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Wednesday, July 1, 1998

Colorful floats highlight parade

Staff Writer
Colorful floats, horses, old model cars and more were a part
of this year's West of the Pecos Rodeo Parade, which Federal
Judge Lucius Bunton served as grand marshal.

"It was a great parade this year, with lots of entries,"
said Chamber of Commerce Director Tom Rivera. "We're happy
to have had this many entries and the floats were just
beautiful," he said.

This morning's parade followed its usual route from the west
side of Pecos, traveling along Oak and Cedar streets through
the downtown area. A barbecue luncheon was held at the
Reeves County Sheriff's Posse Barn, where the parade ended
and where winners were announced and trophies handed out.

First place winner in the floats category went to this
year's Golden Girl Erin Dominguez. She was crowned last
Friday evening at the Pecos High School Auditorium and will
be representing Pecos in different events throughout the

Second place float winner was Alva Alvarez, Golden Girl

First place winner in the antiques category was Democratic
Party nominee for state comptroller, Paul Hobby, with
Ornelas taking second place. Hobby was one of several
politicians in this year's parade, along with Reupblican
congressman Henry Bonilla and Pete Patteron, Democratic
Party nominee for agriculture commissioner.

In the bicycle category, Christina Sonnen placed first and
Coca-Cola second.

Several groups of horse riders were represented in this
year's parade with first place going to the Lopez Family.
Pam Mills riding group took second place in that category.

In the civic organizations portion of the parade, the Lions
Club took first place with the Class of 1978 placing second.

Commercial floats were also a big part of the parade. Reeves
County Home Health placed first in that category with
American Home Health taking second.

"Everybody just had a great time and we're glad there were
so many people that could join us," said Rivera.

Littlejohn takes early lead in bull riding

Staff Writer
How do you break a drought in Pecos? Hold a rodeo.

Car washes and picnics may work in other places, but in
Reeves County, the West of the Pecos Rodeo has traditionally
been the best way to attract showers.

Tuesday night was no exception, as the pre-rodeo performance
at the Buck Jackson Rodeo Arena was delayed by about 45
minutes, after the first real thunderstorm of 1998 passed
over Pecos about 7:15 p.m.

When competition finally began, Chris Littlejohn took the
early lead in bull riding, while Corley Cox did the same in
ladies' barrel racing and Arnold Felts took top honors in
the first event of the 116th edition to be completed, senior
steer roping.

The seniors roped on Monday and Tuesday, although the first
official performance doesn't begin until tonight at 8:30
p.m. at the Buck Jackson Arena. All events will take place
at that time, while Tuesday's special performance was
limited to steer roping, barrel racing and bull riding.

Twelve-time world's champion steer roper Guy Allen had the
best effort on Tuesday with an 11-flat time in his second
go-round, while Felts was just one-tenth of a second behind.
He later survived a 10 second penalty in the senior division
to win the title there, with a 50.3 total for three rides.
Butch Myers of Athens, Tx., had a 20.1 time to win the final
go-round, and wound up second overall, with a 52.3 time.

Felts' time Tuesday was 24.1 seconds, and A.R. Northcott of
Odessa was third, with a 25.3 time.

Littlejohn rode H34 Jump for eight second and 83 points in
Tuesday's final section of bull riding, taking a seven point
lead over Gilbert Carrillo of Stephenville. Jay Bryant and
Mark White were next, each scoring 75 points, and Rois Kelso
placed fourth on the night, scoring 74 points.

Tonight's events will feature six-time all-around world's
champ Ty Murray, who is also the current leader in the
all-around standings. He'll compete in the bull riding and
saddle bronc events. Rookie of the Year leader Craig Chavez
will also be among the bull riders tonight, while saddle
bronc riding will feature two-time West of the Pecos and
world's champ Craig Latham, and former Pecos rodeo champs
Billy and Dan Etbauer.

Last year's bareback riding champion in Pecos, Chad Klein,
is also scheduled to compete, as are 1997's steer roping
winner Jerry Cox, former calf roping world's champ Herbert
Theriot, and leader after the first go-round, Chad Hagen.

