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Archive for August 2009

City Rep. Acosta announces Alameda corridor meetings

From the NPT Inbox:

For Immediate Release: Public Meeting on the Alameda Corridor

The City of El Paso is requesting your attendance for a series of public meetings hosted by the Development Services Department, Planning Division. The meetings will discuss a study of the Alameda corridor which extends from the intersection at Boone Street to the intersection at Americas Avenue. The public meetings will take place on the following dates and locations from 6-7 p.m.

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August 31, 2009 at 11:59 am

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City proclaims itself successful

From the NPT Inbox:

City 4/10 Work Week Pilot Program Proves to Be a Success

August 27, 2009- On June 1, 2009 several City departments changed their operational hours to a 4/10 work week as part of a pilot program that was estimated to save the City over $55,000 over a three month period. The program has proven to be a success during the first two months.

Energy consumption savings resulting from the 4/10 initiative from June thru July

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August 31, 2009 at 11:57 am

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Former state Rep. Moreno and friends have Mass for Kennedy

From the NPT Inbox (actually came in Friday — apologies for the late notice):

Former State Representative Paul C. Moreno and El Paso friends of Senator Edward M. Kennedy
at a Memorial Mass commemorating Senator Kennedy’s life.

Monday, August 31, 2009 5:30 PM
St Pius X Catholic Church 1050 N. Clark St. El Paso, Texas 79905

Msgr. Arturo Bañuelas, Pastor, will officiate at the mass

Three elected officials will present a eulogy

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August 31, 2009 at 11:28 am

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More health care info; hour-long NPR special Thursday (Sept. 3)

From the NPT Inbox:

Public Radio KTEP to Carry NPR News Health Care Special

Hour-long Special Will Air Thursday September 3 at 6pm on KTEP FM (88.5)

El Paso, TX, August 28, 2009

NPR News will broadcast an hour-long special program on the debate over health car in America. The program can be heard on El Paso’s NPR affiliate, KTEP-FM (88.5) on Thursday September 3 at 6 pm.

The news special will recap recent political developments in the health care debate and explore the roles patients, physicians, hospitals, insurance companies, the government and business play in the current health care system and in the debate over the future of health care in America.

The special will be hosted by Robert Siegel, host of NPR’s All Things Considered, as well as analysis from NPR health policy correspondent Julie Rovner; Editor Joe Neel, the leader of NPR’s coverage of the health care debate; David Kestenbaum of NPR’s Planet Money; and National Political Correspondent Mara Liasson.

More information on the NPR News Health Care Special is available at or by calling KTEP at 747-5152.


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August 28, 2009 at 4:40 pm

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Water Utilities damages Resler Canyon

From the El Paso Naturally Blog (Editor’s note: This posting was changed at 10:20 a.m. Aug. 31 to correct the source of the item):

Resler Canyon between Mesa Street and I-10 is a nature preserve of the Frontera Land Alliance. Recently, following a complaint about erosion by Café Italia, the El Paso Water Utilities apparently violated an easement agreement with the Land Alliance and illegally dumped dirt into the canyon in an effort to stop the erosion. In fact, the effort is much like doing a year of chemo treatment for a toothache. The lose soil dumped down the side of the canyon will eventually avalanche down the hill taking out more trees as it slides. Frontera Board member, Charlie Wakeem, called it a “major encroachment”.

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August 28, 2009 at 2:41 pm

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Rally for immigration reform on Saturday

From the NPT Inbox:

Hundreds will Rally In El Paso to Kick-off Statewide Comprehensive Immigration Reform Campaign

A multi-sector Alliance will also present a fresh new Petition with more than 4000 signatures of El Pasoans calling upon President Obama and Texas Senators to Stop the Rhetoric and Enforcement Only and “get up and work” to fix our broken system this year.

Wednesday August 25, 2009. El Paso, Texas. The Border Network for Human Rights, as part of Reform Immigration for Texas Alliance (RITA) and the Reform Immigration for America Campaign, is coordinating a kick-off rally in El Paso to launch a Texas statewide push for comprehensive immigration reform. The rally will take place on Saturday August 29th, 2009 at the El Paso Convention Center.

