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February 22, 2001

Ex-Pecos mayor Sanchez to seek seat on council

Staff Writer

PECOS, February 22, 2001 - A former Pecos mayor has opted to join an incumbent councilman in seeking a position on the Town of Pecos City Council.
Frank Sanchez has filed to run for a seat on the council, joining incumbent Larry Levario who entered the race for on the council on Monday, the first day to file for the May 5 elections.
Sanchez became Pecos' first Hispanic mayor in 1986, and served two terms. Levario is one of the three city council members whose terms expire this year. He is currently finishing his first term on the city council. Gerald Tellez and Johnny Terrazas hold the other two council seats whose two-year terms expire in May.
The first day to file applications for a place on the ballot in school, city and hospital district elections was Monday, and will continue through March 21.
In the Pecos-Barstow-Toyah school board election, three three-year terms are up for election along with an unexpired term currently being served by Paul Deishler.
Deishler, who was appointed last year to replace Frank Apolinar, Jr., on the board, has filed for one of the three-year term along with one of the three incumbents, Brent Shaw.
Three-year positions on the board up for election on May 5 are those currently being held by Shaw, Earl Bates and Louis Matta, who is president of the board. Deishler's unexpired term will also be up for election.
In the Reeves County Hospital Board election, only voters in Precincts 2 and 4 will be casting ballots this year. No one has filed for either of those seats, which are held by Marcella Lovett and Holly Key.
Council seats also will be open on May 5 in the Balmorhea, Barstow and Toyah city elections, along with the Balmorhea ISD election.
If there are no opposed candidates, along with no propositions and no vacancies to be filled by special election in the various city, school and hospital board races, the election may be canceled anytime after this date.
The last day a person may register to vote in the local elections is April 5. Early voting by personal appearance will be April 27 through May 1. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m., on Election Day, May 5.

Swimmers head to state seeking to keep focus

PECOS, February 22, 2001 - The Pecos High School varsity swim team is headed to the state's capital today to take part in the Class 4A and under State Swimming and Diving Championships, at the Jamail Aquatic Center on the University of Texas campus.
Head Coach Terri Morse said that her team has been concentrating on this meet since they came back from the region swim meet in Lubbock two weeks ago.
Both the boys and girls team won the Region I-4A Championship titles at that meet with several individuals and relays automatically eligible for state.
"We're ready to go down there, stay focused and do whatever we have to do," Morse said.
This is the second year Class 4A and below schools have had their own state meet, but unlike last year, the two weeks leading up to state have been far from quiet for the team, due to the uncertain status of senior freestyle swimmer Cortney Freeman.
Freeman's availability has been up in the air since last week, as the result of a Jan 28 citation he received involving possession of drug paraphernalia. Freeman was suspended from athletics on Monday by Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD Athletic Director Lawrence "Bubba" Williams, but is currently cleared to swim after his parents obtained a temporary injunction against Williams' action from Reeves County Court-At-Law Judge Lee Green.
Green declined to comment on the status of the case today, but said a hearing has been scheduled for 10 am Tuesday in county court at law, after the completion of this weekends meet.
Freeman won the 100-yard freestyle race at the Region I-4A meet on Feb. 10 in Lubbock, and qualified as an at-large swimmer in the 50 freestyle. Going into Friday's preliminaries he is seeded sixth among Class 4A swimmers in the 50 freestyle and eighth in the 100 free.
Morse said that the team has been working toward the meet and staying focused so they would be able to go to Austin and improve as a team.
"My team is focused right now and we are concentrating on state," she said.
The boys' team finished the fifth last year at the state meet, and Morse said,
"We're going to do whatever it takes to improve."
She said that the team is in good shape going into Friday's preliminaries, with definite room for improvement.
"We've got some relays and individuals that are seeded well going into the meet," she said.
The only possible change that Morse has made is for the boys' 200-yard freestyle relay.
She said that she would probably allow K.W. Winkles to swim in place of Jason Lopez in order to rest Lopez more for his 100-yard breaststroke race.
"Other than that nothing changes," she said. "I'm just ready to get down there and see what we can do."
Pecos' 200 yard medley relay team is seeded first going into the meet, the only top ranking for the Eagles at the state meet. Pecos finished third in the 200 medley last year. The 200 freestyle relay team is seeded sixth and the 400 freestyle team is seeded seventh entering preliminaries.
Individually, senior Tye Edwards has the highest seeding. He ranked second in the 100 yard backstroke, a race he finished fourth in at state a year ago. Edwards is also ranked fourth in the 100 yard butterfly. Pecos has two other individual qualifiers, Lopez, who is seeded seventh in the 100 breaststroke, and Randall Reynolds, seeded 10th in the 500 freestyle.
On the girls' side, the Eagles' highest seeding is Rachel Eisenberg, who is ranked 12th going into the 100 yard breaststroke. The girls 200 medley relay team is seeded 13th, the 400 yard freestyle relay team is seeded 14th, and senior JoAnn Wein is seeded 14th in the 200 freestyle and 15th in the 500 freestyle.
Friday's preliminaries are scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m. while the finals will start at 10 a.m. on Saturday at the Jamail Aquatic Center, which is located on the southeast end of the UT-Austin campus.

