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Thursday, November 14, 2002

Council approves two-year extension for Yerena

Staff Writer

PECOS, Thurs., Nov. 14, 2002 -- Town of Pecos City Council members voted 3-1 this morning  to renew the contract of City Manager Carlos Yerena, following an  executive session evaluation that was part of the council's regularly  scheduled meeting.

With Councilwomen Angelica Valenzuela unable to attend the meeting after having her baby, Mayor Pro-Tem Gerald Tellez and councilmen Johnny Terrazas and Michael Benavides voted in favor of renewing Yerena's contract, while councilman Frank Sanchez opposed the approval.

The vote came following the executive session and Mayor Dot Stafford told those at the meeting the coucil would be renewing Yerena's contract, which expires in December of 2003.

According to Stafford the council gave Yerena an additional two-year contract on top of the current City Manager contract. The agreement also allows Yerena to pursue his Master Bachelor of Arts and gives him a seven-month severance pay.

The renewal will now extend Yerena's contract till December of 2005. Yerena took over as Town of Pecos City Manager in December of 2000.

Terrezas made the motion to accept the renewal with Tellez seconding it.

In other business this morning, Askek Rana with Frank X. Spencer and Associates told the council about converting two proposed 100 gallons-per-minute wells into monitoring wells in the South Worsham Water Well Field.

Rana said that in a report made by West Texas Water Wells, an enormous amount of iron bacteria was found in some of the wells. Spencer followed Rana presentation, told the council not to get alarmed with the word `bacteria,' for he said that it was just another word for rust.

"Don't let the bacteria name throw you off," Spencer said.

Rana said if the city eliminated at least two of the wells they could save $150,000 on transmitter lines and other expenses.

Spencer said that the rust was more evident in some wells more then in others, adding that the accumulation of the rust was due to the well being inactive.

"It is more evident in the wells done in '94," Spencer said. "Those wells have never been pumped."

At that point the council watched a video that demonstrated the amount of rust found in the wells.

In the video that the council was watching, a camera was 189 feet into the water that showed the amount of rust located inside the well.

Rana and Spencer both told the council that they have asked the contractor to so some cleaning on the screens of the wells so that they can then run a camera back through the well again.

According to Spencer the cleaning will be done by brush as well as a high dosage of chlorine, which would loosen the bacteria on the screen.

"We will use the brush and the chlorine on the older wells," Spencer said.

In using both the brush and chlorine, Spencer said that they would then be able to see if it makes any difference in the wells.

He also said that they would video each well before and after it is cleaned so that they will then have a history of each well.

Spencer ended by saying that everything was fine and that they did not want to create any concerns.

"It won't take much to clean it up," Spencer said. "You will see the scaling of the rust as the camera comes out of the well. It is a bit of build up but nothing that shouldn't be expected."

Terrazas made the motion to eliminate two of the wells and Councilman Michael Benavides seconded it.

The council then heard from another Frank X. Spencer and Associate employee, Edgardo Madrid, who discussed construction activity on part D of the ground storage tank and standpipes of development of South Worsham Well Field Project.

According to Mardrid, the floor of the two million gallon tank has been completed while construction of the roof and shell continues.

"The contractor is doing a good job," Madrid said. "We have no issues with them. We are pleased with their work."

Madrid also informed the council that the work on the project is on scheduled and he expects the project to be completed a month ahead of schedule.

Spencer also added to the Madrid's presentations by telling the council that the contractors have done a real good job.

The council also discussed changing the date for their second scheduled meeting of the month, which would fall on Thanksgiving Day, with several councilmen expressed their opinions.

"Lets have it on Friday so we can have leftovers," Terrazas said.

"Lets have a morning so we won't miss the afternoon (football) game," Tellez said.

However according to City Attorney, Scott Johnson, historically if they don't have anything on their agenda they just don't have one.

With that said Stafford said that the council will not have their regular council meeting and if necessary they will call a special meeting.

Stafford also read a list of the people to be appointed for a full three-year term on the Pecos Tree Board.

