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Wednesday, January 19, 2000
Bunton's docket full on first day back
By JON FULBRIGHT
PECOS, Jan. 19, 2000 - Senior U.S. District Court Judge Lucius D. Bunton
ended a nine-month absence from regular service on Monday, handing his
first full caseload in the Pecos federal courthouse named after him since
undergoing cancer surgery in the spring of last year.
Bunton accepted several guilty pleas, handed down six sentences, issued
a bench warrant for failure to appear on one defendant and began trial
in a case involving the importation of importing over 1,200 pounds of marijuana.
Trial continued today in the case of Oscar Armando Miranda, with the
defendant testifying on the witness stand this morning. Federal prosecutors
charged Miranda with the importation of 1,250 pounds of marijuana that
was found in a truck tractor in the Lajitas area last year, U.S. Attorney
Jeff Parras said on Monday. The case was expected to go to the jury later
On Monday, Bunton accepted guilty pleas from two of six defendants in
a marijuana case, and issued a bench warrant for a third, Ruben Medina,
after he failed to appear in court.
Pleading guilty to one count of possession of marijuana over 50 kilograms
and less than 100 kg were Michael Paul Medina and Apolinar Galindo-Bernal.
Sentencing on the two men will be set for a later date.
A father and daughter were sentenced to prison by Bunton on three counts
each of conspiracy to possess marijuana over 100 Kg and under 1000 kg,
possession with intent to distribute marijuana over 100 kg and under 1000
kg, and use of a minor to avoid detection or apprehension for an offense.
Ruben Alarcon Pinon and his daughter Llama Edmundo Alarcon, were found
guilty by jurors on Nov. 11 of last year for importation of the marijuana,
which occurred on Aug. 3, 1999. Bunton sentenced Pinon to 84 months concurrent
sentences on each count, to be served at the federal correctional institute
in Big Spring, while his daughter was handed three concurrent sentences
of 78 months by Bunton, to be served at the Carswell FMC in Fort Worth.
Sentenced to 24 month on a motion to revoke supervised release was Martha
Sussana Ramos-Marufo. She was arrested on Jan. 31, 1994 for possession
of marijuana with intent to distribute, and was deported to Mexico from
California in April of 1996. She was arrested again for possession of 90
pounds of marijuana in Nolan County (Sweetwater) on Aug. 27, 1998.
Bunton granted a motion to suppress evidence in a marijuana possession
case involving John Marcus Barbee. Other cases handed by Bunton on his
first day back included:
_ John Oliveras Munoz, sentenced to 33 months at the FCI-Bastrop for
conspiracy to transport illegal aliens and transporting illegal aliens;
_ Nicole Lean Meek, 27 months at the FCI boot camp in Bryan for possession
of under 50 kg marijuana with intent to distribute. A federal court jury
found Meek guilty on Nov. 11, 1999.
_ Brian Coty, nine months for possession to distribute 285 tablets of
hydrocodone at 7.5 mg per tablet. Coty pled guilty to the charge on Nov.
_ Francisco Tejeda Anchondo pled guilty to one count of aiding and abetting
Michael Anthony Vargas in possession with intent to distribute marijuana.
_ Kelly Jean Rivers pled guilty to one count of possession with intent
to distribute over 100 kg and under 1000 kg of marijuana on June 14, 1999.
She also pled guilty to a charge of failure to appear, and a sentencing
date was set for March 28.
Released on bond was Ramon Chavez Gomez. He was charged with importation
and possession of 10.2 pounds of marijuana on Nov. 26, 1999.
Hospital officials happy with blood drive results
By ROSIE FLORES
PECOS, Jan. 19, 2000 - Reeves County Hospital, hospital auxiliary members
and United Blood Services of the Permian Basin were very pleased with the
turnout at the Blood Drive held Tuesday in the lobby of the hospital.
"We had a total of 68 people come in," said Reeves County Hospital Director
of Program Development, Community Services Nancy Ontiveros. "A total of
56 units of blood were collected."
Twelve individuals wanted to donate blood, but were deferred for various
reasons, according to Ontiveros.
Blood shortages have been reported throughout the country as well as
in the Permian Basin, and UBS officials were very pleased with the response,
according to Ontiveros. "This will help replenish the supply of blood that
we have already used," she said. The agency has made arrangements to hold
another blood drive at the Pecos High School, on Feb. 8.
"We encourage all those individuals who were unable to donate yesterday,
to drop by the high school on that day," said Ontiveros.
