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Friday, October 8, 1999

Fair produced mixed results, Rivera says

Staff Writer

The 55th Annual Reeves County Fall Fair was labeled a success by organizers of the event, held this past weekend. However, the Barbecue Beef Cookoff and Fall Fair Concert held in conjunction with the fair didn't do as well organizers said.

All the booths inside the Reeves County Civic Center, where the fair was held, were filled.

"We had the booths filled with different events," said Chamber of Commerce Director Tom Rivera, who added turnout for the fair and the booths was great.

"The fair was super, it's the best that I've seen in the nine years I have been here," said Rivera.

He praised the fair committee chairman Barbara Creager and all the volunteers who helped her throughout the entire event. "The success of the fair comes from having a good chairperson and all the volunteers," said Rivera.

Rivera hopes the fair becomes an even bigger event next year and in the following years. "With this kind of participation we can make it really big and better each year," he said.

However, the fair's outdoor events last Friday and Saturday were low on participation, and plans for them for the following year will be discussed at length before any decisions are made.

"The turnout for both the cookoff and the concert were pathetic," said Rivera.

The cookoff had only 28 entries, including three that were free. "Last year we had 41, the year before that we had 50 something, is that going to be the trend, that the number goes even further down each year," said Rivera.

Plans for the event were almost cancelled because of lack of participation. After speaking to several who had already opted to join the yearly event, organizers went ahead and held the event in the Reeves County Sheriff's Posse Arena.

Attendance for this year's concert, held last Saturday at the Buck Jackson Rodeo Arena, was even more disappointing, and Rivera said, "We're going to re-look at things and quite possibly decide not to participate in the concert next year."

The chamber is not the main organizers of the event, but help out with beverage sales, booth sales, tickets and other areas. "This community doesn't participate in these events and when they don't it makes it hard to hold it again," said Rivera.

"People are always complaining that there is nothing to do, but when we bring events they still don't participate," he said.

Only about 250 people attended the concert which featured five bands. "We had no participation at all in that event and the cost wasn't high," said Rivera. "$10 to go listen to five different bands, in great weather is not bad," he said.

"We almost had more lamb entries in the stock show than we had people paying to go to the concert," he said.

"We'll be looking at those two events and setting down some rules," said Rivera. "Whether we'll sponsor them again or not is up to the chamber as a body," he said. "It takes everybody's participation to make this a better community and to keep these events going every year."

Magic show at PHS Monday to convey message

Staff Writer

Magic and comedy will be combined to convey a powerful anti-drug message to Pecos students and their parents.

"We're going to Change the World Tour" 2000 a multi-faceted, highly entertaining program, will come to Pecos on Monday evening.

Performed by professional illusionist Jeff O'Lear throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico, the free community performance will be held starting at 7:30 p.m. in the Pecos High School auditorium.

A performance for the entire family will be staged at the Pecos High School Auditorium, at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 18. Admission will be free but you must have a ticket to attend. Tickets can be picked up at the Reeves County Juvenile Probation Dept. at County Road 204. Students must be accompanied by an adult.

The cost of the performance is underwritten by a grant from a Criminal Justice Division of the Office of the Governor.

O'Lear and Magic Touch Entertainment have performed for hundreds of thousands of people of all ages, mixing magic and comedy to convey positive messages to students about their responsibilities and the dangers of alcohol and drugs.

The show will include large-scale illusions, including the levitation of an audience member. O'Lear will also cut himself in half while a member of the audience will loose his "middle."

O'Lear's highly acclaimed program has been endorsed by the Drug Enforcement Administration, FBI, the Pennsylvania State Attorney General, MADD, SADD and D.A.R.E. groups throughout the country and countless educators who have witnessed the positive impact of Magic Touch Entertainment's program in their schools.

"Tickets are limited, there are only a certain number that we can give out," said Louise Moore. "We have room for only so many students and their parents, so if they want to attend, we urge them to come early and pick up their tickets," she said.

For more information call Alma Garcia or Louise Moore at 447-6901.

Feds win smuggling verdict, set to add attorney

It took the jury 40 minutes of deliberation before finding a young Dallas man guilty of alien smuggling.

