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Monday, July 1, 2002

Pecos woman killed, 4 hurt in I-20 wreck

Staff Writer
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 condition.

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 condition.

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 call.

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 Johnny Terrazas.

The 2002 Miss Congeniality Award went to Rebecca Reynolds and Kristian Aguilar won the Advertising Scholarship.

Smooth "Night" Saturday, festival's organizers report

Staff Writer
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 said.

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

Staff Writer
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 Sunday afternoon.

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.

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