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Monday, June 8, 1998

Lara celebrates second birthday

Malorie Alyssa Lara, daughter of Jaime Lara and Rebecca
Aragon celebrated her second birthday recently.

Malorie's party was held at Sherwood Park in Odessa. A Tiger
Moonwalk was provided for entertainment and everyone was
served cake, ice cream and punch.

Her maternal grandparents are Velma Dominguez and Osbaldo

Paternal grandparents are Jr. and Mary Lara.

Employees noted for safe driving records

Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) employees in the
Odessa District are among the safest drivers in the state.
And the employees in Balmorhea and Pecos just keep rolling
up the accident-free miles and years, thanks to drivers like
Lily Talamantez, Fermin Rodriguez, Jose Lopez, Jose
Rodriguez, Tommy Dominguez and Rosendo Galindo.

Talamantez, the office manager of the Pecos Area office, has
31 years of perfect driving to her credit, while Rodriguez,
an employee in the Balmorhea Maintenance Section has 30
years without an accident. Four other Balmorhea employees -
Lopez, 28 years; Rodriguez, 24 years; Dominguez, 21 years;
and Galindo, 20 years - have longtime unblemished driving

Other employees cited for outstanding driving records
include: Manuel Gonzales Jr., 18 years, Pecos; Israel Rubio,
17 years, Pecos; William Brown, 17 years, Pecos; Larry
Levario, 16 years, Pecos; Joel Baeza, 16 years, Pecos; Ruben
Fuentez, 15 years, Pecos; Manuel Muniz Jr., 15 years, Pecos;
John Salcido, 13 years, Pecos; Guadalupe Rede, 12 years,
Pecos; Daniel Reyes, 10 years, Pecos; Ben Hinojos, Sr. 10
years, Pecos; Samuel Natividad, 10 years, Balmorhea; Victor
Mondrago, 9 years, Balmohrea and Gilberto Gonzales, eight
years, Pecos.

Also, Jesus Matta, seven years, Balmorhea; Doug Eichorst,
seven years, Pecos; Manuel Mendoza, five years, Balmorhea;
Arturo Vasquez, five years, Pecos; Gilbert Herrera, four
years, Pecos; David Portillo, four years, Balmorhea; Javier
Lozano, four years, Balmorhea; Oscar Martinez, three years,
Pecos; Eloy Varela, three years, Pecos; Juan Muniz, two
years, Pecos; Rigoberto Garcia, one year, Balmorhea; Hector
Tarango, one year, Pecos; Alfredo Herrera, one year, Pecos
and Javier Estrella, one year, Pecos.

They were among the nearly 275 department employees from
throughout the 12-county district cited for their on-the-job
safe driving habits during the annual Odessa District safety
awards banquet held at the Pecos County Civic Center in Fort

Jose E. Morales, P.E., who heads up the Odessa District,
praised the Balmorhea and Pecos employees for their
commitment to driving safety, handing out safe driving
certificates to the TxDOT drivers.

"Highway safety is at the heart of everything the Texas
Department of Transportation does," said Morales. "We know
that building safe roads and driving safely go hand-in-hand.

"And one of the best ways we can emphasize safe driving on
Texas highways is to set a good example ourselves," he
added. "That's why we salute these employees for
year-after-year of accident-free driving while on the job."

The Texas Department of Transportation's Odessa District
includes 12 counties: Andews, Crane, Ector, Loving, Midland,
Pecos, Reeves, Terrell, Upton, Ward, and Winkler.

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