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Monday, July 9, 2001

Brazile captures third All-Around Pecos Rodeo title

Staff Writer
PECOS, Monday, July 09, 2001 -- Coming home to Texas for the Fourth of July paid off for Trevor Brazile.

Brazile, who won his first All-Around Cowboy title at the West of the Pecos Rodeo just a month after graduating from high school, picked up his third title in Pecos on Saturday night, using a win in the calf roping finals to capture top money winning honors for the 119th rodeo at $6,976.

Overall payout for this year's edition of the rodeo was just under $200,000, which was about a 10 percent drop in prize money from recent years. Part of that drop was due to a 15 percent decline in the number of entries for the 2001 rodeo, which officials said was due to the higher high gas prices in early June when entries were filed.

Some cowboys competing in other rodeos to the north and west opted against making the 700-mile or more trip to Pecos, but Brazile said he was glad he did.

"I'll tell you what, I was having one of the worst Fourths I've ever had, but there's something about Pecos. I come here and do real well," he said. "Most of the other rodeos right now are up north, but it's been worth it to me to come back here. The fans have been so great, it's a big arena and I really like it, and with (Bad Company Rodeo producer) Mac Altizer I'd almost go anywhere he puts on a rodeo."

While Brazile graduated from high school in Texas, he lists Colorado as his home state right now. However he said that's only temporary. "My wife's family lives up there, but I've bought a place around Abilene," where he plans to make his home.

Brazile came into the finals of calf roping leading by two-tenths of a second over Jade Conner, who had the fastest single time of the rodeo, winning the first go-round at 8.6 seconds. But Conner had problems with his final attempt and Brazile was the lone cowboy to break the 10-second barrier on Saturday, roping his calf in 9.5 seconds, one second faster than runner-up Cody Ohl.

Brazile earned $1,040 for the short-go win and another $2,743 for winning overall with a 28.2 time. Ohl, who also was second overall at 30.6 seconds, earned $780 and $2,385 for his runner-up spots, while Terry Kitchens was in third place in the short go and overall, at 12.1 and 32.2 seconds, and earned a combined $2,547.

All but $848 of Brazile's winnings came in calf roping. He picked up the other money after placing in the first go-round of steer roping, which qualified him for the All-Around title.

Meanwhile, Rocky Patterson used a third place finish in the short go on Saturday to claim the overall steer roping title and the $3,547 first prize. Patterson had a 12.7 time to finish at 53.2 seconds on his four attempts, 1.2 seconds up on Bucky Hefner, who won $3,084. Another three-time All-Around winner in Pecos, Arnold Felts, was third with a 54.7 time and picked up $2,621.

In Saturday's finals, Felts was second to Neil Worrell with a 12.7 time to Worrell's 12.6. Worrell picked up $910, Felts $683 and Patterson $455 for the short go.

In team roping, Brad Hamilton and Bret Gould held onto their lead going into the final round. The pair used an 8.3 second effort Saturday to win with a combined 23.4-second time on their three attempts. They were second in Saturday's finals to Jimmy Edens and Chris Irwin, who had a 6.7 time to take third place overall at 27.1 seconds.

Defending NFR champions Rich Skelton and Speed Williams came into the finals .9 second behind the leaders, and held onto second place overall at 25.8 second after going 9.8 seconds on their final attempt. They earned $1,866 apiece on Saturday, while Hamilton and Gould won $2,434 and Edens and Irwin picked up $1,798 on the rodeo's final night.

Kyle cowboy Brian Bauerle moved up one spot on Saturday to win the steer wrestling competition. Bauerle, who came in to the finals in a three-way tie for second with Rowdy Cooper and Brad Huffstutter at 9.8 seconds, won the event with a 14.6 second time thanks to a 4.8 second effort on Saturday. Cooper ended up in second place with a combined 14.9 seconds, while Jack Hodges moved from a tie for seventh place to third, with a 16.1 second time for three attempts, after he and Cooper both had 5.1 second times on their attempts Saturday.

Fourth place finisher Craig Cavaness jumped up from 11th place, thanks to a 4.5 time on Saturday that put him at 16.6 seconds overall. He won $1,608 on Saturday, while Bauerle earned $2,631, Cooper picked up $2,047 and Hodges earned a combined $1,664.

In the riding events, there were no changes in the overall leads following Saturday's final night of the rodeo. Chad Castillo took over second place in the bull riding with an 86 point effort on board "Smoke" the same bull that Howdy Cloud won the event on by scoring 88 points on Friday night. Cody Spells also rode Friday and placed third with an 85-point ride on board "Tush." He earned $3,325, while Cloud wound up with $5,868 and Castillo took home $4,499.

Jon Brockway's 83-point ride on "No Satisfaction" during Friday's bareback performance tied for first place with Jared Lavergne, who rode the same horse to the same score on Thursday night. Both cowboys split the combined first and second place prize money, earning $3,435 apiece. Two others riders from Thursday's show, William Pittman II, and James Boudreaux, split the third and fourth place prize money, getting $1,815 each for their 80 point rides on "Black or White" and "Hot Child" respectively.

In the saddle bronc competition, Tom Reeves' ride on Thursday aboard "Twist and Shout" earned him 80 points and the overall title, worth $4,413. Justen Washburn was second, scoring 78 points on "Copenhagen Vogue" to take home $3,383, while a trio of cowboys, Jim Devey Brown, Matt McCloy and former Pecos resident T.J. Kenney, tied for third with 77 point scores on "Shake It Up," "Brown Sugar" and "Centerfold." The three each picked up $1,716 for their efforts.

