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Tuesday, October 5, 1999

Pecos gets post-Airshow B-17 visit

Staff Writer

PECOS, Oct. 5, 1999 -- World War II buffs grabbed their cameras Monday and raced to Pecos Municipal Airport when a B-17 bomber that helped win World War II landed for fuel and repairs to the vacuum pipe.

They enjoyed the hospitality of Dennis and Isabelle Blanchard while waiting for the cloud cover to lift before continuing on to El Paso.

Pat Whitehouse of Londonderry, N.H. and his co-pilot/mechanic Mike Scott had flown the vintage aircraft in the Confederate Air Force Airsho at Midland Air Terminal on Sunday.

Whitehouse said they flew 13 hours from Lawrence, Mass. to the air show, arriving at midnight Friday. They were enroute to Chino, Calif. to put the plane in the shop for maintenance and replacement of a nose cracked by a bird strike.

Four B-17s participated in the Airsho, whose theme was a tribute to bombers, which were a common site in the area during World War II, with U.S. Army airbases both at the current Pecos Municipal Airport site and at the Rattlesnake Bomber Base in Pyote.

While the plane, dubbed "Memphis Belle," is based in Chino, it usually stays on the East Coast and makes the air show circuit, Whitehouse said.

Bill Hubbs, a P-51 owner, made a short hop while in the pilot's chair.

Fair's art, cooking, quilting winners announced

Staff Writer

PECOS, Oct. 5, 1999 -- Thirty pictures were entered in the Reeves County Fall Fair Juried Art Show, while over 300 others were on display as part of the Reeves County Fall Fair Student Art Exhibit this past weekend at the Reeves County Civic Center.

Carol Fairlie, art professor from Sul Ross University, was on hand to judge Juried Art Show, and she based her winning selections on originality and technique.

Best In Show was Ellen Weinacht with her stained paper with watercolor titled, "Saturday Afternoon." Other winners from the Watercolor Division were "Crepe Paper Dreams" by Marilyn Oden, first place, "Will have to Hunt," by Margie Williamson in second and "Sunflower" by Pat Towler received a third.

In the Drawing Division, "Ice Cream Truck" by Bryan Chowning was first place with "Lone Hetzer" by J. Ross Busby, second and "Old Friends" by Bill Moody placed third.

"Purple Shadow" by Margie Williamson won first place in the Acrylic Division with "Isletta Church" by Glenna Herron, second.

The Photography Division first place winner was titled, "Does It Smell Good?" by Margie Williamson. "Snow-Scene Pecos" by Calvin Howard was second and "Crow" by J. Ross Busby was third.

"Friends" by Gwenda Reynolds won first place in the Oil Division. Second place went to "In Younger Years," by Jan Chandler and "Magnolias" by Doris Tillery won third.

"Pears" by Ellen Weinacht won first in the Monotype Division.

In the Student Art Expo 1999, Best In Show went to Laura Garcia, for her picture "Merry Go Round."

Other winners included, in the eighth grade division, Jessica Palomino placed first, Bre Ann Windham, second and Jennifer Green, third.

In the seventh grade division, Angela Tarin took home first, Austin Rubio, second and Rafael Carrillo, placed third.

Fifth grader, Marcos Luna placed first in his class, Angelica Marquez, second and Mirian Arrevalo, third.

Fourth grade winners were Sylvia Davis, first, Marlene Lujan second and Jesseca Perea, third.

Third graders Paul Zubeldia, Daniella Marruffo and Sarah Cross won first, second and third respectively.

In the second grade, Able Valles took first, Andrea Beltran, second and Dana Gabaldon, third.

First grader, Marissa Tarango placed first in her class.

Kindergarten students Laura Garcia, Marilea Gutierrez and Erika Rodriguez won first, second and third, respectively.

The event was sponsored by the Pecos Art Association.

In addition, the Pecos Art Association also sponsored a give-away, a yearly fundraiser.. Winners for this year were Roy D. Prewit, Megan Mitchell, Sib Higginbotham, Gwenda Reynolds, Robbie Jones, Charles Morton, Roy D. Prewit, Selma Carrell, Jackie Tollett, Barbara Creager, Norma Reynolds, Bruce Shores, Bill Eastland, Besty Slack, Lisa Pugh, Jim Hudson, Manda Moore and Jacob Dorr.

Anyone that has not claimed their painting can pick it up at the county extension office on Daggett Street.

Staff Writer

PECOS, Oct. 5, 1999 -- Fairgoers had (almost) nothing but good to say about the varied displays at the Reeves County Fall Fair, said chairman Barbara Creager.

Negative comments about the way the children's artwork was hung sounded about the only sour note in a fair that brought memories of the "good old days" when a county fair reflected the output of the community.

Creager and her 25 volunteers filled the front room of the Reeves County Civic Center with displays of quilts, woodworking, garden produce, food, textiles, and arts and crafts of all kinds.

