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Monday, January 19, 2004

Local hopefuls offer positions at Friday event

Staff Writer

PECOS, Mon., Jan. 19, 2004 -- Over a dozen candidates for local races had the opportunity to introduce themselves and talk briefly about the issues during a Meet the Candidates Chili Supper held Friday evening at the Reeves County Civic Center.

Those in attendance included candidates for contested races for Reeves County Commissioner for Precincts 1 and 3. A total of five candidates are seeking the Precinct 1 seat, including incumbent Felipe Arredondo, while nine people are seeking the Precinct 3 seat in the March 9 Democratic primary, which is held by outgoing commissioner Herman Tarin.

Candidates were given five minutes to speak, and the order in which the candidates spoke was determined by the ballot positions selected at the start of Friday's event.

In the Precinct 1 race, Roy Alvarado introduced himself and told the group that he was an engineer tech for Frank Spencer and Associates.

Alvarado said that his job has provided a broad insight into community development. "It goes into ups and downs, but I feel that with my job experience and education, I can contribute greatly to the community," he said. "I will do my best to work for Reeves County," he said.

Mondie Granado, told the group about his experience in law enforcement. Granado is currently a deputy with the Pecos Police Department.

"Right is the time for a change, if elected I plan to do the best of my ability and will not be intimidated by anyone or any group," said Granado. "I will not be anyone's puppet," he said.

"The county needs to move forward, not backwards and I will do the best of my ability to get it going in the right direction," said Granado.

Robert C. Natividad said that he is self-employed. "I will try to do what is best for the county and do a good job," said Natividad. "I will do the best I can to my knowledge," he said.

Arredondo, who is seeking his fourth term as Precinct 1 commissioner, talked to the group about the problems at the Reeves County Detention Center.

"The most asked question is why the RCDC-III was built," said Arredondo, who explained that the facility was built to create more jobs.

"RCDC I and II employ approximately 370 employees," said Arredondo. Most of the inmates at the two units come from the U.S. Bureau of Prisons, which Arredondo said had not offered any guarantees about providing inmates for RCDC III.

Even with the RCDC problems, Arredondo said, "The state of the county is good, through the efforts of the county, taxes have been lowered." He also spoke of other improvements made in the county throughout the years.

Chel Florez said that he is currently employed with Wal-Mart and serves the community as vice-president of the hospital board. "The first year I entered the hospital board, the hospital was running in the red," said Florez. "Now, they are in the process of expanding and building a new dialysis center."

"I think we can make a difference and it is definitely time for a change," said Florez. "All the cities are moving up and we're just standing still."

Florez said he would like to help the community move forward and improve.

Among the Precinct 3 hopefuls, candidate Joel Madrid said that he felt that the position of commissioner required someone with a strong financial background.

Madrid said was born and raised in Pecos, is married, has three children and is the owner of two businesses, one in Balmorhea and one in Pecos. He has been an officer with the Reeves County Sheriff Department and a Justice of the Peace.

"I feel that education is very important for this position," said Madrid, who holds a B.A. degree. "I am a concerned citizen and feel that I can make a difference."

He said that every department needed to be looked at, to see what needs there were. "Five minutes is not ample time to discuss all the issues," said Madrid. "We need to create more jobs, that's the only way to get this county back on its feet."

Rosendo Galindo was born and raised in Balmorhea. "I plan to work for the people, if I'm elected," said Galindo. "One of my main concerns is transportation for the senior citizens in Balmorhea."

Galindo said that he couldn't say he could fix all the problems. "It will take all of us working together to fix the problems," he said.

Peter Rodriguez said that "we shouldn't dwell on the past," but that we needed to move forward to improve this county.

"The RCDC is a main concern and the issue is very important because it employs a lot of people," he said. "But right now is the time to move forward."

Rodriguez said that he didn't plan to go into this with a negative attitude. "And we don't need to be pointing fingers, we need to work together," he said.

