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Friday, July 06, 2001

Bull rider's condition OK after fracturing vertebrae

Staff Writer

PECOS, Friday, July 06, 2001 -- An El Paso bull rider is listed in stable at  Medical Center Hospital in Odessa today, after  suffering three broken vertebrae in his neck when he  was thrown from a bull during Thursday night's performance of the West of the Pecos Rodeo.

Ricardo Gonzalez was one of two cowboys helped off after being thrown by bulls on Thursday. Gonzalez was spun around by "Wooly Bully" and then thrown to the ground during his ride, which occurred at the start of the second

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Clowns around special tourney at golf course

Staff Writer

PECOS, Friday, July 06, 2001 -- The jokes and laughter that have been heard out on the rodeo  grounds the last few days were heard this morning at the Reeves County  Golf Course.

Community and Rodeo Committee members gathered at the golf course with several of Bad Company's bullfighters to participate in an 18 hole golf tournament.

"The tournament is so that the community can mix with the rodeo clowns," Beau Jack Hendrick, ex-rodeo committee member said.

The tournament was scheduled to kick off at 8 a.m., with five teams each having at least a total of four members.

The competitors paid an entry fee of $25 in which the fee for the greens was taken out of, Starkey Warren, rodeo committee members said.

"The money let after paying for the greens will pay for two or three winners," Warren said.

The bullfighters say that they enjoy the golf tournament because it gives them a chance to meet the community members and get some laughs.

"I enjoy playing golf because it gives us a chance to meet the people of the community," bullfighter Chad Beavers said. "Maybe they will then come to the rodeo and have some laughs."

Bullfighter Mike `Smurf' Horton said that the committee members have been nice to them.

"The committee members are good people," Horton said.

As part of every rodeo they attend, the clowns participate in a Cowboy Golf Tournament, Beavers and Horton said.

"We do this a lot of playing golf during the rodeo because it is the only time I really play golf," Horton added.

Bullfighter Mark `The Shark' Callihan added that he also enjoys coming to the Pecos Rodeo.

"We always like coming to the Pecos Rodeo," Callihan said. "It is one of our best rodeos."

However all three bullfighters agree that the tournament is even better if they all play a good game.

Commissioners again to discuss Banes' contract

PECOS, Friday, July 06, 2001 -- A change order contract between Reeves County and Banes General Contractors for the RCDC Support Services Building and the racquetball facilities project will be one of the topics of discussion at the regular Reeves County Commissioners Court meeting.

The group will meet at 9:45 a.m. in the third floor courtroom and the public is invited to attend.

Reeves County is planning a 960-bed addition to the facility and is currently in litigation with the former construction crew that worked on RCDC II. The 1,000-bed addition project was completed three months late and the construction crew have yet to complete the racquetball facilities. The RCDC II was due to be finished last September, while no work has been done on the racquetball courts next to the old Pecos High School gym for the past several months.

In other action on Monday, commissioners will discuss and take action on professional services contract between Reeves County and LMD Architects; Carothers Construction Inc. for RCDC III Project and Frank X. Spencer and Associates for RCDC III Project.

In conjunction with the RCDC III project, Reeves County is talking to a new construction company, Carothers Construction, Inc., for the construction of the new addition to the prison.

Commissioners will also discuss and take action on Frank X. Spencer and Associates request for payment invoice No. 1; approve property bids; deputation and oath _ Stephen M. Nichols and Robert Diaz; reports from various departments; budget amendments and line-item transfers; personnel and salary changes (RCDC, County Judge); minutes from previous meetings; semi-monthly bills and spread on the minutes: order setting salary for official court reporter for the calendar year 20002 and notice of over axle/over gross weight permits.

Task force assists in Monahans pot plant seizure

Staff Writer

PECOS, Friday, July 06, 2001 -- A Monahans man was arrested and charged with possession  of marijuana more than four ounces and under five pounds when his home  was searched by Trans Pecos Drug Task Force and Ward County  Law Enforcement at approximately 8:20 p.m., Thursday night.

"Officers of the Trans Pecos Drug Task Force, Ward County Sheriff's Department and Monahans Police Department executed a search warrant at 311 South Carol Street (in Monahans) and arrested Victor Lee Gonzales, 36," Task Force Lt. Larry Arredondo.

Arredondo said that the officers found approximately seven marijuana plants with one approximately three feet tall. The officers also found about $140 on Gonzales.

Arredondo said that none of the plants that were found were full-grown.

"They grow over six feet tall," he said. "Each plant, when its full grown, can produce $1,593 (in marijuana)."

Ward County Sheriff Mike Strickland said that the search was a result of an ongoing investigation.

"We appreciate the cooperation of the task force," he said.

Gonzales is still being held at the Ward County Jail and as of this morning bond has not been set.

Sale of 2001's crop of Pecos cantaloupes underway

Staff Writer

PECOS, Friday, July 06, 2001 -- In addition to all the cowboys, livestock and rodeo action  you can handle, local residents and fans coming to the West of  the Pecos Rodeo this week can also get a special treat to take  home with them.

The Pecos Cantaloupe Company on Balmorhea highway began selling this season's crop of their world famous Pecos Cantaloupes on Monday.

A.B. Foster of the Cantaloupe Company said that the company has been selling hundreds of cantaloupes since sales began.

"They've been coming out here in droves (to purchase cantaloupes)," he said.

The company has already started shipping out the cantaloupes to various retail stores and chains across Texas, according to Foster.

Foster said that this year's crop has been doing well and has been a good size.

"So far it's been about as good as anticipated," he said.

Clear skies have helped the company in harvesting the cantaloupes and getting as many cantaloupes from the crops.

Foster said that they should be harvesting and selling the delicious treats through August and community members and rodeo fans could come by the Cantaloupe Company's office to buy cantaloupes individually or in gift packs.

"We've got plenty of them here if you want to come by and pick them up," he said.

Local team roping set for rodeo arena

PECOS, Friday, July 06, 2001 -- A special team roping competition for local non-PRCA cowboys is scheduled for 9 a.m. on Saturday at the Buck Jackson Rodeo Arena.

The team roping event has been held for the past few years on the final day of the West of the Pecos Rodeo. The 119th anniversary event concludes with shows tonight and Saturday, both beginning at 8:30 p.m.

Starting time again changed for Mass

PECOS, Friday, July 06, 2001 -- The time for Sunday Mass has been changed for the second week in a row at St. Catherine's Catholic Church, at the corner of Plum and Walthall streets. Mass times on Sunday at Santa Rosa Catholic Church will be 7:30 and 10 a.m. and 12 noon.

Mass will begin at 11 a.m. this Sunday, instead of 10:30 a.m. as normally scheduled. Mass was scheduled to return to its normal hours this week, but instead will return to its regular 10:30 a.m. time on July 15.


PECOS, Friday, July 06, 2001 -- High Thursday 101. Low this morning 71. Forecast for  tonight: Mostly clear. Low 70 to 75. Southeast wind 5 to 15  mph. Saturday: Mostly sunny. High around 100. South to  southeast wind 10 to 20 mph. Saturday night: Mostly clear. Low around  70. Sunday through Tuesday: Partly cloudy. Lows around 70.  Highs around 100.

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