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Tuesday, October 7, 2003

Decoration contest for homecoming set

PECOS, Tues., Oct. 7, 2003 -- Pecos High School cheerleaders are holding a "Paint the town purple and gold" contest on Thursday, as part of the annual homecoming week.

There will be three categories, schools, businesses and homes, with one first place winner for each category.

Judging will be Thursday and the winners will be announced at the homecoming rally on Friday at 3 p.m. If you would like to participate, please call 445-5114.

Organizers say 2003 Fall Fair was successful

Staff Writer

PECOS, Tues., Oct. 7, 2003 -- Organizers of the 2003 Reeves County Fall called this year's event a success, as Fair goers enjoyed a variety of booths and food through mostly good weather on Friday and Saturday in Pecos.

"Friday was a super-packed night," said Pecos Area Chamber of Commerce Director Linda Gholson.

Gholson said that there was a steady stream of people at the Reeves County Civic Center during the Annual Fall Fair held this past weekend.

"It was just great, everybody had a really good time," said Gholson.

The only event that was not held was the Chuck Wagons Cook-off. The competition was cancelled because only two entries showed up for the first-time event, but Gholson said the camps that were set up at the Buck Jackson Rodeo Arena did really well and made enough food to feed everyone that attended that particular event.

"We had hoped for more wagons, but the ones that were here, were excellent," she said.

Gholson said that organizers of the event always strive to make it a bigger and better event. "But this was an excellent year," she said.

Beautiful weather cooperated to make it a better event, according to Gholson. The only problem was late night showers on Friday, which affected overnight campers at the barbeque beef cook-off, but skies cleared and the area dried up by Saturday morning.

"It was very good and we appreciate the public coming out to the different events," she said.

Gholson said that all the booths inside the Civic Center were occupied. "We had a waiting list and there was a couple that said they wouldn't be able to make it, so we filled those booths back up from others on the waiting list," she said.

Gholson said that the new Reeves County Extension Agent Tommy Dominguez was on hand for the stock show held in conjunction with the fall fair. "Even though he's not supposed to be in town until the 20th, he was here and really helped out," she said.

Other area county agents were on hand to help, according to Gholson.

The barbecue beef cook-off was a success as well.

"We also appreciate all the coverage on the many events, that came out in the paper yesterday," said Gholson. "We're very pleased to have so much coverage on a Monday, following all the events."

Gholson said that the group is always looking for new ideas and input and those that would like to help can contact the chamber office.

Council to discuss sewer project, services

Staff Writer

PECOS, Tues., Oct. 7, 2003 -- The town of Pecos city council will discuss the possible addition of engineering service hours needed to complete the South Worsham Water Field and the extension of city sewer systems to residences just past the city limits during their regular meeting Thursday morning at City Hall.

The South Worsham project has been running out of the needed hours to complete the project. By the beginning of September, analysts for the Frank Spencer and associates engineering firm estimated that the construction would require more time than that which was allotted.

"The project is in the final phase of construction, all of the contract dates are on time, the problem has come about over the extra time the engineers have needed to spend on the project," said Edgardo Garcia with Frank Spencer and Associates engineering firm.

"We notified the city in the first or second week of September that the projections for the project hours would fall short," he added. "The additional time required to coordinate the project has forced us to ask for a extension on the allotment of engineering hours for the job by approximately seven work weeks."

Also on the agenda is the addition of five new sewer lines to extend service to people living on the outskirts of the city limits. Along with the lines in the proposed project is the assembly of three small lift stations that would be necessary to power the new lines.

"The project received its original approval almost four years ago," Town of Pecos Utilities Director, Octavio Garcia said. "The city has the grant, we are just waiting the final approvals to come through."

These residences have been grandfathered to allow them to keep the use of their cesspool waste systems, but the need to get them connected to the city's waste is urgent, he added.

The proposed project encompasses areas of 'F' Street and Hickory Street on the north side, the east side of 13th Street, and portions of West County Road.

The council is to vote on the advertisement of bids on the new project, pending its approval by the Texas Water Development Board.

The council will also look into allowing city employees to accumulate more than 30 days of sick leave. Council members have brought up the idea due to the concern that the 30 day cap would encourage employees to take the leave, sick or not. The council hopes that an allowing of a build up of sick days will improve productivity and can possibly be put toward retirement at some point.

In other business, the council is to hold an executive session on the duties of the water department superintendent. This will be the third regular session of the city council that the subject will be discussed.

Fall Fair's livestock show winners announced

PECOS, Tues., Oct. 7, 2003 -- Out-of-area residents took most of the top honors at the Reeves County Fall Fair's Lamb Show, which was a Texas Club Lamb Association Showmanship Show and attracted entries from across the state.

The TCLA event was part of the overall Fall Fair Livestock Show, which attracted over 75 entries.

The Grand Champion overall in the lamb competition went to Brandi Christie, while Colby Worden took Grand Champion honors in both the steer and heifer show events.

The TCLA Showmanship awards went to Price Riffin in the Pee Wee Division; Jeff Davis in the Junior Division; Marcia Morris in the Intermediate Division and to Christie in the Senior Division

Individual results in the Heifer, Steer and Lamb competitions are listed below:


Beef Heifer: shown by Jerome Chavez, white legs placed first. Both heifers shown are owned by Romas Sager.

