Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Monday, December 13, 1999
Balmorhea ISD OKs students' San Diego trip
By JENNIFER WARD
BALMORHEA, Dec. 13, 1999 - The Balmorhea Independent School District
tentatively approved a senior trip to San Diego during the spring break
of 2000 at the board's regular monthly meeting on Thursday.
The trip was approved pending more information to come. Two members
of the senior class, Chris Cook and Amparo Balderas, and one senior sponsor,
Kelly Dyal, where in attendance to give board members details on the trip.
BISD school board members also approved the 1998-1999 audit report,
given by Ilo D. Rauscher, while in the discussion section of the meeting
the board heard a suggestion to revise the district's student code of conduct.
The administration is to look into it.
The board also discussed the possibility of lighting Balmorhea's new
track in order to make if more usable to the community. The administration
had been looking into turning on one of the football field lights for an
hour each night, but found that the cost would be seven dollars an hour
The administration then contacted West Texas Utilities officials and
found that they would charge the school district $10 a pole each month
for lights that would be placed on four poles at the track. These lights
would be regular streetlights and would be equipped with switches to turn
them off if them interfered with school activities such as football games.
Board members also discussed the clean up of the weighted grade system
being used by Balmorhea ISD. The clean up involved changing of certain
class names, such as the renaming Environment Science to Environment Systems,
and the adding of new courses for the district. The graduating class of
2000 will be the first to use this system to calculate the class ranking
of students at Balmorhea High School.
Board members also held an executive session at the end of the meeting.
After the closed session was completed, the board accepted the resignation
of Dyal, who served as an art teacher with the district.
Man jailed for trying to park pickup in room
By ROSIE FLORES
PECOS, Dec. 13, 1999 - A motel room was damaged early Friday morning
when it was run into by a pickup, according to Pecos police.
Police said the incident occurred at 12:22 a.m. Friday morning at the
Best Western Swiss Clock Inn in the 900 block of West Palmer Street, when
a man, idenfitied as Paul James Llama of Corpus Christi drove his 1999
Ford pickup into the wall of the motel room.
Police said Llama intentionally drove the vehicle into the wall and
he was placed under arrest, and changed with criminal mischief.
It was one of two unusual incidents involving vehicles police were called
to investigate last week..
On Dec. 6, officers responded to a call from a home in the 800 Block
of South Ash Street, at about 11:36 p.m., according to police reports.
"The call came in, in reference to a suspicious vehicle in the driveway,"
said Pecos Police Investigator Kelly Davis, and three police units responded,
along with Reeves County Sheriff's deputies.
Once there, police found two men parked in the driveway of the house.
The owners of the home did not know who they were, according to the report,
and after an investigation, the two men were placed under arrest.
Both subjects, identified as Carlos N. Rodriguez and Ruben A. Mendoza,
were arrested for Public Intoxication. "After a search officers found a
substance believed to be cocaine," said Davis. Rodriguez and Mendoza were
charged with possession of a controlled substance.
Surgical, employee salaries top RCH agenda
PECOS, Dec. 13, 1999 - Reeves County Hospital District board members will
discuss and take action on recommendations by the district's finance committee
on an equipment purchase and salary increases during their monthly meeting
The board will meet at 4:30 p.m. in the hospital's classroom and will
discuss the recommendations on a harmonic scalpel for surgery and cost
of living increases for the district's employees.
Other items on the agenda include discussion and action on the appointment
of an administrator an alternate administrator for the RCH home health
service, discussion and action on the district's financial statement and
budget amendments and payment of bills. The board will also hear the medical
staff report, including extending privileges on active, consulting and
courtesy staff through January, 2000.
Midland law firm busted in drug roundup
MIDLAND (AP) - Former and current employees at a Midland law firm
are being accused of operating an illegal drug ring, according to federal
court records unsealed on Friday.
Past and present members of the Herrera Law Firm and several Herrera
family members, including the firm's principal partner, Jesse Herrera,
were part of an exhaustive two-year investigation by federal drug authorities.
