Pecos Enterprise

Links to News Photos in Enterprise Files for 2002

Thursday, December 26, 2002

SERVING DINNER -- Volunteer Cathy Hurley waits for another plate to be prepared by other helpers on Wednesday at the Reeves County Civic Center, as part of the annual Christmas Dinner prepared by the Pecos Christian Home. Hurley was in charge of handing out dinners to those going to the Civic Center to either eat or pick up plates to take home, while other volunteers delivered Christmas dinners to local Meals on Wheels customers.

Wednesday, December 18, 2002

GRANDUATION CEREMONY -- Pecos Citizens Police Academy member Frances Clinton receives her certificate of completion from Police Chief Clay McKinney and Community Officer Mike Balog during the academy's ceremony held yesterday at the Country Club. Nineteen members graduated in yesterday's ceremony, which was part of a program sponsored by the Police Department.

Tuesday, December 17, 2002

LIGHTING CONTEST WINNER -- The home of Raymundo Martinez and family won first place in the `Best  Christmas Theme' category of the Pecos Area Chamber of Commerce Women's Division Christmas Lighting Contest, held  last Friday. Members of the Women's Division narrowed their choices to twelve homes in the three categories but had  to disqualify several homes that make it to the finals because their lights were turned off before the judging was over  at 11 p.m.

Monday, December 16, 2002

CHRISTMAS CHEER -- Children in Irma Jasso' and Sylvia Lujan's classes  at Pecos Head Start are on hand at the Pecos Nursing Home this  morning, singing Christmas carols to the residents and visiting with the older people  in the community. The children entertained the adults with their singing  and laughter.

Monday, December 9, 2002

SIGN OF CHRISTMAS -- A member of the Pecos Youth Advisory Commission tips  his cowboy hat as his float passes by during Friday night's  Christmas Parade. The Christmas parade entry winner this year was the  Abundant Life float, which earned a $100 first prize.
SANTA MEETS CHILDREN -- Santa Claus shakes the hand of 11-month old  Kimberly Garcia, who is being held by a family friend in front of the Reeves  County Courthouse. Santa made his appearance during Friday  night's Christmas Parade and at the courthouse lighting  ceremony, which took place following the parade's conclusion.

Friday, December 6, 2002

FOOD BANK STOCKING -- Yvette Romo stacks packages of mashed potatoes onto a shelf at the food bank  at Santa Rosa Catholic Church this morning. The food bank at the Catholic Church and the ones at North  Temple Baptist Church and Church of Christ help provide needy people with food produces during the holidays as well  as all year round.
BAKE SALE CUSTOMER -- Citizens Police Academy member Rosa  Portillo looks on as Security State Bank's Chief Executive Officer, Joe Keese fills  out his raffle ticket for a chance to win a DVD player during this morning's  Citizens Police Academy bake sale. The raffle and the bake sale will go towards  a scholarship that will be given to a 2003 Pecos High School graduate.  Keese also purchased a pecan pie and several empanadas.

Thursday, December 5, 2002

WHEEL HAUL -- Trans Pecos Drug Task Force Officer Kevin Roberts poses with the eight sections of  steel coverings containing marijuana that were recovered on Wednesday from a Ford Explorer. The sections were  cut apart and removed from the inside the four tires on the vehicle, following an afternoon traffic stop west  of Pecos. The 95-pound seizure is one of several made this year involving drugs hidden inside the wheels  of vehicles.

Tuesday, December 3, 2002

CHRISTMAS NOTES -- Several of the Pecos High School Eagle Concert Band perform to a Christmas song during last night's Christmas concert at the high school auditorium. Band students from Zavala, Crockett Middle School and Pecos High School performed a variety of Christmas songs ranging from Jingle Bells to Sleigh Ride.

Monday, December 2, 2002

CITY CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS -- Town of Pecos City employees Conrado Saldana and Macario Martinez work on putting Christmas lights and a Santa up on the awning over the entrance to City Hall this morning. long with work by the city putting up their decorations, the lighting of the Community Christmas Tree is Maxey Park is scheduled for Tuesday night, and the lighting of the Reeves County Courthouse will be Friday night, following the annual Christmas parade.

Friday, November 29, 2002

LONG LINES -- Wal-Mart is full of customers early this morning as customers rushed to find sale items and specials. The store held a special beginning at 6 a.m. until 11 a.m., and customers were already lined up when the store opened its doors. Customers also had the opportunity to make lay-aways in time for Christmas.

Friday, November 22, 2002

TAKES OVER FOOTBALL JOB -- Pecos-Barstow-Toyah Athletic Director  Bubba Williams talks with Jay Hendricks of KWES-Ch. 9 in Midland-Odessa in this  August file photo, as part of a story the station aired on Williams' fight against  muscular dystrophy. On Thursday, Williams stepped down after 21 seasons as head  baseball coach for Pecos in order to take over as the Eagles' head football coach,  following a 2-8 season. He will remain as P-B-T athletic director.

