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Monday, November 27, 2000

El Paso man named as new city manager

Staff Writer

PECOS, November 27, 2000 - The Pecos City Council decided to go out of town to select a new city manager this morning, picking an El Paso man out of a field of 16 applicants.

Carlos Yerena was named to the position today, after he and two other candidates were interviewed by the council in a special meeting this morning. Yerena is scheduled to begin duties as City Manager on December 18.

"He's a good man," Pecos Mayor Ray Ortega said.

The Council has been advertising the open City Manager position since former manager Kenneth Neal left Pecos to take another city manager's position near Dallas.

City Utilities Director Octavio Garcia has been filling in as interim manager while the Council looked into candidates to fill the position permanently.

Yerena is originally from San Juan and has a bachelor's degree in finance from the University of Texas at Austin and a master's degree in business administration from UT Pan American.

"My entire career has been devoted to public administration," he said.

Yerena said he is a former City Manager of Donna and before being awarded this position was the executive director of the El Paso Empowerment Zone Corporation.

He said he applied for the position in Pecos because he believed the city has potential and can benefit from his experience.

"This is a good quality community and has a lot of potential," he said. "The experience I have is going to be very important."

Yerena said he is looking forward to working with the Council and the people of Pecos.

Ortega said the Council is confident in their decision and is looking forward to working with Yerena.

"We're real proud," he said. "We think he's going to do a darn good job."

Garcia was one of the 15 other applicants for the city manager's job. The council had interviewed several over the past two weeks, including six from Pecos.

The others from Pecos were Emilio Chavez, Sr.; James Dutchover; Steve McCormick; Tom Rivera and Oscar Saenz. Other out-of-town applicants for the job were 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 and Richard Sida of El Paso.

Police given little info about latest drive-by

Staff Writer

PECOS, November 27, 2000 - Pecos Police officers are having trouble getting information about a weekend drive-by shooting on the south side of town.

Police were called to the scene of the shooting at 4 a.m., on Saturday. Investigator Kelly Davis said the incident occurred while a party was in progress in the 2300 block of Country Club Drive.

Davis said bullets were fired towards the area, which caused some damage to the residence next door but no one sustained any injuries.

This is the second drive-by shooting this month. Davis said he is continuing investigation on the first shooting that happened in the 500 block of North Hickory on November 11.

No arrests have been made as a result of that investigation, although Davis said they do have suspects.

He added that he is having a more trouble investigating Saturday's shooting because no witnesses have come forward.

"We don't have anything," he said.

Davis said he would continue investigating both shootings but said both would go slowly under the current conditions..

He said he can't go forward quickly without witness statements, and the lack of cooperation makes the investigation "so frustrating sometimes."

Davis asks if anyone has any information to please call the police station at 445-4911 or call Crimestoppers at 445-9898.

All calls to Crimestoppers may be done anonymously.

Two hospitalized following Friday asphyxiation

Staff Writer

PECOS, November 27, 2000 - Pecos Ambulance personnel were called to a home in the 100 block of South Ash Street at 2:25 p.m., on Friday to transport two people who were unresponsive in what was reported as an overheated house.

Emergency Medical Services Chief John Cravey said when the ambulance crew was called out to 110 S. Ash St. all they knew was somebody was unresponsive.

Cravey said two people; one male and one female were transported first to Reeves County Hospital and later transferred to Midland Memorial Hospital.

Officials did not release the names of the two victims of the Friday, but one was tentatively identified as Amy Rodriguez. She was listed in stable condition at Midland Memorial Hospital early this afternoon, according to a spokeswoman there.

According to the Pecos Police Department it was suspected that the two had been exposed to carbon monoxide. However, police had no further information about the why the two were unconscious or what the possible source of the problem was.

`Christmas' still taking donations and applications

PECOS, November 27, 2000 - Christmas for Kids is continuing to accept applications from families who need help providing gifts for their children this holiday season.

Applications will be accepted at the Reeves County Sheriff's Department through Dec. 6, and the department is also accepting donations from local residents wanting to help with the annual program.

Christmas for the Kids organizer Sofia Baeza said she expected the number of children in this year's program to surpass the 521 helped last year, while the group is hoping to raise $6,000 to fund this year's gifts.

For more information on the program call the Reeves County Sheriff's Office at 445-4901.


Pilar Franco


PECOS, November 27, 2000 - High Sunday 69. Low this morning 36. Forecast for tonight: Mostly clear. Low 30-35. Wind light and variable. Tuesday: Mostly sunny. High 65-70. North wind 10-20 mph. Tuesday night: Mostly clear. Low in the lower 30s. Wednesday: Partly cloudy. Low in the 30s. High from the mid 60s to the lower 70s.

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