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Thursday, November 9, 2000

City manager applicants are reviewed

Staff Writer

PECOS, November 9, 2000 - The Town of Pecos City Council went into executive session to discuss the applicants for the position of City Manager during their regular meeting this morning at City Hall.

City Secretary Geneva Martinez said the Council looked through the 16 applications and chose a few to look into further and run background checks.

The City Manager's position opened at the end of August when Kenneth Neal resigned to take another City Manager's position in the Dallas area.

City Utilities Director Octavio Garcia has been filling in as interim city manager since Neal left and is one of the six applicants from Pecos. The others are Emilio Chavez, Sr.; James Dutchover; Steve McCormick; Tom Rivera and Oscar Saenz.

Until December 1999 Chavez worked with the Grayson County Sheriff's office as a correction officer at the low risk detention center in Dension.

Dutchover is the currant administrator for the Alternative Education Program for the Pecos-Barstow-Toyah Independent School District and also is a grant writer.

McCormick is currently the Finance Director of the city.

Rivera has been the Executive Director for the Pecos Chamber of Commerce for the past nine years.

Saenz recently retired as Director of Operations for Anchor West's plant in Pecos.

Other applicants include Donald Chittenden of Horizon City; Manuel Fierro of Kermit; Aref Hassan of Winters; David Hougham of El Paso; Mark Mills of Euless; James Minor of Cleburne; Jaime Perez of El Paso; Darrel Rhyne of Toyahvale; Richard Sida of El Paso; Carlos Yerena of El Paso.

Chittenden has taught undergraduate classes at the University of Texas at El Paso since 1998. He has also served on the El Paso County Water Authority Board of Directors and on the first City Council of Horizon City.

Fierro has worked for the police department in Santa Barbara, CA, Odessa and Crane as well as interning for the former City Manager in Alpine.

Hassan is the currant City Manager for Winters and a former Willow Park City Manager.

Hougham is currently the owner and manager for I.D. Graphics Professional Engraving in Visalia, Calif.

Mills is the contractor for the City of Euless.

Minor has worked for five years as City Manager, public works director and airport administrator for Cleburne.

Perez has been a consultant various companies including Aliviane, Inc., Sun Circle, Inc., Life Management Center, Inc., Southern Union Gas Company, Rio Bravo, Inc. and Fort Bliss and Ysleta Independent School District.

Rhyne is currently the co-owner of Toyahvale Desert Oasis.

Sida is a self-employed investigator-mediator of labor disputes for federal agencies.

Yerena is the executive director for the El Paso Empowerment Zone Corporation.

Martinez said the council would have specials meeting at 8 a.m., on November 20 and 21 to conduct interviews.

In other action today, the council approved the recommendation from the state to lower the speed limit on the access roads beside Interstate 20 during the regular meeting today at City Hall.

Councilman Larry Levario explained to the Council that a few citizens who live on the access road have requested the speed limit be lowered from 55 mph to 45 mph.

Levario said that with the traffic from Anchor West's plant and the park the community members believed that the families who live on that road and the children are unsafe.

He said the road is especially dangerous because the curbs could turn into ramps for vehicles driving to fast.

The Council also discussed adding a member of the Pecos Economic Development Corporation to the city insurance.

McCormick informed the Council that if they bill the PEDC member, he would only have to pay $225 as opposed to $700 he currently pays.

The Council decided that it would be better to bill the PEDC member since he is not "an actual city employee."

Mayor Pro Tem Danny Rodriguez requested the council to consider moving one of the council meetings to an afternoon time.

Rodriguez said having the second monthly meeting in the afternoon would allow all the councilmen to be able to attend the whole meeting.

The council agreed and approved moving the second monthly meeting to 5:30 p.m.

While discussing moving the meeting time, the council decided to move the second meeting in November to 5:30 p.m., on Tuesday, Nov. 21, instead of Thursday, Nov. 23, due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

The council discussed with City Attorney Scott Johnson the claim of John Clark for cattle loss.

Johnson said a link in the city waterline in Clark's pasture caused five cows to be killed in the water.

He said interim City Manager and Utilities Director Octavio Garcia needed to meet with Clark to get more information about the deaths.

Garcia said he knows for sure that one of the cows died by sinking into the ground and not being able to get out.

"We were the ones who caught that one," he said.

The Council tabled the item until Garcia is able to meet with Clark to gain more information.

Museum uncorks antique bottle exhibit

Staff Writer

PECOS, November 9, 2000 - An old display has taken on a new look at the West of the Pecos Museum and the public is invited to come see it.

"We had this glass bottle collection upstairs in a little room and decided to move down here, to accommodate it better," said West of the Pecos Museum Curator Dorinda Millan.