Thursday, November 21, 2002

INSPECTING NEW WATER FIELD PROJECT -- Town of Pecos City Mayor Dot Stafford, Frank X. Spencer  and Associate employee Edgardo Madrid (center), and Gil Gillespie of Water Wells of Odessa talk about the well  structure Stafford is standing on, during a tour of the new South Worsham Water Field project by the mayor and city  council members this morning. The 18 wells involved in the South Worsham project will be connected to a large tank off of  FM 1450. Roy Alvarado, with Frank X. Spencer and Associates, said the tank will hold up to two million gallons of  water. The project is designed to supplement the city's current Worsham and Ward County water fields, which  engineers said could only provide enough water for Pecos through the year 2008.

Wednesday, November 20, 2002

TREE LIGHTING PREPARATION -- American Home Health  employees Rodolfo Carrasco and George Dominguez are busy working on the pole  that holds the big star on the Christmas tree located inside the old swimming  pool at Maxey Park. A Community Christmas Tree lighting ceremony will be  held at the part at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 3.

Friday, November 15, 2002

DISTRICT CHAMPS -- Pecos High School Coach Rudy Jurado (left) along with cross country runners  Jason Sanchez, Jay Dannelley and Leslie Rodriguez, were among the members recognized during the regular  Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD board meeting held Thursday evening. The team placed first at the boys District 4-3A meet  last month, while Rodriguez also qualified for regionals on the girls' side.

Thursday, November 14, 2002

SPECIAL PROGRAM -- "The Kids on the Block," a puppet show  presented by the Volunteers in Public Schools, program wais held at Austin  Elementary School today. "The Kids on the Block" is a troupe of disabled and  non-disabled puppets created by special educator, Barbara Aiello. They have performed all over the world, entertaining adults and  children and informing them about disability and difference. Through the use  of disabled puppets, children gain knowledge about what it is like to  be disabled and develop an increased awareness and sensitivity  toward disabilities. The program was sponsored by the Pecos-Barstow-Toyah  ISD Guidance Counseling Department and the Special Education Department.

Thursday, November 7, 2002

COMES BACK FOR VICTORY -- U.S. Congressman Henry Bonilla (right) talks with Town of Pecos City  Mayor Dot Stafford (left) and Security State Bank President Bill Oglesby on Oct. 29, during Bonilla's only visit to  Pecos this year. On Wednesday, a delayed count of votes in Bonilla's hometown of San Antonio gave the  five-term Republican a victory over Democratic challenger Henry Cuellar of Laredo. Cuellar won his home town with  over 80 percent of the vote and won Reeves County by a 52-42 percent margin.

Monday, November 4, 2002

SMILING PRETTY -- Pecos Police Officer Armando Granado takes a digital picture of first grade student Alexa Machuca during the SKID (Safe Kid Identification Disk Presentation) program held at Austin Elementary School this morning. The students were photographed with a digital camera and their fingerprints taken in conjunction with safety lessons sponsored by the Guidance Counselors. Granado, along with Pecos Police Officer Mike Balog and members of the citizens academy, will be going through all the schools all the way up to junior high and providing this service with the parent's consent. About 2,000 students will be photographed and fingerprinted. The group will be at Pecos Kindergarten next week and at Bessie Haynes the following week.

Friday, November 1, 2002

BOOKWORMS -- Several students at Bessie Haynes Elementary  School line-up to purchase a book from librarian Debra Goff, during the  Scholastic Book Fair held at the school this week. Other schools in the  Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD will be sponsoring book fairs. Parents and guardians are urged  to attend the book fairs and purchase great learning tools for their children.

Thursday, October 31, 2002

KEEPING THE PAST ALIVE -- Gerry Clay Allison poses next to a picture frame of his great-great uncle Clay Allison, which is located in the Saloon of the West of the Pecos Museum. Clay Allison was a considered a Cattleman, Gunfighter, and family man but never a liar, cheat, or a thief. His great-great nephew will be recreating Allison's history this weekend in shows at Fort Stockton.

TRICK OR TREAT -- Odessa College employees dressed up today for Halloween and treated local daycare children to candies.  Although the Town of Pecos City Council designated last Saturday as the official Trick or Treat day for local residents, some in town have said they will be giving out candies to children going door to door for Halloween tonight.

Tuesday, October 28, 2002

SNACK TIME -- U.S. Congressman Henry Bonilla, receives a sample of  the different types of products TransPecos Foods has to offer During his  stop at the company's plant this morning. Chairman of the Board of  TransPecos Foods Patrick Kennedy, Jr., points to the variety of fried vegetables  his company has to offer. Bonilla was in Pecos as part of a three-day  campaign swing through West Texas.

