Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Tuesday, June 27, 2006
Commissioners limit fireworks due to drought
By ROSIE FLORES
Certain types of fireworks have been banned in Reeves County, due to the drought conditions that are plaguing not only this county, but the surrounding areas in the days leading up to the July 4 holiday.
Reeves County Commissioners adopted a Drought Disaster Declaration and an order prohibiting aerial fireworks during their regular meeting Monday at the Reeves County Courthouse.
“This is something that most of the surrounding counties are doing, because of the very dry conditions,” said Reeves County Emergency Coordinator Ricky Herrera. “The temperature has been in the triple digits and the Texas Forest Service has asked to issue a ban.”
Herrera said that a drought declaration had to be in place before a ban on fireworks could be issued.
Prior to Monday, when forecasts called for a 50 percent chance of rain, Pecos had received less than 1 1/2 inches of rain over the first six months of 2006, and most other areas in Reeves County and the surrounding Trans-Pecos region have also been suffering from drought, along with temperatures that have reached over 100 degrees on most afternoons since mid-May.
The executive order states that the state of disaster requires that certain emergency measures be taken pursuant to the Texas Disaster Act of 1975 relating to Emergency Management.
The regulations shall take effect immediately and state that the use of combustible materials in an outdoor environment by any person is prohibited: a. combustible materials including “restricted fireworks” classified as “missiles with fins: and any material used in activities such as welding and other activity that could result in a fire; the burn ban law identifies only three cases in which exemptions may be allowed: firefighter training, public utility, natural-gas pipeline, or mining operations and harvesting.
“This applies only to these type of fireworks,” said Herrera. “The, what we call the bottle rockets and the missiles with fins,” he said.
In the order it states: That the Reeves County Commissioners Court declines to designate any area as a safe area for the use of restricted fireworks.
An exemption may be granted with approval from the local government issuing the Burn Ban.
In accordance with the Local Government Code, a person who knowingly or intentionally violates this order commits a Class C Misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of up to $500.
The Disaster Declaration for Threat of Wildfires proclamation states: that since Reeves County has not had rainfall for an extended period and weather forecasters offer little promise of a change in the hot, dry conditions in the near future, these hot, dry conditions pose the threat of large, dangerous and fast-moving wildfires.
Such fires have the potential of endangering lives and damaging property on a large scale.
The Texas Disaster Act of 1975 authorized declaration of a state of disaster “if the threat of disaster is imminent and the magnitude of the potential damage and the rapidity at which such a fire could escalate to major proportions constitute an imminent threat of disaster.
The declaration of such disaster authorized the imposition of controls on activities which tend to increase the likelihood of fires and such controls, once implemented, have the potential of protecting lives and property by mitigating the threat of dangerous fires.
This state of disaster will continue until rescinded in accordance with the statue and order, but in no instance will this declaration continue for more than seven days without authorization by the Reeves County Commissioners Court.
This state of disaster is being declared solely for the purpose of implementing controls aimed at mitigating the hazard posed by wildfires during the current hot, dry weather.
Council agrees to sell Walthall, I-20 properties
By JON FULBRIGHT
Town of Pecos City Council awarded bids on two parcels of land as part of proposed development of new homes and businesses, and also agreed to spend $5,000 as part of an effort to attract more retirees to the Pecos area.
The council awarded land along Interstate 20 near Reeves County Hospital to Jaya Corp., along with 10 lots near St. Catherine’s Church in the central part of Pecos to the company, which is owned by local businessman Ram Kunwar. The decision was made by a 3-0 vote, with council members Michael Benavides and Angelica Valenzuela absent, and came following a 25-minute executive session.
Kunwar was one of two people to bid on the 27.57-acre section of land located on the southwest side of town between I-20 and the hospital. Jaya Corp., submitted a bid for $1,125 per acre for the land, in which the company proposes to develop a number of different projects involving both business and residential uses.
Kunwar’s plan includes 120 town homes in the section located away from I-20, and business space along the interest, a motel, shopping center, fitness center, a number of medical facilities and a nursing home.
The other bid on the land from Dr. Arbind Ghandi was for $8,000 an acre and proposed using the land for hospitality (motel) and retail purposes, along with physician-owned condominium offices over a five-year period.
