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Thursday, September 2, 2004

Cash-short city opts for tank repair plan

Staff Writer

Repairing instead of replacing the floor of one of the Town of Pecos City’s two 3-million gallon water tanks was given the green light on Thursday by city council members, after being told there wasn’t enough money remaining in the city’s Texas Water Development Board grant to fund the replacement option.

City utilities director Edgardo Madrid briefed the council on the options and presented a slide show on the holes in the floor of the tank and the cost estimates on repairing them, during the council’s regularly scheduled meeting in City Hall. The council also approved giving Madrid and city manager Joseph Torres approval to seek a new grant to fix up the city’s aging sewer system, and were updated on the construction of caliche roads along the new South Worsham Water Field pipeline routes.

Most of the money from the TWDB grant has gone towards the construction of the new South Worsham Water Field, but part has gone to refurbishing or replacing existing tank structures and pipelines. That included work on sandblasting both of the city’s water tanks, which is when the rust damage to the floor was discovered. The problem was presented to the council in July, and Madrid was asked to look at the possibility that enough funds remained from the grant to pay for replacing the floor.

However, on Thursday he told the council, “I checked with the Texas Water Development Board, and we don’t have sufficient funds for full replacement. The rest of the money is already dedicated to projects we’ve got going.”

He said out of the $8.835 million grant, all but $40,000 was budgeted for other needed construction and repair work. That’s about $200,000 short of the cost estimate for a full replacement the council was given in July, but Madrid said if the city uses its own workers to patch the holes, the job could be completed at a cost of $57,000.

“The bottom line is we need to go with this option,” Madrid said, while adding that the city will still have to budget a full replacement of the floor sometime in the near future.

“We’ll have to drain the tank every so often to conduct an inspection,” he said. “If we get five to seven years out of it, it will be good for us, because it will give us some time to prepare for major repairs.”

Madrid said most of the holes were small, with the largest one in the floor of the tank being about 5-6 inches across. He added that water probably leaked into the ground from a few of the earliest holes in the tank and caused new holes to form that started from the outside of the tank.

Madrid said the city had recently hired a new welder and helper who could handle the patching of the holes, and added that studies of the ground below the tank showed it to be stable, despite the past leaks.

Earlier in the meeting, Madrid told the council that the cost of constructing the caliche roads at South Worsham, and repairing a water tank inlet east of Pecos, had come in at $155,000, which was about $16,000 above the original projected cost, but that the state would reimburse the city on the cost of those projects.

The caliche was placed on top of the existing dirt roads in the area, which became impassible during rainy weather. Madrid said vehicles would get stuck on the muddy roads, including one pickup carrying a TWDB official who was inspecting the Worsham Field site.

The city put caliche on 12 miles of the 18 miles of roads in the area. Madrid said the roads would be used mainly by the city and by the landowner, but said oilfield vehicles might occasionally use the new roads.

In approving the new grant application for the sewer repairs, Torres told the council the action was a formality, while Madrid said the city had to submit their application by early November to the state for the $350,000 grant

“Part of this year and next year we will be working on the sewer lines,” said Madrid, who added the city has recently acquired a camera to do interior inspections of the sewer system.

“If we don’t get the money from the state, we will have to put money aside in the budget, because we really need to do it,” Madrid said. But he also told the council the city had a good chance of receiving the money.

The state would pay the money to hire the project engineer, Madrid said, while funding for the grant’s administrator would come out of the grant itself.

“Basically, we have old clay pipes underground. We need to start replacing those pipes, manhole to manhole,” he said.

Aside from the city’s aging sewer pipe, council members were told local residents might face some water pipe replacement costs, as a result of the installation of new computerized water meters in homes and businesses around Pecos.

Peddle Valve, Inc., Project Superintendent Scott Oalmann said the work was 45 percent complete, and that the company would add another crew to speed up the process. But he also said the crews working now have run into pipe problems during installations.

“Some of the crews are running into old galvanized pipe, which if you put any force on it crumbles,” he said. “If the pipe busts, we go ahead and fix it … we fix as much as possible, but, we show it to the customer and tell them they need to call a plumber.”

Oalmann said commercial businesses would be notified of water shut-offs when replacement work on their meters begins.

Johnson Controls won the contract this spring to replace the old meters with computerized ones. City finance director Sam Contreras said the meters sent out signals that can be picked up by a worker with a laptop without getting out of the vehicle.

