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Wednesday, January 31, 2001

AWARD WINNERS - Pecos Enterprise staffers Rosie Flores (left) and Peggy McCracken pose with their awards given out this morning.  The two were honored for their work down at the Enterprise during the past year.

Staff awards are given out by Enterprise

Staff Writer

PECOS, January 30, 2001 - Two Pecos Enterprise staffers were recognized this morning for outstanding performance at the newspaper.

Peggy McCracken was named outstanding employee for the year 2000 for her work as the paper's business manager.

Rosie Flores was named the first-ever recipient of the Pecos Enterprise Mule award for her work as a reporter.

"When you have a staff like mine it is hard to pick any individual out of the crowd for recognition," publisher Smokey Briggs said. "Even so, sometimes a person's performance is so outstanding that it stands out even in a crowd of heroes."

"Mrs. McCracken took over as business manager just about a year ago after working for three decades as a writer. Since then she has literally transformed our business operation. Her initiative, imagination, and work ethic is an example to all of us and the inscription on the plaque _ for service above and beyond the call of duty _ says it all."

"Peggy's performance really has been above and beyond the call of duty," he said.

Briggs said that a Mule award might sound strange at first but that the award had special significance to him.

"From the time I was 11 until I was 18 I worked with mules. We trained them for saddle and harness work and for endurance trail riding. During that time I came to truly admire the breed," he said.

"Mules are terribly underrated because their greatest characteristics are invisible to the eye _ their toughness and their heart. Everyday, no matter the circumstances, a mule will show up for the job and get it done. They just won't quit. That to me is the finest thing you can say about man or beast," he said.

"Most awards are given for some single achievement _ something that catches your eye. I think of those as horse awards. Awards for winning a horse race and such," Briggs said.

"This award is a mule award. It is not about any one event of task. It is about the kind of steady, quality work that puts our newspaper on the street everyday," he said.

"Mrs. Flores does that kind of work every day. In the very best way, she is a mule," he said.

"I think the inscription on the plaque really sums it up. `Nothing flashy _ just hard work from sun to sun.'"

Bill would punch out local voting system

Staff Writer

PECOS, January 30, 2001 - A bill prohibiting the use of punch-card election ballots, the system currently in use by election officials in Reeves County has been introduced in the Texas Legislature.

HB 424 is a revised version of the election code filed by Rep Dale Tillery (D-Dallas) with all references to punch card systems taken out.

If the legislature passes the bill all cities and counties who use the punch-card system would need to purchase new updated equipment, which local officials estimate could cost $25,000.

Only 15 counties in Texas used the punch card system, which was at the center of this year's Florida ballot recount controversy. But among those counties are the state's largest, Harris County (Houston), along with Ector County (Odessa) in West Texas.

Debbie Thomas, election coordinator for the Town of Pecos City, Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD and Reeves County Hospital District, said the voting system used by those three entities would also need to be replaced.

"I guess we would have to purchase new equipment," she said.

Thomas said that Pecos and Reeves County have used the punch-card system for many years and the community seems to be comfortable with the current system and understand that they are able to receive help if they need it.

"We haven't had to many problems here," she said.

Bobby Dean, Reeves County Democratic Party chairman, said after glancing at the bill that the language needs to be changed before the Legislature passes it.

Dean said that the bill states that the Secretary of State may provide funding from any source available to anyone seeking assistance, but he added the state needs to decide who would pay for the new equipment.

Dean also said that although the bill states that there needs to be an electronic polling device at each polling site, he does not understand if that means having a touch screen election ballots or an optical scan ballot. He believes that's an issue the state needs to decide.

"They won't tell what they're going to replace it with," he said.

Dean said he has been looking at the optical scan systems were the voter would be able to use a paper ballot and simply fill in a circle for the item they are voting for.

Once the polling centers are closed the ballots would be tallied at a central location.

Dean said he believes this system would be easier for the mail in ballots since there would only be one ballot.

If the state decides to go to touch screen-voting systems, Dean said that would create problems for people who could not come down to the polling site.

"You still have to have a separate system that people who vote by mail could use," he said.

Since the city, hospital, schools and county share the current system, Thomas said that there would have to be meetings to discuss the purchase of new equipment.

"We'd have to really work to gather up the money and investigate the new equipment," she said.

Thomas said that election equipment built from 1999 to present has to be approved by the American Disability Act so people with disabilities would not need any assistance during the election process.

"All new equipment has to be ADA approved," she said. "There's got to be a system they could use without assistance."

Thomas said they would need to do a lot of research to find the right equipment.

"We're all talking about it right now," she said.

Thomas also added that she and Dean have discussed visiting other surrounding communities that have different voting systems.

Dean said that Ward County currently has the optical scan system and he would like to go see a demonstration of it.

"I'm going to try to get some of us to go over there and have a demonstration," he said.

Dean said that the optical system would cost around $25,000 that would be divided four ways between the city, county, hospital and schools.

Dean said that whatever system the four entities decide to purchase, he would like for it to be in place by this coming November for the Constitutional Amendment elections.

"I would like to have the system in place by then," he said.

He said that way the voters would be able to learn the new system and the election officers would be able to learn the "ins and outs" of how to work it before the first major election in March 2002.

