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Thursday, September 14, 2000

Council discusses police vest funds, city manager post

Staff Writer

PECOS, September 14, 2000 - Town of Pecos City Council approved advertising to fill the position of City Manager during their regular council meeting this morning.

The council also discussed funding for new bulletproof vests for Pecos Police, and was given a proposal for a fireworks celebration on New Year's Even during this morning's meeting, which lasted for more than four hours.

The council is seeking a replacement for City Manager Kenneth Neal, who resigned to take another city manager's job in Balch Springs, near Dallas, last month after four years on the job. Utilities Director Octavio Garcia has filled the position as interim city manager since Neal's resignation.

Pecos Police Chief Clay McKinney reported to the Council that the Police Department has received a grant that would pay for 50 percent of the cost for new bulletproof vests for all the officers.

McKinney said he has been working on applying for grants for the last year and has received this grant but would have to come up with an additional $5,000 to be able to order enough vests.

He suggested a program that the city of Midland has implemented called "Invest in a Vest," which is a fundraising program that allows area businesses to donate money to buy one vest.

In return, that business name would be placed on a patrol car.

McKinney said he has already discussed the fundraiser with some businesses and has received a lot of interest.

The council approved the recommendation from McKinney to start the Invest in a Vest program and also appointed McKinney, who is also a pilot, to the Permian Basin Airport Board.

The council also heard the request from State Theater owner Richard Creasy to consider sponsoring a New Year's Eve fireworks celebration.

Creasy, who is a licensed pyrotechnitian, said he has worked for many years on firework programs and believes a firework display would be a benefit to the community.

"I think we could draw a lot of people to come into Pecos," he said.

Creasy said the city could put on a really good program for about $10,000. He understands that the city would not be able to pay for the whole thing but would like the Council's support and approval.

He said has talked with several local businessmen and has had many offers to "pitch in."

"With a little bit of money from every entity, we could put on a good show for the public," Creasy said.

He explained to the council that if started this kind of program could be great for holidays and special occasions year round.

"We could make it an annual event," Creasy said.

Mayor Ray Ortega asked Creasy if the Council were to sponsor such a program what kind of liability would the city have.

Creasy assured the council that there is no liability on the city's part. He said that in Texas, fireworks permit fees go towards an indemnity insurance policy.

Members then approved authorization to Creasy to look for funding for a fireworks display and agreed to be a sponsor.

The council also approved the request from Reeves County Extension Agent Terry Holder to move the Reeves County Extension Services office into the old Billy Sol Estes building on Highway 17.

Holder said the building is bigger than the offices they have now, which are located in the old hospital building on West Daggett Street, and would enable the 4-H program as well as other community organizations to use the building for meetings.

"We have the opportunity to have a lot more interaction with the community," Holder said.

Reeves County Judge Jimmy Galindo explained to the Council that the warehouses located to the side and behind the building would be good for barns for the 4-H program as well as records management buildings.

He said since many county and city records must be kept for a certain period of time, the buildings could be converted and environmentally controlled for the records storage.

Other items covered in this morning's City Council meeting will be reported on in Friday's Enterprise.

Events set for 75th anniversary fiesta

Staff Writer

PECOS, September 14, 2000 - Mariachis, dancers and vocal groups will all be a part of the entertainment during the Annual 16th of September Fiestas scheduled for this weekend in Pecos.

Pecos' first local fiesta celebration was held in 1925, and the 75th anniversary event is set to begin at 6 p.m., Friday, in the parking lot at Santa Rosa Church, with the welcoming invitation from Rev. Ben Flores, Pastor of Santa Rosa Catholic Church Parish.

D.J. music provided by Ricky Barreno will follow, Mariachi Perla performing from 7:30 p.m. until 11 p.m.

At 10 p.m., ceremony of "El Grito" given by Licenciado Luis Benjamin Lara Escovedo representative of the Consulate of Mexico. Visitors can dance with music provided by the group "Maravilla" from 10:30 p.m. until 1 a.m.

Events will kick off on Saturday morning at 10 a.m., with the 16th of September Parade. Back at the parking lot, Matachines, special dancers from El Paso will be performing from noon until 12:30 p.m.; Los Mariachi Los Teribles from Midland will then perform from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Beatiz Ybarra, a singer from El Paso will take the stage from 1:30 p.m. until 2 p.m.

