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Monday, July 3, 2000

PEDC approves plan for opening of OC's campus

Staff Writer

PECOS, July 3, 2000 - The Pecos Economic Development Board discussed plans for the grand opening of Odessa College's Pecos Technical Training Center during a meeting this morning on the second floor of the Security State Bank building.

Odessa College's new Pecos campus began serving it's first students for summer classes in late May, but board members were told by PEDC president Gari Ward the official grand opening will be from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., on Saturday, July 29.

Oscar Saenz said the board met with representatives from Odessa College to discuss the grand opening.

He said there is an out-of-town guest list made up that includes Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, Senator Phil Gramm and U.S. Rep. Henry Bonilla.

Saenz said the community is also more than welcome to come and visit the new facility.

"We would like to make this a nice affair and invite everybody," Saenz said.

There will be teams in each of the six classrooms giving tours and explaining everything.

A program will be drafted by the Vance Gibson, OC president and given to the board for approval.

Ward wanted the board to consider roping off the parking lot in front of the training center.

"I don't know if we can legally block it, but I think it's worth looking into," Frank Spencer said. "I think need to look into that for safety."

Board members then approved the plans and the date for the center's opening.

In other business, the board also welcomed Elva Arreguy to the board of directors.

Saenz said to Arreguy that he believes that she will bring a lot to the board because of her knowledge of job training.

"We're very fortunate to be able to bring you aboard," Saenz said.

Arreguy said she would try her best while she is on the board and help out whenever needed.

Before going into executive session the board approved the minutes from their last meeting, held in January.

In executive session they discussed land purchase for job creation.

Rubio gets delayed Golden Girl title

Staff Writer

PECOS, July 3, 2000 - Diana Rubio, who wowed the audience with her dance routine, was crowned Golden Girl of the Old West over the weekend and Jenny Alvarez was named first runner-up in the annual pageant. Nicole Payne was named second runner-up.

However, it took Rubio a little longer than normal to claim her crown, because at the end of the actual pageant Friday night, Nicole Payne was mistakenly announced as the winner.

"It was just an unfortunate mistake. The numbers were added up correctly but a name was written down in the wrong place _ from one paper to another paper," Jenny Abbott said. Abbott is a member of the Golden Girl Revue executive committee.

Soon after the competition was over the mistake was revealed and corrected.

"This is the first time in the 38 year history of the Golden Girl Revue that something this unfortunate has occurred," Abbott said. "We remedied the mistake as quickly as possible. The girls handled it very well and Nicole was very gracious and understanding."

Rubio is now Golden Girl. Alvarez, who sang "Honey I'm Home" by Shania Twain, is the first runner-up and Payne is the second runner-up.

Rubio said she did not find out about the mistake until later Friday night when she and Alvarez were called to meet with the Golden Girl committee.

When the committee explained to the girls what happened Rubio said she was in shock.

"They said the first person I asked for was Nicole," Rubio said.

Rubio said she was happy when Nicole was crowned the winner at the competition.

"I was so excited for her because I knew she wanted it a lot," Rubio said.

After finding out the news she said she was sad for Payne but also happy for being named Golden Girl.

Payne, who played the flute and sang a patriotic medley of songs, was devastated about the news but says she has coped with it well.

"This unfortunate mistake has been a girl's worst nightmare come true," Payne said. "The peace and understanding God has given me has enabled me to forgive the error that was made and to overcome and rise above."

"I think Nicole is strong and I think she can get through it," Rubio said. "And I don't want this to change our friendship."

Rubio said she and the other girls had fun and now she has a lot of warm memories.

Rubio wanted to thank all the people involved in the competition and understand that mistakes happen.

"It's just a human mistake _ things do happen," Rubio said.

Rubio also wanted to share something about Payne.

"I want to tell her I love her and to keep her head up," Rubio said.

The committee is taking steps to ensure that this unfortunate incident is not repeated in the future, Abbott said.

"We sincerely apologize to Ms. Payne, Ms. Rubio, and their families for the error," Abbott said.

