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Mayor John Cook held his final Open Door With the Mayor meeting June 20. Longtime supporter Wally Cech made her regular visit with Cook. "When I was elected in 2005, a lot of people called me the people's mayor because I ran a door-to-door campaign," Cook said, referring to his... Continue reading
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El Paso Mayor John Cook was honored with a Farewell Fiesta June 14 at the El Paso convention center. Hundreds of friends and well wishers gathered to wish him well after 14 years of service to the city. Six of those years were served as northeast city representative and eight... Continue reading
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Jefferson/Silva graduate Elizabeth Ureno couldn't contain her joy as she heard her name called June 13 at the Haskins Center. She was among the thousands of young people receiving their diploma at commencement exercises. Continue reading
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(Top photo) Water from the Elephant Butte and Caballo reservoirs began reaching the parched El Paso Rio Grande riverbed June 6. Along with the water came a few birds and fish. The water will give farmers on both sides of the border some relief from the regional drought as temperatures... Continue reading
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City representative district 7 candidate Lily Limon began election night June 15 trailing opponent Tania Chozet by 49 votes. Limon and supporters waited anxiusly for updates at the Lunch Box restaurant in the Lower Valley. An update brought the opponents to within two votes with Chozet still on top. (Top... Continue reading
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El Paso Parks and Recreation Director Nanette Smejkal balances on a skateboard after turning over a shovelful of dirt during a groundbreaking ceremony at the Northeast Regional Park's new skate park. Representative Carl Robinson is at left. The new skate park at 11,270 McCombs is the first project from the... Continue reading
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Two little sisters with big hearts spearheaded a drive to send teddy bears to child victims of a tornado in Moore, Oklahoma. Ariadne and Athena Barrenada, with help from their mom and Whitaker Elementary School PTA, collected more than 1,000 teddy bears to be sent in an 18-wheeler loaded with... Continue reading
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Hornedo Middle School student Andrew Barnett, 12, was reflected in a plaque honoring his achievement of a perfect score on the math Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) June 5. The SAT is a standardized college entrance exam. Andrew will be honored by the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth in Baltimore... Continue reading
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El Paso's City Hall crumbled April 14 as part of the city's plan to clear its spot to make room for a professional baseball stadium. About 400 lbs. of dynamite were planted in the building to enable 18,800 tons of reinforced concrete to collapse as planned. The implosion took 10... Continue reading
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Two Asarco smokestacks, which helped define the city skyline for about 50 years, were demolished April 13 .The demolition event, which drew a sizeable crowd at the former Asarco copper smelter site, took just 10 seconds at a cost of between $1.6 million to $2 million. The bulk of the... Continue reading
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Ricardo James of Franklin High School follows the flight of the ball before returning a strong forehand during his semi-final match April 9 at the Ellis Tennis Center. James went on to take the 1-5A singles title. Continue reading
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U.S. and Mexican protestors gathered at the U.S.-Mexico border across from Asarco to voice opposition to the demolition of the stacks at the old refinery April 6. They cited health and environmental concerns for the opposition and called for a delay to study possible hazards which would result from the... Continue reading
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Austin High School Principal John Tanner and Assistant Principal Michael Salcido enjoyed a roaring return to their school April 3. They were among seven administrators who were returned to their schools after they were placed on administrative leave in the wake of an audit looking into cheating at the El... Continue reading
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East Carolina's Jasmine Robbins slides safely into home plate behind UTEP catcher Kayleigh Walts who waits for the ball March 30. East Carolina beat UTEP 8-0. Continue reading
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About 200 Austin High School students, staffers and community members gathered outside the school March 29 to voice their opposition for the ouster of beloved Principal John Tanner in the wake of an audit authorized by the El Paso Independent School District board. Protestors chanted "Stop the witch hunt" and... Continue reading
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Ramon Guillen solemnly looks over the Medal of Honor Hometown Heroes exhibit at the El Paso International Airport March 28. Guillen is the nephew of Medal of Honor recipient Marine Staff Sgt. Ambrosio Guillen, center portrait, who was one of three servicemen honored. The other Medal of Honor honorees who... Continue reading
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Hundreds of women jumped, crawled, climbed and ran through the desert at the Tactical Ranch near Hueco Tanks State Park March 16 during the Dirty Girl Mud Run. The event is a 5-kilometer un-timed obstacle course for women of all athletic abilities. The National Breast Cancer Foundation received a portion... Continue reading
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The Socorro-Bel Air contest was a hotly contested affair March 16. (Top photo) Socorro's Jorge Ibarra, left, beat Bel Air's Samuel Myers to the ball in front of the Socorro goal Saturday at Bel Air. The deflection thwarted a Bel Air scoring attempt. (Bottom photo) Socorro's Fernie Camacho, top, was... Continue reading
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Canutillo centerfielder Lynette Nikolao makes a leaping catch at the centerfield fence Saturday March 2 in her team's softball game against Hanks. Nikolao crashed into and toppled a temporary fence which had been set up around the field, but held on to the ball for the out. Continue reading
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Construction workers team up to move wooden planks to ground level as hey de-construct scaffolding for work at the new United Bank of El Paso del Norte Jan. 16. The workers hand down both the metal bars and the wooden planks which make up the scaffolding and the scaffold is... Continue reading
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El Paso's first snow of the winter season dropped about four inches of snow on the city and surrounding areas last week. The storm stranded motorists, slowed or shut down businesses, but also allowed for some fun for the residents. The four inches which fell in less than 24 hours... Continue reading
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USC quarterback Conner Sullivan cast a shadow on a wall as he passed time waiting for teammates who were shopping inside the Starr Western Wear store by playing catch against a wall outside the store Dec. 29. Sullivan said he was practicing his baseball fielding skills. He added he plays... Continue reading
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(Top photo) Elvira Villanueva blew out candles on her 100th-birthday cake during a party thrown by her family. (Bottom photo) Villanueva smiled as her son, Lalo Ramirez, 76, kissed her after she blew out the candles. Great granddaughter Valerie Padilla enjoys the moment as she holds daughter Ava, 1, who... Continue reading