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A little swimming enthusiast walked away with the title of Little Miss
Cantaloupe 1996 at Friday evening's pageant held at the Pecos High
Lindsey Shaw, 8-year-old daughter of Brent and Tracy Shaw, netted first
place at the annual event, with Michelle Wein coming in as runner-up.
Wein is the daughter of Pat and Becky Wein.
The girls were also on hand at the 13th Annual Pecos Cantaloupe
Festival, held at the Reeves County Civic Center on Saturday, where
several other events were held and winners received their awards.
Shaw placed first after being interviewed by the out-of-town judges and
judged on poise and personality.
The contestants had one question to answer while up on the stage. Shaw's
question, "What is your favorite sport?"
The answer came as no surprise to anyone who knows her. Swimming. Of
Miss Shaw is an avid member of the Pecos Age Group Swim Club in Pecos,
she enjoys doing ceramics at her grandmother's shop, riding her bike,
playing the piano and spending time with her friends.
She will be a third-grader at Pecos Elementary this school year.
Michelle Wein will be a third grade student at Pecos Elementary. She
enjoys swimming and playing with her friends.
Her question while on stage was, "Where was the first rodeo held?" Her
The candidates also performed a musical presentation coordinated by
Brandy Owen and Jeanette Smallwood.
There were other performances Saturday afternoon at the Reeves County
Civic Center, where Daniel Lira, Tobi Gomez and Ismael Dutchover placed
first in their age groups in the Pecos Cantaloupe Festival talent
Lira won top honors in the 3-6 years age group, and Lindsay Chowning was
In the 7-12 year group, Tobi Gomez was first, Roxxie Mendoza second and
Isaiah Torres third.
Dutchover won in the 13-up division, while Nacona Parmer was second and
Stella Reyes third.
Velma Dominguez was in charge of the talent show.
Earlier in the day, six runners competed in the 5 kilometer (3.1 mile)
and 10 kilometer fun runs that opened up Saturday's activities at the
Paul Deishler ran the 5K race in 19 minutes and 54 seconds to win the
40-49 year old division. He received a gold medal and a certificate.
R.L. Tellez of Barstow finished second in that race at 23.06, receiving
the silver medal.
Naaman Martinez of Carlsbad, N.M. took the gold in the 0-19 age group in
the 10K race with a time of 52.56. He also won the "best overall" award.
Alm Gallego won the gold in the 10K race for age 19-29 with a time of
Ricky Martinez of Carlsbad, N.M. placed first in the 0-19 age group in
the 5K race, with 19.35; followed closely by John John Pirtle, also of
Carlsbad who had a time of 20:16.
David Madril presented awards during the noon hour in the Reeves County
Other events held over the weekend connected to the festival included an
11-team volleyball tournament at the Pecos High School gym on Saturday,
and a fly-in breakfast Sunday morning at Pecos Municipal Airport.
The Angels won the volleyball tournament, going undefeated through the
final round of play and winning 15-0, 15-6 over St. Elizabeth's. Team
Nike was third and Team Jasso placed fourth in the double-elimination
Friday's Little Miss Cantaloupe Pageant also featured fall fashions
provided by Norma Jean's, The Style Shop, Needleworks, Pecos Emporium,
The Back Door T-Shirt Shop and Anthony's. Linda Gholson and Melissa Box
were coordinators for the style show portion of the pageant.
Hostess for the overall event was 1995 Golden Girl Kelly Cox, with a
special appearance made by the 1996 Golden Girl Lindsey Workman.
Workman provided special entertainment with a medley of songs for the
event along with modeling some of the fashions from local merchants.
Shaw netted a $100 Savings Bond, a box of cantaloupes provided by the
Pecos Cantaloupe Company and a special Cantaloupe Doll.
Miss Wein, runner-up, received a $50 Savings Bond.
The pageant is sponsored by the Women's Division of the Pecos Chamber of
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Charlie Bowers' Chevrolet Chevelle placed first in the car show at the
Pecos Cantaloupe Festival Saturday.
Fred Dominguez placed second with his Ford Mustang, and Leroy Brown's
motorcycle placed third.
Rene Guerra and Gary Hill, president and vice president of "Our Style
Car Club," helped organize the show and judged the nine entries, said
Madril said the kids enjoyed cantaloupe games in mid-afternoon,
receiving T-shirts and medals provided by the Lions Club.
Thirteen vendors set up shop in the Reeves County Civic Center, along
with seven food booths, Madril said.