Miguel Rodriguez was found guilty this morning in the fourth trial held this week in Judge Ferguson's courtroom.

Jeff Parras was the prosecutor for this morning's trial, with Anthony Foster dissenting.

Parras also prosecuted Monday's case in which Alfredo Tejeda was found guilty of importing and possession of marijuana.

"This was a heavy trial week for us," said Parras.

John Clausen of Midland is the fourth attorney to join the Pecos team, with a fifth one set to join them on Tuesday of next week.

"We're loading up in attorneys for the Pecos Division," said Parras.

Task force busts Midlander in marijuana raid

One man was arrested and numerous items of paraphernalia confiscated in an investigation in Midland County as part of an operation on Thursday by the Trans Pecos Drug Task Force.

At approximately 8 p.m., members of the task force executed a search and arrest warrant at 1001 N. "D" Street in Midland. Officers seized over five pounds of marijuana, two handguns and numerous items of paraphernalia. Also confiscated was $700 in U.S. Currency.

Evidence found indicated that the residence had been used in major drug trafficking, officials said.

Officers arrested Bryan Lee Richardson who was transported to the Midland County Jail by Midland sheriff's department. His bond was set at $100,000 by Judge Zimmerman.

Members of the Trans Pecos Drug Task Force include officers from Reeves County, Winkler County, Ward County, Jeff Davis County, Reagan County, Midland County, Andrews County, City of Pecos, City of Kermit, City of Monahans and City of Andrews. All participated in the most recent raid.

Federal offices, banks taking off Columbus Day

Federal offices and both local banks will be getting Monday off for Columbus Day, but most other businesses in town will remain open.

No mail will be delivered on Monday and the Pecos Post Office will be closed in observance of the holiday. Mail will be delivered to the post office boxes on that day.

Both First National and Security State Banks will take the day off. Federal buildings will also close their doors on that day, but county and city offices will remain open. Local schools also will have their regular class schedules.

The Pecos Enterprise will be printed on that day and the newspaper will be delivered as usual.

Residents voice complaints about supermarkets

Staff Writer

Representatives of Fenn Foods, Inc., the parent company of La Tienda and Bob's Thriftway, met with concerned citizens today at City Hall to discuss problems at both stores.

The meeting was sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce.

"The chamber has had several calls with complaints about the stores and we felt that a meeting between the stores and the citizens might help," chamber president Linda Gholson said.

Fenn Foods is the only major grocery supplier in Pecos, having bought out the former Furr's store in the Airlawn Shopping Center four years ago.

C. G. Evans, general manager for Fenn Foods, Jay Garcia, store manager at La Tienda, and Mario Ramirez, store manager at Bob's, listened to customer concerns and answered questions during the one hour meeting.

Ten customers showed up to voice their complaints.

Complaints ranged from quality of products to selection to customer service.

"My main complaint is with the produce," Jean Burkholder said. "Consistently the produce is not fresh. If I want a bag of the pre-cut salad I have to ask the produce man to please go to the back and find a bag that is in date. The broccoli is often rubbery. Nothing is fresh."

"I'm going to start going to Midland/Odessa to shop if this doesn't get better," she said.

"I'm used to being told that we can't get strawberries or other fruits and vegetables. Why not? H-E-B can. Worse yet, the prices are higher here," Burkholder said.

"We have the same problem with meats," Jeannette Alligood said. "You can't even buy a steak half of the time. There just aren't any in the case."

"A loaf of bread gets mold on it two days after you buy it, if there was a loaf for you to buy at all," Jo Cooksey added.

"What concerns me even more is that if people are leaving town to buy their groceries in Odessa then they're buying other stuff in Odessa as well. In my case, jewelry, but it is happening to all of the other businesses here," Cooksey said. Cooksey is an owner of Fonville Jewelry.

Mayor Dot Stafford added that frozen foods were also a problem.

"Often, when you buy something, you can tell that it has been thawed and re-frozen," she said. "I also have a big problem with money leaving the city."

