Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Thursday, July 22, 1999
Council awaits results on new water well
By PEGGY McCRACKEN
PECOS, July 22, 1999 -- Acidizing underway today will determine whether
a new water well in the Worsham field is a producer or a dud, Abidur Khan
told the Pecos City Council this morning.
Khan said that a pilot hole showed 80 feet of water formation, so the
well was completed. However pumping tests showed only 30 gallons per minute
in the larger hole when drilled to 260 feet.
Utilities director Octavio Garcia said that acidizing may open up perforations
in the casing and the aquifer to allow more water to enter.
If that well, dubbed 10A, proves to be a dud, Khan recommended drilling
test holes near wells #9 and #16 with funds remaining in the budget, which
the council approved.
The council would have to declare an emergency to drill another well
without advertising for bids, Khan said.
Mayor Dot Stafford said that the matter would be placed on the agenda
for Tuesday's budget workshop.
With reserves in the Worsham field almost depleted, Khan recommended
the city drill test holes in six sections of the South Worsham Field with
an eye to beginning development on the south end of the field.
Test holes have already been drilled on the north portion that the city
owns, but Khan said development should begin on the far end and work back
toward the main transport line.
If the north end is developed first, someone else could gain water rights
on the south end before the city does, he warned.
City Attorney Scott Johnson advised the council to wait until they learn
whether the Duval water field north of Toyah is viable. Hydrologists will
study data on output from the wells and the amount of draw-down on the
aquifer, then determine if further testing needs to be done, he said.
McMoRan Exploration has offered the water field for sale at $4 million,
and it is estimated that a transportation line to Pecos would cost another
Paperwork has been submitted to the Texas Water Development Board for
an $8 million loan to develop the South Worsham field.
Garcia said that Reeves County Judge Jimmy Galindo has agreed to pay
the city $400,000 in back-billed charges for water at the Reeves County
When the detention center was built outside the city limits, the council
agreed to supply water at the in-town rate, Garcia said. But that contract
expired in 1992, and the county should have been paying out-of-town rates
since then, he said.
A recent rate increase put the out-of-town rate at $5.50 per thousand
gallons. Garcia said the county would be back-billed at that rate for water
used since the contract expired.
In a meeting with city officials, Galindo agreed to pay the back charges
to help develop the South Worsham field, Garcia said.
"Let's get the funds first, and then we will know how to spend it,"
said Councilman Gerald Tellez.
The new rate went into effect June 1.
"In the past we have paid $1.70 per thousand gallons, but now we are
billed $5.50 per thousand gallons," Owens said. "That is a big increase,
as much water as we use out there."
On water used the first five months of this year, the new rate would
have cost the county an additional $40,000, he said.
In another water matter, the council accepted the bid of M&M Excavating
In. of Carlsbad, N.M. to replace 6,680 feet of the Ward County field transportation
line east of the Pecos River at a cost of $304,462.
Other bidders were Scott Thane Ditching of Odessa, $319,371; Holloman
Construction of Odessa, $322,143; B&H Maintenance of Eunice, N.M.,
$329,080; and Key Enterprises of Odessa, $344,909.
"Since our bid is lower than the construction grant, we would like to
add additional footage," Khan said.
Garcia said that M&M replaced a portion of the line that crossed
the Pecos River, and they built a bridge.
"They did a real good job on the new bridge and installed that line,"
he said. "They will start from where they finished and continue on.
City preparing for seal coating project
By PEGGY McCRACKEN
PECOS, July 22, 1999 -- Seal Coating 82,790 square yards of streets
is estimated to cost the city of Pecos $69,543, Abidur Khan told the council
That would entail applying asphalt and pre-coated aggregates, he said.
The council agreed to advertise for bids to be opened at 2 p.m. Aug.
Mayor Dot Stafford said that the total budget for sealcoating is $65,000,
so some streets may have to be eliminated if bids come in at or more than
the engineer's estimate.
Good news in the form of cost reports on the Maxey Park Zoo cheered
City Manager Kenneth Neal said that annual costs to feed and maintain
the animals is $29,700.
Councilman Johnny Terrazas, who asked for the report, said the cost
After asking for the report, Terrazas said he learned that animals are
provided free of charge.
Parks director Armando Gil said the late city manager J.J. Maxey made
an agreement years ago with Louis Waters of Kerrville to loan exotic animals
to the zoo, and they are transferred every three or four years.
Gil also has agreements with the Alamita Park Zoo in New Mexico, the
Brookfield, Ill. and El Paso zoos for animal exchanges.
"We are inspected by the USDA," he said. "We have only had two violations
in the last four years. They wanted a barrier between the people and the
wolves so kids couldn't stick their hands in the pen, and a water trough
Gil said that he has the offer of a llama and two kangaroos, which can
be housed in pens already in use.
"We have a fine zoo, and it is used very much," said Councilman Danny
Two bus loads of people from Chihuahua, Mex. toured the zoo recently,
He estimated the number of animals at 60. He expects to add a female
buffalo from Kerrville to replace one that died recently.
"We have an excess of deer we need to take back to Kerrville," he said.
The council approved use of Maxey Park on Oct. 9 from noon to 5 p.m.
for Anchor West Inc.'s employee picnic,
* Renewed the contract for elections coordinator Debra Thomas
* Heard a report that Holloman Construction Co. has completed the Third
Street sewer project except for testing lateral connections
* Accepted the sole bid of $18,899 for a 3/4 ton pickup for the water
* In executive session reviewed both the chief of police and fire marshal.
