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Friday, September 18, 1998

Board briefed on programs to fight problems

Staff Writer
Anti-drug and anti-crime programs topped the agenda for the
Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD's regular school board meeting
Thursday evening.

Louise Moore, with the Reeves County Juvenile Probation
Department, spoke to the board about "CHOICES," an anti-drug
and anti-crime program.

The program is aimed at helping young people make good
choices in their lives when it comes to decisions concerning
whether or not to use drugs and commit crimes. After
listening to the presentations the students will know the
truth and consequences of making bad choices.

All presentations will be made by Reeves County Juvenile
Probation Department staff members who have been trained at
the "CHOICES" training institute in Georgetown, under the
direct supervision of Charles Skaggs the founder of the

Moore explained that the kindergarten through fifth grade
program consists of a puppet show with various characters
who talk about making good choices. The children interact
with the puppets and the program is educational and

The sixth through eighth grade program is aimed at helping
youngsters realize that there is a consequence for every
action/decision that a person makes, good consequence for
good decisions, bad consequences for bad decisions. The
juvenile justice system is discussed and a video is shown
that shows what a juvenile detention center looks like.

The high school program will deal with many of the same
issues as the middle school except it will include materials
about the dangers of alcohol use and how it affects
reactions and responses. The use of "Fatal Vision Goggles" a
new and innovative product used by Health, Safety and Driver
Education Professionals, will help demonstrate the impairing
effects of drugs and alcohol.

The "Fatal Vision Goggles" are a hands-on teaching method,
Moore said. "These goggles that they can try on shows them
what it would be like if they had drunk a few beers.

"Both Mr. Alvarez and me tried them and it was a really
strange feeling," she said.

This program is not a duplication of the program that will
be offered by the Pecos Police Department, according to
Moore. "This is entirely different," she said.

The puppet show lasts from 30-35 minutes and is at no cost
to the district.

"We look forward to working the school district this year
and as in the past we hope that the programs will be
interesting and educational for all of the students
involved," said Moore.

A Teen Crime Stoppers program was tabled until the district
committee can review it. "This will be like the Crime
Stoppers program already in place and Wanda Ryan who is
coordinator of that program has stated that she will gladly
be the coordinator for this program as well," said Moore.

The program Crime Stoppers provides reward money for tips
leading to the arrest and conviction of an individual who
has committed a crime.

"Teen Crime Stoppers would work the same way," said Moore.
"There's a guide that is used for the program, but it can be
changed," she said.

"We think this is a wonderful idea," said Moore.

Students would remain anonymous for their tips and would
receive compensation depending on the crime.

Pecos High School Principal Danny Rodriguez spoke up on
behalf of the program, which has been implemented in Alpine
and has been very successful.

"The (reward) amount would range from $5 to $100," he said.

Superintendent Don Love suggested that the program be tabled
until the district committee, which will meet
Wednesday, has a chance to review it.

Funds for the program come from a grant and matching funds
will be provided by Reeves County and have been approved by
judge Jimmy B. Galindo.

Security systems for the Carver Center funded by State of
Texas/Office of the Governor's Criminal Justice Division was
approved by the board.

As part of the same grant the equipment for Carver was
approved. The grant was for the amount of $17,552 with the
county matching $1,900 to cover both programs.

"The equipment would consist of video cameras and panic
button," said Jimmy Dutchover, director of the Carver
Center. "This is something Mr. Alvarez and I have been
discussing and would be just a precaution for the kids," he

"We have contacted our attorneys with TEA and they have said
there would be no problem if we installed these," said Love.

He stated that years back a law had been implemented that
would not allow anyone to video tape a student without a
parent's permission. "That law has since changed and it's
legal if we do this," he said.

The monitor would be located in Dutchover's office and two
cameras installed in two classrooms.

