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Wednesday, October 3, 2001

Band Boosters plan enchilada plate sale at Fall Fair

PECOS, Wed., Oct. 3, 2001 -- Pecos Eagle Band Boosters will be having their Annual  Enchilada Dinner fundraiser during the Reeves County Fall Fair in the Reeves  County Civic Center.

The plate sale will be held from 3-9 p.m., on Friday and from noon until 9 p.m., on Saturday.

Plates are $3.50 and will include all the trimmings. A 50 cent extra charge will be added for those that would like to include an egg on top of their enchilada plate.

Individuals can eat there or take out.

Everyone is invited to join the boosters at the Fall Fair.

Three-gun match set at Alpine range

PECOS, Wed., Oct. 3, 2001 -- The Alpine Shooting Club will hold a Three-Gun Match this Saturday, October 6 at the Alpine Range. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. sharp.

For more information contact Wynn Anderson at 915-837-3063.

Commissioners to discuss plans for RCDC addition

PECOS, Wed., Oct. 3, 2001 -- Reeves County Commissioners have scheduled a "special meeting" to discuss several issues pertaining to the Reeves County Detention Center III project, which has been approved for construction.

The group will meet at 9:30 a.m. Friday in the third floor courtroom, and the public is invited to attend.

Commissioners have already approved preliminary plans for the latest addition to the county-run detention center. The 960-bed addition will bring the facility's capacity up to 2,960 inmates, most of whom would come from the U.S. Bureau of Prisons under a contract with Reeves County.

Commissioners will discuss and take action Friday on earthwork bid package #1 for RCDC III; RCDC III construction contract change order #1 between Reeves County and Carothers Construction, Inc. regarding construction completion date and liquidated damages enforcement; construction contract change order #2 between Reeves County and Carothers Construction, Inc., regarding security upgrade to meet BOP low security correctional facility requirements and award professional services contract for materials testing services.

The group will also discuss and take action on contracting authority under section 271.000 of the Texas Local Government Code.

Task force makes Midland, VH drug busts

Staff Writer

PECOS, Wed., Oct. 3, 2001 -- Trans Pecos Drug Task Force officials were busy last week in  two West Texas counties, taking a large amount of marijuana off the  streets and arresting four people riding through the area on buses and  a dozen others as part of an ongoing investigation in Van Horn.

At about 2 a.m. Sunday task force officers, along with Midland County Sheriff's Department officers arrested two people who were hauling a large amount of marijuana on a Greyhound bus.

Arrested were Nadia Johnson, 24, and Tamaru Fuller, 30, for possession of marijuana, a third-degree felony. The couple were traveling from El Paso to New York and were attempting to transport 46 pounds of marijuana, task force officials said.

Both are still in the Midland County Jail.

Also on Sunday around 4 a.m., officers arrested two men who were carrying a large amount of cash on another bus passing through Midland County.

Francisco Del Toro, 19 and Antonio Ceniceros, 28, were arrested for money laundering, a third-degree felony. The individuals allegedly had $8,888 in cash on their bodies and were traveling in an Americano Commercial bus heading from Dallas to Mexico, according to the task force.

The arrests in Van Horn occurred last Monday, Sept. 24, and came as the result of an eight-month investigation that involved several members of one family in Culberson County.

"This is an investigation that we have been working diligently on," said task force lieutenant Larry Arredondo.

That investigation was concluded on Sept. 24 and Trans Pecos Drug Task Force officers were assisted by Culberson County Sheriff's Department in making the arrests.

Arrested were Julian Quintana, 49, for delivery of a controlled substance-cocaine, third-degree felony; Marisela Saenz Quintana, 43, will be arrested at a later date for two 2nd-degree felonies of delivery of a controlled substance-cocaine; Olga Saenz Quintana, 23, will be arrested at a later date, for one 2 nd-degree felony, delivery of a controlled substance-cocaine; Sesario Saenz Quintana, 21, will be arrested at a later date for two 2nd -degree felonies, possession of a controlled substance-cocaine and one State Felony, possession of a controlled substance-cocaine; Saul Urias, 34, was arrested for two 2nd-degree felonies, delivery of a controlled substance-cocaine; Eloy Tarin, 37, was arrested for one State Jail felony, delivery of a controlled substance-cocaine; Mia Lee Balcazar, 19, was arrested on four 2nd-degree felony charges for delivery of a controlled substance-cocaine; Ruben Hinojos, Jr. 37, will be arrested at a later date for two 2nd-degree felonies for delivery of a controlled substance and Sonia Franco Corrales, 30, was arrested for one 2nd-degree felony, delivery of a controlled substance-cocaine.

Officers then executed a search warrant at a home located on First and Reagan streets in Van Horn and arrested three individuals for possession of a controlled substance which the task force said was, 23 grams of cocaine.

Arrested were Bernice Rojo, 24, Sonia Franco Corrales, 30 and Lindsay Tarango, 20. Also seized was $807 in cash that officials believed had been used in drug transactions.

"This was a very fruitful, cooperative effort," said Arredondo. "The officers work paid off and we took a substantial amount of drugs off the streets," he said.

