Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Wednesday, August 9, 2000
Rodeo, Fall Fair look at cost adjustments
By ROSIE FLORES
PECOS, August 9, 2000 - Final results and the total payoff for the West
of the Pecos Rodeo were announced during the regular meeting of the Pecos
Chamber of Commerce Directors Meeting held Tuesday at noon.
Chamber member Starkey Warren told the group that Bad Company Rodeo
was very pleased, the crowd and the rodeo committee. "Everyone was really
pleased with this year's event, however, that doesn't make us any money,"
"We didn't make enough for us to keep going the way we have been," said
Warren. "We need to do something else."
Warren stated that it's hard to keep paying the amount of payoff money
that has been paid in the past. The West of the Pecos Rodeo's payout has
more than doubled in the past 10 years, in order to remain among the Top
20 rodeos in the United States and Canada in terms of prize money.
The total payoff amount this year was $224,200 and the All Around Cowboy,
14-time World's Champion steer roper Guy Allen, received $7,337.
Warren said this year's newest idea, to broadcast the rodeo over the
Internet, did not work out as planned.
"We tried on July 5, as a trial run, it was on for 10 minutes and then
it went off line," said Warren. "We tried again Thursday, Wednesday, and
then finally, they flew in people from San Diego, and it supposedly was
He said the Rodeo Committee is working on getting their money back on
the venture. "He assured us he would do us right, it is on the archives,
but it wasn't on until last week," said Warren. "I had thought that maybe
they could do it for free next year, but Kevin (Duke), suggested we just
get our money back."
"I may have made a mistake, but we learned something," he said.
Board member Leo Elliott stated that he had looked for it and never
saw Pecos listed on the Internet site. "They had a list of all the rodeos,
but Pecos wasn't even listed on there," he said.
Warren told the group that Bad Company Rodeo owner, Mack Altizer was
doing well following surgery to repair fractured vertebrae he suffered
in a swimming accident he had in a Pecos motel, during the rodeo events.
"He'll have to wear that halo for awhile, but otherwise he's doing good,"
said Warren. "The surgery went really well."
Warren also said some people were disappointed in the new program for
the rodeo that was issued this year, which was printed in a tab-size newspaper
format instead of the glossy program used in the past. The Rodeo Committee
had lost money on the higher-cost programs in recent years, and this time,
Warren said, "We made some money out of it and learned some new things."
In other business, Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Tom Rivera
told the group that he had good news about the Main Street Project. "I
shipped off the application to Austin and called Ken McKnight and they
have already done the initial screening," said Rivera. "Pecos made it through
the initial screening."
"It will be formally submitted and this means at least we're in the
running," said Rivera.
Chamber board directors discussed the Reeves County Fall Fair and the
Fall Fair Concert during their luncheon.
"This year, we won't have a fall fair concert," said Rivera.
"I think the time for concert money making are gone," said chamber president
Jason Owen puts on ranch roping and is willing to do a 3-day ranch rodeo.
"And all we would have to do is sell concession, which is what we did at
the concerts," said Alligood.
Owen will be responsible for the entire rodeo and maybe he could do
this every year, according to Rivera.
"That's something we'll be pursuing," said Alligood.
Alligood said for the first few years the concerts were a big moneymaking
project that brought in a lot of out-of-towners and provided revenue for
the chamber. "Then everybody started getting in on it, and the big Tejano
names that used to bring in people, were coming to area cities and towns
and they just didn't attract a big a crowd in Pecos anymore," she said.
"Their price also went up."
The only way that a concert would make it in Pecos would be to bring
in top bands that charge from $75,000-$100,000, according to Alligood.
"Let's try to find something different to have during the fall fair,"
The Fall Fair is scheduled for the first weekend in October and the
Fall Fair Committee will be meeting next Tuesday at lunch at Cattleman's
"We'll be working on the booklet and get it out in September," said
fall fair president Barbara Creager. "We encourage everyone to attend this
meeting and share ideas with us."
Aside from canceling the fair concert, Rivera said they also plan some
changes in the World's Championship Barbeque Beef Cookoff.
"This year, we're going to limit the amount of prize money at the cookoff
to the amount of entries," said Rivera. "The money we give out as prizes
will depend on the number of entries."
"Tom is still looking to see if there is any company out there that
wants to come in and put up the banners and take them during the rodeo,"
said Alligood. "We had a company that used to do that, but they're out
of business now."
The good think about the company that up the banners is that in two
days, the whole town was decorated and after the rodeo in two days all
the banners would be down, according to Alligood.
"This is a good venture for someone who is looking for a short-term
money-making project," said Rivera.
"It doesn't have to be an out-of-town company or a company at all, but
just individuals that want to do this during the rodeo. I know of some
companies that have the banners and they stated that within two years of
doing this, you could start making money on it," he said.
"We're still trying to get a computer class going and will talk to Odessa
College about it," said Alligood. "We're still trying to get that together."
Teachers `rescued' in S.W.A.T demonstration
By LEIA HOLLAND
PECOS, August 9, 2000 - The Pecos Police Department demonstrated their
ability to handle any hostage or terrorist situation to Pecos-Barstow-Toyah
Independent School District teachers today.
