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Wednesday, August 18, 1999

Farm land, equipment auctions on rise

Staff Writer

PECOS, Aug. 18, 1999 -- Ted Godfrey is holding an auction Aug. 27 to sell tractors, equipment, irrigation motors and pipe, and fertilizer trailers with tanks.

Caison Auction Service will conduct the one-day sale, beginning at 10 a.m., two miles north on FM 2119 (Duval Road).

Foreclosure auctions on the front steps of the Reeves County courthouse offer farmland, ranchland and numerous residences for sale Sept. 7 to the highest bidder with cash in hand.

Included are several farm tracts owned by Joe Lee McMahon farms and the former Banky Stocks ranch in Reeves, Jeff Davis and Culberson counties, now owned by the John and Doris Moore Family Partnership, Ltd.

In the Godfrey auction, an International Harvester and two John Deere tractors are for sale, along with planters, land plane, sprayer, cultivators, breaking plows, disc, Bush Hog tandem, ditcher, shredders and ditch filler.

Irrigation equipment includes motors, pipe, pumps and gear heads.

Cotton strippers, module builder and a cotton pickup are listed under harvest equipment.

Two fertilizer trailers, one fertilizer tank, one chemical tank and pump, a utility trailer, shop equipment and various tools complete the sale inventory.

Cash, cashiers check or checks with accompanying bank letter of credit will be required for all sales.

Marfa checkpoints report big seizures

Staff Writer

MARFA, Aug. 18, 1999 -- Drugs and undocumented aliens are pouring over the Mexico border into Texas, the U.S. Border patrol reports this week.

Agents for the Marfa Sector seized over $5 million worth of narcotics last week, including 5,662 pounds of marijuana and 17.76 pounds of cocaine.

So far this month, the sector has apprehended 600 undocumented aliens as the result of checkpoint operations, linewatch and traffic stops. This year, 13,257 aliens have been apprehended, as compared to 12,196 the same time period last year, Chief Border Patrol Agent Simon Garza Jr. said.

The largest narcotics seizure occured Aug. 11 when agents of the Sierra Blanca station found 4,400 pounds of marijuana hidden among wooden pallets in the rear of a tractor-trailer rig.

Later that day, agents found another 350 pounds of marijuana in a different rig.

On Aug. 3, agents of the Alpine station seized 467 pounds of marijuana from a hidden compartment of a Dodge pickup.

In all of August last year, the sector seized less than $300,000 worth of narcotics, said Garza.

"Last fiscal year (Oct. 1, 1997 to Sept. 30, 1998) we seized 47,000 pounds of marijuana that would have wound up in our schools," Garza said. "So far this year we have seized over 53,000 pounds. With a month and a half to go, we should seize close to 60,000 pounds for the year."

CCRC unable to get quorum at Pyote

Community Council board members had to cancel their regular meeting scheduled for Tuesday evening due to a lack of a quorom.

The group will meet on Aug. 31 and discuss several items that were on the agenda.

A WTU contract will be considered and acted on at the re-scheduled meeting which will be held at the Pyote Community Center in Pyote. Other items include an EMP contract, Texas-New Mexico Power Weatherization Program conference and filling vacancies on the board.

City endures 10th straight 100-plus day

Staff Writer

PECOS, Aug. 18, 1999 -- August started off hot and has pretty well stayed that way, with at least 12 days of high temperatures over 100 degrees.

The lowest high temperature this month was 91 on Aug. 2, and the high was 106 on Aug. 10, as reported by the Texas A&M Research Station six miles west on Interstate 20.

Tuesday's high of 103 was the 10th straight day of 100-plus temperatures.

Last year, August was comparatively cool, with a 79, 88 and 89 for highs and only nine days of 100, 101 or 102 degrees. Rains early and late in the month accompanied the low temperatures, and 2.40 inches was recorded for the month.

Rains have come close to Pecos this month, but only a few drops have fallen in town.

Average rainfall for August as reported by the National Weather Service is 1.23 inches, with a high of 4.37 inches reported in 1987. Average maximum temperature is 98, with a high of 113 reported in 1972.

Odessa lawyer to be new ed board leader

DALLAS (AP) A West Texas lawyer and Gov. George W. Bush's appointee on the state board that regulates the teaching profession is the next commissioner of education, according to a published report.

Associates of the governor told The Dallas Morning News that Bush was expected today to name James E. Nelson of Odessa to the post. Nelson will replace Mike Moses.

Moses announced last month that he was resigning from the job he had held for more than four years. He will take a $190,000 deputy chancellor's post at the Texas Tech University System in Lubbock after Sept. 3.

Nelson's appointment would come as a surprise to many, according to the newspaper's editions today, because most candidates interviewed for commissioner were school superintendents.

All but three of the 11 candidates who interviewed or applied for the job were current or former superintendents.

Nelson, who serves as chairman of the State Board for Educator Certification, was appointed to the position by Bush in March 1996. He earlier was president of the Texas Association of School Boards and served on the Ector County School Board in Odessa from 1984 to 1995.

Also, he was president of the school board for two terms.

A telephone number for Nelson in Odessa was not listed and he could not be reached today by The Associated Press for comment.

Bush's choice of a successor to Moses, for which Senate confirmation is required, was expected to attract attention in light of the Republican governor's presidential run.

Speculation had surfaced that Bush's leading choice for the job would be Deputy Education Commissioner Felipe Alanis, one of two deputies under Moses, because of his close working relationship with the outgoing commissioner.

Nelson would now serve the remaining 3 1/2 years of Moses' current term.

But if Bush is successful in his current White House bid, Lt. Gov. Rick Perry would become governor and may then seek his own appointee for the post.

Moses' move from public into higher education means a $33,987 raise and a return to the city where he served as a public school superintendent before becoming commissioner.


AUSTIN (AP) Results of the Cash 5 drawing Tuesday night:

Winning numbers drawn: 3-9-18-21-39. Number matching five of five: 2. Prize per winner: $39,799. Winning tickets sold in: Amarillo, Oenaville. Matching four of five: 240. Prize: $498.


AUSTIN (AP) The winning Pick 3 numbers drawn Tuesday by the Texas Lottery, in order: 2-6-4 (two, six, four)


High Tuesday 103. Low this morning 68. Forecast for tonight: Fair. Low in the lower 70s. Southeast wind 5-10 mph. Thursday, mostly sunny. High in the upper 90s. Southeast wind 5-15 mph. Extended forecast, Thursday night, fair. Low in the lower 70s. Friday through Sunday, mostly sunny days and fair nights through the period. Highs from the mid 90s to near 100. Lows in the lower 70s.

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