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Wednesday, September 18, 1996

RCH board OKs budget, 1.3¢ tax hike

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Staff Writer

PECOS, September 18, 1996 - Reeves County Hospital District directors on
Tuesday adopted a $6.6 million budget Tuesday and set the property tax
rate at 36.767 cents per $100 valuation, an increase just over a penny
from the previous 35½ cent tax rate.

Property taxes are expected to pay $1.1 million of the total budget.
Sales taxes are estimated at $259,996, and patient revenues at $4.8

Patient revenues are projected to increase by 35.75 percent over last
year, due in part to additional physicians and in part to a 6 percent
increase in patient charges.

Interest income of $57,370 is offset by a loss of $69,279 on ambulance

Greg Luna made the motion to increase the tax rate 1.267 cents in order
to generate the same amount of operating revenue as last year. Marcella
Lovett seconded, and the vote was unanimous.

Luna and Lovett made all the motions during the 30-minute meeting,
because Jesse Prieto and Chel Florez were absent. Jeannette Alligood

The board approved a contract with Reeves County to collect 1996 taxes
and hired the law firm of Calame, Linebarger, Graham and Pena to collect
delinquent taxes.

Rusty McInturff, who represents the firm in Pecos, said he is glad to be
back with the hospital district. Another firm collected taxes this year
for the hospital district and Reeves County.

"It has been my understanding that it has been stated that collections
for the county were up from last year," McInturff said. "Our firm
collected two accounts that caused it to be up. They totaled $70,000.
Subtract that and it is not ahead of the previous year."

He pledged the same service to the hospital district that was provided
in the past, which includes letters to delinquent taxpayers requesting
payment and follow-up court suits for those who fail to pay.

Alligood said the hospital district received great services from the
Calame firm in the past, and the school district and city had good
experience with them last year.

"Collections for the school and city were up. Delinquent collections are
going well," she said. "They are very knowledgeable in tax laws and are
helpful to the tax collector."

The board approved a 15 percent penalty, plus interest, on delinquent
tax collections.

In other business, the board awarded a bid for construction of a walk-in
freezer for the kitchen to Commercial Ice Machine Company of Odessa.
Their bid was $4,320, while Pecos Air Conditioning bid $8,504.

"I sure hat sending business out of town, but $4,200 is quite a
savings," said Lovett.

"I feel the same way, dealing with business people and being part of the
chamber of commerce and making every effort to keep business in Pecos,"
said Luna. "I am torn between that and going out and talking to the
people we represent in Pecos and telling them we are trying to keep
costs down."

Alligood reported the committee on election consolidation has appointed
sub-committees to work on details of a recommendation to be made to the
hospital board, Pecos City Council and Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD.

Nadine Smith reported that her subcommittee has met twice and worked on
a job description, tentative budget, staffing, a place for early voting
and election day polling places and an office.

They hope to present their recommendations to the full committee in

"All of us on the boards are in agreement that it will be much more
effective," Alligood said. "It will be easier on voters, and we are
anticipating a higher turnout in all three elections. Sometimes they
(voters) only vote in one."

Smith said the hospital district's biggest complaint each year is that
voters have to go to three separate places for early voting.

Ymelda Rodriguez presented financial reports that show the hospital had
one of its best months of the year in August.

"Admissions were high for this time of year, expenses are down in line
with it. I think our people are doing an exceptional job," Alligood
said. "Collections are up."

"I'm sorry so many people are sick, but I'm glad they are utilizing our
hospital," Lovett added.

Alligood attributed much of the improvement to a change in leadership.
With RCH's affiliation with Lubbock Methodist Hospital Systems, Terry
Andris is interim chief executive officer.

Andris reported that the Department of Health and Human Services waived
payment of $25,868 for the calendar year 1995 to reimburse the National
Health Service Corps for services by Michele Cser, P.A.

Cser operates the Rural Health Clinic in the hospital, which serves
primarily elderly and persons living in poverty.

