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Friday, July 7, 2000

Doctors optimistic on Altizer after accident

Staff Writer

PECOS, July 7, 2000 - Doctors are optimist about the recovery chances for West of the Pecos Rodeo producer Mack Altzier, who was injured in a swimming accident following the opening night's performance of this year's rodeo on Wednesday.

Altizer, the owner of Bad Company Rodeo, is listed in stable condition in Midland Memorial Hospital, following the accident, which occurred in the pool at the Quality Inn, where most of the out-of-town officials involved with the 2000 West of the Pecos Rodeo are housed.

"He's doing fine, we're waiting for some more tests to come in," said Bad Company Rodeo member Tim Haynes, though he added the longtime stock contract could face surgery depending on tests scheduled for later today.

Haynes was with Altizer in Midland, where he was transported from Reeves County Hospital following the accident, which reportedly took place during a dive into the motel's pool.

"He has a fractured neck, they're going to do another Cat Scan, to see if they're going to have to operate," said Haynes. "We'll know this evening if he'll need that operation."

"It's a serious condition, but thankfully it's treatable," said Haynes. "The doctors have assured us that he will be fine."

"He was up and walking around in the hospital yesterday," rodeo announcer Curt Robinson said this morning. "They said he suffered three fractured vertebrae, so he's real lucky."

West of the Pecos Rodeo events began on Tuesday, with slack and have continued each evening with performances from the top cowboys.

Altizer, the son of world champion calf and steer roper Jim Bob Altizer, has produced the West of the Pecos Rodeo for the past 18 years, just after Bad Company Rodeo began its Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association affiliation.

Bad Company was formed by Altizer, a Del Rio native, and is now headquartered in Sonora. He received his PRCA stock contractor and rodeo producer endorsements in 1982, after a calf-roping career that won him championships in the junior and high school rodeo circuits.

He continues to participate in roping events annually at the West of the Pecos Rodeo, and was entered in roping events during the slack portion of this year's rodeo performance.

A moment of prayer was held prior to the start of last night's show for Altizer, after which the second night's show went on as scheduled at the Buck Jackson Rodeo Arena.

Event leaders unchanged at Rodeo

Staff Writer

PECOS, July 7, 2000 - There were no changes in the leader board Thursday, on the second night of the West of the Pecos Rodeo, but there were a few changes in the top three positions in the riding events following the second of four nights of competition.

The third rodeo performance is set for 8:30 p.m. tonight at the Buck Jackson Rodeo Arena, with the final show for the 2000 rodeo set for 8:30 p.m. on Saturday. Finals in steer roping, calf roping, team roping and steer wrestling will take place that night, with the Top 12 in each event following completion of the go-rounds tonight earning return trips to Pecos.

Only four cowboys and one team moved into the Top 12 after Thursday's show, which began with a prayer for show producer Mack Altizer, who was injured in a swimming pool accident at his motel following the opening night performance.

In the riding events, which began later than the roping and steer wrestling competitions, Stephenville cowboy Beau Mayo took over the No. 2 spot in bareback riding, scoring 78 points on board "No Satisfaction." That's three points in back of leader Jeffrey Collins, who took the lead Wednesday with an 81-point ride on "Black Betty."

Two Louisiana cowboys, Jared Lavergne of Ville Platte and Chad Klein of Jackson, tied Mark Gomes for fifth place, with 76 point scores, Lavergne on "Skoal's After Midnight" and Klein riding "Pretty Woman."

Third through seventh place changed in the saddle bronc competition, while Rancy Bray and defending National Finals Rodeo champ Billy Etbauer maintained the top two spots after 84- and 82-point rides Wednesday.

Glenn O'Neil of Water Valley, Calif., took over third with a 78-point effort on "White Lightning." while Charlie Gardner and college All-Around champ Jesse Bail tied for fourth, each with 77 point scores on "Heart of Glass" and "Soul Man." JJ Elshire of Black Forest Colo. rode "Shake It Up" to a 76 point score and sixth place, and Mike Coon of Stephenville took over seventh, with a 75-point ride on "Green Eyed Lady."

Jason Legler tied for the No. 2 spot in bull riding, using the same bull that helped Felipe Aragon take the leadduring Tuesday's special bull riding session. Legler, of Loveland, Colo, posted an 86-point score on "Tequila," one point in back of Aragon. Rusty Burford also scored 86 points during Wednesday's show.
The other new faces among the leaders are Yancy James of Kerrville, who scored 82 points riding "Funky Cole Medina," and Corey Navarre of Weatherford, Okla., who did the same on "Wooly Bully." They're tied for fourth with Garrett Frey, while Tracer Hand of West moved into sixth place, scoring 80 points with his ride on "Warrior."

In roping, Tommy Guy of Abilene took fourth place in the second go-round of calf roping with a 9.5 second time, and moved into ninth place in the average 22.1 seconds. Jeff Yates of Corsicana is tied for seventh in the average at 21.6 seconds after Thursday's show, while Charley Russell continues to lead at 19.7 seconds and Blair Burk holds the lead in the second go-round at 9.2 seconds.

