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December 4, 1997

Community invited to tour four homes

Staff Writer

PECOS, December 4, 1997 - Four local homes have been
decorated for Christmas in preparation for the annual tour
of homes.

The Women's Division of the Pecos Chamber of Commerce is
sponsoring the 1997 Christmas Tour of Homes, from 6 to 8
p.m., Friday, Dec. 5.

Ticket booklets for the event are $12 and everyone is
invited for refreshments following the tour at the Pecos
Valley Country Club, for the annual Merchants Bazaar.
Present your ticket booklet at the Bazaar to be eligible to
win one of the door prizes donated by one of the
participating merchants.

Four homes will be on the tour including, Mr. and Mrs. Bill
Allen home, No. 6 Briarwood Circle. The home is located off
Winding Way to the north. It has a formal living room with a
fireplace, and a formal dining room with a large mirror in
the ceiling. There is also a large kitchen and den with a
bar that accommodates the den and the indoor heated pool.
The pool is located in the center section of the home and is
complete with a whirlpool and a sauna room as well as a

This two-story home has three bedrooms and two and one-half
baths downstairs, and a fourth bedroom and bath upstairs
that has its own outside balcony. There is also a spiral

The Mr. and Mrs. Larry Sanders home, 1705 Jefferson, was
built in 1958 by the David Hess family. This home was built
to accommodate a large family. Their tree is decorated with
ornaments they have collected over the years. Some ornaments
belonged to their parents and a many are handmade and dated.

A special sequin stocking was handmade each time a baby was
born in the family. Each of the bedrooms is decorated in a
different theme. One bedroom is western, one is fishing, one
has an angel theme and another is Victorian.

The Sanders's also have a collection of Santas. One of them
belonged to Mr. Sanders when he was a child. They also have
a Mary Kay Santa that Mrs. Sanders' mother purchased in 1964
from a Mary Kay cosmetics dealer and of course he is dressed
in pink velvet. Their latest addition to their Santa
collection is a Russian Orthodox Santa from the Ukraine.

The home of Mr. and Mrs. Brent Shaw, and their children
Lindsey and Bradley, at 1800 Missouri is a country style
brick home built in 1979. It includes three large bedrooms
and two full baths. The kitchen and dining area open up to a
large living room with a fireplace, enclosed with finished
wood cabinets and book shelves.

A variety of personal touches are added to this family home,
from Lindsey's Barbie collection to Bradley's sheriff's
badge collection. Chili peppers, rope and bandanas adorn the
family Christmas tree. This year the dining room table is
set in Christmas dishes, as it has been for the past ten
years, for a grand family celebration on Christmas Day.

Mrs. Shaw's mother, Sherry Marshall, owner of The Ceramic
Shop provides her daughter with several year round, as well
as Christmas, decorations. Mrs. Marshall's favorite piece is
a child's nativity set she made for Lindsey on her first

The Weatherby House, 423 Oleander, was the historic home of
Ivy Weatherby, who died recently at the age of 100. Mrs.
Weatherby's daughter, Murdell Holbert donated the home to
the West of the Pecos Museum shortly before her mother died.

The home is full of antiques, family heirlooms, art and
nostalgic items. The house has many fabric-covered walls,
some of which, around the stairway and upstairs landing, are
a beautiful, deep blue velvet.

Some of the treasures in the house include vintage clothing,
antique furniture, Remington sculpture, fine china, a silver
service, a newspaper roller used to make newspaper logs for
the fireplace, stained glass windows, dolls from Mrs.
Weatherby's collection, Oriental artwork and items used in
day-to-day life in times past.

In the upstairs bedrooms, there are many pieces of
marble-topped wooden furniture, including a matched set of
his and her's dressers.

Additional decorations in the homes are provided by, Bryan's
Nursery, The Ceramic Shop, Fonville Jewelers, Four Seasons
Flower Shop and Taylor's Flowers.

No quarum for city council

PECOS, December 4, 1997 - The City Council of the Town of
Pecos City was unable to hear a report this morning on the
findings of the phase two area smoke test of the sewer lines
conducted by engineer Frank X. Spencer because only two
council members were present for the meeting.

"I can't even call the meeting to order because there is no
quarum (or, majority)," Mayor Dot Stafford said.
Councilmembers Gerald Tellez, Johnny Terrazas and Stafford,
who apologized for the episode, decided to reschedule for
one of the two January council meeting dates.

Giving Trees located at Pecos banks

Staff Writer

PECOS, December 4, 1997 - Two "Giving Trees" have been set
up at each of the banks in Pecos as part of an effort to
help bring Christmas cheer to children.

"We had a tree set up last year at First National Bank and
we did so well, we decided to expand it to include Security
State Bank also," said Community Council Program Coordinator
Bertha Meierhoff.

Meierhoff stated that the Reeves County Community Council
was trying to do their part in bringing a cheerier Christmas
to the less fortunate children in the community.

The tree contains the names of children in the community and
everyone is encouraged to pick out a name from one of the
trees, purchase a gift for that child and return it to the
place where the name was chosen.

