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Friday, May 19, 2006
Memorial service held for longtime local judge Green
A memorial service was held Thursday, for a former Reeves County-Court-At-Law Judge, who had served the county for 20 years.
Judge Lee Sledge Green, 69, died Sunday, May 14, in Midland, where he had been residing for the past few years. The memorial service was also held in Midland.
Green had worked in private practice in both Fort Worth and Pecos. He also served as an Assistant District Attorney for the Tarrant County and as the County Attorney for Reeves County before taking on the job of County Court-At-Law Judge for Reeves County. He served in that role from 1982 until 2001 when he retired.
Green was born Nov. 30, 1936, to Gus Sledge Green and Mildred Washburn Green. He was a 1955 graduate of Arlington High School in Fort Worth, received his B.A. in Philosophy from The University of Texas at Austin in 1963 and his law degree from The University of Texas Law School in 1966.
He was a member of the Texas Bar Association, a Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation, a Lifetime Member of the Texas Exes, a member of Phi Kappa Sigma, a member of The Fort Worth Club, and a member of Memorial Christian Church in Midland.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Don Washburn Green.
Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Jane Jones Green; two daughters, Jane Ellen Green of Houston and Lee Amy Green of Dallas; one son, Edward Foster Green of Fort Worth; a sister, Jane Green Davis; a sister-in-law, Patsy Van Winkle; two nieces and one nephew.
Area highway resurfacing starts
Road repairs and repaving work will affect a number of highways in the Pecos area over the next several weeks, according to the Texas Department of Transportation.
Jones Brothers Construction of Odessa already has been working on 20 miles of I-20 between Pyote and the Monahans Sandhills, and in June work will begin to rutted pavement in Reeves County, to repair paving work done just 18 months ago from the Pecos River to near the FM 869 exit west of Pecos.
That work is scheduled to begin around June 19, according to Glen Larum, public information director for TxDOT’s Odessa District office. Meanwhile, repaving work began this week on the first of several two-lane highways in the area.
Repaving of approximately 10 miles of U.S. 285, from the Interstate 20 interchange south to 5.4 miles north of the FM 2007 intersection started on Wednesday, while FM 1776 near Coyonoa in Pecos County was scheduled to start on Thursday, and should be wrapped up by the end of the month, barring cold weather or rain, according to Jerry McGuairt, the Texas Department of Transportation’s project manager. Ronald R. Wagner and Co., of Kendalia is in charge of the project, and after work there is done will repave three sections of highway in Reeves County.
The repaving work will also include; 10 miles of FM 1216, from the U.S. 285 intersection to the end of state maintenance; and about 20 miles of service roads on Interstate 20, from Toyah to the I-10 junction.
“Drivers should always use caution and drive carefully to avoid inflicting windshield and paint damage on other vehicles,” said McGuairt.
The seal coat work in Reeves County is part of an annual $15 million preventive maintenance program involving 459 miles of highways throughout the 12-county TxDOT district.
‘Seal coat’ is a rock and asphalt layer put down on the highway surface as a preventive maintenance measure to seal the surface and keep moisture from damaging the road base. The seal coat extends the life of the highway.
The work to repair rutted lanes on I-20 is being completed as state officials weigh final approval of a plan to increase daytime speed limits on the interstate from 75 to 80 mph on the interstate in Reeves, Ward and Crane counties. A new law allows the higher speed limits in counties with fewer than 10 persons per square mile. It will also affect I-10 in Reeves County, and other counties between the U.S. 290 junction north of Kerrville to the El Paso-Hudspeth County line.
“Relay for Life” looks to surpass goal of $35,000
Volunteers have set a goal of raising $35,000 at this weekend’s annual Relay for Life, and organizers say plans are going smoothly for the 14-hour event to raise funds for cancer research.
Events will began at 7 p.m., Friday at the Martinez Field with opening ceremonies.
“Then we’ll follow with the survivor lap,” said organizer Karen Hornberger. That will be followed by the official start of the relay.
There are 14 teams and campsites and at 9 p.m., they will do the luminaries ceremonies.
“This is very meaningful, it’s not only in memory of, but also in honor of someone fighting cancer,” said Hornberger.
Games have been planned for throughout the night and awards will be handed out for Best Camp, Most Spirited Team and Super Team, which is a new award this year.
