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Friday, September 22, 2000

School gets state grant for drug dog program

Staff Writer

PECOS, September 22, 2000 - Texas Governor George W. Bush has given the Pecos-Barstow-Toyah Independent School District a grant that would total up to $22,000 within five years to go towards an anti-drug program for the district's schools.

The grant application was a part of an interlocal agreement between the Town of Pecos City Council, the Reeves County Commissioners and the P-B-T ISD School Board, according to Director of the Alternative Education Program Jimmy Dutchover.

The money is a part of the Save Our Youth program in Pecos and will go to the Pecos Police Department for the use of the K-9 drug dog.

"Last year we entered into a partnership with the school district for the use of the K-9 drug dog," Chief of Police Clay McKinney said.

The first payment of $10,000 is available for McKinney to use right away. McKinney does not have the money directly but will bill the school district for police and K-9 services.

The second year of the grant would bring Pecos $8,000 with $6,000 the third year, $4,000 the fourth year and $2,000 the final year.

This project is the second in the Save Our Youth Program for the school district that was started in 1998 with the backing of the school district and the City Council.

That year, the school district received a grant for a total of $66,000 for drug counseling for students who have been caught with drugs or alcohol.

Dutchover said the Save Our Youth Program is designed to help clean up our community.

"This is one thing we've come a long way with," he said.

Before this grant, the Police Department used seized drug money to enable them to finance a K-9 unit. McKinney said now that the state is helping pay for maintaining the drug dog, "Now we would like to look at other options for the money."

McKinney said the K-9 unit conducts a search each week at the schools and is also involved in many programs and is used as a "teaching tool."

"That let's kids get to know the officer and dog," he said.

Dutchover said this grant could not have happened without the support of the school district, City Council and County Commissioners.

"By working together, we could accomplish more," he said.

RCDC completion on county agenda

PECOS, September 22, 2000 - Completion date on the Reeves County Detention Center's 1,000-bed addition will be a topic of discussion at the regular Reeves County Commissioners Court meeting scheduled for Monday.

Commissioners will meet at 9:45 a.m., Monday on the third floor of the courthouse and the public is invited to attend.

The RCDC expansion project was originally expected to be completed by Sept. 1 so the first prisoners could arrive at the center on Sept. 6. One of the uncompleted projects, the new water line from Eddy and Lincoln streets in Pecos to the RCDC, was scheduled to be hooked up by Town of Pecos City crews today.

In other business, commissioners will discuss an amendment to Water Distribution Agreement between Reeves County and the City of Pecos; RCDC inmate transportation bus bid; Banes General Contractors request for additional payment invoice No. 17 (excluded amount); DRG Architects request for payment invoice No. 203 and Frank X. Spencer and Associates request for payment invoice No. 11.

Commissioners will discuss and take action on approving property bids; new golf cart lease; Reeves County Sheriff and Constables fees for Y2001; hiring of election workers for early voting; hiring of alternate judges for Nov. 7, General Election and Order the Nov. 7, General Election.

In regular business, commissioners will discuss and take action on:

- Reports from various departments.

- Budget amendments and line-item transfers.

- Personnel and salary changes (RCDC, Sheriff's Office, County Auditor's Office).

- Minutes from previous minutes.

- Semi-monthly bills.

- Spread on minutes: Texas County District Retirement System Vesting Period and Notice of over-axle over-gross weight permits.

MHMR opens Pecos training center

Staff Writer

PECOS, September 22, 2000 - A new training center for the Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation opened its doors in Pecos recently, and an Open House and reception was held Thursday afternoon.

The training center is located in the former Howard's Studio building at 523 S. Oak St., and will help those that are mentally challenged find work within the community.

"We had an office here in Monahans and were having to bus the Pecos residents over there, so we decided to open one here in Pecos to better serve the Pecos community," said Vicky Galander, MHMR regional employment specialist.

Galander, along with Don Knight of Monahans and Bryant Scott of Big Spring, director of Vo-Tech Services were on hand for the grand opening and reception.

Several Pecos businesses were awarded certificates during the reception, for employing individuals who have gone through training through the MHMR Program, during Destination Dignity Week.

