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July 1, 1997

Saenz selected as Grand Marshal of parade

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Staff Writer

PECOS, July 1, 1997 - Anchor West Inc. will anchor the West of the Pecos
Rodeo Parade tomorrow morning, and Plant Manager Osacar Saenz has agreed
to be the Grand Marshal of the parade this year.

"The Chamber of Commerce asked us to do this because of everything we've
done in the community," said Saenz.

In addition to providing the parade's Grand Marshal, Anchor will have a
posse of about 20 to 25 riders on horseback, the last vehicle in the
parade will be an Anchor truck, and they will have "a float with Anchor
employees and their families riding in the parade and throwing candy,"
said Saenz.

Employees on Anchor's first shift will be busy at work tomorrow morning,
but workers from the second and third shifts have volunteered to
participate in the parade, Saenz said.

"We were very proud and happy that Oscar Saenz agreed to be the Grand
Marshal of the parade," said Pecos Chamber of Commerce Executive
Director Tom Rivera.

"Anchor and Mr. Saenz do so much for our community that we feel this is
just one small way to thank them for their contribution to our city,"
Rivera said.

Lineup for the parade will begin at 8:30 a.m. on the west side of town
for the parade to start on time at 10 a.m. Lineup will be organized
according to the category of the transportation to be used in the parade.

Horses and riders will line up on the far end of Business Loop 20.
Bicycles will line up on Washington Street. Antique cars will line up on
Adams Street. Animal-drawn vehicles will line up on Jackson Street.
Motorized vehicles will line up on Jefferson Street. Civic and
commercial entries and the Golden Girl floats will line up on Highway
17. All parade participants are to line up facing west.

The parade will start at SH 17 and West Third St., then proceed east to
Cypress St., then south to Fifth St., then east to Oak St., from there
north to First St., east to Cedar St. and finally, south to Buck Jackson

Entries to the parade will be accepted until the last day.

"We need more local entries," Rivera said.

"We want to make this one of the best parades ever and encourage anyone
that wants to participate to contact us," he said. "We need more local

While parade entries will be accepted until the last day, Rivera stated
that they would like to be contacted if the entries want to be judged.
In order for the judges to know about them entries need to contact the chamber at least by today.

Tours of historic home begin today

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Staff Writer

PECOS, July 1, 1997 - Tours of an historic house recently donated to the
West of the Pecos Museum began today. The house, located at 423 Oleander
Street, was donated to the museum by Ivy Weatherby, who turns 100 next
month, through her daughter, Murdell Holbert.

Weatherby, who also owned and operated the Orient Hotel for a time,
bought the Oleander Street house in 1953 and lived in it for many years.

The house is full of antiques, family heirlooms, art, and nostalgic

Holbert said that her mother "has always loved heirlooms and antiques."

The house was used for apartments during World War II, then the
partitions were taken down and the house was restored to what the family
believes was the original layout, Holbert said.

The house has many fabric-covered walls, some of which, around the
stairway and upstairs landing, are a beautiful, deep blue velvet .

Some of the treasures in the house include vintage clothing, antique
furniture, Remington sculpture, fine china, silver service, a newspaper
roller used to make newspaper logs for the fireplace, stained glass
windows, dolls from Weatherby's collection, Oriental artwork and items
used in day-to-day life in times past.

The most modern room of the house is the kitchen, but even there, one
sees nostalgic touches such as an old wooden radio and many different
styles of lanterns from a long time ago. There is even an antique
wringer with a 1901 patent which was used to do laundry in the days
before washers and dryers.

One notices the ornately carved details on the stairwells and moldings
as you walk up the stairs to see the bedrooms.

In addition to vintage clothing, there are also hats, handbags and
buttons from a bygone era. In one room, a mannequin models a "burned"
velvet dress.

In the upstairs bedrooms, there are many pieces of marble-topped wooden
furniture, including a matched set of his and her's dressers. Instead of
closets, people once kept their belongings in armoires and wardrobes,
such as those displayed in this home. One will also be able to see
tapestries and a portable World War II field organ, once used in
battlefield church services.

Tours are ongoing through 5 p.m. today, then again on Wednesday and
Thursday, July 2 and 3, from 1 to 5 p.m. at a cost of $10 per person. Money raised by the tours will benefit the West of the Pecos Museum.

It'll soon cost another penny
to mail thoughts in a letter

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Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) - July 1, 1997 - The post office is going to ask
Americans to fork over another penny to mail a letter.

The postal Board of Governors voted today to seek an increase to 33
cents in the price of a first-class stamp. The current 32 cent rate took
effect in Jan. 1, 1995.

