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Archive for June 4th, 2009

NPT Media: President Obama statement on DTV transition

On June 12 – one week from tomorrow – the nation’s full-power television stations will switch to all-digital programming. The transition to digital will free up airwaves for broadband and enhanced emergency communications for our police officers, firefighters, and other first responders.

In February, I worked with Congress to postpone the deadline television broadcasters had to end their analog signals, because it was clear that millions of Americans would have been left in the dark if the conversion had gone on as planned. I directed key members of my Administration to reach out and help Americans, especially those in our most vulnerable communities, to make the switch to digital television.

In the months since then, we have worked hand in hand with state and local officials, broadcasters, and community groups to educate and assist millions of Americans with the transition. The number of households unprepared for digital television has been cut in half. Still, some people are not ready. I want to be clear: there will not be another delay. I urge everyone who is not yet prepared to act today, so you don’t lose important news and emergency information on June 12. And I encourage all Americans who are prepared, to talk to their friends, family, and neighbors to make sure they get ready before it’s too late.

Written by newspapertreeelpaso

June 4, 2009 at 4:40 pm

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NPT City: Mayor Cook on Border Task Force

Press release from the mayor’s office:

Mayor Appointed to Homeland Security Task Force

El Paso, Texas- June 3, 2009 -Mayor Cook has been appointed to be the South West Border Task Force by Secretary Janet Napolitano. He will attend his first meeting in Albuquerque tomorrow, June 4, 2009.

The South West Border Task Force will work with our neighbors and colleagues in Mexico to further enhance the economic and physical security of our shared region. The interdisciplinary team of experts will contribute to the development of solutions to help guard our nation against terrorism; secure our borders; and enforce immigration laws and improve immigration services that further protect and strengthen our national security. Their work will empower stakeholders to improve the foundation upon which the Department of Homeland Security and the Nation will confront the challenges that lie ahead.

Mayor Cook said he was honored to be selected and will work to share the vital information that is necessary to benefit both El Paso and Ciudad Juarez.

Written by newspapertreeelpaso

June 4, 2009 at 1:19 pm

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NPT DC: $1.4 million in Homeland Security grants to Tiguas, County

News release from the office of U.S. Rep. Silvestre Reyes:


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Silvestre Reyes (D-TX) today announced that the Department of Homeland Security will award a $1,138,875 grant to El Paso County and a $327,504 grant to Ysleta del Sur Pueblo Tribe through the Operation Stonegarden Grant Program to help improve cooperation and coordination between federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies in border security operations.

“With the surge in drug-related violence in Mexico, this funding could not have come at a better time,” Congressman Reyes said. “These grants will help pay for new equipment and other costs such as overtime compensation for our local law enforcement. At a time when our local governments are struggling with budget deficits due to the current economic recession, these federal grants will help reduce some of the burden on local taxpayers.”

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Written by newspapertreeelpaso

June 4, 2009 at 1:17 pm

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NPT Media: El Paso Times’ ‘black men’ headline

Here’s the headline and blurb as it appeared on the Times’ Web site yesterday:

Former Andress guard who claimed to be tied up by two black men allegedly fabricated the story
06/03/2009 03:45 PM MDT – EL PASO — A former Andress High School security guard who said she was tied up by two black men in a school restroom has been arrested on suspicion of filing a false police report.

Here’s the question: What relevance is it that her claim involved “black men”? Maybe if the story was about false claims of crime involving black men, it would relevant. But the story has shifted now from warranting a description of the suspects to the allegation that the claim was false.

What are your thoughts?

Written by newspapertreeelpaso

June 4, 2009 at 1:15 pm

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NPT City: A Band of Brothers endorsement for Robinson in NE race

News release sent by Donald Williams and Black El Paso Democrats:

Bolanos Brothers endorse Carl Robinson

Rick Bolanos a member of the Bolanos Brothers, a group of Hispanic brothers who have the distinction of being the only family to serve in Viet Man at the same time, while discussing candidates with a large group of Hispanic Veterans this morning publicly endorsed Carl Robinson and asked that all Veterans and citizens of the Northeast work hard to get Mr. Robinson elected. Rick Bolanos stated that Mr. Robinson is an advocate for veterans and an activist whose passion lies in the Northeast community. Mr. Robinson is a person that will be “culturally sensitive” to all of the needs of our citizens in that community. We should come together as a family to support Mr Robinson so that he can continue to be a beacon of hope for those citizens in the Northeast El Paso.

Rick Bolanos served as a senior member of the veterans policy committee for President Obama as well as a surrogate and one of the Band of Brothers for John Kerry. Additionally he served as National Veterans Co-Chair for Hillary Clinton,and as Veterans Co-Chair for Governor Bill Richardson

Written by newspapertreeelpaso

June 4, 2009 at 10:28 am

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