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Wednesday, July 3, 2002

Bull rider sets high target for remaining rodeo nights

Staff Writer

PECOS, Wed., July 3, 2002 -- The official opening of the 2002 West of the Pecos Rodeo isn't until 8  p.m. tonight, but bull riding competitors on the four nights of the rodeo  already have a tough mark to shoot for, following the special section of bull  riding Tuesday evening at the Buck Jackson Rodeo Arena.

East Texas cowboy Royd Doyal scored 89 points riding "Night Train" in the last of Tuesday's two sections to grab the lead in the competition, which was held along with the first night of barrel racing and the continuation of the second go-round of steer roping. Steer wrestling, calf roping and team roping second go-rounds began Tuesday morning and will continue along with steer roping through Friday, while saddle bronc and bareback riding competition will get underway with this evening's performance.

Doyal, of Pittsburg, was only the second rider to stay on for the mandatory eight seconds, after Howdy Cloud, last year's bull riding champion, scored 79 points riding "Oreo" during the first section, earning him a $1,000 bonus given out for the high-point ride on Tuesday. Cloud won last year's event with an 88-point ride, and came into the West of the Pecos Rodeo ranked 16 th in the 2002 money leaders standings.

Jaron Nunnemaker was the only other bull rider to earn a score on Tuesday, posing a 66 on "Code Red" following Doyal's 89-point ride.

Tonight, the bull riding competition will feature the No. 9-ranked rider this year, Jesse Bail, who is also ranked No. 2 in the saddle bronc riding standings and No. 2 in the overall standings for All-Around Cowboy. Bail will be one of four saddle bronc riders currently ranked in the Top 20 who will compete tonight, along with third ranked Steve Dollarhide, fourth ranked Tom Reeves and 16th-ranked Mike Outhier. Ryan Mapston, who was also ranked in the Top 20 until last week, is also on the list of tonight's riders.

In the opening section of barrel racing, Carlsbad's Phyllys Newman took the lead with a 17.79 second effort, while Susan Siggans of Ruidoso, N.M., was second, with an 18.08 time. The only other cowgirl to break 20 seconds was Misty Korlow-Cooper of Jarrell, who had a 19.29 time.

In steer roping, Rod Hartness, who just fell out of the Top 20 money leaders this past weekend, is making a bid to get back in, after taking the lead in the average through Tuesday's performance. The Pawhuska, Okla., cowboy has a combined 25.6 time, ahead of two other Pawhuska entries, Shorty Garten and Chet Herren, who are at 29.3 and 29.4 seconds.

Hartness is tied with Hobbs' Marty Jones for second place in the second go-round, after placing second to 2001 Pecos Rodeo champ Rocky Patterson in the first go. Hartness and Jones each scored 13.4-second times on Tuesday. Lawson Plemons of Clifton leads with a 12.5 time, and is sixth in the average with a 32.4 time.

In calf roping, the second place cowboy so far in both the first and second go-rounds also leads on the average. Tye Pride of Carthage had a 10.2 second effort Tuesday and is at 20.7 seconds overall. First go-round winner Neal Felton slipped to fourth place in the average with a 22.8 time, while Bradley Bynum of Snyder used a 9.8 second effort to take the lead in the second go round, and move into second place just one-tenth of a second behind Pride in the average with a 20.8 second total.

Clint Sorrell of Athens, Tex., is third in the second go-round, at 10.6 seconds, and Raymond Hollabaugh of Stamford is third in the average, at 21.6 seconds.

In steer wrestling, Jason Miller has the best single time so far, posting a 4.2 second time to take the second go lead on Tuesday. It also put him in third place in the average at 12 seconds. Byron Walker of Ennis is second at 5.0 seconds and Dee Bland of Hawley is third, at 5.3 seconds, while in the average, Frank Davis of Menard leads with a combined 11.9-second time, and Dale Meineke of Aubrey is second, at 11.9 seconds.

Full results were not available for the average in team roping, but three-time All-Around champ at the West of the Pecos Rodeo, Arnold Felts of San Angelo, and his partner, Steve Northcutt of Odessa, lead the second go with a 9.6 second time. Josh Crow of Levelland and Leland Wood of Silverton are second, at 14.8 seconds.

The starting time for this year's four rodeo performances had been moved up 30 minutes from the 8:30 starts in recent years. Finals in the roping and steer wrestling events will be held Saturday night.

`Old-Timers' event brings 200 to Pecos

Staff Writer

PECOS, Wed., July 3, 2002 -- Over 200 "old-timers" and young people attended the  38th Annual Old-Timer's Reunion held at the West  of the Pecos Museum this morning.

The reunion is held each year in conjunction with the West of the Pecos Parade and Rodeo.

"It's a great time for them to come out and visit and catch up with old friends," said West of the Pecos Museum Curator Dorinda Millan.

Manuel Tarin, 90, of Toyah was recognized for being the oldest male at the reunion and Sannie Camp, 96, originally from Pecos, now living in Odessa, was recognized as being the oldest female at the reunion.

"Each year we recognize the oldest male and female and reward them with a little something," said Millan.

The reception, which is held at the museum courtyard, was sponsored by Security State Bank.

"They all had a lot of fun and enjoyed the parade," said Millan. "This is something that they always look forward to," she said.

The "old and young" alike have a chance to view the parade, following the reception. "Chairs are always set up right in front of the museum, so that they have a great view," said Millan.

"They get to visit old friends and see the parade at the same time," she said. "I think they really enjoyed it," she said.