TRUNK-OR-TREAT --DesaRay Goff aims for the head pin in this fun night booth at West Park Baptist Church. Three churches will pool their games and treats for a free parking lot/lawn treat Wednesday.

Monday, October 28, 2002

FOUNDER'S CELEBRATION -- Brownie Troop #69 participates in the Girl Scouts Founder's Day celebration  held Sunday afternoon at the Pecos Girl Scout Hut. Junior Scout Troop #188 also participated by doing the flag  presentation and singing songs. Refreshments were served to parents and guests.

Thursday, October 24, 2002

SMELLY DRUGS -- Trans Pecos Drug Task Force Officer Kevin Roberts kneels by bundles of marijuana that were confiscated Wednesday, during a routine traffic stop on I-20. The bundles smelled more of gasoline than marijuana, after they were found bound with duct tape and hidden in the gas tank of a Ford Explorer the El Paso man was driving.

FOOD BANK DONATIONS -- Zavala Middle School student council president Erick Salcido (left),  vice-president Brian Carraso (center) and secretary Bailey Hernandez pose in front of cans the sixth grade classes collected as  part of a food bank drive. Not pictured is student council treasurer Claire Weinacht. A total of 705 cans had been  collected as of Wednesday afternoon for local food banks.

Wednesday, October 23, 2002

OLD MURAL -- A mural depicting several businesses in Pecos in 1957  and painted by local artist Bill Leftwich, was found at the site of the old  First National Bank in Pecos, the corner of Second and Oak streets. The  mural has since been transferred to West Texas National Bank and the  community is invited to go see it.

ARTSY COUPLE -- Mary Alice and Bill Leftwich pose at the West  Texas National Bank where the mural he painted 45 years ago has been placed.  The mural was discovered at the site of the old bank and is now in the break  room of the bank's current building, which was constructed 10 years after  the mural was painted.

Tuesday, October 22, 2002

DONATIONS TO SCIENCE DEPARTMENT -- Crockett Middle School students pose with some of the items  donated to the school's science department by the Pecos Wal-Mart store on Friday. Science teacher Jim Workman said  the items donated would help him, along with Jerry Parent and Gaston Tarango, teach seventh and eighth graders  about horticultural practices, soil and water conservation, and plant propogation. Workman said Wal-Mart has made  other donations to the school in the past.

Thursday, October 17, 2002

RCRD WORK CONTINUING -- A construction worker at the Reeves County Detention Center works on measuring the lining metal that will be used to place the ceiling into one of the newly built jail. Work on the 960-bed addition to the 2,000-bed jail is continuing, and is scheduled to be completed sometime early next year.

Tuesday, October 15, 2002

BACK FROM COMBAT ZONE -- Sgt. Eddie Lujan (second from  right) poses with (left to right) Cpl. Ernie Perez, Cpl. George Morlet and  Cpl. James Whitlock for a picture during their time at the U.S. Marines'  base in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Lujan is a Pecos resident who has served  in the U.S. Marines Corp for almost seven years, and recently  returned from Afghanistan following a six-month tour of duty in the combat  zone, where U.S. forces have battled al-Qaida and Taliban troops since  last October.

Wednesday, October 9, 2002

FIRE PREVENTION WEEK DISPLAY -- Pecos Volunteer Fireman Billy Jack Brookshire shows students at  Zavala Elementary how a fire hose distributes water onto a burning object this morning. Students also got to sound  the sirens of the fire engine, as part of visits to school campuses by firemen as part of Fire Prevention Week.  Some campus visits were delayed until to day due to rains in the area on Monday and Tuesday.
NEW VIDEO CAMERAS ARRIVING SOON -- Pecos Police Officer Oscar Machuca demonstrates how  the department's video cameras work during a traffic stop. Machuca is one of the three officers who have had  cameras in their marked cars for about a year now, but Police Chief Clay McKinney said the department's 11 other marked  cars would be equipped with the video/audio system by the end of March 2003.

Tuesday, October 8, 2002

REWARD FOR CLASS' WORK -- Jasmine Mendoza is helped by one  of her Pecos Head Start teachers, Mrs. Hernandez, to cut her pizza today  during a party at Pizza Hut. The Head Start class was given a pizza party by  Southern Union Gas Company for raising the most canned foods during a  competition held by the company leading up to the start of its canned food drive,  from October 14 through October 24. The class raised a 498 pounds of  canned food, and total of 1,230 pounds have been collected so far. People wanting  to donate any canned foods can go by Southern Union Gas Company's  Pecos office between Oct. 14 and Oct. 24.

Monday, October 7, 2002

HOMECOMING QUEEN FOR BALMORHEA -- Delila Nuniz smiles as she  is announced as the Balmorhea Bears' 2002 Homecoming Queen Friday  night. Nunez is escorted by Balmorhea football player Josue Carrasco. The  ceremony was held at halftime of the Bears' 45-0 win over the Grandfalls Cowboys, in  a game that was also Balmorhea's first at home, after four road games to  open the 2002 season.

