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Tuesday, June 6, 2000

Vendors, webcast, slack bull riding scheduled for 2000 rodeo

Staff Writer

PECOS, June 6, 2000 - Vendors, a new clown and being able to see the rodeo via internet are just some of the new and exciting things that will be happening during the West of the Pecos Rodeo.

This year's rodeo events will be held beginning with slack at 7:30 a.m., Monday, July 3 and slack events on Tuesday, July 4. Admission is free.

A special bull riding section will be held in the evening at 7 p.m., July 4. Admission to that special event will be $3.

Rodeo performances will be held Wednesday, July 5 through Saturday, July 8 at the Buck Jackson Rodeo Arena.

"This year vendors will be on hand during all the events," said Pecos Chamber of Commerce Director Tom Rivera.

Some of the vendors that will be at the rodeo include Jan Pattillo who will be selling sno- cones and roasted corn; Mystical Spirits, who sells candles, incense and a variety of items; Bad Company, who will be selling promotional items, such as T-shirts and the U.S. Border Patrol will have a booth, with information and will be recruiting for the prestigious position.

"We have other vendors that will be there, but haven't confirmed yet," said Rivera.

4-H will have a concession stand, as well.

A new venture with Pro Rodeo Broadcasting will bring this year's event via the internet.

Pro Rodeo Broadcasting, in a limited partnership with the PRCA until 2002, broadcasts PRCA rodeos live on the internet using the latest streaming video technology.

"We have people from around the world attending our rodeo and this is just another way of bringing more people to our rodeo," said West of the Pecos Rodeo President Starkey Warren.

"Without the fans in the stands no rodeo would be any good and we see this as a way of bringing rodeo entertainment to the world and hopefully bringing fans to us later," said Warren.

West of the Pecos Rodeo is the fourth largest rodeo in Texas and the 13th largest in the PRCA (Professional Rodeo Cowboys and Association). With prize money of over $200,000, West of the Pecos, brings in the "big" name contestants from around the nation. "With this type of prize money, you will get to see the Ty Murray's of the PRCA," said Warren.

"We hope to see this type of broadcasting allowing us to increase our prize money in the future, with being able to add commercials to our sponsorship packages for next year. So, we are really excited about the possibilities that Pro Rodeo Broadcasting brings to the table," said Warren.

Broadcast times for West of the Pecos Rodeo will be 8:30 p.m. Central Standard Time, July 5-8. Individuals can watch the broadcast live by logging on to or checking out the PRCA web-site And if you can't see the event live be sure to watch the rodeo on Pro Rodeo Broadcasting's archive page. Archives are available seven days a week, 24 hours a day.

Tickets will be sold at the Pecos Chamber of Commerce Office.

Kids fill summer with tennis, basketball

Staff Writer

PECOS, June 6, 2000 - The swimming pool is not the only place busy this summer.

Tennis lessons are being taught this summer for kids in kindergarten through high school at the Pecos High School Tennis Courts.

Lessons began on June 1 and will run for a month in two two-week sessions.

Head Tennis Coach Bernadette Ornelas said these lessons let the kids have fun while learning the game.

"They're real excited, they like to play tennis," Ornelas said.

These lessons help the younger kids develop hand eye coordination and motor skills and help the older kids with the competitive side of the game, Ornelas said.

PHS grad Teresa Minjarez said she had similar lessons when she was younger.

"It made me more interested in the sport," Minjarez said.

Minjarez is a former high school tennis player and has helped with the lessons for three years.

"It's fun helping the kids," Minjarez said.

Ornelas said the number of kids participating is increasing.

"The first day we didn't have that many," Ornelas said.

Right now there are about 50 kids registered in the tennis lessons.

Ornelas said people can register their kids at any time at the tennis courts.

If the kids don't have a racket, one will be provided for them.

Ornelas said if a kid registers for tennis, they are allowed to participate in golf, volleyball, track and basketball as well.

The basketball lessons are being offered at the PHS New Gym.

The basketball lessons are headed up by Tino Acosta and assisted by Albert Carrasco.

Lessons are offered for 4th through 9th graders. The lessons start at 9 a.m.; each age group lasts an hour and end at 12 noon.

