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Tuesday, September 7, 1999

Balmorhea festival winners named

Staff Writer

BALMORHEA, Sept. 7, 1999 -- Pecosites took home grand champion honors for the Brisket Cookoff held in Balmorhea on Saturday, while owners of a Balmorhea restaurant snagged the Frijole Bean Cookoff grand prize.

There were six entries in the 2nd Annual Brisket Cookoff, with the Baeza Brothers of Pecos bringing home top honors, as part of the Oasis of West Texas Labor Day Celebration in Balmorhea. Winners received trophies and the champion received a complimentary entry (sponsored by the Pecos Chamber of Commerce), in the World Championship BBQ Cookoff scheduled for Pecos on Oct 1-2.

The Franchise of Balmorhea placed second in that event and the Ortiz Family of Fort Stockton netted third place.

The Chicanita Café and owners Anita and Ismael Dutchover won the grand champion prize in the 23rd Annual Frijole Bean Cookoff.

Cooks prepared their favorite food using various fuels, and the event featured seven entries. Brisket cookoff runner-ups The Franchise also placed second in this Happy Days of Fort Stockton took home third place in the bean cookoff.

In the ever-popular washer pitching contest, winners in the men's division were Juan Baeza, of and Willie Dutchover of Balmorhea. In the women's division, Diana Roman and Christy Matta won first.

There were a dozen entries in the men's division, with second place going to Aaron Zuniga and Ramiro Ramos of Saragosa. Third place winners in the men's division were Alvaro Venegas and Gilbert Rodriguez of Pecos.

The women's division attracted six entries, with second place going to Dede Renz and Jackie Wardlow of Balmorhea. Third place winners were Valerie Torres and Ester Shockey of Odessa.

The first annual Yo-Yo Contest proved to be a huge success and Carissa Sparks, placed first in the 13 and over category. In the 12 and under, Savannah Matta placed first and Daniel Bejarano won first place in the eight and under division.

Twenty-two competitors entered the Yo-Yo competition, which was a lot of fun and something new and creative, according to Pat Brijalba, one of the organizers of the event, held just before noon on Saturday.

Taking second place in the 12 and under division was Orlando Sanchez and A.J. Lozano placed third in that category. In the eight and under division, Adam Roman placed third.

Museum to honor Cortes family Saturday

Staff Writer

PECOS, Sept. 7, 1999 -- Descendants of Dr. Jose B. Cortes will be honored with a reception this Saturday at the West of the Pecos Museum, coinciding with the annual 16th of September celebration.

Every September the West of the Pecos Museum honors a local Mexican-American family. Special exhibits and a reception are prepared in recognition of this Pioneer Family. The tradition started in 1989 and encourages local Mexican-American families to continue the preserving of their rich history.

Jose B. Cortes was born in December in 1851 in Havana, Cuba. He lived there until 1871, when he decided to emigrate to the United States.

When he arrived in the United States he went to Philadelphia and entered medical school. After gradating and becoming a doctor he enlisted in the army on April 17, 1884. He was stationed at Fort Clark, Tx., where he was a Captain of the Hospital Corps, Regional U.S. Army. On April 16, 1889, after five years of service he was discharged and went to Marfa, where he met and married his wife, Eliza Tercero. They moved from Marfa to Ruidosa, Tx., where he practiced medicine.

The couple had two daughters, Josefa, born in 1910 and Rosa, born in 1912, both in Ruidosa. The Cortes moved from Ruidosa to Fort Davis where Dr. Cortes was a physician in the military hospital. He was a civilian doctor taking care of the medical needs of the soldiers in Fort Davis.

In 1914, Dr. Cortes moved his family from Fort Davis to Balmorhea. While in Balmorhea, Dr. Cortes became a highly respected doctor, and worked very closely with Dr. Jim Camp of Pecos.

