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Monday, July 7, 2003

Brazile wins fourth all-around title at Rodeo

Staff Writer

PECOS, Mon., July 7, 2003 -- The next-to-last rider ended up first in four of the events Saturday night at the West of the Pecos Rodeo, while the final ride in the only women's event ended up as the best overall both for the final night of this year's show and in the overall standings.

Attendance was up for this year's rodeo, and other related events went really well, according to organizers of the event and the group is already planning for next year.

"Everything has been really good and everything went really well," said Pecos Area Chamber of Commerce Director Linda Gholson. "We had a good crowd in Pecos and we're happy with the results."

Trevor Brazile picked up his fourth West of the Pecos Rodeo All-Around Cowboy title, despite losing the lead in both the finals of steer roping and team roping on Saturday. Brazile, who is also the defending National Finals Rodeo All-Around Champion, was one of 10 cowboys in the 12-man finals of steer roping who were unable to come up with a legal tie, which allowed Mike Chase of Beloit, Kan., to come away with the victory.

Chase came up with a 16.1 second effort to move into the No. 1 spot with a combined 75.3 second time of four attempts. Andrews' Dan Fisher, who was No. 2 to Brazile going into the finals, was the only other cowboy to earn a time on Saturday, but his 21.4 second effort left him eight-tenths of a second out of first place, with a 76.1 combined time.

Chase would pick up $4,913 for his victory, while Fisher pocketed $3,888 for his second place finish. Brazile ended up in third place in the event based on his three times earlier in the week, and got $2,492, which was part of his $8,723.87 payout for all six days of slack and regular competition in Pecos.

The remainder of the money came in steer roping, where Brazile and partner Wayne Fornier of El Paso saw their steer put on a stop-and-go move as they were trying to rope him, which slowed them down just enough to allow Kevin Stewart of Glen Rose and Martin Lucero of Stephenville to take first place overall. Stewart and Lucero, who were the next-to-last team to ride on Saturday, had an 8.7 time and finished at 22.8 seconds on three attempts, while Brazile and Fornier had a 10.7 time and finished at 24.1 seconds.

Their times were the third and fourth best of the night. Chuck Speck of Alba and Twister Cain of Gonzales won the short go with a 7.9 time and Jason Thomas of Canyon and John Patton of Odessa were next, at 8.3 seconds. The short-go winners earned $680, while Stewart and Lucero took home $3,003 for their victory in the average.

The other cowboy to move up from No. 2 going into the finals to No. 1 at the finish was Colby Price in steer wrestling. The Aransas Pass cowboy had a 4.9 second time on Saturday to beat out Mickey Gee, who had a 6.1 time to tie for third place on the evening. Price's combined times were 14.7 seconds and earned him $2,161 for first place and $375 for second in the short go. Gee got $187.50 for tying Gabe Lidoux for third in the short go and $1,788 for second place overall.

Jarrod Pilians of Streetman won the short go with a 4.9 time and ended up third overall at 16.1 seconds, taking home a combined $1,916 for his Saturday efforts.

Giovanni Davis of College Station also captured first place on Saturday, winning the tie-down calf roping after going into the night second overall in the average. Davis won the short-go with a 9.6 second time, which allowed him to move past Vin Fisher of Andrews with a combined 30.8 time on three attempts. Davis took home $1,020 for winning the short go and another $2,704 for the average, while Fisher finished with a 31.4 second time and took home $2,351.

Clint Singleton was second overall in the short go with a 10.5 second time and was fourth overall, while J.D. Kibbe of Portales, N.M. was third overall and placed fourth in the short go.

Earlier in the evening, the last rider during the regular section of bareback competition, Pete Hawkins, scored 85 points to win the event. His ride on Smokeless Surprise Package actually turned out to be the next-to-last one of the rodeo, when Luis Escudero took his option for a re-ride, but he managed just a 62 point effort on his second attempt, which came just prior to the start of saddle bronc competition.

Hawkins, from Weatherford, had placed second in both the saddle bronc and bareback riding competitions the previous night in Greeley, Colo. He earned $3,278 for his effort in Pecos, while Trey Fisher, who rode on the opening night of competition, placed second with a 78 point score and took home $2,513.

In bull riding, Paulo Crimber's 88 point ride Thursday night on Red Eye Smokeless held up over the final two nights of the rodeo, and earned the South American native $4,370 overall. Weston Slyter of Borger, who rode Mighty Tricky on Friday night to an 81 point score, and Casey Decker, who scored 81 points on Wednesday night, tied for second. Decker earned $3,288 combined in day money and for his second place finish, while Slyter took home $3,120 overall.

Dan Connley of Denton tied for sixth place overall with Thursday night rider Matt Austin. The two both got $618, but Connley earned almost $1,400 more by being the only rider to stay on for the full eight seconds on Saturday night. Another rider, Jeremy Hughes, did stay on for eight seconds, but with only a 54 point score an a re-ride option, took his second chance at the close of bull riding and was tossed before the eight second horn.

The closest outcome in roughstock was in the saddle bronc riding. Cody Horwedel of Parkfield, Calif., scored 80 points riding Ravishin' Ruby on Friday night to beat out Bradley Harter of Aledo, who had scored 79 points on Wednesday night. Two other Texas cowboys, Rance Bray of Dumas and Cole Hardin of San Angelo, tied for third with 78 point rides.

Horwedel earned $3,889 for his victory, while Harter picked up $2,981.