In steer wrestling, Clay Gaines of Taylorsville, Ga., tied for seventh place in the second go-round with a 4.9 second time on Wednesday, while all the other leaders remained the same. Byron Walker leads in the average at 9.7 seconds and John Schuenemann leads in the second go at 4.3 seconds.

Turtle Powell of Alpine and Wayne Fowler of Lubbock moved into fourth place in the second go-round of team roping with an 8.0 effort, and are sixth overall at 15.5 seconds. David Motes and Mickey Gomez lead in both the second go and average, at 6.3 and 15.1 seconds, with the only other newcomers Johnnie Philipp of Washington, Tx., and Nick Rowland of Antlers, Okla., who are 11th in the average at 21.2 seconds.

In the steer roping, Steve White of Throckmorton managed to take over the No. 12 spot in the average at 53.1 second after his Thursday performance. Defending NFR champ Guy Allen leads at 36.4 seconds and David Felton of Weatherford leads in the third go-round, at 11.0 seconds.

Phyllys Newton of Carlsbad, N.M. continues to lead in the ladies' barrel race, at 17.5 seconds. Taking over seventh place on Thursday was Gail Hillman of Waller, with a 17.75 time, and Ember Stewart moved into the No. 8 spot, at 17.92 seconds.

Tonight's show will feature National Finals Rodeo qualifiers Scott Drennan and Kelly Waddell in bareback riding, with Waddell matched up with his NFR horse "YMCA"; Rod Warren and Toby Adams in the saddle bronc riding; and Rusty Patrick in bull riding against top 1996 NFR bull "Copenhagen's Wild Thing."

Timed events will include local cowboys Jimbo and Joe Martinez in team roping, past Pecos Rodeo champions Cody Ohl and Brent Lewis in calf roping, and Mark Belcher in steer wrestling, and two-time barrel racing champion Sue Miller. Fort Davis cowgirl Sara Baldwin will also ride tonight, while Ohl will compete in steer roping as well as calf roping.

Warrant searches of homes net heroin, marijuana arrests

Staff Writer

PECOS, July 7, 2000 - Local law enforcement officers were busy during a 90-minute period on Thursday, executing two narcotics search warrants at separate locations and arrested two people and heroin and marijuana charges.

Officers from the Pecos Police Department, Reeves County Sheriff's Department and the Trans Pecos Drug Task Force executed the first warrant at approximately 10:52 a.m., Thursday, at 823 S. Locust St.

"After executing the search warrant and officers secured the residence, I met with Ester Marquez who had been staying at the residence and advised her of the search warrant issued by (County Court-At-Law) Judge Lee Green," said Pecos Police Investigator Paul Deishler.

Officers then proceeded to search the residence for narcotics or other contraband and during the search a substance believed to be marijuana was found inside the purse of Marquez, according to Deishler.

Officers then continued the search of the residence and located a clear plastic bag containing a substance also believed to be marijuana. "This evidence was located within the living room area of the residence," said Deishler.

Marquez, 40, was charged with possession of a controlled substance, within 1,000 feet of a school (Zavala Middle School).

The second incident occurred at about 12:11 p.m., when officers executed a narcotics search warrant at the home of Don Wesley Barton, 413 S. Mulberry St. Deishler said officers proceeded to search the residence, after they presented Barton with a copy of the search warrant issued by Municipal Court Judge Amonario Ramon.

During the search, a substance believed to be heroin was found inside the residence. Also during the search several syringes and other materials used in the injecting and packaging of heroin were found within the premises.

Officers completed their search and Barton, 46, was charged with possession of a controlled substance (heroin) and possession of drug paraphernalia, Class C.

Joplin family to be honored at museum

Staff Writer

PECOS, July 7, 2000 - The Frank Joplin family is being honored as the Reeves County Pioneer Family during a reception scheduled for Saturday morning at the West of the Pecos Museum.

The reception, part of this year's West of the Pecos Rodeo events, will begin at 9:30 with a program starting 10 a.m., tomorrow at the museum.

At the program, Frank Joplin's son, Curtis Frank Joplin, will be given a plaque.

Dorinda Millan, museum curator, said the invitation to join is not limited to Joplin's family and friends.

"He (Joplin) knows a lot of people," Millan said. "Anybody is welcome."

The Pecos Chamber of Commerce started honoring families that have been in Reeves County for more than 100 years in 1977. The first family to have this honor was the Eisenwine family.

The Museum and a committee took over the duties in 1988, the year the Brownlee family was honored.

The committee consists of community members that meet a few times a year. As soon as the pioneer family of one year is celebrated, the committee begins looking over possibilities for the next year.

Millan said they look for the families that have been here the longest.

"We go back as far as we can," she said.

A Hispanic Pioneer Family is also honored each September. The 2000 Reeves County Hispanic Pioneer Family is the Renteria family. There will be a program and reception for them on September 2 at the West of the Pecos Museum

Frank Joplin and his wife, Anna, moved to Pecos in March 1909. They brought with them four children: Margaret Elizabeth, Raymond Ellis, Curtis Frank and Anna Loraine.

