Colored Rock Map of Texas at I-20 in Pecos, Click for Travel Guide

Pecos Enterprise

Site Map
Pecos Gab

Pecos Country History
Archive 62
Archive 74
Archive 87
1987 Tornado Photos
Rodeo Photos 88
Archive 95
Archive 96
Archive 97
News Photos 1997
Rodeo Photos 97
Archive 98
News Photos 1998
Rodeo Photos 98
Parade Photos 98
Archive 99
Photos 99
Archive 2000
Photos 2000
Photos 2001
Photos 2002

Archive 2002

Area Newspapers
Economic Development


Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas

Top Stories

Tuesday, October 8, 2002

Combs to attend TransPecos plant opening activities

Staff Writer

PECOS, Tues., Oct. 8, 2002 -- Texas Agriculture Commissioner Susan Combs, State Senator  Frank Madla and State Representative Pete Gallego will be among those on  hand Thursday, when TransPecos Foods will hold the official opening of  its Pecos plant on Interstate 20, beginning at 11 a.m.

TransPecos Foods' opening ceremonies mark the official reopening of the onion processing plant that was closed by McCain Foods on June 3 of this year. TransPecos foods announced plans to purchase the facility, located at 200 E. Palmer St., two days later.

The plant had begun operations in 1990 and was purchased in September 2001 by McCain as part of its buyout of Anchor Foods. At the time it employed 700 workers. McCain announced in November of last year they would close the plant and consolidate their onion processing at a smaller facility the company already owned in Grand Island, Neb.

Trans-Pecos Foods began limited operations at the plant in August. Chairman of TransPecos Foods, Patrick Kennedy, Jr., said at the time that a skeleton team of about 20 people who knew how to manage the plant and run the production line made the first test batches when operations resumed.

Kennedy, who also owns Security State Bank in Pecos, will lead the ceremonies which will include music by the Pecos High School Band, remarks by public officials and an ecumenical blessing of the facilities by the representatives from various churches in Pecos.

Along with Combs, Madla and Gallego, Reeves County Judge Jimmy B. Galindo, Town of Pecos City Mayor Pro-Tem Gerald Tellez and representatives of the United States Department of Agriculture will be among those attending the ceremony.

After the ceremonies there will be a tasting of some of the more than 50 products produced at the plant, including some newly developed and soon to be marketed appetizers.

"We sent out invitations and this event is not open to the public," said Brad Breuer, with TransPecos Foods.

Breuer said that this event was for those who receive an invitation only.

Landscaping grant funds given to city

Staff Writer

PECOS, Tues., Oct. 8, 2002 -- Town of Pecos City officials received good news recently and  are going to pursue a project that the group has been working on as  part of plans to beautify the downtown area.

The City of Pecos received a $500 grant to kick off a Xeroscapeing project around the city offices to increase public awareness about natural resources and build a sense of civic pride in the community.

The grant was awarded from the Pecos Valley Resource Conservation and Development Area in Monahans.

The Pecos Valley Resource Conservation and Development area covers the eight county areas along the Pecos River from Loving to Terrell Counties.

The grant came from a matching grants program with Pecos Valley RC&D. The city and their Main Street project have been working with Pecos Valley RC&D to beautify the areas around the city offices with drought tolerant plants by xeroscapeing, according to Tom Rivera, Director of the Pecos Main Street Project.

Rivera said this would reduce the amount of water and maintenance required to keep the office buildings somewhat presentable for the public.

"This is hoped to also be a kickoff to the anticipated announcement that the City of Pecos has been selected as a new Main Street Project site within Texas," said Rivera. "This then would help open new doors for economic growth, make the downtown area more attractive to new business prospects and build a civic pride with the citizens of Pecos," he said.

"We're very excited about this grant," said Town of Pecos City Mayor Dot Stafford. "Anything we can do, to make this a better community to live and bring in new businesses is great and we'll keep on trying," she said.

Cold front brings light rain to West Texas on Monday

From Staff and Wire Reports
Residents of Pecos as well as the surrounding areas got to see a  small amount of rainfall throughout the day on Monday, as the area's rainfall  total moved closer to the eight inch mark for the year.

