General Officer Announcements
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced today that the
President has made the following nomination:
Army Maj. Gen. David L. Mann for appointment to the rank of
lieutenant general and for assignment as the commanding general, U.S. Army
Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command, Redstone
Arsenal, Ala. Mann is currently serving as commanding general, U.S. Army
Recruiting Command, Fort Knox, Ky. Gen. Mann is the former commander of the
32nd Army Air and Missile Defense Command at Fort Bliss.
Army Brig. Gen. Stephen M. Twitty for appointment to the rank of major
general. Twitty is currently serving as deputy chief of staff,
communications, Headquarters, International Security Assistance Force,
Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan. Gen. Twitty is the former deputy
commander for operations at 1st Armored Division and Fort Bliss.
Army Brig. Gen. Gwendolyn Bingham for appointment to the rank of major
general. Bingham is currently serving as commanding general, White Sands
Missile Range, White Sands Missile Range, N.M.
Anchia House Trade Committee Meets in El Paso to Consider Border Crossing Issues
On Friday, March 22, the Texas House Committee on International Trade and
Intergovernmental Affairs will convene in El Paso, Texas, at the El Paso City Hall, 2 Civic
Center Plaza, El Paso, TX 79901, at 9:00am Mountain Time. Committee Members will hear
invited testimony only on the topic: “Border Crossing Opportunities and Innovations.”
For 11 years in a row, Texas has led all U.S. states in total exports. In 2011, Mexico, Texas’
biggest customer, bought nearly $95 billion of Texas products, one-third of Texas’ total exports.
Four of Texas’ 28 border crossings with Mexico are located in El Paso, processing over $11
billion in merchandise in 2011.
“El Paso’s world class cross-border port and bridge facilities help keep Texas in the vanguard of
the world’s trading nations. The city offers the ideal backdrop for Committee Members to
examine the challenges facing Texas-Mexico border crossings, and the opportunities to improve
their efficiency, capacity and performance.”
Chairman Anchia is a member of President Obama’s Advisory Committee on Trade and
Negotiations (ACTPN). In January, House Speaker Joe Straus appointed him Chair of the
Committee on International Trade and Intergovernmental Affairs.
Mayor and First Lady to Feed the Homeless
WHO: Mayor John Cook and First Lady (Tram Cook)
WHAT: First Lady’s Program to Feed the Homeless
WHEN: Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 12noon
WHERE: The Christian Home
El Paso, TX 79915
WHY: This initiative started at the beginning of Mayor Cook’s tenure in an effort on behalf of the First Lady, Tram Cook, to give back to the community she has called home for over 30 years. The First Lady and several volunteers will prepare and serve a meal to almost 35 residents within the El Paso are this Saturday. The Christian home is a ministry that helps those who want to change and overcome obstacles in their lives. Previous meals have been served several times at different locations such as the La Evangelica Church, Sin Fronteras, the Ambrosio Guillen Texas State Veterans Home, Center for Children, Dame La Mano Pregnancy Crisis Center, Villa Maria, Nazareth Hall Nursing Center, the Salvation Army, The Pride Center, The Reynolds Home, YWCA Sarah McKnight Transitional Living Center, the Child Crisis Center, Lee & Beulah Moor Children’s Home, Center Against Family Violence, The Rescue Mission, La Posada Home, Ronald McDonald House in El Paso and a Thanksgiving Dinner for seven consecutive years held at the El Paso Convention Center.
City Hall Offices Relocate
Beginning Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 4:00pm the following areas will begin to move out of City Hall into the New City Hall, located at 300 N. Campbell.
Insurance & Benefits
The offices will be at the new location at 300 N. Campbell, 1st floor with the same phone numbers and open for business beginning Monday, March 25, 2013,7:00 am – 6:00pm.
Additionally, the Office of Management & Budget will also relocate beginning Wednesday March 20, 2013 to the Wells Fargo Building, 221 N. Kansas, 16thfloor. The office will re-open for business Monday, March 25, 2013,7:00 am – 6:00pm.
For all updated information on the City Hall Relocation please visit the City homepage at www.elpasotexas.gov and click on “City Hall Relocation.”
Immunization Program Modifies Hours of Operation
Beginning April 1st 2013, the City of El Paso Department of Public Health will be offering extended hours to clients by staying open until 8:00 p.m. on Thursdays. The changes come after more than 2,000 surveys were administered in March of 2011 and 2012. The documents were reviewed to see what clients felt could be done to improve service.
