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Wednesday, March 17, 1999

Commissioers OK RCDC alteration

Staff Writer

PECOS, March 17, 1999 - A flood plain study will not be necessary on the 1,000 bed expansion at the Reeves County Detention Center.

Reeves County Commissioners decided to go with the architect's recommendation not to do the flood plain study, based on her experience with this site in an emergency meeting held Tuesday afternoon.

The study would have cost about $40,000 and would have delayed the project by about 3-6 months, said Reeves County Judge Jimmy B. Galindo.

"Lorraine Dailey suggested we not do the study and save time and money," said Galindo. "This is based on the civil engineer's study of the site," he said.

Instead her recommendation was to place the floor 18 inches above the existing facility.

Galindo said there are still some people who remember the flooding of the 1970's and that this was of some concern to them. "However, after doing some checking they decided this would be a good way to go, in case there were ever any flooding like in those days," he said.

"I think it's safe to go with her recommendation," said Precinct 1 Commissioner Felipe Arredondo.

Personnel and salary changes during the meeting included moving Jeffrey Baeza to the Permian Basin Drug Task Force as an investigator at an annual salary of $26,000. Baeza was a deputy with the Reeves County Sheriff's Department prior to being named to the task force.

Other hires recently at the Reeves County Detention Center include: Patricia Abila, purchasing agent at a salary of $19,000; and Correctional Officers 1, Tony Sharon, Katrina Robertson, Raymundo Pena, Jacob Marquez and Gilbert Juarez at a starting salary of $19,000 per year.

Finley faces questions about letter

Staff Writer

MONAHANS, March 17, 1999 - Testimony continued this morning in a 143rd District Court civil trial in Monahans between former District Attorney John Stickels and Commander Tom Finley of the now-defunct Permian Basin Drug Task Force.

Finley was the first witness called by Stickels' attorney, Hal Upchurch of Odessa. Finley claimed that a letter he wrote to law enforcement agencies May 23, 1996, which Stickels terms libelous, was meant only to notify them why the task force would not be working in Ward and Reeves Counties.

He said he didn't expect the news media to "have a field day" with the letter.

Upchurch next questioned Peggy McCracken, Pecos Enterprise reporter and webmaster, and Linda Stephens, Monahans News managing editor, about stories that were published in their respective newspapers.

Those stories detailed Finley's accusations and Stickels' reply.

Finley said in the letter that Stickels had been a failure as a prosecutor because he dismissed cases made by the task force at Stickels' request or struck lenient plea bargains.

During his three hours on the stand Tuesday, Finley said he could not cite a specific case as an example of Stickels' lenient plea bargains and dismissals.

Judge Pat Baskin of Midland is presiding for the jury trial that began Monday.

Cowboys, roustabouts rate low on job list

Associated Press Writer

NEW YORK Professional baseball player, president of the United States and jeans-wearing cowboy all great jobs, right? Wrong, says a new book.

Try Web site manager, computer systems analyst and software engineer. Low stress, short hours and room for growth rank those among the top jobs in America, according to the "Jobs Rated Almanac."

"I think what surprises most people are those jobs they always thought were so glamorous are at the bottom. The work-a-day world for some of those jobs is the pits," said the almanac's author, Les Krantz.

Using statistics from the Department of Labor, the census and telephone surveys, Krantz ranked 250 jobs by income, stress, physical demands, potential growth, job security and work environment.

As a result, being commander-in-chief come in at a lowly No. 229 ranking dead last in stress level and working environment. There's also no room for job growth and it comes with a stagnant salary.

Professional baseball players (No. 202) and cowboys (No. 246) also scored low because they require great physical demands and have little job stability.

"Some of the things your parents told you should always grow up to be didn't rank so well," Krantz said.

Nine of the top 10 jobs were in computer or math-related fields, with Web site managers at the top of the heap. The worst were manual labor jobs in traditionally troubled fields, such as fishermen (No. 248), lumberjacks (No. 249) and oil field roustabouts (No 250).

John D. Bell, the owner of a one-man oil well operation in Lamesa, disagrees at the low ranking his job scored.

