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"We stand corrected," Pecos Enterprise Publisher Mac McKinnon said
today after receiving a copy of a letter from an Austin attorney who
conferred with the attorney general's office in regards to his
contention that a closed meeting by the Reeves County Commissioners was

The closed meeting was held on July 8 concerning the salary for County
Court-at-law judge Lee Green's salary. Judge Jimmy Galindo called for
the closed meeting to discuss the matter, which according to law is a
legal reason.

However, McKinnon contended that since the closed meeting wasn't listed
on the agenda, that such a meeting was illegal. The subject was listed
on the agenda for discussion/action.

The letter from the attorney, David B. Brooks of Austin, who conferred
with the attorney general's office states that "nothing in the (open
meetings act) or the cases, however, requires that advance notice be
given that a particular subject will be discussed in executive session
rather than in an open meeting."

The letter then goes on to outline the procedures for a governmental
body going into executive session, procedures that were followed by
Galindo, McKinnon said.

McKinnon said he has noted this is a gray area in law and one that
obviously needs correction by the Texas Legislature. He said he will
encourage such correction in the next session of the legislature so that
the public will have ample notice of items to be covered in closed

Chamber urges support for Cantaloupe Festival

Staff Writer

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With only 10 days remaining before the start of the 1996 Pecos
Cantaloupe Festival, more entries are being sought for the Little Miss
Cantaloupe Pageant.

"We only have two entries as of this morning and we certainly need
more," said Chamber Director Tom Rivera about the pageant, which will be
held in conjunction with the Cantaloupe Festival set for Aug. 2-4.

The pageant will be held at the Pecos High School Auditorium on Friday,
Aug. 2 beginning at 8 p.m.

The contest is open to all girls ages 6-9 years and entry forms can be
picked up at Norma Jeans or at the Chamber office. Registration fee for
the pageant is $25.

For more information on the pageant contact Brandy Owen at 445-2601 or
call the chamber office at 445-2406.

Other events are set for Saturday and Sunday in town, Rivera said.

"The Pecos Lion's Club is in the process of trying to organize a
Confederate Air Force to join us at the Fly-In Breakfast scheduled for
Sunday," said Rivera.

He stressed the fact that everyone needs to participate in the annual
event. The festival was saved at the last minute earlier this year,
after a lack of organizers threatened to shut the event down.

"We'd like for everyone to participate, so that we can have it again
next year," Rivera said.

Games, food booths and plenty of entertainment are all a part of the
agenda next weekend.

A volleyball tournament has been scheduled for all day Saturday, Aug. 3
at the Pecos High School Gymnasium.

A fun run, 5K and 10K, will be held beginning at 7:30 a.m. Entry fee is
$10 and contestants are asked to meet at the Reeves County Civic Center.

Vendors will be set up at the civic center between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m.
with car show entries taken at the same time. Entry fee for the car show
is $15.

Fun run awards will be distributed from noon until 1 p.m.

Car show judging and "sound off" is scheduled from 1-2 p.m. with the car
show awards given from 2-3 p.m.

Cantaloupe Olympic games including the melon seed shot-put, eat-a-thon
and baby 10-foot dash are scheduled to be held at the civic center from
3-5 p.m.

A talent show will be held from 5-7 p.m. and local contestants are urged
to enter.

The entertainment schedule at the civic center includes "Cat the DJ"
from 12 p.m. until 8 p.m.; Imprezion of Pecos from 8-9 p.m.; El Gusto
from Fort Stockton from 9-11 p.m.; Imprezion from 11-11:45 p.m. and El
Gusto band again from 11:45 p.m. until 1 a.m.

On Sunday the Fly-In Breakfast will begin at 7 a.m. at the Pecos
Municipal Airfield with breakfast being offered for $1.50 for children
under 12 years of age and $3 for those over 12 years.

The event is being co-sponsored by KWES-9.

Trio jailed in Monday drug raids

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Staff Writer

Three persons were arrested on drug related charges Monday night by
officers executing two separate search warrants, and burglary charges
for two of the suspects are pending.

Pecos Police Department Narcotics Investigator Paul Deishler said this
morning that the first search, conducted by the local entry team at
319-B S. Cypress St., resulted in the arrest of Joe Chavez, 25, and
Gilbert Chavez, 24. The brothers were each charged with possession of a
controlled substance.

