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Loving officials undecided on dump site
By ROSIE FLORES
PECOS, Oct. 29, 1999 -- Reeves County officials have continued to voice
their opposition to a proposed low-level radioactive waste dump in northwestern
Ward County, while Loving County Commissioners have taken a "wait and see"
attitude towards another proposed site somewhere in their county.
County Judge Jimmy B. Galindo stated that Reeves County will have to
"dig deep" to find the funds to allocate for the "legal research and expenditures"
to seek legal counsel to help develop a strategy to fight the construction
of a low-level radioactive waste storage facility that would be located
six miles northeast of Barstow and 14 miles northeast of Pecos.
"We've allocated $20,000 for this, but we'll have to find somewhere
to get the funds," said Galindo.
Envirocare of Texas is seeking a permit to receive and store low-level
radioactive waste from Texas, Maine and Vermont in one of three West Texas
counties. One of the sites mentioned is a 320-acre block located northeast
of Barstow in Ward County.
City officials in Monahans, 32 miles east of the site, have voiced their
support for Envirocare's plan, while Julian Florez, Precinct 1 Commissioner
in Ward County, has joined Reeves County Commissioners in opposition. Florez'
precinct includes Barstow and the area around the Envirocare site.
A meeting sponsored by the "Friends of Ward County," is scheduled for
2 p.m., Sunday at the Ward County Convention Center. The group is another
opponent of the Barstow location.
The site was selected due to the absence of an underground aquifer in
the area. Underground water forced Envirocare to abandon plans earlier
this year for an aboveground waste storage site in western Andrews County.
The Utah-based company, along with Dallas-based Waste Control Specialists,
is seeking rights to store low-level radioactive waste under the proposed
Texas-Maine-Vermont compact. Texas had planned to store the radioactive
waste at a site near Sierra Blanca in Hudspeth County, but a commission
studying the plan and Texas Gov. George W. Bush rejected it last year due
to earthquake fault lines in the area.
Along with the Ward County site, Envirocare is also looking at locations
in Loving and Borden counties.
Loving County Judge Don Creager stated that he has not been contacted
recently about any new developments. "This has been an ongoing thing for
several months now, but I haven't heard from them in a month or so," he
Creager said at this time he and Loving County commissioners are neither
for nor opposed to building a waste dump in their county.
"We need to study the issues and look at it closely before we form an
opinion," said Creager. "But at this time, we don't even know where it's
going to be located.
. "It could end up being in Borden for all we know," said Creager.
"We need to look at it and see were it's going to be and what it's going
to do," he added. "At this time, we can't say anything about it, since
we don't know exactly which site it will be in."
Loving County is adjacent to both Reeves and Ward counties, and is the
nation's least-populated county, with just over 100 people living within
Galindo said the radioactive waste dump plan is one of those issues
where you only get one shot at it and he wants to get started right away.
Reeves County Commissioners approved a resolution recently to oppose
the storage of the waste in Ward County.
"The compact between Texas, Maine and Vermont clearly allows for decommissioned
nuclear reactor parts at the compact," said Galindo. "The compact allows
Texas, Maine and Vermont to put up to 20 percent of the total volume of
disposal facility to be nuclear reactor parts."
Galindo said that Rick Jacobi, president of Envirocare of Texas, said
that even without the three-state compact, a waste dump site was still
"He said it was still good because Texas produced 70 percent of radioactive
waste that is nuclear reactor waste," said Galindo.
"We don't West Texas to become the dumping ground for the rest of the
country," said Galindo.
Galindo said that if the site is in Ward County, it would affect everyone
in West Texas, not just those in that area. The site would be about 65
miles south of the federal government's Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, which
began accepting low level radioactive waste earlier this year for storage
in salt caverns 2,150 feet underground.
Walnut Street site hit by fire again
By ROSIE FLORES
PECOS, Oct. 29, 1999 -- Pecos volunteer firemen were out late last
night fighting a fire at a location they've visited several times in the
past few months.
Firefighters responded to a fire at the 1200 Block of S. Walnut, at
11:10 p.m., Thursday night.
"We went to this same location in early October," said Fire Chief Roy
Pena, who added they had also been at a fire at the corner of this same
block about twice in the past few weeks.
"All in all, we've been in that same block at least nine times in the
last month and a half," said Pena.
It took firefighters about 40 minutes to contain the fire, as all units
responded and plenty of volunteers were on hand, according to Pena.