“He’ll be able to pick that up, but he’ll have to drive by,” he said. “It will take two to four hours to get all the information, but we’ll have to go out continuously to find illegal taps.”

Court rejects Bigham’s appeal of conviction for murder

An appeal by a Washington State man convicted of killing his girlfriend in Reeves County five years ago was rejected this week by the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals in El Paso.

Christopher John Bigham, 41, was found guilty in April 1999 of shooting his girlfriend, Lora Ann Brooks, on Dec. 1, 1997 at his 20-acre "ranch" on the Pecos River.

An appeal was filed immediately after the conviction by Bigham’s attorney, claiming jury misconduct and conflict of interest. That appeal was rejected by 143rd District Court Judge Bob Parks. The latest appeal, rejected first by Parks and this week by the Eighth Circuit, was based on DNA evidence in the case.

“The El Paso court sided with the trial judge,” said a spokesperson for 143rd District Attorney Randy Reynolds, who prosecuted the case in 1999.

Bigham was arrested Aug. 19, 1998 after Brooks' parents reported to the FBI that their daughter was missing and that he had returned to Washington state with her three children.

Bigham later admitted to Texas Ranger Jerry Villalobos that he shot Brooks in self-defense and burned her body in a barrel.

A Department of Public Safety dive team retrieved a barrel from the Pecos River, and pathologists determined that debris in the barrel contained bones of two human toes. Bigham was sentenced to 75 years in prison for Brooks' murder.

Council holding workshops on city agency budgets

Staff Writer

Town of Pecos City Council members were holding a meeting Wednesday evening to discuss plans for the 2005 fiscal year budget and on rejecting bids received last Thursday for two new water wells at the South Worsham Field.

The budget workshop and discussion of the bids were scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. at City Hall, and follow a discussion of the water wells last Thursday at the council’s regular meeting, and a budget workshop held the following day with several department heads. Discussions were held last Friday on part of the budget for the Pecos Police Department, along with the Pecos Municipal Airport, the fire department, city garage and fire marshal’s department, the parks, zoo and city pool at Maxey Park. City manager Joseph Torres said Wednesday’s workshop would cover the remaining items for the police department and Criminal Justice Center, the Pecos Ambulance Service and the city’s public works and utilities department.

The discussion of the water well bids comes after the South Worsham situation was brought up during last Thursday’s meeting by mayor Dot Stafford, who asked utilities director Edgardo Madrid about the status of telemetry at the site.

Madrid said there were problems with three of the wells, out of 15 at the field and eight at the city’s other water fields, but added that the equipment at South Worsham was still under warranty until the middle of October. He did add that an August payment to the company was for spare parts needed due to damage caused by lightning strikes.

The item was discussed prior to council’s approval of the payment, as part of $921,426 in bills paid during the latter part of August. The council also was told at that time that the city would soon be receiving a payment from Reeves County for its share of the South Worsham project, and Torres said the $422,320 payment was received on Tuesday.

“He walked it over here on Tuesday morning,” Torres said. Tuesday was the deadline for the county to make the payment, which was part of the agreement between the county and the city to provide water for the Reeves County Detention Center. The city will use the money to repay a Texas Water Development Board loan, which is due in November. In other action last Thursday, the council approved the tax collection report, debt collection rate report and the effective rollback tax rate figures as presented by Lydia Prieto.

She told council members the city’s effective tax rate for 2005 would be .69287 cents for each $100 in valuations, which would result in the same amount of tax receipts as in 2004. Preito said the council could raise the tax rate if they wanted to up to .71365 per $100 in valuations without having to hold a public hearing, while a tax rate of .80446 cents or higher would result in a rollback election.

The city’s debt tax rate, used to pay for projects outside of the general fund, is .27310 cents, while Prieto told the council the debt collection rate for 2004 was estimated at 94 percent. Earlier, she said regular tax collections ended on July 1. “We’re only collecting delinquent taxes for July, August and September,” she said.

The council approved the sale of four pieces of property during the meeting. A bid of $500 was accepted from Mary Calba for property at 1002 E. Fifth St., a bid of $100 was accepted from Lupe Sandusky for property at 717 S. Ash St., a bid of $40 was accepted from Eva R. Patino for property behind 122 1/2 N. Pecan St., and a bid for $150 was accepted from Carol Garduno for a building at 110 W. Second St.

