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Tuesday, May 30

New study hits state's vehicle insurance rates

DALLAS (AP) - Five years after Texas lawmakers enacted lawsuit reforms to help cut automobile insurance costs, the state still ranks 17th nationwide in the average cost of a policy.

Texas ranks even higher, at No. 15, in the average cost of liability protection, according to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners' study.

"This confirms our findings that while the amount of insurance claims paid out to Texans has decreased, very little of the savings has been passed on to consumers," D.J. Powers of the Center for Economic Justice told The Dallas Morning News in today's editions.

"Insurers are pocketing extra profits while Texas drivers continue to pay the 17th highest premiums in the country," Powers said.

Most affected by the 1995 lawsuit limits signed into law by Gov. George W. Bush was liability coverage - representing more than half the cost of a typical automobile policy. Coverage included bodily injury claims, medical payments, property damage and uninsured motorists.

Earlier this month, insurance companies sought a 10.6 percent increase in the average benchmark rate for the state, while the consumer advocate contended overall auto rates should drop 4.8 percent.

Two administrative law judges, who first heard the arguments in September, have recommended an average statewide increase of 1.9 percent. Texas Insurance Commissioner Jose Montemayor was expected to rule on the new rates within weeks.

Most insurance companies under the benchmark rate system must charge either 30 percent above or below the rate set by the Department of Insurance.

An industry trade group contends that Texas automobile insurance premiums would have increased significantly if not for the 1995 law that made it more difficult to sue for damages arising from a wreck.

"Auto insurance rates in Texas have stabilized over the past few years and that is something we cannot say about the products and services for which we pay, such as mending broken bodies and repairing damaged vehicles," said Jerry Johns of the Southwestern Insurance Information Service.

Bush, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, has in his campaign often touted the Texas lawsuit changes as a model for the nation.

But former Insurance Commissioner J. Robert Hunter credits greater competition between carriers, safer cars and aging baby boomers with the slowing of insurance rate increases. A booming state economy, said Texas Department of Insurance spokesman Lee Jones, is another factor.

"The good news is that the trend in insurance premiums in Texas is good," said Mike Jones, a Bush spokesman.

PHS Class of 2000 receives diplomas

Staff Writer

PECOS, May 30, 2000 - The Pecos High School Class of 2000 received their diplomas on Friday night, during commencement ceremonies at Eagle Stadium.

The class was one of the largest groups of graduates for the high school in recent years, with over 160 being presented diplomas during the 90-minute ceremony that included a performance of the song "Graduation" by fellow seniors Sarah Matta and Frank Dominguez.

"It truly is an honor to have watched each of these students develop into the scholars you see before you," said Pecos-Barstow-Toyah assistant superintendent Gome Olibas, whose daughter, Lindsay, was part of this year's graduating class.

Midland College president Dr. Dave Daniel was the featured speaker at Friday's commencement, and congratulated the students for making it all the way through school.

"This sets the state for what you will do and what you will become," said Daniel, who noted that while 30 percent of graduates will go on to four-year colleges, others can benefit from two-year schools like Midland that can provide technical training as they prepare to enter the job market.

Valedictorian Brandi Harrison thanked God, family and teachers for her success.

"I appreciate your patience and dedication to your profession," said Harrison, who also thanked PHS principal Danny Rodriguez and the school administration during her speech. Teachers also received a special note of thanks from salutatorian Craig Wein during his speech to those at the ceremony.

Clinton settles into new office at Trans-Pecos Health Center

Staff Writer

PECOS, May 30, 2000 - Working with family and educating teenagers is the main goal of the newest member of the Trans-Pecos Health Center.

Dorothy Clinton, a family nurse practitioner, who has about 20 years experience in nursing began practicing in Pecos on May 15 and stated that she has thoroughly enjoyed it.

She was born and raised in East Tennessee, in a small town similar to Pecos. "I like small towns, I don't do big city traffic or the city routine," she said.

Clinton is currently seeing about 15-20 patients at the health center, located on Daggett Street. "That's a pretty good number, but it's probably a little slow since its summer and school is already out," she said. "We haven't been super-super busy."

Clinton earned her AND degree in Fort Worth, her master's degree in nursing at Vanderbilt in Nashville, Tenn.

"I've worked all over, since my husband is in the military," Clinton said.

Clinton has been an Air Force reservist for 16 years and has worked at different facilities in California, Florida and Texas. "I've worked mostly in Texas, I've kept up my license here in Texas, because it is good in all the states," she said.

As a reservist in the Air Force she was called upon many times to utilize her nursing skills. "I had a few good tours with them, they used to pull me more when I was an ICU nurse," she said.

She has done a little bit of everything in her years of nursing, including working in the ICU, Trauma Care, rescue and transplants. "I really enjoyed working in transplants and that's what led me to want to go into family practice, working with all those families," she said, but added, "I got too old for all that."

"I wanted to work somewhere where it wasn't for so many hours straight, and dealt more with family care," she said.

Clinton is married to Harvey Clinton and the couple has four sons, ages 29, 28 and 17. The family owns a farm in south east of Abilene and is currently making the transition of moving to Pecos.

"My 17-year-old son was home-schooled and he and my husband are currently in the transition of moving down here," she said.

When she's not busy seeing patients, Clinton enjoys sewing, quilting and doing macramé. "I love doing macramé pot holders and giving them out as gifts," she said.

Hours she is on duty at the center are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Clinton sees all family members from pediatrics to geriatrics. "I like to give patient and family education," Clinton said. "I teach them to do breast exams and I really enjoy taking to teenage kids," she said.

Clinton said she likes to reach teenagers before they get into trouble and enjoys teaching them and guiding them. "I like to talk to them before they become sexually active," she said. "And hopefully, I can reach them before it's too late," she said.

