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Friday, August 8, 2003

HOME SAFELY - Rebecca Natividad, of Pecos, poses for a picture in one of the supply huts where she was stationed in Saudi Arabia, at Prince Sultan's base. U.S. troops used the base to supply troops involved in the war in Iraq. Natividad is back home from the Iraq war and has been busy visiting with friends and relatives.

Wed., July 23, 2003

HOMECOMING PARADE - U.S. Army Pfc Jessica Lynch (left), with her brother Greg Jr. (right) at her side and her boyfriend Sergeant Ruben Contreras holding her hand, rides in the back of a convertible through the streets of her hometown during her homecoming parade, 22 July 2003. Lynch, who was captured and held prisoner in Iraq after the Humvee she was riding in took a wrong turn, was released today from Walter Reed Army Medical Facility in Washington, DC. Contreras, who along with Lynch was a member of the 507th Maintenance Company, is a former Pecos resident. Her cousin said the two planned to get married.

Tuesday, July 15, 2003

RECREATIONAL VBS - Jason Matthews, Ember Rogers, and Aron Kahler, the recreation team from First Baptist Church of Midland, entertain a group of children this morning at a recreational Vacation Bible School. The VBS is being held at the East Side Community Center this week from 9 to 11:30 a.m. The team provides indoor and outdoor games, "silly songs," and bible stories for the kids.

Thursday, July 3, 2003

ON-TRACKS LONG ENOUGH - Bull rider Casey Decker gets tossed by "Tracks" on Wednesday night at the West of the Pecos Rodeo, but not before staying on the mandatory eight seconds and scoring 81 points, to take the opening night lead in the bull riding competition. Bull riding was held in a single section at the end of last night's rodeo, and will continue through the final three nights of this year's show, today, Friday and Saturday, beginning each night at 8 p.m. at the Buck Jackson Rodeo Arena.

Tuesday, July 1, 2003

CALF CAUGHT -- Roper Shawn Felton closes in on his calf during the second go-round of roping competition for the West of the Pecos Rodeo this morning at the Buck Jackson Rodeo Arena. Felton came in with a 10.4 second time on his effort. The first go-round of slack was completed during a daylong session on Monday at the Buck Jackson Arena, and second-go round competition will continue this evening at the arena, following a kids' rodeo that will get underway at 6 p.m.

Monday, June 23, 2003

RIBBON ROPER - Kirby Coats makes her way around a calf as a cowboy helps hold the calf during the girls ribbon roping competition at the Junior Rodeo Friday night in Pecos. Coats competed in 13-15 year old division and received a time of 13.51.

Monday, June 9, 2003

DIVING IN - Eight-year-old Marisa Elizondo dives in during this morning's instruction at her swim lessons at the High School Natatorium while instructor Rebecca Reynolds and classmate Harley Lozano look on. High School Head Swimming Coach Terri Morse is in charge of the summer program. "This has been one of our better summers so far," Morse said. "We have good instructors and good kids who are really responding." Morse said that the summer swimming program is divided into a pre-school section for 3-4 year olds, and then seven levels of varying difficulty. Marisa, whose parents are Martha and Rick Elizondo, is in the Level 4 class. "We also have a Guard Start class for kids who are eleven years old or older and have at least completed level six. It is not offered every summer but we have a class this year," Morse said. The Guard Start class is a beginning class for lifeguards. Morse said that parents could still sign their kids up for the second summer session that runs June 16-27. The sign up fee is $25. "I would encourage parents to come in this week to make sure there is room in the class," she said. The first session is full with 200 Pecos kids signed up. Parents can see Morse at the High School Natatorium between 8:30 and 11:30 a.m.

Friday, June 6, 2003

HOMEMADE GOODIES - Little Miss Cantaloupe contestants Veronica Navarrete, Lara Gonzales, Bryce Salcido, Katelyn Aguilar and (back) Cielo Ornelas show off some of the "goodies" for sale during the annual Golden Girl/Little Miss Cantaloupe Bake Sale held at both banks early this morning. This group of girls were busy at Security State Bank, while the other half sold baked goods at West Texas National Bank.