“The change to our operational hours will make immunization services more accessible to working parents without having to miss work; in addition, children will not miss school when they need immunizations,” said Alejandra Rodarte, Public Health Supervisor.
As part of the changes, all Immunization Centers will be closed on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The following is the new schedule of operations:
Northeast & Westside
Monday – Wednesday: 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Thursday: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Ysleta, Tigua & Henderson
Monday – Wednesday: 6:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Thursday: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
For more information on clinic schedules and services provided, please call: (915) 771-5822 or (915) 771-5733.
For more information on the programs and services offered by the Department of Public Health, please visit http:/www.elpasotexas.gov/health/ or call 2-1-1.
Gardening Workshop Offered during National Nutrition Month
The City of El Paso Department of Public Health’s Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program and the City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department are teaming up with other local programs to promote healthy eating during National Nutrition Month®. The educational campaign, which begins March 1st, is sponsored annually by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and this year marks its 40th anniversary. The focus is to raise awareness of the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.
This year’s theme is “Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day” and aims to assist individuals plan nutritious meals based on individual preferences. With that in mind the Department is promoting the use of gardens as a way to obtain fresh food. The following are particulars for the event:
Free Gardening Workshop
Saturday, March 16, 2013
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Vista Del Valle Community Garden
9031 Viscount, El Paso, Texas 79925
A garden is beneficial to you and your family which allows you to grow vegetables you can incorporate into every meal and you may also involve your children. The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend filling half your plate with fruits and vegetables every meal which are the best sources of carotenoids and vitamin C, as well as other phytonutrients that may help protect against some health problems such as cancers and heart disease.
For more information on National Nutrition Month please visit: http://www.eatright.org/nnm/#.UR0KZPJnSSo.
EL PASO ZOO ANIMALS SHOW OFF THEIR ARTISTIC SIDE
Animal enrichment, Arts & Crafts Activities and More!
The El Paso Zoo will be hosting Color Coated Animal Art Gallery & Enrichment Days from March 16- 24 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Visitors will have the opportunity to see art painted by the Zoo’s wildly artistic animals. Works displayed are from a variety of animal residents at the zoo including Ibu the Sumatran Orangutan; Juno and Savannah the Asian Elephants; Pete the Gila Monster; the Meerkat Mob and many more.
“We’re looking forward to sharing these animal paintings with the community. The paintings are quite impressive! You won’t want to miss out on this event,” said Marketing and Public Relations Coordinator Karla Martinez.
Painting is a part of the Zoo’s enrichment program which is designed and specialized to meet each species’ needs which provide daily challenges and experiences similar to those they would encounter in the wild, such as, encountering new scents and novel food items. The painting process is one of many enrichment activities for animals at the zoo.
“Enrichment is a vital part to animal care and we are continually coming up with new ways to keep our animals stimulated. These paintings demonstrate several of our enrichment techniques and can also connect zoo guests to our animals in a very unique way. Hopefully these connections will encourage people to take action in conservation efforts,” said Enrichment Coordinator CarrieTrudeau.
During the event, zoo animals will receive piñatas, flowers (made of tissue paper) and some of their favorite fruits throughout the week for visitors to watch as they enjoy (or devour) their special treats. Hands-on pet enrichment demonstrations will take place twice a day (10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.) for visitors to learn how to make enrichments for their own pets. Arts & crafts will also be available for children.
Entry to the art gallery and activities are included with regular zoo admission.
Other activities for families to enjoy: Hunt Family Desert Spring Splash Pad, African Star Train ($1.50 for kids/members, $2 for adults), Giraffe Encounters (11 a.m. & 2:30 p.m. – require $2 token), free daily animal training presentations and animal encounters.
FREEDOM CROSSING HOSTING ST. PATRICK’S DAY STREET FESTIVAL MARCH 16-17
Freedom Crossing at Fort Bliss is hosting a St. Patrick’s Day Street Festival on Saturday, March 16 and Sunday, March 17, 2013. The Festival is open to the public and will be held on the promenade area outside of Shamrocks Irish Pub at Freedom Crossing. The event will take place over the entire weekend of St. Patrick’s Day with activities beginning at 12:00 p.m. each day and concluding at 12:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 16 and 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 17.
Each day of the weekend-long event will feature live music from local El Paso bands and musicians, DJs, authentic Irish bagpipes, traditional Irish food as well as grilled food, beer and soft drinks. Family activities will be offered from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day and will include face painting, leprechaun characters, and Irish hat and bead necklace giveaways. A complete schedule of daily activities and band performances is available at www.freedomcrossingatfortbliss.com.
