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Wednesday, May 17,2000

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Pecos given OK for water field loan

Staff Writer

PECOS, May 17, 2000 - The Town of Pecos City received notice this morning that Texas Water Development Board announced has approved a loan for more than $8 million to allow development of the South Worsham Water Field over the next several years.

In addition, the TWDB said the $8,375,000 loan would be repayable at only a 1 percent interest rate, and the city would also receive an additional $460,000 loan from the Texas Water Development Funds to help with the project, which the city has been working on for the past six years.

The TWDB said the city qualified for the low interest loan because it is a disadvantaged community. The money will be used to construct 18 new water wells, a groundwater storage tank and a new transmission line from the South Worsham Field, which is located approximately 20 miles southeast of Pecos.

City officials were told in 1994 that the current Worsham and Ward County Water Fields would only be able to provide Pecos with useable drinking water through the year 2008. The city then began seeking a new well field in the area, settling on the South Worsham Field site, before applying for the funds to proceed with the next step of the project.

Development of the new water field and transmission lines is expected to provide the Pecos with adequate drinking water supplies though the middle of the 21st Century.

City Council members just recently approved work in drilling two new water wells in the Worsham Field, at a cost of approximately $155,000. Council members also approved a recommendation by Frank Spencer and Associates to accept M. and M. Excavating's bid of $257,207 to complete the fourth and probably final phase of the line replacement project for the 24-inch line that carries water from the Ward County Water Field to the Worsham Water Field.

It was at that May 2 meeting that the council also approved Spencer's proposal for his firm to prepare and submit a grant application to the Texas Economic Development Agency for developing the South Worsham Water Field. Members also authorized his firm to subcontract the Environmental Impact Document required by the Texas Water Development Board before the city can receive any part of the loan from the Board for developing the South Worsham Water Field.

The council approved a five percent fee for Spencer, if the grant application is successful. If the grant is not awarded, Spencer's firm does not get paid.

Scholarships handed out to PHS students

Staff Writer

PECOS, May 17, 2000 - Pecos High School students received lots of money and recognition at the senior scholarship and awards ceremony held Tuesday night at the PHS auditorium.

"It was so fulfilling watching the kids' faces as they went up to receive their award," Pecos High School counselor Eva Arriola said.

The Bill Dean Memorial Award was given to junior Daniel Terrazas for his athletic abilities and sportsmanship. The Dorothy Curfman Award was given to Stephanie Camacho and the Letha Prewit Basketball Memorial Award went to Amy Salgado. Ms. Crissy Dominguez gave the second Erica Dominguez Memorial Award to senior volleyball player, Lily Payen. Senior Frank Dominguez received the John Phillip Sousa Band Award.

Scholarship winner and graduating senior John Granado was surprised at the scholarships he received.

"I just got a letter saying to be there," Granado said.

Junior Jack Armstrong received the Xerox Award along with fellow junior Grant Holland, who received the Kodak Young Leaders Award.

The U.S. Marine Corps gave three scholarship awards. The Distinguished Athlete Awards went to Katrina Quiroz and Orlando Lara. Brandi Harrison was given the Scholastic Excellence Award and the Music Award was given to Frank Dominguez. The U.S. Army Reserve Scholar Athletic Awards went to Amy Chabarria and Craig Wein.

Wein also received the Academic All-American Swimming Award, a Rotary Club Citizen Award and Scholarship, the Twentieth Century Scholarship, a Texas State Teachers Association scholarship, a Youth Developmental Foundation scholarship, a Presidential Award for Educational Excellence and an UIL Scholar Award.

Kevin Bates received the Pecos Aquatic Club scholarship, the Evelyn Turpin Dowling scholarship, a PHS Band Booster scholarship, the PHS Student Council scholarship, a Presidential Award for Educational Excellence, a National Honors Society scholarship and an UIL Scholar Award.

A UIL Scholar Award was also given to Ibefel Ramirez along with a Presidential Award for Educational Excellence and a Rotary Club Citizen Award and Scholarship.

Marissa Salgado received the Business Professionals of America scholarship, the Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD Educational Secretaries Association scholarship, a Midland College scholarship and a UIL Scholar Award.

Many other students received UIL Scholar Awards, including Harrison, Lindsay Olibas, Erin Paz, Natalie Nazaroff, Suzanne Carrasco, Kristen Evans, Rickey Martinez, Lara, Amanda Stickels, Chabarria and Vanessa Miranda.

Harrison, Nazaroff, Olibas, Paz and Stickels also received Presidential Awards for Educational Excellence.

In addition, Stickels took home an Oklahoma State University scholarship, a Texas State Teachers Association scholarship and the Pecos Women's Golf Association scholarship.

Harrison received a Classic Cable Scholarship, a Committee 88 scholarship, an Editorial Leadership Scholarship, the 4-H Gold Star Award, the Sam Walton Community Scholarship, the Texas High School Rodeo Association scholarship, a Youth Development Foundation scholarship and three West Texas A&M University scholarships.

