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Monday, October 6, 2003

Winners announced for Fair's crafts, food events

Staff Writer

PECOS, Mon., Oct. 6, 2003 -- Poetry, arts and crafts and culinary items were all a part of the events at the Reeves County Fall Fair held this weekend at the Reeves County Civic Center, and entrants received prizes for their efforts.

In the Arts and Crafts Division: Ella Sue Johnson took home several awards, including first and second prizes for her gift baskets, kitchen towels, bath towels, heart plate, hanging basket and silver sachet.

Elder Julander received a first place ribbon for her duct tape steer; Joyce Morton, first place for cloth covered eggs; Patsy Bowles, first, fall basket; Gigi Stroup, first place, ceramic item; Cecil Stickels, first place ribbon, Blessings woodwork; John and Jana Cranfill, first place, Birdhouse and Patsy Bowles, second place, goblins.

Christmas Items that placed at the fair included: first place, Laura Teal; second place, Robbie Cox and third place, Laura Teal. Christmas plaster winner was Ebo Teal.

Stitchery items, adult division: Blanca Avila, first place, hooded towel; Virginia Pena, first place, flag.

In the stitchery, youth division, first place, Brooklyn Knudson.

Stitchery frame and quilts: first place, second and third places, Nyla Dominguez, stitchery frames; first place, Ava Gerke and second place, Gigi Stroup.

Needlework embroidery winner was Colleen Paschal; afghan-baby, first place Margaret Ryan; second place, Virginia Pena and third place, Janet Prewit.

Knitting winners included first place, Millie Jackson, crochet, receiving blankets; second place Janet Prewit; third place, Louise Forrester, crochet items; first place, Janet Prewit, potholder, camping pouch and hat.

In the Knitting sweater division: first place Louise Forrester - pieced pillow; second place, Blanca Avila - Quillo; third place, Barbara Creager - confetti.

Pillows-hand stitched: first place, Barbara Creager; second place, Kathy Paschal and third place, Louise Forrester.

Counted cross-stitch: first and Best of Show, Vera Sellars; second place Elizabeth O'Kelly and third place, Mary Taylor.

Framed collage: first place, Cathy Travland; pillows-set: first place, Gigi Stroup.

In the Farm Produce Division: pomegranates, David Teal; pumpkins, first , second and third places, Robert Gamboa; squash, first, second and third places, Robert Gamboa; watermelon, Robert Gamboa and squash centerpiece, Tumbleweed ranch (Berta Begay).

Canned Goods winners: Best of Show, Damon Compton; first place, Mittie Waggoner, plum jelly; second place, peach jam, Calvin Howard and third place, grape jelly, Calvin Howard.

Baked goods - adults: first place, Cathy Teague, pineapple cake; second place, David Switzer, pecan pralines and third place, Patsy Bowles, peanut butter buddy bars.

Bake goods youth: first place, Harlee Lozano, oatmeal raisin cookies and second place, Teg Lozano, choc-chip cookies.

In the Quilt Division: small quilts, best small quilt- Nyla Dominguez; first place, machine-pieced quilt, Nyla Dominguez; second place, Louise Forrester and third place, Ava Gerke.

Hand-quilted, first place, Nyla Dominguez; machine quilted, second place, Barbara Creager and third place, machine quilted, Nyla Dominguez.

Machine-pieced: first place Nyla Dominguez; hand-quilted, second and third places, Kathy Paschal.

Large quilts: blooming nine patch: first place, Debra Bean and second place, Barbara Creager.

Machine-pieced, hand-quilted, fist place, Nyla Dominguez; second place, Betsy Condra and third place, Kathy Paschal.

Machine-pieced, Diane Rogers; machine quilted, second place and third places Roy Prewit.

Hand-applique, hand-quilted, first place, Diane Rogers; second place and third places , Kathy Paschal.

Machine-pieced, hand-tied, first and second places, Louise Forrester and third place, Laura Teal.

Machine-applique, machine-quilted: first place Betsy Condra; Best of Large Quilts, Nyla Dominguez; Best Quilt in the Show, Nyla Dominguez and People's Choice, Laura Teal.

