Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Friday, June 25, 1999
Pageant, festival open events for rodeo week
By ROSIE FLORES
PECOS, June 25, 1999 -- Seven young ladies will be vying for the title
of Golden Girl of the Old West while 20 younger girls will be seeking the
Little Miss Cantaloupe crown, when the two pageant kick off rodeo week
events tonight, starting at 8 p.m. in the Pecos High School Auditorium.
The pageant will be followed on Saturday by Night in Old Pecos/Cantaloupe
Festival, at Windmill Square and along South Oak Street in downtown Pecos.
Activities this year will include a dunking booth, a cake walk, Sarsaparilla
in the courtyard, a talent show, arts and crafts booths, great food and
ice cold sodas.
Anyone interested in participating in the talent show for a chance at
$50 first prize can contact the chamber. Entry fee for the talent show
Entertainment scheduled throughout the evening will include a TaeKwon-Do
exhibition and the Golden Girl of the Old West production number. Music
will be provided throughout the evening.
Two separate street dances will be hosted by the chamber. Eddie Rivera
and the Breeze will perform the latest in country-western on the Windmill
Square stage, and Imprezzion will provide the best in Tejano music on the
Oak Street stage.
Entered in tonight's Golden Girl competition are Kristen Evans, the
daughter of Scott Evans and Sue Evans; Sara Matta, the daughter of Ernest
H. and Alice Matta; Stephanie Passmore, daughter of Susan Ann Passmore
and the late Garvin Passmore; Erin Paz, daughter of Lupe and Diane Paz;
Amanda Stickels, the daughter of Jerry and Becky Patterson and John Stickels
of Austin; Leslie Valeriano, the daughter of Rafael and Sonia Montano;
and Dana Warren, the daughter of Starkey and Jackie Warren.
The 20 little girls competing for the title of Little Miss Cantaloupe
AriAnna Skye Alligood, the 7-year-old daughter of Robin Alligood and
Conner Pauline Armstrong, the 6-year-old daughter of Paul and Debra
Talia Castillo is the 5-year-old daughter of David and Barbara Castillo;
Lyndsay Michelle Chowning, the 8-year-old daughter of Mike and Karen
April Herrera, the 7-year-old daughter of Jacob and Linda Herrera;
Tiffany Ann Hunter, age 5, the daughter of Michael Hunter and Lizabeth
Amanda James, the 6-year-old daughter of Rhonda James and Terry &
Dakota Long, the 5-year-old daughter of Curt and Laurie Long;
Heather Nicole Matta, age 6, the daughter of Naomi and Hector Matta,
Victoria Rose Montoya, age 7, the daughter of Arnulfo and Elizabeth
Vega and the late Johnny Montoya;
Catherine Lee Moore, the 7-year-old daughter of Emmit Moore, Jr. and
Anna Lysa Orona the 6-year-old daughter of Rachel Orona and the late
Tomas Orona Jr.;
Kylie Owen, the 6-year-old daughter of Ray and Brandy Owen;
Alyson Reynolds, age 6, the daughter of Randy and Lisa Reynolds;
Andrielle Martinez 8 years old and the daughter of Yvette Rayos and
Amber Marina Rodriguez the 8-year-old daughter of Alvin and Phyllis
Jasmine Ellaine Tarin, age 6, the daughter of Angel and Deida Tarin;
Gabrielle "Gabby" Vasquez, the 6-year-old daughter of Mickey Vasquez
and Vikki Delgado;
Anastazia LeeAn Winkles, the 7-year-old daughter of Allen and Amy
Kendra Janette Winkles, the 6-year-old daughter of Keven and Maritza
Stockton man is U.S. 285 crash victim
By PEGGY McCRACKEN
FORT STOCKTON, June 25, 1999 -- A head-on collision between a Subaru
and a Peterbilt truck-tractor Thursday morning killed the driver of the
Subaru and injured the truck driver.
