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Tuesday, February 11, 1997

Council delays zoning change hearing date

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Staff Writer

PECOS, February 11, 1997 - Citizens who oppose a zone change in the
Parker Heights Addition to a commercial zone that would allow the sale
of beer and wine for off-premises consumption, along with a host of
other retail outlets, have two more weeks to gather support.

Pecos City Council has delayed a public hearing and discussion of the
proposed zoning change until the Feb. 27 meeting to allow time to
advertise the meeting, said Geneva Martinez, city secretary.

La Tienda Thriftway and Pecos Autoplex/Harris Properties seek the change
in zone from C-1 to C-2.

The Pecos Planning and Zoning Board approved their request with the
stipulation that no retail liquor stores nor beer parlors be allowed.
Their recommendation, which was not unanimous, goes to the council for
action, and it had been tentatively set for Thursday.

In the past, the council's unwritten policy has been to accept
recommendations from its boards and commissions if the vote was

In its Thursday meeting, the council will consider on second reading an
ordinance placing above-ground propane tanks within the city limits, as
requested by Winkles Trucking.

They will also hear from Carlos Colina-Vargas on Texas Community
Development Program funding for 1997-98 and consider authorizing him to
prepare applications for funding;

- Consider retaining the Colina-Vargas firm to provide services for
grant assistance;

- Consider lease of city's service station on U.S. Highway 285;

- Consider advertising for engineering service proposals on landfill
trench closure;

- Consider nomination for the Community Justice Council for the 143rd
Judicial District;

- And approve monthly reports from municipal court, juvenile court,
hotel-motel occupancy tax and civic center operations.

Council meetings are at 7:30 a.m. in council chambers of city hall.
Public attendance and comment are welcome.

Two more hopefuls seek city manager's position

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Staff Writer

PECOS, February 11, 1997 - Two last-minute entries in the competition
for Pecos city manager brings the total of applicants to 26, and the
council will consider all the resumes in a special meeting at 5 p.m.

Bill L. Rowton of Ardmore, Okla. has more than 20 years experience in
cities of varied sizes. His most recent position was manager in a city
with 110 employees and a $9 million budget.

Rick L. Madsen of Rockwall is a business analyst who has an educational
background in public administration. He has worked with two cities in
Utah on budget and manpower strategy.

The two are seeking the position vacated by Harry Nagel, when he
resigned the post effective Dec. 31. The council is currently employing
Nagel in a consultant's role until a new city manager can be chosen.

Local applicants are Tom Rivera, Victor Thompson, Len Smallwood, Steve
McCormick, Johnny Terrazas and Frank Sanchez.

Others are: George A. Holland of Dayton, Ohio;

- Ken Goslee of Springfield, Mo.,

- Richard Jorgensen of Odessa,

- Raymond H. Kendall of Gainesville,

- Thomas Henry Caffall of Burleson,

- Thomas Walton Winder of Brady,

- Kenneth L. Neal of Anson,

- Kent R. Van Eman of Brenham,

- K.M. Waterstreet of Electra,

- Thomas E. Donaldson of Llano,

- William H. Lewis of Edna,

- Deck Shaver Jr. of Fritch,

- Kyle H. McCain of Denton,

- Stephen K. Shutt of Colorado City,

- Jim Allan of Canon City, Colo.,

- Andrew A. Wayman of Fort Worth,

- Corrin J. McGrath of Corpus Christi and

- Randall Ellis Holly of Farmersville.

Head Start not set to stop, Clark says

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Staff Writer

PECOS, February 11, 1997 - If Head Start's mission is to get parents
involved in their children's schooling, the Pecos Center is doing a
bang-up good job.

Parents have met to discuss problems at the center over the past few
months, attempted to recruit inactive parents in their fight against
administration, and circulated a petition to have Head Start Director
Norma Rubio and Community Council of Reeves County executive director
Yvonne Martin fired.

Rubio resigned last Friday, and Martin has said her resignation is
effective this coming Friday.

Gilda Vejil, a friend of Martin's, said she attended a parents' meeting
Friday night, and nothing was accomplished, even though it lasted until
12:15 a.m.

"It is ridiculous," she said. "It makes me so upset because everything
else will be affected. Martin has worked over 18 years, and she's done a
lot of good for this community. I feel like they are not giving her and
Norma a fair chance."

If Head Start loses its funding and other CCRC programs are cut, a lot
of jobs will be lost, Vejil said.

"If we can all just sit down and try to help...see what needs to be done
instead of bickering," she said.

Despite the bickering and resignations, Head Start will not close
Wednesday, as rumored among the parents.

CCRC board president Linda Clark said she hopes to have an emergency
meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday to appoint an interim executive director for
CCRC and discuss some of the problems that need immediate attention.

One of those is uncompleted work on deficiences noted by the regional
Head Start monitor. If the work is not done by April 1, federal funding
could be cut off, Clark said.

The monitor suggested CCRC contact the Andrews Head Start administrators
for a copy of their policies to use as a guide, Clark said.

"They have a super Head Start program," she said.

CCRC operates Head Start centers in Pecos, Saragosa and Monahans.

Ward County Judge Sam Massey said he wanted to take over administration
of the Monahans Center, but Ward County Commissioner Julian Florez asked
him to give him a chance to get matters straightened out.

Florez is on the CCRC board and the Head Start policy council. He has
taken an active role in questioning finances, policies and operations.

