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Friday, October 4, 2002

Fall Fair's events getting underway at Civic Center

Staff Writer

PECOS, Fri., Oct. 4, 2002 -- Opening ceremonies for the Reeves County Fall Fair were held  at 1 p.m. today at the Reeves County Civic Center, and Pecos residents  and people from the surrounding areas have just several hours after  that before the deadlines for entering the Fair's stock show and cook-off.

This year's stock show has a total of 54 entries, according to Sue Evans with the Texas Agriculture Extension Service office in Pecos. Out of that, 40 lambs, 11 steers, and three heifers were entered as of late this morning, Evans said.

"They come from all over Texas," she said. "They are as far as Corpus Christi."

According to Evans, it is important for those showing sheep to come to Pecos so that they can earn points with in the Texas Club Lamb Association. The Fall Fair Lamb Show is a showmanship show this year for the first time since 1999, which will increase the number of entries from outside the area.

Sheep will be weighed in and the height of the steers will be measured today from 4:30 p.m. till 7 p.m., Evans added.

"People can call in the weight of the lamb," Evans said. "But all animals must be in the barn by 11:30 p.m."

The stock show will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, with the lambs and steers and heifers will follow soon after.

A time on the announcement of the winners could not be given, Evans said.

"It all depends on how the show is going, and how the animals are cooperating," she said.

Cook-Off Committee Chairman Cody West added that as of today he has 55 entries, with about 80 percent of them being local residents.

"I have entries from Carlsbad, Orla, Ft. Stockton, one from Houston and Marfa," West said. Last week, he said the cook-off already had entries from Odessa, Midland and Balmorhea.

This is the second year the Reeves County Sheriff's Posse has supervised the event, and number of entries in the brisket and rib barbeque competition is more than double that of two years ago, when the cook-off was canceled because only 25 entries were received. Last year's cook-off attracted 38 entries. The event attracted as many as 106 entries in the mid-1980s

According to West, people have till 5 p.m. this afternoon to enter the cook-off and they may do so by calling him at 915-234-8221 or going by the Posse Barn.

Before this afternoon's official opening of the fair, judging was held this morning for entries zin the Home Economics and Art Exhibits at the Civic Center. The entries will be on display today and Saturday in the front area of the Civic Center, while fair booths will open this afternoon in the center section of the building. The stock show events will be held in the rear section of the Civic Center.

Pecos Eagle Band Boosters will be selling enchilada plates beginning at 4 p.m. today at the Civic Center, and from 1 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, while Pecos Rotary Club members will hold a pancake breakfast there from 7 to 10 a.m. on Saturday. Afternoon events on Saturday include a Pet Show, Bicycle Show and a "Stick Horse Rodeo," while a Ranch Rodeo will be held beginning at 7 p.m. on Saturday at the Buck Jackson Rodeo Arena.

Cuellar plans campaign stop at cook-off

PECOS, Fri., Oct. 4, 2002 -- With the race for the 23rd Congressional District expected to be the closest race in Texas this November, the candidates are making a multitude of stops in West Texas.

Democrat Henry Cuellar, who is challenging incumbent Henry Bonilla in his bid for the 23rd District seat, will be in Pecos on Saturday, during the Annual Barbecue Cook-off at the Reeves County Sheriff's Posse Arena.

Cuellar will be at the local event from noon until 2 p.m., at the Democratic Booth, which will be set up inside the Reeves County Sheriff's Posse Barn Arena during the cook-off.

Cuellar will be in Pecos, Saturday, from noon until 2 p.m. and will be at the booth and will be walking around the arena talking to everybody, according to Mary Kay Misko, Communications Director for Cuellar.

"He will be flying in from El Paso," said Misko.

Misko said that interested individuals will have an opportunity to voice their concerns and ask questions while Cuellar is in town.

Cuellar is a former State Representative for the Laredo area and served last year as Secretary of State under Republican Gov. Rick Perry. He is challenging Bonilla, the former San Antonio TV executive who is seeking his sixth term as representative for the 23rd District, which stretches along the border from the Laredo and San Antonio areas to the eastern sections of El Paso.

