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Monday, August 16, 1999

Schools starts new year in black

By ROSIE FLORES
Staff Writer

PECOS, Aug. 16, 1999 -- Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD is looking at a budget in the black for the beginning of the new school year and six new computers have been added to the server at Pecos High School.

The good news was part of the discussion at last Thursday's Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD board meeting.

P-B-T ISD superintendent Don Love told board members that right now the school district has everything that they need. "We feel really good about this, there's $187,000 access in the budget," said Love.

He said getting the district in the black came from close budgeting and cooperation from all departments.

Resale of property struck off at previous tax sales will go back on the board for sale and can be purchased any time throughout the year.

"We were asked by the city council if we could go back and receive bids for foreclosed property anytime, instead of waiting for the one-time sale," said tax-assessor collector Lydia Prieto, who serves as tax-assessor collector for the Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD, and for the Town of Pecos City and Reeves County Hospital.

Tax attorney Rusty McInturff told the board that putting the property back on the tax roll is the biggest benefit for all the entities.

"The one-time sale was never intended to replace sealed bids, which can be taken at any time," said McInturff. "We don't reject any bids because they're too low."

If somebody comes forward with money in their hands, "We'll take the bid to all taxing entities and see if it's accepted by all of them," said McInturff. "Then we can put it back on the tax roll."

Prieto agreed that she would take the bids to the hospital and city, but would first go to the school board with it.

"I'll get with the county and work something out with them," said McInturff.

New hires for the district included Mary Ann Box, Bachelors Administration/East Texas State University, 11 years experience, assignment: Zavala Middle School computer applications teacher;

* Cathryn Susann Flowers, Bachelor of Science/Elementary Education/Texas Tech University, 4 years experience, assignment: Pecos Elementary School third grade teacher;

* Judy Heronema, Bachelors in Business Administration/Management/Texas Tech University, no experience, assignment: District's special education teacher;

* Petra Herrera, Bachelor of Arts/Spanish/English/Sul Ross State University, no experience, assignment: Bessie Haynes Elementary School fourth grade teacher;

* Robert Ormsby, Master of Education/Counseling/Sul Ross State University, 23 years experience, assignment: Zavala Middle School/Crockett Middle School Counselor;

* Katharine Sanders, Bachelor of Science/Elementary Education/College of the Southwest, no experience, assignment: Pecos Elementary School third grade teacher;

* Dina Williams, Bachelor of Arts/English/The University of Texas of the Permian Basin, no experience, assignment: Bessie Haynes Elementary School fourth grade teacher.

Reassignments were Evangelina Arriola, from Zavala Middle School/Crockett Middle School counselor to Pecos High School counselor.

Bunton returns to court to accept  verdict

By PEGGY McCRACKEN
Staff Writer

PECOS, Aug. 16, 1999 -- Senior Judge Lucius Bunton made his first appearance on the Pecos Division bench Friday since undergoing surgery several months ago.

Sitting in for visiting Judge Ginger Berrigan of New Orleans, La., Judge Bunton charged the jury and accepted the guilty verdict on a marijuana possession charge against Alfred John Kiep.

Kiep was arrested March 30 at the Sierra Blanca Border Patrol checkpoint after agents found 134.29 kilograms of marijuana in his motor home.

Agent Genardo Lopez testified that he ran his drug-sniffing dog around the motor home and he indicated at the bay doors that contraband was present.

When he opened the doors, Gomez said he could smell fresh glue and lifted the carpet to find what looked like a "little trap door."

Unable to pry the door open, Gomez said he opened the bay door on the driver's side and pulled up the carpet to find another cut board.

"It was a little flimsy on that side, so we decided to take a hand drill and drill a hole in it," Gomez said. "When we pulled the drill bit, we noticed the bit was covered with a green leafy substance that looked and smelled like marijuana."

After opening the trap door, agents found brick-like bundles all inside, he said.

Gross weight of the bundles was 295.44 pounds. Valued at $800 per pound, the street value would be $235,352, Gomez said.

Kiep was traveling by himself and carried only a small duffel bag with several days of clothing, Gomez said. He told agents he was on his way to Sacramento, Calif., for a family reunion but turned around at Phoenix, Ariz. because of a ding in his windshield.

Assistant U.S. Attorney J. Miller of Alpine prosecuted for the government, and Sib Abraham of El Paso represented Kiep.

Judge Bunton set sentencing for Oct. 12.

Judge Berrigan enjoyed her week of jury trials in Pecos and plans to return in November, Judge Bunton said. He took the jury verdict for her because she had to catch an afternoon flight home.

Community Council to discuss contract

A contract with West Texas Utilities will be considered and acted on at the regular Community Council of Reeves County board meeting, scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Pyote Community Center.

Also on the agenda is an EMP contract and information on the Texas-New Mexico Power Co.'s weatherization program conference in Austin, and board members will discuss the executive director's conference (personnel and board of directors' roles in the agency).

Under old business, board members will discuss WTU Program, copy of contract will be provided); Nelson-Brown Equities, Inc. (copy of letter received); client complaint/grievance procedure (input on implementation) and client assistance information accessibility (input on implementation).

The board will also consider various actions towards filling vacancies for representatives in Loving County (public sector), Ward County (participant sector) and Winkler County (private sector).

Program updates will also be reviewed at the regular board meeting.

Lotto

AUSTIN (AP) Results of the Lotto Texas drawing Saturday night: Winning numbers drawn: 38-5-35-8-25-50. Estimated jackpot: $7 million. Number matching six of six: None. Matching five of six: 73. Prize: $1,761. Matching four of six: 5,234. Prize: $88.

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AUSTIN (AP) Results of the Texas Million drawing Friday night: Winning numbers drawn: 1-10-26-91. Number matching four of four in Group One: one. Prize: $1 million. Winning ticket sold in Dallas. Number matching four of four in Group Two: none. Number matching four of four in Group Three: none. Number matching three of four in any group: 465. Prize: $300.

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AUSTIN (AP) Results of the Cash 5 drawing Friday night: Winning numbers drawn: 4-5-16-30-34. Number matching five of five: none. Matching four of five: 216. Prize: $1,032.

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AUSTIN (AP) The winning Pick 3 numbers drawn Friday by the Texas Lottery, in order: 7-1-5 (seven, one, five)

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

Weather

PECOS, Aug. 16, 1999 -- High Sunday 104; low last night 68. Rainfall .01 inch Friday at Texas A&M Research Station. Tonight, fair. Low near 70. Southeast wind 5-10 mph. Tuesday, mostly sunny. High in the upper 90s. Southeast wind 10 15 mph. Extended forecast, Tuesday night, mostly clear. Low near 70. Wednesday through Friday, mostly sunny days and fair nights through the period. Highs in the upper 90s. Lows near 70.
 



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