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Monday, January 12, 2004

Balmorhea stock show attracts 67 animals, 27 entries

Staff Writer

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 categories.

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 Nigiel Lozano

OPB Hogs: 1st Cutter Crider, 2nd Russell Garlick, 3rd Levon Barragan

Cross Hogs: 1st Joseph Dutchover, 2nd Joel Madrid, 3rd Levon Barragan

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 Roman

Cross Lambs: 1st Adrienne Bagley, 2nd Adam Roman, 3rd JoGina Gallego

Mediumwool Lambs: 1st Adam Roman, 2nd Mayle McElroy, 3rd Adrienne Bagley

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 Jaime Gallego

Goats Class II: 1st Mia Roman, 2nd Vanessa Garcia, 3rd Brandi Machuca

Goats Class III: 1st Mayle McElroy, 2nd Tyler Hebbert, 3rd Tyler Hebbert

Goats Class IV: 1st Adrienne Bagley, 2nd Dailynn Mondragon, 3rd Onero Sanchez

Goats Class V: 1st Mayle McElroy, 2nd Russel Garlick, 3rd Joseph Dutchover

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. on Friday.

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 released.

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

Staff Writer

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 disappearance.


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.


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 Monday.


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 continuing.


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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