Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Wednesday, December 6, 2000
Young cheerleader scores modeling work
By ROSIE FLORES
PECOS, December 6, 2000 - A modeling career has begun early for the
daughter of a former Pecos resident.
Alyssa Bella Bafidis, the 1½ -year-old daughter of former Pecos
resident Alfonso "Ponchito" Bafidis III and Melissa Bafidis, now of San
Antonio, was featured in an HEB flyer which was distributed this week in
newspapers around Central and South Texas.
"She was actually discovered at our older son's football game," said
Bafidis said that he was on the sidelines of 10-year-old Cory's football
game and his wife was in the stands when two women approached her and told
her they wanted to use her daughter for an ad. "Alyssa was dressed up as
a little cheerleader," he said.
Alyssa is the team's little mascot/cheerleader, and was with the older
cheerleaders on the sidelines when she was spotted by the two women.
"They said they were from an agency and wanted to possibly use Alyssa
for an ad," said Bafidis. The agency the women work for does ads for J.C.
Penney, H.E.B. and other large retail stores.
"This was three months ago, after they spoke to my wife we went out
to a photo shoot," said Bafidis. "And actually, our younger son, Alfonso
IV, was also in a photo shoot."
The two children will be featured in another H.E.B. flyer, which will
come out in the spring. "In that photo shoot, they are both modeling summer
clothes, with lawn chairs and summer toys," said Bafidis, who is a 1987
Pecos High School graduate.
"She's really photogenic," said Bafidis about his daughter.
The photo shoot took only from 45 minutes to an hour, considering she
is only 1½ years old. "This particular photo shoot place about three
weeks ago and already she's coming out in a flyer," said Bafidis. "They
told us that it usually takes a few months."
Alyssa will be used a regular model for H.E.B. and other department
stores, according to Bafidis. "We feel very honored, because they came
to us and they told us they will be continuing to use her in different
ads," he said.
The couple is already talking to agencies about promoting their daughter
and trying to do what is in her best interest.
Modeling must be hereditary, because the older Bafidis, will also be
featured in a flyer.
"They chose me, the same agency, for an ad as well, but I'll be pictured
with another family," said Bafidis. "That flyer, also from H.E.B., will
be out on Dec. 24."
"This isn't something that we had thought about for our daughter, or
ourselves, but we feel very privileged. We feel very lucky and honored,"
The family consists of Bafidis, his wife, Melissa, their 10-year-old
son Cory, Alfonso IV, who is 2 ½ years old and little Alyssa Bella.
City set to get recommendation on new jail facility
By LEIA HOLLAND
PECOS, December 6, 2000 - Corplan Corrections president James Parkey
is scheduled to discuss the possible sites for the new Municipal Law Enforcement
Center with the Town of Pecos City Council during their first regular meeting
of the month on Thursday, Dec. 14.
"They'll make a formal presentation on that day," Pecos Police Chief
Clay McKinney said.
A council-appointed site selection committee including McKinney, Parkey,
U.S. Marshall Billy Johnson, Mayor Ray Ortega, Interim City Manager Octavio
Garcia and Councilman Johnny Terrazas looked at three different sites for
the new facility.
The locations of the sites include east of the Reeves County Hospital,
west of the hospital and south of West County Road were the old Airbase
Apartments were located.
McKinney said the site selection committee met several weeks ago to
discuss the different sites and now the choice is up to the council.
"It's the council's call," he said.
McKinney said that if council members choose a site next week, the next
steps would be to conduct an environmental impact study and get approval
from the Texas Attorney General's office.
McKinney said that after that is done then construction could begin.
"If everything falls on schedule, hopefully in late February early March
there'll be some groundbreaking," he said.
The new facility would allow the U.S. Marshal's Service to house inmates
awaiting trial at the Lucius D. Bunton Federal Courthouse in Pecos. It
would have an initial capacity of about 100 inmates, most of whom the city
hopes will be from the Marshal's Service, which currently sends many of
its prisoners to out-of-town jails.
The building would include enough space for the whole police department,
as well as the jail facility.
McKinney said earlier this year that the space was designed with the
help of Winkler County Sheriff Robert Roberts, who runs a similar facility
"The ideas that he had were good ideas," he said. "He's been pretty
Since the police department is moving into the new facility once it
is built, McKinney said he has talked with Reeves County Sheriff Andy Gomez
about the possibility of renting the currant police station building to
the Trans-Pecos Drug Task Force. The Police Station and Sheriff's Department
currently are located a block from each other on South Oak Street.
McKinney said after the groundbreaking construction should be completed
in one year.
"They have guaranteed a 12-month completion date," he said.
Roberts' similar facility in Kermit was completed in 10-months, according
The police chief said his staff is looking forward to the completion
of the new facility.
"I think everybody here with the police department is real excited,"
Bus passengers end up stopped on drug charge
PECOS, December 6, 2000 - A couple of senior citizens headed by bus from
California to Tennessee saw their trip stopped short on Monday, when they
were arrested by U.S. Border Patrol agents on possession of cocaine charges.
According to the U.S. Border Patrol office in Marfa, the arrest occurred
at the Sierra Blanca Border Patrol Checkpoint on Interstate 10 in Hudspeth
County, when the bus they were riding in was stopped and searched by agents
with their drug-sniffing dog.
The dog alerted to a bag in the lower luggage compartment, which belonged
to the two suspects, both United States citizens in their 60s, the Border
Patrol statement said. When the bag was searched 14 pounds of a substance
believed to be cocaine, valued at $448,000, was found inside, and the pair
was placed under arrest.
