Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Monday, October 8, 2001
Fall Fair surpassed 2000's totals
By LEIA HOLLAND
PECOS, Mon., October 8, 2001 -- Better participation by the community and
civic organizations were just two things that helped make this
year's Reeves/Loving County Fall Fair a success.
Pecos Area Chamber of Commerce Director Tom Rivera said that this weekend's
fair was more successful than the 2000 Fall Fair, which was hindered by cold
"I thought it was super, it was great," he said. "It was better than
last year for sure."
Rivera said that he believes the nice weather and the open football day
on Friday contributed to the success of the fair, as well as the fact that
the Chamber sold out of vendor space early on.
"A lot of folks came out to see what was out there," he said.
Rivera said that the Fall Fair Committee, headed up by Linda Gholsen,
did a "super job."
He also commended the Reeves County Sheriff's Posse for their work in
taking over the annual Barbeque Cookoff, which was not held last year due
to a lack of entries.
Rivera said that he did not get a chance to walk through the cookoff but
he could tell that it was a success by the number of people and number of
camps that could be seen.
The only problem that the fair seemed to have was the small carnival,
according to Rivera.
"It wasn't what I expected," he said.
The carnival owners got their dates confused and opened two days late.
Rivera said that he received some complaints from the community on how
few rides there were at this carnival and assures the community that more
research would be done before lining up a carnival next year.
"We need to find bigger carnivals with more rides," he said.
Rivera said that there would be a number of things that the Chamber would
look at before they make a decision.
"We want to make sure it's a good one," he said.
The carnival is not going to be the only change that the Chamber makes
for next year's fair.
Rivera said that they are already planning to revive the Fall Fair Concert,
which also was canceled prior to the start of the 2000 fair.
Rivera said that in the early 90s the concerts were an annual event but
it seemed that people just lost interest. A lack of ticket sales and higher
costs to book the bands caused fair officials to opt against having the concert
at the Buck Jackson Rodeo Arena last year.
Now the Chamber is planning on booking more than one band to perform at
the fair next year.
"In fact we've already started the process," he said.
Many people participated in this year's Arts and Crafts shows with many
of those participants walking away with awards.
Many entries were made in the quilting division that was divided into
For large, machine pieced and hand quilted quilts Nyla Dominguez took
first place while Louise Forrister placed second, Lynn Fowler placed third
and honorable mentions went to Rosie Portillo and Laura Teal.
Dominguez also placed first and second in both the small machine pieced-machine
quilted and the small machine pieced-hand quilted categories and first place
in the large machine pieced-machine quilted division.
Sharon Gooding placed third in the small machine pieced-machine quilted
category with Janet Cranfill receiving honorable mention.
Kathy Pascal placed third in the small machine pieced-hand quilted division.
In the large machine pieced-machine quilted category, Forrister placed
second while Gooding placed third and Virginia Pena received honorable mention.
Teal placed first and second in the large machine pieced-hand tacked category
while Forrister placed third and Fowler received an honorable mention.
Dominguez received Best of Show for the quilting division.
Helen Fobbs took home Best of Show and first place in the crochet afghans
division while Barbara Creager placed second and received an honorable mention
and Pena placed third.
Creager also placed both first and second for knitting and Pena placed
first and second in crochet.
For needlework, Espie Parsons placed first and Janet Prewit placed second
Cornelius Brantley placed first and second in the clothing division.
For hand painted accessories, Creager placed first and second while Cranfill
placed third and Karen Chowing received honorable mention.
Teal took home first and second in the Christmas crafts division while
Kathy Contreras placed third and Melissa Contreras received honorable mention.
Christie Blake took first, second and third for photo albums.
Jerry Neely placed first in the woodworking while Gigi Stoup placed second
and Ella Sue Johnson placed third.
In the counted cross stitch-aida cloth division Vera Sellars placed first
and second and received honorable mention while Naomi A. Marquez placed third.
Teal received Best of Show and placed first in the counted cross-stitch
for linen cloth.
The photography division received many entries as well.
Elvia Reynolds placed first in the digital photography category.
Kelly Davis took first, second and third in the human interest-color category
while R.L. Tellez received honorable mention.
In the human interest-black and white category, Leia Holland placed first
while Jan Pattilo placed second.
Holland also placed first and third in the old structures category while
Calvin Howard placed second.
Freye McGuyer took home first, second and third in the vanishing past
category as well as first in the scenic division.
Tellez placed second and third in the scenic division while Margie Williamson
received an honorable mention.
Davis, Teal and Tellez placed first, second and third in the color portrait
category while Holland received honorable mention who also received first
in the black and white portrait.
McGuyer placed first in the grouping category as well as second and third
in the natural history category.