During the influenza epidemic of 1918, Dr. Cortes and his wife, Eliza worked night and day caring for the sick, giving them medical treatment, food and rounding up supplies that the people needed. For this he earned the undying gratitude of all the people of the Madera Valley. His patients that could not pay got the same treatment as those who could.

Eliza died in 1920, leaving her two daughters motherless, one being eight years old and the other 10 years old. Dr. Cortes took over and did an excellent job of raising the two girls.

"My sister and I were still small, but he took care of us, Rosa said "He was Baptist and took us to church every Sunday."

The girls grew up and married Balmorhea men. Josefa married Rosalio Bersosa and Rosa married Abram Subia. Shortly after their marriages, both couples moved to Pecos. Dr. Cortes married again in the early 1920's to a woman named Lupe Bersosa.

Dr. Cortes never completely recovered from his exposure to the influenza epidemic of 1918. With his health gradually deteriorating he continued to take care of his patients until 1928. When he became too ill to care for his patients Dr. Camp had him admitted to the Morrison hospital in Pecos. He was given the best care possible, but to no avail. Dr. Cortes died Dec. 17, 1928, and was buried in the Balmorhea Cemetery.

Dr. Cortes has several descendants that still reside in the Reeves County area.

Disaster ahead for county

Staff Writer

PECOS, Sept. 7, 1999 -- Disaster is coming to Reeves County. Simulated, that is.

Armando Gil, coordinator for Reeves County Emergency Management, met with a team of script writers this morning in the Pecos Municipal Courtroom to complete the scenario for disaster that will occur at 4 p.m. Sept. 18.

Public officials and department heads involved in disaster response are to meet at 9 a.m. Monday in City Council chambers for a pre-disaster exercise orientation.

The exercise will be conducted to test all phases of the Reeves County Operations Plan, Gil said. All personnel involved in emergency response to any disaster will participate.

Present for this morning's session were Gil, Ramon Ornelas, administrative assistant to Police Chief Clay McKinney; Noe Ybarra, Reeves County Sheriff's Office Explorers, Michael Dominguez, deputy, L.G. Crawford and Lillie Serrano, Reeves County Hospital; and Vaughn Garnto, Reeves County Detention Center.

Labor Day crash sends five to hospitals

Staff Writer

PECOS, Sept. 7, 1999 -- Five persons were injured Monday in a two-vehicle accident on Texas Highway 17 near the Interstate 20 overpass.

Guadalupe Valenzuela, 25, Daniel Valenzuela, 4, and Arron Valenzuela, 2, of W. "F" Street were in a Ford pickup driven by Daniel S. Valenzuela, 25, when it struck the side of a Buick driven by Priscilla Cooper, 51, of Midland at about 5:30 p.m. Monday

Cooper and her passenger, Patty Venske-Flud, 51, of Midland, were also injured. Cooper was airlifted to Covenant Hospital in Lubbock, while Venske-Flud was transferred to Odessa Medical Center.

Guadalupe Valenzuela was taken to Odessa Regional Hospital. Both children were treated at Reeves County Hospital and released.

Police Chief Clay McKinney said that preliminary investigation revealed that the Buick driven by Cooper turned left in front of the pickup as both traveled south on Hwy. 17. The pickup struck the driver's side of the Buick, he said.

Pecos Ambulance Service transferred the victims to Reeves County Hospital.

`Car trouble' gets escapee parked in jail

Staff Writer

A Fabens man who twice escaped from custody while awaiting trial is back in jail, this time in El Paso on a state charge.

Raymundo Calderon-Gaytan, 33, escaped from the Presidio County Jail in Marfa on Jan. 10 and was recaptured four days later in Valentine.

Moved to the Winkler County Jail to await trial on the escape charge, Calderon-Gaytan climbed a 25-foot wall and kicked loose a chain-link fence to covering the top of the recreation yard to escape again.

Deputy U.S. Marshal Steve Clark said that Calderon-Gaytan was arrested by El Paso police for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. Deputy marshals in El Paso checking fugitive warrants identified him as an escapee and put a federal "hold" on him.