The board also proposed a new 30-cent rate for bill payments and other
transactions using reply envelopes that can be handled easily by
automated machinery.

For a person who mailed 300 letters a year, a penny increase in stamp
prices would raise annual postage costs by $3.

This is just the first step in a complex process that can take nearly a
year before any increase actually takes effect. The board said any new
rate would not take effect before May 1998.

Each penny increase means nearly $1 billion in added income for the
agency that, while it made record profits in the last two years, faces
declining revenues and rising costs in coming years.

Besides first-class mail, increases are also likely for other classes of
mail - including magazines and catalogs, parcels and those items that
the post office doesn't like to call junk mail.

The decision to seek an increase comes amid concern that asking for too
steep a rise would reduce business already being lost to fax machines,
the Internet and high-speed delivery services.

Managers also have to plan ahead. Forecasts call for the postal service
to make a profit this year but then to fall into the red as salaries and
other costs increase.

In 1994, when the post office last sought an increase, a coalition of
major mailers supported the agency. This time it could be more
contentious. Already questions are being raised by organizations that
raise funds for charity by mail and a coalition of businesses that mail
bills, magazines and other high-volume mailers.

Under the complex system for raising rates, any increase proposed now
could not take effect until at least next spring.

Millions of stamps with the letter "H" instead of a price have already
been printed for use at whatever the new rate turns out to be.

Any increase the Postal Service proposes has to go before the
independent Postal Rate Commission which can, and sometimes does, come
up with a different answer. The commission has 10 months to study the
case, during which it holds hearings and listens to competitors,
businesses and others who want to comment on the proposed rate.

Then it issues its own recommendation which the post office can accept,
ask for reconsideration or overrule if the governors vote unanimously.

Postmaster General Marvin Runyon has complained about the long delays in
this process and asked for a simpler procedure. A House committee is
considering changes in the rate-making process as well as other changes
for the postal service.

For many years after its 1971 independence, the Postal Service operated
on an approximate three-year cycle, making money one year, breaking even
the second and losing money the third year - followed by a rate increase
and a return to profit. The agency no longer receives any tax subsidy to

Under Runyon, rate increases have come less often and in the last two
years the post office reported profits of more than $1 billion each
year, using the funds to reduce outstanding debt in addition to operations.

Bondsman wins verdict

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PECOS, July 1, 1997 - Bail bondsman Pascual Olivas won a jury verdict
Monday in his civil suit against a former employee who became a

Yolanda Salazar signed an agreement not to enter the bail bond business
within two years of leaving Olivas' employ. The jury found that she
breached that agreement and awarded Olivas $12,500 damages.

Scott Johnson represented Olivas, while Monahans attorney Jack Stern represented Salazar.

Reinforcements arrive for the rodeo parade

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Staff Writer

PECOS, July 1, 1997 - The West Texas Trail Riders will be in Pecos this
afternoon, in time to participate in tomorrow's West of the Pecos Rodeo

According to Billy Riley of Monahans, who is in charge of the trail
ride, the group started out Saturday morning in Fort Davis with 78
riders and six wagons. About half have dropped out, but Riley said that
"a lot of them had to go back to work."

Riley estimates that the Trail Riders will gallop or roll into Pecos
about 2 o'clock this afternoon.

Despite the triple-digit temperatures, the riders do it "just for fun,
just because they like it," according to Riley.

The West Texas Trail Riders was formed in the early 1960s and has
members from throughout West Texas and eastern New Mexico.

"It's been hot and fun," Riley said.

"We had a chuck wagon cook with us this year who cooked for us and
picked the guitar," said Riley. "His name was Brad Whittfield."

Although most riders are from this region of the United States, one pair
of tourists from London, England came along for the ride, Alan Tyler and Victoria Childs.

Texas economy holding steady

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(AUSTIN) July 1, 1997 - Texas economic indicators show the Texas
economy is sailing along on a steady course, according to the State

"The latest Index of Leading Texas Economic Indicators forecasts
moderately strong economic growth throughout the summer. The Index is at
129.5, an increase of 2.5 percent compared to one year ago," John Sharp

"Consumer confidence, investor confidence in Texas businesses, a strong
job market, and a strong home construction market are the major factors
keeping the wind in Texas' economic sails," Sharp said.

The Texas Stock Index (TSI), which measures investor confidence in
Texas-based businesses, is once again the strongest component of the
Index of Leading Texas Economic Indicators. Boosted by extremely strong
gains by technology stocks, the April TSI was up almost 110 percent
compared to April of last year.

