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Nov. 8, 1996

Commuincation problems halted paper recycling

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Staff Writer

Poor comunication between city staff, recyclers and waste haulers
apparently led to a "full dumpster crisis" that had newspapers
overflowing several recycling bins around Pecos this week.

"I didn't even know there was a problem until I saw it in the paper,"
said City Manager Harry Nagel."

Charlie Butts, owner of Butts Recycling and Pecos Valley Recyclers, said
he had an agreement with the city to empty the recycling bins, and "I
assumed the city passed it off to Wes Tex Waste."

"We did not know we were going to be doing that for the city," said
Jackie Reid, area manager for Wes Tex Waste, of the recycling dumpster
pickup. "We did express we would help the city in any way to do
recycling when we get the contract."

Town of Pecos City Council and Wes Tex Waste are in the final month of a
three-month trial period in which WTW will empty all dumpsters once a
week, pick up debris from alleys once a month, and haul solid waste to
their landfill at Penwell.

The council on Tuesday will accept public comment and consider whether
to enter into a five-year contract that would allow WTW to build a
transfer station at the city landfill.

Once the transfer station is in operation, local garbage trucks will
dump their loads onto a concrete floor inside the metal building, break
up the packed load and shove it into a long-haul truck, Reid said.

In the process, Butts Recycling may remove heavy cardboard they want to
recycle, he said.

"Butts is going to move his bundler to our facility and recycle out of
there," he said.

And WTW will operate a separate route to pick up newspapers, white paper
and plastic from recycling containers.

He said when he received a complaint that the newspapers had not been
picked up, he contacted Reid, "and he didn't know anything about it."

The market is poor for newspapers, and the $20 to $25 per ton does not
cover Butts' costs, he said. But with major contracts to fulfill, he
continues to process them.

"The paper business is always a roller coaster," he said. "I have been
in it for 12 years. Youu can't start customers up during a good year and
cut them off in a bad year."

Agra paper - light cardboard, colored paper and magazines - can only be
shredded and used for stuffing or injected into oil wells, Butts said.

"We were taking them to a company in Midland, and they were grinding
them up and using them in the oifield. The paper market is so glutted,
they get all the free paper they want delivered to their doorstep. They
said a week ago they could no longer accept paper from us."

Butts said he has a warehouse full of Agra.

"We can't get rid of it. We were doing that for a community service. We
have had to quit," he said.

He still accepts office paper, ledgers, computer paper, cardboard and
plastic. But individual pick-ups, like David Madril had been doing in
Pecos, is too costly, he said.

"We told David to stop picking up individual stuff, when we were giving
the Agra away. We are trying to set it up with the city or Wes Tex
Waste. They are going to put cardboard containters throughout the city.
We have found that is the quickest, easiest way to keep it out of the

Reid said he has agreed to empty the dumpsters on a regular schedule and
to use the garbage trucks to place 32 new recycling dumpsters around

Lawrence Kennedy, vice president of operations, said he is eager to get
the five-year contract signed so they can get on with the program and
build the transfer station, which should be completed in a month.

He was not aware the council plans to consider extending the trial

"The city manager and council are very pleased with what we are doing,"
he said.

Councilman Randy Graham and Nagel said this morning that they are
pleased and see no need for an extension. However, Nagel said he
understands some councilmen feel they are moving too fast and should
wait longer before making the contract final.

WTW operates in Alpine, Grandfalls, Pyote, Seagraves, Thorntonville,
Toyah, Valentine, Wickett, Wink, Marfa, Fort Davis, Balmorhea and

Levario in U.S. custody after shootout

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Staff Writer

Agents for the U.S. Border Patrol charged Pascual Levario-Quiroz of
Redford with illegal entry, following his release Thursday from Big Bend
Regional Medical Center in Alpine.

Levario was treated for a gunshot wound to the chest, inflicted by
Mexican police who chased him across the Rio Grande near El Mulato
Tuesday afternoon. The police unit had eight bullet holes following the
shootout, but no officers were injured, reported Contacto!, the Ojinaga,
Mex. newspaper.

Mexican police attempted to arrest Levario for the shooting death of
Esau Ramirez Franco at a colonia in Ojinaga, but he escaped into Texas
and went to the home of his mother in Redford.

It was the kidnapping of Levario's mother that triggered the shooting,
witnesses said. Franco and several other Mexican men allegedly kidnapped
Alicia Quiroz Levario April 1, 1993 and held her for ransom.

Witnesses said that Franco was among a group of people talking on the
patio of a home in Colonia Porfirio Ornelas about 2 p.m. Tuesday when
Levario arrived and shook hands with everyone, including Franco.

When Franco went to make a telephone call, Levario followed and shot him
eight times in the chest and abdomen, witnesses said. He then fled
toward El Mulato in a pickup.

Both men are well known to area law enforcement officers. Levario set
fire to his mattress in Reeves County Jail shortly before being
extradited to Mexico to face murder charges in the shooting of a Mexican
state police officer several years ago.

Levario is under indictment in Brewster County for possession of heroin
and has a misdemeanor traffic violation warrant in Presidio County. He
remains in jail today.

Franco had two outstanding federal warrants for failure to appear on a
drug charge and kidnapping Levario's mother.

Cotton harvest ahead of last year

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Staff Writer

Cotton harvest is running a little ahead of last year, and the yields
appear to be better, area ginners said.

