Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Monday, November 20, 2000
City manager hopefuls talk with council
By LEIA HOLLAND
PECOS, November 20, 2000 - The Town of Pecos City Council has begun
interviews of 10 applicants for the position of City Manager. The first
of special meetings was held at 8 a.m., today and the second set for the
same time Tuesday morning.
The Council reviewed 16 applications and resumes during previous meetings
and chose 10 to interview.
City Secretary Geneva Martinez said five of the applicants were interviewed
in executive session this morning with the other five being interviewed
This morning the Council interviewed Manuel Fierro of Kermit, Aref Hassan
of Winters, Jaime Perez of El Paso, Oscar Saenz of Pecos and Carlos Yerena
of El Paso.
City Utilities Director Octavio Garcia has been filling in as interim
city manager since Kenneth Neal left his position in September and is one
of the six applicants from Pecos. The others are Emilio Chavez, Sr.; James
Dutchover; Steve McCormick; Tom Rivera and Oscar Saenz.
Of those interviewed this morning, Saenz recently retired as Director
of Operations for Anchor West's plant in Pecos.
Fierro has worked for the police department in Santa Barbara, Calif.,
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
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.
Yerena is the executive director for the El Paso Empowerment Zone Corporation.
The names of the five scheduled for interviews on Tuesday cannot be
released at this time.
Following their Tuesday interviews, the council will hold its regular
meeting at 5:30 p.m. The meeting was moved up two days in order to avoid
conflict with the Thanksgiving holiday.
Council members are scheduled to discuss a claim from John Clark for
cattle loss caused by problems with a water line owned by the city.
The council tabled this same item from their meeting on November 9 for
lack of information and asked Interim City Manager Octavio Garcia to meet
with Clark to find out more information.
The Council is also scheduled to discuss and consider areas for annexation
in the city limits.
City Attorney Scott Johnson will perform the second reading for setting
new speed limits for the Interstate 20 access roads. Residents on the roads
have asked the city to lower the speed limit from 55 to 45 mph.
Christian Home seeks Thanksgiving dinner help
By LEIA HOLLAND
PECOS, November 20, 2000 - Community members joined together at the
Iglesia Bautista Nueva Vida Church on West Third Street on Sunday for a
community Thanksgiving service.
Bruce Dury of the Christian Home said the service went well and many
people joined in from other denominations.
"I didn't count how many people showed, but the church was full," he
Dury added that every year a new church is selected to host the service
with a different preacher conducting the service.
"We move it around to different churches," he said.
This year Joe Fields from the First Presbyterian Church conducted the
Dury said there is a pretty good turnout each year and would not know
the location of next year's service sometime in 2001.
Dury also said things are moving along for the Thanksgiving dinner on
Thursday at the Christian Home, at 1201 S. Elm St.
"We're getting a lot of stuff," he said.
Dury said the main things they need donated now are desserts.
"That leads the list right now," he said.
If anyone is interested in volunteering to help serve and deliver meals
on Thursday, Dury said all you need to do is show up at the Christian Home
between 9:30 a.m. and 10 a.m.
"We need a lot of volunteers," Dury said.
The Christian Home would be open to serve from 10 a.m. _ 2 p.m., with
the Meals on Wheels meals also being delivered, according to Dury
"The Meals on Wheels meals will go out first, after that we'll be serving
everyone who comes in," he said.
Dury said everybody is welcome to eat Thanksgiving dinner at the Christian
Home no matter if the people are rich or poor.
He said sometimes people do not want to eat alone and so they are welcomed
to join them at the Christian Home.
"This is a meal for anybody and everybody," he said.
Task Force seizes cash in I-20 stop
By LEIA HOLLAND
PECOS, November 20, 2000 - Trans-Pecos Drug Task Force agents confiscated
thousands of dollars and drugs from a 1995 Chevrolet truck following the
arrest of a Kentucky man on Thursday at mile marker 42 on Interstate 20.
John E. Bowman, 24, of Kentucky was arrested after Investigator Arnulfo
Rivas stopped him for speeding on the Interstate, but within the Pecos
According to Task Force Commander Gary Richards, Bowman gave a false
identification to Rivas and was driving with a suspended license.
"He searched the vehicle and found money hidden in a compartment in
the cab of the truck," Richards said.
Rivas found $7,890 in cash as well as a controlled substance.
Bowman is being held at the Reeves County Jail for money laundering,
possession of a controlled substance, driving while license is suspended,
false identification to a police officer and no liability insurance.
The Pecos Police Department and the Reeves County Sheriff's Office assisted
the task force in making the arrest.
Donations sought for `Giving Tree' though Dec. 15
PECOS, November 20, 2000 - The Texas Department of Protective & Regulatory
Services is working with Dollar General stores in the area to set up "Giving
Trees" in the stores for abused and neglected children.
The trees were set up last Thursday and will be in the stores until
Friday, Dec. 15. People are asked to select an ornament off the tree, buy
the gift for the child and return it to the store. Dollar General will
then give the toys to Department of Protective Service officials for distribution
to the children.
PECOS, November 20, 2000 - High Sunday 62. Low this morning 26. Weekend
rainfall at Texas A&M Experiment Station: .08 inch. Forecast for tonight:
Partly cloudy. Low in the lower to mid 20s. East to northeast wind 5-10
mph. Tuesday: Partly cloudy. High in the mid to upper 50s. South to southwest
wind 5-15 mph. Tuesday night: Increasing cloudiness. Low in the lower 30s.
Wednesday: Mostly cloudy with a slight chance of showers. Highs in the
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