Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Monday, August 26, 2002
Commissioners delay decision on medical pact
By ROSIE FLORES
PECOS, Monday, Aug. 26, 2002 -- Reeves County Commissioners tabled a final
contract agreement with Physicians Network Associates for Reeves
County Detention Center medical services pending approval of the new
mandate rate at the facility.
"They started providing services for us and have found several physicians
for us," said RCDC Assistant Warden Tommy Duncan.
Duncan said that since they had started using PNA's services they have
caught up with all the inmates that needed medical attention. "We were about
250 inmates behind on doctor's visits and now we are caught up," said Duncan.
Duncan told the court that the RCDC was requesting an extension to finalize
the wording on the contract to formally enter into a contract with Physicians
Commissioners had approved using their services at a prior meeting.
However, Reeves County Judge Jimmy B. Galindo said he was hesitant to
get into a contract agreement with them before receiving the new man-day
rate from the U.S. Bureau of Prisons.
"I want to hold out until the new man-day rate has been approved," said
Galindo. "We have submitted the documentation, but that individual won't
be in the office until Sept. 3," he said.
"Until we receive equitable adjustment, I think we should hold off into
entering a long-term contract," said Galindo. "They done a good job in providing
services, this is nothing against them."
Galindo said that this didn't reflect a lack of confidence in the group.
"Pending negotiations with BOP, I think we should just table this item until
we can achieve a satisfactory adjustment," he said.
"What are our plans if we don't get the rate we're asking for?" asked
commissioner precinct 3 Herman Tarin.
"We can pay them for two months and we would have to notify them as soon
as we hear something," said Galindo. "It was my hope that we could receive
the mandate adjustment before the contract agreement," he said.
"We haven't entered with PNA into an agreement, so how will they bill
us?" said county auditor Lynn Owens.
"The rate was $4.08 per inmate per day, for them to provide services at
the facility, plus reimbursement for our medical staff," said Galindo.
Owens made the request that he be allowed to pay for the services.
"The reimbursement is equal to the staff's salary, plus benefits, not
just the salary," said Duncan.
The court tabled entering into a formal contract with PNA, but approved
the payment and authorization for a request for reimbursement of the facility's
Commissioners approved payments to LMD Architect and Frank Spencer, both
who are working at the construction site of the RCDC III.
PHA sends board members to convention in Galveston
By JENNIFER GALVAN
PECOS, Monday, Aug. 26, 2002 -- The Pecos Housing Authority and Farm Labor
Housing board held a brief monthly meeting Thursday afternoon at the
PHA/FLH Administration Office, according to Executive Director, Nellie Gomez.
She said that the board decided to table the letter that they received
from Ferias Ferguson from the Office of Labor Relations regarding their compliance
review until they received the full report.
According to Gomez the board held its Labor Standards Compliance Review
on August 21.
Gomez said that the board went on to approve the purchase of a skid loader
for the use of the PHA property maintenance.
The board also approved sending five commissioners to the Texas Housing
Association Annual Conference in Galveston, which began today and runs through
Gomez said that they had also received a call from Mayor Dot Stafford
informing the board that the council had agreed to appoint Olga Lopez from
the Pecos Police Department to replace Juanita Davila's place.
Gomez said that during the FLH portion of the meeting, the board approved
the lease form the farm Labor Housing and the revised addendum for the Ineligible
Tenants as presented by John Perkins and attorney Scott Johnson.
"There are no more tenants," Gomez said. "There are only 18 tenants left
out of 56."
Gomez said that the board also approved the monthly report of August.
Season ticket sales for games on sale
PECOS, Mon., August 26, 2002 -- Season ticket sales to the Pecos Eagle
five home football games went on sale today for new season ticket buyers
at the Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD Business Office, 1302 S. Park St.
Season tickets are $25 each and can be purchased up until the Eagles'
first regular sesason home game, on Sept. 13 against Lamesa. Pecos' other
home games are Sept. 20 against Brownfield (homecoming), Oct. 4 against Lubbock
High, Oct 18 against Presidio and Nov. 1 versus Fort Stockton. Starting times
for all the games is 7:30 p.m.
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 instances we will indicate payment and release.
Lila Zubia, 27, was arrested at 9:44 p.m., on August 25, in the 800
Block of South Eddy Street for warrants of Capias default of payment, expired
drivers license, unrestrained child under the age of 2, no liability insurance,
expired registration and expired inspection sticker.
Denise Valariano, 20, was arrested at 12:26 a.m., on August 25, at Third
and Pecan streets on a warrant of Capias default of payment for assault by
Sammy Valencia Jr, 22, was arrested at 12:03 a.m., on August 25, at
Riverside Ballroom on East Third Street on a warrant for criminal mischief.
Robert Jimenez, 22, was arrested at 12:45 a.m., on August 25, at the
Oasis Bar in the 1100 block of East Third Street on a warrant for criminal
mischief over $500, Class A.
A male juvenile and Luz Jasso, 32, were arrested at 2:07 a.m., on August
25 at the 600 block of South Eddy for assault of the Family Violence Act.
Maria Mendoza, 32, and Tanayana Mendoza, 48, were arrested at 9:38 p.m.,
on August 23, in the 200 block of Pecan Street. Maria Mendoza was arrested
for a Police Department warrant for forgery and Tanayana Mendoza was arrested
on a Reeves County Sheriff's warrant for driving while intoxicated on a motion
Peter Dominquez, 23, was arrested at 2:56 a.m., on August 24, at Yucca
and Park on a Reeves County Sheriff's warrant of theft by check.
Mingo Jimenez, 24, was arrested at 10:41 a.m., on August 21, at La Tienda,
810 S. Eddy St., on a Reeves County Warrant for failure to appear.
PECOS, Mon., August 26, 2002 -- High Sunday 104. Low this morning 69.
Forecast for tonight: Mostly clear. Lows in the upper 70s. Southeast
winds 10 to 15 mph. Tuesday: Mostly sunny and hot. Highs near 110.
Southwest winds 10 to 20 mph. Tuesday night: Mostly clear. Lows in
the upper 70s. Wednesday: Mostly sunny and hot. Highs near 105. Thursday:
Partly cloudy. Lows near 75. Highs 99 to 104.
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
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324 S. Cedar St., Pecos, TX 79772
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