However, at the time the council took up the bid proposals in April, they were informed by city attorney Scott Johnson that they also had received a letter of withdrawal from Ghandi’s brother Henry, who was a partner in the development plan.
Kunwar currently is in the process of remolding both the former Ramada Inn in Pecos as part of the Howard Johnson chain, and recently reopened the State Theater in downtown Pecos. He also has talked with the council about construction of up to 48 apartments in the city’s Airlawn addition, and was one of the three people to submit bids on the property near St. Catherine’s, which runs south from Walthall Street.
Kunwar’s bid on that property was for $5,250, while his total bid on the I-20 land came to $3,016.25. Council members said the winning bids were dependant on payment within 30 days and with the plans meeting deed restrictions on the property. Council members Gerald Tellez, Danny Rodriguez and Frank Sanchez all voted in favor of the plan.
The three also voted to spend $5,000 to join the state’s marketing efforts towards luring retirees from other states to Texas. The Certified Retirement Community plan is for rural communities and is supported by the Texas Department of Agriculture. City Main Street Director Tom Rivera told the council that the $5,000 would be for five years in the program, though the city will still have to be approved for inclusion in the program.
“The only drawback we have now is the lack of housing, but I think that will be remedied in the next 4-5 years,” Rivera told the council.
He said under the program, the state will advertise communities across the county too retirees, and will provide leads to communities participating in the program, but it’s then up to the local communities to follow up on the recruitment efforts. The TDA will train a committee to handle the program, and a full- or part-time employee would be hired to get referrals from the state and refer them to the committee.
“My recommendation is for the chamber to handle it. That’s one possibility, or the city can handle it,” he said.
City manager Joseph Torres said there were still questions about how effective the program would be over the five-year period. But he added, “Any type of advertising through grants or whatever to support Pecos, I will support it.
Rodriguez said if the city is accepted for the program, he wanted to make sure that the committee selected would follow through on any recruitment efforts. Sanchez asked how the city would pay for the $5,000 fee, and Rivera said they are waiting an opinion from the attorney general’s office to see if hotel-motel bed tax funds can be used towards the payment.
Rivera said the $5,000 would also be refunded if the city is not accepted into the program.
Council members also deeded an 8-by-174 foot piece of land along Texas Street to West Texas National Bank during their meeting. The bank owns land east of Texas Street near the hospital, but the city owned the eight feet between the hospital and the street. Bank president John Grant told the council the lack of street access limited any future development of the land.
“I think the benefit to the city offsets what little value of money we could get for it,” Johnson told the council.
The council also agreed to advertise for bids on 81 acres of land in two areas, where the city has been approached about possible leases. Johnson said the land is off U.S. 285 and near the Reeves County Golf Course.
City starts efforts to contain E. side sewer smell problem
By JON FULBRIGHT
Drivers on Business Interstate 20 recognize it, even with their windows closed, and homeowners on the east side of Pecos have to deal with it almost every day.
“It” is the smell coming from the Town of Pecos City’s sewage treatment plans on Collie Road, which drifts over the east side of town and is even more noticeable during the summer months. But city council members were told during their regular meeting on Thursday that plans are underway to try and lower or eliminate the odors coming from the plan, as part of scheduled improvements to the east side sewer system and wastewater treatment plant.
During a discussion on accounts payable at Thursday’s meeting, city utilities director Edgardo Madrid told the council that the city was in talks with two companies about solving the east side odor problem. “We’ve had lots of complaints from Martinez and Rancho streets,” he said. “As part of our maintenance and operation budget, we brought two companies in to receive bids on chemicals.”
The enzyme and deodorizers will be put in the city’s sewer system, both to clear clogged lines and eliminate the odor. Madrid said the chemicals already have been tried out at problem sites in town. “The final results have been pretty quick, especially at the Stafford lift station. We talked to the people who live in the area, and they said the smell is much less now.”
The enzymes, from a chemical called “Bug Buffet”, are designed to eat away at the built-up sludge both in the sewer lines and at the plant, while the deodorizers limit the normal smells put out by uncovered sewage treatment plans.
Madrid said the east side problem would be a little tougher to correct right away. “The water treatment plant will take a couple of weeks. There’s a lot of water that needs to be treated.”