The bag and its contents, along with the two suspects, were turned over
to U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents, the Border Patrol said.
Identities of the two suspects were not available at presstime.
Former firemen invited to attend Thursday dinner
PECOS, December 6, 2000 - The Pecos Volunteer Fire Department firefighters
are inviting all ex-firefighters to their Annual Dinner.
The Annual event will be held at 7:30 p.m., on Thursday, Dec. 7, at
the Reeves County Civic Center.
Board to evaluate superintendent in special session
PECOS, December 6, 2000 - Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD board members will meet
at 6 p.m. Thursday in the board room, 1304 S. Park Street for a special
meeting, the only item being evaluation of P-B-T Superintendent Don Love.
The group will meet in closed session _ as authorized by the Texas Open
Meeting Act, Texas Government Code, Section 551.101 et. Seq., Section 551.074:
discuss personnel or hear complaints against personnel.
The group will then return to open session and take action, if any,
on items discussed in closed session.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Information contained in the Police Report
is obtained from reports filed by the Pecos Police Department, Reeves County
Sheriff's Office, or other officers of those agencies. The serving of warrants
by an officer for outstanding fines of either traffic citations, animal
control violations or other court costs are considered arrests and will
be printed as such unless indicated that the fines were paid. In such instanced
we will indication payment and release.
Ismael M. Valeriano, Jr., 20, was arrested at 2:48 a.m., on November 26
at Washington and Alberta Streets for driving while license suspended,
a class B misdemeanor.
Willians E. Brooks, 53, was arrested on November 23 two miles north
of Pecos on U.S. 285 for public intoxication.
Michael Kent Alder, 35, was arrested at 7:26 p.m., on November 19 at
the eastbound mile marker 44 on Interstate 20 for public intoxication.
Juan Rodriguez Morales, 24, of Odessa was arrested at 12:54 a.m., on
November 19 at the Circle Bar on Interstate 10 for a traffic violation
Thomas L. Munoz, 17, was arrested at 11:30 p.m., on November 22 in the
700 block of Cherry Street for evading arrest and minor in possession.
Edubijes Subia, Jr., 22, was arrested at 8:06 p.m., on November 23 in
the 300 block of Peach Street on two DPS warrants for registration violation
and no liability.
Roger Matta, 17, was arrested at 2:32 a.m., on November 25 in the 2400
block of Country Club Drive for public intoxication.
Arvil Talamantez, 45, was arrested at 4:25 p.m., on November 25 in the
400 block of Locust Street on two warrants for failure to appear and disorderly
Alfonso R. Florez, 27, was arrested at 1:28 a.m., on November 26 in
the 100 block of Mesquite Street for assault by threat.
Jesus A. Quiroz, 17, and Erika Tarin, 20, were arrested at 12:01 a.m.,
on November 26 along with two male juveniles at Fourth and Bois D'Arc Streets.
The two juveniles and Quiroz were arrested for evading and Tarin was arrested
for furnishing alcohol to minors.
Louie Elliott Rico, 20, was arrested at 9:18 p.m., on November 26 at
12th and Elm streets on a warrant for motion to adjudicate/arson.
Frank Rodriguez, 43, was arrested at 3:25 p.m., on December 2 in the
1300 block of South Cedar Street for assault under the Family Violence
John Ray Cole, 36, was arrested 7:48 p.m., on December 2 on Country
Club and Palmer Streets for driving while intoxicated, possession of a
controlled substance (cocaine) and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Lorena Jurado, 27, was arrested at 12:45 a.m., on December 3 in the
600 block of West Second Street on a warrant for theft by check over $20
and under $500.
Roger D. Matta, Jr., 17, Lee G. Arredondo, 17, and Rosalio Carmona,
18, were arrested at 9:47 p.m., on December 1 in the 900 block of Locust
Street. Matta was arrested for minor in possession, evading arrest or detention
and a warrant for a capias pro fine. Arredondo was arrested for minor in
possession-3rd offense Class B, evading arrest or detention
and a warrant for minor in possession. Carmona was arrested for minor in
possession-4th offense Class B and evading arrest or detention.
Leo O. Varela, 17, Albert Contreras, 17, Jimmy D. Juarez, 18, Jaime
Losoya, 17, Samuel Mata, 17, Enrique Pena, 17, Chris J. Fuentes, 18, Jose
A. Barreno, 18, Tammy Natividad, 17, seven male juveniles and three female
juveniles were arrested at 9:47 p.m., on December 1 in the 900 block of
Locust Street. Barreno was arrested for evading arrest or detention. The
rest were arrested for minor in possession and evading arrest or detention.
Steve Green, 49, was arrested at 11:42 p.m., on December 1 in the 300
block of Willow Street for public intoxication.
Abel Sanchez, 31, and Yvette Acosta, 28, were arrested at 2 a.m., on
December 3 in the 600 block of East Second Street for violation of protective
Luis Bustamante Orona, 29, and Christopher Thomas Rodriguez, 23, were
arrested at 3:34 a.m., on December 1 in the 100 block of West County Road
for public intoxication.
PECOS, December 6, 2000 - High Tuesday 55. Low this morning 39. Forecast
for tonight: Mostly clear. Low 20 to 25. Light west wind. Thursday: Mostly
sunny and warmer. High 65 to 70. Southwest wind 10 to 20 mph. Thursday
night: Mostly clear. Low 25 to 30. Friday: Partly cloudy. Low 30 to 35.
High from 55 to 65.
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
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