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Monday, October 29, 2001

Scare causes few changes in local Post Office

Staff Writer

PECOS, Mon., Oct. 29, 2001 -- Even with more cases of anthrax found in mail in  government buildings in Washington today, business is progressing as usual  at the local branch of the U.S. Postal Service.

Interim Postmaster Herman Armendariz said that postal workers in Pecos have been calm throughout the anthrax scare and procedures have not changed much since the discovery of the first anthrax case in Florida three weeks ago.

All of the reported cases of anthrax so far have been reported on the East Coast, and all of the letters containing anthrax so far have been sent from areas in the eastern part of the United States. However, U.S. Postal Service officials last week warned all Americans they could not guarantee t he safety of all of the mail being handled by the post office.

"The only thing that's changed is that they have the option of wearing a mask and gloves," he said.

In Pecos, wearing the mask and gloves is not mandatory right now and only one employee has chosen to wear the protective devices, according to Armendariz.

He said that he does not believe that there would be a time where working with the mask and gloves would be mandatory across the U.S., however he said that could change.

"You never know with the way things are going right now," he said.

Since work is proceeding as usual at the local post office, Armendariz said that they do not have the time to sort through each piece of mail and determine any possible contaminated letters.

"We can't stop and check every piece," he said. "We're just being careful. We treat every piece the same."

However, if any residents in this area receives any suspicious mail, Armendariz said for that person to not open that mail and immediately place the letter in a plastic bag before calling either him or the Pecos Police Department.

Armendariz or the police would then go to that home and investigate that piece of mail.

Since the scare has begun, Armendariz said that a few people have called him with suspicious letters, which he investigated. In all the cases, Armendariz said that none of them were contaminated.

"I think we have nothing to worry about," he said.

Commissioners to award bids for RCDC project

PECOS, Mon., Oct. 29, 2001 -- The Reeves County Detention Center is the main topic of a special meeting for the Reeves County Commissioners' Court today at 3 p.m., in the third floor courtroom.

The commissioners are scheduled to discuss and award bid packages four through 14 for the RCDC III project, which includes for general works, pre cast concrete, fencing, pre-engineered buildings, finishes, food services, laundry, sprinkler, detention, mechanical and electrical work.

The RCDC III project involved the planned expansion of the prison by an additional 960 beds, bringing the facility's capacity to 2,960 inmates.

Also during the meeting, the commissioners will take action on replacing an assistant alternate for early voting, a judge and alternate judge for box five and an alternate judge for box six.

No action taken by City Council  on landfill site

PECOS, Mon., Oct. 29, 2001 -- The Town of Pecos City Council took no action on the acquisition of real property for the Pecos landfill during executive session of the regular meeting last Thursday evening.

The council met in closed session to discuss the plan, and City Manager Carlos Yerena said that the council did not vote on the agenda item but agreed that the city would "move forward."

"We agreed to continue moving forward," he said.

Yerena gave no other details on the matter.


PECOS, Mon., Oct. 29, 2001 -- High Sun. 84. Low this morning 54. Forecast for tonight: Mostly  clear. Lows 50 to 55. Southeast winds 5 to 15 mph. Tues.: Partly cloudy.  Highs in the lower 80s. SE winds 10 to 20 mph. Tues. night: Partly cloudy.  Lows 50 to 55. Wed.: .Partly cloudy. Highs 80 to 85. Thurs. and Fri.:  Partly cloudy. Lows 50 to 55. Highs 75 to 80.


Roscoe McAlister

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