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December 8, 1997

Report shows Balmorhea ISD improving

Staff Writer

PECOS, December 8, 1997 - Balmorhea ISD's Academic
Excellence Indicator System report is in, and the school
district is showing steady improvement, according to
Superintendent Carl Lee Hoffmeyer and the majority of

The Texas Assessment of Academic Skills (TAAS) tests that
the majority of the report is based upon are the tests taken
by last year's students.

Balmorhea High School's Class of 1997 had a 100 percent pass
rate on their exit-level TAAS testing.

Balmorhea ISD currently has the accreditation status of
academically acceptable.

"We're not where we want to be at, but there is definitely
improvement from year to year," said Hoffmeyer. "I can't
take credit for that, it is due to the work of Jim Haynes
and the staff here."

Haynes is the former superintendent of Balmorhea ISD, who
held the position for about three and a half years before
Hoffmeyer came on board. Hoffmeyer has been the district's
superintendent since July.

"We want to be a recognized campus, and we're almost there,"
said Hoffmeyer, who is most proud of the overall growth that
the report indicates. He predicts that most, if not all, of
the class of '98 will pass their exit-level TAAS tests.

Hoffmeyer believes that the future looks bright for school
children enrolled in the Balmorhea Independent School

"Because of the emphasis on instruction Mr. Haynes had, the
children in the lower grades are starting out well, and that
is a trend I think will continue," Hoffmeyer said.

Balmorhea ISD TAAS passing percentages:

Third grade:

Reading - 1996, 86.7%; 1997, 71.4%

Math - 1996, 60.0%; 1997, 71.4%

All tests - 1996, 60.0%; 1997, 60.0%

Fourth grade:

Reading - 1996, 38.4%; 1997, 68.8%

Writing - 1996, 90.8%; 1997, 87.5%

Math - 1996, 18.2%; 1997, 73.3%

All tests - 1996, 18.2%; 1997, 68.8%

Fifth grade:

Reading - 1996, 60%; 1997, 45.5%

Math - 1996, 50.0%; 1997, 63.6%

All tests - 1996, 50.0%, 1997, 45.5%

Sixth grade:

Reading - 1996, 50.0%; 1997, 60.0%

Math - 1996, 57.1%; 1997, 77.8%

All tests - 1996, 60.0%; 1997, 60.0%

Seventh grade:

Reading - 1996, 87.5%; 1997, 73.3%

Math - 1996, 68.8%; 1997, 53.3%

All tests - 1996, 68.8%; 1997, 63.3%

Eighth grade:

Reading - 1996, 76.9%; 1997, 88.9%

Writing - 1996, 84.6%; 1997, 88.9%

Math - 1996, 84.6%; 1997, 88.9%

Science - 1996, 76.9%; 1997, 94.4%

Social Studies - 1996, 84.8%; 1997, 72.2%

All tests - 1996, 69.2%; 1997, 66.7%

Tenth grade:

Reading - 1996, 78.6%; 1997, 81.8%

Writing - 1996, 100.0%; 1997, 100.0%

Math - 1996, 71.4%; 1997, 72.7%

The TAAS cumulative pass rate on the exit-level exam for the
class of 1996 was 89.5 percent, while the class of 1997 had
a 100 percent pass rate.

According to the AEIS report, Balmorhea ISD spent $9,156 per
pupil to educate their students, while the average for the
state of Texas was $5,282 per pupil. There were 236 students
enrolled in the district.

The AEIS report was produced by the Texas Education Agency,
Division of Performance Reporting, Office of Policy Planning
and Research. Balmorhea officials will discuss the report at
their December school board meeting Thursday, Dec. 11. The
agenda for that meeting will be printed in the Pecos
Enterprise when it becomes available.

Carrasco seeks J.P. 3

PECOS, December 8, 1997 - A new candidate has entered the
race for Reeves County Justice of the Peace, Precinct Three.

Rosendo Carrasco, who filed with the county clerk's office
last week, is seeking the office of Justice of the Peace for
Precinct Three.

Carrasco, a life-long resident of Balmorhea, promised to be
available if elected to office. He has run the Carrasco
grocery for 27 years and said he plans to set up his office
in the back of his store which is open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

"The people know me. They know I'll do a good job," he said.
"I will be available 24 hours a day."

Lamar students shine in academic competition

Staff Writer

PECOS, December 8, 1997 - Some Lamar Middle School students
made their school proud this weekend at UIL academic

The students traveled to Fort Stockton to compete against
several area middle schools.

In general math, K.W. Winkles placed second, with Alexandria
Martinez taking fourth place, Bethany Evins, fifth place and
Sarah McKinney in ninth place.

In the science portion of the contest, Dustin Gulihur took
fifth place and Jonathan Martinez placed seventh.

The math team brought home a second place trophy as did the
science team.

