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Tuesday, May 29, 2001

Anchor working to solve problem of discharge odor

Staff Writer

PECOS, Tuesday, May 29, 2001 -- People living at the Tra-Park, going to the Pecos Valley Country Club  or playing golf at the Reeves County Golf Course will only have to put  up with the odorous smells in that area for only a while longer.

The problem has been going on for about two months now, depending on the direction of the wind, and said Town of Pecos City Health and Sanitation Director Armando Gil said, "Discharge from the wastewater at Anchor Foods is what is causing those smells."

The Tra-Park area, Golf Course and Country Club have been experiencing the smell of the onion-tinted water discharge when the winds have come out of the south, while Pecos Eagle softball team members and their fans had the same experience back in April, when winds out of the west blew the smell towards Martinez Field.

Gil said that smells are coming from the drainage area at Anchor, but they are working on correcting the problem. "They have hired an engineering firm from Wisconsin to come in here and take care of the problem," said Gil.

Claire and Ralph Myrick, managers at the Tra-Park said that the smell is especially strong when the wind comes in. "We've had a lot of complaints, but some of these people just stay overnight," said Myrick. "We've only had one or two actually leave because of it."

Nevertheless, the smell is really strong and offensive. "We thought it was coming from the old landfill," said Myrick.

Golfers at the Reeves County Golf Course have also been complaining of the odors in the air. "We've had a lot of out-of-towners complain about the smell when they come to play at the course," said golf shop worker David Vejil.

He added that some of the individuals who play golf regularly have also been complaining about the smell. "They want to know where it's coming from," said Vejil.

Steve Cordova, plant manager at Anchor, said that the problem should be resolved soon. "We've got a firm that's working on the problem and should have the problem resolved shortly," he said.

Anchor processes onions at its plant on the south side of Pecos, which is the city's largest employer. A water line running along the east side of the Reeves County Golf Course carries the discharge water away from the plant and to the drainage area, south of the old Town of Pecos City landfill.

Gil said that he is also in touch with the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission (TNRCC). "We're working with them as well to try to get this problem resolved," he said.

Deputies probe teen's stabbing early Saturday

Staff Writer

PECOS, Tuesday, May 29, 2001 -- Reeves County Sheriff's Deputies are still investigating  a stabbing which occurred early Saturday morning in a home at  the Lindsey Addition and sent one person to the hospital.

Deputies said no arrests have been made in connection with the incident, in which Sebastian Cerna, 17, was stabbed in the back during an altercation at a little before 3 a.m., on Saturday in the 2200 block of Madera Road on the southwest side of Pecos.

According to the Sheriff's Office report Cerna was transported by ambulance to Reeves County Hospital.

Another man was injured during the altercation with a blow to the head with a brick but his name was not released.

Memorial weekend accidents in area leave on person dead

Staff Writer

PECOS, Tuesday, May 29, 2001 -- Local law enforcement officials were called out to a number of  area highway accidents over the Memorial Day weekend, the most ser-ious  of which left one person dead at a site between Fort Davis and Balmorhea.

The Pecos office of the Department of Public Safety reported one person died after a two-vehicle head on collision just before 11 a.m., on Saturday eight miles north of Fort Davis on Texas 17.

Blanca C. Galindo, 71, of Odessa was transported to Big Bend Regional Medical Center after the collision where she was pronounced dead at 12:14 p.m.

The accident occurred when a 2000 Mazda truck, driven by Rachel Ball of Austin, moved into the southbound lane hitting the 2001 Ford truck, driven by Jose Antonio Galindo of Odessa.

A DPS dispatcher said that Ball was traveling North on Texas 17 while Galindo was traveling south.

"The Mazda veered off the road and onto the shoulder," the dispatcher said. "The drier overcorrected, veering back across the center stripe into the south bound lane."

Ball then hit the Ford head on.

Galindo was a passenger in the Ford and was wearing her seatbelt at the time of the accident.

Mary Garcia, 50, and Monica Montanarh, 76, both of Odessa, who were passengers in the Ford, were injured and transported to Big Bend Medical Center for minor injuries. Both were wearing seatbelts at the time of the accident and were treated and released from the hospital.

Texas Highway Patrol Corporal Robert Lujan of Marfa is investigating that accident.

Another accident occurred on Sunday, involving two vehicles, one being a truck tractor-trailer.

The DPS dispatcher reported that the accident occurred at approximately 1 a.m., on Sunday seven miles west of Balmorhea in the west bound lane of Interstate 10.