Winners in the painting division: Best of Show, Jan Chandler, "Lion."

First place in the oils: Jan Chandler, Tiger; second place, Shirley Worrell, Old Cabin and third place, Joyce Morton, Stormy Cloud.

Watercolor winners: first place, Shirley Worrell, Yucca; second and third places, Joyce Morton, Hummingbirds and White Dove and Flag.

Portraits: Patsy Beauchamp, first and second places, Grandson Drake and Grandson Matthew.

Acrylic: first place, Shirley Worrell, Chicken and Rooster.

Pencil: Joyce Morton placed first with her Quail on Post.

Photography: Black and White, Cindy Shores, first through third places: old structures, first through third places, Stacy Arena; Nature Color: Cindy Shores; Scenic Color: first place, Fred Sanchez; second place, Marcia Renshaw and third place, Cindy Shores.

Children's Nature Color: AriAnna Alligood; Scenic colored, AriAnna Alligood.

In the Herb's Division: first placer, Catherine Travland-rosemary; second place, Jan Chandler, garlic chives and third place, Catherine Thomas, dill.

Dried arrangements: first place, West Texas Weeds, Jan Chandler; second place, Catherine Thomas, Bird Nest and third place, Catherine Thomas, Brass vase/Yucca pods.

In the Dried Wreaths: Catherine Thomas, first place, silver-heart/blue chinaberries; second place, Jan Chandler, Let Freedom Ring and third place, Margaret Lindley, Russian Thistles.

Poetry: Jim Reeves, first place, "Too Much Time at the Farm of Minniehaha"; second place, Emilio Tarin, "Un Corazon Destrozado"; third place, Angelina O. Sanchez, "Two Hearts Beat As One"; and Honorable Mention, Alexandra Nichols Vasquez, "Come Again."

Student birdhouses: Large houses- first place, Quinten Garcia, second place, Karija Alvarado; third place, Stephanie;

Medium Houses: first place, Ana Lara; second place, Dana Conger and third place, Bianca Perez.

Small Houses: Caroline Baroco, first place; second place, Hugo Sandoval and third place Cielo Ornelas.

Student Scarecrow winners, Girl Scout Troop #188, first place, Rosemary Varela; second place, Lenora Blanchard and third place, Mireya Rodriguez.

Pet Show winners included: Dogs, first place, Paul Zubeldia, with Polo; Grand Champion, Michelle Strain, with Lili; second place, Drake Bradley with Monica and Rayann Box with Sally, third place.

In the cats division, Marissa took first and Grand Champion with her cat, Fluffy.

Parents killed, children hurt in crashes

Staff Writer

PECOS, Mon., Oct. 6, 2003 -- Two out-of-state residents were killed in separate accidents on local highways this weekend, while children of both victims suffered injuries in the rollovers.

Maria DeJesus Garcia, a cook from Lovington, N.M. died in a crash on Texas 17 near Marfa on Saturday, while Mark Patrick Letzer a photographer of Canoga Park, Calif., died in the accident on Sunday on Interstate 10 near Balmorhea, according to the Department of Public Safety office in Pecos.

The Saturday fatality occurred on State Highway 17, 2.7 miles north of Marfa. According to the DPS report, the vehicle, a 2003 Jeep Grand Cherokee, had a blow out of the right rear tire causing Garcia, 36, to lose control, veer left and roll the vehicle numerous times. The Jeep came to rest on its wheels.

Both Garcia and her daughter Dianna Garcia, 14, who was a passenger in the Jeep, were wearing seatbelts. However the injuries the driver sustained were severe and she was pronounced dead at 7:30 p.m., on Saturday, at the scene of the accident. Maria Garcia's body was transported to the Marfa Memorial Funeral Home.

Dianna Garcia was taken to Big Bend Memorial Hospital in Alpine to receive treatment for right arm and shoulder injuries sustained in the wreck. She is listed in stable condition, but has yet to be released from the hospital.

Trooper Gilbert Valdez, with the DPS office in Marfa investigated the accident. Road and weather conditions were both good at the time of the rollover, his report stated.

