIE FLORES
Staff Writer
PECOS, April 9, 1999 -- Who follows directions better, boys or girls?

How fast can you do math problems?

Two students from Crockett Middle School recently proved their expertise and earned them a trip to state competition.

Amanda Fleming qualified for the Texas State Math and Science Academic competition and Hannah Paz qualified for the Texas State and Science and Engineering Science Fair.

"We're real proud of these two young ladies, they did an excellent job," said Crockett Middle School Principal Juanita Davila. "This is the first time since I've been here at Crockett that we have someone going to state."

Davila said the girls have brilliant futures ahead of them and that the entire school is behind them.

"They've done so well," she said, adding that Frank Ornelas, co-ordinator for both events, did a tremendous job.

Fleming qualified for the Texas State Math and Science Academic competition in mathematics. She will be competing next Saturday, April 17, in San Antonio.

The competition brings middle school students from around the state to compete in the Math and Science events. Fleming had a qualifying score of 173 points at the Crane Middle School Academic meet, which earned the eighth grader second place.

Based on other qualifying scores throughout the state, the qualifying score that Fleming attained will definitely make her a strong competitor at the meet.

Math and science sponsors Guadalupe Paz and Jim Workman have been working with Fleming in preparation for the state competition.

Paz' daughter, Hannah, qualified for the Texas State Science and Engineering Science Fair, scheduled for Austin a week from today.

Her project placed second in the Behavioral Sciences Division at the Regional Science Fair at UTPB in Odessa. Students must qualify for the regional science fair by competing in a local science fair.

Paz' project, "Battle of the Sexes," received the Teachers Choice award at the local science fair held at Crockett Middle School.

This award allowed her to participate at the Regional Science Fair. Upon qualifying for the Regional Science Fair, the student's project must place first or second in their perspective competition division.

Her idea for this particular project stemmed from a conversation held in class, about who follows directions the best, boys or girls. "Battle of the Sexes" is a behavioral science project whose primary research deals with the finding out which sex follows directions better.

According to the project findings, female students follow directions more accurately than male students.

This is the fourth year the 13-year-old has attended regional competition. Her science project career begin when she was in fifth grade when she and another student, Julissa Leal, won the local competition and the Society of Petroleum Engineers Ribbon at the regional competition in Odessa.

As a sixth grader she placed first in the local science fair, but didn't place at regionals in Odessa and last year, Paz placed first in Pecos and first at regionals in Odessa, with her project.

She said that this is the first year, that those that win at regionals go on to state competition. "They've come up with a lot of new things and this is one of them," she said.

"I've always been real interested in science," said Paz.

When she's not working on science projects, Paz is a normal teenager interested in doing things with her friends, talking on the phone, hanging out the mall, shopping and playing golf.

"It was fun at regionals, I think I'll do good at state," said Paz. "I'm really excited about going to Austin."

Fleming is the 14-year-old daughter of Danny and Julia Fleming.

She has been an active participant of UIL academics, including in impromptu speaking, model oratory, spelling, listening skills, math and science and number sense.

"But I'm really good at math and I'm Careers Investigation Teacher thinks I should be a CPA someday," said Fleming.

She added that her class has been working on taxes recently, something she found fascinating. "It's a lot of fun and I'm really good at it," she said.

Fleming's enthusiasm over winning, was portrayed at the recent regional meet. "I was so excited when I won in Crane, I did a back flip," she said, laughing.

When not busy honing her math skills, Fleming enjoys playing tennis, hanging out friends, talking on the phone and watching Xena.

"I'm hoping for the best, but I'm prepared for the worst," said Fleming, about attending state competition. "I think it'll be really fun, and I'm going out there and doing my best."

Annual health fair to feature 50 booths

By ROSIE FLORES
Staff Writer
PECOS, April 9, 1999 -- Are residents can get their cholesterol tested, receive thyroid profiles have their weight taken and undergo other tests at reduced prices on Saturday, at the 12th Annual Reeves County Hospital Health Fair at the Reeves County Hospital.

