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Tuesday, December 3, 2002

Christmas fund seeking $1,300 to aid 500 kids

Staff Writer

PECOS, Tues., Dec. 3, 2002 -- Christmas for the Kids is still seeking to raise $1,300 over the next three weeks, in order to meet its $8,000 goal to provide holiday gifts to over 500 Reeves County children.

Friday was the deadline for registering for the annual program, and the group's head elf Sofia Baeza said that over 500 children were signed-up for this year, which is slightly higher than the 492 who received Christmas presents a year ago.

"Our goal was to raise $8,000 because of the high number of kids," she said. "We still need $1,300, but I'm counting on businesses and individuals who have come through in the past, but who haven't donated yet to come through again."

Baeza said the group's barbeque fundraiser last month netted $1,200, while a door-to-door collection effort picked up another $1,700. Donations to the Christmas for the Kids program will continue to be accepted through Christmas at the Reeves County Sheriff's Office, although the gift deliveries are scheduled for one week before Christmas.

"Our goal is to deliver on the 18th, but we do have last-minute emergencies sometimes," she said. "We had to have an emergency fund for the last two years we've had a fire between the delivery time and the holiday, and we've had people with other emergencies at home where we had to buy groceries and other things."

Another `elf' with the program, Linda Clark, said Reeves County sheriff's deputies, along with Pecos High School and Crockett Middle School student council members and Crockett cheerleaders would help out with the deliveries on the 18th.

"Jesse (Baeza with the sheriff's department) decorates the truck for us, and the kids ride on the truck door-to-door to deliver presents," she said. "The deputies are real good about taking presents to Balmorhea and Saragosa in the outlying areas, because the truck does the deliveries only here in Pecos."

"We're always real excited to get this done," Clark said, adding that anyone who wanted to help out with the deliveries can do so at the sheriff's department office on Dec. 18, beginning about 4 p.m.

"I want to thank the community for their good response year in and year out," said Baeza. "I'm most thankful to anybody in any way, shape or form who has helped me or who is helping me at this moment."

She said anyone wanting more information on Christmas for the Kids could call the Reeves County Sheriff's Department, at 445-4901.

Community tree lighting delayed by rainy weather

PECOS, Tues., Dec. 3, 2002 -- The lighting of the Community Christmas Tree at Maxey Park, scheduled for tonight, has been postponed due to bad weather.

According to Pecos Rotary Club member Nancy Ontiveros, the lighting ceremony has been postponed till next Tuesday, Dec. 10, at 7 p.m.

Ontiveros said that they decided to postpone the ceremony because they were concerned with the safety of the children involved in the ceremony. Rainy weather has been in the area since late Monday night, and temperatures were expected to drop into the upper 30s this evening due to a cold front passing through West Texas.

Arizona man identified as fatality in I-10 crash

Staff Writer

PECOS, Tues., Dec. 3, 2002 -- A one-vehicle rollover took the life of an Arizona man and injured three others Monday morning on Interstate 10 near mile maker 147, in Culberson County, while no serious injuries were reported this morning in an accident at the I-10 junction with I-20, but which did shut down the interstate for some time.

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety report on Monday's accident, it involved a 1996 Ford Van with Arizona plates, and occurred at about 4:50 a.m.

The driver of the vehicle, Martin Capilla Cardenas, 38, was traveling on the westbound lane on I-10 about seven miles east of Van Horn when he became fatigued or fell asleep and drifted onto the center of the medium.

The DPS report said that the driver then applied the brakes causing the vehicle to go into a broadside skid and overturn several times.

After overturning the vehicle stopped facing south on its left side on top of the driver who was partially ejected from the car.

Culberson County Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Oscar Espinosa pronounced Cardenas dead at the scene at 6 a.m. and was taken to Geeslin Funeral Home.

Cardenas was not wearing his seat belt.

The three injured were Crystal Capilla, 10, Mariano Capilla, 16 and Adriana Capilla, 8.

The three children were taken to Culberson County Hospital and are listed in fair condition with minor injuries.

They were all wearing their seat belt.

The report read that the conditions of the road where dry and clear.

Troopers K. Vore and E. Taylor of Van Horn investigated the accident.

This morning's accident happened in far western Reeves County at the junction of I-10 and I-20, and involved an overturned truck-trailer that was then struck by two other vehicles, causing the road to close for some time.

According to Jose Rodriguez with Texas Department of Transportation out of Balmorhea the multiple-vehicle accident was blocking traffic on the highway, which does not have service roads to divert traffic.

"The traffic is on the shoulder," Rodriguez said.

No one was reportedly injured seriously despite the number of vehicles involved. Further information was not available on the accident, but Rodriguez said that the driving conditions in that area were foggy.

"Visibility is about 600-feet or more," Rodriguez said.

Rodriguez said that he was not sure for how long the road would be closed but did say that it would take at least four hours for the fog to clear in that area.


PECOS, Tues., Dec. 3, 2002 -- High Monday 68. Low this morning 51. Rainfall last 24 hours at Texas A&M Experiment Station .12 inch. Forecast for tonight: Cloudy with a slight chance of rain. Rain generally ending by midnight. Lows in the mid 30s. Northeast winds 5 to 15 mph. The chance of rain is 20 percent. Wednesday: Mostly cloudy and continued cold. Decreasing cloudiness during the afternoon. Highs 40 to 45. North winds 5 to 10 mph. Wednesday night: Mostly clear. Lows in the upper 20s. Thursday: Partly cloudy. Highs 45 to 50. Friday: Partly cloudy. Lows in the upper 20s. Highs in the mid 50s.

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