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Friday, June 25, 1999

Pageant, festival open events for rodeo week

Staff Writer

PECOS, June 25, 1999 -- Seven young ladies will be vying for the title of Golden Girl of the Old West while 20 younger girls will be seeking the Little Miss Cantaloupe crown, when the two pageant kick off rodeo week events tonight, starting at 8 p.m. in the Pecos High School Auditorium.

The pageant will be followed on Saturday by Night in Old Pecos/Cantaloupe Festival, at Windmill Square and along South Oak Street in downtown Pecos.

Activities this year will include a dunking booth, a cake walk, Sarsaparilla in the courtyard, a talent show, arts and crafts booths, great food and ice cold sodas.

Anyone interested in participating in the talent show for a chance at $50 first prize can contact the chamber. Entry fee for the talent show is $5.

Entertainment scheduled throughout the evening will include a TaeKwon-Do exhibition and the Golden Girl of the Old West production number. Music will be provided throughout the evening.

Two separate street dances will be hosted by the chamber. Eddie Rivera and the Breeze will perform the latest in country-western on the Windmill Square stage, and Imprezzion will provide the best in Tejano music on the Oak Street stage.

Entered in tonight's Golden Girl competition are Kristen Evans, the daughter of Scott Evans and Sue Evans; Sara Matta, the daughter of Ernest H. and Alice Matta; Stephanie Passmore, daughter of Susan Ann Passmore and the late Garvin Passmore; Erin Paz, daughter of Lupe and Diane Paz; Amanda Stickels, the daughter of Jerry and Becky Patterson and John Stickels of Austin; Leslie Valeriano, the daughter of Rafael and Sonia Montano; and Dana Warren, the daughter of Starkey and Jackie Warren.

The 20 little girls competing for the title of Little Miss Cantaloupe are:

— AriAnna Skye Alligood, the 7-year-old daughter of Robin Alligood and Ron Alligood;

— Conner Pauline Armstrong, the 6-year-old daughter of Paul and Debra Armstrong;

— Talia Castillo is the 5-year-old daughter of David and Barbara Castillo;

— Lyndsay Michelle Chowning, the 8-year-old daughter of Mike and Karen Chowning;

— April Herrera, the 7-year-old daughter of Jacob and Linda Herrera;

— Tiffany Ann Hunter, age 5, the daughter of Michael Hunter and Lizabeth Hunter;

— Amanda James, the 6-year-old daughter of Rhonda James and Terry & Sherry James;

— Dakota Long, the 5-year-old daughter of Curt and Laurie Long;

— Heather Nicole Matta, age 6, the daughter of Naomi and Hector Matta, Jr.;

— Victoria Rose Montoya, age 7, the daughter of Arnulfo and Elizabeth Vega and the late Johnny Montoya;

— Catherine Lee Moore, the 7-year-old daughter of Emmit Moore, Jr. and Louise Moore;

— Anna Lysa Orona the 6-year-old daughter of Rachel Orona and the late Tomas Orona Jr.;

— Kylie Owen, the 6-year-old daughter of Ray and Brandy Owen;

— Alyson Reynolds, age 6, the daughter of Randy and Lisa Reynolds;

— Andrielle Martinez 8 years old and the daughter of Yvette Rayos and Carlos Romo;

— Amber Marina Rodriguez the 8-year-old daughter of Alvin and Phyllis Rodriguez;

—Jasmine Ellaine Tarin, age 6, the daughter of Angel and Deida Tarin;

— Gabrielle "Gabby" Vasquez, the 6-year-old daughter of Mickey Vasquez and Vikki Delgado;

— Anastazia LeeAn Winkles, the 7-year-old daughter of Allen and Amy Winkles;

— Kendra Janette Winkles, the 6-year-old daughter of Keven and Maritza Winkles.

