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Del Rio News-Herald (Newspaper) - January 5, 1984, Del Rio, Texas De la Madrid says Mexico recovering President warns economic risk exists 4if we lose our step NewsHerald photo President De la Madrid MEXICO CITY AP President Miguel de la Madrid said Wednesday night that Mexico is overcom ing its economic problems and that 1984 will be a decisive year for consolidating the defeat of the crisis and beginning the march toward But de la Madrid added a note of caution in a New Years message broadcast nationwide by television It is not possible to come out of such a deep crisis in a short he said We cannot become discourag ed There still exist risks if we loose our De la Madrid who took office in December 1982 in the midst of Mexicos worst economic recession in half a century asked Mexicans for their trust and The difficult year of 1983 showed us Mexicans and the world that the vigor and strength of our na tion were greater than the adversities that we confronted The achievements are there to be seen We have maintained our democracy and liberty and the social peace has been Despite its economic problems Mexico is in better shape than the majority of developing he said De la Madrid said the country has a firm base for in itiating the new year with optimism and confidence but he acknowledged that the crisis continues to af fect our daily lives and its most worrisome manifesta tion is the continous increase in The government says the rate of inflation dropped to 80 percent in 1982 down from 100 percent in 1983 Government economists predict the rate will drop to 40 percent in 1984 Del Rio News D f 4 3 DALLAS T 151700 r Id Vol 54 No 291 Phone 7751551 X 1983 Del Rio Publishing Inc All Rights Reserved Del Rio Texas 78840 Thursday Afternoon January 5 1984 25 Copy 16 Pages Today City seeks part of Lowe property The city of Del Rio is waiting to hear from the Val Verde County Probate Court regarding the sale of property from the Lowe Estate to the city City Manager Jim Miceli said the city submit ted a counter offer of for the acre tract of land located next to Moore Park on Highway 277 The purchase of the property would provide bet ter access to the city swimming pool located in Moore Park Clifton C Belcher a courtappointed commis sioner for the Lowe Estate proposed a total cash price for the property of Belcher proposed the city pay in earnest money with to be paid at closing of the sale City Manager James Miceli said the earnest money agreement was signed last week He said the city will not know whether the bid is accepted for over a month Belcher said the proposal must go through Probate Court which could take about six weeks During this time he said the bid is sub mitted to the heirs for an opportunity to purchase the property at the going rate He said most of the remaining property of the Lowe Estate has been sold MangesMobil suit settled State to benefit from billion settlement LAREDO AP A settlement was reached today in a billion lawsuit filed by millionaire rancher Clinton Manges against Mobil Oil after two months of negotiations The settlement reached at a breakfast at torneys tot Manges Mobil the State of Texas and Exxon was to be presented to Visiting State District Judge George Miller at hearing later today The settlement provides for Mobil to transfer all its leases and equipment to a trustee for the state and Manges according to a statement by Land Commis sioner Garry Mauro Manges and the state then will lease the land and will receive proceeds from current production and the new leases Mauro said the proposed agreement will give the state ownership of about million in drilling equipment and will boost its income on the leases from to a month The states acreage contains 47 producing oil wells and six pro ducing gas wells with a gross in come of million Mauro said the agreement was reached after Exxons chief counsel Ken Roberts arrived in Laredo about midnight There were a lot of rumors and misinformation about the states interest and we were able to clear up his areas of Mauro said My experience is that you need to go eyeballto eyeball on something like this to reach an A third party already has of fered to lease the land Mauro said million has been put into escrow by ShearsonAmerican Express a trustee for the Florida firm of Estate In vestments Inc He said another million is to be paid Jan 10 but that the state does not consider itself bound by the contract with ShearsonAmerican Express and has six days to determine if thats the best Mauro said at least two other firms have offered to either match or beat the Shearson American Express offer Mauro also said that since yesterday he has had field in spectors on the Duval County property and that by the end of the day an inventory will have been completed of the equipment on site and all of the signs will have been changed from Mobil Oil to State of Texas The suit against Mobil was fil ed in 1982 when Manges a Duval County rancher alleged that company had not adhered strict ly to a drilling schedule required by a lease dating back to 1932 on Manges ranch Manges claimed all the oil drilled by Mobil since 1932 as his own and the state later joined Manges in the suit because it owns some of the mineral rights to the land Although Exxon owns per cent of the minerals on the acres in dispute the company had not entered the negotiations until last month Attorneys said Wednesday the agreement under discussion would turn Mobils lease on Manges ranch over to the McAllen State Bank which would act as trustee and lease the land for an undetermined amount of money to a company interested in drilling Mauro said current production