Guadalupe Ureste, 33, of Fort Stockton, was driving the 1982 Subaru
southbound on U.S. Highway 285 when it swerved into the northbound lane
at 4:25 a.m., the Department of Public Safety reported.
Jose Luis Fabela, 29, of El Paso, was driving the 1994 Peterbuilt truck
northbound, and the two vehicles collided 28 miles south of Fort Stockton.
Justice of the Peace Robert Gonzales of Fort Stockton pronounced Ureste
dead at the scene, and his body was taken to Fort Stockton Funeral Home.
Fabela was treated at Pecos County Memorial Hospital for bruises and
abrasions and released.
DPS Trooper Robert Rivas of Fort Stockton investigated the accident,
which was the second fatal accident in that area this week. Five employees
of the El Paso Mental Health/Mental Retardation office were killed Wednesday
morning in a one-vehicle rollover on I-20 west of Fort Stockton. Three
others were injured.
Five teenagers indicted for stabbing
By PEGGY McCRACKEN
PECOS, June 25, 1999 -- Five teenage gang members were among nine defendants
indicted Thursday by the Reeves County grand jury.
Charged with aggravated assault in the stabbing and beating of Peter
Dominguez on March 20 are: Joaquin Mata, 17; Edel Acosta, 17; Robert Granado,
18; Jerry Dominguez, 17; and Jerry Olivas, 18.
The indictments allege that the five, as members of a criminal street
gang, conspired with each other and with Isaac Lopez to commit aggravated
assault with a deadly weapon. The incident occurred during a carnival in
the south parking lot at the Reeves County Civic Center.
Dominguez was stabbed with a knife and beaten with a crowbar, pipe and
hammer, the indictments allege.
Bail was set at $15,000 for each defendant.
Lopez was not indicted.
Others indicted were:
* Jesus Manuel Martinez, 21, unauthorized use of a vehicle on May 28.
The automobile in question was owned by Sandra Jaramillo. Martinez has
two prior felony convictions, the indictment alleges. His bail is $7,500.
* Hector Briceno, 50, aggravated assault on May 25 by threatening Linda
Briceno with a handgun. His bail is $10,000.
* Bart Sanchez, theft. He allegedly wrote a $15,000 check to Desert
Distributors to pay for diesel and gasoline delivered to Toyah Truck Stop
on Sept. 20, 1996. The check was returned marked "insufficient funds."
His bail is $7,500.
* Javier Quinones Macias, 38, driving while intoxicated on March 31.
He has twice been convicted of DWI, making the offense a felony, the indictment
PHA seeking $500,000 for housing repairs
By ROSIE FLORES
PECOS, June 25, 1999 -- Renovating the Farm Labor Apartments owned by
the Pecos Housing Authority was the topic of discussion at the regular
Pecos Housing Authority meeting held Thursday evening.
PHA Director Nellie Gomez told board members that she had put an application
together to send to the U.S. Department of Agriculture for federal assistance.
"We're going to apply to see if we can get some funds to do some renovations
at those apartments," said Gomez. "We did an estimate, with the help of
Vaughn Architects, she said.
The estimate put together was for $500,000.
"I think with this amount we can do a lot, but that's if we get the
funding," said Gomez.
The Farm Labor Housing facility is located at 300 W. County Rd. and
consists of 56 units. The purpose of the facility is to provide standard,
low rent housing for qualified migrant and seasonal farm workers and their
The facility serves the geographic region surrounding the city of Pecos
and Reeves County. Gomez's request said the facility is desperately needed
and is utilized by the migrant and seasonal farm workers who migrate to
this area to harvest the local crops each year. The facility prevents overcrowded
and substandard living conditions which would likely occur otherwise.
According to the Texas Workforce Commission the migrant population in
the Pecos area during the months of June, July, August and September is
usually between 1,500 and 2,000 workers, increasing the area's population
by over 10 percent.
Gomez told the board that the Pecos Housing Authority has experience
in the successful completion of the CIAP Housing Renovation Projects on
the PHA apartments used by year-round residents.