He said the treatment efforts would be part of a year-round program that would focus on several key injection points around the city. They include the plant and Stafford Boulevard lift station, along with sites on South Cedar Street and on Highway 17 on the west side of town.
Madrid said they’re working right now with chemicals purchased from one of the two companies. “In two or three weeks we’ll visit the area and see if the smell goes down,” he said. “If it doesn’t, we’ll go with the other company.
“So far so good. Everything is coming along,” Madrid said.
He said the initial cost for the first year of treatment to the city would be in the $20,000 range. “We need to inject a lot of chemicals at the wastewater plant. After that, it’s going to go down, depending on the type of sewage we have.”
County tables action on fixing roof, buying gate
By ROSIE FLORES
Reeves County Commissioners discussed courthouse roof repairs, but took no action, during their regular meeting held June 16, in the third floor courtroom.
The group opted to table the item until more information can be gathered on Crenshaw Consulting Group and their fixed fee proposal.
“We had previously tabled it to get a fixed cost for the consulting fee,” said Reeves County Judge Jimmy B. Galindo.
Galindo asked Precinct 1 Commissioner Roy Alvarado if the company had a total cost for the project.
“It will come somewhere between $200,000 and $250,000,” said Alvarado.
“So at this rate the consulting contract is for 20 percent, if we look at that it would be $18,000,” said county auditor Lynn Owens.
“That’s 20 percent over the project,” said Galindo. “When we’ve done other projects we have been able to keep it at a set rate.”
“The percent is based on total cost,” said Owens. “I’m not sure what the $200,000-$250,000 range would be.”
“This entity serves as a consultant for a fee, plus a $20,000 fee,” said Galindo.
Alvarado said that woman with Crenshaw that he dealt with told him the group would design the specs and handle all the bidding.
“This is just a proposal, we still need to get an agreement with her,” said Alvarado.
Galindo said that they don’t have a marked guaranteed price.
Galindo suggested that they revisit the proposal and get a guarantee of 8 1/2 percent or a set fee.
“That final consultant fee is slippery,” said Galindo. “As long as we can cap it at eight and a half percent that would be better,” he said.
The group tabled the item and agreed to let Alvarado talk to the consulting firm.
Also tabled following a discussion by commissioner was approval of installation of a gate for a land owner as part of the access to the new NOAA Weather Tower Location.
Reeves County Emergency Management Coordinator Ricky Herrera told the commissioners that the county had requested two phone lines and that it required them getting an easement from the landowner.
“The rancher had asked us if we could put up a gate, in return for the easement,” said Herrera.
Initially, Herrera, said that they could put up the gate through in-kind services.
“But he wants a guy that does some work around his ranch to put up the gate,” said Herrera.
Herrera said that the rancher wanted the county to pay for the new gate, which will cost $2,000.
“He wants that guy to do it because he knows what type of design and what type of gate he wants,” said Herrera.
Herrera said that there wouldn’t be any money left in the grant money to pay for the gate.
“How often do people have to go in there?” asked Galindo.
“Actually there’s a cattle guard east of it,” said Herrera.
Herrera said that he would probably have to go out there once a week and the weather operator once a month.
“The rancher goes out there everyday,” said Herrera.
Herrera said that originally they were going to use the old gate, but that they would have to go through three property owners.
“We may have a little more luck with the other property owners,” said Galindo. “My sense would be to use the existing gate.”
Galindo suggested Herrera “touch base” with the other property owners and try to get an easement from them.
Mason, Flow named 2006 Pageant winners
By ROSIE FLORES
Eleanor Mason, who performed a beautiful rendition on the piano as her talent, was crowned Golden Girl of the Old West during the Annual Golden Girl/Little Miss Cantaloupe Pageant held Friday evening in the Pecos High School Auditorium.
Shantea Flow, the 7-year-old daughter of Deborah Flow, was named the 2006 Little Miss Cantaloupe, which was announced earlier in Friday night’s pageant.
Mason the daughter of Mike and Socorro Mason, won out over five other contestants. Runner-up for the event was Jesseca Perea, the daughter of Danny and B.K. Perea. The Advertising Scholarship Award also went to Perea.
Miss Congeniality was Syra Mendoza, the daughter of Velia Barron and Robert Mendoza.
