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Friday, June 4, 1999

Valley Grain moves from longtime location

Staff Writer

PECOS, June 4, 1999 - Gary and Debbie Taylor moved their business four blocks down the street to get more space for the feed, pet supplies, lawn and garden supplies, and hardware sold in their Pecos Valley Grain & Supply store.

They're not hard to find, but the short distance moved them from one telephone exchange to another and gave them new telephone numbers.

"It is a little handier," said Gary Taylor of the large building at 1820 Balmorhea Highway, recently vacated by the John Deere dealership. "It is easier for us and for our customers and everybody."

Although moving is still underway, the Taylors are hosting open house today and Saturday to acquaint the community with their new location and merchandise lines added to their inventory.

Stacks and stacks of Purina and ACCO feed sacks are stored in the spacious shop at the rear of the store. They also sell hay, which is delivered to customers from Presidio to southern New Mexico.

A second store in Marfa serves the border area, and it will move into a new building in July, Taylor said.

"Our business is on trying times, but opportunity is always out there if we are looking for it," Taylor said.

Gary and Debbie have owned the business 13 years, but its history dates back to the early 1950s when agriculture was booming in the Pecos Valley.

"We have added to all our lines and have a new line of hardware," Taylor said. "We have beefed up our pet food and also lawn and garden supplies. We didn't have room for that in the other store. This is something we have wanted to do for years. Just now the building has become available."

Eventually a shop will be added to service delivery trucks.

Nine employees work alongside the couple in the expanding business. They invite the public to visit the new facility and browse the specials offered during the two-day "grand opening of a sort."

Or call them at 915-447-3880 or send a fax to 915-447-6659. The toll-free number remains the same, 800-762-5706.

"Our main goal is to service our customers," Gary Taylor said. "This will allow us to do that. Times change; we have to change with them."

Grant funds  sought by city, county

Staff Writer

PECOS, June 4, 1999 - Studies of the city's base map, street conditions, drainage and flood hazard, the central business district, parks and recreation, zoning and thoroughfares would be made with a $50,000 grant the city of Pecos has applied for.

The planning and capacity building fund project is part of the Texas Community Development Program, which last year funded $350,000 for water system improvements.

Directors for the Permian Basin Regional Planning Commission will review and comment on the grant application in their board meeting next Wednesday in the regional offices at the Midland-Odessa airport.

Also on the agenda is an application from Reeves County for a Colonia Construction Fund grant.

Pecos Mayor Dot Stafford has been re-appointed by Gov. George W. Bush to the community development review committee that provides advice on the administration and enforcement of the rural community development block grant program.

It also reviews applications submitted by counties and municipalities eligible for funding under the program.

Commissioners to discuss RCDC items

PECOS, June 4, 1999 - Reeves County Commissioners will meet at 9:30 a.m., Monday for an emergency meeting to discuss several items, including those involving expansion of the Reeves County Detention Center.

The group will discuss bids for RCDC fencing package 0203; bids for RCDC building concrete package 0101 and bids for RCDC site concrete package 0302.

Commissioners will also discuss/take action on order of the commissioners court, setting terms for the third supplemental lease and third supplemental sublease and the execution and delivery of certificates of participation.

In other business the court will discuss/take action on budget amendments and line-item transfers and discuss personnel and salary changes for the Reeves County Sheriff's Office, the county judge's office and the Trans-Pecos Drug Task Force.

Madera Valley Water is asking individuals to be very careful with their water, despite the fact that some problems have already been corrected. "We still have an inflow problem, and asking everyone north of Verhalen to be very conservative with their water use," said manager Peggy Cox. Other problems that had plagued them have been corrected.

Few stores burned by sting on tobacco sales

Staff Writer

PECOS, June 4, 1999 - A tobacco sting operation executed Wednesday by the Reeves County Sheriff's Department brought some surprising results.

Reeves County Sheriff's Department targeted 26 businesses that sell tobacco products.

Under proper authority, a "decoy minor" was used to purchase cigarettes from these businesses.

