Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Friday, October 2, 1998
Fall Fair's events get underway
By ROSIE FLORES
Pecos will be filled with activities this weekend with the
Reeves County Fall Fair and Concert and Barbecue Beef
Cook-off scheduled to take place today and Saturday.
Events are already underway with cookoff hopefuls setting up
camp at the Reeves County Sheriff's Posse Arena today, while
inside the Reeves County Civic Center, booths will be filled
with culinary entries, school displays, arts and crafts.
Doors opened at 9 a.m., today, and all but one of the 33
booth spaces has been filled. They include a variety of food
vendors, including the Comite '88 homemade ice cream stand.
The indoor events will run through 10 p.m. today, then start
again early Saturday, starting at 9 a.m., and continue on 10
While the booth displays go on at the Civic Center, others
will begin preparing their briskets at about 8 p.m. tonight
for the 1998 World Championship Barbeque Beef Cookoff. The
number of competitors for has already surpassed last year's
total of 32, with 37 groups and/or individuals having signed
up at the Pecos Chamber of Commerce as of this morning.
Registration will continue to be accepted at the Chamber
office on South Cedar Street through 5 p.m. today, with an
entry fee of $75 per team.
Grand prize of $300 and a silver plate will go to the
overall winner. First prize of $200 and a trophy goes to the
winners of the Amateur, Club and Pro divisions.
In addition, a new division, sponsored by Liberty Pump and
Supply Company, will include all oilfield companies wanting
to participate. The winner of this division will take home a
trophy and $100. Contestants may still participate in any of
the other divisions consisting of Amateur, Pro or Club
Second prize in each division is $100 and a trophy, and
awards will also be
presented for Worst Barbecue and Best Camp.
The cooks' meeting for this year's event is set for 9 p.m.
tonight, and judging will start at 1 p.m. on Saturday. The
awards given out later that afternoon.
Registration for the Fall Fair Livestock Show and Sale also
begins today, between 4:30 and 7 p.m. at the Civic Center.
Judging in the TCLA Lamb Show begins at 9 a.m. Saturday in
the Reeves County Civic Center livestock barn, followed by
the steer and heifer shows.
Grand champions in the lamb and steer division will receive
$400 prize money.
The steer and heifer jackpot is part of the 1998 West Texas
Steer and Heifer Show Series.
The stock show will be at the east end of the Civic Center,
while in the west end school and museum exhibits will be set
up for spectators, and Reeves County Hospital
representatives will be on hand to offer stoppers-by health
literature and blood pressure checks.
One vendor will be selling the popular Ray Ban eyewear and
T-shirts, said the Chamber officials, while Fun with Colors
Sand Art displays its array of artwork throughout the
The annual Fall Fair Concert will be held Saturday night,
from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Buck Jackson Rodeo Arena.
This year's event will feature jazz, Tejano, mariachi music,
conjunto and hip-hop from the five groups scheduled to
This year's featured performer will be Little Joe, an
old-time favorite, who has performed with Willie Nelson. His
distinctive style has always been a favorite for young and
old and he continues to work on new songs, according to
concert coordinator Louis Matta.
Yolanda Del Rio will be bringing her own version of mariachi
music. Del Rio is an international movie star and female
Solomon Robles, a former member of the group Huracanes, a
popular conjunto band, will provide his own flair of
conjunto, a little jazzy, with lots of style.
Mariachi Internacional, an-ever popular mariachi band who
has performed internationally will take the stage during the
concert and who will also be performing with Yolanda Del Rio.
Da He Be Gebees the hottest group targeted for the younger
generation, will be bringing in their own hip-hop and rap
The lead musician is the new group is Little Joe's youngest
Pre-sale tickets for the big event are $10 and can be
purchased at the Pecos Chamber of Commerce Office, 111 S.
Cedar and Desert Rentals and Sales, 508 E. Third Street.
Tickets at the door will be $12. Doors will open at 6 p.m.
Jones plans pre-concert performance
Stephanie Urbina Jones will be providing an extra touch of
entertainment at the Reeves County Barbecue Cookoff and
Jones will be on hand at the cookoff, inside the Reeves
County Sheriff's Posse Arena, between 12:30-3 p.m. on
Saturday, singing her latest hits and will open up for
Little Joe at the Annual Concert scheduled for that evening
at the Buck Jackson Rodeo Arena.
This isn't Jones first appearance in Pecos, having been here
for the West of the Pecos Rodeo, in July and sang the
National Anthem before one of the rodeo performances.
Since January of this year she has been touring all over
Texas helping her father, Charlie Urbina Jones, in his bid
for the U.S. Congress.
Ms. Jones is a singer/songwriter from Texas. Her music is
woven from the fabric of her own life experience growing up
in the diverse, multi-cultural Texas Hill Country.
After graduating from high school, she attended the
University of Texas in Austin and received a B.S. in
advertising. Then after a year's stint as the spokesperson
for Oscar Mayer, she devoted her life to finding a job in
the music industry.
"I realized how powerful music was a form of communication
and at 21 it was the only thing I could find to believe in,"
So in 1991, Jones moved to Nashville and began working in
recording studios, management companies and booking
agencies, but they all seemed to lead in one direction -
"I wasn't sure what I was brought into this world to do
until I wrote my first song, then everything clicked," said
Jones. "I knew then that I was her to write, sing and touch
people's lives," she said.
