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Friday, April 23, 1999

School has three apply for vacant coaching job

By JON FULBRIGHT
Staff Writer
PECOS, April 23, 1999 -- Three candidates all with current or former local connections have applied for the vacant head football coach position at Pecos High School, with today being the final day for applications.

The position became open on April 8, when first-year coach Dan Swaim resigned to take an assistant coach's position with the Midland High Bulldogs.

Gome Olibas, personnel director for the Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD, said as of this morning, he had received applications from one of Swaim's assistant coaches, Gary Grubbs, along with Zavala Middle School coach Jerry Parent and Fred Carter, a Pecos native currently working in the Ector County ISD.

"Those are the only ones who have applied so far, unless we get some in in the last minute," Olibas said. "After today, we'll start interviewing next week."

Olibas said he hoped the school board would be able to make a final decision on the job during their regular monthly meeting on May 13.

Grubbs coached with Swaim at Bracketville, before coming to Pecos last year to serve as the Eagles' offensive coordinator. Parent has been head football coach for the seventh grade at Crockett Middle School for over a decade, while Carter served the same position in the early 1980s and is currently working as a coach at Hood Junior High in Odessa, Olibas said.

Swaim served two years as an assistant coach under Mike Belew before being named head coach of the Eagles in January, 1998. In his one season, he led the Eagles to a 6-5 record, that included Pecos' first winning season since 1986 and their first playoff berth since 1975. The Eagles shared the District 2-4A championship with Canutillo, and were beaten by El Paso Burges in the bi-district round of the playoffs.

Kids get bear facts at Arbor Day event

By ROSIE FLORES
Staff Writer
PECOS, April 23, 1999 -- Smokey Bear was the star attraction at the Pecos Arbor Day Ceremony held Friday morning at Austin Elementary School.

The Pecos Tree Board and Austin Elementary School sponsored the special celebration in honor of Arbor Day today. A proclamation by Town of Pecos City Dot Stafford was read during the ceremony.

Allyson Salcido, Cruz Nieto and Eric Levario read their versions of short stories written by the students and titled, "A Tree is Nice."

Trees, a poem, was read by Katherine Tipton, while Oscar Mestas of the Texas Forest Service talked to the group about the importance of Arbor Day and the care of trees.

The winners of the poster contest were presented. One student from each classroom at Austin Elementary School who had the best drawing about Arbor Day, received a special gift pack, filled with coloring books, pencils and other assorted items.

A fire prevention message was given to the first and second graders by Smokey Bear. The group then moved outside to the school grounds for the planting and dedication of a tree by Pecos Tree Board members.

A presentation of Tree City USA Fifth Year Award was made by Oscar Mestas to Mayor Stafford. Pecos has been named a Tree City USA by The National Arbor Day Foundation for the fifth time, according to Mestas.

The Tree City USA program is sponsored by The National Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters and the USDA Forest Service.

To become a Tree City USA, a community must meet four standards: a tree board or department, a tree care ordinance, a comprehensive community forestry program, and an Arbor Day observance.

"Trees make a world of difference in our communities," said John Rosenow, The National Arbor Day Foundation's president. "Trees have long been recognized for the beauty and the value they lend to homes, neighborhoods, parks and business areas. At the same time, those trees conserve energy, help clean the air, protect rivers and streams, and provide a home for wildlife in our towns and cities," he said.

"An effective community forestry program is an ongoing process of renewal and improvement Ï a program of tree planting and care that continues through the years," Rosenow said. "The Tree City USA award is an excellent indication that there is a solid foundation for that process of improvement," he said.

Girl Scouts welcome guests to opening of repaired hut

By SMOKEY BRIGGS
Staff Writer
PECOS, April 23, 1999 -- Girl Scouts, Brownies and Daisies welcomed Pecos into their newly renovated Girl Scout Hut at 715 S. Park St. on Thursday, during their open house.

According to Rosemary Varela, troop leader for Daisy Troop 188, the hut was closed in October for much needed repairs.

