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Monday, December 13, 1999

Balmorhea ISD OKs students' San Diego trip

Special Correspondent
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 per light.

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

Staff Writer
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 on Tuesday.

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 of 23.

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 tickets.

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 Contreras

Jose "Pepe" Santana Contreras, 78, died Friday, Dec. 10, 1999, at Reeves County Hospital.

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.

Richard Hoeff

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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