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Friday, November 30, 2001

Nebraska jobs  not guaranteed to Anchor staff

Staff Writer

PECOS, Fri., Nov. 30, 2001 -- Anchor Foods employees will have a shot at 100 job openings  at the company's Grand Island, Neb., plant, when parent company  McCain Foods shuts down Anchor's plant in Pecos next year, but none of  those positions would be guaranteed, according to company officials.

However, McCain will offer other jobs to local workers at an Anchor plant in Wisconsin, for those willing to move out of Texas.

"There are going to be 100 jobs available in the Grand Island plant, owned by McCain, but these employees still have to apply for the positions," said Anchor Plant manager Bruce Salcido.

A story on Thursday by the Associated Press indicted that McCain Foods would offer job transfers to 100 of the 700 employees in Pecos, with the expansion of McCain's food-processing facility in Grand Island. That facility is currently half the size of the Pecos plant, with only 350 employees.

"They have the jobs open, but the Pecos employees still have to apply, and these positions would be in production," said Salcido.

Meanwhile, David Peterson, McCain Foods human resources manager for that plant, was hoping most of the jobs would be given to local residents.

"We don't know how many workers will transfer in from Texas," he told the Grand Island Independent, while adding. "I hope to provide a lot of jobs locally."

Salcido said that the good news was that McCain Foods would be in Pecos to talk to the employees about positions in their other facilities.

"One for sure is the one in Rice Lake, in Wisconsin," said Salcido. "They'll be coming down here to talk to the employees about positions available in their other facilities, if they would like to relocate," he said.

Salcido said that McCain Foods will also be participating in the job fairs that are being planned by concerned citizens in Pecos.

"I'm hoping something will materialize," said Salcido.

McCain Foods bought the Anchor Food Products' plants and food-service division in September and earlier this month announced it would close an Anchor plant in Pecos.

With the added workers, the Grand Island plant will operate at full production by May, Peterson said. Its operations will be ramped up to 24 hours a day, five days a week starting in February.

To prepare for full production, McCain is spending $10 million to upgrade the Grand Island plant, Peterson said.

The jobs being added are for production laborers with hourly wages of $10 to nearly $13, depending on the shift worked. Full benefits also will be offered, Peterson said.

The Grand Island plant will continue to make battered and breaded cheese sticks, onion rings and jalapeno peppers sold under the Golden Crisp, Moores and McCain brand names.

According to The Independent, the McCain plant in Grand Island began in 1962 under the name Delicious Foods. Bill Peterson started the company in the old Fairmont Creamery building, which was destroyed by fire in 1963.

The company moved to Hastings, Neb., until 1965, when it returned to Grand Island at its current location on North Broadwell Avenue.

What began as a breaded and batter-dipped vegetable business, focusing on onion ring production, was expanded in 1971 and 1976 to include breaded and batter-dipped mushrooms, onion chips, zucchini, cauliflower and okra.

Peterson sold the company in 1983 to Chef Francisco. It was bought by H.J. Heinz in 1991 and operated under the name Ore-Ida. The Canadian-based McCain Foods Ltd. bought the plant in 1997.

Christian station seeks help with funding to stay on air

Staff Writer

PECOS, Fri., Nov. 30, 2001 -- A local Christian music radio station is facing shut down, and  local sponsors are seeking financial help from the community to keep it in  the area.

The 24-hour Christian radio station, K217CC, a low-powered station broadcasting on 91.3 FM, may be moved to another location, because operation costs are not being met locally.

"The church has sponsored and are paying for the tower," said Glenda Willis, of First Baptist Church. "But they make sure it's being listened to and they are saying that the pledges made are not enough to keep it here."

Willis said that twice a year a Share-A-Thon is held to help raise funds for the station. "They said that they could move the equipment elsewhere because they go by the number and total amount pledged," she said.

Anyone who would like to help keep the station in the area can contact the station at 1-888-326-4543 or make a contribution.

