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Thursday, July 05, 2001

"My Way" offers highway to lead at Pecos Rodeo

PECOS, Thursday, July 5, 2001 -- Eric Bogany took a crowd-pleasing ride on "My Way" Wednesday  night to score 80 points and take the lead after the second night of bull riding at  the 119th West of the Pecos Rodeo, at the Buck Jackson Rodeo Arena.

Wednesday was the official opening of the rodeo, and kicked off competition in the bareback and saddle bronc riding events, as well as in ladies' barrel racing. But it was the second night for bull riders and third day overall for cowboys in the other timed events, as second go-round competition continued in the calf roping, steer wrestling, and team roping events, and the second day for steer ropers in their third go-round.

Bogany's 80 point score came in the second section of bull riding, and gave him a three point lead over Billy Jack Kinney, who had scored 77 points on Tuesday riding "Smooth." Moving into third place was Andrews cowboy Michael Miller and Bobby Waller of Quail Valley, Ca., both of whom scored 73 points, Miller on "Young Blood" and Waller riding "Crazy Train."

Another Andrews cowboy, Dan Fisher, continued to hold the lead in the steer roping after his three rides, with a 37.8 combined time. Fisher won the first go-round with a 10.3 time and picked up $1,773, while Casey Everett of Pritchett, Co., has the best single time so far, at 10.2 seconds, while winning the second go-round.

John McDaniel's 10.5 second time Wednesday night gave him the lead in the third go-round, one-tenth of a second ahead of David Felton of Dumas. Vin Fisher, who was runner-up to Dan in the first go-round, had an 11.3 time and is currently in third place in the third go-round.

Another first go-round winner continues to lead on the average in calf roping. Jade Conner of Welsh, La., won the first go with an 8.1 second time to collect $1,828, and leads overall with an 18.9 time, one second ahead of Wendell Hearn of Lancaster. In the second go-round Jim Locke of Miami, Tx., leads with an 8.6 time, Boyd Brooks of Sweetwater is second at 9.4 seconds and Joseph Gernentz of Mission is third with a 9.8 time.

A 4.5 second time Wednesday night by Rowdy Cooper of Fort Worth in steer wrestling was good enough to give him the overall lead with a 9.8 second combined time through two attempts. Cooper is the only cowboy right now below 10 seconds for both his attempts, while Guy Yarborough of Balch Springs is the only steer wrestler so far to break four seconds on any attempt. Yarborough leads the second go-round with a 3.8 second time, while San Antonio's Mo Moziek is third, at 4.6 seconds.

Brad Huffstuttler of Huntsville, Tx., won the first go with a 4.2 second effort and picked up $1,488, while Chuck Jankowski of Simonton and Yarborough are tied for second place overall, both with 10.3 second times.

The biggest lead in any event currently is held by Pollok, Tx., cowboys Brad Hamilton and Bret Gould in team roping. The pair were second to defending National Finals Rodeo champions Speed Williams and Rich Skelton in the first go-round with a 7.2 time, and are in fourth in the second

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Foul play ruled out in lions' deaths, zoo seeking tigers

Staff Writer

PECOS, Thursday, July 5, 2001 -- An autopsy has ruled out foul play in the deaths last month of two of  the newest arrivals at the Maxey Park Zoo, and officials said the zoo  soon could have replacements for those animals.

Two African lions, Boomer and Brigit, six and five years old respectively, arrived in Pecos in January in a new facility built just for them. But both died about three weeks ago. "One of them died and following day, the other one died," said Town of Pecos City Parks Superintendent Armando Gil.

The two had made a home in their new cages in the central section of the zoo. Boomer was "in full roar" while protecting Brigit during a photo session taken in January.

Gil said that the autopsy report showed the lions had died from a liver or kidney infection. "We had them sent to College Station in Bryan and the autopsy results are in and that is what they indicated," said Gil.

Rumors had circulated about the lions demise, speculating that the two had been poisoned. "That's what I feared at first, but the autopsy results from the pathologists in Bryan indicate that it was an infection," said Gil.

Gil said that the female lion had been sick since she first got here and required special attention. "We had babied her and really pampered her, because she was sick since she got here," he said. "We're saddened to have lost them, but we're hoping to attract new animals," he said.

