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Friday, October 3, 2003

Fall Fair starts with ceremoney at Civic Center

Staff Writer

PECOS, Fri., Oct. 3, 2003 -- The Reeves County Fall Fair will have lots of beef and lots of lambs around this weekend the lambs on display at the fair's livestock show while much of the beef will be part of the fair's two cook-offs on Saturday.

Opening ceremonies were at 1 p.m. today for the 58th annual fair, including the veteran's flag raising outside the Reeves County Civic Center. The first scheduled activities involving events after that at the Civic Center include the weigh-ins for the livestock show, which will run from 4:30 to 7 p.m.

The display booths inside the Civic Center opened to the public following the 1 p.m. ceremonies, and Pecos Eagle Band Boosters will be selling enchilada plate dinners at the Civic Center from 4 to 10 p.m.

The 29th Annual Barbeque Beef Cook-off will get underway at 6 p.m. at the Reeves County Sheriff's Posse Arena. "Right now we have 48 entries," said Paula Cole of KIUN Radio, which is handling cook-off sign-ups along with the Pecos Chamber of Commerce.

Last-minute sign-ups will be accepted for the event until 5 p.m. today at either office, both located on South Cedar Street.

Organizers were hoping to have 60 entries this year, after getting 45 entries for the beef brisket and ribs cook-off a year ago. Cooking will continue overnight, and samples are due to be turned in starting about 10 a.m. Saturday for judging, which should start around 11 a.m.

The contest will feature entries in beef brisket and pork spare ribs. There will be a $500 prize award for first place; $250 for second; $150 for third and $50 for fourth in each category. A Grand Champion will be named and that winner will receive a sterling silver platter. A Best Camp award will be handed out to the camp with the best showmanship.

Also scheduled tonight at the Posse Arena is the Clay Allison historic recreation at 6:30 p.m., while a dance will be held from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. next door, at the Sheriff's Posse Barn.

While brisket and ribs are being judged on the south side of the Civic Center, chicken fried steak mashed potatoes, pinto beans, bread and cobbler will be the items prepared at the inaugural chuck wagon cook-off, scheduled for all day Saturday on the north side of the Civic Center.

Cooking is scheduled to begin in the morning and be ready by 5 p.m. Meals not needed for judging will be sold to the general public for $8 apiece.

The stock show is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. at the Civic Center with the steer and heifer shows, though the largest number of entries will be in the lamb show, which will begin late Saturday morning.

A total of 62 lambs are entered in this year's show, which is a TCLA Showmanship Show for the second year in a row. The fair also has 12 steers, four heifers and four pee wee showmanship entries, according to Sue Evans with the Texas Cooperative Extension Service office in Pecos.

The Pecos Rotary Club will be holding a pancake breakfast from 7 to 10 a.m. at the Civic Center, while team roping competition will start at 10 a.m. at the Buck Jackson Rodeo Arena, after the first night of ranch rodeo competition on Friday. The ranch rodeo events will begin at 7 p.m. both on Friday and Saturday nights.

Along with judging of food, arts and crafts entries inside the main area of the Civic Center, other activities scheduled for Saturday include a pet show, which will follow the livestock show, a bicycle show and stick horse rodeo, and displays by toy monger William R. Bennett and a second Clay Allison re-enactment with Gerry Allison, writer/re-enactor/historian. Bennett's displays are scheduled for 2:30 and 6 p.m., while the Allison re-enactment will be at 5 and 7 p.m.

Search dogs assist in hunt for missing girl

Staff Writer

PECOS, Fri., Oct. 3, 2003 -- Search dogs have been brought in to help with the search for a missing Balmorhea teenager, who disappeared sometime between Wednesday night and Thursday morning.

Monica Carrasco, 16, disappeared from her home Wednesday evening. Officials believe she was wearing only a nightgown and was barefoot at the time of her disappearance.

"We're still looking for her," said Reeves County Sheriff Andy Gomez early this afternoon.

Gomez said that, along with members of his staff, the Department of Public Safety, Fort Stockton Lynell Unit, and the Border Patrol are out searching the area around Balmorhea. "The Border Patrol also brought in tracking dogs," Gomez added.

Carrasco is described as having brown hair and eyes, and weighs 110 pounds. Law enforcement officials began searching for the missing girl Thursday morning.

"She disappeared sometime between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. this morning," Gomez said Thursday. "Her mother went in to look in on her in her bedroom and she was gone."

Carrasco is believed to just have walked out of her home, and the 16-year-old is believed to be taking anti-depressants. "She's on medication right now and we want to locate her right away," said Gomez.

Her name as already been placed on the statewide missing persons list. If anyone has any information they are asked to contact the Reeves County Sheriff's Office at 445-4901 or any other local law enforcement agency.

Heroin items, cocaine found in raids

Staff Writer

PECOS, Fri., Oct. 3, 2003 -- Local officers were busy yesterday evening executing search warrants at two different locations in which substances believed to be heroin and cocaine were discovered.

At approximately 6:30 p.m., officers from the Pecos Police Department and the 143rd District Attorney's Office executed a narcotics search warrant at 605 S. Mesquite St.

"Once all the occupants of the residence were secured, officers proceeded to search the premises," said Pecos Police Investigator Paul Deishler.

Deishler said that during the search of the residence, officers found materials commonly used in the injecting of heroin and the packaging of heroin.

"Officers completed their search of this residence and charges are pending at this time for one of the occupants of the residence," said Deishler. No arrests were made following the search of the home.

Officers then executed another narcotics search warrant, this one at 9:02 p.m., at 1224 W. "F" St.

During the search of the residence, a substance believed to be cocaine was found, according to Deishler.

"Also found inside the residence was paraphernalia commonly associated with the use of cocaine," said Deishler.

Officers completed their search of this residence and Daniel Valenzuela, who resides at this location, was placed under arrest for the offenses of Possession of a Controlled Substance (cocaine) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Valenzuela was transported to the Pecos Criminal Justice Center, where is awaiting arraignment.

Paisano Encampment plans informal service

PECOS, Fri., Oct. 3, 2003 -- An informal Praise and Worship Service has been scheduled for Saturday at 6:30 p.m. at the Paisano Baptist Encampment between Alpine and Marfa.

The old-time hymns and country setting will be an encouraging reminder of the cowboy camp-meetings begun in this area so long ago. People of all ages and denominations are invited to attend.

Attendants are encouraged to stay for camp coffee and fellowhip afterwards. For more information, please call Dan Dunagan, Brad or Karen McGuire at 432-837-3074 or 432-837-3075. Signs at the camp entrance will direct travelers to the site of the service.


PECOS, Fri., Oct. 3, 2003 -- High Thursday 89. Low this morning 60. Forecast for tonight: Partly cloudy with a slight chance of thunderstorms. Lows near 60. South winds near 10 mph. Saturday: Partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the upper 80s. Northeast winds near 10 mph. Saturday night: Partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows near 60. Light and variable winds. Sunday: Mostly cloudy. Highs near 80. Light and variable winds. Sunday night: Mostly cloudy. Lows in the mid 50s.

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