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Feb. 27, 1996

Eight on list for head coach job

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PECOS, Feb. 27, 1996 - Eight persons have submitted applications to
Pecos-Barstow-Toyah Superintendent Mario Sotelo for the Pecos Eagles'
head football coach and athletic director's position, with a Friday
deadline for any further applications to be received.

School board members on Feb. 8 voted to seek new head football coach and
athletic director to replace Felix Urias and Daylon Whitehurst. A
selection committee plans to interview applicants during March and early
April, and announce the selection at the P-B-T school board meeting on
April 11.

The new coach/AD is expected to begin work the week of April 15.

Zavala Middle School principal Mike Sadler is among the eight applicants
for the position. He had formerly held a sub-varsity coaching position
at Odessa Permian High School, and had also coached in the Dallas area
before taking the Zavala job last year.

Sadler is a Pecos High School graduate, as is El Paso Austin defensive
coach David Stickels, who also has sent in his resume to Sotelo's office.

Other applicants include:

- Former Monahans High School head coach Bren Holland, now offensive
line coach at Abilene High School;
- Former Kermit High School coach Randy Hicks; currently Clint High
School's head coach;
- John Wachsmuth, head football coach at Premont High School, near
- Ronnie White, varsity defensive tackle coach at Conroe High School;
- Jose Martinez, head football coach at LaPryor High School;
- David Swanson, receivers coach at Corpus Christi King High School;
- Mike Balew, defensive coordinator at Houston Dobie High School.
"We've had a number of other phone calls so far," said Sotelo, who
expects to receive a few more resumes prior to Friday's deadline.
The advertisement set out by the district listed both the salary and
length of contract as negotiable. Salaries for Pecos coaches have been
below those for other area Class 4A schools in recent years, and with
several other area coaching positions (Kermit, Stanton, Odessa High)
coming open in recent weeks, the salary situation may become a factor
before the final selection is made.
"The board will have to establish the (salary) parameters. Hopefully,
they will do that next week," Sotelo said.
Sotelo, school board members Oscar Saenz and Earl Bates, Pecos High
School Principal Alice Duerksen and community member Dennis Thorpe are
the members of the committee that will interview the applicants, and
make the decision on which candidate to recommend to the full school
board in April.


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EDITOR'S NOTE: Information contained in the Police Report is obtained
from reports filed by the Pecos Police Department, Reeves County
Sheriff's Office, Texas Department of Public Safety, or other agencies;
and from interviews with officers of those agencies.

On Feb. 5, David Mata reported to police that an unknown subject had
used a sharp object to scratch the right side and tailgate of his 1995
Chevrolet pickup while parked at a Pecos High School parking lot. Mata
did not give an exact time.

Amy Barbosa, 19, 911 W. Fourth, was arrested Feb. 7 after police
conducted a warrant service at her residence. She was charged with
criminal mischief between $1,500 and $20,000.

Police arrested Dustin Wagoner, 18, of Oregon, on Feb. 9 after serving
him a warrant for presumption of theft of check at the Reeves County

Olga M. Levario was cited for failing to yield right of way at a stop
intersection during an investigation by police of a two-vehicle accident
at the corner of Washington and Hackberry Streets. The police report
indicated that Norma R. Evaro was eastbound in a 1976 Oldsmobile Delta
'88 at the 1300 block of Washington when she was struck by Levario, who
was eastbound at the 800 block of Hackberry in a 1988 Ford Tempo.
Levario allegedly pulled into the intersection from a stopped position.

During the early morning hours of Feb. 12, Ezequiel Morales Arevalo was
arrested at the 900 block of Cypress Street for public intoxication
police received a phone call into someone honking his horn and
disturbing neighboring residents.

Bobby Lee Olivas, 20, 2205 Barrila Road, was arrested at the 1800 block
of South Eddy Street for driving without a driver's license on Feb. 15.