Clark said that Calderon-Gaytan would face federal escape charges after he is released from state custody.

`Power Points' back in Enterprise today

PECOS, Sept. 7, 1999 -- The Pecos Enterprise will begin the 1999 Texas Power Points Football Contest today, which features a $1,000 cash prize to the weekly statewide winner and a separate prize to each week's local winner.

Featuring primarily National Football League games but including a healthy dose of Big 12 conference games, Power Point contestants not only project winning teams but they also must rank their selections along a weighted point scale according to their confidence in them. The 16-point line is the most valuable, the 1-point line the least valuable. Your "surest" guess goes on the 16 point line, your "least sure" guess goes on the 1-point line. The points total 136. The winner of the $1,000 each week is the person who amasses the most of those 136 points. (Tiebreakers _ total points scored and total offensive yardage in a designated game will break any ties.)

Contestants may enter only one entry form statewide each week and there will be one state and one local winner. Full official rules accompany each week's entry form in the newspaper.


AUSTIN (AP) Results of the Lotto Texas drawing Saturday night: Winning numbers drawn: 33-01-10-41-19-23. Estimated jackpot: $7 million. Number matching six of six: None. Matching five of six: 103. Prize: $1,268. Matching four of six: 5,289. Prize: $89.


AUSTIN (AP) Results of the Texas Million drawing Friday night: Winning numbers drawn: 86-0-38-68. Number matching four of four in Group One: Zero. Number matching four of four in Group Two: 0. Prize: $25,000. Number matching four of four in Group Three: 0. Prize: $10,000. Number matching three of four in any group: 393. Prize: $300.


AUSTIN (AP) Results of the Cash 5 drawing Friday night: Winning numbers drawn: 38-33-25-01-04. Number matching five of five: Zero. Matching four of five: 204. Prize: $1,102.


AUSTIN (AP) The winning Pick 3 numbers drawn Friday by the Texas Lottery, in order: 5-3-4 (five, three, four)


AUSTIN (AP) The winning Pick 3 numbers drawn Saturday by the Texas Lottery, in order: 9-0-3 (nine, zero, three)


AUSTIN (AP) The winning Pick 3 numbers drawn Monday by the Texas Lottery, in order: 6-6-2 (six, six, two)


Petra Chacon

Petra Chacon, 81, of Odessa, died Saturday, Sept. 4, 1999, at Deering Nursing Home in Odessa.

Services were held at 10 a.m., today, at Christ the King Catholic Church in Balmorhea with burial in Balmorhea Cemetery.

She was born April 30, 1918, in Ruidosa, Tx., was a housewife, had lived in Odessa for 23 years and was a Catholic.

Survivors include one daughter, Alicia C. Gonzales of Odessa; one brother, Gregoria Lozano of Balmorhea; three sisters, Adela Martinez and Nora Rivera of Odessa and Cecilia Millan of Pecos; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

Martinez Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Samantha Villegas

Samantha S. Villegas, a newborn baby girl, died Thursday, Sept. 2, 1999 at Reeves County Hospital.

Services were held at 2:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 3, at Martinez Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Greenwood Cemetery.

Survivors include her parents, Sammy and Gaby Villegas of Pecos; one brother, Sammy Escaniel Villegas of Pecos; maternal grandmother Lucy Sotello of Pecos; paternal grandmother, Jesusita Villegas of Pecos; three aunts and four cousins.

Martinez Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


High Monday 94; low last night 67. Tonight, partly cloudy with isolated evening thunderstorms. Low in the upper 60s. South wind 5-10 mph. Chance of rain less than 20 percent. Wednesday, partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of afternoon thunderstorms. High around 90. South wind 5-10 mph, becoming east 10-15 mph by late afternoon. Extended forecast: Wednesday night, mostly cloudy and cooler with a chance of rain and thunderstorms. Low in the lower 60s.

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