Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Friday, September 28, 2001
Winners announced for homecoming parade
By ROSIE FLORES
PECOS, Fri., Sept. 28, 2001 -- Football players, queen candidates and favorite
"Hollywood" characters could be seen in Pecos yesterday afternoon at
the annual Homecoming Parade.
Individuals and groups were encouraged to dress like their favorite "Hollywood"
stars and participate in the annual event, just one of the many events held
this week, leading up to the Homecoming Game scheduled for this evening.
The Pecos Eagles will face the Monahans Loboes at 8 p.m., at Eagle Stadium.
The Homecoming Queen will be crowned at halftime. This year's nominees include
senior candidates, Christina Arenivas, Brenda Fuentes and Desirae Tercero.
Duchesses are Abby Romo, Nikki Reyna and Jessica Abila.
Winners of the parade included the Colts Pee Wee Football, whose float
took first place. Second place winner was the FFA float; third place was
the Business and Professional Association float and fourth place went to
the Chiefs Pee Wee football.
The Pecos High School bonfire went on as scheduled Thursday night, after
vandals set the original bonfire pile ablaze about 1:30 a.m. on Thursday.
Students and community members worked during the day on Thursday to built
a new woodpile just to the east of the original location at the old Pecos
landfill site, and Pecos volunteer firemen set off the bonfire about 9:15
City loosens retirement requirement
By LEIA HOLLAND
PECOS, Fri., Sept. 28, 2001 -- The Town of Pecos City Council voted to lower
the number of years that city employees can serve before retiring,
during the regular meeting last night at City Hall.
The council held a public hearing concerning the Texas Municipal Retirement
System Credit Service during the meeting where they had no objections to
lowering the years of service making employees eligible for retirement after
20 years instead of 25.
City Finance Director George Bejarano said that the U.S. Congress passed
an amendment that lowered the number of years before employees could be fully
vested from 10 years to five years.
Bejarano explained that the city puts in a percentage of money for each
employee's retirement fund while the employees also put in a certain percentage.
The new law now says that the employee is able to draw on that money after
"When they passed that bill, they went ahead and gave us the right to
drop the years before retirement," he said.
The council also approved the second reading of the ordinance that sets
the city tax rate for 2001-02 at .6967 on each $100 valuation of property.
"It is the same as last year," Bejarano said. "It did not change."
Bejarano said that the council decided to keep the same rate as last year
even though the city lost approximately $18,000 in valuations.
Frank Spencer of Spencer & Associates gave the council a report on
the progress in the development of the South Worsham Water Well Field.
Spencer showed the council the design plans for the pipeline, tank, and
pumps for 18 wells.
"These plans are basically completed," he said.
Spencer also informed the council that his company took the liberty of
getting permits for five additional wells that would be used as back-ups
if problems arise with the first 18.
"We decided we're going to permit five new wells so we'd have them just
in case," he said.
Since the planning stage is about 90-95 percent completed, Spencer asked
the council for their authorization to begin advertising for bids for the
engineering stage of the project.
Spencer said that the schedule for the bidding is to open up for bids
on Oct. 1 and receive the bids by 3 p.m., on Oct. 31 with the council rewarding
the bid on Nov. 8.
During his report, Spencer also gave the council a proposed budget for
the completion of the project, but said that the budget could change very
"We won't know how much it will cost until the bids come in," he said.
Spencer said that the budget he passed out to the council is the best
estimate that they could make.
"We're hoping, and we feel like these numbers are going to hold," he said.
On a happier note, City Manager Carlos Yerena informed the council that
the Texas Water Development Board approved the Environmental Impact Document
(EID) from the city and would now begin reimbursing the city the money used
during the planning stage of the project.
The council authorized Spencer to advertise for bids for the South Worsham
project as well as for a tank to replace the deteriorating tank in the Worsham
Anchor Appetizers Group Plant Manager Bruce Salcido asked the council
to approve assignment of the tax abatement for Anchor Foods to the new owners,
McCain USA, Inc.
City Attorney Scott Johnson said that the abatement contract for Anchor
allows the company to assign the abatement to another company.
"They have the right to assign the abatement to a third party," he said.
Bejarano said that Anchor has fulfilled all their obligations as stated
in the contract, which includes job creation.
The council approved assigning the abatement, which has two years left,
to McCain, which completed its acquisition of Anchor Foods this week.
The council also approved Anchor's request to use Maxey Park for their
annual company picnic set for Oct. 13 and have the streets barricaded from
noon to 5 p.m., that day.
In other business, the council approved the juvenile court, municipal
court and the tax collector's reports as well as the minutes and the accounts
Pecos FD seeking donations Saturday for NYC firemen
PECOS, Fri., Sept. 28, 2001 -- Pecos volunteer firemen will be working
at road intersections Saturday to raise money for the fallen firefighters
of New York City.
