Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Tuesday, May 22, 2001
Matta appointed to risk board
The Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) has appointed Paul Matta
of Balmorhea to the TASB Risk Management Fund Board of Trustees. He will
serve a three-year term on the Fund Board through November 2003.
Matta has been a member of the Balmorhea ISD school board since 1996 and
has served as its vice-president. A contractor for janitorial services for
the Texas Department of Transportation, Matta serves as a member of the 4B
Development Corporation. HE has participated in the TASB Delegate Assembly
and School Board Advocacy Network. Matta is a graduate of Southwestern University,
where he earned a bachelor's degree in economics.
TASB is a non-profit association established in 1949 to serve local Texas
school districts. It includes 1,045 school districts and county school boards,
45 junior colleges, 45 tax appraisal districts, 147 cooperatives, and 20
education service centers. School board members are the largest group of
publicly elected officials in the state. The districts they represent have
a combined annual budget of $25 billion and employ more than 520,000 people.
Since 1974, the TASB Risk Management Fund has provided a wide range of centralized
services in the areas of employee benefits, worker's compensation, property/casualty,
and unemployment compensation.
Retirees attend Odessa conference
District 18 of the Texas Retires Teacher Association (TRTA) held is Spring
Leadership Training Conference at the Radisson Hotel in Odessa, May 2. The
purpose of the conference was to update members on business that was transacted
during the 48th Annual TRTA State Convention that was held in
Austin on April 11-14 and to train local unit officers for the upcoming 2001-2002
year. Keynote speaker for the Leadership Conference was Dr. Kenneth Laycock,
TRTA State Officer.
Founded in 1953, TRTA is the largest association in Texas that works exclusively
for public school and higher education retirees, and is composed of over
45,000 members who continue to be involved in local public school education
and the continued well being of their communities. In the last 11 years,
members of TRTA have contributed nearly 60 million hours of volunteer service
in their communities in Texas.
Attending the conference from the Reeves County Retired School Personnel
Unit was Doris Moorman, past president of the local unit and Joyce Morton,
The RCRSP meets the first Monday of each month at the Pecos Senior Center
at 3 p.m.
For additional information call Juracy Ray at 447-3395 or Lola Garcia
Vela selected for MVP award
Eddie Vela was awarded the MVP Defensive Award at the Selective Tournament
in San Angelo.
The team he plays with, the Odessa Cobras, won the championship and advanced
to the State Championship in Ruidoso, N.M., on May 24.
He is the son of Gaby Vela and Lionel Zapata.
Shrimp Festival planned in Balmorhea
The 1st Annual Shrimp Cookoff and Festival will be held on
Saturday, May 26, in Balmorhea.
For more information contact Pat Brijalba, 915-375-2323; Norman Roman,
915-375-2206, after 5 p.m., or Kelly Rowden, at 915-375-1119.
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
Division of Buckner News Alliance, Inc.
324 S. Cedar St., Pecos, TX 79772
Phone 915-445-5475, FAX 915-445-4321
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