“There will also be an award for the team who raised the most money and the individual adult and child who raised the most money,” said Hornberger. “This year we had two who raised $1,000 and they will receive a special T-shirt.”
She said that they would like everyone in the community and the surrounding area to go out there and see what is going on at the field. “We’d like to invite everyone out there, especially to the luminaries ceremony and the survivor lap,” she said.
The money raised not only goes towards cancer research, but also to help out the families during the crisis. “The funds also help out with wigs, motel rooms for the families and just basic survivor care,” said Hornberger. “This is to make their life a little bit better while they’re going through this crisis,” she said.
Closing ceremonies have been set for 9 a.m., Saturday. “That’s when we’ll be handing out the awards,” said Hornberger.
All the money won’t be turned in until Sept. 1, but the bulk of it is being accounted for this Saturday.
“It’s not too late to give a donation, so if anybody wants to make a contribution they still can,” said organizer Raymond Hornberger.
Police allow school to handle case of shotgun
No charges were filed on a student, following an incident that involved a rifle that occurred outside the annual Pecos High School prom held two weekends ago.
The prom was held on-campus, at the Pecos High School New Gym this year, a change from last year’s event, which was held at the Reeves County Civic Center.
“The police department had a reserve officer working security at the prom,” said Town of Pecos City Police Chief Clay McKinney. “That officer that was working security, asked for assistance because of a situation in the parking lot where a weapon and some alleged alcohol was found.
“I say ‘alleged’ alcohol, because the police department never took custody of the alcohol,” he said.
School officials had custody of the alcohol, according to McKinney.
“The weapon was subsequently returned to the student’s parents,” said McKinney, who added that it was a shotgun.
There were no charges filed by the police department, because it isn’t a criminal offense, according to McKinney. While there are state laws about having guns within the vicinity of a school campus, they only apply to handguns, and not to shotguns or rifles.
“The school officials indicated that they would handle the situation and he officers at that point concluded their call,” said McKinney.
“We will investigate any and all incidents and follow student code of conduct,” said Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD Superintendent Manny Espino. “We will follow district procedure and the student code of conduct.”
Board Oks hiring of regional coordinator
The Board of the Texas Pecos Trail Region agreed to hire a regional coordinator for the program, during their meeting on May 11 at the Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center Park in Ozona.
The Pecos Trail Region covers approximately 35,000 square miles and consists of 22 counties: Andrews, Crane, Crockett, Ector, Edwards, Glasscock, Kimble, Kinney, Loving, Martin, Maverick, Midland, Pecos, Reagan, Reeves, Sterling, Sutton, Terrell, Upton, Val Verde, Ward, and Winkler.
The board took the important step during its meeting to hire a regional coordinator for the 22-county area. A formal announcement about the hiring will be forthcoming from the Texas Historical Commission (THC). The coordinator’s office will be in Sonora, which was selected earlier by the THC as the location for the Pecos Trail Regional office.
The next major steps planned by the board during the coming months include adopting a Strategic Plan for implementing heritage tourism throughout the region, as well as a budget for the coming year. The funds for the budget are derived from a $50,000 annual grant from the THC and annual financial contributions from local communities.
The THC currently estimates that it will begin site evaluation trips in the region during October and November. These evaluations will be conducted by experts in marketing, museum practices, interpretation, architecture and tourism. Reports will then be given to communities providing assessments of their readiness and potential for the promotion of heritage tourism, along with recommendations for developing sites for this purpose.
Readers may learn more about the Texas Pecos Trail Region by visiting the regional website: www.texaspecostrail.com . In addition to providing regional and contact information, this user-friendly site is designed to permit communities to enter tourism-related information (e.g., local attractions and events) on the website. It also permits potential visitors to develop travel itineraries throughout the region. It can be a powerful and effective marketing tool, if properly utilized. Chambers of Commerce, Main Street programs, and city and county governments are encouraged to make full use of this asset, at no charge, for the benefit of their communities.
The board reiterated its standing invitation for the general public to attend the board’s bi-monthly meetings and to offer suggestions for the successful promotion of local heritage tourism activities.
The board’s next regular meeting will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Thursday, July 13, in McCamey.
Information about the exact location of the meeting will be available at a later date.
Western District holds 46th Annual Spring Convention
The Modern Study Club of Pecos was represented by seven of their members at the 46th Annual Spring Convention of the Western District of the Texas Federation of Women’s Clubs of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs held in Presidio on April 8, at the new Presidio Activity Center.