Sunday's accident occurred on I-10, 10.5 miles west of Balmorhea in Reeves County when a 1997 Honda Passport traveling east bound on the interstate with a U-haul trailer in tow veered onto the median. The driver, identified as Devin Matthews Letzer, 20, overcorrected and lost control of the vehicle, causing it to flip one and one quarter times. The driver was wearing a seatbelt, however his father, 56-year-old Mark Patrick Letzer, who was a passenger in the Honda, was not, and was ejected from the vehicle.

Justice of the Peace Rosando Carrasco pronounced him dead at the scene at 5:06 p.m. Mark Letzer's body was transported to Pecos Funeral Home. Devin Letzer received minor injuries during the accident. He was transported to Reeves County Hospital for treatment of his injuries and was then released.

Trooper Gordon Schneider of the Balmorhea Highway Patrol investigated the accident. Conditions were listed as dry, clear and cloudy.

Twins split 1st place honor in competition

Staff Writer

PECOS, Mon., Oct. 6, 2003 -- Twins were winners of the Pretty Baby Contest held during the Annual Reeves County Fall Fair and sponsored by the Women's Division of the Pecos Area Chamber of Commerce.

Jeremiah and Zachariah Hung, the sons of Leo and Minnie Hung took top honors in the contest. The two received a $100 Savings Bond, from Security State Bank/Gift Certificate compliments of Alfredo's Restaurant. The twins are 18 months old.

Chassidy Jurado, eight months old and the daughter of Hector Jurado and Julie Contreras placed second. She received a $50 Savings Bond, compliments of Alfredo's Restaurant.

Third place winner was Anna Bella Pachlhofer, 12 months and the daughter of Aaron and Mandy Pachlhofer. She received a $25 Gift Certificate from Beall's and $5 Gift Certificate from Wal-Mart.

Isia Nathaniel Gutierrez, nine months old and the son of Roger Gutierrez and Crystal Nunez, placed fourth. He received a $25 Gift Certificate from Wal-Mart.

Phillip Lujan took fifth place. He is the son of Sam and Diana Lujan and is 18 months old. He received a $20 Gift Certificate from Wal-Mart.

Sixth place was Monique Marie Dominguez, nine months old and the daughter of Mario and Angie Dominguez. She received a $15 Gift Certificate from Dollar General.

Allyssa L. Abila, 15 months old and the daughter of Johnny Abila and Melanie Meierhoff, placed seventh. She received a $10 Gift Certificate from Wal-Mart.

The funds raised will go towards the Women's Division to sponsor their many events, including the Little Miss Cantaloupe/Golden Girl Pageant held each year during the West of the Pecos Rodeo events.

The group also sponsors the Fireman's/EMT Appreciation dinner, the Mother Goose and Friends Parade and the Christmas Lighting Contest held each year.

"We would like to thank the public for supporting our fundraiser," said organizer for the event Fatu Darpolor. "We welcome everyone to the parade scheduled this month," she said.

Beef, rib winners cooked up, enchiladas missing

Staff Writer

PECOS, Mon., Oct. 6, 2003 -- Overnight showers on Saturday didn't cause any major problems for the Annual Reeves County Sheriff's Posse Barbecue Beef Cook-off held this weekend at the posse arena. However, there were a few problems inside the Reeves County Civic Center trying to cook up meals for sale on Saturday.

The Annual Pecos Eagle Band Boosters Enchilada Plate Sale, which went off as scheduled on Friday, had to be cancelled on Saturday due to the lack of volunteers.

"We had no parent volunteers to help this year and sadly our children are the ones who lose special privileges because of this, band trips, scholarships, etc.," said organizer for the event and volunteer Yvette Romo.

"We had to stop our sale on Saturday because of lack of parent volunteers," she said.

Over 60 contestants were on hand for the Barbeque Beef and Rib cook-offs, with cash prizes were awarded for first through fourth places in both contests, along with a Grand Champion and Best Camp Awards.

The Mata Camp won the Best Camp award, which was judged by Gerry Allison and Gabby. The camps were judged on their hospitality, decorations and best theme.

