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February 13, 2001

Commissioners OK golf course proposals

Staff Writer

PECOS, February 13, 2001 - Golf tournaments and stocking the pro shop at the Reeves County Golf Course were topics of discussion at the regular Reeves County Commissioners Court meeting held Monday morning.
Commissioners approved a Sadie Hawkins Golf Tournament, which is held each year at the golf course, along with the West Texas Junior Golf Champion Tour.
The Sadie Hawkins Tournament is scheduled for April 28-29 and is sponsored by the Pecos Women's Golf Association. The group plans to use funds from the tournament toward building a gazebo at the course. Commissioners approved that item in August.
The West Texas Junior Champions Tour was founded in the summer of 1999. Steve Alexander of San Angelo is in charge of the tournament, which has grown from 13 tournaments in 1999 to 20 tournaments in 2000.
In his letter to the commissioners, Alexander said that participation in 2000 grew 15 percent over 1999 and that they expect it to continue to increase 15 percent to 25 percent in 2001.
"Junior Golf is very important to the future of golf and it is a great sport for our youth. With your support we can make junior golf even more important," said Alexander.
Proposed date that the tournament will be in Pecos is June 8 with the group planning to be in Monahans on June 7 and at the Fort Stockton golf course on June 18.
Recreation Department manager Nora Geron told commissioners "They want to play here in Pecos on that particular week, charge $5 and have the holes free by 1 p.m., since they'll begin at 8 a.m."
Geron said that the sponsor of the event will do all the work, the only that will be needed is someone to rent out the golf carts for them.
"He wants to get as many kids involved as he possibly can and to get the high school coaches involved," said Geron.
Pecos players who are in seventh grade through 12th grade are eligible to participate.
Geron said Alexander will bring an average of 17 players with him to make the tournament and that the students are transported to each particular city by their parents.
"If someone wants to participate, they don't have to follow the whole summer, if for some reason the parents can't take them or something," said Geron.
This will give the kids in Pecos a chance to see what the players in the tournament are doing, according to Geron.
Along the same topic, commissioners approved putting out a bid for proposals to have someone in charge of stocking the pro shop at the golf course.
"We've been talking about stocking the pro shop again, since there seems to be a need for it," said Reeves County Judge Jimmy B. Galindo.
Any vendor that would like to be in charge of this venture can put in a bid, according to Galindo. "This will be a simple request for proposals, detailing what they'll stock it with and what percentage will go to the county," he said.
"In your opinion, Mr. Vejil, is there a real need for this?" Precinct 3 commissioner Herman Tarin asked David Vejil, who manages the pro shop and is in charge of cart rentals.
"Yes, we always have golfers that for some reason or another need golf balls, gloves or tees," said Vejil. "These are just routine items that are needed for playing, but the pro shop could also feature other golf items."
According to Vejil, the basic items would certainly sell at the pro shop and would make it easier for the golfers who are already out at the golf course and don't want to go back into town to purchase basic items.
In other action, commissioners approved Banes General Contractors Inc. request for Reeves County Detention Center 1,000 bed addition change orders.
"There are a number of changes that Spencer has outlined that he would like approved," said county auditor Lynn Owens.
The first one was for additional water and sewer lines at the vocational shop at the facility; the second was for additional water lines at wing "D" at RCDC and the third was to delete sewer lines which are not in compliance.
The changes meant a decrease of $2,500 in total contract price, according to Owens.
A payment for the racquetball courts to Banes was also approved, as was a payment to DRG Architect's, which was an extension of basic fees.
The group approved a contract between Reeves County and Taylor County for Juvenile Detention services at $75 per day. "This is Abilene, but we've had kids further than this, so it's no big deal," said Owens.
The county is seeking rocks for the landscaping project in conjunction with Texas Department of Transportation. The project will include landscaping along Interstate 20 and U.S. 285.
"There's going to be a considerable amount of rock needed for this project and we're talking of possibly getting rocks donated," said Galindo.
Galindo asked Owens if it was legal for the county to accept such donations.
"I understand that it was changed at the last legislature so that you could accept donations," he said.
"Do you see any problems with us getting these donations?" asked Galindo.
Owens assured Galindo that there was no problem in receiving donations.
Personnel and salary changes included at the Reeves County Detention Center, Gary Hill, to SIS Lit. at $31,500 per year; Jose Hernandez was promoted at an annual salary $31,500, Jennifer Rainwater, to training officer at $24,000, Leti Armendariz to CO II at $24,000, Danny Bradley to CO II at $24,000 a year, Steve Reyes to recreation officer II at $24,000 a year, Abelardo Marquez to CO II at $24,000 a year and Monica Orona to budget clerk II at $24,000 per year.
At the recreation department Kimberly Acosta was hired on a part-time basis at $8 per hour and Jose T. Herrera as maintenance at $8 per hour, also part-time.
Commissioners approved an agreement between the county and Reeves County Hospital to provide medical services for the inmates at the RCDC, for emergency and in-patient care and approved a resolution in support of the West Texas Center, Mental Health Mental Retardation. "They need to muster as much support as possible to procure funding," said Galindo.
The group approved to be bid out a CASE Model 660 Trencher and bond and oath for Patricia Tarin, district clerk and Mary O. Bitolas, reserve deputy.
Regular items approved during the meeting were budget amendments and line-item transfers, reports from various departments, semi-monthly bills and minutes from previous meetings.