Registration, breakfast, fellowship and receiving of arts and crafts started at 8 a.m. The Valley Women’s Club of Presidio as hostess club provided a sumptuous breakfast buffet. Beautiful arrangements in assorted colors of fresh carnations decorated every table. Give away packets of key chains, pen, Big Bend and Presidio map was given to every attendee. Door prizes were aplenty. Gifts from First Presidio Bank and Ft. Davis State Bank and local businesses were raffled off and auctioned.
Bobbe Mitchell of Sanderson gave the invocation. The Boy Scouts did the Presentation of Colors. Metha Sprinkle of Alpine led the Pledge of Allegiance to the United States of America flag and Shirley Kennedy of San Angelo led the Pledge of Allegiance to the Texas Flag. Francis Dulpang of Presidio led the singing of the National Anthem and Harriett Berlin of Odessa led the singing of “Texas Our Texas.” Maridell Fryar of Midland led the Federation Creed. Teresa Leyva of Presidio gave the welcome address and Bo Fryar of Coahoma gave the response. Door keeper and time keeper was Carolina Ramos of Presidio. Betty Lee of Pecos and Maridell Fryar of Midland were appointed to approve the minutes.
President Vongsavath in her address to the convention body said, “Today, as we pause and listen to the many outstanding accomplishments that each club has done, we are overwhelmed by how much we can achieve together! Yet, there’s that unending demand to do more! More than ever, our organization must keep abreast of the times…The success of our organization depends on members’ participation, to infuse new ideas and fresh concepts for a changing world!”
The Texas Federation of Women’s Club President Barbara Winingham of Bowie was introduced as a very special guest. She was keynote speaker following the luncheon and her address was full of praise for clubwomen from throughout Texas as she told of highlights during her tenure as TFWC President of 2006. Her voice broke as she talked of not only the response of Texas clubwomen but others in the GFWC who aided in so many ways during hurricanes Katrina presented a special performance in honor of President Winingham.
All WD officers and Department Chairmen gave their reports.
In appreciation of Vongsavath leadership for 2004-2006, Sherry Phillips of McCamey, president-elect presented an engraved musical jewelry box and a check from the various WD clubs. Vongsavath in turn purchased a Palm Hand held notebook as Western District gift to the AIMS Awardee, Teresa Tan.
Awards were given to outstanding projects and programs. The 2006 Outstanding Clubwoman/Volunteer Study Club of Pecos was recognized and awarded a plaque by Francis Dunn of Odessa, chair of that committee and a GFWC Medal by President Vongsavath. Other recognition were as follows: the oldest member, Barbara Humphreys of Marfa received a GFWC Medal; first time attendees Shirley Kennedy of San Angelo, Elien Dunn Sablan of Odessa, Francis Dalupang, Carmen Elquezabal, Frances Hernandez and Teresa Leyva all of Presidio, received GFWC charms; coming from the farthest was Shirley Kennedy of San Angelo received a GFWC key chain. The Presidio Valley Woman’s Club won the Club Merit Award for having the most members in attendance and for their gracious hospitality and was awarded a GFWC Medal.
The Modern Study Club of Pecos received eleven first place certificates and four second place certificates and four second place certificates for their achievements in the Western District competition for programs, projects, etc. They are listed as follows: 1st GFWC International Affairs Program; 1st GFWC Public Affair-Safety Program; 1st TFWC Texas Heritage - Historical Places and Things; 1st GFWC Education for Life Program; 1st - GFWC Arts in the Community; 1st GFWC Community Improvement Contest; 1st TFWC Outstanding Club Program; Feature; 2nd -Tie-Public Relations Program; 2nd - Membership; 2nd - GFWC Arts In the Community; 2nd GFWC - TFWC Fundraising; 1st - TFWC Yearbok Covers; and TFWC Yearbook - 99 percent Superior.
Vanessa Valeriano of Pecos, a senior at Pecos High School was the recipient of the Western District Alma Van Sickle Scholarship through the sponsorship of The Modern Study Club.
Other recipients and nominees for TFWC and Western Scholarship are as follows: the Asian International Medical Scholarship recipients is Teresa M. Tan of the Phillipines. The TFWC Penny Art recipient is Mariah Williams of Alpine.
The nominee to 1903 UT Austin Scholarship to Nora Davidson of Alpine.