Another former Pecos champ, Trevor Brazile, currently second
to Murray in the all around rankings, is currently first in
steer roping, following Tuesday's performance. His 11.4 time
was good for a 23.2 second total for two attempts, just head
of Allen, who is at 23.4 seconds. Lionel Burns was third on
Tuesday, going 11.4 seconds, while J.B. Watley and Buster
Record are third and fourth overall, at 25.7 and 26.2

In calf roping, Mark Ivy of Mountain Home and former world's
champ Joe Beaver of Huntsville took the second go round lead
after Tuesday morning's session. They each had a 9.8 second
times, to a 10.1 time for Justin Moases and a 10.2 effort by
Terry Kitchens. Overall, six-time world's champ Roy Cooper
holds the lead, at 21.6 seconds, to 26.3 seconds for Stran
Smith, 24.4 for Marty Jones and 25.4 for Neal Felton.

Bobby Hurley and Allen Bach are currently second go-round
leaders in team roping, after a 6.8 second effort on
Tuesday. Bret Boatright and Kory Koontz are second with a
7.2 time, and lead in the overall with a 15.2 second total.
Rowdy Rieken and Shawn Darnell are second, at 15.6 seconds,
and former champs Jake Barnes and Clay O'Brien Cooper are
third, with a 16.0 time.

In steer wrestling, D.L. Funderburgh of Stephenville and Ted
York of Trinity lead the second go round, with 4.2 second
times. Keith Webster leads the overall, at 8.9 seconds,
while Clyde Hemes and Chantz Greene are tied for second with
9.5 times, and Jeff Lewis is just behind, at 9.5 seconds.

The rains hit just before the start of the barrel race,
muddying the arena and forcing tractor and shovel crews to
come in to fix up the surface. That was done several times
during the competition, in which Cox, from Cotulla, took the
early lead with a 17.85 time.

Phyllis Newton of Carlsbad, N.M. was next, at 18.07 seconds,
and current leader in the overall national standings, Sherry
Cervi, of Midland, was third, with an 18.13 time.
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Storm provides break from drought

Staff Writer
Blowing in on a stiff east wind, that elusive rain fell on
Pecos Tuesday, increasing the city's rainfall total for 1998
by 150 percent, while cooling temperatures and delaying the
start of slack events at the West of the Pecos Rodeo.

An upper level disturbance and weak cold front are expected
to bring more showers and thunderstorms in most areas of
West Texas tonight and Thursday. Skies will be partly cloudy.

The localized storm blew in about 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, dumping
an official .30 inch of precipitation. KIUN Radio recorded
.22 inch downtown. Some estimated up to an inch fell at the
rodeo grounds.

Slack was set to begin at 7:30 p.m., but was delayed 45
minutes to allow the arena to dry out enough for discs to
churn up the dirt for the ladies' barrel race.

Although it couldn't be called a drought breaker, the rains
that fell for just over 30 minutes on Tuesday was 50 percent
more than the total for the first six months of the year.
The National Weather Service gauge caught just .20 inch from
January 1 through June 29.

Tuesday's rainfall will appear on official weather reports
for July, so June's total is still only .05 inch.

Before the rains fell, cloudy skies held temperatures below
100 for the first time in two weeks. The "coolest" days
during that time were on June 17 and 18, when mercury
stopped at 104 degrees. The high was 113 on June 26.

Most of the rains reported in the area on Tuesday fell to
the south of Pecos, and were formed from clouds that built
up over the Davis Mountains during the day.

Reynolds seeks forfeiture of cash

District Attorney Randy Reynolds has filed notice of seizure
and intent to forfeit $3,000 taken in an undercover drug
sale June 6.

Pecos Police Investigator Paul Deishler said, in an
affidavit filed with the court, that Jesus Salgado Puertas
of 922 S. Hickory St., paid an undercover officer $3,000 for
marijuana on that date.