from existing wells would put a day in the states public school fund about million over the next 10 years the life of the current lease BEAUTIES MEET Miss Texas Dana Rogers right was greeted by the reigning Miss Val Verde Diana Longoria on arrival this morning at Laughlin Air Force Base NewsHerald photo by Benigno Gircii Miss Rogers will appear at the Miss Val Verde County Scholarship Pageant Friday at in the Del Rio Civic Center See story Page 2 Tax preparation course gets good city response By CYNTHIA GARZA NewsHerald Writer A free income tax prepara tion course offered for the first time in Del Rio by the Internal Revenue Service has received excellent response Delma Soriano assistant coordinator for Volunteer In come Tax Assistance says she was surprised at the number of people who showed up to par ticipate in the program on Wednesday VITA is designed to assist the disadvantaged low in come nonEnglish speaking individuals and the elderly to prepare their income tax returns she said Joe Zepeda coordinator for VITA and Mrs Soriano who are from the IRS office in San Antonio are teaching the course The class continues through Thursday Twenty volunteers are par ticipating in the course and are learning to prepare the 1040EZ and 1040A income tax forms Mrs Soriano said An examination to certify the volunteers in income tax See TAXES Page 2 Plan could hasten exit WASHINGTON AP Reagan administration officials say they are optimistic that a plan to ex pand the authority of President Amin Gemayels government in Lebanon will eventually mean Marines stationed there will be removed They hope the government and rival Lebanese factions can agree by the weekend on the plan which is being promoted by Saudi Arabia and was discussed with Gemayel on his recent visit to Washington The plan would extend authority of the Gemayel government over much of the 40 percent of Lebanon that is not under Syrian or Israeli control However it wouldnt lead to what the Reagan ad ministration has said is its main goal in Lebanon the withdrawal of Syrian and Israeli armies An agreement for the withdrawal of those ar mies would be left to followup negotiations John Hughes the State Department spokesman said Wednesday the withdrawal of all foreign forces remains the goal of policy in Lebanon But he said the security plan as it is being called would be a welcome Although President Reagan and Secretary of State George P Shultz have previously said the Marines would remain in Lebanon until foreign ar mies leave the administration has stopped em phasizing this point While Israel has indicated it would cooperate with the new security plan Syrias attitude re mains in doubt One feature of the agreement to extend Lebanese government authority into areas Beirut now con trols by private militias might be the designation of the Beirut airport as a neutral zone said one of ficial who insisted on anonymity Most of the Marines in Lebanon as part of the multinational peacekeeping force are based at the airport where they have sustained heavy casualties If the airport is declared a neutral zone the Marines could be deployed elsewhere and possibly some of them could even be withdrawn on to American warships offshore On the inside Dear TV Wall Weather DEL RIO AND VICINITY Partly cloudy today and Fri day clear and cool tonight with the low near 40 High Fri day in the low 70s Winds from the north near 10 miles per hour today and light tonight High Wednesday 54 Sunset Sunrise Hooten to seek Kinney County sheriffs post Norman H Hooten By KAREN GLfcASON NewsHerald Writer BRACKETTVILLE Kinney County Sheriff Norman H Hooten has announced he will be a Democratic candidate this year seeking a full term in the sheriffs office The Democratic primary for Kinney County will be held in May with the general election in November The new sheriffs term will bejtor four yeirs stir ing Jan l ms i Hooten safs he is well qualified for the office to which he was ap in September of 1981 oweif in law enforcement spans 20 years including eight in Kinney County first as Precinct 3 constable then as Brackettville police chief and currently as sheriff i VYV His law enfowmwU started as a state warden with the Texas Parks and wildlife 41003 Hooten hoWl the basic termedlatf and advawtd cer tificates of law enforcement pro ficiency issued by the Texas Commission on Law Enforce ment Officer Standards and Education He was certified as a law en forcement instructor in 1982 and was issued an Instructors Cer tificate by TCLEOSE which qualifies him to instruct at any certified law enforcement academy in the state He has served a member of the advisory board of the Middle Rio Grande Law Enforcement Academy at Southwest Texas Junior College in Uvalde since 1M0 When asked about the changes he has seen in law enforcement since he began Hooten replied The major changes in education and training requirements necessary for peace officers who serve the public in this day and time The old days of pinning on a badge and strapping on a gun and going out to enforce th law are gone He added Civil lawsuits against officers in the cities and counties they are associated with have proved that todays peace officers had better be well train ed and educated in their chosen Hooten said he believes he has demostrated his talent suc cessful criminal investigation and jail administration We have maintained a 50 per cent solved rate of reported burglaries as opposed to the state average of 15 percent and have recovered and returned thousands of dollars worth of perty to the victims of Hooten said At the time of his appointment to sheriff the operation of jail See KINNEY Page 8
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