"The building was in terrible shape," Varela said, "the ceiling was damaged and there were holes in the walls."

Visitors at the open house were greeted with new sheet rock and trim, fresh paint and new ceiling fans, not to mention girl scouts of all ages armed with cookies, cake and punch.

"We had an excellent turn out today," Kathy Lujan said "The mayor was here, several members of the city council and lots of girl scout parents and friends."

Lujan is troop leaders with Girl Scout Troop 191.

Delma Peterson, community services director for the Permian Basin Girl Scout Council, was also on hand to mark the opening.

"This is a great day for Girl Scouting in Pecos," she said. "The troop leaders have worked very hard to get this facility reconditioned for the girls and they should be very proud."

Peterson said that she didn't have a complete list but did want to thank as many organizations and people as possible including: Anchor West for its donation, the town of Pecos for donating both money and the time of city workers Conrad Saldana and Macario Martinez who did most of the remodeling work, Isabel Blanchard, a girl scout mom who did a lot of the leg work for the project, and the many individual parents and friends who contributed their time and effort.

"This was truly a community effort and shows that Pecos really cares about its children," Peterson said.

Alligood says Y2K's final effects unknown

By SMOKEY BRIGGS
Staff Writer
PECOS, April 23, 1999 -- Pecos Rotary Club members were given an update on the Year 2000 computer problem (Y2K) by Dick Alligood at their weekly meeting on Thursday.

Alligood is the owner of Oilfield Phone Service, Alcomm Long Distance, and part owner in the internet service provider Bitstreet.

"For the last couple of years there has been this growing roar about Y2K," he said. "What we are finding out today is that (the closer January 1st gets) fewer and fewer people are willing to talk about Y2K ."

Alligood pointed to growing fears of Y2K related litigation as one of the primary reasons for this trend.

"Experts are realizing that they cannot guarantee Y2K compliance that they cannot guarantee that your business will not be disrupted on January 1st," he said.

Alligood said that up until a few years ago, most programmers thought that the Y2K problem was minor, but that as the industry began to address the potential problems more problems appeared.

He said that one of the biggest potential trouble spots was embedded systems computer chips buried in almost every aspect of modern life from home appliances to power plants that generate electricity.

"These chips have been very cheap over the last couple of decades and so have become very pervasive," he said.

"Serious people are worried about a collapse of the world economy while many experts are saying the new year will bring about only minor disruptions, if any," he said.

"The point is," he said, "is that nobody really knows how we will be affected."

Alligood pointed out that most politicians are sidestepping the issue with non-answers when questioned.

Alligood's biggest concerns are potential problems with the national infrastructure.

"No one entity is in charge of the entire power grid," he said, "and if one portion of that grid goes down, we may feel the effects nationwide."

Alligood also pointed out that many experts are predicting that any problems that do surface with the new year will be fixed by April of 2000.

The intervening three or four months might be troublesome, he said.

The Rotary Club meets every Thursday at twelve noon at the Pecos Valley Country Club.

Request by parents needed to enter enhanced program

PECOS, April 23, 1999 -- Parents wanting their child to be considered for the Enhanced Curriculum Program must submit a written request to the principal of their child's present campus.

Requests will be accepted up the last school day in April. No requests will be accepted after April.

Lotto

AUSTIN (AP) Results of the Cash 5 drawing Thursday night: Winning numbers drawn: 1-8-14-28-32. Number matching five of five: 1. Prize per winner: $87,602. Winning ticket sold in: Nolanville. Matching four of five: 229. Prize: $574.

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AUSTIN (AP) The winning Pick 3 numbers drawn Thursday by the Texas Lottery, in order: 2-3-7 (two, three, seven)

Weather

High Thursday 99; low last night 54. Tonight, increasing clouds. Low around 60. East wind 5-15 mph. Saturday, mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms. High in the lower 80s. Southeast wind 10-20 mph.



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