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Thursday, February 4, 1999

Rico named employee of year

Mariano Rico has been selected as Employee of the Year for
1998 at the Reeves County Detention Center.

Rico has been employed at the Reeves County Detention Center
since May 14, 1989, starting in the custody division and
later advancing to the Maintenance department. He is married
to Jessie Rico.

Rico's valuable contributions to the mission of this
institution has long been recognized by his supervisors and

"He demonstrates to be a resourceful individual who
constantly maintains high standards in his work performance
and quality of work," said RCDC Warden Rudy Franco.

"He willingly accepts additional responsibilities
accomplishing his work in minimal time with excellent
effect," he said.

Rico's individual effort and self-motivation makes him an
asset to his department and the institution, according to

"It is with pleasure I commend his devotion to duty. I would
like to take this opportunity to wish him continued success
in his career with the Reeves County Detention Center," said

Midland theatre to present musical

Former Pecos High School teacher John Briggs will perform a
featured role in the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical
Carousel when Midland Community Theatre opens its 1999
season Friday, Feb. 5.

Briggs, who taught Latin and English at PHS for 17 years,
plays Enoch Snow, a New England fisherman with his sights
set on a big family and a successful business.

"There's nothing like a Rodgers and Hammerstein musical,"
Briggs said. "They gave us Oklahoma, The Sound of Music, and
The King and I, but Carousel has been one of my favorites
since I first saw it when I was in high school. It's go
wonderful songs like `You'll Never Walk Alone' and `If I
Loved You.' It's a beautiful, touching show that's all about

Carousel, which is set in 1870's coastal New England, deals
with the relationship between Billy Bigelow, a carnival
barker, and Julie Jordan, a textile mill worker.

"My character is the antithesis of Billy," Briggs said.
"Billy can't seem to get his act together, but my character
sets his goals and gets exactly what he wants."

Briggs most recently appeared as the hero in last year's
50th anniversary season of Summer Mummers. He also performed
in four MCT shows last year, including Guys and Dolls and
Moon Over Buffalo. He recently completed a term as a member
of the MCT Board of Governors, and he is the immediate past
president of HamHocks, a backstage service auxiliary of the
theatre. He currently teachers Latin and journalism at Lee
High School in Midland.

Carousel is directed by Tim Jebsen, with choreography by
Judith Giebler.

After its Friday opening, Carousel will run weekends through
March 7, with curtain times at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and
2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $14 for Friday and Saturday
performances and $10 for Thursday and Sunday shows. Group
rates are also available. Reservations my be made by calling
the box office at 915-682-4111.

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