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July 3, 1997

West Texans set records in first night of rodeo

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Staff Writer

A pair of West Texas cowboys set a new arena record in team roping
during the first full night of the West of the Pecos Rodeo on Wednesday.

Breck Bean of Fort Hancock and Cody Guess of Colorado City used an eight
second time during Wednesday's second go-round competition to break the combined two-run record set by Jake Barnes and Clay O'Brien Cooper in 1992. Their 14.8 time gave them a 2.8 second lead over Charles Poague and Britt Bockius.

Two other area cowboys, Stormy Pruitt of Fort Davis and Zane Bowers of
Llano, continue to hold the second go-round lead, with a 7.2 second time. Chad Saunders and Shawn Harris are third, at 8.1 seconds, while Johnnie and John Phillip are third overall, with a 17.8 combined time.
(A full list of leaders is on Page 7-A)

While Texas cowboys dominated the top of the standings in the roping
events, out-of-state - and out-of-country cowboys held the lead in the two riding events that got underway Wednesday at the Buck Jackson Rodeo Arena.

Canadian champion Rod Hay took the early lead in saddle bronc riding,
scoring 76 points on board 'Powerful Stuff' to lead Red Lemmel of Mud Butte, S.D., by three points and former world's champion Dan Mortensen of Manhattan, Mont., by five.

In tonight's 8:30 p.m. performance, another foreign-born cowboy, Scott
Johnston from Booral, New South Wales, is scheduled to compete, Johnston, who now lives in Eagle Butte, S.D., won the 1996 Rookie of the Year honors, and has drawn 'Jenny Jenny,' the horse that Craig Latham won the 1996 West of the Pecos rodeo on, to ride.

Jess Martin, who won a go-round on at the 1996 National Finals Rodeo,
will also compete, while Les Mayo of Stephenville, has drawn Honky Tonk Man, the horse Pecos native T.J. Kenney finished second on in 1994.

In bareback riding, Larry Sandvick of Kaycee, Wyo., and Kirk Richard of
Sulphur, La., share the lead after the first night of competition. Both scored 79 points, with Sandvick, seventh in the world standings last year, riding Foot Loose and Richard on board Skoal After Midnight.

They were three points up on Dusty McCallister while a trio of cowboys,
including last year's world's champion Mark Garrett, were tied for fourth with 75 points.

Tonight, Chuck Logue of Decatur, the 1990 world and National Finals
Rodeo champion and 11 times NFR qualifier, is among those competing. He drew 'Little Sister' while Chad Klein of Jackson, La. has drawn Bad Company Rodeo's NFR horse 'No Satisfaction,' which Marvin Garrett rode to victory in Pecos last July. Klein placed 8th in the world all around standings and 22nd in the bareback riding last year.

Former Pecos cowboy Jim Blain Kenney, now of Carlsbad, N.M., will ride
Hanky Panky tonight. Kenney won the bareback competition here nine years ago.

Bull riding began Tuesday night and Tuff Hedeman's 87 point score held
up through Wednesday's performance. Buddy Reed of Rolena and Lonnie Stevenson and New Hebron, Miss., both scored 84 points on 'Bad to the Bone' and 'Skoal Cadillac' respectively.

Klein will also be competing in bull riding tonight, after finished 16th
in the world last year. He's drawn 'Johnny Be Good'. Among other entries tonight, Jesse Wright of Houston has drawnnational finals bull Skoal's Strokin' and Justin Backlund of Brighton, Colo., has drawn LaGrange,
the bull used in the Lane Frost movie '8 Seconds.' In Steer Wrestling,
Coleman's Brent Arnold took the lead in the second go round with a 4.2 second effort, while Mark Belcher of Santa Fe, Tx., and Kitt Woody of Cleburne are .1 second back after Wednesday's show. Craig Cavaness of
Fulshear won the first go-round in 4.4 seconds, and overall, Byron
Walker of Ennis continues to lead with a 9.1 combined time, with Johhny Grimes of Kerrville next at 9.2 seconds.

Calf roping leaders remained unchanged after Wednesday night. Terry
Kitchens of Mullin leads the second go round with a 10 flat effort, and Stran Smith of Tell maintained his lead in the overall, with a 19.1 combined time.

Also remaining in the lead were the steer roping and barrel racing
leaders from Tuesday, Jerry Cox and Kim Squires. Cox, of Cottula, tops the second go-round at 10.9 seconds and leads the overall with a 22.7 time. Kim Squires, of Carnegie Okla., maintained her lead with a 17.76 time, though Cheyenne Wimberly of Stephenville took over second, with a 17.81 effort, and Bridgett Thomas of Combine tied LaPorte's Stacy Brent for third, with a 17.89 effort.

Seats were available in both stands during the opening night
performance, which is the only mid-week show at this year's rodeo. With most people getting a three-day weekend for the Fourth of July, turnout should increase leading up to Saturday night's finals.

