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Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
January 18, 1999
Awards given out at annual stock show
Justin Owen shows his champion lightweight cross hog
Shorn sheep keeps warm in red blanket
Samuel Urias grooms his lightweight Yorkshire hog for the Saturday livestock show
By MARI MALDONADO
Area youth will literally go to the bank today following this weekend's
successful Reeves-Loving County Junior Livestock Show and Sale at the Reeves
County Civic Center.
The four big winners took home a trophy, ribbon and buckle for the champion
condition of their livestock. The four Grand Champions were: Chase Laurence
in the Goat category; Courtney Clark for Steers; Lyndall Elkins for Lambs
and Justin Owen in the Swine division.
Reserve Champions included: Adriel Roman, Goat; John Marvin Clark, Steer;
Lauren Martinez, Lamb and Jack Stickels, Swine.
Receiving honors for their showmanship abilities in the Junior Division
were: Benjamin Chavira, Goat; John Marvin Clark, Steer; Kaci Harrison,
Lamb and Jack Bradley, Swine.
Senior Showmanship winners were: Chris Cook, Goat; Salem Mitchell, Steer;
Adriel Roman, Lamb and Liberty Wofford, Swine.
Winning in the separate class divisions in the Goat Show were, for the
light weight division: Matthew Sanchez, 1st; Brianne Robbins, 2nd and Amanda
Orozco, 3rd, in the Light Weight Division.
In the Medium and Heavy Weight Division: Junior Orozco, 1st; Benjamin
Chavira, 2nd, Julia Garlick, 3rd and Chase Laurence, 1st; Adriel Roman,
2nd, H.D. Laurence.
In the Steer Show, winners included: Salem Mitchell, 1st; Jogina Gallego,
2nd and Brandi Bradley in the Light Weight Division; John Marvin Clark,
1st; Salem Mitchell, 2nd and Jogina Gallego, 3rd in the Medium Weight Division
and Courtney Clark, 1st; Salem Mitchell, 2nd; John Marvin Clark, 3rd, in
the Heavy Weight Division.
Lamb Show winners in the Light Weight, Fine Wool Division include: Amanda
Stickels, Breed Champion and Shelly Martinez Reserve Breed Champion. Other
winners include: Shelly Martinez, 1st; Lyndall Elkins, 2nd and Candace
Roach, 3rd in the Light Weight Division; Amanda Stickels, 1st; Lauren Martinez,
2nd and Adriel Roman, 3rd in the Heavy Weight Division.
In the Fine Wool Cross category winners were: Lauren Martinez, Breed
Champion and Kaci Harrison Reserve Breed Champion. Also winning in the
category were: Kaci Harrison, 1st; Shelly Martinez; 2nd and Tye Graham,
3rd in the Light Weight division; Lauren Martinez, 1st; Justin Owen, 2nd
and Lyndall Elkins, 3rd in the Heavy Weight division..
In the largest Lamb class, the Medium Wool, top awards went to Lyndall
Elkins, Breed Champion and Amanda Stickels, Reserve Breed Champion. Also
taking home ribbons in this class were: Benjamin Chavira, 1st; Will Perkins,
2nd; and Candace Roach, 3rd, in the Light Weight division; Drake Bradley,
1st; Jennifer Ward, 2nd; and Clayton Cox, 3rd; Light-Medium Weight; Kaci
Harrison, 1st; Nina Gonzales, 2nd; and Michael Lee, 3rd; Medium Weight;
Jamie Gallego, 1st; Candace Roach, 2nd and Drake Bradley, 3rd; Light Heavy
Weight; Lyndall Elkins, 1st; Brandi Harrison, 2nd; Benjamin Chavira, 3rd,
Medium Heavy Weight and in the Heavy Weight Division, Amanda Stickels,
1st; Nina Gonzales, 2nd and David Bradley, 3rd.
A whole day was dedicated to the Swine Show with some 155 entries on
Saturday. Breed Winners were: Amanda Stickels, Duroc; Lauren Martinez,
Hampshire, Justin Owen, Cross and Amanda Stickels, Other Pure Breeds.
Reserve Breed winners for the above class order included: Jack Stickels,
Samantha Urias, Jack Stickels and Shelly Martinez.
Taking home first, second and third place ribbons for their pigs were:
Duroc Light Weight Division: Jack Stickels, Jordan Burris and Chris
Duroc Light Medium Weight: Trever Warren, Donna Warren and Clayton Cox.
Duroc Medium Weight: Justin Owen, Amanda Armstrong and Clifton Brantley.
Duroc Light Heavy Weight: Amanda Stickels, Oscar Archuleta and Dana
Duroc Heavy Weight: Chris Cook, Jeffrey Martinez and Vanessa Baeza.
