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Tuesday, January 26, 1999

Geron named to head rec department


Staff Writer

Reeves County Commissioners approved the selection of a director for the new community recreation center during their regular meeting held Monday morning.

Nora Geron, who coached the Pecos High School girls volleyball team for 17 years before retiring in 1997, will assume the position as soon the program is up and running.

"We had three very qualified applicants for the position and have chosen one," said Reeves County Judge Jimmy B. Galindo prior to the selection of Geron, who will again have an office at the old Pecos High School gym, which will be renovated as part of the new recreation department zprogram.

"We look forward to having an advisory board meeting next Tuesday (Feb. 2) at 5:15 p.m., at the community center," said Galindo. "It will be a meeting on community sports and recreation program, with the director."

Geron spent 37 years in coaching, first in Florida, then at Fabens High School and finally in Pecos, where her teams made 11 playoff appearances, winning the Class 4A state title in 1987 with a 34-0 record. She has also worked with students in the JTPA program at Pecos High School and served as freshman basketball coach.

The other two applicants were Darrell Rhyne of Midland, a health inspector for the city of Midland and Jeremy Martinez, of Odessa, a case worker for West Texas Opportunities.

"Several programs are planned and I think she will do really well overseeing them," said Galindo.

The position was created as part of the interlocal agreement between the county, Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD and the Town of Pecos City to re-establish a recreation department for the community.

"This is something we have been working on for some time and we're very excited about it," said Galindo.

"Wellness is very important and I think we need somebody to really push the projects that will be implemented at the center and be on top of everything," said Precinct 3 Commissioner Herman Tarin.

In other action, commissioners approved awarding the civil engineering contract to Frank Spencer and Company for the 1,000 bed addition at the Reeves County Detention Center.

"This is contingent with successful negotiating," said Galindo, who explained that in order to get the civil engineering service there will be two phases. The first phase includes the layout of the surveyed area for the prison addition, which includes a good amount of land.

"The survey proposal is the initial phase in being able to establish the water line and a master plan for the RCDC," said Galindo. The water line will be replaced during the construction of the addition, Galindo added.

The second part is the civil engineering design phase, and Spencer was on hand to explain in detail what his company will be doing.

"I've met with Lorraine Dailey, (engineer for the facility) and have told her the cost for these services based on the requirements," said Spencer.

Soil testing professional services, in conjunction with the project, were awarded to Trinity Testing Corp of Odessa.

"They have done work for Reeves County before, they're close by and we get a better price with them," said Galindo.

Gari Ward, economic development coordinator, was on hand during the reports from various departments portion of the meeting.

Ward told the court that 18 community members have been chosen to participate in a program aimed at selling Pecos and Reeves County to corporate America.

"We want to train local individuals to help sell Pecos to corporate America. It takes local leaders to do this," said Ward, who has invited the economic development coordinator from Odessa to help train the 18 individuals listed.

"Not all of them will be able to attend, but we're hoping most of the ones on the list will want to participate," he said.

The people will be trained to talk to those not living in Pecos and Reeves County, intelligently in an effort to create capital investment and jobs in this area.

The group will meet at 3:30 p.m. today in the Texas-New Mexico Power Company Ready Room.

"We'll find out then who wants to be involved and who doesn't," said Ward.

Ward also told the court that he had received three inquiries from individuals wanting to relocate to the Pecos area. "We met with one informally recently, but they want to remain anonymous," he said.

Reserve deputies Samuel Acosta and Jesse Garcia were approved during the meeting.

Personnel and salary changes included Jimmy Leonard and Cariz Carrasco, as part-time, as needed employees at the Reeves County sheriff's office at the hourly rate of $6.50 and Martha Mendoza part-time at the Reeves County Judge's office at $7.50 an hour.

New hires at the Reeves County Detention Center at a starting rate of $19,000 as correctional officers I were Mary Ann Subia, Ruben Salas, Jr., Lilia Zubia, Jerry Hernandez, Ruben Campos, Aron Kyle Roman and Arturo Evaro. Promotions at the facility went to Daniel Perea and Frank Carrasco to shift lieutenants at $28,500.

Duo earns `debatable' trip to state


Staff Writer

Two Pecos High School students will participate in University Interscholastic League state debate competition in March, after qualifying at the area UIL event held in Burgess High School in El Paso recently.

Jonathan Fuentes and Tye Graham are both nervous and excited. "We're excited to be going, but we realize the competition will be stiffer there," said Fuentes.

The group participated in the cross-examination debate and their topic at district competition was, "U.S. should essentially change its foreign policy toward Russia."

"This is a pretty complex topic and the guys have been doing really good with it," said teacher Nancy Russell.

State competition is scheduled for March 19-20, at the University of Texas in Austin.

"I think we'll do really well, we did great at district even though this is just our second year in debate," said Graham.

Both Graham and Fuentes are involved in different activities at the high school. Both are seniors, active in UIL competition and tennis, to list a few.

