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November 14, 1997
Pecos Elementary students honor veterans
By ROSIE FLORES
PECOS, November 14, 1997 - Many Pecos residents showed up
for a special tribute to veterans performed by students
"We had a really good turnout, it was a very nice event,"
said Pecos Elementary School principal Gail Norris, who
added that she was very proud of the students who organized
Third-grade Cub Scout members raised the U.S. flag and J.T.
Miranda led those present in the pledge of the allegiance.
Pecos High School student Penny Armstrong played the
traditional "Taps" for the group assembled to pay homage to
those who died while serving our country.
Cub scouts presented some veterans that were on hand for the
occasion a blue ribbon, as a thank you for having served the
U.S. Those present to receive the ribbons were Hiram Luna,
James Henderson, Earl Samples and Alfonso Gonzales.
School Student Council members, along with other class
members, made a banner that was signed by all and contained
an "open letter" to all the veterans. The banner was
decorated with blue stars and red hearts and was displayed
during the ceremony.
Luna spoke to the group on patriotism.
"It was a very nice ceremony," said Norris.
County grant administrator to seek post
PECOS, November 14, 1997 - Three persons are now seeking the
post of Reeves County Commissioner, Precinct Four, with the
recent treasurer's designation filed Wednesday afternoon by
Mari Maldonado, Reeves County Grant Administrator.
David H. Pattillo, owner of Pecos Battery and Electric, will
be treasurer for Maldonado's campaign for the Precinct Four
commissioner's seat in preparation for the March 10 election.
The former staff writer for the Pecos Enterprise, and editor
of its Spanish supplement, La Voz De La Gente, said, there
are some things that the Reeves County Commissioners' Court
represents that she agrees with and others she finds
"Having been with the newspaper for almost three years and
with the county for over a year now, I've seen, heard and
experienced a great deal. All of it being highly educational
and a benefit to my candidacy," Maldonado said. "I
enthusiastically support the court's trend in lowering the
county's taxes. I also think the court is on the right track
with its recent support for a recreational program. Precious
time to further educate and express our support for our
youth is lost each year we only talk about such a prospect,"
Maldonado participated in the preparation of a Texas
Department of Parks and Wildlife grant application to erect
a new recreation center. "The support is certainly there,
but it would be more feasible to start with what we already
have to work with.
"I won't lose sight of that original idea, however,"
Maldonado said about a new building. "We could use the
inter-local harmony...and that and only that is what its
going to take to get an ideal recreational program up and
"It's this cooperation that would enhance the county's
chances for future grants," emphasized Maldonado, who added
that the possibilities are endless for the types of grants
that are available. She said the more recent and
disheartening experience with a Texas Youth Commission
proposal should not hinder future efforts.
Maldonado said she helped a friend campaign for this same
seat before the March primary in 1994. "It opened my eyes,"
she said and has since gathered all the knowledge and
experience she could for the upcoming election.
"My employment at the Enterprise," Maldonado said, "allowed
me to understand Reeves County's and its various taxing
entities' situation, how they work and their goals.
Obviously, I don't know everything, but I do have the desire
to learn and the enthusiasm to do all that I can to help."
She added that as an employee of Reeves County and,
previously, the Pecos-Barstow-Toyah Independent School
District, it is important that employees should always feel
comfortable, to approach court or board members with
concerns, suggestions or comments and know that they're
being heard. The same reasoning goes towards constituents,
Council moves to take charge of water
By GREG HARMAN
Christian concert one of weekend activities
By ROSIE FLORES
PECOS, November 14, 1997 - Looking for something to do this
weekend? Pecos will have a variety of options for everyone.
On Saturday, a Christian Concert will take place at the
Pecos High School Auditorium, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Sudden
Impact of Pecos will be welcoming Dallas Holm to the
community to perform Christian music.
Admission is $4 and a canned food item. Dallas Holm has a
big heart for the less fortunate. He helps communities
everywhere he goes through local food banks by including a
canned food item, or other non-perishable food, as admission
to his concert. These food items are then donated to the
local food banks.
Rachel Dominguez, coordinator of the Santa Rosa Food Bank,
is very grateful for the generosity of Dallas Holm, stating,
"We are really thankful that Dallas Holm is coming to Pecos
and including us in his plan. Not too many big artists like
him take a look at our side of the world, much less to come
here. He is making a difference in a lot of people's lives,
and for this we are truly grateful."
Early Saturday morning, a Big Garage Sale, will begin, and
it's also for a good cause. The event will begin at 8 a.m.
and continue until 1 p.m., at St. Catherine Parish Hall and
is sponsored by Catholic Daughters of Americas.