In the latter category, Williamson placed first while Howard received
an honorable mention.
Jessica Perea placed first in the student scenic category.
For dried arrangements, Jan Chandler placed first and second while Doris
Tillery received honorable mention.
Tillery also placed first in the dried wreaths category while Catherine
Thomas placed second and third.
Thomas received numerous first places in the herb show for the oregano,
dill, parsley and kitchen herbs categories.
Katherine Crenshaw received a first place for her large pot of basil and
second for the large parsley.
In the farm and garden division, Berta Begay placed first for the large
squash and third for a small squash while Martina Chavez placed second for
Ramon Marquez placed first, second, and third for long green onions, jalapenos
and red pepper.
David Teal placed first for his pomegranates.
In student's crafts, Roger Lee Quintana placed first for latch hook, Lauren
Wein placed first for pots, Sam Prewit placed first for nature baskets and
Katie Fossum placed first for crochet slippers.
In men's crafts, Danny Reyes placed first and third while Ebo Teal placed
Creager received Best of Show for the art show as well as first and second
place in the watercolor category while Joyce Morton placed third.
Terry Holder placed first in the charcoal category.
Tillery placed first in the oil on paper category while Brantley placed
first in the acrylic.
Duane Poinenint, Jr., placed first in the pen and ink category while Janette
Perea and B.K. Perea placed first and second in the Tempra category.
Sarah Kratzmeyer placed first in the colored pencil category.
For novice oils, Elaine Moody placed first and second while Chandler placed
first and third in the oils category and Nancy McAnally placed second.
Machuca Ranch places first overall at barbeque cookoff
By ROSIE FLORES
PECOS, Mon., October 8, 2001 -- A local group took top honors at this year's
Barbecue Beef Cookoff, held at the Reeves County Sheriff's Posse Barn
this past weekend in conjunction with the Reeves County Fall Fair.
After a lack of contestants forced cancellation of last year's event after
26 consecutive years, the cookoff was taken over this year by the Reeves
County Sheriff's Posse and included around 40 entries.
The Machuca Ranch won Grand Champion and placed first and second in the
In the brisket category, Classic Burrito, with Melvin Orona as chief cook
took first place; second place went to the Herrera Camp with Ricky and Arturo
Herrera; third place was the Martinez Bunch and fourth place was Club Suavecito,
with chief cook Adolfo Muniz.
In the rib category, the Machucas' took first and second; third place
went to the group consisting of Xavier Martinez, Victor Fierro and Gabriel
Gonzales and fourth place was awarded to Da' Boys, which included cooks Freddy
Contreras, Ricky Barreno, Gus Ybarra and Ricky Evaro.
Prizes awarded were for Grand Champion, a silver plate; first place barbecue
brisket was $500; 2nd place, $250; 3rd place, $150
and 4th place, $50.
First place in barbecue pork ribs was $500; 2nd place, $250;
3rd place, $150 and 4th place $50.
Reeves County Sheriff's Posse Sweetheart Cassie Foster was on hand to
present the awards to the winners.
Retired P-B-T administrator Hendrick dies
By ROSIE FLORES
PECOS, Mon., October 8, 2001 -- Former Pecos-Barstow-Toyah school principal
and coach Beau Jack Hendrick, who retired from his job in May of 2000
after 33 years with the school district, died Saturday at Reeves County
An Odessa native, Hendrick began his teacher career in 1967 at Pecos High
School, and spent his last seven years as principal at Austin Elementary.
In a February 2000 interview, Hendrick said he spent time in the Pecos
area even before moving here after college. His mother, Hazel Eisenwine,
was born and raised in Pecos, which gave him the opportunity to spend the
"I would ride the train back and forth, so Pecos has always been my second
home," said Hendrick. .
"I've really enjoyed all the grades," said Hendrick. "But middle school
is really fun because you can follow them through high school."
The disadvantage of teaching lower grades is that they mature, so that
you don't recognize the student, according to Hendrick. "In middle school
you can watch them. "I just wanted to help kids that didn't have a male figure
in their lives."
While principal at Austin Elementary School, Hendrick helped implement
many programs aimed towards making the student's life easier and helping
them learn in a more efficient manner, including the Accelerated Reader Program,
Classroom Phonics, Excel Math, Mock TAAS Testing and the Achievement Test.
"By the time I finish here, every classroom will have two computers,"
Hendrick said last year. He also helped put in the second grade, CI, Computer
During the school year, Hendrick played Cowboy Santa Claus during the
Christmas Season and was the Cat In the Hat during Dr. Seuss celebration.
During Public School Week, he dresses up in western wear and reads the story
about Pecos Bill to all the children.
