Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Monday, July 1, 2002
Pecos woman killed, 4 hurt in I-20 wreck
By LEIA HOLLAND
PECOS, Monday, July 1, 2002 -- A Pecos woman was killed and four others
were injured after being involved in a one-vehicle accident on Interstate
20 west of Pyote on Friday.
Rachel Hinojos Ramirez, 51, was pronounced dead at the scene of the
accident that occurred at 5:30 p.m., Friday night by Justice of the Peace
Ronald Ray out of Monahans.
Department of Public Safety Troopers Jason Anzaldua and Eric White,
both out of Monahans, turned in the accident report stating that Ramirez
was the driver of a 1990 Chevrolet Lumina with four other passengers, all
of whom were wearing seatbelts at the time of the accident.
According to the report Ramirez was traveling eastbound in the left-hand
lane of traffic on Interstate 20 when she swerved to miss part of a tire
lying in the roadway.
While trying to miss the tire she lost control of the vehicle and it
veered to the left into the center median.
The vehicle overturned, coming to rest on its' top facing north, partially
in the leftside of the westbound lane of I-20.
The four passengers in the Lumina along with Ramirez were also injured
in the accident, with two being airlifted to Covenant Medical Center in
Lubbock for treatment of their injuries.
Maria Guadalupe Mendoza, 66, and Amparo Rodriguez, 69, both of Pecos,
were airlifted to Lubbock. Mendoza and Rodriguez were both listed in serious
Mendoza received spinal chord injuries and is in the Intensive Care
Unit and Rodriguez received rib injuries and is in serious but stable condition.
Catalina Santiago Campos, 78, also of Pecos, was transported to Odessa
Medical Center Hospital with head injuries, however she was listed in good
Juanita Rede Lara, 68, of Pecos, was in stable condition with hand injuries
and transported to Reeves County Hospital.
Anzaldua and White stated in their report that the Monahans Fire Department
used the Jaws of Life to reach Ramirez.
Pecos Ambulance and Monahans Ambulance personnel responded to the accident
Ramirez' body was taken to Heritage Funeral Home in Monahans.
Dutchover, Valdez win 2002 Golden Girl, Cantaloupe titles
PECOS, Monday, July 1, 2002 -- A Pecos High School honor student was crowned
Friday night after winning the title of Golden Girl of the Old West during
the pageant held at the Pecos High School Auditorium.
Dena Marie Dutchover, the 17-year-old daughter of Ronnie and Jimmy Dutchover,
performed a dance routine for the talent portion of the pageant, which
was held in conjunction with the annual Little Miss Cantaloupe Pageant.
Kirsten Valdez was crowned Little Miss Cantaloupe. She is the daughter
of Randy and Denise Valdez.
Dutchover was named to Who's Who Among American High School and is a
member of the National Honor Society; She also was a regional qualifier
in golf and a member of the All-District golf team; was awarded the Most
Outstanding Newcomer Award in cheerleading; 110 percent Cheerleading Award
and Best Dancer Award.
She plans to attend college following high school graduation and later
become a successful lawyer.
Runner-up was Erica Franco, the 16-year-old daughter of Norma Ybarra
of Odessa and Alfred and Mary Anne Gomez of Pecos.
Franco also performed a dance routine during the talent portion of the
pageant. She has modeled in several shows in Odessa, as well as Pecos and
at a young age participated in many dance and theatrical productions. She
plans to attend college at St. Edwards University and then transfer to
the University of Texas in Austin to major in Theatre Arts.
She is very active in sports including volleyball, basketball and softball.
Her hobbies are singing, dancing, acting and modeling.
Other nominees included Kristian Aguilar, Denise Chabarria, Hannah Paz,
Rebecca Reynolds, Rachel Ann Rubio, Lara Weinacht and GeNelle Willis.
Runner-up for Little Miss Cantaloupe was Myranda Martinez the daughter
of Xavier and Jennifer Martinez.
Tatum Hubbard with Channel 7 news co-anchored the event with Pecos resident
The 2002 Miss Congeniality Award went to Rebecca Reynolds and Kristian
Aguilar won the Advertising Scholarship.
Smooth "Night" Saturday, festival's organizers report
By JENNIFER GALVAN
PECOS, Monday, July 1, 2002 -- Night in Old Pecos & Cantaloupe
Fest could not have gone any smoother, organizers said of Saturday night's
event in downtown Pecos.
"I think everything went really well," said Linda Gholson, Executive
Director of the Pecos Area of Chamber of Commerce. "It was a great night.
The weather was fantastic."
The event is one of two that kick off the annual West of the Pecos Rodeo
Week events, along with Friday's Golden Girl and Little Miss Cantaloupe
pageants. Gholson said that there were a few more booths for Night in Old
Pecos this year then before.
"This year we had two stages of music," Gholson said. "And from 6 to
9 p.m. we had karaoke. We had good participation in that."
According to Gholson there was one or two mishaps but not anything major.
"We were fortunate to have the Explores and the officers there," Gholson
Some of the food booths that were provided to the public were that of
soft drinks and water, turkey leg, funnel cake, and Frito pie.
"We are trying to focus on the kids," Gholson said.
This year there was a mini-train and a ferris wheel for the children.
Gholson also said that the Pecos High School Class of 2003 provided games
for the children in which they gave away cantaloupes as prices.
The Golden Girls and the Little Miss Cantaloupe girls preformed their
production number one more time.
Gholson said that she would like to thank everyone who helped make Night
in Old Pecos & Cantaloupe Fest such a success.
"I would like to thank the volunteers, venders, and participates," Gholson
said. "I would especially like to thank Duncan Disposals and the City for
their help. They were a lifesaver."
She also said that she would like to thank Debbie Thomas, chairwomen
for Night in Old Pecos & Cantaloupe Festival.
Gholson also added that she hopes that next years festivities are bigger
and better then this years.
"I hope it gets bigger and better next year," Gholson said. "We can
do it if everyone helps. If anyone has an suggestions, complaints, concerns
or comments we would really appreciate them."
Street, pipeline problems fixed on Eddy Street
By JENNIFER GALVAN
PECOS, Monday, July 1, 2002 -- A street repair job for Texas Department
of Transportation workers turned into a repair job for Town of Pecos City
water department crews, after a leak was discovered Sunday evening in the
600 block of South Eddy Street.
Town of Pecos City Water Superintendent Octavio Garcia said that they
went to assist the TxDOT workers, after they went to the intersection of
Seventh and Eddy streets following a report of water in the street late
TxDOT workers, who have street maintenance responsibility on Eddy Street,
then contacted the city when they discovered the source of the leak after
beginning repairs on the street. "We then went out to there and fix it
late last night," Garcia said.
The leak was located next to West Park Baptist Church, between Sixth
and Seventh streets. According to Garcia, residents in that area did suffer
a loss of water pressure, though the lines were not turned off.
"We did not turn the water off in that area," Garcia said. "We could
not turn the water off completely so we were working under pressure."
Garcia said that though they finished the job late last night they were
unable to cover up the hole until this morning.
PECOS, Monday, July 1, 2002 -- High Sunday 98. Low this morning 70. Forecast
for tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows 65 to 70.Southeast winds 10 to 20 mph.
Tuesday: Partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms.
Highs 90 to 95. East winds 10 to 20 mph. Tuesday night: Partly cloudy with
a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows 65 to 70. Wednesday:
Partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs
90 to 95. Independence Day: Partly cloudy with a chance of showers and
thunderstorms. Lows around 70. Highs around 95.
Jimmy Herod, Altagracia Gochicoa, Ishmael Paredes, Rachel Ramirez and Josephina Rayos
Pecos Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
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