The event is set to begin at 8 a.m., with about 50 different health care providers and businesses represented.

Other testing will be done at drastically reduced prices and handouts provided by the different representatives.

Fun items will also be given away, such as magnets, balloons and much more.

In addition, a barbecue luncheon for $4 will be offered and free pancake breakfast in the morning.

Everyone is invited to come to the annual event, there is something there for everyone, said RCH representative Nancy Ontiveros.

All first and second graders are encouraged to draw a picture of health. Drawings can be on any type of paper 8 1/2-by-11 or larger. Participants are asked to write their name, grade and teacher's name on back.

Pictures not given by students to their teacher today can still be entered by taking them to Reeves County Hospital before 6 p.m. today.

Ideas for the drawing include, jumping rope, healthy heart, brushing teeth, doctor's visit, eye check-up, exercising, nutritious foods and foods to avoid.

Judging will be on Saturday, with first through third place ribbons for each grade awarded along with participant ribbons. Pictures can be picked up between 1-3 p.m.

Balloons, coloring books, 911 demonstration, fingerprinting, free hearing tests, electrical safety display, face-painting and more will be offered at Saturday's fair.

Development grant, colonias on agenda

PECOS, April 9, 1999 -- Community Development Block Grant and Colonias Set-Aside Program applications for 1999 will be discussed at the regular Reeves County Commissioners Court meeting scheduled for 10:15 a.m. Monday.

A discussion on Reeves County Detention Center contract employees, resolutions on opposing realistic bomber training and on celebrating Texas County Government Week and discussion of the Reeves County Veteran Services Officer position are also on Monday's agenda.

Commissioners will discuss or take action on public health nuisance abatement at 201 W. Iglesia St., in Saragosa and discuss the maintenance and custodial personnel duties, responsibilities and supervision.

The group will discuss an advertising contract with American Guide Services Inc., and the Reeves County Tax Abatement Agreement Registry.

In addition commissioners will discuss and take action on:

* Interlocal cooperative agreement with State of Texas Voters Registration/Jury Selection Online System.

* Reports from various departments.

* Budget amendments and line-item transfers.

* Personnel and salary changes (RCDC, county judge, sheriff's office, recreation).

* Bond and oath and deputation of Assistant County Auditor, Aida Baeza.

* Minutes from previous minutes.

* Notice of Over Axle Over Gross Weight Permits.

* Spread on Minutes: Continuing education of Herman Tarin, RCDC employment contract between Leonard Lopez and Reeves County, Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD and Reeves County contract for RCDC GED Testing.

Pecos teenager arrested in border marijuana bust

By ROSIE FLORES
Staff Writer
PECOS, April 9, 1999 -- A Pecos teen was arrested in Presidio on Thursday and a second teen was also detained, but not charged, after allegedly attempting to drive across the border with a large amount of marijuana.

The incident happened at the border just outside of Presidio, according to DEA Agent Mike Martinson out of Marfa.

David Gomez, 19, of Pecos, and a 17-year-old also from Pecos were in a white 1987 Monte Carlo, which contained 37.8 pounds of marijuana.

"They were attempting to cross the border illegally and we intercepted them," said Martinson.

The agent said the duo was attempting to cross the border, in a shallow part of the Rio Grande, instead of going through the check-point set up at the border between Ojinaga, Mex., and Presidio.

"They went around the check-point area, instead of going through it," said Martinson. "The good part about is that there are sensors there and they went off and that's how we were able to detect them."

DEA Agents and Border Patrol agents ran a canine unit on the vehicle and he alerted the officers to a hidden compartment in the vehicle which contained the contraband.

Gomez is still in the Presidio County Jail, with a $25,000 bond set on a charge of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. However, the 17-year-old was released because of federal guidelines declare him to be a minor.

