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Monday, May 17, 1999

Senate restrains plans to create water districts

Staff Writer
PECOS, May 17, 1999 -- Texas Senators want to study the water district question for two more years before allowing individual counties to hold elections and control movement of water across district lines.

Rep. Gary Walker (D-Plains) said this morning that the Senate has grouped together all the individual water district bills and proposes to give an intermediate set of powers until September, 2001.

"It has not been voted out of the Senate," Walker said. "We are not sure whether it will or won't. If it does, it essentially says you can have your water district, but no election for tax or directors for two years."

County commissioners would appoint directors in the meantime, and they would have limited powers to make rules.

"The Senate wants to study the effects of single county districts prohibiting transfer of water out of the district," Walker said. "Once it gets to the floor, it could be changed a number of times and has to pass over there before it gets here."

Walker introduced a bill in the House creating the Trans-Pecos Water Conservation District for Reeves and Loving counties. Numerous other bills for single-county districts were also passed in the House, but the Senate chose to lump them all together.

"I don't like the way it is being done, but I don't have much to fight with them about and still keep the water district together for Reeves and Loving," he said. "They are not going to transport water out because they don't have enough as it is."

Under Senate Bill 1, passed in 1997, areas were told to create water districts by 2001 or face the prospect of underground water rights being controlled by state officials. The move led a group of local farmers and ranchers to form the Trans-Pecos Underground Water District last year, pending legislative approval.

Walker expects to know more about the Senate bill on Thursday or Friday. "We just have a week from Tuesday to pass bills," he said.

If it passes both the Senate and House, Reeves and Loving counties don't have to formulate a district under the bill, Walker said.

Weekend's cancer relay raises $7,100

Staff Writer
PECOS, May 17, 1999 -- Luminarios lined the walking track inside the Buck Jackson Rodeo Arena Friday night in memory of cancer victims and honoring cancer survivors.

Volunteers circled the track throughout the night and Saturday morning in the Second Annual Relay for Life, an American Cancer Society fundraiser.

Committee chairman Nancy Ontiveros said that 18 individuals and teams entered the competition, and the total donations were $7,100.

"The committee would like to thank everyone involved who gave their time, money and energy to help make the relay a success," she said.

Mayor Dot Stafford gave the welcoming speech before the cancer survivor's lap began at 6 p.m. Friday, followed by a branding demonstration by Austin Elementary.

Doris Haddock, an 89-year-old New Hampshire resident who is walking across the country to promote public awareness for campaign finance reform, spoke at 9 p.m.

A luminary-lighting ceremony at 9:30 highlighted the evening.

Midnight found volunteers parading in a "Silly Pajama Contest, and line dances kept participants moving in the early-morning hours.

Groups turned in money they had collected by 10 a.m. Saturday to be eligible for awards and picked up relay evaluations.

After relay evaluations and team registration forms were turned in, awards were given for most money earned by individual, most money earned by a team, and best decorated campsite.

Austin Elementary School's campsite honored one of their teachers, the late Mary Evans. Each participant wore a stick-on patch with Evans' photo, and numerous luminarious bore her name.

They not only won best campsite, but received a special presentation during today's 9 a.m. awards ceremony, "because they exemplified the spirit of teamwork," said Ontiveros.

"They were in it not just for competition. Their purpose was much more personal because of the loss of one of their teachers," she said.

Terri Spence said the Austin staff sold cookies during February, March and April. They had raised $1,415 when the walk began Friday.

Reeves County Hospital decorated their campsite for a backyard birthday party, honoring Carla Rivas on her birthday. Tents provided sleeping space for overnight campers.

American home Health took pledges for the American Cancer Society, as did the First National Bank team. FNB used a Woodstock theme, with an antique car parked near a travel trailer.

Their team turned in $1,902 for most donations raised by a team, and a teller, Melonie Ikeler, won for most money turned in by an individual. She raised almost $500.

