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Wednesday, July 5, 2000

Early leads taken during pre-rodeo show

Staff Writer

Felipe Aragon’s pain was softened a little bit by the $1,000 bonus he earned for his ride Tuesday night in the special bull riding section of the West of the Pecos Rodeo.

The Tome, N.M., cowboy landed hard after being thrown by “Tequila” during the final ride of the night at the Fourth of July special performance. But Aragon stayed on for the full eight seconds and scored 87 points, earning him the $1,000 bonus and giving him the early lead in the competition going into the official opening night of the rodeo, this evening at 8:30 p.m.

A B-1 bomber from Dyess AFB in Abilene is scheduled to fly over the Buck Jackson Rodeo Arena as part of tonight’s opening ceremonies, while several other current or former world’s champions will be competing during tonight’s events.

Aragon, who had the wind knocked out of him when he was tossed by Tequila, a National Finals Rodeo bull, scored five points higher than Garrett Frey, who picked up 82 points on “Jump” during the first of the three bull riding sections Tuesday. Glen Briggs, riding “Bad Boy,” scored 77 points to place third after the opening night of competition.

The special slack performance, which has been held the past several years due to the number of participants at the West of the Pecos Rodeo, also included bareback and saddle bronc riding for the first time this year. The bareback event was brief - Jeremiah Erwin was the lone contestant and took the lead with a 57 point ride on “Mickey” - while a few more cowboys were entered in the saddle bronc event, where Bryan Wright of Deridder, La., grabbed the lead by scoring 73 points on board “Green Eyed Girl.”

Tuesday night was also the opening night for the ladies’ barrel race event, where Donna Dugosh of Jourdanton took the lead with a 17.55 second time, .02 in front of Benette Holt of Rotan. Corley Cox of Cottula, Kelly Maben of Spur and Shelly Selmon on Weatherford were all close behind with 17.64, 17.67 and 17.69 times.

The third go-round of steer roping also was held during the evening performance, while second go-round of the other times events - calf roping, team roping and steer wrestling - were completed Tuesday morning.

David Felton of Weatherford posted the best single time so far in steer roping, an 11 second mark to take the lead in the third go-round. He was one second ahead of Jim Folk of Lenepah, Okla., while Kenyon Burns of Lovington, N.M. was third, with a 12.3 second time.

Another Lovington cowboy, 14-time world’s champion Guy Allen, will be entered in tonight’s West of the Pecos Rodeo performance. Allen won the first go-round on Monday with an 11.9 second time, while Terry Butt of Spearman was second at 12.1 seconds and Hicks Harris of Agua Dules was third, at 12.3 seconds. In the second go-round, Buster Record of Buffalo, Okla. won with an 11.6 second time, with Jake McCoin of Afton, Okla. second at 11.8 second and Folk third with an 11.9 second effort.

Allen and Record picked up $1,946 each for their victories, while the second and third place finishes in the first two go-rounds received $1,611 and $1,275.

Scott Snededor and Randy Halbert earned $1,984 apiece for their first go-round win in team roping. Snededor, of Needville and Halbert, of Guy, won with a 6.9 second time, while defending National Finals Rodeo champions Speed Williams of Jacksonville, Fla. and Rich Skelton of Llano were one-tenth of second behind, and one-tenth up on Odessan Steve Northcutt and his partner, Liddon Cowden of Merced, Calif.

Snededor and Halbert are currently second in the second go-round, which continues tonight at the West of the Pecos Rodeo. Their 7.5-second time was 1.2 seconds in back of David Motes of Fresno, Calif., and Mickey Gomez of Amarillo, whose 6.3 time was good enough to give them the lead in the average at 15.1 seconds, to 15.2 for Snededor and Halbert.

Another former world’s champion, Roy Cooper, won the first go-round in calf roping, earning $1,968 for his 9.3 second time on Monday. Houston Hutto of Del Rio, was second in the first go-round at 9.4 seconds, and is second in the average at 20.4 seconds. Charley Russell of Shamrock, leads there with a 19.7 time, and is tied for second in the second go-round with Scott Accomazzo of Tolleson, Ariz., at 9.4 seconds. Blair Burke of Durant, Okla., leads with a 9.2 time.

In Steer wrestling, 1981 NFR champion Byron Walker of Ennis holds the lead in the average at 9.7 seconds, after a 4.4 second effort in the second go-round on Tuesday. On Monday, Chuck Jankowski of Simonton picked up $1,727 for winning the first go-round with a 4.5 second time. Steve Duhon of Sonora and Marty Melvin of Keller tied for second place, each with 4.6-second times.

Duhon, who won the NFR title in 1986-87 and 1993, is scheduled to go again during tonight’s rodeo performance, while defending NFR saddle bronc champion Billy Etbauer will also ride tonight at the Buck Jackson Arena. Former Pecos native T.J. Kenney is also scheduled to compete in that event tonight, while Robert Bowers will be entered in the bull and bareback riding competitions, Clint Carey will be in the bareback, and Blade Young and Garth Oldfield will be among tonight’s other bull riders.

