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Tuesday, February 19, 2002

Firms to target Anchor workers during Job Fair

Staff Writer

PECOS, Tues., Feb. 19, 2002 -- Over two dozen companies will be in Pecos Friday to offer their services  to individuals seeking employment, with the focus on the 700 employees  of Anchor Foods whose jobs will be eliminated within the next few months.

A "Job Fair" will be held from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. Friday at Odessa College's Pecos Extension Center on South Eddy Street.

"We have 26 companies that have signed up for the job fair," said fair committee member Nancy Ontiveros. "The majority of the companies are from out of town and have many positions available for immediate hire."

Anyone attending the job fair will have the possibility of being hired immediately, according to Ontiveros.

"McCain/Anchor staff will be on hand to assist employees in the application process as well as providing appropriate referrals to any company present," said Ontiveros.

McCain purchased Anchor Foods in September and announced in November it would close the company's onion processing plant in Pecos in favor of a smaller plant in Grand Island, Neb., which it plans to expand. The company said in its Nov. 12 announcement that layoffs would begin at the end of February.

"McCain/Anchor is very interested in serving as a liaison and providing support for any employee seeking a job," said Ontiveros.

Besides the job opportunities and participation they will also have many educational and financial opportunities, according to Ontiveros. "Both Odessa College and Midland College will be available to provide information on continuing education programs that can assist them in getting a better job," she said.

Two financial advisors will be available offering independent representative positions as well as providing consultations on 401k rollover options, debt consolidation and many other financial topics, according to Ontiveros.

"Companies from throughout the state are traveling to participate in the job fair," said Ontiveros. "The farthest company will be traveling from Corpus Christi."

"We're very excited about this fair because we realize there are many individuals seeking a job and there will be many opportunities presented to them," said Ontiveros.

The Job Fair Committee consists of Rey Carreon and Maribel Alvarez with TDHS; Michelle Workman and Paula Howard of Odessa College; Jim Holt and David Flores from the Reeves County Detention Center; Elva Arreguy, Ascencion Banuelos and John Garza of the Pecos Workforce Network; Nadine Smith and Ontiveros of Reeves County Hospital and Marie Cardenas and Becky Moreno from the Texas Cooperative Extension Service.

Odessa shootout suspect remains in hospital

ODESSA (AP) - A man accused of fatally shooting his estranged wife and wounding a West Texas law officer is still in the hospital - about four weeks after he was wounded in a shootout with the policeman.

More than a week after undergoing a second round of surgery for internal bleeding and infection, Joe Ramon was in stable condition Tuesday at Medical Center Hospital.

Ramon, 41, is recovering from four bullet wounds he suffered in a Jan. 18 gun battle police say started with the fatal shooting of Estela Ramon, 36, of Odessa.

Bond for Ramon was set at $500,000 in a bedside arraignment Jan. 23. Ramon's attorney, John Young of Sweetwater, told the Odessa American in Tuesday's editions that it was unlikely that Ramon would make bail.

Ramon has been charged with killing his wife and attempted capital murder in the wounding of Cpl. Greg Travland. He could face life in prison if convicted.

Both the Ramons and Cpl. Travland are former Pecos residents.

The Texas Rangers are the lead investigative agency in the incident.

Texas Ranger Capt. Barry Caver said Joe Ramon entered Drug Screen Compliance & Consortium of the Southwest and confronted his wife.

Travland, who had been called there to file a domestic report for Estela Ramon, followed the sounds of gunfire to the front of the building where he then exchanged gunfire, Caver said.

Caver said Travland retreated into the alley where the gun battle continued before Ramon collapsed with four gunshot wounds to the chest.

Travland is the son of J.E. Travland and the stepson of Catherine Ashley-Travland of Pecos. He had been employed as an Odessa Police Department Cadet on Jan. 1, 1980 and began his service as an Odessa Police Officer on March 30, 1981.

Travland was the recipient of the V.F.W. Outstanding Law Enforcement Officer of the Year in Texas and the recipient of the 1999 V.F.W. of the United States "J. Edgar Hoover Award" as the National Outstanding Peace Officer of the Year, which was recognized by Governor George W. Bush.

He was also the 1999 City of Odessa Employee of the Year Nominee and has 15 letters of commendation in his file.

Joe Albert Ramon and Estela Ramon had also lived in Pecos and are former Reeves County Detention Center employees.

"They both used to work there, when it was called the LEC," said Reeves County Sheriff Andy Gomez at the time of the shooting. He added that two had moved to Odessa a several years ago.

Schools begins TAAS testing schedule today

PECOS, Tues., Feb. 19, 2002 -- Pecos High School students began taking the TAAS exams today and will continue the exam schedule through Thursday.

The writing portion of the TAAS was given today, while the math TAAS will be given on Wednesday and the reading portion of the test on Thursday.

All students who need to take the State Exit Level TAAS test must report to Pecos High School at 8:10 a.m. All students classified as sophomores must report. Freshman students need to report at 8:10 a.m. to Building A for the Mock TAAS Test.

Juniors, seniors and out-of-school examinees who have not mastered a section(s) of the State Exit Level TAAS test need to report at 8:10 a.m. Only juniors and seniors who have passed all sections of the TAAS will begin school at 10:30 a.m.


PECOS, Tues., Feb. 19, 2002 -- High Monday 81. Low this morning 45. Forecast for tonight:   Mostly clear. Breezy this evening. Lows in the mid 30s. West winds 15 to 25  mph: Decreasing to 5 to 15 mph late. Wednesday:  Mostly sunny.  Highs near 70. West winds 10 to 20 mph. Wednesday night: Mostly  clear. Lows in the mid 30s. Thursday: Mostly sunny. Highs in the upper  60s. Friday: Mostly clear. Lows 30 to 35. Highs in the mid 60s.


Ramon Nunez

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