Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Monday, July 14, 2003
Salas, Wiltenmuth exchange wedding vows
Emilia Salas of Lafayette and James Wiltenmuth of Slidell were joined
in matrimony during a noon nuptial Mass Jan. 3 in Our Lady of Fatima Catholic
The Rev. Etoile officiated at the Mass attended by family and friends.
The couple have selected the surname of the bride.
The bride is the daughter of Roy and Deborah Salas of Lafayette. She
graduated from Lafayette High School and attends UL Lafayette.
The groom, son of Michael Wiltenmuth and Kathleen Wiltenmuth, both of
Slidell, is a graduate of Northshore High School in Slidell and attends
The bride was escorted by her father.
Maid of honor was Sonja Salas, sister of the bride, who also served as
a witness, along with Gerald Allgood.
A reception will be held at La Belle Maison on Jan. 11. The couple plan
to live in Lafayette.
Lara considers future in medicine
Amanda Lara of Pecos, attended the National Youth Leadership Forum on
Medicine (NYLF/MED) in New Orleans, Louisiana from June 22 through July
1, 2003. Having demonstrated academic achievement and an interest in career
related to science and health, Lara joined more than 400 outstanding high
school juniors and seniors from across the United States at the Forum.
Lara learned first-hand from medical ethics, the global effects of infectious
disease, genetic research, public health and many other subjects relevant
to the field.
The National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine offers students like
Amanda Lara a behind-the-scenes look of what it takes to become a medical
professional," said Donna Snyder, executive director of NYLF. "The curriculum
for the Forum on Medicine complements the classroom experience and allows
its participants to gain an understanding of how to get where they want
to be within the universe of medicine."
"Its quite an amazing time to be in medicine, thanks in large part to
recent leaps in technology," said Dr. Ian Taylor, dean of Tulane University
School of Medicine. Dr. Taylor spoke to the NYFL students about the advances
made in the field of medicine that benefit both patients and physicians.
"To fully appreciate all that is going on in the world of medicine, make
connection here at NYLF that will continue to follow you throughout your
education and career."
Throughout the program, Lara and fellow students experienced problem-based
learning in a series of intense and stimulating simulations, many exercises
of which are faced by students in medical schools throughout the country.
NYLF/MED culminated in the Public Health Symposium, in which students
developed programs to directly impact their communities on the issues of
adolescent fitness, health care for the elderly and chronic disease, among
others. The goal of the exercise was to encourage the students to develop
and implement programs as leaders, addressing concerns on public health
issues in their communities.
During NYLF/MED, students had the opportunity to visit some of the best
institutions of medical learning and research in the country, including Tulane
School of Medicine, Louisiana State University School of Medicine, East
Jefferson General Hospital, Memorial Medical Center - Baptist Campus and
several others. Not only did students visit these renowned places, they
also interacted with doctors, nurses, scientists, and professors to gather
a greater understanding of medical history, standards and trends.
"Many who participate in our program arrive thinking they have a clear
idea of the type of medicine they want to practice," continued Snyder. "By
opening new doors for them, students can confirm or adjust their professional
plans accordingly, prior to college."
NYLF is a nonprofit, educational organization committed to empowering
young people to make well-informed career choices. For additional information,
visit us at www.nylf.org.
Amanda Lara would like to thank her many sponsors who made her trip possible.
She is the daughter of Deana and Carlos Lara of Pecos.
Nichols named Employee of Month
Alicia Nichols has been selected Employee of the Month for the month of
June at the Reeves County Detention Center.
Nichols is assigned to the Personnel Office as a Personnel Officer III.
She has been married to Carlos Nichols, Jr. for 38 years and enjoys reading
Her greatest joy however, is spending time with her 12 grandchildren (six
grandsons and six granddaughters).
Nichols began her career for Reeves County in November 1980 and at the
Reeves County Detention Center in March of 1995.
She is a veteran staff member who has proven herself to be both extremely
reliable and professional, according to RCDC Warden Rudy Franco.
"She is also a dedicated member of the RCDC Employees Club, where she
currently holds the treasurer's position," said Franco. "Her work ethics
and attitude are of the highest level and she is a model example for other
staff members employed at the Reeves County Detention Center," he said.
As a Personnel Officer, Nichols' primary responsibilities are to maintain
security and control of all staff member's personnel file, scheduling In-Take
sessions for newly hired staff and scheduling of all Psychological interviews.
"Mrs. Nichols has continuously accepted and performed her responsibilities
and duties in the highest professional manner, and has always taken pride
in being a staff member at the Reeves County Detention Center," said Franco.
The Reeves County Detention Center, Personnel Department and Training
Department are proud to recognize Alicia Nichols as the June Employee of
"Her high standards, quality of work performance, and self-motivation
have earned her this honor," said Franco. "We wish her continued success
in her career with the Personnel Department and the Reeves County Detention
Center," he said.
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
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