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Wednesday, June 7, 2000

Natural gas prices going up for area

Staff Writer

PECOS, June 7, 2000 - Natural gas prices for consumers in Pecos will be a little bit higher and the local utility company is asking everyone to take precautions to avoid higher bills.

Southern Union Gas (SUG), announced that the June Cost of Gas rate for Pecos/Monahans has increased $.216 per CCF (Hundred Cubic Feet) from last June's prices to $.45138 per CCF.

Current natural gas prices are substantially above the historic levels set in the winter of 1996-1997 and trends indicate that the cost of gas may be significantly higher this winter. Just like the stock market, the price of gas is subject to fluctuations as dictated by market forces. While this does not mean that gas prices will continue to rise, consumers should be prepared for higher bills associated with the increased cost of gas.

"We don't know exactly how much higher the gas bills for consumers will be, but we do want to warn them to be prepared," said Southern Union Gas Area Manager Danny Shelton. "We do know that it will be a sizeable bump, we just don't know for sure how much," he said.

It is important that the cost of gas included in a monthly gas bill is a "pass through" cost, meaning that the SUG makes no profit on the cost of gas. The cost of natural gas, however, is market-based and changes frequently. SUG makes its profit from transporting gas to the end-use customers. The rates that SUG charges for delivering gas are set by the municipalities SUG serves and/or the Railroad Commission of Texas and cannot be changed without their approval.

"Southern Union Gas wants to inform our customers of these market-driven increases and provide them with an option to protect themselves from potentially higher than normal natural gas bills," said David Stevens, president of Southern Union Gas Company. "While natural gas is still the least expensive and cleanest energy source available today, consumers may be in for some sticker shock due to these abnormally high commodity prices," he said.

"We encourage our customers to sign up for the Average Bill Calculation or ABC plan, which provides some protection from fluctuations in gas costs," said Stevens.

The ABC plan provides residential customers with a set monthly bill price based on their historical consumption patterns. These "levelized" payments protect consumers from market-driven price spikes. This means no unexpected increases in monthly gas bills. To sign up for the ABC plan, SUG customers should call the number on the top of their bills.

Southern Union Gas, a division of Austin-based Southern Union Company, serves approximately 523,000 customers in Texas, including the cities of Austin, El Paso, Brownsville, Galveston, Port Arthur, Mineral Wells and Weatherford.

Local girl battling meningitis in Lubbock

Staff Writer

PECOS, June 7, 2000 -An eleven-year old girl from Barstow is hospitalized in Lubbock fighting two very serious illnesses.

Shayna Goode is at University Medical Center fighting off two viruses _ viral encephalitis and viral meningitis. Both viruses have gone into her brain and affected her ability to move.

Lisa Goode, Shayna's mother, said she started to feel bad on May 14th. Goode said at first Shayna had a sore throat and then developed a really bad headache. Soon after she started running a fever and vomiting

Her family decided to take her to the hospital in Monahans where she stayed for two days and then was transferred to the Odessa hospital and admitted into ICU for eight days. Shayna's condition worsened and was sent to Lubbock, where she has been for two weeks her mother said.

Goode said her daughter is doing a little better, but you never know what the day will bring.

"One day she'll do good and the next day she won't do as well," Goode said.

Saturday was the worst day she has had. Her temperature was 104.1 and she continually vomited during the night. Goode said that they were unable to give her any medicine to help because she couldn't keep it down.

She is feeling better today and her headache has finally receded, Goode said.

Goode said Shayna is taking this well and has been very strong. She also said the doctor talks to her, so that she can understand everything that is going on "He talks right in front of her about her illness, which makes it easier for her to understand what is happening to her," said Goode.

"She's taking it really well," Goode said. "She is amazing."

The doctor believes the way Shayna has been sleeping so much is helping her more that anything, Goode said.

Her mother said she has lost about 35 pounds and has lost a lot of muscle.

"She's real weak and her legs don't have any muscle tone," Goode said.

Goode said Shayna is currently doing physical therapy and will continue the regimen after she is released from the hospital.

She said Shayna has been able to walk a little better and sat up in a chair for 30 minutes yesterday.

Dr. Richard Lampe is her attending physician and a Pediatric Infectious Disease Specialist.

"We think she's doing a lot better," Lampe said.

Lampe said he cannot give specific details about patients but was able to answer the question of whether or not Shayna's viruses are contagious.

"I'm not caring for any patient at this time with a contagious disease," Lampe said.

Shayna loves to go swimming, roller blade and ride her bike. Hopefully, physical therapy will help her do these things again, Goode said.

Goode said the doctor believes that she will make a full recovery and hopefully she will be able to go home soon.

Goode said medical payments will be hard but Shayna's grandmother did have her on Medicaid.

"I don't know what we would have done without that," Goode said.

Barstow resident Lorna Navarette said Barstow citizens have held a raffle and gathered donations totaling about $300.

"People have been affected by this and have pulled together to help Shayna and her family," Navarette said. "And it is really appreciated."

Shayna will be a 6th grader next year. She is the daughter of Gary and Lisa Goode and has two sisters _ Stephanie, 20, and Chelsea, 5. Her grandparents are Hovis and Margie Windham of Pecos and Maulding and Billie Goode of Barstow.

If you want to donate money to help with medical costs please contact Lorna Navarette at the Pecos Enterprise.

