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Monday, October 7, 1996
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The seven-hour concert began at 6 p.m., about four hours after 38 cooks
finished showing off their special talent on Saturday at the 24th Annual
Reeves County Barbecue Beef Cookoff held at the Sheriff's Posse Arena.
The Wild Bunch of Odessa took top honors at the annual event, netting
$500 and a silver plate after being named Grand Champions.
The arena has a capacity for 85 teams. Divisions are open to Pro,
Amateur and Club Divisions. First place in each division is awarded $300
and a trophy; second prize in each division nets $200 and a trophy,
third place winners in each division receive $100 and a trophy. Best
camp and worst barbecue prizes were also awarded.
Best Camp went to the Baeza Brothers Camp of Pecos. The group went on to
win two other awards including, first place in the Club Division and
second place in the Pro Division.
Worst Barbecue went to Mike Elliott and the Crooked River Road Riders of
Second place in the club division winner was Russ Salcido and the Dirt
Masters of Pecos.
In the Amateur Division first place went to Lee Galan and his group, The
Yellow Rose of Midland, second place to Rudy Carrasco, "In It To Win"
Group of Pecos and third place winner was Chip Wentworth of Big Spring.
First place Pro was John Burkholder with Budweiser, second place, the
Baeza Brothers and third place winner was Melvin Orona, "The Big O" and
Company of Pecos.
"This is a really big honor, because this group has really come a long
way," said organizer Donnie Dominguez.
"Big O" and Company group was the recipient of the Worst Barbecue last
year, according to Dominguez.
"They have really come a long way, placing in the pro, coming back from
worst to one of the best," Dominguez said.
Rain hovered around the area Friday night, but skies had mostly cleared
off by Saturday evening, when the music began at the Buck Jackson Rodeo
"There was a great turnout at the concert, with between 4,000 to 5,000
attending the event," said chamber secretary Karen Capers.
She added that even though the totals on the revenue are not complete
the chamber expects to have made a profit on the event.
"We were really pleased with the great turnout and everything went
extremely well," she said.
The concert featured Navaira and his group Rio. Emilio recently made his
crossover into country-western music.
Joining Emilio was Stephanie Lynn, Los Jinetes, Bobby Pulido and
Pecosites, the Roman Brothers.
Saturday's events were the first part of this year's 52nd annual Reeves
County Fall Fair. The Mother Goose Parade will be held down Oak Street
late Wednesday afternoon, and other livestock, culinary and art judging
events will take place between Thursday and Saturday at the Reeves
County Civic Center.
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Hospitals from across West Texas will be in Odessa Tuesday for the
first Permian Basin Hospital Recruiting Day, hosted by Texas Tech
University Health Sciences Center.
The event is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the campus at 800 W.
Fourth St., in the Rotunda.
Administrators and recruiters from area hospitals will be hosting
booths and introducing themselves to the resident physicians and
students of TTUHSC.
Southwestern Bell Telephone is co-sponsoring the event, allowing area
hospitals to attend the recruiting fair for free.
"This is one way that we can work together with the overall Permian
Basin community to accomplish what we were brought here to do," said Dr.
Robert Careter, regional dean of the School of Medicine.
"We are training health care professionals in the Permian Basin and for
the Permian Basin," he said. "Hopefully, Permian Basin Hospital
Recruiting Day will help our residents and students realize the
opportunities that exist in this region, and make it easier for our area
hospitals to attract them."
Reeves County Hospital will not participate, said Nadine Smith,
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October is the normal month for the area's bell pepper harvest, but it
is late in the year for Pecos cantaloupes.
However, late cantaloupes are coming in from the fields for the first
time this fall, and are being shipped by Pecos Cantaloupe Company on the
This is the first week for gift pack shipments of the firm, sweet
Quality is good, said Trey Miller, who is in charge of cantaloupe sales.
Melons taste as good as or better than those shipped earlier in the year.
Early melons were harvested in the last two weeks of June, and the
regular harvest continued through August. Shipping took a recess during
September and started up again last week.
The early melon harvest is also a recent addition, made possible by
covering the fields with plastic, to increase the temperature on the
Cotton will be the final crop to be harvested in the Pecos area,
beginning about the time of the first freeze in November.
