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Monday, June 28, 1999

Hot weekend won't limit July 4 fireworks

By PEGGY McCRACKEN
Staff Writer

PECOS, June 28, 1999 -- Gardens wilted, dogs hunted the shade, and Night in Old Pecos revelers mostly waited until dark to venture out Saturday, when temperatures reached 110 degrees.

Southerly breezes did little to cool off the night air, with the overnight low a warm 75. Mercury rose again Sunday to 112 officially in Pecos, or 116 atop the KIUN Radio building downtown where the Channel 6 thermometer keeps viewers up to the minute on local weather.

Sunday's temperature matched that of last June 27, but was two degrees cooler than the record high of 114 for that date, recorded in 1957. It remained well below the June record of 118, set in 1968.

Heat may be a problem for plants, but with so little rain last year, there are few plants to burn, said fire marshal Jack Brookshire.

Until this past weekend temperatures have been cooler this June than in the past few years, and storms passed through the area early last week, dumping several inches on rain in some places.

That means no restrictions have been set on fireworks, and July 4 celebrations may be held anywhere outside the Pecos city limits.

"Our grass fires have been down pretty much," Brookshire said.

Northside Park on U.S. Highway 285 has been a popular spot for fireworks in the past, and Brookshire said it may be used this year. It is outside the city limits.

Three fireworks stands have opened up on U.S. 285, south of the city limits. Brookshire said he has checked them out and approved them.

Across the state, the Associated Press reports that this week is shaping up to be a scorcher in advance of the Fourth of July weekend.

Temperatures should begin skirting the century mark, with highs of 99 degees expected through Tuesday at Dallas.

Early-morning readings today remained in the mid-70s to middle 80s. It was 76 degrees at Galveston, 82 at El Paso and 83 at Galveston and Rockport.

As a frontal system moves south across the Panhandle, a chance of showers and thunderstorms was forecast.

PHS basketball coach faces cocaine charge

PECOS, June 28, 1999 -- Pecos High School's varsity basketball coach has posted bond and is out on bail following his arrest early Friday morning on drug charges.

Officers from the Pecos Police Department arrested coach Mike Sadler, 43, for possession of cocaine within a drug free zone, a third degree felony.

Sadler posted a $5,000 bond Friday, set by Municipal Court Judge Phyllis Salyer.

The arrest occurred at about 1:15 a.m. Friday, when officers made a traffic stop on a white Chevrolet pickup for driving in the middle of the roadway, according to Pecos Police Investigator Paul Deishler.

A license plate check revealed that the license plate had been expired since May of 1999, along with the inspection sticker.

Sadler was placed under arrest for the traffic violations.

"While conducting an inventory of the pickup, officers noticed white powder believed to be cocaine inside a compartment of the dash in plain view," said Deishler. "The powder was field tested, and it tested positive for cocaine."

Sadler was then taken to the Reeves County Jail and charged with possession of a controlled substance (cocaine), a third degree felony within 1,000 feet from Bessie Haynes Elementary School, a drug free zone.

Other charges include expired license plate and expired inspection sticker, both Class C misdemeanors, according to Deishler.

Federal court adds workers

By PEGGY McCRACKEN
Staff Writer

PECOS, June 28, 1999 -- Burgeoning dockets in the Pecos Division of federal court have increased the court support staff.

Robert Sanchez is the latest addition to the courthouse at 410 S. Cedar Street. He joins Lazaro Diaz as pre-trial services officer.

Sanchez comes to Pecos from Kermit, where he was chief of probation for the state courts in Winkler County.

A Fort Stockton native, he graduated from Sul Ross State University, is married, has one child, and is a big John Wayne fan.

Diaz moved here from Midland with his wife in February. He grew up in Plainview, where he attended Wayland Baptist University and joined the Hale County probation department seven years ago.

"Better opportunity" lured the two officers from their state jobs.

Diaz said he likes the small-town environment and the friendliness of Pecos.

As pre-trial officers the duo interviews everyone arrested on federal charges within the 10-county Pecos Division.

"With that information, we prepare reports for the court and recommend whether bail should be set," Diaz said.

If bail seems appropriate, the officer recommends an amount and the conditions under which the defendant may be released.

"We work from the angle that they are innocent," Diaz said. "There is no discussion about the charges."