"We're honoring the employers, because this is Destination Dignity Week and we want to show our appreciation," said Knight.

Employers from Pecos who have individuals working at their establishments and who were honored Thursday include, Security State Bank, West Texas National Bank, Quality Inn, Wal-Mart and the Pecos Enterprise.

Vocational sites are now located in Pecos and Monahans, according to Knight.

"We have had excellent community support and we really appreciate everyone," said Knight. "We got a really warm response and there's quite a bit of employers in this community," he said.

Knight stated that Pecos is one of the biggest sites in their seven-county area. "A lot of employers in this area are putting them to work and we are very grateful," he said.

The training center is open from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information on the program call 445-2655.

Graveyards, a dead subject?

EDITOR'S NOTE: Beginning today, the Enterprise will carry a column periodically on Pecos and Reeves County History by "The Ghost Writer." The articles will be similar to those written on local history by Alton Hughes for the Enterprise in the 1970s and 1980s. Today's article is on the city's graveyards.

PECOS, September 22, 2000 - Graveyards, a dead subject? Yes and no. It depends upon your point of view.

Point of view being if you are a permanent resident looking up or a will be a permanent resident looking down. The permanent residents, you would think, would be the ones who think that it is a dead subject, however, I heard of one resident who refused to be silenced by having a motion detector installed so that it would activate a tape and he could talk to the living.

Some people feel that graveyards is not a dead subject as Berry G. Gardan who spent years studying graveyards. He wrote an interesting book "TEXAS GRAVEYARDS, A Cultural Legacy". He insists that graveyards have personality and that you can determine the nationality of the people buried in them. He is indeed correct and the Pecos area can testify to that.

Pecos has, to this author's knowledge, six cemeteries within a few miles of the city limits. The first person that can name all six can contact the Pecos Enterprise and you will receive a one-month subscription of the Enterprise. If you would like to know more about this living subject as what a "scraped or earth" cemetery is, what Pecos resident is buried in a cemetery the City Council created just for him or what does a pistol, the strongest man and a large stone have to do with a burial, let the Enterprise know of your interest and we shall tell all.

`Space Cowboys' rides high veteran cast

Staff Writer

PECOS, September 22, 2000 - Warner Brothers brings a star-studded cast to the big screen with 'Space Cowboys'.

Oscar Award winning Clint Eastwood plays a triple role in this production, director/producer/star.

Written by first-time screenwriters Ken Kaufman and Howard Klauser 'Space Cowboys' tells the story of a small group of United States Air Force pilots, Team Daedalus.

First set in 1958, Team Daedalus trains to be the pilots in space but is soon replaced by NASA and someone with less experience.

Forty years later the services of Frank Corvin (Eastwood), the leader of Team Daedalus, are requested by NASA to fix a guidance system on a Russian satellite threatening Earth.

Corvin agrees only if the rest of his team goes with him.

Enter the rest of Team Daedalus.

Oscar and Golden Globe winner Tommy Lee Jones plays the stubborn and mannerly Hawk Hawkins.

Early in the movie, the audience is introduced to the love/hate relationship between Hawkins and Corvin.

Jones gives an outstanding performance that makes you love his character. This is another one of his Oscar winning performances.

The Golden Globe and Emmy winning Donald Sutherland plays the lady's man, Jerry O'Neil.

Sutherland gives a very humorous performance as all the ladies constantly distract his character.

Oscar nominated and veteran TV actor James Garner plays the pilot turned priest, Tank Sullivan.

Garner does not have as big of a role as would be expected but delivers well.

Tony nominated Marcia Gay Harden and Academy Award winner James Cromwell rounds off the star-studded cast.

Harden plays Sara Holland, a NASA Mission Director who finds more than she was looking for when she met Team Daedalus.

Cromwell plays the somewhat evil NASA bureaucrat Bob Gerson.

Eastwood gave a good performance but perhaps did better at directing.

To make many scenes more believable, Eastwood took his cast and crew to both Johnson Space Center in Houston and Kennedy Space Center in Orlando, Florida.

Overall this movie is very enjoyable and surprisingly funny considering all the "older" actors.

The only complaint is the voice over flashback sequences at the beginning of the movie. Eastwood tried to use the stars voices with the younger "versions" of the actors.

