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Thursday, June 29, 2000

Top cowboys will be earning young silversmith's spurs

Staff Writer

PECOS, June 29, 2000 - A young silversmith is getting his first chance to show off his work at a big rodeo.

Wilson Caprom of Salt Flat is the artist who designed and constructed the spurs and buckles for this year's West of the Pecos Rodeo.

"This is my first big rodeo I've done them for," said Caprom, who is only in his 20s. "The West of the Pecos has helped me out."

The nine sets of spurs and five buckles he made will be given to the winners of each event at the rodeo.

Caprom has been making spurs and buckles on his own for about a year and a half in Salt Flat, located 125 miles northwest of Pecos in Hudspeth County. Before that he worked with Greg Darnall from Lone Oak for three years. Darnall is the man who introduced Caprom into silversmithing.

Caprom constructed the spurs and buckles out of mild steel, solid sterling silver, solid 10K gold and 10K gold fill. Caprom's father carved wax figurines of cowboys for the buckles and spurs and sent them to cast by a jeweler in solid 10K gold. Caprom said the figurines were worth about a $100 each.

Caprom estimated that for retail price each set of spurs were worth $1,000 and each buckle was worth $750.

Brenda McKinney, treasurer and chairman for the buckles and spurs committee, said her committee was thankful to receive the recommendation to use Caprom.

"Jim Kenney was the one who recommended him to the committee," McKinney said.

She said that the committee plans to negotiate with Caprom in the coming years.

"We're real excited to have him make them for us," McKinney said. "We always try to get someone from the area to do the work for us."

Caprom wanted to say thank you for the chance to work for such a big rodeo.

"We're real pleased with the product," McKinney said. "Without the help from the spur and buckle donors we wouldn't have been able to have them."

The West of the Pecos Rodeo 2000 spur and buckle donors were Anchor West Foods, First National Bank, Valley Motor Co., Inc. and Pecos Cantaloupe.

Winkles Truck, Inc., Card and Company, Rediger's Pharmacy, Trans-Pecos Dairy, Security State Bank, Pecos Insurance Co., Texas New Mexico Power Company, Fred Armstrong and Cole Armstrong.

Royce and Barbara Creager, Randy Graham, C.P.A., McDonalds, Pecos Nursing Home, Pecos Farmers Produce, Inc., Pecos Animal Clinic and Jim Pattee.

The spurs and buckles will be on display first at First National Bank and then Security State Bank.

They will be given out the last night of rodeo. The West of the Pecos Rodeo will be on July 5-8 at 8:30 p.m. in Buck Jackson Arena.

TxDOT crews open `safer' I-20 ramps

Staff Writer

PECOS, June 29, 2000 - New entrance and exit ramps westbound on Interstate 20 were opened this week, a move Texas Department of Transportation officials say will help ease the traffic flow and hopefully prevent accidents.

The new ramps were opened to motorists late Tuesday afternoon and TxDOT employees have been working diligently to make the transition go as smooth as possible.

The on ramp from U.S. 285 to I-20 and a new exit ramp from I-20 to Country Club Drive ramps were relocated west of their former location due to traffic congestion at the U.S. 285 interchange. "There was just a lot of congestion in that area, with the truckers going to Flying J," said TxDOT engineer specialist John Salcido.

Flying J Travel Plaza is a popular stop for truckers and motorists, with a convenience store and a restaurant attached to the facility. The store also has showers to accommodate the truckers, which is something not all truck stops have.

But the slow-moving trucks were blamed for numerous accidents at that location, and were also cited as a reason the ramps were relocated, according to Salcido. The new ramp allows trucks to pick up speed faster as they enter in the Interstate.

Workers on Wednesday were busy tearing up the asphalt from the former I-20 entrance ramp. The closing of the ramp also allowed Flying J to reopen one of the entrances to the travel plaza, located directly across from the former ramp. TxDOT ordered that ramp closed in the mid-1990s because of the danger from trucks crossing the I-20 service road directly onto the entrance ramp.

Moving the entrance ramp to the west forced TxDOT to also move the Country Club Drive ramp to the west. The new exit ramp is built onto a curve on I-20, and the new exit signs for the highway have yet to be unveiled.

The relocation of the I-20 westbound ramps began in January, and is just one of several projects TxDOT has been working on in the area.

TxDOT employees had been working hard or replacing the curbs along South Cedar Street and Third Street.

Crews began work in mid-November on the original job of replacing the curbs along Cedar Street (U.S. 285), along with adding wheelchair accessible ramps at several street corners. That work is almost complete.

Area receives needed showers

Staff Writer

PECOS, June 29, 2000 - Pecos saw some more rain with strong lightning Wednesday night, and light showed continued in the area through mid-morning.

KIUN studios reported two-tenths of an inch was received in the downtown area, while the rain was a little heavier just to the west, with the Texas A&M Agricultural Experiment Station reporting three-tenths of an inch.

Since 6 a.m. this morning there has been a trace of rain with a 40 percent chance of rain tonight.

That brings the year-to-date total up to 1.65 inches, still below average for the first six months of the year, though over half that total has fallen in the past month.

National Weather Service meteorologist Brad McGavock reported that their radar estimated three to four inches of rain northwest of Pecos.

"The radar tends to over estimate so probably the majority of the area around Pecos received less than an inch," McGavock said.

He said Pecos has a 20 percent chance of rain tomorrow and will be partly cloudy with a slight chance of rain Saturday through Wednesday.

The strongest storms stayed away from the Coyanosa area, which has seen onion fields ruined by more than a foot of rain that has fallen in the past 30 days.

A flash flood warning was issued overnight for areas of the northern Permian Basin and Southeast New Mexico, though the strongest storms were expected to move east today.

Showers and thunderstorms will continue across portions of Central Texas, especially between Eastland and Killeen. Precipitation was also a possibility in West Texas, with high temperatures on Thursday in the lower 90s.

The rain was expected to taper off in some portions of West Texas by the weekend.

Only a chance of showers and thunderstorms were forecast for South Texas on Thursday, with partly sunny conditions in some parts during the afternoon. Highs will be in the lower to mid-80s.

The chance of rain across the south will continue through Friday.


PECOS, June 29, 2000 - High Wednesday 100. Low this morning 66. Rainfall past 24 hours at Texas A&M Experiment Station .3 inch. Forecast for tonight: Partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms. Low in the 60s. Southeast wind 10-20 mph. Friday: Partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms. High in the mid 90s. Southeast wind 10-20 mph. Friday night: Partly cloudy with a slight chance of thunderstorms. Low in the mid 60s. Saturday: Partly cloudy with a slight chance of showers or thunderstorms. Low in the 60s. High in the 90s.

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