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Thursday, February 11, 1999

Council hears RV park, theater, OC plans

Staff Writer
PECOS, Feb. 11 -- Pecos City Council this morning agreed to advertise for bids on sale of seven acres west of Reeves County Hospital for an RV park and learned that work is underway to re-open the State Theater.

But they learned little from Gari Ward about the Pecos Economic Development Corporation's status. Ward hustled into the meeting an hour late, after Mayor Dot Stafford sent Police Chief Clay McKinney to fetch him.

"I can only stay a second," Ward said. "I was supposed to meet people at the sulphur mine earlier this morning."

Ward said he met with representatives from Odessa College Wednesday, and they will be here next Thursday to evaluate additional properties.

"Do you have any possibility of other type business?" asked Stafford.

"I am working with a company right now, meeting at the sulphur mine, and with another company. I submitted the minutes of the last board meeting. I would appreciate your approving the by-laws.

"I apologize. I have to go," Ward said. "This was set up earlier this week. It was scheduled for Friday but the people got sick."

"The next time this is on the agenda, would you please mark it on your calendar?" said Stafford.

"I didn't even have notice of it," Ward said of today's meeting.

City Secretary Geneva Martinez and City Manager Kenneth Neal acknowledged that they did not contact Ward about the meeting.

Neal introduced Richard Creasey, who with Alan Zeman has purchased the State Theater and are "working on getting funds for restoration."

Creasey said he has purchased a home here and will be moving in shortly.

"I can't wait," he said. United Artists closed the theater, along with its other single-screen movie houses in Texas, in December of 1989.

Debbie Thomas told the council that the RV park she and her husband Neal, along with John and Gail Cahill, plan to develop would be located between Reeves County Hospital and Texas Highway 17 if the city agrees to sell them lots 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 out of Block 3, West Airport Addition.

While the lots do not front on Interstate 20, access from the north service road would utilize existing streets, Thomas said. It would be near the emergency room entrance, but the park would not block access to the emergency room, she said.

Thomas said the group has a preliminary plan for the park, which would include 50 to 75 spaces and would offer full amenities to travelers.

Neal said the lots are valued at $3,500 each, while lots fronting I-20 are valued at $12,500 each.

While they are located in the enterprise zone, they do not meet the "10 new employee" step, "but there are funds available through tourism because of its being in the enterprise zone," Neal said.

Councilman Randy Graham said the park would be an asset by pulling some tourists off I-20.

"We need to be building out there," said Stafford.

The council approved amendments to the ordinance creating an enterprise zone. Neal said the changes merely update the ordinance to meet state requirements. One change is to add the designation "reinvestment zone."

It would also allow the city to apply for state or federal grants; allow for purchase or sale of city- or county-owned land below market value; provide for flexible zoning within the zone; and allow for streamlined permitting regulations and expedited inspections for construction and major renovations within the zone.

Classic Cable's proposed franchise was tabled, along with an easement for the Medical Center building on Texas Street and action on a Type IV landfill.

Neal said the landfill committee needs to get more information on the status of an existing trench and the surrounding area before making a recommendation whether to contract with Charter Waste or to operate its own landfill.

Precinct 3 commissioner Herman Tarin asked the council to work with Reeves County to provide a landfill for rural residents who are forced to dump their trash along county roads.

City Attorney Scott Johnson recommended the council approve a 10-year franchise term rather than 20 as requested by Classic Cable, that Classic maintain an office in Pecos, that the council consider a larger franchise fee than 3 percent, and that the council consider prior approval of any rate increases.

Neal said that Frank Spencer is working on a re-plat of the block where Dr. W.J. Bang and Dr. David Lovett requested an alley easement for utilities so they can install a gas line to the Medical Center building.

The city installed water lines without granting an easement, because they own the property, Neal said, but power poles are located there also.

Pauline Moore, Texas-New Mexico Power Co. manager, said the buildings are all-electric.

On finance director Steve McCormick's recommendation, the council approved transfer of $30,000 from the emergency and contingency fund to the employee health fund to pay outstanding claims and provide a small cushion.

The city's employee health insurance is self-funded, and excessive claims in 1998 have depleted the fund, McCormick said.

He also recommended raising the premium for dependent coverage from $100 to $125 per month, which the council rejected. They did increase prescriptions from $5 and $3 to $8 and $5.

After evaluating the chief of police, fire marshal and municipal court judge, the council approved their budgeted merit raises.

Raid nets Pecos man on drug charges

Staff Writer
PECOS, Feb. 11 -- A Pecos man was arrested Wednesday night, after a warrant search executed at his home uncovered a little bit of everything, Pecos police said.

At about 9:58 p.m., members from the Reeves County Sheriff's Department and Pecos Police Department Multi-Agency S.W.A.T. Team executed a narcotics search warrant issued by Municipal Court Judge Phyllis Salyer at the residence of Gabriel Pena, 31, located at 1111 S. Plum St.