Final sentencing given to Brito trio by Bunton

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Staff Writer

PECOS, September 18, 1996 - Concluding a complicated drug smuggling
case, Senior Judge Bunton on Tuesday sentenced three members of the
Brito family of Midland to prison terms ranging from 10 to 13 years.

Adrian Brito was sentenced to three 156-month terms for conspiracy to
import and possess marijuana for distribution and with possession with
intent to distribute marijuana, aiding and abetting. They are to run

Jesus Salinas Brito was sentenced to four 168-months terms to run
concurrently for conspiracy to import and possess with intent to
distribute marijuana and possession with intent to distribute marijuana,
aiding and abetting.

Ignacio Berumez Brito, the youngest of the brothers, will serve 120
months on each of the same four counts.

Two of the family's brothers were sentenced earlier.

Each will be placed on five years supervised release after completing
their prison terms.

Supervised release is similar to probation, and if the defendant
violates its terms, he or she can be sentenced to another prison term.

In other court action, Judge Bunton sentenced Barbara Gomez-Aleman to 10
months in prison for violating supervised release on a conviction for
transporting illegal aliens. She served one year in prison and was
serving a two-year supervised release term when the violation occurred.

Covan Beriod Taylor was sentenced to 120 months in prison and five years
supervised release for possession with intent to distribute crack

William Norman Dow will serve 78 months plus four years supervised
release for possession with intent to distribute over 50 kilograms of
marijuana on July 16, 1993.

Gilberto Ronquillo-Hernandez pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess
with intent to distribute marijuana.

Luis Enrique Longoria Jimninez pleaded guilty to possession with intent
to distribute marijuana.

Chamber seeking entries for Fair's BBQ cookoff

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Staff Writer

PECOS, September 18, 1996 - Nine entries have been received so far for
the 24th Annual World Championship Barbecue Beef Cook-off, set for Oct.
4-5 at the Reeves County Sheriff's Posse Arena.

"That's a pretty good number considering we still have three more weeks
to go," said Chamber of Commerce Secretary Karen Capers.

She said some individuals wait until the last day to sign up, and more
entries are expected before the 5 p.m. deadline on Friday, Oct. 4.
Briskets will be given out to entrants at the arena that evening.

Entries are $80 per team, with a capacity limit of 85 teams. Divisions
are open to Pro, Amateur and Club Groups.

Grand prize is $500 and a sliver plate; first prize in each division is
$300 and a trophy; second prize in each division is $200 and a trophy;
third prize in each division is $100 and a trophy. Awards will also be
presented for Worst Barbecue (a prize sometimes unclaimed) and Best Camp.

For more information contact the Pecos Chamber of Commerce at 445-2406.

Along withe cookoff, the opening weekend of the 1996 Reeves County Fall
Fair will also feature the sixth annual Concert beginning at 6 p.m. on
Saturday, Oct. 5 at the Buck Jackson Rodeo Arena.

Headlining this year's concert will be Tejano and Country Western Music
Star Emilio Navaira. Along with Navaira, Bobby Pulido, Stephanie Lynn,
Los Jinetes and the Roman Brothers will be performing.

Gates will open at 5 p.m. with the concert scheduled to run from 6 p.m.
to 1 a.m. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the gate.

The Best Western Swiss Clock Inn will be offering a special overnight
package for out-of-town fairgoers wishing to stay the night.

Local ticket outlets include Airlawn Furniture, Dan's Music and Video,
Socorro's Cocina Mexicana, Lucky Partners and the chamber officein

Other area ticket outlets include Western Outfitters in Fort Stockton
and Leal's Restaurant in Monahans. Odessa outlets are Lechugas Video and
Woods Boots; Midland, Al's Grocery; Balmorhea, Carrasco's Mercantile;
Fort Davis, Baeza's Grocery; Alpine, Baeza's Grocery; Carlsbad, N.M.,
Lucy's Restaurant and Hobbs, N.M. Casa Madril.

The concert is being sponsored in part by, KIUN/KTPX, KMRK-Tejano 96,
NewsWest 9, Pecos Enterprise, Rio Pecos Sales, Valley Distributors and
the Swiss Clock Inn.