District plans copter assault on cedars
By SMOKEY BRIGGS
PECOS, July 22, 1999 -- Air power is being brought to bear in the war
against the salt cedar tree along the Pecos River.
The Upper Pecos Soil and Water Conservation District Board met Monday
to discuss the tactical aspects of a new campaign in this ongoing battle.
"We want to make sure we get the most bang for our buck," said Barney
Lee, district conservationist for the Natural Resources Conservation Service,
who is assisting the Upper Pecos District.
During the session the board discussed the relative advantages and disadvantages
of different types of aerial application in combination with different
mixtures of chemical in relation to price.
"When you add up all the variables it can be pretty complicated," said
Dr. Charles Hart, Ph.D., an assistant professor and extension range specialist
with the Texas A&M Agricultural Extension Service.
The primary question facing the board was whether to use a fixed-wing
crop-dusting service or a helicopter service.
"The helicopter application costs more per acre but because the helicopter
is more precise, we should be able to spray more miles of river (than with
the fixed-wing aircraft) for the same amount of money," chairman of the
board Larry Fernandes said.
Although Fernandes said the helicopter bids averaged $60 more per acre
than the fixed wing bids submitted to the board, the board voted unanimously
to go with helicopter approach.
Of three companies submitting bids on the project, a company based out
of East Texas submitted the lowest bid of $190 per acre.
Currently the board has $110,000 to work with for the eradication project.
Fernandes estimated that for the $110,000 the board should be able to
treat about 48 miles of the Pecos River.
The board also voted to look into performing several test applications
using fixed wing aircraft and different chemical mixtures of Arsenal, a
herbicide produced by American Cyanamid Company.
Dr. Hart said that the recommended mixture on the label is four pints
per 10 gallons of water.
A second alternative is to use a fixed-wing aircraft and have the aircraft
spray the area twice with a reduced mixture, Hart said.
The reduced mixture would mix two pints of Arsenal with each ten gallons
"The problem with this method is that there isn't any data available
showing this method to be effective," Hart said.
If it were just as effective, the double-pass method using an airplane
would be more cost effective, Fernandes said.
"We are going to run several tests this year along with the helicopter
application. If we find that another method is cheaper and works just as
well then we'll have that option open next year. For now, we need to go
with the proven method of application," Fernandes said.
Lee said that the salt cedar had been introduced to the region as an
erosion control plant. Unfortunately, the salt cedar adapted too well and
has several harmful side-effects.
"The salt cedar has virtually destroyed the native habitat along the
river," Lee said. "It also takes a lot of water out of the river and does
double damage by actually adding salt to a river that already has a high
Dr. Hart said that the salt cedar actually pulls salt out of the ground
through its roots and deposits the salt on the surface as sap drips and
leaves fall. The result is salt on top of the soil that erodes into the
The official name for the project is the Pecos River Salt Cedar Demonstration
Project. Lee said that the project is a cooperative effort between the
Conservation District, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Red Bluff Water
Power Control District, American Cyanamid, local farmers and ranchers,
the Texas A&M Agricultural Extension Service and about a dozen other
agencies and water districts.
A similar test project has already been conducted along the Pecos River
south of Arteisa, N.M.
Lee said that the Red Bluff Water Power Control District had donated
$100,000 to be used over the next two years for the project — $50,000 each
"The other money has been donated by the local water districts on a
voluntary basis," he said.
Lee said that the board plans to begin aerial operations by September
CCRC accepting school supply applications
PECOS, July 22, 1999 -- The Community Council of Reeves County has
begun accepting applications for school supplies at its office at the Reeves
County Annex, 700 W. Daggett St., Suite F.
All applications must be received before next Friday, July 30. For further
information, call the CCRC at 447-4913.
AUSTIN (AP) — Results of the Lotto Texas drawing Wednesday night:
Winning numbers drawn: 13-15-29-31-37-44. Estimated jackpot: $4 million.
Number matching six of six: 0. Matching five of six: 58. Prize: $1,805.
Matching four of six: 3,445. Prize: $110.
AUSTIN (AP) — The winning Pick 3 numbers drawn Wednesday by the Texas
Lottery, in order:
7-5-1 (seven, five, one)
Oma Hartman, 83, died Tuesday, July 20, 1999 at Odessa Medical Center.
Services were held at 10 a.m., today, at the Church of Christ in Grandfalls,
with burial in the East Hill Cemetery in Fort Stockton, with Minister John
Hartman was born in Lovelady, and resided in Granfalls for the past
Survivors include her husband, Elton Hartman of Grandfalls; two sons,
Randal Hartman of Bakersfield, Tx. and Michael Hartman of Fredericksburg;
one sister, Loma Jean Murphy of Midland; six grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Richard W. Box Funeral Home of Crane is in charge of arrangements.
PECOS, July 22, 1999 -- High Wednesday 96; low last night 69. Rainfall
in town .08 inch. Tonight, partly cloudy with widely scattered evening
showers and thunderstorms. Low around 70. South wind 10 20 mph, decreasing
to 5-10 mph after midnight. Chance of rain 20 percent. Friday, partly cloudy
with isolated showers and thunderstorms. high in the upper 90s. South wind
10-20 mph. Chance of rain less than 20 percent.
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