Items located at the residence included a baggy containing marijuana, a small wood box containing marijuana and 40 tablets of valium, according to Pecos Police Investigator Paul Deishler.

Located outside the residence inside a 1995 Chevrolet Pickup belonging to Pena was a white powder substance believed to be cocaine.

"The substance was field tested, and it tested positive for cocaine," said Deishler.

Pena was placed under arrest and charged with possession of a controlled subsance (cocaine) in a drug free zone (within 1,000 feet of Pecos Elementary School), a third degree felony.

Pena, who is an eighth grade teacher at Crockett Middle School, was transported to Reeves County Jail where he is currently awaiting arraignment.

Pecos asked to aid victims of earthquake

Staff Writer
PECOS, Feb. 11 -- Pecos and surrounding communities are being asked once again to help citizens in another country that has endured a terrible recent tragedy.

"We'll be collecting items, again, but this time for Columbia," said Immigration and Naturalization Service agent Felix Chavez.

Portions of Columbia were devastated last month by powerful earthquake. Hundreds of the dead lived in Armenia, a city of 220,000 residents where entire neighborhoods were reduced to rubble and left without water or electricity, and where residents say relief has been slow to arrive.

The drive is the second in three months launched by the local INS office. Its workers and the community of Pecos collected items in December to help out victims of Hurricane Mitch which struck Central America.

January's quake injured hundreds, flattened cities and towns across western Columbia, rattling buildings as far away as the capital, Bogota, 140 miles from the epicenter. The death toll surpassed 1,000 and destroyed nearly two-thirds of all the buildings in Armenia, according to news reports.

"We understand that this terrible earthquake left about 250,000 people homeless," said Chavez.

"We're very pleased with the help the community gave us the last time we helped out another country and we're here asking for their help again," he said.

Items that are very much needed by Colombians include food, such as canned goods, and water.

"I've been talking to individuals from the Colombian government and the things they tell me they need the most are camping equipment," said Chavez.

Since so many homes were destroyed the country is in dire need of tents, sleeping bags, outdoor cooking utensils and items that can be used outdoors, according to Chavez.

"We appreciate all the help we received the last time and hope to receive the same response this time," he said.

Items can be dropped off at the Pecos Enterprise, 324 S. Cedar or if they want them picked up they can call the enterprise office at 445-5475 or the INS office at 447-4102.

"Any help people can give us will be greatly appreciated," said Chavez.

Golden Gloves tourney brings in 12 area teams

Staff Writer
PECOS, Feb. 11 -- Twelve teams, including four local boxers from the Pecos Warbirds, will be mixing it up this Friday and Saturday at the Reeves County Civic Center, in the fifth Annual West of the Pecos Golden Gloves Tournament.

"We should have between 15 and 20 matches Friday and Saturday," said tournament organizer Fred Martin. "It's about the same as last year. We've got three teams coming from Lubbock, two from San Angelo, and Odessa's got a couple of them."

The tournament will begin both night at 7 p.m., with the winners out of the Open Division advancing to next month's State Golden Gloves Tournament in Fort Worth.

"We've got 15 Open Division fighters, three in the heavyweight division and three at 132 pounds. The rest will be like the other years, with one fight in each division.

"The kid who won state last year from Lubbock (Joseph Rosendo) will be back, and I think he'll repeat again, and there are three more who were at state last year who'll be here in this tournament," Martin added.

The Warbirds' fighters will all be in the Junior Olympic Division, which does not advance to Fort Worth. Manager Roy Juarez said he'll have two returning boxers from last year, and two new ones entered.

"We'll have Joel Martinez and Tony Reyes. They'll be fighting for the first time. Tony will be at 87 pounds and Joel at 115, then Michael (Vasquez) will fight at 112 pounds and Peter Juarez will be at 122," Juarez said. Vasquez and Juarez lost in the finals of their divisions last year, to Derek Heredia of Amarillo and Johnny Vasquez of Snyder.

"I can't tell you for sure who they're going to have. All season long I haven't been to any fights and I can't tell you who's at what weight," said Juarez, who has only one other fighter, 8-year-old Aaron Martinez, in training right now.

That's down from the past two years, and Juarez said for a while this year he didn't know if he was going to participate.

"I was telling these guys I was planning to take off for about a year, but I changed my mind and
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Local entries earn ribbons at El Paso  Show

Staff Writer
Pecos entries in the El Paso Livestock Show last weekend placed well, considering the stiff competition.

The show is one of several large shows attended by Reeves-Loving 4-H Club and Pecos FFA members, following competition in the annual stock show at the Reeves County Civic Center in January.

Exhibitors from the Reeves-Loving County 4-H Club and their placing are:


Brandi Brandley, 3.

