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Monday, July 29, 2002

Valdez named Employee of Month at RCDC

Joel Valdez has been named Employee of the Month for the month of July at the Reeves County Detention Center.

Valdez was born and raised in Pecos, is married and the proud father of three outstanding children.

He has been employed by the Reeves County Detention Center since Jan. 13, 1994.

Valdez started as a correctional officer on Jan. 13, 1994 and was later promoted to the recreation department.

On Oct. 1997, Valdez was promoted to the maintenance department with the title of Maintenance Officer III. He is a great asset to this department due to his ability and skills in plumbing, electrical and appliance work.

Valdez's duties include supervision of inmate orderlies, accountability of all tools on the job site, inmate safety talks, taking care of major and minor plumbing projects, working on daily work orders and working on all types of electrical projects.

In addition to his regular duties, Valdez rotates on a 24-hour call schedule and also acts as an assistant supervisor during the absences of his immediate supervisor.

Valdez performs all these functions in an outstanding manner, according to RCDC Warden Rudy Franco.

"The Reeves County Detention Center is proud to have Joel Valdez as an employee," said Franco.

"We take pride in recognizing Valdez as Employee of the Month for July for performing his duties so diligently," said Franco.

Photography contest open to residents

The International Library of Photography announces that over $60,000 in prizes will be awarded this year in the International Open Amateur Photography Contest.

Photographers from the Pecos area, particularly beginners, are welcome to try to win their share of over 1,300 prizes. The deadline for the contest is Sept. 30. The contest is open to everyone and entry is free.

"Everyone has at least one memorable photo that captures a special moment in time," said Christina Baylon, Contest Director. "When people learn about our free photography contest, they suddenly realize that their own favorite photos can win cash prizes, as well as gain national exposure," said Baylon.

To enter, send one photograph in only one of the following categories: People, Travel, Pets, Children, Sports, Nature, Action, Humor, Portraiture, or Other. The photo must be a color or black-and-white print (unmounted), 8" X 10" or smaller. All entries must include the photographer's name and address on the back, as well as the category and the title of the photo. Photographs should be sent to: The International Library of Photography, Suite 101-2614, 3600 Crondall Lane, Owings Mills, MD 21117. Entries must be postmarked by Sept. 30. You may also submit your photo directly at

The International Library of Photography is an organization dedicated to bringing the work of amateur photographers to the public's attention. You can view the work of over 1.1 million amateur photographers at their website,

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