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Daily Newspaper and Tourism Guide for Reeves County Trans Pecos, Big Bend of West Texas


October 17, 1997

Enterprise cited for outstanding contribution

PECOS, October 17, 1997 - Yesterday, the Pecos Enterprise was awarded a citation by the Associated Press Managing Editors (APME) association for outstanding contribution to the Associated Press (AP) report wire service.

The APME association awarded 21 citations to Texas newspapers and broadcast stations for outstanding contributions. Nationwide, 281 citations were awarded. The awards were announced yesterday at the annual APME conference.

Enterprise Managing Editor Jon Fulbright and City Editor Rick Smith earned the citation from APME with coverage of the April 30 arrest in Pecos of seven men allegedly on their way to give support to Richard McLaren and his Republic of Texas followers dur
ing their standoff with law enforcement officers in the Davis Mountains.

Fulbright captured the early morning arrest of the seven men in a photograph that was picked up by the AP wire service. Fulbright and Smith collaborated on a news article about the arrest.

The APME comprises managing editors and other news executives of the 1,550 member newspapers of the AP, the world's oldest and largest news gathering organization.

The AP is a cooperative agency whose members provide coverage of news in their areas for distribution through AP bureaus in their states.

The citations are in three categories - news, newsphoto and news-newsphoto.

News Citations:

KRLD-AM, Arlington

KCBD-TV, Lubbock

KKDA Radio, Grand Prairie

The Paris News

KETK TV, Tyler

Tyler Morning Telegraph


Newsphoto Citations:

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Killeen Daily Herald

News-Newsphoto Citations:

Austin American-Statesman

The Brownsville Herald

The Brazosport Facts, Clute

The Dallas Morning News

El Paso Times

Houston Chronicle

Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

The Monitor, McAllen

Pecos Enterprise

San Antonio Express-News

Temple Daily Telegram

Waco Tribune-Herald

Eagle band adds culture to routine

Staff Writer

PECOS, October 17, 1997 - Pecos High School Eagle Band has put a little "culture" into their routine, just in time for competition this Saturday.

The group will perform at 8 p.m. at Ratliff Stadium in Odessa.

"The kids have been practicing a lot this week in preparation for this event, before school and at night," said band director Steven Clary.

Clary said he doesn't know how well the band will fare at competition, but, "The kids just have to go out and do what they are supposed to do."

More band members can be seen out in the field this year than last year, more freshman, according to Clary.

"We're a young band, but we do have more out on the field and this should help us out," he said.

Band students will be playing from "Andrew Lord Webber," "Jesus Christ Superstar," "Evita" and "Phantom of the Opera."

"We're putting some culture back in the kids and it's all coming together," Clary said.

Four other bands will be performing in the same classification as the Eagle Band, but Clary stated that the Eagle band will be competing against themselves.

"What the judges give us, is what we've got," he said.

5-A bands will not be performing at this event.

Services intended to attract Billy Graham

PECOS, October 17, 1997 - The "Pray for Pecos" November prayer service will be held at Primerea Iglesia Bautista Church at 7 p.m. on Nov. 9. The church is located at the corner of 8th St. and Sycamore.

"Pray for Pecos" is an interdenominational effort to bring a Billy Graham Associates crusade to Pecos. All denominations are invited to attend and join other members of the community in praying for the crusade, which would feature one of Graham's associa
te evangelists.

The evening service, estimated to last about an hour, will include prayers, testimonies, music and refreshments.

The November prayer meeting will be led by Primera Iglesia Bautista's pastor, Reverend Paul Garcia.

"Pray for Pecos" is held the second Sunday of each month, and the meetings rotate between participating churches. For more information, call Reverend Greer Willis at First Baptist Church, 445-4921.

Local agencies receive funding from FEMA

PECOS, October 17, 1997 - Chairman of the local Federal Emergency Management Agency, Bruce Dury, yesterday presented checks to several groups from Reeves County yesterday.

Lilia Franco, of Reeves County Judge's Office, accepted a check for Indigent Care of $9,224; Sharon and Paula Sanchez from Project Care of Toyah received $4,292; Balmorhea Mayor Ismael Rodriguez accepted a check for the Community Care Program totalling $
5,400; and Monty Huffman was honored with $1,000 for Compassionate Care of Pecos.

The federal money is allocated annually to Reeves County depending upon levels of poverty and unemployment in the area. Community Council Secretary Bertha Meierhoff was instrumental in deciding how FEMA should disseminate the funds among applying Local R
ecipient Organizations (LRO's).