"The names of the children were derived from case
management, CIAP co-pay program," said Meierhoff.

The program is geared towards helping those in their
transition out of poverty, according to Meierhoff.

"These families are attending workshops, going on to further
their education and working," said Meierhoff.

The program helps the individuals with utility payments on a
co-pay basis.

"Anyone who wants to can pick out the name of the child,
purchase a gift and return it gift-wrapped," said Meierhoff.

Meierhoff stated that last year's project was a huge
success. "Before the deadline all the names were picked out,
so we even went and added more," she said.

Gifts will be picked up on a daily basis until Dec. 19, with
distribution scheduled for Dec. 22.

About 55 children were on the list last year, and the group
hopes to include more this year.

Outreach workers Virginia Garcia and Rowena Lyles decorated
both trees and will be picking up the gifts.

Transfer station keeps garbage on the move

Staff Writer

Two new trailers and a transfer station, now operational at
the Pecos landfill, will keep the city from having to
construct a new pit for burying trash. Instead, waste may be
deposited directly into the trailers at the station and then
transferred to the Charter Waste Landfill at Penwell.

Centrally-located Pecos may soon be taking trash from
surrounding towns and benefiting from the subsequent
royalties for the service. The station is now serving as a
hub for Alpine and Van Horn in transferring their city trash
to Penwell.

"It's a marvelous invention," said City Manager Kenneth
Neal, "I'm delighted we got it in Pecos." Both the City
Manager and City Finance Director Steve McCormick were at
the landfill to witness the first loading of the trailers.

The state-of-the-art trailers, that possess movable floors
and walls for positioning trash into the rear of the trailer
(each priced at about $90,000, after taxes), will be able to
haul away at least three truckloads of compacted refuse
apiece, said landfill construction supervisor Bobby
Pilkington of Abilene.

The transfer station and trailers have already saved the
city a possible $1.3 million (the estimated cost of digging
a new waste pit) and, according to Wes Tex Waste's Regional
Supervisor Ronnie Ruiz, will enable Wes Tex Waste to provide
Pecos with a faster and more efficient service.

Local gift ideas on display

Staff Writer

PECOS, December 4, 1997 - Nine local merchants will be
displaying their wares at the 1997 Merchants Bazaar at the
Pecos Valley Country Club from 6 to 9 p.m. this Friday

Participating merchants are Taylor's Flowers (flowers and
gifts), Style Shop (ladies' clothing), Needleworks (ladies'
clothing), Norma Jean's (children's clothing), Oilfield
Phone (regular and cellular phones and Internet service),
Fonville Jewelers (jewelry and gift items), West of the
Pecos Museum Gift Shop (western theme gifts), Rediger's
Pharmacy (various categories of gifts) and The Ceramic Shop
(hand-painted ceramics, both decorative and practical).

The purpose of the bazaar is to give everyone a chance to
see some of the gift items available here in Pecos.
Everything shown at the bazaar will be available for
purchase there, as well as at the various merchants' store

Admission to the bazaar is free and the event is open to
both members of the country club and non-members alike.
Also, the country club will be offering dinner specials.

The Merchants Bazaar is being sponsored by the Women's
Division of the Pecos Chamber of Commerce.

TNMP shortens length of contract with TU

Staff Writer

PECOS, December 4, 1997 - A new agreement between Texas-New
Mexico Power and TU Electric is expected to reduce TNMP's
future purchased power costs by as much as $22.4 million and
in turn reduce potential stranded costs.

"The renegotiation of this agreement," said Pauline Moore,
West Texas Business Unit Manager for TNMP, "reduces the
(estimated $53.5 million purchased power) stranded costs by
$22.4 million."

The agreement condenses an earlier understanding, and
results in TNMP buying more of its power from TU. The
contract between the companies expires June 30, 2002,
instead of the former 2010 deadline.

Kevin R. Joyce, TNMP chairman, president and CEO, said that
the new agreement was "good for both companies and for . . .
customers" by reducing TNMP's future purchased power costs.

"We're doing everything within our power to lower costs for
our customers in the transition to competition," he said.

More candidates file in county election

PECOS, December 4, 1997 - One potential candidate has filed
his treasurer's designation in his bid for Reeves County
Judge. Frank Apolinar, Jr. has filed his treasurer's
designation with himself as treasurer.

Linda Clark has filed to retain her position as Reeves
County Treasurer and Dianne O. Florez has put in her bid for
County Clerk. Both have designated themselves as treasurer.

This is the first step in vying for positions on the ballot
for the March Primary Elections.

All four justice of the peace offices are up for election
and Justice of the Peace Precinct #4 Lamberto Herrera has
already filed his treasurer's designation to retain his post.

The last day to file for a place on the ballot is Jan. 2.

Offices open for election include Reeves County Judge,
county court-at-law judge, commissioners precinct 2 and 4,
all four justice of the peace offices, county surveyor,
county clerk, district clerk and county treasurer.