"I want to recognize all the students that went, not just
those that placed," said Principal Gome Olibas. Olibas
stated that he is proud of all the students, because of
their extra efforts and the hard work they put in.

Sponsors for the event are Oscar Guerrero, Martha Ricketson
and Dick Hamilton.

"They made the school proud," said Hamilton.

"They did really good," said Ricketson.

Ricketson explained that the materials the students work on
are above-level materials. "This material is harder and it's
above their grade level, so what they did is really great,"
she said.

The students practice every day before and after school,
according to Ricketson.

The students plan to attend other competitions scheduled for
later during this school year.

"We plan to work even harder for the others coming up,
because they will be really tough," said Ricketson.

The school started attending UIL competition three years
ago, in an effort to prepare them for high school UIL

"These students work really hard and we're very proud of
them," said Olibas.

Faith strengthened at weekend retreat

Staff Writer

PECOS, December 8, 1997 - Miracle healings and prophetic
words have long been associated with evangelical
splinter-churches, and the image of staged television
healings by big name evangelists has soured many to the
possibility of such occurrences. But since what has become
known as the Catholic Charismatic Renewal of the late 1960s
and early 1970s, the quiet practice of the gifts of the Holy
Spirit (including the laying on of hands for the healing of
the sick) has become more and more common inside Catholic

Those who attended this weekend's bilingual conference on
healing, sponsored by Santa Rosa Church and held Friday
through Sunday at Reeves County Civic Center, received the
instruction and encouragement of international speakers Fr.
Juan Santillan, Barbara Shlemon Ryan and Frank Arriero.

The message of healing presented at the conference was not
only directed at matters of physiology, but for emotional
and spiritual disorders also, said Ryan, President of
Be-Loved Ministry. Ryan, who came all the way from Los
Angeles for the conference and has traveled as far as India
presenting the message of God's love in action, said Sunday
morning that many people had a harsh image of God that
needed to be healed.

She said that most people she met who had serious illnesses
felt that it was God getting even with them. "But, that's
not the message of the New Testament," she said.

Ryan said she realized that miracles still happen while she
was working as a nurse and saw a patient who was dying of
cirrhosis of the liver recover after being prayed over and
given the sacrament of anointing the sick by a priest. When
the man was released from the hospital with a "new" liver,
she knew there was more to her faith and began to study the

"People want an experience of God that tells them that God
is real," she said. "People here (in Pecos) are very, very
devout . . . I will take home all the warm feelings of love
from the people." Ryan left to catch her flight home before
the final healing mass.

Late Sunday afternoon, after taking communion, several
attendees stood and testified to healings they received at
the weekend conference. Healings over illnesses of mind and
body were declared and the priests came forward to pray and
lay hands on those in need. Over half the audience came
forward to receive a blessing and participate in the
strengthening of their faith.

Martinez, RCDC employee of month

PECOS, December 8, 1997 - Martinez chosen RCDC employee of

Joe Martinez has been selected as Reeves County Detention
Center Employee of the Month for December 1997.

Martinez began his employment at the RCDC in August of last
year. As Correctional Officer Martinez is responsible for
the custody and control of all inmates within his duty
station and is required to perform other duties that are
critical to the security of the RCDC.

"Joe is very dedicated, responsible and hard working," said
Rudy Franco, RCDC Warden. "His mechanical knowledge and his
ability and willingness to assist with the service of the
perimeter vehicles has earned him this honor.


Clarence Mount

Clarence Mount, 95, died Thursday, Dec. 4, at Odessa Medical
Center, in Odessa.

Graveside services were held at 2 p.m., Monday, Dec. 8, at
Mount Evergreen Cemetery with Les Woodward officiating.

Mount was born Dec. 10, 1901, in Big Spring, was a U.S. Navy
WWII Veteran, a lifelong Pecos resident and a member of the
First Christian Church. He was a member of the Pecos
Volunteer Fire Department for 45 years and a member of the
VFW and Mason Lodge.

Survivors include: two sons, Tommy Mount of Midland and
Robert Eral Mount of Round Rock; and five grandchildren.

Pecos Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


PECOS, December 8, 1997 - High Sunday, 67, low this morning,
49. Rainfall over the weekend totaled 0.17 of an inch
bringing the total precipitation for the month to 0.19 of an
inch and the year-to-date total to 9.43 inches. Strong
thunderstorms roared across eastern areas of Harris County,
leaving more than 16,000 homes without electricity. No one
was injured, but some roofs were damaged by high winds
accompanying the thunderstorms, authorities said. A wind
advisory was in effect today across extreme Southwest Texas,
the Panhandle, South Plains, Permian Basin and upper Trans
Pecos. It will be clear to partly cloudy across West Texas
through tonight and partly to mostly cloudy with a chance of
rain on Tuesday. Lows tonight will be in the 20s and 30s in
West Texas. Highs Tuesday will be in the 40s in the
Panhandle and in the 50s and 60s across the rest of West

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