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Friday, February 12, 1999

Englander takes stock of Pecos visit

Staff Writer
PECOS, Feb. 12, 1999 - A young lady who made a 5,000 mile trip from England to West Texas to gain some knowledge about financial markets has also met new people and learned new things about West Texas over the past two weeks.

Shalley Simpson has been in Pecos since the start of the month, getting pointers from local Edward Jones investor Brandy Owen.

"She's training here with me, because she'll be opening her own office in England," said Owen.

Simpson said there are three other individuals from "back home" training in Midland and she will be in Fort Stockton next week for further training.

"The company's training is very intensive and right now, with Brandy I'm learning how to open up my own office," said Simpson, who has already endured exams and has passed all of them.

"I've already passed everything and had other training, but now I'll learn how to open my own office in Liverpool," she said.

There are over 100 regions in the United States and West Texas is ranked number one, according to Owen. "This training is taking place only in Texas," said Owen.

"Edward Jones prides themselves on the fact that they provide individual attention to clients and assures them they are not just a number," said Owen.

Edward Jones company was also named one of the top 100 companies to work for in the January 11 issue of Fortune magazine. "It was ranked number 11 out of the top 100 companies to work," said Owen.

The company operates more than 4,000 stockbrokerage offices, mostly in suburbs, spends a minimum of $50,000 per broker on training. Twenty-seven percent of all employees are partners, earning returns on capital ranging in recent years from 20 to 25 percent. Edward Jones has been in operation since 1871.

"Now I don't want to go back home, because I just love it here," said Simpson. "It's really nice here, more of a community."

"It's different from back home, the people are so nice and you just don't see this community atmosphere there," said Simpson.

She said she enjoys horseback riding, when she's not busy "at the office."

Simpson is a graduate of Leeds University in England and currently lives with her parents. "I just moved in with them recently because I wanted to do all this training before opening my own office," she said.

"Everybody from back home feels like I do, they really don't want to leave," said Simpson.

Bush OKs  grant for new drug task force

Staff Writer
PECOS, Feb. 12, 1999 - It's almost official.

Texas Governor George Bush has signed a $465,593 grant to fund the Permian Basin Drug Task Force, and Reeves County Judge Galindo's signature is all it will take to activate the grant.

Galindo received the package Thursday, said Sheriff Arnulfo Gomez. Once he signs and returns the letter of acceptance, the task force will be in business.

Gomez said that the first order of business will be to advertise for applications to fill the commander position. Other positions to be located in Pecos are administrative assistant, secretary, district attorney investigator and assistant district attorney.

They hope to locate an office building with enough space for all the administrative staff. Field investigators will be hired by the eight participating agencies.

The task force was formed after Bush's office decided last May not to fund the former Permian Basin Drug Task Force, based in Odessa, due to questions about the use of funds. A second task force, run by the Department of Public Safety, was created by the state and began operating in West Texas two months ago.

 Pecos trio included in feds' indictments

Staff Writer
PECOS, Feb. 12, 1999 - Three local men, several from the area and members of a Midland-Odessa gang are among 66 defendants named in federal indictments Thursday.

Daniel Guerrero, 29, of 405 S. Mesquite St., is charged with importing and possessing 59.9 pounds of marijuana on Jan. 26.

Ruben Garcia Jr., 20, of 238 W. "C" St., is charged with importing and possessing cocaine on Jan. 26. He was arrested near Pecos with five pounds of cocaine in his possession.

Abraham Garay, 19, of Pecos, is charged with importing and possessing 37.2 pounds of marijuana on Jan. 22.

Kayla Neuhaus, 32, of Salt Flat in Hudspeth County, is charged with theft of mail by an employee. While employed by the Post Office, Neuhaus allegedly took part of a package addressed to Sonja Sumrall at a Post Office box in Salt Flat on Dec. 3, 1998.

If convicted, she could be sentenced to five years in prison and fined $250,000.

Elizabeth A. Parreda, 29, of Monahans, is charged with possession with intent to distribute 32 pounds of marijuana on Feb. 2.

Luis Gonzalez, 42, of Fort Stockton is charged with conspiracy, importing and possessing 88.6 pounds of marijuana Jan. 22.

Numerous defendants are from the Odessa-Midland area, including 12 of 21 men and women charged in one indictment with conspiracy, importation and possession with intent to distribute marijuana, and with money laundering and aiding and abetting.

Others named in the multi-count indictment are from Mexico, Georgia, Grand Prairie and San Angelo.