That property had been discussed previously by the council, due to the condition of the two-story building and its current use, housing printing equipment owned by the West of the Pecos Museum.

“That building is repairable; it just needs work,” said city fire marshal Jack Brookshire, while city attorney Scott Johnson was asked to draw up a contract that would agree to the sale of the building on an “as is” basis, and stipulate the items currently in the building are not included in the sale.

“I think everyone wants to see someone fix it up, rather than tear it down,” Brookshire said of the building, which is one of the oldest in Pecos.

Torres also presented the council with information about revised job descriptions for city departments. “I formally asked every department head to produce a description for all staff, and hopefully provide a training plan” he said.

Councilman Danny Rodriguez asked if the descriptions would be tied to salaries. “These descriptions will be used to make determinations,” Torres said. “Now all the department heads will have a good idea of job descriptions, and what the city manager will be evaluating them on.”

Following a 40-minute executive session, the council voted to hire Diane Tercero as the new Municipal Court clerk, at a salary of $8 an hour. The hiring was effective as of Aug. 27.

Federal grant to help Winkles emerge from Chapter 11 filing

Staff Writer

A local trucking company has received funding to restructure their operations and allow them to emerge from Chapter 11 filing.

USDA Rural Development, State Director, Bryan Daniel, announced that Winkles Trucks Inc. received a $4.5 million Business and Industry Guranteed loan.

USDA Rural Development is charged with assisting rural communities by administering programs targeted to strengthening the economy and infrastructure of rural areas.

“We are pleased to fund this project in Pecos,” said Daniel. “One of our goals is to provide access to credit for rural businesses that will bring new jobs to the area for local residents. We are proud that Rural Development programs play a role in President Bush’s plan to increase jobs which will continue the growth of the economy. This loan will help Pecos and the surrounding area to become a viable economic community in Reeves County,” he said.

Ken Winkles, of Winkles Trucking, said that basically, the funds would be used to restructure their debt and for future equipment services.

“This stems from our filing of Chapter 11 last year,” said Winkles. “When we filed, we were already in the process of working with USDA and through the Trans Pecos Banks we were able to secure this funding,” said Winkles.

Winkles said that they had received a reply at the end of July and funding on Aug. 3. Winkles said that this would help the company restructure and bring them out of Chapter 11.

UDA Rural Development guarantee funds will be used to refinance and expand trucking operations.

In Fiscal Year 2003, the USDA Rural Development Business Programs provided over $38 million dollars in guaranteed loan monies to 16 rural businesses throughout Texas. For more information regarding this and other USDA Rural Development programs and eligibility requirements, contact the Fort Stockton Local Office at 432-336-7585, Ext. 4. USDA Rural Development was created in 1994 and includes Business Programs, Housing Programs, and Community Programs. Its mission is to use the resources of USDA to provide an improved quality of life for the nation’s rural residents.

Holiday weekend events scheduled

Staff Writer

Everyone in the community is encouraged to don their leis and Hawaiian outfits for the Annual Community-Wide Hawaiian Beach Party in Pecos, one of a number of events scheduled in the area over the Labor Day weekend.

The annual Balmorhea Oasis of West Texas Labor Day Festival is scheduled for Saturday, while further to the south, the annual Marfa Lights Festival and the Big Bend Balloon Bash in Alpine will be held Friday through Sunday.

Businesses are invited to decorate their offices and enter the contest this Friday in Pecos, which is sponsored by the Pecos Area Chamber of Commerce.

Categories in which the businesses will be judged include: Best Theme, Most Original and Most Enthusiastic.

“They need to call in to be judged,” said Pecos Area Chamber of Commerce Director Linda Gholson. “We want to make sure the judges go to all the locations that want to be in the contest.”

She said that the chamber is encouraging everyone to participate by dressing Hawaiian and enjoying the day.

“We also want to invited everyone to the Hawaiian Beach Party scheduled for 4-6 p.m., at the West of the Pecos Museum Park,” said Gholson.

First Choice Power sponsors the Hawaiian Beach Party and everyone is invited to attend. Some of the businesses will be sponsoring specials throughout the day along with refreshments.

To call in to be judged call the Pecos Area Chamber of Commerce at 445-2406 or go to the office located at 111 S. Cedar St.