Pena said there was a lot of junk behind the house located on Walnut
Street, but stated that the cause of the fire has not been determined.
"The fire marshal will investigate it and let us know what the cause was,"
Fire Marshal Jack Brookshire has been in Austin for training courses
this week, and isn't scheduled to be back at work until Monday, according
to a City Hall secretary.
Pena said the department would be on full alert this weekend, with the
Halloween on Sunday and local trick-or-treating scheduled for Saturday.
"We'll be ready for anything," said Pena. All firefighters will be on
24-hour call, and will be ready for any emergency that might arise, he
Firemen were already planning to be at the fire station on Cedar Street
Saturday for a benefit car wash from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. "We're going to
cut it short so that we can be prepared for anything that might arise,"
"Everyone is ready and we hope to have a safe and happy Halloween,"
"We want to make sure the community feels safe, with us fully prepared,"
Bail jumper leaves pal facing $25,000 debt
By ROSIE FLORES
PECOS, Oct. 29, 1999 -- A former Pecos resident is being sought by
both her friend and area law enforcement officials after jumping bond in
Odessa earlier this month, and a reward of up to $1,000 is being offered
for information on her whereabouts.
Josephine Madrid, 23, was arrested in Odessa on Oct. 4, for possession
of a controlled substance, a Felony II. She was released from the Ector
County Jail in Odessa the same day on a $25,000 bond, after being charged
with possession of cocaine, a second-degree felony.
Shortly after her release from jail, Madrid's bond has been withdrawn
by the sureties firm, when it was unable to contact her. On Oct. 8, Ector
County Justice of the Peace Precinct 1 issued a warrant for Madrid's arrest,
and the woman who signed the bond release form, Priscilla Orozco, now faces
having to pay off the $25,000 bond if she isn't found.
"She just left a note and we haven't seen her since," said Orosco, who
is working with Pecos Valley Crime Stoppers to offer a reward for her arrest.
Orosco signed the $25,000 bond for Madrid, who originally had a late
October court appearance scheduled. "And now they moved it to November
and I'm desperate to find her," she said.
When a bonding company signs for the bond, they become liable for that
person and the money.
"I'm not a bondsman, but I'm good friends with Judy, from Judy's Bonding
in Odessa," said Orosco. However, Judy's Bonding didn't sign the bond,
but Orosco did.
"She was a good friend and I just wanted to help her out," said Orosco.
"I did her a favor out of good faith, and now she doesn't even bother to
show," she said.
Orosco stated that Madrid has family and friends here in Pecos, in Odessa,
El Paso, Monahans, Kansas and Mexico, where she believes she might have
"But I just came back from Mexico and nobody has seen her there either,"
"I'll be going to El Paso and leaving her picture there as well," said
Madrid had previously been living at the Sunset Apartments in Odessa
and when she left took none of her belongings. She also left behind three
children, two little girls and one boy.
"I think she left, because when they arrested her they told her she
was facing from 10-20 years in prison," said Orosco.
Madrid is 5'1, weighs 123 pounds, and has long dark brown hair and a
cataract on her left eye.
Anyone with information on the location of Madrid is asked to call Crime
Stoppers at 445-9898. All callers will remain anonymous.
Orosco said people can also call 447-6562 in Pecos, or 915-362-4005
or 1-800-288-4023 in Odessa and ask for Lulu or Judy. Individuals can remain
anonymous and they can call collect, according to Orosco.
Austin PTO sets Monday meeting
PECOS, Oct. 29, 1999 -- Austin Elementary Parent Teacher Organization will
have a meeting at 6 p.m. on Monday at the school.
The meeting is for all parents of students at Austin Elementary and
Topics include seeking volunteers to help in the library with the Accelerated
Reading Program each Friday, beginning next week. Helpers also are being
sought for popcorn and pickle sales and Fun Night for the students of Austin,
scheduled for 6-8 p.m., on Nov. 19.
All the money raised will go towards helping the school's first and
This year's officers, Sonja Baeza, Armida Johnson, Mayra Munoz and Bruce
Abbott are hoping parents will step up and be involved.
"We're also looking at a coat drive for kids. This latest cold spell
reminded us that there are children who could use a warm coat or two,"
"And, we'll talk about the playground some. Begin looking at what could
be done as far as surfacing, water fountains, additional equipment," he
Austin Elementary PTO is off to a good start thanks to the work of Linda
Thomas, last year's president, according to Abbott.