"Everything went off well, with no problems at all. We appreciate the
people that donated, people that showed up and volunteers," he said.
Although the festival went smoothly, the turnout was poor throughout
the day's activities and the free dance Saturday night, Madril said.
"We will probably come out in the hole," he said.
Poor air conditioning in the civic center made vendors and visitors
alike uncomfortable. Madril said the festival will probably be moved
next year and held earlier - possibly in combination with Fiesta Night
in Old Pecos.
Cantaloupe producers are planting earlier, so an abundant supply should
be available by late June or early July, Madril said.
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By PEGGY McCRACKEN
Senior Judge Lucius Bunton has denied a motion to suppress statements
and evidence in the marijuana possession trial of Jeffrey Allen Lindsay.
Trial is set for Aug. 20.
Lindsay was arrested May 5 by U.S. Border Patrol agents after they were
alerted by sensors that a vehicle was traveling north on Green River
Road that runs south from Van Horn to the Mexican border.
When agent Lonnie Hillin met Lindsay's truck, then turned to follow,
Lindsay stopped and walked over to Hillin's patrol unit, the agent
testified in a hearing July 19.
Lindsay said he was on "predator control" in the area.
Hillin said he asked Lindsay for permission to look inside his truck,
where he found bundles of marijuana on the back seat of the four-door
cab and noticed the butt of a rifle between the two front seats.
A search following Lindsay's arrest turned up several more weapons.
Judge Bunton said in his ruling that in certain circumstances a search
may conform with the "reasonableness standard" of the Fourth Amendment
to the U.S. Constitution even without a warrant.
Warrantless searches of automobiles are permitted if the officers have
"probable cause to believe that the vehicle contains contraband or other
evidence of a crime," he said.
The amendment also permits a Border Patrol agent to select a particular
vehicle for a stop only upon reasonable suspicion that the occupants are
engaged in or about to engage in criminal activity.
"This court is satisfied that based on the totality of the circumstances
explained in the findings of fact...leads to the conclusion that Hillin
had enough probable cause to stop the defendant if he had attempted to
do so," Bunton said.
"However, this case does not focus on whether an illegal stop was or was
not made, instead this court must analyze the facts of whether proper
consent was given for the subsequent search of defendant's vehicle which
yielded the large amount of marijuana and weapons.
"Defendant consented to search of his vehicle," Bunton ruled.
"The Court concludes a reasonable person in defendant's boots would have
thought he was giving Hillin the okay to look inside the vehicle,"
Bunton said. "No other conclusion is logical."
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Cantaloupe and onion harvesters from the Rio Grande Valley, Del Rio,
Presidio and Pecos packed the Riverside Ballroom Saturday night for an
appreciation dance sponsored by three local businesses.
Frank Perea, owner of Bianca's Wash & Dry Gulch, teamed up with Bill
Fenn, owner of Pecos' two Thriftway stores, to provide two bands and
menudo for the field and packing shed workers.
"It was great," Perea said. "Everybody had a good time. A lot came by
the laundromat to thank us and Ernest Ballard (La Tienda Thriftway
manager). Some took videos and will show them in the Valley."
Local bands Los Cometas and Grupo Imprezion provided dance music.
Since this was the first year for the appreciation dance and it was a
success, Perea expects an even larger turnout next year. Other merchants
will be invited to participate, he said.
"We may make it some kind of harvest festival," he said, while noting
that it should not interfere with the Pecos Cantaloupe Festival.
Migrant workers do not attend the cantaloupe festival, Perea said, so
there should not be a conflict, even when it is held on the same day, as
it was this year.
"We didn't plan it for the same day," he said. "We were going to have it
next week, but some of the workers have already left and others are
leaving this week."
Trey Miller of Pecos Cantaloupe Company said their late harvest began
the last of July and should continue a while longer.
Producers stagger plantings to provide three harvests, he said. Early
plantings under black plastic with drip irrigation are ready for harvest
in late June.
The second planting matures around July 4, and the third in late July.
Onion harvest begins in May and continues throughout the summer.
While the harvesters are in town, they spend much of their earnings in
local businesses, Perea said.
"We are trying to make them feel welcome here," he said. "I visited the
sheds and passed out flyers. They really appreciated it."
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Visitors to the Reeves County Civic Center during Saturday's Pecos
Cantaloupe Festival got an eyeful of fangs, rattles and everything in
Harley Tyler and Dale Gross of Andrews demonstrated snake safety,
rattlesnake characteristics and venom, and what to do if you are
Gross and Tyler are members of the Sandhills Rattlesnake Club, which
makes such demonstrations wherever they are invited.