Omar Salgado, Jason Payne, Jaime Machuca, Olibas, Monica Meza and Dominguez received Committee 88 scholarships.

Dominguez also received a Knights of Columbus scholarship and a PHS Band Booster Scholarship.

Paz received a Classic Cable Scholarship, a Golden Girl Scholarship, a Texas State Teachers Association scholarship, the Modern Study Club scholarship and an Angelo State University scholarship.

Jessica Caballero received the Delta Kappa Gamma scholarship, the Reeves County Detention Center Executive Staff Scholarship, a Youth Development Foundation scholarship and a Sul Ross State University scholarship.

The Downtown Lions Frank Delly Memorial Scholarships were given to Olibas and John Granado, who also received the Ollie Springfield Nunn Scholarship.

Olibas received an Earl Bell Alumni Scholarship, an Editorial Leadership Scholarship along with Rosie Natividad, the Herrera Scholarship, a PHS Band Booster Scholarship, the Texas New Mexico Power Company Scholarship, and an Our Lady of the Lake University scholarship and a National Honor Society Award.

Anthony Casillas and Ian Dominguez received an Earl Bell Alumni Scholarship, and Dominguez also was given a Texas State Teachers Association scholarship, along with Teresa Minjarez and Eric Cervantes.

The Pecos Evening Optimist Club scholarships were given to Rebecca Carrasco, Maria Hernandez and Griselda Muniz.

Golden Girl Scholarships were given to Sara Matta, Leslie Valeriano and Dana Warren.

Warren along with Clay McKinney received the Reeves County Sheriff's Posse scholarships.

Nazaroff received a St. Thomas University scholarship and a Knights of Columbus scholarship along with Payne.

Chabarria received the First National Bank of Pecos scholarship and a University of Texas at Permian Basin scholarship.

Midland College also gave Jennifer Fuentes a scholarship. Amy Salgado received a scholarship from Career Colleges and Schools of Texas.

The McDonald's Scholarship went to Leslie Rodriguez.

The scholarship announcements are an annual event held prior to graduation at Pecos High School. This year's graduation is scheduled for Friday, May 26, at Eagle Stadium.

Notices sent out on appraisals for 2000

Staff Writer

PECOS, May 17, 2000 - Appraisal notices for 2000 have been mailed out to residents in Reeves and western Ward County by the Reeves County Tax Appraisal office, to allow land and property owners time to appeal their valuations.

State law requires county appraisal districts to notify property owners about changes in their property's value, and Chief Appraiser Carole King-Markham mailed the notices out on May 8 to real estate and mineral property owners.

The notices only show 2000 proposed appraised value and are not for payment purposes. "Please do not pay - this is not a tax bill," said Markham.

She emphasized the importance of this letter and the key information that it contains. "A property owner has the right to appeal to the Reeves County Appraisal Review Board on any disagreement with the property's value, exemptions, ownership and other areas," she said.

The appraisal review board, more commonly called the "ARB," is an independent panel of citizens responsible for hearing and settling protests from property owners who disagree with some action by the appraisal district.

The Appraisal Review Board will hold hearings on mineral appeals on June 20 at its offices on South Cypress Street, while real estate appeals will be heard on June 22-23. Final valuations will be set after that.

The notice sent out last week includes instructions on how and when to file a protest and a protest form.

What should a property owner carefully review? "Look at the proposed value for 2000," Markham said. "The letter states the land's value and any improvement value for the property for the current year."

An improvement is a building, structure, fence or any other type of fixture to the land.

The appraisal letter also includes current year information on exemptions granted on the property. It provides last year's value, too.

Homeowners that qualify for property tax homestead exemptions have a limitation on their homes' appraised value, beginning with the second year that they qualify their home for homestead exemptions. The appraisal district may not increase their home value by more than 10 percent for each year since the last reappraisal year. A homeowner's letter goes both the market value for the home and the limited home value.

Letters to property owners whose values went up or changed also will include "estimated" taxes. These "estimated" taxes are based on the new taxable value and estimated tax rates if the taxing units set tax rates for the same amount of operating dollars as last year.

Taxing units, which include city and county governments along with school and hospital districts, will set final 2000 tax rates in August and September. Final tax amounts may vary from these "estimated" amounts.

Markham asks property owners to check the legal description and mailing address to be sure that there are no mistakes. "If the letter has an old address, please let the appraisal district know. The post office forwards mail to a new address for a short time, and tax bills do not go out until October," she said.

A property owner is responsible for informing the appraisal district of the correct mailing address. A property owner is liable for additional penalties and interest on a tax bill that is not paid on time.

Property owners are encouraged to contact the appraisal district with any questions.

"If you did not get a letter and want 2000 information about your property, please call the appraisal district at 445-5122," said Markham. "The general deadline for protesting to the ARB is May 31 for this year," she said.