Props deal with pay for judges, guard supervisor
EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the seventh in a series of stories
on the proposed amendments to the Texas Constitution that voters will decide
on in Tuesday's general election. The remaining amendments will be summarized
in Monday's Enterprise.
By PEGGY McCRACKEN
Proposition 8: To provide that the adjutant general serves at
the pleasure of the governor.
Background: The adjutant general's department is a state agency established
by statute to govern certain military matters affecting the state. The
department is directed by a single state officer, who holds the title of
adjutant general and is appointed by the governor.
Military forces in the department are primarily the Texas National Guard
and the Texas State Guard, which are governed by a mixture of state and
The state guard is a voluntary state reserve force that the governor
may call into action if the national guard is called into federal service.
The national guard is a military force under the direction of the president
in times of military conflict. It responds to the orders of the governor
in times requiring assistance to the state because of a natural disaster
or civil disturbance.
Under current law, the adjutant general is appointed by the governor
and holds office for a term of two years.Under Sections 7 and 9, Article
XV, an officer such as the adjutant general may not be removed from office
unless he receives a trial or unless the governor who appointed him removes
him with the consent of two-thirds of the senate.
The proposed amendment would make the dismissal of the adjutant general
an action the governor may take at any time.
1. Greater accountability is needed for the adjutant general. Allowing
for his quick removal by the governor would greatly help in providing that
2. The governor is the primary state policymaker regarding the state's
military forces. He must have a close working relationship with the adjutant
1. The two-year term creates adequate accountability for the adjutant
general. Because the governor is elected to a four-year term, the adjutant
general's term will expire twice during the governor's term, giving him
two opportunities to replace the adjutant general.
2. A detailed provision applying to a specific state officer should
not be included in the state constitution. The constitution should be a
statement of general principles, not of overly specific constraints.
Proposition 9: Authorizing the legislature to create a judicial
Background: The salaries of the justices and judges of the Texas Supreme
Court, Court of Criminal Appeals, courts of appeals and the district courts
are in the amounts provided by the General Appropriations Act, subject
to salary differentials under Section 659.012, Government Code.
The proposed amendment woud authorize the legislature to create a judicial
compensation commission to make recommendations for those judicial salaries.
The recommendations would become law if neither the Senate nor the House
of Representatives, by majority vote, rejected the recommendations.
1. Retirement pensions for state officers in the elected class of membership
in the retirement system are tied by statute to the salaries of district
judges. That membership class includes members of the legislature. Thus,
when the legislature votes to increase judicial salaries, it may be perceived
as a conflict of interest.
2. A judicial compensation commission charged exclusively with the responsibility
of determining appropriate judicial compensation is best able to discharge
that duty because the commission will be able to focus solely on the task
of setting proper judicial salaries in order to determine a level of compensation
necessary to attract the most highly qualified individuals to the judiciary
and to retain an experienced judiciary.
1. Section 1, Article III of the constitution vests the lawmaking power
of Texas in the legislature. The proposed amendment would erode the legislature's
authority by authorizing a nonlegislative body to exercise limited lawmaking
2. The determination of appropriate judicial compensation is a decision
better reserved to the legislature rather than a judicial compensation
commission because the determination involves the appropriation of state
funds. A determination that involves the appropriation of state funds should
be made by an elected body rather than an appointed commission.
Taken from the Texas Legislative Council's publication, "Analyses of
Proposed Constitutional Amendments." Next: Prop 10, providing that the
commissioner of health and human services serves at the pleasure of the
AUSTIN (AP) - Results of the Cash 5 drawing Thursday night: Winning numbers
drawn: 30-28-26-24-15. Number matching five of five: 1. Prize per winner:
$79,385 Winning ticket sold in: Houston. Matching four of five: 299. Prize:
AUSTIN (AP) - The winning Pick 3 numbers drawn Thursday by the Texas
Lottery, in order: 0-8-4 (zero, eight, four)
High Thursday 85. Low this morning 46. Forecast for tonight: Increasing
cloudiness and breezy with a less than 20 percent chance of showers or
thunderstorms. Low 40-45. Southwest wind 15-25 mph. Saturday, mostly cloudy
and much cooler with a 20 percent chance of Morning showers. High in the
lower 60s. North wind 20-30 mph. Saturday night, decreasing cloudiness.
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