Ontiveros said she and the other organizers wanted to thank the entire
community for their participation. "This supply will help greatly in replenishing
what we have used and keep us on a steady level," she said.
The census at Reeves County Hospital has been steady, since the flu
season began and continues to stay up, according to Ontiveros.
`The number of patients has increased, which means the blood supply
is being used," she said.
Annual stock show sale nets $45,000
PECOS, Jan. 19, 2000 - Reeves-Loving Junior Livestock Show participants
fared very well during this past weekend's Livestock Show and Sale at the
Reeves County Civic Center.
"We had 75 students who had the opportunity to sell an animal," said
Jodi Exum, one of the coordinators for the event. "We did really well this
A total of $45,000 was awarded to the students during the sale.
Courtney Clark's prize-winning red/white steer, which was named Grand
Champion Steer, at the annual event garnered $1,400 from First National
Bank, with the Reserve Grand Champion Steer exhibited by John M. Clark
receiving $1,300 from Security State Bank.
Brandy Harrison's Grand Champion Lamb sold for $1,050 to Champion Club
and Clifton Brantley's Grand Champion Goat went for $1,000 to Freeport
Sulphur and Pecos Valley Field Services.
The Grand Champion Hog, owned by Jennifer Ward sold for $800 to First
National Bank. Jamie Gallegos' second place Heavy Weight Steer sold for
$1,300 to Dr. David Lovett and Ronnie Bowles, and Jogina Gallego's third
place Heavy Weight Steer went for $1,200, and was bought by Trey Miller.
Other sales included, Justin Owen's Reserve Grand Champion Lamb for
$750 to Pecos Insurance and Rediger's Pharmacy; Brandi Bradley's Reserve
Grand Champion Hog sold for $600 to West Texas Gas; Heath Armstrong's Reserve
Grand Champion Goat, for $700 to Lloyd's Amoco; Candace Roach's Champion
Finewool Lamb went for $650 to Pecos Feed and Supply and Brandi Owen.
Sarah McKinney's Champion Cross Lamb sold for $850 to Marcos and May
Martinez; Jennie Canon's Champion Cross Hog went for $600 to Phil Tyree
and Steve Taylor; Gibson's True Value purchased the Champion OPB Hog owned
by Bre'Ann Windham for $650; Bill Allen Insurance bought the Reserve Champion
Finewool Lamb owned by Drake Bradley for $500; Adrienne Bagley's Reserve
Champion Cross Lamb sold for $550, to Trans Pecos Dairy; Amanda Stickels'
Reserve Champion Duroc Hog went for $700 to Hubbs Office Supply, the Reeves
County Teacher's Credit Union and Beau Jack Hendricks.
Alex Morales, sold his Reserve Champion Hampshire Hog for $650 to Anchor
West and Luis and MaryLou Carrasco; Pecos Valley SS and H.Q. Supply bought
the Reserve Champ Cross Hog from Chance Cook for $425; Janie Jones sold
his Reserve Champion OPB Hog for $600 to Pecos Valley Grain and Supply;
Trey Perkins sold his first place Med. Wt. MW Lamb for $600 to Pecos Battery,
David and Jan Pattillo and David Bradley's first place Heavy WT MW Hog,
sold for $550 to Colt Chevrolet and Duke Outdoors.
Others were: Amber Cook, first place Lt WT Hamp Hog, $500, to McCoy
Building Supply; Natalia Ornelas, first place Lt WT Cross Hog, $450, Texas-New
Mexico Power Company; Stephanie Laurence, first place Hvy WT Cross Hog,
$800, Balmorhea Feeders; Russell Garlick, LT WT OPB Hog, $650, Pecos Battery;
Amanda Armstrong, first place LT WT Goat, $650, Balmorhea Feeders; Adriel
Roman, second place LT Lamb, $450, A.B. Foster; Lauren Martinez, second
place Hvy WT FWX Lamb, $550, McCoys; Katie Lee, second place Med WT WM
Lamb, $700 to Peggy Goodman and Lee Lumber Co.; John Elliott, second place
Med WT Duroc Hog, $450, Buyer's Pool; John Canon, second place Med WT Hamp
Hog, $650, Pecos Valley-Gary, Steve, Kyle Taylor; Andrew Lopez, second
place Lt Med WT Cross Hog, $550, Anchor West; Isaiha Vela, second place
Med WT Cross Hog, $450, Security State Bank; Daniella Dutchover, second
place Hvy WT Cross Hog, $450; Savannah Matta, second place Lt WT OPB Hog,
$450; Valerie Garcia, second place Med WT OPB Hog, $400, First National
Bank; Shelly Martinez, second place HVY WT OPB Hog, $500, Trans Pecos Dairy;
Kaci Harrison, third place Finewool Lamb, $450, Pecos Valley Grain; Will
Perkins, third place Lt Hvy WT MW Lamb, $500, Greg and Sharon Mitchell;
Susan Bradley, third place LT WTC Duroc Hog, $550, Pecos Cantaloupe; Francisco
Ornelas, third place LT WT Hamp Hog, $450, Greeman Ranches; Jay Sanchez,
third place Hvy WT Hamp Hog, $500, Bob Burkholder.