Friday, October 4, 2002

FOUND IN COMPARTMENT -- Trans Pecos Task Force Officer Kevin Roberts sits by the load of marijuana  he discovered during a routine traffic stop on I-20 on Thursday morning. Roberts, with the help of Pecos Police  Department Officer Oscar Machuca and his drug-sniffing canine discovered a fake compartment in the rear passenger side of the vehicle, where Roberts said 38.2 pounds of marijuana was hidden.

Thursday, October 3, 2002

GETTING THINGS READY -- Barbara Creager and Christie Blake are busy decorating the new addition at  the Reeves County Civic Center, getting it ready for the Annual Reeves County Fall Fair. The center is being  decorated with pumpkins, scarecrows and farm animals.

Thursday, September 26, 2002

FUNDRAISER FOR INJURED CLASSMATE -- Matthew Montanez, a former Pecos High School classmate of  Jaime Herrera, cleans the tires of a vehicle during a car wash held at Gibson True Value store this morning.  Herrera's classmates are raising money to help with his hospital expenses. Herrera was injured in a one-vehicle rollover  last Friday when he and Jae Ewing were returning to Pecos for the PHS Homecoming Game. Both Herrera and  Ewing graduated from high school this past May. The class of 2002 had washed about 25 cars by 11:30 this morning.  An enchilada plate sale will also be held as a fundraiser on Friday, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Santa Rosa Hall to  benefit the family. Red enchiladas will be served with rice, beans, salad and tea and individuals can dine in, carry out, or  call for delivery at 445-2302.

Wednesday, September 25, 2002

RAINBOW EFFECT -- Local resident Robert Gooding took this photo of  a rainbow to the northwest, framing an American flag at the Wes  Harpham residence at 2343 S. Eddy Street following one of the evening rainstorms  that passed by Pecos last week. The rainy weather from late August and  early September has ended in the Trans-Pecos area, but rains could be back in  the Texas forecast by early next week, depending on the path of Tropical  Storm Lili across the Gulf of Mexico.

Friday, September 20, 2002

FLAG WORK -- Workers at Eagle Stadium prepare to paint the flagpole on the field after finishing the drawing of  the Texas flag and Pecos Eagle logo for tonight's homecoming game between the Eagles and the Brownfield Cubs.  Danny Reyes was in charge of the project, and was helped by Saul Mendoza, Moises Orona, Frank Rodriguez, Paul  Deishler, Lupe Rede and Christopher Reese. Reyes said Wal-Mart and Duke Outdoors donated the paint for the flag and  the eagle, but that they would need donations to buy more paint to redo the flag for the Eagles' final two home games  of the 2002 season, on Oct. 4 and Nov. 1.
PECOS RAPPERS -- Ruben Ramirez and Robert Chavez are in Pecos for a concert and dance  scheduled for Saturday at the Riverside Ballroom. The two  are former Pecos residents who are promoting their  own brand of music and will be joined by other rappers,  a singer and a D.J. from Austin.

Thursday, September 19, 2002

SENIOR NOMINEES -- Homecoming Queen and King nominees will be presented and two individuals  crowned during the half-time show at the Pecos Eagle Homecoming Game, scheduled for 7:30 p.m., Friday at Eagle  Stadium. Nominees include king nominees, back row, left to right: Matthew Levario, Tony Trujillo and Freddy Torres.  Front row, left to right are queen nominees: Adriana Mendoza, Abby Romo and Lara Weinacht.

Friday, September 13, 2002

GETTING READY FOR THE FIESTAS -- Saul Ramirez of Pecos stir some `tripitas' this morning at his booth,  number 15, at the 16th of September Fiestas. Ramirez and his wife, Jesse, have been cooking at the `16 de septiembre  fiestas' for 12 years now. The Ramirez booth is just one of the many food booths located at the Santa Rosa de Lima  Catholic Church parking lot. The Fiestas begins this evening at 6 p.m. and continues with the fiestas parade Saturday  morning and more events Saturday afternoon and evening (See Section B).

Thursday, September 12, 2002

RETURNED TO JAIL -- Escaped convict Steven Carrasco Perez, 31, is brought into Reeves County Jail by Sheriff's Deputy Arturo Granado and Jail Supervisor Alfonso Esparza from Ector County Jail early this afternoon. Perez escaped from the Reeves County Jail in March.

Friday, September 6, 2002

PREPARING FOR THE OPENER - Pecos Eagle cheerleaders form one of several pyramids during their routine  this morning at a pep rally for the Eagle football team at the old Pecos High School gym. The Eagles open their 2002  season with a 7:30 p.m. game tonight at Jackson Field in Alpine against the Bucks. The Eagles will play their home opener  next Friday night against Lamesa.

