Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Monday, May 10, 1999
Commissioners OK emergency jail repair
By SMOKEY BRIGGS
PECOS, May 10, 1999 -- Jail improvements and modifications topped the
varied agenda Reeves County Commissioners worked through this morning.
Reeves County Sheriff Andy Gomez addressed the commissioners court concerning
the urgent nature of the plumbing problems the jail has been experiencing.
"We have been having more and more problems with the plumbing facilities
in the last few months," Gomez said. "The jail plumbing is becoming an
"The court has addressed the problem earlier in the year and funds have
been set aside for these improvements. I came today to communicate to the
court the urgent problems we are facing with the plumbing," Gomez said.
"This is a matter that I feel needs to be open to bids," County Judge
Jimmy Galindo said, and the court voted to begin drafting the specification
as soon as possible.
In connection to the proposed new Immigration and Naturalization Service
building the court voted to table the proposed tax abatement until further
research could be conducted.
"I'm not sure this project meets the requirements for an abatement,"
Reeves County Auditor Lynn Owens said.
According to Owens, a business seeking an abatement must show that 10
full-time jobs will be created and that it will not be in direct competition
with already existing businesses.
He added that it was important to realize that the situation was slightly
out of the ordinary since the "business" in question was not the INS that
will use the building but the possible builders and future landlords of
the building — Brad Bennett, Inc., Hayes Properties, Inc., and Ernest E.
The court also voted to approve the ninth payment due to Banes General
Contractors. Banes is the contractor in charge of the ongoing expansion
at Reeves County Detention Center.
Owens informed the court that after this payment the county would still
owe about $140,000 and that the project was on schedule.
Precinct 4 Commissioner Gilberto "Hivi" Rayos said that the project
was going well and that the new facilities were scheduled to be ready by
July 1, 2000.
The court also re-appointed Elfida Zuniga to the Annual Tax and Property
Resale Committee. The Committee is comprised of representatives from the
various local tax entities and facilitates the sale of properties that
are delinquent on taxes.
In a semi-related matter, the court voted to allow a lot on the south
side of town to be sold.
The lot was originally collateral for a loan made by the county under
the revolving loan program. The loan went into default and the county took
As a complicating factor it was then discovered that an adjacent land
owner's home was several feet over the property line.
The court voted to draw up specifications for the bidding process so
that only land owners adjacent to the lot in question could bid on the
"This is the right thing to do," Herman Tarin said. Tarin is county
commissioner for Precinct Number 3.
Three-vehicle accident sends six to hospital
By ROSIE FLORES
PECOS, May 10, 1999 -- A three-vehicle accident that occurred shortly
after noon on Mother's Day sent six people to Reeves County Hospital.
According to Pecos Police, the accident occurred when a 1978 Mercury
Cougar, driven by Irene Rayos Dominguez, 54, and a 1989 Ford, driven by
Lilia Enriquez Arevalo, were southbound in the 700 block of South Cedar
Street. A 1995 Ford Mustang driven by 15-year-old Marlene Barrangan Muniz,
who was eastbound in the 100 block of East Eighth Street, came to a stop
at the intersection, then pulled out in front of the Dominguez vehicle.
Her car, which was in the right lane, swerved to the inside lane, striking
the Arevalo vehicle, which was southbound in the left lane on Cedar Street.
In the police report, Muniz said her view was obstructed by the vehicles
that were parked along the street outside of Tony's Restaurant, in the
700 Block of South Cedar Street.
Muniz was cited with failure to yield right of way and no driver's license.
After the incident, which occurred at 12:10 p.m., three individuals
in the Muniz vehicle were transported to RCH along with three passengers
from the Arevalo vehicle. None of the injuries were reportedly serious.
Pageant girls model fashions at Style Show
By ROSIE FLORES
PECOS, May 10, 1999 -- Seven young ladies, along with 21 little beauties,
modeled the latest in fashion wear from local stores at the Annual Style
Show held at noon, Saturday at the Pecos Valley Country Club.
"Fun in the Sun" was the theme for this year's event and the club was
decorated with beach and outdoor fun items.
The models were Golden Girl and Little Miss Cantaloupe contestants for
this year's pageant, scheduled for June 25.
Golden Girl nominees include Kristen Evans, Sara Matta, Stephanie Passmore,
Erin Paz, Amanda Stickels, Leslie Valeriano and Dana Warren.