Police arrested Oscar Rodriguez Rubio, 30, 221 N. Cedar, on Feb. 15 on a
warrant service for burglary of a habitation. The arrest took place at
the 400 block of South Mesquite Street.

At 2:54 a.m., Feb. 16, Kenneth Paul Kirouac, 34, was arrested by police
at the Flying J Truck Stop, 100 block of Pinhurst, for public

A clerk for the Allsup's convenient store at 708 Cedar reported to
police on Feb. 16, 11:54 p.m., that two Hispanic males entered the store
and ran out without paying for an 18-pack of Budlight beer and three
12-packs of Bud Light beer.

Jesus Ortega, Jr., 17, 805 E. 10th, was arrested by police at the 800
block of East 10th Street for public intoxication and having an expired
driver's license.

During the early morning hours of Feb. 18, police arrested Lorenzo
Rodriguez Carrasco for public intoxication at 110 E. Ninth St. No age or
place of residence was available for Carrasco.

Police arrested Rudolfo T. Orona, 20, 501 Palm, at the 700 block of East
Third Street for DWI by refusal to submit to breathalizer. The arrest
took place during the early morning hours of Feb. 18.

Trujillo gets a howl out of dog story on TV

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Staff Writer
Score another one for rumors.

This one is about the dog that never was.

Folks across the United States saw what we in the news business call a
"brite" about Pecos on television Saturday night.

Seems that an inmate in our county-operated prison has been throwing a
daily tennis ball over the fence to his faithful dog - for five years! A
guard supposedly granted an interview about the unusual incident.

The report was shown on the USA Network's "Weekly World News." Like the
tabloid it is based on, there's no guarantee any story is fact, but the
presence of former

Burning ban to remain until it rains

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PECOS, Feb. 27, 1996 - Outdoor burning has been banned in Reeves County
until some moisture comes into the area, according to local fire

Fire Chief Doug Cox and Fire Marshal Jack Brookshire were on hand at
Monday's Reeves County Commissioners Court meeting to put into effect an
order prohibiting outdoor burning.

"As you may have noticed a number of counties have implemented an order
prohibiting outdoor burning because of the danger it poses at this
time," said Cox.

"It's been a very dry year and the potential for fires is very high,"
he said. A fire two weeks ago burned nearly a mile of grass and trees
and two vacant buildings along Highway 17 northeast of Balmorhea.

There hasn't been enough rain to prevent the weeds and grass from
becoming dry and brittle and more susceptible to fire, according to Cox.

The ban will be implemented until the area receives some rainfall.

"Certain sections (of the county) will be lifted, if they receive some
type of moisture, which will make them less susceptible to fires," said

The whole state is in extreme fire hazard condition and with the winds
in this area makes the risk greater, according to Cox.

"The winds out here are pretty high, which makes little fires get out of
control and reach other areas," said Cox.

The emergency regulations were established for all unincorporated areas
of Reeves County for the duration of the drought.

A person violates this order if he burns any combustible material
outside an enclosure which serves to contain all flames and/or sparks,
or orders such burning by others.

"We've had some farmers burning their ditches early in the morning,
which is easy to contain, but in the afternoon when the winds come up it
makes the fires harder to control," said Cox.

Violation of this order shall be prosecuted under Section 418.173 of
the government code.

The penalty will be punishment of not more than $1,000 and up to six
months in jail.

The order may be enforced by an duly-commissioned peace officer and the
venue of prosecution of this order will be the Reeves County

Luna first person to file for seat on RCH board

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Staff Writer
PECOS, Feb. 27, 1996 - Hiram Greg Luna has become the first person to
sign up for a position on the Reeves County Hospital District Board in
the May 4 elections.

Luna has filed for the at-large position which is currently held by Raul

Other hospital board positions which are up for election include
Precinct 1, a position currently held by Chel Flores, and Precinct 3,
held by Jesse Prieto.

None of the incumbents have filed for re-election as of this morning.