However, the second teen could still face charges. "The state might retaliate and press charges on him, but we don't know yet if it will," said Martinson.

He praised the efforts of all the DEA Agents and the border patrol. "This was a combined effort by the agencies," said Martinson.

Walker seeks water district bill hearing

By PEGGY McCRACKEN
Staff Writer
PECOS, April 9, 1999 -- State Rep. Gary Walker of Plains has asked for a hearing on his bill to create a Trans Pecos Underground Water Conservation District for Reeves and Loving counties.

Legislative Aide Laurie McAnally said this morning that Walker hopes the hearing in the Natural Resources Committee will be held next week.

If created, the district would oversee underground water use in the two counties to ensure conservation.

Walker's District 80 includes Reeves and Loving counties.

The House on Tuesday approved a measure authorizing creation of an underground water district for Brewster County, the San Angelo Standard-Times reported today. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Pete Gallego, will now need approve by the Senate before it can be signed into law by Gov. George W. Bush.

Reeves and Loving Counties had talked with Brewster County officials last year about forming a single underground water district, but the proposal was not approved. Other area counties, including Ward and Pecos, also opted against of joining the Reeves-Loving county district, with Pecos County voting to form their own district in the future.

If approved by the Legislature, the underground water district will then require approval by voters in Reeves and Loving counties before the district can officially be formed.

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

Rec department registering kids for youth hoops

PECOS, April 9, 1999 -- The Reeves County Community Sports and Recreation Department is forming peewee basketball leagues for children ages 5 through 8 years of age.

Parents can enroll their children at the recreation department office, located in the front of the old Pecos High School gym weekdays between 5 and 10 p.m. For further information, call 447-9776.

The gym will also be open for volleyball on Tuesday and Thursday nights, and for basketball on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.  The recreation department is also signing people up for walking and jogging clubs, where points will be awarded for prices.

For more information on those programs or to make court reservations, call 447-9776.

Police Report

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.


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Auden Soto, 27, was arrested at 3:01 p.m., on March 26, at Pecos Municipal Court, on a Capias Pro Fine warrant. He was taken to Reeves County Jail.

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Joaquin Mata, 17, was arrested at 3:32 p.m., on March 26, in the 400 block of Alamo Street, on a Grand Jury Indictment warrant (aggravated assault causing bodily injury). He was taken to Reeves County Jail.

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Marco Antonio Barreno, 35, was arrested at 11:30 a.m., on March 27, at 2365 Madera Road, on a Grand Jury Indictment warrant. He was taken to Reeves County Jail.

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Hector Manuel Rey, 41, was arrested at 2:02 a.m., on March 28, in the 700 block of East Third Street, for public intoxication. He was taken to Reeves County Jail.

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Melissa J. Valdez, 19, was arrested at 4:12 a.m., on March 28, on Pinehurst Street, East of Country Club Drive, for driving while intoxicated. She was taken to Reeves County Jail.

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Luis Carrasco, 19, was arrested at 10:52 p.m., on March 28, at the corner of Stafford and Wyoming streets, for fleeing from a Peace Officer/reckless driving after speeding.

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Francisco Javier Lopez Jr., 26, was arrested at 2:33 a.m., on March 29, in the 100 block of West Ninth Street, on traffic violation (Capias Pro Fine) warrants. He was taken to Reeves County Jail.

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Joel Bravo Rubio, 24, was served with a warrant at 11:45 a.m., on March 29, at the Midland County Jail. He was transferred to Reeves County Jail.

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A female juvenile was arrested at 11:41 p.m., on March 29, in the 400 block of East `D' Street, on a probation violation. She was taken to Reeves County Juvenile Detention Center.

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Teresa Baeza was arrested at 3:31 p.m., on March 30, at the corner of Jefferson and Eddy streets, on Capias Pro Fine warrants. She paid the fines and was released.

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Javier Q. Macias, 37, was arrested at 10:56 p.m., on March 30, on a third DWI refusal offense. He was taken to Reeves County Jail.