Beef Heifer: Spotted placed first, both shown owned by Colby Worden.

Beef Heifer: White brown, Grand Champion, Colby Worden. Reserve: Colby Worden. Showmanship Heifers: Roman Sager.


Hereford: John Clark, first place; Jeremy Chavez, second place; Lura Ann Hayes, third place; Gary Henson, fourth place.

Maine: John Clark, first place; Lacy Davis, second; Jeremy Chavez, third.

Shorthorn: Colby Worden, first.

Grand Champion: Colby Warden (British) European. Reserve Champion: John Marvin Clark (Maine) Angus.


Southdown lambs-light weight: first place, Sterling Yurrita; second place, Brandi Christie; third place, Kenzie Cantrell

Southdown lambs-heavy weight: first place, Regan Barham; second place, Colton McCulloch; third place, Kenzie Cantrell

Fine wool lambs-light weight: first place, Brady Evans; second place, Jordan Folger; third place, Raney Edwards

Fine wool lambs-heavy weight: first place, Jordan Folger; second place, Logan Cox; third place, Mathew Echols

Fine wool lambs cross-light weight: first place, Sterling Yurrita; second place, Tilden Cox; third place, Bailee Kloiber

Fine wool lambs cross-heavy weight: first place, Justin Jordan; second place, Trey Vaughn; third place, Jeff Davis

Medium wool lambs-light weight: first place, Jeff Davis; second place, Brittany Nelms; third place, Trey Vaughn

Medium wool lambs-light heavy weight: first place, Jeff Davis; second place, Colton McCulloch; third place, Raney Edwards

Medium wool lambs-medium weight: first place, Justin Jordan; second place, Trey Vaughn; third place, Colton McCulloch

Medium wool lambs-medium heavy weight: first place, Mandy Morris; second place, Trey Vaughn; third place, Cassie McRee

Medium wool lambs- heavy weight: first place, Brandi Christie; second place, Colton McCulloch; third place, Tilden Cox

All other breeds: first place, Nathan Box; second place, Lura Ann Hayes; third place, Max Henderson

Showmanship: Pee Wee. Price Ruffin, first place; Jodi Evans, second place and Megan Renee Lewis, third place.

Showmanship: Ages 8-11 years of age. First place, Jeff Davis; second place, Rainy Edwards; third place, Cheyenne Yurrita; fourth place, Rocky Bachan; fifth place, Katlyn Herzog; sixth place, Bailee Kloiber; seventh place, Jayson Jordan; eighth place, Logan Cox; ninth place, Sterling Yurrita and tenth place, Kenzie Cantrell.

Showmanship: Ages 12-14: first place, Mandie Morris; second place, Rachele Herzog; third place, Riggin Barham; fourth place, Tilden Cox; fifth place, Brady Evans; sixth place, Colton McCulloch; seventh place, Justin Jordan; eighth place, Megan Cantrell; ninth place, Jorden Folger.

Showmanship: 15 years or older: first place, Brandi Christie; second place, Matthew Erhols; third place, Brittany Nelms; fourth place, Calle Ann Jordan; fifth place, Trey Vaughn and sixth place, Cassie McRay.

Gomez says officers continue hunt for teenager

Staff Writer

PECOS, Tues., Oct. 7, 2003 -- Reeves County Sheriff Andy Gomez said a rumor that a missing Balmorhea girl had been located is not true as searchers continue to look for the missing teen in southern Reeves County.

Monica Carrasco disappeared from her home sometime between late Wednesday night and early Thursday morning "We still haven't found her," said Reeves County Sheriff Andy Gomez. "I received a call from the Jeff Davis County Sheriff (Steve Bailey), who told me that he had heard that we had found her."

Gomez said that the rumor has been circulating, but that it is not true and that searchers continue to look for her.

"If anyone has any information, we need to know," said Gomez. "We're asking for the public's help in locating her," he said.

Law enforcement officers and local residents have been searching since Thursday for the 16-year-old Carrasco. Along with sheriff's deputies, Department of Public Safety troopers, U.S. Border Patrol agents and local volunteers have been involved in the search, and were assisted by search dogs from the Border Patrol.

Carrasco had been living with her uncle Abel Baeza for the past three weeks when she was discovered missing Thursday morning. Officials believe she was wearing only a nightgown and was barefoot at the time of her disappearance.

Carrasco is believed to just have walked out of her home, and the 16-year-old is believed to be taking anti-depressants. Carrasco is described as having brown hair and eyes, and weighs 110 pounds.

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.


PECOS, Tues., Oct. 7, 2003 -- High Mon. 90. Low this morning 63. Forecast for tonight: Mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows near 60. East winds 10 to 15 mph.Wed.: Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs 80 to 85. SE winds near 10 mph. Wed. night: Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows near 60. South winds 10 to 15 mph. Thurs.: Partly cloudy with isolated showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the lower to mid 80s. South winds near 10 mph shifting to the SE in the afternoon. Thurs. night: Partly cloudy with isolated showers and thunderstorms. Lows near 60.

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