One of the practices Massey questioned is mingling grant funds. He said
the staff illegaly borrows from one grant fund to help out another that
has run low on money.

Martin said that is not true. What she calls "local funds" are used to
pay expenses for programs until they are reimbursed by federal money,
she said.

Some programs are funded by unit. If the grant pays $3 per person and
the cost is only $1.75, the extra $1.25 is put in the local fund, she

Even if Head Start shuts down, Martin sees no danger to the other

"They will need to get an executive director. I don't see no reason to
shut down the other programs," she said. "Our other programs are
functioning real good."

Seizure sought of car by DA

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District Attorney Randy Reynolds has filed notice of seizure and intent
to forfeit a 1986 Pontiac seized on Jan. 6 as contraband.

Reeves County Sheriff's Deputy Clay McKinney said he seized the car
because it is believed to have been used in a drug-related enterprise.

Owners notified of the seizure are Jesus G. Silvas and Glenn Cameron.

Reynolds asks that the car be forfeited to the state.


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The Fort Stockton Pioneer

FORT STOCKTON, Feb. 6, 1997 - Tony Benavides has become the first to
announce his candidacy for the office of Fort Stockton mayor since Mayor
Joe Shuster said he would not seek re-election. Benavides is a
councilman and mayor pro-tem.

Jeff Davis County Mountain Dispatch

VALENTINE, Feb. 6, 1997 - In a special meeting of the Valentine school
board, five of the seven trustees voted to not renew the contract of
Supt. Lola Waggoner. Waggoner took over as interim superintendent last
year after Truck Lusk resigned. She was given a one-year contract. Two
trustees were absent, and the vote was 3-2 not to renew the contract. No
decision was made on carrying out a search for a new superintendent.

The Big Bend Sentinel

MARFA, Feb. 6, 1997 - Marfa police and Border Patrol agents last Friday
took almost 22 pounds of marijuana valued at $17,216 off the street and
arrested Leonel Salazar Orona, 27, of Denver City. Marfa police chief
Jeff Fitzgerald said he stopped Orona's vehicle after Border Patrol
agents notified him the pickup had a defective tail lamp. BP agent
Rodney Hall peered underneath the vehicle after gaining consent to
search and spotted suspicious-looking scratches on the fuel tank. A
drug-sniffing dog alerted to the fuel tank, where the marijuana was

The Alpine Avalanche

ALPINE, Feb. 6, 1997 - Fifty years ago this month, KVLF made its debut
on the airwaves. The radio station had 250 watts and broadcast at 1490
kilocycles from studios in the Holland Hotel. During the past 50 years,
Gene Hendryx chronicled many stories and anecdotes about events in this
area, and those recollections have been broadcast on KVLF. Those
recordings have been reduced to writing, and are in the process of being
published in a book, «MDUL»Voice of the Last Frontier.«MDNM»

The International, Presidio Paper

PRESIDIO, Feb. 6, 1997 - Presidio will get a brand new, badly needed
post office by this summer in a unique three-way deal beetween the
federal government, the city of Presidio and the private sector. It's
taken seven years of negotiations, but finally the U.S. Postal Service
last week hired an El Paso construction company to build a
6,445-square-foot post office on city land near the downtown "Y"
intersection. Horak Construction Co. will erect the building at a cost
of $700,000 and lease it to the postal service at an annual rate of
$90,000 over the next 15 years, with a renewal option for 20 additional
years. The city will lease the postal service a 1.342-acre tract.

The Monahans News

MONAHANS, Feb. 6, 1997 - Ward County Judge Sam G. Massey questioned the
credibility of Ward Memorial Hospital's adnministrative staff in an
intense meeting Tuesday that ended after the hospital's trustees voted
to recommend the county purchase a new computer system plus an air
conditioner. Massey called the $560,000 cost the latest chapter in a
crisis of fiscal credibility at the hospital which was loaned $300,000
from the county's insurance fund late last year to pay past due bills.
Massey suggested it is time for a change of hospital administration.

Van Horn Advocate

VAN HORN, Feb. 6, 1997 - Culberson Hospital and the Van Horn Rural
Health Clinic have been operating for the lat seven months with
physicians covering both facilities. Dr. Paul A. Moran has signed a
contract to take over the practice, moving from Coleman. He previously
practiced in Kermit. His wife will stay in Coleman to complete her
bachelor of science in nursing at Angelo State University.


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Refugia Tarango

Services have been scheduled on Thursday for Refugia "Cuca" Tarango, 92,
who died Monday at her residence. The services will be under the
direction of Pecos Funeral Home.

A funeral oration will be said in Tarango's honor on Thursday, at 2
p.m., at the Pecos Funeral Home Chapel. A burial will follow at the
Greenwood Cemetery.

She was born July 4, 1904 in Balmorhea, was a homemaker and member of
the Church of Christ.

Survivors include one daughter, Gloria Fuentez of Fort Worth; five
grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren.


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High Monday 57, low last night 23. Tonight, cloudy with a chance of
rain. A few thunderstorms also possible. Low 35-40. East to southeast
wind 10-20 mph, becoming north toward morning. Chance of rain is 50
percent. Wednesday, cloudy with a chance of rain in the morning. Rain
possibly mixed with sleet or snow. Then decreasing clouds in the
afternoon. Colder with a high 40-45. North to northeast wind 10-20 mph
and gusty. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent.
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