She said the collection of "old" bottles was placed in different glass cases after being moved downstairs, to make it look more attractive.

"We just thought it was such a great collection of old bottles we wanted everyone to enjoy it," said Millan.

The collection includes items such as old Coke bottles, medicine, mason jars and even opium bottles dating back to turn of the century.

Unique facts about glass bottles are available at the museum. Glass can be produced in all colors of the spectrum. Early glassmakers knew this could be accomplished by adding certain compounds to the basic glass mixture.

The kinds of materials frequently used and the colors obtained included gold, which were used to create reds; nickel or manganese used in purples; chromium or copper for greens; cobalt or copper for blues; carbon or nickel for browns; iron for greens and yellows; selenium for yellows and pinks; tin or zinc for opal or milkglass and iron slag to create "black glass."

Some of the compounds are expensive oxides. For example it takes one ounce of gold to create 60 pounds of ruby-red glass. Compounds used in various combinations produce a wide range of colors.

The most common of all colors in which glass bottles are found are varying hues of green and blue, often called aqua. For thousands of years most of the cheap glasses used in the manufacture of bottles were these colors because of iron in the raw materials, mostly in the sand. Glassmakers did know, however, that pure ingredients would produce clear glass; in many cases where clear glass was demanded attempts were made to purify the raw ingredients.

Glassmakers even went so far as to crush iron-free quartz crystals to obtain pure silica. Early glasshouses were established with much consideration given to the nearest supply of the purest sand possible, as well as to an abundant fuel supply.

"Bottles that had ridges, such as medicine bottles indicated that they were poisonous," said museum volunteer Freda Blahosky.

A number of variables can affect the actual color produced, including the amount of the compounds used, the degree to which the basic glass mixture is impure, the temperature and the time-temperature relationship, and the reheating necessary to complete a piece of glass. These and other conditions combine to make the coloring of glass a very difficult task for the glassmaker.

Until approximately the mid-1800's it was believed that dark glass "black glass" was the best glass. This belief probably stemmed from the demand for dark glass containers by merchants of wine and spirits after they discovered their products would keep better in dark containers. Glassmakers catered to the demand by making a very cheap "black glass," adding iron slag to achieve the extremely dark greenish-amber color.

This glass was so dark that at first glance it appeared to be black. Interestingly enough black glass is a very durable, and therefore better, glass. It can withstand a great deal more exposure to the natural elements than can other colors.

To the bottle collector colored glass has special meaning. Since bottles made before the turn of the century were predominantly greens and aquas, to find 19th century bottles of unusual colors is quite a challenge, and these bottles command fairly higher prices.

A careful examination of individual bottles will often reveal color variations within the container itself. Where the glass is thin, possibly throughout the body, the color will be lighter; and where the glass is thick, possibly in the base and/or neck, the color will be darker.

The West of the Pecos Museum is open to the public 9 a.m. through 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.

Weather doesn't get blame for wrecks near Balmorhea

From Staff and Wire Reports

PECOS, November 9, 2000 - Weather conditions improved on Wednesday in the Trans-Pecos region, and were not considered factors in two nighttime accidents on Interstate 10 near Balmorhea, though more bad weather could arrive in the area tonight.

The first accident occurred when a truck trailer became detached from its tractor rig on I-10 at the 216-mile marker, east of Balmorhea. The trailer, containing orange juice overturned and was broken open slightly in the accident. The right lane of the highway was closed from about 7 p.m. until 4 a.m. today while the contents were removed and the truck was righted.

The second accident occurred about an hour later west of Balmorhea, at the 191-mile marker on I-10, and involved a one-vehicle rollover. There was no report of any possible injuries as of late this morning.

Ice and snow along I-10 and to the south in the Alpine-Marfa-Fort Davis area was blamed for a number of accidents on Tuesday, including one involving five cars on I-10 at the 180-mile marker. Pecos escaped Tuesday's snow and ice due to its lower elevation, but snow was reported all across other sections of West Texas.

In San Angelo, up to five inches of snow tied the earliest snowfall on record. The National Weather Service said 5.8 inches were recorded on Nov. 8, 1968, also establishing a record snowfall for the month of November.

The white stuff had worked its way to the Dallas-Fort Worth area by today. Road crews were sanding icy bridges and highways in Decatur, northwest of Dallas, where an inch or more of snow fell.

In Abilene on Wednesday, three to five inches fell, causing a delay in classes and several minor traffic accidents. Power outages across the city left up to 7,500 residents without electricity for part of the morning.

Power lines either snapped under the weight of accumulated snow or were broken by falling tree limbs, Linda Caton, a spokeswoman for AEP-West Texas Utilities, told the Abilene Reporter-News.