Thursday, June 5, 2003

NO FLOW BELOW ROAD -- What looks like the edge of a small pond is actually what's left of the water in the Pecos River between the Business I-20 and Union Pacific Railroad bridges east of Pecos. The water flow of the river has dried up at high spots underneath both bridges. It's the second year in a row the river has stopped flowing in the Pecos area, due to the long term drought in the Trans-Pecos regions of both Texas and New Mexico.

Wednesday, May 21, 2003

SCHOLARSHIP CONGRATULATIONS -- Pecos High School Senior Erica Franco receives a hug from Shonah Lozano, 2002 Golden Girl Chairwomen, for being the 2002 Golden Girl Runner - Up during last night's Senior Scholarship and Awards Ceremony. Franco also received an award from the Downtown Lions Club for $1,000 and the Letha Prewit Basketball Memorial Award.

Monday, May 19, 2003

SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT -- Denise Chabarria (right) accepts the Jaime P. Rodriguez Courage Scholarship Award from Trans Pecos Drug Task Force Commander Gary Richards during a reception and ceremony held Friday in the Reeves County Courthouse. Chabarria was chosen for the special award for her courage and strength she has shown while combating a form of leukemia since she was 12.

Friday, May 16, 2003

BIRTHDAY GIRL --  Reeves County Hospital Human Resources Director, Nadine Smith, takes a picture of a little girl who was born at the hospital during the past 25 years of operation at its current location on Texas Street. Pictures of all the people born at the hospital who attended Thursday's celebration were taken and will be placed on a commemorative birth certificate that will be sent out next week. The hospital had a community wide birthday party to celebrate 25 years in the current facility.

Monday, May 12, 2003

TOURNAMENT BRIDESMAIDS ­--  Pecos Eagle golfers (left to right) Dena Dutchover, Shelly Martinez, Brandi North, Sarah McKinney and Lauren Martinez sit with the Martinezes' grandmother, Mae, at the Jimmy Clay golf course in Austin after placing second to Snyder at the Class 3A state golf tournament. After ending up second there, the girls then served as bridesmaids to coach Tina Hendrick, who married fellow coach Gaylon Doan at the state capital Friday night.

Thursday, May 8, 2003

TAKING OATHS - Town of Pecos City Mayor Dot Stafford swears in newly elected councilmen (left to right) Frank Sanchez, Gerald Tellez and Danny Rodriguez during this morning's city council meeting. Sanchez and Tellez were re-elected to the council this past Saturday, while Rodriguez returned to the council after being defeated for re-election in 2002.

Wednesday, April 30, 2003

NOT QUITE CRICKET - Pecos Head Start student Maleke Abila and Angelo Reyes try to get the hang of the game of cricket, as parental helpers Frank Mendoza and Valerie Abila look on during this morning's El Dia de los Ninos (Day of the Children) event at the Head Start building on South Willow Street. The children participated in a variety of games, including hitting balls with plastic bats, golf clubs and hockey sticks, bicycle riding, bobbing for apples and fishing for oranges. Head Start teachers and parents of the children at the school oversaw the event.

Friday, April 25, 2003

HOME FROM THE WAR -- United States Marine, Eddie Lujan, shakes hands with Jack Hamilton during a gathering at the Pecos Senior Citizen Center Thursday afternoon, after returning from the Persian Gulf late Wednesday night. As a guest of the gathering, Lujan heard phrases like, 'Thank you for being over there for us,' and 'Welcome home.' Lujan told those in attendance that he along with other military servicemen and women were thankful for the support they had received. He said that it meant a great deal to them to have the support of the people. Lujan will be returning to the Marine Corps' Miramar Airstation in San Diego on Sunday.

Wed., April 23, 2003

SHOCK AND AWE - Students from Mrs. Flemming's class at Pecos Kindergarten are surprised as they see what happens to passengers in a vehicle when a seat belt is not worn, during a vehicle rollover demonstration this morning at the Texas Department of Transportation yard on the west side of town. The children took a field trip to TxDOT and were also told how machines worked to fix the roads and paint the lines on them.

