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April 26, 2001

Job/Career Fair attracts students, applicants

Staff Writer

PECOS, April 26, 2001 - Pecos High School junior and senior students had an opportunity to learn more about careers and colleges at the Reeves County Career/Job Fair and Trade Expo, held at the Pecos Technical Training Center on Wednesday.

"We were very pleased with the number of people that did attend," said Michelle Workman, director of the Pecos Technical Training Center. "We had several agencies work together, to basically, put on a career fair to provide guidance."

Workman said that about 187 seniors attended the Career Fair Wednesday at the center. "As a community we took it upon ourselves to provide supplemental guidance and the high school was very excited to include high school seniors and juniors," she said.

Nancy Ontiveros, director of social services for Reeves County Hospital termed the career/job fair a success.

"We had about 197 junior students, 187 seniors, with a total of 383 students from Pecos High School attend the job fair," said Ontiveros.

"The school was very pleased with the career tracks that we offered," she added.

Everyone decided that this was definitely something that needed to be done again next year, according to Ontiveros.

"All the exhibitors were very pleased," said Ontiveros.

Hale Mills, the construction company that will build the Pecos Criminal Justice Center in Pecos, was very pleased with the turnout. "They hired one person on the spot," said Ontiveros, and added that they had 50 applicants.

"Several other employers took applications, even though they didn't hire anybody on the spot," she said.

Workman explained that the PHS seniors had an opportunity to spend about two hours there, and sat for four career presentations. "They also had an opportunity to visit with UTPB, Midland College and about 14 representatives from Odessa College were on hand," said Workman.

Several program area instructors took time off from their campuses to come provide specific information. "They took time off from their busy schedules to provide specific information on such careers as auto, diesel and law enforcement," said Workman.

Workman said she discussed summer classes with the students and provided information on classes and financial aid.

"It costs about $260 for two classes, which came as a surprise to some, they thought it was high," said Workman. "But when we compared it to classes at a university or bigger college, they realized it was a really low figure."

Workman said the students had learned a lot from other people. "They tried to give them as much information as possible, in the amount of time they had," she said.

"We encouraged all of them to take classes," said Workman.

Junior students were at the center after lunch, stayed for two hours and had the opportunity to talk to college representatives. "We talked to them about taking classes, yes, as juniors they can start taking college classes," said Workman.

The representatives had talked to the students about taking classes and the cost of each class. "Each class costs approximately $88, but they can pay 10 percent down and get to pay the rest of it in payments, during the semester, which is about 16 weeks," said Workman.

She added that the OC Center has several high school students who have taken a number of college classes. "We have one who has taken 10 classes already," she said.

Workman said it was real nice to bring all the students together and teach them more about careers and college opportunities. "We had so much fun knowing we were trying to help them on our behalf, because the school district can only do so much and we want to help them as well," she said.

Guest speakers at the event included Dr. Donovan Thoams, who spoke on behalf of the health profession, Jim Allen, Reeves County Game Warden and Leo Arrieta with Texas Department of Public Safety who spoke on behalf of law enforcement and Dick Alligood, who talked about business and retail.

"We were very pleased with the guest speakers. They were excellent," said Workman.

Workman said they also had Odessa College automotive and diesel course instructors to talk about the profession on Wednesday.

"We had a good response," she said. "This is one of the programs we are trying to incorporate here at the college. We haven't started yet, until we make sure we have the numbers to start this program."

James McCutcheon talked to the group about computer science, computer systems and computer network information technology. "A lot of students want to major in computers, but they don't realize it's different programs, different classes," she said.

Workman said that the representatives were on hand to help them distinguish between the three different kinds of majors, so the students could decide which one they wanted to pursue.

Workman said that Career Week will be celebrated at the center next Wednesday through Friday, and would invite the younger students to the facility.

"We'll kick it off on Wednesday, and invited the students from Crockett Middle School to come and spend some time at the center," said Workman.