Judges pick top entries from parade

Staff Writer

PECOS, Wed., July 3, 2002 -- Hundreds of people showed up to enjoy the annual West of  the Pecos Rodeo Parade this morning, as it wound its way through town

The downtown streets of Pecos were lined with people eager to see the many horses and floats that were entered in the parade, which lasted about 45 minutes.

This year's theme for the parade was "Red, White and Blue and Cowboys, Too," which participants went wild with.

Almost every entry in the parade was adorned with red, white and blue or several cowboys or both.

Numerous organizations participated in the parade including the Golden Girl of the Old West contestants and Little Miss Cantaloupe contestants.

Awards for the best parade entries were handed out at the Reeves County Sheriff's Posse Barbecue, which was held at the Posse Barn on South Cedar Street after the parade.

Belle Lara Weinacht won for the best Golden Girl float which featured Uncle Sam.

Miss Congeniality for this year's pageant Rebecca Reynolds placed second in that category.

The Little Miss Cantaloupe contestants float won first place in the Civic Clubs category while North Temple Baptist Church placed second.

This year's Little Miss Cantaloupe Kirsten Valdez rode on the winning vehicle in the Antique category, which was entered by Randy Valdez, while Weldon Brookshire's antique fire engine placed second, which Mayor Dot Stafford rode on.

Lee Lumber took home first place in the commercial category with second place going to Reeves County Library.

Wally Moon's carriage drawn by "tiny" horses was the first place winner in the horse drawn category while Jerry Griffis' white wagon from Fort Davis won second.

As far as the riding groups category, Madera Valley received first place while Diamond H won second.

All in all, this year's parade proved to be a colorful and exciting way to kick of the rodeo and Fourth of July holiday weekend.

Rodeo gets new "head" for 2002 show

Staff Writer

PECOS, Wed., July 3, 2002 -- The West of the Pecos Rodeo is taking a new turn with a new logo  for this year's rodeo.

Rodeo Committee President Trevor Teague said that he thought the rodeo needed a new logo, which is now a bull skull with a Texas flag painted on it.

A cowboy on a bucking horse has always welcomed rodeo fans and contestants at the entrance to the rodeo parking lot.

"We're not the only ones with the horse," Teague said.

Now not only the bucking horse greets the fans and contestants but also a giant bull skull guards the entrance of the arena.

Teague said he got the idea of building the giant skull from the skull in front of PeeWee Dalton's Western Store in Odessa.

"I thought it would be kind of cool to have one similar," he said.

When Teague started thinking of how that could be done he immediately thought of using a local artist.

"I thought (Pecos High School art teacher) Walter Holland could do it," he said.

Teague's colleague from Texas New Mexico Power Company, Harvey Gonzales, came up with the design of the new logo.

"It's been something a little flashier, a little different," Teague said.

Once the logo was finished the rodeo committee started using it for promotional uses, one of which was this year's promotional bumper sticker, which is what Holland used to build the giant skull with.

It only took Holland a week and a half to build and paint the skull that is eight feet tall and 12 feet wide from tip to tip.

The skull is constructed with a steel framework with reinforced concrete finishing out the form.

Holland said that his biggest obstacle was designing and building a skull that was relatively light.

"It was hard to build because I had to keep it light enough to handle," he said.

Once completed the skull weighed in at approximately 500 pounds.

Teague said that the rodeo committee would like to make the skull a permanent display at the rodeo grounds.

"We'd like to find a place to put it permanently," he said.

As for right now the skull is hung on a steel pole at the entrance, which the committee has had to brace in order for it to not tip over.

Teague said that he appreciates Holland, who also paints sponsor signs for the arena, for constructing the skull.

He said he also thought it was important to use the local artist and teacher because this project is for the Pecos rodeo.

"We need to try to use local people," Teague said. "This is not the Odessa rodeo, it's the Pecos rodeo."

Teague said the committee would think about what to do with it after this year's rodeo comes to an end, but for now everyone is happy to see it greeting them as they come in the gates.

"It turned out really nice," he said.

July 4 closings for government, business offices

PECOS, Wed., July 3, 2002 -- Most local businesses, along with state and county offices, will be closed on Thursday for the Fourht of July holiday, but the Town of Pecos City has opted instead to give its workers Friday off, while keeping offices opened on Thursday.

The U.S. District Courthouse and U.S. Post Office, along with Reeves County offices and both Security State and West Texas National Bank will be closed for July 4, but will reopen on Friday.

The Pecos Enterprise also will be closed on Thursday, and will open for regular business hours on Friday.

Jury call Monday for district court

PECOS, Wed., July 3, 2002 -- Individuals who have received a notice for jury duty in the 143rd District Court are being asked to report to jury duty on Monday, July 8.

"They need to call by Friday, July 5, after 4 p.m., to see if the jury will convene," said District Clerk Pat Tarin.

Jury is also scheduled for Wednesday, July 10 and individuals who were called to jury duty then, need to call after 4 p.m., on Tuesday, July 9.

The number to call to check on jury duty is 445-7455.


PECOS, Wed., July 3, 2002 -- High Tues. 98. Low this morning 75. Forecast for tonight:  Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms.  Lows around 70. East winds 5 to 15 mph. Independence day: Mostly  cloudy with a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs 90 to  95. East winds 10 to 20 mph. Thurs. night: Mostly cloudy with a 30  percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows around 70.  Fri.: Partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers  and thunderstorms. Highs around 95. Sat.: Partly cloudy. Lows 70 to 75.  Highs around 100.


Jimmy Herod and Carol Sebesta

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