Those appointed were Mike Murphy, Carolyn Winkles, Teresa Winkles, Peter Mora, and Randy Baeza. Jim Riley, Jon Cook, Russ Salcido, Roy Alvarez, Larry Levario, Craig Hill, Fariss Murphy and Oscar Mestas were appointed as advisory members.

The minutes of its regular council meeting held on October 10, were approved with Terrazas making the motion and Benavides seconding it.

The council went on to approve the accounts payable report and the juvenile monthly report for October.

Tellez made the motion to accept the accounts payable with Sanchez seconding it. Sanchez then went on to make a motion to accept the juvenile monthly report as Terrazas seconding it.

Catholics plan area conference over weekend

Staff Writer

PECOS, Thurs., Nov. 14, 2002 -- Catholics from around West Texas will be in Pecos this Saturday for  a Eucharistic Conference, which will feature guest speakers from El  Paso and Puerto Rico.

The event is co-sponsored by the West Texas Catholic Communities and TEPEYAC Institute and will begin at 8:30 a.m., Saturday.

"We will actually have three different sites for the conference," said Santa Rosa Catholic Church Father Ben Flores.

A Spanish session will be held at Santa Rosa Catholic Church Hall, 600 E. 3rd Street; the English session at St. Catherine's Catholic Church, corner of Plum and Walthall Streets and youth sessions at the Reeves County Sheriff's Posse Barn, corner of Ash and 14th Streets.

"Events will begin at 8:30 a.m., at Santa Rosa Hall with coffee and donuts," said Flores. "We have had conferences in the past in Pecos, but we hope to continue with something like this on an annual basis," he said.

"The TEPEYAC Institute is the school for lay ministries of our Diocese," said Flores.

Flores said that everyone is welcome to attend the conference, whether they are Catholic or not. "It will focus on the Eucharist, but everyone is welcome," he said.

Holy Hour will be held at Santa Rosa Hall at 9 a.m., with several events scheduled for throughout the day at the different sites.

Most Reverend Armando X. Ochoa, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of El Paso will be a special guest and keynote speaker at the event. Other guest speakers are Sally T. Gomez-Kelley, a native of Puerto Rico, and Father Arturo J. Banuelas, Ph.D., of El Paso.

Gomez-Kelley is a grandparent and mother of two adult children, who has received her M.A. in Theological Studies at Oblate School of Theology and is studying for a second M.A. in Pastoral Studies at the University of the Incarnate Word. Currently she is Director of Theological Field Education at Oblate School of Theology and Director of Ministries at San Fernando Cathedral in San Antonio.

Father Banuelas received his doctorate in Theology in 1976. He received his Doctorate in Fundamental Theology, graduating with honors. He is serving in San Pio X Diocese.

"We're hoping to have this conference every year," said Father Flores.

Hospital holding bake sale to help program

PECOS, Thurs., Nov. 14, 2002 -- A fundraising bake bale will be held beginning at 9 a.m., Friday in the Reeves County Hospital Lobby.

Cakes, pies, muffins, cookies and more will be available.

The fundraiser is to benefit the Adopt-A-Family Program.

P-B-T board to open bids on baseball field project

PECOS, Thurs., Nov. 14, 2002 -- Competitive sealed proposals for construction of an awning to the Pecos High School baseball field grandstand will be discussed during the regular Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD Board meeting scheduled for this evening.

The group will meet at 6 p.m., in the Technology Center, 1301 S. Eddy St., and the public is invited to attend.

In old business, the group will listen to a report on renovations at Pecos High Schoool, Crockett Middle School, Zavala Elementary, Bessie Haynes Elementary, Austin Elementary, Pecos Kindergarten and Lamar AEP.

Board members will consider and take possible action on a memorandum of understanding between the Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD and Go-Project Head Start; the discussion of new HVAC at Austin Elementary first grade and method of procurement; a request by Santa Rosa Catholic Church to use the Pecos High School new gym this Saturday, and waive fees; Campus Improvement Plans; training for two para-professionals at Region 18 Education Service Center to fulfill requirements of the "No Child Left Behind" program, and 2002-2003 textbook committees.

Under the audience portion of the meeting, the group will recognize the Boy's District 4-3A Cross Country champions.