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Johnny Morales, 22, was arrested at 7:35 p.m., on March 31, at the corner of Houston and Railroad Avenue in Balmorhea, for assault causing bodily injury earlier at another residence. Morales was transported to be arraigned, then taken to Reeves County Jail.

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Isidro Lopez was arrested at 10:41 a.m., on April 1, at Pecos Municipal Court, on Capias Pro Fine warrants. He paid the fines and was released.

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Ben Valeriano was arrested at 12:06 a.m., on April 1, in the area of Highway 17 and Lindsay Road, following a traffic violation. Because of overcrowding at the Reeves County Jail, the jail staff could not book him and he was issued a citation (third no driver's license offense) and released.

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Jesus Ortega Jr., 20, was arrested at 4:14 p.m., on April 1, at the Town and Country on Palmer Street, for theft over $50, a third degree felony. He was taken to Reeves County Jail.

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Blake Lambert, 42, was arrested at 9:38 p.m., on April 2, at the Flying J Restaurant, for public intoxication. He was taken to Reeves County Jail.

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Arnulfo Miranda Jr., 33, was arrested at 2:04 a.m., on April 3, in the 400 block of East Sixth Street, for public intoxication. He was taken to Reeves County Jail.

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Georgina Lanbrano, 24, and Dorian Fuentez, 24, were arrested at 2:53 a.m., on April 3, in the 400 block of East Second Street, for public intoxication. They were taken to Reeves County Jail.

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Susie Yazzie, 47, was arrested at 12:24 a.m., on April 3, at the railroad crossing on Locust Street, for public intoxication. She was taken to Reeves County Jail.

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Tomas Carmona, 49, was arrested at 7:14 p.m., on April 3, in the 100 block of East `C' Street, for public intoxication. He was taken to Reeves County Jail.

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David Pando, 17, was arrested at 1:26 a.m., on April 6, at 5401 Sierra Road, for disorderly conduct, a Class `C' misdemeanor. He was taken to Reeves County Jail.

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Hugo Holguin Villescas, 22, was arrested at 10:23 p.m., on April 8, in the 100 block of South Elm Street, for driving while intoxicated. He was taken to Reeves County Jail.

Lotto

AUSTIN (AP) Results of the Cash 5 Thursday night: Winning numbers drawn: 13-17-19-21-32. Number matching five of five: 0. Matching four of five: 291. Prize: $777.

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AUSTIN (AP) The winning Pick 3 numbers drawn Thursday by the Texas Lottery, in order: 7-9-2 (seven, nine, two)

Obituary

Elfida Dominguez

PECOS, April 9, 1999 -- Elfida G. Dominguez, 82, died Thursday, April 8, 1999, at Reeves County Hospital.

A rosary is scheduled for 7 p.m., today at Pecos Funeral Home Chapel.

Mass will be held at 3 p.m., Saturday, April 10, at Santa Rosa Catholic Church, with Father Mike Alcuino officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery.

She was born Aug. 11, 1916, in Toyah, was a homemaker, lifelong Pecos resident and a Catholic.

She was preceded in death by her husband Doroteo Dominguez and one sister, Maria C. Mata.

Survivors include three sons, Raul Dominguez of San Antonio, Juan Dominguez of Long Beach, Calif. and Jesus Dominguez of Pecos; two daughters, Margie Lopez of Fort Stockton and Mary Jane Garcia of Pecos; four sisters, Flora Roman and Valentina Garcia of Odessa, Genoveva Dominguez of Pecos and Helen Mogano of San Antonio; 16 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Pecos Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Weather

PECOS, April 9, 1999 -- High Thursday 85; low last night 60. Wind advisory today. Tonight, partly cloudy and windy. Low 45 50. West wind 20-30 mph. Saturday, partly cloudy. High in the upper 70s. West wind 15-25 mph and gusty.



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