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Monday, July 17, 2000

Two die, 10 hurt in Ward County weekend wrecks

From Staff and Wire Reports

PECOS, July 17, 2000 - Interstate 20 in Ward County was a dangerous place over the weekend, as two separate van accidents between Pecos and Monahans left two people dead and 12 injured.

Department of Public Safety trooper Eric White of Monahans investigated the fatal accident, which occurred about 6 a.m. Saturday and forced the closing on Interstate 20 in both directions between mile markers 76 and 84 on either side of Monahans.

A church van returning from a missionary trip to Mexico overturned, killing two passengers and injuring five others. According to White's report, the missionaries were headed back to the church's hometown of Porterdale, Ga., when the van's driver lost control while trying to correct a cramp in his leg.

The van flipped twice about 6 a.m. along Interstate 20, ejecting several passengers. White said those killed were Dillon Smith, 70, of Blakely, Ga., and Matthew Philip Allen, 27, of Covington, Ga.

Injured in the wreck were Robert Lee Wilbanks, 56, and John Douglas Doster, 60, both of Covington, Ga. Also injured were Mourad Bowen, 20, Laurie Hunnicutt, 18, and Gregory Wayne Bowen, 18, police said.

Doster and Gregory Wayne Bowen were listed in serious condition at Odessa Medical Center, where and Wilbanks was listed in satisfactory condition. Hunnicutt was in satisfactory condition at Ward Memorial hospital, where Mourad Bowen was released earlier in the day.

The van was from the Julia Porter United Methodist Church and been on a missionary trip to a town in the Mexican state of Chihuahua, White said. No one was wearing seat belts when the accident occurred.

The second accident also involved seven people, five of whom were hurt when the van rolled over Sunday night south of Barstow.

Pecos DPS units and three ambulances where called out to mile marker 51, east of Barstow, on I-20 at 9:30 p.m. for the one vehicle rollover.

"A seven year old boy was lifeflighted to Lubbock and is in critical condition with internal head injuries," Highway Patroller Rodney Tucker said.

The boy was flown to Lubbock Methodist Hospital.

Tucker said the van had a blow out and the driver lost control of the vehicle. The van rolled over once landing up right in the center median.

The boy and one other passenger where thrown out of the vehicle. Tucker said some of the vehicle's occupants had their seat belts on and some didn't.

The van was traveling from Fort Worth to California, where all passengers reside.

All the names of the passengers were unavailable to the Enterprise at press time.

Air Force official, Galindo discuss bomber flight plan

Staff Writer

PECOS, July 17, 2000 - An official from Dyess Air Force Base in Abilene is in Pecos today to answer questions about the planned Realistic Bomber Training Initiative and talk about the air space in Balmorhea today.

Dwight Williams, Air Space Manager for Dyess AFB was meeting with Reeves County Judge Jimmy B. Galindo, to answer questions and talk about Balmorhea, which is near the southern loop of the proposed RTBI low-level bomber flight run over Reeves County.

"It's nothing that unusual," said Major John Boyle. "We get requests like this all the time and Williams will be talking to Galindo and whoever else wants to ask questions about our mission."

The meeting was a request from Galindo, according to Boyle.

The RTBI project involves B-1 bombers from Dyess and B-52 bombers from Barksdale AFB in Shreveport, La., which will fly high altitude bombing runs over the area between Lubbock and Big Spring, with the low-level flights scheduled to run in the Permian Basin and Big Bend areas, including a loop path around Pecos. The Air Force plans to build a manned electronic scoring site southwest of Pecos as part of the project, which officials said would employ 31 people and bring $1.6 million to Reeves County annually.

Dyess held tours for anyone interested in seeing the base and the operations in March and April and will conduct another tour in September.

"We'll be sending out invitations to see who else wants to come out and tour the base," said Boyle. "We want to inform the public of our mission and to establish a better relationship with the communities involved," he said.

School tax rate decision still awaits final vote

Staff Writer

PECOS, July 17, 2000 - A meeting of the Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD board to decide on the public meeting date on the 2000-2001 budget and proposed tax rate has been set for Aug. 10.

A story in Friday's Enterprise said the board had voted for the new tax increase at their regular meeting held Thursday evening, but several other steps need to be taken before the board acts on it, according to P-B-T ISD Superintendent Don Love.

On Aug. 10, the calculation of the rollback tax rate will take place and on Aug. 7, a 72-hours notice for meeting will be posted.

