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Monday, January 4, 1999

Briggs named Enterprise publisher

York M. (Smokey) Briggs, 33, has been named publisher of the Pecos Enterprise.

Briggs, most recently an attorney practicing in Lubbock, took over operation of the newspaper today. He and his wife, Laura, and 15-month old daughter, Ruby Leigh, will relocate to Pecos in the next few weeks.

Both the Briggs grew up in Texas.

The new publisher is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington where he earned his bachelor of arts degree in history. He subsequently received a master's degree in journalism and public relations at Central Missouri State University, and was awarded his law degree from Texas Tech University School of Law.

In addition to employment in the news departments at Taylor Daily Press in Taylor, Texas, and the Clinton Daily Democrat in Clinton, Missouri, Briggs has taught computer assisted reporting and research and desk-top publishing at Central State Missouri State University.

Briggs also served as assistant editor of The National Oil & Lube News.

Briggs was given the nickname "Smokey" by his father, Olin Briggs, a former city editor of the Dallas Morning News now employed by CNN.

"My grandmother's best friend's son was Smokey Goodwin. He was about ten years older than my dad," Briggs said. "At the beginning of World War II he enlisted in the Marines and during the War he sent my dad his stripes as he was promoted. He was a private in the First Marine Division when it went ashore at Guadalcanal in 1942 and he retired from the Marine Corps at the rank of Master Sergeant.

"He also administered the oath to my father when he enlisted in the Marines in 1951 and was really a hero of my dad's. So he named me Smokey in honor of Master Sgt. Goodwin," Briggs said.

Following in the footsteps of Master Sgt. Goodwin and his father Briggs enlisted in the Marines when he graduated high school and later served in Texas National Guard. In both branches Briggs primarily served in the infantry.

Briggs said he is eager to return to the world of newspaper publishing. "Newspapers are in my blood," Briggs said. "When I went to law school it was my intention to return to the business, and I'm glad to be back."

"Laura and I are both excited to be coming to Pecos," he said. "I am looking forward to the challenge of heading up a paper with the tradition and class of the Enterprise, and we both enjoy the community atmosphere of a town the size of Pecos."

Smokey and Laura met on the rifle team at the University of Texas at Arlington and both participate in area marksmanship competitions. His appointment was announced by Ned Cantwell, division manager of Buckner News Alliance, which owns the Pecos Enterprise.

New Year baby weighs in

Jazelle Prieto, 8-pound, 4-ounce daughter of Jaime and Kathy Prieto, is the first baby born in Reeves County for 1999. Dr. Kai-Wood Ma delivered the little girl at 4:06 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 3, 1999. She has an older sister, Destiny. Reeves County Hospital Auxiliary president Nell Maddux and member Jo Allison presented a box of gifts to the New Year's baby.

Sewer replacement to begin on Third Street

Staff Writer
Holloman Construction Co. of Odessa is set to begin replacing sewer pipe and manholes along West Third Street (Business I-20), said Octavio Garcia, utilities director for the city of Pecos.

Traffic will continue both directions during the construction, with signs warning motorists being placed this week.

Two lanes will be open, said Ruben Carrasco, engineer with Frank Spencer & Associates, who designed the repairs and will oversee the work. The south (eastbound) lane will be blocked where the work is in progress.

As each block is completed and backfilled to specifications of the Texas Department of Transportation, it may be re-opened to traffic, Carrasco said.

Garcia said the job has been in the planning stage for about a year, following a television camera survey of the worst sections of the sewer system. Finding numerous breaks in the line and deteriorating manholes, the city council voted to replace the 12-inch line with 15-inch line from Oleander to Ash Street, using $300,000 in reserve funds earmarked for that purpose.

Cops jail three for New Year's `bash'

Staff Writer
Not all New Year's Eve celebrations in Pecos were peaceful early Friday morning, as 1999 began with an altercation at a dance that sent one Reeves County Sheriff's deputy to the hospital.

Ernest Lazcano, a Reeves County Sheriff's Department investigator was taken to Reeves County Hospital after being sprayed with pepper spray during the fight on the east side of town. Lazcano was released after being treated at the local facility.

Officers from both the Reeves County Sheriff's Department and the Pecos Police responded to the scene of the incident. Lazcano was one of the officers who assisted in breaking up the altercation at the Riverside Ballroom, in the 1200 block of East Third Street.

The problem began when a report was called in that there were two individuals beating up on Bruce Salcido at the Riverside Ballroom at about 1:24 a.m.