In the barrel racing, the top two times were posted on the final night of competition, with Jana Bean of Fort Hancock winning with a 17.81 second time, .03 faster than Jymmy Kay Davis of Gonzales, who had taken the lead only a few minutes earlier from Jackie Bob Cox by .01 second. Bean earned $2,221 for her performance, Davis won $1,888 and Cox picked up $1,554 for her ride, which took place on Tuesday evening.

In the three non-PRCA events this year, Russ Slaughter and Mike Passmore won first place in the finals of the wild cow milking competition; Liberty Wofford, Adrian Roman and Joshua Mendoza took first in the wild horse race, and Clay Taylor and Derek Teague won the hide race, which was held for the first time this year. Taylor and Teague, the son of Rodeo Committee chairman Trevor Teague, had the fastest time for two trips around the barrels, with Taylor riding and Teague being pulled on a carpet across the Buck Jackson Rodeo Arena.

Along with an increase in attendance over 2002's show, the payout was also back up this year, to approximately $203,000. That's $40,000 above last year's total, while almost 100 more cowboys participate in the 2003 West of the Pecos Rodeo than did a year ago.

Final figures on how well the rodeo committee did this year won't be in for a few weeks, but preliminary results show that the event was a success, according to West of the Pecos Rodeo Committee member Sandy Garland.

"It turned out really well and things went smoothly," said Garland. "We don't have everything quite together yet and the final figures won't be for several weeks, but by the looks of it, things turned out great," she said.

This year the rodeo committee sponsored a special dance on Friday, July 4, at the Reeves County Civic Center, featuring the popular Tejano band, Control.

"There was a good crowd at that dance and everyone had a really good time," said Gholson.

A dance was also held each night after the rodeo at the Reeves County Sheriff's Posse Barn, featuring Southbound 35, a country-music band out of Odessa. Rain disrupted or canceled three of the four dances last year after the rodeo.

Staff Writer Rosie Flores contributed to this story

Check on food by driver causes accident

Staff Writer

PECOS, Mon., July 7, 2003 -- Pecos Police officers along with emergency service personnel were dispatched to a one-vehicle rollover Sunday morning on the corner of Fourth and Eddy streets.

According to the report filed by Pecos Police Sgt. Cosme Ortega, the driver, Erika Lerma, 26, was traveling south in the 300 block of Eddy about 11:45 a.m. when she reached over to the passenger side for her menudo.

Lerma then jerked the steering wheel and drove up the curb onto a guide wire supporting a light pole wire, causing the vehicle to roll over onto its right side just to the north of the intersection of Fourth and Eddy.

The front passenger's side roof area was crushed in the rollover, and both fire and EMS personnel were called to the scene. However, neither Lerma nor the 3-year old child who was a passenger in the vehicle suffered serious injuries.

Summer volleyball camp next week

PECOS, Mon., July 7, 2003 -- Summer Volleyball Camp has been scheduled for Monday, July 14 through Friday, July 18, at the Pecos High School Gym.

All 7th and 8th graders will play from 9 a.m. until noon and all 9th graders from 1-4 p.m.

Cost for the volleyball camp is $5 and everyone is invited to attend.


PECOS, Mon., July 7, 2003 -- High Sunday 89. Low this morning 71. Forecast for tonight: Partly cloudy with isolated thunderstorms. Lows in the lower 60s. Southeast winds 10 to 20 mph. Tuesday: Partly cloudy with isolated thunderstorms. Highs in the lower 90s. Southeast winds 10 to 20 mph. Tuesday night: Partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 60s. Wednesday: Mostly clear. Highs in the upper 90s. Thursday: Partly cloudy. Lows near 70. Highs in the mid 90s.

Police Report

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.


George Ortega was arrested at 9:43 p.m., on June 30, in the 1200 block of East Second Street for public intoxication.


Rodolpho Minjarez, 49, was arrested at 1:05 p.m., on July 1, at West Texas National Bank on a warrant for possession of an alcoholic beverage open container and a warrant for violation written promise to appear.


Bobbie Smith, 47, was arrested at 7:26 p.m., on July 2, in the 500 block of East 13th Street on a capias warrant for no liable insurance.


Andrew McGrew, 41, was arrested at 8:02 p.m., on July 2, in the 800 block of East 11th Street on a capias warrant for open container alcohol.


Vivica Orona, 20, was arrested at 8:21 p.m., on July 2, in the 1600 block of Washington Street on a capias warrant for no seat belt - driver, a capias warrant for no drivers license, two capias warrants for violation promise to appear, two capias warrants for minor in possession of alcohol and a capias warrant possession of alcoholic beverage open container.


Edward Ybarra, 39, was arrested at 9:25 p.m., on July 3, in the 1000 block of South Ash Street on a capias warrant for expired drivers license and a capias warrant for alcoholic beverage open container.


Erika Alvarez, 30, was arrested at 10:32 p.m., on July 2, at the Flying J on a warrant for an outstanding DPS warrant for speeding.


Fred Lara was arrested at 7:55 p.m., on July 5, in the 700 block of Walnut Street on a warrant for theft under $50 and a sheriff office warrant for failure to appear.


Fred Lara, 46, was arrested at 11:53 a.m., on July 6, at the Reeves County Sheriff's Office on a RCSO warrant for criminal trespassing.


A male juvenile was arrested at 1:28 p.m., on July 6, on the corner of Seventh and Hackberry streets for assault family violence act.


Jose "Joe" Candia, Jr.

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