In August, her song, "Shakin' Things Up" was released as the
title cut of Lorrie Morgan's album.
In September, she was chosen by Oxford Productions, out of
England, to be featured in the documentary "Naked Country."
The show focuses on the life of her song, "Shakin' Things
Up," from conception to it's recording by Lorrie Morgan.
In December, Arista recording artist Shannon Brown, recorded
Jones' song, "The Tour of My Heart," and in October, the
Nashville Entertainment Association chose her as one of the
best unsigned artists to showcase at the N.E.A. Music City
Cam jurors decide on one percent solution
By PEGGY McCRACKEN
Negligence on the part of Dr. James Cam was 1 percent
responsible for the death of Nicolasa Ortega on May 5, 1995,
a 143rd District Court Jury found Thursday.
After four days of testimony, the jury deliberated until
11:15 p.m. to determine whether five of Ortega's children
and heirs should be awarded monetary damages.
The five, Anita Flores, Jimmy Ortega, Mary Ellen Galindo,
Vivian Ortega Jr. and Jose Ortega, had sued Reeves County
Hospital, Nurses R. Ornelas, M. Whitener and Dr. Cam after
their mother died in the emergency room of
Suffering an asthma attack, Ortega had asked her
granddautgher, Joene Galindo, to drive her from Balmorhea to
the hospital. They arrived at 11:32 a.m., according to
Those records showed that Ortega was a chronic
steroid-dependent asthmatic on multiple medications and had
been treated at the emergency room seven times in the past
10 years. The nurse noted on the chart that Ortega had not
taken her medications or inhaler that day.
Despite that history, the admitting nurse failed to notify
Dr. Cam until 12 noon. At 12:10, Dr. Cam gave telephone
orders for a blood test to determine arterial blood gas.
The nurse discontinued oxygen despite pleadings of the
patient and Galindo for immediate treatment. At 12:20,
Ortega turned blue, then went into cardio-respiratory arrest.
Dr. Cam testified that he would not have been able to save
Ortega even if he had gone to the emergency room when he was
notified. Her failure to take medications he had prescribed
caused her death, he said.
Pharmacy records obtained after the suit was filed show that
Ortega did not purchase all of the medication that Dr. Cam
had prescribed, he testified.
The jury found that Ortega's negligence was 1 percent
responsible for her death, and that Reeves County Hospital
was 98 percent responsible.
They found that each of the five plaintiffs suffered $10,000
damages, and that damages to Ortega for pain, mental
anguish, medical expenses and funeral and burial expenses
RCH had been severed from the suit and has settled with the
family, leaving Dr. Cam as the sole defendant in the trial.
Gunman hunted in wounding of DPS trooper
GRANBURY (AP) -- The pickup truck of a man who shot a
Department of Public Safety trooper in the leg, arm and face
has been recovered in Granbury, about 10 miles from where
the shooting occurred.
However, Trooper Earl Gillum's assailant was still at large
Gillum, who has eight years' service with the DPS, underwent
surgery Thursday night at Harris Methodist Fort Worth
hospital and was reported in fair condition today.
``He was awake and talking on arrival,'' said hospital
spokesman Mark Neubauer. He underwent a CAT scan late
Thursday evening and then surgery.
The shooting was reported at 8:37 p.m. on U.S. 377, between
Granbury and the community of Cresson.
The suspect was described as a white male with a mustache.
He fled westbound on the highway in a white, dual-axle Ford
pickup with pinstripes and a vented tailgate, the DPS
Nearly three hours after the shooting, DPS spokeswoman Tela
Mange reported that the suspect's white pickup truck had
been found in Granbury. The suspect, however, remained at
As Gillum approached the driver's side of the vehicle during
a routine traffic stop, the driver opened fire, striking the
trooper in the right leg, left arm and the face, Ms. Mange
A passing motorist came upon the scene, stopped and called
for help on Gillum's radio.
Officials said the incident may have been captured on a
video camera mounted on the trooper's vehicle.
Angelita Ornelas, 92, of Pecos, died Thursday, Oct. 1, 1998,
at her residence.
A rosary is scheduled for today at 7:30 p.m., at Martinez
Funeral Home Chapel.
Mass will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 3, at Santa Rosa
Catholic Church with burial in Greenwood Cemetery.
She was born Oct. 10, 1905, was a homemaker, lifetime Pecos
resident and a Catholic.
Ornelas was preceded in death by one son, Franciso Ornelas
and one daughter, Martina Ronquillo.
Survivors include four sons, Eleuterio "Chito" Garcia,
Ambrosio and Joe Garcia of Pecos, Eddie Garcia of Odessa;
two daughters, Juanita Ysalde of Monahans, Lisha Garcia of
Odessa; 80 grandchildren; several great-great grandchildren
and six great-great-great grandchildren.
Martinez Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
High Thursday 89. Low this morning 66. Rainfall last 24
hours .03 inch. Total for month .03 inch. Total for year
4.19 inches. Forecast for tonight, mostly clear. Low around
60. Southwest wind 5-10 mph. Saturday, mostly sunny. High
around 90. Southwest wind 10-20 mph.
Mac McKinnon, Publisher
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