"I spoke with some parents of students who attend Carver,
chose them at random, and none of them disapproved of us
doing this," said Dutchover. "They alleged that if it was
for the safety of their children they were all for it," he

So far the group has found no downside to having this
equipment installed, according to Dutchover.

Dutchover said they would use it as evidence in order to
prove who did what and had this equipment been implemented
before the incident which occurred recently at the center,
there wouldn't have been a debate as to who was responsible.

"This will be an added feature to secure the safety of the
students," said Dutchover.

Coke, heroin arrests made in drug raids

Staff Writer
Local law enforcement officers have been very busy lately
executing narcotics search warrants, having made two during
the past 24 hours.

On Thursday, officers from the Pecos Police Department and
the Reeves County Sheriff's office executed a narcotics
search warrant at 1825 Adams St. in Pecos.

"This will be the home of Adolfo and Crystal Mendoza," said
investigator Paul Deishler.

Upon entering the residence officers saw Adolfo Mendoza, 20,
sitting at the kitchen table with a large amount of a
substance believed to be cocaine lying on top of the kitchen
table. Deishler said from what officers observed it appeared
that Mr. Mendoza was packaging the controlled substance for
sale, because of the paraphernalia that was found along with
the white powdery substance.

Mendoza was placed under arrest for the offense of
possession of a controlled substance, a second degree felony.

The investigation is continuing and more serious charges
could be brought against both Mendozas after the
investigation is completed, according to the police report.

Mendoza is still in Reeves County Jail awaiting a bond

The second drug arrest occurred at 8 a.m. today, when Pecos
police, Reeves County Sheriff's deputies and Monahans police
officers participated in a narcotics search warrant executed
at the home of Reyes Rodriguez and Norina Salas, 420
Magnolia St. in Pecos.

According to Deishler, upon searching the residence officers
found drug paraphernalia and placed both individuals under arrest.

Reyes, 48, was arrested on a grand jury indictment charging
possession of a controlled substance, heroin, and
parole violation.

Salas, 37, was charged with hindering apprehension, a
felony. Both are still in Reeves County Jail.

"She was charged with harboring a fugitive which is a third
degree felony," said Deishler. "He was wanted on outstanding

Cotton growers resume treatments

Contributing Writer
A general meeting of Reeves County cotton growers was held
at the Trans-Pecos Cotton Association office in Pecos on
Thursday afternoon to discuss late season boll weevil

The meeting was called by Dr. Rex Friesen, Texas
Agricultural Extension Service IPM Agent for Pecos, Ward,
and Reeves Counties, who said that while a definite increase
in the boll weevil population has been observed each year
from 1995 through 1997, the count for 1998 in the
three-county area has been well below those previous years.

However, a significant increase in weevil count this past
week signalled the need to implement measures immediately to
control the destructive cotton pests before they can winter
in sufficient numbers to be a real threat next year. All
farmers present were in agreement that the same program used
in 1997 would be appropriate for this year.

The weevil count is derived from insects captured in traps
which are located on farms in the three county area.

"Even though last week's count is significantly higher than
previous weeks, our weevil count is still lower than a year
ago," says Friesen. "The storm that blew through a couple
weeks ago most likely blew in a good number of them from the
highly infested areas to the north of us."

Last year the fall boll weevil treatment program began on
October 1. All fields with squares, blooms, or small bolls
were treated with appropriate insecticides every 7-10 days.
Friesen suggested that this year, the program should begin a
week earlier.

Larry Turnbough, a cotton grower in the Balmorhea area,
stressed the importance of broad participation in the weevil
treatment program. He pointed out that when a field is
killed (defoliated) the weevils from that field migrate to
other fields for food. Unless all fields are treated, the
weevil can find sanctuary and return in strength the next

Growers in the Coyanosa area did not attend the Pecos
meeting, opting to hold their own meeting next week. Friesen
indicated that they had communicated a fairly unanimous
intent to participate in a control program in their area.