In the ladies' barren race, Benette Holt, on one of the first rides of the rodeo, clocked a 17.16 time, which gave her first place by nearly half a second over Lisa Anderson, who had a 17.60 time on Friday. Phyllys Newton, who rode just after Holt during the Fourth of July performance, was third with a 17.69 time.

Holt picked up $2,317, Anderson won $1,970 and Newton earned $1,622. One Pecos rider, Sharlene Martinez, made it into the money by tying for 12th place overall at 17.99 seconds, which was worth $116.

In the three local competitions held on Saturday, Kyle Taylor and Luke Markham won the wild cow milking competition, while Tyson Mahaffey, Tracy McNeil and Neil Christopher took the wild horse race and Roy Hurd and Clint Rainey captured the county team roping event, which was held both Saturday morning and during the evening's final performance at the Buck Jackson Rodeo Arena.

While the temperatures heated up around Pecos on the final two nights of the rodeo, the stands were mostly full on the first and final nights of the rodeo, and attendance overall was up slightly from the past few years. Final overall financial results for the 119th West of the Pecos Rodeo were not available as of this morning, said Rodeo Committee President Brenda McKinney.

Ghost Writer

Local schools expanded during 1930s

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is one in a continuing series of features on historical locations and events in the Trans-Pecos region

By The Ghost Writer
PECOS, Monday, July 09, 2001 -- The April 17, 1940 the "Historical and Development Edition" of the Pecos Enterprise printed a brief history of the Pecos schools. They went back 25 years when the entire school occupied one three-story building. In 1940, two stories were occupied by the Junior High School. This building faced east on Park Street between Third and Fourth streets. It no longer exists.

A new building was constructed in 1928 at a cost of $80,000.00 consisting of six classrooms, two offices, study hall and a 650-seat auditorium. As I remember, the auditorium doubled for a basketball court that was shorter than standard. This building faced south on Fourth Street. It no longer exists.

In 1935 a WPA $29,091.00 project made improvements and repairs to the elementary and high schools and built four classrooms for Mexican students and one room for Negro students. Discrimination was uncontested at that time. After many years of working to correct this injustice, things are better but not complete. As long as races cannot accept differences in cultures and as long as politicians try to keep our society from assimilating, we will have discrimination.

The top floor of the elementary school was removed and a new roof installed and a stucco finish applied. The Spanish style elementary building between Willow and Cherry Streets was dedicated in 1938 at a cost of $71,000.00.

In 1939, a new school district, known as the Pecos Independent School District, was formed after a citizen vote. They consolidated Pecos and Saragosa Independent School District, and the common school districts of Orla and Patrol.

The PTA purchased a metronoscope (I don't know what it is either) to help in reading classes. Music was taught through out the school and PE had been taught for the last ten years. Domestic science was started in 1919, a high school department of vocational home economics started in 1928. Biology was substituted for physiology and P.E. in 1934. The commercial department prepared students to enter directly in to the Pecos work force. A library was started in 1930 with 1500 books and one librarian working half days. Wesley May started the band in 1935 with 62 pieces in Junior High and 72 in High School.

Football started in 1914 and basketball in 1920. The big event was the football and track meet with Midland College. Armistice Day 1920, Pecos defeated this mighty rival. The Pecos Rotary Club donated 15 acres to be used for athletics in 1928 and with the help of the American Legion the area was fenced. Lions Club started the stadium in 1934. The Pecos Carpenters Union donated all the work. In 1935 a Federal Relief program sodded the field and the Pecos Lions Club dug the well. Floodlights were installed in 1935.

They had a school newspaper in 1920 called "The Whirlwind." It was replaced in 1940 by the 64 page annual, "The Eagle."

My "Mature" advisors have come up with another problem. As astrology uses the alignment of the heavenly bodies to determine what an individual can expect in their daily life, then they want to know if two persons were born on the same day but one born in the northern hemisphere and the other born in the southern hemisphere with the heavenly bodies not at all similar, will they have the same things happen to them?

Water pressure in Barstow down during repair job

PECOS, Monday, July 09, 2001 -- Residents of Barstow will have to deal with low pressure for their water lines over the next several days, city officials said, while work is done on the water tower.

City water superintendent Bob Allgood said the work on repairing the city's water tower will take about a week to 10 days to complete, after which pressure will return to normal after the tower is refilled.

Crime Stoppers is asking for the community's help in locating a fugitive from justice on their "Most Wanted" list.

Manuel Melendez Quiroz, 35, is wanted by the police on a charge of motion to revoke, possession of a controlled substance.

The subject was born on Oct. 19, 1965, is 5 feet, 9 inches tall, weighs 275 pounds and has black hair and brown eyes.

If you know where this subject is hiding it will be worth a "cash reward" of up to $1,000 once the subject is in custody.

Call Pecos Valley Crime Stoppers at 445-9898 and you will remain anonymous.


PECOS, Monday, July 09, 2001 -- High Sunday 103. Low this morning 71. Forecast for tonight: Clear. Low in the mid 70s. Southeast wind 5 to 15 mph. Tuesday: Mostly sunny. High around 102. South wind 10 to 20 mph. Tuesday night: Clear. Low in the mid 70s. Wednesday: Partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 70s. Highs 95 to 100.

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