Arrested were Israel Subia Garcia, 21, of Odessa; Joel Garcia Nunez, 22, of Kermit and Noe Pena Rodriguez, 621 S. Alamo, Pecos.

"A fight broke out between these two people who were beating up on Salcido and officers responded," said Pecos Police Investigator Kelly Davis. "We didn't arrest all the ones that were involved. There's always a few that get away."

Officers got the situation under control shortly thereafter and no major injuries were reported. "Of course, we always have the usual cuts and bruises, but Ernest needed medical attention, because he was wearing his contacts," said Davis.

Swearing-in held for county officials

Staff Writer
Reeves County officials were officially sworn in this morning to four-year terms, during a ceremony on the second floor of the courthouse.

Among those being sworn in were Reeves County Judge Jimmy B. Galindo, who is serving his second four-year term, and two new commissioners, David Castillo, who will represent Precinct 2, and commissioner for precinct 4 Gilbert "Hivi" Rayos.

Justice of the Peace Precinct 1 Amonario Ramon, JP Precinct 3 Rosendo Carrasco, JP Precinct 4 Lamberto Herrera were also sworn in to their four-year terms. Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace J.T. Marsh was sworn in last week, along with county clerk Dianne O. Florez.

Florez did the swearing of the officials who were on hand. Not present at this morning's ceremony was county surveyor Frank Spencer.

Also sworn in were district clerk Juana Jaquez, county treasurer Linda Clark and their deputies and county court-at-law judge Lee Green.

"I look forward to working with the two new commissioners and I thank the community and appreciate the opportunity to again serve as county judge," said Galindo.

"I'm just excited," said Rayos, who defeated five-term commissioner Bernardo Martinez in April. "I'm going to do the best I can for this community."

"I'm very confident and feel very comfortable going in," said commissioner precinct 2 David Castillo, who defeated write-in candidate Marlow Summitt in November to replace outgoing commissioner Dr. W.J. Bang. "I think with the help of the Reeves County Judge and the other commissioners we'll do a good job in dealing with the county's efforts."

Castillo stated that the court is already headed in the right direction, in regard to the new 1,000 bed Reeves County Detention Center expansion that will be built. "We're walking into a good thing already and I know that what I'll be bringing in will be of some help."

Castillo thanked everyone present at the ceremony and those who voted for him. "I'm glad that there are so many that want to keep up with county business and I hope more people do that," said Castillo. "I want them to keep up with all the challenges that we will be facing as a community."


Curtis Hagler

Curtis Hagler, 79, died Sunday, Jan. 3, 1998 at Reeves County Hospital.

Graveside services were held at 2 p.m., today, at Fairview Cemetery with J.E. McCormick officiating.

He was born Oct. 29, 1920, in Mineral Wells, served in the U.S. Army, was retired and was a member of the First Christian Church.

Survivors include his wife, Claudine Hagler of Pecos; two sons, Royce Cassell of Pecos, Ray Cassell of Abilene; one daughter, Kathy Owens of San Angelo; one brother, Ernest Hagler of Ardmore, Okla.; one sister, Dee Smith of Robert Lee; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Pecos Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Amelia Nabarrette

Amelia Valenzuela Nabarrette, 70, of Odessa, died Thursday, Oct. 31, 1998, at Medical Center Hospital.

Mass is scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church with Rev. Luis Zepeda officiating. Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Gardens.

She was born June 29, 1928, in Madison, Wyo., was a homemaker and a Catholic.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Luis Nabarrette Sr. and a daughter, Estella Nabarrette.

Survivors include five daughters, Virginia Sandate, Erlinda Whicker, Esperanza Rodriguez, Hortencia Wiley, Raquel Rodriguez and Maria Louisa Rios, all of Odessa; four sons, Jesus Sandate, Jr. of Midland, Luis Nabarrette Jr., Domingo Nabarrette and Enrique Nabarrette, all of Odessa; three sisters, Sarita Bijarro of Michigan, Tomasa Diaz of Barstow and Juanita Granado of Pecos; 29 grandchildren and 53 great-grandchildren.

Martinez Funeral Home of Odessa is in charge of arrangements.


High Friday 70, Saturday 49, Sunday 40. Lows 33, 22, 16. Tonight, clear and cold. Low in the mid 20s. Southwest wind 10 mph. Tuesday, sunny, windy and warmer. High in the upper 60s. West wind 15-25 mph and gusty.

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Pecos Enterprise
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
Division of Buckner News Alliance, Inc.

324 S. Cedar St., Pecos, TX 79772
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