During the last five years the following grants have been successfully
completed: CIAP 1993, 504 modification project for $199,000, CIAP 96, renovation
project for 76 units and installed HV/AC service for 130 units, $1.3 million
and is presently getting CIAP 98 underway which includes landscaping, completion
of dwelling renovation and renovation of the PHA community buildings for
"We can use some of the old cabinets and other materials that we took
out from the projects," for the FLH project, said Gomez.
She told the board she has applied twice for this funding and the last
one told them they needed matching funds.
"They sent me to Fort Stockton (where the area's USDA office is located),
so now I plan to take this application to Fort Stockton or Abilene and
even to Tyler if I have to," said Gomez.
"They also want me to apply through the Texas Department of Community
Affairs, but right now they have no funds available," said Gomez. "However,
a lot of the times they have money that wasn't used and it comes back to
them and we can qualify for it."
"Well, let's go ahead and try it," said board president Frank Perea.
"You never know they might surprise us," said board member Ken Winkles.
"Even $100,000 would help," said Gomez.
The FLH management, with the assistance and expertise of the CIAP Project
architects, Vaughn Architects Plus, has performed several walk-throughs
at the West County Road site in an effort to assess and analysis the repairs
and maintenance work that is needed, according to Gomez.
"The families that migrate during the seasonal crops are also very pleased
with the facilities and their services," said Gomez. "Many of these families
return year after year and have commented that they look forward to their
tenancy at the Farm Labor Housing projects."
"This administration is working diligently to maintain and keep those
units clean, sanitary and safe," said Gomez. "Applications for rehabilitation
funds have been submitted and we hope that by next season we may be able
to improve the deteriorating conditions of these units."
"We have been informed that the onion and cantaloupe harvest in the
Pecos area is looking very good this year and we hope that their stay with
us is a good one, and that the seasonal harvest may be very prosperous,"
Gomez told the board that housing for the migrant workers has been scarce.
. "The Farm Labor Housing apartments are all full to capacity," she said,
adding "The trailers that are out there off of Stafford didn't pass inspection."
Local businesses have used the trailers on Stafford Boulevard to house
migrants in recent years.
In other action, the board approved included monthly financial statements,
occupancy report and expenses.
Broken foot, elevator force court to move
By PEGGY McCRACKEN
PECOS, June 25, 1999 -- A broken foot and a broken elevator created
some confusion for 143rd District Court this morning when Judge Bob Parks
moved his hearings across Cedar Street to the federal court building.
Judge Parks is wearing a cast on his right foot since breaking a bone
last week and gets around in a wheelchair.
"I want to thank Judge Royal Furgeson for making his courtroom available,"
Judge Parks said this morning.
Parks said he called Furgeson after learning Thursday night that the
county courthouse elevator is out of order.
The district courtroom was not vacant, though. Robert E. Hollmann, IV-D
Court Master, handled numerous child support cases filed by the office
of attorney general while Judge Parks was across the street.
Ami Howsey, court administrator, said that Judge Hollmann handles attorney
general cases in a 10-county area and will be in Pecos about every second
and fourth Thursday.
High school band plans parade rehearsals
PECOS, June 25, 1999 -- Pecos Eagle band members will have rehearsals on
Monday, June 28 and Tuesday, June 29, night rehearsals, from 6-8 p.m.,
for the West of the Pecos Rodeo Parade.
All high school and middle school band members are invited to march
in the July 1 parade. Willing participants should meet at the high school
band hall to prepare on Monday and Tuesday nights.
PECOS, June 25, 1999 -- High Thursday 99; low last night 69. Tonight, fair.
Low near 70. Southeast wind 5-15 mph. Saturday, mostly sunny and hot. High
around 100. South to southeast wind 10-20 mph. Last year this date: High
109; low 78. Record high this date, 109, 1980, 1998. Record low 56, 1940.
Maximum low 78, 1953, 1998.
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