Although the effort was good it just came off as cheesy.

But besides that 'Space Cowboys' is worth seeing.

'Space Cowboys' is rated PG-13.

Rifle club to hold Saturday match

PECOS, September 22, 2000 - The Pecos Rifle and Pistol Club is holding a service rifle match Saturday at the club range. Entry fee is $6 and the match will begin at 8 a.m.

There will be two classes: Modern Service Rifle, which will include most semi-automatic rifles, and Antique Service Rifle, that will include most bolt action rifles. Shooters are limited to iron sights and shooters must be able to reload by means of charging strips, en bloc clips, or magazines to complete the rapid-fire legs of the match.

Additional photos of week's events part of Free Press

PECOS, September 22, 2000 - Photos of local events from last week, including the 16th of September fiesta, will be included in a picture page in Sunday's Pecos Free Press.

The photos will be a regular feature in the Free Press beginning with this week's edition.

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.

Jaime L. Armendariz, 40, was arrested at 12:02 a.m., on September 10 in the 200 block of West `F' Street for motion to revoke probation violation.

Herby Armendariz, 48, and Monica Armendariz, 21, were arrested at 5:38 p.m., on September 9 in the 400 block of North `D' Street. Herby Armendariz was arrested on a warrant of aggravated assault by threat and Monica Armendariz was arrested on a warrant for theft under $50.

Oscar F. Hernandez, 46, was arrested at 1 a.m., on September 9 in the 200 block of South Sycamore Street for public intoxication.

Elias D. Sanchez, 48, was arrested at 2:24 a.m., on September 6 in the 100 block of South Sycamore Street for public intoxication.

Joe Robert Lara, Jr., 18, was arrested at 2:56 p.m., on September 5 at Eighth and Locust streets for driving while license suspended.

A male juvenile was arrested at 9:50 p.m., on September 11 in the 200 block of West 14th Street for evading arrest.

Monica Armendariz, 21, was arrested at 8:56 a.m., on September 11 at Pecos Municipal Court on a warrant for theft under $50.

William M. Meierhoff, 34, was arrested at 2:18 a.m., on September 12 in the 700 block of Eighth Street for three counts of deadly conduct, resisting arrest and evading arrest using a motor vehicle.

Raul Briceno, 47, was arrested at 2:56 a.m., on September 3 in the 100 block of South San Antonio Street in Balmorhea for public intoxication.

Ismael Rodriguez, 51, was arrested at 1 p.m., on September 5 in the 100 block of Houston Street in Balmorhea for aggravated assault under the Family Violence Act.

Kriss Henrey Natividad, 19, was arrested at 4:43 a.m., on Sept. 9 in the 2400 block of Seminole Street in Saragosa for public intoxication-Class C.

Daniel O. Campos, 31, was arrested at 1:39 p.m., on September 20 at La Tienda for theft-Class B.

Arnulfo Miranda, Jr., 35, was arrested at 2:09 p.m., on September 18 in the 100 block of Pinehurst Street on warrants for no driver's license and no liability insurance-Class C.


Anabel Matta

Annabel Matta, 37, of Pecos, died Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2000, at Medical Center Hospital in Odessa.

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

Mass is scheduled for 1 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 23, at St. Catherine Catholic Church with Father Mike Alcuino officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery.

She was born Jan. 18, 1963, was a lifetime Pecos resident and a Catholic.

She was preceded in death by her father, Rudy Matta.

Survivors include her mother, Lydia Matta of Pecos; one brother, Armando Matta of Abilene; two sisters, Sylvia Carrasco of Pecos and Rachel Matta of Carlsbad, N.M.; her grandfathers, Jose Tercero of Pecos and Santiago Matta of Odessa and numerous nieces and nephews.

Pecos Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


PECOS, September 22, 2000 - High Thursday 88. Low this morning 63. Forecast for tonight: Partly cloudy. Low 60-65. South wind 10-20 mph. Saturday: Partly cloudy. High in the mid 90s. Southwest wind 10-20 mph. Saturday night: Partly cloudy. Low around 60. Sunday: Partly cloudy: Breezy: And cooler. High 75-80.

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