Chance Robbins, 6.

Candace Roach, 9.

Andrew Lopez, 12.


Michael Lee, 10.

Candace Roach, 15 and 16.


Salem Mitchell, 3.

FFA exhibitors places as follows:


Kevin Bates, lightweight Cross, 5.

David Bradley, lightweight cross, 11.


Amanda Stickels, finewool, 6.

PHA to discuss budget, CIAP housing work

Pecos Housing Authority Board members will discuss resolution for the budget for FY 1999 and a resolution for the public housing management assessment program (PHMAP) FY 1999.

The board will meet at 5 p.m. today at the PHA/FLH, Administration Office, 600 Meadowbrook Drive.

Under unfinished business the board will discuss the CIAP 96 update and review/approve bids for purchase of a new maintenance truck.

Regular business items for discussion will be monthly income and expense report PHA, CIAP 96 and CIAP 98; monthly accounts payable and monthly occupancy report.

In the Farm Labor Housing portion of the meeting the group will read a letter from John E. Perkins, Rural Development, Community Development Specialist, Follow up management Review scheduled for Feb. 17, at 10:30 a.m.

A resolution will be discussed to write off to collection losses for FYE the following: Gonzalo Madrid, $90; Rachel Medellin, $278; Rona Roberts, $154; Carla Villegas, $124; Donald Johnson, $223; Reydesel Luna, $140 and James Meininger, $282.

Monthly financial statement for Farm Labor Housing will also be discussed along with monthly accounts payable, monthly occupancy status and rent roll and cash journal.

Postal Service seeking bigger Toyahvale site

The U.S. Postal Service announced plans to expand or relocate the Toyahvale Post Office, the second announcement by the USPS in Reeves County within the past month.

"We would like input from our community residents and will have several postal representatives available at a community meeting at 6 p.m., on Feb. 23, at Eastern Gate Chapel on Highway 17 to discuss the expansion or relocation process," said Toyahvale Postmaster Eva Portillo. "We will consider all recommendations from the community and other comments received within 45 days of the meeting."

The current post office at Highway 17 and Main Street is no longer adequate to serve the needs of postal customers in our community, Portillo said.

She added that the Postal Service will consider three options in the following order: expand the existing post office, move to another building, or relocate to a new modular building.

If expansion is not possible, the Postal Service will seek to lease or purchase an existing building or a suitable site to relocate a modular facility to build a new Post Office for Toyahvale, according to Portillo.

The preferred area is bounded on the north by Highway 17, south by Highway 17 (Fort Davis cutoff), east by ¬ mile from present location and west by ¬ mile from present location. The site size needed is about one acre, and the facility should contain at least 525 square feet of usable area.

Postal officials met recently with Toyahvale community leaders to explore possibilities for the expanded post office operations.

Community comments can be mailed to: Sandra A. Rybicki, Real Estate Specialist, 7800 North Stemmons Freeway, Suite 400, Dallas, Tx. 75247-4217.

The Postal Service announced last month it is looking for a site in Pecos to build a new Post Office, replacing the 63-year-old building at Fourth and Oak streets.


Butch Doty

Butch Doty, 56, of Chandler, died Monday, Feb. 8, 1999, in Temple.

Services will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, Feb. 12, at Martin Springs Baptist Church with Reverends Isaac Johnson and Bob Ellison officiating. Burial will be in Chandler Memorial Funeral Home in Chandler.

He was born March 8, 1942, in Gadsden, Ala., was a former Pecos resident, who had lived in Chandler for six years, had served in Vietnam in the United States Air Force, was an oil driller and a Baptist.

Survivors include his wife, Shirley Doty of Chandler; one son, John H. Doty of Chandler; one daughter, Celestia Pefley of Florida; three sisters, Geraldine and Joucedene Hallmark of Tennessee, Dorothy Ageloff of Florida and five grandchildren.

Chandler Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Timothy Sappington

Timothy Sappington, 50, of Pecos, died Monday, Feb. 8, 1999, at the Fort Stockton Nursing Center.

Graveside services will held at 2 p.m., Friday, Feb. 12, at Greenwood Cemetery.

He was born Aug. 11, 1948, in Elkhart, Ind., had lived in Pecos for 12 years, was a retired mechanic and a Christian.

Survivors include his wife, Leanna Sappington of Pecos; one son, Jason Sappington of Pecos; one daughter, Shauna Sappington of Reno, Nev.; his mother, Margaret Sappington of Los Angeles, Calif.; one brother, Richard Sappington of Los Angeles, Calif. and one grandchild.

Pecos Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


PECOS, Feb. 11, 1999 - High Wednesday 89; low last night 41. Tonight, clear and very cold. Low in the upper teens. light north wind. Friday, sunny and warmer. High 55-60. West wind 5-10 mph.

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