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Friday, June 30, 2000

Pageant, `Night' start off Rodeo Week

Staff Writer

PECOS, June 30, 2000 - The annual West of the Pecos Rodeo Week celebration begins tonight with the Golden Girl Revue and Little Miss Cantaloupe Pageant, starting at 8 p.m. in the Pecos High School Auditorium.

The Golden Girl Revue has been a yearly event since 1962. Golden Girl Nominees work hard with community service between rehearsals for the Revue.

This year there are nine nominees. They are Jenny Alvarez, Lyndall Elkins, Tiffany Jarrett, Precilla Levario, Tabitha Montanez, Nicole Payne, Michelle Romo, Diana Rubio and JoAnn Wein.

The reigning Golden Girl Sara Mata will be on hand tonight to crown her successor. Also on hand will be this year's Out-of-Town Belles. They are Mickey Ivey of Wolfforth, Tobi Gomez of Balmorhea, Cindy Mauldin of Alpine, Christa Pena of Odessa and Cynthia Porter of San Antonio.

The Little Miss Cantaloupe Pageant has also been a yearly event since the mid-1980s, but only recently has been combined with the Golden Girl Revue.

This year there are a dozen nominees for the 2000 Little Miss Cantaloupe title. They are Jaqueline Hope Harcrow, Tiffany Ann Hunter, Haley Kington, Kelly LeeAnn Lease, Conner Pauline Armstrong, Lenora Blanchard, Christina Marie Flores, Lauren Mae Elliott, Marissa Raquel Tarango, Jasmine Tarin, Krystle Nycole Ramirez and Kendra Briann Rayos.

The 1999 Little Miss Cantaloupe Lyndsay Chowning will be there tonight to help crown this year's winner.

The celebrations continue tomorrow night with Night in Old Pecos at 6 p.m., on Second between Cedar and Oak Streets, in the area around Windmill Square and on Oak south to the Pecos Railroad Depot

There will be food and novelty booths as well as a Kiddie Ferris Wheel, a low rider car show, and a D.J. playing music on the Windmill Square stage.

The Golden Girls and Little Miss Cantaloupe nominees will be there to perform a dance routine. There will also be a talent show for whoever is brave enough to come up.

The first performance of this year's Windmill Square Players' melodrama starts tomorrow night at 8 p.m. in the State Theater. Performances will run at 8 p.m. each night, on July 1-4 with a special Sunday matinee at 2 p.m.

This weekend starts the festivities leading up to the West of the Pecos Rodeo. The rodeo parade will start at 10 a.m., on July 5 in downtown Pecos.

The West of the Pecos Rodeo will begin at 8:30 p.m. each night, on July 5-8 in the Buck Jackson Arena. Slack competition will get underway at 7:30 a.m. Monday with timed events, and will continue the morning of July 4. A special pre-rodeo slack performance will also be held on the Fourth of July starting at 7:30 p.m., and will be combined with the first sections of bull riding at this year's rodeo.

New stand heats up fireworks sales competition

Staff Writer

PECOS, June 30, 2000 - Firework sales seem to be starting the 4th of July weekend with a bang.

For the first time, Pecos has four different firework stands on South Cedar Street, and while all four report average sales in the week they've been open, they expect them to pick up tonight with the start of West of the Pecos Rodeo week events.

Ron Stevenson, supply contractor and supervisor for Mr. W Fireworks, said expects sales to go up despite some problems.

"The Fire Marshall (Jack Brookshire) came a shut us down yesterday because someone was setting off fireworks," Stevenson said. "While we were closed we just restocked and made the stand look good."

Mr. W is expected to open back up today and the hours are 9 a.m.-midnight everyday.

All stands are required by law to shut down at midnight on the 4th of July.

George Aguilar, salesperson for Truckload Fireworks _ which was just moved into its new location on South Cedar Street at the start of the 4th of July fireworks sales period on June 24 _ said business has been fairly good despite construction.

"It's been pretty busy but it's been slowing down because of the construction," Aguilar said.

Truckload has paid for a driveway to be constructed by their stand, similar to the other three fireworks stands on Cedar, but the recent rains have turned the dirt work outside the stand into mud at times.

"This has been a mess but it definitely will be ready tonight," Ted Tuminowski, co-owner, said.

Aguilar said they have been trying to guide people into going through the dirt road behind the stand while construction is in progress.

Tuminowski noted that while Reeves County Commissioners have passed an ordinance banning rockets, due to the ongoing drought in the area up until the final two weeks of June, he said the way the ordinance reads the fireworks stands can still sell the rockets, but no one is allowed to use them inside the county.

