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Monday, August 9, 1999

Stores reporting tax holiday boosted business

By SMOKEY BRIGGS
Staff Writer

PECOS, Aug. 9, 1999 -- Shoppers gave area retailers an early Christmas present over the weekend as folks took advantage of the first sales-tax holiday held in Texas.

"The response was unbelievable," Chris Metler said. Metler is the store manager for Bealls at 910 S. Eddy St.

"It is too early to know exactly, but I would estimate that we tripled our sales over the weekend," she said.

Metler said that Bealls' back-to-school sale ran in conjunction with the sales-tax holiday and shoppers took full advantage of the extra savings.

"It was better than our One-Day sales, and those offer significant savings," she said. "We were packed and steady from open to close, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Even the One-Day sales have slack times. This weekend, there weren't any."

Peggy Walker, owner of Needleworks Etc., at 241 S. Oak St., reported similar increases.

"We had a significant increase in sales over the weekend," Walker said. "We aren't open on Sunday, but Friday and Saturday were very good days here in Pecos."

Walker said that she saw even heavier traffic at her Alpine location.

"This is a great event. Anytime we can get a break on taxes is good and this was good for retailers and consumers," she said.

Walker also said that if the tax holiday is held again next year, response will be even better.

"Next year, people will be more aware of the holiday and the potential savings," she said. "I think turn-out will be even better."

Wal-Mart raked in its share of tax-saving shoppers as well.

"This was a great a really good weekend for us," Tim Bernicke, store manager said.

"I'm not sure if this will create an increase in our annual sales some people may have put off buying, or bought early, to take advantage of the tax holiday but Friday, Saturday and Sunday were very good days," he said.

The tax break applied to most clothing items, including shoes, as long as the items cost less than $100.

State officials estimate that shoppers saved about $69 million dollars in unpaid sales taxes during the three-day weekend.

Ex-Pecosite's infant dies in car rollover

By JON FULBRIGHT
Staff Writer

PECOS, Aug. 9, 1999 -- The seven-month-old son of a former Pecos resident was killed on Friday in an accident on Interstate 20 in Midland.

Joseph Trejo died of massive head trauma at Midland Memorial Hospital following the accident, which also injured his mother, Cheryl Lyn Aocsta, 20, of Carrollton.

According to a press release by the Midland Police Department, which investigated the accident, Acosta was driving westbound on I-20 going from Carrollton to Pecos in a 1997 Pontiac Sunfire when he car reportedly veered across a lane of traffic and then rolled over twice.

The accident occurred about 12:45 p.m. on I-20, a half-mile west of the Midkiff Road exit, police said.

Acosta received broken bones in the accident and was also taken to Midland Memorial, where she was treated for her injuries and released over the weekend. Police said she was cited for having an unrestrained child in the front seat of her vehicle.

Police said under Texas law, all children under the age of two must be restrained in an infant car seat. The citation, the only one filed, is a Class C misdemeanor, according to Tina Sanders-Jauz, public relations officer for the Midland PD.

Funeral services for the infant were scheduled for 2 p.m. today at Pecos Funeral Home chapel, with burial at Fairview Cemetery.

Trials by woman judge a first for Pecos court

By PEGGY McCRACKEN
Staff Writer

PECOS, Aug. 9, 1999 -- U.S. District Judge Royal Furgeson this morning introduced the first woman district judge to sit on the Pecos Division bench.

Judge Ginger Barrigan of New Orleans, La. presided for jury selection in three trials that she will conduct this week.

"She is a great judge and a great person," said Judge Furgeson.

Citing the Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which guarantees a trial by jury to accused persons, Judge Furgeson said the jury system is the greatest institution of democracy in this country.

"Maybe I am biased, but I see our people come in here week after week, month after month, at great sacrifice who serve the cause of justice so well and ensure our courts do justice," Furgeson said.

"We have the best court system in the world because jurors are here to make the hard decisions," he said.

On trial this week are Jorge Arturo Rivera-Alvidrez, Miguel Machuca-Barrera Jr., Rigoberto Salas and Antonio Sanchez-Salas.

Their attorneys are Gerald Lopez, Robert Harris and Eduardo Solis.

Last week, U.S. Magistrate Judge Stuart Platt held initial appearance hearings for Mary Margaret Marquez, 22, of 1011 S. Cherry St., and Manuel Jimenez Guerrero, 20, of Mexico.

Marquez was indicted July 29 for possession of more than 100 kilograms of marijuana (306.58 pounds) on July 19. She was released to her mother, Sylvia Marquez, on $10,000 bail.

Guerrero is charged with possession of marijuana, possession of a firearm by an illegal alien and possession of a stolen firearm.

Century plant blooms on `speedy' timetable

By SMOKEY BRIGGS
Staff Writer
CHAPARRAL VILLAGE, Aug. 9, 1999 -- Bob Crouch has been watching his century plant thrive for the last 20-plus years, since planting it in the late 1970s in the patch of desert separating the Barstow Highway and his Chaparral Village a combination bar and pro-shop for the nine-hole  public golf course he operates.