Cloudy skies and showers have been sparked throughout the area since Saturday night, and according to Texas A&M Agriculture Experiment Station they received about .15 inches of rainfall yesterday afternoon in their rain gauge seven miles west of Pecos.

Robert Gamboa of Coyanosa said that they received very little rainfall.

"I have not taken any measurements, but it was very little," Gamboa said.

Gamboa estimated that they received about a quarter of an inch to about an inch during the rainfall.

KIUN reported .25 inches of rainfall yesterday for a total of 7.78 inches of total rainfall for the year. That's the highest rainfall total for the area since the mid-1990s, as the Trans-Pecos region seeks to break out of a drought which began in late 1992. Pecos' annual rainfall total should be 10.99 inches, according to the National Weather Service.

The rain was the result of an upper level low pressure system that combined with moisture from the Gulf of Mexico early Tuesday, with the heaviest rains falling in already drenched parts of western Central Texas.

Additional rainfall of one to three inches were possible through Wednesday morning, causing area creeks and streams to quickly fill with fast-moving floodwater.

The Midland-Odessa and San Angelo areas also received rains on Monday, and forecasters with the National Weather Service said West Texas will be blanketed by clouds today, with thunderstorms likely. Highs will reach the 60s.

Appreciation cards for firemen, EMTs seeking signatures

PECOS, Tues., Oct. 8, 2002 -- Let your Firemen and EMTs know how much you appreciate their hard work by signing their appreciation card at either the West Texas National Bank or the Security State Bank.

The cards will then be presented to each group by Jennifer Galvan during the Firemen/EMT Appreciation Dinner on Saturday, October 12.

Fundraiser planned to help Armendariz with medical bills

PECOS, Tues., Oct. 8, 2002 -- A brisket plate sale will be held from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., Friday, Oct. 11, at the Saragosa Hall.

Brisket plates will be $4 and proceeds are for medical expenses for cancer patient Kerri Armendariz, the daughter of Herman and Olga Armendariz.

For orders call 445-5225 on the day of the event and deliveries will be made.

Chamber's director calls 2002 Fall Fair a success

Staff Writer

PECOS, Tues., Oct. 8, 2002 -- Arts and crafts, vegetables, baked goods and more were a big part  of this year's Annual Reeves County Fall Fair, held this past weekend  at the Reeves County Civic Center.

"This year's event was a huge success," said Interim Pecos Area Chamber of Commerce Director Linda Gholson. "The fall fair committee did an excellent job and we had a lot of entries."

Gholson said that she was pleased with the outcome and thanked everyone who came and helped and came out and supported the yearly event.

Best of Show in the Arts and Crafts category went to Barbara Creager for her knitted afghan; Joyce Morton in photography for her "Storms Coming" picture and in the culinary division, Roy Prewit for his strawberry trifle.

First place in needlework went to Laura Teal for her cross-stitch wall hanging; in the counted cross-stitch, first place went to Louise Forrister and second place, Laura Teal; in the cross-stitch on Adida cloth, first and second places went to Vera Sellers; in the needlepoint category, Louise Forrister placed first; embroidery-framed winner was Ella Johnson; embroidery, first place was Blanca Avila; cross-stitch on towels, first place, Melissa A. Contreras; in needlework-crochet-babywear, Laura Briggs took first place; in crochet, Dora Rochan placed first, second and third; and in vegetables, Robert Gamboa won first for his cucumbers, first with squash and Manuel Gonzales placed first and second with peppers.

In the baked goods division for youth entries, Josie Paz placed first. In the baked goods-cakes-frosted, Kathy Teague won first and Dot Stafford placed second; in the baked goods-cakes-unfrosted, Laura Teal placed first, Roy Prewit second and Barbara Creager third; in the baked goods-muffins, Maxine Wickson placed first and Barbara Creager second; baked goodies-cookies, first place went to David Teal; second to Kathy Teague and third to Gigi Stroup; Roy Prewit placed first in the candy division and Patsy Bowles second; in the pies, Patsy Bowles first and in savories Bowles again took first place.