Pecos Nursing Home used an underwater theme and cooked supper on a grill. Pecos Youth Advisory Commission played volleyball on their "beach," and the Reeves County Sheriff's Explorers used a travel trailer provided by the sheriff's office.

Relay T-shirts are still available at $10 each from Reeves County Hospital or from Marie Cardenas at the Reeves-Loving County Extension Office.

Other committee members are Larry Levario, Paul Hinojos, Linda Gholson and Dot Stafford.

"Granny D' takes long walk to push campaign reforms

Staff Writer
PECOS, May 17, 1999 -- Watching TV and eating chocolates for the rest of her life didn't interest Doris Haddock after her husband and her dearest friend died. So she set out to memorialize them by doing something useful.

And set out is what she did. Starting in Pasadena, Calif., "Granny D" has walked 10 miles a day since December 31, 1998, on a trek to Washington, D.C. Her mission is to raise public awareness of the need for campaign finance reform.

"I feel the country is in peril," Haddock said. "Democracy is in peril. Corporations have taken over our elections. I have 11 great grandchildren and want them to be brought up in a democracy; not where, if a poor man tries to run for office, he sells his soul to a corporation.

"They have to be the tool of a corporation or a millionaire, and if all are millionaires, you end up with elitist government," she said.

Granny D hopes to celebrate her 90th birthday by walking into the nation's capital next January.

She and her support team spent Thursday and Friday nights in Toyah as guests of Steve and Berta Begay and spoke at a Town Hall meeting. Friday night at the Relay for Life she encouraged cancer survivors and families who have lost loved ones to find something useful to do to memorialize them.

Pecos Chamber of Commerce provided free motel rooms for the team Saturday and Sunday nights, and they will stop over at the John Wilson ranch near Pyote tonight.

Granny D is not soliciting donations; just overnight lodging and support for her cause.

Common Cause has joined the effort, providing a van to follow as she treks 10 miles every day. Her son accompanied the great-grandmother part of the way, and others have taken turns driving the van and walking with her.

If publicity was what she was after, Granny D has been rewarded many times over. The nation's top publications, including the New York Times, People Magazine and CNN, have done extensive coverage of her walk. She has been a regular guest on former Texas Agriculture Secretary Jim Hightower's radio programs across the country and speaks in every town she visits.

Her web site,, details her daily journey and offers a petition for visitors to sign. Comments on the page come from all over the country where her talks on radio are heard.

Granny's plan was to leave Interstate 10 at El Paso and cross New Mexico, continuing along U.S. 180 through Lamesa and points east to Dallas. However, high winds and other factors forced her south, so she is tramping the shoulder of I-10. She was reported at the 45-mile marker at mid-morning Saturday.

Haddock has completed about 1,200 miles of the 3,055-mile trek, one step at a time.

If her feet give her trouble, it won't be because she doesn't know how to choose good walking shoes. Haddock worked for Beebee Shoe Company "for many years," and costed the line. She was also a shoe designer and a secretary.

"I smoked for 50 years and have emphysema," Haddock said. "It has greatly improved since I started walking."

She normally walks two miles a day at home, but trained for nine months by walking 10 miles a day carrying a 25-pound pack.

The only physical problem she has had so far is dehydration, which occurred in the Mojave Desert as she crossed Arizona.

"I was hospitalized four days and spent four more days recuperating," she said.

"Mentally, I have had to lose people on the way because they didn't have the stamina or for other reasons, and that's been hard. The hardest thing of all is to get acquainted with someone hosting you and have to say goodbye and start all over again," she said.

Haddock said she had worked for campaign finance reform two years without much success before starting her walk. When the McCain-Feingold bill failed to pass Congress because "They said the man in the street didn't care, and the fact that corporations had taken over didn't bother them," she decided more was needed to wake up the country and show that people do care.

With the "outrageous" cost of television advertising, Haddock believes that candidates have little choice but to accept large donations that obligate them to the donor.

"Their own websites might be a big help," she said. "I think a lot of people will try it this time to see."

