Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Monday, October 7, 2002
Cuellar seeks votes during cook-off appearance
By ROSIE FLORES
PECOS, Monday, Oct. 7, 2002 -- Democrat Henry Cuellar, who is involved in
a close race against Republican incumbent Henry Bonilla for the
23rd Congressional District seat in Washington, was in Pecos
seeking votes Saturday afternoon, during annual Reeves County Barbecue
Cuellar was at the Reeves County Democratic Party booth and walked around
the Reeves County Sheriff's Posse Arena talking to people and touting his
"It's certainly going to be a close race, that's why Pecos and Reeves
County are so important," said Cuellar. "It's a 24-county race."
"When you're in a race that's going to be this close, it's very important
that everyone go out and vote," said Cuellar. "That's what we're doing here
today, urging people to go out and vote."
Cuellar, who served as a Laredo area representative in the Texas Legislature
and as Secretary of State under Republican Rick Perry last year, said that
his campaign was putting an emphasis on education, health care and job creation.
"We want to get help to counties and provide incentives to Pecos and other
counties to help businesses expand and create jobs," he said.
Cuellar said that a lot of business and job opportunities began with small
"We'll be looking at tax credits and not privatization," he said. "A prescription
charge program for senior citizens is also something we'll be looking at."
Voting for tax cuts and creating a tax cut for small businesses are some
of the things that Cuellar will be voting for.
"That's why I want to talk to the officials in the cities and counties
to establish a good partnership," he said.
Cuellar said he thought the race would be very close against Bonilla,
the San Antonio Republican who is seeking his sixth term as 23rd
District representative. "I encourage everyone to register to vote and to
go out and vote," he said.
Cuellar is one of eight children and spent part of his youth working with
his father, a migrant worker, on a ranch. He then went on to build a career
in law, education, business and public service.
By working his way through college, he received a bachelor's degree from
Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., a master's degree from Texas A&M
International University, and a law degree and Ph.D. from the University
of Texas at Austin.
"I authored the T.E.X.A.S. Grant Program, the largest college financial
aid program for students in Texas history," said Cuellar. "The dropout rate
for Hispanics is very large and we want to improve on that and provide an
opportunity for everyone to attend college and succeed," he said.
"I also provided new funding and accountability for public schools and
colleges, a pay raise for teachers and increased health care for seniors,"
said Cuellar. "I also authored the state's first pilot program for the Children's
Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which provides low-cost insurance for children
from working families."
Catering service carries off top prize at cook-off
By ROSIE FLORES
PECOS, Monday, Oct. 7, 2002 -- A local catering service took top honors at
this year's 28th Annual Barbecue Cook-off, held Saturday at the Reeves
County Sheriff's Posse Arena.
Grand Champions were the Juan Largo Catering group, with head chef Johnny
Burkholder. The catering service placed second in both the brisket and ribs
category at the cook-off, which added the rib competition last year to the
traditional beef brisket cook-off event.
The cook-off was sponsored by the Reeves County Sheriff's Posse, which
also was in the second year of serving as organizers for the competition.
"It was a huge success," said Cody West, one of the organizers for the
event. "The Sheriff's Posse is looking forward to putting on the cook-off
again next year."
"There are always things we can improve upon," said West.
The annual gathering drew 45 contestants with several entries from out
The Best Camp award went to the Downtown Lion's Club and the trophy awarded
to them was donated by Fonville Jewelers, along with the Silver Platter awarded
to the Grand Champions.
"The best camp was judged on creativity, originality and hospitality,"
The Lion's Club was giving children a ride in their train and invited
visitors to drink punch from their "toilet."
First place in brisket went to Suavecito Club with Sandra Fierro and Adolfo
Muniz; second place, Juan Largo Catering; third place, Mingo Mata, Jr. and
the Mata Family and fourth place, the Cast Iron Chefs, Mark and Mitch Lyles.
In the Pork Spare Ribs category, first place went to Da' Boyz, with Ricky
Barreno; second, Juan Largo Catering; third place, Los Prims, with head chef
Roque Ybarra and fourth place, Nolberto Villegas.
First place in each category received $500; second in each category received
$250; third place winners received $150 and fourth place in each category
"The Sheriff's Posse appreciates all the competitors and everyone that
helped," said West. "We're glad that things turned out so well and that we
had a lot of people out there," he said.
The winner of the barbecue pit that was raffled during the annual event
was Mark Zuniga.
PECOS, Monday, Oct. 7, 2002 -- High Sunday 89. Low this morning 64. Weekend
rainfall at Texas A&M Extension Service Center: trace. Forecast
for tonight: Showers and thunderstorms. Locally heavy rain is possible.
Lows near 60. East winds 5 to 15 mph. The chance of rain is 80 percent.
Tuesday: Showers and thunderstorms likely. Locally heavy rain is possible.
Highs 70 to 75. East winds 5 to 15 mph. The chance of rain is 70 percent.
Tuesday night: Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of showers and
thunderstorms. Lows near 60. Wednesday: A slight chance of showers
early: Otherwise becoming partly cloudy. Highs in the mid 70s. The
chance of rain is 20 percent. Thursday: Partly cloudy. Lows 55 to 60.
Highs 80 to 85.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Information contained in the Police Report
is obtained from reports filed by the Pecos Police Department, Reeves
County Sheriff's Office, or other officers of those agencies.
The serving of warrants by an officer for outstanding fines of either
traffic citations, animal control violations or other court costs are considered
arrests and will be printed as such unless indicated that the fines were
paid. In such instances we will indicate payment and release.
Rosa Linda Muniz, 52, was arrested at 6:05 p.m., on Oct. 2, at the Reeves
County Probation Office for public intoxication.
Kevin Joseph Templin, 46, was arrested at 10:49 p.m., on Oct. 3, at
the Flying J Truck Stop for public intoxication.
Tammy Marquez, 33 was arrested at 8:26 a.m., on Oct. 4 in the 200 block
of Nebraska Street on warrants for no drivers license, speeding and violation
promise to appear.
Jaime Navarrette, 21, was arrested at 10:31 a.m., Oct. 4 in the 500
block of Oak Street on a warrant for no driver's license.
Elizabeth Mendoza, 17, was arrested at 5:19 p.m., on Oct. 4 at Sonic
Drive In for warrant for minor in possession of alcohol.
Andrew McGrew, 40, was arrested at 9:24 p.m., on Oct. 6 at Third and
Elm streets for warrant capias for default payment for running a stop sign.
Mike Lopez, 48, was arrested at 10:16 p.m., on Oct. 5 at the Oasis Bar
in the 1100 block of East Third Street for public intoxication.
Pilar Chavez, 24, was arrested at 2:04 a.m. on Oct. 6 at the Flying
J for public intoxication.
Joel Fuentez, 35, was arrested at 6:10 a.m. on Oct. 5, at the Reeves
County Jail for warrant for forgery.
Rosalio Carmonia, 20, was arrested at 7:21 a.m., on Oct. 5 in the 600
block of South Cypress Street for public intoxication.
Eric Florez, 23, was arrested at 10:22 p.m., on Oct. 4 at the Reeves
County Posse Barn for public intoxication.
Jeffrey Segovia, 32, was arrested at 4:10 a.m., on Oct. 5 in the 1500
block of Cedar Street for public intoxication.
Pedro Abila, Cresencio Machuca, Harry Nagel and Roy Hicks
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
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324 S. Cedar St., Pecos, TX 79772
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