Runner-up for Little Miss Cantaloupe is Jaylin E. Burleson, the 6-year-old daughter of Lawrence and Amanda Burleson.
Sara and Cody West were Master of Ceremonies for the evening and special entertainment was provided by several individuals including former Golden Girls.
Other Golden Girl nominees included: Melissa Guerrero, the 17-year-old daughter of Ramon and Natalia Guerrero; Delicia Ramirez, the 17-year-old daughter of Hector and Debbie Ramirez; and Tiffanie Rodriguez, the 17-year-old daughter of Ruben and Terry Carrasco and Joe Ray Rodriguez.
Little Miss Cantaloupe contestants were: Alexa Arreguy, 5, the daughter of Damion and Christina Arreguy; Lila Benavides, 5, the daughter of Michael and Irma Benavides; Victoria Chacon, 7, daughter of Jesse and Debra Chacon; Liz B. Fierro, 6, the daughter of Sergio and Aida Fierro; Kayla Martinez, age 7, Hilbert and Christy Martinez; Brookley Matta, age 7, Ronnie and Laura Matta; Alexis M. Mendoza, age 7, Saul and Ester Mendoza; Isabella Millan, age 7, Jerry and Dorinda Millan; Ysidra Navarrete, age 5, Auden and Melissa Navarrete; Makayla Niblett, age 7, Eldon and Bunni Niblett; Lissette Ortiz, age 6, Felix Ortiz Jr. and Lorena Estrello; Eileen Puertas, age 6, Manuel and Carmen Puertas; Kariz Rodriguez, age 5, Dago and Estrella Rodriguez; Natalia M. Romo, age 5, Carlos and Yvette Romo and Marie S. Urias, age 6, Edward Baca and Gladys Urias.
Six-year rise in valuations boosting some, not others
By JON FULBRIGHT
The rise in oil and natural gas prices have provided an economic boost to the Town of Pecos City’s finances over the last couple of years. But the city has missed out on the direct benefits of the increase as compared with Reeves County, the Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD or the Reeves County Hospital District since prices first began their rise six years ago.
The city has seen an increase in energy-related business over the past couple of years, which has resulted in higher collections of sales taxes and hotel-motel bed taxes, with local residents having more money to spend and visitors connected to the oil and gas industry filling up the city’s motel rooms. But since 2000, when gasoline prices first hit the $2 mark during the year in parts of the United States, Pecos’ mineral valuations have actually dropped by nearly 50 percent, while the valuations for the county, hospital district and school district have nearly doubled during that same time.
Reeves County Tax Appraiser Carol King Markham released her preliminary numbers for 2006 last month, pending the result of the Appraisal Review Board’s hearings. The real estate hearings on 2006’s valuations began on Monday, and will continue on Monday, July 10, starting at 9 a.m. Appeals of mineral valuations will be heard at hearings scheduled for Tuesday, July 18, at 9 a.m.
“I don’t know how much of this is going to stay with the Appraisal Review Board. They could put the discount back on, but it’s up to them,” Markham said last Wednesday.
The mineral and real estate valuations are used by local taxing entities to determine their property tax rates when they prepare their new budgets starting in August and September. Markham’s preliminary numbers show that while Reeves County and the hospital district have seen their valuations rise by $280 million over the past six years and the P-B-T ISD has gotten a $323 million increase in its valuations, the city’s total valuations have dropped by $6.7 million in the past six years.
The county and hospital district’s mineral valuations in 2000 were only $212.9 million, while the 2006 preliminary numbers put that total at $477.1 million. The P-B-T ISD, which includes western Ward County along with northern and central Reeves County, saw its mineral valuations more than double, from $247.1 million to $564.1 million.
However, with only limited taxable land until now that is suitable for oil or natural gas drilling, the city has seen its mineral valuations cut by almost 50 percent during that same span, falling from $15.4 to the current $8.3 million, while its real estate valuations are up only $390,000 over the past six years. Real estate in the city was appraised at $101.3 million in 2000 and the latest appraisal raises that to only $101.7 million.
Real estate valuations outside the city limits have shown a sharper increase, with the county and hospital district seeing their valuations jump by nearly $16 million and the school district by a little over $6 million during that same span. But Markham explained last week that much of that was due to the removal of the 25-30 percent valuation discount that had been given to homes outside the Pecos city limits due to their location.
