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Monday, May 10, 1999

Commissioners OK emergency jail repair

By SMOKEY BRIGGS
Staff Writer
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 emergency.

"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. Armstrong.

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 the property.

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 lot.

"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
Staff Writer
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
Staff Writer
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
Staff Writer
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," she said.

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 the chamber.

Lotto

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. Prize: $88.

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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.

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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.

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AUSTIN (AP) The winning Pick 3 numbers drawn Friday by the Texas Lottery, in order: 7-5-0 (seven, five, zero)

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AUSTIN (AP) The winning Pick 3 numbers drawn Saturday by the Texas Lottery, in order: 8-2-5 (eight, two, five)

Obituaries

Maria Navarrete

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 in Pecos.

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 nephews.

Reyes-Garcia Funeral Home of Midland is in charge of arrangements.

Salome Munoz

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.

Weather

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.



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