Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Earthquake in Turkey: Information for Financial Contributions
August 19, 1999
Contact: Stephen M. Apatow
President-Executive Director, Humanitarian Resource Institute
Telephone: (203) 668-0282
FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS MOST NEEDED: INFORMATION FOR DIRECT TRANSFER OF
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
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
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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.
AUSTIN (AP) — The winning Pick 3 numbers drawn Wednesday night by the
Texas Lottery, in order: 2-6-3 (two, six, three)
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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