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Friday, March 24, 2000

Vote recount fails to change results of Precinct 1 race

Staff Writer
One more vote accounted for Thursday in the contested Reeves County Precinct 1 commissioner's race, and that wasn't enough to change the candidates for the April 11 runoff elections.

A recount of the Precinct 1 commissioner's election from the March 14 Democratic primary was held Thursday morning at the request of Anita Baeza, who finished third in the balloting, just behind Jesse Baeza. They were among four people vying for the Democratic nomination for commissioner, along with incumbent Felipe Arredondo and Roy Pena.

Arredondo won the election 385 votes, but didn't not receive enough to avoid a runoff election on April 11. Jesse Baeza was next with 226, earning him a spot in the runoff over Anita Baeza who had 222 votes in the Election Day counting. Pena finished with 202 votes.

Anita Baeza asked county Democratic Party chairman Bobby Dean for a recount on Monday, but he new results indicated she netted just one more vote, while Jesse Baeza held at 226 votes.

"There was a ballot that showed that someone had attempted to vote for her, but it didn't go all the way through, so it gave her one more vote," said Reeves County Clerk Dianne Florez.

Florez stated that this however, would not change the outcome for the runoff elections.

"It will still be between Felipe Arredondo and Jesse Baeza," said Florez.

The recount began at 10 a.m. and the group was done with recounting by noon, according to Florez.

The race will be one of two runoff elections that will be held in Reeves County on April 11. The other will be for Precinct 3 commissioner, where challenger David Pattillo finished first and incumbent Herman Tarin second in the four-man race to qualify for the runoff.

Commishes eye naming RCDC after Florez

Reeves County Commissioners will discuss naming the new 1,000 bed addition at the Reeves County Detention Center after former Sheriff Raul Florez during their Commissioners Court meeting, scheduled for 9:45 a.m., Monday on the third floor of the courthouse.

The public is invited to attend.

Florez was sheriff in 1985 when he worked with commissioners on the construction of the original Reeves County Law Enforcement Center (now RCDC), which was one of the first facilities to contract out to house U.S. Bureau of Prison inmates. The center housed just over 300 prisoners when it first opened in 1986, and was expanded during the 1990s to hold 1,000 BOP inmates.

Construction is past the halfway point on the new 1,000-bed addition on the north and east sides of the RCDC, and it is expected to be completed late this summer.

Florez served four terms as Reeves County Sheriff, from 1977-92. He was defeated by current Sheriff Andy Gomez in the 1992 Democratic primary election, and worked for Brown and Root Construction on the Kiel Arena project in St. Louis after leaving office. He died in January 1995.

In other business on Monday, Commissioners will discuss and take action on Reeves County and Town of Pecos City Water Distribution Agreement; county government week and the Texas Community Development Program Septic Tank Grant Application.

The group will discuss and take action on the Tobacco Initiative Community Grant Application; Linebarger Heard Goggans Blair Graham Pena and Sampson, contract for the collection of delinquent taxes and Frank X. Spencer and Associates Invoice Number 7.

Also on the agenda for discussion and action are Leonard Lopez contract renewal; golf course ad for TraPark RV Park; juvenile accountability grant; community recreation department membership for the 143rd Judicial District staff; addendum to application for coverage forms for automobile liability, general liability, automobile physical damage and property and golf tournament for Little League fund raiser.

An agreement between Reeves County and Bank of America for the state travel management program; FY2000 grievance committee and a resolution for central counting for runoff election will also be discussed.

In regular business commissioners will discuss and take action on:

· Reports from various departments.

· Budget amendments and line-item transfers.

· Personnel and salary changes (RCDC, District Clerk, tax office, election workers for run off election).

· Minutes from previous meetings.

· Semi-monthly bills.

Officials ask for more help with clean-up

Staff Writer
Texans will be given another chance to show how much they care about their highways and to help clean them up.

It's time to get back up to speed when it comes to our Adopt-a-Highway program and get back in the race, according to Larry Levario, the Texas Department of Transportation's roadway supervisor in Reeves County.

Pennsylvania has overtaken Texas in the number of volunteer groups who pick up roadside litter, but Texans will have the chance to put their state back on top as the nation's leading Adopt-a-Highway state by taking part in the 15th Annual Don't Mess With Texas Trash-Off on Saturday, April 1.

The statewide effort will follow the locally planned Great Pecos Clean-Up, set for 8 a.m. to 12 noon on Saturday. Pecos Lions and Rotary club members are sponsoring Saturday's project, with workers asked to meet at 8 a.m. at Maxey Park, where a cook out lunch will also be held for volunteers Saturday afternoon.

