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Monday, March 27, 2000

Water deal approved by county

Staff Writer
PECOS, Mar. 27, 2000 - Reeves County Commissioners gave the OK this morning to an agreement on water rates negotiated last month with the city of Pecos.

Commissioners agreed to approve the proposal as presented to them during this morning's regular court meeting, with one correction as noted by County Auditor Lynn Owens and Precinct 3 Commissioner Herman Tarin, who presided over the meeting in place of Reeves County Judge Jimmy B. Galindo.

The city and county had been at odds over the water rate charged for the Reeves County Detention Center, located just outside the city limits. Town of Pecos City officials had said the RCDC had been undercharged for years and were seeking back payment from the county, at the rate charged to customers outside the city limits.

Both sides talked about taking the matter to court, until an agreement was reached during a mediation session with Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission representatives in Austin last month.

Under the deal, the city will bill the RCDC for water at the rate charged to commercial water customers within the city limits, and will be billed $5 per meter each month. Commissioners amended the printed agreement on this matter, after it was pointed out the printed contract called for an annual fee of $5 per meter.

In return, Reeves County will pay the Town of Pecos City a total of $420,320 annually before Aug. 31 for the next 10 years, to help city officials finance the new water field project.

Work is underway on developing the South Worsham Field, along with another field near the Reeves-Pecos County line to provide water to local residents. City officials were told in 1994 the current Worsham and Ward County water fields have only enough drinkable water left to supply residents through the year 2008, with the cost of getting the new fields on line put at $8 million.

"Our attorneys have gone over it, and they are happy with that," said Precinct 2 Commissioner David Castillo.

The measure will now be taken to the Town of Pecos City Council for their final action.

Workers spend Saturday with local clean-up effort

Staff Writer
PECOS, Mar. 27, 2000 - More than 60 people worked Saturday morning to make Pecos a little cleaner, Michael Benavides said. Benavides was the coordinator for the Great Pecos Trash-Off, a cooperative effort by local organizations to clean up Pecos.

Benavides said that the Pecos Downtown Lions Club and Pecos Rotary Club sponsored the workday. Groups participating included the Pecos High School Youth Advisory Council, Pecos Post Office workers, Town of Pecos City officials and employees, workers for the Pecos Housing Authority and members of the Our Style Car Club.

Volunteers gathered at Maxey Park at 8:00 a.m., and from there moved off in three groups.

The groups picked up trash in the field south of Interstate 20 between the Pecos Valley Country Club and Anchor West's facility; the large field west of Cedar Street between Wal-Mart and McDonalds and the corresponding area on the east side of Cedar. Students also worked to remove trash from the area at Cedar and Lincoln streets, across from Motel 6.

"We didn't keep track exactly, but we picked up a lot of trash. These areas look a lot better," Benavides said. "The fields were full of trash - especially plastic bags that were caught up in the brush. Getting that trash up makes Pecos look a lot better."

The groups filled up more than a dozen normal size trash dumpsters and partially filled the industrial dumpster north of Wal-Mart.

"This was a very good day," Benavides said. "We had excellent participation and accomplished our goals and Pecos looks a little better than it did on Friday."

Saturday's clean-up project was the first of two scheduled on consecutive weekends.

This coming Saturday, other volunteers who are part of the Adopt-a-Highway program will be out picking up trash on their sections of roadway, as part of a statewide effort on April 1.

Larry Levario, the Texas Department of Transportation's roadway supervisor in Reeves County, said there are 10 Adopt-a-Highway groups in Reeves County 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.

Teens arrested on pot charges following raid

PECOS, Mar. 27, 2000 - Two Pecos teenagers were arrested by local law enforcement officials Sunday night in a drug raid on a west side home that police said netted a half-pound of marijuana.

According to Pecos police investigator Paul Deishler, officers from the police department, the Trans Pecos Narcotics Task Force and the Reeves County Sheriff's Department entered a house at 1921 Scott Street on a narcotics search warrant, at approximately 9:12 p.m.

Once inside, officers secured the residents and conducted a search of the home, which Deishler said turned up about ½-pound of a substance believed to be marijuana, along with various types of drug paraphernalia. He added that other drug-related items were found inside a car parked at the residence.

Following the search and the discovery of the marijuana, the two adult residents of the home, identified as Terri Hernandez, 18, and Eric Baeza, 18, were placed under arrested and charged with possession of marijuana over four ounces but under five pounds, which Deishler said is a state jail felony. The two were then transported to Reeves County Jail where Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Amanario Ramon set bond on both at $5,000 each.

