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Tuesday, November 26, 1996

Council approves 5-year waste contract

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Staff Writer
PECOS, November 26, 1996 - Wes Tex Waste Services will continue to
collect and dispose of solid waste in Pecos for the coming five years,
unless they breach the contract, the Pecos City Council decided this
morning after hearing praise and protest from citizens.

They also approved advertising with the Pecos Enterprise and KIUN-KPTX
Radio for three months, noted they will advertise locally and elsewhere
for a city manager to replace Harry Nagel when he retires in March, and
got a good report from CPA Dan Painter on the 1995-96 audit.

Advertising will include a monthly calendar of events in the Enterprise
and a display ad in the Pecos at Work special edition in February.
KIUN-KPTX will broadcast holiday closing dates and fireworks safety
notices over the New Year's holiday.

On advice from City Attorney Scott Johnson, they rejected a proposed
spot announcement about the Golden Gloves tournament in February.

Johnson said any advertising paid by tax funds must be of substantial
benefit to the citizens.

In addition to the paid advertising, the council agreed to publish a
newsletter to be mailed with water bills. All will be evaluated at the
end of three months.

David Riggall of Socorro, N.M., Ralph Hernandez, Armando Hinojos, Hope
Wilson and Kevin Butts of Butts Recycling spoke in favor of the WTW
contract. Sammy Urias complained about overflowing dumpsters and slow
response to a complaint.

Urias asked how citizens would dispose of roofing materials when they do
their own roofing.

Mayor Dot Stafford recommended the city continue to operate its landfill
for six months to accept such material.

Frank Spencer asked how contractors would dispose of roofing and other
construction materials.

"Will the city have someone charging at the gate from now on or just for
a six-month period?" he asked.

Stafford said the council would address that as it comes up.

Urias said the city should include a provision in the WTW contract for
the amount to be charged at the transfer station when it is completed.

"That's something you need to look at before we find out they are going
to charge an arm and a leg," he said. "Some of us can't afford to pay.
If they are going to charge $50 a ton, there's going to be a lot more
trash thrown on the highways."

Randy Graham said the council would update its ordinances to address
such matters. He asked WTW officials to stay after the meeting to
discuss those changes.

The city would likely continue to subsidize contractors as they do with
the landfill, Graham said.

Lawrence Kennedy, representing WTW, said that landfill fees are $24 per
ton, and the cost of transportation to the landfill at Penwell would
probably put the per-ton cost at $30.

Graham said the city's cost to continue operating a landfill would be
$80 per ton.

"I would rather subsidize $6 than $60," he said.

Ricky Herrera asked if WTW will pay for dumpster repairs.

WTW's manager in Midland, Jackie Reid, said once WTW purchases the
containers, they will pay for the repair. Until then it is up to the

Kennedy said WTW wants to purchase the dumpsters and trucks, but is not
interested in equipment at the landfill. Other companies have bid on the
equipment, he said.

Riggall apologized to WTW representatives for opposition he expressed in
last month's council meeting and gave them his support.

McKinnon praised Nagel for the "excellent job" he has done as city
manager. "He was what we needed when he came here, and I appreciate
him," he said.

He asked the council to go outside the city to find a replacement.

"I understand a number of locals are going to apply. Some are pretty
well qualified. If one of these local people is chosen, it will tear
this community up, because there are splinter groups," he said. "We
can't afford dissension."

Lydia Prieto's monthly tax collection report showed $33,959 collected in
October and an outstanding balance of $1.58 million.

Pecos Ambulance Service reported 65 calls in October, with $4,797
invoiced and $654 in collections. The balance outstanding is $143,521.

Mayor Stafford proclaimed Nov. 24-Dec. 1 National Bible Week to
encourage people to read the Bible, thus strengthening spiritual

Danny Rodriguez invited fellow council members to attend an open house
at Pecos High School, Bessie Haynes and Crockett labs on Dec. 9 from 6
to 7 p.m.

"It will be a short tour of what we have available with technology,"
Rodriguez said.