Gil said that there were no toxic poisons in their system whatsoever, putting to rest any rumors that are circulating about the lions' deaths. "We have the results of the lion's death in writing, in case anyone wants to read it", Gil said.

While it's unlikely anyone was going to try and climb in the cage with Brigit and Boomer, the zoo has had some problems with animal abuse in the past, when a bear and a capuchin monkey were shot by two local teens. Because of the safety concerns, Gil said special security lighting would be put up beginning today to discourage anyone bothering the animals.

As for replacing the lions, Gil said that he traveled to Leona, just east of Bryan-College Station, to see some baby tigers and that the owners are willing to give them to Pecos on a loan basis. "That's how we usually get the animals," he said.

Gil said that the first thing Town of Pecos City Mayor Ray Ortega had said was that for sure the two animals would be replaced. "We start calling all the zoos we're familiar with," he said.

Speaking of the new baby tigers, one female and one male, Gil said, "They are very cute and playful, he said. But, we need to get approval from the city council, he said.

The baby tigers could be in Pecos as early as next week, pending approval from the council. "As soon as we get approval, we'll get them here," he said, and they should be a major attraction for the local zoo.

Gil said that they had told him that the first breed from the baby tigers should be a white tiger. "We're really looking forward to the two new attractions and hope everyone comes out to the zoo to see them," he said.

Rodeo parade's winning entries are announced

Staff Writer

PECOS, Thursday, July 5, 2001 -- Hundreds of community members and visitors gathered along  the streets of Pecos to enjoy the annual Fourth of July Rodeo  Parade Tuesday morning.

Many local individuals, businesses, clubs and organizations participated in the parade and rode on various floats, bicycles, antique cars and horses along its three-mile route, which began on the west side of town and then wound its way through the downtown area on the way to the West of the Pecos Rodeo Grounds.

This year's parade theme was Disney characters in a Western theme, which left participants dreaming up lots of ideas.

Golden Girl nominee Shanna Treadway won the Golden Girl float category by taking a spin off of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs with her float "Belle Shanna and the Seven Deputies."

The 2001 Golden Girl Desirae Tercero placed second with her float with Western Dalmatians, from the Disney movie "101 Dalmatians."

The West Texas National Bank staff gathered on their "Toy Story 2; Woody's Roundup," winning first place in the commercial category.

That float included the various characters from Toy Story including a "remote control" car and Bank President John Grant as Buzz Lightyear.

Reeves County Courthouse employees took home second place in the commercial category with the characters from Peter Pan in "Peter Pan's Western Adventure."

Doug Cox won first place in the antique cars division while Bill Hubbs placed second and Mitch Bell and Kenneth Salas took first and second in the bicycle category.

The Pecos Downtown Lions Club's mini-train full of Little Miss Cantaloupe nominees finished first in the civic clubs category while the Juvenile Probation Department placed second.

The U.S. Border Patrol and the Reeves County Sheriff's Posse were first and second in the horsedrawn division.

Also making an appearance were members of the Pecos Volunteer Fire Department and Ambulance Service and the Toyah Volunteer Fire Department.

The parade was held on the Fourth of July this year to coincide with the opening night of the 119th Anniversary West of the Pecos Rodeo. The parade traditionally takes place the first official day of the four-day rodeo, which in the past has begun on other dates, most commonly on July 1 when the final show of the Pecos Rodeo was held on July 4. The West of the Pecos Rodeo Committee changed the opening date several years ago, in order to allow more rodeo fans to see the final shows on Friday and Saturday nights.

Minor problems with beer sales at rodeo prompts TABC action

Staff Writer

PECOS, Thursday, July 5, 2001 -- After last night the 2001 West of the Pecos Rodeo Committee will  be taking strong measures in insuring that no alcohol is sold to minors.

John Deering, Agent IV with the Texas Alcohol Beverage Commission, said that he observed a young male allegedly purchasing alcohol with a military identification card. The young man was under the age of 21 during the opening night of the rodeo on Wednesday.

"The young man has been charged with misrepresenting his age and illegally purchasing alcohol," Deering said.

Information was taken from the woman who sold the alcohol to the minor at one of the south side beer stands.

"Charges will be filed against the young lady for selling the alcohol to the minor," Deering said "The young lady was charged with a Class A Misdemeanor."

With a Class A misdemeanor, a fine of $4000 or up to a year in prison is possible.

