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Thursday, December 30, 1999

TNMP and City working New Year's Eve

Staff Writer
PECOS, Dec. 30, 1999 -- Most businesses and utility companies will be taking the day off tomorrow, but for some it will be a working evening getting ready for the new millennium.

Texas-New Mexico Power Company will close the office during the day. But, employees will be back at work at 10 p.m., to make sure everything is running smoothly. Employees will be on call at all the offices and substations.

Town of Pecos City will also close its doors during the day. Department heads will gather at city hall at 11:30 p.m. "We have one generator at the warehouse and another one here at city hall," said Town of Pecos City Utilities Director Octavio Garcia.

Garcia stated that both generators have been tested and are working well. "We just tested them and both are working great," he said.

All department heads, including Town of Pecos City Mayor Dot Stafford, city manager Kenneth Neal, Pecos Police Chief Clay McKinney and other city employees will be on hand at city hall. "We'll have other employees on call," said Garcia.

All Pecos Police Officers will be on duty that evening.

"We've been trying to make sure all generators and backup systems are in working order," said Pecos Police Chief Clay McKinney.

McKinney said that all the office systems have been tested including the 911 system and the computers.

About 20 officers from the Pecos Police Department will be out patrolling the community and the SWAT team will be on standby with all their equipment, according to McKinney. "We're also beefing up our communications department with three individuals on call manning the phone lines," he said.

McKinney stated that they are asking the communities cooperation in several areas. "We want to keep the 911 open for emergencies only," said McKinney. "For any other problems the community has, we are asking that they use the straight line," he said.

McKinney is asking that the community keep the 911 line open for life-threatening emergencies, but officers will respond to other incidents. "We'll get the officers out there as soon as we can," he said.

Portable generators will also be kept on hand. "We'll be using these for emergencies that might arise, for lighting the scenes at accidents or for any other problems," said McKinney.

McKinney said that the police department is correlating their efforts with the Reeves County Sheriff's Department.

All officers from that department will also be on call.

Reeves County offices will be open tomorrow, however, they will close on Monday, in celebration of the new year. "As a courtesy, I'll be here for those prospective candidates that want to file," said Reeves County Clerk Dianne Florez.

Florez stated that since Monday is the last day to file for the March Primary Elections, she will be on hand to assist those that want to file. "This is only for the candidates that want to file, we won't be conducting other business that day," said Florez. "If someone needs another document that day they can contact me," she said.

Florez said that for more information to call the county clerk's office at 445-5467. "The county tax-assessor will also be at her office to help check the petitions, in case someone files with Bobby Dean," she said.

Both county employees will be in their offices from 9 a.m. until noon and from 2-5 p.m. on Monday.

First National Bank will open its doors to customers from 9 a.m. until noon only, while Security State Bank will open from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., but will not re-open as they usually do from 5-6 p.m.

The Pecos Post Office front office will be open until noon only, on Friday. However, mail will be delivered to homes and post office boxes.

Trans Pecos cotton - good yields and terrible prices

Staff Writer
PECOS, Dec. 30, 1999 -- Trans-Pecos cotton farmers already have seen benefits from the boll weevil eradication program passed earlier this year, according to Bob Bickley, president of the Trans Pecos Cotton Growers Association.

The Upland cotton harvest has been going on for a little over a month now, and area growers have reported some of the best yields in recent years.

"It seems to me the way the crops have been cared for we're going to have a pretty significant high yield," said Bickley, who said a couple of new things this year have helped.

"One of the things that has helped us is the Texas Boll Weevil Eradication Foundation. For the Pecos and El Paso areas we've had the eradication of the pink bollworm."

Farmers in the El Paso and Trans-Pecos areas approved the boll weevil eradication program earlier this year, and Bickley said, "There's not doubt in my mind we've done a better job of controlling insects."

He said the three-county area of Reeves, Pecos and Ward counties has about 20,000 acres of cotton in cultivation this year, that's a little less than last year, and while the yield is good, Bickely said "Prices are terrible, but in general you can say that for all agriculture," and added he expects prices to remain low in the year 2000.

Most of the area cotton is being ginned either in Coyanosa or at the Alamo-Kerley Gin in Reeves County. A roller gin also has been is use in previous years, but Bickely said, "It hasn't been used because there's virtually no Pima cotton here this year."

Burglars leave behind clues

Staff Writer
PECOS, Dec. 30, 1999 -- They came in through the ceiling on Christmas Day, but no, it wasn't Santa Claus and now the Pecos Police Department is seeking the community's help in finding the perpetrators.

On Christmas Day, at about 5:05 a.m., individual or individuals climbed through the ceiling at the Pecos Emporium and attempted to take several items.

"As far as we know, we've recovered everything they were attempting to take," said Pecos Police Investigator Kelly Davis.

The perpetrators tried to steal over $1,000 in clothing from the western wear clothing store, located 800 W. Third Street.

However, the suspects left behind some items that can be used to locate them. "They left behind a black trench coat, a cap and two pairs of pliers," said Davis.

Police officers are asking the community to look at the items and see if they know who might own them, or possibly who they have seen wearing them.

A reward is being offered by the Pecos Valley Crime Stoppers and anyone who calls them will remain anonymous.

The suspects possibly were scared off when the alarm went off, leaving behind their own items, along with the clothing they were attempting to steal, according to Davis.

Anyone with information on this burglary is urged to call crime stoppers at 445-9898.

Enterprise goes up to 50 cents

PECOS, Dec. 30, 1999 -- The Pecos Enterprise is raising its news-stand price from 35 cents to 50 cents next week.

The new price goes into effect on January 3, 2000 - the first publishing day of the new year.

The change is the first hike in the news-stand price since 1987.

Home delivery subscription rates will also go up- rising from $7/month to $7.50/ month.

New Year's church services scheduled

PECOS, Dec. 30, 1999 -- Area churches will be having special services in celebration of the new millennium.

On Friday, Dec. 30, Our Lady of Refuge Catholic Church in Barstow will have Holy Hour from 6-7 p.m., while St. Catherine Catholic Church in Pecos will celebrate the exposition of the Blessed Sacrament from 3-6 p.m., with a special Mass scheduled for 6 p.m.

Santa Rosa Catholic Church in Pecos will celebrate the new millennium with a noon Mass and at midnight will hold the midnight exposition of the Blessed Sacrament.

Special services scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 1, 2000, include a Mass at 9 a.m., at Our Lady of Refuge Catholic Church in Barstow; at 10 a.m., a Mass will be held at Christ the King in Balmorhea; at noon, a mass at Our Lady of Guadalupe in Saragosa; at 10:30 a.m., Masses will be held at both Santa Rosa Catholic Church and St. Catherine Catholic Church, both in Pecos.


AUSTIN (AP) _ Results of the Lotto Texas drawing Thursday night: Winning numbers drawn: 1-14-16-21-26-44. Estimated jackpot: $7 million. Number matching six of six: 0. Matching five of six: 76. Prize: $1,545. Matching four of six: 4,088. Prize: $104. Matching three of six: 76,826. Prize: $3. Next Lotto Texas game: Saturday night. Estimated jackpot: $10 million.


PECOS, Dec. 30, 1999 -- High Wednesday 73. Low this morning 50. Forecast for tonight: Partly cloudy skies with lows in the 30s and 40s. West wind gusting to 25 mph. Friday: More unusually warm temperatures. Mostly sunny. High in the lower 70s. Friday night: Clear. Low around 35. Saturday: High in the 60s. Low Saturday night in the 30s.

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