First place in the brisket division of the cook-off went to the Three Amigos; who also took Grand Champion honors thanks to their third place finish in the Ribs division. Second place in the Brisket division went to Victor Fierro, third was Da Boyz camp, with head cooks Ricky Barreno and Freddy Contreras and fourth place went to Rudy Carrasco and Ronnie Matta.

In the Ribs category, first place overall went to the Dairy Queen crew; second place to the Da Boyz; and fourth place to the Mata Family.

Cody West, organizer for the event, handed out two personal awards to his helpers. West was busy this past week, becoming a new father and leaned on his assistants, Jerry Matta and Paula Cole, from KIUN Radio Station.

Inside the Civic Center on Saturday, the Fall Fair's livestock show attracted over 75 entries, most of those in the Lamb Show, which was a TCLA Showmanship Event for the second straight year.

The Grand Champion overall in the lamb competition went to Brandi Christie, while Colby Worden took Grand Champion honors in both the steer and heifer show events.

The TCLA Showmanship awards went to Price Riffin in the Pee Wee Division; Jeff Davis in the Junior Division; Marcia Morris in the Intermediate Division and to Chrsitie in the Senior Division.

A full listing of winners in the Stock Show will appear in Tuesday's Enterprise.

Hamburgers, hot dogs and other food were still sold inside the Civic Center on Saturday at the Pecos Lions' Club booth, but the Band Boosters were unable to offer up their enchilada plates for a second day, after selling them as part of the group's fundraising activities on Friday.

The Band Boosters organization is run by the parents of the Pecos Band members. This includes 6th through 12th grade students.

"Your role as a volunteer is very important to our band members and your attendance at our parent meetings as well as your input and hard work would be greatly appreciated," said Romo.

The group will have a meeting tonight at 7:30 p.m., at the PHS band hall.

"Please make plans to attend since we will discuss the concession stand for homecoming," said Romo. "If we have no parents show for the meeting we will not open the concession stand for that game," she said.

"Please attend, our children would appreciate it," she said.

Romo gave a special thank you to Ludy Valencia, MaryAnn Clark, Kathy Hurley and Sylvia Portillo.

"We could not have had our enchilada sale on Friday without you," said Romo.

"I would like to thank everyone who bought enchilada plates from us on Friday and to thank those of you who bought tickets and were not fortunate enough to get your plates," said Romo. "If you purchased tickets and did not get your plates, please see the person you bought the ticket from for a refund and return your ticket to them," she said.

Each band member who sold tickets is responsible for tickets or money, according to Romo.

Hunt continues to find missing Balmorhea girl

PECOS, Mon., Oct. 6, 2003 -- Searches continued over the weekend without success to find a missing Balmorhea teenager who disappeared from her home sometime between Wednesday night and Thursday morning.

Reeves County Sheriffs Department deputies, Department of Public Safety troopers, U.S. Border Patrol agents and local volunteers searched over the weekend for Monica Carrasco. The 16-year-old was reported missing on Thursday, but searchers have yet to find any leads.

Carrasco had been living with her uncle Abel Baeza for the past three weeks when she was discovered missing Thursday morning. Search dogs were brought in to help with the effort to find Carrasco, who officials believe was wearing only a nightgown and was barefoot at the time of her disappearance.

Carrasco is described as having brown hair and eyes, and weighs 110 pounds. Law enforcement officials began searching for the missing girl Thursday morning.

"She disappeared sometime between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. (Thursday) morning," Reeves County Sheriff Andy Gomez said Thursday. "Her mother went in to look in on her in her bedroom and she was gone."

Carrasco is believed to just have walked out of her home, and the 16-year-old is believed to be taking anti-depressants. "She's on medication right now and we want to locate her right away," said Gomez.

Her name as already been placed on the statewide missing persons list. If anyone has any information they are asked to contact the Reeves County Sheriff's Office at 445-4901 or any other local law enforcement agency.


PECOS, Mon., Oct. 6, 2003 -- High Sun. 93. Low this morning 65. Forecast for tonight: Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of thunderstorms. A few storms may be severe with large hail and damaging winds. Lows 60 to 65. East winds 10 to 15 mph. Tues.: Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs near 85. East winds 10 to 15 mph. Tues. night: Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows near 60. SE winds 10 to 15 mph.


Philip Michael Ferguson

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