Down in Balmorhea, the Annual Oasis of West Texas Labor Day Festival in will begin at 9 a.m., Saturday, with the opening of the booths.

Booths will be set up all over downtown, featuring food items, arts and crafts. At 11 p.m., festival goers can enjoy D.J. music and at 2 p.m. a live band will be performing for the audience. The Fat Daddies, a local musical group, will entertain with their country, upbeat and rock and roll music.

“The events will continue into the evening,” said Norman Roman.

A free street dance, with the group Andy Roman and the Roman Brothers, providing the music.

“We will have a variety of food items and a large array of arts and crafts,” said Roman. Anything from Mexican food, American food and popular items such as barbecue, burritos and turkey legs will be available.

“We welcome everyone to come out and join us,” said Roman. “And we do try to create a family atmosphere, so that everyone can have a good time,” he said.

In Marfa, the 18th Annual Marfa Lights Festival will be held on Friday through Sunday, around the Presidio County Courthouse.

This gathering on Labor Day weekend has become a traditional reunion of friends and families from the Big Bend area of west Texas, as well as a significant tourist attraction. All events are free, and a notable change is that the Saturday night concert will be held on a large soundstage in front of the recently restored Presidio County Courthouse, rather than on the edge of town at Vizcaino Park. “Keeping the primary entertainment venue at the Courthouse location will centralize the events for the convenience of our visitors, and benefit the vendors who rent booth space around the courthouse and along Highland Street” said Johnny Calderon, Executive Director of the Marfa Chamber.

Music begins on Friday, at 6 p.m., followed by the traditional “Marfa Lights” street parade at 9 p.m. “It is always fun to see the cars and floats decorated with lights, driving slowly down Highland Avenue in the nighttime parade - it’s a beautiful scene,” said Calderon.

Saturday events include a 5K Run that begins at 9 a.m. and a noontime concert by “Joe King Carrasco.” Art and crafts vendors, entertainment for the youngsters, food and drink stands will operate all day along with continuous music, concluding with the featured music group “Destino” from Midland.

The fun continues on Sunday when the vendor and food booths open at noon.

“Wild Ride” from Del Rio will provide the live music to 5 p.m., when outdoor events end. An indoor dance at the MAC Building on Mesa Street begins at 8 p.m., and tickets for this dance can be obtained at the door, or in advance from the Marfa Chamber of Commerce.

The Marfa Chamber office is located in the Hotel Paisano. Visit the office or call 432-729-4942 for more information, tickets and sponsorship opportunities.

The Big Bend Balloon Bash will feature 18 hot air balloons and 10 power-parachutes that will be in the skies over Brewster, Jeff Davis and Presidio counties.

“Everyone is invited,” said Ken Clouse, President of Big Bend Balloon Bash, Inc., the Alpine non-profit group sponsoring air activities in the entire Big Bend Region.

This is the ninth annual balloon weekend in Alpine, according to Clouse.

“We have rarely had a day we couldn’t fly balloons on Labor Day Weekend,” said Clouse. “The winds are just right, with the high mountains surrounding Alpine in a bowl shape. These mountains offer unique protection from the sometimes strong Trans-Pecos winds,” he said.

Powered parachutes are mutli-colored parachutes driven by gas-engines and steered by pilots in metal cages, according to Clouse.

“After the balloons have landed, these ultralight gliders will thrill the crowds until noon,” said Clouse.

“This summer is the wettest in years, the grasses and the mountains providing a most beautiful backdrop for this three day event,” said Clouse.

This year’s event will take place on Sept. 3-6, at the Alpine Casperis Municipal Airport, two miles north of downtown on the Fort Davis Highway (Texas 118).

For music lovers, there will be several live music performances each night in Alpine. In addition, the Marfa Lights Music Festival is only 24 miles away this same weekend.

For more information, call Clouse at 432-837-7486 or the City of Alpine 432-837-3301.

RCDC softball tourney seeks entries

The First Annual Reeves County Detention Center Softball Tournament will be held at 7 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 11, at the Martinez Softball Field.

Entry fee is $125 per team, a maximum of 15 players per team and entry deadline is Sept. 7.

Prizes will be: for first place, a plaque and T-shirt; second and third places, a plaque.

A homerun derby will also be held and will be $5 per entry.

