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Friday, December 5, 2003

Challengers loom for incumbent commissioners

Staff Writer

PECOS, Fri., Dec. 5, 2003 -- A longtime member of the Reeves County Hospital District board has signaled his intention to run for Reeves County Commissioner, as two challengers have joined several incumbents in filing their treasurer's designation for the primary elections in March.

Filing for the Reeves County primary elections in March officially begin Wednesday, and continues through Friday, Jan. 2 This year's primary elections are scheduled for March 9.

Elizer "Chel" Flores, filed his treasurers designation with the Reeves County Clerk on Wednesday, Dec. 3 to run for the office of Reeves County Commissioners Precinct 1. Flores named himself as treasurer of his campaign.

Incumbent Reeves County Precinct 1 Commissioner Felipe Arredondo filed his treasurer's designation, on Sept. 9, naming himself as treasurer.

To file officially, candidates must file a petition with 50 names or pay a filing fee to the local party chairmen, so the individuals who have filed with the county clerk, will now have to take this second step. Almost all candidates in Reeves County run in the Democratic primary and file with county chairman Robert C. Dean.

Arredondo is seeking a third consecutive term in office, and fourth term overall as Precinct 1 Commissioner. Flores currently is in his fourth term as the Precinct 1 representative on the Reeves County Hospital District's board of directors.

Incumbent Precinct 3 Commissioner Herman Tarin, also designated himself as treasurer when he filed on Nov. 26.

Tarin, like Arredondo, will be trying for his fourth term as Reeves County Commissioner in the March primary election, and like Arredondo, he might have a challenger. Manuel "Manny" D. Lopez, who filed with Flores' office on Thursday, and designated himself as treasurer.

Other incumbents who have filed their treasurer's designation include, Reeves County Sheriff Arnulfo "Andy" Gomez, listed Grace Morales as his treasurer; Reeves County Tax Assessor/Collector Elfida Zuniga, who selected Orlando Zuniga as treasurer of her campaign and Jerry C. Matta, for constable Precinct 2. Matta designated himself as treasurer.

Along with these positions, other local positions that will be up for election on March 9, are Reeves County Attorney; 143rd District Attorney and 143rd District Court Judge.

The District Attorney and District Judge positions cover Reeves, Ward and Loving Counties. Former District Attorney Hal Upchurch of Monahans already has announced his plans to seek re-election to the position he last held 12 years ago. Randall W. Reynolds currently holds the position, and was first elected to office in 1996.

Both the District Attorney and the District Judge candidates will file their petitions or pay a filing fee in Austin.

Entries increase, winners picked for Pecan Show

PECOS, Fri., Dec. 5, 2003 -- The annual Reeves-Loving County Pecan Show and Pecan Food Show drew more entries this year, and winners were announced today at the show, held in the lobby of West Texas National Bank.

Last year's show drew only a handful of entries, while this year's event had more than two dozen contestants, according to Sue Evans with the Texas Extension Service office in Pecos.

"We had about 31 entries this year, so it was a lot bigger," Evans said. "Tommy (Dominguez, new Reeves-Loving Extension Agent) really went out and hustled for entries this year."

The Pecan Show open to contestants in both Reeves and Loving counties. Entries in the food show were brought into West Texas National Bank this morning, and judged at 10:30 a.m. before being displayed in the bank's lobby through this afternoon. A sale also was held following the food show judging.

Evans said plaques made from pecan wood were to be presented to the winners in each division today.

A list of winners from the Pecan Show was not available at press time. Winners for this years annual Pecan Food Show are listed below:


Cakes: 1st Kathy Paschal, Apple Blossom Cake; 2nd Barbara Creager, Spice Pecan Cake; 3rd Kathy Teague, Pineapple Cake

Cookies: 1st Barbara Creager, Oatmeal Pecan Cookies; 2nd Kathy Paschal, Oatmeal Crisps; 3rd Kathy Paschal, Lemon Pecan Dainties

Pies: 1st Dot Stafford, Fudge Pecan Pie; 2nd Cheryl Bippes, Ruitz Pie

Breads: 1st Zelma Canon, Brownie Muffins; 2nd Norma Jean Reynolds, Pecan Pie Muffins; 3rd Laura Teal, Pumpkin Bread

Candies: 1st Laura Teal, Dulce De Leche; 2nd Mary Ann Gomez, Pecan Chocolate Glaze; 3rd Mary Ann Gomez, Bourbon Pecan Balls

Miscellaneous: 1st Barbara Creager, Spicy Pecans; 2nd Melissa Box, Sugar Pecans

Adult Grand Champion: Barbara Creager, Spice Pecans

Adult Reserve Champion: Kathy Paschal, Apple Blossom Cake

Adult Best Use of Pecans: Mary Ann Gomez, Pecan Chocolate Glaze

Overall Best of Show: Dot Stafford, Fudge Pecan Pie


Cookies: Talia Castillo, Pecan Pie Squares

Pies: Clay Teague, Pecan Pie

Youth Grand Champion: Talia Castillo, Pecan Pie Squares

Youth Reserve Champion: Clay Teague, Pecan Pie

Best Use of Pecans: Clay Teague, Pecan Pie

Overall Best of Show: Talia Castillo, Pecan Pie Squares

Holiday parade set for tonight

Staff Writer

PECOS, Fri., Dec. 5, 2003 -- Pecos Area Chamber of Commerce officials have already signed up several entries for the Christmas Parade, scheduled for this evening along Eddy and Third streets in Pecos.