The Big Bend Sentinel
MARFA, Sept. 10, 1998 - With the exception of a glitch here
and there, the changes that were made to the annual Marfa
Lights Festival Labor Day weekend in and around Marfa were
deemed successful. With six teams apiece, the two new
sporting events for youngsters began with small numbers but
were well-organized and well-received by all participants
and spectators.

The International
PRESIDIO, Sept. 10, 1998 - Scott Baker is the new Patrol
Agent in Charge assigned to the Marfa Border Patrol Station.
Baker and his family are transferring to Marfa from Douglas,
Ariz. He has varied experience in all aspects of law
enforcement, including dog handler, prosecutions, and
narcotics. Baker was selected from a list of highly
qualified individuals by Marfa Border Patrol Sector Chief
Patrol Agent Simon Garza Jr.

The McCamey News
McCAMEY, Sept. 10, 1998 - Captain Jean Dawson, daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. George Tompkins, recently became commanding
officer of Personnel Support Activity, San Diego. Dawson, a
former McCameyite, was previously assigned as chief of the
Security Assistance Division and deputy chief of the office
of Defense Cooperation, Athens, Greece. LesLee Brown is this
year's Gold Star Award recipient from Upton County. She was
honored by Kit Horne of WTU.

Sanderson Times
SANDERSON, Sept. 10, 1998 - Increases in three budgets in
the county are proposed and taxpayers are given right to
attend public hearings on the proposals, though the proposal
of the Terrell County Appraisal District to increase the
budget is totally at the discretion of the Terrell County
Commissioners and the Board of Directors of the Terrell
County Independent School District. There was a notice in
the Sanderson Times last week of the intent of the Terrell
County Commissioners' Court to increase taxes by 13.39

Iraan News
IRAAN, Sept. 10, 1998 - Vandals had nothing better to do
the Labor Day weekend and spent their time causing damage
and heartache for residents of Iraan. County officials will
have to spend money and time repairing damage at the airport
and those parents and Braves boosters that just completed
"The Wall" in tribute to Iraan's youth will not have to
spend more time and money to repair the damage. For a second
time, Iraan airport has been vandalized. The first incident
happened around June 7 with four lights and the beacon
damaged. The Labor Day weekend, seven lights and again the
beacon were damaged.

Monahans News
Monahans, Tx., Sept. 10, 1998 - Monahans has been chosen
over Fort Stockton as the headquarters city for a federally
backed rural area enhancement agency for eight Trans Pecos
counties. Darren Clark is director of the new Pecos Valley
Resource Conservation and Development District in the Ward
County seat. He is scheduled to report to work on Monday,
Sept. 14, at the regular meeting of the county commissioners.


On May 4, at approximately 8:51 a.m., Pecos Police responded
to the burglary of a building located at 320 North Walnut
Street. Upon arrival officers met with the complainant who
stated that between May 2 at 8 a.m. and the morning of May
4, a person or persons gained entry into a storage building
by breaking out a window on the east side of the building,
which is located in the back of the residence. Once inside
the person or persons removed a gas-operated weed eater and
assorted tools. Estimated value of the stolen items was
placed at $700. Anyone with information on this crime or any
other crime call "Crime Stoppers" at 445-9898 and you will
remain anonymous...thank you.


