Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country
of West Texas
By Peggy McCracken
Tuesday, Jan. 5, 1999
Y2K problem will affect
Can it be January 5, 1999 already? Just one more year to Y2K. Are you ready?
everyone with computer
When I ask people if they are ready for Y2K and they ask, "What is Y2K?"
I know they're not ready. For those whose lives do not revolve around computers,
Y2K is shorthand for Year 2000. That's when computers that rely on a two-digit
year will find themselves at year 00. And the computer is going to think
that it is 1900, which doesn't exist in a computer's mind. So it may go
belly-up. Or its software may have a hard time calculating ages, interest
and other data that rely on dates.
Everyone in the computing world should by now have checked out the BIOS
chip on their computer to determine if it will roll over to 2000 at midnight
Dec. 31, 1999. And if it will not, then try entering Jan. 1, 2000 and re-booting
the computer to see if it will hold the date. That's just the start, of
course. It really gets complicated from there on in. Smart people probably
will get a new computer and software that will work in the new millennium.
But what about all those machines that control our infrastructure? Like
traffic lights. As I traveled to San Antonio over the Christmas weekend,
I marveled at the hundreds of vehicles whizzing along, crossing over, turning,
stopping and starting without crashing into each other. What makes that
possible? Lights that turn green or yellow or red to signal when to start
and stop. Most traffic lights are on a timer and some of those may be controlled
by a computer. Suppose those computers are not Y2K compliant come Jan.
1, 2000? Will traffic grind to a halt? May be. And it may be that we will
all relearn how to rely on hand signals for awhile.
Not only traffic, but all of law enforcement depends on computers. And
if the lights go out as some doomsayers predict, officers may be faced
with looting and increased crime in all areas. We may find greater restrictions
on our freedoms for awhile. Which we will not like, but:
"To complain about the law is to praise wickedness. To obey the law
is to fight evil." Proverbs 28:4, Paraphrased New Testament.
Editor's Note: Peggy McCracken is webmaster and reporter
for the Enterprise. Her e-mail address is: firstname.lastname@example.org.
New publisher takes over at the Enterprise
People come and go, leaving their imprints on institutions which endure.
Such is the case with the Pecos Enterprise. A stellar group of publishers
have taken their turn at the wheel of the newspaper's leadership over the
years. Among the notable are Mac McKinnon, now publisher of the Fort Morgan
Times in Colorado; Larry Jackson, currently president of the Texas Press
Association; Ray Stafford, who is publisher of The Monitor in McAllen,
Texas; and O'Farrell Pauley, who runs a business in Texas.
Now the mantle of leadership shifts to York M. (Smokey) Briggs who became
publisher of the Pecos Enterprise on Monday. He joins a solid, dedicated
staff, many of whom have long histories in the town and at the newspaper.
With its struggling economy, Pecos is not an easy location to produce a
daily newspaper, and the Pecos Enterprise is therefore all the more fortunate
to have their services and their loyalty.
What changes when a new publisher comes on board? The more important
question is what does not change. The Pecos Enterprise will continue to
attempt in every way to publish a newspaper of integrity, of fairness,
and of value to its readers and advertisers. If it is true that one is either
a part of the problem or a part of the solution, it is this newspaper's
endeavor to serve in the latter capacity.
Smokey Briggs welcomes the challenge to be an effective leader of the
newspaper and, along with his wife, Laura, and child, Ruby Leigh, to be
solid citizens of this community.
Former Pecos resident enjoys keeping in touch
Hello there dear Pecos residents,
I am just writing to say thank you for keeping me linked to my hometown.
I moved to Wichita, Kansas almost three years ago and every time that someone
would come visit, they would bring us a Pecos Enterprise. It put a smile
to my face to see names and faces of familiar people.
Well, yesterday while I was searching the web, I decided to do a search
on The Pecos Enterprise. To my surprise, I found the address, telephone
number and directions on how to get there. I didn't, however, find an email
address nor a web address. Well, I was still disturbed about not finding
either because when I went back to visit my friendly town back in 1997,
I remember that there was a booth at the Fall Fair and above it was a banner
with an email address.
Determined to find this, I did another search using a different search
engine. *Big smile* I found it! It put a smile on my face and I decided
to email you to say thank you. Thank you for letting me stay connected
to who I am and where I come from!
Mad about Pecos,
Jones thanks newspaper for excellent coverage
I wanted to take the time to thank you once again for the fair coverage
you gave me and my daughter Stephanie Urbina Jones during the past Congressional
election in the 23rd Congressional District.
There are far too few newspapers left - but your paper ranks at the
top in regards to being professional and fair. I hope you continue to prosper
and that this paper continue to be an example to others.
CHARLIE URBINA JONES
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York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
Peggy McCracken, Webmaster
Division of Buckner News Alliance, Inc.
324 S. Cedar St., Pecos, TX 79772
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