Katherine Crenshaw took best of show in the quilt-other division, with Roy Dee Prewit taking second and third.

Barbara Cardenas was first in youth quilts.

Harvey & Stella Tinkler took first in machine made, hand-quilted, followed by Katherine Crenshaw and Lynn Fowler.

Roy Prewit, Terry Neely and Roy Prewit had the best three machine made, machine-quilted, adult division, with the Tinklers taking best of show.

In the food show, Glenda Willis had best of show. She placed first in the pies, adult division, followed by Regina Armstrong and Bill Wendt.

Other divisions were:

Adult breads: Christie Blake, Barbara Creager and Joyce Morton.

Adult Breads: Bill Wendt, Pat Towler, Joyce Morton.

Adult Breads: Grace Box.

Adult Cakes: Grace Box, Pat Towler, Barbara Creager.

Adult Cookies: Glenda Willis, Joyce Morton, Catherine Thomas.

Adult Candy: Gloria Stroup, Roy Prewit, Catherine Thomas.

Youth Cookies: Justin Owen, Kylie Owen, GeNelle Willis.

Youth Pies: Barbara Cardenas.

Jellies: Virginia Pena, Damon Compton, Sally Perry.

Preserves: Grace Box, Sally Perry, Sally Perry.

Canned Fruit: Margie Williamson, Margie Williamson, Sally Perry.

Pickles: Glenda Reynolds, Margie Williamson, Margie Williamson.


Decorative Vegetables: Margaret Lindley, Catherine Thomas.

Fresh Vegetables: Okra - Calvin Gerke, Danny Reynolds, Danny Lopez.

Cherry Tomatoes - Loring Box.

Bell Peppers - Amparo Lopez.

Yellow Squash - Danny Reynolds.

Onions - Amparo Lopez.

Tomatoes - Loring Box.

Cantaloupe - Danny Lopez.

Pumpkins - Danny Lopez.

Fresh Fruit: Pears _ Loring Box and Clarence Cox.

Gourds _ Clarence Cox.


Cotton _ Barbara Creager, Betty Gann, Doris Tillery.

Wool _ Barbara Creager.

Embroidery _ Barbara Creager, Amelia Reyes

Afghans _ crochet _ Victor Thompson, Pamela Kojis, Victor Thompson.

Baby crochet _ Christie Blake, Christie Blake, Virginia Pena.

Needleworks _ Vera Sellers, Theresa Winkles, Laura Teal.

Tatting _ Barbara Creager, Barbara Creager.

Knitting _ Barbara Creager, Sharon Gooding, Barbara Creager.

Best of Show _ Barbara Creager.


Best of Show _ Jan Chandler, "light as a feather" wreath, Margaret Lindley, swag; Pat Towler, leaf wreath.

Dried Arrangements - Pat Towler, sunflower, yucca pods; Pat Towler, dried flowers.

First Place _ Margaret Lindley, basket; Salley Perry, potpourri; Catherine Thomas, white wicker hollyhock; Margaret Lindley, Russian Thistle basket.

Second place _ Catherine Thomas, tall grass in vase; Pat Towler, basket of dried flowers.


Herb vinegar _ Barbara Creager

Herb collection _ Catherine Thomas


Father Mike, R.L. Telles, Mario Tarin.


Men's Division _ Alvarro Natividad

Adult _ Kathy Paschal, Gail Norris, Amelia Reyes

Youth _ Daniel Quintana, Brian Thompson, Lyndsay Chowning


Mary Ramos, Cindy Velez, Judy Greenwood.


Pam Kojis, Jo Ann Cranfill, Maria Tellez.

A Pretty Baby contest was also held as part of this year's Fall Fair, with Treyce Ward finishing first, according to the Pecos Chamber of Commerce. Second place went to Brittany Ann Saldana while Christopher Portillo finished third.

Federal jury convicts man in drug trial

Staff Writer

PECOS, Oct. 5, 1999 -- Federal court jurors on Monday found Alfredo Tejeda-Ornelas guilty of importing and possessing marijuana for distribution.

Tejeda was arrested June 10 as he crossed the Rio Grande from Mexico at a port of entry with more than 50 kilograms of marijuana in his possession.

U.S. District Judge Royal Furgeson presided for the trial, which began at 9:30 a.m. Monday and closed at 6:15 p.m.

The second of four jury trials scheduled for this week began this morning.

In between trial testimony and arguments, Judge Furgeson sentenced four defendants and accepted one guilty plea.

Francisco Javier Vasquez, 46, of El Paso entered a conditional plea of guilty to one count of a superceding indictment.

