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Wednesday, September 4, 2002

Cookoff winners announced from Balmorhea festival

PECOS, Wed., Sept. 4, 2002 -- Food, music and souvenirs were all a part of the 28th Annual Bean and Fajita Cook-off held in Downtown Balmorhea this past weekend.

Crowd's gathered for great food and live music for the annual event held over the Labor Day weekend.

Norman Roman and Pat Brijalba worked hard again to put together sponsors for advertisement and music, food vendors and clean-up crews.

Winners of the Bean Cook-Off were: First place prize of a King Cooker and trophy went to the Baeza Brothers of Pecos; second place trophy went to Salvador Garcia's Big Ten of Del Rio and third place went to Crider Dairy.

Winners of the first place Fajita Cook-Off trophy and cooker were Pam and Jimmy Salcido of Fort Davis.

Second place trophy went to Comanche Truck Stop of Fort Stockton and third place trophy went to the Baeza Brothers of Pecos.

Balmorhea's DJ David Matta and local band "Mixed Company" with musicians Norman Roman, Mike Cade, Kenneth Theford, Larry and Glenn Humphries livened up the daytime activities with Mariachi and country western music.

Mike Peacock, who has participated in many large cook-offs elsewhere in Texas, organized the Balmorhea cook-off and with nine sponsors raised the money for the prizes.

Sponsors for the annual event included: the Weinachts from the Circle-Bar and I-10 Fina of Balmorhea, Acco Feed of Marfa, and Pecos Valley Grain, Eagle Tire Car-Quest, Gibson's True Value, Cut-Rate Liquor and Colt Chevrolet of Pecos.

Peacock did a lot of foot work to get local participants and was proud to have gathered three Balmorhea entries: the Barry Lewis team, the Chris Crider team from Crider Dairy and Gerald Portillo and Abel Rodriquez, according to Pat Brijalba.

Music for the Saturday night street dance was provided by Little Joe Davila and the Jet Liners. Balmorhea's festive atmosphere was rekindled Sunday afternoon by Mariachi Galan of Odessa.

Longtime employee takes on managing restaurant

Staff Writer

PECOS, Wed., Sept. 4, 2002 -- A longtime employee of the Best Western Swiss Clock Inn has moved up to manager of the motel's Alpine Lodge Restaurant, and promises to provide better service not only to those individuals who stay overnight at the motel, but to all community individuals.

Silvanna Licon, who has been an employee of the motel for the past 10 years, has now taken over the duties of restaurant manager, and is welcoming everyone. She began her employment with the Pecos motel as desk clerk and more recently was desk supervisor for the motel, which is one of a number of motels in Texas owned by Hans and Anna Marie Schlunneger, of Kerrville.

The change was made by the owners themselves in an effort to provide better service to not only those individuals staying at the motel, but to all community members.

"We want to provide better service and get more local people to come to the restaurant," said Licon. "My goal is to open up a Sunday buffet and possibly offer lunch."

The restaurant at one time provided a Sunday buffet to everyone and also had lunch hours. Now the restaurant opens from Monday through Friday and Sunday, from 6 a.m. until 10 p.m. and on Saturdays from 6 a.m. until 11 a.m.

Evening hours are from 6-9 p.m. "We currently have a breakfast buffet every Saturday, but we hope to have it on Sunday as well," said Licon.

"My staff is complete, we're very happy, they have pulled together and are really helping me in my new duties," said Licon, who has been busy already, visiting businesses and taking along with her refreshments.

"I've also taken my cooks to some of the businesses, so that they can meet them," said Licon. "We have excellent cooks."

Licon said she was inviting businesses, clubs and organizations to hold their luncheon meetings at the restaurant.

"They can just call in and we'll be happy to accommodate them," she said. "We also have a small lounge, where they can come in and sit and relax. It has a television and bar."

The banquet room, adjacent to the restaurant, is an excellent place for baby showers, family reunions or wedding receptions.

"We'll help cater any of those events," said Licon.

"I want to welcome everyone in the community to come in," said Licon. "Everyone is welcome and coffee clubs are welcome to come in the mornings."

Licon said that she has a group of individuals who drink coffee at the restaurant. "Those are the daily coffee drinkers who come in every day," said Licon. "They get the coffee for 25 cents."

The restaurant offers daily specials, which come with tea or coffee and dessert.

When she's not busy at the restaurant, Licon enjoys spending time with her family, which consist of her husband, Lincoln, and two children, Sarah, 14 and Anthony, 10 years old.

"When I find the time I also enjoy playing golf," said Licon.

Licon said she wanted to thank the community for coming out and supporting the restaurant. "I'd like to meet everyone personally and welcome them," she said.

Teen jailed on pot charges following search of home

Staff Writer

PECOS, Wed., Sept. 4, 2002 -- An 18-year-old was arrested and transported to jail Tuesday night on drug charges after a narcotics search warrant was executed on his home, according to Pecos police.

At about 9:30 p.m., on Tuesday, Sept. 3, officers with the Pecos Police Department, Reeves County Sheriff's Department, Trans Pecos Drug Task Force and the 143rd District Attorney's Office, executed a narcotics search warrant at 723 S. Sycamore Street.

"During the search of the residence, a substance believed to marijuana was found inside the defendant's room," said Pecos Police Investigator Paul Deishler.

Deishler said that officers also found paraphernalia commonly used in the smoking of marijuana.

"The officers completed their search and placed one individual under arrest," said Deishler.

Arrested was 18-year-old Eric Estorga, who was then transported to the Criminal Justice Center.

Estorga was charged with the offenses of possession of a controlled substance (marijuana) within 1,000 feet of Zavala Middle School and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Bond for Estorga had not been set as of early this morning and he is currently awaiting arraignment.

Events planned locally to mark Sept. 11 events

PECOS, Wed., Sept. 4, 2002 -- Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD District Counselors are asking the community to join together in unity, on Sept. 11.

Everyone is encouraged to wear red, white and blue.

Show support for those who lost their lives, honor the heroes who worked to save them and families left behind on Sept. 11.

On Sept. 11, at 9:30 a.m., the sirens will sound, calling everyone for a period of remembrance. No matter where you are, what you are doing, put your hand over your heart and say the Pledge of Allegiance followed by a moment of silence.


PECOS, Wed., Sept. 4, 2002 -- High Tuesday 95. Low this morning 69. Forecast for tonight: Partly cloudy with isolated evening showers and thunderstorms. Lows 65 to 70. Southeast winds 5 to 15 mph. Thursday: Partly cloudy. Highs 90 to 95. Southeast winds 10 to 20 mph. Thursday night: Partly cloudy. Lows 65 to 70. Friday: Partly cloudy. Highs 90 to 95. Saturday: Partly cloudy with a slight chance of thunderstorms. Lows 65 to 70. Highs 90 to 95.


David Holguin, Miguel Ortega, John Makoviny and Hal Pratt

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