December 2, 1997
Group organizing for economic development
By RICK L. SMITH
PECOS, December 2, 1997 - Pecos Economic Development
Corporation (PEDC) members approved articles of
incorporation for the organization during a general
membership meeting last night but questions about wording
held up approval of the by-laws. Because the by-laws were
not approved, the group decided to postpone electing
officers until members are in agreement with the wording.
Reeves County Judge Jimmy Galindo raised questions about
wording in the PEDC by-laws concerning liability and
indemnification for board members.
"We need to get with Scott (Johnson, Pecos City Attorney)
and get his concerns about this," said PEDC Board President
Pauline Moore. "We cannot go on to the appointment and
election of the board until we get this finalized."
According to the articles of incorporation, the PEDC is
being formed for the promotion and development of new and
expanded business enterprises in Reeves County to encourage
employment and the public welfare.
This non-profit organization will be headed by a 10-member
board of directors with one member each appointed from the
Pecos City Council, the Reeves County Commissioners' Court,
the Reeves County Hospital District, the Pecos-Barstow-Toyah
ISD and five elected from the membership of the corporation.
During the first meeting of the five elected directors they
will draw by lot for places one through five on the board.
Places one and two will be for an initial term of three
years, places three and four will hold two year terms and
place five will be for one year. Appointed directors will
hold terms of one year.
Each PEDC director has to be a Reeves County resident,
according to the group's by-laws. Each director has to
conform to at least one of the qualifications listed in the
by-laws, experience in executive management of a company,
experience in a professional capacity, or experience
equivalent to the previous qualifications.
Directors of the corporation are limited to seven
One of the first duties of the PEDC board will be to develop
an overall economic development plan for the city and
county, according to the by-laws. The plan will set short-
and intermittent-term goals to accomplish the plan.
The PEDC board hopes to develop an economic strategy that
will permanently bolster the business climate in the county
and city by fully utilizing all assets available to the city
and county to enhance economic development, short of
improving any private property.
The PEDC plans to hire a full-time Economic Development
Coordinator who will also serve as the Secretary for the
group. The coordinator will be responsible for the
management of the daily affairs of the PEDC by carrying out
the policies setup by the PEDC board of directors.
The next PEDC meeting is set for 5:30 p.m. Dec. 8 at the
Pecos Community Center.
Filing for March primaries begins tomorrow
By ROSIE FLORES
PECOS, December 2, 1997 - Individuals wanting to file for a
place on the ballot in the March primary elections can do so
beginning Dec. 3.
"They can come in and file their treasurer's designation
with me and then file with either Democratic Chairman Bobby
Dean or Republican Chairman Michael Wyles," said Reeves
County Clerk Dianne Florez.
The last day to file for a place on the ballot is Jan. 3.
Offices that will be up for election include Reeves County
Judge, county court-at-law judge, commissioners for
precincts 2 and 4, all four justice of the peace offices,
county surveyor, county clerk, district clerk and county
Several individuals have already filed their treasurer's
designation with the county clerk, according to Florez.
Candidates wanting to file to run as an independent can file
a declaration of intent begining Dec. 3 through Jan. 3,
1998, according to Florez.
For county and precinct offices, the declaration to seek the
office must be filed with the county judge no later than 6
p.m. on Jan. 3, 1998.
In order to qualify to have their names placed on the
ballot, the independent candidates must file an application
together with a petition no later than 5 p.m. on May 14,
1998. The petition must contain signatures of registered
Independent candidates may not file a filing fee instead of
the required peition.
The first day individuals may collect signatures for an
independent candidate is March 11, 1998, unless a runoff
election is to be held for the same office sought by the
In that instance, an independent candidate may not collect
signatures until April 15.
Voters are disqualified from signing the petition if they
voted in a party primary (general primary election or runoff
primary election) and the party made a nomination for the
same office as the one sought by the independent candidate
at either the primary election or runoff election.
The county clerk office advises indpendent candidates who
file with them to wait until April 15, to gather signatures.
This is to avoid obtaining signatures of voters who did not
vote on March 20, but may in fact vote April 14.
Pecos unemployment rate drops
By GREG HARMAN
PECOS, December 2, 1997 - Unemployment numbers in Reeves
County and the Town of Pecos City are decreasing, coming
ever closer to those reported in cities such as Monahans,
Midland and Odessa.
According to a Texas Workforce Commission report,
unemployment in Reeves County has declined from 645
unemployed workers in a labor force of 6,654 in October,
1996, to 461 unemployed in a labor force of 6,610. The
county's unemployment rate has gone from 9.7 percent to an
even 7.0 percent in the last year.
The Town of Pecos City, whose total civilian labor force has
dropped by 50 since last October, is showing a drop in
unemployment levels-from 577 in October, 1996, to 413
reported last month. That constitutes a decrease from the
11.1 percent unemployment a year ago, to an even 8.0 percent
recorded last month.
So, how does this stack up with our neighbors to the east?
Monahans is sporting an unemployment rate of 6.2 percent (a
tenth of a point decrease since October, 1996), Odessa is
moving closer to a 5 percent unemployment rate (from 5.8
percent about a year ago, to 5.1 percent reported last
month), and Midland, even with a rising labor force has kept
its unemployment levels low.
Midland, according to the TWC study, has seen a decrease in
its unemployment levels-from 3.8 percent in October of 1996,
to 3.7 percent reported last October. The civilian labor
force in Midland has increased from 50,877 in October, 1996,
to 51,388 just last month.
