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Thursday, August 19, 1999

Drug task force jails 17 in Andrews operation

ANDREWS, Aug. 19, 1999 -- A 12-hour operation conducted by the Trans Pecos Drug Task Force, along with officers from the Andrews Police Department and Andrews County Sheriff's Office, landed several individuals in jail last Friday.

Agents from these law enforcement offices conducted a 12-hour operation targeting suspected drug dealers as well as criminal interdiction on U.S. 385 in Andrews County.

"The operation was a huge success," said Task Force Commander Gary Richards, with 17 suspects arrested, 13 of those on drug related charges.

The combined effort is just one of several planned in the Trans Pecos Drug Task Force region, according to Richards.

Subjects arrested included Jorge Bueno, Alekisanita Satani, James Robert Garland, Michael Shaun Perryman, Elijah Blue Saldivar, Robert Ernest Adair, Bobby Lee Kimbrough, Daniel Blake Warriner, Jose Ruben Rodriguez, Louis Cornejo, Victor Manuel Peratta, Jr., Francisco Javier Trevino and Cody Matthew Cammage.

Others arrested on different charges were Larry Jake Lucero, Johnny Wayne Scott, Johnny Infante and Bennie Charles Johnson.

Both the City of Andrews and Andrews County are participating members of the newly formed Trans Pecos Drug Task Force that is based in Reeves County.

The task force is under the direction of Richards and Reeves County Sheriff Andy Gomez, who is project director for Reeves County, the task force's home base.

Recent hot, dry weather prompts warning


Unrelenting high temperatures and an absence of significant rainfall have left vegetation dormant, dry and extremely fire-prone in most areas of the state.

Dangerous wildfire conditions now exist across much of Texas, and continued hot, dry weather will only increase the magnitude of the fire problem, says Tom Spencer, fire risk assessment coordinator with the Texas Forest Service in Huntsville.

"Wildfire activity and fire size are increasing, as soil moisture and moisture in vegetation have been depleted to critical levels," said Spencer. "Grass and brush have become extremely dry and volatile, meaning that fires will start easily and burn rapidly. Within the next two weeks, most of the state will likely see drought index values rising above 600, a hazardous level similar to that present last summer when the state endured a record fire siege."

Firefighters can expect vegetation to burn quickly and intensely, according to Spencer. The intense heat will increase the likelihood that burning embers may be blown well beyond the main fire to ignite spot fires well in advance of the main fire front. Extra time and care will also need to be devoted to fire mop-up operations, to reduce the threat of rekindling or flare-up of wildfires after firefighters are gone.

Numerous counties have implemented bans on outdoor churning in response to the growing wildfire threat.
 

Suavecito fire damage repair put at $12,000

By ROSIE FLORES
Staff Writer

PECOS, Aug. 19, 1999 -- The doors to the Suavecito Club at Ninth and Cedar Streets won't be opening anytime soon, due to heavy fire damage it sustained in an early morning blaze Monday.

"It will take longer than the two weeks we had estimated," said owner Sandra Fierro this morning.

Leaves from a tree in front of the club may have contributed to the fire, which started on the outside of the front wall and burned up into the attic, said Pecos Fire Marshal Jack Brookshire.

The Pecos Volunteer Fire Department received the call at 1:45 a.m., 15 minutes before the lounge closed, said Chief Roy Pena. He said the double roof on the nearly block-long building hampered their fire-fighting efforts.

Fierro said that electricity to an unused compresser at the front of the building could have sparked the fire.

Repairs will include new carpet, painting throughout the inside and extensive electrical repairs.

"It will cost about $12,000 for the electrical work, which will include bringing it up to code," said Fierro.

"They had to take down the wall," she said. "There is quite a bit of damage."

Loss of power to refrigration units containing beer and solf drinks will be covered by insurance, along with pool tables, juke box, a big-screen television and lighting system, she said.

The restrooms also sustained damage, along with the main area of the club. "All in all it will take a lot of hard work," said Fierro. "We've been trying to clean it up and get stuff out, but it's going to take time."

The good news is that once the work is completed the club will take on a new appearance. "It will have to be completely repainted, but it will look nicer," said Fierro.

Council budget workshop set for Monday


PECOS, Aug. 19, 1999 -- Pecos City Council will hold a budget workshop at 5 p.m. Monday, said Kenneth Neal, city manager.

Councilmen are going over budget requests and cutting as many items as they can to hold the tax rate down, Neal said.

EDITOR'S NOTE:

The following e-mail offers information on the Turkey earthquake. All solicitations for donations should be checked out before funds are transferred.

Subject: Earthquake in Turkey: Information for Financial Contributions

August 19, 1999

Contact: Stephen M. Apatow
President-Executive Director, Humanitarian Resource Institute
Telephone: (203) 668-0282
Internet: http://www.humanitarian.net
Email: sma@humanitarian.net

FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS MOST NEEDED: INFORMATION FOR DIRECT TRANSFER OF FUNDS

Two bank accounts have been set up to aid the victims of the earthquake.

Those who wish to provide monetary assistance can send their contribution to the following accounts :

Transfer through the Turkish Embassy in Washington, DC:

Riggs Bank NA
Embassy Banking Division
Washington, DC

Account Name : Turkish Embassy Earthquake Victims Relief Fund
ABA # 054000030
ACCT # 17300827
(please refer to both numbers.)

Direct transfer to Turkey:

TRT Deprem Felaketzedelerine Yardim Hesabi
(TRT Earthquake Victims Relief Account)

Vakifbank - Ankara Merkez Subesi
Account No: 411 11 11


Ziraat Bankasi - Ankara Yenisehir Subesi
Account No: 30103/82000-6

FOR CONTINUAL UPDATES VISIT THE FOLLOWING WEB SITES:

Turkish Embassy http://www.turkey.org

Interaction: Earthquake in Turkey-How To Help
http://www.interaction.org/turkey/index.html

VITA: Volunteers in Technical Assistance - Turkey Earthquake:
http://www.vita.org/turkey.htm

Lotto

AUSTIN (AP) Results of the Lotto Texas drawing Wednesday night: Winning numbers drawn: 20-27-37-41-42-48. Estimated jackpot: $10 million. Number matching six of six: 0. Matching five of six: 43. Prize: $3,057. Matching four of six: 3,568. Prize: $133.

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AUSTIN (AP) The winning Pick 3 numbers drawn Wednesday night by the Texas Lottery, in order: 2-6-3 (two, six, three)

Weather

High Wednesday 100; low last night 74. Tonight, fair. Low 65-70. East to southeast wind 5-10 mph. Friday, mostly sunny. High in the mid 90s. Southeast wind 5-15 mph. Extended forecast, Friday night, fair. Low 65-70. Saturday through Monday, mostly sunny days and fair nights through the period. Lows in the mid 60s to near 70. Highs in the mid 90s.



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