Sentenced were Gabriel Nevarez-Alarcon, conspiracy to import marijuana, eight months in prison;

Lorena Guadalupe Nieto, 27, of Amarillo, 18 months for possession of more than 50 kilograms of marijuana;

Gerardo Guerrero-Canela, 60 months in a facility where he can get treatment for rheumatoid arthritis. In his protest of the pre-sentence report, Guerrero denied he was ever a member of the Mexican Mafia.

Artuto Mota-Hernandez, 57 months for importing and possessing with intent to distribute more than 100 kilograms of marijuana on April 14.

Eagle Stadium's new track open to public

Staff Writer

PECOS, Oct. 5, 1999 -- Health fitness enthusiasts, walkers and joggers will be happy to hear that the gates for the newly remodeled track at Eagle Stadium have been opened to the public.

The high school stadium's track was remodeled for the first time in 16 years with cooperation of Reeves County, the Town of Pecos City and Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD. The gates were unlocked Monday, after the completion of the track, according to P-B-T Superintendent Don Love.

"We welcome everyone to come out and enjoy the track," said Love, who added that the public would have to abide by several new rules in order to use the track and preserve it.
"We want to keep this track nice and looking good," he said.

Rules for track use include, joggers/walkers must use outside two lanes; Only tennis shoes, track shoes, or soft soled shoes may be used; no bicycles, skate boards, skates, strollers, or any wheeled vehicles are allowed; oil, gas or petroleum base material or containers may not be placed on the surface; do not discard chewing gum onto surface; do not use spikes longer than 1/8 inches on competition shoes, and animals are not allowed on the track or football field.

Failure to comply may be a basis for banishment of track use.

The old Eagle Stadium quarter-mile track had deteriorated to the point that the West of the Pecos Relays have not been held for the past seven years, and the West of the Pecos Junior Relays were canceled a year ago due to the deterioration of both the track and the running areas for field events such as the long jump, high jump and pole vault. Plans currently are to hold both high school and junior high meets at Eagle Stadium next year.

New surfaces were also added for those events, while repairs to the track were being made. A new drainage system was also installed at the track, in hopes of diverting water away from underneath the base of the track, which in the past has caused cracking of the inner lanes.

Appraisal board's quarterly meeting set

PECOS, Oct. 5, 1999 -- Directors for the Reeves County Appraisal District will consider bids on a vehicle for use by the chief district appraiser in their quarterly meeting at 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Other agenda items include a data processing contract for 2000/2001, adoption of "Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practices," progress report and public comments.

The board meets in the district office at 403 S. Cypress and invites the public to attend.

Youth Council members to be sworn in

PECOS, Oct. 5, 1999 -- Pecos City Council will hold a special meeting at 5:30 p.m. today to swear in Pecos Youth Advisory members for 1999-2000.

Youth advisory members will meet in the city council chambers for the ceremony, which is the only agenda item.


AUSTIN (AP) _ Results of the Cash 5 drawing Monday night: Winning numbers drawn: 31-15-36-10-17. Number matching five of five: 1. Prize per winner: $100,130. Winning ticket(s) sold in: San Antonio. Matching four of five: 254. Prize: $592. Matching three of five: 8,969. Prize: $29.


Victor Saldana

Victor Ybarra Saldana, 63, died Sept. 23, in Las Vegas, Nev., following a long illness.

Services were held Tuesday, Sept. 28, in Las Vegas, Nev.

He was a long time resident of Pecos, before moving to California and then to Nevada.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Adan Saldana.

Survivors include his wife, Juanita Saldana; two sons, Victor Jesus and Miguel Angel Saldana; one daughter, Maria Teresa Geller, all of Las Vegas, Nev.; one stepson, Ben Ramirez of Marathon; two brothers, Adalberto Saldana of Pahrump, Nev., Conrado Saldana of Pecos; one sister, Juana Jaquez of Pecos; seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild and numerous nieces and nephews.

Bunker Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Manuel Tavarez

Manuel Tavarez, 69, died Saturday, Oct. 2, in Winkler County Memorial Hospital, in Kermit.

Graveside services were held at 2 p.m., today, at the Kermit Cemetery.

He was born Dec. 10, 1929, in Ojinaga, Mexico, was a laborer for Winkler County, a resident of Kermit for 45 years and a Catholic.

Survivors include three brothers, Frederico Tavarez of Wink, Concepcion Tavarez of Kermit and Martin Tavarez of Lovington, N.M.; two sisters, Maria Elia Berzoza of Kermit and Merced Marin of Odessa.

Cooper Funeral Chapel of Kermit was in charge of arrangements.


PECOS, Oct. 5, 1999 -- High Monday 75; low last night 50. Tonight, clear. Low in the lower 50s. Southeast wind 5-15 mph. Wednesday, mostly sunny. High in the upper 80s. South wind 10-20 mph and gusty. Extended forecast, Wednesday night, fair. Low in the mid 50s. Thursday through Saturday, mostly sunny days and fair nights through the period. Highs from the mid to upper 80s.

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