A Thursday drug roundup that included Midland, Odessa and other cities
in Texas and New Mexico, involved 31 warrants for suspects and the arrest
Among those arrested were Octavio Herrera, 37, of Ruidoso, N.M., who
is Jesse's brother; Sandra Herrera of Midland, who once worked for the
firm and is Jesse's sister; and Aaron Herrera, 37, a cousin of Jesse.
Jesse Herrera hasn't been charged with any offense.
Portions of the affidavits were unsealed after 13 of the suspects appeared
before federal Magistrate Judge L. Stuart Platt on Friday. Other suspects
had their initial hearings in other cities.
Eight suspects are still being sought by the authorities, including
Louis Renteria, who is implicated as the second major player in the operation,
according to court records.
The records showed that law enforcement officials made extensive use
of undercover sources and watched the homes and businesses of the suspects,
the Reporter-Telegram reported. Authorities also wiretapped telephone calls,
used aerial and ground surveillance, and seized telephone, financial and
travel records, including hotel and motel records, gas receipts and airline
Monahans man jailed in Kansas murder
ABILENE, Kan. (AP) - A Monahans man was arrested Saturday in the killing
of a 53-year-old woman in this central Kansas town.
Robert J. Schriber, 44, was arrested Saturday, though charges in the
case were not expected before Monday, officials said.
Abilene police found the woman, whose name was withheld pending notification
of relatives, about 8 a.m. Saturday and ruled her death a homicide, according
to a news release from Dickinson County attorney Eric Rucker.
Details about the death were not released.
Schriber was being held in the county jail and is scheduled for a court
appearance Monday. Abilene police and the Kansas Bureau of Investigation
are investigating the death.
AUSTIN (AP) - Results of the Lotto Texas drawing Saturday night: Winning
numbers drawn: 11-23-28-41-09-50. Estimated jackpot: $29 million. Number
matching six of six: 1 Winning ticket(s) sold in: Corpus Christi. Matching
five of six: 174. Prize: $1,448. Matching four of six: 9,439. Prize: $96.
AUSTIN (AP) - Results of the Texas Million drawing Friday night: Winning
numbers drawn: 12-39-18-30. Number matching four of four in Group One:
0. Number matching four of four in Group Two: 1. Prize: $25,000. Number
matching four of four in Group Three: 0. Number matching three of four
in any group: 361. Prize: $300.
AUSTIN (AP) - Results of the Cash 5 drawing Friday night: Winning numbers
drawn: 06-32-03-05-13. Number matching five of five: 2. Prize per winner:
$42,294. Winning ticket(s) sold in: Houston, Corpus Christi.
AUSTIN (AP) - The winning Pick 3 numbers drawn Friday by the Texas Lottery,
in order: 0-9-0 (zero, nine, zero)
AUSTIN (AP) - The winning Pick 3 numbers drawn Saturday by the Texas
Lottery, in order: 7-3-5 (seven, three, five)
Jose "Pepe" Santana Contreras, 78, died Friday, Dec. 10, 1999, at Reeves
Mass was held at 2 p.m., today at Santa Rosa Catholic Church with burial
in Mt. Evergreen Cemetery.
He was born July 5, 1921, in Durango, Mexico, was a retired custodian,
a lifetime Pecos resident and a Catholic.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Jose C. and Merced Contreras;
one brother, Jesus S. Contreras; two sisters, Paula C. Ferrales and Francis
C. Alvarez and one son, Manuel Contreras.
Survivors include five sons, Jose G. Contreras of Midland, Pete G. Contreras
of Lubbock, Jesus "Jesse" C. Contreras and Gilbert C. Contreras of Pecos,
Robert C. Contreras of Mesquite.; one brother, Cruz Contreras of Pecos;
one sister, Mary Green of Colorado, and 13 grandchildren.
Martinez Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Funeral services are incomplete for Richard Hoeff, 71, of Balmorhea, who
died Sunday, Dec. 12, 1999 at Medical Center Hospital. Services will be
under the direction of Pecos Funeral Home.
High Sunday 57. Low this morning 22. Forecast for tonight: Fair. Low 30-35.
West wind 10-20 mph. Tuesday: Sunny. High in the upper 50s. Northwest to
north wind 5-15 mph. Tuesday night: Clear. Low in the mid 20s.
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