A concession stand will be available.

The event is sponsored by the GEO Group and all proceeds will benefit the Special Olympics.

City seeks Youth Advisory applicants

The Town of Pecos City is now accepting applications for the Pecos Youth Advisory Commission.

Students in grades seven through 12th, that are interested in participating can go to the school office or city hall to pick up an application.

The deadline to submit an application is Sept. 10.

Class of ’54 holding 50th reunion

The Class of 1954 will be celebrating their 50th Class Reunion, Sept. 9-11, at the Swiss Clock Inn-Best Western.

The group is welcoming every class from Pecos to join them for any or all the events. An Open House is set for 4 p.m., Saturday.

For more information contact: Davie Narrell Morelan, at 432-447-3666 or 432-445-1581; or Glen Teaney at 432-336-3747 or e-mail at .

Meetings set for bowling leagues

Ward Lanes in Monahans will be having an organizational meeting for the 2004-05 women’s leagues beginning next week.

The meeting for the Pin-Up League will be at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 7; the Ladies Major League will meet on Wednesday, Sept. 8 at 6:30 p.m.; the Ladies Classic League will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 13; and the Tuesday Sundowners League will hold their meeting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 14.

Balmorhea Chamber sets meeting date

The City of Balmorhea will be having a community Chamber of Commerce meeting at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 22, at Tammy Dean’s, on Main Street, in Balmorhea.

Everyone is invited to attend.

Florez takes leadership steps in Austin

Matthew Florez, of Barstow, was recently selected to participate in the National Young Leaders State Conference (NYLSC) from Sept. 2-5 (or Sept. 9-12), in Austin. NYLSC is a leadership development program aimed at ninth grade students who distinguish themselves from their peers with leadership potential and a history of academic achievement.

The theme of the conference is “Courageous Leadership,” and as such, Florez and fellow participants will work toward building a working “toolkit” of strategies to help successfully dream, create, and implement plans that will change how they view their role as leaders in their communities.

“The steps each person takes in discovering his or her own leadership strengths can be very personal process,” said Mike Lasday, executive director of the Congressional Youth Leadership Council (CYLC), the organization that sponsors NYLC. “The National Youth Leaders State Conference will help students like Florez to get at the heart of their innate talents and skills, and will also help them identify how best they can serve within their communities.”

Taking place in the state capitals of California, Georgia, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Ohio and Texas, the NYLSC curriculum focuses on an introspective and highly personalized assessment of each participant’s leadership skills and abilities. The students will be challenged to step forward in a manner that is decisive and confident to grasp the concepts of leadership that will be taught and to act upon their dreams of making a difference in the world while maintaining the courage of their convictions.

The Congressional Youth Leadership Council is a non-profit, non-partisan educational organization. Founded in 1985, the Council is committed to fostering and inspiring young people to achieve their full leadership potential. More than 400 members of the U.S. Congress join this commitment by serving on the CYLC Honorary Congressional Board of Advisors. In addition, more than 40 embassies participate in the Council’s Honorary Board of Embassies.

Florez is the son of Frances and Julian Florez.

Grandparents are Victorina Florez and the late Mr. and Mrs. Arcadio Baeza Sr.

Two are recipients of work to school program

Reeves County Hospital District announced that Rosie Rodriguez and Susan Wimberly are this year’s recipients of the Reeves County Hospital District LVN/RN Work to School Program.

Rodriguez, the daughter of Jesus and Armida Rodriguez, has been employed with Reeves County Hospital for three years as the Nursing Service Secretary and also fills in as Ward Clerk and Nursing Aide when needed. She has over 60 college hours and will be participating in the LVN program at Odessa College in Monahans.

Rodriguez has been working full time at RCH while attending college. After completing the LVN program next year, she plans to complete the requirements for admission into the RN Program.

She was raised in Pecos and graduated in 1995 from Pecos High School. She and Jason Abila have two daughters, Tristiana, who is 4, and two-year-old Natalie. She is the granddaughter of Eladio and Licha Salgado and Manuel Rodriguez.

Wimberly, daughter of John and Kathy Cravey, has been employed with the hospital for six years as the Office Manager for the RCH Home Health Services. She has completed over 30 college hours and will be participating in the RN program at Odessa College in Odessa.

