Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Wednesday, August 28, 2002
Diagnostic wing down to fine details
PECOS, Wed., August 28, 2002 -- Construction of a new diagnostic wing for
Reeves County Hospital is in the design and development stage, administrator
Robert Vernor told the board of directors in their regular meeting
During the meeting, the board saw plans drawn up by architects Hammal-Green-Abrahamson,
Vernor said that the architects are getting down to the fine details of
what equipment will be in the rooms and what kind of shelves will be needed.
"We are on schedule right now," Vernor said. "Except for the kidney dialysis
According to Vernor, by late September or early October a final drawing
of the specifications for the building would be available, allowing the board
to make a decision of the design.
"At that point we will start looking for a contractor," Vernor said.
The design for the exterior of the building would be have contemporary
look, Vernor said.
"We will not begin on the interior until we get construction done," Vernor
said. "We are progressing very nicely and they (architects) are a stickler
The search for doctors and nurses to work in the new hospital room is
also underway, he said.
Vernor said the water system is the key in the building's design.
"The building has to handle the water system," Vernor said.
Managing Contractor Richard Murphy said that he could provide the name
of a man who could help them look for a vendor to provide the water system.
However Murphy also added that if the board chooses to go with another
water provider, the man could still help in the installation.
In installing the water system for the building, Murphy told the board
that they must be very careful in the kind of system installed.
"You must purchase what you need," Murphy said. "Not what you can afford."
Board President Linda Gholson said she is pleased with the planning of
the hospitals expansion.
"So far it appears everything has gone well in the planning of the expanding
of the hospital," she said.
With that said the board moved on to the next item on the agenda, the
evaluation of the CRM Management Contract for an administrator.
According to Gholson, the contract for interim administrator Vernor will
expire in January of 2003. If the board decides not to take any action on
the contract it will automatically renew during the month of January.
Gholson said that the board could also decide not to extend the contract
and buy it out before January. That money would be listed as a recruiter's
fee, Gholson said.
Murphy said that in the beginning, Covenant Hospital of Lubbock provided
the administrator for no cost.
"I was asked to come down and baby-sit on a 90 day bases," Murphy said.
"Mrs. Lovett asked me at that time to stay permanently."
Murphy said that at that time he was not ready to relocate so he helped
At this point Murphy said that because of their small company they would
not be able to replace Vernor if something were to happen to him.
Though Vernor is not an employee of the hospital, Murphy said that the
board can evaluate Vernor and decide if and how much of a salary increase
is given to him.
"An employee on the payroll would be more loyal," board member Leo Hung
said. "There would not be any other agendas."
Murphy said that the board could guide Vernor in any direction but did
say that they were not allowed to fire him.
If for some reason Vernor was to be fired as the administrator of the
hospital the board would have to inform Murphy, and he would fire Vernor.
Murphy told the board that if they choose not to renew the contract, he
would see it as just a business deal.
Not wanting to make a hasty decision, board member Hugh Box told the board
that he would like to talk to the employees of the hospital and get their
"I do not want to make a decision that is wrong," Box said.
With that the board decided to hold a special meeting next week to decide
on the renewal of the contract.
Making the medical staff report, Dr. W.J. Bang presented the board with
the resignation of Dr. Akbar Ali from the medical staff, which was accepted.
The appointment and clinical privileges of Niles Foster, DPM for courtesy
staff was also approved. Robert Woodrome, MD was approved for consulting
staff-emergency Room. David Summers, CRNA was approved for allied health
In taking action on the amendments to the medical staff bylaws rules and
regulations, Hung made the motion to amend amendment #13- handling patient
bodies in a timely manner for organ donations, with Box seconding the motion.
Amendment #12 stated that patients are to be discharged by 11 a.m. The
board approved the change of having patients being discharged all day with
Hung making the motion and Box seconding it.
Amendment #5 states that physical and history of patient must be provided
within 24 hours. Box made the motion, with Flores seconding, for a change
of 48 hours.
The board will hold their next meeting on September 17.
Beach party luau hails end of long hot summer
By Rosie Flores
PECOS, Wed., August 28, 2002 -- A big Hawaiian celebration is scheduled to
bid farewell to a long hot summer in the community.
Pecos Area Chamber of Commerce will be sponsoring a "Hawaiian Beach Party"
Friday, and is encouraging all community businesses, individuals and members
to join them.
"We want to get everyone involved," said chamber interim director Linda
The big event starts off Labor Day weekend. Businesses and individuals
are asked to decorate their offices and wear Hawaiian or beachwear to work
and play Friday. Prizes will be awarded to the best-decorated business and
Businesses or individuals that would like to be judged for the contest
can call the chamber office at 445-2406.
