Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Monday, January 12, 2004
Balmorhea stock show attracts 67 animals, 27 entries
By BRENDEN BRIGGS
PECOS, Mon., Jan. 12, 2004 -- The Balmorhea Livestock Show went off
with out a hitch this weekend at the Balmorhea High School's FFA
building. Kids from all over the area brought their prize animals to be
judged for fitness, based upon three categories: musculature, finish or
fat content, and skeletal structure.
"The show was great," Balmorhea Superintendent Mary Lou Carrasco
said. "We had a great turnout, the boosters did an excellent job
organizing and handling the arraignments for the event, and our Ag
Director, Mr. Bagley did a great job as well assisting the boosters in
putting on a great show."
The show began at 10 a.m. and lasted six hours. It was organized and
sponsored by the Balmorhea Booster Club. Goats, hogs and lambs were in
competition for the title of grand champion in each of their respected
A total of 27 participants brought their animals to the show, giving
the stock show a total of 18 hogs, 14 lambs and 36 goats, according to
Balmorhea Ag Director Bob Bagley.
"The animals are judged on those three characteristics, but what is
held important by each judge varies slightly. What one judge might see
as a first place animal, another might give second or even third place.
It really kind of ends up being a beauty pageant, but as most people
know, what is beautiful to one person might not be as attractive to
another," Bagley said. "The finish on an animal also can vary day to
day, depending on how the animal is handled, which can add to variation
in how the animals are judged from one show to the next."
Buddy Stewart, Andrews Ag Sciences instructor, judged the
competition that brought participants from Verhalen to the north, Kent
to the west, Balmorhea to the south and the county line to the east.
The Balmorhea Livestock Show is held annual the week before the
Reeves-Loving Livestock Show, which will take place on Friday and
Saturday at the Reeves County Civic Center.
Results are as follows:
Hampshire Hogs: 1st Joseph Dutchover, 2nd Christy Rodriguez, 3rd
OPB Hogs: 1st Cutter Crider, 2nd Russell Garlick, 3rd Levon Barragan
Cross Hogs: 1st Joseph Dutchover, 2nd Joel Madrid, 3rd Levon
Grand Champion Hogs: Joseph Dutchover
Reserve Champion: Joseph Hemp
Jr. Showmanship (13 and under): Joel Madrid
Sr. Showmanship: Levon Barragan
Finewool Lambs: 1st Mayle McElroy, 2nd Adrienne Bagley, 3rd Mia
Cross Lambs: 1st Adrienne Bagley, 2nd Adam Roman, 3rd JoGina Gallego
Mediumwool Lambs: 1st Adam Roman, 2nd Mayle McElroy, 3rd Adrienne
Grand Champion: Adrienne Bagley
Reserve Champion: Adam Roman
Jr. Showmanship: Adam Roman
Sr. Showmanship: Jaime Gallego
Goats Class I: 1st Joe Able Rodriguez, 2nd Dailynn Mondragon, 3rd
Goats Class II: 1st Mia Roman, 2nd Vanessa Garcia, 3rd Brandi
Goats Class III: 1st Mayle McElroy, 2nd Tyler Hebbert, 3rd Tyler
Goats Class IV: 1st Adrienne Bagley, 2nd Dailynn Mondragon, 3rd
Goats Class V: 1st Mayle McElroy, 2nd Russel Garlick, 3rd Joseph
Grand Champion: Mayle McElroy
Reserve Champion: Russel Garlick
Jr. Showmanship: Tyler Hebbert
Sr. Showmanship: Russell Garlick
Awards were donated as follows: Grand Champion Goat Buckle, Roy
Lindsey; Grand Champion Lamb Buckle, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Hoffman; Grand
Champion Swine Buckle, Mr. and Mrs. Pecos Cook; Reserve Champion Goat
Trophy, Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Gallego; Reserve Champion Lamb Trophy, Mr.
and Mrs. Paul Ward; Reserve Champion Swine Trophy, The Bear Den;
Ribbons were donated by Trans Pecos Materials and cash prizes were
donated by Mr. and Mrs. Bob Bagley and Herman Tarin.
Pecos, Monahans men die in Midland accident Friday
PECOS, Mon., Jan. 12, 2004 -- A former Pecos resident and a Monahans
man born in Pecos were killed Friday night in a two-vehicle accident in
Midland, and the woman driving the car that struck their Ford
Thunderbird reportedly may face criminal charges.
Felipe Ornelas, 20, a former Pecos resident living in Midland, and
Ruben Pando, 28, of Monahans, died when their Thunderbird was struck by
a Mitsubishi Montero that ran a red light at the intersection of Front
Street and Lamesa Road, just east of downtown Midland.