City set to OK giving Barstow used fire truck

Staff Writer

PECOS, February 22, 2001 - The Town of Pecos City Council is scheduled to officially approve the disposition of the Pecos Volunteer Fire Department's fire truck number 306 to the Barstow Volunteer Fire Department during the regular meeting at 5:30 p.m., tonight in Council chambers at City Hall.
During a workshop earlier this week the council unofficially approved giving the fire truck to Barstow due to their interest and proximity to Pecos.
During that meeting the mayor of Barstow, Benny Hernandez, informed the council that the two fire trucks in Barstow are obsolete due to unavailable parts needed to fix them.
Councilman Danny Rodriguez said that he believed that Barstow and Pecos both would benefit from the truck going to Barstow.
"I think it's a safety issue," he said. "I consider Barstow as a part of our family."
The council is also set to officially approve a contract with the Pecos Area Chamber of Commerce for expenditures of hotel/motel tax.
The council discussed utilizing hotel/motel taxes to provide funding for a new position, a full-time Main Street Program manager during the workshop on Monday.
City Manager Carlos Yerena said that the new position would allow the city to have someone working full-time in efforts to beautify the downtown area.
Also on the agenda is the second reading of a city ordinance for building, fire, electrical and plumbing codes to include the city's extraterritorial jurisdiction as well as the first reading for an ordinance authorizing F.I.R.E. Inc., to charge or claim for certain fire department responses.
The Council will also discuss numerous requests to purchase foreclosed properties including property at 605 S. Palm St., 1101 S. Locust St., 2025 S. Eddy St., 616 Ross Blvd., and 495 acres in Reeves County.
Also on the agenda are some annual reports from juvenile court, municipal court and the tax collector's report as well as the accounts payable.

McGrew gets to speak, gets re-sentenced

Staff Writer

PECOS, February 22, 2001 - Pecos resident was given a chance to speak to the court before being re-sentenced in Federal Court held Tuesday morning; something a federal court said he was denied previously in U.S. District Court in Pecos.
Tony Earl McGrew, addressed the court before being re-sentenced to 19 months in Federal Prison to be served at the Federal Correctional Institute Big Spring, by presiding Judge Royal Ferguson.
He had been originally sentenced to five years probation on April 1, 1998 after being charged with two counts of importation and distribution of marijuana. His probation was revoked on March 15, 2000.
But on January 12, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans remanded the case and vacated the sentence on McGrew, while at the same time dismissing McGrew's appeal and denying a motion by his attorney to withdraw from the case.
According to the statutes, each defendant is allowed to speak their thoughts before being sentenced and the 5th Circuit Court found that McGrew had not been allowed to do so during his original sentencing in U.S. District Court in Pecos.
McGrew had that opportunity this morning to speak to the court during Federal Court held at the Lucius D. Bunton Courthouse in Pecos.

LL sign-ups benefit lunch set Saturday

PECOS, February 22, 2001 - The Pecos Little League will hold sign-ups this weekend at two locations, and will also have a fundraising hamberger lunch on Saturday.
League official Lee Serrano said sign-ups for Little League, Junior League and Senior League players will be held both at the old Pecos High School gym and at Wal-Mart on South Cedar Street. In addition, the hamburger sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Wal-Mart.
Registration fee for players will be $15 per player and $20 per family.


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PECOS, February 22, 2001 - High Wednesday 81. Low this morning 45. Forecast for tonight: Cloudy with a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Low in the mid 40s. Southeast wind 10 to 20 mph. Friday: Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance ofhowers and thunderstorms. High in the mid 60s. South wind 10 to 20 mph. Friday night: Mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Low in the mid 40s. Saturday and sunday: Partly cloudy. Lows in the 30s. Highs 55 to 65.

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