Stockton man is U.S. 285 crash victim

Staff Writer

FORT STOCKTON, June 25, 1999 -- A head-on collision between a Subaru and a Peterbilt truck-tractor Thursday morning killed the driver of the Subaru and injured the truck driver.

Guadalupe Ureste, 33, of Fort Stockton, was driving the 1982 Subaru southbound on U.S. Highway 285 when it swerved into the northbound lane at 4:25 a.m., the Department of Public Safety reported.

Jose Luis Fabela, 29, of El Paso, was driving the 1994 Peterbuilt truck northbound, and the two vehicles collided 28 miles south of Fort Stockton.

Justice of the Peace Robert Gonzales of Fort Stockton pronounced Ureste dead at the scene, and his body was taken to Fort Stockton Funeral Home.

Fabela was treated at Pecos County Memorial Hospital for bruises and abrasions and released.

DPS Trooper Robert Rivas of Fort Stockton investigated the accident, which was the second fatal accident in that area this week. Five employees of the El Paso Mental Health/Mental Retardation office were killed Wednesday morning in a one-vehicle rollover on I-20 west of Fort Stockton. Three others were injured.

Five teenagers indicted for stabbing

Staff Writer

PECOS, June 25, 1999 -- Five teenage gang members were among nine defendants indicted Thursday by the Reeves County grand jury.

Charged with aggravated assault in the stabbing and beating of Peter Dominguez on March 20 are: Joaquin Mata, 17; Edel Acosta, 17; Robert Granado, 18; Jerry Dominguez, 17; and Jerry Olivas, 18.

The indictments allege that the five, as members of a criminal street gang, conspired with each other and with Isaac Lopez to commit aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. The incident occurred during a carnival in the south parking lot at the Reeves County Civic Center.

Dominguez was stabbed with a knife and beaten with a crowbar, pipe and hammer, the indictments allege.

Bail was set at $15,000 for each defendant.

Lopez was not indicted.

Others indicted were:

* Jesus Manuel Martinez, 21, unauthorized use of a vehicle on May 28. The automobile in question was owned by Sandra Jaramillo. Martinez has two prior felony convictions, the indictment alleges. His bail is $7,500.

* Hector Briceno, 50, aggravated assault on May 25 by threatening Linda Briceno with a handgun. His bail is $10,000.

* Bart Sanchez, theft. He allegedly wrote a $15,000 check to Desert Distributors to pay for diesel and gasoline delivered to Toyah Truck Stop on Sept. 20, 1996. The check was returned marked "insufficient funds." His bail is $7,500.

* Javier Quinones Macias, 38, driving while intoxicated on March 31. He has twice been convicted of DWI, making the offense a felony, the indictment alleges.

PHA seeking $500,000 for housing repairs

Staff Writer

PECOS, June 25, 1999 -- Renovating the Farm Labor Apartments owned by the Pecos Housing Authority was the topic of discussion at the regular Pecos Housing Authority meeting held Thursday evening.

PHA Director Nellie Gomez told board members that she had put an application together to send to the U.S. Department of Agriculture for federal assistance.

"We're going to apply to see if we can get some funds to do some renovations at those apartments," said Gomez. "We did an estimate, with the help of Vaughn Architects, she said.

The estimate put together was for $500,000.

"I think with this amount we can do a lot, but that's if we get the funding," said Gomez.

The Farm Labor Housing facility is located at 300 W. County Rd. and consists of 56 units. The purpose of the facility is to provide standard, low rent housing for qualified migrant and seasonal farm workers and their families.

The facility serves the geographic region surrounding the city of Pecos and Reeves County. Gomez's request said the facility is desperately needed and is utilized by the migrant and seasonal farm workers who migrate to this area to harvest the local crops each year. The facility prevents overcrowded and substandard living conditions which would likely occur otherwise.

According to the Texas Workforce Commission the migrant population in the Pecos area during the months of June, July, August and September is usually between 1,500 and 2,000 workers, increasing the area's population by over 10 percent.