Free cattle raisers association seminar

FORT STOCKTON, October 17, 1997 - Ranchers looking for practical and creative ways to better manage their operations will attend the West of the Pecos Producers' Conference from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, at the Large Community Hall in Pecos
County Precinct #2 Building, Hwy. 285 in Rooney Park, Ft. Stockton, Texas, says C. Coney Burgess, president of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association.

The 120-year-old organization has more than 14,000 dues-paying members who control approximately 1.9 million head of cattle on millions of acres of range and pasture land in Texas, Oklahoma and surrounding states.

The free conference is being presented in cooperation with the Texas Agricultural Extension Service, Pecos County. It is the final in a series of five regional meetings which TSCRA is conducting in Texas and Oklahoma.

Hi-Pro Animal Health, Western Federal Land Bank Association of Marfa and Texas PCA of San Angelo are underwriting the project.

"We feel that we must take our educational information out to the producer face-to-face in order to truly fulfill our mission as a grassroots organization," said Burgess. "Conditions are different in each area; we have to be there to hear what our member
s want from their association and offer area-specific information to help them survive.

"To be sure that we provide the kind of information needed by ranchers in each area, TSCRA directors and staff members who live in each region have been asked to help plan the program," Burgess said.

Ron Helm, TSCRA director, will give the official welcome in Ft. Stockton.

John Ford, extension agent for Kleberg and Kenedy counties, will present a program on Texas Youth Cow Camp - Your Leadership for the Future.

Phil Sutton, former banker and consultant for Trico Industries, Inc., in Austin, Texas, will present a two-part program on "Convincing Banker Tufernal You Are a Risk Manager."

Dr. Bruce Carpenter, extension livestock specialist with Texas A&M Extension Service in Pecos County will speak on planning for winter/spring beef cattle and pasture management.

Two CEU credits will be given to attendees at the end of the program, Burgess said.

The complimentary lunch is provided by Hi-Pro Animal Health and will also include a presentation by Jim Leonard of Arthur Gallagher of Dallas and Davis Robinson of ManagedComp of Dallas who will speak on "At Risk Behavior on Ranch Horses."

"We are excited about adding some safety education to this year's conferences," says J. D. Cargill, TSCRA's director of marketing and member services.

"We believe that whether a person was reared on horseback or is just beginning to learn to ride, there is always more to learn, especially when it comes to those safety factors. TSCRA is dedicated to helping our members stay on the ranch where they can b
e productive."

There will be information on services available from Hi-Pro Animal Health, Western Federal Land Bank Association of Marfa, Texas PCA of San Angelo, BlueCross/BlueShield of Texas, ManagedComp, and TSCRA. Door prizes will also be given away.

Members of TSCRA and non-members alike are invited.

Those interested in attending the free conference should leave a message on TSCRA voice mail at (800) 242-7820, extension (voice mail) #145 indicating they will be attending the Ft. Stockton meeting.

For more information, contact TSCRA staff members J.D. Cargill or Rochelle King at 800-242-7820, or TSCRA field inspector Bobby Upchurch at 915/837-2143.

Election officials urge Texans to vote

Associated Press Writer

AUSTIN (AP) October 17, 1997 - Early voting for the Nov. 4 constitutional amendment election may begin as early Saturday. But state officials worry that not many Texans want to take part.

"The right to vote, once a patriotic duty, has become as important to some people as a weekend chore that never seems to get done. 'Yeah, yeah, I'll do it - if I get around to it'," Secretary of State Tony Garza said Friday.

Fourteen amendments will be decided in this November's balloting.

A 15th amendment proposed by the 1997 Legislature - raising the homestead exemption to provide $1 billion in property tax relief - was ratified in an August election noteworthy mostly for its lack of interest.

Only 6.9 percent of Texas' 10.6 million registered voters bothered to cast ballots in August - an all-time low for an amendment election.

"That dismal turnout should be a wakeup call for all of us," Garza said.

"Granted, voter turnout for a constitutional amendment election is historically bad. It generally hovers around 12 percent to 15 percent. And it's pretty pathetic when even a 15 percent turnout starts to look good in comparison."

The Legislature passed a law this year to begin early voting 17 days before an election. That law also allows county clerks to decide when to open this early balloting period, said Lisa Glass, spokeswoman for Garza.