The Joplin family was a part of the construction of the First Baptist Church and has their name on the corner stone.

Joplin's father was responsible for sprinkling the dirt streets everyday for the downtown merchants. His sprinkling truck is now on display at the museum.

Commissioners eye machine gun buys for sheriff's office

PECOS, July 7, 2000 - Purchase of machine gun equipment for the Reeves County Sheriff's Office and amendment number one to contract number 718180 between Reeves County and the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs, will be the topic of discussion at Monday's regular Reeves County Commissioners Court meeting.

Commissioners will meet at 9:30 a.m., Monday on the third floor of the courthouse to discuss several issues. The public is invited to attend.

The group will discuss and take action on the city-county department of health food service establishments; listen to a presentation by Diana Tollett regarding Toyah City Council request for closing of railroad crossings and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation grant for the Reeves County Library in the amount of $19,246 in the Reeves County Library.

Commissioners will discuss and take action on a request for payment to Frank X. Spencer payment No. 9-1; Banes General Contractors Invoice No. 15; RCDC inmate boots and jackets bid No. 06-2000; RCDC Geotechnical engineering services bid No. 07-2000; declare RCDC vehicles salvage and transfer RCDC surplus equipment to golf course.

The group will approve a grievance committee and discuss and take action regarding the election judges FY 2000-2001.

Other items include reports from various departments; budget amendments and line-item transfers; personnel and salary changes (RCDC, JDC, Sheriff's Office and recreation department). minutes from previous meetings and semi-monthly bills.

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.

Raul D. Gabaldon, 27, was arrested at 12:14 a.m., on June 30 on a traffic stop in the Quality Inn parking lot on a warrant for window tint, a warrant for FTA and a warrant for failing to yield the right of way.

Louie M. Rayos, 27, was arrested at 9:55 p.m., on June 29 in the 800 block of Cedar Street on a warrant for harassment.

Jerry Riggins, 52, was arrested at 12:32 p.m., on June 29 at Flying J for theft under $50.

Juan Carlos Garcia, 40, was arrested at 6 p.m., on July 2 in the 2200 block of Scott Street for Family Violence Act-assault.

Edward L. Ochoa, 21, was arrested at 3:17 a.m., on July 2 at Motel 6 for public intoxication.

Florence Natividad, 38, was arrested at 2:26 a.m., on July 1 in the 1200 block of East Fourth Street for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

Steve Green, 48, was arrested at 2:30 a.m., on July 1 in the 300 block of Willow Street for public intoxication.

Elias Sanchez, 48, was arrested at 7:40 p.m., on July 4 in the 400 block of Sycamore Street for public intoxication-enhanced.

Anthony Melliere, 37, was arrested at 11:23 p.m., on July 3 in the 900 block of Ash Street for public intoxication.

Aron Valeriano, 18, was arrested at 12:45 a.m., on July 4 in the 1900 block of Cedar Street on a traffic stop for driving under the influence and no driver's license-enhanced.

Ysidra Jimenez, 65, was arrested at 2:22 a.m., on July 4 on Highway 17 for public intoxication.

Rhonda Renteria, 17, was arrested at 3:28 p.m., on July 3 in the 200 block of West 14th Street for abuse of aerosol spray.

Ismael Juarez, 17, was arrested at 4:33 p.m., on July 3 in the 2200 block of Country Club Drive for assault causing bodily injury.

Willie Mae Simmons, 46, and Tressa Jenkins, 20, were arrested at 4:36 p.m., on July 3 in the 500 block of South Sycamore Street. Simmons was arrested on a warrant for motion to revoke and forgery. Jenkins was arrested for disorderly conduct.

Jill Franco, 20, was arrested at 6:56 p.m., on July 5 at Dan Daniel's Music and Video on a traffic stop for driving while license suspended.

Victor Sandoval, 23, was arrested at 8:43 p.m., on July 5 in the 700 block of Cedar Street on a warrant for criminally negligent homicide.

Guadalupe Rodriguez, 29, was arrested at 2:50 p.m., on July 6 in the 1500 block of Alamo Street on a warrant for leaving the scene of an accident.

Ester Marquez, 40, was arrested at 10:52 a.m., on July 6 in the 800 block of Locust Street during a search warrant for possession of marijuana-3rd degree felony.

Don Wesley Barton, 46, was arrested at 12:11 p.m., on July 6 in the 400 block of Mulberry Street during a search warrant for possession of heroin-felony and possession of drug paraphernalia-class C.

Abel Rodriguez, 55, was arrested at 2:57 p.m., on July 5 at Anchor West on a warrant for assault causing bodily injury.

Tommie June Young, 39, was arrested at 10:45 p.m., on July 4 on I-20 at MM 46 for driving while license suspended and public intoxication.

Chhatry Nguon, 24, was arrested at 11:22 p.m., on July 3 at the Circle Bar for theft.

Pete Ray Carroll, 24, and Floyd Smith, 25, were arrested on I-20 at mile marker 39, both for public intoxication-class C misdemeanor.


PECOS, July 7, 2000 - High Thursday 100. Low this morning 69. 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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