During the 1970s he served as a seventh and eighth grade Crockett Middle
School, and was also golf coach at Pecos High School in the 1970s and early
1980s. In 1974-75 and 1975-76, his boy's golf team went to the Class 3A State
Competition at the high school level. "I also took one girls golf team to
regionals," he said last year.
Survivors include his wife, Tina, a Physical Education Teacher at Zavala
Middle School and the Pecos High School girls' golf coach, one son, Beau
Tate Hendrick, and his wife, Laura.
Commissioners OK payments, election items
By SMOKEY BRIGGS
PECOS, Mon., October 8, 2001 -- Commissioners worked through a long agenda
before lunch today during their regularly scheduled meeting at the
Reeves County Court House.
County Clerk Diane Flores asked the commissioners to renew her office's
hardware and software maintenance contract with Election Systems and Software
(ESS) company. Flores said that the services provided by ESS were essential
to maintaining an accurate voting system and the court approved the contract.
The court also approved Flores' request for the County Clerk's office
to be designated the Central Counting Station for the upcoming November general
election and approved the election officials to man the station: Diane Flores
_ manager, Estella Anaya _ alternate manager, Cookie Cannon _ programmer,
Jodi Exum _ alternate programmer, Belinda Chabarria _ tabulating supervisor,
Zulema Dominguez _ alternate tabulating supervisor, Iris Rives _ presiding
judge, Nadine Smith _ alternate presiding judge.
Election day will be November 6 and the polls will be open from 7 a.m.
till 7 p.m.
Polling places outside of Pecos will be: Toyah City Hall, Balmorhea Fire
Hall, Saragosa Multi-Purpose Center and the Red Bluff Office in Orla. All
other election boxes will be at the Reeves County Civic Center.
The court also approved the final Tax Roll for 2002. County Auditor Lynn
Owens said that the final values on the roll totaled $478, 355,730.
Convicted juvenile offenders will still find themselves at the juvenile
detention center in Fort Stockton. Chief Juvenile Probation Officer Louise
Moore told the court that her department had placed two juveniles at the
facility over the past year.
Moore said that it costs $100 per day to keep a juvenile at the facility
but that so far, the county has recouped almost all the money it has spent
Commissioners also approved a progress payment to Banes General Contractors
concerning the new racquetball courts being build next to the old Pecos High
School gym as part of the county's Sports and Recreation Department.
County Judge Jimmy Galindo said that the new courts should be finished
by the end of the week, or by early next week.
The court also decided to allocate funds for the repair of the water pump
at the Greenwood Cemetery. Reeves County Road and Bridge Supervisor Russ
Salcido advised the court that the pump was burned out and that replacing
it was about the same cost as fixing it.
Salcido told the court that parts to replace the 50 horsepower pump and
the four pump bowls would be about $4,500. The bowls are the mechanical apparatus
that the pump motor turns to actually pump the water out of the ground, Salcido
Field Day Tuesday, tour of salt cedars set for Wednesday
PECOS, Mon., October 8, 2001 -- Area farmers will have a chance to meet
with the new economist for the Texas Cooperative Extension Service
and view several projects Tuesday afternoon, when the Texas Agriculture
Extension Service holds its annual Field Day.
Than on Wednesday morning, range management specialists from across Texas
will tour the Pecos River Salt Cedar Alleviation project, as part of their
annual state meeting, being held this week in Odessa.
Mike Murphy, director of the Experiment Station, said the Field Day would
beginning at 3:30 p.m. at its farm seven miles west of Pecos
Dr. Bill Thompson, the new area economist for the Texas Cooperative Extension
Service from Fort Stockton will be on hand, along with several other officials
to provide information on new and ongoing projects.
The Pecos River Salt Cedar Alleviation project will be viewed by members
of the Texas Section Society for Range Management, who will travel to the
Mentone bridge at 10 a.m. on Wednesday to view the results of the spraying
of the trees in September 1999 and September 2000.
Along with local officials, Texas Agriculture Commissioner Susan Combs
and State Rep. Bob Turner, who represents Ward County in the Texas House
of Representatives, are scheduled to be in attendance.
PECOS, Mon., October 8, 2001 -- High Sunday 86. Low this morning 53. Forecast
for tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 50s. South winds 10 to
20 mph. Tuesday: Partly cloudy. Highs in the upper 80s. Southwest
winds 10 to 20 mph. Tuesday night: Partly cloudy. Lows in the
mid 50s. Wednesday: Partly cloudy. Highs in the lower 80s. Thursday:
Partly cloudy. Lows near 50. Highs 75 to 80.
Beau Jack Hendrick, Adam Minjarez, Carlota Nunez and Bessie Sample
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
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