Marine hires private attorney in shooting

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REDFORD, Texas (AP) July 3, 1997 - - The Marine who killed a teen-ager
near the Mexican border needs to have his side of the story "more
forcefully presented," said a civilian attorney retained by the soldier

Cpl. Clemente Banuelos, who already has a military attorney, requested
private counsel to represent him as the Texas Rangers investigate the
May 20 shooting of Ezequiel Hernandez Jr., a Redford high school

The U.S. Justice Department approved the request and contacted Houston
attorney Jack Zimmermann, a retired Marine Corps colonel, who agreed to
take Banuelos as a client.

Such a move "doesn't happen very often because there's not many times
when a federal official acting in his official capacity is threatened
with prosecution by state authorities," said Zimmermann. Zimmermann also
said he was not yet prepared to discuss the case because he had only
been hired Wednesday, but added: "I do think that his side of the story
needs to be more forcefully presented."

Military officials say Hernandez was shot after the teen-ager had fired
twice at a four-man Marine surveillance team that was watching a
suspected drug route at the request of the Border Patrol.

The military maintains Hernandez had raised his .22-caliber rifle for a
third shot when the Marine opened fire.

The Marine Corps has said it stands behind its personnel, but civilian
investigators have raised questions about the series of events.
Authorities say the evidence has not matched the Marines' account and
suggest Hernandez was not facing the soldiers when he was killed.

Presidio County District Attorney Albert Valadez plans to present the case to a grand jury later this month.

Alien encounter celebration
brings many tourists to Roswell

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Associated Press Writer

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) July 3, 1997 - - Souvenir sales soared like the
thermometer Wednesday at the 50th anniversary celebration of an alleged
alien encounter known as the Roswell Incident.

As temperatures topped 100 degrees for the second straight day, stores
were selling out of such items as pinatas, a Hispanic Christmas
tradition that perhaps recalled cooler times - only these were alien

"We're primarily an Indian gallery but with the UFO festival going on,
we've added a lot to the store," said Michael Amador, the shopkeeper at
the Apache Gallery. "We also sell Mexican imports, so we had a friend
make the pinatas."

A group of promotional dummies made to resemble aliens sat in a
weathered Jeep in front of the gallery. These five aliens, each about 4
feet tall, were supposed to represent the five spacemen who purportedly
crashed northwest of here in July 1947. But with their costumes and
headgear - including cowboy hat and chaps, a feathered Indian war
bonnet, a military camouflage uniform and a sombrero - they were more
reminiscent of the Village People pop music group.

By noon, Amador said the store had sold about 50 of its 250 alien
pinatas at $7.95 each.

As he spoke, tourists paraded along the sidewalks and the mercury
climbed to 101, according to the National Weather Service. It had been
105 Tuesday.

The alien designs are everywhere. There are alien T-shirts, alien
mannequins, alien refrigerator magnets and alien guitar picks.

Michelle Watts, who co-owns the Quilt Talk fabric store, wore a
sleeveless mini-dress and wire-mesh vest made with her copyrighted
"fabric from outer space," a black-based print pattern showing silvery
space aliens and maps of New Mexico with Roswell highlighted.

"I'm weird. I look at everything in relation to 'Can you make a quilt or
sew with it or make something interesting out of it.' This is
interesting," she said, motioning to her outfit. "It's a woven (fabric)
from outer space. It definitely won't unravel."

The fabric has already sold out, but the store is accepting orders.

Down the street at the International UFO Museum and Research Center,
guests browsed through exhibits on, among other things, crop circles,
abduction stories and the Air Force's Project Mogul, a 1940s effort to
monitor Soviet nuclear testing.

Military officials say it was a top-secret experimental spy balloon from
that project - and not a UFO - that crashed near Roswell in July 1947.

Joyce Kiess, who greets each guest at the museum's door, says 2,067
visitors entered Tuesday, the first official day of the celebration, and
the number was expected to rise daily as the week continued. Most
visitors were from Texas and California, she said, with some from as far
away as Vermont.

Some visitors expressed belief in the UFO story. Most, like 7-year-old
Colby Kraft of Bradford, Pa., were just having a good time. Asked if he
believed in space aliens, Colby shrugged and smiled.

"I don't know," he said.

Added Jason York, 19, of Amarillo, Texas: "I know something happened.
I'm just not sure what."

Festival organizers said several hotel rooms became available Wednesday
when a television production company cancelled plans to cover the event.

But there was still overflow. Representatives of some news outlets were
housed at a retirement center.
"So obviously, there's a need for rooms," said publicist Tom Garrity.

Safety commission offers fireworks tips

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WASHINGTON (AP) July 3, 1997 - With the Fourth of July approaching, the
Consumer Product Safety Commission notes that emergency rooms treated
7,600 fireworks injuries last year, a third of them suffered by children
under 15.

That's an improvement over 1995 when 11,000 fireworks injuries were
recorded, but the safety commission said Wednesday that more reductions
in fireworks injuries are needed.

The agency bans fireworks it considers unduly dangerous, including the
powerful M-80s.