Jourmain Matta, third place Lt Cross Hog, $450, La Tienda; Clayton Cox,
third place Lt Med WT Cross Hog, $500, Trans Pecos Dairy; Jack Stickels,
third place Med WT Cross Hog, $650, Gary and Debbie Taylor; Julia Garlick,
third place Hvy WT Cross Hog, $600, Pecos Battery and Pattillos; Tyler
Hebbert, thirst place Lt Med WT Goat, $450, Pecos Animal Clinic; Michael
Lee, fourth place Hvy FW Cross Lamb, $600 Clay and Ellen Lee and Bill Davenport;
Nina Gonzales, fourth place Hvy WT MW Lamb, $550, Randy Graham and Duncan
Disposals; Chris Cook, fourth place LT WT Duroc Hog, $450, Big Bend Saddlery,
Bagleys, Crews, Lippe AC; Jordan Burris, fourth place Hvy WT Hamp Hog,
$650, Cee Sales, Boxes, Miller Steel; Alexis Lozano, fourth place Lt Med
WT Cross Hog, $450, Armstrong Realty and Fred Armstrong; Joshua Cobos,
fourth place LT Med WT Cross Hog, $500, Larry Sloan-Valley Dist.; Derek
Teague, fourth place Hvy WT Cross Hogg, $550, Trans Pecos Dairy.
David Elkins, fourth place LT WT OPB Hog, $450, First National Bank;
Justin Machuca, fourth place Med WT Goat, $500, Balmorhea Feeders; Gary
McCraw, fourth place Hvy WT Goat, $500, Mc Coy Building Supply; Lyndall
Elkins, fifth place Hvy WT MW Lamb, $450, Rick and Jodi Exum and Pecos
Gas Co.; Chance Robbins, fifth place LT Med WT Cross Hog, $500, Greeman
Ranches; Robert Vasquez, fifth place Med WT Cross Hog, $450;
Liberty Wofford, fifth place LT WT OPB Hog, $600, Security State Bank,
Balmorhea Ranches; Candice Regelman, sixth place LT WT MW Lamb, $500, Sheriff's
Posse, Gibson True Value; Efrain Rodriguez, sixth place LT Med WT MW Lamb,
$500, Alamo/Kerley Gin and Ben E Keith; Joshua Elliott, sixth place Lt
WT Duroc, $500, Balmorhea Feeders; Vanessa Baeza, sixth place Med WT Duroc
Hog, $450, Marfa Feed and Supply; Teddie Salcido, sixth place Med WT Hamp
Hog, $500, Bob's Thriftway and Frank Spencer; Chris Armstrong, sixth place
Hvy WT Hamp Hog, $600, First National Bank; Israel Lara, sixth place Lt
WT Cross Hog, $500, Charlie and Rose Mitchell; Chris Barragan, sixth place
LY WT OPB Hog, $550, Turnbough Farms and Sierra Supply Company; Kattie
Davis, sixth place Hvy WT OPB Hog, $550, Patsy Bowles, Benjamin Orozco,
sixth place Lt WT Goat, $475, A.B. Foster and Amanda Orozco, sixth place
LT Med WT Goat, $500, A-1 Motors, Hoefs and Cattlemans.
Registration, primary ballot deadlines set
By ROSIE FLORES
PECOS, Jan. 19, 2000 - The deadline to submit an application by mail
is March 7 for Reeves County's primary elections, with the last day to
register to vote set for Feb. 14.
Reeves County Clerk Dianne Florez said anyone wanting an application
for a ballot by mail can contact her office at 445-5467.