Tuminowski said his stand wanted to help their customers by not selling the rockets at all.

"I don't want someone to get a $100 ticket for about $20 of fireworks," Tuminowski said. "I just feel like it's the right thing to do."

Truckload Fireworks will be open 10 a.m.-midnight/

The next stand down from Truckload is the Texas Giant Fireworks.

Salesperson Greg Voyles said he doesn't believe having so many stands close together is hurting business.

"Sales are going alright, it probably will pick up tonight and this weekend," Voyles said.

Texas Giant Fireworks will be open everyday from 10 a.m.-1 a.m.

All three of the stands sit on the west side of Cedar Street, while the lonely stand on the east side of Cedar across from Wal-Mart belongs to U.S. Fireworks of America.

Gilbert Gonzales, supervisor, said business is going well for them.

"We're doing pretty well compared to what a lot of them tell me," he said.

Gonzales said sales are pretty slow in the mornings but pick up in the late evenings.

"It's like every year, when it starts getting cooler people start coming out," he said.

The U.S. Fireworks of America stand will be open from 9 a.m.-midnight everyday.

All the stands want to make sure people are safe with the fireworks and to take precautions.

"I hope people use precaution and are careful with the fireworks," Tuminowski said. "We really want people to read the warning labels and be safe."

T-NMP seeks rate surcharge to pay for past lost revenues

PECOS, June 30, 2000 - Area residents who've been hit by rising gasoline costs outside their homes may soon have to deal with higher energy costs inside their buildings as well.

Texas-New Mexico Power Co. filed a motion today before the Public Utility Commission of Texas to impose a surcharge on retail customers in an effort to recoup over $21.1 in fuel costs the company says it undercharged on fuel costs and fuel revenues in 1997, 1998 and 1999.

The notice sent out by T-NMP today said the company has applied to the PUC to reconcile its Texas jurisdictional under-recovery fuel costs and fuel revenues for the three-year period. It said the application affects only the recovery of the fuel portion of the rates charged by T-NMP for electricity in Texas and has no effect on the company's non-fuel base rates.

T-NMP said fuel revenues collected through its approved fixed fuel factors under-recovered eligible revenues by $21,144,132 including interest. The company said its is requesting a surcharge to make up that revenue, and noted it already has an application on file with the PUC to change the fixed fuel factor used in calculating utility rates.

The period in question covers a three-year span when oil costs were at historic lows adjusted for inflation. Oil prices have gone up over 250 percent in the past 18 months, and that already has been reflected at the gas pump, with prices locally rising from about 95 cents a gallon in early 1999 for regular unleaded to about $1.60 a gallon on average today.

The recent increase in oil prices is not included in the period specified in T-NMP's application to the PUC. The company also said state law prevents it from making a profit on the proposed surcharge.

PEDC to discuss OC grand opening, land buy Monday

PECOS, June 30, 2000 - The Pecos Economic Development Corporation will meet at 7:30 Monday morning in the second floor of snack bar of the Security State Bank Building.

The corporation is scheduled to welcome new board member Elva Arreguy and discuss the grand opening of the Odessa College Technical Training Center.

The PEDC's published agenda also includes an executive session to discuss a "land purchase for job creation."

"Ms. Arreguy is taking the place of former board member Pauline Moore," PEDC President Gary Ward said. "The city council chose Ms. Arreguy and we are looking forward to working with her."

Arreguy is the office manager for the Texas Workforce Center in Pecos.

Ward said that the grand opening for the Odessa College site is scheduled for Saturday July 29th from 10:30 to 12:30.

"Everyone is invited to the opening and I would encourage everybody to come out and tour the new facility and enjoy free refreshments," Ward said.

Police Report

EDITOR'S NOTE: Information contained in the Police Report is obtained from reports filed by the Pecos Police Department, Reeves County Sheriff's Office, or other officers of those agencies.

The serving of warrants by an officer for outstanding fines of either traffic citations, animal control violations or other court costs are considered arrests and will be printed as such unless indicated that the fines were paid. In such instanced we will indication payment and release.

Sandra R. Ortega, 36, was arrested at 3:04 p.m., June 13 in the 500 block of Mesquite Street on a warrant for motion to revoke probation in Ward County.

Germai Molina, 18, was arrested at 8:30 p.m., June 14 in the 1000 block of South Eddy Street for no driver's license and no liability insurance.