The 52nd Annual Reeves County Fall Fair and Livestock Show is scheduled
for the following weekend, Oct. 10-12, at the Reeves County Civic Center.

This year's theme is "A Salute to Patriotism." Culinary, art contests,
craft and novelty booths, a pet show and school exhibits will be housed
inside the civic center.

The Pecos Art Association will be having their Annual Art Show during
the fair.

Beautiful paintings by art club members will be on display and for sale,
for anyone wishing to buy them.

In addition, individuals will have an opportunity to view the art
association student art show paintings on display. The art work features
the talent of local students.

The Pecos Art Association invites any student, kindergarten through 12th
grade in participating in their art show. Individuals should bring their
art work to the civic center on Oct. 9, between 4-6 p.m.

Art work can be of any media, matted or glued to a posterboard or framed
with a hook or hanger to hang. The art work will be on display through
Oct. 12, at which the time the student needs to pick it up between the
hours of 5-8 p.m. For more information contact Dorinda Venegas at

For more information regarding the livestock show, contact C.W. Roberts
or Regina Armstrong at 447-9041.

Band hall to be renamed for Carrico at ceremony

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PECOS, September 18, 1996 - The Pecos Band Boosters and school district
band directors are asking ex-Pecos High School students who served in
the high school band or choir under the direction of W.T. (Bill) Carrico
to be present for a ceremony in the retired band director's honor on
Saturday, Sept. 28 at 10 a.m. in the PHS band hall.

Students are currently being sought to attend the dedication of the PHS
music center in Carrico's honor. The music room is undergoing some
renovations, including new carpeting, for the special event.

Retired now, Carrico currently resides in San Angelo, but will be
visiting Pecos for the 1996 Homecoming festivities, Sept. 27, and
dedication ceremony of the PHS band and choir hall as the Bill Carrico
Music Center.

A story on the 75-year-old Carrico, who dedicated his 33-year, Pecos
teaching career in building one of Pecos' most outstanding music
programs, will be featured in the Oct. 4 edition of the Enterprise.

Ex-band or choir students who would like to contribute to the special
article can do so by calling in a comment or experience while in the PHS
Band or Choir with Carrico as director, Fall of 1949 to Spring 1981, to
Mari Maldonado, at 915-445-5475.


Benjamin Biggs

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Benjamin Biggs, 81, died Tuesday, Sept. 17 at Reeves County Hospital.
Graveside services are scheduled for Thursday at 2 p.m. at Fairview
Cemetery with Derrel Evins officiating.
He was born Sept. 21, 1914 in Pecos, was a retired mechanic and a
Survivors include his wife, Jan Biggs of Pecos; one son, Thomas Biggs of
Ruidoso, N.M.; one sister, Judy Biggs of California; one grandchild and
three great-grandchildren.
Pecos Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Estella Rodriguez

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Estella Rodriguez, 52, of Pecos, died Sunday, Sept. 15 at St. Mary's
Hospital in Lubbock.
Viewing will be held all day today at 707 S. Walnut and on Thursday
until the time of the service.
Mass will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at Santa Rosa Catholic Church with
burial at Greenwood Cemetery.
She was born Nov. 28, 1943 in Ojinaga, Mexico, was a lifetime Pecos
resident and a Catholic.
Survivors include her mother, Gregoria Ramirez Lujan of Pecos; five
sons, Catarino, Efren, Larry, Samuel Rodriguez of Pecos, Gilbert
Rodriguez, Jr. of Odessa; two daughters, Martha Rodriguez of Pecos,
Rachel Ortiz of Pecos; one brother, Carlos Lujan of Pecos; two sisters,
Maria Gonzales of Odessa, Maritza Winkles of Comanche; 15 grandchildren
and four great-grandchildren.
Martinez Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


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High Tuesday 94, low last night 64. Tonight, becoming mostly cloudy with
scattered thunderstorms. Low 60-65. Southeast wind 5-15 mph. The chance
of rain is 40 percent. Thursday, partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance
of showers or thunderstorms. High 80-85. Southwest wind 5-15 mph.
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