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March 15, 2001

Red Bluff Lake duck hunting given approval

Staff Writer

PECOS, March 15, 2001 - Red Bluff Water Power Control Board members approved a proposal to allow duck hunting on certain sections of Red Bluff Lake, and also began the process of seeking a new lake manager, during their meeting on Monday in Pecos.

Board members voted 4-2 to approve the plan first presented to them in August by Phillip Dickerson, area Private Lands Wildlife Biologists for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Dickerson requested that Red Bluff to be added to the TP&W's leased hunting land program, in which hunters paying a $40 permit are allowed into selected sites across Texas.

He said under the plan, TP&W could pay Red Bluff up to two times the ad valorem tax rate for use of their land

Dickerson said the best area on the lake for hunting ducks would be a flooded area on the northeast end, and the season itself will begin in the fall. General Manager Jim Ed Miller said the board approved allowing hunting on the Loving County (east) side of the lake, excluding the area near Red Bluff Dam.

Board members Lloyd Goodrich and Theresa Walker cast the votes against the plan, questioning the safety of allow hunting on the lake. At the board's February meeting, Goodrich said there was nothing to stop bullets from crossing over to the west side of the lake, where all of the area's residents live, while Walker said Game Warden Jim Allen would be unable to spend enough time at the lake to enforce the restrictions on hunting areas.

Board members were later given names of candidates to replace Buck Deakins as Red Bluff Lake Manager this summer. Deakins told the board he plans to retire in June, after 26 years on the job.

The board was given the name of three area residents who have expressed interest in the job, along with a fourth was one of the divers who worked for Houston-based Orion Construction Co. on the replacement of the gates and valves at Red Bluff Dam.

Miller told the board he would get more information on each candidate and report back during the April meeting.

The board approved cash disbursements, including a $161,704 payment to Orion for work on the dam rehab project, on Monday, as was accounts payable and the water report for November 2000 through March of 2001, when the gates at the dam were closed during the repair period. The report showed the lake's level has risen from just over 54,000 acre/feet at the end of October 2000 to just under 72,000 acre/feet as of March 1.

Winds delay racquetball construction

Staff Writer

PECOS, March 15, 2001 - The unusual weather Pecos has experienced lately has slowed construction on the new racquetball court for the Reeves County Community Sports and Recreation Center located next to the Pecos High School Old Gym.

Nora Geron, recreation department director, said that the wind and rain has caused the construction crew working on the building to slow down construction.

"The weather has kind of slowed them down a lot," she said.

Despite the weather problems, Geron said the construction is continuing.

Banes General Construction Company started construction right after Christmas and workers have already finished the walls, roof and insulation.

"They're progressing fast," Geron said.

Geron said that installation of the air conditioning, electrical wiring and the interior of the building are all that needs to be completed.

The installation of a racquetball court is part of the inter-local agreement between Reeves County, the Town of Pecos City and Pecos-Barstow-Toyah Independent School District in 1999.

Geron said that originally the plan was to use half of the small gym at the back of the Old Gym for the racquetball court. However, she said that the project's architect told county and school officials that the ceiling in the small gym is to low and would need to be raised, which would be very expensive.

"So they just decided to build the whole thing from scratch," Geron said.

Geron said that many people have been asking on when the new court would be finished.

"People want to know when, when, when," she said. "They're all excited about it."

Geron said that originally the construction should have been completed by the end of March, but because of the slowed construction, the completion date is unknown.

Pecos has not had a racquetball facility since December 1990, when the West Pecos Gym was ordered closed for safety reasons. Currently many people are traveling at least once a week to Monahans in order to play racquetball, according to Geron.

She said that she believes that the new court could bring in a lot more business for the recreation center.

"I think it'll pick up business a lot," she said. "It'll be an added something to Pecos."

Geron also said that many railroad employees come to the recreation center to use the weight room and have asked when the court would be finished.

