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Thursday, September 5, 1996

El Paso retiree leaves bus driving to travel in souped-up motorcycle

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Staff Writer

PECOS, September 5, 1996 - A very unique vehicle made a pit stop at the West of the Pecos Museum Wednesday afternoon.

The motorcycle/car is owned by Ken Schnieber, who currently resides in El Paso.

The retired Greyhound bus driver and his wife, Betty, were passing through on their way North.

"We're traveling and stopping at all the depots where I used to make my stops as a bus driver," said Schnieber. "We're living with our son in El Paso but have a home in New Mexico," he said.

Schnieber was a bus driver for Greyhound for 37 years, where he first started working at the age of 24.

"I've been wanting to visit some old friends, that I met while on my bus route," said Schnieber.

Schnieber's route was between here and Abilene, varying at times, but not always.

His trip included stops at the old Greyhound bus station on West Third Street in Pecos. It was converted into a church about 10 years ago, and buses now use the former Trailways depot across the street.

"We stopped in Sierra Blanca, wanting to see the owner of that bus depot, but of course he's retired now," said Schnieber. "We did tell them to tell him hello for us."

The couple plan to make a round trip all the way to Denver and back to Albuquerque.

"I helped build this motorcylce/car, but I didn't do it alone," said Schnieber.

The special machine was the invention of a motorcycle shop owner, who Schnieber says, can build anything you want him to.

"I'm the one that thought of the design, but he's the one who really built it, even though I helped a little," said Schnieber. "He really does this for a hobby," he said.

The car is steered like a motorcycle with the front end resembling one, but has a car engine installed in it. The open area is covered with a special vinyl that is water-resistant.

"The camper we're pulling doesn't look like much, but it's a pop up camper complete with his and hers closets, stereo, radio and heater," said Schnieber. "The heater is even thermostatically controlled," he said.

The camper is made of fiberglass, stainless steel and rubber stockton suspension.

Two plan write-in races for Pct. 1 commissioner

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Staff Writer

PECOS, September 5, 1996 - Write-in candidates for the November general election trickled in to the Reeves County Courthouse just three days before the deadline.

Reeves County Commissioner Precinct 1 Lupe Garcia will be opposed in the November General Election by write-in candidate Michael "Mickey" Vasquez. Vasquez has designated himself as treasurer.

Vasquez was to have been a candidate in the March Democratic primary election, but failed to sign his application petition, which was then notarized by county Democratic Party chairman Bobby Dean.

The petition was submitted on the final day of filing and by the time the mistake was noted, by Garcia and Reeves County Judge Jimmy Galindo two days later, it was too late for Vasquez to refile for the primary race.

Garcia and Vasquez have been joined by Felipe Arredondo in the Precinct 1 race. Arredondo, who served as Precinct 1 commissioner from 1985-89, also designated himself as treasurer.

Attorney Walter Holcombe threw his hat in the ring as a write-in candidate for Reeves County Attorney last month, naming his wife, Martha Louise "Sis" Holcombe as treasurer. There were no candidates on the November ballot in that race, to succeed incumbent Bill Weinacht.

"Anybody wishing to be a write-in candidate has until Friday at 5 p.m.," said County Clerk Dianne Florez.

The individual must file a treasurer's designation in her office and file as a write-in candidate with Judge Galindo either by petition or through a filing fee.

"The names of the write-in candidates are printed on the (ballot) stub and the name does not have to exactly as it appears on the ballot," said Florez.

The election judge will determine the voter's intent, according to Florez.

Candidates that are not declared are not counted under any circumstances.

Also, candidates who were on the ballot in the primary election, may not run was write-in candidates in the November election. However, they are eligible to seek another position which is open at the time as a write-in candidate.

The last day to register to vote in this election is Oct. 6, applications postmarked by Oct. 7 will also be counted for the general election.

One change in this year's polling sites will be for Box 4, which is being moved to Toyah City Hall in Toyah for the November 6 vote.

Early voting begins on Oct. 16 by personal appearance and will continue until Nov. 1.

To vote by early mail each qualified voter must submit an application to the county clerk. Official applications must be available from the county clerk and the secretary of state.

An informal application may be used as long as it contains all the required information.

Application must be in writing and signed by applicant or by witness if applicant cannot sign.

It must contain the applicant's name, state the address at which voter is registered and contain address to which ballot is to be mailed, if different from residence address.

The voter must also state the ground for voting early and indicate the type and date of election for which the voter is applying.

Application must be submitted in person, by mail, by common or contract carrier. Only the voter may deliver his/her application in person to early voting clerk, except if the voter is confined in jail.

After early voting by personal appearance begins the application must be mailed.