Early voting by personal appearance will begin on Feb. 26 and the last
day to vote early by personal appearance has been set for March 10, according
"We will be getting the applications for ballots by mail and as soon
as we do they will be mailed out," said Florez. "As soon as I receive them
from both the democratic and republican chairmen," she said.
"It's important for them to request the ballots early, for those who
are 65 and over, disabled or college students," said Florez. "In case,
they don't qualify, we can reject it and then they can request another
application," she said.
If the county clerk's office received any applications for request for
ballots by mail prior to Jan. 14 it will be rejected, according to Florez.
Absentee voting is from Feb. 28 until March 10, or individuals can vote
in person from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on March 14.
The dates are the same for voters in Barstow, but they will have to
go to Monahans to vote early in the Ward County primary elections. Barstow
voters can obtain early voting mail ballots from the Ward County Clerk's
All local primary races in Reeves County will again be on the Democratic
side of the ballot this year. Voters on the Republican side can still cast
ballots in the presidential election, which currently features six candidates,
including Texas Gov. George W. Bush. Vice President Al Gore and former
Senator Bill Bradley will be the candidates on the Democratic primary ballot.
Thomas seeking commissioner's job
PECOS, Jan. 19, 2000 - James H. Thomas, Jr., would like to work with others
to improve this county. Thomas is one of four candidates running for the
post of Reeves County Commissioner, Precinct 3, in the March 14 Democratic
"Pecos is my home, I have been a teacher, coach, and bus driver for
the Pecos School system for 40 years," said Thomas. "I have lived in Pecos
City and Reeves County all of those 40 years and have worked with most
of its citizens."
During that time, Thomas has raised a family and worked with the Little
League, the Pony League, the Senior League, and the Community Recreation
"I will do my very best to improve this county. I will work with anyone
or any group, including the county, the city, the local law enforcement,
the school, the hospital, Reeves County Detention Center, the Economic
Development Board, and the Chamber of Commerce, to improve this county,"
said Thomas. "I believe people who work together, stay together, and that
they will improve together."
Thomas said he is highly qualified for the job of county commissioner.
He is a college graduate with a Bachelor's Degree (majoring in Business
Administration), and a Master's Degree in Education. "I will get it done,
and done right," he said.
Thomas added that he is a versatile and efficient person; capable of
handling several jobs at the same time and doing them well.
He also said that Reeves County can attract new businesses and can grow
economically. An important part of the business sector already established
in Reeves County is the prison. That business needs to be supported in
measure with its importance to our county.
Other businesses, large or small, that are already in our community,
deserve our support, as well. His motto is, "We need to support Reeves
Thomas is a family man who raised eight children in this community.
He is married to Beverly Thomas and together they have 25 grandchildren
and nine great-grandchildren.
He is aware of the needs and opportunities for children to grow and
develop in Reeves County. There is also a need to improve the options available
to our children, and there are problems to address, as well, according
"The job of commissioner is a position that both carries responsibility
and requires integrity. I have that responsibility and integrity," said
"If I am elected, I will be available to all in the district and to
all entities. I plan to make being a commissioner a full-time job," said
Thomas. "I will give it my very best effort."
Eagle swimmers' TV appearance set for weekend
PECOS, Jan. 19, 2000 - The Pecos Eagles swimming team will be part of a
feature this weekend on Fox Sports Southwest's "High School Xtra"
The boys' swim team, which is ranked No. 1 in Region I-4A will be part
of the segment on the creation of a Class 4A division for swimmers at the
regional and state meets for the first time this year.
The show will first air this coming Sunday Jan. 23, at 9:00 a.m. and
again at midnight. The show will repeat again on Jan. 24 at 3:30 p.m. Pecos
will compete in their District 3-4A swim meet the following Saturday at
AUSTIN (AP) - Results of the Cash 5 drawing Monday night: inning numbers
drawn: 7-8-15-21-34. Number matching five of five: 1. Prize per winner:
$74,849. Winning ticket sold in: Borger. Matching four of five: 234. Prize:
AUSTIN (AP) - The winning Pick 3 numbers drawn Monday by the Texas Lottery,
in order: 3-2-0 (three, two, zero)
PECOS, Jan. 19, 2000 - High Monday 82. Low this morning 44. Forecast for
tonight: Partly cloudy. Low in the mid 40s. Wind light and variable. Wednesday:
Mostly sunny and continued unseasonably warm. High near 80. Southwest wind
10 to 20 mph. Wednesday night: Partly cloudy. Low in the mid 40s. Thursday:
Mostly sunny. High in the mid 70s.
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