Hampshire Light Weight: Amber Cook, Samantha Urias and Amanda Armstrong.
Hampshire Light Medium Weight: Samantha Urias, Shaye Lara and Kattie
Hampshire Medium Weight: Lauren Martinez, David Elkins and Amy Armstrong.
Hampshire Light Heavy Weight: Chris Cook, Jack Bradley and Susan Bradley.
Hampshire Heavy Weight: Shelly Martinez, Logan Humphries and Chance
Cross Light Weight: David Elkins, Larmer Lethco and Daniela Dutchover.
Cross Light Medium Weight: Simon Castillo, Larmer Lethco and John Elliott.
Cross Medium Weight: Jack Stickels, David Bradley and Israel Lara.
Cross Light Heavy Weight: Julia Garlick, Chris Cook and Kevin Bates.
Cross Heavy Weight: Bre'Ann Windham, Liberty Wofford and John Canon.
OPB Light Weight: Jack Stickels, Jennie Canon and Liberty Wofford.
OPB Medium Weight: Amanda Stickels, Jennie Canon and Andrew Lopez.
OPB Heavy Weight: Shelly Martinez, Amber Cook and Russell Garlick.
Burglars strike dealership with $100,000 theft
By PEGGY McCRACKEN
Three professional thieves are suspected of breaking into Colt Chevrolet-Buick
Inc. Sunday afternoon, where they stole keys to new vehicles, rifled the
safe and broke into the state inspection station.
Owner-manager Kevin Duke said the thieves took two new Chevrolet Tahoes
and one Monte Carlo. Reeves County Sheriff's deputies found one of the
Tahoes on Collie Road later in the day.
"I don't know why they abandoned it," Duke said. "It had gas and everything
Pecos Police called in the Mid-Odessa Auto Task Force to investigate
the thefts, and they used a helicopter to search the surrounding area Sunday
in an attempt to spot the stolen vhicles.
Duke said the thieves first popped out the back window of a Suburban
and tried to hot wire it. When they were not successful, they cut the louvers
on an exhaust fan on the back wall of the shop, cut off a blade and crawled
Besides taking the car keys, the thieves took petty cash and credit
cards from the safe, license plates and state inspection stickers, which
they can sell.
"They tore these offices up," Duke said. "It had to be professionals.
When they broke into the Suburban, they popped out the glass without breaking
it. Then they broke the steering column like a professional does and tried
to wire the wires together."
He estimated the total loss at about $100,000.
"I think three were involved. If there had been more than three, they
would have taken more cars," Duke said.
Six months ago, a thief took a truck from the Colt lot, but before that,
they hadn't had a theft since 1981, Duke said.
Pecos Police and the Reeves County Sheriff's office are investigating.
Their offices are closed today for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.
Friday crash near Marfa kills six in Odessa family
MARFA (AP) — Six members of an Odessa family, three children and three
adults, died Friday afternoon in a head-on collision between a car and
a dump truck on U.S. 67 south of Marfa, authorities said.
The victims were in a 1978 Mercury four-door that blew a left rear tire
on U.S. 67 about 16 miles south of Marfa, Department of Public Safety spokesman
Mike Cox said in Austin.
The vehicle went out of control and struck a Texas Department of Transportation
truck pulling a trailer loaded with tar, Cox said.
"The force of the impact was so severe that it cut the Mercury into
two parts and part of it went under the front of the truck and the other
part was scattered on the roadway," Cox said.
He identified the driver of the car as Rita Martinez Vasquez, 33, of
Odessa and five other residents at the same address. They were Benedicto
Lujan Vasquez, 81; Maria Beatriz Hernandez, 19; Francisco Vasquez, 10;
Jesus Alvarado, 3; and Jessica Alvarado, 2, Cox said.
The family was returning from visiting relatives in Presidio, Cox said,
when the accident took place about 1:20 p.m. on a highway bridge.
The truck driver, Juan Vasquez, 45, of Marfa, was released after treatment
at Big Bend Regional Medical Center in Alpine, Cox said.
Trooper Robert Lujan, a nine-year veteran of the Highway Patrol, said
it was the worst fatality accident he had seen, Cox said.
Cox also said there were no child safety seats found in the wreckage,
even though state law required the 2-year-old to be restrained.
"The driver and the 81-year-old were belted, but the other four were
not and the two young children should have been in child seats," he said.
The bodies were taken to Memorial Funeral Home in Marfa.
DA files seizure notice on house after drug bust
District Attorney Randy Reynolds has filed notice of seizure and intent
to forfeit against a residence where narcotics were found.