While the defendant is on pre-trial release, the officers either visit them in their homes or have them report to the office periodically. Diaz made a 500-mile trip Friday to cities south of Pecos and into the Big Bend.

"If they skip, I try to track them down," he said. "I call all the phone numbers I have and exhaust all avenues before I notify the court, and then the court can get a warrant."

Once a warrant is issued, the U.S. Marshal Service takes over and tries to locate the fugitive. If he is captured, the defendant is held in jail for trial.

"I like this work," Diaz said. "I am in it until I retire."

When he retires, Diaz will have more time for reading, volleyball and following the Dallas Cowboys.

"I am glad to have Robert Sanchez on board," he said.

Sanchez, who took the oath of office last week in Midland, is in training this week.

RCH board has brief agenda


PECOS, June 28, 1999 -- Reeves County Hospital District directors will meet at noon Wednesday to set a date for the July regular meeting.

They will also set a date for the annual social for the board and medical staff.

Board meetings are held in the hospital classroom and are open to the public.

Titles won by Matta, Chowning

By ROSIE FLORES
Staff Writer

PECOS, June 28, 1999 -- Sara Elizabeth Matta captivated a houseful of people at the Pecos High School Auditorium Friday evening with her rendition of "Together Again" a song made popular by Janet Jackson.

Matta the 17-year-old daughter of Ernest H. and Alice Matta, was crowned 1999 Golden Girl at the Little Miss Cantaloupe/Golden Girl Pageant held Friday. She was sponsored by Rubio's Plumbing.

Little Miss Cantaloupe was won by Lyndsay Michelle Chowning, the 8-year-old daughter of Mike and Karen Chowning, who was crowned prior to the Golden Girl selection. Runner-up was Conner Pauline Armstrong, the 6-year-old daughter of Paul and Debra Armstrong. She was sponsored by Dakota Cattle Company.

Chowning was sponsored by J&J Upholstery and Dog Grooming.

Dana Warren, the 17-year-old daughter of Starkey and Jackie Warren, was named Golden Girl runner-up for 1999. She was sponsored by Airlawn Furniture and Allstate Insurance.

Warren's talent number consisted of a dance routine, to the song, "I've Had (The Time Of My Life)."

Other Golden Girl contestants were Kristen Adelle Evans, the daughter of Scott Evans and Sue Evans. Her talent presentation was a song by Shania Twain, titled, "What Made You Say That." Her sponsor was Twentieth Century Club.

Erin Paz, the 17-year-old daughter of Lupe and Diane Paz, was named 1999 Miss Congeniality. For her talent number she sang a song by Shania Twain, "That Don't Impress Me Much."

Paz was sponsored by Valley Motors and City Drive-In Cleaners.

Stephanie Ann Passmore, the 17-year-old daughter of Susan Ann Passmore and the late Garvin Passmore, Jr., did a modern ballet dance, Maid Marion, from Robin Hood. She was sponsored by Fonville Jewelers and Trans Pecos Cotton Association.

Amanda Stickels played a medley of patriotic songs on the flute. The 16-year-old daughter of Jerry and Becky Patterson and John Stickels was sponsored by Colt-Chevrolet Buick and West Texas Gas.

Leslie Matta Valeriano sang a song by the Dixie Chicks, "You Were Mine." She is the 16-year-old daughter of Rafael and Sonia Montano and was sponsored by SerJco Oilfield Service Co. and Angeles Ranch.

Valeriano was the 1999 Advertising Scholarship recipient.

Other Little Miss Cantaloupe contestants included, AriAnna Skye Alligood, sponsored by Allstate Ins. She is the 7-year-old daughter of Robin Alligood and Ron Alligood; Talia Castillo is 5 years old and the daughter of David and Barbara Castillo, sponsored by La Nortena;

April Herrera, sponsored by Raul's TV & Gun Shop, age 7, the daughter of Jacob and Linda Herrera; Tiffany Ann Hunter, sponsored by Ken and Sharon Hunter, age 5 and the daughter of Michael Hunter and Lizabeth Hunter; Amanda James, sponsored by Engine Service. She is 6 years old and the daughter of Rhonda James and Terry & Sherry James; Dakota Long, is sponsored by Toone's Grocery, she is five years old and the daughter of Curt and Laurie Long;