While Rubio, Alvarez and Payne were recognized for their abilities, all the nominees showed poise, confidence, courage and talent, Abbott said.

The other nominees were Michelle Romo, Lyndall Elkins, Precilla Levario, Tiffany Jarrett, Tabitha Montanez and JoAnn Wein.

Romo sang "Twenty-nine Cents," a song originally by The Wilkensons. Elkins performed a medley of Texas songs on the piano, Levario performed a medley of songs from "The Lion King" on the clarinet, Jarrett sang "Conga" by Gloria Estefan, Montanez sang "Texas When I Die" by Tanya Tucker.

Also during the evening a new Little Miss Cantaloupe was crowned before the audience at the Pecos High School auditorium.

Jasmine Tarin, seven-year-old daughter of Angel and Deida Tarin, was crowned Little Miss Cantaloupe 2000 while Haley Kington was named runner-up. Kington is the six-year-old daughter of David and Daphne Kington.

The younger beauties performed a group dance routine to Mambo No. 5, the Disney Version and were introduced to the audience by Master of Ceremonies Johnny Terrazas.

The Little Miss Cantaloupe nominees included seven-year-old Conner Armstrong, six-year-old Lauren Elliott, six-year-old Christina Flores, seven-year-old Jacqueline Harcrow, seven-year-old Tiffany Hunter, five-year-old Kelly Lease, seven-year-old Krystle Ramirez, five-year-old Kendra Rayos and six-year-old Marissa Tarango.

Six-year-old Lenora Blanchard was unable to participate in Friday's competition because of illness.

The problems with the Golden Girl announcement on Friday kept the girls from performing their production number Saturday evening, during the Night in Old Pecos celebration downtown.

Crowds at the annual event were treated to cooler-than-normal weather compared with recent years, and the food and gift booths on Oak Street were crowded after sunset, though the area itself was quieter this year, since organizers opted against having a live band on the Oak Street stage. Country and Tejano dance music was provided during the night on the Windmill Square stage.

The two events kicked off Rodeo Week in Pecos, while the first competitors in this year's West of the Pecos Rodeo began slack competition at 7:30 a.m. today at the Buck Jackson Rodeo Arena. Slack competition will continue through the Fourth of July, with a special bull riding session added to Tuesday night's slack competition, which will get underway at 7:30 p.m.

The first official rodeo performance will be at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, following the West of the Pecos Rodeo Parade, which will be held along West Third Street and then through the downtown area starting at 10 a.m. Wednesday. Former State Rep. Richard C. Slack will be grand marshal for this year's parade, which will have Y2K as its theme.

Along with the parade, the old-timers reunion will also be held Wednesday morning at the West of the Pecos Museum, prior to the start of the parade.

A barbeque lunch will be held at the Reeves County Sheriff's Posse Barn following the parade, with plates on sale to the general public at $6 per person.

Deputies jail truck driver in 278-pound pot seizure

Staff Writer

PECOS, July 3, 2000 - Reeves County Sheriff's Department took a huge load of illegal drugs off the streets Sunday night, and arrested a Mexican native for the offense.

Deputies stopped a truck, which was found to have hidden compartments containing 278 pounds of marijuana, which they said had an approximate street value of $170,000.

The incident occurred at about 8:56 p.m. Sunday, when Reeves County Sheriff's Deputy Tommy Acosta was traveling north on Highway 17, two miles south of Balmorhea, when he observed a white truck also traveling north that had a defective taillight.

"At that time I activated my emergency lights and conducted a traffic stop," said Acosta.

Upon making contact with the driver of the truck, identified later as Jesus Alberto Gonzales, 20, Acosta requested to see the driver's license and proof of insurance. "He stated that the he did not have a driver's license," the deputy said.

At that time, the driver was asked to step out of the truck. He complied without hesitation, and again he was asked for identification. "He stated that he did not have any identification, but that his name was Jesus and that he worked on a ranch in Fort Davis and that a friend that also worked on the ranch with him let him use his truck to go riding around," said Acosta.