LOCAL HERO - Heather Scheier's third grade class at Austin Elementary School stand in front of the bulletin board dedicated to the soldier they "adopted" and have been communicating with. The class chose Rebecca Natividad, a U.S. Air Force Airman from Pecos, and has been sending her care packages, e-mails, letters and pictures. The group hopes to meet her when she comes home.

Wednesday, April 16, 2003

CHARTS FLIGHT PATH Lt. Col. West Anderson, Commander of the 7th Operations Support Squadron out of Dyess AFB, points to a chart that illustrates the path of the specifically military training route IR178 and the Lancer military operations area in West Texas. Anderson along with other U.S. Air Force officials out of Langley and Dyess met with city officials yesterday afternoon at Odessa College's Pecos Technical Training Center.

STATE BOUND - Pecos High School students Kaci Harrison and John Marvin Clark stand in front of the chutes at the Buck Jackson Rodeo Arena with some of the prizes the two have earned through rodeo competition. The two will be competing in state competition in June through the Texas High School Rodeo Association.

Monday, April 14, 2003

RELEASED IN MEMORY OF HUSBAND - Nancili Li Mata releases a white dove during the funeral services of her husband, U.S. Army Warrant Officer Johnny V. Mata. The dove was released at Mt. Evergreen Cemetery, where Mata was laid to rest after dying in the war in Iraq last month.

Friday, April 4, 2003

HEAD OVER HEELS - Alex Fuentez surprises his instructor by performing a one handed cart-wheel during yesterday's Power Tumbling demo held at the Pecos High School old gym. Fuentez along with other children ages 3 and up were out at the gym to be placed in different tumbling classes according to their abilities. The group will be holding one class a week in Pecos. Anyone wanting more information about Texas Tumblers can call 943-6440.

Tuesday, March 25, 2003

NOW OPEN - Richard Hayes of California, stands in front of the Pecos Inn, the local motel he is currently managing and which will open it's doors tomorrow. Fifteen rooms are currently ready and waiting to be occupied by visitors, while Hayes continues to work on renovations at the motel, which has been closed for over 10 years.

Friday, March 21, 2003

YOUNG VISITORS - Odessa College-Pecos Technical Training Center student worker Priscilla Reyes talks to students from Hood Junior High School of Odessa during their trip to Pecos this morning. The group is visiting areas in West Texas through a grant they received and will be publishing a school newspaper about the different places they have visited. Other visits in Pecos include the Maxey Park Zoo and the West of the Pecos Museum.

Monday, March 10, 2003

NEWEST EDITION -- Tumbleweed Smith stands in front of his collection  of books, cassettes and CD's during a book-signing held at the West of  the Pecos Museum, last Thursday. Smith was in Pecos promoting his new  book, "Under the Chinaberry Tree," and the book can still be purchased at  the museum, complete with his autograph.

Friday, March 7, 2003

SWIMMERS RECEIVE HONORS -- Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD board members recognize the Pecos Eagle  Swim Team during their regular meeting. The swimmers received several awards including the banner for finishing fifth  at the Class 4A State Finals in the boys' division. Pecos also won the boys and girls district and regional titles,  and several PHS swimmers were also recognized for their outstanding records.

Thursday, March 6, 2003

DAIRY DEDICATION  -- Reeves County Judge Jimmy Galindo delivers the keynote address outside the carousel building prior to  this morning's ribbon-cutting ceremony. Galindo gave the address in place of Texas Agriculture Commissioner  Susan Combs, who was unable to make the meeting due to cuts in the department's travel budget.

Wednesday, March 5, 2003

SPAGHETTI AND MORE -- Fred Martin (far left) is busy serving spaghetti and all the trimmings during the  inaugural Fat Tuesday Spaghetti Dinner sponsored by the Knights of Columbus. The family event marked the beginning  of Lent today and also included games for the children and more activities are planned for next year's event.

Tuesday, February 25, 2003

PEACH ICICLES -- Freezing weather plus a lawn sprinkler teamed up to insulate these early peach blossoms in  ice, in an attempt to protect them from freeze damage. Temperatures stayed below freezing Monday, and dropped to  24 degrees overnight. Forecasts call for freezing rain possibly moving in from the west coast tonight, while freezing  rain east and south of Pecos closed over 200 miles of Interstate 10 last night.

