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Monday, October 7, 2002

Cuellar seeks votes during cook-off appearance

Staff Writer

PECOS, Monday, Oct. 7, 2002 -- Democrat Henry Cuellar, who is involved in a close race  against Republican incumbent Henry Bonilla for the  23rd Congressional District seat in Washington, was in  Pecos seeking votes Saturday afternoon, during annual Reeves  County Barbecue Cook-off.

Cuellar was at the Reeves County Democratic Party booth and walked around the Reeves County Sheriff's Posse Arena talking to people and touting his campaign.

"It's certainly going to be a close race, that's why Pecos and Reeves County are so important," said Cuellar. "It's a 24-county race."

"When you're in a race that's going to be this close, it's very important that everyone go out and vote," said Cuellar. "That's what we're doing here today, urging people to go out and vote."

Cuellar, who served as a Laredo area representative in the Texas Legislature and as Secretary of State under Republican Rick Perry last year, said that his campaign was putting an emphasis on education, health care and job creation. "We want to get help to counties and provide incentives to Pecos and other counties to help businesses expand and create jobs," he said.

Cuellar said that a lot of business and job opportunities began with small businesses.

"We'll be looking at tax credits and not privatization," he said. "A prescription charge program for senior citizens is also something we'll be looking at."

Voting for tax cuts and creating a tax cut for small businesses are some of the things that Cuellar will be voting for.

"That's why I want to talk to the officials in the cities and counties to establish a good partnership," he said.

Cuellar said he thought the race would be very close against Bonilla, the San Antonio Republican who is seeking his sixth term as 23rd District representative. "I encourage everyone to register to vote and to go out and vote," he said.

Cuellar is one of eight children and spent part of his youth working with his father, a migrant worker, on a ranch. He then went on to build a career in law, education, business and public service.

By working his way through college, he received a bachelor's degree from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., a master's degree from Texas A&M International University, and a law degree and Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin.

"I authored the T.E.X.A.S. Grant Program, the largest college financial aid program for students in Texas history," said Cuellar. "The dropout rate for Hispanics is very large and we want to improve on that and provide an opportunity for everyone to attend college and succeed," he said.

"I also provided new funding and accountability for public schools and colleges, a pay raise for teachers and increased health care for seniors," said Cuellar. "I also authored the state's first pilot program for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which provides low-cost insurance for children from working families."

Catering service carries off top prize at cook-off

Staff Writer

PECOS, Monday, Oct. 7, 2002 -- A local catering service took top honors at this year's 28th  Annual Barbecue Cook-off, held Saturday at the Reeves County Sheriff's  Posse Arena.

Grand Champions were the Juan Largo Catering group, with head chef Johnny Burkholder. The catering service placed second in both the brisket and ribs category at the cook-off, which added the rib competition last year to the traditional beef brisket cook-off event.

The cook-off was sponsored by the Reeves County Sheriff's Posse, which also was in the second year of serving as organizers for the competition.

"It was a huge success," said Cody West, one of the organizers for the event. "The Sheriff's Posse is looking forward to putting on the cook-off again next year."

"There are always things we can improve upon," said West.

The annual gathering drew 45 contestants with several entries from out of town.

The Best Camp award went to the Downtown Lion's Club and the trophy awarded to them was donated by Fonville Jewelers, along with the Silver Platter awarded to the Grand Champions.

"The best camp was judged on creativity, originality and hospitality," said West.

The Lion's Club was giving children a ride in their train and invited visitors to drink punch from their "toilet."

First place in brisket went to Suavecito Club with Sandra Fierro and Adolfo Muniz; second place, Juan Largo Catering; third place, Mingo Mata, Jr. and the Mata Family and fourth place, the Cast Iron Chefs, Mark and Mitch Lyles.

In the Pork Spare Ribs category, first place went to Da' Boyz, with Ricky Barreno; second, Juan Largo Catering; third place, Los Prims, with head chef Roque Ybarra and fourth place, Nolberto Villegas.

First place in each category received $500; second in each category received $250; third place winners received $150 and fourth place in each category got $50.

"The Sheriff's Posse appreciates all the competitors and everyone that helped," said West. "We're glad that things turned out so well and that we had a lot of people out there," he said.

The winner of the barbecue pit that was raffled during the annual event was Mark Zuniga.


PECOS, Monday, Oct. 7, 2002 -- High Sunday 89. Low this morning 64. Weekend rainfall at Texas  A&M Extension Service Center: trace. Forecast for tonight: Showers  and thunderstorms. Locally heavy rain is possible. Lows near 60. East winds  5 to 15 mph. The chance of rain is 80 percent. Tuesday: Showers  and thunderstorms likely. Locally heavy rain is possible. Highs 70 to 75.  East winds 5 to 15 mph. The chance of rain is 70 percent. Tuesday night:  Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms.  Lows near 60. Wednesday: A slight chance of showers early: Otherwise  becoming partly cloudy. Highs in the mid 70s. The chance of rain is 20  percent. Thursday: Partly cloudy. Lows 55 to 60. Highs 80 to 85.

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 instances we will indicate payment and release.


Rosa Linda Muniz, 52, was arrested at 6:05 p.m., on Oct. 2, at the Reeves County Probation Office for public intoxication.


Kevin Joseph Templin, 46, was arrested at 10:49 p.m., on Oct. 3, at the Flying J Truck Stop for public intoxication.


Tammy Marquez, 33 was arrested at 8:26 a.m., on Oct. 4 in the 200 block of Nebraska Street on warrants for no drivers license, speeding and violation promise to appear.


Jaime Navarrette, 21, was arrested at 10:31 a.m., Oct. 4 in the 500 block of Oak Street on a warrant for no driver's license.


Elizabeth Mendoza, 17, was arrested at 5:19 p.m., on Oct. 4 at Sonic Drive In for warrant for minor in possession of alcohol.


Andrew McGrew, 40, was arrested at 9:24 p.m., on Oct. 6 at Third and Elm streets for warrant capias for default payment for running a stop sign.


Mike Lopez, 48, was arrested at 10:16 p.m., on Oct. 5 at the Oasis Bar in the 1100 block of East Third Street for public intoxication.


Pilar Chavez, 24, was arrested at 2:04 a.m. on Oct. 6 at the Flying J for public intoxication.


Joel Fuentez, 35, was arrested at 6:10 a.m. on Oct. 5, at the Reeves County Jail for warrant for forgery.


Rosalio Carmonia, 20, was arrested at 7:21 a.m., on Oct. 5 in the 600 block of South Cypress Street for public intoxication.


Eric Florez, 23, was arrested at 10:22 p.m., on Oct. 4 at the Reeves County Posse Barn for public intoxication.


Jeffrey Segovia, 32, was arrested at 4:10 a.m., on Oct. 5 in the 1500 block of Cedar Street for public intoxication.


Pedro Abila, Cresencio Machuca, Harry Nagel and Roy Hicks

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