On this same day, similar events are taking place all over Texas organized by the members of RITA. Among those cities joining the launching of the campaign simultaneously are Forth Worth-Dallas, Austin, Houston, San Juan, Brownsville and El Paso.

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August 28, 2009 at 12:14 pm

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Sportspark discussion Thursday

Fromthe NPT Inbox:

Good Afternoon,

Commissioner Anna Perez will discuss the Sportspark Revitalization Plan in her community meeting, Thursday, August 27, 2009. Please see attached.

In Brief

What: Commissioner Anna Perez Community Meeting
When: Thursday August 27, 2009 at 7:30 a.m.
Where: Pebble Hills Regional Command Center, Community Room 10780 Pebble Hills, El Paso, TX 79935

Help us share this information with the community.

Warmest regards,
Cindy Hernandez
Policy and Programs Assistant
County Commissioner Anna Perez, Pct. 1
500 E. San Antonio, Ste. 301
El Paso, Texas 79901
Phone: (915) 546-2014

For more information on Precinct 1, please visit

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August 26, 2009 at 11:59 am

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If you don’t learn anything about health care, at this point, it’s your own fault

Three opportunities for people to learn and/or debate and/or make noise (at UTEP, with state Sen. Shapleigh, and with Conservative Grassroots EP), presented in order as they came in to the NPT Inbox, most recent first:

AMA, NMA and NHMA Presidents Gather at UTEP to Discuss Health Care Disparities; AMA and NMA headed by UTEP alumni

As the debate over national health care reform gains momentum, The University of Texas at El Paso will welcome the presidents of the nation’s leading physicians’ organizations to discuss health care disparities and border health issues.

The American Medical Association’s Commission to End Health Care Disparities will hold a three-day meeting from Wednesday, Sept. 2 through Friday, Sept. 4 on the UTEP campus.

Dr. James Rohack, president of the American Medical Association (AMA); Dr. Willarda Edwards, president of the National Medical Association (NMA); and Dr. Elena Rios, president and CEO of the National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA) will attend the meeting, which will focus on health care along the U.S.-Mexico border.

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August 25, 2009 at 12:47 pm

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Rats! Err,rodents! So until it’s cleaned up and inspected, no cafeteria food at South Loop Elementary

From the NPT Inbox:

UPDATED Aug. 26:

Officials with the City’s Food Inspection Program re-inspected South Loop Elementary today. Inspectors found a few rodent droppings in the food service facility. The school is continuing to take corrective measures to come into compliance with food safety regulations. Our inspectors are scheduled to conduct another inspection of the facility on Monday (Aug. 31, 2009).

August 25, 2009 Department of Public Health For Immediate Release

Food Inspection of South Loop Elementary

El Paso – The Food Inspection Program of the City of El Paso Department of Public Health today is continuing with its inspection of South Loop Elementary, at 520 Southside Drive.

Officials with the Food Inspection program on Monday (Aug. 24, 2009), responded to a complaint about the sanitation of the campus’ food service facility. After a review of the premises, inspectors determine the facility had a rodent infestation.
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August 25, 2009 at 12:36 pm

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Mental health services waiting list, other county updates

From the NPT Inbox, a review of the county meeting provided by the county PIO office:

Court Informed about New Guidelines for MHMR

(El Paso, Texas) – Due to lack of funding, the state-designated Mental Health/Mental Retardation Authority for El Paso County will close its doors to new consumers and establish a waiting list for services affecting 1,500 people with mental illness.

El Paso MHMR officials explained to the court about their hope of receiving monies from the state during its 81st legislative session to prevent a waiting list, but albeit legislative efforts no additional funding was granted.

As a result, selected consumers will no longer be receiving services such as medication and therapy beginning September 1, 2009.

During this morning’s update, MHMR officials assured Commissioners Court that teams are working to determine which consumers will be released from services. Those patients to be released are individuals who have been stable and have been receiving services for a long period of time.

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August 24, 2009 at 5:15 pm

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