Wednesday, September 4, 2002

SECOND DAY IN NEW HOME -- Iris Mendoza and Marlaina Cordona, both 3-years-old, get their hand traced by Mrs. Gloria Jones at the Pecos Head Start this morning. The head start opened its doors Tuesday for its first time in its new location in the former Pecos Elementary building. Head Start moved there from the Carver Center on the east side, due to overcrowding in that building. The program has been at two other locations, both in Pecos and Barstow, over the past six years, as Head Start has taken over building left vacant by the consolidation of Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD campuses.
LIFE-SAVING TRAINING -- Christina Winfrey performs CPR on a dummy while Cpt. Tim Quintana demonstrates how to do chest compressions and Joe Gonzales looks on during the Reeves County Sheriff's Intermediate Use of Force training this morning outside the Reeves County Sheriff's Office. Three members of the Tech 3 Training out of McKinney, Texas taught the program to law enforcement officers from the TransPecos Drug Task Force and the Sheriff's Department.

Tuesday, September 3, 2002

FATAL ACCIDENT -- Department of Public Safety troopers Terry Gilcrest and Amanda Hellinger and Pecos  Police officer Melissa Roberts and Lt. Paul Dieshler look over the area around the body of 61-year-old Hal Pratt, Sr.,  who was killed Saturday night after being struck by a pickup on U.S. 285 near Interstate 20. Pratt was struck while in  the southbound lanes of Cedar Street near the Quality Inn and suffered fatal head injuries.

Friday, August 30, 2002

PEACEFUL OPENING -- Mark Zuniga  wields the scissors this morning to kick off the open house for  Peaceful Garden Funeral Home. Since purchasing the funera  home from Tommy Martinez, Zuniga has decorated both  the interior and exterior of the plant at 116 W. Fourth St.

Thursday, August 29, 2002

INTERVIEW DONE ON ILLNESS -- Pecos Eagles' head baseball coach and P-B-T Athletic Director Bubba Williams moves his motorized scooter through a practice session of the Eagles' varsity football team during Wednesday afternoon workouts. KWES-Ch. 9 interviewed Williams on Wednesday for segments on the affects of his muscular dystrophy. The two segments are scheduled to air on NewsWest 9 at 6 p.m. on Friday, and then three days later, during the Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Labor Day Telethon that will be broadcast locally by Ch. 9.

Monday, August 26, 2002

CARRIER OF THE MONTH -- Kimberlie Bazan receives a $25 check for being the Pecos Enterprise's Star Carrier of the Month for June. Bazan is presented her check by Enterprise circulation manager Lorna Navarette.

Friday, August 23, 2002

CANDIDATE'S SONS MAKE PECOS STOP -- Eduardo Sanchez,  (second from left) talks with area community members during a luncheon held at  the Quality Inn Restaurant, during a stop made by campaign workers for  the election of Democrat Tony Sanchez for Governor. Eduardo is the third child  of Sanchez' and is helping out his father in campaigning. He is in Pecos to  greet community members, meet with elected officials and listen to the  voter's concerns. Another Sanchez son, Tony Sanchez III, will be in Pecos at 6  p.m. today for a barbecue at the Reeves County Civic Center. Pictured with  Sanchez are Reeves County Democratic Party Chairman Bobby Dean, Oscar  Saenz and District Attorney Randy Reynolds.

YAYA SISTERHOOD -- Dressed as royalty in the YaYa Sisterhood, Carol Fowlkes (from left), Tracey Shaw and  Gail Box enjoy a pre-movie cocktail at the home of Emily and Doug Fernandes Thursday. Emily hosted the movie,  "The Divine Secrets of the YaYa Sisterhood," at the State Theatre for about 70 of her closest friends. Theater owner  Richard Creasey presented Fernandes a movie poster, signed by each guest as they arrived.

Tuesday, August 20, 2002

SPLISH, SPLASH -- Cars splashed through a puddle left after last  night's rain at the corner of Eddy and  7th Streets this morning. The intersection  was one of several in the central part of Pecos that were flooded by heavy  rains just before sunset on Monday. Overall Pecos received seventh tenths of  an inch, and other areas received an equal or greater amounts. A slight  chance of thunderstorms and wind is predicted for the next few days.

Monday, August 19, 2002

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL -- Pecos Kindergarten student Samantha Chacon  looks and waits as her mother, Debra Chacon registers her for school on the  first day of kindergarten. Today was the first day of school for all  Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD students and things went smoothly. Renovations at all the  schools were completed just in time for the new school year.
UNDER PRESSURE -- Pecos Eagle players and coaches watch from behind as quarterback Jose Reyes releases  a pass just before getting hit by an El Paso Riverside lineman during Saturday evening's scrimmage at Eagle  Stadium. Riverside, which moved into Pecos' old District 2-4A this year, scored a 4-0 scrimmage win over the Eagles, who  will be in Class 3A this fall. Pecos will scrimmage former 2-4A rival Fabens this coming Friday in Van Horn  (see story, Page 5).