Puertas was arrested and charged with illegal expenditure or
investment and was placed in Reeves County Jail, Deishler

Reynolds asked 143rd District Court Judge Bob Parks to
forfeit the cash to the police department.


The Big Bend Sentinel

MARFA, June 25, 1998 - The appointment of a new Presidio
County tax assessor-collector and an order determining
whether or not to ban fireworks on the July 4th holiday
highlighted the special session of county commissioners
court on Monday at the courthouse in Marfa. The fallout from
the fireworks decision led to an emergency meeting of the
court on Tuesday. Elected officials voted not to ban
fireworks in the unincorporated areas of Presidio County.
The court did propose adopting an order restricting the use
of fireworks in designated safe areas outside the city
limits of Marfa and Presidio. They also appointed Deputy
Presidio County Tax Assessor-Collector Norma Arroyo as the
new head of the county's tax office.

The International

PRESIDIO, June 25, 1998 - A Presidio native is listed as
having the 78th largest Hispanic-owned company in the United
States, according to Hispanic business magazine. William
Soza, chief executive officer of Soza & Co. Ltd., of
Fairfax, Virginia, is ranked number 78 of the 500 largest
Hispanic-owned companies in the United States. The company,
an accounting firm, was started in 1969, and currently has
442 employees.

The McCamey News

McCAMEY, June 25, 1998 - City and county officials are
asking that residents refrain from using fireworks this
Fourth of July. Residents are also asked to refrain from
burning anything outdoors that could spark a grass fire.
Drought conditions necessitate this ban and residents are
encouraged to cooperate with this request in an effort to
prevent fires and potential property damage.

Iraan News

IRAAN, June 25, 1998 - County judge Fredie Capers, issued
an order June 4 prohibiting the use of aerial fireworks
within the unincorporated areas of Pecos County. This ruling
was a decision of the Commissioners Court due to the drought
conditions. The city has an ordinance, that prohibits the
sale and discharge of fireworks within the city limits.
Fireworks will not be permitted at the Pecos County Park.

The Monahans News

MONAHANS, June 25, 1998 - Hundreds of citizens of Monahans
will celebrate Independence Day with song, balloons, a
bicycle tour, a motorcycle parade and a red, white and blue
cornucopia of other events, reports Cindy Driggars of the
Chamber of Commerce. But there will be no fireworks, notes
the Chamber executive, because of the county ban on aerial
pyrotechnics forced by the continuing drought and the danger
of wild fire. Hill Park across from the courthouse is the
main venue for Freedom Fest '98.


Marriages for June 1998, as reported by the Reeves County
Clerk's Office.
Adan Martinez and Eva Tapia
Larry S. Maleson and Ysela Ann Herrera
Albert P. Rodriguez and Graciela Socorro Arredondo
Martin Tarango and Carolina Nunez Lopez
Billy Curtis Edwards and Virginia Ornelas Edwards
Efren P. Rodriguez and Jennifer Lara
Steven K. Osterloh, Jr. and Jennifer S. Armstrong
Alan Ray Zeman and Nan W. Moore
William Jenkins, Jr. and Rebecca J. Cole
Clemente Urquidez III and Julie Deandra Lara


Divorces for June 1998, as filed with the Reeves County
Clerk's Office.
Eloy Baldez Tarango and Yvonne Machuca Tarango
Larry Kington and Catherine M. Kington
Sylvia Gurale and Joseph M. Gurale
Gary Paul Treadwell and Latasha Whiteside Treadwell
Laurie Elizabeth Hill and Craig Alen Hill


High Tuesday 98. Low this morning 76. Forecast for tonight:
Partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of evening
thunderstorms. Low 70 75. Southeast wind 5-15 mph. Thursday,
partly cloudy with a slight chance of thunderstorms. high
around 95. Chance of rain is less than 20 percent. Southeast
wind 10-20 mph. Fourth of July weekend forecast, partly
cloudy and hot. Lows in the mid 70s. Highs 100 105.

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