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Friday, December 19, 2003

Deputy takes down "most-wanted" deer near Toyah

Staff Writer

PECOS, Fri., Dec. 19, 2003 -- Reeves County Sheriff's Department deputy Damian Compton bagged a "most wanted" subject in early December that has attracted attention around the state. But it's not a wanted criminal Compton took down, but a state-record mule deer he shot in western Reeves County.

Compton said he shot the deer on Dec. 6 in the Toyah area. The deer has been scored by the state at 26 points, giving it a total of 223 points for its "green score" for what was classified as a "non-typical" mule deer.

The green score is a figure arrived at by measuring the antlers at multiple locations on a deer's rack for the purposes of comparing different deer to determine superiority.

Compton said the 26-point score may have been "conservative" and he was hoping that the final scoring on the deer might rank the antlers as high as 29 points.

Compton's deer's score comes in at more than 60 green score points than the previous non-typical mule deer record for Texas. He said preliminary information about the kill already has been posted on the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department website, and he has received calls from across the state about the deer, including one from the San Antonio Express-News.

Using a 30-06, scoped, bolt-action rifle, Compton took the deer at 200 yards. Upon realizing that the buck was close to being a state record, Compton first called a group of nearby hunters to witness the kill, and then called game warden Bradley Reeves confirm the legality of the kill. Reeves in turn called state biologist, Misty Sumner, to score the buck.

Compton estimates the weight of the deer at 200 pounds, field dressed, and Sumner estimated the age at six and a half years old.

Compton who is a lifetime resident of Reeves County, has hunted dove, quail and deer since childhood. He has served as a deputy for the Reeves County Sheriffs Office for the past 11 years.

The buck is currently at an undisclosed taxidermy office, and once completed, will be on display at the Texas Parks and Wildlife Regional Big Game Banquet on April 3 in Alpine. The event is open to the public and for a per plate fee, organizers feed guests several different kinds of wild game.

"I really hope that this helps Reeves County more than it does me. We have always known there were big deer in those draws, but this proves it," Compton said.

Search panel for city manager on council's agenda

PECOS, Fri., Dec. 19, 2003 -- The Town of Pecos City Council is scheduled to discuss and consider bids on the purchase of new police vehicles allotted for in the upcoming year's budget and to consider the city's policy on the extended absence of one of its employees, during their second regular meeting on Monday in council chambers at City Hall.

The council will also set up a committee to screen applications for the city manager's position during the Monday meeting. Today is the final day the city is accepting applications for the city manager's job, which became available when Carlos Yerena resigned the position in November.

Monday's meeting was moved up from its normal Thursday date due to next week's Christmas holiday.

The council is scheduled to review bids for the purchase of additional police vehicles and the new dump truck for when the city begins trash pickup itself again. According to the agenda, the city is set to look at the issues in two different items. The first is the award of bids on the police department SUV's and truck, and the second is the consideration of a resolution to purchase the police cars and the dump truck.

According to Mayor Dot Stafford, the issue with the employee extended absence policy has to do with a party that has been gone a long time now. "This particular issue is one that we need to look at very closely; the employee has been away for some time now, and the council must decide what to do."

The city council is also scheduled to hear from Sam Contreras on the possible purchase of a new software program that will aid the city in saving money by determining the efficient way to allocate funds. The Comprehensive Operational Efficiency Program sales representatives are expected to be in attendance for Monday's meeting.

Commissioners to discuss bids on RCDC items

Bids for supplies for the Reeves County Detention Center will once again be the topic of discussion at the regular Reeves County Commissioners Court meeting.

The group will meet at 10 a.m., Monday in the third floor courtroom to look at bids for the facility that were originally scheduled for discussion at the commissioners' Dec. 8 meeting.

Commissioners opted not to make a decision on the bids until they could discuss the issue with Wackenhut Corrections Corporation, the company Reeves County signed a contract with in November to manage the facility, after the county ran into trouble meeting bond payments on the new $40 million RCDC III unit..

Commissioners will discuss and take action on bid 27-03 janitorial supply; bid 29-03 inmate clothing/linen supply and bid 41-03 inmate food and kitchen supplies.

They will discuss and take action on 2004 TCDRS retirement plan; law enforcement liability additional "claims made" coverage; RCDC 1999 lease payment; RCDC 1999 maintenance reserve payment and RCDC 2001 lease payment.

Other items on the agenda include setting 2004 county holidays; LMD architect request for payment invoice No. 312; and a lease agreement on Xerox copy machine for TPDTF under state contract.

Commissioners will discuss and take action on deputation and oath for Liandro Gamboa Castaneda as Reeves County Deputy; grant application certification form from the Office of the Governor Criminal Justice Division.

Regular agenda items include: reports from various departments; budget amendments and line-item transfers; personnel and salary changes (library, sheriff's department); minutes from previous meetings and semi-monthly bills.

K of C holding collection effor to aid food bank

PECOS, Fri., Dec. 19, 2003 -- The Knights of Columbus will be holding a donation effort on Saturday to benefit the local food bank, in the final days before Christmas.

Erasmo Acosta of the local Knights chapter said the group would be in the parking lot of La Tienda Thriftway from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday collecting food for the holiday season.

Acosta said the group's goal is to fill up the bed of a Chevrolet S-10 pick-up with food donations during the five-hour effort.


PECOS, Fri., Dec. 19, 2003 -- High Thursday 62. Low this morning 25. Forecast for tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows near 30. Southeast winds near 10 mph in the evening becoming light and variable. Saturday: Partly cloudy. Highs near 75. South winds 10 to 15 mph. Saturday night: Partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 30s. South winds 10 to 15 mph. Sunday: Partly cloudy. Highs in the mid 70s. South winds 10 to 15 mph. Sunday night: Mostly clear. Lows near 40. Monday: Partly cloudy. Highs in the lower to mid 60s.


Esperanza Franco Saenz

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