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December 5, 1997

Negotiations help avoid loss of homes

PECOS, December 5, 1997 - Several local homeowners recently escaped
having their homes sold out from under them to pay delinquent tax bills
by contacting the taxing entities.

"Most of the individuals came in and made arrangements," said
Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD Tax Assessor Collector Lydia Prieto.

The homes were targeted to be sold due to delinquent tax payments as
part of a cooperative effort to collect on ad valorem property taxes.

A list of the homes appeared in a legal notice in the Pecos Enterprise,
Nov. 18, with the sale scheduled for Dec. 2, on the Reeves County
Courthouse steps.

Only one home was sold and two others were struck off by the entities
which initiated the lawsuits.

If it's a hardship case or involves people over the age of 65, the homes
will not be sold, according to Prieto.

Prieto stated that her office is there to help taxpayers and will do
everything they can to help people keep their homes and update
themselves on their taxing situation.

Prieto is the tax collector for the schools, Town of Pecos City and the
Reeves County Hospital District.

The sales are initiated by the taxing entities's attorneys and another
sale is scheduled for the spring.

City election scheduled for May 2

PECOS, December 5, 1997 - Many local offices will soon be open for
election, including the Mayor's seat and those of council members Ricky
Herrera and Danny Rodriguez.

Three positions will be open on the school board (Linda Gholson, Earl
Bates, Frank Perea) and two on the Reeves County Hospital Board.

The first day to file will be February 16, 1998, and the deadline will
be March 18, at 5 p.m. All filings must be made with City Secretary
Geneva Martinez.

Early voting will open on April 15 and run through to April 28. Election
day is May 2nd. Early and election day voting will be held at the Pecos
Community Center.

Delinquent behavior declines

Staff Writer

PECOS, December 5, 1997 - Alberto Alvarez, Chief Juvenile Officer for
Reeves County, is thankful for the drop in criminal activity on the part
of young people this holiday season. Usually, such behavior increases
during Christmas-time, but the juvenile monthly report for November
shows that the number of juveniles referred to the court has dropped to
half the previous month's levels.

"The key instigators that were getting others into trouble have been
dealt with," Alvarez said. These have been placed in programs either
out-of-county or out-of-state.

November's juvenile monthly report lists a total of seven juveniles
detained from Reeves County and seven from out-of-county. Of the eight
referrals, the majority (4) were issued from the Pecos Police Department.

There was one case of driving while intoxicated; one case of minor in
possession; one case of assault causing bodily injury; one case of
assault of offensive/provocative nature; one case of unauthorized use of
a motor vehicle; two cases of violation of juvenile court order; and one
case of indecency with a child (exposure).

Of the eight referrals, seven were male and one was female. The report
listed six as Hispanic and two as white.

Clark begins bid for re-election

PECOS, December 5, 1997 - Linda Clark has enjoyed her job as Reeves
County Treasurer and has filed her treasurer's designation as the first
step in retaining her position.

"I appreciate the support that I have received from Reeves County and am
looking forward to the future to serve the county as treasurer," said

Clark has been working in the treasurer's office for the past nine years
and was appointed treasurer in October of 1993.

She was elected as treasurer in March 1994.

Clark received certification for county treasurer in April 1994 and
received certification of investment officer in April of 1996.

She was a board member of the Reeves County Community Council for four
years, secretary for two years and board chairperson for two years; a
board member of FEMA and presently is secretary for Christmas for the
Kids Project.

Clark is also a member of the Business and Professional Women's Club and
a big supporter of 4-H Livestock Programs for the past 13 years.

"I really enjoy my job as Reeves County Treasurer and am enthusiastic
about running for a second term," said Clark.

Florez seeks re-election as county clerk

PECOS, December 5, 1997 - Dianne O. Florez has filed to retain her post
as Reeves County Clerk.

"I enjoy serving the public and helping them in any way I can, and I
hope I can continue to do so," said Florez.

Florez has been county clerk for the past three years, after being
elected in March 1994.

She is a member of the County and District Clerks Association of Texas;
County Clerk's Legislative Committee; a member of the Loss Committee of
Reeves County; was a speaker at Election Seminar in 1996 and an
alternate for the Reeves County Community Council.

Florez also enjoys helping others outside of work and is a board member
of Christmas in April and a member of Christmas for the Kids.

"As county clerk, there is always a lot to learn and the new,
ever-changing laws, require that we attend seminars," said Florez.

Florez attends training every year and strives to keep up with the laws
that are continually changing and require that she learn about them.

In addition, she receives constant update on legislation and its issues.

"My goal is to become the local register of the county, to be able to
issue birth records to all those people born in the state of Texas,"
said Florez.


PECOS, December 5, 1997 - High Thursday, 65, low this morning, 26. It
will be clear to partly cloudy and colder across most of Texas tonight
and Saturday. Temperatures will dip into the teens before dawn Saturday
in the Texas Panhandle. It will be partly cloudy tonight in West Texas
and mostly cloudy to cloudy on Saturday. There will be some fog early
Saturday. Lows tonight will be in the teens in the Panhandle and in the
20s and 30s elsewhere in West Texas. Highs Saturday will be in the 40s
and 50s except in the Big Bend area of Southwest Texas where readings
will be in the 60s.

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