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Wednesday, September 9, 1998

Chamber told kids' parade date changed

Staff Writer
Mother Goose will be making her debut on a different date in
Pecos than was previously set, according to the President of
Women's Division of the Pecos Chamber of Commerce.

"We changed the date of the Mother Goose Parade," said Suan
Cross, who told chamber board of directors that this year's
parade will be held at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 28, beginning
at the First National Bank.

The parade had previously been set to coincide with the
Reeves County Fall Fair and Concert, which will take place
the following weekend this year.

Tom Rivera, executive director of the chamber stated that
the names of the bands for the concert have not been

"They know of at least three for sure, but still need to
work out the fine points," Rivera said. "The main band
they're talking about getting, will attract a large crowd,
if that's the one they get."

Rivera reported to the group that work on the new Pecos
advertising billboards is supposed to start soon and that
the advertising committee will meet at 5 p.m., next Tuesday.

He also told the group that he has two videos and a CD with
information about the new $20 bills, which will begin
circulating this Fall.

"They are at the office for anyone that wants to take a look
at them, show them to their staff," Rivera said. The new
bills will be similar in design to the $100 and $50 bills
introduced over the past two years.

President Richard Crider said that the chamber has been
tossing around some ideas on forming a Texas Rodeo Hall of
Fame and locating it in the old Pecos Depot, across from the
West of the Pecos Museum.

"Tom has submitted some forms to the railroad," said Crider.

The site is a possible location for the Hall of Fame and
they have to have a lease, according to Crider. "Apparently
the building belongs to the city and the land to the
railroad," he said.

The idea was first brought before the directors by former
Chamber of Commerce member John Rediger, who said he had
been thinking about different ideas to attract tourists to

Members were also told a motivational workshop is scheduled
from 9 a.m. until noon and from 1:30 until 4:30 p.m.,
Thursday, Sept. 24., featuring motivational guest speaker
Tom Starr.

The cost is $39 and individuals can attend either the
morning session or the afternoon session.

"It would be nice if the whole town participated in this,"
said Rivera. "We have 12 for sure, but we need at least 25
to offset the cost of the speaker," he said.

Rivera suggested that each member of the chamber get someone
to go to one of the sessions and the chamber member will get
to go for free.

"We as the chamber should encourage this, do something
positive for the community," he said.

"I still say that if the people in this town get motivated,
everything is possible," said Crider.

Linda Gholson was named president-elect for the chamber for
next year.

"I appreciate that, I'm thrilled," said Gholson. "A
president can only do as much as the chamber is willing to
help out with."

A meeting is scheduled for 5 p.m., Friday for all those that
want to help with the fall fair and concert.

"We'll need volunteers to sell beer and tickets," said

Diez y Seis events set for weekend

Staff Writer
Fun, food, games and music are all a part of the agenda for
the 16th of September Fiestas scheduled in Pecos this

The fiestas will be held on Friday and Saturday, in the
Santa Rosa Parking lot, located in front of the church on
East Fourth Street.

Food booths will be set up offering delicacies and cold

The annual Diez y Seis parade will be held at 10 a.m.,
Saturday and will be followed by live music and dancing.

The queen coronation will be at 9 p.m., that night.

Ballet Folklorico Aires Internacionales will be one of the
out-of-town groups performing at the fiestas.

The group was inducted in February 1998 to enrich the
Hispanic culture through Mexican and international folklore
and dance. The group is led by the director Roberta (Barbie)
Valdiviez. The 37 members vary in age from five to 35 years
old with experience varying from one to 20 years. The group
has a variety of dance routines from different countries,
which include Spain, Middle East, United States and Mexico
with dance styles that include hula, jazz, flamenco,
folklorico and tap.

Some of the Mexican regions include Jalisco, Colima, Puebla,
and Sinaloa. The group hopes to travel to the places from
which they have learned dances and also share their culture.

