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Archive for June 30th, 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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