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Tuesday, November 23, 1999

Work on new P O will begin early next year

Staff Writer
PECOS, Nov. 23, 1999 - The arrival of construction crews to begin work on Pecos' new Post Office will take place along with the arrival of the millennium, the local postmaster said thos morning.

Pecos City council members passed an ordinance closing off the alley in the 800 block of South Cedar Street on Monday. The action by the council during their regular meeting was needed before work could begin on the one-square block facility

"The plan is to begin building it at the very first part of next year," said Pecos Postmaster Ramona Sterling.

The site picked for the new post office was chosen in August and will be located on Cedar between Eighth and Ninth streets. The rear of the new Post Office will face Ash Street, and part of the space will be dedicated to parking outside the building.

The site was chosen over two other locations in the final elimination process, one next door to Gibson's on West Walthall Street while the other was on the site of the old Bob's Thriftway at Eddy and Third streets.

The U.S. Postal Service announced in January it was seeking a site to build a new Post Office, replacing the 64-year-old three-story building at Fourth and Oak Streets. A lack of space at the site, which also housed the U.S. District Court for Pecos until December 1995, and an absence of adequate parking outside the building were cited as a main factor in the decision.

The Cedar Street site was picked in late August, a month after the three finalists were chosen. Proposed locations rejected earlier by the Postal Service's real estate department include the former Pecos Furniture site and neighboring buildings in the 200 block of S. Oak Street, a lot at Fifth and Eddy Streets land a triangular lot near Pizza Pro/Showtime on Walthall Street.

From the time construction starts it will take between 150-180 days to complete it, according to Sterling.

"From the point at which they start construction it won't take long to complete," she said.

The ordinance closing off the alley was the second time such a measure has been taken by the city council. The council approved closing the alley two years ago for construction of an auto parts store in the 800 block of South Cedar Street. However, no further action was taken on the store, and the block, which currently has only one house on it, was then offered for use as the new Post Office site.

Helpers still sought for Thanksgiving meal

Staff Writer
PECOS, Nov. 23, 1999 - Volunteers are still needed to help with the serving and delivery of meals during the Thanksgiving holiday dinner planned for Thursday at the Reeves County Civic Center.

The meal will be served between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., at the center, to those who otherwise don't have families or a place to eat Thanksgiving dinner.

"We plan to feed anywhere from 200 to 250 people this year," said Christian Home Director Bruce Dury.

He said the annual event sponsored by the Christian Home, is something they look forward to. "We really enjoy this time of the year and are looking forward to the Christmas dinner, also," Dury said.

In addition to volunteers, desserts are also on the list of items still needed for the holiday meal. "We always need desserts and this time, we need pies, cakes, or just any type of dessert," said Dury.

Meals on Wheels recipients, individuals who are homebound and have their meals delivered by the local Meals on Wheels program, will also receive a Thanksgiving dinner.

"We have about 88 individuals on the list from Meals on Wheels," said Dury. "These are the meals we need help in delivering."

Volunteers who would like to donate a dessert or would just like to share some of their time helping to serve or deliver the meals, can call 445-2049. "Or they can just show up at the civic center on Thursday," said Dury. "I'll be there by 9 a.m. and the we'll start serving at 10 a.m."

All volunteers are appreciated, along with the many donations it takes to feed the people.

"We're just thankful for the great response we always get," said Dury. The Christian Home annually offers holiday meals to the needy and elderly on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

Unidentified man jailed after shootout

Staff Writer
VALENTINE, Nov. 23, 1999 - An unidentified man is in the Presidio County Jail today, charged with firing on a U.S. Border Patrol agent early Monday morning near Valentine, in Jeff Davis County.

According to a press release from the Border Patrol's office in Marfa, the incident occurred at 2:30 a.m. Monday near U.S. 90 east of Valentine, when an agent encountered the man, who fled on foot towards the south. The chase continued south for 1½ miles before the man turned and fired several shots at the agent, who returned fire.

The man continued to flee, and the agent called for back up after the exchange of shots. Neither the agent nor the suspect were injured in the overnight shooting.

Deputies from Jeff Davis and Presidio counties, along with Department of Public Safety troopers, Marfa police, U.S. Customs Service agents and Texas Parks and Wildlife game wardens assisted in the search and a DPS helicopter was called in about 4 a.m. to help in locating the suspect, who was captured after sunrise.

He was taken to Presidio County Jail and is being held on both state and federal charges. The case has been turned over to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

No further information on the case was available from either the FBI office in Midland or El Paso this morning, but U.S. Magistrate Katherine Baker in Alpine said the man has not been formally charged as of this morning.

