Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Friday, November 5, 1999
Area cities' sales tax rebates fall sharply
By JON FULBRIGHT
PECOS, Nov. 5, 1999 - Sales tax rebate checks were down by a third
for all three cities in Reeves County, and dropped by as much as two-thirds
for other towns in the Permian Basin and Big Bend areas.
Pecos' rebate check for November of $56,073 was down 33.73 percent from
the $84,621 check the city got back from State Comptroller Carole Keeton
Rylander's office last year, based on the city's 1½ cent share of
the state's 8¼ cent sales tax.
Part of the decline was due to a sharp jump in last November's tax rebate
check. November checks are based on tax collections made in the city during
September. Pecos' rebate check was still down compared with November 1997,
but by only 10 percent. The city got back $62,126 from Austin two years
For all of 1999, Pecos has received $690,087 back from Rylander's office,
a 5.89 percent decline from the first 11 months of last year.
Other area cities had the same problem showing a sharp drop in their
tax rebate checks after an increase a year ago. Monahans' $57,295 check
on its two cent sales tax was off 38 percent from last year, Fort Stockton's
68,088 on its 1½ cent tax was down by 27.36 percent, while Van Horn
and Wink reported declines of 45.7 and 66.8 percent respectively compared
with a year ago.
Alpine was the only city to buck the trend. Their tax rebate check of
$79,758 was up 16 percent from 1998's total. Andrews had the smallest decline
of any area city, falling just 5.87 percent, but that city's oil-based
economy was one of the first affected by the major drop in oil prices in
late 1997, and took its big hit a year ago, when the November check from
the comptroller's office was down by 24 percent.
Oil prices have bounced back in recent months, but the increase has
not yet shown up in the region's sales tax rebate figures.
Balmorhea saw it's rebate check drop from 1,224 to 829 despite a rise
in its tax rate from 1 to 1.5 percent. The total was 32.23 percent below
last November and for the year; Balmorhea has gotten 30.70 percent less
in sales tax rebate revenue.
Toyah, which raised its tax rate a year before Balmorhea, saw a 34 percent
drop in November, from $617 to $407. Overall though, the city's numbers
look better for the year up 145 percent from 1998.
Statewide, November's rebate checks to cities and counties totaled $227.5
million, down 0.17 percent from a year ago. For all of 1999 so far, checks
sent out from Rylander's office are just over $2.5 billion, a 5.65 percent
increase from last year.
Illegal horse source earns indictment for pair
By PEGGY McCRACKEN
PECOS, Nov. 5, 1999 - Smuggled drugs are not unusual in federal court.
But smuggled horses are.
Grand jurors for the Pecos Division on Thursday indicted a Lajitas stable
operator and a Mexican citizen for bringing four horses across the Rio
Grande without documentation.
Linda Lou Walker, 44, of Lajitas, and Jose Onorio Orozco-Pina, 38, of
Nuevo Lajitas, Mex., allegedly conspired to smuggle and with smuggling
one Palomino gelding, one sorrel mare, one sorrel stallion and one Appaloosa
gelding into the United States from Mexico.
Unusual charges were the order of the day for the grand jury, which
indicted a woman for stealing property within a special maritime territorial
jurisdiction, and a man for failure to surrender for service of his sentence.
Anale Leigh Young, 23, of Spring, is charged with stealing $8,774 belonging
to the National Parks Concessions Inc. during a period from Aug. 9 to Sept.
Hilario Alvarez-Sifuentes, 41, of Dallas, is wanted for failure to surrender.
Four defendants were indicted for failure to appear for court, 10 are
charged with illegal entry after deportation, 11 with marijuana possession
with intent to distribute, and two are charged with importing and possessing
marijuana for distribution.
Commissioners again to discuss N-dump site
PECOS, Nov. 5, 1999 - Opposing a low-level radioactive waste disposal facility
will once again be the topic of discussion at the regular Reeves County
Commissioners Court meeting, scheduled for 9:30 a.m., Monday.
Commissioners will meet on the third floor of the Reeves County Courthouse
and the public is invited to attend the open meeting.
Commissioners will continue their discussion of Envirocare of Texas'
plans to build a waste storage facility at one of three sites in West Texas,
including a location northeast of Barstow in Ward County. A second site
would also be located near Reeves County, at a site somewhere in central
The site has been the subject of several meetings in the area, including
Grandfalls and Monahans, which hosted a meeting of waste dump opponents
last Sunday in which Reeves County Judge Jimmy Galindo was one of the main
In other action, commissioners will discuss the Area Agency on Aging's
Contract for Older Americans Act Program at the Balmorhea Senior Center;
Reeves County Detention Center bus transportation services contract and
Montgomery-Kone elevator proposal for the Reeves County Sheriff's Office
Payments for several companies will also be discussed including Frank
Spencer and Associates request for payment No. 4; Trinity Engineering request
for payment; DRG Architect's request for payment and Banes General Contractors
request for payment.