In addition to working full time at RCH and attending college at least two days a week, she is also an EMT for the Pecos Volunteer EMS where she was named the EMT of the Year for 2002. She has maintained a 3.77 average and is a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.

Wimberly was rasied in Pecos and graduated from Pecos High School in 1995. She the granddaughter of Ed and Corine Cravey and Charlie and Ona White. She is married to Myles Wimberly.

Wimberly and Rodriguez both plan to continue working at RCH on a part time basis while attending their respective college programs.

Reeves to continue “Idol” hunt

Staff Writer

A local singer has found a “little bit of fame” in the surrounding area, after competing the past two weekends, first with 60 and then against 10 other performers for the title of West Texas Idol, a step towards the national “American Idol” competition. Jennifer Reeves, of Pecos, was one of 60 individuals at the UTPB Campus, Mesa Courtyard who were entered in the initial competition. She was named one of the top 10 performers, and went back this past weekend for the finals.

Reeves sang the song, “Broken Wing” by Martina McBride to earn a spot among the finalists. “I’m very excited, it was great to be named one of the top 10,” she said. The 10 then competed for the title beginning this past Saturday at UTPB, and while Reeves didn’t win, she said she had a lot of fun this past weekend and that the other performers were really good.

“Even though I didn’t win, I still had a lot of fun, there were a lot of good people and it was a good competition,” said Reeves.

Reeves said the winner earned a spot in the next round of the competition to appear on the Fox Network show, and would be held in Las Vegas on Sept. 12, though that event is open to others as well.

“Usually, you can go to Las Vegas and compete, but you have to stand in line and there’s a lot of people competing,” said Reeves. “But the winner of this Saturday’s competition was guaranteed a spot in the competing and doesn’t have to stand in line.”

Regardless of whether she wins Saturday or not, Reeves said that she plans to be at the competition in San Francisco on Oct. 5.

“I still want to go, because this is my last year that I can compete there,” said Reeves. She said that the audition in Las Vegas and San Francisco is for Fox’s “American Idol” and individuals can only be from the ages of 18 to 28.

“I’m 28 this year and this will be the last time I can compete in that event,” said Reeves. “It will be my first year and my last year also,” she said.

Reeves sang the song, “Vida Dolorosa” along with another song this past weekend at the UTPB finals, which were sponsored by KPEJ-TV, the Fox Network affiliate for the Permian Basin.

Reeves has performed in numerous events in Pecos, including the Golden Girl/Little Miss Cantaloupe Pageant held in June at the Pecos High School.

“I’m very excited about going to San Francisco,” said Reeves. “It will be a real adventure,” she said.

School board budgets funds for new fire alarms

Staff Writer

Several items, including new school building fire alarms, were budgeted and others designated during a special Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD Board meeting held last Thursday at the P-B-T technology center.

“The items that the board voted to budget are the ones that we will take care of first, while the ones that were designated are long-range plans,” said PBT-ISD Superintendent Ray Matthews.

The items were discussed at a previous meeting, and board members had opted at that time to look more closely at the items and decide which ones needed to be taken care of soon.

The list was compiled by architect Monte Hunter, who works closely with the board in all matters pertaining to new additions to the school and upgrades to the different campuses. Items that were budgeted include: $55,620, for a PHS fire alarm in Building A; $22,950 for PHS fire alarm in Building B; $45,360 for fire alarms at PHS in gym/pool; $234,000 for Bessie Haynes roofing; $168,273 for Pecos Kindergarten roofing; $26,000 for a new SUV and $6,500 for Bessie Haynes UIL program for fourth graders.

Board members approved the budget, by fund and function as presented.

A rollback election is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 9. The tax rate had already been approved at $1.50 and a rollback election approved during a previous meeting.

Early voting polling place will be the Pecos Community Center, 508 S. Oak, from Sept. 22 until Oct. 5.

Voting hours will be from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Judge is Debra Thomas with alternate judge Nora Briceno.

Election Day Polling Places on Oct. 9 include:

Pecos Community Center - 7 a.m., until 7 p.m., with judge Nora Briceno and alternate judge Lilly Walker.

Barstow Community Center, judge Lorna Navarette and alternate judge Elia Florez. Saragosa Multi-Purpose Center, with judge Elodia Garcia and alternate judge Florinda Gallego.

Toyah City Hall, with judge Susan Renz and alternate judge Sylvia Chisum.

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