Over 300 firemen are missing and feared to have been killed when the World
Trade Center collapsed on Sept. 11, after two jetliners were crashed into
the building by terrorists, causing fires to break out on the upper floors.
Firemen will be at the intersections from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. tomorrow and
at Wal-Mart from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Anyone wishing to contribute to the fund
can also drop their contribution by KIUN/KPTX Radio or the Pecos Enterprise
Checks should be made payable to the Pecos Volunteer Fire Department.
Toyah woman identified as train collision victim
By LEIA HOLLAND
PECOS, Fri., Sept. 28, 2001 -- A Toyah woman was killed after a Union Pacific
train struck the vehicle she was driving late Thursday morning in Toyah.
Kathryn Gibson Paterson, 76, died after the 1993 Buick Park Avenue she
was driving was hit by an eastbound train at 11:50 a.m., Thursday while crossing
the tracks southbound on Center Street in Toyah.
Department of Public Safety Trooper Terry Gilchrest speculated that Paterson
did not see the train until she was on the tracks.
"I think she didn't see the train initially," he said. "I think she just
froze on the tracks."
Gilchrest said that Paterson was not wearing a seat belt when the accident
occurred and explained that the vehicle was pushed off the tracks soon after
"The train struck the passenger side of the vehicle and threw it north
of the tracks and away from the train," he said.
Gilchrest said that the vehicle did not receive much damage because the
train was moving slowly at 34 miles per hour.
Pecos Ambulance and Toyah Fire personnel responded to the accident along
with the DPS.
Justice of the Peace Amonario Ramon pronounced Paterson dead at 12:49
p.m., and the body was taken to Pecos Funeral Home.
Gilchrest said that following the accident part of the train was uncoupled
from the front section, in order to open up the crossing, which is the only
crossing in Toyah.
There are no warning signals at that crossing.
The accident was the second vehicle-train collision fatality in the Pecos
area in the past 2½ months.
Firemen busy with bonfire, trailer blazes
PECOS, Fri., Sept. 28, 2001 -- A trailer home on the northwest side of
Pecos suffered heavy damage after it caught on fire just before sunrise today,
but Pecos volunteer firemen said no one was injured in the blaze.
The fire was reported about 7:35 a.m. and flames were coming out of the
windows of the mobile home, located at 1837 W. `F' St., when the fire trucks
arrived. It took firefighters about an hour and a half to extinguish the
fire and two fire trucks were on the scene.
"It was a brand new mobile home, but the owners had left town earlier
in the morning," said firefighter Arturo Granado.
"We're going to go back and see if we can find the cause of the fire,"
He said that Pecos Fire Marshal Jack Brookshire, who was out of town today,
will also need to do an inspection and that the trailer received extensive
The morning fire call came less than five hours after firemen were called
out to the "old landfill" to extinguish flames caused by the bonfire, which
was held Thursday night in preparation for tonight's Pecos High School homecoming
The original bonfire had been lit by vandals early Thursday morning, and
firemen were called out to the site at 1:45 a.m. Friday's call came at about
2:45 a.m. after the second bonfire pile re-ignited, and a second call for
additional firemen to hose down the pile was made at 3:10 a.m. today.
`American Pie' sequel matches original movie
By LEIA HOLLAND
PECOS, Fri., Sept. 28, 2001 -- Perhaps there has never been a comedy sequel
as funny as the original, well until Universal Pictures released
American Pie 2.
The sequel to the megahit American Pie (1999) just could be even
funnier with the original cast re-uniting for a look at the group of crazy
teens one year later, after a year away at college.
Whoever chose to cast Jason Biggs, Alyson Hannigan, Chris Klein, Mena
Suvari, Thomas Nicholas, Tara Reid, Eddie Thomas and Stifler (Seann William
Scott) together for the original American Pie was a genius.
Whoever convinced them, along with the rest of the original cast, to come
back for a second time was even a bigger genius than the first, unless it's
the same person then they're almost a saint.
It is hard to believe new director J.B. Rogers could almost top the first
No matter what, if you loved American Pie you'll surely love
American Pie 2 so make sure to check it out at least once.
American Pie 2 is rated R.
PECOS, Fri., Sept. 28, 2001 -- High Thurs. 93. Low this morning 52. Forecast
for tonight: Clear. Lows in the upper 50s. East winds 5 to 10 mph.
Sat.: Partly cloudy. Highs in the mid 80s. East winds 5 to 10 mph.
Sat. night: Partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 50s. Sun.: Partly cloudy.
Highs in the mid 80s. Mon.: Partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 50s. Highs
in the mid 80s.
Alvin Bransford and Kathryn Paterson
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
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