Deishler said that a substance believed to be heroin was found on the
master bedroom floor. The white powder was thrown by one of the suspects
during the entry operation, he added.

While in the residence, Deishler said the team found several stolen
items, including furniture that was reported stolen by one of the
Chavez' neighbors earlier this month. Also found were firemen's
equipment, a lawnmower and tool box which had been reported stolen
Sunday night by volunteer fireman Joe Lerma.

The firefighting equipment was taken from Lerma's truck. The tool box
was discovered empty.

Deishler said theft charges are still pending.

Fire Chief Doug Cox said that the total value of the equipment issued to
one volunteer fireman is worth about $800. He added that the equipment
includes a fiberglass helmet, valued at about $100; steal toe fire
boots, worth $100; heavy-duty fire proof coat and pants, the set valued
at $500 and suspenders, gloves and hood, with a combined value of $100.

Cox said he was notified about the stolen property Monday morning and
commends the police department and sheriffs office team for their work
in retreiving the equipment, paid for by city and county taxpayer money.

Their bonds were set this morning by Municipal Judge Phyllis Salyer at
$5,000 each.

The search warrant was issued by Justice of the Peace Precinct 2 J.T.

In the other warrant search, Nolberto "Veto" Matta, 45, who was residing
at the Laura Lodge Motel, was arrested in room number 104. He was
charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

Deishler said that the team discovered syringes and, "cooking utensils,"
for heroin.

Jodi Enmon, who was also present at he scene, was cited for possession
of drug paraphernalia.

His $400 bond was set by Salyer, who also issued the search warrant.

Warrants were obtained on information received from confidential
informants, said Deishler.

Businesses irked by parking change

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Staff Writer

Owners of businesses located along South Cedar Street in Downtown Pecos
are asking the Texas Department of Transportation to reconsider the
newly instigated parallel parking in front.

Ronnie Daniels, owner of Dan's Music and Video has written a letter to
Russell Whitworth resident engineer of the Texas Department of
Transportation's Pecos office.

His letter referred to a phone conversation with Whitworth earlier
today, and said "This unannounced change in parking style is a
devastating blow to my business. This change reduced my company's
available parking space by at least fifty percent."

Daniel stated that his customers have voiced their anger about the
change because of the difficulty in getting into the store.

"There are three other video rental locations in Pecos that will
benefit from my loss of business if this situation is not changed," he

Other business owners along this street have voiced their concerns,
according to Daniel.

"I have also spoken with the editor of the Pecos Enterprise, the owner
of Taylor's Flowers, and the manager of KIUN radio. They are also very
upset with the change," he said.

"These four businesses in Pecos are adversely affected by this change
and none of us were consulted beforehand," Daniel said.

In an interview last week, Whitworth said the

Jobs up, unemployment stable in June

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From Staff and Wire Reports

Unemployment figures for Pecos changed only slightly in June, while
Reeves County numbers stayed the same.

The Texas Workforce Commission reported a 13.6 percent unemployment rate
for Pecos, which is up from 13.5 percent in May.

Reeves County held steady at 11.9 percent.

The state unemployment rate for June was 6.6 percent, up one percentage
point from May, the Commission said.

The dip is considered a normal seasonal change as summer job seekers
stream into the labor market, Commission Chairman Bill Hammond said

``Texas continued to experience solid job growth in June, adding 26,900
jobs, even though the overall unemployment rate increased,'' said
Hammond, who represents employers on the panel.

Workforce Commissioner David Perdue, who represents labor, noted an
increase in both the construction and manufacturing sectors.

``Construction registered its largest monthly hike for jobs since June
1995, and manufacturing gained 6,800 jobs in June, also the largest
climb since June 1995,'' he said.