She said the discount was removed following a state audit, after officials threatened to withhold state funds from Balmorhea ISD due to its property not being appraised at full value. The change also affected homes in the P-B-T ISD and on the city and hospital district tax rolls that had been receiving the same discount.
Balmorhea ISD since 2000 has seen its mineral valuations rise from $9.4 to the current estimate of $15.4 million, but that number was down by $640,300 from last year. Balmorhea ISD real estate valuations are up $2.6 million, almost all of that coming in the new appraisal at the higher valuation rates.
The city of Balmorhea, the city of Toyah and the Reeves County Water Irrigation District joined Pecos in seeing a loss in mineral valuations over the past six years. But the boost in rural real estate valuations was enough to offset that loss for Balmorhea, while Toyah is virtually unchanged over the past six years. Only Reeves County WID No. 2 joined Pecos in showing a significant valuations decline between 2000 and 2006.
Fifth grade class completes gardener program
Anabel Chavez’ fifth grade class at Bessie Haynes Elementary School completed the Jr. Master Gardener program, all while learning about horticulture, botany, plant science and providing a community service project for the Bessie Haynes campus.
Youth participants took part in an extensive curriculum and 4-H project designed for children in grades third through fifth. It is modeled after the highly successful Master Gardener program and offers horticultural and environmental science education, and leadership and life skills development through fun and creative activities. This program as well as all 4-H activities is committed to helping young people become good gardeners and good citizens so they can make a positive contribution to their community, school and family.
Some of the topics covered include: Plant Growth and Development, Soils and Water, Insects and Disease, Basics of Landscape Horticulture and Life Skills and Career Exploration. In addition, the class adopted an area of the school to landscape. The project of choice was the west side flower bed at the entrance to Bessie Haynes Elementary.
Kids were first challenged with landscaping the area with plants that would be shade tolerant, insect and disease resistant, and low water users. Much time was taken in researching plant material that would be desert adaptable. Next were implementing some water saving principals such as adding weed cloth, mulch and a drip irrigation system.
Again, congratulations to a job well done for Mrs. Chavez’ fifth grade class 2006. And a special thanks goes out to Mrs. Chavez to which without her enthusiasm and initiative this project was essential.
Equipment and materials purchased by Rio Grande Basin Water Initiative Grant and Texas Cooperative Extension.
For more information on this or any other curriculum enrichment programs provided by Texas Cooperative Extension, call 447-9041.
Payne, Brooks announce wedding plans
Julie Payne, of Pecos and Larry Payne of El Paso, announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Nicole Yvette Payne, to Chaun Andre Brooks.
Brooks is the son of Calvis and Veda Brooks of San Antonio. He is a 2006 Drake University Graduate, Law and Political Science B.A.; History B.A., Des Moines, Iowa and is a teacher/coach for Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD.
The future bride is a 2006 Pecos High School Graduate; 2004 UTPB Graduate, political science B.A., and Communications, B.A. She is currently a teacher/coach for Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD.
The couple plan to wed July 15, in San Antonio and reside in Pecos.
Bates receives degree from Tech
Kevin Bates, the son of Earl and Phyllis Bates of Midland, received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from Texas Tech University on May 13.
He is currently employed with Parkhill, Smith and Cooper Engineering Firm in Lubbock.
Bates is a member of the firm’s transportation team.
He is also a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and Chi Epilson, a Civil Engineering Honor Society.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Information contained in the Police Report is obtained from reports filed by the Pecos Police Department, Reeves County Sheriff’s Office, or other officers of those agencies. The serving of warrants by an officer for outstanding fines of either traffic citations, animal control violations or other court costs are considered arrests and will be printed as such unless indicated that the fines were paid. In such instances we will indicate payment and release.
Adam Natividad, 28, 705 S. Pecan St., was arrested by police on June 11 on a charge of assault under the Family Violence Act. Police said the arrest was made at his home after they were called there at 4:28 a.m. in response to a disturbance. Natividad was then transported to the Pecos Criminal Justice Center.