It's "soft money" that corporations hand out "under the table" to influence elected officials to vote for bills favoring them that is ruining the country, Haddock said.

"They pay those who will keep the status quo so all the goodies they have got built up for themselves will stay there," she said. "They give thousands to candidates and get millions from the government of our tax dollars."

Local firemen kept busy by Saturday trailer blaze

Staff Writer
PECOS, May 17, 1999 -- Volunteer firemen were busy Saturday fighting a trailer fire on Stanford Street in southwest Pecos.

The first call in about 11 a.m. and firefighters were unable to keep most of the mobile home from being destroyed.

They were later called back to the same site at about 1:15 p.m. and again at 7:20 p.m., according to Town of Pecos City Fire Chief Roy Pena.

The fire is still under investigation by city fire marshal Jack Brookshire.

Nobody was hurt in the fire and nobody was home at the time it broke out. "Apparently the owners were in El Paso or enroute to El Paso so nobody was home," said Pena.

Pena said that they were told about some little puppies inside the trailer, however, firefighters were unable to locate them.

"Another dog that was in his pen outside the trailer survived and is doing fine, but I'm sorry that we don't know if there were actually puppies inside," said Pena. "The fire spread so quickly and the trailer went up in flames fast."

All the fire trucks responded as is common in a fire inside the city limits. There are currently six fire trucks and one emergency truck which carries special equipment such as air packs.

"We usually have all of them on the scene in the case that a fire is within the city limits and when the fire is outside the city limits, we dispatch two and keep the others on standby," said Pena. "Then, if the others are needed, they also respond."

Firefighters have been doing an excellent job recently and have responded to numerous fires, including last month's major fire that destroyed the West Pecos Gym.

"We have a good crew working right now," said Pena.

Balmorhea may add maquiladora jobs

Staff Writer
PECOS, May 17, 1999 -- Balmorhea is on the move. Upward and onward.

So say restaurant manager Ellen Weinacht and city councilman Danny Reynolds, a sheriff's deputy.

They point to expansion of the bicycle warehouse that is half of a maquiladora operation. The other half is an assembly plant in Mexico. A similar wheelchair operation may be the next industry to provide jobs for area residents.

Two rural health clinics provide routine care for physical ailments. Reeves County operates one clinic two days a week, and Covenant Health Systems of Lubbock operates the other.

Work is expected to begin soon on a new city park, half of which will be funded by Texas Parks and Wildlife.

A recent downtown cleanup has made a more pleasant atmosphere for the hundreds of bird watchers and other tourists seeking respite from Interstate 10.

Sheriff Arnulfo Gomez has assigned a new deputy, Tommy Acosta, to work with Reynolds. And the Texas Department of Public Safety has assigned Trooper Matthew Kasmerski to patrol the highways in the south end of Reeves County.

"Calls have dropped in half from what they were when I came here two years ago," Reynolds said. "Our little community is just blowing and going."

A $375,000 housing grant for repair and improvement of low-income housing will help single Moms and the elderly, he said.

To keep the momentum going, Reynolds has developed a questionnaire for Balmorhea residents to share their hopes and dreams, and to commit themselves to make the dreams come true.

He suggests that Balmorhea residents send answers to the questions below to him at P.O. Box 285, Balmorhea TX 79718.

Be specific! he says.

What would you like to see Balmorhea have -

- that costs less than $1,000.

- that costs less than $10,000?

- that costs less than $100,000?

- if cost was no object?

- that cost no money?

What would it take to get you to donate -

- one hour of your time?

- ten hours of your time?

- 100 hours of your time?

How would you get someone else involved in one of your projects?

What talents do you have?

What is your favorite TV show?

What is your age group?

Tourists join local residents at fundraiser

Staff Writer
PECOS, May 17, 1999 -- William and Madge Mayer of McComb, Mississippi were among the guests eating barbecue and drinking ice tea at the West of the Pecos Museum fund-raiser on Friday.