"Everybody has been so friendly and helpful here, I love it," Clinton said.

Clinton and her staff consist of nurse's aide, Myra Villegas and her receptionist, Jennifer Martinez.

The group welcomes everyone to the clinic, regardless of age.

Jal woman dies leaving vehicle moving on I-20

PECOS, May 30, 2000 - A New Mexico woman was killed Friday evening in a vehicle/pedestrian accident that occurred near Pyote. The accident happened at about 7 p.m., three miles west of Pyote, on Interstate 20.

The deceased was identified as Mitzi D. Montoya, 28, of Jal, N.M., who was pronounced dead at Memorial Hospital in Monahans, by physician Federico Gregorio. Next of kin was notified and her body was taken to Harkey Funeral Home in Monahans.

According to the Department of Public Safety office in Pecos, the accident occurred when Montoya, who was a passenger in a 1992 Chevrolet extended cab pickup, asked her boyfriend, the driver of the vehicle, Ronald C. Keys, of Oro Valley, Ariz., to let her out of the truck. The boyfriend refused and she told him that if he didn't pull over, she would jump out of the vehicle. Montoya then proceeded to open the door of the vehicle and jumped out onto Interstate 20.

Trooper Manuel Moreno, Jr. of Monahans investigated the accident.

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.

Jose Roberto Fierro, 38, of El Paso, was arrested on May 26 at mile marker 13 on I-20 for public intoxication and driving with a suspended license.

Danny A. Rasberry, 46, Harlan Burris, 38, and Carmon P. Henderson, 59, were arrested at 12:53 a.m., on May 25 at the Purple Sage. Henderson was arrested for public intoxication and Rasberry and Burris were both arrested for public intoxication and assault.

Pete Ramos III, 19, was arrested at 2:33 p.m., on May 25, in the 500 block of South Oak Street on a warrant for burglary of a building.

Julian Rayos, 23, was arrested at 9:10 p.m., on May 25, in the 800 block of South Oak for deadly conduct.

Daniel Natividad, 18, was arrested at 1:21 p.m., on May 25, at the Pecos Police Department on a warrant of burglary of a building.

Jose G. Chavez, 20, was arrested at 11:33 p.m., on May 29, at the Texaco on I-20 for assault according to the Family Violence Act.

Jose Ramon Juarez, 43, was arrested at 4:22 p.m., on May 29, at 12th and Elm Streets on a warrant of Federal Probation Violation.

Jose Luis Rodriguez, 46, was arrested at 5:32 p.m., on May 29, at Pecan and D Streets on a traffic stop for driving while intoxicated _ Class B.

Albert Corrales, 31, was arrested at 4:34 p.m., on May 27, in the 400 block of Mulberry Street for public intoxication.

Manuel Contreras, 19, Fernando Navarette, 19, and Francisco Coria, 19 were arrested at 10:15 p.m., on May 27, in the 200 block of Hickory Street on a traffic stop. Contreras was arrested for driving under the influence and minor in possesion-3rd offense, Class B. Navarette and Coria were arrested for minor in possession _3rd offense, Class B.

Raymond Avila, Jr., 22, was arrested at 7:15 a.m., on May 27, in the 700 block of Plum Street for public intoxication.

Joel C. Aleman, 24, was arrested at 1:50 p.m., on May 27, in the 1100 block of Veterans Street for public intoxication.

Jose Burciaga, 17, and Elizabeth Jimenez, 29, were arrested at 12:24 a.m., on May 27, in the 600 block of East 2nd Street, both for public intoxication.

Ida Flores, 37, was arrested at 12:49 a.m., on May 27, in the 600 block of East 2nd Street for public intoxication, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

Chris Fuentez, 18, and two male juveniles, both 16, were arrested at 3:19 a.m., on May 27 in the 500 block of North Cherry Street, all for evading detention.


Winnie Moore

Winnie Moore, 86, of Brady, died Sunday, May 28, 2000, at her residence.

Services were held at 10 a.m., today, at Heritage Funeral Home Chapel with Rob Moore officiating. Burial was in Pear Valley Cemetery in Brady.

She was born June 7, 1913, in McCulloch County, was a housewife, and a member of Pear Valley Church of Christ.

Survivors include one son, Jaroy Moore of Lubbock; one daughter, Becky Phillips of Brady; two grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Heritage Funeral Home of Brady is in charge of arrangements.

Pedro Ramonez

Pedro Espinosa Ramonez, 94, of Pecos, died Monday, May 29, 2000, at Odessa Medical Center.

A rosary will be held at 7:30 p.m., today, at the Pecos Funeral Home Chapel.

Mass is scheduled for 10 a.m., Wednesday, May 31, at Santa Rosa Catholic Church with burial in Mt. Evergreen Cemetery.

He was born April 29, 1906, in San Antonio, had lived in Pecos since 1948, was a retired farmer and a Catholic.

He was preceded in death by one son, Antonio M. Ramonez.

Survivors include his wife, Margarita Garate Ramonez of Pecos; two daughters, Josephine Garza of Hayward, Calif. and Barbara Hernandez of Pecos; one sister, Juanita Vasquez of Midland; nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Pecos Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Bobby Sherrill

Services are incomplete for Bobby Sherrill, 79, of Pecos, who died Monday, May 30, 2000 at Odessa Medical Center.

Pecos Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


High Monday 101. Low this morning 69. Forecast for tonight: Clear. Low 65-70. South wind 10-20 mph. Wednesday: Mostly sunny and hot. High 95-100. South wind 10-20 mph. Wednesday night: Partly cloudy. Low 65-70. Thursday: Partly cloudy and a little cooler with a slight chance of thunderstorms. Low 65-70. High in the mid 90s.

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