"They still don't have a true name on him," she said. "They probably will proceed with the case down here, but I don't know when they will arraign him. It depends on when they find out his true name."

"The Border Patrol takes nothing more seriously as an assault on an officer, and we will dedicate all resources and take whatever actions necessary to bring these individuals to justice," Chief Patrol Agent Simon Garza, Jr. said.

The incident continued a busy month for Border Patrol agents in the Marfa Sector. Over one ton of cocaine was seized by agents at the Sierra Blanca checkpoint on Interstate 10 earlier this month, and on Friday, agents discovered 1,280 pounds of marijuana hidden in a tractor-trailer rig during a traffic stop in Lajitas.

The marijuana was located following a K-9 search hidden in a load of flagstone stacked pallets, which Border Patrol officers said was used to conceal 29 barrel-shaped tar enshrouded cylinders of marijuana.

The driver, a U.S. citizen, along with the truck and its contents were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration in Alpine for prosecution. Value of the marijuana was put at over $1 million.

The seizure brings the total amount of marijuana seized since Oct. 1 in the Marfa Sector to 10,895, while another 2,622 pounds of cocaine have been found, most of that in the Sierra Blanca seizure.

Raids on homes Monday net drugs, arrests

Staff Writer
PECOS, Nov. 23, 1999 - Pecos Police Officers and Reeves County Sheriff's deputies were busy Monday evening, executing search warrants in different parts of town.

The first search warrant was executed at 1916 S. Alamo St., which police identified as the home of Mike Garcia. "We found drug paraphernalia during that search and charges are pending," said Pecos Police Investigator Paul Deishler.

The second warrant was executed at 10:49 p.m., at an alley apartment at 417 S. Plum St. The apartment was rented to Gilbert Ortega, 28, and Sandra Ronquillo Ortega, 35.

A substance believed to be heroin was found during the search, along with paraphernalia used in the packaging of heroin, police said.

Both subjects were arrested and taken to Reeves County Jail and charged with possession of heroin.

Power Points entry deadline is moved up

PECOS, Nov. 23, 1999 - Because of the Thanksgiving holiday, and the Dallas Cowboys' game against Miami that afternoon, entry forms for the Pecos Enterprise's weekly Power Points contest will be picked up at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, instead of on Friday afternoons as is normally done.

Entry forms for this week's contest were in Monday's Enterprise and are available at local participating businesses.


AUSTIN (AP) - Results of the Cash 5 drawing Monday night: Winning numbers drawn: 17-19-20-22-31. Number matching five of five: 0. Matching four of five: 221. Prize: $860.


AUSTIN (AP) - The winning Pick 3 numbers drawn Monday by the Texas Lottery, in order: 0-4-4 (zero, four, four)


Addie Davis

Addie Davis, 85, of Pecos, a homemaker, died Saturday, Nov. 20, 1999, at her residence.

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

Graveside services are scheduled for 2 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 24, at Greenwood Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lee Davis; James Huddlen and Lee Ralph Davis and one daughter, Shirley Smiley.

Survivors include three daughters, Laura Mae Mosby and Maggie Harris, both of Pecos, and Georgia Willis of Odessa; three sons, George Allen of Corpus Christi, Rodger Davis of Houston and Jimmy Lee Davis of Odessa; one brother, Johnny Hoffs; 24 grandchildren; 46 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

William Fulgim

William Patton "Pat" Fulgim, Jr., 79, of San Angelo, died Monday, Nov. 22, 1999, at his residence.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 24, at Johnson's Funeral Home Chapel in San Angelo with Rev. Larry Shotwell officiating. Military graveside rites will follow at Lawnhaven Memorial Gardens.

He was born July 7, 1920 in El Paso, served his country during World War II while in the USAF, was a member of the First Baptist Church in Pecos and was an engineering technician with TxDOT.

Survivors include his wife, Lamoyne Fulgim of San Angelo; one daughter, Karen Fulgim Crouch of San Angelo; one son, Patton Fulgim of Abilene and three granddaughters.


PECOS, Nov. 23, 1999 - High Monday 75. Low this morning 32. Forecast for tonight: Partly cloudy and cold. Low in the mid 20s to near 30. East wind 5 to 10 mph. Wednesday: Increasing cloudiness and cool. High in the mid 50s. East wind 5 to 15 mph. Wednesday night: Cloudy. Low 25 to 30. Thanksgiving day and Friday: Cloudy with a chance of rain or snow. Lows upper 20s to mid 30s. Highs in the 50s.

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