"I think it's definitely going to be a plus for Pecos," she said.

The center, in the small gym, is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Thursday; from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., on Friday; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., on Saturday, year round.

Membership fees are $10 each month per person and $20 per month per family. All school, city and county employees' fees are waived.

Moore takes over from Alvarez at juvenile center

Staff Writer

PECOS, March 15, 2001 - Reeves County's Interim Juvenile Probation Officer says providing good quality service to the youth and the Reeves County Community are her top priorities, after taking over for the county's longtime probation officer at Reeves County Juvenile Probation Facility.

"We're just here providing the best service we can," said Interim Chief Juvenile Probation Officer Louise Moore, who is taking over for retired juvenile probation officer Alberto Alvarez, who left recently and is living in El Paso.

The position for a new Chief Juvenile Probation Officer will be posted soon by Reeves County, applications accepted and a committee will then make the selection.

"The committee will decide who gets the permanent position," said Moore, who is planning to apply for the permanent post.

The number of juveniles referred to the facility has been about the same in recent months and things have just been steady, according to Moore.

Among those referred to the juvenile probation department since the beginning of the year was a youth that was involved in an altercation in Midland in January.

Officers ere called to a disturbance involving a gun in early January, in the 2400 block of Kentucky Avenue in Midland.

Midland Police Gang Unit Detective Chad Bullard said members of the Pecos BPG or Brown Pride Gang had gathered at a fellow gang member's house when hostilities erupted with Midland gang members.

The fight started in the middle of the street and a Midland gang member threw a pipe through the window of the BPG member's house, according to Bullard.

"A Pecos gang member then retaliated by pulling out a handgun," said Bullard.

Bullard said at least four shots were fired, but no injuries were reported.

Three suspected BPG members _ two men and a 16-year-old Pecos juvenile _ were arrested in the incident. Midland Police identified two of those arrested Jaime Rodriguez Lasoya, 17, Alex Plasencia, who were taken to Midland County Jail on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, unlawfully carrying a weapon and evading arrest, while the juvenile was detained at a Midland juvenile facility.

"Midland handled the adults and we handled the juvenile case," said Moore. "We handled the disposition and he's currently at a boot camp."

The juvenile was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and engaging in organized criminal activity, according to Bullard.

For the month of February in Reeves County, detention hearings were held for nine juveniles; four had a waiver of hearing to modify disposition and four had a motion to modify disposition filed.

There are currently 20 juveniles on probation; three are currently on courtesy supervision; six are on deferred prosecution probation; two had petition requests submitted for court action; two had petitions filed with the court and one case was dismissed in February.

Two juveniles in Reeves County are pending placement in setting out-of-the-home and one has already been placed outside of the home.

Six had monies paid for restitution, according to the Reeves County Juvenile Court report.

Candidate filings for May election enters final week

PECOS, March 15, 2001 - No new candidate filings have been reported in the past three days in area city, school or hospital district elections, with the deadline to file for the May 5 area elections next Wednesday at 5 p.m.

Candidates in the Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD election can file during spring break at the school administration building, 1302 S. Park St., while Balmorhea ISD candidates can file on Friday at the school adiminstration office there.

Other races voters will decide on May 5 are the city elections in Pecos, Barstow, Toyah and Balmorhea and the Precinct 2 and 4 seats on the Reeves County Hospital Board. Currently, only one area election, for Precinct 2 on the hospital board, is a contested race. Linda Gholson and Clark Lindley are seeking the seat currently held by Marcella Lovett.


PECOS, March 15, 2001 - High Wednesday 78. Low this morning 48. Forecast for tonight: Partly cloudy. Low in the lower 30s. Light wind. Friday: Partly cloudy. High near 65. Southeast wind 10 to 20 mph and gusty. Friday night: Partly cloudy. Low in the upper 30s. Saturday: Partly cloudy. High in the 60s. Sunday: Partly cloudy. Low 35 to 40. High 55 to 65.

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