In the Arts and Crafts Show held in conjunction with the convention Joyce Morton of Pecos was the recipient of Best of Show an oil landscape entitled, “Raincloud.” In other fine arts Herminia McCall of Presidio received First Place with an oil landscape with a windmill and tank; and Margie Williamson of Pecos was the recipient of First Place with a watercolor landscape featuring an old house entitled, “Memories of Grandpa’s House,” Bo Fryer of Big Spring and Joyce Morton placed 2nd in fine art. In the crafts division - winners were Eunice Vincent of Alpine - 1st place, hobbycraft; and Evelyn Mintekk of Alpine - 1st place needlecraft.
Also, in photography - color - Joyce Morton - 1st place and Shirley Bagley of Monahans and Margie Williamson - 2nd place; and black and white - Margie Williamson - 1st place. Gretchen Cole of the AUYN Foundation in Marfa served as judge.
Former Western District President Peggy Kelton of McCamey conducted the installation of officers 2006-2008. Included are Sherry Phillips of McCamey, president, Catherine Travland of Pecos, president-elect; Maridell Frayar of Midland, first vice-president; Bo Fryar of Coahoma, second vice-president; Melanie Spratt-Anderson of McCamey, secretary; Harriett Berlia of Odessa, treasurer; and Mary Vongsavath of Alpine, parliamentary advisor.
The invitation to the summer workshop in McCamey was given by McCamey Woman’s Study Club. The Midland 20th Century Study Club gave the invitation to 47th Fall Board Meeting in Midland. In Memoriam was given by Shirley Pagley of Monahans.
Nan Cate of Verhalen led the Club Collect as attendee repeated with her in unison and the meeting was adjourned at 4 p.m.
The convention was attended by 40 delegates and district board members of the 18 clubs located in 25 counties in far West Texas that include Brewster, Presidio, Ector, Pecos, Midland Martin, Ward, Reagan, Reeves, Upton, Sterling, Crockett, Terrell, Upton and Tom Green.
Art show winners recognized at ceremony
West of the Pecos Museum sponsored their Annual Art Show and winners were announced during an awards ceremony held at the Reeves County Civic Center.
First grade winners included: first place, Saschell King; second place, Jennifer Urias; third place, Natalie Rodriguez. Honorable Mention: Chloe Dominguez, C.J. Portillo and Aryn Patillo.
In second grade: first place went to Kayla Hernandez; second place, P.J. Iniquez, third place, Bethany Carrasco. Honorable Mention: Natalie Miranda, Javier Navarrete and Danielle Hernandez.
Third graders: first place, Veronica Navarrete; second place, Myra Maldonado and third place, Ebony Candelas. Honorable Mention: Adilene Contreras, Rudy Matta and Rowan Vega.
Fourth graders: first place, Amanda Nunez; second place, Natasha Rodriguez and third place, Tiffani Samaguey. Honorable Mention: Cielo Ornelas, Aaron Ramirez and Koko Darpolar.
Fifth graders: first place, Carlos Rayos; second place, Lilli Pena; third place, Marissa Elizondo. Honorable Mention: Mia Roman, Kenny Martinez and Vanessa Munoz.
Sixth grade winners were first place, Yaniera Natividad and second place, Dailynn Mondragon.
Best of Show in the first through third grade division was Sadie Gent.
Best of Show in the fourth through sixth grade division was Marissa Hinojos.
W. Park sets Summer Bible School
West Park Baptist Church will be sponsoring “Summer Fun,” in the form of Bible School every Tuesday in June.
Bible classes for children in grades kindergarten through sixth grade will be held from 8 a.m. until noon.
Teenagers who would like to help are welcome.
Theme for the event on June 6 will be, “Rainbow the Clown and the Do Knots”.
For June 13, “There A doctor in the House”; June 20, - “Flutterby, Butterfly” and June 27 - “Up, up and Away.”
Council to canvass ballots Monday
Pecos City Council members will canvass ballots from the May 13 election as part of a special meeting set for 5:30 p.m. on Monday at City Hall.
The item is the only one on the agenda. Council members will hold their regular meeting next Thursday, also starting at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall.
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.