Alamo-Kerley Gin reported 2,355 bales of Upland and 719 bales of pima
ginned as of this morning.

Gail Fritter said the Coyanosa Co-op has ginned 1,908 bales of Upland.
They no longer operate a pima gin.

Yields are excellent, Fritter said, with two and three bales per acre
reported so far. Grades are all above last year.

"The farmers are smiling," she said. "If it will hold out, it looks like
we will have a good year."

C.W. Roberts, Reeves-Loving County extension agent, agreed that
everything is looking better than last yer.

"Farmers are pleased, but the price isn't very good right now," he said.

Bob Bickley, executive director for the Trans Pecos Cotton Association,
said the harvest seems to be moving along rapidly.

"Yields on much of the cotton are very, very good, particularly on Bt
cotton. There was quite a bit of Bt planted."

Roberts said that some leaves were still green when the early freeze hit
and they are sticking to the lint, causing more trash in the harvest.

"But the gin gets out most of that," he said.

Classic picks Oak St. site

for re-opened cable office

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Staff Writer

PECOS, Nov. 8, 1996 - The grand opening of a local cable office is
scheduled for later this month, four years after the system's former
operator closed its office in Pecos.

Classic Cable Regional Manager Rowdy Whittington, of Brady, said
Thursday that the branch office will be located next to Fonville's
Jewelry, in the 100 block of South Oak Street.

Whittington stated that the grand opening for the new office will be
Nov. 18.

Cable customers in Pecos and Barstow will be able to make their cable
payments and Pay-Per-View orders at the new office, said Whittington,
who added that a larger range of services will be added to the branch
office in the future.

Plans are, said Whittington, that customers will, "hopefully," no longer
have to call the, "1-800," Kansas for other services in the future.

Initially the office will open with one full-time and one part-time
employee, opening Monday through Friday and half-day on Saturday.
Whittington said that Classic is, "shooting for," the office carrying
two full-time employees and one part-time.

Classic Cable bought the Pecos system from United Video Cablevision in
January, 1995. United Video had closed their Pecos office at Seventh and
Cedar streets, along with those in Kermit and Crane, in late 1992,
leaving only a Monahans office in the area, and a payment site in Pecos.

Last time out

for `Creatures'

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All "Bleacher Creatures," should be at the Pecos Eagle Stadium football
field at 7 p.m. for the last football game of the season. The Eagles
will face the Fort Stockton Panthers.

Bleacher Creatures are made up of younger fans who are on hand on
Friday nights to encourage the Eagles and cheer for them. They also run
across the field and form a pre-game victory line to welcome the Eagles
and wish them luck.

Parents Night is also tonight at Eagle Stadium. Football players will
escort their parents out into the field, while the seventh and eighth
grade bands will join the Pecos High School band in a special half-time

TV listings

get new look

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The Pecos Entertainer's weekly television listings have a new look
beginning today, along with listings for three more channels.

The old vertical grid has been replaced by an easier-to-read horizontal
one, and listings for The Disney Channel (Ch. 15), Fox Sports Southwest
(Ch. 30) and TV Land (Ch. 40) are now included, though due to a
production error, the Fox listings this week are incorrect.

In order to make room for the new grid and the extra channels, the
listings now run from 6 a.m. to midnight each day, and some of the movie
listings also have been cut back, due to space requirements.

Most goverment offices,

banks closed on Monday

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Most local government offices will close their doors on Monday to
observe Veteran's Day.

Both First National Bank and Security State Bank will also be closed
Monday in observance of the holiday.

State and federal employees will be taking the day off, along with
Reeves County employees. As a result, the regular meeting of the Reeves
County Commissioner's Court has been rescheduled for Wednesday.

Most local businesses, school and Town of Pecos City employees will be
working on Monday. All city offices will be open for their regular hours.

Regular business hours for the county and federal offices will resume on
Tuesday, Nov. 12.

In addition to federal offices being close, no mail will be delivered to
homes by postal workers on Monday. Mail will be delivered to post office
boxes only. Mail delivery will resume on Tuesday.

The Pecos Enterprise will be open for regular hours on Monday and the
newspaper will be delivered to homes on that day.

Office hours for the newspaper will be the same as usual.


Eduardo Melendez, Jr.

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Eduardo Melendez, Jr., 48, died Thursday, Nov. 7, 1996 in Odessa.
A rosary will be said today at 7 p.m. at Martinez Funeral Home Chapel in

Services are scheduled for Saturday at 2 p.m. at St. Joseph's Catholic
Church in Odessa with Father Frank Chavez officiating. Burial will be
held at Rosehill Cemetery in Odessa.

He was born on June 19, 1942 in Marfa, was a veteran of the U.S. Army
and a Catholic. He was a former Pecos resident.

Survivors include his wife, Margarete Shannon of Odessa; his mother
Andrea Melendez of Odessa; two sons, Eduardo M. Melendez III of Odessa,
Jessie James Melendez of Fort Worth; three daughters, Aurora M. Chavez,
Rebecca and Sandy Melendez all of Odessa; two sisters, Mary and Viola
Melendez of Odessa; his grandmother, Paula Orona of Odessa and eight
Martinez Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


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PECOS, Nov. 8, 1996 - High Thursday 72, low last night 34. Tonight,
clear. Low 30-35. Light west wind. Saturday, sunny. High in the lower
70s. Variable wind 5-10 mph.

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