Though Texas is the home of the first adopted highway and has 4,100 groups picking up litter along 8,200 miles of highway, Pennsylvania now leads in the number of Adopt-a-Highway volunteer groups. The Quaker State has more than 8,000 groups and 18,505 miles of highway.

"Every year, thousands of volunteers do a lot of hard work on this one day to clean up after the people who keep trashing our landscapes and communities," said Levario. "This year, we hope more people will volunteer to adopt a highway and make a commitment to keep a two-mile stretch clean all year long," he said.

"There's a misconception that the people wearing orange vests and cleaning highways are convicts," said Levario. "The truth is, most of the cleanup is done by either Adopt-a-Highway volunteers or by hired crews," he said.

Currently in Reeves County, there are 10 Adopt-a-Highway groups who keep 20 miles clean. They include, Reeves County Sheriff's Posse, whose area is U.S. 285; Texas-New Mexico Power Company, U.S. 285; 143rd Judicial District Adult Probation, U.S. 285 and Reeves County Sheriff's Office, SH 17.

TxDOT's Don't Mess With Texas litter prevention programs have resulted in a 72 percent reduction in litter and are saving taxpayers nearly $4 million per year in litter pickup costs. TxDOT's grassroots partner, Keep Texas Beautiful, is a nonprofit organization including private citizens, cities, industries, civic groups, schools and government agencies.

Anyone interested in participating in the Don't Mess With Texas Trash-Off can call 1-800-CLEAN-TX for more information.

Groups interested in adopting a two-mile section of highway can call 915-498-4746, or their local TxDOT office.

Federal probation revoked on Pecos man due to DWI

Probation was revoked on a Pecos man in U.S. District Court this week, while Magistrate Stuart Platt accepted guilty pleas from five other people and held arraignments and set trial dates on other defendants on Thursday.

The probation of Tony Earl McGrew was revoked following a hearing that he had violated the terms of his probation for importation and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute charges on Feb. 8, 1999.

McGrew was arrested in Monahans for driving while intoxicated on Dec. 23, 1999 and failed to notify his probation officer, according to court records. He was ordered to serve out his 23-month term at the federal correctional institute in Big Spring.

Judge Platt accepted pleas of guilty Thursday from Ramiro Ramirez-Contreras on a charge of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute on Jan. 23, 2000; from Trinidad Rios Carrillo for transporting illegal aliens on Jan. 19, 2000; from Humberto Montoya-Rios for illegal entry on Jan. 18, 2000; from Alberto Arevalo Jimenez for illegal re-entry on Jan. 13, 2000, and from Rito Ceballos DelaGarza, for possession of marijuana over 100 kilograms and under 1000 kg on Feb. 9, 2000.

Platt set docket calls on 59 defendants during Thursday's court session, and five other defendants were arraigned in magistrate court.

Federal Judge Royal Furgeson's court has been busy all week with a civil trial in which a Monahans man, Jess Anthony, and others are seeking damages against Chevron U.S.A., Inc. Andrew Sher, Craig Lewis and Michael Fostel are representing the plaintiffs, while Peggy Perser and Clay Gaston are the attorneys representing Chevron in the jury trial.

District court grand jury hands up 15 indictments

Staff Writer
Reeves County grand jurors returned indictments against 15 people on Thursday, including charges of possession and delivery of heroin, money laundering and other drug and burglary offenses.

Those indicted included Mike Rayos, 42, on charges of delivery of a controlled substance (heroin) under one gram and possession with intent to deliver heroin over one game and under four grams. The arrest was for an incident that allegedly occurred on Feb. 8, 2000. Bond was set at $15,000 on the first charge and $10,000 on the second charge.

Also indicted for incidents that occurred on Feb. 8 were Tillie Maldonado Rayos and Armando Luis Armendariz, 41, both on a charges of delivery of heroin under one gram, Bond on each was set at $15,000.

Grand jurors incident Gregorio Bustamante Salazar, 20, and Peter Edgar Salgado, 21, of charges of money laundering, for concealing proceeds of criminal activity in an amount over $3,000 but under $20,000 on Feb. 7, 2000. Bond on both men was set at $20,000.

Other indictments included:

- Eric Elijah Armendariz, 19, on two charges of possession of cocaine over one gram and under four grams, with intent to distribute, for an incident on Aug. 20, 1999. The first charge was for an alleged possession within 1000 feet of Pecos High School, and carried a $25,000 bond, while bond on the second charge was set at $15,000.

- Billy George Barrett, 34, possession of a controlled substance (cocaine) on Jan. 24, 2000. Bond was set at $5,000.

- Cano Noe Ruiz, 55, possession of a controlled substance (cocaine) on Feb. 9, 2000. Bond was set at $10,000.