So depending on the county, voting may begin Saturday, Sunday or Monday, she said.

In urging Texans to cast ballots, Garza said participation rises when issues are being decided that people consider relevant. The 1987 referendum legalizing pari-mutuel gambling, for example, saw a turnout of 30.6 percent. The 1991 lottery vote drew a 26
.2 percent turnout.

"Have you ever heard of someone refusing to buy a lottery ticket because 'just one won't make a difference,' the way people use the same excuse to stay away from the polls on election day?" Garza asked.

The Texas Constitution, which dates to 1876, has been amended 365 times. But Garza said all those elections are no reason to stay home this year.

"It is the people of the state of Texas who have always decided what goes in and what remains out of our Constitution," he said. "It is the people of the state of Texas who must now decide whether they will keep playing this essential role in our governm


The Fort Stockton Pioneer

FORT STOCKTON, Oct. 16, 1997 - A routine traffic stop in Fort Stockton resulted in the arrest of a Fort Stockton man on drug related charges. David Gonzales Hernandez, 18, was arrested early Wednesday evening, Oct. 8, by Fort Stockton Police Lieutenant S
am Esparza and Officer Enrique Irogoyen. The suspect was stopped by officers a little after 5 p.m. Wednesday at the corner of Dickinson and Williams on a seatbelt violation. Officers became suspicious when they realized the truck was one they had been ke
eping tabs on for some time.

The Big Bend Sentinel

MARFA, Oct. 16, 1997 - Republic of Texas leader Rick McLaren will be tried in Alpine, and 394th State Judicial District Judge Kenneth DeHart will preside over the case. That was the outcome of a pre-trial hearing Monday in state district court in Fort Da
vis. McLaren had filed a motion to have DeHart removed from the case because the judge is one of more than 40 area and state officials named in a federal civil lawsuit filed by the separatist.

The Alpine Avalanche

ALPINE, Oct. 16, 1997 - The 17th annual International Good Neighbor Day Fiesta will be held this Saturday, Oct. 18, at Rio Grande Village in Big Bend National Park. Food and crafts will be sold from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and live entertainment begins at noo
n. The City of Alpine will be fined by TNRCC for violations at the sewer plan, but the amount is not known at this time. City Manager Doug Lively told the council that "the fine would be from $0 to $5,000."

The International, Presidio Paper

PRESIDIO, Oct. 16, 1997 - Presidio school officials are planning a $4.4 million bond election in December and say that it will not increase taxes. Presidio mayor resigns again. Locho Nichols said Wednesday morning that he is resigning on the advice of hi
s doctor.

The Sanderson Times

SANDERSON, Oct. 16, 1997 - Terrell County Commissioners Court met in regular session, Monday, Oct. 13. Judge Dudley Harrison introduced his new secretary, Samantha Diehl to the court before proceeding with the agenda. A report from State Comptroller John
Sharp reveals a drop in businesses and retail sales in Terrell County for the first quarter of 1997 compared to the first quarter of 1996.

The Monahans News

MONAHANS, Oct. 16, 1997 - Much litigation remains for Michael Scott Nichols of Monahans, 26, who has pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated sexual assault of a minor, reports Assistant District Attorney Theresa Clingman of Midland County. In a plea b
argain, Oct. 3, Clingman says, Nichols pleaded guilty in return for 15 years in a state penitentiary.


Dolores Lozano

Dolores Natividad Lozano, 91, died Thursday, Oct. 16, 1997, in Hobbs, N.M.

A rosary is scheduled for 7 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 19, at the Pecos Funeral Home Chapel.

Mass will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, Oct. 20, at Santa Rosa Catholic Church with Father Antonio Mena officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery.

Lozano was born April 6, 1906, in Brogado, Tx., was a lifelong area resident and a Catholic.

She was preceded in death by her husband Jose Lozano.

Survivors include two daughters, Mickie Gomez and Rachel Guajardo of Hobbs, N.M.; 12 grandchildren; 18 great-granchildren; and one great-great grandchild.

Pecos Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


PECOS, October 17, 1997 - High Thursday, 78, low this morning, 42. Temperatures are expected to take a chilling turn this weekend in some parts of the state, but winds are predicted to be light. In West Texas, an upper-level high pressure is centered ove
r the far west today. The forecast for West Texas calls for fair nights and mostly sunny days region-wide this weekend. Highs Saturday will generally be in the 70s and lower 80s. Lows will dip into the 30s.

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