All three incumbents have filed in the Town of Pecos City elections,
while no challengers have entered the race. The two-year council terms
up are held by Saul Roquemore and Danny Rodriguez, along with the term
of mayor Dot Stafford.

Two full term and a one-year unexpired term are up for election on the
Pecos-Barstow-Toyah school board.

The two full terms include positions currently held by Oscar Saenz and
Alberto Alvarez. The unexpired one-year term is held by Daisy Roquemore.
No candidates have filed there, according to Jo Allgood.

Packets for the city council race can be picked up at City Hall with
City Secretary Geneva Martinez. Nadine Smith will be handing out packets
for hospital elections at Reeves County Hospital, and Jo Allgood,
superintendent secretary, will have the information for the school
elections at 1302 S. Park St. Filing for all local races will continue
through mid-March.

Andrews 10,861 4,072 3,867 205 5.0%
Big Spring 23,258 9,619 9,052 567 5.9%
Fort Stockton 8,712 4,146 3,801 345 8.3%
Kermit 6,925 2,468 2,169 299 12.0%
Lamesa 11,051 4,675 4,231 444 9.5%
Midland 92,005 49,537 47,012 2,525 5.1%
Monahans 8,245 2,850 2,634 216 7.6%
Odessa 91,004 46,971 43,231 3,740 8.0%
PECOS 12,023 5,234 4,397 837 16.0%

5-Year-Old Arizona Girl Turns Up In Texas

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EL PASO, Texas (AP) - A 5-year-old Arizona girl who was the subject of a
three-state search was found wandering an El Paso street after
apparently being abandoned by her mother, a police spokesman said

Courtney Boston is now in the care of Child Protective Services. She was
found by private security guards early Saturday morning, said police
spokesman Sgt. Bill Pfeil.

``She said her mom told her to get out of the car and then she drove
off,'' Pfeil said.

Courtney had previously last been seen Wednesday at a Tucson apartment
complex where she lived with her mother, Mary Mays, and Mays' two
younger children, said Sgt. Eugene Mejia, a Tucson Police Department

The family left Thursday to visit or move to Pine Bluff, Ark., he said.
But on Saturday, Mays called her parents in Arkansas from Fort Hancock,
Texas, telling them her boyfriend had taken the girl, Mejia said.

The FBI became involved because of the likelihood that the child crossed
state lines.

The two younger children, Derek, 4, and Brittany, 3, were found
abandoned at a motel in Hudspeth County, Texas, where sheriff's deputies
also found Mays alone in her car along a highway.

She was being held in Sierra Blanca, Texas, about 90 miles southeast of
El Paso, on suspicion of child abandonment, authorities said.

Pfeil said it is too early too tell whether Mays will face charges in El
Paso because so many jurisdictions were involved in the investigation.

The search for Courtney was focused along Interstate 10 between Tucson
and Sierra Blanca.

Stickels in Bar college

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MONAHANS, Feb. 27, 1996 - District Attorney John Stickels was recognized
Jan. 27 as one of 3,730 attorneys certified as members of the College of
the State Bar of Texas.

This distinguished group of attorneys accounts for less than 8 percent
of the total number of attorneys in Texas.

The college was created by the Supreme Court of Texas as a means of
recognizing members of the State Bar who voluntarily attain an
extraordinary number of continuing legal education credits each year.

TxDOT readies highway for new surface

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PECOS, Feb. 27, 1996 - Texas Department of Transportation crews milled
off high spots on Cedar Street Monday in preparation for seal coating
later this spring, said Larry Levario, maintenance foreman.

Levario said the highway surface is too slick, and they plan to apply a
thin layer of emulsion and gravel "just to get some surface on there and
seal some of the road."

The emulsion will only cover up to ½ inch, and some spots were higher
than that, Levario said. So crews blocked off one lane of traffic and
leveled it off.

When seal coating begins in April or May, TxDOT will close one lane at a
time so that traffic will not have to be re-routed, Levario said.

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