Joel Escontrias Alvarado, 19, 1101 S. Elm St., was arrested by police on May 17 and charged with assault under the Family Violence Act, a Class C misdemeanor. Police said the arrested occurred after officers were called to Alvarado’s home at 1:04 a.m., and found him allegedly choking his live-in girlfriend. Alvarado was arrested and transported to the Pecos Criminal Justice Center.
Rene Quinones Jr., 21, 733 Martinez St., was arrested by police on May 16 on a warrant charging him with motion to adjudicate guilt. Police said the arrest took place at 8:37 p.m. at Sixth and Almond streets, and Quinones was transported to the Pecos Criminal Justice Center.
Raul Pando, 39, 621 Pine St., was arrested by police on May 17 on a charge of probation revocation on an original charge of possession of a controlled substance (cocaine). Police said the arrest was made in the 500 block of South Sycamore Street following a traffic stop. Pando was then transported to the Pecos Criminal Justice Center.
Ashley Nicole Martinez, 22, 811 E. Fifth St., was arrested by police on a charge of public intoxication, a Class B misdemeanor. Police said the arrested took place on May 17 in the 500 block of South Sycamore Street following a traffic stop. Martinez was then transported to the Pecos Criminal Justice Center.
Alvaro Perales, 75, 601 S. Peach St., was arrested by police on May 17 on warrants charging him with theft under $50, driving with an expired license and no motor vehicle inspection sticker, all Class C misdemeanors Police said the arrest took place at 7:46 p.m. at Perales’ home, and he was then transported to the Pecos Criminal Justice Center.
Gabriel Aaron Orona, 17, of 704 Brant in Barstow, was arrested by police on May 16 and charged with operating a vehicle without a proper license. Police said the arrest took place at 3:48 p.m. in the 1200 block of South Plum Street. He was then transported to the Pecos Criminal Justice Center.
Manuel Ruiz, 20, 1728 Adams St., was arrested at Wal-Mart, 1903 S. Cedar St., on a charge of public intoxication, Police said the arrest came following a call on an intoxicated driver, and Ruiz was then transported to the Pecos Criminal Justice Center.
Albert Lira, 17, 413 S. Alberta St., was arrested at his home on May 15 and charged with assault under the Family Violence Act. Police said the arrest was made following a report of a disturbance at the home, and Lira was then transported to the Pecos Criminal Justice Center.
Mike Garcia, 21, 1611 S. Park St., was arrested by police on May 15 on charges of public intoxication and assault under the Family Violence Act. Police said the arrest was made following a report of a disturbance at 413 S. Alberta St., and Garcia was then transported to the Pecos Criminal Justice Center.
Lilah Rene Rodriguez, 20, 1611 S. Park St., was arrested by police on May 15 on a charge of assault under the Family Violence Act. Police said the arrest was made following a report of a disturbance at 413 S. Alberta St., and Rodriguez was then transported to the Pecos Criminal Justice Center.
Naomi Dominguez Ortega, 26, 1109 S. Orange St., Apt. A, was arrested by police on May 5 on a Ward County warrant charging her with theft by check over $20 and under $500. Police said the arrest took place following a traffic stop at 12:58 a.m. in the 900 block of South Cedar Street. Ortega was then transported to the Pecos Criminal Justice Center.
Gilbert Mendoza Rodriguez, 42, 501 E. Seventh St., was arrested by police on May 3 on a warrant charge of motion to revoke probation on an original charge of forgery. Police said the arrested took place in the 400 block of South Locust Street, and Rodriguez was then transported to the Pecos Criminal Justice Center.
Celia Bustos, 26, of FM 1450 in Reeves County, and Carmina Anchondo, 37, of 312 S. Palm St., were arrested by police on May 9 on charges of disorderly conduct (fighting). Police said the women were arrested after officers were called to Allsup’s, 2232 S. Eddy St., in response to a fight in progress, Bustos and Anchondo were then transported to the Pecos Criminal Justice Center.
Saury Garcia Salgado, 26, 508 S. Pecan St., was arrested by police on a warrant from the Reeves County Sheriff’s Department charging him with theft by check over $20 and under $500. The arrest took place at Salgado’s home and he was then transported to the Pecos Criminal Justice Center.
Ivan Daniel Paredez, 19, 2308 Cactus St., was arrested by police on May 6 at Pecos High School, 1201 S. Park St., on a charge of public intoxication. Police said the arrest was made when it was determined Paredez might endanger himself or another person, and he was then transported to the Pecos Criminal Justice Center.
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