In the photography-portrait-colors division, Margie Williamson placed first, and Laura Teal placed second and third; in the portrait-youth division, Jessica Perea placed first; in natural history-color, Margie Williamson won first, Joyce Morton, second and Clay Taylor, third; in natural history-color-youth, Janette Perea placed first; in natural history-black and white, Margie Williamson placed first; in old structures-color, first place went to Margie Williamson, Dorinda Millan took second and third place went to R.L. Tellez; old structures-black and white, Margie Williamson, first and in scenic-color, Joyce Morton took first, Scott Windham, second and Lois Peters took third.

In the Human Interest category, Margie Williamson placed first; Laura Teal, second and Robert Gooding, third; in human interest, Margie Williamson placed first; in vanishing past-color, Louise Taylor placed first and second; in vanishing past black and white, Margie Williamson placed first.

Second grade students who entered and won in the birdhouse category were Richard first place; second place Isabel Gabaldon and third ]Alex Baraco; second grade, large houses category, first place went to Iris Garcia, second to Nathan Lujan and third to Marcos Contreras; in the West Texas Center of Pecos, for a star; first place went to Ida Hernandez, second, Jamez Renz and third to Javier Ortega; in the canned goods _adult-fruits division, first, Margie Williamson, second Martina Chavez; in the canned goods-adult-jams, Calvin Howard won first and second and Sandra Terry, third; in the canned goods-adult-preserves, Margie Williamson, first, Louise Taylor, second and Maxine Wickson, third; in the canned goods _ pickled fruit, Sandra Terry first; in the canned vegetables in brine, first place Sandra Terry; in the chow chow and relishes, Margie Williamson took first and second place, Calvin Howard, third; in the pickles division, May Martinez first, Sandra Terry second and Elidia Leonard, third; in the vegetables division, Calvin Howard first and Elidia Leonard second.

Calvin Howard placed first in the juices division; Doris Tillery took first and second in the creative stitchery-crochet division; Nyla Dominguez placed first and second in the creative stitchery-quilted tote bangs division; in the creative stitchery-patchwork pillows division, Nyla Dominguez placed first, Jamie Crisp took second and third places; in the creative stitchery-quilted pillow division, Ava Yorke took first; in the knitting-afghan, Barbara Creager took first; in the knitting-garments division, Barbara Creager placed first and Millie Jackson second; in the crochet-afghans first place went to Corine Cravey, second and third places to Margaret Paschal Ryan; in the crochet-afghans, first place went to Virginia Pena, second to Margaret Paschal Ryan and third to Virginia Pena.

In the quilts-framed division first place went to Katherine Crenshaw; in the crafts-youth-nature art first place to Sam Prewit; in the crafts-youth-nature art-plastic canvas, first and second went to Karina Quintana; in the crafts and hobbies-adult division, Christmas stitch, first place, Joyce Morton, second, Sue Toone; in the Christmas-beaded, first and second to Elaine Moody; in the woodwork-women, Susan Lujan placed first and second; in the woodwork-men, Richard Hayes, first, Jerry Capers second and third; in the dolls and toys division, Nyla Dominguez placed first and second with a teddy bear, Leala William third with a pillow case doll; Ella Sue Johnson placed first with her tissue holder, first with tootsie roll trees and first with hand soap and bath salts; Estella Rayos Rodriguez placed first with her tortilla warmer dolls; Gloria Stroup first with her recoupage tray; Kathy Contreras first with her Christmas Tree; Dora Rochan first with her lampshade; Ebo Teal first in ceramics; Joyce Morton first in porcelain and J.Ross Busby first in rock collections.

