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Tuesday, October 6, 1998

PHS homecoming events underway

Staff Writer
Pecos Eagle fans are gearing up this week for the Pecos High
School's 1998 homecoming events, which will run through
Friday's homecoming football game and dance.

This year's homecoming queen nominees include seniors Erin
Dominguez, Linsey Hathorn and Monique Levario. One of these
young ladies will be crowned at 7 p.m., on Friday at Eagle
Stadium, prior to the homecoming game between the Pecos
Eagles and the Fabens Wildcats.

The crowning will be held prior to the game this year
instead of at halftime, a change that many other schools
have gone to in recent years.

The homecoming court consists of the junior duchess, Syra
Rodriguez, sophomore duchess, Crystal Garcia and freshman
duchess, Brenda Fuentes.

Homecoming week began with Monday as "Blind the Wildcats"
day with all Eagle fans wearing bright colors, Today, fans
wore their favorite 70's apparel for "Blast the Wildcats"
Back to the 70's and Wednesday is scheduled to be "Put the
Wildcats to Sleep" day with everyone wearing their favorite

On Thursday Eagle fans will wear a hat or cap for "Hats off
to the Eagles" day.

The homecoming parade will begin at 4:30 p.m., Thursday. A
different lineup site and route is scheduled for this year.

Lineup will start at Second and Eddy streets instead of at
Pecos High School, and the parade will move south on Eddy to
Washington Street, then west on Washington to Park, then
south on Park Street to Jackson, then west on Jackson to
Missouri, north on Missouri Street and on to the first
parking entrance at Eagle Stadium at the high school.

The theme for this year's parade is "Purple Power, Groovy
Gold," (70's theme). Lineup will begin at 3:45 at the
intersection of Second and Eddy.

At 8 p.m. Thursday a bonfire will be held at the old
landfill south of town.

Friday will be Purple and Gold Day, everyone is encouraged
to wear their school colors.

Homecoming activities will begin at 9:30 a.m., Friday with a
district-wide Pep Rally in the football stadium. At this
time the homecoming court will be introduced.

Officials probe drive-by shots fired at homes

Staff Writer
Two teenagers have been arrested in connection with drive-by
shootings during the past four weeks - the latest taking
place this past Sunday - and several other incidents are
under investigation by local law enforcement officials.

Pecos Police Department and the Reeves County Sheriff's
Office have teamed up to investigate several incidents which
have been reported to both offices.

The incidents are possibly gang-related, according to police.

"I do believe these incidents might have something to do
with gangs," said Juvenile Officer Hilda Woods.

The first incident occurred on Saturday, Sept. 5. Ruben
Martinez, 19, was arrested Saturday at 4:46 a.m., on
warrants for evading detention and deadly conduct by
discharging a firearm.

According to police, Martinez and a juvenile used a .22
rifle in a white 4-door Dodge. The shooting caused no
injuries or property damage.

The incident was done by Martinez and a juvenile in the 600
block of Sycamore Street. They were located in the 600 block
of East Sixth at 2:31 a.m.

"A sheriff's deputy was in the area at the time, he heard
the shots, saw the car and made a traffic stop," said Pecos
Police Investigator Kelly Davis.

More arrests are pending in this incident, according to
police reports.

"We're working closely with the sheriff's department in
trying to solve these rash of incidents," said Davis.

The latest drive-by shooting-related arrests occurred this
past weekend. According to Reeves County Sheriff's deputy
Bobby Jenkins, he was on routine patrol at about 4:25 a.m.
Sunday, and while eastbound in the 600 block of West Third
Street, observed a green four door vehicle traveling west.

Deputy Jenkins noticed the driver was not wearing a seat
belt and failed to signal to make a left turn at the
intersection of Third and Palm Street.

Jenkins advised the driver, Ruben Carrasco, 17, why he was
stopping him and asked to see his driver's license. Carrasco
then told the officer that he didn't have a driver's license.

Jenkins then asked the driver and three passengers to exit
the vehicle. The subject in the rear passenger side exited
the vehicle and proceeded to run in a westerly direction.

Jenkins searched the vehicle and found a baseball bat on the
floor on the rear passenger side, along with seven shell
casings lying in the rear passenger seat. Also found was one
illegal butterfly knife inside the glove compartment.

Jenkins asked who the knife belonged to, and the driver
responded that he didn't know.