The rodeo will continue for three more nights after tonight, with the finals in the roping and steer wrestling events scheduled for Saturday.

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Chamber announces winners of annual Pecos Rodeo Parade

Staff Writers

PECOS, July 5, 2000 - Floats, horses, antique cars and different law enforcement agencies were a part of the Annual Fourth of July Parade held in downtown Pecos this morning.

"We had a great turnout," said Chamber of Commerce Director Tom Rivera. "The weather cooperated and everything went along smoothly," he said.

First and second places were awarded and announced at the Reeves County Sheriff's Posse Barn, following the annual event.

Golden Girl Runner-up Jenny Alvarez placed first with her float in the Golden Girl section, with Tiffany Jarrett's float taking second place.

The parade is annually held before the first official night of the West of the Pecos Rode, along with the Old Timers Reunion, which was held their morning at the West of the Pecos Museum.

Old Timers gathered to reminisce about days long ago during the event, which is open to anyone who wants to visit and remember yesterday.

"We see people we haven't seen all year," local author Joe Gunn said. The group also had a chance to see the parade rounding the museum.

Along with the parade winners among the Golden Girl candidates, other division winners were also announced following the parade.

In the antique car division, L.M. Ray placed first and Bill Hubbs took second place. Bicycle winner was Steve Manry with Chris Sonnen taking second place.

Civic clubs were also a big part of the parade and the Balmorhea Chamber of Commerce took first place. Young and the Restless Daycare of Pecos took second place in that area.

In the commercial portion, First National Bank placed first and Bill's Lock and Key took second place.

Horses, horses and more horses were also a major part of the annual Independence Day parade. In the horse and animal drawn part, a mule "little" took first place and the U.S. Border Patrol placed second.

"We had a lot of entries and we're really pleased with the amount of horse back riders and participants," said Rivera.

Many of the old timers have been part of the parade, while the reunion itself has been held on parade day at the museum for 36 years.

People from all over Texas and out-of-state come every year to see old friends.

"I came 300 miles to be here," former Pecos native Henry Kelly said. "I've never missed a reunion."

According to Dorinda Millan, museum curator, the museum recognizes the oldest male and female who attend the reunion. This year's winners are Frank Joplin, who was born in 1902, and Fanny Camp, who was born in 1906.

Joplin's family is also being recognized and honored as the pioneer family. Joplin's family began in Scotland. The U.S. family started out with Doss and Maggie McNair Joplin who crossed over the Atlantic with many families. Two families mentioned in the daily log of Doss were the Kennedy and Fitzgerald families.

Joplin's parents settled in Pecos in 1909.

An exhibit in the Joplin family honor is on display at the museum through the month of July. This exhibit is free to the public.

The reunion is a permanent part of the July 4th festivities and brings lots of fun and memories to not only "old timers" but also to their families.

"So far I've brought my children, I've brought my grandchildren and I've brought my great-grandchildren," local native Louise Cranfill said.

"We always look forward to the fourth of July," native Lela Nance said.

After watching the rodeo, attendants were invited to a barbeque lunch at the Pecos Senior Center.

Tonight marks the first night of the 2000 West of the Pecos Rodeo. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. and the rodeo begins at 8:30 p.m. with the National Anthem and a B-1 bomber fly-by.

Postal carrier injured by dog mauling

Staff Writer

PECOS, July 5, 2000 - U.S. Postal Service employees in Pecos are asking residents to keep their dogs chained or inside a fenced area, after a worker was mauled while trying to deliver mail last Thursday.

Postal employee Corina Pando was attacked by a Labrador while delivering mail to a residence, and now postal employees are a bit leery about dropping off mail at houses where people allow their dogs to run loose.

"We just want to make the public aware of this danger, that some dogs do attack people they don't know," said postal worker Herman Armendariz. "There's a real danger to postal carriers that have to deliver mail by the homes, where the mailboxes are located next to the house or on the house."

Pando began her postal carrier in 1997 and became a carrier in 1999.

She is a rotator, which means she takes over for whoever is on vacation at the time. "I sometimes do this route, but not always," said Pando. "And I had never seen that dog at that house before."

The incident occurred at about 1:30 p.m. Thursday, when she was delivering mail in the west side of town. "They have gates and you have to go inside the gates to deliver the mail, because the mailbox is attached to the house," said Pando. "I was halfway up the walk, when the dog just came running out of the house."

Pando stated that the door to the home had been left open and the dog had been inside the house. The dog attacked her and bit her hands, which she was holding up to protect her face. "The dog just came biting me and I kept screaming and screaming and trying to get away," she said.

The result of the attack was a trip to the hospital to have stitches in both her hands and fingers. "The nurses at the hospital told me that had it not been for my rings, the dog would have bitten my fingers off," said Pando.

