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Thursday, July 6, 2000

Leaders change in four events at Pecos Rodeo

Staff Writer

There were new leaders in four events, while Tuesday’s leaders held onto their spots in the others, as the official opening night of the West of the Pecos Rodeo was held Wednesday at the Buck Jackson Arena.

Fourteen-time world’s champion Guy Allen regained the lead he held following the first go-round of steer roping on Monday, while the first rider of the night in the ladies’ barrel race, Phyllis Newton, took the lead in that event with a 17.50 time.

Jeffrey Collins and Rancy Bray are the new leaders in the bareback and saddle bronc riding, with three more nights of competition to go. The second performance is scheduled to begin about 8:30 p.m. this evening; with the final two shows set for 8:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Roper and steer wrestlers are battling to get into the Top 12 by Friday, in order to qualify for a spot in the finals on Saturday. Allen, who took the lead with an 11.9 second effort on Monday, did 12.2 in the third go-round last night, and the Lovington, N.M., cowboy’s combined 38.4 second time put him 6.4 seconds ahead of Joe Talbot of Pendleton, Ore., and Trevor Brazile of Decatur.

Talbot is tied for second with a 44.8 time despite not having placed among the top six in any of the three go-rounds so far, while Brazile, a two-time West of the Pecos All-Around champion, had some problems last night, after going 25.3 on his first two steers.

Newton, from Carlsbad, N.M., took the lead in barrel racing by six seconds over Donna Dugosh, who posted a 17.56 time Tuesday, during the first round of competition. The only other rider last night to get in among the leaders were Tammy Key of Ledbetter, who stands eighth after an 18-flat ride.

Rancy Bray of Dumas rode “Cecelia” to the lead in the saddle bronc competition. His 84 point score was four higher than last year’s winning total by Ty Murray and two more than defending National Finals Rodeo champ Billy Etbauer, who scored 82 points on board “Centerfold” on Wednesday.

Former Pecosite T.J. Kenney tied for the No. 3 spot with Jeff Miller of Coleman. Both scored 74 points Wednesday, Kenney in a re-ride on “Born to Be Wild” and Miller riding “Copenhagen Vogue” The opening night leader, Bryan Wright, is tied for fifth with Cody Demoss, both with 73 points.

Bareback riding had just one competitor on Tuesday, and all of the leaders rode last night. Jeffrey Collins of Redfield, Kan., scored 81 points riding “Black Betty” to grab first for now, four points ahead of Trey Fisher of Madisonville and Robert Bowers of Brooks AB, Calif. Fisher scored 77 points on “Skoals Free Ride” and Bowers rode “Little Sister”

In calf roping, both Blair Burke and Charley Russell maintained their leads in the second go-round and the overall average. Burke, of Durant, Okla., leads the second go with a 9.2 second time, while Russell, of Shamrock, is tops overall at 19.7 seconds, though Shawn Felton on Stephenville took over second place in the average, with a 20.3 time for two rides.

John Schuenman of Madisonville posted the best single time so far in steer wrestling, taking down his steer in 4.3 seconds last night. That put him in the lead in the second go-round over former NFR champ Byron Walker, though Walker, of Ennis, still leads in the average with a combined 9.7-second time. Schuenman, is in third place at 10.2 seconds, just behind Snyder’s Luke Richards, who is at 10.1 for two attempts.

Felipe Aragon maintained his lead in the bull riding competition, with the 87 point effort during Tuesday’s special bull riding session that earned him an extra $1,000, but Rusty Burford of Balch Springs took over second place, scoring 86 points on “Twilight Zone.” Garrett Frey, who also rode Tuesday, dropped down to third, and Spud Whitman took over fourth place, scoring 78 points Wednesday on board “Funky Town”

Bull rider Tony Booth was treated for bruises at Reeves County Hospital, after he fell off “Boogie Man,” which then fell on him. Rodeo announcer Curt Robinson said Booth wasn’t seriously hurt, “He just wanted to be checked out, because another cowboy had gotten hurt the same way,” Robinson said this morning.

In team roping, Tee Woolman of Llano and Mike Beers of Powell Butte, Ore., tied for fourth place in the average with a combined 15.2-second time following Wednesday’s performance, where they placed second with a 6.6 time. They’re tied with Travis Bard and Vic McKinley, while David Motes and Mickey Gomez hold both the average lead, at 15.1 seconds, and the second go-round lead, at 6.3 seconds.

Kevin Stewart of Glen Rose and Martin Lucero of Stephenville had an 8.1 time and are in third place in the average, at 15.3 seconds. Scott Snededor and Randy Halbert, the first go-round winners, are second in the average, at 15.2 seconds.

Tonight’s rodeo performance will feature former world’s champion Deb Greenough and 1997 Pecos Rodeo champ Chad Klein in the bareback competition; 2000 College All-Around champ Jessie Bail and Coleman rodeo winner Yancy Jones in bull riding, steer wrestler Marty Musil, calf roper Jeff Yates, team ropers Johnnie Philipp and Neck Rowland and Turtle Powell and Wayne Folman and barrel racers Gail Hillman and Ember Stewart.