Police Chief Clay McKinney said this is the first year for the police
department to offer a additional awareness program to the teachers and
administration of area schools.
"This is a proactive program the department has developed to bring awareness
to the faculty of the department's capabilities and inform them of some
safety issues if something should happen," he said.
McKinney said the department has been training in area schools even
before such incidents as the April, 1999 Columbine High School massacre
in Littleton, Colo., occurred.
"We don't want to be in a situation where we say why didn't we come
up with this earlier," he said.
Investigator Kelly Davis informed the teachers of the accessibility
children have to bomb formulas and how easy some bombs can be made. Davis
also informed them of the damage a homemade bomb can do and the common
ingredients used in them.
Lt. Tony Dawdy then showed and explained some equipment the S.W.A.T.
team uses on raids and stakeouts.
The teachers were then able to see the S.W.A.T. team in action. Volunteers
were asked to sit on a bus in the Eagle Stadium parking lot while the team
raided the bus as they would in a hostage situation.
The demonstration seemed to be effective as the teachers walked off
the bus holding their hearts and trying to calm their frayed nerves.
McKinney said the police department gave the demonstration to allow
the teachers to see what they do and not just hear about it.
"They enjoy seeing the hands on demonstrations," he said. "It is different
hearing about it than seeing it."
McKinney said the program also informs the teachers what they need to
do to prevent such incidents as Columbine from happening and what they
could do if an incident should happen.
"The teachers learn the more information they can give the station the
better chance they can get out people safely," he said.
Davis said the teachers could help the police department by paying attention
to their surroundings and reporting anything suspicious.
Pecos High School principal Danny Rodriguez said he is glad they can
count on the police department to do a great job.
"They have a lot of training and that speaks for itself," he said.
Rodriguez said the police department has known the layouts of area schools
since before Columbine happened and is confident that if something should
happen they will be able to handle it well.
Rodriguez said he enjoyed the program especially the S.W.A.T. team demonstrations.
"It was great," he said. "You actually get a feel of what they do and
"I think it was a very good program that will help us be safe," Rodriguez
said. "Our number one objective is to be safe."
City to review plans to build detention site
By LEIA HOLLAND
PECOS, August 9, 2000 - The Pecos City Council will discuss the feasibility
of a Municipal Law Enforcement Center and a Municipal Court facility and
the site selection of at their regular meeting at 7:30 a.m., on Thursday,
August 10 at City Hall.
The city is discussing building a new detention center that would house
U.S. Marshal's Service prisoners awaiting trial in U.S. District Court
in Pecos. Most of those prisoners are currently being held in out-of-town
The Council will also discuss funding of the design phase of engineering
services for the South Worsham Well Field through Frank Spencer.
They will also discuss two different emergency measure ordinances referring
to the ability to drill water wells in Ward County along with the plans
for the city's new water field. The first ordinance authorizes Pecos combination
tax and revenue certificates of obligation in the amount of $8,375,000.
The second is an ordinance authorizing Pecos combination tax and revenue
certificates of obligation in the amount of $460,000.
The Council will also discuss and consider the change order for final
closure of Trench 1-Area B, Type I Sanitary Landfill.
Town of Pecos City and Pecos-Barstow-Toyah tax assessor-collection Lydia
Prieto will ask the Council to consider the Texas property tax code submission
roll for Fiscal Year 2001 and City Manager Kenneth Neal will discuss with
the council the city's wish list of projects to be given to the Texas Department
School board to certify 2000-2001 tax rolls
PECOS, August 9, 2000 - Certified appraisal values of Pecos-Barstow-Toyah
ISD and certification of anticipated collection rate by tax collector are
scheduled to be discussed and approved during the regular monthly school
board meeting on Thursday.
Members will meet at 6 p.m., in the boardroom, 1304 S. Park St. The
public is invited to attend.
Board members will listen to a report on Crockett Middle School lab
addition project and the Pecos High School and Austin Elementary roofing
The board will discuss and approve calculation of rollback tax rate;
sale of foreclosed property located at 420 S. Mulberry Street; a public
meeting date for budget and proposed tax rate and discuss/approve Teacher
Appraisal Calendar-2000-2001 and PDAS Appraisers.
In other business, the board will discuss and approve 2000-2001 bus
routes; employee health insurance and prescription co-pay proposals; fuel
sealed proposals; pickup bids; worker's compensation sealed proposals;
the 1999-2000 budget amendments and will discuss the 2000-2001 budget.
The board will hear the first reading on Policy Update 63.
In regular business the board will discuss and approve:
· Tax report.
· Depository securities report.
· Current bills and financial report.
· Investment transaction report.
· Reconciled bank balance report.
· Reeves County Community Recreation Report.
· Set date and time for next meeting.
· Calendar of events.
· Request for items for next agenda.
The board will also meet in closed session, for private consultation
with the board's attorney and to discuss personnel and hear complaints
The board will return to open session and take action, if any, on items
discussed in closed session.