The rings were stretched out where the dog's fangs had got caught in them while trying to bite into flesh. "A man finally came out of the house and tried to get him away from me, but the damage had already been done," she said. "He took the dog off of me, but I also received scratches on my legs, along with a big bite mark."

Pando also had to receive a tetanus shot after the mauling and she found out the mauling had caused an infection in her left hand after another trip to the doctor this week.

"I just want the community to realize the danger we are put in and to try to keep their pets leashed," said Pando. "Now all the postal employees are afraid this might happen to them."

The dog was released soon after because he had all his shots and because the animal control officer said it was just protecting his home.

"We just want to let the people know to secure their dogs, because postal employees are doing their best to do their job," said Armendariz.

"I do appreciate that the lady of the house went to the hospital to see how I was doing," said Pando. "She told me she, too, had once been bitten by a dog and knew what I was going through."

"All I can see now, are the dogs teeth just coming at me," said Pando.

The homeowners have been notified to move their mailbox outside the gate or to get a box at the Post Office in downtown Pecos.

Families enjoy East Side Reunion events

Staff Writer

PECOS, July 5, 2000 - A family and friends reunion held recently at the Eastside Community Center proved to be a big success.

This event was unique because for some it was a Carver School Reunion, while for others a family reunion and yet others celebrated a friend reunion.

Some felt it was a Juneteenth celebration, but no matter what name was used, everyone had a great time and celebrated people being united.

The reunion opened with registration on Friday at the Eastside Community Center where finger foods were served. Participants also received a Family and Friends Reunion booklet with a special poem written by Patricia Matthews, a schedule of events and tickets for the dinner and dance.

Everyone gathered on the patio to say hello to old friends and to meet new ones.

A delicious barbecue dinner, cooked by David Terry and Donnie Lee Hall was served at the Sheriff's Posse Barn.

Pecos-Barstow-Toyah Athletic Director Lawrence "Bubba" Williams delivered a heart touching speech while Hattie Gordon presented a couple of encouraging poems. Freddie Barton read a memorial recognizing those who had died since the last reunion held two years ago.

Monetary gifts were presented to the oldest person present, the farthest traveler and the first family to respond to the reunion's invitation.

The crown returned to the Eastside Community Center for games for the young and the old. Some chose to stroll down memory lane at the Carver campus. Memories dated back as early as the 1950's.

After a brief rest a disco dance was held at the Reeves County Sheriff's Posse Barn with music provided by D.J. Ricky Barreno.

Breakfast was served Sunday morning at the Eastside Community Center where Sunday services had been held. Everyone had such a great time that some were already planning for the next reunion, according to organizers of the event. The entire Pecos community is welcome to join in on the fun.

Democrats seek candidate for job of district clerk

PECOS, July 5, 2000 - The Reeves County Democratic Party will be accepting names for consideration for the unexpired term of 143rd District Clerk Juana Jaquez.

County Democratic Party chairman Bobby Dean said because Jaquez resigned in the middle of her current term, the party has the right to select a candidate to be placed on the November general election ballot. He said a candidate could also request consideration for placement on the ballot as a Republican in November.

Jaquez' deputy, Pat Tarin, took over earlier this year after Jaquez resigned her position.

Resumes for candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for 143rd District Clerk can be given to Lyndia Thomas at 2028 S. Alamo St. during the hours of 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. between July 15 and July 31.


Jesus Carrasco, Jr.

Jesus D. Carrasco, Jr., 85, of Pecos, died Tuesday, July 4, 2000 at Reeves County Hospital.

A rosary will be held at 7:30 p.m., today at Pecos Funeral Home Chapel.

Mass is scheduled for 10 a.m., Thursday, at Santa Rosa Catholic Church with burial in Mt. Evergreen Cemetery.

He was born on June 27, 1915, in Pecos, was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, was a lifelong Pecos resident, retired and a Catholic.

Survivors include one brother, Canuto Carrasco of Midland and a host of nieces and nephews.

Pecos Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Elmer Jones, Jr.

Elmer L. Jones, Jr., of Berlin Center, Ohio and formerly of Pecos, died Tuesday, July 4, 2000, after a long battle with cancer.

He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Jones, and one daughter, Amy Jones.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Jones of Berlin Center, Ohio; four sons, Alan Jones of Calgary, Canada, Bob Jones of Patagonia, Ariz., Scott Jones of Anchorage, Alaska and Mark Jones of Denver, Colo.; two daughters, Karen Jones Shoemaker of Canfield, Ohio and Mia Jones of Los Angeles, Calif.; one sister, Mary Cowden of Kent; 13 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.


PECOS, July 5, 2000 - High Tuesday 103. Low this morning 77. Forecast for tonight: Partly cloudy. Low 70-75. Southeast wind 5-15 mph. Thursday: Mostly sunny. High near 100. South wind 10-20 mph. Thursday night: Partly cloudy. Low 70-75. Friday: Partly cloudy. Low 70-75. High 95-100.

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