Clark's competition includes showing, riding

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the second of three articles on
Reeves-Loving 4-H members who will be participating in this
week's Permian Basin Fair and Livestock Show in Odessa.
Contributing Writer
January of 1998 was the first and only time in the history
of the Reeves County Jr. Livestock Show that siblings have
won a "Grand Champion" and "Reserve Grand Champion" in the
same competition. This occurred when Courtney Clark and her
brother, John Marvin, took the honors with their steers.
Courtney showed a heavy weight Simmental steer, and John
Marvin showed a light weight Shorthorn.

Entering both another school year and another year of
competition in 4-H Club projects, Courtney is anxious to
continue her tradition of winning. Her heavy weight
Simmental Steer is groomed for entry in the "Exotic Breed"
category at the Permian Basin Fair, on Saturday and Sunday.

Courtney is the daughter of Gary and Judy Clark of Pecos.
Staying busy is a
way of life for the Clark Family. Courtney's father operates
the Clark Ranch, which is located in Reeves and Loving
Counties. Her mother is employed by Elliott & Waldron
Abstract Company in Pecos. Courtney keeps herself busy with
high school activities, including the golf team, and
participation in 4-H Club work. She also is active in the
Texas High School Rodeo Association.

No stranger to the winner's circle, Courtney has been very
successful at showing 4-H Club animals. Winning first in
breed with her Simmental heavy weight steer at the Houston
Livestock Show last season vaulted her to the Top 10 in the
Texas Club Calf Association. She also gained points by
placing 10th at the Fort Worth Livestock Show.

Demonstrating skills in the show-ring, Courtney has won
various showmanship awards. Also, her 4-H Senior Division
Record Book brought her a first place.
Courtney has also demonstrated considerable equestrian
skills at the District 6, 4-H Club Horse Show in Fort
Stockton, and the State 4-H Club Horse Show in Abilene.
Taking second place honors in cutting at Fort Stockton, she
continued in competition at state, with a fourth place
overall ranking.

The equestrian competition in which Courtney excels is
astride a cutting horse. Selecting a particular cow in a
herd, the rider, through subtle commands to her mount, can
cut the animal away and separate it from the other animals.
This is achieved basically by shifting body weight in the

Maintaining an "A" average at Pecos High School requires a
lot of self-discipline for Courtney. Coupled with her sports
(golf), 4-H Club work, and Texas High School Rodeo
Association activities, she adheres to a quite rigorous
schedule for a teenager. Unfazed by the hustle, she has
plans for the future. Her immediate plans include making a
respectable showing at the Permian Basin Fair with her
Simmental Steer. In the offing she sees college at Angelo
State University.

Gary Clark says of his daughter, "Courtney works hard at all
she does, and I have to be proud of her progress."

"There are times when she is dead tired," adds Mrs. Clark,
"but she goes ahead and does all her chores without a fuss."

Power outage leaves students in dark

Staff Writer
Bessie Haynes Elementary teachers carried on in the dark
Tuesday, when a transformer failed, cutting off electrical
power to the school.

Texas-New Mexico Power Co. planner-scheduler Tommy Terry
said the underground transformer requires more effort to
replace than one on a pole. His crew spent five hours
restoring power to the school, he said.

Bessie Haynes Principal Mary Lou Carrasco said, "It was an
adventuresome day, but I have very adventuresome people, and
we adapted real well."

Students and teachers alike adjusted to the change in
schedules and location as they moved to areas that had
natural light and were cooler.

"We did what we needed to do to get the work done," she
said. "I have a wonderful staff and wonderful kids. I'm just
so proud of them."

Some students liked the dim lighting in the cafeteria,
saying it was relaxing, Carrasco said.

"Some thought it was exciting; something different. It was a
productive day. I appreciate everyone's help," she said. "It
was a regular school day."

T-NMP responded quickly and did what they needed to do to
restore power, Carrasco said, praising their work.

Everything was back to normal today, she said.

Purple means `keep out' according to law

If you see a purple stripe on a fence post, don't
automatically assume the landowner is a Pecos Eagles fan. He
may be warning you to keep off his property.

"No trespassing" signs are no longer a legal requirement to
prosecute people who cross land they are not welcome on,
said Judon Fambrough, attorney and senior lecturer with the
Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University.

