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Friday, June 6, 1997

Pecos Rodeo expecting 650 contestants

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Staff Writer
Top cowboys from all the over the United States along with Canada and
Australia, will be on hand next month for the 1997 West of the Pecos
Rodeo, rodeo committee officials said today.

The annual event was first held in 1883 and is marking its 114th
anniversary this year. It will run from Wednesday, July 2 through
Saturday, July 5.

"We're very proud that we are home of the World's First Rodeo," said
rodeo committee president Jim Bob McNeil.

Box seats are still available for anyone who wishes to purchase them and
will go on sale this Monday at the Pecos Chamber of Commerce office,
according to McNeil.

All reserved seats will also go on sale June 9.

Last year's rodeo paid out over $200,000 in prize money for the first
time ever, and about 650 entries are expected this year, McNeil said.

West of the Pecos Rodeo will again be using Bad Company Rodeo who bring
in the best in bucking bulls and horses in the business.

Slack will begin on Monday, June 30, and will preview what will take
place during the four rodeo nights. Bull riders, along with the top
cowboys, will show off their talents during the two rodeo slack nights
on June 30 and July 1.

"We won't know the total until we close the books on June 16," McNeil

McNeil is in his second year as the president of the committee, which
includes about 35 individuals. Ray Owen will take his place next year as

"All the individuals on the committee are volunteers who devote their
time to this worthy effort," said McNeil.

Along with the rodeo itself, McNeil said, "We've been getting a lot of
inquiries from all over the state about our big star attraction set for
Saturday (July 5)," the closing night of the rodeo.

Emilio is a popular Tejano/Country Western star who has won numerous
awards in both Tejano and Country Western music. He and is his brother
are the lead singers with an outstanding band backing them up. They last
appeared in Pecos at the Reeves County Fall Fair Concert in October.

NewsWest 9 is co-sponsoring Emilio. He will be performing at the Reeves
County Civic Center.

"When tickets for the Emilio dance go on sale, reserved tables will also
be available," said McNeil.

This dance is in appreciation of all the long-time supporters, fans and
cowboys who participate in the rodeo, according to McNeil.

Texas Express will be the featured band at the free dance on July 2.

The next two nights will feature country western bands to be announced
at a later date.

Pre-sale tickets for the dance will be discounted and reserved tables

Ticket sales for the dance will also begin this Monday (June 9) at the
chamber office on South Cedar Street. Tickets can also be ordered by calling 1-800-588-BULL.

School sued for $1 million over dismissal

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Audra Lozano has sued the Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD for what she claims is
retaliation against her as a whistleblower, and she seeks $1 million

A teacher at Pecos High School, Lozano's contract was not renewed at the
end of her probationary year. She claims it was because she reported two
violations to an appropriate law enforcement agency.

According to the suit filed in 143rd District Court, Lozano said she
reported two teachers aides committing assault and battery against
special education students, and a theft by a teacher's aide to both her
supervisor and principal at Pecos High School and to the Texas
Department of Human Services and the Pecos Police Department.

The school district retaliated against her and terminated her teaching
contract, Lozano claims in the suit, which was filed on Monday.

P-B-T school board president Frank Perea said he has not been served
with a copy of the petition and "at this time, there is nothing I can
tell you."

Perea said Lozano was a probationary employee whose contract was not renewed at the last school board meeting.

City trying to smoke out more sewer leaks

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Where there is smoke there may not be fire, at least while the city is
testing the sewer lines for leaks.

From now until the latter part of July, Town of Pecos City workers will
be pumping smoke into the sewer lines south of Jefferson Street as part
of the city sanitary sewer system evaluation program.

At any location where there is a break in the sewer system, smoke will
come out during the test, according to Octavio Garcia, Town of Pecos
City Director of Public Works.

"When we see smoke we take a picture to verify where the smoke comes out
for when we can get back to make repairs," he said.

City crews conducted similar tests last year on sewer lines along Third
Street and in the downtown area.

Once all the data is gathered on where the sewer line leaks are located,
the city will then set priorities on which lines to fix and begin making

Meanwhile, while they are testing the sewer lines, if plumbing in a
house is not sealed or there is a crack in a sewer line, smoke might
come out into the home. The smoke is not dangerous, however, Garcia said.

"If you see smoke in your house while we are testing you should get a
plumber to repair the leak," he said. "Your sewer lines might have a
crack or one of the traps is not sealing correctly."

If the waste plumbing in a house is in good condition the smoke will not
enter the house but will appear from the vent pipes on the roof.

The testing is a city-wide effort which started last year at Washington
Street then moving east and north.

Repairs to the lines will take several years as they can be worked into
the city budget.

If you have any questions contact Garcia at or Abidur Khan of Frank X. Spencer & Associates at 445-3707.

Youth group plans weekend
of fundraisers for Paris trip

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A youth group is busy with a weekend of fundraisers, in an effort to
fulfill their goal of visiting Paris this summer.

The World Youth Group at St. Catherine's Catholic Church is composed of
boys and girls who are enrolled in Catechism of Catholic Doctrine (CCD).

Their first fundraiser, an asado plate sale, was held today in an
effort to raise funds for the upcoming trip, while a car wash has been
planned for Saturday at the Gibson's Parking lot from 10 a.m. until 2

On Sunday, the group will be having a "menudo" sale at St. Catherine's
Church Hall for $2 a bowl or to go orders. Individuals who would like
to-go orders can also bring their own containers.