This year it imposed an additional ban on unstable multiple tube
fireworks of the kind that killed two bystanders when the device tipped

The safety commission offers these suggestions to reduce the risk of
injuries from fireworks:

-Never allow children to play with fireworks.

-Read and follow all fireworks warnings and instructions.

-Never try to relight fireworks that have fizzled.

-Keep a bucket of water nearby in case of accident or fire.

-Only light fireworks on a smooth, flat surface away from houses, dry leaves and flammable materials.

Warden Franco invites community to RCDC

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Staff Writer

PECOS, July 3, 1997 - Rudy Franco wants to put everyone in the area over
the age of 14 in the county jail. At least for one day.

Franco, who is the Reeves County Detention Center (RCDC) warden, invites
the public, age 14 and up, to an Open House at the RCDC from 9 to 11
a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. July 9.

"We want to acquaint the public with what we do out here. There are so
many misconceptions. People don't understand exactly what it is we do,
and this detention center is important to the economy of Reeves County,"
Franco said.

"We have two long-term obligations: first, to protect the community from
the inmates, and second, to maintain a humane and safe environment for
the inmates," Franco explained.

Currently, the 11-year-old facility houses 724 long-term federal
inmates, and has never had an open house. "We've specifically invited
the families of our staff. They have never been able to see what their
spouses or parents do. Our staff does a great job, and we want to share
this with the community," Franco said.

"We are having one open house for local dignitaries and then one for the
general public, age fourteen and up," Franco added.

Prison staff, which includes not only guards, but case workers,
educators, and recreation directors, will give guided tours.

Staff members will also give demonstrations. The disturbance control
team will demonstrate riot suppression. The emergency response team and
color guard will be in action as well.

The inmate population at the detention center is 95% deportable aliens
convicted of federal offenses, primarily involving drugs or immigration
offenses, according to Franco.

Franco, who retired from the Federal Bureau of Prisons, has been warden at the Reeves County facility since November.

Administrators leaving are school districts

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PECOS, July 3, 1997 - Area school districts will have a few new
administrators when school resumes in the fall.

Balmorhea Independent School District has completed its search for a new
superintendent. The Balmorhea ISD Board of Education officially hired
Carl Lee Hoffmeyer of Bloomington Saturday, June 28. He was the
superintendent in Bloomington before taking the position in Balmorhea,
according to Balmorhea High School Assistant Principal Michael Barrandey.

In Pecos, Pecos High School Principal Alice Duerksen turned in her
resignation Monday, according to Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD Superintendent
Mario Sotelo.

"We understand that she's going to teach reading in Fort Stockton,"
Sotelo said, "but we don't know that for a fact."

Earlier this morning, Duerksen commented on her resignation from PHS.

"It is certainly with regret that I leave the people and students of
Pecos," Duerksen said, "but I've accepted a teaching position in Fort

"I wish everyone here the best."

It has not yet been determined exactly when Duerksen will leave PHS.

"I'll stay until there is a schedule in place for who comes into this
office, so they will take over under the best possible circumstance.
We're working on a master schedule now, so I'm not sure exactly when my
last day will be."

It was recently disclosed that P-B-T ISD Superintendent Mario Sotelo had
applied for the position of Superintendent of the Edinburg, Texas school
district. The Board of Education in Edinburg has narrowed their field of
candidates down to two, one of which Sotelo is one. The Edinburg school board will make their final choice on July 11.

Texas homeowners face insurance increase

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Associated Press Writer

AUSTIN (AP) July 3, 1997 - Many Texas homeowners could face up to
double-digit increases to the cost of their insurance policies.

Texas Insurance Commissioner Elton Bomer on Wednesday heard arguments
from insurer and consumer groups on the setting of residential property
benchmark rates. Regulated insurance companies, covering about one-third
of Texas' residential property, set their rates from 30 percent above to
30 percent below the benchmark rate set in each of the state's 23 rating

Unregulated companies cover the majority of Texas homes.

Regulated rates within the territories vary widely, based on insurance
companies' policies, the location of the insured properties and other
factors. The Insurance Department encourages Texans to shop around.

Two state administrative judges have urged Bomer to approve an overall
13.5 percent increase to the statewide average benchmark rate. That
includes a 14.8 percent increase to the average benchmark for
homeowners' policies and no change to the renters' average benchmark.

"It's unfortunate our recent loss experience - the majority of which is
weather-related - has put upward pressure on rates," said Rick Gentry,
regional vice president of the Texas Insurance Organization, a trade

TIO had sought a 14.3 percent overall increase.

Insurance payments for damages caused by recent flooding and tornadoes in Central Texas were not considered in the annual rate hearing case.

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PECOS July 3, 1997 - High Wednesday, 102, low this morning, 75. In West Texas the showers and thunderstorms will begin in eastern areas tonight and spread westward on Friday. It will be partly cloudy and warm to hot through Friday. Lows tonight will be in the 60s and 70s. Highs Friday will be in the 80s and 90s except in the Big Bend area of Southwest Texas where the mercury could climb to near 105 on Friday afternoon.
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