Gonzales was then asked who he worked for, but could not remember the name of the ranch or who he worked for.

"He then advised me that he was from Mexico and that he crossed the border to try and find work," said Acosta.

A passenger inside the truck was then asked to also step out of the vehicle. Both the passenger, who said he also was from Mexico, and the driver were handcuffed for the protection of the officer and the subjects.

"I then had the sheriff's office contact Border Patrol to have them meet me at my location to meet with the two subjects I had in custody," said Acosta.

"I then asked Jesus if he had any weapons, large amounts of money, or any dangerous drugs in the truck and he said `no' there wasn't," said Acosta. "I then requested consent to search the truck, he complied and gave consent."

Acosta then contacted Task Force Officer Danny Reynolds and requested his assistance and his K-9 partner.

A search of the truck was conducted at this time. Reynolds said he suspected a false compartment under the bed of the truck, which they were able to confirm a short time later.

Reynolds drilled a pilot hole into the bottom of the bed, and when it was removed a green leafy substance was attached to the drill bit.

The tailgate was removed and uncovered the false compartment under the bed of the truck that contained 123 bundles of a green leafy substance wrapped in plastic wrap and duct tape.

Gonzales was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana over 50 pounds and under 2000 pounds.

Both subjects were transported to Reeves County Jail and the truck was taken to the Reeves County Jail sally port for further search. . The passenger in the vehicle, a juvenile, was not charged and was released, but the Immigration and Naturalization Service has been informed about the status of both Gonzales and the juvenile.

DA's wife pleads to criminal trespass charge

Staff Writer

PECOS, July 3, 2000 - The wife of 143rd District Attorney Randy Reynolds received a three-month probated sentence for criminal trespass in the Reeves County Court-At-Law last week according to court documents.

Lisa Reynolds went before County Attorney Walter Holcombe, pled and was sentenced to three months probation and assessed a fine before a warrant was served and before she could be arrested.

Luz Alvarez, acting on behalf of her daughter, a juvenile, filed the criminal trespass charges with the Reeves County Sheriff's Department.

On June 11, Criminal Investigator Michael Dominguez said he met with Alvarez and her daughter, at the sheriff's department in reference to the report.

Alvarez stated that she wanted to file criminal trespass charges on Reynolds.

Alvarez told Dominguez that Reynolds had come to her residence while she was in Balmorhea. She stated that she had received a call there from her daughter, stating that Reynolds had come to her residence wanting to speak to her. According to Alvarez, her daughter told Reynolds that her mother was not home and asked her to leave.

According to the incident report, Reynolds started yelling and threatened to spit in her face.

Initially, a warrant was issued for Reynolds' arrest out of Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Rosendo Carrasco's justice court.

Before Reynolds could be arrested however, County Attorney Holcombe filed an information in the matter that invoked the jurisdiction of the Reeves County Court-at-Law. Judge Lee Green then issued a summons for the Defendant for her appearance and Reynolds.


Mae Hughes

Mae Hughes, 91, of Pecos, died Saturday, July 1, 2000 at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock.

Graveside services were held at 4 p.m., today, at Fairview Cemetery with Rev. Bruce Abbott officiating.

She was born June 6, 1909, in Benton, Ark., had lived in Pecos for 48 years, was a homemaker and a member of First Christian Church.

Survivors include two sons, Marvin Hughes of Midland and Jimmy Hughes of Lubbock; two daughters, Bobbie Clark of Pecos and Nelda Shackelford of Idalou; 12 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

Pecos Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


PECOS, July 3, 2000 - High Sunday 103. Low this morning 70. Weekend rainfall at the Texas A&M Experiment Station .71 inch. Forecast for tonight: Partly cloudy. Low in the lower 70s. South wind 5-15 mph. Fourth of July: Mostly sunny. High around 100. South wind 10-20 mph. Tuesday night: Partly cloudy. Low in the lower 70s. Wednesday: Partly cloudy. Low in the lower 70s. High in the upper 90s to near 100.

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