Texas consumer confidence grew 5.8 percent in April, compared to one
year ago, and is up 3.8 percent compared to the previous month. Many
Texans expect continued economic growth during the next six months, and
most workers are not concerned about job security. Texas retail sales
are up 1.6 percent compared to one year ago.

The home building industry remains strong, seeing a 9.3 percent increase
in new home construction permits in April, compared to the same period last year.

115th West of the Pecos Rodeo Schedule of Events

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PECOS, July 1, 1997 -

July 1

"Stop That Villain" - 8 p.m. - Pecos Learning Center

Rodeo Slack - 7:30 p.m. - Buck Jackson Arena - Steer Roping, Barrel Race

July 2

West of the Pecos Rodeo Parade - 10 a.m. - Starts at SH 17 and West
Third St., east to Cypress St., south to Fifth St., east to Oak St.,
north to First St., east to Cedar St., south to the Buck Jackson Arena.

Old Timer's Reunion - 8 a.m. until noon - West of the Pecos Museum

West of the Pecos Rodeo - 8:30 p.m. - Buck Jackson Arena

"Texas Express" Free Dance - after the rodeo - Reeves County Civic

"R. U. Redy" Dance - 9 p.m. - 2 a.m. - Sheriff's Posse Barn

July 3

Trade Show - 1-8 p.m. - Reeves County Civic Center

Children's Clown Contest - 3 p.m. - Reeves County Civic Center

West of the Pecos Rodeo - 8:30 p.m. - Buck Jackson Arena

"Little Rock" Dance - after the rodeo - Reeves County Civic Center

"R. U. Redy" Dance - 9 p.m. - 2 a.m. - Sheriff's Posse Barn

July 4

Pioneer Families Honored - 9:30 -11:30 a.m. - West of the Pecos

Museum Trade Show - 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. - Reeves County Civic Center

Kid's Roping Contest - 10 a.m. - Reeves County Civic Center

"Stop That Villain" - 3 p.m. - Pecos Learning Center

Tae Kwon Do Demonstration - 4 p.m. - Reeves County Civic Center

West of the Pecos Rodeo - 8:30 p.m. - Buck Jackson Arena

"Prairie Fire" Dance - after the rodeo - Reeves County Civic Center

"R. U. Redy" Dance - 9 p.m. - 2 a.m. - Sheriff's Posse Barn

July 5

Trade Show - 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. - Reeves County Civic Center

Kid's Stick Bull Riding Contest - 10 a.m. - Reeves County Civic Center

Kid's Roping Contest - 3 p.m. - Reeves County Civic Center

West of the Pecos Rodeo - 8:30 p.m. - Buck Jackson Arena

"Emilio" Dance - after the rodeo - Reeves County Civic Center
"R. U. Redy" Dance - 9 p.m. - 2 a.m. - Sheriff's Posse Barn


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Eric S. Hignojoz

PECOS, July 1, 1997 - Eric S. Hignojoz, 26, of Midland, died Friday,
June 27, 1997.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. today, July 1, at Our Lady of Guadalupe
Catholic Church with Father Gilbert Rodriguez officiating. Rosary
services were at 7 p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. today at Thomas Funeral Home
Chapel. Burial was at Fairview Cemetery.

Hignojoz was born in Pecos Aug. 30, 1970. He resided in Midland all the
rest of his life.

He is survived by: his son, Marcus Lee Hignojoz; his father, Raul
Hignojoz and stepmother Susan P. Hignojoz of Midland; his mother Juanita
S. Riojas and stepfather Angelo Riojas of Nixon; two sisters, Monica
LeAnn Hignojoz of Midland and Kristen Marie Hignojoz of Nixon; one
stepsister, Stacy Lynn Riojas of Nixon; paternal grandparents Loyd and
Inez Hignojoz of Odessa; maternal grandparents Ben Sr. and Eugenia
Sanchez of Toyah; and grandparents Jesse F. And Julia A Perez of
Funeral services were under the direction of Thomas Funeral Home.


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PECOS, July 1, 1997 - High Monday, 106, low this morning, 71. It will be
clear to partly cloudy and hot across Texas in the days leading up to
the Fourth of July holiday weekend. As temperatures climb, chances of
showers and thunderstorms are being reduced by a lack of moisture across
the state. It will be sunny during the day and fair at night across West
Texas through Wednesday. Lows tonight will be in the 60s and 70s. Highs
Wednesday will be in the 90s, ranging upward to near 105 in the Big Bend
area of Southwest Texas.
Pecos Enterprise
Mac McKinnon, Publisher
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324 S. Cedar St., Pecos, TX 79772
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