Thursday, February 20, 2003

NEW MUSEUM DISPLAY -- Baker Curtis Veterans of Foreign War Post Commander Dora Pineda (center) presented West of the Pecos Museum curator Dorinda Millan (left) and assistant Debbie Thomas with insignias of paratroop units from around the world Wednesday morning. The insignias will be placed in the museum's third floor military room.

SPECIAL DEDICATION -- Adriana Vasquez, Michelle Carrera and Joy Petty stand in front of the stained-glass window the three have been working diligently on for the past few weeks. The students, with the help of art teacher Walter Holland, installed and painted the stained glass window located in the second floor of the Reeves County Courthouse. A dedication and reception was held Wednesday afternoon.

Friday, Feb. 14, 2003

TOURNAMENT BEGINS - Pecos Eagles tennis player Michael Orona returns a shot during opening round play this morning in the Pecos Eagle Tennis Tournament. Coach Mike Ortiz was hoping to get all the singles and doubles matches in the six-team tournament in today, but said final round matches could be played on Saturday.

VALENTINE'S DAY GIFT Jim Workman surprises his wife, Michelle at work with a banquet of flowers early this morning at the Odessa College Pecos Center. Other spouses received gifts at their place of business on this Valentine's Day.

TOUR FOR NEW ACADAMEY CLASS Pecos Police Chief Clay McKinney gives the second Citizen's Police Academy Class a tour through the Pecos Criminal Justice Center's offices on Thursday. The second class began last night and is scheduled to end at the end of April.

TUESDAY, Feb. 11, 2003

HIDDEN HERO-- Hugh Box accepts the Ruiz Profile of Courage/Hidden Hero Award from Cindy Duke during Thursday's Chamber Awards Banquet. Box was honored as faithful volunteer who enjoys helping others.

OFFICER OF YEAR-- Reeves County Sheriff's Deputy Israel Campos poses with his Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award he received at Thursday's Chamber banquet. Campos volunteers during the weekends and on his days off for several projects in the community, along with his law enforcement duties.

PECOS, Feb. 10, 2003

LEADING SCORER AGAIN -- Pecos' Isaiah Armendariz (5) goes up for a shot during a game earlier this season at Kermit. Armendariz scored 13 points on Friday at Monahans, 17 less than in his last game against the Loboes, but that was still the high-point total for the Eagles on the night, as they dropped a 70-48 decision to the Loboes.

Friday, Feb. 7, 2003

STUDENT AWARD-- Pecos High School principal Danny Rodriguez presents Phillip Salcido the Student of the Year Award during Thursday night's Pecos Area Chamber of Commerce banquet. Salcido has taken concurrent college classes this year while active in extra-curricular events and community activities.

Thursday, Feb. 6, 2003

GETTING THINGS READY - Members of the Women's Division of the Pecos Area Chamber of Commerce, chamber office members and West of the Pecos Museum employees have been busy decorating the Reeves County Civic Center in preparation for the Annual Pecos Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet. The banquet is scheduled for 7 p.m. tonight at the Civic Center.

STATE BOUND -Business and Professionals of America competed this past Saturday at the Pecos High School against other schools in the area. Pictured, front row, left to right are: Joe Lopez, Adam Ortega, Oscar Ornelas, Ramon Lujan, Leroy Salgado, Rigo Ramirez and Jesus Gomez. Back row: Melanie Meierhoff, Cristina Lujan, Senovia Rubio, Roxanne Muniz, Valeria Valeriano, Suzie Natividad, Jesenia Natividad, Ashley Lujan, Neftali Salgado and Danielle Lozano.

TUESDAY, Feb. 4, 2003

LAY-UP TRY _ Pecos Eagles' guard Genaro Mendoza (11) goes up for a lay-up during the Eagles' Jan. 24 game at Fort Stockton. Easy baskets have been hard to come by for the Eagles in recent games, and they'll try to improve on their recent scoring problems tonight at home, when they face Kermit in a 7:30 p.m. start.