Proceeds from the event will go towards purchasing blankets
to be placed in holiday food baskets in conjunction with the
Knights of Columbus.
The Beta Sigma Phi Fifteenth Annual Christmas Bazaar is
scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. at the Reeves County Civic
Center. Festivities will continue until 5:30 p.m.
About 25 booths have been sold, and items for sale range
from jewelry, ceramics, wreaths, toys, dolls and paintings.
Admission to the bazaar is free, and everyone is welcome to
come out and browse. The club will have a concession stand
and will give door prizes, donated by the booth vendors.
The proceeds from this annual fund-raiser are donated back
to the community, such as the Christmas Light project and
Christmas gifts for needy children.
Contractor's contract on agenda
PECOS, November 14, 1997 - Pecos Housing Authority Board
members will discuss a 1996 contractor's contract to be
awarded to Master Builder's Construction at their regular
meeting at 5 p.m. today.
Master Builder's Construction had submitted the lowest bid
for a 1996 CIAP grant. PHA apartments located on the south
side of town and the apartments for the elderly on Second
St. will undergo major re-construction, due to this grant.
The group will receive an update on the CIAP 1996 and award
the contract for the renovation project.
Other items on the agenda include termination of lease
agreement for one resident; write off collection losses on
Yvette Acosta, Norma and Epifanio Reyes, Criselda Reyes,
Margarita Pargas and Reynaldo Arevalo.
Under the Farm Labor Housing portion of the meeting, the
board will receive an update on the investigation of
misappropriation of funds.
The group will meet in executive session to evaluate the
Monthly income and expense reports, monthly accounts payable
and monthly occupancy reports will also be discussed.
Promise Keepers look at problems
By GREG HARMAN
PECOS, November 14, 1997 - Sparse furnishings of the
Community Center in downtown Pesos amplified the sound of
songs such as "Amazing Grace" and more contemporary
Christian worship songs during the 10-man local Promise
Keepers meeting Tuesday night.
"What are we here for," asked Pastor Matt Williamson, of
Abundant Life Church, "but to be more like Jesus?"
All attending the meeting agreed that former University of
Colorado football coach Bill McCartney's program, Promise
Keepers, has helped them to relinquish the old dictatorial
model of fatherhood they once followed for one more based
upon humility and service, as modeled by Jesus Christ in the
New Testament accounts of his life.
Promise Keepers' conferences, according to Williamson,
"provide an environment where men feel safe (enough) to be
honest." The men testified to each other about the power
they experienced at such conferences and the positive
effects they have seen in their own lives.
One participant, responding to various charges that the
National Organization of Women, who fear that PK is leading
an anti-women's rights campaign, have made about Promise
Keepers said, "The only thing they've been able to make
stick is the amount of money charged for the conferences."
These large stadium-conferences usually run about $40 per
person. "But," the participant continued, "this year the
theme will be 'Throw Open the Gates' and all events will be
free of charge."
The tone of the meeting changed when the testimonials
concluded and the group began to focus on immediate concerns
such as how to tear down racial walls that divide the people
"If we do not address (this issue) and walk out the door
then nothing is ever going to happen to clean up this town,"
said Rudy Martinez, "Let's see what intentionally can be
done to tear down these walls...We can pay it lip service
till we're blue in the face."
Martinez challenged those present to be painfully honest
about how they see each other and the pain they carry
inside. He said there was a huge difference in calling
someone a "brother," as many Christians do, and really being
"A brother to me is one who comes to rescue you when you're
down and someone is kicking you in the face," he said.
Martinez recalled days growing up in Pecos when Foster's
(now Cattleman's Restaurant) had a No dogs or Mexicans'
sign on the door and Hispanics were not allowed to sit on
the first floor of the movie theater with whites, but had to
watch from the balcony.
The group agreed that racism was definitely still an issue
in Pecos, particularly in the churches.
The meeting broke over prayer and the lingering
conversations of a group concerned with bringing Pecosites
into a more complete knowledge of the Christian faith.
Drug dealers indicted by grand jury
By PEGGY McCRACKEN
PECOS, November 14, 1997 - Street dealers who allegedly sold
small amounts of heroin, cocaine and marijuana to undercover
officers were indicted Thursday by the Reeves County grand
Delivery was made on varied dates ranging from January
through August, the indictments allege.
Of the 34 indictments, 10 are for delivery of heroin, four
for delivery of marijuana, and 21 are for delivery of
cocaine. Bail in each case was set at $10,000 or $15,000.
Charged with delivery of heroin are:
Angie Mora Nunez, 31; Lucy Chavez Vela, 36; Arnulfo N.