Midland police officers were unavailable for comment this morning,
but according to the Midland Reporter-Telegram Ornelas was driving the
Ford south on Lamesa Road when the car was struck on the passenger's
side by the Montero, driven by 35-year-old Diane Zamora at 10:02 p.m.
Midland County Justice of the Peace David M. Cobos pronounced both
Ornelas and Pando dead at the scene, according to the
Reporter-Telegram. Zamora, the lone occupant of the Montero, was taken
to Midland Memorial Hospital where she was treated for her injuries and
However, Midland Police Officer Aaron Smith told the
Reporter-Telegram investigators are looking into whether alcohol or
excessive speed were factors in the crash. Pending the outcome of lab
results, criminal charges may be filed, Smith said.
Ornelas' and Pando's bodies were sent to Lubbock for autopsies
following the accident.
Services for Ornelas are scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday at Santa Rosa
Church in Pecos, while Pando's services were held at 2 p.m. today at
Santa Rosa Catholic Church.
Police probing store break-ins over weekend
By BRENDEN BRIGGS
PECOS, Mon., Jan. 12, 2004 -- Pecos police are investigating two
break-ins that occurred this weekend at local businesses.
Police responded to an alarm activation at 5:57 a.m. on Sunday
morning at the Beall's department store on South Eddy Street. Burglars
had broken out a window and stolen 40 men's Guess watches. No one was
spotted leaving the scene according to Captain Kelly Davis of the Pecos
Police Department's Criminal Investigations Division.
Store representatives estimate the value of each watch around $85,
bringing the total value of the stolen goods to $3400, Davis said.
The other break-in occurred at Alfredo's restaurant in the 1000
block of South Cedar Street over the weekend. Davis said that beer,
candy and an unspecified amount of money were taken from the business.
Both cases are still under investigation, but any one with
information is encouraged to call the Pecos Police or Crime-Stoppers, a
reward is being offered for information concerning either break-in.
Year In Review
Search for missing teen began in October
EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the 10th in a series of stories
recapping major news events in the Pecos area during 2003. Today's
story covers the month of October.
Oct. 1, 2003 The Reeves County Commissioners Court voted to increase
the county's tax rate by 2.63 cents Monday night, and also will be
sending Sheriff Andy Gomez and his staff to the Reeves County Detention
Center, both in an effort to cut the county's current budget shortfall.
Oct. 3, 2003 Search dogs have been brought in to help with the
search for a missing Balmorhea teenager, who disappeared sometime
between Wednesday night and Thursday morning. Monica Carrasco, 16,
disappeared from her home Wednesday evening. Officials believe she was
wearing only a nightgown and was barefoot at the time of her
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
Oct. 7, 2003 Organizers of the 2003 Reeves County Fall called this
year's event a success, as Fair goers enjoyed a variety of booths and
food through mostly good weather on Friday and Saturday in Pecos.
Oct. 9, 2003 The Town of Pecos City Council voted to begin the
process of extending sewer lines on the north, south and east sides of
Pecos as part of a discussion of several ongoing water projects, during
their regular meeting this morning at City Hall. The city council
approve advertising for bids on the extension of wastewater lines to
outlying areas near the city. The proposed locations of construction
are sections of 'F' and Hickory Streets on the north side of town, the
east side of 13th Street and portions of West County Road.
Oct. 10, 2003 After seeking ways for three months to find inmates to
fill the new $40 million Reeves County Detention Center, proposals are
now being accepted by Reeves County from private vendors for the
operation, management and/or lease of all three units of the 2,960 bed
prison or each unit individually.
Oct. 13, 2003 Heavy rains hit areas of the Trans-Pecos over the
weekend, dumping as much as four inches of rain in some spots between
Friday night and Sunday. Rainfall inside Pecos wasn't as much as in
outlying areas, but the severe thunderstorm that passed just north of
town Friday night was enough to cause a one-hour delay in the Pecos
High School 2003 homecoming game against the Kermit Yellowjackets.
Showers began just before the announcement of the 2003 homecoming
queen, and while the rain let up after about 10 minutes the teams
remained off the field for another 45 minutes, due to the threat of
lightning from the storm that built up west of town and then slowly
moved just north of the city.
Oct. 14, 2003 Town of Pecos City will receive their $422,320 payment
from Reeves County as promised this week, while a contract with
Washington lobbyist Randy DeLay and the county has been modified by
Reeves County Commissioners.