Arredondo credited teamwork for the arrests. "We had some really good help and we appreciate the officers from the other departments," he said.

Stabbing death suspects' bonds set at $75,000

Staff Writer

PECOS, Wed., Oct. 3, 2001 -- Pecos police are continuing to investigate the weekend  stabbing death of a man at an east side bar, which led to the arrest of three  other local residents.

Albino Tarango, 44, of Pecos died at Reeves County Hospital after being stabbed during a fight at La Oficina Bar early Saturday morning.

Three men were arrested in connection to the fight and charged with murder-a first degree felony, according to the Pecos Police blotter.

Manuel M. Salcido, 51, Raul F. Martinez, 48, and Esquiel Ornelas, 45, are still being held in the Reeves County Jail each with a $75,000 bond.

No other information has been released regarding the investigation.

Reeves County Fall Fair events beginning tonight

Staff Writer

PECOS, Wed., Oct. 3, 2001 -- The 2001 Reeves-Loving County Fall Fair is set to provide fun  and entertainment for the community this weekend.

Pecos Area Chamber of Commerce Director Tom Rivera said that this year's fair is going well and could be more successful than last year's event, which was plagued by weekend temperatures in the lower 40s.

"So far it's looking good," he said.

Rivera said that more people and civic organizations are participating and volunteering in this year's fair, which is what he said makes it successful.

"That's what success is all about, getting people involved," he said.

The Fair kicks off with the opening of the carnival at 6 p.m. this evening in the Reeves County Civic Center south parking lot.

The carnival will be open each night of the fair and close the weekend of festivities on Sunday at midnight.

Participants in the art and craft show must turn in all entries between 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Thursday at the Civic Center.

All entries will be taken at that time except for the culinary items, herbs: cut stems/live plants, which will be taken from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m., on Friday.

Participants in the livestock show must have all entry forms turned in by 5 p.m. Thursday at the Reeves County Extension Office.

Judging for the entries in the home economics and art exhibits is scheduled for 10 a.m., on Friday.

Rivera said that the fair would officially open for the public at 1 p.m., on Friday with a flag raising ceremony performed by the Catholic War Veterans.

After the ceremony community members could check out all the vendor and food booths as well as the school displays inside the civic center.

Rivera said that this year the Chamber sold out of booth space. The center section of the Civic Center will have a variety of booths including toys, jewelry and clothing.

"There'll be a little bit of everything," he said.

The Pecos EMS is sponsoring the CakeWalk while the Pecos Band Boosters will sell enchilada plates starting at 4 p.m., on Friday.

Cat the DJ will be providing the community members visiting the fair with musical entertainment on Friday and Saturday, according to Rivera.

"We'll be having a DJ out there both days to entertain the crowd," he said.

A specially equipped GMC Yukon will also be at the Civic Center to provide music at times on Friday and Saturday at the Laser-Tek West booth. Owner Robin Lindsey said the vehicle is equipped with special Logic Sound Lab speakers, and "I've gotten approval to run it at short intervals," during the Fall Fair.

Also on Friday, weigh-in for the livestock show will begin at 4:30 p.m., while the barbecue beef cook-off gets underway at 6 p.m., on Friday in the Reeves County Sheriff's Posse Arena.

A total of 37 teams were entered in the cook off as of today, and Rivera said that participants in the cook-off need to bring their own brisket and pork ribs.

"We do really want to recognize the Sheriff's Posse itself for taking over the cook off," he said.

Rivera said that sponsoring the cook off is a lot of hard work and that the posse has done a good job. The event was not held last year due to a lack of entries, after being part of the Fall Fair for 24 of the previous 26 years.

Rivera said that spaces for the cook off are still available and anyone interested should call the Sheriff's Posse.

The Rotary Club starts the day off right, Saturday morning with a pancake breakfast from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m.

The Livestock show is set to begin at 9 a.m., on Saturday followed by the pet show immediately following.

Judging for the cook off will begin at 3 p.m. and ribbon presentation for the art show will be at 4 p.m.

The Stick Horse Rodeo will begin at 5 p.m., followed by the Ranch Rodeo at 6 p.m. and there will also be a Tae Kwon Do presentation at 7 p.m., all on Saturday.

The Fall Fair will officially conclude at 10 p.m., on Saturday but participants in the art, crafts and home economics show may pick up all entries between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., on Sunday.


PECOS, Wed., Oct. 3, 2001 -- High Tuesday 86. Low this morning 54. Forecast for tonight:   Partly cloudy. Lows around 55. South winds 5 to 15 mph. Thursday:   Partly cloudy. Highs 85 to 90. Southwest winds 10 to 20 mph. Thursday night:   .Mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers or  thunderstorms. Lows 55 to 60. Friday:  Cloudy and cooler. A 40 percent chance  of showers or thunderstorms. Highs 65 to 70. Saturday:  Mostly cloudy.  Lows 45 to 50. Highs around 70. Sunday:  Partly cloudy. Lows around 50.  Highs around 80.


Carol Munoz

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