Lisa Boicourt said she was raised in Saragosa. "The majority of young people are leaving to make a better life," said Boicourt.

Boicourt spoke about the high taxes. "Along with the rest of the community I plan to work hard to serve the public," she said.

Abel Baeza said that he has three children and enjoys living in this area. "I think this area has a lot to offer," said Baeza. "We can do better and I hope we can all unite and come together to make it a better community."

Manny Lopez said that the county needed help with the Reeves County Detention Center, but that it could be fixed. "But what about the other departments," said Lopez.

Lopez said that the other departments were short-handed, especially the district clerk's office. "The road department just goes out and tears the road apart, they don't fix it," he said.

Lopez said that he was in the Marine Corps and served as supply officer and had experience with budgets. "I think all the departments need help and they should be looked at as well," he said.

Saul Herrera told the audience he is a graduate of Pecos High School, is currently married and had worked for Pennzoil Sulphur Company for many years. He has an Associates' Degree and is the business manager for Desiree's Boutique.

"I'm a concerned citizen and feel that education and experience are good qualities to have for this position," said Herrera. "I'm not connected to any special group."

"The people of Reeves County deserve a county that is responsible and together we can make a difference," he said.

Bailey Wheeless said he is retired from teaching after working at Pecos High School for many years.

"There are many issues that are of concern," said Wheeless. "I don't have the statistics and cannot make any promises at this time."

"But if I'm elected, I plan to make a difference," he said. "I don't know all the issues, but together we can improve the situation," he said.

Jimmy Gallego was unable to attend the meeting.

In the earlier drawing for positions on the ballot, incumbent Arnulfo "Andy" Gomez will be first on the ballot in the race for Reeves County Sheriff, with newcomer Jeffery P. Baeza second.

Tax assessor/collector Elfida Zuniga is not being challenged during this race.

For county commissioner precinct #1, Rojelio Roy Alvarado's name will appear first; Armando "Mondie" Granado second; Robert C. Natividad, third; Felipe Arredondo, fourth and "Chel" Florez fifth.

For county commissioner precinct #3: first on the ballot will be Joel Madrid; second, Rosendo Galindo; third, Joseph "Peter" Rodriguez; fourth, Lisa Lopez Boicourt; fifth, Abel Baeza; sixth, Manuel "Manny" Lopez; seventh, Saul F. Herrera; eighth, Bailey Wheeless and ninth, James "Jimmy" Gallego.

Constable, Precinct 1, Arnulfo H. Granado is unopposed; constable precinct #2, Jerry C. Matta is unopposed and constable precinct #4 Heriberto "Eddie" Rodriguez is unopposed.

For constable precinct #3 Alma Fleenor's name will appear first and she is challenging, Tomas "Tommy" Martinez.

Organizers happy with stock show, auction sale

Staff Writer

PECOS, Mon., Jan. 19, 2004 -- The 2004 Reeves-Loving County Junior Livestock Show went off with out a hitch on Friday and Saturday, according to organizers, though final totals for the show's Saturday night auction are not yet available.

According to the stock show's Co-Vice Chairwoman, Cookie Canon, the show "was a great success. We are extremely pleased with the show itself, and the success of the sale is just added bonus."

The judging was quick paced on Friday night for the goat-steer-lamb show, as was the case on Saturday during the hog show, according to spectators. John Kearney of San Angelo did the judging for Friday's goat, steer and lamb shows, while Jason Belew of Tahoka did the judging for Saturday's hogs show.

The festivities following the judging on Saturday also went well according to Canon. "We had over 27 entries for the cobbler contest, and judges Al Gomez, Jim Ed Miller and Joyce Fisher of Odessa, were so impressed with the entries that they came out of their own pockets to provide additional slots for the fourth and fifth place winners," Canon said. "Saturday's BBQ plate sale also went well, with over 360 plates sold all together."