Maria Jessica Montgomery, 47, was arrested at the residence Dec. 16,
1998, when officers served a search warrant and found eight papers of heroin,
said Reeves County Sheriff's Deputy Ernest Lazcano.
The residence at 702 S. Almond Street is within 1,000 feet of Pecos
Children's Day Care, a drug-free zone. Clarence Montgomery is listed as
Ector deputies catch Arizona slaying suspect
ODESSA (AP) — An Arizona man and his girlfriend, who were both featured
in a national law enforcement program in connection with two slayings,
were in custody today.
Shad Daniel Armstrong was arrested at apartments in this West Texas
city. His girlfriend, Russette Anne Medina, was arrested over the weekend.
Armstrong, 25, is the primary suspect in the murders of his sister,
22-year-old Farah Armstrong, and her fiance, 24-year-old Frank Williams,
in Tucson, Ariz. Their bodies were found in a shallow grave in Pima County
Ector County sheriff's officers said Armstrong was arrested about 3
a.m. today in a laundry room at an apartment complex. Law officers were
tipped that the suspect liked to escape from the cold by sleeping in laundry
Armstrong had no weapon and did not offer resistance, sheriff's officers
said. He was booked at Ector County Law Enforcement Center.
An afternoon news conference was scheduled on the arrest.
Ms. Medina, 21, was arrested at a house Saturday night while officers
staked out her apartment, Odessa police said. SWAT officers stormed the
apartment in search of Armstrong, but he wasn't there.
Ms. Medina and Armstrong had been featured in an episode of "America's
Most Wanted," and police received a tip that they had been living in the
Medina was being sought on a charge of hindering prosecution for allegedly
helping to clean up the murder scene and bury the victims.
The fugitive pair had been tracked to San Diego, Calif., Colorado, Oklahoma,
Michigan and Mexico.
Fernetta T. Austin
Fernetta T. Austin, 92, of Pecos, died Friday, Jan. 15, 1999 at the Pecos
Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 19, at Mount
Evergreen Cemetery with Reverend Monty Huffman officiating.
She was born March 23, 1906, in Colarado City, Tx., was a lifelong Pecos
resident, a homemaker and a member of the Church of Christ.
Survivors include two grandsons, Mark and David Stephens of Pecos and
one son-in-law, Jesse Stephens of Pecos.
Pecos Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Ester Luna Montoya, 84, of Pecos, died Saturday, Jan. 16, 1999, at Reeves
A rosary will be held at 7:30 p.m., today, at Pecos Funeral Home Chapel.
Mass is scheduled for 11 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 19, at Santa Rosa Catholic
Church with Father Ben Flores officiating. Burial will be at 3 p.m., in
Merced Cemetery in Marfa.
She was born March 5, 1914, in Marfa, had lived in Pecos since 1949,
was a retired notary public and a Catholic.
Survivors include her husband, Pablo Montoya of Pecos; two sons, Isabel
Luna of Big Spring and Roberto Luna of San Antonio; two daughters, Rosie
Portillo of Pecos, Mary Luna of Athens, Ga.; one brother, Alfredo Armendariz
of El Paso; 12 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; 19 step-grandchildren;
110 step-great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Pecos Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Stanley Dean Shaw, 46, of Toyah, died Friday, Jan. 15, 1999, at Reeves
Viewing will be held from 9-10 p.m. today at Martinez Funeral Home Chapel.
Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 19, at the
North Side cemetery in Toyah.
He was born Jan. 1, 1953, in Walnut Ridge, Ark., had served in the United
States Army, was a longtime Pecos resident, was self-employed and the owner
of The Right Place and a member of the Mason club.
Survivors include his wife, Sherrie Shaw of Toyah; three sons, Mark
Allen Shaw of Golden, Colo., Bobby Joe Shaw of North Carolina and Jacob
Ryan Shaw of Toyah; one daughter, LaTaine S. Beals of Lakewood, Colo.;
five brothers, Herman Shaw of Walnut, Ark., Carlos Shaw of Pecos, Roger
Shaw of Phoenix, Ariz., James Earl "Jimmy" Shaw of Clarksville, Tenn.,
Ronald Morgan "Ronnie" Shaw of Uvalde; four sisters, Judy Jarrett of Blackwell,
Tx., Velma "Sue" Bond of Post, Bonnie Lou Sheppard of Blackwell, Tx. and
Jana McHorse of Toyah.
Martinez Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
High Sunday 74; low last night 35. Tonight, fair. Low near 40. Southwest
wind 5-15 mph. Tuesday, partly cloudy and warm. High 75-80. West to southwest
wind 10-20 mph and gusty.