Carrasco was then placed under arrest for unlawful carrying
a weapon and transported to Reeves County Jail by Deputy
Danny Leos.

The other two juveniles were cited for curfew violation and
released to their parents.

While at the Reeves County Jail, Jenkins spoke to Carrasco
in reference to shell casings found in the rear seat of his
car, due to the fact that the department had received
several reports of shots being fired.

Carrasco gave a statement to Jenkins that they had fired at
a house and later went to another residence and fired some
shots there also.

Two of the juveniles that were with Carrasco were charged
with deadly conduct discharging firearm, while the other
subject was charged with evading detention.

The site of the shootings were not included in the released
report, but incidents still under investigation include a
Sunday report shots being fired at 2:04 a.m., in the 600
block of Sycamore Street.

Since then, three more reports of shots being fired have
been turned in, the first reported on Monday, at 12:35 a.m.,
in the 400 block of South Park Street, and another on
Monday, in the vicinity of Zavala Middle School, according
to Davis.

"We're still working on these, but we do have a suspect,"
said Davis.

The latest report of shots being fired was turned into
police on Monday as well, and occurred in the vicinity of
1000 Block of South Ash Street.

No one has been hurt as of yet in the shooting incidents,
but Woods stated that the rash of drive-by shootings have
become a major concern for law enforcement and community

A Parents Against Gangs meeting has been scheduled for 7
p.m., Monday, Oct. 12, at the Pecos High School Auditorium.

"Some of the parents have come to me, for advice and want to
set up this meeting to involve everyone in the community and
make them aware of the problem," said Woods.

She stated that they and local law enforcement officials
want to "tackle" this problem before it becomes bigger.

"We want to get rid of this problem and make this a safer
community," she said.

All parents, civic leaders, community organizations and
clergy individuals are urged to attend.

Stock show top winners announced

Contributing Writer
"Family and friends, that's what it is all about," said
livestock show judge Miles Dabovich, after complimenting
contestants and their entries from all over West Texas
during the 1998 Reeves County Livestock Show.

``It's good to see that these youngsters recognize that,"
Dabovich, the Crockett County Extension Agent who judged the
animals during Saturday's show.

The event started Saturday morning with the Lamb Show.
Taking the Finewool Championship was Joe Self and Garrett
Cypert took home the Reserve Champion in the Finewool
division, while the Cross division's championship went to
Self and reserve to Cypert and in the Medium Wool division,
Kyle Vaughn took home the champion ribbon, while Taryn
McNeil received the reserve champion.

Overall, Kyle Vaughn received Grand Champion and Taryn
McNeil the Reserve Champion in the lamb show, and Lamb
Showmanship went to Laci Jo Walter.

Top finishers in the lamb divisions were:

Class 1 - Southdown

1. Cody Strube, Big Lake; 2. Ashley Frizzel, Uvalde; 3.
Kelli Rankin, Wall.

Class 2 - Finewool

1. Kelli Rankin, Wall; 2. Cody Strube, Big Lake; 3. Cody
Strube, Big Lake.

Class 3 - Finewool

1. Laci Jo Walter, San Angelo; 2. Joe Self, San Angelo; 3.
Taryn McNeil, Midland.

Class 4 - Finewool

1. Joe Self, San Angelo; 2. Garrett Cypert, Sweetwater; 3.
Laci Jo Walter. San Angelo.

Class 5 Division - Cross

1. Kelli Rankin; 2. Cody Strube; 3. Joe Self.

Class 6 - Cross

1. Joe Self; 2. Lacl Jo Walter; 3 - Laci Jo Walter.

Class 7 - Cross

1. Garrett Cypert; 2. Joe Self; 3. Clay Ashley, Post.

Class 8 - Medium Wool

1. Taryn McNeil; 2. Clay Ashley; 3. Nina Gonzales, Pecos.

Class 9 - Medium Wool

1. - Garrett Cypert; 2. Amber Stewart, Odessa; 3. Taryn

Class 10 - Medium Wool

1. Taryn McNeil; 2. - Nina Gonzales; 3. Candace Roach, Pecos.

Class 11 - Medium Wool

1. Kyle Vaughn; 2. Clay Ashley; 3. Laci Jo Walter.

After a 25 minute break the show resumed with the Steer
division judging.