Commissioners will discuss declaring fixed asset items at Sheriff's
Office as salvage and will listen to a presentation by George Arroyos of
TCDRS regarding Reeves County retirement plan fund review.
During the meeting the group will approve election workers for voting
Box 9 and canvass the November 1999 election.
Legal services for Reeves County Reapportionment/Redistricting based
on 2000 Census will also be discussed.
Other items for discussion and approval include:
· Reports from various departments.
· Budget amendments and line-item transfers.
· Personnel and salary changes (RCDC, JDC, recreation department
and the Road and Bridge Department).
· Minutes from previous meetings.
· Semi-monthly bills.
· Spread on Minutes: Notice of over-axle-gross weight permits;
DRG Architect Associates Contract dated Oct. 11 and Arco State 14-5 Railroad
No. 33585 API 42-389-32010.
Church set to welcome new pastor
By ROSIE FLORES
PECOS, Nov. 5, 1999 - Joseph T. Fields has joined the congregation
as pastor of the First Presbyterian Church, and a service of installation
is planned in his honor, at 4 p.m. this Sunday.
The installation service will be held at the church, 401 S. Plum and
everyone is invited to welcome Fields into the community.
Fields and his wife, Mary, have been living in Monahans since March
1997, and he has been serving as pastor to the First Presbyterian Church
there. His new pastorate will include both parishes.
He was born and raised in Kentucky and holds a Master of Divinity from
Perkins School of Theology SMU in Dallas.
He has previously served as chaplain for Family Hospice in Fort Worth
while serving as pulpit supply for First Presbyterian Church in Canton.
Prior to his work with hospice, he served as the only full time chaplain
working exclusively in Community Services for Texas Mental Health Mental
Retardation at Terrell State Hospital covering a 15 county area of northeast
A self-taught artist, his time in West Texas has afforded him the opportunity
to do more of this past time. He has completed drawings of several churches
in the Tres Rios Presbytery, and has a goal of drawing all 36. He also
enjoys reading, walking, traveling, or simply viewing old movies, "especially
"Some talents I bring to my ministry are a genuine love of people and
a willingness to help those in need," said Fields. "I also bring my effectiveness
at being a good teacher, preacher and leader."
"I have a talent to be sensitive to the needs of others and to enable
them to help themselves in ways that display, not only the love of God
in my own life, but in their lives as well," he said.
"We are truly excited about God's call to become pastor of First Presbyterian
Church here in Pecos," said Fields.
The congregation encourages everyone in the community to visit any of
their services and always welcome new members.
Bunce captures Power Points Week 8 title
PECOS, Nov. 5, 1999 - Byron Bunce, 2405 S. Eddy St., was this week's local
winner in the Pecos Enterprise Power Points contest. Bunce scored 111 out
of a possible 136 points to win Week 8 of the competition and earn tickets
to an Odessa Jackalopes hockey game.
Statewide, the $1,000 first prize winner was a 9-year-old Canutillo
girl, Crystal Pegoda, who was entered into the contest by her grandparents
through the El Paso Times. She scored 133 out of 136 points to earn top
PHS sets meeting for seniors, parents
PECOS, Nov. 5, 1999 - An important meeting is scheduled for Tuesday at
6:15 p.m., in the Pecos High School Cafeteria for all Pecos High School
Seniors and their parents are encouraged to attend the meeting. Graduation
invitations will be ordered at this time and seniors will be measured for
their caps and gowns.
Seniors need to bring their order form packets with them at this time.
Mr. Jacks with Herff-Jones will be taking up orders at the meeting.
AUSTIN (AP) — Results of the Cash 5 drawing Thursday night: Winning numbers
drawn: 11-16-34-27-23. Number matching five of five: 5. Prize per winner:
$16,556. Winning tickets sold in: Baytown, El Paso, Flatonia, New Braunfels
and Spring. Matching four of five: 280. Prize: $444.
AUSTIN (AP) — The winning Pick 3 numbers drawn Thursday by the Texas
Lottery, in order: 2-3-6 (two, three, six)
PECOS, Nov. 5, 1999 - High Thursday 87; low last night 42. Tonight, partly
cloudy. Low in the mid 40s. South wind 5-10 mph. Saturday, mostly sunny
and unseasonably warm. High 80-85. Southeast wind 5-15 mph. Extended forecast
- Saturday night, fair. Lows in the mid 40s. Sunday through Tuesday, mostly
sunny days and fair nights. Lows n the 40s. Highs from the lower to mid
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