Ybarra is an 18-year-old who recently graduated from Eastwood High School. She was born and raised in El Paso and has been singing and entertaining for about three and a half years.

Ybarra sings a variety of music including Tejano, pop, country, oldies and mariachi music.

"I started out by singing Karaoke at local places and singing in front of family and friends," said Ybarra. "I then continued participating in Selena Tributes, but went on to sing various different bazaars, parties, weddings, quinceaneras, car shows, clubs and fundraisers," she said.

Ybarra has performed in several Texas cities, and New Mexico.

"My goal is to one day become a famous singer," said Ybarra. "I have many people who believe in me and those are the people who encourage me to continue," she said.

"I have worked with radio stations such as 97.5FM (KBNA), 93.9FM (La Caliente), 96.3 FM (Y-96), 102.1 (Power 102), and 94.7FM (K-HEY)," said Ybarra.

She said she enjoys making people smile and that is what she plans to do for long as she can.

"I had the pleasure of singing with local live bands such as Fuego and Karisma and famous Tejano bands, such as Selena y Los Dinos, Stefani Montiel, Patsy Torres, Tormenta and Jennifer y Los Jetz.

"I will continue to pursue my dreams until they come true," said Ybarra. "I have a passion for music and the support of my family and the public is important to me," she said.

Beatriz will again be singing and performing from 8-9 p.m., and the "La Nueva Generacion from Pecos will provide music from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m.

Other events on the schedule include Grupo Danza Folklorico Dance _Secundaria Estatal from Ojinaga, Mexico from 2-3 p.m. on Saturday. From 3-4 p.m., music will be provided by D.J. Ricky Barreno; Mariachi Los Teribles will perform from 4-5 p.m.; Grupo Danza Folklorico will again perform from 5-6 p.m. and a Talent and Fashion Show will be held from 6-8 p.m., provided by Nancy Lujan of Hollywood Boulevard in Pecos.

Everyone is invited to come join the fun and have something good to eat.

Rec department sets aerobic class, soccer sign-ups

PECOS, September 14, 2000 - The Reeves County Community Sports and Recreation Department is enrolling children for the fall soccer league.

The league is open to boys and girls ages 5 through 12, with a registration fee of $10 per player.

Sign-ups can be done between now and Oct. 21 at the RCCRD office in the old Pecos High School gym. The child's birth certificate and signatures from both parents must be presented at time of registration.

The recreation department is also forming an adult low-impact workout class, which will begin on Oct. 1. Melanie Ikeler will be the instructor, with classes Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights at 7:30 p.m. at the old PHS gym.

For more information on either program, call the RCCRD office at 447-9776.


Harold Phillips

Harold Eugene Phillips, 80, of Pecos, died Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2000, at his residence.

Services will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, Sept. 15, at Paul's Memorial Chapel in Hugoton, Kansas, with burial in Hugotan Cemetery.

He was born Sept. 26, 1919, in Hugoton, Kansas, was World War II U.S. Army Veteran, retired, a member of the First Christian Church and a Pecos resident since 1965.

He was preceded in death by one brother and his parents.

Survivors include his wife, Pearl Phillips of Pecos; one son, Woody Phillips of San Antonio; one daughter, Janna Davis and husband, Craig of Pecos; one brother, Eldon Phillips of Hugoton, Kansas; one sister, Elda Lou Main of McKinney, Tx.; one sister-in-law, Maxine Phillips; three grandchildren, Trent Davis of Pecos, Jennifer Jones of Dallas and Courtney Phillips of Kermit; two great-grandchildren, Cambry Jaye Phillips and Matthew Corbin Davis; numerous nieces and nephews.

Pecos Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


PECOS, September 14, 2000 - High Wednesday 95. Low this morning 65. Forecast for tonight: Partly cloudy. Low in the mid 60s. East wind 5-15 mph. Friday: Partly cloudy. High 90-95. Northeast wind 10-20 mph. Friday night: Partly cloudy. Low in the mid 60s. Saturday: Partly cloudy. Low in the mid 60s. High in the lower to mid 90s.

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