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Thursday, September 30, 1999

Cookoff entries up as Fair begins

Staff Writer

PECOS, Sept. 30, 1999 -- The number of entries is slowly rising for the 27th Annual World's Championship Barbecue Beef Cookoff, scheduled for this weekend at the Reeves County Sheriff's Posse Arena.

Other events that are part of the Reeves County Fall Fair get underway today, with entries being accepted for the livestock and art shows through the afternoon, while groups are busy setting up their booths at the Reeves County Civic Center.

Deadline to enter the cookoff was moved back from Wednesday to 5 p.m., Friday, after organizers decided to go ahead with the event despite being below the minimum number of teams required to break even.

The decision was made two days ago, after talking to those who had already signed up. Only 15 teams had paid their $75 entry fee by then, but as of this morning the number of entries had risen to 23. "We had wanted at least 25," said Chamber of Commerce Director Tom Rivera.

Rivera said that everyone he had talked to had opted to go ahead with the event, even though it might mean less prize money.

"At this time, the amount of prize money to be given out will depend on the number of entries," said Rivera.

In conjunction with the cookoff, the Reeves County Fall Fair will be held at the Reeves County Civic Center, with the livestock show being held behind the civic center Friday evening and on Saturday. Art and culinary exhibitions and other booths will be set up inside the main area of the Civic Center on Friday and Saturday, while the annual Fall Fair concert is set for Saturday night, with the doors opening at 6 p.m. Headlining the event will be Pete Astudillo, Los Jinetes del Bravo, Alianza, La Distancia and Expresiones.

While the cookoff was in jeopardy this year, making its return to the fair will be a pet show sponsored by Zavala Middle School.

The show will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday, with divisions to be judged divided into big dog, medium dog, small dog, exotic pets and cats. Prizes will be awarded. No pre-registration is necessary.

T-NP's new owners given OK by feds to take company private

PECOS, Sept. 30, 1999 -- Texas-New Mexico Power Co. will convert from a listed public corporation to a privately-owned corporation under a merger agreement approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

No employee layoffs are expected, and key management team members will remain in place, said Kevern Joyce, T-NP chairman.

"We're pleased that FERC has acted so quickly to decide that this transaction is in the public interest," Joyce said. "FERC approval has been a major hurdle in other recent utility mergers, so we're gratified that our proposal was on such a fast track.

"This is a positive development for our customers, our employees and for the communities we serve. It allows us to join forces with an outstanding group of financial institutions that support our community-based approach to service."

William J. Catacosinos, leader of the investor group that negotiated the $1 billion deal, said he is pleased with the FERC endorsement.

"We look forward to approval from state regulators," he said. "In an era of rapid consolidation in the industry, T-NP, with its superb community-service programs, is now one step closer to remaining a stand-alone utility. We believe that this type of transaction provides an alternative to many utilities that wish to remain independent while providing shareholders with a significant return."

Catacosinos is the former head of LILCO, a utility that served Long Island and was involved in controversy with New York State regulators over its Shorham nuclear plant.

The investor group includes Laurel Hill Capital Partners LLC, CIBC World Markets and other financial institutions.

Texas-New Mexico Power Company was created in 1935 and provides community-based electric service to 85 cities and more than 230,000 customers in Texas and New Mexico. Service programs for its customers will not be affected by the merger.

Of 823 employees company-wide, TNP employs 165 in the headquarters in Fort Worth.

Additional information may be obtained at TNP's web site,

Commissioners give Task Force, RCJC more cash

PECOS, Sept. 30, 1999 -- Reeves County Commissioners on Wednesday transferred funds to the Trans Pecos Drug Task Force and the Reeves County Juvenile Detention Center.

"This was a meeting so that we could authorization from the court for the advancement of funds to both of these, until the money comes in," said Reeves County Auditor Lynn Owens.

Owens said the funds were transferred from the general fund and will be replaced when the grant money for both comes in.


AUSTIN (AP) Results of the Lotto Texas drawing Wednesday night: Winning numbers drawn: 1-7-31-33-48-50. Estimated jackpot: $4 million. Number matching six of six: 0. Matching five of six: 54. Prize: $1,765. Matching four of six: 3,458. Prize: $100.


AUSTIN (AP) The winning Pick 3 numbers drawn Wednesday by the Texas Lottery, in order: 2-3-5 (two, three, five)


PECOS, Sept. 30, 1999 -- High Wednesay 70; low last night 44. Tonight, clear. Low around 50. South wind 5-10 mph. Friday, sunny. High 85 90. South wind 10-15 mph. Extended forecast, Friday night, partly cloudy. Low 50 55. Saturday through Monday, sunny days and fair nights. Highs from the mid 80s to lower 90s.

Police Report

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 agencies.

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.


Hal Pratt, 58, was arrested at 8:12 p.m., on September 16, in the 500 block of South Oak Street, for public intoxication.


Eleuterio O. Perez, 33, was arrested at 1:35 a.m., on September 17, in the 200 block of 12th Street, for public intoxication.


Valerie Ann Lozano, 24, and Michael Lynn Williams, 29, were arrested at 3:20 p.m., on September 17, at Reeves County Sheriff's Office, each on a Grand Jury Indictment warrant.


Yvette Acosta, 26, was arrested at 5 p.m., on September 17, at Reeves County Sheriff's Office, on a Grand Jury Indictment warrant.


Hilario Garcia, 23, was arrested at 2 a.m. on September 18, at the corner of Sixth and Locust streets, for public intoxication.


Rafael Corrales Jr., 33, was arrested at 8 p.m. on September 20, at the corner of Eddy and Jefferson streets, on a warrant for a motion to revoke probation.


Paul Hernandez, 17, was arrested at 10:57 p.m. on September 21, in the 200 block of South Eddy Street, on a Capias Pro Fine warrant.


Ruben Martinez, 20, was arrested at 10:28 a.m. on September 22, on a warrant for a motion to revoke probation.


Armando Armendariz, 41, was arrested at 6:51 p.m. on September 22, at the corner of Eighth and Sycamore streets, on a Capias Pro Fine warrant.


Rene L. Barrera, 29, was arrested at 11:34 p.m. on September 22, in the 300 block of East 14th Street, for public intoxication.


Thomas H. Marquez, 31, was arrested at 11:54 p.m. on September 22, at the Circle `M' Bar, for public intoxication.


Robert Smart, 38, was arrested at 4 a.m. on September 23, in the 600 block of North Cedar Street, for public intoxication.


Virginia Ornelas, 29, was arrested at 11:18 a.m. on September 23, in the 1200 block of East Lincoln Street, on a Capias Pro Fine warrant.


Noe R. Nunez, 18, was arrested at 10:28 p.m. on September 23, at the corner of Monroe and Eddy streets, on a warrant for a simple assault.


A male juvenile was arrested at 8:17 a.m. on September 24, in the 500 block of Hickory Street, for assault.


Albino Tarango, 41, was arrested at 7:42 p.m. on September 24, in the 500 block of East Fourth Street, on a Capias Pro Fine warrant.

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