FRIDAY, Jan. 31, 2003 -

KINDERGARTEN'S 100th DAY CELEBRATION -- Students at Pecos Kindergarten celebrate the 100th day of school with different events held throughout the day, including the release of balloons in the front area of the school. The students also enjoyed cake and decorating the number 100, with 100 different objects.


Michael Juarez begins to come out of a tuck position during one of his dives last Friday at the District 3-4A Championships at the Pecos High School pool. Juarez set a new school record for points in winning the 1-meter competition and will be seeking his second straight trip to state today in the regional competition, despite missing workouts on Wednesday due to illness.


Pecos' Danielle Garcia (32) chases down a loose ball in front of Fort Stockton's Ruby Barron during the first quarter of Friday's game. Pecos took a 10-3 lead at the outset of the game, but saw Fort Stockton score 21 of the next 22 points on the way to a 60-49 victory.


Pecos' Isaiah Armendariz tries to go between Fort Stockton's Hart Mowry and Angel Marquez (24) for a lay-up attempt during the second quarter of Friday's game. Armendariz had 20 points, and John Parent (35) added 14, but the rest of the Eagles only combined for 17 points in a 61-51 loss to the Panthers.


- Pecos' Will Oglesby heads toward the turn as a sign shows how many 500-freestyle he's completed, during Saturday's finals of the District 3-4A Swimming and Diving Championships at the Pecos High School pool. Oglesby set a district record in the race, and was named the Outstanding Swimmer on the boys' side.


- Pecos' Kelsey Holt completes her leg of the 400-yard freestyle as Susan Moore jumps into the pool in the final race of the day. The 400 and 200 freestyle relay teams for the girls also set district marks, and both the boys and girls teams easily defended their 3-4A titles.

Monday, Jan. 21, 2003

STOCK SHOW SALE Auctioneer Mem Hall of Marfa (right) gestures to the crowd as he takes bids during Saturday night's Reeves-Loving Junior Livestock Show auction, held at the Reeves County Civic Center. The total amount of bids at this year's show came in at just under $50,000, which was up from the amount last year. The total number exhibitors at this year's show also increased from a year ago.

Monday, Jan. 20, 2003


_ Reeves-Loving Hog Show judge Josh Krohn of Lamesa talks with Junior Showmanship contestants during Saturday's event. Because of the large number of entries in the hog show this year, the showmanship competition was divided into two divisions each, and then the winners were picked during a second round of judging.

Friday, January 10, 2003

NEW BOOK -- Victor Sotelo-Mata shows off his new book entitled,  "Ojinaga En La Loma" that depicts life in both Ojinaga and Presidio. The book is  a genealogy, featuring several families in that area and also has  valuable information on that city and the surrounding communities.

Wednesday, January 8, 2003

POT FOUND IN PICK-UP -- Nearly 1½ tons of marijuana were found in this pick-up after it was stopped in Big  Bend National Park last Friday. A Pecos man was arrested as the result of the marijuana seizure and a second  pick-up, containing over 1½ tons of marijuana, was found in a nearby area.

Monday, January 6, 2003

NEW BABY -- Reeves County Hospital Auxiliary members Doris Tillery  and Frances Clinton (standing) welcome the hospital's New Year's baby,  Ethan Michael Vasquez. Adriana Vasquez gave birth to Ethan on Saturday.  The two received a basket full of "goodies" from the auxiliary members.

Thursday, January 2, 2003

CHANGE IN OFFICE -- Left: Norman Hill takes the oath of office as new Precinct 2  Commissioner from Reeves County Court-at-Law Judge Walter Holcombe on Wednesday.  Right: Outgoing Precinct 2 Commissioner David Castillo speaks to the newly elected officers about his four  years on the job this morning at the Reeves County Courthouse, after being presented with a  plaque for his time spent as commissioner. Hill and two other newly elected county officers were  sworn in by Holcombe on New Year's Day while the other county officials elected to four-year terms  in November was sworn in this morning by  143rd District Court Judge Bob Parks on the  second floor of the Reeves County Courthouse.

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