Friday, Aug, 16, 2002

Getting Things Back in Place The chairs are in place in the classroom of Pecos High School science teacher Carry Hannsz, but he said other items still have to be put back in place following the summer renovation of the 52-year-old main building. Unpacking Unpacking work also needs to be done in the school's new testing center room, which has been connected directly to the PHS guidance office. Library Boxes cover a section of the floor in the high school library, while workers this morning were also putting finishing touches on the library's new computer system. Almost everything is scheduled to be in place by Monday morning, when the first day of school begins for all Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD students.

Eagle BoostersPecos High School football players line up to get hamburgers, chips and drinks from Pecos Eagle Athletic Booster Club members following Thursday evening's workout at Eagle Stadium. The booster club will be selling burgers fof $2 apiece to fans, along with drinks and chips, during Saturday evening's scrimmage against El Paso Riverside at Eagle Stadium. They will be selling individual and family club memberships for $10 and $15 each, along with Eagle flags and %-shirts. Play is schedfuled to begin Saturday with the freshman and junior varsity teams at 45 p.m., followed by the varsity scrimmage.

Thursday, Aug. 15, 2002

HARVEST OVER FOR SEASON-- Pecos resident and employee of Pecos Farmers Produce Freddy Martinez boxes some of the last Pecos cantaloupes that are still available. The boxes will be sold through this week for those still wanting to purchase the famous sweet cantaloupes. A 40-pound box sells for %6.

MAC MCKINNON - Former Enterprise editor and publisher Mac McKinnon has purchased a weekly newspaper in his hometown of Dublin.

Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2002

SIGNS OF SCHOOL--Town of Pecos City employee Eleuterio Morales paints new crossing stripes this morning at Eighth and Willow Sts. this morning while signs detour motorists away from the work. The school crossing lines are being painted on the north side of Pecos Elementary, which was closed last year, but will be reopened next week to serve as the new home for Pecos Head Start. The Pecos Kindergarten campus is also in the area.

Monday, Aug. 12, 2002

OFFICER HONORED-- Reeves County Sheriff Andy Gomez and the family of slain officer Jaime Rodriguez listen to a prayer at the start of Monday's regular meeting of the Reeves County Commissioners Court. The Rodriguez family, Jessica, left, Jayme and Diana Rodribuez, accepted a special plaque and medal in honor of Rodriguez, who was killed in the line of duty on May 16 and was honored and placed in the Policeman Hall of Fame for his heroic actions.

COACHING HELP-- Pecos Eagles junior high football coach Keith Windham serves as a quarterback while new defensive coach Ronnie Molina handles a blocking assignment in place of the Eagles' regular players during practice last Thursday night. The Eagles began workouts in full pads on Friday and had picture day on Saturday before practice. A total of 40 varsity players were suited up on Saturday for the team photo, but only 18 junior varsity players and 15 freshmen players showed up.

Friday, August 9, 2002

STUDENTS RECOGNIZED -- Pecos High School FFA members are recognized for their outstanding achievements throughout the school year, during the regular Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD Board meeting. Pecos High School cheerleaders were also recognized during the meeting and the sponsor outlined the many awards the group brought home from summer camp, which they attended at Texas Tech recently.
ON THE WAY -- Pecos Eagles' assistant coach Jerry Parent watches junior varsity receivers and quarterbacks work on a timing pattern during passing drills Thursday evening at the Pecos High School practice field. The Eagles held their first full-pad workouts this morning and will continue this evening at the PHS field. Their first scrimmage is scheduled for Eagle Stadium next Saturday, against the El Paso Riverside Rangers.

Thursday, August 1, 2002

SEWER REPAIRS -- Michael Orona, an employee of Town of Pecos City works in a manhole early this morning in the ally behind the Senior Citizen Center on East Second Street. Orona and four other employees are working on preparing a damaged main sewer line that had caved in. The work closed Second Street between Cedar and Oak streets.
OPEN HOUSE -- Odessa College President Dr. Vance Gipson (left) talks  with Pecos residents Oscar and Mary Saenz during the Open House held  at Odessa College's Pecos Technical Training Center on Wednesday. The  Open House was held by OC prior to the start of the Fall 2002 semester.
DRUG TIRES -- Trans Pecos Drug Task Officers Kevin Roberts and  Joe Gonzales pose with the `housing' of tires that were filled with  marijuana which were on a white Cherokee Laredo driven by a Mexican national  who was arrested after a search uncovered over 90 pounds of the drugs inside  the tires. The tires were taken to a secure location where they were taken  apart and the marijuana unlodged from the tires.