"We'll be inviting the students from fourth through eighth grade to come to center and learn more about college and careers," said Workman.

The center will have the same thing on Thursday for fourth and fifth graders from Bessie Haynes Elementary School. On Friday sixth graders from Zavala Middle School will be invited.

Ontiveros said other local employers who participated in the Job Fair were Anchor, Reeves County Detention Center, Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD, Texas Department of Criminal Justice and the Pecos Police Department. They were taking applications, along with the Texas Workforce Commission and Frank Spencer Associates.

"Everyone was very pleased, they liked the opportunity to have several employers in one location offering information on their businesses," said Ontiveros.

Fair goers also had the opportunity to upgrade their skills with the different colleges represented and the Texas Workforce Commission on hand.

"The Texas Tomorrow Fund was very pleased, they did sign up several families and left many brochures and applications, if anybody is interested in locking into college prices at todays prices," said Ontiveros.

The last day to register for the fund is May 25 and applications and more information can be obtained at the Reeves County Hospital and Odessa College.

The group will have a "rap-up meeting" today, Ontiveros said. "We'll start planning for next year's event, so the community can see what career and job opportunities exist in our area, as well as what career they might venture," she said.

Council to discuss park grant, road renaming

Staff Writer

PECOS, April 26, 2001 - The Town of Pecos City Council is scheduled to hold a public hearing concerning the Texas Recreation & Parks account small grants program during their regular meeting at 5:30 p.m. today at City Hall.

All community members are welcome to come voice their opinion about the city applying for the small grants program in order to renovate the Pecos Miniature Golf Course at Maxey Park.

During the last meeting, City Manager Carlos Yerena informed the council that the grant program is sponsored by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and is designed to help communities with their parks and recreational facilities.

"It's a program that they have for small cities," he said during that meeting.

The program would require the city to match the amount of money they give, which could be as much as $50,000.

Yerena presented the Council with a proposed budget on items that could be purchased for the miniature golf course through the grant program and the city match.

Included in the budget were such items as indoor/outdoor carpet, holes and tee mats; playing surface obstacles; a waterfall; animal props; benches, umbrellas and seats; and landscaping materials and lighting.

"The budget may change a little bit," Yerena said.

He said that the city could provide the labor and equipment needed for the project which would count as contributions to the city funded match.

In other action, the council is also going to take consideration in renaming the north Interstate 20 Frontage Road from Pinehurst Street to Raul Florez Boulevard.

The Council will consider renaming the street after Florez who was Reeves County Sheriff from 1977 through 1992. Florez died in January of 1995.

A petition has been circulating around town in support of renaming the street for Florez.

The council will also discuss a request from the Pecos Youth Advisory Commission for a trip to New Braunfels.

City Secretary Geneva Martinez said that the group has been working hard this year working on numerous projects and fund-raisers throughout the year.

She said that the group has been completing two projects each months.

Some of the youth in the advisory commission will give a presentation to the council on what they have done this year.

In other business the council will consider the second reading of the amended ordinance for the City of Pecos International Plumbing Code.

The council is also scheduled to discuss purchase or exchange of real property for the South Worsham Well Field.

Early voting going slowly for May 5 local elections

Staff Writer

PECOS, April 26, 2001 - Early voting for the May 5 Town of Pecos City Council, Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD board and Reeves County Hospital District board elections is well below last year's numbers at the midpoint of the early voting period.

The sixth day of early voting for city, school and hospital elections brought the total number of votes to 408 voters at Pecos Community Center, which is just over half as many voters who had cast ballots early this time last year.

Early voting clerk Debbie Thomas said that it is hard to tell year-by-year how many voters will show up at the polls for early voting.

"Last year we had 815 at the same time," she said. "You can't ever tell."

Thomas said that they have also mailed out 120 ballots and will still accept mail out ballot applications until 5 p.m., Friday.

All voters receiving mail out ballots must mail them back in order for them to be in Pecos by May 5, Election Day.