Only one exhibitor was listed in the Class 1 division,
Fletcher Hill, Andrews. Charity Pierce received the Champion
English ribbon and Salem Mitchell the Reserve Champion

The Champion Exotic went to Kristy Kester and Reserve
Champion Exotic to J.C. Kester. In the Steer Division, Grand
Champion was awarded to Kristy Kester and Reserve Grand
Champion to Charity Pierce.

Winners in the divisions were:

Class 2 - English

1. Ashley Bookmiller, Grandfalls; 2. John Marvin Clark,
Pecos; 3. Frances Clarke, Knott;

Class 3 - English

1. Charity Pierce, Grandfalls; 2. Salem Mitchell, Pecos; 3.
Ashley Bookmiller, Grandfalls.

Class 4 - Exotic

1. Tabetha Chaney, Monahans; 2. Salem Mitchell; 3. Breanna
Chaney, Monahans;

Class 5 - Exotic

1. Kristy Kester, Grandfalls; 2. J.S. Kester, Grandfalls; 3.
- Cody McCann, Big Spring.

Class 6 - Exotic

1. Arcelia Fuentes, Monahans; 2. Courtney Clark, Pecos; 3.
Garet Claborn, Wickett.

The Heifer category held three categories, with H.D.
Laurence capturing the ribbon for Grand Champion Heifer and
James Mitchell the Reserve Grand Champion Heifer.

In the overall Beef Showmanship, steers and heifers
combined, Salem Mitchell, took the prize home.

Class 1 - American

1. Cody Dulaney, Fort Stockton; 2. Matt Elliott, Pecos; 3.
Sarah Kennedy, Sanderson.

Class 2 - English

1. H.D. Laurence, Pecos; 2. James Mitchell, Sanderson.

Class 3 - Exotic

1. Emily McCann, Big Spring; 2. Jennifer Ward; 3.- John
McIntyre, Fort Stockton.

Lightning strike causes brief blackout

Residents on the west side of Pecos lost their electrical
power and television cable for a short time Monday night,
when lightning hit the Texas-New Mexico Power Co.'s main

Tommy Terry of T-NMP said this morning that the lightning
strike occurred about 9:40 p.m., and power was restored at
9:59 p.m.

"We had to do a lot of investigating to make sure the
sub-station equipment wasn't damaged," Terry said. "The fuse
protects the equipment. It operated correctly and cleared
the fault."

The loss of power also knocked out television channels for
some Classic Cable customers, while others received spotty
signals as the storm passed through town.

Monday's storm dropped .04 inch of rain in Pecos and was
part of a cold front that brought severe storms to areas
further to the southeast, and dropped this morning's low
temperature to 50 degrees, the first time the area has seen
a reading that low in over five months.

Committee seeks to keep road system

A campaign has officially begun to get voters to vote "for"
retaining the optional county road system as it exists now
under Reeves County Road Administrator Russ Salcido.

Outgoing Precinct 2 County Commissioner Dr. W. J. Bang filed
Friday to officially form the committee, which will now be
able to accept donations to pay for advertisements to get
people to vote for the issue.

The campaign papers were filed with the county clerk's

Dr. Bang said that anyone wishing to donate to the effort
should contact him or mail the checks to P.O. Box 1460,
Pecos, 79772.

The issue is on the Nov. 3 ballot due to a petition which
was filed and presented last month to Reeves County
commissioners to see if the public wants to return to the
old way of caring for county roads. Under the old system,
each commissioner would be in charge of roads and road crews
within their own precinct.

The county road system, which unified the four precinct road
crews and equipment, was created by a vote of the public in
1990 in an effort to save money and take politics out of
taking care of county roads. It also made it possible for
people to run for commissioner who have no interest in
overseeing road maintenance.

Dr. Bang was one of the plan's supporters when he was first
elected commissioner in 1990. He chose not to seek a third
term in office earlier this year.


The Big Bend Sentinel

MARFA, Oct. 1, 1998 - The state's environmental agency will
meet Thursday, Oct. 22, to consider a license for a proposed
nuclear waste dump near Sierra Blanca. The Texas Natural
Resource Conservation Commission announced the meeting last
Thursday. Two State Office of Administrative Hearings Law
judges - after more than a year of testimony - this summer
recommended that TNRCC commissioners deny the license.