County's votes costly in Senate runoff race

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Staff Writer
PECOS, November 26, 1996 - Reeves County will be footing a bill of more
than $600 for the special election to decide State Senatorial race for
District 28 next month, after fewer than 10 voters within the county
cast ballots in that election on Nov. 5.

Republican Robert Duncan and Democrat David Langston, both from Lubbock,
will face each other in the special race. Langston trailed Duncan in the
Nov. 5 general election with 36,066 votes, while Duncan received 45,320,
but Duncan did not receive 50 percent of the vote in the seven-person
race, forcing the Dec. 10 runoff.

The furthest northern portion of Reeves County, including Orla, falls
within the boundaries of District 28, which extends from Lubbock through
the county to eastern El Paso. The county's other 11 voting boxes are
part of Senate District 19, which runs from El Paso to San Antonio.

Reeves County Clerk Diane Florez said earlier today that there are
currently five election workers lined up for the special election, which
will be held on Dec. 10. That's the same number of people who cast
ballots in that race earlier this month.

Orla voters gave two votes to Duncan and three to Democrat Gary L.
Watkins of Odessa, out of the seven total votes cast in the Box 9 voting
precinct. There are a total of 19 registered Reeves County voters in
Orla, said the county clerk.

Duncan and Langston were the top two vote-getters out of the seven vying
for the unexpired term of former Senator John Montford, Democrat, who
resigned this summer to become chancellor of Texas Tech University. The
other candidates were Democrats Watkins and Lorenzo "Bubba" Sedeno, and
Republicans Monte Hasie, Tim Lambert and Dick Bowen.

Nora Briceno and Brenda Casillas will be at the polls in the Red Bluff
Office in Orla for early voting, Dec. 2 through 6, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Election Day is scheduled for Dec. 10 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the same
location, said Florez, who added Casillas and Hazel Herrera will be
manning the polling booth.

Serving on the Early Ballot Board will be Debbie Thomas and Connie

Reeves County Auditor Lynn Owens explained that each worker is paid $6
an hour for their service.

Some $612 will be used for manning the polls alone, while tabulation and
early ballot board hours have not been figured in. Casillas and Thomas
will be working the tabulation equipment, said Florez.

She stated that mail-in ballots can be requested and may be mailed in up
until election day, 7 p.m. They cannot be hand delivered, said Florez,
after voting by personal appearance commences.

Christian Home seeks potatoes, pies

to fill out annual Thanksgiving dinner

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Staff Writer
PECOS, November 26, 1996 - A steady flow of food donations have been
finding their way to the Pecos Christian Home, in preparation for the
Thanksgiving Day holiday.

Director Bruce Dury said earlier today they're well stocked on turkeys
and can goods, "but could use," some more pies and instant mashed

Currently, said Dury, "we have four pumpkin and two apple pies," for
Thursday's holiday dinner at the Pecos Community Center.

But, "we're getting there," he added.

The Christian Home, located at Twelfth and Elm streets, will be hosting
a Thanksgiving Day meal at the Community Center in the 500 block of Oak
Street from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

"Anybody that's hungry," are being asked to, "be there and bring an
appetite," said Dury.

"We'll also be doing Meals on Wheels," he added, saying volunteers to
bring the meals to those who are unable to make to the Oak Street site
are being asked to meet at the community center between 9:30 a.m. and
9:45 a.m. Thanksgiving Day.

Outgoing DA Stickels heading back to school

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Staff Writer
PECOS, November 26, 1996 - District Attorney John Stickels has been
accepted to the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas
in Austin.

Stickels said he will study public policy and public affairs concerning
small local and special governmental entities, including counties,
cities, schools and special districts.

"I will research and study unique problems facing those types of
organizations," he said. "My experience in county, municipal and local
governments in and around West Texas led me to this point in my career."

He will enter the part-time program in the spring semester.

"I am real intrigued by the way local governmental entities work and
don't work, such as hospitals," Stickels said. He recently completed an
investigation of the Ward County Hospital in which the grand jury
ordered the hospital to close several unauthorized bank accounts.

He said that elected officials should tend to the business they were
elected to handle and keep their noses out of other people's business.

Stickels has opened a private law office in Austin.