"I don't see it as a terrible type thing," Bell said Tuesday. "It beats working at McDonald's and usually pays better than those jobs."

Not according to the almanac, which ranked cooks at No. 172, dishwashers at No. 213 and waiters and waitresses at No. 136.

Krantz also lists the jobs with the best perks. At the top of that list geologists (No. 60), who get subsidized housing during field work, private offices, paid trips to exotic locations and secretaries who help with the job's nuts-and-bolts.

"Yes, there are great benefits," admitted Gary Ehret, a geologist for Texaco. But, "I think it's safe to say that most people don't become geologists because they think they are going to make a lot of money or get a lot of extras. People do this because they like the outdoors."

Laura Berman Fortgang, author of the career advice book "Take Yourself to the Top," doubts many people who read the book will decide to switch careers.

Krantz agreed: "The book is really about everything you wanted to know about your neighbor's job and didn't have the courage to ask."

Plans for Y2K on school board's agenda

PECOS, March 17, 1999 - A Y2K update will be given at the regular school board meeting scheduled for 6 p.m., Thursday in the school board room, 1304 S. Park St.

The group will discuss a request by Golden Girl Committee of the Women's Division of the Pecos Chamber of Commerce for use of the Pecos High School Auditorium for rehearsals and Golden Girl Revue and waive fees.

Other items for discussion and approval include:

* Discuss/approve preliminary plans and specifications on Pecos High School Building A roof replacement/repairs, Engineer's Project #E9901.

* Discuss/approve relocation allotment for math, special education and bilingual teachers.

* Recognize students for People of Texas Student Art Exhibit.

* Recognize Business Professionals of America students who qualified for national.

* Approve alternate election judges for Orla and Barstow.

* Discuss/approve selling 1 lot (Block 1, Lot 17 Meadowbrook Addition, located at 1500 Cherry Street.

* Discuss/approve bilingual/ESL additives.

* Discuss/approve textbook committee recommendations.

* Discuss/approve air conditioner bids for two buses.

* Discuss 1999-2000 school calendar.

* Second reading and approve local instructional policies (Section E), revise policy DQA, delete policy DB and replace with revised policy DB, delete policy EIE and Policy EMC.

Other items to be discussed include discussing the 1998-99 budget amendments, attendance report, tax report, depository securities report, cafeteria report, commodities received report, current bills and financial report, investment transaction report and the reconciled bank balance report.

The group will also meet behind closed doors in executive session to discuss evaluations and renewal of professional personnel's contracts and to discuss other personnel.

In open session, board members will discuss an 11-month contract for band director; consideration of intent to terminate probationary contract of professional employees at the of the contract period and discuss contract renewals and proposed non-renewals for professional personnel.

PHA board eyes rehab work updates 

PECOS, March 17, 1999 - Discussion of the CIAP 96 and CIAP 98 apartment rehabilitation projects, and a walk-through by Vaungh Architects Plus will be topics for the regular Pecos Housing Authority Board meeting scheduled for Thursday afternoon.

The board will meet at 5 p.m., Thursday, at the PHA/FLH, Administration Office, 600 Meadowbrook Drive and will also consider a resolution on the security patrol program; review/adopt the PHA investment policy and discuss/approve repairs needed for 1992 ford maintenance truck.

Also on the agenda under communications will be a letter to PHA/FLH security patrol officer dated March 5, 1999 from Nellie Gomez, PHA Executive Director.

A commissions workshop scheduled for April 30 in Austin will also be discussed along with revised health insurance coverage policy as presented by Mutual of Omaha.

In the Farm Labor Housing portion of the agenda the board will discuss an FLH inspection by Rural Economic Development Officials; review/approve report on audit of financial statements and supplemental data for the 12 months ended March 31, 1997 by David O. Tate, C.P.A.

Under new business, the group will review and approve a resolution, FLH Audit for FY ended March 31, 1998 scheduled for March 29, 1999; discuss/approve resolution, change fiscal year ending from April 1 to March 31 in Jan. 1 to Dec. 31.

The group will also discuss sewer and plumbing repairs at the Farm Labor Housing.

