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Tuesday, October 24, 2000

Scheduled date to finish prison stays on target

Staff Writer

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 timetable.

"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 Andy Gomez.

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 acceptance.

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

Staff Writer

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 results.

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 Rylander's office.

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 M;

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.; Whitman, Henry.

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 information.

The office also has a list of people with unclaimed funds over $50 on the Internet. The site is 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 slow day."

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 said.


Ruben Abila

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 Chapel.

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 County Treasurer.

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.

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