Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Wednesday, July 3, 2002
Bull rider sets high target for remaining rodeo nights
By JON FULBRIGHT
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
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
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
By ROSIE FLORES
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
By LEIA HOLLAND
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
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
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
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
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
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
By LEIA HOLLAND
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
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,"
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,"
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
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
Division of Buckner News Alliance, Inc.
324 S. Cedar St., Pecos, TX 79772
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