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Tuesday, October 24, 2000
Scheduled date to finish prison stays on target
By ROSIE FLORES
PECOS, October 24, 2000 - Reeves County Commissioners approved payments
for the 1,000-bed construction and approved legal counsel professional
services contract for the Trans-Pecos Drug Task Force during their regular
meeting on Monday at the Reeves County Courthouse.
The commissioners approved several items during their short meeting
in the third floor courtroom.
The group approved pay request No. 18, to Banes General Contractors,
Inc., along with a change order and time extension request.
Completion date for the 1,000-bed addition at the Reeves County Detention
Center has been set for mid-November. Mark Schumacher, with Banes General
Contractors, had told the court that the new target date for completion
has been set for Nov. 18, which is about 2½ months behind the original
"After the jail commission did the inspection on the buildings completed
we met with the contractors, heating and cooling people, control clerk
and everyone else involved, and came up with a schedule," said Schumacher.
Commissioners approved legal counsel professional services contract
for the Trans Pecos Drug Task Force.
"James Jepson of Fort Stockton will be handling the civil cases for
the task force during November and December," said Reeves County Sheriff
District Attorney Randy Reynolds will handle the cases from January
through May of next year, according to Gomez.
Commissioners approved DRG Architect's request for payment invoice 206
and 207; computer software development and installation professional services
contract for RCDC operations and crime victims assistant program grant
In addition commissioners approved regular items on the agenda including
reports from various department; bond and oath for Connie Levario, who
is employed in the county auditor's office; budget amendments and line-item
transfers, minutes from previous meetings and personnel and salary changes.
PEDC reviews plan to attract new businesses
By LEIA HOLLAND
PECOS, October 24, 2000 - A new marketing strategy for the Town of Pecos
City was the main topic of discussion at the Pecos Economic Development
Corporation meeting this past Friday on the second floor of the Security
State Bank Building.
Board member Oscar Saenz is encouraging implementing the new marketing
strategy as soon as possible.
The purpose of the strategy, according to a handout at the meeting,
is "to communicate the advantages as a location for a business operation
to corporate location decision-makers."
Saenz said PEDC Board members needed to get Pecos' name out to as many
people as possible and inform them of positive side of the city.
"We need to put ourselves on everybody's agenda and eyesight," he said.
According to the handout, the marketing strategy relies on marketing
missions to various metropolitan areas of the U.S. and Mexico, describing
the opportunities that exist in Pecos to corporate representatives in those
cities. It also involves a comprehensive direct mail campaign; participation
in specific trade shows and conferences that attract large numbers of corporate
decision makers; networking with potential allies and "multipliers" and
advertise the assets of Pecos and Reeves County to corporate America.
Saenz said the new strategy is more aggressive and hopes will produce
Gari Ward PEDC President said they plan on advertising in national publications
to promote Pecos, as well as attend trade shows and expos. Saenz said he
and Ward are scheduled to attend the Maquila 2000 Trade Show in Juarez
on Nov. 8-10, and encouraged all the members of the PEDC to attend.
Ward said there would be about 600 exhibitors from all around the world,
which would allow them to "network" with various businesses and corporations.
The PEDC Board members also discussed and approved the 2000-year ending
financial statement as well as the 2000-2001 budget.
Saenz also informed the members that Odessa College is selling Pecos
City a portable building for the city's use.
Unclaimed property fund list includes area names
PECOS, October 24, 2000 - Pecos area residents apparently are keeping pretty
good track of their cash and other valuable items, judging by the latest
list of unclaimed property published by Texas Comptroller Carole Keeton
The list of names from across the state was published in major newspapers
on Sunday, and is relatively short for the area. Listed are the names of
55 individuals and businesses in Pecos for which unclaimed funds and/or
other property is being held by the state. Two more are listed for Balmorhea,
while there are no persons or businesses listed as having any unclaimed
funds in either Toyah or Barstow.
