Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Thursday, August 26, 1999
Council OKs water study at Freeport site
By PEGGY McCRACKEN
PECOS, Aug. 26, 1999 -- The Town of Pecos City Council voted in regular
session this morning to employ ARCADIS/Geharty and Miller to do a hydorology
study on the water field at the Freeport McMoRan Sulphur Mine.
Freeport has offered the water field for $4 million, and it is estimated
it would take another $4 million to pipe the water to town.
The council also made changes in the $8.2 million loan application to
the Texas Water Development Board for money to finance a water field -
whether at Freeport or the South Worsham field.
Freeport McMoRan announced in June of 1998 that it would close the sulphur
mine it purchased four years earlier from Pennzoil, which is located 40
miles northwest of Pecos, in Culberson County. Production ceased at the
mine on June 30 of this year, and Freeport said they would be willing to
sell off the mine itself and other rights on the land now that they were
no longer needed.
A study done for the city in 1994 showed the Worsham and Ward County
water field currently in use would only be able to provide satisfactory
water supplies to Pecos through 2008. A search was begun at that time to
secure a new water field for the city.
In other action this morning, the Texas Department of Transportation
completed purchase of airport land along Interstate 20 for their new offices,
paying the city $127,000.
That money will have to be used on airport improvements, said City Manager
Kenneth Neal. With a $1.5 million grant in the works that requires a 10
percent match, Neal said the payment is timely. The new TxDOT office will
be on land adjacent to the north end of the airport.
Another real estate matter saw Hector's Tire Service leasing the land
where a condemned service station stands on the southeast side of the I-20
overpass. Neal said that Hector will use the land for parking and storage
for his tire service, located across the highway.
Salt cedar eradication along the Pecos River in Ward County where the
city owns a water field also was approved.
The council employed Raul Garcia as associate municipal judge. He was
one of four candidates for the position of municipal judge, which Amonario
Ramon now fills.
Closure of streets around Santa Rosa Catholic Church for the Sept. 16th
Fiestas was approved, as was the anticipated tax collection rate of 95
percent, as presented by tax assessor-collector Lydia Ramon.
The tax rate will be set in the next council meeting, along with adoption
of the 1999-2000 budget. As proposed, the budget calls for the same tax
rate as 1998.
Labor force decline cuts jobless rate
PECOS, Aug. 26, 1999 -- Pecos' July unemployment rate remained at a high
13 percent, but the total is down over half a point from June's total,
the Texas Workforce Commission said Tuesday.
Unemployment in the Permian Basin remains near or above the 10 percent
mark in most cities, with Pecos' rate the third-highest in the region,
behind Kermit and Presidio. However, the rate is lower than in June, when
the TWC reported a 13.7 percent unemployment locally.
Other cities in the area reporting double-digit unemployment were Odessa
(10.2 percent), Andrews (11.1), Monahans (10.7) and Fort Stockton (7.6).
Faring better last month were Midland (7.6 percent), Big Spring (6.6) and
Reeves County's adjusted unemployment rate for July showed an even bigger
drop, falling from 13.8 to 11.4 percent, due mainly to a decline in the
county's workforce. TWC reported there were 149 fewer jobs locally than
in June, but the labor force went down by nearly 400, accounting for the
lower unemployment totals.
Compared to July of 1998, the jobless rate is down slightly, from 11.8
percent, with a loss of 260 jobs offset by a cut of 275 people in the labor
Other area counties reported unemployment levels down from June of this
year, but up from July of a year ago.
Ector County's 10.4 rate was two percent lower than the previous month,
but 3.3 percent above July 1998's total. Midland County had a 7.7 percent
rate, down from 8.3 percent in June but up from 4.5 percent 12 months earlier,
as the drop in oil prices last year and early this year continues to affect
Pecos County's unemployment fell from 10.2 to 8.9 percent last month,
but is still above the 6.5 percent level last year. Ward County's jobless
rate is up two percent from a year ago, but its 10.3 percent rate is down
from June's 12.1 level. Unlike Reeves, both Ward and Pecos counties reported
increases in their workforces during the past year, and Ward County also
reported a rise in the total number of jobs compared with July of 1998.
District jurors acquit in kidnap case
PECOS, Aug. 26, 1999 -- Jurors in 143rd District Court on Tuesday acquitted
Juan Daniel Sanchez of aggravated kidnapping charges.
Sanchez, 33, of Balmorhea, was indicted for allegedly kidnapping a woman
Sept. 5, 1998 with intent to violate and sexually abuse her, using a handgun
to threaten to kill her.
Jury selection was held on Monday and 143rd District Court Judge Bob
Parks presided for the two-day trial.
District Attorney Randy Reynolds prosecuted for the state, and Jesse
Gonzales was defense attorney.
Boosters host dinner to greet teams
PECOS, Aug. 26, 1999 -- The Pecos Eagles Athletic Boosters Club will sponsor
a fall sports spaghetti dinner and watermelon feed on Friday from 5:30
to 7:30 p.m. at the Pecos High School cafeteria.
The dinner will be to introduce all coaches and athletes on the 1999
Pecos Eagles fall sports teams, which include football, volleyball, tennis,
cross country and swimming. Cost per plate for the event will be $3.50
The dinner will continue past the conclusion of the first day of the
Pecos Cantaloupe Classic Volleyball Tournament, which will be held at the
Pecos High School new and old gyms Friday until about 6:45 p.m.
AUSTIN (AP) — Results of the Lotto Texas drawing Wednesday night: Winning
numbers drawn: 4-10-22-32-33-34. Estimated jackpot: $18 million. Number
matching six of six: 0. Matching five of six: 102. Prize: $1,685. Matching
four of six: 6,165. Prize: $100.
AUSTIN (AP) — The winning Pick 3 numbers drawn Wednesday by the Texas
Lottery, in order: 4-2-5 (four, two, five)
High Wednesday 92. Low this morning 68. Forecast for tonight: Isolated
evening showers and thunderstorms, otherwise partly cloudy. Low 65 70.
Southeast wind 5-10 mph. Chance of rain less than 20 percent. Friday, mostly
sunny. High in the mid 90s. Southeast wind 10-15 mph. Extended forecast,
Friday night, mostly clear. Low in the mid 60s to near 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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