Up to 10 inches of the white stuff fell in Sweetwater Wednesday, as the front moved eastward.

A winter storm warning posted for the South Plains and a heavy snow warning for the Panhandle was likely to be followed Thursday by a storm watch for the Trans Pecos, Davis Mountains and Marfa Plateau.

Snow that fell in the Permian Basin accumulated to about five inches in Seminole.

"We've had several accidents caused by the ice on the road," Gaines County sheriff's dispatcher Tommy Gonzalez told the Odessa American.

P-B-T board to discuss roofing projects

PECOS, November 9, 2000 - Roofing proposals for Pecos High School's cafeteria and field house will be discussed and approved during tonight's regular meeting of the Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD board.

The board will meet at 6 p.m. at 1304 S. Park St. The public is invited to attend.

Board members will discuss roof repairs for the two buildings, while in other action they will recognize the PHS district championship volleyball team, which completed its season last week.

Also to be discussed are several letters, including one from the Texas Education Association: P-B-T ISD named to 1999-2000 All State Team for ID&R of migrant students; letter from Ector County ISD Special Ed. Dept. expressing appreciation to Donna Davis; letter from TEA approving Quitclaim Deed to sell Block 47, Lot 2, Barstow Orig. Town to the City of Barstow for use by Barstow Volunteer Fire Department; letter from Texas Association of School Boards acknowledging receipt of nomination and corresponding forms for Billie Sadler's nomination for the 18A position on the TASB Board and letter from TEA and the Dept. of Accountability and School Accreditation.

Under old business school board members will discuss/approve amendment to existing Reeves County Recreation Department Interlocal Agreement between Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD and Reeves County and guidelines for foreclosed property bid stop date/time and location for sealed bids to be submitted, along with a report on Crockett Middle School Lab Addition project.

Board members will discuss and approve, proposals for HVAC replacement at Pecos High School, Building B; enrollment trends for Region 18 area schools/attendance report for second six weeks-P-B-T ISD; block scheduling; spring band trip sponsored by Band Boosters; offers to purchase foreclosed properties: 824 S. Elm St., 814 S. Cypress St. and 609 S. Almond St.

Also on the agenda will be to review investment policy CDA (Legal and Local); first reading of Policy CDA (Local); discuss/approve resolution approving independent sources of instructions relating to the investment responsibilities; attendance committees; District Improvement Plan; 2000-2001 budget amendments; first reading of amendment to Policy DEC (Local); first reading of amendment to Policy FDD (Local); discuss/approve model resolution supporting a uniform statewide group health insurance plan for retired and active employees; discuss/approve assistant band director's salary for 2001-2002 and early release for Nov. 17 for football playoff game, if needed.

The group will meet in closed session to discuss personnel or hear complaints against personnel, us authorized by the Texas Open Meetings Act, Texas Government Code, Section 551.101 et. Seq., Section 51.074 and Section 551.071, private consultation with the board's attorney.

Under regular agenda items:

· Tax report.

· Depository securities report.

· Cafeteria report and commodities received.

· Investment transactions report.

· Current bills and financial report.

· Reconciled bank balance report.

· Reeves County Community Recreation Department report.

· Date and time for next meeting.

· Calendar of events.

· Request for items for next agenda.

Veteran's Day flag raising set at Nursing Home

PECOS, November 9, 2000 - A Veteran's Day Flag Raising Ceremony will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday at the Pecos Nursing Home, weather permitting.

All Veterans and the public are invited to attend.


Raymond Carrasco

Services for Raymond Carrasco, 49, of Balmorhea, died Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2000, at Reeves County Hospital.

Pecos Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Marian Morelan

Marian Maxine Morelan, 71, of Pecos, died Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2000, at her residence.

Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, Nov. 10, at Mt. Evergreen Cemetery with Rev. James Sain officiating.

She was born Aug. 4, 1929, in Oakley, Ind., was a bookkeeper for Pecos Air Conditioning, had lived in Pecos since 1953 and was a Baptist.

Survivors include her husband, Dickie Morelan of Pecos; two sons, Dale Bryan Morelan of Odessa and John Thomas Morelan of Corpus Christi; one daughter, Paula Kay Morelan of Garland; one sister, Juanita Sheets of Del Phi, Ind., and four grandchildren.

Pecos Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


PECOS, November 9, 2000 - High Wednesday 45. Low this morning 32. Forecast for tonight: Clear. Low in the lower 30s. South wind 5-15 mph. Friday: Partly cloudy. High in the mid 60s. South wind 10-20 mph. Friday night: Partly cloudy. Low in the mid 30s. Saturday: Partly cloudy with a slight chance of showers or morning snow. Low from the upper 20s to the mid 30s. High in the 50s and lower 60s.

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