The International

PRESIDIO, Oct. 1, 1998 - A Presidio resident has been named
by Mexican State Judicial Police as the person responsible
for the stabbing death of a young Ojinaga man this weekend.
Police said the killing was the consequence of old problems
between the two men. Mexican police identified the alleged
suspect as Angel Gallegos Sigala of Presidio and previously
of Ojinaga, where he has a long list of delinquent activity.
The victim was identified as Enrique Zeus Dominguez.

The McCamey News

McCAMEY, Oct. 1, 1998 - You could tell things weren't going
right from the beginning. The flag was missing and had to be
tracked down and the wind was so bad that it blew out the
"M" on M Mountain. And things went downhill from there. The
class 3-A Kermit Yellow Jackets blew out the McCamey Badgers
47-6 to spoil McCamey's homecoming. Although the Badgers
played well defensively, big plays by the Jackets ran up the
score and the Badgers never really got untracked on offense.

Sanderson Times

SANDERSON, Oct. 1, 1998 - Plans are underway for the
organization of a drug task force for the four counties in
the 63rd Judicial District. The four counties are Terrell,
Val Verde, Kinney, and Edwards. The drug task force will be
solely for the purpose of drug interdiction within the
four-county area. It will be financed by grants already
approved and the promised funding of another grant from an
organization in El Paso - High Intensity Drug Interdiction
Area (HIDIA).

The Crane News

CRANE, Oct. 1, 1998 - In a string of meetings beginning
Sept. 21, the Crane County Commissioners Court tackled
several tough issues including the FY98-99 budget. The
proposed budget, which shows an increase of $163,000 in ad
valorem taxes and a total balance of $5,402,098 for the
general fund was narrowly passed by a 3-2 vote.

Monahans News

MONAHANS, Sept. , 1998 - Ward Memorial Hospital is expected
to have a new full-time administrator and chief executive
officer "as early as Thanksgiving," reports Interim
Administrator Steve Holmes. Holmes also says Joe Ward, the
hospital's interim chief financial officer, has asked Ward
Memorial's Board of Managers "to consider him for the
position of full time chief financial officer."


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.
Xochitl Armendariz, 20, and Cynthia Montoya, 41, were
arrested at 7:38 p.m., on October 1, each for aggravated
assault. They were transported to Reeves County Jail.
Jose Camacho, 42, was arrested at 7 p.m., on October 1, at
715 Palm St., on a warrant for motion to adjudicate
possession of a controlled substance. He was transported to
Reeves County Jail.
Gabriel Ornelas was arrested at 4 p.m., on October 2, at
Pecos Municipal Court, on a capias pro fine warrant. He paid
the fine and was released.
Juan Perez, 44, and Manuel Florez, 40, were arrested at 6:08
p.m., on October 2, in the 500 block of Locust Street. Perez
on a D.W.I. refusal and Florez for public intoxication. They
were transported to Reeves County Jail.
Joe Daniel Wright, 20, was arrested at 7:31 a.m., on October
3, at the corner of Walnut and Sixth streets, for driving
while intoxicated. He was transported to Reeves County Jail.
John Davis was arrested at 2:33 p.m., on October 3, at Pecos
Police Department, with a capias pro fine warrant. He paid
the fine and was released.
Daniel Sotelo, 24, was arrested at 11:50 p.m., on October 3,
in the 2300 block of Country Club Drive, for public
intoxication/assault under the Family Violence Act. He was
transported to Reeves County Jail.
Angel Montoya, 27, was arrested at 12:18 a.m., on October 4,
near Reeves County Hospital, for public intoxication. He was
transported Reeves County Jail.
Rojelio Minjarez, 41, was arrested at 12:26 a.m., on October
5, for a parole violation. He was transported to Reeves
County Jail.
Reynaldo Sepeda, 41, was arrested at 4:08 p.m., on October
5, in the 2200 block of Hackberry Street, on a warrant for
disorderly conduct/unlawfully displaying a weapon. He was
transported to Reeves County Jail.


High Monday 89. Low this morning 50. Rainfall past 24 hours
.07 inch. Total for month .07 inch. Total for year 4.23
inches. Forecast for tonight: Clear. Lows around 45. Light
east winds. Wednesday, mostly sunny. Highs in the upper 70s.
Light east winds becoming south 5-15 mph during the

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