Lujan, 34; Raul Lujan Barrera, 28; Ruben Minjarez Rayos, 43;
Alberto Franco Prieto, 37; Jose Manuel Garcia, 43; Gilbert
R. Ortega, 26; Daniel Natividad Fuentez, 47; and Alberto
Franco Prieto, 37.
Delivery of cocaine is the charge against:
Julian Guadalupe Rodriguez, 35 (three counts); Hector
Gonzales Pando, 27; Felipe Amarillas Cabada, 44; Angie Mora
Nunez, 31; Gilberto Herrera Perez, 37; Francisco Herrera
Perez, 47 (two counts); Hector Gonzales Pando Jr., 25; (two
counts) Dulces Nombres Mata, 35 (two counts); Emelda
Ramirez, 24; Arthur D. Williams, 35; Concepcion T. Garcia,
49; Francisco B. Gonzales, 35; Hector Chavez, 38; Francisco
S. Menchaca, 24; Alonzo Dutchover Mendoza, 42; and Guadalupe
Charged with selling marijuana are:
Kenneth Christopher Salas, 25 (two counts) and Leon Lee
Vega, 17, (two counts).
PBT board considers restructuring
PECOS, November 14, 1997 - A study on restructuring
Pecos-Barstow-Toyah schools will be conducted by a local
committee headed by the district's interim superintendent
rather than by hiring an outside company. To optimize
educational benefits for PBT students the district will join
four technology consortiums. These matters, and others, were
decided by the PBT school board last night.
The board of trustees opted not to hire the engineering firm
Frank Spencer and Associates to conduct an independent
"Do you really think we need to hire someone to study that?"
Trustee Steve Armstrong asked President Frank Perea,
inquiring if it was truly necessary to pay someone to
determine the feasibility and cost-effectiveness of
restructuring the schools at this time.
"It seems to me like we've been dealing with this issue for
The Fort Stockton Pioneer
FORT STOCKTON, Nov. 13, 1997 - The Fort Stockton Recycling
Center is celebrating its first birthday, and is inviting
everyone to come out and join them for the special occasion.
Saturday is Texas Recycles Day and the celebration will be
held at the center from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.
Giveaways will be held and refreshments available.
The Big Bend Sentinel
MARFA, Nov. 13, 1997 - The U.S. Border Patrol Marfa Sector
will conduct a public outreach meeting from 3 to 4 p.m.,
Tuesday, Nov. 18, at the Presidio County Courthouse in Marfa
to provide information about an upcoming 42-mile road
improvement project along River Road in the Candelaria area.
The Alpine Avalanche
ALPINE, Nov. 13, 1997 - Members of the Drug Enforcement
Administration met with parents, teachers and concerned
citizens Wednesday, Oct. 29, to discuss problems with drugs
in the community. The Alpine DEA agent-in-charge, Jim Rose,
discussed drug use in Alpine schools.
The International, Presidio Paper
PRESIDIO, Nov. 13, 1997 - Presidio High School seniors Nubia
Saenz and Danny Brito were crowned 1997 Homecoming queen and
king at the Blue Devil-Wildcat football game. The importance
of immunizations, snake bites, and africanized bee attacks
headlined a day-long bi-national health campaign last month
at Presidio Elementary School.
The Sanderson Times
SANDERSON, Nov. 13, 1997 - Terrell County Commissioners
Court met Monday, Nov. 10, with County Judge Dudley Harrison
presiding over a lengthy agenda. Terry Toler, Economic
Development Coordinator, gave a report on a seminar he
recently attended and showed the court prototype T-shirts
and posters promoting Sanderson as the "Cactus Capital of
Texas" that he had made while a the seminar.
The Monahans News
MONAHANS, Nov. 13, 1997 - Armed with 11 arrest warrants
charging various violations of anti-drug traffic laws, more
than a score of law enforcement officers swept through Ward
County on Wednesday, Nov. 12. The raids began about 1:30
p.m. in a cold drizzle that gradually turned to a light
rain. The search for those named in the warrants continued
through the afternoon and into the evening, according to
Ward County Sheriff Ben Keele.
PECOS, November 14, 1997 - High Thursday, 65, low this
morning, 40. A snow warning is in effect today for western
and central areas of the Texas Panhandle as forecasts called
for as much as 1-2 inches of snow. An Arctic cold front
stretched across southern areas of the Panhandle early today
from Childress northeastward to Oklahoma City. Snow flurries
were reported early today in the Panhandle behind the front
and some light rain fell in the Lubbock area. It will be
partly cloudy to cloudy across West Texas. Lows tonight will
be from 10-15 in the Panhandle to the 30s and 40s elsewhere
in West Texas. Highs Saturday will be in the 30s in the
Panhandle and in the 40s and 50s across the rest of West
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