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
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.
Steven Bustamante, 27, was arrested at 1:36 a.m., on
September 11, in the 500 block of South Oak Street, for
public intoxication. He was transported to Reeves County
Ramiro Ramirez, 24, was arrested at 3:04 a.m., on September
11, at the corner of Eddy and Monroe streets, for driving
while intoxicated. He was transported to Reeves County Jail.
Esequiela Martinez, 42, was arrested at 5:26 p.m., on
September 11, in the 400 block of East Sixth Street, on a
warrant for a motion to revoke probation (terroristic
threat). She was transported to Reeves County Jail.
Hal Pratt, 57, was arrested at 2:27 a.m., on September 12,
at the Santa Rosa grounds, for public intoxication. He was
transported to Reeves County Jail.
Maribel Morales was arrested at 4:39 p.m., on September 12,
on West `D' Street, on a warrant service. She paid the fines
and was released.
Eric Flores, 19, was arrested at 8:34 p.m., on September 12,
at Pizza Hut, on a warrant for a D.W.I. refusal. He was
transported to Reeves County Jail.
A male juvenile was arrested at 9:50 p.m., on September 12,
in the 400 block of East Fifth Street, for unlawfully
carrying a weapon. He was transported to Reeves
County Juvenile Detention Center.
A male juvenile was arrested at 12:24 a.m., on September 13,
on the east side of the Saragosa Park gazeebo, for criminal
mischief. He was transported to Juvenile Detention Center.
Joanne Baca, 20, and David Salcido, 26, were arrested at
1:42 a.m., on September 13, in the 100 block of East Eighth
Street -- Baca for public intoxication; Salcido for making
alcohol available to a minor. They were transported to
Reeves County Jail.
Manuel Corrales, 58, was arrested at 1:30 p.m., on September
13, at 511 South Mesquite St., on a warrant for theft by
check. He was transported to Reeves County Jail.
Rutillo Valdespino, 28, was arrested at 4:15 p.m., on
September 13, at the Reeves County Sheriff's Office, on a
warrant for burglary of a habitation.
Adam Nativadad, 20, was arrested at 8:33 p.m., on September
13, in the 100 block of North Locust Street, for a motion to
revoke probation (burglary of a building). He was
transported to Reeves County Jail.
2 male juveniles were arrested at 11:23 p.m., on September
13, at the corner of Eleventh and Cherry streets, for
unlawfully carrying a weapon. They were transported to
Juvenile Detention Center.
Ricky Dominguez, 38, was arrested at 1:11 p.m., on September
14, at 2329 S. Eddy St., on a warrant for theft. He was
transported at to Reeves County Jail.
Daniel Sotelo, 24, was arrested at 1:33 p.m., on September
14, on Country Club Drive, for an assault. He was
transported to Reeves County Jail.
Joseph Urias, 23, was arrested at 9:16 p.m., on September
14, at 108 S. Orange St., for threat under the Family
Violence Act.
Victor Romo Jr., 20, was arrested at 1:13 p.m., on September
14, at 2327 S. Cactus St., on a capias pro fine warrant. He
paid the fine and was released.
Rojelio Minjarez, 41, was arrested at 8:54 a.m., on
September 15, for evading detention. He was transported to
Reeves County Jail.
Jeremy Renteria, 18, was arrested at 11:30 p.m., on
September 16, at the corner of Thirteen and Oak streets, on
a capias pro fine warrant and a no driver's license charge.
He was transported to Reeves County Jail.
Gabriel Ulate, 22, was arrested at 10 a.m., on September 17,
at Pecos Municipal Court, on capias pro fine warrants. He
was transported to Reeves County Jail.
Joanna Espronceda, 35, was arrested at 3:48 a.m., on
September 17, at the Town and Country at 13th and Cedar
streets, on capias pro fine warrants. She was transported to
Reeves County Jail.


Refugia Hudson

Refugia "Cuca" Mora Hudson, died Monday, Sept. 14, 1998, in
San Jose, Calif.

Services were held Thursday in Oak Hill Memorial
Cemetery in San Jose, Calif.

She was born Feb. 23, 1926 and was a longtime Pecos resident
before moving to California.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Glenn "George"

Survivors include two children, Bertha Uribe and Alfredo
"Shorty" Dominguez, both of San Jose, Calif. and four


High Thursday 89. Low this morning 65. Forecast for tonight:
A less than 20 percent chance of early evening showers or
thunderstorms, otherwise partly cloudy. Low in the lower to
mid 60s. Light wind. Saturday, partly cloudy. High in the
lower 90s. South to southwest wind 10-20 mph.

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