Wednesday, July 31, 2002

TALKIN' ABOUT WRESTLING -- Co-owner of WTCW Terry Pantera talks about the upcoming wrestling  matches that will be held this weekend in Pecos to KIUN-KPTX Station Manager Bill Randall Cole this morning on  Pecos Talkin'. Pantera, along with fellow co-owner Kathy Montgomery and wrestler "The Equalizer" signed autographs  at various stores in Pecos today in the efforts of attracting more wrestling fans to the show this weekend. Pecos  Area Chamber of Commerce Director Linda Gholsen (far back) said that the show is set to begin at 8 p.m., on Saturday at  the Reeves County Civic Center.

Tuesday, July 30, 2002

CLIMBING TO NEW HEIGHTS -- KPTX employee Cody West takes a climb on the current radio tower for  the local station, which is located on North Hickory Street.  The station will be moving its transmitter to a new  taller antenna on the hill east of Barstow within the next month.  The new tower will be at a higher elevation and will  allow listeners not only from Pecos but also Monahans, Kermit and Fort Stockton to pick up 98X FM. 

Monday, July 29, 2002

SALE FINALIZED -- Vice President of Corporate Development in North and South America for McCain  Foods, Harold Durost (center) and Chairman of TransPecos Foods, Patrick Kennedy, Jr., (right) shake hands  Thursday afternoon as the new sign is being held up behind them. The two companies came to terms for the plant.

Friday, July 26, 2002

NEW COMPANY LOGO IN PLACE -- Trans-Pecos Foods Production Supervisor Jesus Franco puts up the new sign at the former Anchor Foods plant Thursday afternoon. The news sign comes six weeks after Security State Bank Chairman Patrick Kennedy agreed to buy the plant from McCain Foods. McCain had acquired the plant when it bought Anchor Foods last August, and announced it would shut the facility in November. The plant, which under Anchor employed as many as 700 workers, will resume production and distribution of onions rings and other vegetable appetizers that come directly from Texas farmers in the TransPecos and Rio Grande growing regions.

Thursday, July 25, 2002

FUTURE PRIEST -- Andy Martinez stands inside the Santa Rosa  Church, the parish he has been a member throughout his life. Martinez will be  leaving next Wednesday to attend the Novitiate in Indiana, a St. Francis order.

Monday, July 22, 2002

THEME SONG -- Marcos Williams, left, and Brittney Alligood learn motions to the West Park Baptist Church Vacation Bible School theme song this morning. Brian Williams of St. James Baptist Church is music leader. West Park pastor, Rey Carreon, is worship leader and preschool teacher. Carreon invites preschool through junior high students to atttend what may be the last VBS of the summer. Hours are 8:30-11:30 a.m. through Friday, with a Bible story video at 8 a.m. for early birds.

Friday, July 19, 2002

DOGGED FOR A COMMENT- KWES-TV's meterologist, George Kanuck, tries to get a comment from one of the nine contestants in the hot-dog eating contest. The KWES news team was at the West of the Pecos Museum Thursday, broadcasting their 'Under West Texas Skies' segment. The team will finish their week-long series of broadcasts across their viewing area in Alpine today.

Thursday, July 18, 2002

THERE IT IS -- Air Force personnel from Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico, point and view the hole that  was being made in order to retrieve a dummy bomb that was accidentally dropped out of a F117 stealth fighter. The  Air Force was being assisted by some of the employees of the Town of Pecos City. Both teams worked together for  about an hour when the dummy bomb was finally located.

BOMB RECOVERED -- An Air Force enlisted man digs a dummy bomb out of the bucket of a backhoe  yesterday afternoon. The dummy bomb had fallen 6-feet 8-inches into the front yard of Evarista Mora's front yard. The `fins'  of the dummy bomb were later found in some of the remaining dirt.

Wednesday, July 17, 2002

MORNING FATALITY ACCIDENT -- The driver's side of this truck-trailor cab is heavily damaged, following  this morning's accident on Interstate 20 that left a 65-year-old El Paso man dead. Emergency Medical Service  personnel and volunteer firemen had to use the Jaws of Life to free the man from this tractor trailer after an accident this  morning in front of the Swiss Clock Inn.  The man and his son were on their way to Michigan when the accident occurred.   The father died at the scene and the son was treated at Reeves County Hospital.

MONAHANS BOMBING -- A hole in the roof of this bathroom in a  Monahans home was made Tuesday by a dummy bomb accidentally dropped from a  U.S. Air Force jet. No one was injured in the afternoon incident, and Air  Force officials said other bombs were accidentally dropped from the fighter jet  in the area around Pecos and Maljamar, N.M., between Hobbs and Artesia.

Tuesday, July 16, 2002

NEW FLOORS -- Pecos High School Principal Danny Rodriguez and Reeves County Recreation Center Director Nora Geron take a look at the first coat of the new finish for the Rec Center's gym floor. P-B-T ISD is paying for new finishes on the new gym's floor as well as the one in the Rec Center as a part of the summer maintenance project. Geron said the recreation center is closed until Monday, July 22.