A "Notice of Public Meeting to Discuss Budget and Proposed Tax Rate" will be published on Aug. 18, 10 to 30 days before the public meeting and on Aug. 25, a 72-hour notice for public meeting will be posted.

On Aug. 29, the public meeting on budget and proposed tax rate at the public meeting. Or, the board may adopt the budget and wait to adopt the tax rate. If the board waits to adopt the tax rate, they will continue with the next step, which is the 72-hour notice for meeting at which governing body will adopt the tax rate.

"We can have the regular meeting and then close and come back and meet on the same day to adopt the tax rate," said Love.

In other action on Thursday, board members approved the request by Sudden Impact to use the Pecos High School Auditorium on Saturday, July 28 and the waiving of any fees for that use.

The group has been invited to perform in Rome in August and they are currently trying to raise funds to pay for the travel expenses for three people.

"We would like to raise money for the trip, not through an admission fee, but through donations at the performance," said band member Eddie Vasquez. "We would also like to show our community our performance, something many in Pecos have only heard about but have yet to see."

"We'd also would like to have the opportunity to thank our community for their support of us," he said.

Randy Baeza gave the board an update on the Reeves County Community Sports and Recreation Department

Baeza spoke about the newest project, Eagle Pee-Wee Football, which is currently signing up players entering Grades 3-6 this year. He also told the board that they have sold or renewed 67 community memberships during the month of June.

Tae Kwon Do classes are doing very well and one more week is left. "We enrolled 19 children in this program," he said.

The youth T-Ball is currently underway and 107 youngsters are enrolled in that program. The Men's Basketball Summer League did not make and they will try again in the fall, according to the recreation report.

Bread and bread products bid was awarded to the current provider, El Paso Baking and Bell Dairy Products received the bid for milk/milk products, during the regular school board meeting.

An offer to purchase foreclosed property was accepted in the amount of $3,500 for property located at 402 S. Mesquite Street.

Board members also approved a policy on bids on tax foreclosed properties. The Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD will not consider further bids on foreclosed property after a bid has been accepted by another governmental entity, according to the new policy.

They also reviwed a project report on the on-going construction at the Crockett Middle School campus. Progress is adequate to achieve stipulated completion date, according to the report.

Science casework was due today and the lockers were set to be finished Friday. VC tile was going to be installed along with carpet, toilet partitions are currently in transit, and solid counter tops are due next week. Marker boards are due in early August.

Board members tabled approving the Pecos High School, Crockett Middle School and elementary handbooks and student code of conduct, to give members a chance to look at them before the final approval.

Final preparations continue for OC's opening ceremony

Staff Writer

PECOS, July 17, 2000 - The Pecos Technical Training Center of Odessa College will have its grand opening from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., on July 29.

The new OC extension is located on South Eddy Street and has been open for classes since May 30, but the official opening ceremonies were put off until after the completion of the West of the Pecos Rodeo.

Gary Ward, president of the Pecos Economic Development Corporation (PEDC), said many dignitaries have been invited by Odessa College to attend the grand opening.

OC president Vance Gipson has sent invitations to U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, Congressman Henry Bonilla and other federal and state representatives, as well as many local dignitaries and citizens, according to Ward.

Gipson also included the OC board of trustees and some Deans of the colleges.

Ward said locally the City Council, the Mayor, the PEDC board directors and school administration has been invited. He added that the citizens of Pecos also are welcome to participate.

"We want to encourage the local citizens to attend the ceremonies," Ward said.

Ward met with Gipson last Wednesday to make sure things are going smoothly.

According to Ward, the grand opening will have a ceremony with refreshments and tours of the brand new facility.

He said the new facility is something the community should be proud of.

"They have a beautiful facility," Ward said. "The outside doesn't do the inside justice."

The new extension will eventually employ about 40 part-time instructors. Some of the instructors will be local and some will travel from Odessa.

Ward said he believes the new facility will help the community learn many skills and open up job opportunities for the city.

"I think this will have a permanent affect on this community for many, many years," Ward said. "It should have a major impact on the economic development of Pecos and Reeves County."

Early fall registration for returning students will be from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., on July 25 and 26. New student and regular registration will be from 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., on August 15.

For more information on the opening or registration call 445-5535.

Heart attack kills Kermit man at Balmorhea SP on Saturday

Staff Writer

PECOS, July 17, 2000 - A Kermit man died of a heart attack while visiting Balmorhea State Park just before sunset on Saturday.

Harold Glagwood, 52, was pronounced dead at 8:55 p.m. by Justice of the Peace J.T. Marsh.