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David Alba, 48, formerly with the McAllen office as assistant special
agent in charge, is currently traveling throughout his new office's
jurisdiction meeting with law enforcement agencies.
His mother, Irene Alba, who still resides in Pecos, said she is glad to
have her son closer to her and enjoys his short visits as he continues
to establish his working relationships.
The El Paso office serves West Texas from west of Del Rio on the Mexican
Border north to the Texas-New Mexico border, encompassing 15 counties.
Alba said he arrived at El Paso Sept. 1 and started his new position on
Sept. 3. "It really feels comfortable here," he said.
"I am pretty familiar with this culture and Mexican culture. I had a
very warm reception from the law enforcement leaders and (members of
the) community (that) I have met," he added.
Alba was raised in Pecos, but was born in the Mexican town of Piedras
Negras (Black Rocks) before moving here at the age of seven months. He
became a naturalized citizen at the age of 19.
Alba's father, the late David C. Alba worked on a farm and was a foreman
for Passmore Brothers.
His son recalled his father's working relationship and friendship with
Dean Passmore, who died of leukemia. "They were quite close. That
(Passmore's death) was quite a blow," he said.
"Later on he worked for Butler Bros. and a gas station," before dying in
1986, David added.
"Jimmy Toone (Toone Grocery) helped the family quite a bit at the
beginning," he continued. "He was a pretty significant part of our
growing-up years," said David, because of his relationship with the
Irene Alba said her son was studious. In her native tongue she said, "he
enjoyed school and really wanted an education."
She said he is proud of her son and happy for him.
Alba said the El Paso office has a lot of responsibilities, and he is
finding out there about the various activities involving law enforcement
which are going on throughout the territory.
Alba joined the FBI in April, 1980, after working 4½ years with the
Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs and earning a Juris Doctorate
from Brigham Young University in 1979. The degree came after he
graduated from BYU in 1971 with a Bachelors Degree in Sociology.
Alba started his FBI term in San Francisco, Calif., where he stayed for
four years before going on to San Juan, Puerto Rico. There he worked for
another four years before moving to the bureau's Washington, D.C.,
headquarters, where he worked a Colombian drug desk in the branch office
His McAllen assignment started in 1993 where he had two assistants and
worked under the special agent in charge, stationed in San Antonio.
Alba's jurisdiction covered the border area from Del Rio to Laredo.
While the El Paso FBI office covers over 300 miles of the Texas-Mexico
border, with the combined population in El Paso and Juarez put at some
2.5 million people, Alba said, "This is where a lot of activity we are
looking at is focused."
"I travel quite a bit on the job," said Alba, adding, "I'm trying to
establish relationships with other law enforcement agencies to make as
much cooperation and participation with each other."
During the next month or so, Alba commented he will be going to Midland
and Pecos and other counties, scheduling trips by population numbers.
Pecos is part of the Midland FBI office's coverage area.
In an interview with the«MDUL» El Paso Herald-Post, David said he
realizes that the principal problem in the area is drug trafficking and
the violent crimes that accompany it.
He added that the FBI will attempt to combat the problem along the
border by ensuring that all local, state and federal agencies work
together and make the FBI available to Mexican officials.
The new special agent said that the effort should not be left solely to
law enforcement and that, "it's a societal and political problem."
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Juana T. Castillo, 93, died Sunday, Oct. 6 at Reeves County Hospital.
Rosary will be said tonight at 7 p.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic
Church in Saragosa. Viewing will be at the church in Saragosa today
until 10 p.m. and Tuesday beginning at 11 a.m. until service time.
Mass is scheduled for Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe
Catholic Church with burial at Saragosa Cemetery.
She was born June 24, 1903 in Candelaria, Tx., was a lifetime Saragosa
resident and a Catholic.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Manuel Subia Castillo, son
Juan Castillo and daughter Eduvijes Castillo.
Survivors include three sons, Cruz Castillo of Odessa, Ramon Castillo of
Saragosa, Frank Castillo of Balmorhea; two daughters, Manuela Oceanas of
Robstown and Isidra Castillo of Saragosa; 29 grandchildren and 52
Martinez Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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High Sunday 90, low last night 58. Tonight, becoming mostly cloudy. Low
around 55. Northeast wind 5-15 mph. Tuesday, morning clouds and fog,
otherwise sunny. High around 80. Light and variable wind.
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