Home health operation tops RCH agenda

PECOS, Mar. 27, 2000 - Reeves County Hospital District board members will discuss organization of the hospital's home health operations and take action on an offer to purchase property on South Park Street during their regular monthly meeting Tuesday afternoon.

The board will meet at 4:30 p.m. in the hospital classroom and will discuss and take action on ratification of the organizational structure, operation policies and procedures for home health. They will also consider the offer to purchase property at 2019 S. Park St. during the meeting.

Other routine monthly items include discussion/action of financial statements and budget amendments, payment of bills, tax collection report, medical staff report and the administrator's report. Board members will also take public comments and review minutes of their February meeting during Tuesday's session.


The information on candidates in the Balmorhea ISD board election in Thursday's Enterprise was incorrect.

Paul Matta and Reyes Castillo currently hold the two three-year school board terms up for election on May 6. Candidates in this year's election include Mata, Raymond Carrasco, Tommy Ray Dominguez, Dora Machuca and Luis Rene Contreras.


AUSTIN (AP) - Results of the Lotto Texas drawing Saturday night: Winning numbers drawn: 22-44-16-9-2-40. Estimated jackpot: $4 million. Number matching six of six: none. Matching five of six: 72. Prize: $1,460. Matching four of six: 4,052. Prize: $94.


AUSTIN (AP) - Results of the Texas Million drawing Friday night: Winning numbers drawn: 7-8-10-41. Number matching four of four in Group One: 0. Number matching four of four in Group Two: 0. Number matching four of four in Group Three: 0. Number matching three of four in any group: 357. Prize: $300.


AUSTIN (AP) - Results of the Cash 5 drawing Friday night: Winning numbers drawn: 13-28-29-35-37. Number matching five of five: 3. Prize per winner: $27,881. Winning tickets sold in: Hempstead, El Paso (2). Matching four of five: 191. Prize: $656.


AUSTIN (AP) - The winning Pick 3 numbers drawn (XXX)day by the Texas Lottery, in order: 7-3-1 (seven, three, one)


AUSTIN (AP) - The winning Pick 3 numbers drawn Friday by the Texas Lottery, in order: 0-7-3 (zero, seven, three)


Anastacio Galindo

Anastacio Jimenez Galindo, 94, of Andrews, died Thursday, March 23, 2000, in Permian General Hospital in Andrews.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. today at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Andrews with Rev. Bernard Gully, Pastor, officiating. Burial was in the Andrews North Cemetery.

He was born Dec. 21, 1905, in Presidio, worked as a ranch hand in Balmorhea, moved to California in 1950 and worked in manufacturing. He lived in El Paso from 1971-2000 and had moved to Andrews two months ago. He was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Andrews.

Survivors include his wife, Petra B. Galindo of Andrews; three sons, Thomas Galindo of San Angelo, Juan Galindo of Barstow and Toribio Galindo of Odessa; one daughter, Rosa Jacquez of Pecos; one brother, Jose Galindo of Long Beach, Calif.; one sister, Rosa Aguilar of Phoenix, Ariz.; seven grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.

McNett Funeral Home of Andrews is in charge of arrangements.

Cecilio Mendoza

Services are incomplete for Cecilio Mendoza, who died Sunday, March 26, 2000.

Martinez Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Roberto Rodriguez

Roberto Rodriguez, 77, of Pecos, died Friday, March 24, 2000, at Reeves County Hospital.

Mass was held at 10 a.m., today, at Santa Rosa Catholic Church with burial in Greenwood Cemetery.

He was born Oct. 3, 1922, in Ojinaga, Mexico, was retired, a longtime Pecos resident and a Catholic.

He was preceded in death by one son, Hector Rodriguez and three sisters, Concepcion Villanueva, Gregoria Rodriguez and Isidra Navarrete.

Survivors include his wife, Maria Madrid Rodriguez of Pecos; one son, Heriberto Rodriguez of Pecos; three daughters, Mary Martinez of Pecos and Maria Elena and Manuela Rodriguez of Presidio; two brothers, Reymundo Rodriguez of Ojinaga, Mexico and Pedro Rodriguez of Midland; two sisters, Lilia Leyva and Delia Deanda of Ojinaga, Mexico; 13 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Martinez Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


PECOS, Mar. 27, 2000 - High Sunday 90. Low this morning 50. Forecast for tonight: Partly cloudy. Low 45-50. South wind 5-15 mph. Tuesday: Partly cloudy. High in the lower 80s. Southwest wind 10-20 mph. Tuesday night: Partly cloudy with a slight chance of thunderstorms. Low near 50. Wednesday: Partly cloudy with a slight chance of Showers and thunderstorms. Lows 45-50. Highs 70-75.

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