Heather Nicole Matta, sponsored by Serranito's, Hidalgo's Cabinet Shop, she is 6 years old and the daughter of Naomi and Hector Matta, Jr.; Victoria Rose Montoya, is sponsored by Commercial Credit Corp., she is 7 years old, the daughter of Arnulfo and Elizabeth Vega and the late Johnny Montoya; Catherine Lee Moore, is sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Emmit Moore Jr., she is 7 years old and the daughter of Emmit Moore, Jr. and Louise Moore; Anna Lysa Orona is sponsored by Robert's Construction, she is 6 years old and the daughter of Rachel Orona and the late Tomas Orona Jr.; Kylie Owen, is the 6-year-old daughter of Ray and Brandy Owen and is sponsored by Edward Jones Investments.

Also, Alyson Reynolds who is sponsored by her parents Randy and Lisa Reynolds and is 6 years old; Andrielle Martinez is sponsored by Yvette Rayos and Carlos Romo, she is 8 years old and her parents are Yvette Rayos and Carlos Romo; Amber Marina Rodriguez is sponsored by Alvin and Phyllis Rodriguez, she is 8 years old and her parents are Alvin and Phyllis Rodriguez; Jasmine Ellaine Tarin, is sponsored by Angel and Deida Tarin, age 6, her parents are Angel and Deida Tarin; Gabrielle "Gabby" Vasquez, is sponsored by Word Up Productions, she is the 6-year-old daughter of Mickey Vasquez and Vikki Delgado; Anastazia LeeAn Winkles, is sponsored by Allen and Amy Winkles, she is 7 years old and her parents are Allen and Amy Winkles and Kendra Janette Winkles is sponsored by: Winkles Trucks, Inc., she is 6 years old and the daughter of Keven and Maritza Winkles.
 

Lotto

AUSTIN (AP) No ticket correctly matched all six numbers drawn Saturday night for the twice-weekly Lotto Texas game, state lottery officials said. The jackpot was worth an estimated $7 million. The numbers drawn Saturday night from a field of 50 were: 19, 22, 32, 40, 48 and 49. Wednesday night's drawing will be worth an estimated $10 million.

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AUSTIN (AP) Results of the Texas Million drawing Friday night: Winning numbers drawn: 0-15-40-70. Number matching four of four in Group One: one. Number matching four of four in Group Two: none. Number matching four of four in Group Three: none. Number matching three of four in any group: 378. Prize: $300.

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AUSTIN (AP) Results of the Cash 5 drawing Friday night: Winning numbers drawn: 17-22-24-30-37. Number matching five of five: two. Prize per winner: $44,032. Matching four of five: 210. Prize: $629.

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AUSTIN (AP) The winning Pick 3 numbers drawn Friday by the Texas Lottery, in order: 0-8-8 (zero, eight, eight)

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AUSTIN (AP) The winning Pick 3 numbers drawn Saturday by the Texas Lottery, in order: 8-5-6 (eight, five, six)

Obituary

Ray Lewis

Ray Lewis, 83, of Pecos, died Thursday, June 24, 1999, at the Pecos Nursing Home.

Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m., Tuesday, June 28, at Cienega Cemetery, Otero County, N.M., with Pastor Bob Lewis of Lakewood Baptist Church, Lakewood, N.M., officiating.

He was born Sept. 20, 1915, in Deming, N.M. was raised on the family ranch in Crow Flats, N.M. and attended school in Orange, N.M. He worked on several ranches in that area while growing up, he married Doris McAbee in 1941. They ranched until 1946 when he became inspector for the American Quarter Horse Association. In 1951 he became secretary of the New Mexico Ranching Commission until 1957. He then raised and trained horses. He was founder of the All American Futurity.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Martin Lewis and Dee Lewis.

Survivors include one son, Benson Lewis of Sierra Blanca; one brother, Howell Lewis of Dell City and five grandchildren.

Denton-Funchess Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Weather

PECOS, June 28, 1999 -- High Saturday 110, Sunday 112. Overnight lows 75. Record high for June 27 was 114, set in 1957. June high is 118, recorded in 1968. High last year this date, 111. Tonight, partly cloudy. Low around 75. Southeast wind 10-20 mph. Tuesday, partly cloudy and hot. High around 103. South wind 5-15 mph.



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