Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Monday, October 6, 2003
Winners announced for Fair's crafts, food events
By ROSIE FLORES
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,
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
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
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,
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
In the Herb's Division: first placer, Catherine Travland-rosemary;
second place, Jan Chandler, garlic chives and third place, Catherine
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
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
Parents killed, children hurt in crashes
By BRENDEN BRIGGS
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
Twins split 1st place honor in competition
By ROSIE FLORES
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
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
"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
By ROSIE FLORES
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
"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
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
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
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
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
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
"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,"
"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
"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
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
Philip Michael Ferguson
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
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324 S. Cedar St., Pecos, TX 79772
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