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Archive for July 17th, 2009

U.S. Rep. Reyes’ statement announcing House Intelligence investigation of CIA program


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July 17, 2009 at 11:44 pm

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U.S. Senate candidate John Sharp in El Paso; hosted by Chavez, Holguin, Montelongo

Press release from the NPT inbox:

Old Fashion Meet and Greet for John Sharp for U.S. Senate

Hosted by:

State Representative Norma Chavez
City Council Eddie Holguin
YISD Trustee Liza Montelongo

When: Saturday July 18th
Time: 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Where: Mercado Mayapan – 2101 Myrtle Avenue
Info: (512) 637-5256 or

Paid for by Texans for John Sharp

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July 17, 2009 at 11:39 pm

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Fort Bliss is growing. Maybe we ought to plan for it.

Filed under the “better-late-than-never” folder:

Community Meetings: Military Regional Growth Management Plan

WHO: The Development Services Department & consultant firm, SAIC

WHAT: Invite the public to attend a series of upcoming community meetings


Tuesday July 21 6:00-8:00 pm EPCC-Transmountain Campus (Lecture Forum) 9570 Gateway Blvd. North
Wednesday July 22 6:00-8:00 pm EPCC-Administrative Services Center (Auditorium) 9050 Viscount Blvd.
Thursday July 23 6:00-8:00 pm EPCC-Northwest Campus (Auditorium, room M50) 6701 South Desert Rd.

WHY: Planning efforts targeting the anticipated expansion of Fort Bliss continue as a critical priority. The creation of a Regional Growth Management Plan (RGMP) is a key component in proactively addressing the opportunities and challenges expected with the implementation of the Base Closure and Realignment Commission (BRAC). The City has retained the services of a consultant, SAIC, to develop a RGMP that seeks to closely evaluate areas to include:

• Existing Conditions Assessment
• Future Land Use
• Circulation and Traffic
• Public Utilities and Infrastructure
• Education
• Health and Social Services
• Public Safety and Emergency Services (Fire, Police, Ambulance)
• Quality of Life

In keeping with this vital initiative, the purpose of these meetings is to share the current information that is available and to seek public comments as an important part of the next stage in the development and completion of the plan. All interested individuals are encouraged to participate.

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July 17, 2009 at 11:42 am

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Who is winning the Drug War? Follow the money.

From Reuters, U.S. security firms vie for Mexican drug war work:

As Mexico battles to keep a lid on raging drug war violence, U.S. companies are fighting over millions of dollars in contracts for military equipment and training under a long-promised U.S aid package.

Private U.S. security firms will get the bulk of a $1.4 billion package pledged by the United States in 2007 to help its southern neighbor crush rampant drug gang carnage. Only a fraction of the aid has been delivered so far.

Almost all of an initial $400 million tranche approved by the U.S. Congress in 2008 and being released bit by bit to buy helicopters and inspection gear and train Mexican police will be doled out to 30 or 40 U.S. companies, said a U.S. embassy official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

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July 17, 2009 at 1:41 am

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Jam the billboard poll, or, perception matters

An e-mail going around, as if the El Paso Times poll (or the NPT poll, for that matter) has any validity. But perception is 9/10 of the law, right?

I just got this word:

“The EP Times is running a poll today regarding the billboard vote that passed Council but that Mayor Cook is probably going to veto. Ann is really frustrated that he’s doing this after all the discussion and hard work that has gone into forming this billboard ban. It’s a very progressive ban and something that has been receiving national attention. If you can spread the word to get online and vote against the Mayor’s veto, please do so!”

I just voted at

Please spread the word.

Jim H. Tolbert

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July 17, 2009 at 1:38 am

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“Really high ‘Cool Factor'”

An e-mail going around from someone who usually has a good sense of where the juice is:

This has really high “Cool Factor” and is something all El Paso REALTORS® should be aware of and experience.

Sorry for the short notice.

At 6:00PM Thursday July 16th at the El Paso Museum of History (behind downtown library) one of two copies in existance of the Treaty of Velasco, signed by President/General Santa Anna and Then President of the Republic of Texas, David Burnet will be on exhibit. Owned by they City of El Paso Public Library’s, this document will be shared for the first time in years.

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July 17, 2009 at 1:33 am

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