The truck involved in the accident was carrying numerous drums of sodium hydrosulfite but no spilling occurred as a result of the accident.

"The highway was closed just as a precaution," the dispatcher said.

A hazardous materials team from El Paso traveled to the scene of the accident "to supervise the off loading of the chemical," according to the dispatcher.

One lane was re-opened at approximately 7 a.m., that morning and DPS was informed that both lanes were opened by 3:10 p.m., that afternoon.

It is unknown if any injuries resulted in that accident.

Highway Patrol Trooper Eric White of Monahans investigated the accident.

Also on Sunday three people were transported to Reeves County hospital following a one vehicle rollover on Highway 17, about 17 miles south of Pecos. No further information was available from the DPS on the Saturday and Sunday accidents.

The Pecos Police Department is also investigating an accident that occurred at 2:30 a.m., on Monday at Cedar and 11th Streets.

Police Investigator Kelly Davis said that the one-vehicle accident occurred when the driver scraped a light pole.

The owner of the 1997 Chrysler Cirrus is Leonardo Zapata, 30, of Austin, but police said he was not involved in the accident.

"A relative is believed to have taken the car, which was subsequently wrecked at 11th and Cedar streets," Davis said.

He said that the driver of the car fled the scene of the accident and charges are pending for the investigation.


High Sunday 102. Low this morning 71. Rainfall last 24 hours at Texas  A&M Experiment Station .25 inch. Forecast for tonight: Partly cloudy with a 30  percent chance of showers or thunderstorms. Low in the mid 60s. Southeast wind 5  to 15 mph. Wednesday: Partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers  or thunderstorms. High in the mid 90s. Light and variable wind:  Becoming  northeast 5 to 15 mph during the afternoon. Wednesday night: Partly cloudy with  a 30 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms. Low 60 to 65.  Thursday and Friday: Partly cloudy with a slight chance of showers and  thunderstorms. Low 60 to 65. Highs 90 to 95.

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 indicate payment and release.


Jason Sappington, 21, was arrested at 10:05 p.m., on May 24 at Cedar and `F' streets for public intoxication.


Mathew Montanez, 17, was arrested at 2:04 p.m., on May 24 at Lamar AEP on two warrants for grand jury indictment for burglary.


Jesse Rodriguez, 17, was arrested at 4:55 p.m., on May 24 at the Reeves County Courthouse on a warrant criminal trespass (Class B). Rodriguez was released to the custody of a judge.


Ricardo M. Estrada, 27, was arrested at 2:35 a.m., on May 27 at Walthall and Morris streets for public intoxication.


Artemio Contreras, 26, and Marisol L. Guzman, 28, were arrested at 2:51 a.m., on May 27 in the 1400 block of South Eddy Street. Contreras was arrested on a Midland County Sheriff's Office warrant for driving while intoxicated and breathalyzer failure and DPS warrants for display of expired driver's license and not liability insurance. Guzman was arrested on DPS warrants for speeding, operating an unregistered motor vehicle and warrants for failure to adjudicate, speeding and unrestrained child under four years of age.


Pilar Chavez, Jr., 23, were arrested at 11:58 a.m., on May 26 in the 1200 block of South Eddy Street for public intoxication and unlawfully carrying a weapon.


Elton Garcia, 25, was arrested at 8:42 p.m., on May 25 in the 2000 block of Wyoming Street on DPS warrants for no seatbelt, no liability insurance and failure to adjudicate.


Jeannette Acosta, 23, was arrested at 12:03 a.m., on May 26 in the 200 block of Plum Street on DPS warrants for no insurance, allowing a child to ride not secured and failure to adjudicate. Acosta paid the fines and was released.


Kenneth S. Taylor, 48, was arrested at 11:53 a.m., on May 25 on Business I-20 for possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance marijuana (state jail felony), expired motor vehicle inspection, expired registration and no insurance.


Orlando Munoz, 18, was arrested at 4:24 p.m., on May 25 in the 900 block of Walnut Street on warrants for motion to adjudicate and delivery of a controlled substance-felony.


Lloyd Cantero-Patterson, 30, of San Antonio, was arrested at 7:36 p.m., on May 12 at mile marker 213 on Interstate 10 on a Bexar County warrant for motion to revoke theft above $20 and under $500.


Cesar Lujan, 23, of Spring, was arrested at 12:31 a.m., on May 11 at Eddy and Normandy Streets for driving while license suspended and public intoxication.

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