Memphis man caught on I-20 with pot stash

Staff Writer

PECOS, Fri., Oct. 4, 2002 -- A routine traffic stop landed a Memphis, Tenn. resident in  the Reeves County Jail and officers confiscated a large amount of  an illegal drug.

The incident occurred at 11:11 a.m., Thursday, when Trans Pecos Drug Task Force Officer Kevin Roberts instituted the traffic stop at mile marker 30.

"Officer Roberts conducted a routine traffic stop on a 1991 Ford Explorer, eastbound on I-20," said Trans Pecos Drug Task Force Commander Gary Richards.

After interviewing the driver, Roberts obtained consent to search the vehicle, according to Richards.

"He talked to the driver and after a while the driver said it was okay to go ahead and do a search," said Richards.

After conducting the search of the vehicle, there was some indication that there might be some contraband. "At this point, Roberts requested backup and asked Pecos Police Department Officer Oscar Machuca and his canine to assist him," said Richards.

The officer and the dog did a search and the dog alerted to an area.

"They found a hidden compartment in the rear, left passenger side," said Richards. "It was a metal trapdoor and had in it nine bundles of marijuana," he said.

Richards said that the officer confiscated 38.2 pounds of marijuana that was hidden in the metal compartment.

The destination of the vehicle indicated it was going from El Paso to Memphis, Tenn.

Arrested in the incident was Phinehus Harris, 27, who was charged with possession of marijuana over five pounds and under 50 pounds, a third degree felony.

"Officer Roberts is a hard-working individual, who we're very proud to have on our staff," said Richards. "He is doing excellent work."

Richards also credited their success to teamwork with the other agencies. "We get a lot of help from other agencies and when we work together, we take more illegal drugs off the streets," he said.

Southern Union workers seek food bank donations

Staff Writer

PECOS, Fri., Oct. 4, 2002 -- Permian Basin area employees of Southern Union Gas will be  collecting contributions of food to support the Reeves County Food Banks at  a number of events in October.

As part of its first "Caring and Sharing" food drive, Southern Union Gas employees all over Texas will be collecting food and canned goods for food banks and other non-profit organizations in their community. The Reeves County Food Banks provide food to hungry and low-income persons in the Permian region.

"We are involved in the communities we serve, and we take this responsibility seriously," said Johnny King, manager of Southern Union Gas' Permian Basin operations. "Our employees are excited about giving back to our community and helping the Reeves County Food Banks."

"We are looking forward to the food drive and related activities and we are asking the community to help us help the food banks," said King.

Southern Union Gas employees will kick off their activities at the Reeves County Fall Fair today and Saturday. The employees will have a booth to collect food and to offer face painting for kids.

In addition, employees will be holding a "Fun Night Dance" at Santa Rosa Hall in Pecos and a co-ed volleyball tournament, all to benefit the local food banks. Finally, SUG will be accepting contributions at their offices in Pecos, Monahans, Crane and Andrews, from Oct. 14 through Oct. 25.

For more information contact Christie Aragon at 915-943-3702.

Southern Union Gas, a division of Southern Union Company, serves approximately 535,000 customers in Texas and over 1 million other customers in Missouri, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Mexico.

Eagle Band entered in Midland contest Saturday

PECOS, Fri., Oct. 4, 2002 -- The Pecos Eagle Band will be at the Tall City Pre-Marching Contest in Midland on Saturday.

The band will perform at 2:40 p.m., at the new Scharbauer Sports Complex in Midland. The students have worked hard preparing their contest performance, which comes two weeks before the UIL Marching Contest, at Odessa's Ratliff Stadium.

The complex is located on West Loop 250 in Midland. Come show them your support.

Admission is $4 for adults and $2 for students.


PECOS, Fri., Oct. 4, 2002 -- High Thursday 93. Low this morning 55. Forecast for  tonight: Mostly clear. Lows 50 to 55. East winds 10 to 20 mph. Saturday:  Partly cloudy. Highs around 90. East winds 10 to 20 mph. Saturday night:  Mostly cloudy with isolated showers and thunderstorms. Lows 55 to  60. Sunday: Mostly cloudy and cooler with a 20 percent chance of  showers and thunderstorms. Highs 75 to 80. Monday: Decreasing  cloudiness. Lows 50 to 55. Highs 75 to 80.

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