The station provides a discussion of current events each morning from 10-11 a.m.; Focus on the Family by James Dobson at 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. and Larry Burkett, along with Christian music and several other commentators.

"We want to make them realize that there are people here who enjoy the station and want to keep it," said Willis.

Willis said that the station provides 24-hour news, alternative news source and is now playing everyone's favorite Christmas music, from now until Christmas.

The station can be heard in about a 15-mile radius around Pecos, and is one of only four FM stations available full-time to listeners in the area. Rock stations KPTX and KCDQ and country station KKLY are the other full time stations heard locally, though others from the Midland-Odessa area and New Mexico are available at certain times of the day.

Drug raid nets paraphernalia, two arrests

Staff Writer

PECOS, Fri., Nov. 30, 2001 -- A narcotics search warrant executed Thursday evening failed  to turn up any drugs, but paraphernalia commonly used with drugs  was confiscated and a man was arrested on separate charges, according  to Pecos police.

Officers from the Pecos Police Department and the Reeves County Sheriff's Department executed the narcotics search warrant at 7:52 p.m., Thursday, at 511 W. Fifth St.

Once the residence was secured, officers proceeded to search the residence, according to Pecos Police Investigator Paul Deishler.

"During the search the officers located several items which is commonly used in the smoking of marijuana," said Deishler. "Also located inside the residence was a controlled substance which was not prescribed to any of the occupants of the residence."

Officers completed their search of the premises and Ronald Keith Leigh, 45, was placed under arrest for the offense of possession of drug paraphernalia, along with Sherry Shuessler, 47, who was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a dangerous drug.

Neff loses job after Fort Stockton food fight

From Staff and Wire Reports
PECOS, Fri., Nov. 30, 2001 -- The head of a food bank that delivered baskets to 600  Pecos families the week before Thanksgiving has lost her job, following reports  of a confrontation with food recipients during a similar distribution in  early November at Fort Stockton.

Dolly Neff, the West Texas Food Bank's executive director for 16 years, said board members asked her to abandon her post earlier this week after complaints that she stood on a chair and yelled at recipients of the charity's Thanksgiving meal items for not being more grateful to get the donations.

"It's a terrible time to go through with this," Neff told the Odessa American for its Friday editions. "I offered to stay through Christmas, but they said go."

Several people complained about Neff's conduct following the pre-Thanksgiving event in Fort Stockton event, where they accused her of mounting a chair and yelling at people who were in line to receive boxes of food.

"She (Neff) was screaming at old people, telling them they had to be grateful for charity," said Rachel Escamilla, who attended the food giveaway.

Escamilla said about 25 families walked out of the city's civic center to avoid a run-in with Neff.

Neff didn't deny the accusations, but said she doesn't think she was asked to resign because of the subsequent complaints.

"That happened during a whirlwind tour where we delivered more than a million pounds of food in nine days," Neff said. "When we got to Fort Stockton, it was already chaotic and somebody had to bring order to it."

Fort Stockton was one of several stops on the week-long tour across West Texas by the Food Bank. About 600 families in the Pecos area picked up food baskets during the distribution on Nov. 14 at Winkles Trucking on Highway 17.

The Food Bank, along with North Temple Baptist Church, Santa Rosa Catholic Church, Iglesia Bautista Nueva Vida and Compassionate Care, handed out 150 pounds of food, including turkey, to needy families in Pecos.

At the time, Neff said that this was the first year that the Food Bank has joined efforts with local charities in the 22 counties the Food Bank serves for the holiday season. Other stops along the way included Midland, Big Spring, Presidio, El Paso and Odessa.

Tom Anderson, chairman of the food bank's board, denied that the board asked Neff to resign. Anderson also said he didn't believe Neff's resignation was related to the incident at Fort Stockton.

"Absolutely not," he said. "The two are not connected."

Neff said she believes the board decided to ask her to leave during a Nov. 19 board meeting.

Earlier that day, 30 people met in Fort Stockton to log complaints about Neff's behavior. Anderson attended that gathering.