"We try to practice as much as we can, but all our other activities take up our time also," said Graham, who said the duo finished second overall behind a team from Canutillo High School.

"They placed first and we placed second which qualifies us for the state event, but many people thought we won the last debate and should have gotten first," he said.

"We debated really good teams and I think we did good," said Fuentes.

"It was a split decision at district competition, there were three judges and two were for Canutillo," said Russell. "So, really they did great."

She said she is very proud of both her proteges who are active in so many activities. "And they do really well in all of them," she said.

According to Russell it's been quite a number of years that a team has been involved in cross-examination and more since they've gone to state.

"They were really surprised in El Paso, they didn't expect Pecos to give them competition," said Fuentes. "And now in state we're just going over there and do our best," he said.

One killed in rollover east of town


Staff Writer

One man died when a Volvo truck-trailer rolled over at 7:30 a.m. today on Interstate 20 at mile marker 45, just east of Pecos.

Department of Public Safety Trooper Richard Jacobs was still at the scene just before noon, and identity of the deceased was not available.

The truck was eastbound on I-20 east of the Collie Road exit just before sunrise when the accident occurred. Tire tracks showed the vehicle veered off the right shoulder of the highway before overturning on it's right side, crushing the passenger's side of the rig.

Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Amonario Ramon pronounced the man dead after Pecos Ambulance Service attendants cut open the sleeper portion of the cab to free the body. The driver was taken to Reeves County Hospital.

Health inspector Armando Gil said the truck's semi trailer held 880 cases of Dandy lettuce, and that 95 percent of it is salvageable.

B&B Wrecker Service loaded the lettuce into a refrigerated trailer to hold for the company's insurance adjusters to inspect it, Gil said.

Flash Transport Inc. of Irving was transporting the lettuce from Advanced Cooling Co. of Yuma, Ariz. to Peter Condakes of Boston, Gil said.

"The company will probably send a trailer and take it somewhere close by to re-package it," he said. "Or they may just turn it over to the insurance company to be sold for salvage.

The fatal accident was the second in two days in Reeves County. David Brian Madril, 35, died early Monday after his car smashed into a concrete pillar holding up the I-20 overpass at Texas Highway 17.


David Madril

David Madril, 35, of Pecos, died Monday, Jan. 25, 1999 following a car accident.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m., Friday, Jan. 29, at Martinez Funeral Home Chapel.

He was born Oct. 31, 1963, in Pueblo, Colo., was circulation manager for the Pecos Enterprise, a longtime Pecos resident and a Catholic.

He was preceded in death by his father, John Madril.

Survivors include his wife, Anabell Madril of Pecos; his mother, Catarina Sandoval of Colorado, Springs, Colo.; one daughter, Casandra Madril of Pecos; his grandmother, Josephine Madril of Colorado Springs, Colo.; six brothers, Charles and Ronnie Madril of Las Vegas, Nev., Leonard Madril of Denver, Colo., John Madril of Colorado Springs; Eddy Ray and Jim Madril of Denver, Colo. and one sister, Teresa Boweman of Colorado Springs, Colo.

Martinez Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Felix Ornelas

Felix Ornelas, 46, of Pecos, died Sunday, Jan. 24, 1999, at Reeves County Hospital.

Viewing will be today at 7:30 p.m. and Wednesday, at Martinez Funeral Home Chapel.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. at Primera Iglesia Bautista, Eighth and Sycamore, with burial in Greenwood Cemetery.

He was born July 29, 1952, in Pecos, was a lifetime Pecos resident and a seismograph worker.

He was preceded in death by his father, Francisco Ornelas.

Survivors include his wife, Becky Ortiz of Pecos; his mother, Eva Holguin Ornelas of Pecos; three sons, Felix Ornelas Jr., Steve Ornelas and Jesse Ornelas of Pecos; two daughters, Grace Ornelas and Gina Galindo of Pecos; 11 sisters, Modesta Lara, Peggy Gonzalez, Pilar Ornelas, Prissy Ornelas and Carmela Ornelas of Pecos, Cruz Garcia of Barstow, Dora Flores and Petra Ortiz of Monahans, Sylvia Garcia of Del Rio and Olga Garcia and Betty Ornelas of Madera, Calif.; 15 brothers, Frank F. and Robert Ornelas of Pecos, Freddy and Marcielio Ornelas of Barstow, Vicente Ornelas of Dinkinson, N.D., Alfredo and Esequiel Ornelas of Houston, Robert, Rudy, Roy, Harvey and Charlie Ornelas all of Madera, Calif., Charlie Ornelas of Corpus Christi, Tony and Raul Ornelas of Juarez, Mexico and seven grandchildren.

Martinez Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


High Monday 86; low last night 45. Tonight, partly cloudy. Low in the mid to upper 30s. Northwest wind 5-15 mph. Wednesday, becoming mostly cloudy. High 60 to 65. West 10-20 mph and gusty.

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