Leaders of the organization are identified as Jose Urias-Marquez, 38, of Midland; Ernesto Luis Valeriano-Valles, aka El Negro, a resident and citizen of Mexico; and Jaime Urquidi-Ortega, a Mexican citizen - the source of supply for marijuana.

Oscar Javier Nino, 33, of Midland, is named as principal transportation and distribution manager.

The organization is suspected of importing and distributing thousands of pounds of marijuana from Mexico into the United States.

Seven defendants are charged with illegal entry after deportation; two with transporting illegal aliens; and one with using immigration false documents. All the others are charged with importing and/or possession with intent to distribute marijuana.

Women's Division adds new members

PECOS, Feb. 12, 1999 - There are some new members of the Women's Division of the Chamber of Commerce today, after the group hosted a Valentine Party and membership drive at the West of the Pecos Museum Thursday night.

"We had a very good turnout," said Judy Tipton, president of the Women's Division of the Chamber.

Along with regular activities with the Chamber, the Women's Division takes a leading role in eight annual projects: Golden Girl, Little Miss Cantaloupe, the Reeves County Fall Fair, Halloween Parade, Tour of Homes, Christmas Gift Show, Christmas Lighting Contest, and the Christmas Parade.

Tipton said that anyone can join the Women's Division of the Chamber.

"You just have to want to help," she said.

The Women's Division meets on the first Wednesday of each month at 12 noon at the Pecos Valley Country Club. Dues for members are $20 per year.

Tipton said that anyone interested in joining the Women's Division should call the Chamber of Commerce at 445-2406.

Underground surprises slow sewer project

Staff Writer
PECOS, Feb. 12, 1999 - Problems connecting the old and new sewer line being installed underneath Third Street (Business I-20) have kept the contractor on one block of the 10-block project for a month, said Octavio Garcia, utilities director for the city of Pecos.

Garcia reported to the Pecos City Council Thursday that a large number of lines discovered underneath the street have also slowed the work.

"there are lines coming all across the highway, so we don't know if they are live or not," Garcia said. "The gas company and all of them are looking to see if they are live. Most of them are not in service."

Mayor Dot Stafford said that Holloman Construction Company has also pulled a lot of their experienced people off the project to work in Colorado, "so we have novice workers."

"They are trying to train them and work at the same time," Stafford said. "They are hoping to get through with the job in Colorado and get the skilled workers back."

Holloman won the contract to replace the main sewer line and 12 manholes from Oleander Street on the west to Ash Street, one block east of Cedar (U.S. Highway 285.)

They started at the lower end so they could connect the new sewer to the old one and keep waste flowing while they work. The south half of the block between Ash and Cedar Streets has been blocked off for the past month, with two lanes of traffic open on the north half of the block.

Banks, offices plan to take off President's Day

Banks, state and federal offices will close Monday in observance of Presidents' Day.

Reeves County and Town of Pecos City offices will remain open.

The Enterprise will publish Monday as usual.

Presidents' Day consolidates holidays formerly observed in honor of Presidents George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.

Methodist church plans services for Ash Wednesday

First Methodist Church will observe Ash Wednesday with a special service scheduled for 6:30 p.m., on Wednesday, Feb. 17.

Everyone is invited to attend the special service.


Mary O. Evans

Mary Oglesby Evans, 47, died Thursday, February 11, 1999, at Odessa Regional Hospital in Odessa.

Funeral services are set for 2 p.m. Saturday, at Pecos Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. C.E. McIntyre officiating. Burial will follow at Mount Evergreen Cemetery.

Evans was born December 21, 1951, in Pecos. She married Lance Dean Evans on June 2, 1972, at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Pecos.

A 1970 Pecos High School graduate, Mrs. Evans attended Sul Ross State University and earned degrees in biology and secondary education. She later received certification in special education.

Mrs. Evans was a homemaker and a teacher. Since 1990, she taught special education students, at Crockett Middle School for two years and at Austin Elementary School the past six years.

She was a member of St. Mark's Episcopal Church and a supporter of the American Cancer Society's "Walk for Life." She was a longtime member of the Pecos Women's Golf Association and coached junior high girls' golf for two years.

She is survived by her husband, Lance Evans, and their daughter, Blythe Ann Evans, both of Pecos. Other survivors include her parents, W.R. and Maxine Oglesby of Pecos; two brothers, Bill Oglesby of Pecos and Mike Oglesby of Ozona; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the American Cancer Society.


PECOS, Feb. 12, 1999 - High Thursday 56; low last night 19. Tonight, clear. Low 20-25. Light wind. Saturday, sunny. High in the mid to upper 60s. South to southwest wind 10-15 mph.

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