"We were on our way to Carlsbad, just passing through, and thought we would stop at the museum," William said.

"We thought we were going to drive all the way across Texas without getting to eat any Texas barbecue," Madge said. "So when we saw they were serving barbecue here at the museum we were thrilled."

"The barbecue was excellent and the hospitality just as good," William said.

The Mayers are on a one-month tour of the West. After lunch they toured the museum before heading on to Carlsbad, N.M.

"We're just traveling across the nation and enjoying the trip," William said.

The barbecue lunch fund-raiser is an annual event for the museum.

According to Debbie Thomas, director of the museum, more than 150 people dropped by on Friday for lunch.

"It was a great turnout," she said. "We sold out of barbecue just before one o'clock."

Thomas said that Bob's Thriftway donated cooking services for the barbecue and the Sheriffs Department cooked the beans and potato salad.

"First National Bank sponsored the entire event so that most of the money we raised can go directly to the museum's needs," Thomas said.

Thomas also said that the money will help a lot as the museum faces extended hours and expenses as it starts the busy summer season.

Jury selection starts in pot delivery trial

Jury selection began this morning in a marijuana delivery case before 143rd District Judge Bob Parks.

Eva Lozano is charged with delivering 1 1/2 pounds of marijuana to an undercover narcotics officer. Her defense attorney is John Elder.

District Attorney Randy Reynolds is prosecuting for the state.

Judge Parks' criminal jury docket for the week lists 10 cases. He also has four civil cases on the docket.


AUSTIN (AP) — No tickets correctly matched all six numbers drawn Saturday night for the twice-weekly Lotto Texas game, state lottery officials said. The jackpot was worth an estimated $7 million. The numbers drawn Saturday night from a field of 50 were: 4-7-27-30-41-48. Wednesday night's drawing will be worth an estimated $10 million.


AUSTIN (AP) — esults of the Cash 5 drawing Friday night: Winning numbers drawn: 1-2-3-19-37. Number matching five of five: None. Matching four of five: 226. Prize: $1.025.


AUSTIN (AP) — Results of the Texas Million drawing Friday night: Winning numbers drawn: 0-34-82-97. Number matching four of four in Group One: None. Number matching four of four in Group Two: One. Prize: $25,000. Number matching four of four in Group Three: None. Number matching three of four in any group: 445. Prize: $300.


AUSTIN (AP) — The winning Pick 3 numbers drawn Friday by the Texas Lottery, in order: -2-3 (zero, two, three)


AUSTIN (AP) — The winning Pick 3 numbers drawn Saturday by the Texas Lottery, in order: 1-9-9 (one, nine, nine).


Alicia Galindo

Services are incomplete for Alicia H. Galindo, 64, who died Sunday, May 16, 1999, at Medical Center Hospital in Odessa.

Pecos Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Police Report

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 male juvenile was arrested at 10:45 p.m., on April 30, at 1410 S. Eddy St., as a minor in possession and resisting arrest. He was taken to Reeves County Juvenile Detention Center.


Severo Natividad, 65, was arrested at 11:48 p.m., on May 2, at the corner of 12th and Walnut streets, for driving while license suspended/public intoxication. He was taken to Reeves County Jail.


Anna Barreno, 38, was arrested at 6:27 p.m., on May 3, in the 400 block of South Orange Street, on warrants for theft over $50, under $500. She was taken to Reeves County Jail.


Lorenzo Carrasco, 26, Alonso Munoz, 27, and a female juvenile were arrested at 2:17 a.m., on May 4, in the 1400 block of West Second Street. Carrasco and Munoz were chanrged with making alcohol available to a minor; the female juvenile on a probation and curfew violation.


Guillermo Gabaldon, 50, was arrested at 10:10 a.m., on May 4, in the 1900 block of Iowa Street, for assault under the Family Violence Act. He was taken to Reeves County Jail.


Gilbert Juarez, 30, was arrested at 1:29 p.m., on May 4, on a warrant for deadly conduct. He was taken to Reeves County Jail.