Businesses can have a drawing, dress in their Hawaiian outfits, serve
refreshments or throw a beach party for the employees and their customers,
Those planning to participate include: Pecos Enterprise employees, who
will dress up and decorate; Beall's Department Store employees will decorate
and dress up; West Texas National Bank staff will be handing out leis and
serve refreshments from 9 a.m., until 5 p.m
Post Office employees will have drawings for stamps from 10 a.m. to noon;
La Tienda staff will decorate and provide samples of fruit trays, deli and
produce all day; and Security State Bank, employees will dress up, decorate
and serve refreshments.
Popular Check Cashing staff will dress up, decorate and serve refreshments;
Reeves County Hospital, decorate and have an employee's beach party; Movie
Gallery will serve refreshments to the public from 2-4 p.m. and decorate;
and Pecos Nursing Home will decorate and have a dress up contest for employees
Pecos Valley Country Club will be handing out leis to all customers, and
employees will dress up; Pecos Animal Clinic staff will decorate, and Town
of Pecos City will serve refreshments from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.
"We just want everyone to have a great time," said Gholson. "This will
also give the community a chance to visit other businesses and individuals."
A big finale for the day is planned at the West of the Pecos Museum Courtyard,
from 5-7 p.m., hosted by Peaceful Garden Funeral Home.
"Hopefully the schools will participate in this as well," said Gholson.
Hot air balloons to soar at Labor Day festival
ALPINE - Colorful balloons will be seen floating in the skies around Alpine
this weekend during the Labor Day weekend, with other events planned in the
"Twenty-five hot air balloons and 15 power-parachutes will paint West
Texas skies in three weeks. Everyone is invited," said Ken Clouse, president
of Big Bend Balloon Bash, Inc., the Alpine non-profit group sponsoring air
activities in the entire Big Bend Region.
This is the seventh straight annual balloon weekend in Alpine, Clouse
"We have never had a day we couldn't fly balloons on Labor Day Weekend,"
said Clouse. "The winds are just right, with the high mountains surrounding
Alpine in a bowl shape. These mountains offer unique protection from the
sometimes strong Trans-Pecos winds."
Powered parachutes are multi-colored parachutes driven by gas-engines
and steered by pilots in metal cages. After the balloons have landed, 15
of these ultralight gliders will thrill the crowds until noon. "This is the
first time that this crowd-pleaser has ever been staged here," said Clouse.
"This summer is the wettest in years, the grasses and mountains providing
a most beautiful backdrop for this three-day event, Aug. 31-Sept. 2," he
Location is the Alpine Casperis Municipal Airport, two miles north of
downtown on the Fort Davis Highway.
For shoppers, over 25 downtown Alpine merchants will sell their treasures
on the sidewalks in the annual Saturday Morning Sidewalk Sale.
This is a lively and unique event for families to experience local Big
Bend crafts and gifts, Clouse said.
Sunday night a balloon glow concert is planned at Jackson Field. "When
the gas engines squeal out in unique melodical patterns, the sounds are
entrancing," said Clouse. "And visual patterns of night fires from these
balloon engines at twilight leaves most everyone spellbound."
Entertainment will also be provided for traditional music lovers, 20 minutes
away at the 16th Annual Marfa Lights Musical Festival. Shelley
Laine and David Lee Garza are the headliners of a multi-day Labor Day Weekend
This year's festival is Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 30-Sept. 1.
The concert is the evening of Saturday at the Vizcaino Park stage.
The good old-fashioned family fair takes place on the Presidio County
Courthouse lawn with food, games and vendor's booths opening at 6 p.m., Friday,
This year's street dance features three groups, the Mixed Company Band
of Balmorhea, Muela del Juicio of Presidio and the Mules of Presidio County.
The dance is from 7 p.m. to midnight, Friday.
An opening ceremony is set for 8 p.m. Friday, followed by a Light of the
Night Parade at 9 p.m.
On Saturday there's a five-kilometer fun run, beginning at the courthouse
and sponsored by the Marfa Boy Scouts, as well as fun and entertainment all
day at the courthouse stage.
The day parade begins at 11 a.m., Sunday's festival finale. A dance is
scheduled from 8 p.m., to midnight at the MAC building, featuring Sierra
Blanca favorite Wayne West y Los Realisticos.
School board to adopt budget on Thursday
PECOS, Wed., August 28, 2002 -- Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD board members
will consider both old and new budgets in a special meeting at 6 p.m., Thursday
in the Technology Center, 1301 S. Eddy.
A public hearing on the 2002-2003 budget and proposed tax rate tops the
The board will discuss and approve amending the 2001-2002 budget; dedicating
fund balance; adoption of 2002-2003 budget and the adoption of the 2002 tax
rate by ordinance.
PECOS, Wed., August 28, 2002 -- High Tuesday 106. Low last night 71. Isolated
thunderstorms were expected in the Permian Basin and Guadalupe Mountains
south to the Big Bend. It should be mostly sunny and hot elsewhere.
Daytime highs should range from the lower to mid-80s in the Panhandle
to near 107 along the Rio Grande. Lows overnight were expected from
the 60s to 70s.
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
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324 S. Cedar St., Pecos, TX 79772
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