Meanwhile, Mana Ratanasavetavadhana confirmed that he is replacing Neff, but referred all questions to Anderson.

During her Pecos visit, Neff said she began working for the West Texas Food Bank when it was a small operation in 1985, and when her youngest child was in high school.

"I started working with the Food Bank because I wanted to help people," she said.

Neff explained that there was a need for food banks in 1985, but when she began working there she expected the need to go away.

"We never thought we would be needed past a few years," she said.

However, Neff now believes that food banks across America are a major infrastructure for the people.

Neff said that at each stop, the Food Bank delivers food to at least 300 families.

Racquetball courts at rec department will open

PECOS, Fri., Nov. 30, 2001 -- The Reeves County Community Sports and Recreation Department's new racquetball courts will open on Monday, according to recreation department director Nora Geron.

The two courts are located in a new building located next to the old Pecos High School gym, which also houses the recreation department office, where people can reserve times for the courts, which are the first in Pecos since the closing of the old West Pecos Gym in 1990.

The reservations can only be made 24 hours in advance, Geron said. To make reservations or for further information, call the RCCSRD office at 447-9776

Christmas Lighting Contest scheduled to start

PECOS, Fri., Nov. 30, 2001 -- The Women's Division of the Pecos Area Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring their annual Pecos City Christmas Lighting Contest.

Judges will choose one decorated, lighted up home on the evenings of Friday, Dec. 7, 14, and 21.

Winners will receive cash prizes and a plaque will be placed in front of the home. The home will also appear in the Pecos Enterprise.

For more information or to nominate a home call Laura Briggs at 455-5155 or contact Lupe Davis at the Chamber of Commerce office at 445-2406.

Police Report

EDITOR'S NOTE: Information contained in the Police Report  is obtained from reports filed by the Pecos Police Department,  Reeves County Sheriff's Office, or other officers of those agencies.  The serving of warrants by an officer for outstanding fines of either  traffic citations, animal control violations or other court costs are  considered arrests and will be printed as such unless indicated that the fines  were paid.  In such instanced we will indicate payment and release.


Melissa Ortiz, 26, was arrested at 11:15 p.m., on November 26 in the 500 block of North Hickory Street on an Ector County Warrant for selling alcohol to a minor.


Gilberto Barragan, 37, was arrested at 6:29 p.m., on November 23 in the 1400 block of South Eddy Street on an outstanding DPS warrant. Barragan paid the fine.


Benjamin Chavez, 57, was arrested at 7:37 p.m., on November 23 at Quality Inn for public intoxication.


Daniel Perea, 35, and BK Perea, 44, were arrested at 7:45 p.m., on November 23 in the 1000 block of Meadowbrook, both under the Family Violence Act.


Alex Plasencia, 19, Javier Contreras, Jr., 18, Christopher J. Fuentez, 19, and a male juvenile were arrested at 7:37 p.m., on November 22 in the 500 block of South Elm Street. All were arrested for evading arrest or detention.


Jason L. Payne, 20, and Rojelio A. Marta, 20, were arrested at 10:28 p.m., on November 22 in the 2200 block of Eddy Street. Both were arrested for open container of alcohol and possession of a controlled substance (cocaine) over one gram. Payne was also arrested for public intoxication while Marta was arrested driving under the influence.


Steven C. Perez, 31, Jose A. Martinez, 17, Jose M. Hernandez, 21, Arturo Gallegos, 30, and Toribio Rodriguez, 18, were arrested at 11:46 p.m., on November 22 in the 1100 block of East Third Street. Perez, Hernandez and Gallegos were arrested for making alcohol available to minors while Martinez and Rodriguez were arrested for minor in possession.


Alonzo Mendoza, 46, was arrested at 12:55 a.m., on November 23 in the 500 block of North Oak Street for public intoxication.


Juan Carlos Lujan, 29, was arrested at 7:30 p.m., on November 21 in the 900 block of South Sycamore Street on a warrant for no liability insurance proof.