For Pecos, those listed by Rylander's office (with last names first
on individuals) are:
Aguilar, Mario M.; Allcorn, Wilbert R; Allen, Andrea Rendon; Alvarado,
Jaime; Arreguy, R Y; Ballard, Lisle; Brocat, Annie Cecilia; Burton, Jack
C; Bustamantes, Guadalupe; Clark, Rayburn Dimary; Coleman, Shirley A; Country
Fair Barn; Cruzjr, Ruben; Dutchover, D N; Dutchover, Paul; Easter, J C;
Esquivel, Flavio; Estrada, Francisco Vascon; Family Pharmacy; Garza, Juan
Gonzales, Antono O; Gonzalez, Benjamin; Graves, Janet; Hart, C J; James,
T E; Kates, Charlene; Lee, Janice; Lopez, Aurelio; Lujan, Ricardo; Machuca,
Felix; Mata, Julioicecilia; McMillan, William O; Mendoza, Eduardo; Mesta,
Leopoldo/Maria G; Miller, Samford W; Mitchell, Glenn L; Munoz, Senon Hard;
Nelson, Dorothy; Nunez, Robert R; Ochoa, Jimmy G; Perkins, J D; Petiz,
Ricky; Policarpio, Teresita; Renter, P; Rios, Jose B; Rodriguez, Lisa;
Rodriguez, Pedro G; Rowland, Bette; Samaguey, Jesus; San Roman, Richard;
Stroade, Doyce E; Weinacht, Charles A; West Texas Financial Serv., Inc.;
In Balmorhea, listed as having unclaimed funds are Roden, Tom and the
Stateline Bar & Grill.
Other names could be listed under "address unknown" the comptroller's
office said. The total amount of unclaimed cash and other items left in
dormant bank accounts, safe deposit boxes or other secured storage locations,
totals $786 million, according to Rylander.
Anyone on the list who wants to find out what unclaimed property or
cash the state is holding can call a toll-free number, 1-800-654-3463,
or the comptroller's office direct line, at (512) 463-3120, to receive
The office also has a list of people with unclaimed funds over $50 on
the Internet. The site is www.window.state.tx.us/up/ and allows people
to search by name or city, and has a link to initiate a preliminary claim.
Early voting starts for Nov. 7 election
PECOS, October 24, 2000 - Just under 100 people turned out to vote for
the first day of early voting on Monday for the Nov. 7 general election.
Nora Briceno, county early voting election judge, said 99 people cast
ballots on the first day of the two-week early voting period.
"Good days are in the hundreds," she said. "Below a hundred is a very
Briceno is confident that numbers will break 100 today.
As of noon, 54 people voted which is about the same number as at the
same time as on Monday.
The polls are open everyday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Briceno said the polls would also be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., this
Saturday at the Reeves County Courthouse.
"It's for those who work and can't get off, they can come here," she
Ruben Vejil Abila, 37, of Pecos, died Saturday morning, Oct. 21, 2000,
at Lewisville Hospital, Lewisville, Tx.
A rosary is scheduled for 7:30 p.m., today, at the Pecos Funeral Home
Funeral services are set for 1 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 25, at Santa Rosa
Catholic Church with burial in Mount Evergreen Cemetery.
He was born Sept. 12, 1963, in Pecos, was a graduate of the class of
1981 from Pecos High School and was an electrical engineer for Cutler-Hammer
Co. in Lewisville.
He was the son of the late Genaro Abila and the late Nina Abila, Reeves
Survivors include his wife, Molly Womak Abila of Lewisville; one brother,
Luis Genaro Abila of Katy, Tx.; one sister, Teresa Maria Abila Garcia of
Midland; his maternal grandmother, Mary Vejil Baeza of Pecos; paternal
grandparents, Antonio and Raquel Abila of Barstow; his uncles Danny and
David Vejil; his nephews, Christopher Abila, Daniel Genaro and Bryan Garcia;
one niece Hannah Abila; his uncles, Roberto and Alfredo Abila; aunts, Patricia
Abila and Hortencia Abila.
PECOS, October 24, 2000 - High Monday 80. Low this morning 58. Forecast
for tonight: Mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms.
Low in the lower 50s. Southeast wind 5-15 mph. Wednesday: Partly cloudy.
High 80-85. South wind 5-15 mph. Wednesday night: Mostly cloudy. Low in
the mid 50s. Thursday: Partly cloudy. Low from the upper 40s to mid 50s.
Highs in the 70s to lower 80s.
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
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324 S. Cedar St., Pecos, TX 79772
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