"Because the rodeo is a tradition and it is to be fun the Rodeo Committee wants to make it possible for everyone to come," Deering said.

"The Rodeo Committee is being very professional and concerned about what happened last night," Deering said. "They are the ones who called me up and asked me to teach them how to identify valid drivers license."

"We are doing everything possible to make sure that we know what to watch out for," said Rodeo Committee president Brenda McKinney. "We asked for the class so that way we could be more prepared, and know what to look for."

This morning, a class that was taught by Deering for beer sellers at the rodeo covered everything from the liability and responsibilities that the volunteer has, to what signs to look for in a customer that may appear to have had to much to drink.

The committee will be posting signs at the booths and will be extremely cautious.

"We will have Police Officers at each stand," McKinney said.


High Wednesday 96. Low this morning 70. Forecast for tonight:   Mostly clear. Low around 70. Southeast wind 5 to 15 mph. Friday:   Mostly sunny. High near 100. Southeast wind 10 to 20  mph. Friday night: Mostly clear. Low around 70. Saturday and  Sunday: Partly cloudy. Lows around 70. Highs 95 to 100.

Police Report

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 indicate payment and release.


Michelle Carrasco, 24, was arrested at 7:26 p.m., on June 25 at Yucca and Eddy Streets on a Capias Pro Fine warrant.


Luis B. Orona, Jr., 31, Jacob Esparza, 19, Chris Rodriguez, 23, Daniel Subia, 38, Alvaro Navarette, 18, and Manuel Adame, Jr., 19, were arrested at 12:07 a.m., on June 26 in the 900 block of South Cedar. Orona was arrested for disorderly conduct-fighting, failure to identify-Class B and a warrant for expired driver's license. Rodriguez was arrested for disorderly conduct (fighting) and failure to identify-Class C. Esparza, Subia, Navarette, and Adame were arrested for disorderly conduct (fighting).


Javier Hernandez, 24, was arrested at 9:10 p.m., on June 27 in the 1000 block of Locust for driving with his license suspended.


Victor Jaramillo, 48, was arrested at 11:31 p.m., on June 26 in the 1200 block of East Business I-20 for driving while his license suspended.


Frederico Rayos, 42, was arrested at 11:07 p.m., on July 1 in the 1100 block of South Orange Street for public intoxication and allowing an unlicensed driver to drive.


Rodolfo Orona, 26, was arrested at 6:31 p.m., on June 30 at Second and Plum streets on a Winkler County warrant for failure to adjudicate.


Joana Baca, 23, was arrested at 7 p.m., on June 30 in the 700 block of South Alamo Street on a Winkler County warrant for no driver's license and no insurance.


Joe L. Jasso, 29, was arrested at 8:38 p.m., on June 30 in the 700 block of Cedar Street on DPS warrants for no commercial driver's license and violating a promise to appear.


Joe Falcon, 20, Tiffany Jarrett, 19, Rachel Pharoah, 18, and Jeremy Cross, 19, were arrested at 11:24 p.m., on June 30 in the 1000 block of South Plum Street. All were arrested for minor in possession while Jarrett was also arrested for making alcohol available to minors.


Stephen Lamb, 17, was arrested at 2:40 a.m., on July 1 at mile marker 31 on Interstate 20 for minor in possession.


Mark H. Luna, 24, was arrested at 7:01 p.m., on July 4 at Seventh and Cedar streets on a Ward County warrant for failure to adjudicate on an original charge of possession of marijuana.


Jesse V. Rodriguez, 17, Seferino Ramirez, 25, and Bill Tarango, 21, were arrested at 11:52 p.m., on July 4 in the 2200 block of South Alamo Street. Rodriguez was arrested for minor in possession while Ramirez and Tarango were arrested for making alcohol available to a minor.


Jose M. Mendoza, 46, was arrested at 8:44 p.m., on July 3 in the 1000 block of Cedar Street for public intoxication and resisting arrest.


Rafael Gonzales, 48, and Oscar Hernandez, 45, was arrested at midnight, on July 4 in the 700 block of Cedar Street both for public intoxication.


Donna Lopez, 19, was arrested at 9:57 p.m., on July 2 in the 1400 block of Iowa Street for assault under the Family Violence Act.


Rosalba Moreno, 43, was arrested at 3:46 a.m., on July 3 in the 900 block of Cedar Street for public intoxication.

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