Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Wednesday, September 1, 1999
Tougher DWI law takes effect today
By PEGGY McCRACKEN
PECOS, Sept. 1, 1999 -- It takes less alcohol now to make a person too
drunk to drive legally, but it can cost more in the long run if he drinks
and drives anyway.
Among the laws going into effect today is one making it illegal to drive
with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher. Authorities began
enforcing the law at midnight.
The law means a 170-pound man could consume one less drink an hour -
four instead of five - before being considered drunk. For a 137-pound woman,
it's three instead of four drinks in an hour.
If that man opts for the five drinks, gets under the wheel of his pickup
and has a traffic accident on the highway, he can be billed for the cost
to investigate the accident.
Cindy Jones, administrative technician for the Texas Department of Public
Safety, this morning was working on billing five drivers involved in DWI
accidents within the four-county area reporting to the Pecos Highway Patrol
"They can be charged reasonable expense, not to exceed $1,000 for a
particular incident," Jones said.
The charge is based on the time troopers spend investigating the accident
and writing reports, plus mileage for each Highway Patrol unit that responds.
Charges can range as high as $26.63 per hour for a captain's time down
to $11.54 per hour for a trooper trainee.
Jones said that an accident 9.9 miles north of Pecos cost the driver
$132 for three hours of the troopers' time and 25 miles on their units.
Others in the stack of five cases averaged $70 each.
Reimbursement is made through the state probation office after the defendant
is convicted of DWI and the charge is made a part of the court judgment.
"When we send in a report, we also submit a bill for responding to the
accident," Jones said.
It is up to the county and district attorneys to include the restitution
in the proposed judgment submitted to the judge who tries the DWI case,
"They are actually paying back the citizens of the state of Texas because
they went out and got drunk and caused an accident."
Although the reimbursement law is not new, few citizens know about it,
"If they knew about the law, it could be a deterrent to drunk driving,"
Texas joins 16 other states that have adopted the stricter drinking
and driving limit. Passage of the law qualifies the states for federal
grants totaling $57.4 million this year and more money later.
County taking steps to control juvenile crime
BY ROSIE FLORES
PECOS, Sept. 1, 1999 -- Juvenile crime activity is on the rise in Reeves
County, but several good things have come about in an effort to lower the
youth crime rate.
"We're in the process of opening up the facility for detention services,"
said Reeves County Juvenile Probation Director Alberto Alvarez.
He said that several things are "in the making," right now to make the
Reeves County Juvenile Detention Center available for detention services,
and not just a holdover facility, as it has been for the past two years.
"Juvenile crime right now is higher than what it has been in the past
2-3 months," said Alvarez. "As soon as school starts, there's a lot going
on and the crime activity rises," he said.
Several new tools have been acquired through grants to curb the "activities"
throughout Reeves County.
"New video cameras have been installed at the Carver school and we have
also had some video equipment installed here at the facility," said Alvarez.
There are currently two juvenile offenders housed at the facility at this
time, following an incident that happened earlier this week.
A high-speed chase which originated in Odessa, on Monday, and involved
several agencies from different counties, landed the two juveniles at the
Juvenile Detention Center. Local law enforcement officers joined the high-speed
chase on I-20, mile marker 72, heading west.
Three Pecos Police Department Units responded along with Reeves County
Sheriff's officers. West Texas Drug Task Force officers also participated
in the high-speed chase. The vehicle was finally stopped at mile marker
45, just east of Pecos, and the two 14-year-olds from the east were taken
to the detention facility.
The male and female juveniles were from Anderson and Johnson Counties.
"That's on the other side of Dallas," said Alvarez. "And apparently they
both come from middle-class families."
This is also not the first time these two particular juveniles have
been involved in a high-speed chase, he added. "They are both on probation
in those two counties and arrangements have been made for them to be returned
back and processed in those counties."
Alvarez said that a lot of times the problem with juveniles seems to
be that they come from single-parent homes. "Of course that isn't the case
all the time, but a lot of parents are having problems with their teens
right now," he said.
Alvarez said he spoke to three parents this morning, about their problems
with their teenagers. "They just basically want some help with their children,"
Aside from the East Texas teens, Alvarez said he was involved recently
in the successful apprehension of two juveniles involved in graffiti at
the Reeves County Library. "One has already gone to court and was found
guilty," said Alvarez. "The other one is pending his hearing," he said.
Both are 13-year-olds who come from single-parent homes and both were
also charged with curfew violation, according to Alvarez. "One of them
lives on the far east side of town and it makes you wonder what the kid
is doing so far from home, without supervision at that hour," he said.
Alvarez said that if parents don't take care of their kids, they will
do crazy things. "These kids need a lot of supervision," he said.
The 13-year-old, who has already been to court and found guilty, received
one year supervised court probation, restitution and a lot of community
hours. "The juvenile is also on electronic monitoring and attending Carver,"
The school mandates that the student be placed in Carver for an 88-day
term, the judge usually orders them to remain in Carver for the remainder
of their probation term, according to Alvarez.
"The student is also not allowed to attend football games or any other
extracurricular activities," he said.
Alvarez said his department is working on other cases, including referrals
involving local gang members. "We're going to get with the county prosecutor
for him to review cases thoroughly and try to determine which cases need
more work," he said.
Recently, a probation officer went to make a home check and found a
number of violations. "They arrested several probation violators, the probation
officer was assisted by the local police department and the Reeves County
Sheriff's Office," said Alvarez.
A really good way to address the curfew issue is to give out citations
on the first violation, instead of just sending the juvenile home, according
"We've had occasions where they pick up a juvenile and then go do a
check and the juvenile is there at home," said Alvarez. "But, they go back
a little later and that juvenile is gone again."