Monthly financial statements, accounts payable, occupancy status and rent roll and cash journal will also be discussed.

Tennis Carnival set for Thursday

PECOS, March 17, 1999 - The second annual USTA Tennis Carnival is scheduled for this Thursday at the Pecos High School tennis courts, according to Pecos Eagles' tennis coach Bernadette Ornelas.

"We had a big turnout last year, and we're hoping to do as well," Ornelas said last week.

The event is sponsored by the United States Tennis Association to promote the sport among elementary school-age boys and girls. The event is free and will take place from 6 to 7:30 p..m. at the PHS tennis courts.

New job in Pecos less hectic for Kane

Staff Writer

PECOS, March 17, 1999 - Patricia Kane is used to being busy, coming to Pecos in January after working two jobs in two countries.

"I came from Conroe, but I was also working in Mexico," said Kane, the new physician's assistant at the Trans-Pecos Health Center, located on Eddy and Daggett streets.

"I had been planning to move west, and Leo asked me to come here," said Kane. "It looks like I'm here to stay."

Kane had a part-time position in Conroe, outside Houston, and worked the rest of the time at Rio Bravo, Mexico.

She is a full-fledged doctor in Mexico, with a Physicians' Assistant degree here in the United States.

"When I first moved to Mexico I didn't know any Spanish, it took me six months to learn it," said Kane. "But after that I was at the top of my class."

Her French-German background might have helped her learn the language a little faster. "French is a little like Spanish, except they end the words a little differently," said Kane. "I'm also part American-Indian."

Speaking different languages is a talent that is shared by other members of the family. "My father speaks seven languages and my brother speaks five," said Kane, who comes from a large close-knit family consisting of six boys and 11 girls.

"My whole family is really very unusual, but we're very close and we talk to each constantly even though we're all scattered," said Kane. "I almost became an actress, but decided that wasn't for me."

Kane said that when the entire family gets together it's a lot of fun filled with love and laughter. "We're all very social people," she said.

When she's not busy at the clinic she likes to spend time with her 9-year-old son, Matthew, camping and doing things outdoors. "I used to ski, but I can't do that anymore," said Kane. "I like to take a bike ride every day, for about five miles and then walk five miles, and I used to play tennis, but I haven't done that in a while either."

Her son Matthew is home-schooled, which also takes up some of her time. "He's really a very bright, social boy," said Kane.

The rest of her family _ her dogs _ are still in Conroe, but will come home soon, according to Kane.

Kane can be reached at the Trans-Pecos Health Center at 447-3699. Her office hours are from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays and from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., on Fridays.

"We treat everything from the flu to other more serious illnesses," she said.

Kane said that she hasn't been busy enough, since she was used to seeing from 30-40 patients a day at her old positions in Conroe and Mexico. "One time we saw 60, which is really too much, but the normal would be from 30-40, and I like it that way," said Kane. "I like to keep busy, and see as many patients and help them get better."

Her office staff consists of her faithful and very dedicated nurse, Tina Guerrero, her secretary Michael Pallan and billing clerk Jennifer Martinez. Other employees who work at Trans-Pecos Health Center and who are on hand to help out Kane and her staff are Jennifer Martinez, Rosie Rodriguez and Frances Martinez.

"All of my staff is very helpful and we're really enjoy Pecos, everyone has been so nice to me," said Kane. "We plan on staying for a long time."

Texas Lotto

AUSTIN (AP) Results of the Cash 5 drawing Tuesday night: Winning numbers drawn: 16-17-24-29-38. Number matching five of five: 1. Prize per winner: $90,621. Winning ticket(s) sold in: White Settlement, Texas. Matching four of five: 211. Prize: $644.


AUSTIN (AP) The winning Pick 3 numbers drawn Tuesday by the Texas Lottery, in order: 7-6-3 (seven, six, three)


PECOS, March 17, 1999 - High Tuesday 83; low last night 47. Tonight, mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of showers. Low in the upper 30s. North to northwest wind 10-20 mph. Thursday, mostly cloudy and cooler with a 30 percent chance of showers. High in the upper 40s. North wind 15-25 mph and gusty.

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