Oct. 15, 2003 Weekend rains did little to add to the water levels at
Red Bluff Lake, members of the Red Bluff Water Power Control Board were
told during their monthly meeting on Tuesday in Pecos. The total didn't
offset a loss in September of 1,755 acre feet from the lake during
September, when the water level fell to 50,434 acre/feet.
Oct. 17, 2003 Three years after its first application was turned
down, the Town of Pecos has received approval from the Texas Historical
Commission for the city's designation as one of the new Texas Main
Street Cities. Pecos will join more than 70 other Texas cities in the
downtown revitalization program sponsored by the THC. Each 2004
designated Main Street city will have a kick off for their program with
a visit from the Texas First Lady, Anita Perry. Each city will also
receive free technical assistance, design assistance and training from
the THC's Texas Main Street Program staff.
Oct. 20, 2003 Pecos High School Eagle Band earned a Division II
rating after their performance Saturday in the UIL Region 6 Marching
Competition at Ratliff Stadium in Odessa, with the highest rating being
a first and the lowest a five. Fort Stockton and Greenwood had the
highest ratings among Class 3A schools at the competition, as both
earned Division I rankings.
Oct. 21, 2003 Pecos volunteer firemen were able to put out a fire on
a mattress in an abandoned east side home Monday night before the fire
had a chance to do serious damage to the structure. Town of Pecos City
Fire Marshal Jack Brookshire said arson was the likely cause of the
fire at 705 S. Almond St., which was reported shortly before 9 p.m. on
Oct. 23, 2003 Workers began the installation of windows in the old
Missouri-Pacific Railroad depot today, as part of the effort to convert
the downtown building into a new museum for Pecos. The depot has been
designated as the future home of the Texas Rodeo Hall of Fame. Two
windows are up in their frames and work on the front doors is
Oct. 24, 2003 Town of Pecos City Council members sought more
information about activities of the Pecos Economic Development Corp.
The PEDC discussion came as the council reviewed the submitted budget
for the corporation for the upcoming year. PEDC President Gary Ward was
on hand to answer any questions about the proposed expenditures.
Oct. 27, 2003 A cold front brought precipitation to areas of west
Texas over the weekend, and with temperatures dropping, the higher
elevations in the Trans-Pecos experienced some sleet and snow for the
first time this fall. Temperatures in the Pecos Valley never got cold
enough to turn the rain into sleet or snow, but in town KIUN reported a
total for the weekend of 0.30 inches, with slightly more reported north
of town. The snow fell in the higher elevations, both to the south of
Pecos and to the northwest, in the Guadalupe Pass and McKittrick Canyon
area of northern Culberson County.
Oct. 28, 2003 Reeves County employees will be paying a little bit
more for health insurance, commissioners decided following a long
discussion on the subject during their regular Commissioners Court
meeting Monday morning.
Oct. 29, 2003 Construction is underway on the first of 20 planned
homes for the central part of Pecos, as part of a project to provide
affordable housing for more local residents. City Manager Carlos Yerena
said that construction crews were well on their way to finishing the
first house in the Airlawn Addition, and that it was already under
contract to be purchased by a family here in Pecos.
Oct. 30, 2003 Tuesday's fundraising barbeque for the Texas Rodeo
Hall of Fame raised over $2,000, according to Pecos Chamber of Commerce
Executive Director Linda Gholson. The barbeque was held at the old
Missouri Pacific Railroad Depot at First and Oak streets, which is the
proposed site for the new Texas Rodeo Hall of Fame.
Tee-box signs sponsors sought for golf course
PECOS, Mon., Jan. 12, 2004 -- A meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. on
Wednesday at the Reeves County Golf Course Golf Shop to discuss
business sponsorships of tee-box signs at the course.
Greenskeeper Peter Mora said donations are being sought for the tee
box sponsorships, to coincide with the redesign and the expansion of
the facility in the upcoming months. Mora said the Pecos Men's Golf
Association and the Pecos Ladies Golf Association have already made
donations to the golf course.
PECOS, Mon., Jan. 12, 2004 -- High Sunday 65. Low this morning 42.
Forecast for tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows near 40. Southwest winds 10
to 15 mph. Tuesday: Partly cloudy. Highs near 65. Northwest winds near
10 mph. Tuesday night: Partly cloudy. Lows near 40. South winds near 10
mph in the evening becoming light and variable. Wednesday: Partly
cloudy. Highs in the mid 60s. North winds near 10 mph. Wednesday night:
Partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 30s to the lower 40s.
Felipe Ornelas, Jr., Ruben Guebara Pando, Jr. and Arturo Sanchez Valeriano
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