Mayle McElroy's goat received Grand Champion honors on Friday, while John Clark earned both Grand Champion and Senior Showmanship honors in the Steer Show. Clay Teague and Alex Morales won Junior and Senior Showmanship honors in the Goat Show, and Nathan Box was the Junior Showmanship winner in the Steer Show. Clark won both titles is the Steer Show in 2003 as well, while Box also was a repeat winner from last year's show.

Kaci Harrison took Grand Champion honors for her Medium Wool Breed sheep entered in the Lamb Show on Friday, while Adrienne Bagley and Katie Lee were the Junior and Senior Showmanship winners. In the Hog Show on Saturday, Marissa Tarango's OPB Breed Champion hog took the overall Grand Champion honors at the end of the show, while Clay Teague picked up his second Junior Showmanship award and Natalia Ornelas won Senior Showmanship, which is named for longtime stock show worker Hardin Moore and was presented by last year's winner, Jack Bradley.

McElroy, Tarango and Bradley also took home some of the top honors from last year's show.

As part of this year's auction sale, a cobbler cooking contest was held Saturday afternoon, prior to the barbeque dinner at the Reeves County Civic Center. Gloria Windham picked up both top honors for her strawberry cobbler and for presentation.

Overall show results are as follows:

Grand Champion Goat: Mayle McElroy

Reserve Grand Champion Goat: Adrienne Bagley

Junior Showmanship: Clay Teague

Senior Showmanship: Alex Morales

Grand Champion Steer: John Clark

Reserve Grand Champion Steer: Nathan Box

Junior Showmanship: Nathan Box

Senior Showmanship: John Clark

Fine Wool Breed Champion: Mia Roman

Fine Wool Reserve Champion: Mayle McElroy

Cross Breed Champion: Adrienne Bagley

Cross Breed Reserve Champion: Adam Roman

Medium Wool Breed Champion: Kaci Harrison

Medium Wool Breed Reserve Champion: Mayle McElroy

Grand Champion Sheep: Kaci Harrison

Reserve Grand Champion Sheep: Mayle McElroy

Junior Showmanship: Adrienne Bagley

Senior Showmanship: Katie Lee

Duroc Breed Champion: Luis Carrasco

Duroc Reserve Breed Champion: Marissa Tarango

Hampshire Breed Champion: Mateo Tarango

Hampshire Reserve Breed Champion: Justin Hannsz

OPB Breed Champion: Marissa Tarango

OPB Reserve Breed Champion: Matt Elliot

Grand Champion Hog: Mateo Tarrango

Reserve Grand Champion Hog: Mysela Alvarez

Junior Showmanship: Clay Teague

Senior Showmanship: Natalia Ornelas

Cobbler Contest Winners:

1st Gloria Windham (strawberry)

2nd Nancy McAnally (peach)

3rd John Grant (peach)

4th Cecil Stickels (blackberry)

5th Birdie Slack (apricot)

Home construction commission plans Midland meeting

PECOS, Mon., Jan. 19, 2004 -- The Texas Residential Construction Commission will hold public comment meetings on Friday in Midland, part of a series of meetings around the state to allow all stakeholders the opportunity to bring an array of objective viewpoints to the table to help ensure that all the interests are represented during the rulemaking process.

Any person wanting to provide comments regarding the proposed rules is encouraged to appear and offer verbal or written comments or statements on the issue, at noon, on Friday, Jan. 23, at the Midland City Council Chambers, 300 N. Loraine.

For copies of the emergency and proposed rules or more information about the commission, visit the website at


PECOS, Mon., Jan. 19, 2004 -- High Sun. 58. Low this morning 33. Forecast for tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows near 35. SW winds 10 to 15 mph. Tues.: Mostly cloudy. Highs near 60. West winds 10 to 15 mph. Tues. night: Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of rain. Lows near 30. Wed.: Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of rain. Highs in the mid 40s.


Rebecca Ortiz

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