Thomas said that the last day of early voting will be next Tuesday, May 1, and the polls will be open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., through that day.

Early voting began on April 18 and all early voters are required to go to the Pecos Community Center location to vote.

She also said that the voters need to bring their voter's registration card in order to vote but if they don't have their registration card with them they would need another form of identification.

The general election is set to begin on Saturday, May 5 from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. This year's local election includes five candidates seeking the three available city council seats, seven candidates seeking three full terms on the P-B-T school board and three others seeking an unexpired one-year term, and two candidates vying for the Precinct 2 seat on the Reeves County Hospital District board.

Early voting is also going on in Balmorhea through May 1 for city and school elections there.

Polling sites will be located at the Pecos Community Center, Barstow Community Center, Red Bluff Lake Office in Orla, Toyah City Hall and the Saragosa Multipurpose Center and the Balmorhea Fire Hall for the May 5 elections.

Carson & Barnes Circus arriving for performances at Civic Center

PECOS, April 26, 2001 - The circus is coming! The circus is coming! The "Biggest Big Top on Earth" will appear at the Reeves County Civic Center on Friday, for two showings.

Carson & Barnes five-ring Circus _ the largest show to visit here in over 60 years, will set up their tent on the south parking lot of the Civic Center and will present shows at 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Carson & Barnes is known nation wide at the largest `big top' in America with a total of five rings were different acts perform simultaneously.

Having a long held reputation for outstanding animal acts this traditional circus will feature many animals including Nubian lions and Siberian tigers, camels, llamas, ponies, African and Asian elephants, and beautiful liberty horses all under the direction of some of America's finest trainers.

Carson & Barnes is the only `big top' in the United States that will present the Liberty Horse Act composed entirely of Friesian Stallions.

The stallions are a rare breed of horses marked by broad bodies and long flowing manes and tails.

They were very common in the Netherlands prior to World War II.

During the war, Hitler's troops destroyed nearly all the horses because they feared the resistance could use them.

The few horses who survived the war and their descendants are only now making a slow comeback.

The 2000 show is entitled "Viva Espana" and will also feature the world's largest indoor circus parade around the hippodrome track.

Visitors will also have a chance to visit the Circus Menagerie prior to the performances.

The Menagerie is a huge zoo that displays an amazing collection of 100 exotic and domestic animals including a pygmy hippo, a zebu, a zeony and a zee-donk.

The Pecos Eagle Band Boosters is sponsoring the Carson & Barnes Circus. Tickets for children are $5 in advance and $6 at the door and for adults they are $10 in advance and $12 at the door.

Advance tickets may be purchased at the Pecos Area Chamber of Commerce located behind the West of the Pecos Museum on Cedar Street.

Presidio plans Onion Festival for May 18-20

PECOS, April 26, 2001 - The annual Presidio Onion Festival has been scheduled for May 18-20, with most of the events to be held on Saturday, May 19.

A dance will take place from 8 p.m. to midnight on May 18, and a two-person golf scramble and a girls basketball tournament will be on May 20.

Events on May 19 include an 11 a.m. onion bake-off at the Presidio Lions Club, a 12 noon barbeque at the Presidio County Sheriff's Department office, and a 7 p.m. parade followed by another dance from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Other events include a drag car race on FM 170 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., a horse race at the Presidio Race Track at 12 noon, and a performance by folklorico dancers from Mexico at 12:30 p.m.

For further information, contact the Presidio Chamber of Commerce at 915-229-3199 or 915-229-3441.


PECOS, April 26, 2001 - High Wednesday 83. Low this morning 49. Forecast for tonight: Partly cloudy. Low near 50. Southeast wind 5 to 15 mph. Friday: Partly cloudy. High 85 to 90. Southeast wind 10 to 20 mph. Friday night: Partly cloudy. Low in the lower 50s.Saturday through Wednesday: Partly cloudy. Lows in the lower to mid 50s. Highs from the mid 80s to lower 90s.

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