The menudo sale will include all the trimmings that go with the
delicious delicacy.

The group will be sponsoring other fundraisers throughout the summer for the coveted trip, scheduled for August.dddd

Commissioners set to discuss
construction manager contracts

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Professional services agreements for construction managers on the grant
project currently in effect will be the topic of discussion at Monday
morning's regular Reeves County Commissioners Court meeting.

Commissioners will meet at 9:45 a.m. on the third floor of he
courthouse. The public is invited to attend.

The court will listen to an update from the grant administrator and
discuss performance bonds for construction managers for grant projects.

Change orders on 1995 sanitary sewer improvements project will also be

Part-time employee classifications for the Reeves County Detention
Center are on the agenda for discussion along with architectural
services for RCDC expansion.

Commissioners will also:

Discuss/take action on reports from various departments.

Discuss/take action on budget amendments and line-item transfers.

Discuss/take action on personnel and salary changes.

Discuss/take action on minutes from previous meetings.

Discuss/take action on semi-monthly bills.

Spread on the minutes resolution to amend contract for additional
septic tank installations; job descriptions for civic center and golf
course caretakers; surety bond and certificate of approval for tax
assessor/collector and personnel policy amendment regarding section 7.01 paydays.

Windmill Square players
set dates for performance

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Pecos' own theatrical group, the Windmill Square Players, will once
again perform a melodrama during rodeo week in July.

This year, performances of the play "Stop That Villain!" will be on
Sunday, June 29 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Monday, June 30 at 8 p.m.;
Tuesday, July 1 at 8 p.m. with the final matinee performance at 3 p.m.
on Friday, the 4th of July. The first matinee on June 29 will be free to
all senior citizens.

The 12-member cast, consisting of seven women and five men, has been
rehearsing this melodrama since May 1, and will again perform olios (a
medley of comedic skits) after each show.

New this year is a raffle which will be held to raise money for the
Windmill Square Players to fund future performances. The item to be
raffled off is a quilt made by Roy Prewit, and tickets will be sold for
$4 apiece. The drawing for the quilt will take place at the final
performance on July 4.All performances will be at the Pecos Learning Center, 2024 S. Eddy St.

Police Report

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EDITOR'S NOTE: Information contained in the Police Report is obtained
from reports filed by the Pecos Police Department, Reeves County
Sheriff's Office, Texas Department of Public Surety, 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.


Tavita Garcia, 58, 506 Mesquite St., was arrested at 1:58 p.m., June 5,
on a warrant for theft of over $50 and under $500.


Jose A. Morales, 28, 332 N. Cypress, was arrested at 4:16 p.m. on June 5
for possession of stolen property at 700 Daggett St..


Simon Acosta, 50, 212 W. `D' St., was arrested at Cedar and D streets on
June 5 at 7:48 p.m. for public intoxication.


Juan Chavez, 43, 1409 E. Fourth St., was arrested at Cedar and D streets
on June 5 at 7:48 p.m. for public intoxication.


Nickolas Juardo, 59, 212 W. `D' St., was arrested at Cedar and D streets
on June 5 at 7:48 p.m. for public intoxication.


Juan Perez, 43, 500 N. Oak, was arrested at Cedar and `D' streets on June 5 at 7:48 p.m. for public intoxication.


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The Fort Stockton Pioneer

FORT STOCKTON, June 5 - April unemployment rates for Fort Stockton and
Pecos County have declined from both the previous month and the previous
year according to a report issues by the Texas Workforce Commission. The
unemployment rates for both Pecos County and the City of Fort Stockton
declined sharply in April of 1997, as compared to comparable rates in
March of 1997.

The Big Bend Sentinel

MARFA, June 5, 1997 - On Wednesday, May 28, the community of Redford
held a town meetingin the First Baptist Church to discuss the shooting
of Esequiel Hernandez Jr. by a U.S. Marine. There were 29 people
present, including three immigration rights activists, residents from
Redford, Presidio and Marfa, one from Houston, and another, Ray Lang,
who had head of the incident and driven all the way from Austin simly
because of his indignation.

The Alpine Avalanche

ALPINE, June 5, 1997 - With the passing of a new bill, HB 3043, by the
Texas House and Senate, Brewster County now can begin the process toward
levying a countrywide hotel/motel occupancy tax. The bill authorizes the
county to assess a tax not exceeding three percent.

The International, Presidio Paper

PRESIDIO, June 5, 1997 - Manuel O. Hernandez Memorial Stadium was the
setting for commencement exercises for the 1997 graduating class of
Presidio High School. The 60 graduates was the largest class in the
history of the school. Valedictorian was Jeremias Alvarez and
salutatorian was Azucena Vasquez.

The Sanderson Times

SANDERSON, June 5, 1997 - About 30 young people participated in
"Project Graduation", a few short of the 36 students eligible to attend
the all-night entertainment for the graduates and their dates. All
reports received were that the event was a huge success.

The Monahans News

MONAHANS, June 5, 1997 - Windy Williams, who led the Monahans High
Loboes to a Class 3A bidistrict gridiron championship last fall, is out
as head football coach and athletic director in the
Monahans-Wickett-Pyote School District. His likely successor is Iraan
High Football Coach Larry Hanna, who won a 2A state championship at Iraan in December and is a former Monahans assistant coach.


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June 5, 1997 - High Thursday 91, low this morning 70.dddd

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