Reeves County Sheriff's Deputy Joe Gonzales was called to the scene and arrived with Marsh. Balmorhea EMS was already on the scene when the deputy arrives, but Gonzales said in his report that the emergency services crew "stated the allowed time to start CPR had expired when they arrived."

Pecos Funeral Home took Glagwood to Harkey Funeral Home in Monahans at the family's request.

It is unclear at this time where Glagwood was discovered and who was the first person to report the problem.

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.

A male juvenile was arrested at 12:47 a.m., on July 9 at the Riverside Ballroom for curfew violation.

Susie Valeriano, 23, was arrested at 1:33 a.m., on July 9 at the Riverside Ballroom for furnishing alcohol to a minor.

Daniel Natividad, 18, was arrested at 2:26 a.m., on July 9 at Uncles at Third and Cedar Streets for interference.

Rodger Boykin, 39, was arrested at 3:34 p.m., on July 8 on a traffic stop in the 2400 block of Highway 17 for displaying a fictitious registration.

Jerardo Alvarado, 35, was arrested at 4:07 p.m., on July 8 in the 800 block of Eddy Street for breath test refusal.

James Burciaga, 19, was arrested at 2:33 a.m., on July 8 in the 1100 block of South Locust Street for minor in possession-third offense.

Jeremy Renteria, 20, was arrested at 2:13 p.m., on July 7 at Wal-Mart for theft under $50.

Carlos Arellano, 41, and Jaime Campa, 37, were arrested at 8:40 p.m., on July 10 at the Best Western for possession of marijuana under two ounces.

Julissa Ramirez Bustamante, 30, was arrested at 11:50 p.m., on July 8 at the Pecos Rodeo Grounds for disorderly conduct.

Abel Rodriguez, 55, was arrested at 1:00 a.m., on July 5 on Robins Street in Saragosa for assault causing bodily injury.

Mary Ann Box, 63, was arrested at 10:10 p.m., on July 10 in the 1900 block of South Alamo Street for family violence-class C misdemeanor.

Armando Martinez, 29, was arrested at 10:06 a.m., on July 13 in the 900 block of South Cherry on a search warrant for possession of a controlled substance-third degree felony and possession drug paraphernalia-Class C.

Antonio Garcia, 19, was arrested at 3:21 p.m., on July 12 at the police department on a warrant for theft-Class A.

Jeremy Renteria, 20, was arrested at 8:52 p.m., on July 12 in the 200 block of West 14th on a warrant for theft and failure to appear.

James Robinson, 41, was arrested at 5:59 p.m., on July 12 in the 200 block of Plum Street on a warrant for indecent exposure.

Sotero Navarette, 55, was arrested at 6:30 p.m., on July 14 in the 600 block of F Street for public intoxication.

David Salcido, 28, was arrested at 1:45 a.m., on July 17 in the 600 block of Pine Street for assault under the family violence act-third degree felony.

Arnulfo Miranda, Jr., 35, was arrested at 4:30 p.m., on July 16 in the 500 block of Walnut Street for public intoxication.

Gilbert L. Hidalgo, 21, was arrested at 6:44 p.m., on July 16 in the 1900 block of South Eddy Street for driving with license suspended.

Jesus Hinojos, Jr., 40 was arrested at 9:20 p.m., on July 16 at Second and Willow Streets during a traffic stop on a warrant for violation of promise to appear and running a stop sign-both Class C misdemeanors.

Albino L. Tarango, 43, was arrested at 10:17 p.m., on July 15 at 2nd and Sycamore Streets for public intoxication-enhanced Class B.

Rudy Freeman, 26, was arrested at 11:23 a.m., on July 14 at the Sheriff's Office on a warrant for assault causing bodily injury.


Bill Britton

Bill Britton, 62, of San Saba, formerly of Pecos, died Thursday, July 13, 2000 at his residence.

Memorial services were held at 11 a.m. today at Howell and Doran Funeral Home in San Saba.

He was born April 22, 1938, in Hillsboro and was retired.

Survivors include one daughter, Shelly Beasley of San Saba and one grandson.


PECOS, July 17, 2000 - High Sunday 109. Low this morning 74. Forecast for tonight: Clear. Low in the mid 70s. Southeast wind 5-15 mph. Tuesday: Mostly sunny and continued hot. High near 105. Southeast to south wind 5-15 mph. Tuesday night: Fair. Low in the mid 70s. Wednesday: Mostly sunny and hot. Fair at night. Lows in the lower 70s. Highs 100-105.

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