Correspondence will include letters and certificates from the Texas Education Agency for Recognized and Exemplary Campus ratings for Bessie Haynes Elementary, Austin Elementary, Zavala Elementary, Pecos High School and congratulation letters and certificates from Region 18 Education Service Center. Gold performance acknowledgements for Austin Elementary, Zavala Elementary and Crockett Middle School.

Donations from the Reeves County Appraisal District and the Pecos Eagle Athletic Booster Club will be acknowledged.

The group will also consider and take possible action on attendance committees; 2002-2003 budget amendments; lease/purchase of Xerox copy machines and sale of foreclosed property.

Board members will meet in closed session as authorized by the Texas Open Meetings Act, Texas Government Code, Section 551.101 et. seq., Section 551.074; discuss personnel or hear complaints against personnel and Section 551.071 and 551.129: consultation with attorney concerning pending litigation Cause #01-10-17485-CVR-Pure Resources vs. PBTISD et al.

The group will return to open session and take action, if any, on items discussed in closed session.

Consider and possible action on professional personnel: appointments, reassignments, change of contract, retirement.

Regular agenda items will be:

Enrollment/attendance report.

Tax report.

Depository securities report.

Cafeteria report and commodities received.

Current bills and financial report.

Investment transaction report.

Reconciled bank balance report.

Reeves County Community Recreation Department report.

Date and time for December meetings (Dec. 10 and 12)

Calendar of events.

Request for items for next agenda.


PECOS, Thurs., Nov. 14, 2002 -- High Wednesday 70. Low this morning 48. Forecast for  tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows 35 to 40. Northeast winds 10 to 15 mph.  Friday: Mostly cloudy and cooler with a 20 percent chance of showers  or thunderstorms. Highs 60 to 65. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph.  Friday night: Partly cloudy and cool. Lows 30 to 35. Saturday: Partly  cloudy. Highs 60 to 65. Sunday: Partly cloudy and warmer. Lows 30 to 35. Highs  65 to 70.

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 instances we will indicate payment and release.


Irene Aguirre, 43, was arrested at 11:11 p.m., on Nov. 5 at Seventh and Palm streets for a warrant for animal ordinance, a warrant for violation failure to appear, and warrant for default payment on theft up to $50.


Rosalio Carmora, 20, was arrested at 1:22 p.m., on Nov. 11, in the 400 block of South Cherry Street for a warrant for criminal mischief.


A male juvenile was arrested at 5:39 p.m., on Nov. 10 in the 2000 block of Rhodes Street for theft.


Jason Armendarez Orona, 17, and Paul Mariscal Renteria, 18, were arrested at 6:30 p.m., on Nov. 9 in the 900 block of Yucca Street, both for possession of marijuana under 2oz each.


Louie Minjarez Rayos, 29, was arrested at 9:24 p.m., on Nov. 9, in the La Tienda Thriftway parking lot, for public intoxication.


Hector Contreras, 54, was arrested at 11:47 p.m., on Nov. 9 in the 1000 block of South Pecan Street for public intoxication.


Roy Garcia Carrillo, 35, was arrested at 2:47 a.m., on Nov. 10 in the 700 block of South Eddy Street for driving while intoxicated and possession of marijuana under 2 ounces.


Rhonda Renteria, 20, and Stevie Ornelas, 19, were arrested at 12:30 a.m., on Nov. 9 in the 800 block of South Mesquite Street. Renteria was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia, and Ornelas was arrested for public intoxication.


Jaime Natividad, 19, was arrested at 3:30 a.m., on Nov. 9 in the 1900 block of South Alamo Street for public intoxication.


Ashley Martinez, 18, was arrested at 10:41 a.m., on Nov. 8 in the 500 block of South Mulberry Street for evading arrest.


Travis Harris, 23, was arrested at 7:42 p.m., on Nov. 7 at the Criminal Justice Center

For outstanding warrants for expired motor vehicle registration, failure to appear and failure to maintain financial responsibility.


Raul Barrera, 33, was arrested at 8:01 p.m., on Nov. 12 in the 300 block of Locust street for a warrant for evading arrest detention, a Class B.


Jesus Bejarano, Juan Lopez and Daniel C. Vengas

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