- Raul Jose Salgado, Jr., 19, and Jeannie Corralez Salgado, 17, possession of marijuana over four ounces and under 5 pounds within 1000 feet of Pecos Kindergarten on Jan. 12, 2000. Bond on both was set at $15,000.

- Anival Pando, 26, possession of a controlled substance (cocaine) under one gram. Bond was set at $15,000.

- Armando Madrid, Jr., 27, DWI (third offense) on Jan. 14, 2000. Bond was set at $5,000 and Madrid was ordered only to operate his vehicle after it was equipped with a breathalyzer control on the ignition.

- Thomas Hinojos Marquez, 32, burglary of a building involving an alleged break-in of a Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD building on Jan. 27, 2000. Bond was set at $10,000.

- Jeremy Renteria, 19, three counts of burglary of a habitation, for alleged break-ins to homes on Sept. 17, 1999, Jan. 2, 2000 and Jan. 8, 2000. Bond was set at $25,000 on each of the three counts.

- Enrique Lara Sais, 48, burglary of a building for an incident that allegedly occurred on Sept. 9, 1999 at the Suavacito Club in the 900 block of South Cedar Street. Bond was set at $10,000.

Annual Eagle band auction Saturday at Saragosa Hall

Food and merchandise will be up for grabs tomorrow beginning at 10 a.m., at Saragosa Hall, and the funds will go towards a worthy cause.

The Annual Pecos Eagle Band Auction, barbecue plate sale and bake sale is scheduled for all day Saturday at Saragosa Hall, Sixth and Peach Streets, and donations are still being accepted.

Anyone wanting to make a donation can call the Pecos High School band hall at 447-7218.

The event will be broadcast live on Channel 6 and on KIUN radio.

"We'll be delivering the barbecue plates to those who want us to and there will be lots of goodies for sale," said Pecos Eagle Band Director Bill Goff.

Goff added that there will also be a lot of nice items up for auction.

The funds go towards the Pecos Eagle Band.

TxDOT reopens some highways closed by floods

The Texas Department of Transportation has re-opened some roads south of the Midland-Odessa area, but others remain closed today following Wednesday's storms that caused flooding between Interstates 10 and 20 east of Monahans and Fort Stockton.

U.S. 385 between Odessa and Crane and State Highway 329 between Grandfalls and Rankin have been reopened, but the main highway from Midland to San Angelo, State High 158, is still closed due to water over the road at the intersection with State Highway 137.

Drivers headed to San Angelo are urged to either take the southern route on State Highway 329 and U.S. 67 through Rankin and Big Lake, or continue east on I-20 to Big Spring, and take U.S. 87 south to San Angelo.


Wanda Stanley

Wanda Stanley, 67, of Odessa, died Thursday, March 23, at New Horizons Nursing Home.

Services are scheduled for 10 a.m., Saturday, March 25, at Northside Baptist Church, in Odessa, with Rev. Clydel Chapman officiating. Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Gardens, in Odessa.

She was born Feb. 19, 1933, in Gail, moved to Odessa in 1955 from Balmorhea, had been a resident of New Horizon Nursing Home for the past five years and had been active in various community work such as Meals on Wheels, Door of Hope Mission, Salvation Army and Christian Women's Club. She attended First Baptist Church in Blackwell, where she started the bereavement program at the church. She was a member of Northside Baptist while at the lake.

Survivors include two sons, Marvin and Raymond Stanley of Odessa; two daughters, Towana Jo Bell and Tyann Niemann of Odessa; her mother, Edna Belle Haney Cook of Big Spring; two brothers, Pecos Cook of Balmorhea, Jack Cook of Odessa; four sisters, Juanita Rogers of Lubbock, Dolly Bryant of Big Spring, Vera "Sissy" Martin of Big Spring, Linda Armstead of Levelland and 10 grandchildren.

Hubbard-Kelly Funeral Home of Odessa is in charge of arrangements.

Lotto Results

AUSTIN (AP) - Results of the Cash 5 drawing Thursday night: Winning numbers drawn: 3-6-10-12-37. Number matching five of five: 0. Matching four of five: 287. Prize: $668.


AUSTIN (AP) - The winning Pick 3 numbers drawn Thursday by the Texas Lottery, in order: 3-8-8 (three, eight, eight)


High Thursday 75. Low this morning 46. Forecast for tonight: Partly cloudy. Low 45-50. East wind 5-10 mph. Saturday: Partly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms. High in the mid 70s. East to southeast wind 10-15 mph. Saturday night: Partly cloudy with a chance of thunderstorms. Low in the upper 40s. Sunday: Partly cloudy with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows in the upper 40s. Highs in the lower and mid 80s.

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