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Thursday, November 11, 1999

Council accepts   Rodeo Hall plan

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PECOS, Nov. 11, 1999 - Pecos city council wrapped up its agenda in about an hour this morning before going into executive session to discuss employee reviews for the city manager and health department director.

The full council was present except Councilman Gerald Tellez.

CPA Dan Painter presented the council with his annual report of the city's finances, who has done the city's audit for the past several years. He stated that it was his professional opinion that the city's records were a good reflection of the city's actual financial situation.

"There were some minor recommendations such as how we keep track of grants," councilman Larry Levario said, "But overall the records looked very good."

The council also voted unanimously to renew Painter's contract and he will audit the city for the coming fiscal year for a fee of about $13,000.

The council also voted to have city attorney Scott Johnson contact Union Pacific Railway to secure a long term agreement regarding the downtown train depot for use as a permanent home for the Texas Rodeo Hall of Fame.

Chamber director Tom Rivera presented the issue to the council.

Rivera said that all of the necessary groundwork had been laid to bring the Hall of Fame to Pecos.

"Pecos is the home of the Rodeo Hall of Fame," Rivera said. "Now we need a house for it."

Rivera said that a local group led by John Rediger had received trademarks for the Hall of Fame from the State and from the United States Department of Commerce and also contacted an architect to estimate the cost of renovating the depot.

Renovation cost was estimated at $400,000.

River said that while the Town of Pecos City owns the building, Union Pacific owns the land underneath. Before any extensive work was done, an agreement would have to be had guaranteeing that Union Pacific wouldn't force the city to move the building in the foreseeable future, he said.

"We need a minimum of a 25-year commitment," Rivera said.

City attorney Scott Johnson said that he would contact Union Pacific per the council's wishes.

Johnson also read proposed city ordinance 99-10-16 which would impose an additional $4 of court costs on cases coming before the municipal court.

This reading was the second reading of the proposed ordinance.

The council also tabled the agenda item calling for members to consider a resolution opposing the proposed low level radioactive waste dump northeast of Barstow in Ward County.

Mayor Dot Stafford said that the item would be addressed at the next scheduled council meeting.

The Council also voted to move the next scheduled meeting to Monday, November 22, at 7:30 a.m. so that it would not conflict with the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.

Schools set early release for  playoff game

PECOS, Nov. 11, 1999 - All students in the Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD will be released from school at 1 p.m., Friday, in order to allow travel time to Pecos' football playoff game in El Paso against the Ysleta Indians.

Other early release days were held on Oct. 8, Oct. 22 and Nov. 5, according to the school calendar, in order to keep students from missing class time due to the 200-mile trips the football team, band members and other students have to make to games in the El Paso area.

"When the school board approved the school calendar, we had six early release days and had one left, to be used at the discretion of the school board," said Superintendent Don Love.

The early release day will be made official at tonight's school board meeting scheduled for 6 p.m., in the board room.

The other two early release days will be on Jan 14, for the annual stock show and April 20, the day before the Easter holiday.

"We want everyone to go support our football players, the Pecos Eagle Band, our cheerleaders, drill team and flag girls," said Love. "We want our students to know we're behind them all the way."

A Pep Rally is also scheduled for 7 p.m., today at the New Gym. Friday's game is at Ysleta High School's football field, starting at 8:30 p.m. CST.

Women's auxillary sets Friday bake sale

PECOS, Nov. 11, 1999 - A bake sale will be held beginning at 9 a.m. on Friday at Wal-Mart on South Cedar Street.

The fundraiser is sponsored by the Pecos Volunteer Fireman Women's Auxiliary.

Masons honor Lovett's work in community

PECOS, Nov. 11, 1999 - Dr. David Lovett was awarded the Golden Trowel award last night by the Pecos Valley Masonic Lodge.

"One of the serious objectives of all masons is beneficial work for the good of all," Greg Luna said.

"This idea is expressed in the creed, `I am my brother's keeper,' that hangs over the entrance to this hall," he said.

"David has lived this creed to the extreme and that is why we are honoring him tonight with this award," Luna said.

A. D. Jackson of Fort Stockton presented the award.

"The Grand Lodge recognizes three awards and the Golden Trowel is one of those awards," Jackson said. "It is a very prestigious medal given to honor those among us who do their many good deeds behind the scenes and without recognition."

"David Lovett is one such person and Pecos and this lodge are lucky to have such a man in their midst."


AUSTIN (AP) - Results of the Lotto Texas drawing Wednesday night: Winning numbers drawn: 3-15-18-30-31-40. Estimated jackpot: $18 million. Number matching six of six: 1. Winning tickets sold in: Clarendon. Matching five of six: 141. Prize: $1,270. Matching four of six: 6,344. Prize: $102.


AUSTIN (AP) - The winning Pick 3 numbers drawn Wednesday by the Texas Lottery, in order: 2-3-7 (two, three, seven)


Louise Merrell

Louise Merrell, 78, died Wednesday, Nov. 10, 1999, at Reeves County Hospital.

Services will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, Nov. 12, at the Pecos Funeral Home Chapel, with Dex Welch officiating.

A graveside service is scheduled for 11 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 13, at Salem-Irene Cemetery in Salem, Tx.

She was born April 12, 1921, in Midvial, Idaho, had lived in Pecos since 1957, was retired and a Baptist.

Survivors include three sons, Joe Merrell of Andrews, Jamie Merrell of Austin, George Merrell of Big Sandy.; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Pecos Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Delfina Valeriano

Delfina Quiroz Valeriano, 90, died Wednesday, Nov. 10, 1999.

Services will be held Friday, Nov. 12, in San Antonio Del Bravo, Mexico.

She was born Dec. 25, 1908.

Survivors include two daughters, Juana Valles of San Antonio Del Bravo, Mexico and Dolores Hinojos of Odessa; five sons, Juan and Eliseo Valeriano of San Antonio Del Bravo, Mex., Ricardo and Jose Valeriano of Pecos and Rojelio Valeriano of Odessa; 30 grandchildren; 59 great-grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren.


High Thursday 80. Low this morning 46. Forecast for tonight: Clear. low 45-50. Light south wind. Friday, sunny. high in the lower 80s. south wind 5-10 mph. Friday night, clear. Lows 45-50.

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