Carrasco said he enjoys working with the kids especially the 4th and 5th graders.

"This age group is the best, they want to learn and have fun," Carrasco said.

The kids learn basketball fundamentals first and then learn the game.

"They come here to learn and play, not to cut up," Carrasco said.

For more information on the basketball lessons call 447-7234.

The cost of the summer lessons is $5 for one child, $7 for two children in the same family and $10 for three or more children in the same family.

"Team" to ask 3 questions

Staff Writer

PECOS, June 6, 2000 - A team of professionals is in Pecos to make recommendations for addressing community needs and utilizing community strengths.

"We're hoping for a good turnout," said Town of Pecos City Manager Kenneth Neal. "The more people that attend the more we will know what Pecos really needs," he said.

The "team" came into Pecos today and had lunch with the host committee. The group took a tour of the community and surrounding area and will have a working supper.

On Wednesday, they will have interviews of local community by interest group, at the Reeves County Civic Center.

The team will be meeting with the agriculture segment from 8-9 a.m.

At 10:15 a.m. the team will meet with the education sector and church groups, and from 12:45-1 p.m. will be reserved for individual time/team discussion. From 1-2 p.m., youth meeting; from 2-3 p.m., retail/businesses/utilities groups; from 3:10-4:10 p.m., the team will meet with civic organizations; from 4:30-5:30 p.m., banking/financial institutions and from 5:35-6:35 p.m., the team will meet with others.

On Thursday, from 8-9 a.m., the team will meet with law enforcement/emergency services groups; 9:05-10:05 a.m., they will have a Spanish translation, and from 1-5 p.m., that day the resource team will work on a report and prepare for presentation at the town meeting. Team discussion and/or follow ups with group members.

The town meeting will be held from 7-8:30 p.m., at the Reeves County Civic Center.

"We would like to invite everyone to attend at least one of these meetings," said Neal.

The three questions that will be asked of each different group are: What are the major problems and challenges in your community? What are the major strengths and assets of your community? And what projects would you like to see accomplished in your community in the next 2, 5, 10, and 20 years?

Summer Food Meal program offered

PECOS, June 6, 2000 - The Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD announces the sponsorship of the Summer Food Services Program.

The Summer Food Meal Program will be offered at Bessie Haynes Elementary School. Days of operation are from June 5 through July 7. Hours will be, for breakfast, 7:30 a.m. until 8:30 a.m. and lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Cost to adults will be $1.25 for breakfast and lunch $2.50.

People who are eligible to participate in the program must not be discriminated against because of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, religion or political belief.


Brenda Gallego

Brenda Jo Gallego, 26, of Pecos, died Monday, June 5, 2000, in Knox City, Tx., following a motor vehicle accident.

A rosary will be held at 7:30 p.m., today at Martinez Funeral Home Chapel.

Mass is scheduled for 10 a.m., Wednesday, June 7, at Santa Rosa Catholic Church with burial in Mt. Evergreen Cemetery.

She was born May 15, 1974, in Alpine, was a lifetime Pecos resident, a dental hygienist assistant and a Catholic. She was a 1992 Pecos High School graduate and was currently attending Midwestern State University where she had been accepted into the Dental Hygiene Program. She was one of 25 applicants out of 1000 who had applied for this program.

Gallego was very active in school sports including volleyball, basketball, baseball and track.

Survivors include her father, Billy Joe Gallego of Balmorhea; her mother, Anita Gallego of Pecos; two brothers, Ringo Joe Gallego of Midland, Billy Joe Gallego, Jr. of Pecos; maternal grandmother, Dorothea Victorino of Saragosa and paternal grandfather, Joe Gallego of Balmorhea.

Martinez Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Jose Gomez

Services are incomplete for Jose A. Gomez, 87, of Pecos, died Monday, June 5, 2000, at the Pecos Nursing Home.

Martinez Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Today partly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms. High 85-90.Southeast wind 10-20 mph. Tonight partly cloudy. Low 60-65. Southeast wind 10-20 mph. Wednesday partly cloudy. High 90-95. South wind 10-20 mph. Wednesday night mostly clear. Low in the lower 60s.

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