A ballot voted by mail must be received not later than 7 p.m. on election night.

The ballot must be submitted in the carrier envelope and must be returned to the early voting clerk by mail or by common or contract carrier. If the carrier envelope is returned by common or contract carrier, the carrier envelope will be returned in another envelope, such as a federal express or other express mail envelope.

Mazz served with lawsuit for Fall Fair cancellation

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Staff Writer

PECOS, September 5, 1996 - The popular Tejano band Mazz may long remember their Labor Day weekend performance in Marfa, but not so much for the large crowds as for "greetings" they received onstage.

During their Saturday night performance at the Marfa Lights Festival, band members were served papers on a civil suit filed Friday in 143rd District Court by the Pecos Chamber of Commerce.

Mazz promised to perform a concert at the fall fair in Pecos Oct. 1, 1994 in return for $15,000 plus six motel rooms. Although they accepted $3,750 deposit, the band notified the chamber six days before the concert that they would not perform - giving as a reason that Mazz had not signed a contract.

Chamber officials said they have information that Mazz performed in Reynosa, Mex. on Oct. 1, yet they failed to return the deposit.

Under the contract, the band agreed to give 21 days prior notice of cancellation and return the deposit.

The suit, filed by local attorney Randy Reynolds, seeks the return of the deposit with interest, special and reliance damages for lost profits and "great expense," plus attorney fees.

Exemplary damages for the defendants alleged fraudulent conduct, committed with malicious intent, should also be imposed, plus additional damages as allowed by the Business and Commerce Code, the petition claims.

Individual band members named in the suit are Ivan Hernandez, dba Ivan Entertainment; Joe Lopez and Jimmy Gonzalez.

Orla voters face decision on Montford's successor

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By Peggy McCracken
Staff Writer

PECOS, September 5, 1996 - Orla voters will have a say in electing a new state senator to replace John Montford of Lubbock in a special election Nov. 5.

Montford resigned to accept the chancellor's position at Texas Tech University. He was the longtime representitive for District 28, which was expanded four years ago to extend from the South Plains through northern Reeves County to take in eastern sections of El Paso.

A spokesman at the office of Secretary of State said this morning that no candidates have filed for the position, but that they have until Oct. 7 to do so.

Meanwhile, three Lubbock Republicans have said they will file. State Rep. Robert Duncan is the latest to announce. He said Tuesday that he will give up his unopposed re-election bid in the House to try for the Senate seat.

Monte Hasie, 59, notified news agencies Aug. 24 that he would be a candidate. He has been vice chairman of the State Board of Education and is senior vice president of a brokerage firm.

Tim Lambert, 45, said Tuesday that he will enter the race to stand for families and businesses against a state government that takes more and more of their money.

Lubbock Mayor David Langston, a Democrat, said he will file after he resigns his current position.

Gary Watkins, an Odessa attorney and former state representative, said he is considering entering the race.

Phone scam using GTE name reportedly underway in area

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PECOS, September 5, 1996 - There's a new telephone scam making the rounds in Pecos and the area. This one involves a telephone solicitor asking people to subscribe to Long Distance Billings through GTE billing.

The inference is that the caller is representing GTE.

However, after being quizzed by Pecos Enterprise Accounting/Human Resources Manager Evelyn Fisher, the salesman disclosed that it was a scam and that people should be warned. It had nothing to do with GTE although if a person signed up with the long-distance carrier, they would be billed by GTE in behalf of the company.

The man, who when asked why he was disclosing that it was a scam, said he was quitting his job.


Annie Whigham

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Annie Laura Whigham, 80, of Kingsland died Tuesday Sept. 3, 1996, in Llano.
Service will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Highland Lakes United Methodist Church in Buchanan Dam with burial in Fowler Cemetery in Burnet County.

She was born Feb. 12, 1916, in Spicewood and had lived in Marble Falls and Pecos. She was a bookkeeper and a homemaker and a member of Highland Lakes United Methodist Church and the Kingsland Lionesses Club.

Survivors include her husband, Cliff J. Whigham Sr. of Kingsland; three daughters, Patty Renick of Llano, Dotty Schwab of Houston and Jan Harshman of Stone Mountain, Ga.; a son, Cliff J. Whigham Jr. of Houston; two sisters, Velma Pinson and Cora Lee Gregg, both of Marble Falls; a brother, Forrest "Jack" Faubion of Marble Falls; seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren.


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PECOS, September 5, 1996 - High Wednesday 92, low last night 64. Tonight, partly cloudy. A 20 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms. Low around 65. Light southeast wind. Friday, partly cloudy. High 85-90. Southeast wind 5-15 mph.
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