There will be a bake sale at the Pecos Enterprise this Friday with all the proceeds going to Shayna.

Search uncovers drugs, paraphernalia

Staff Writer

PECOS, June 7, 2000 -The fight against dangerous drugs in the community continues with Pecos Police Department and other offices joining together.

On June 6, at 10:43 a.m., officers with the Pecos Police Department, Reeves County Sheriff's Department and the Trans Pecos Narcotics Drug Task Force, joined together to execute a search warrant.

The officers went to a travel trailer, located at 1302 E. Third Street, to execute the narcotics search warrant, at the home of Joel Fuentes.

"Once the warrant was executed and Fuentes was secured by the Swat Team, officers proceeded to search the travel trailer," said Pecos Police Investigator Paul Deishler.

Deishler said that during the search officers located a substance believed to be heroin.

Also during the search the officers located contraband commonly used in the packaging and injecting of heroin.

After officers completed their search of the premises Fuentes was transported to the Reeves County Jail, Deishler said.

Fuentes, 33, was charged on warrants for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and state parole violations.

"The investigation in reference to the heroin located inside the residence is ongoing and more arrests are pending," said Deishler.

School board to hear Crockett report

PECOS, June 7, 2000 -Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD Board members will listen to a report on Crockett Middle School 8th Grade lab addition project and Pecos High School and Austin Elementary roofing projects at their regular meeting scheduled for Thursday.

Board members will meet at 6 p.m., Thursday, in the Board Room, 1304 South Park. The public is invited to attend.

The board will recognize Leslie Olibas _ yearbook sponsor and former board members Steve Armstrong and Freddy Lujan.

The group will discuss and approve revising the job description for assistant principal positions; appointing school board members to insurance committee; a partnership with Odessa College for Gearup Program and concurrent book waiver.

Board members will discuss and approve cafeteria guidelines and prices for the 2000-2001 school year; holiday calendar for custodial/maintenance employees; bi-monthly payday for hourly/paraprofessional employees and listen to the summer school report.

Other items for discussion and approval include, 1999-2000 budget amendments; a report on tentative in-service schedule for 2000-2001 school year; a request from Greater Opportunities of the Permian Basin (Headstart) for the use of Carver Center and telecommunications infra-structure fund grant _ PHS.

Board members will discuss and approve a request to purchase foreclosed property, Lot 7&8, Block B-3, college addition.

The group will meet behind closed doors in executive session to discuss personnel, including reassignment of principals or hear complaints against personnel.

They will return to open session and take action, if any, on items discussed in closed session.

Board members will discuss professional personnel: resignations, retirements, appointments, reassignments and change in contracts.

Regular items for discussion and approval include:

· Attendance report.

· Tax report.

· Depository securities report.

· Cafeteria report.

· Commodities received report.

· Current bills and financial report.

· Investment transaction report.

· Reconciled bank balance report.

· Reeves County Community Recreation Department report.

· Time and date for next meeting.

· Request for items for next agenda.

Golden Girl Bake sale set

PECOS, June 7, 2000 -Home-baked goodies will be for sale beginning at 9 a.m., Friday, at both First National and Security State Bank.

The annual event is sponsored by the 2000 Golden Girl nominees.


Martha Ann Dean

Martha Ann Chappell Dean died at her home near Sydney, Australia, on Sunday, June 4, 2000, after an 18-month battle with ovarian cancer.

She spent her childhood in Texarkana, Tx., and received her Bachelor's Degree from Austin College in Texas. She received a Master's Degree from the University of Georgia and her Ph.D. from Syracuse University in New York in 1980. Her research into the history of experimental psychology using computer analysis of academic journals won high acclaim in her field, and is still used to teach courses in the history of psychology today.

Dr. Dean joined the Institute for Scientific Information in Philadelphia as a research analyst, and later worked in Princeton, New Jersey at PA Technology, an international technology consulting firm, as an information analyst.

Her husband, David Dean, is a 1967 graduate of Pecos High School.

In 1989, she migrated with her husband and family to Sydney, Australia.

Survivors include her husband, Dr. David Dean of Sydney, Australia; one daughter, Dorothy Dean of Sydney, Australia; one son, Daniel Dean of Sydney, Australia; her parents, Bob and Billie Chappell of Tulsa, Okla.; two brothers, David Chappell of Petaluma, Calif., Tom Chappell of Farmington Hill, Michigan; one sister, Susan Matthews of Decatur, Ill.; her mother-in-law, Nancy Dean of Pecos and numerous nephews and nieces.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Royal Hospital for Women _ GO Fund, Barker Street, Randwick, NSW 2031, Australia.

Jose Gomez

Jose Angel Gomez, 87, of Pecos, died Monday, June 5, 2000, at the Pecos Nursing Home.

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

Mass is scheduled for 10 a.m., Thursday, June 8, at Santa Rosa Catholic Church with burial in Greenwood Cemetery.

He was born Aug. 8, 1912, in Brogado, Tx., was a lifelong Pecos resident, retired, and a Catholic.

Survivors include several nieces and nephews.

Martinez Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


PECOS, June 7, 2000 -Today Partly cloudy. High 90-95. South wind 10-20 mph. Tonight Mostly clear. Low in the lower 60s. Southeast wind 10-20 mph. Thursday Partly cloudy. High 90-95. Southeast wind 10-20 mph and gusty. Extended forecast Thursday night mostly clear. Low in the lower 60s.

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