Allen Warsh Oxford, 46, and Theresa Jean Meininger, 24, were each served with a warrant at 9:15 a.m., on May 5, at the Reeves County Jail. Oxford was charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, Meininger for theft.


Rolando Hernandez, 22, was arrested at 7:14 p.m., on May 5, in the 600 block of South Sycamore Street, for driving while suspended. He was taken to Reeves County Jail.


Hector Castaneda, 45, and Pam Castaneda, 39, were arrested at 11 a.m., on May 6, each on a warrant for theft over $1,500, under $20,000. They were taken to Reeves County Jail.


Leif Burkhalter, 19, was arrested at 6:24 p.m., on May 6, at the corner of Seventh and Alamo streets, on Capias Pro Fine warrants. He was taken to Reeves County Jail.


Angela Dawn Leigh, 21, was arrested at 2:10 a.m., on May 7, on First Street in Toyah, on a warrant for a motion to revoke-forgery. She was taken to Reeves County Jail.

Francisco Rodriguez, 51, was arrested at 2:27 p.m., on May 8, in the 1300 block of South Cedar Street, on a Capias Pro Fine warrant. He was taken to Reeves County Jail.


Joel Rubio, 24, was arrested at 5:49 p.m., on May 8, in the 600 block of Walnut Street, for assault under the Family Violence Act. He was taken to Reeves County Jail.


Ciro Baltierra Ortiz, 50, was arrested at 10:37 p.m., on May 8, in the 800 block of East Third Street, for public intoxication. He was taken to Reeves County Jail.


Jesus Manuel Martinez, 21, was arrested at 4:06 a.m., on May 9, in the 900 block of Cherry Street, for evading arrest/public intoxication. He was taken to Reeves County Jail.


Benjamin Valeriano, 18, Victor S. Romo, 19, Ariel L. Guerrero, 21, and Rodolfo V. Magana, 23, were arrested at 9:56 p.m., on May 9, in the 300 block of Oleander Street. Valeriano and Romo were charged as minors in possession of alcoholic beverages; Guerrero and Magana for making alcohol available to a minor. They were taken to Reeves County Jail.


Berta Moreno, 47, was arrested at 10:28 p.m., on May 9, at the corner of Third and Cedar streets, on a warrant out of Artesia, New Mexico, for two counts of forgery. She was taken to Reeves County Jail.


Jacobo Fierro Jasso, 32, was arrested at 11:15 p.m., on May 9, in the 1700 block of Adams Street, for assault under the Family Violence Act. He was taken to Reeves County Jail.


T.J. Williams, 20, was arrested at 6:25 p.m., on May 10, in the 500 block of South Cedar Street, on a warrant (theft over $20, under $500). He was taken to Reeves County Jail.


Clifton Ikeler, 18, was arrested at 2:34 a.m., on May 14, in the 400 block of Locust Street, for driving under the influence/possession of cocaine. He was taken to Reeves County Jail.


Juan Tarango, 17, and Ricardo Gonzalez, 19, were arrested at 2:49 a.m., on May 14, at the corner of Third and Cedar streets—Tarango as a minor in possession; Gonzalez for failure to identify himself. They were taken to Reeves County Jail.


Erica Tarin, 18, was arrested at 5:18 a.m., on May 14, in the 200 block of Locust Street, for driving while license suspended. She was taken to Reeves County Jail.


David R. Reyes, 17, was arrested at 1:08 a.m., on May 15, at the corner of Third and Cedar streets, for driving while intoxicated. He was taken to Reeves County Jail.


Dennis Wilkins, 40, was arrested at 3:22 p.m., on May 15, in the 400 block of East 13th Street, on an out-of-town warrant. He was taken to Reeves County Jail.


PECOS, May 17, 1999 - High Sunday 96; low last night 57. Tonight, clear. Low around 50. Northeast wind 10-20 mph. Tuesday, mostly sunny. High in the mid 80s. Southeast wind 10 20 mph.

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