Rates of unemployment in the urban areas of Texas as announced by the
TWC for June, compared with revised May figures (in parentheses)

Abilene 5.9 (5.3); Amarillo 4.6 (3.7); Austin-San Marcos 3.5 (2.9);
Beaumont-Port Arthur 10.9 (9.3); Brazoria 7.8 (6.7);
Brownsville-Harlingen 14.1 (12.7); Bryan-College Station 3.2 (2.6);
Corpus Christi 9.8 (8.0); Dallas 4.8 (4.1); El Paso 13.4 (11.7); Fort
Worth-Arlington 4.6 (4.0); Galveston-Texas City 9.7 (8.0); Houston 6.3
(5.3); Killeen-Temple 5.3 (4.7); Laredo 15.1 (13.0); Longview-Marshall
8.9 (7.7); Lubbock 5.5 (4.0); McAllen-Edinburg-Mission 19.5 (17.0);
Odessa-Midland 7.1 (5.9); San Angelo 4.2 (3.6); San Antonio 5.4 (4.2);
Sherman-Denison 5.3 (4.6); Texarkana 8.0 (7.0); Tyler 8.1 (6.9);
Victoria 6.0 (5.0); Waco 5.6 (4.4); Wichita Falls 5.4 (4.4).

Copyright 1996 Pecos Enterprise. All rights reserved. AP contributed to
this report.

Area News Roundup

Return to Menu FORT STOCKTON, July 18, 1996 - Frustrated over a failure to deliver
promised services, the Fort Stockton Independent School District's Board
of Trustees voted to terminate their agreement with the law firm
responsible for collection of delinquent school taxes - Parmer, Steen &
Young of Kyle. The firm has failed to provide monthly reports, and has
not provided good service for the whole year, said board member Martin
The Fort Stockton Pioneer

Return to Menu FORT DAVIS, July 18, 1996 - Powell Plant Farms has filed formal notice
it intends to continue weather modification operations in an attempt to
stop hail storms from damaging its flower and plant crops near Fort
Davis. The East Texas-based company has used a European made "cannon"
for the past two years to alter storm clouds that have the potential to
produce hail. Because of the ongoing drought, there have been questions
about use of the device - that it might cause dissipation of rain storms.
Jeff Davis County Mountain Dispatch

Return to Menu MARFA, July 18, 1996 - Alan Bersin, the U.S. Attorney in San Diego and
Southwest Border Representative to Attorney General Janet Reno, met with
Marfa Border Patrol Sector Chief Richard Morrissey Friday morning to
discuss local strategies against an anticipated increase in drug
trafficking locally. He had attended an all-day summit in El Paso
Wednesday that brought the most influential agencies in the war on drugs
The Big Bend Sentinel

Return to Menu ALPINE, July 18, 1996 - A Brewster County grand jury indicted 45 persons
last week, three for aggravated assault, three for injury to a child,
five for possession of a controlled substance and four for possession of
marijuana and tax stamp evasion.
The Alpine Avalanche

Return to Menu PRESIDIO, July 18, 1996 - Oscar Brtio Carrasco was found incompetent to
be tried for murder during a trial Wednesday before 394th District Judge
Judge Kenneth DeHart. Carrasco is accused of stabbing to death his
pregnant girlfriend, Ivonne Juarez Duran, 21, of Ojinaga, Mex., then
setting her body on fire in a trailer house they shared in Presidio.
The International, Presidio Paper

Return to Menu MONAHANS, July 18, 1996 - Agreements signed Tuesday at a special meeting
of Monahans City Council, TU Electric and Pharaoh Oil and Gas turned out
to be highly beneficial to all three. TU is giving all the waste water
from the cooling towers at their generating plant to the city for
irrigation of city property. Pharaoh is deeding a pipeline to carry the
water to town in exchange for water for injection into oil wells. TU
previously piped water to a lake west of Monahans, which was expensive.
The Monahans News

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Juanita L. Perez

Funeral services for Juanita L. Perez, 87, who died Monday in Pecos,
will begin with a rosary tonight at 7 p.m. at the Christ the King
Catholic Church in Balmorhea and a mass July 24 at 2 p.m. at the same
church. The burial will follow at the Balmorhea Cemetery.

She was born in Brogado on November 24, 1909 and was a Catholic and a

Survivors include: four daughters, Christina Bitolas of Pecos, Gloria
Castillo of Saragosa and Viola Olibas and Lorena Marquez of Fort
Stockton; one sister, Lucia Dutchover of Las Cruces, N.M.; 10
grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Perez was preceded in death by her husband, Jose Perez, and one son, Joe
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