Little Miss Cantaloupe nominees are: Arianna Alligood, Conner Armstrong,
Talia Castillo, Lyndsay Chowning, April Herrera, Tiffany Hunter, Amanda
James and Dakota Long.
Also, Andrielle Martinez, Heather Matta, Victoria Montoya, Catherine
Moore, Anna Orona, Kylie Owen, Alyson Reynolds, Amber Rodriguez, Marissa
Tarango, Jasmine Tarin, Gabby Vasquez, Anastazia Winkles and Kendra Winkles.
Fashions and door prizes were provided by Beall's, City Drive-in Cleaners,
Desiree's Boutique, Fonville's, Merle Norman Studio, Needleworks, Etc.,
Norma Jean's, Pecos Emporium, Security State Bank, Texas-New Mexico Power,
The Ceramic Shop, The Style Shop and Western Package.
Additional models for the event were the 1998 Golden Girl Erin Dominguez,
1998 Golden Girl runner-up Jennifer Martinez, and the 1998 Little Miss
Cantaloupe Kiara Reyna. Cindy Duke was emcee for the annual event.
Also modeling for the event were Trey Edwards, Tye Edwards, Kelly Lease,
Katelyn Moore, Bradley Shaw and Travis Thorp. Jessica Lam and Lindsey Shaw
were hostesses for the event.
Style Show committee members included Tracy Shaw, chairman; Pauline
Moore, co-chairman; Florine Lam, Dot Stafford, Faye Lease and Mya Surratt.
This year's Golden Girl Chairman will be Suan Cross, with co-chairman
Priscilla Cook on hand to help out with the annual June event.
Little Miss Cantaloupe chairman is Zane Windham.
Pecos County storms dump hail along I-10
From Staff and Wire Reports
Temperatures soared in Pecos over the weekend, with a high Saturday
of 99 and 97 on Sunday. High winds began kicking up dust this morning from
soil left powdery by the prolonged drought, after storms formed along a
line just east of the area on Sunday.
A Texas Department of Public Safety trooper spotted twisters along Interstate
10 between Sheffield and Bakersfield Sunday, where hail was almost three
inches in diameter.
Hail up to 2-1/2 inches in diameter beat up a car driven by a Pecos
County Sheriff's deputy and broke out the windshield, said Sheriff Bruce
Wilson this morning.
Wilson said that no injuries were reported from the hail, although numerous
vehicles on Interstate 10 were damaged, along with buildings in the area
around Bakersfield and Iraan.
None of the tornadoes spotted in the cloud caused damage, Wilson said.
Thunderstorms pounded parts of Texas overnight, with a radio tower and
electric lines blown down and several twisters sighted.
No injuries had been reported by 8 a.m. from the storms, which blew
in with a cool front.
A twister was reported just south of Alvin this morning, but no damage
was reported, a Brazoria County sheriff's dispatcher said.
National Weather Service radar detected a tornado just after midnight
west of Rocksprings and a radio tower was blown down near San Angelo, according
to Tom Green County sheriff's officers.
A building's roof was torn off near Robert Lee and two mobile homes
were damaged in the area.
Tornadoes also were reported late Sunday near Post, about 30 miles southeast
of Lubbock, and at the Dickens County Correctional Center, near Spur, which
is 50 miles east of Lubbock. No damage was reported in Post, and the prison
warden at Dickens reported only minor structure and fence damage.
Another twister was spotted by radar west of Sanger near Denton. Storm
spotters said winds toppled a high-voltage electric transmission line across
a farm-to-market road.
Another tornado warning was posted for the Granbury area when rotation
was identified within a squall line over Lipan. Residents of Oak Trail
Shores north of Granbury were alerted, but no twister touched down.
Wind gusts exceeding 60 mph accompanied the storms, which also dumped
hail up to three-quarter inch in diameter in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
Other large hail fell in McCulloch
Pep rally set for Eagles on Thursday
PECOS, May 10, 1999 -- A city-wide pep rally is scheduled for 7 p.m., Thursday
at the Pecos High School new gym for the Pecos Eagles' baseball team.
The community is invited to come cheer the Pecos Eagles and to meet
the 1999 Baseball Team, who will be competing in the Class 4A baseball
playoffs for the first time since 1991 later this week.