They brought two glass cages to the festival, filling one with prairie
rattlers and the other with diamondbacks.
Prairie rattlers are the meaner of the species, Gross said.
"The Parks and Wildlife people don't agree with that; they say the
diamondback is meaner," he said.
Anyone who comes up on a rattlesnake in the wild may not take the time
to determine its category, but they should learn some techniques to
avoid being bitten.
The best advice is to wear protective clothing, such as high-top boots
or leather leggings like Gross demonstrated Saturday.
Harley can testify that regular cowboy boots may not be enough, because
he was bitten just above his boot top last year. He bears two ugly
purple scars where the fangs went in.
"I was doing a demonstration in Odessa for some reporters," Harley said.
"I had several snakes out, and before I knew it, one of them got me."
Gross and Harley places a three-foot rattler on the floor Saturday to
show onlookers how to keep from being bitten.
"Stand still," Gross said.
When Harley and Gross moved around, the snake coiled and threatened to
strike. But when they stood absolutely still, the snake calmed and lay
Harley used a steel rod to open the snake's mouth and reveal the
Often when a snake bites, it is a "dry bite," with no venom injected, he
said. Still, the bite is dangerous because of bacteria in the snake's
During the winter, the rattlesnake club scours the wild to capture
snakes that have denned up to escape the cold, which they cannot
They enter their catch in contests at the Sweetwater Rattlesnake Roundup
each spring, then sell them to the Jaycees, who sponsor the event.
Profits are donated to worthy causes.
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FORT STOCKTON, Aug. 1, 1996 - The governing bodies of various Pecos
County taxing entities are taking a crash course in "mineral math" as
they prepare their 1996-97 budgets. Many - but not all - of the local
governments and school systems will have to cope with declining mineral
revenue in the year ahead. Chief Appraiser Ann Stapp said the loss
mainly has to do with the depletion of gas.
FORT DAVIS, Aug.1, 1996 - A packed house told the Air Force to go away
here last Friday, but many left the meeting feeling as if their concerns
went unheard. Oftentimes residents who came to voice those concerns
thought the Air Force representatives both arrogant and firm in their
resolve to forge ahead with their plans to begin flights from New Mexico
over private lands at altitudes as low as 100 feet. A parade of
"aginners" spoke both eloquently and agnrily about the Air Force's plans
for this area.
MARFA, Aug. 1, 1996 - Services at 8 p.m. Aug. 6 mark the opening of the
107th annual meeting of the Bloys Cmpmeeting at Skillman Grove, in the
berautiful Davis Mountains 17 miles west of Fort Davis. Dr. William
Benjamin Bloys began the cowboy campmeeting in 1890. More than 2,000
persons attend eachh year.
ALPINE, Aug. 1, 1996 - More than 50 area residents packed into the
Brewster County Courthouse Friday to voice their views regarding
proposed military air flight changes. Air Force Col. Kurt Cichowski said
the flights are "not a done deal." The proposal from the 49th Fighter
Wing at Holloman Air Force Base near Alamorgodo, N.M., asks the FAA to
approve three basic actions: convert six existing Cruise Missile testing
routes into two low-altitude flight routes; extend the western boundary
of the Talon Military Operations Area in south centeral New Mexico and
add a low-altitude MOA for air-to-air combat training; and establish an
aerial refueling track in southwestern Texas.
PRESIDIO, Aug. 1, 1996 - One Presidio County resident has testeed
positive for high mercury levels, and 11 residents have
mercury-poisoning symptoms, according to the Office of Border Health of
the Texas Department of Health Region 10. The office is involved in the
investigation of the Mexican beauty cream, "Manning," which contains
high levels of mercury, 6 percent to 10 percent by weight. The cream is
used for sun spots, pimples and other skin problems.
OZONA, Aug. 1, 1996 - Open house at Family Health Center of Ozona gave
residents an opportunity to tour the facility Syunday afternoon.
Renovations at the former hospital were admired by some 50 guests. The
center opened July 1 as a part of Shannon Health System. The clinic is
directed by Peggy McWilliams, R.N., and Marcus Sims, D.O. provides
patient care. A physician's assistant is being sought for Ozona.
MONAHANS, Aug. 1, 1996 - For all Monahans school students, D-day is Aug.
15, when school begins in earnest. Registration for new students is
8:30-noon Aug. 7 on all campuses. Grandfall-Royalty schools will begin
with band practice Aug. 5. First day of school is Aug. 13.
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