Fambrough said that a new law that took effect Sept. 1, 1997
allows a landowner to replace no trespassing signs with
vertical purple stripes. A one-year changeover period to the
new color system ended last week.

The stripes, measuring one inch wide and eight inches long,
must be posted at three to five feet above the ground every
1,000 feet along a property line.

During the past year, the landowner was also required to
post a sign at each vehicle entrance to the property
explaining the purpose of the purple stripes. Beginning
Sept. 1, that is no longer required.

For a free copy of the new trespass law, send a
self-addressed, stamped envelope to: Purple Paint Law, Real
Estate Center, Mail Stop 2115, Texas A&M University, College
Station, Texas 77843-2115.


On June 20, Pecos Police responded to the Burglary of the
Habitation of a small apartment located behind 502 N.
Hickory St. Upon arrival the officer met with the
complainant who stated that a person or persons had gained
entry into his apartment by kicking in the front door.
Once inside the person or persons removed a 20-gauge pump,
Smith and Wesson shotgun, and a Marlin 22 semi-automatic
rifle. Estimated value of the stolen guns was placed at
Anyone with information on this crime or any other crime
call "Crime Stoppers" at 445-9898 and you will remain
anonymous...thank you.


EDITOR'S NOTE: Information contained in the Police Report is
obtained from reports filed by the Pecos Police Department,
Reeves County Sheriff's Office, or other officers of those
The serving of warrants by an officer for outstanding fines
of either traffic citations, animal control violations or
other court costs are considered arrests and will be printed
as such unless indicated that the fines were paid. In such
instances we will indicate payment and release.
Jerry Olivas, 17, was arrested at 7:42 p.m., on August 31,
in the 1200 block of West Seventh Street, for assault under
the Family Violence Act. He was transported to Reeves County
Eric Lopez, 26, was arrested at 7:40 a.m., on September 1,
in the 1900 block of Missouri Street, for assault under the
Family Violence Act. He was transported to Reeves County
Ismael Mendoza, 41, was arrested at 9:05 a.m., on September
2, in the 1700 block of Adams Street, for an assault by
threat. He was transported to Reeves County Jail.
Saul Valeriano, 33, was arrested at 2:18 p.m., on September
2, in the 800 block of West Third Street, on a warrant for
an assault causing bodily injury. He was transported to
Reeves County Jail.
Rosalinda Munoz, 50, was arrested at 11:39 p.m., on
September 4, in the 1200 block of South Ash Street, for
public intoxication. She was transported to Reeves County
Ricardo Cerna Jr., 18, was arrested at 6:36 p.m., on
September 5, at the corner of Third and Cedar streets, on a
capias pro fine warrant. He was transported to Reeves County
Jessica Aguirre, 19, was arrested at 9:41 p.m., on September
6, in the 700 block of South Oleander Street, for assault
under the Family Violence Act. She was transported to Reeves
County Jail.
Felipe Sanchez Jr., 19, was arrested at 3:35 p.m., on
September 6, at the corner of Stafford and Cactus streets,
for driving without a license. He was transported to Reeves
County Jail.
Ramon Noriega, 39, was arrested at 12:23 a.m., on September
7, at the corner of Seventh and Cypress streets, for driving
without a license. He was transported to Reeves County Jail.
Odessa resident Joseph Sanchez, 20, and a male juvenile,
were arrested at 2:29 a.m., on September 7, in the 600 block
of Seventh Street--Sanchez for public intoxication; the
juvenile on a probation violation. Sanchez was transported
to Reeves County Jail; the juvenile to Juvenile Detention
Daniel Gomez, 53, was arrested at 8:03 p.m., on September 8,
at the corner of Yucca and Park streets, on warrants for
theft by check. He was transported to Reeves County Jail.
Ruben Hernandez, 37, was arrested at 4:10 p.m., on September
8, at 304 E. Eighth St., on a grand jury indictment warrant.
He was transported to Reeves County Jail.


High Tuesday 95; Low this morning 68. Forecast for
tonight: Fair. Low in the mid 60s. East to southeast wind
5-10 mph. Thursday, partly cloudy. High in the lower 90s.
East to southeast wind 10-15 mph.

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