Martin Miranda, 28, was arrested at 8:49 p.m., on November 21 in the 400 block of East 12th Street on a Capias Pro Fine warrant for public intoxication.


Veronica J. Arredondo, 24, was arrested at 2:03 a.m., on November 22 at the Purple Sage on Interstate 20 and Highway 285 on a warrant for failure to make a complete stop.


Rachel Orona, 25, and Joann G. Florez, 31, was arrested at 2:15 a.m., on November 22 in the 700 block of South Cedar Street. Both were arrested for disorderly conduct (fighting in public).


Luis B. Orona, 30, and Alvaro Navarette, 19, were arrested at 1:07 a.m., on November 21 in the 700 block of Alberta Street. Both were arrested for public intoxication and making alcohol available to minors.


Pedro Barragan, 44, was arrested at 11:39 p.m., on November 19 at Stafford and Cactus Streets for driving while intoxicated and refusal.


Eliseo Lujan, 22, Benjamin Anchondo, 20, Fabian M. Tarango, 22, and Lionel R. Pando, 29, were arrested at 8:34 p.m., on November 18 at Exit 42 on Interstate 20. All were arrested for open container of alcohol while Lujan, Tarango and Pando were also arrested for making alcohol available to a minor. Anchondo was also arrested for minor in possession.


Rodolfo Beltran, 38, was arrested at 9:55 p.m., on November 18 in the 200 block of South Walnut Street for DWI refusal.


Joey L. Villanueva, 25, was arrested at 12:04 a.m., on November 19 in the 400 block of Pine Street for evading arrest or detention and open container of alcohol.


Steven C. Perez, 31, was arrested at 3:22 a.m., on November 19 in the 1100 block of South Cedar Street for public intoxication.


A male juvenile was arrested at 10:42 p.m., on November 27 in the 1100 block of South Orange Street for failure to identify to a peace officer and curfew violation.


Erek R. Brown, 21, and Steven M. Unland, 19, were arrested at 9:30 p.m., on November 17 in the 900 block of South Cedar Street. Brown was arrested for possession of marijuana, open container of alcohol, a Reeves County Sheriff's Office warrant for motion to revoke-burglary, and two DPS warrants for failure to adjudicate and speeding. Unland was arrested for possession of marijuana, minor in possession, open container of alcohol and possession of drug paraphernalia.


Marco A. Rubio, 25, was arrested at 4:19 a.m., on November 18 in the 2100 block of Country Club Drive for assault under the Family Violence Act.


Gustavo M. Salgado, 59, was arrested at 8:06 p.m., on November 16 in the 800 block of Martinez Street for public intoxication.


A female juvenile was arrested at 11:39 p.m., on November 16 in the 1100 block of South Third Street for evading arrest or detention.


Donny Ray Winfrey, 37, was arrested at 9:06 a.m., on November 16 at the Reeves County Sheriff's Office on a warrant for burglary of a motor vehicle.


Rosalinda Munoz, 53, was arrested at 7:59 p.m., on November 15 in the 700 block of South Ash Street for public intoxication and resisting arrest.


Orlando O. Baeza, 22, was arrested at 9:10 p.m., on November 14 in the 300 block of Mulberry Street for public intoxication.


Gustavo Salgado Montoya, 59, was arrested 2:38 p.m., on November 14 in the 1200 block of South Cedar Street for public intoxication.


Steve Green, 50, was arrested at 8:09 p.m., on November 28 at 11 th and Willow Streets for deadly conduct.


PECOS, Fri., Nov. 30, 2001 -- High Thurs. 51. Low this morning 40. Forecast for tonight:  Partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 30s. West winds 5 to 10 mph. Sat.:  Partly  cloudy. Highs 60 to 65. NW winds 5 to 15 mph. Sat. night:  Partly cloudy.  Lows 30 to 35. Sun.:  Partly cloudy. Highs 60 to 65. Mon.:  Partly cloudy.  Lows in the mid 30s. Highs in the mid 60s.


Alberto Moreno

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