Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Monday, June 28, 1999
Hot weekend won't limit July 4 fireworks
By PEGGY McCRACKEN
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
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
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
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
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
"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
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
Board meetings are held in the hospital classroom and are open to the
Titles won by Matta, Chowning
By ROSIE FLORES
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
AUSTIN (AP) — The winning Pick 3 numbers drawn Friday by the Texas Lottery,
in order: 0-8-8 (zero, eight, eight)
AUSTIN (AP) — The winning Pick 3 numbers drawn Saturday by the Texas
Lottery, in order: 8-5-6 (eight, five, six)
Ray Lewis, 83, of Pecos, died Thursday, June 24, 1999, at the Pecos Nursing
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.
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.
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
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324 S. Cedar St., Pecos, TX 79772
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