Board members will also approve professional personnel: assignments,
resignations, reassignments, and changes of contract.
P-B-T accepting applications for school lunch aid program
By ROSIE FLORES
PECOS, August 9, 2000 - Applications for free or reduced-priced meals
for children in the Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD are currently being accepted.
"If they want to come in before school starts, so they can be prepared
we are already processing the applications," said P-B-T ISD Food Services
Director Helen Miller.
Miller encouraged everyone to come in and fill out an application.
The food services office is located on the southwest side of Pecos High
School, between the baseball and football fields.
"They still have the 30-days after school starts, but we would like
to let people know that if they want to do it before school starts they
can do it now," said Miller. "That way it will be taken care of before
the beginning of school and the parent or guardian will know if their student
is eligible or not."
Miller said they have received a few applications already.
Food services personnel will be on hand at pre-registration at both
Austin Elementary School and Bessie Haynes Elementary School, scheduled
for 6 p. m. Thursday.
"We'll also be at Zavala on Friday," said Miller.
The food services personnel will be handing out the applications at
those times as well and helping individuals fill them out.
The school announced its policy for providing free and reduced-price
meals for children served under the National School Lunch Program and/or
School Breakfast Program.
Each school and/or the central office have a copy of the policy, which
may be reviewed by any interested party.
The household size and income criteria identified below will be used
to determine eligibility for free and reduced-price benefits. Children
from households whose income is at or below the levels shown are eligible
for free or reduced price meals. Foster children who are the legal responsibility
of a welfare agency or court may also be eligible for benefits regardless
of the income of the household with whom they reside. Eligibility for the
foster child is based on the child's income.
Application forms are being distributed to all households with a letter
informing households of the availability of free and reduced-price meals
for their children. Applications also are available at the principal's
office and cafeteria's in each school. To apply for free and reduced-price
meals, households must fill out the application and return it to the school
cafeteria or the Food Service Office. Applications may be submitted any
time during the school year. The information households provide on the
application will be used for the purpose of determining eligibility and
verification of data. The school officials may verify applications at any
time during the school year.
Under the provisions of the free and reduced-price meal policy, the
Food Service Director and/or Food Service Secretary will review applications
and determine eligibility. Parents or guardians dissatisfied with the ruling
of the official may wish to discuss the decision with the reviewing official
on an informal basis. Parents wishing to make a formal appeal for a hearing
on the decision may make a request either orally or in writing to Don Love,
1302 S. Park, or call 915-447-7201.
Households that list a food stamp or TANF case number must report when
the household no longer receives those benefits. Other households approved
for benefits based on income information must report increases in household
income of over $50 per month or $600 per year and decreases in household
size. Also, if a household member becomes unemployed or if the household
size increases, the household should contact the Food Service Office. Such
changes may make the children of the household eligible for benefits if
the household income falls at or below the levels indicated on the application.
In accordance with federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy,
this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race,
color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.
To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office
of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue,
SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call 202-720-5964.
Balmorhea ISD board to discuss budget meeting
PECOS, August 9, 2000 - The Balmorhea Independent School District Board
of Trustees will discuss a time and date for the 2000-2001 budget meeting
at their regular meeting at 7 p.m., on Thursday in the Balmorhea ISD Board
The board members will also discuss the adoption of the 2000-2001 teacher
appraisal calendar as well as the resolution to amend authorized representative
Sadie L. Barlow, 80, of Marfa, died Saturday, Aug. 5, 2000, in a Las Cruces,
N.M., Care Center.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, Aug. 11, at First Baptist
Church with Rev. Lloyd Conner officiating. Burial will follow at Marfa
She was born in Ozark, Ark., on May 13, 1920 and married Riley M. Barlow
on Sept. 2, 1948. They lived in Marfa twice during Mr. Barlow's Border
Patrol career, moving there a second time in 1959.
Barlow was a long time member of the First Baptist Church and was actively
involved in many community clubs and organizations, including Order of
the Eastern Star. Later in her life when she began to lose her sight, she
began a life-long dream to paint and became an accomplished artist with
numerous art exhibits in the West Texas area.
Survivors include three daughters, Ann Barlow of Las Cruces, N.M., Karen
Wells of Reston, Va. and Kathy Redford of Shrewsbury, N.J.; one son, Mike
Barlow of Auburn, Wash.; two brothers, James Buchanan of Austin, Mickey
Buchanan of Lampasas; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
The family suggests that in lieu of flowers, memorials made be made
to the Marfa Public Library or First Baptist Church of Marfa, or National
Alzheimer's Foundation, 100 N. Brand Blvd., Suite 200, Glendale, Calif.
Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
PECOS, August 9, 2000 - High Tuesday 98. Low this morning 70. Rainfall
past 24 hours at Texas A&M Experiment Station .08 inch. Forecast for
tonight: Partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms.
Low 70-75. South wind 5-15 mph. Thursday: Partly cloudy with a 20 percent
chance of showers or thunderstorms. High 95-100. South wind 10-20 mph.
Thursday night: Partly cloudy. Low 70-75. Friday: Partly cloudy. Lows 70-75.
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