Gomez told the board that the Pecos Housing Authority has experience in the successful completion of the CIAP Housing Renovation Projects on the PHA apartments used by year-round residents.

During the last five years the following grants have been successfully completed: CIAP 1993, 504 modification project for $199,000, CIAP 96, renovation project for 76 units and installed HV/AC service for 130 units, $1.3 million and is presently getting CIAP 98 underway which includes landscaping, completion of dwelling renovation and renovation of the PHA community buildings for $1.5 million.

"We can use some of the old cabinets and other materials that we took out from the projects," for the FLH project, said Gomez.

She told the board she has applied twice for this funding and the last one told them they needed matching funds.

"They sent me to Fort Stockton (where the area's USDA office is located), so now I plan to take this application to Fort Stockton or Abilene and even to Tyler if I have to," said Gomez.

"They also want me to apply through the Texas Department of Community Affairs, but right now they have no funds available," said Gomez. "However, a lot of the times they have money that wasn't used and it comes back to them and we can qualify for it."

"Well, let's go ahead and try it," said board president Frank Perea.

"You never know they might surprise us," said board member Ken Winkles.

"Even $100,000 would help," said Gomez.

The FLH management, with the assistance and expertise of the CIAP Project architects, Vaughn Architects Plus, has performed several walk-throughs at the West County Road site in an effort to assess and analysis the repairs and maintenance work that is needed, according to Gomez.

"The families that migrate during the seasonal crops are also very pleased with the facilities and their services," said Gomez. "Many of these families return year after year and have commented that they look forward to their tenancy at the Farm Labor Housing projects."

"This administration is working diligently to maintain and keep those units clean, sanitary and safe," said Gomez. "Applications for rehabilitation funds have been submitted and we hope that by next season we may be able to improve the deteriorating conditions of these units."

"We have been informed that the onion and cantaloupe harvest in the Pecos area is looking very good this year and we hope that their stay with us is a good one, and that the seasonal harvest may be very prosperous," said Gomez.

Gomez told the board that housing for the migrant workers has been scarce. . "The Farm Labor Housing apartments are all full to capacity," she said, adding "The trailers that are out there off of Stafford didn't pass inspection."

Local businesses have used the trailers on Stafford Boulevard to house migrants in recent years.

In other action, the board approved included monthly financial statements, occupancy report and expenses.

Broken foot, elevator force court to move

Staff Writer

PECOS, June 25, 1999 -- A broken foot and a broken elevator created some confusion for 143rd District Court this morning when Judge Bob Parks moved his hearings across Cedar Street to the federal court building.

Judge Parks is wearing a cast on his right foot since breaking a bone last week and gets around in a wheelchair.

"I want to thank Judge Royal Furgeson for making his courtroom available," Judge Parks said this morning.

Parks said he called Furgeson after learning Thursday night that the county courthouse elevator is out of order.

The district courtroom was not vacant, though. Robert E. Hollmann, IV-D Court Master, handled numerous child support cases filed by the office of attorney general while Judge Parks was across the street.

Ami Howsey, court administrator, said that Judge Hollmann handles attorney general cases in a 10-county area and will be in Pecos about every second and fourth Thursday.

High school band plans parade rehearsals

PECOS, June 25, 1999 -- Pecos Eagle band members will have rehearsals on Monday, June 28 and Tuesday, June 29, night rehearsals, from 6-8 p.m., for the West of the Pecos Rodeo Parade.

All high school and middle school band members are invited to march in the July 1 parade. Willing participants should meet at the high school band hall to prepare on Monday and Tuesday nights.


PECOS, June 25, 1999 -- High Thursday 99; low last night 69. Tonight, fair. Low near 70. Southeast wind 5-15 mph. Saturday, mostly sunny and hot. High around 100. South to southeast wind 10-20 mph. Last year this date: High 109; low 78. Record high this date, 109, 1980, 1998. Record low 56, 1940. Maximum low 78, 1953, 1998.

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