"Some of these businesses were closed at the time we were executing the sting, but others that were open were hit," said Reeves County Sheriff Andy Gomez.

Out of the 26 businesses "hit," only three were found in violation of state law by not checking ID on the "decoy," that appeared to be under the age of 27.

"That is good news for Pecos," said Gomez. "It means vendors are diligent in obeying the law regarding the selling of tobacco products."

The percentage of vendors that violated the law in this instance is only about 11 percent. "That is really good news," said Gomez.

Businesses that were "hit" and open at the time of the sting include and did not make a sale include, Amigos, Wal-Mart, Reza's Produce, The Little Store (located in the Lindsay Addition), Herrera's Drive Thru, Beer Depot #1, Flying J, Allsup's #267 (located on Eddy Street), Town and Country Store on Cedar Street, Uncle's #156 on Eddy Street, Allsup's #266 on Cedar Street, Lucky Partners, Town and Country on Palmer Street, Bob's Thriftway, Toone's Grocery, Toyah Texaco, Victor's Citgo in Balmorhea, La Tienda and Western Package.

The three stores that did make a sale to a minor were Dan's Record Shop at Third and Cedar streets, Rio Grande Self Service, 1371 S. Cedar St., and Ernie's Smoke Shop at Third and Plum streets, the sheriff said.

The businesses that were found in violation did not receive citations but did receive educational material reminding them of the law. Future "stings" are planned, according to Gomez.

Under current state law if you're under the age of 18, it's against the law for you to buy or even to attempt to buy, cigarettes, chewing tobacco or any other tobacco product.

If you look younger than 27, to make sure anyone who buys a tobacco product is at least 18, the law requires merchants to check the age of anyone who appears to be younger than 27, according to Gomez.

If you're a sales person, selling cigarettes or any other tobacco product to anyone under the age of 18, is against the law and violations are punishable by a fine of up to $500.

Library schedules story hour Monday

PECOS, June 4, 1999 - Story Hour will be held at the Reeves County Library, 505 S. Park, Monday beginning at 10:30 a.m.

"We welcome all pre-schoolers," said Reeves County Librarian Sally Perry.

Children must be accompanied by an adult.


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Robert Minjarez

Robert Minjarez, 48, of Pecos, died Thursday, June 2, 1999, at Medical Center Hospital in Odessa.

A rosary will be held at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, June 6, at Martinez Funeral Home Chapel.

Mass is scheduled for 10 a.m., Monday, June 7, at Santa Rosa Catholic Church with burial in Greenwood Cemetery.

He was born May 25, 1951, in Pecos, was a lifelong Pecos resident, a laborer and a Catholic.

Survivors include three brothers, Anastacio Minjarez, Jr., Rudy and Rojelio Minjarez of Pecos.

Martinez Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Apolinar Ramos

Apolinar "Pola" Ramos, 89, died Thursday, June 3, 1999 at the Pecos Nursing Home.

A rosary will be held at 7 p.m., today at Martinez Funeral Home Chapel.

Mass is scheduled for 10 a.m., Saturday, June 5, at Santa Rosa Catholic Church with burial in Greenwood Cemetery.

She was born July 23, 1909, in Saragosa, was a life-long resident, a housewife and a Catholic.

Survivors include six daughters, Maria Corrales Jimen of Mexico, Aurora Reyes and Tomasa Madrid of Pecos, Jessie Garcia of Cleburne, Nicha Rodriguez of Itasca, Tx., and Rosa Porras of Cleburne; 35 grandchildren; 72 great-grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren.

Pecos Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Martinez Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


PECOS, June 4, 1999 - High Thursday 101. Low this morning 71. Forecast for tonight: Becoming cloudy with a 30 percent chance of evening thunderstorms. Low in the lower 70s. Windy with a southeast wind 20-30 mph and gusty. Saturday, mostly cloudy and windy with a 20 percent chance of afternoon thunderstorms. High in the lower 90s. South wind 20-30 mph and gusty.

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