Alvarez said that with all agencies cooperating, juvenile crime will
be on the decline.
Zoo adds `roos, bird, llama, wallabies
PECOS, Sept. 1, 1999 -- Jumpin' Jehosaphat!
Two kangaroos and two wallabies are on their way to the Maxey Park Zoo,
said parks director Armando Gil.
A new pea fowl and the first-ever llama are also in the group of exotic
animals loaded onto a city truck at the Alamita Park Zoo in Albuquerque,
N.M. this morning.
"They should be here tonight and will be on display early Thursday,"
Since vandals put pit bulls into the pen with the first wallabies in
the zoo, Gil said he will place these _ along with the kangaroos _ in interior
pens for their protection. The llama will probably go in a pen near the
longhorns, and the pea fowl will share a pen with the current residents.
Balmorhea, Marfa preparing for holiday events
By ROSIE FLORES
Things will be heating up around the area this weekend, with several
activities planned in surrounding communities.
The Twenty Fourth Labor Day Festival is scheduled in Balmorhea on Saturday,
Events include the World Championship Frijole Bean Cookoff. This is
the 23rd annual Frijole Bean Cookoff.
Cooks prepare the favorite food using various fuels. First, second and
third place trophies will be awarded to the winners.
The second annual Brisket Cookoff will also be held. Winners receive
trophies and the champion will receive a complimentary entry (sponsored
by the Pecos Chamber of Commerce) in the World Championship BBQ Cookoff
held in Pecos in October.
Events for the kids are face painting, fishing pond, egg toss and watermelon
eating contest. First annual "Oasis of West Texas Yo-Yo Competition," will
have three novice divisions: eight and under, 12 and under and 13 and over.
For yo-yo enthusiasts in the area this will be the first opportunity to
show off their skills. There will be no charge for the games including
the yo-yo competition.
Events for the adults include the ever-popular Washer Pitching with
men's and women's divisions. Winners are awarded trophies for first, second
and third place. Entry fees are $10 per team.
A dance contest will also be held. Dancers will dance to country, rock,
and Tejano music. The winning couple will receive trophies and a gift certificate.
Little Joe Davilla and the Jetliners will again entertain the crowd
with a dance under the stars. The dance starts at 9 p.m. and lasts until
1 a.m. Joe Davilla will MC and provide DJ music during the day. There is
no fee for the dance. The Jetliners feature Tejano Music but will also
play country and rock.
The 13th Annual Marfa Lights Festival features a cornucopia of musical
styles and events this year are intended to provide concert goers a little
bit of everything.
Along with burritos and burgers at the booths on the courthouse lawn,
the art and handicrafts for sale at the vendor's booths and the yearly
parade down Highland Avenue, the Marfa Chamber of Commerce has lined up
a variety of music that is a little different than in years past.
The fun starts on Friday, Sept. 3, when food and vendor booths will
open at 6 p.m. Then from 8 p.m. to midnight, DJ Don Rominsky of El Paso
will spice things up by spinning a mix of country, rock, dance and Tejano
hits at the first street dance next to the courthouse lawn.
Food and vendor booths open again at 10 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 4. The
always much-anticipated Marfa Lights parade marches through downtown at
Four bands are lined up for the big Saturday night concert at Vizcaino
Park, which runs from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. Cecilia y los Reno Boyz begins the
night's entertainment, followed by Los Tejanos, Jay Perez and headliner
La Diferenzia rounding out the evening. Tickets are $15 in advance and
$20 at the gate.
On Sunday, Sept. 6, food and vendor booths open at noon. The Sunday
night dance at the MAC building features blues rocker Teddy Morgan, who
is coming all the way from Dallas for the show. That dance runs from 8
p.m., to midnight and tickets will be $10 in advance and $13 at the door.
Advance tickets are available at the Marfa Chamber of Commerce and will
also be sold during the festival.
For more information, call the chamber office at 915-729-4942.
Season ticket sale for football runs until Sept. 23
Sales of new season tickets for the Pecos Eagles' 1999 home football
games are underway now through Sept. 23 at the Pecos-Barstow-Toyah business
Anyone wanting to buy tickets for the team's four 1999 home games can
do so at the Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD Business Office, 1302 S. Park St.,
weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Season tickets this year are $20 per seat.
Pecos' 1999 home opener is not until Sept. 24, when they host Crane
at Eagle Stadium. The other three home games are Oct. 1 against Kermit
(homecoming), Oct. 15 against El Paso Mountain View and Oct. 29 against
Canutillo. Pecos' season opener is 7 p.m. Thursday against Denver City
at Odessa's Ratliff Stadium.
AUSTIN (AP) — Results of the Cash 5 drawing Tuesday night: Winning numbers
drawn: 2-14-20-22-24. Number matching five of five: 2. Prize per winner:
$39,607. Winning tickets sold in: Houston, Lewisville. Matching four of
five: 244. Prize: $487.
AUSTIN (AP) — The winning Pick 3 numbers drawn Tuesday by the Texas
Lottery, in order: 9-5-6 (nine, five, six)
High Tuesday 100; low last night 67. Tonight, partly cloudy. Low in the
upper 60s. South wind 5-10 mph. Thursday, partly cloudy. High in the mid
90s. South wind 10-15 mph. Extended forecast, Thursday night, partly cloudy
with a slight chance of evening showers or thunderstorms. Low in the mid
60s. Friday through Sunday, partly cloudy with a slight chance of afternoon
and evening showers or thunderstorms. Lows in the mid 60s. highs in the
low to mid 90s.
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
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