Monday, July 15, 2002

MELON PROCESSING -- Felipe Nino, a resident of Pecos, selects some  of Pecos' famous cantaloupes this afternoon at the Pecos Cantaloupe  Shed. Due to the amount of rain Pecos has received this year, the amount  of cantaloupes distributed in other parts of Texas has been low. Dallas is one  of the many places where residents have not been able to buy any  cantaloupes this year.

Friday, July 12, 2002

DONATING FOR CO-WORKER -- Texas Department of Public Safety's Trooper Amanda Hellinger waits patiently as blood is being taken from her arm during Thursday afternoon's blood drive. The event was held as a replacement blood drive for DPS Corporal Emmit Moore, who underwent a heart transplant this past Sunday. Cpl. Moore will be staying in Dallas for three more months before returning to Pecos.

SAYS WATER TO BE KEY ISSUE BEFORE COURT -- Texas Supreme Court candidate William Moody  (middle) stands in the virtually dry bed of the Pecos River on Thursday with his wife Maggie (middle left) and their  two daughters Melissa (left) and Emily (right) just before heading to Monahans.  Moody and his family stopped in  Pecos to talk about his candidacy in the November elections.  He hopes to be elected to the Supreme Court in order to  help West Texans be heard with various issues, including water rights.

Thursday, July 11, 2002

OPEN DOORS -- Town of Pecos City Manager Carlos Yerena holds open  the door that leads to the offices in City Hall while a city employee unfastens  the door spring this morning.  The Town of Pecos City Council decided to  prop the doors open after some debate on whether to leave the doors up or  take them down completely during the regular meeting this morning.
DOOR `KNOCKER' -- James Saurage tells the council his opinion of the controversial doors between the lobby  and department offices at City Hall.  Numerous community members expressed their opinion of the doors during  the meeting this morning. Saurage told council members they needed to solve the problem, and favored keeping  the doors open. Council members voted to keep the doors up, but open, during regular business hours.

Wednesday, July 10, 2002

ACCIDENT AFTERMATH -- A Department of Public Safety car sits parked  in front of the remains of a 2001 Lincoln Navigator on the main eastbound  lanes of Interstate 20 on Tuesday morning. Four persons from Dallas were  killed and three others injured in the rollover, which forced eastbound traffic  onto the I-20 service road between Pyote and the Frontage Road exit east  of Barstow.

Tuesday, July 9, 2002

BETTER THAN NOTHING -- A small stream of water winds its way under  a passing Union Pacific freight train along the Pecos River just east of  Pecos this morning. Five days of rains in the area have put some flow back into  the river, which had gone dry at the railroad and Business I-20 crossing over  a month ago, but the recent rains are still not enough to allow for irrigation  to resume for farmers along the river.

Monday, July 8, 2002

MUDDY FINISH - Bull rider Memo Chavez is about to get a lot  dirtier after being thrown towards the mud by `Hannibal Lector' during the  final section of bull riding on Saturday at the West of the Pecos Rodeo.
21-GUN SALUTE - The local honor guard participated in a special ceremony held at the Pecos Dairy  Queen, Saturday, July 6. The ceremony was held in a show of patriotism and gratitude for our nation's military and  veterans. The crowd also sang the National Anthem and all veterans received a free sundae.

Friday, July 5, 2002

HEAD-BANGER -- Two time West of the Pecos Rodeo bareback  riding champion Jon Brockway is back on his back, while "Teasipper" heads  for the north wall of the Buck Jackson Rodeo Arena during Thursday  night's performance. Brockway was given a re-ride after "Teasipper" collided  with the north wall, but was unable to score high enough on his second  attempt to have a shot at a third title in Pecos. The final two nights of the rodeo  are today and Saturday, both starting at 8 p.m.

Wednesday, July 3, 2002

WINNING FLOAT -- Golden Girl Lara Weinacht waves to the crowd along Cedar Street during this morning's  West of the Pecos Rodeo Parade. Weinacht's float was named the winner in the Golden Girl Division, while the Little  Miss Cantaloupe contestants float won first place in the Civic Clubs category.
UNWANTED RIDE -- Bull rider Dominic Benedet keeps moving even  while "Marshmallow" seems to be standing still during Tuesday's bull  riding competition at the West of the Pecos Rodeo. But Benedet was being  whipped backwards by the bull after getting hung up during his ride, and had to  be rescued by rodeo clowns Mark Callahan and Clint Long. Only three  riders Tuesday were able to stay on for eight seconds to earn scores. More  will try tonight, when the rodeo officially opens at the Buck Jackson  Rodeo Arena.

Monday, July 1, 2002

CLOSING IN -- John McDaniel has his target in sight during slack competition in steer roping this morning at the West of the Pecos Rodeo. Slack will continue tonight and Tuesday, with a special bull riding session as part of Tuesday night's events. The official start of the rodeo, along with the West of the Pecos Rodeo parade, is Wednesday.

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