Pecos will face the Plainview Bulldogs on Friday at 5 p.m. and Saturday
at 1 p.m. at Howard College's Jack Butler Field in Big Spring. Pecos won
the District 2-4A title with a 10-0 record, and will play a practice game
at 7 p.m. tonight in Alpine against the Bucks.
Proclamation marks week to honor chamber
By PEGGY McCRACKEN
PECOS, May 10, 1999 -- Pecos Mayor Dot Stafford on Friday signed a
proclamation designating May 10-14 as 1999 Texas Chamber of Commerce Week.
Stafford said the Pecos chamber has for 42 years distinguished itself
as the voice of business in Pecos.
"The work done by the Pecos Chamber of Commerce has benefited Pecos,
Texas through the economic development and community development program
and has unceasingly promoted the community for quality growth and development,"
Among its endeavors are fostering enhanced educational opportunities,
infrastructure improvements, leadership development, the creation of jobs
and a positive vision of the future, Stafford said, and the chamber has
worked cooperatively with other organizations to accomplish those goals.
"Now therefore, be it proclaimed that I, Dot Stafford, do hereby recognize
the Pecos Chamber of Commerce and its many dedicated volunteers for its
steadfast work on behalf and support of Pecos, Texas, and do proudly proclaim
the week of May 10-14 as "Chamber of Commerce Week," and encourage our
citizens to congratulate the organization on its many accomplishments,"
the mayor said as she signed the proclamation before past presidents of
AUSTIN (AP) — Results of the Lotto Texas drawing Saturday night: Winning
numbers drawn: 7-11-26-28-33-43. Estimated jackpot: $22 million. Number
matching six of six: 2. Winning tickets sold in: Brownsville and El Paso.
Matching five of six: 163. Prize: $1,377. Matching four of six: 9,212.
AUSTIN (AP) — Results of the Texas Million drawing Friday night: Winning
numbers drawn: 45-46-67-68. Number matching four of four in Group One:
0. Number matching four of four in Group Two: 1. Prize: $25,000. Number
matching four of four in Group Three: 2. Prize: $10,000. Number matching
three of four in any group: 475. Prize: $300.
AUSTIN (AP) — Results of the Cash 5 drawing Friday night: Winning numbers
drawn: 13-17-25-26-31. Number matching five of five: 2. Prize per winner:
$45,915. Matching four of five: 300. Prize: $459.
AUSTIN (AP) — The winning Pick 3 numbers drawn Friday by the Texas Lottery,
in order: 7-5-0 (seven, five, zero)
AUSTIN (AP) — The winning Pick 3 numbers drawn Saturday by the Texas
Lottery, in order: 8-2-5 (eight, two, five)
Maria De Jesus Navarrete, 74, died Thursday, May 6, 1999, at Memorial Hospital
and Medical Center.
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m., today at Our Lady of Guadalupe
Catholic Church with Father Art Flores officiating. Burial followed at
Mt. Evergreen Cemetery.
She was born Nov. 12, 1924, in Colonia El Pueblito Municipal Adama Chihuahua,
she and her husband moved to Pecos in 1969 and in 1998 they moved to Midland
to be with their family. She was a member of Santa Rosa Catholic Church
She was preceded in death by two brothers, Luis Armendariz of Pueblito
Chih. and Trinidad Armendariz of Odessa.
Survivors include her husband, Sixto Navarrete, Sr. of Midland; five
sons, Sixto Navarrete Jr. of El Paso, Kiko and Rene Navarrete of Midland,
Octavio Navarrete of South America and Fillimon Navarrete of Odessa; three
daughters, Maria de Jesus Navarrete and Emma Carrasco of Odessa and Rosa
Navarrete of Barstow; one brother, Thomas Armendariz of Pecos; three sisters,
Socorro Castro, Agripina De La Rosa and Josephina Mendoza of Pueblito Chih.,
Mexico; 27 grandchildren 19 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and
Reyes-Garcia Funeral Home of Midland is in charge of arrangements.
Services are incomplete for Salome Munoz, 57, who died Sunday, May 9, 1999,
at Reeves County Hospital.
Pecos Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
PECOS, May 10, 1999 -- High Sunday 97; low last night 63. Tonight, partly
cloudy with a less than 20 percent chance of thunderstorms. Lows in the
lower 60s. South to southwest wind 10-20 mph and gusty. Tuesday, partly
cloudy. High in the lower 90s. Wind becoming northeast to east 10-20 mph.
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
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324 S. Cedar St., Pecos, TX 79772
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