"I'd like to just echo some of what I hear from my friends," said Brandy Owen of Edward D. Jones Investments. "There is a lot of money leaving Pecos because people are going to Odessa to shop for groceries. It hurts the whole economy here. Produce, frozen food, bread _ you have to pick through everything."

"We have a big area out here and people might come to Pecos to shop if we had the right grocery store. A clean store, quality food, and a selection of basic items is all we need," she said.

"Poor quality is un-excusable," Evans replied. "If out-of-date or near-expiration food is on the shelves then we will address that. It is our policy to only stock fresh, quality food and we'll make sure that is what is there. If this isn't the case then we will find out why and fix the problem."

Addressing the issue of frozen foods Evans told the meeting that after spending thousands of dollars on repairs that haven't worked, La Tienda was replacing the existing freezers with new ones. The new freezer boxes should be in place by the end of next week.

"We are considering replacing the refrigerated cases as well," he said, "But we're still looking into it."

As to prices, Evans said that Fenn Foods runs regular price checks in the area.

"We feel that our prices are competitive. We ran our most recent price check against Monahans and we were competitive, but we didn't compare against prices in Odessa," he said.

"Cokes are a different issue but that should be changing soon. The old bottler in this area recently sold out and we had a meeting with the new bottler two days ago. In the past we've been paying $1.79 in this area while we could get a six-pack anywhere else for $1.49. This should be changing in the near future and customers should see the difference on the shelf," Evans said.

"These are all problems we want to address," Evans said. "I can't tell you all how much I appreciate you taking the time to come here and talk to us. We have a huge investment here in Pecos. We want to be part of the community and feel like we are, and we want to, and will, address these problems."

Evans suggested that a shoppers advisory committee be formed and asked for volunteers from those attending. Tom Rivera said that he would help form the committee.

"If we could meet once a month, or every six weeks _ whatever is convenient _ it would be a great help to us as we try to address these concerns. In essence, the committee would become our secret shoppers and we would get regular in-put as to how we're doing," he said.

After the meeting Evans said that he was glad the chamber had put the meeting together.

"This was very positive. These people told us what was wrong and what they would like to see. We want to be Pecos' store and we will do everything that we can to be that store," Evans said.


Juan Saenz

Juan Fierro Saenz, 67, died Wednesday, Oct. 6, 1999, in a traffic accident in Ward County.

A rosary will be held at 7:30 p.m. today at Our Lady of Refuge Catholic Church in Barstow.

Mass is scheduled for 10 a.m., Saturday, at Our Lady of Refuge Catholic Church in Barstow with Father Manuel Munoz officiating. Burial will be in Camargo, Chih., Mexico.

Saenz was born Nov. 23, 1931, in Camargo, was retired and a Catholic.

Survivors include his wife, Martha Saenz of Barstow; two sons, Javier Saenz of Pecos and Ernesto Tapia of Chihuahua., Mexico; three daughters, Elva Durate of Santa Fe, N.M., Bertha A. Beasley of Raleigh, N.C., and Blanca Lara of Camargo, Chih., Mexico and 16 grandchildren.

Pecos Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Julia Ward

Julia Hampton Ward, 93, died Wednesday, Oct. 6, 1999, at the Pecos Nursing Home.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

She was born Oct. 7, 1905, was retired and a lifelong Pecos resident.

Survivors include one sister, Ora Belle Casey of Kingman, Ariz. and numerous nieces and nephews.

Pecos Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


High Thursday 97. Low this morning 61. No measurable rainfall. Forecast for tonight: Partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Low 50 to 55. North wind 5 to 10 mph. Saturday, partly cloudy. High in the upper 70s. North wind 5-10 mph. Extended forecast, Saturday night, mostly clear. Low 50 to 55. Sunday through Tuesday, mostly sunny days and clear nights. highs in the 80s.


AUSTIN (AP) - Results of the Cash 5 drawing Thursday night: Winning numbers drawn: 37-25-3-15-33. Number matching five of five: Zero. Matching four of five: 317. Prize: $798.


AUSTIN (AP) - The winning Pick 3 numbers drawn Thursday by the Texas Lottery, in order: 1-9-0 (one, nine, zero)

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