Reeves-Loving County Fall Fair Livestock Show Results

Southdown Sheep

Placing Name Town 1st Conner Newsome Boerne, TX 2nd Matthew Echols Melissa, TX

Cross 1 Sheep

Placing Name Town 1st Conner Newsome Ballinger, TX

2nd Timmy Bowen Robstown, TX

Cross 2 Sheep

Placing Name Town

1st Kelsey Sullivan Boerne, TX

2nd David Bradley Pecos, TX

Champion: Kelsey Sullivan

Reserve Champion: Conner Newsome

Fine Wool Lambs

Exhibitor Class 2

Placing Name Town

1st Matthew Echols Melissa, TX

Medium Wool Lambs

Exhibitor Class 1

Placing Name Town 1st Timmy Bowen Robstown, TX

2nd Conner Newsome Ballinger, TX

Exhibitor Class 2

Placing Name Town 1st Clay Phillips Mullin, TX

2nd Timmy Bowen Robstown, TX

3rd Mysela Alvarez Pecos, TX

5th Chris Bowers Pecos, TX

6th Zack Morton Barstow, TX

Exhibitor Class 3

Placing Name Town

1st Brittany Nelms Stephenville, TX

2nd Rachele Herzog Seaguin, TX

4th Drake Bradley Pecos, TX

5th Jamye Galindo Pecos, TX

6th Chris Bowers Pecos, TX

7th Mysela Alvarez Pecos, TX

Exhibitor Class 4

Placing Name Town

1st Kelsey Sullivan Boerne, TX

2nd Timmy Bowen Robstown, TX

5th David Bradley Pecos, TX

6th Drake Bradley Pecos, TX

Exhibitor Class 5

Placing Name Town

1st Matthew Echols Melissa, TX

2nd Timmy Bowen Robstown, TX

Exhibitor Class 6

Placing Name Town

1st Conner Newsome Ballinger, TX

2nd Matthew Echols Melissa, TX

Champion: Kesley Sullivan

Reserve Champion: Matthew Echols

Grand Champion Lamb: Kelsey Sullivan

Reserve Grand Champion: Matthew Echols


Exotic Class 1

Place Name Town

1s Kate Turnbo Kermit, TX

2nd Sara Henderson Wink, TX

4th Nathan Box Pecos, TX

Exotic Class 2

Place Name Town

1st Ashley Bookmiller Grandfalls, TX

2nd Adrian Hinojos Van Horn, TX

Champion: Ashley Bookmiller

Reserve Champion: Kate Turnbo

English Class 1

Place Name Town

1st Colby Worden Kermit, TX

2nd Kate, Turnbo Kermit, TX

Showmanship: Ashley Bookmiller

English Class 2

Place Name Town

1st Zach Walsh McCamey, TX

2nd Adeline Fox Alpine, TX

3rd Sara Henderson Wink, TX

4th Gary Henson Kermit, TX

5th Elder Hinojos Kent, TX

6th Max Henson Kermit, TX

7th Hondo Davis Valentine, TX

Champion: Colby Worden

Reserve Champion: Adam Walsh

Grand Champion Steer: Ashley Bookmiller

Reserve Grand Champion: Colby Worden


Class 1

Place Name Town

1st Colby Worden Kermit, TX

2nd Clay Haws Wink, TX

3rd Katie Lee Pecos, TX

4th Michael Lee Pecos, TX

Texas Club Lamb Association Showmanship

Juniors - Ages 8-11

Place Name

1st Conner Newson

2nd Clay Phillias

Intermediate _ Ages 12-14

Place Name

1st Brittany Nelms

2nd Kelsey Sullivan

Senior _ Ages 15 and older

Place Name

1st Timmy Bowen

2nd Matthew Echols


PECOS, Tues., Oct. 8, 2002 -- High Mon. 69. Low this morning 59. Rainfall last 24 hours at  Texas A&M Experiment Station .15. Forecast for tonight: Mostly  cloudy with a 30 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms. Lows 55 to 60.  East winds 5 to 10 mph. Wed.: Mostly cloudy with a slight chance  of showers or thunderstorms early: Then becoming partly cloudy. Highs in  the mid 70s. East winds 5 to 10 mph. The chance of rain is 20 percent.  Wed, night: Mostly cloudy with areas of fog. Lows 50 to 55. Thurs,: Areas  of low clouds and fog in the morning: Then becoming mostly sunny.  Highs 75 to 80. Fri,: Mostly clear. Lows in the mid 50s. Highs in the mid 80s.

Search Entire Site:

Pecos Enterprise
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
Division of Buckner News Alliance, Inc.

324 S. Cedar St., Pecos, TX 79772
Phone 915-445-5475, FAX 915-445-4321

Associated Press text, photo, graphic, audio and/or video material shall not be published, broadcast, rewritten for broadcast or publication or redistributed directly or indirectly in any medium.

Copyright 2002 by Pecos Enterprise