I-20 rollover near Barstow leaves 10 hurt

Staff Writer

PECOS, February 13, 2001 - Three people were airlifted to Lubbock with serious injuries when the vehicle they were traveling in rolled over on Interstate 20, four miles east of Barstow on Monday afternoon.
The rollover occurred at about 1 p.m., yesterday afternoon when a Ford Explorer traveling west on Interstate 20 lost control and rolled over before coming to rest upright and facing north near Mile Marker 53 on I-20, just east of the Business I-20 (Barstow) exit.
A total of 10 people were reported inside the Explorer, according to reports by the Department of Public Safety. DPS troopers, along with Reeves and Ward County Sheriff's Deputies, Pecos Volunteer Firemen and ambulance crews from Reeves and Ward County responded to the accident.
John Cravey, first assistant chief of the Pecos Emergency Medical Technicians, said that five of the 10 were transported from the accident site to Reeves County Hospital with varying injuries. They included the most serious of the rollover victims. Two air ambulance helicopters and one air ambulance jet were flown to Pecos from Lubbock to transport three of the injured to Covenant Medical Center.
Cravey also said that the remaining five were transported to the Ward County Hospital.
The victims included men, women and children ages eight and up. Names and hometowns of the accident victims were not available at press time.
DPS troopers are still investigating the accident.

Police bust juvenile for pot, stolen items

Staff Writer

PECOS, February 13, 2001 - A juvenile who has been under surveillance for a while by local law enforcement officials was taken into custody following a narcotics drug search that was executed at his home on Monday.
Officers from the Pecos Police Department, Reeves County Sheriff's Department and the Trans Pecos Drug Task Force executed the search warrant at about 6 p.m., Monday, at 1509 S. Eddy Street.
"Once the SWAT team had secured the residence, officers proceeded to search the residence and during the search of a juvenile's bedroom, a substance believed to be marijuana was found," said Pecos Police Investigator Paul Deishler.
Also found in the juvenile's bedroom were materials used in the packaging of marijuana to be sold, according to Deishler.
"Found in the bedroom was also contraband in the smoking of marijuana, along with property believed to belong to either the state highway department or the Town of Pecos City, also recovered in the bedroom," he said.
Officers completed their search of the residence and the juvenile was placed under arrest and transported to the Reeves County Juvenile Center to be booked.
The juvenile was charged with possession of a controlled substance within a 1,000 feet of school (Pecos High School), possession of drug paraphernalia and theft by appropriation.
"This juvenile has been under investigation for several months for drug trafficking within the Pecos area," said Deishler.

Bears in basketball playoff at Imperial

PECOS, February 13, 2001 - The Balmorhea Bear girls basketball team will face the Sanderson Eagles in their first-ever Class A Division II basketball playoff game, starting at 6 p.m. tonight at Buena Vista High School in Imperial.
Class A was divided into big and small school divisions in basketball for the first time this year, and the Bears finished second in District 9-A, while Sanderson was the District 10-A champion. It's the fourth meeting of the year for the teams, with Sanderson having won the first two contests while Balmorhea took the most recent game in overtime.
Balmorhea's boys are awaiting the start of the Class A playoffs next week, after having won the District 9-A title. They'll face the Marathon Mustangs at a site and time to be determined.


PECOS, February 13, 2001 - No time was given to the Enterprise on Monday for the funeral of Bobby E. Hill, 46, who died on Feb. 6, 2001.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2001 at the Pecos Funeral Home Chapel with burial following at the East Side Cemetery.


Ramona Ortega, Ramona Soto, and Jimmy Vasquez


PECOS, February 13, 2001 - High Monday 65. Low this morning 50. Forecast for tonight: Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of showers. Low in the upper 40s. South to southwest wind 5 to 15 mph. Wednesday: Mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms. High in the upper 60s. Southwest to west wind 10 to 15 mph. Wednesday night: Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms. Low 40 to 45. Thursday: Partly cloudy with a slight chance of showers or thunderstorms. High near 70.

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