PECOS, December 4, 1997 - EDITOR'S NOTE: Information
contained in the Police Report is obtained from reports
filed by the Pecos Police Department, Reeves County
Sheriff's Office, or other officers of those agencies.
The serving of warrants by an officer for outstanding fines
of either traffic citations, animal control violations or
other court costs are considered arrests and will be printed
as such unless indicated that the fines were paid. In such
instances we will indicate payment and release.


A burglary at an apartment of the Balmorhea Housing
Authority that occurred sometime between Oct. 25 and Nov. 2
was reported at 2:15 p.m. Nov. 3.


Oscar Dominguez, 17, Midland, was arrested at 12:52 a.m.
Nov. 29 in the La Tienda parking lot in the 800 block of S.
Eddy for public intoxication other than alcohol.


Rocky Ramirez, 18, San Angelo, was arrested at 12:52 a.m.
Nov. 29 in the La Tienda parking lot in the 800 block of S.
Eddy for public intoxication other than alcohol.


Ralph Valles Medina, 36, was arrested at 1:45 p.m. Nov. 29
at 7th and Washington for possession of a controlled
substance, cocaine.


Roberto Ureste Hernandez, 20, Fort Stockton, was arrested at
2:17 p.m. Nov. 27 at 4th and Maple on a minor in possession
of alcohol charge.


Eusebio Tarin Jr., 19, Fort Stockton, was arrested at 2:17
p.m. Nov. 27 at 4th and Maple on a warrant service, as well
as for minor in possession and unauthorized glass coating


Eduardo Tarin, 23, Midland, was arrested at 2:17 p.m. Nov.
27 at 4th and Maple for making alcohol available to minors.


Esquelia "Connie" Martinez, 42, 402 E. 6th, was arrested at
8:08 p.m. Nov. 28 in the 500 block of Walnut on a criminal
trespass warrant.


Armondo Natividad Fuentes, 42, 817 S. Almond, was arrested
at 4:36 p.m. Nov. 29 at 2206 S. Hackberry on a warrant
service for a parole violation.


Fred Lara, 40, Carlsbad, NM, was arrested at 10:40 p.m. Nov.
29 at Allsup's 708 S. Cedar, for criminal trespass.


A window was reported broken in the 500 block of W. 3rd St.
at 9:05 a.m. Nov. 30.


Miguel B. Machuca Jr. was arrested for four warrants at
municipal court, paid the fines and was released.


Jose Paz was arrested at 10:29 a.m. Dec. 2 at municipal
court on two warrants.


Jeffery Patino was arrested at 11:24 a.m. Dec. 2 on a capias
pro fine warrant at municipal court, paid the fine and was


Jacobo Fierro Jasso was arrested at 4:43 p.m. Dec. 2 on a
warrant for terroristic threat.


Daniel Soto was arrested at 1:16 a.m. Dec. 3 in the 800
block of S. Eddy during a traffic stop for public
intoxication and no liability insurance.


Jose Gonzales was arrested at 1:16 a.m. Dec. 3 in the 800
block of S. Eddy for public intoxication.


The theft of $15 worth of gas from the I-10 Fina in
Balmorhea was reported at 10:31 a.m. Nov. 20.


Isidrio Lopez, 25, 817 Adams, was arrested at 1:45 a.m. Nov.
29 at "The Zoo" lounge in the 2900 block of Toliver on a
warrant service and for public intoxication.


The burglary of a house on Madera Rd. was reported at 7 p.m.
Nov. 30. In addition to damage to the residence, goods worth
about $2,000 were stolen.


Donavan Wallace Graves, 36, Phoenix, AZ, was arrested at
4:41 p.m. Nov. 24 at the intersection of Hwy. 17 and I-10
for disorderly conduct and terroristic threat.


Ricky Ray Greer, 36, Azle, was arrested at 11:27 a.m. Nov.
29 at mile marker 212 in I-10 for a parole violation.


A possible arson fire was reported at 12:30 p.m. Nov. 30 at
a farm on FM 2448, two miles north of I-10.


George Smith

George T. Smith, 77, died Tuesday, Dec. 2, 1997, at his
residence in Pecos.

Graveside services are scheduled for 10 a.m., Friday, Dec.
5, at Mount Evergreen Cemetery with Rev. James Sain

Smith was born April 24, 1920, in Cottage Grove, Ore. He was
a veteran who had lived in Pecos since 1944 and was a member
of the First Christian Church.

Survivors include: one son, Grady Smith of Pecos; one
daughter, Donna Sampson of Granbury; one brother, Gavin
Smith of Grants Pass, Ore.; one sister, Evelyn Wunfch of
Grants Pass, Ore.; seven grandchildren; and six

Pecos Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


PECOS, December 4, 1997 - High Wednesday, 55, low this
morning, 26. Another cold front is expected to move into the
state on Friday, bringing with it dry conditions and colder
temperatures. The dry Canadian front is expected to move
across most of the state by Friday night. It will be fair
across West Texas tonight, becoming partly cloudy on Friday.
Lows tonight will be in the 20s and 30s. Highs Friday will
be in the 30s in Northwest sections of the Panhandle to the
40s, 50s and 60s elsewhere across West Texas.

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