"One of the first things I do every morning when I come to my ofice is
to fire up the computer and review the Pecos Enterprise web page and
find out what happened in Pecos," Stickels said. "Then I access the live
picture of the Aggie bonfire."

He said he will put on his Aggie sweatshirt and go to Texas A&M at
College Station tonight to watch them light the bonfire.

County accepts RCDC damage settlement deal

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Staff Writer
PECOS, November 26, 1996 - Reeves County Commissioners accepted an
insurance settlement offer for the Feb. 29 riot which occurred at the
Reeves County Detention Center, in an emergency meeting held Monday

The meeting was held seven hours after commissioners concluded their
regular Monday meeting. "This meeting falls under the section for
reasonable unforeseen situations," explained Reeves County Judge Jimmy
B. Galindo.

County Auditor Lynn Owens read a brief memo submitted by the insurance
company regarding the Reeves County riot claims settlement, in which
inmates damaged parts of two wings of the facility.

"I talked to the insurance adjuster and he had gotten everything
finalized and wanted to know if we accepted the offer, so he could cut
the check," said Owens.

He said he would like the court to accept the offer, in order to put it
on this fiscal year.

The total amount of the claim was for $278,269.93 less the deductible of

"This would leave us with $274,269.93 total reimbursement," said Galindo.

The county judge advised Owens to call the adjuster back and get the
paperwork ready.

Dean's pre-trial date set

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PECOS, November 26, 1996 - Pre-trial motions in the 143rd District Court
trial of Bobby Dean are set for 10 a.m. Dec. 16 in Monahans.

Visiting Judge Paul McCollum will preside for the trial, which he moved
to Ward County on a change of venue motion by Dean's attorney.

District Attorney John Stickels said he would like to try the case
before he leaves office Dec. 31.

Dean is charged with tampering with government records while serving as
county chairman for the Democratic Party.


Judy Shepherd

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Judy Shepherd, 88, died Friday, Nov. 22 at her home.
Services were held today at 2 p.m. at Grace Temple Baptist Church in
Graveside services are scheduled for Monday, Dec. 2 at Evergreen
Cemetery in Pecos.
She was born in Denison, Tx., had lived in Pecos for many years prior to
moving to Dallas in 1967. She retired from the Dallas Housing Authority
where she had been employed for more than 20 years. She was an active
member and sang in the Sanctuary Choir at Grace Temple Baptist Church in
She was preced in death byher husband, Daniel A. Shepherd in 1967.
Survivors include one daughter, Dolores Miltenberger of Dallas; one son,
Daniel A. Shepherd of Stephenville; three grandchildren and three
The family requests that memorials be made to the Grace Temple Baptist
Church, 831 W. 10th Street, Dallas, Tx. 75208.

Domingo Carrasco

Services for Domingo Carrasco, 91, will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Santa
Rosa Catholic Church, with burial in Mt. Evergreen Cemetery. A rosary
will take place tonight at 7:30 p.m. in Pecos Funeral Home Chapel.

Carrasco died Saturday, Nov. 23, 1996, in Reeves County Hospital.

He was born Aug. 5, 1905 in Cuchio, Mex. and moved to Pecos in 1914. He
was employed by the railroad and was a Catholic.

Survivors include four sons, Lupe Carrasco of San Jose, Calif., Martin
Carrasco, Christopher Carrasco and Moises Arenivas, all of Pecos; four
daughters, Manuela Rodriguez of San Jose, Calif., Elydia Mondragon of
Balmorhea, Tomasa Carrasco of San Jose, Calif. and Jessica Montgomery of
Pecos; four sisters, Juanita Carrasco and Gregoria Contreras of Loving,
N.M.; and Vidala Contreras and Filomena Ramirez of Pecos; 25
grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.


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High Monday 68, low last night 26. Tonight, becoming mostly cloudy. Low
in the upper 20s. Southeast wind 5-10 mph. Wednesday, mostly cloudy. A
slight chance of light rain or snow. High 40-45. East to southeast wind
5-15 mph. Chance of precipitation less than 20 percent. Forecast for
Thanksgiving Day, mostly cloudy with a slight chance of rain or snow.
Lows in the upper 20s. Highs 50-55.

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