Event to benefit St. Jude's seeks riders, sponsors

Staff Writer

PECOS, May 17, 2000 - Beverly Thomas is calling on all Pecos residents to join the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Wheels-For-Life event slated for Saturday, June 27, at the Pecos High School football stadium parking lot.

Volunteer workers and participants are needed for this event to raise funds for the world-famous research center in its battle against childhood cancer and other catastrophic childhood diseases.

"We're looking for participants and helpers who will contribute their time and talent to help children live. We really need lots of participants, since they are the ones who can make this event successful," said Thomas, who is coordinating the local event, which involves bicycling to raise funds for the center.

In the Wheels-For-Life event, participants ask sponsors to make a donation based on each mile completed by the riders. All participants turning in money will receive a certificate. Those who raise $35 or more will receive a certificate and a special St. Jude T-shirt. When $75 or more is raised, the participants receive a sports bag in addition to the certificate and T-shirt.

"The real prize, though, is the pride everyone can take in giving children a chance to live a normal life," said Thomas.

For details on participating or becoming a sponsor, contact Thomas, at 447-2810.

St. Jude's Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., was founded by entertainer Danny Thomas and operates primarily from public support.

Schools asking for parents' input on improvements

PECOS, May 17, 2000 - The Pecos-Barstow-Toyah Independent School District is conducting a survey to know the parents' opinion about where improvements in the district's schools are most needed.

A questionnaire is being sent home with every student in this school district. It is encouraged that parents take time to fill out this questionnaire and return it to their child's school.

Police Report

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 instanced we will indication payment and release.


Sarah Gayle Varela, 18, was charged with deadly conduct with a vehicle on Friday, April 14.


Juanilta Ovalle, 49, was charged with assault on a peace officer and resisting arrest on April 21.


On April 22, Dwight Fahey, 54, was charged with criminal trespass.


James Walter Kimmons, 37, was charged with theft under $50, on April 23.


On April 24, Hal Pratt, 58 was charged with criminal trespass.


Michael Pena, 17, of 111 S. Plum, was arrested at 3:30 p.m., on May 5 at 300 W. 12th Street for criminal trespass.


Davis Gregory Kent, 40, of Mitchell, S.D. was arrested on May 10 at mile marker 30 on I-20, on a traffic stop after a records check showed three outstanding warrants for forgery were issued out of South Dakota.


Jaime Lozoya, 17, of 1231 E. Fourth Street, was arrested on May 12 in the 1500 block of Cedar for disorderly conduct.


Veronica Rodriguez, 37, was arrested on May 15 at 907 S. Hickory for terroristic threat.


Felix H. Leyva, 33, and Gilbert Flores, 30, were arrested at 1:38 a.m., on May 14, at La Oficina Club. Leyva was arrested for public intoxication and disorderly conduct and Flores for public intoxication.


Rafael Martinez, 62, was arrested on Fourth and Locust Streets at 2:02 a.m., on May 14, for public intoxication.


Ismael Valeriano, 20, Margarita Munoz, 22, and Martina A. Urias, 23, were arrested at 12:34 a.m., on May 13, on a traffic stop at Third and Willow streets. Valeriano was arrested for minor in possession and drug paraphernalia. Munoz and Urias were arrested for making alcohol available to a minor.


Jose Mendoza Jr., 52, Pedro M. Morales, 62, Rachel Natividad, 42, and Imelda J. Garcia, 42, were arrested at 1:55 a.m., on May 13, at La Oficina Club for public intoxication.


Courtney Bryan

Courtney Michelle Bryan, 20, died in a one-car crash May 10, 2000, in San Antonio.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Saturday, May 13, in Boerne's First United Methodist Church with burial in Boerne Cemetery.

She was born May 28, 1980, in Germany and was a 1998 graduate of Boerne High School.

Survivors include her father, Clay Bryan and wife Jennifer Bryan of Ohio; mother, Kim Pegram and husband, Michael Pegram of Boerne; grandfather Buddy Bryan and wife Sue Bryan of Pecos; grandmother, Linda Armentraut of Ohio; grandmother, Sheila Stone of San Antonio; and relatives Clarence and Debbie Bryan of Alvin, Dale and Chris Bryan of Whitney, Tom and Deana Bryan of San Angelo, Jerry and Joann Bryan of Pecos, Elaine Bryan Wilson and husband, Patrick Wilson of Albuquerque, N.M. and Courtney's fiance, Greg Venable of Boerne.

Donations in Courtney's name may be made to the American Cancer Society.


PECOS, May 17, 2000 - High Tuesday 107. Low this morning 71. Forecast for tonight: Mostly clear. Low around 60. West wind 10-20 mph. Thursday: Mostly sunny. High in the mid 90s. Southwest wind 10-20 mph. Thursday night: Partly cloudy. Low around 60. Friday: Partly cloudy with a slight chance of showers or thunderstorms. High in the lower 90s.

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