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Thursday, August 9, 2001

Pecos couple enjoys visiting with old friend

A former Pecos resident was honored recently with three Emmys from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

Pete Fuentes, of Coronado, Calif., is currently employed with San Diego's new news channel, Fox 6/XETV, who was honored with 52 nominations.

Fuentes was nominated for seven Emmys from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences _ the Pacific Southwest chapter for his work with the news department at Fox 6 news (XETV) as reporter and director of special projects.

The Awards dinner was held recently at Sear World and Fuentes was honored with three Emmys for his work in two news features, "Playing God," which is about the human gnome project; and also for "Ted and Irene: A Second Chance," which is about an American couple living in Mexico who takes care of handicapped children in their home. He also was awarded Sports Report/Feature for "A Father's Love" which is about a father who does triathions with his son who is in his 30's and has cerebral palsy.

The Pacific Southwest chapter consists of stations in San Diego, Bakersfield, Las Vegas, Palm Springs, San Luis Obispo, Santa Maria and Santa Barbara. The entries were judged by television professionals from Atlanta, Colorado, Michigan, Minnesota, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C.

Fuentes has been with the station since it started in December, 1999, and has been in the news business for over 20 years. He was with UPN9-WOR-TV in New York for 12 years before moving to Coronado in August of 1999, getting ready to take on the challenge of working of a new news station in San Diego.

A Pecos couple recently had the opportunity to meet Fuentes and experience his hospitality in California.

"I met him on the plane in Midland," said Teresa Herrera.

Herrrera said her husband already knew Fuentes from when he lived in Pecos. "He knew him from 25 years before," said Herrera.

Herrera said she and her husband, Tony, had the opportunity to spend some time with Fuentes at his beautiful home in Coronado, along with his wife Solveigh, who is a wellness counselor.

"He also took us to a concert," said Herrera.

Fuentes' wife has two children, a daughter, Sarah Reinhertsent, who is in broadcast journalism and a son, Peter, a counselor with a Mental Health Clinic in New Hampshire.

Herrera said that Fuentes also took them to the beach at night to experience a phenomenon that only occurs once in every 20 years. "The waves created a friction which gave out neon rays," said Herrrera. "It was the most spectacular thing you could ever see," she said.

Herrera said that their summer trip was to celebrate the couple's anniversary with her daughter, Isela and her husband Larry Maleson in San Diego.

"We had a great time and Fuentes told us we could visit him again," she said.

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