State unemployment averages remain close to the 5 percent
mark. Decreasing from 5.2 percent in September this year to
4.9 percent unemployment reported last month. The civilian
labor force has increased in the state this year, from
9,800,304 in October of '96 to 10,007,711 in October of '97.
TABC preparing cases in alcohol sting
By CARA ALLIGOOD
PECOS, December 2, 1997 - Odessa area Texas Alcoholic
Beverage Commission (TABC) agents are currently working on
paperwork necessary to bring criminal charges against store
clerks and administrative cases against stores caught
selling alcohol to minors in a sting operation that took
place in Pecos recently.
TABC agent Lieutenant Dyer Lightfoot said that in the sting,
an 18-year-old minor, working in conjunction with law
enforcement officers, attempted to purchase alcoholic
beverages at 19 Pecos area stores, and was successful 12
times. The minor had only money and his own drivers license
and did not attempt to deceive the store clerks, Lightfoot
"If the clerks asked him how old he was he told them that he
was 18, and if they asked him for ID, he showed them his
driver's license," said Lightfoot.
"Every one of the transactions was witnesses by at least
five police officers and video and audio taped," Lightfoot
said. Those five officers included three TABC agents and two
Pecos police officers.
Lightfoot said that the cases against the stores and the 12
clerks will be presented to the county attorney, Walter
Holcombe, next week.
Stores face either a seven-day suspension of their license
to sell alcohol or a $1,050 civil penalty, and Lightfoot
said that the stores may choose which punishment they wish
Lightfoot said that the clerks caught selling alcohol to
minors are facing a class "A" misdemeanor, punishable by up
to a year in jail, a fine not to exceed $4,000, or a
combination of both.
Pecos Police Chief Troy Moore said that similar stings are
planned for the future.
Green, red lights to line streets
By GREG HARMAN
PECOS, December 2, 1997 - With Christmas and all the related
festivities approaching fast, city employees will start
stringing Christmas lights around Pecos lamp posts tomorrow.
That is, if the weather favorable, said buildings department
employee Conrado Saldana.
Saldana and Macario Martinez, who also works for the
buildings department, will be aided in the project by
employees of Classic Cable. The city had planned on putting
up the lights yesterday, but conflicting schedules with
Classic Cable employees set the date back.
Tom Rivera, Pecos Chamber of Commerce Executive Director,
said the chamber has raised more than $9,000 to repair and
replace the city's Christmas decorations. "The ideal amount
would be about $25,000," he said. This would enable the city
to run lights all the way up S. H. 285 from I-20, and down
Reeves County officials are also getting into the holiday
spirit. According to County Judge Jimmy Galindo, the county
courthouse should be decked out in Christmas lights by the
end of this week.
The county purchased $1,800 worth of lights that will
outline the courthouse and decorate every other tree and
shrub on the lawn. Some security lights will be turned off
to better enhance the effect of the lights.
Get more than mail at post office
PECOS, December 2, 1997 - You can get a lot more than stamps
at the Pecos U.S. Post Office.
In fact, the local office looks more like a little gift
shop, filled with Christmas cards, ornaments, Christmas
T-shirts, phone cards and "Looney Tune" items, such as
keychains, caps, T-shirts, earrings and pens.
"We have an assortment of items for sale, not only Christmas
items," said Postal Supervisor Herman Armendariz.
Armendariz said the office also carries collector stamps,
along with the usual postal items.
During this holiday season, patrons of the post office can
also make gift item purchases, according to Armendariz.
"We also want to encourage anyone who is mailing packages
during this holiday season, to do so early, to ensure that
the recipient gets his item in time," said Armendarez.
Because of the season, postal employees have been very busy
and will be until after the holidays.
"So far, we have had a steady stream of customers, but it
gets really hectic towards the end," he said.
The post office will be closed on Thursday, Dec. 25, and
will re-open on Friday, Dec. 26.
December 2, 1997
Lola Acosta, 79, died Friday, Nov. 29, 1997, at Reeves
A rosary is sceduled for 7 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 3, at Pecos
Funeral Home Chapel.
Mass will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 4, at Santa
Rosa Catholic Church with Father Antonio Mena officiating.
Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery.
Acosta was born Oct. 16, 1918, in Presidio, Tx. She was a
life-long Pecos resident, a homemaker and a Catholic.
She was preceded in death by one son, Robert Acosta.
Survivors include: three sons, Simon Acosta of Pecos and
Jesse and Henry Acosta of Bakersfield, Calif.; two
daughters, Isabel Jurado of Pecos, Lolita Luna of
Bakersfield, Calif.; 25 grandchildren; and 29
Pecos Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
PECOS, December 2, 1997 - High Monday, 63, low this morning,
44. Low-level moisture blew into Texas from the Gulf of
Mexico today while a Pacific cold front over extreme West
Texas brought mid-level and upper-level moisture into the
state. A winter storm watch will be in effect this afternoon
and evening in the Texas Panhandle. The National Weather
Service said snow is likely in the northern Panhandle by
late-afternoon, with up to 5 inches of snow possible. A
large area of light to occasionally moderate rain extended
early today from the southern Panhandle through the south
Plains and into the northern Permian Basin. Temperatures
early today across West Texas ranged from 37 at Dalhart and
the Guadalupe Pass to 49 degrees at Sanderson. Lows tonight
will range from the 20s north to the 30s and 40s elsewhere.
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