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Archive for June 2009

City Rep. Robinson ‘Appreciation BBQ’

First news release from the office of new city Rep. Carl Robinson:

District 4 City Representative Carl Robinson To Host Appreciation BBQ

WHO: City Representative Carl L. Robinson
WHAT: Will host annual Fire and Police Appreciation Bar-B-Q
WHERE: Northeast Regional Command Center 9600 Dyer
WHEN: Thursday, July 2, 2009, 12:00 noon – 3:00 p.m.
WHY: City Representative Carl L. Robinson will host his annual appreciation Bar-B-Q to honor the police officers and fire personnel who serve and protect Northeast El Paso.

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June 30, 2009 at 12:35 pm

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Lomas de Poleo: ‘Ongoing low intensity war’

Two e-mails updating the situation in Lomas de Poleo:


Dear Friends of Lomas,
The following is a rough translation of an email I received this evening. I’ve included the original in Spanish as well. Please feel free to share, publish this with your networks.

Fr. Bill Morton


Today, Monday, June 29th, Lomas resident, Carmen Quinones Ortiz, was assualted by armed men in the employ of Pedro and Jorge Zaragoza Fuentes.

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June 30, 2009 at 12:30 pm

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New state Sen. Shapleigh spokeswoman

News release from the office of state Sen. Eliot Shapleigh:

Dear Friends:

Effective July 1, 2009, Daniel Collins will no longer serve as Communications Director for the office of Senator Eliot Shapleigh. Daniel will be moving to Austin, Texas to start at the University of Texas School of Law this fall semester. Senator Shapleigh’s office wishes him the best of luck.

Replacing Daniel will be Claudia Ordaz. Effective immediately, please direct all media questions to Claudia. She may be reached at or by phone at 915-544-1990.

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June 30, 2009 at 11:56 am

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Shaking loose some change from Obama? Not on the border or the Drug War.

A story from the Associated Press is yet another illustration that when it comes to the border, the Obama policy is pretty much the same as the Bush policy and the Clinton policy and so on …

AP source: Guard to seek volunteers for border:

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is developing plans to seek up to 1,500 National Guard volunteers to step up the military’s counter-drug efforts along the Mexican border, senior administration officials said Monday.

The plan is a stopgap measure being worked out between the Defense Department and the Homeland Security Department, and comes despite Pentagon concerns about committing more troops to the border — a move some officials worry will be seen as militarizing the region.

Senior administration officials said the Guard program will last no longer than a year and would build on an existing counter-drug operation. They said the program, which would largely be federally funded, would draw on National Guard volunteers from the four border states. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because the details have not been finalized.

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June 30, 2009 at 11:49 am

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El Chuco media: EPTV gets set to rock the house

News release came across our desk:

June 26, 2009 El Paso, Texas- For Immediate Release

An El Paso Collaborative of Artists and Professionals known as Man on a Mission Media proudly announces the broadcast of the pilot episode of El Paso’s newest independent television show, EPTV.

EPTV is hosted by the author of The Lion Star Blog, Jaime Abeytia, and includes segments on local entertainment, culture, and public policy. Episode One of EPTV will feature interviews with Texas State Representative Marissa Marquez, El Paso County Commissioners Anna Perez and Veronica Escobar and Mayor of El Paso John F. Cook and City of El Paso Representative Susie Byrd. Regular EPTV segments will include reviews of restaurants, movies, fashion and gadgets as well as music videos and other original content.

EPTV will be broadcast by City of El Paso Government Channel 15 on Time Warner Cable from 11 am to 12 pm on Sundays, and may be featured as part of Time Warner’s Local on- Demand Summer Promotion. EPTV will also be one of the attractions for El Paso Hot Spots, Man on a Mission Media’s soon-to-be launched website.

The Man on a Mission Media team includes Founder and Director Manny Mendoza, Founder and Executive Director Jaime Blanco, Producer Luis Ruiz, and Producer Farrokh Farrokhnia.

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June 26, 2009 at 1:06 pm

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Health care push in D.C.: Chavez lobbies Reyes

Earlier this week this blog noted the Border Health Conference, and previously we had posted info about the push for health care reform as the issue of health care begins to dominate D.C. El Paso state Rep. Norma Chavez was in D.C. this week as part of the Health Care for America Now push to adopt a public option and other reforms, and met with U.S. Rep. Silvestre Reyes.

Some comments from Chavez:

— “He (Reyes) has indicated he is supporting the presidents health care reform. We stressed the importance of a public insurance option. He said he is mostly supportive, as is the Hispanic Caucus.”

— “Of course the bills are in three different committees. We do not have final (House) bill but HCAN does oppose the Senate version which does not include a public health insurance option but moves more toward co-ops, which we oppose.”

From Jesse Romero, Texas state director of HCAN:

— “All those issues have always been very important and what we’re working on right now and what President Obama has been proposing will probably dominate the summer.”

— “The Senate unveiled a bill and it’s out there. The work has started in earnest in the House. We’re encouraged the House version does contain the public option. It’s too early to count votes, since it’s going through three committees. … We’re further along in the process, if you remember, than in the ’90s.”

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June 26, 2009 at 12:59 pm

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Health care reformers make recommendations

The health care debate gears up. Here’s a report from Health Care for America Now, which describes itself as a national coalition of more than 1,000 organizations, and generally is affiliated with President Barack Obama. These are the recommendations, and below is the 20-page report on Texas (click here for some background from a state Rep. Norma Chavez news release announcing her presence with multiple others in D.C. to lobby on behalf of HCAN and its affiliates):

— For families purchasing health insurance, subsidies based on the federal poverty level must be regionally adjusted to account for drastic cost-of-living variations among urban and rural areas.

— Individuals, employers and government have a shared responsibility to contribute to the cost of extending affordable health coverage to everyone.

— The government should not tax employer-sponsored health insurance benefits. Benefit packages should be comprehensive and defined as a benchmark for all insurance plans. There should be no annual or lifetime caps on benefits payable by a health insurance plan.

HCAN – TexasAffordabilityReportFinal

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June 25, 2009 at 1:16 pm

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Masks against swine flu

News release came across our desk:

June 25, 2009

Kelley Applauds House Approval of Language Permitting All DHS Employees to Voluntarily Wear Protective Masks

Washington, D.C.—The leader of the union representing thousands of frontline homeland security employees today applauded House of Representatives approval of language providing these workers with the right to voluntarily wear protective masks while performing their duties.

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June 25, 2009 at 1:07 pm

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NPT Biz: Two El Paso brands go fishing in Texas Monthly

Two great tastes that go great together …

saddleblanket+dos lunas

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June 25, 2009 at 1:04 pm

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Transportation-dominated Texas Lege special session starts next week

Press release from the office of Texas gov. Rick Perry:

AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today announced that a special session of the Texas Legislature will begin on Wednesday, July 1, at 10 a.m.

“The 81st Legislative Session was one of the most successful in recent memory, providing a tax cut to 40,000 small businesses and increasing financial aid for college students by more than 40 percent, all without touching our states Rainy Day Fund,” Gov. Perry said. “After speaking with legislators I am calling a special session to extend the operation of five critical agencies and help reduce gridlock by continuing to provide options for financing our state’s highways.”

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June 25, 2009 at 12:02 pm

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