Roberto S. Madrid, 18, 1201 E. Fourth St., was arrested by police on June 12 on a charge of assault under the Family Violence Act, a Class ‘C’ misdemeanor. Police said the arrest took place at Madrid’s home, where they were called at 11:07 a.m. on reports of a family disturbance. Madrid was then transported to the Pecos Criminal Justice Center.
Rene Leonard Dominguez, 2354 Madera Rd., was arrested by police on June 13 on charges of possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class C misdemeanor, possession of marijuana and possession of inhalant paraphernalia, both Class B misdemeanors. Police said the arrest took place at 1619 S. Alamo St., and Dominguez was then transported to the Pecos Criminal Justice Center.
John Wesley Bagley, 1619 S. Alamo St., was arrested at his home on June 13 on charges of possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class C misdemeanor, possession of marijuana and possession of inhalant paraphernalia, both Class B misdemeanors. Police said Bagley was then transported to the Pecos Criminal Justice Center.
Julian E. Montoya, 28, 1219 S. Walnut St., was arrested by police on June 9 on warrants charging him with a probation violation for failure to identify, issued out of the Ward County Sheriff’s Department, and failure to reply to an fine for an open container of alcohol violation out of the Town of Pecos City. The arrest took place after Montoya’s car was stopped in the 200 block of East Ninth St., for failure to wear seat belt, and he was then transported to the Pecos Criminal Justice Center.
Robbyn Alexis Ochoa, 21, 426 N. Willow St., was arrested on June 10 by police on a charge of public intoxication. Police said the arrest was made in the 500 block of North Willow St., Ochoa was then transported to the Pecos Criminal Justice Center.
Fred “Federico” Lara, 49, 817 S. Willow St., was arrested by police on June 10 at the Suavacito Club, 900 S. Cedar St., on warrants charging him with criminal trespass out of the Reeves County Sheriff’s Department. Police said the arrest occurred at 11:30 p.m. at the club, and Lara was then transported to the Reeves County Jail.
Sammy Holguin, 36 5000 North ‘A’ St., in Midland, was arrested by police on June 17 on a warrant out of the Midland County Sheriff’s Department charging him with criminal mischief, a Class B misdemeanor. Police said the arrest occurred at 1:32 a.m. in the 800 block of South Cedar Street, and Holguin was then transported to the Pecos Criminal Justice Center.
Robbyn Alexis Ochoa, 21, 426 N. Willow St., was arrested on June 19 by police on a charge of assault under the Family Violence Act, . Police said the arrest was made at 1634 Cowan St., after Ochoa had assaulted her sister. She was then transported to the Pecos Criminal Justice Center.
Gina Ann Ochoa, 25, 1634 Cowan St., was arrested on June 19 by police on a charge of assault under the Family Violence Act, . Police said the arrest was made at her home after Ochoa had assaulted her sister. She was then transported to the Pecos Criminal Justice Center.
Delfino Jose Lujan, 54, 311 S. Mulberry St., was arrested by police on June 18 on a charge of public intoxication, a Class C misdemeanor. Police said the arrest was made after they were called to 1009 S. Walnut St., at 9:40 p.m. on a report on a man lying on the front porch of the home after ringing the doorbell. Lujan was then transported to the Pecos Criminal Justice Center.
Joe Daniel Rubio, 19, 221 N. Cedar St., was arrested by police on June 18 on a warrant charging him with minor in possession of alcohol, open container of alcohol and criminal mischief, as well as evading arrest or detention. Police said the arrest was made at Rubio’s home, and he then transported to the Pecos Criminal Justice Center.
Steven Christopher Pineda, 39, of Tra Park, Space 53, was arrested by police on June 17 at 8”30 p.m. on a charge of assault under the Family Violence Act, a Class A misdemeanor. Police said the arrest was made at the home, where Pineda had alleged assaulted his parents. He was then transported to the Pecos Criminal Justice Center.
Gil completes basic combat training
Pvt. Patricia Gil, of Pecos, has just completed nine weeks of Basic Combat Training for the United States Army in Ft. Jackson South Carolina.
She is now on her way to complete her training for active duty in Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri.
Pvt. Gil is the daughter of Armando Gil of San Marcos and Sandy Sutton of Pecos.
She is the granddaughter of the late Eugenia Sanchez and Ben Sanchez Sr. of Toyah and Armando and Paz Gil of El Paso.
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