But it never did anything but survive until last week.

"This is the first time this plant has ever bloomed," Crouch said. "I've never seen one bloom before."

"Although the name of the plant (century plant) is a misnomer, it isn't far off," Lynn Rawe said. Rawe is the local extension program specialist for horticulture with the Texas A & M extension service.

"There are five species of agave plants in this area and all are commonly called "century" plants because of the length of time they take to bloom," she said.

According to Rawe, century plants will generally bloom after 40 to 100 years.

"It is a one-shot deal for the plant. After blooming the parent plant will die, but before it does, small plants will spout from the roots around it," Rawe said.

Rawe said that the reproductive strategy is an adaptation to harsh desert climates where rain and other resources can be scarce.

"The plant spends decades gathering and storing energy and water. When conditions are right, the plant will expend these stockpiles in creating the magnificent blooms that can grow from 10 to 30 feet in height," she said.

Rawe said that the recent rains may have stimulated the plant to flower.

DPS troopers unable to find `roll and run' accident

By PEGGY McCRACKEN
Staff Writer

VAN HORN, Aug. 9, 1999 -- Texas Department of Public Safety troopers went on a wild car chase Sunday after receiving a report that a westbound Saturn station wagon rolled over at Mile Marker 132 on Interstate 10 in Hudspeth County..

Pecos DPS dispatcher Kathy West said she received a call at 11:39 a.m. Sunday from a motorist who said he was at the scene of the rollover, along with five other vehicles.

The caller said the Saturn was westbound when it flipped and wound up on the eastbound lane, ejecting two people. They got back into the car and drove off, West said.

Van Horn Trooper Eathan Upshaw said that he drove from Van Horn to the junction of interstates 10 and 20 without finding any sign of the car, which reportedly left the scene eastbound.

"We never did find the vehicle," Upshaw said.

RCH board sets budget workshop


PECOS, Aug. 9, 1999 -- Reeves County Hospital District directors will hold a budget workshop at 4 p.m. Tuesday in the hospital classroom.

Also in the meeting, the board will consider changing the next regular meeting date to Aug. 24, said Charles N. Butts, administrator.

Update on springs top item for water district


BALMORHEA, Aug. 9, 1999 -- An update on Phantom Springs/Bureau of Reclamation tops the agenda for the Reeves County Water Improvement District #1 in their regular meeting at 4 p.m. today.

Jim Wilbur, Gary Dean and Michael Humphries will give the update.

The board will also discuss the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission's drought contingency plan and USBR management plan presented by Larry Brown, allot fourth turn water and present engagement letter from Dan Painter, CPA for audit of fiscal year ending Jan. 31, 2000.

Old business, bill payment and a closed session to discuss personnel close out the agenda.

Lotto

AUSTIN (AP) Results of the Lotto Texas drawing Saturday night: Winning numbers drawn: 1-6-14-21-24-26. Estimated jackpot: $10 million. Number matching six of six: 2. Winning tickets sold in: Houston, Emory. Matching five of six: 108. Prize: $1,378. Matching four of six: 5,979. Prize: $90.

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AUSTIN (AP) Results of the Texas Million drawing Friday night: Winning numbers drawn: 89-0-39-10. Number matching four of four in Group One: zero. Number matching four of four in Group Two: zero. Prize: $25,000. Number matching four of four in Group Three: zero. Prize: $10,000. Number matching three of four in any group: 405. Prize: $300.

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AUSTIN (AP) Results of the Cash 5 drawing Friday night:

Winning numbers drawn: 13-15-23-26-31. Number matching five of five: zero Matching four of five: 269. Prize: $823.

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

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AUSTIN (AP) The winning Pick 3 numbers drawn Saturday by the Texas Lottery, in order: 8-0-1 (eight, zero, one)

Obituary

Joseph Trejo

Funeral services for seven-month-old Joseph Trejo were scheduled for 2 p.m. today at Pecos Funeral Home chapel, with Rev. Benny Chavez presiding. Burial will be at Fairview Cemetery.

Trejo was born on Jan. 15, 1999 in Dallas and died Friday, Aug. 6, 1999 at Midland Memorial Hospital following a car accident.

Survivors include his parents, Tomas Trejo and Cheryl Acosta of Carrollton; his maternal grandparents, Luis and Tomasa Acosta of Pecos, and his paternal grandparents, Silvestre and Emitelia Trejo of Mexico.
 

Weather

PECOS, Aug. 9, 1999 -- High Sunday 105; low last night 74. Rainfall .03 Saturday at Texas A&M Research Station. Tonight, mostly clear. Low in the mid 70s. Southeast wind 10-15 mph. Tuesday, mostly sunny and hot. High near 100. South wind 10-15 mph. Extended forecast, Tuesday night, clear. Low 70 to 75. Wednesday through Friday, mostly sunny days and fair skies at night. Lows 70 to 75. Highs 95 to 100.
 



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