Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Tuesday, May 29, 2001
Anchor working to solve problem of discharge odor
By ROSIE FLORES
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
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,"
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
By LEIA HOLLAND
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
By LEIA HOLLAND
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
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