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B-1 bides time before arena flyover

Staff Writer

PECOS, July 6, 2000 - A B-1 Bomber from Dyess Air Force Base in Abilene, "burned holes in the sky," north of town last evening, before flying over the West of the Pecos Rodeo during the National Anthem at the start of Wednesday's performance.

"The plan is that the crew will burn holes in the sky north of town until they receive my signal to fly over the rodeo," said Colonel Tim Stocking.

The B-1 circled in the skies north of town for about 20 minutes Wednesday before flying from north to south over the Buck Jackson Rodeo Arena. It circled the area because it could not land in the local airfield because of its size and the length of the runway at the Pecos Municipal Airport.

"They're doing a normal mission, and doing a fly-by at the rodeo at the same time," said Stocking. "They aren't here just for the rodeo, but are actually on a mission."

Air Force Lieutenant Wes Ticer explained that it takes a lot of manpower and time to get ready for a flight, and the fly-by at the rodeo, had to be coordinated with a regular mission.

"We don't want the taxpayers to think they're just here for the rodeo, they are actually on duty and on a mission," said Stocking.

The fly-by was coordinated to happen at the same the National Anthem would be playing at the rodeo. The B-1 was virtually silent while flying over both the arena and the east side of town, before turning on its afterburners for the flight south of Pecos.

The flyover was a request by the West of the Pecos Rodeo Committee. "They asked us if we could coordinate a fly-by during the rodeo and we looked at the mission schedule and decided it would be possible," said Stocking.

The B-1 Bomber flew 1,500 feet above the ground and at about 300 miles an hour. "Normally its 500 feet above the ground at 500 miles an hour," said Stocking. "But we slowed it down and made it a little higher."

The flyover was in support of the city's request, in conjunction with Independence Day and to establish a better relationship with the community. The Air Force is currently seeking to build a series of electronic scoring sites around Pecos as part of its Realistic Bomber Training Initiative. It would include one of two manned sites in West Texas, which the Air Force said would bring 31 jobs and $1.6 million annually into Reeves County.

"We want them to know what we're all about," said Ticer. "This is part of our training."

Two tours of the B-1 base at Dyess have already been conducted for residents in the Pecos and Snyder areas, where the other manned site will be built. Another tour of the base is scheduled for September, according to Ticer.

Spencer's latest project involves expanding local office

Staff Writer

PECOS, July 6, 2000 - Frank Spencer and Associates, which has been involved in most of the major construction projects in the Pecos area in recent years, is adding on to their office building.

Construction on the 2,700 square foot addition should be completely finished in three months.

Spencer said his business desperately needs the office space. The former Contel Telephone Co. building was made to accommodate 12 people and right now there are 21 people working there.

"We've been crowded for about a year and a half," Spencer said.

In the past four months, Spencer has added three more support staff and a new engineer. There will be a new architect starting in January.

The new addition will help the staff's work performance and make business go smoothly.

"When you try to cram a lot of people in, it's not very good," Spencer said. "With more space the performance just gets better and they work better."

The company did take out-of-company and out-of-town bids. Spencer said he did use some local contractors but his own people are doing the majority of the work.

Progress is going slow because of jobs for clients. The original completion date was set for June but has been pushed back. Spencer said they are setting the customers at the top of the list.

"We've got to take care of our clients first," Spencer said.

The new addition will consist of one private office and restrooms as well as open space for cubicles.

Spencer said they will concentrate on the inside of the addition so his staff can move in.

"We'll work rapidly on the inside of it," he said. "We need the space as soon as possible."

Spencer said he and his staff is excited about the addition and thinks it will look better for Pecos.

"We're happy we're getting it done," he said. "I think it's going to be nice."

"We'll be very proud of it," Spencer said. "Hopefully it will add to the aesthetics of the community."

Hospital holding area blood drive this afternoon

PECOS, July 6, 2000 - A blood drive is being held until 6 p.m., this evening, at the Reeves County Hospital lobby. The event is being sponsored by United Blood Services and the Reeves County Hospital Auxiliary.

"We encourage everyone to bring proof of identity," said RCH Public Relations Director Nancy Ontiveros.

The proof of identification is a new federal requirement for anyone wanting to donate blood, according to Ontiveros.

The goal for today is to collect 40 units of blood.

"We encourage the community to come out and participate to help alleviate the shortage of blood in the area," said Ontiveros.

Juice and free T-shirts will be given out during the event.


Brandon Martinez

Brandon Isaiah Martinez, a newborn boy, died July 3, 2000, at Odessa Regional Hospital.

Church services were held at 2 p.m., today, at Harvest Church in Monahans, with Van Dickson officiating. Burial will be in Monahans Memorial Cemetery.

Survivors include his parents, Fernando and Deborah Martinez of Monahans; one brother, Fernando Martinez, Jr. of Monahans; paternal grandparents, Teofilo and Angie Martinez of Pecos and maternal grandparents Ynes and Yvonne Contreras of Monahans.

Harkey Funeral Home of Monahans is in charge of arrangements.


PECOS, July 6, 2000 - High Wednesday 104. Low this morning 70. Forecast for tonight: Mostly clear. Low around 70. Southeast wind 5-15 mph. Friday: Mostly sunny. High around 102. Southeast wind 10-20 mph. Friday night: Partly cloudy. Low 70-75. Saturday: Partly cloudy. Low 70-75. High around 102.

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