Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Thursday, November 11, 1999
Council accepts Rodeo Hall plan
By SMOKEY BRIGGS
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
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
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
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
"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, 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 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.
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
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324 S. Cedar St., Pecos, TX 79772
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