Bomber flight update by AF on Thursday

Staff Writer

PECOS, January 30, 2001 - Representatives from Dyess Air Force Base in Abilene will be on hand tomorrow to give Pecos officials an update.

The group will meet at 1:30 p.m., at the Odessa College-Pecos Technical Training Center.

"The meeting will be held to give an update to the city and county officials as to where RBTI is," said Lt. Wes Ticer, with public relations at Dyess Air Force Base in Abilene.

The RTBI project involves B-1 bombers from Dyess and B-52 bombers from Barksdale AFB in Shreveport, La., which will fly high altitude bombing runs over the area between Lubbock and Big Spring, with the low-level flights scheduled to run in the Permian Basin and Big Bend areas, including a loop path around Pecos.

The Air Force plans to build a manned electronic scoring site southwest of Pecos as part of the project, which officials said would employ 31 people and bring $1.6 million to Reeves County annually.

Three individuals from Air Combat Command and two or three people from the Dyess Air Force Base will be on hand for the briefing, according to Ticer.

The Air Force plans another manned electronic scoring site in connection with the Lancer MOA section of the flight path, to be located near Snyder. The higher altitude flights over the South Plains have already been challenged by a lawsuit filed by a group of ranchers and farmers in the area south of Lubbock.

"The Air Force has a period of time to respond to the court," Ticer said earlier this month. "We don't know if it'll have any effect on our efforts."

A similar lawsuit against the RBTI portion of the plan could be filed by ranchers in the Trans-Pecos and Davis Mountains area, who say the low-level fights have scared their livestock and damaged homes and other buildings beneath the flight path.

Some of the same ranchers were able to successfully halt plans two years ago to increase flights over the region by German Luftwaffe jets operating out of Holloman AFB in New Mexico.

Ticer said that they still stand behind everything in the Environmental Impact Study. "We will continue with what we have to do within the limits of the law," he said.

Part of the reason the Air Force officials will be here in February will be to do an environmental assessment. "They moved the site (location) where they're going to put it and this also will be discussed," said Ticer.

The site will be located slightly closer to Pecos, one mile north of the original site selected. It will be located 18 miles southwest of Pecos, on land within the Conservation Reserve Program.

"It has existing road and power lines," said Ticer.

The Air Force is still looking at a couple of sites for the unmanned station. "This will be discussed as well and by then they will have more of an idea of when construction will begin," he said.

Sudden Impact to be featured on EWTN show

PECOS, January 30, 2001 - The local music group Sudden Impact, who was selected as the 2000 Catholic Group of the Year, will appear on EWTN's television program, "Life on the Rock."

The hour-long show will feature Sudden Impact and their music on Thursday live at 7 p.m., on Classic Cable Channel 28. Part of the live show features a call-in segment where people from around the world can ask questions of Sudden Impact.

The Pecos boys will also perform during the show. This show will re-broadcast at 9 a.m., Friday, at midnight on Saturday, and at 10 p.m., Sunday.


Manuel Gonzales

Manuel Gonzales, 80, of Pecos, died Monday, Jan. 29, 2001, at University Medical Center in Lubbock.

A rosary will be held at 7:30 p.m., today, at Pecos Funeral Home Chapel.

Mass is scheduled for 11 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 1, at Santa Rosa Catholic Church with burial in Mt. Evergreen Cemetery.

He was born June 7, 1920, in Fort Stockton, was a retired equipment operator, had lived in Pecos since 1940 and was a Catholic.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Maria Gonzales in 1996; two brothers and three sisters.

Survivors include three sons, Saul, Manuel Gonzales, Jr. and Gilberto Gonzales of Pecos; three daughters, Elva Tarin of Midland and Delma and Rosie Gonzales of Pecos; one sister, Gabriela Franco of Odessa and eight grandchildren.

Pecos Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Charles McGoldrick

Charles McGoldrick, 68, of West Creek, died Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2001, at Sea Crest Village Nursing Home in Little Egg Harbor, N.J.

Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 3, at Maxwell Funeral Home, 160 Mathistown Rd., Little Egg Harbor, N.J. Burial will be in West Creek Cemetery.

He was born in Philadelphia and had lived in Mentone prior moving to West Creek 1½ years ago. He was a retired chief engineer for the Merchant Marine, was a commissioned officer for the Texas Guard serving with two silver bars, was on tour in Vietnam, Desert Storm, and was a deputy in the reserves in Luma County, N.M. He served as a deputy sheriff in Mentone for eight years, was a member of VFW and the American Legion.

Survivors include his son, Charles J. McGoldrick III of Philadelphia; two daughters, Lorraine McGoldrick of Tuckerton, Pa. and Jacqueline McGoldrick of Philadelphia; one brother, Ray McGoldrick of Philadelphia; two sisters, Agnes Pharo of Tuckerton, Margaret Wells of Manahawkin; one granddaughter and many nieces and nephews.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers memorials be made to the Diabetes Research.

Maxwell Funeral Home Inc. of Little Egg Harbor, N.J. is in charge of arrangements.


PECOS, January 30, 2001 - High Tuesday 57. Low this morning 29. Forecast for tonight: Cloudy and cold, with lows in the mid-20s. Thursday: Clear skies early, cloudy in the late afternoon with highs around 50. Thursday night: Cloudy, with lows in the mid-20s.

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