"We think it will be a really nice one, we have already signed up several to participate," said chamber office manager Lupe Davis.

Davis said that individuals or groups do not necessarily have to sign up for the parade and that they will be taking entries up until line-up time, which is 5 p.m., in the Pecos High School band parking lot.

The parade will begin at 6 p.m. and will travel from the high school to the Reeves County Courthouse, where the seventh annual courthouse lighting ceremony will be held, starting about 7 p.m.

No Santas will be allowed in the parade, the chamber will be providing one. "They have refurbished the sleigh and he will be riding in his sleigh," said Davis.

"We have also had a lot of inquiries about the parade, so maybe more entries will show up this evening," said Davis. "We welcome everyone that wants to participate to come out and join us, or to just watch."

"They can call the chamber if they want to be judged or show up at line-up and we'll put them on the list," said Davis.

Temperatures should be in the 40s during the parade, which will last about 45 minutes. The parade route will be the same as in recent years, traveling north on Eddy Street from the high school to West Third Street, and from there east on Third to South Oak Street. The parade will then turn back north on Oak and travel one block to the courthouse, where it will end.

Commissioners to have routine Monday agenda

PECOS, Fri., Dec. 5, 2003 -- With the contract situation at the Reeves County Detention Center settled for now, county commissioners will have only routine business to take care of on Monday, when they hold their regular Commissioners Court meeting at the Reeves County Courthouse

Commissioners will meet at 10 a.m., in the third floor courtroom and the public is invited to attend.

Commissioners will discuss and take action on a Texas Association of Counties resolution on State Unfunded Mandates; 2004 TCDRS retirement plan; bid 27-03 janitorial supplies; bid 29-03 inmate clothing/linen supply; bid 30-03 motor fuel-/oil/antifreeze; 31-03 employee uniforms; bid 32-03 surface aggregates; bid 34-03 asphalt/emulsions; bid 41-03 inmate food and kitchen supplies; proposal 35-03 general liability insurance; proposal 37-03 law enforcement insurance; proposal 38-03 workers comp insurance; proposal 42-03 physical services for sheriff's office; proposal 43-03 dental services; proposal 44-03 pharmaceutical services and proposal 45-03 inmate lab and x-ray services.

The group will discuss and take action on: deputation and oath for Monette Pena Arreguy as deputy district clerk; Christina Winfrey as deputy/jailer for the Reeves County Sheriff's Department; Javier Contreras as deputy/jailer for the Reeves County Sheriff's Department and Efren Rodriguez as Reserve Deputy for the Reeves County Sheriff's Department.

Commissioners will discuss and take action on a property bid for property located at lot five of the Roy Lindsey Addition.

A contract and agreement between Reeves County and the Pecos County Juvenile Board for the detention of juvenile offenders will be discussed as well as inmate transportation crew mileage payments; reports from various departments; budge amendment and line-item transfers and personnel and salary changes (library).

Commissioners adjusted an agreement with Wackenhut Correctional Corp. at their last meeting to have the company immediately take over operation of the Reeves County Detention Center. Problems with the RCDC and the mostly-unused $40 million RCDC III addition took most of the attention of the commissioner's court, since the problem first surfaced in June.

Christmas lighting contest scheduled to start

PECOS, Fri., Dec. 5, 2003 -- The Women's Division of the Pecos Area Chamber of Commerce will be sponsoring it's annual city wide Christmas Lighting Contest.

The judging will take place on Friday, Dec. 12, from 7-10 p.m. Winners will be announced on Monday, Dec. 15, in the Pecos Enterprise and on KIUN Radio.

Judges will divide Pecos into seven sections and choose one winner from each section. All seven winners will receive a $20 "Pecos Bucks" Gift Certificate that can be used at any local chamber member business establishment.

Judges will also vote on the best decorated residential block and local business. These winners will receive a memorable gift.

For more information, contact project chairman, Michelle Workman at 445-5535.


PECOS, Fri., Dec. 5, 2003 -- High Thursday 72. Low this morning 42. Forecast for tonight: Partly cloudy in the evening then clearing. Lows near 25. Southeast winds near 10 mph. Saturday: Partly cloudy. Highs near 65. Southeast winds near 10 mph. Saturday night: Partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 30s. South winds 10 to 15 mph. Sunday: Partly cloudy. Highs in the mid 70s. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Sunday night: Partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 30s to the lower 40s. Monday: Partly cloudy. Isolated rain showers in the afternoon. Highs in the mid 60s to the lower 70s. Monday night: Mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of rain. Lows in the mid 30s to the lower 40s.


Rebecca Crouch

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