Rolando Hernandez, 23, was arrested at 10:46 p.m., on June 18 in the 300 block of East Fifth Street on a warrant for drug possession-cocaine.

Miguel Jimenez, 44, was arrested at 10:41 p.m., on June 17 in the 600 block of South Mulberry Street for abusing aerosol paint.

Margarita Pargas, 43, was arrested at 8:24 p.m., on June19 in the 300 block of South Oak Street for disorderly conduct.

Benjamin Hernandez, 34, was arrested at 2:36 p.m., on June 20 at the Pecos Police Department on a warrant for a Class A theft charge.

Raymond Vega, 34, was arrested at 9:56 a.m., on June 19 at Hector's Tire on two warrants for possession of drug paraphernalia and speeding.

Roberto Martinez, 41, was arrested at 12:15 a.m., June 23 at the Town & Country Motel on a search warrant for possession of a controlled substance.

Rhonda Renteria, 17, was arrested at 1:51 a.m., on June 23 in the 700 block of West Sixth Street for abuse of aerosol paint.

A male juvenile was arrested at 5:33 p.m., on June 22 at the Pecos Police Department for criminal mischief-Class A.

Felix P. Hernandez, 42, was arrested at 10:39 a.m., on June 22 in the 300 block of East Eighth Street on a search warrant for felony possession of a controlled substance.

A male juvenile was arrested at 1:37 a.m., on June 22 at Sixth and Walnut streets for curfew violation.

Pantaleon Medina, 52, was arrested at 9:43 p.m., on June 25 in the 500 block of North Hickory Street for the family violence act.

Raul Cardoza, 30, was arrested at 11:06 a.m., June 25 at Flying J Travel Plaza for theft-Class B.

Amado Nunez Prieto, Jr., 36, was arrested at 2:18 a.m., on June 25 at Sixth and Alberta streets for deadly conduct.

M.C. Wilder, 46, was arrested at 2:35 p.m., on June24 in the 700 block of Cedar Street for public intoxication.

Elizabeth Ruiz, 20, was arrested at 3:49 p.m., on June 24 in the 800 block of Eddy Street on three warrants for no insurance, expired registration and failure to appear.

A male juvenile was arrested at 7:27 p.m., on June 24 in Wickett for parole violation.

Brian Rodriguez, 30, was arrested at 12:40 a.m., on June 24 in the 300 block of West County Road for public intoxication.

Freddy Rayos, Jr., 18, was arrested at 7:35 p.m., on June 23 in the 1000 block of Ninth Street on a warrant for criminal mischief.

Delfino Lujan, 48, was arrested at 5:35 p.m., on June 26 for public intoxication.

Israel G. Natividad, 31, was arrested at 9:02 a.m., on June 27 in the 2300 block of Country Club Drive on a warrant for motion to adjudicate.

Arvil Talamantez, 45, and Jesus Hernandez, 61, were arrested at 9:09 p.m., on June 27 at Fourth and Locust streets. Talamantez was arrested for disorderly conduct and Hernandez on a warrant for deadly conduct and disorderly conduct.


Martin Gonzales

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 2, 2000, in Barstow Cemetery for Martin Gonzales, 35, who died Thursday, June 29, 2000 at Methodist Hospital in Dallas following a lengthy illness.  Hector Camacho of Dallas will be officiating at the services, which will be under the direction of Marinez Funeral Home.  Viewing times will be from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday and from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday in the Martinez Funeral Home Chapel.

Gonzales was born on Nov. 25, 1964 and grew up in Pecos.  He had lived in Dallas for the past 15 years and was an administrativeassistant.  He was preceded in death by his mother, Josefa Gonzales, on June 29, 1996.

Survivors include three brothers, George Gonzales and Miguel Gonzales of Barstow and Nicholas Gonzales, Jr., of Odessa; six sisters, Maria Lopez of Conway, Ark., Jesusita Dominguez of Andrews, Yolanda Ojeda of Wink, Olga Fuentes of Odessa, Susana Spence of Big Spring and Gloria Camacho of Mesquite; along with 29 nieces and nephews and 19 great-nieces and nephews.


PECOS, June 30, 2000 - High Thursday 90. Low this morning 70. Rainfall last 24 hours .03 inch. Forecast for tonight: Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms. Low in the upper 60s. East wind 10-20 mph. Saturday: Partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms. High 90-95. South wind 10-20 mph. Saturday night: Partly cloudy with a chance of thunderstorms. Low near 70. Sunday: Partly cloudy. Low near 70. High in the mid to upper 90s.

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