St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, also marks the 2-year anniversary of El Paso’s only authentic Irish pub, Shamrocks. The pub will host a countdown to midnight on Saturday, March 16th to celebrate their anniversary and the arrival of St. Patrick’s Day.
This event is open to the public. To enter Fort Bliss and Freedom Crossing, show a U.S. driver’s license or other U.S. Government issued ID at the Robert E. Lee or Cassidy Gates. Freedom Crossing is located 1611 Haan Road, Fort Bliss, TX. For directions and more information, visit www.freedomcrossingatfortbliss.com.
We Have a Pope!
(AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio from Argentina was elected as pope Wednesday March 13, 2013 and will be known as Francis 1. He became first pope from outside Europe in more than a 1000 years.
EPCC Mourns the Passing of Joe Foster
El Paso Community College (EPCC) is mourning the loss of one of its founding fathers, Joe Foster. Mr. Foster was the first Chair of the EPCC Board of Trustees, serving from 1969-1977.
On June 28, 1969, voters in El Paso County approved the creation of EPCC without the funding. Mr. Foster’s tireless work over the next few years saw the opening of the college in the fall of 1971 with evening classes in high schools around the area. Under his leadership, EPCC leased space at the Logan Heights area of Fort Bliss to house the first campus in 1972, as well as expanding to the Rio Grande campus in 1975.
Joe Foster may be best remembered for leading EPCC during a case before the United States Supreme Court to overturn the decision of a bond election. The overturning of the 1975 election paved the way for the Valle Verde and Transmountain campuses to be funded. The case would change laws nationwide that allowed only landowners to vote for tax and bond elections.
A memorial service will be held for Mr. Foster at 2:00 p.m., Friday, March 15 at the Trinity First United Methodist Church, 801 N. Mesa.
TRAFFIC ADVISORY for El Paso Projects
The following closures will be in place Monday, March 11 through Friday, March 15 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.:
Alternate right and left lane closures on Gateway West and Gateway East between the McCrae (FM 2316) Overpass and the Executive Center Overpass
Expect a westbound right lane closure on César Chávez Border Highway (Loop 375) at Kansas St.
CÉSAR CHÁVEZ BORDER HIGHWAY (Loop 375) PROJECT:
Expect a westbound right lane closure on Loop 375 between the Midway Overpass and the Fonseca Overpass Saturday, March 9 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The westbound Yarbrough Exit and Entrance Ramps are now open to traffic.
The eastbound Yarbrough Exit and Entrance Ramps have been closed and will continue closed through the first week in April.
Project is scheduled to be completed by August 2013.
DYNAMIC MESSAGE SIGN PROJECT:
The following US 54 closures will be in place Monday, March 11 through Friday, March 15 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.:
Right and left lane closures on US 54 between the Hondo Pass and Diana Bridges
Left lane closures on Gateway North and Gateway South between Hondo Pass Ave. and Mesquite Rd.
Right and left lane closures on US 54 north and southbound between the Montana and Trowbridge Overpasses
Left lane closures on Gateway North and Gateway South at the Montana / Trowbridge Intersections
I-10 GATEWAY EAST MILL/ INLAY PROJECT:
Expect alternate right and left lane closures along Gateway East between Santa Fe St. and Zaragoza Rd. (FM 659) Monday, March 11 through Friday, March 15 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
ARTCRAFT (SH 178) TRAFFIC SIGNAL INTERCONNECT PROJECT:
The following closures will be in place Monday, March 11 through Friday, March 15 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.:
Alternate west and eastbound lanes on the Artcraft Frontage Road between Santiago St. and the Doniphan Turnaround- 0.2 miles west of Doniphan
East and westbound shoulder closures on Artcraft between I-10 and the Texas/New Mexico State Line
Alternate east and westbound right lane closures on Artcraft between I-10 and Texas/New Mexico State line
OVERHEAD SIGN BRIDGE PROJECT:
The following evening closures will be in place from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following morning:
March 11 (Monday)
Alternate right and left lane closures (east and westbound) on Paisano Dr. (US 62) between Piedras St. and Boone St.
March 12 (Tuesday)
Southbound right lane and shoulder closure on I-110
March 13 (Wednesday)
Southbound left lane and shoulder closure on I-110
Southbound right lane and shoulder closure on US 54 between Trowbridge Overpass and Paisano Exit
TRANSMOUNTAIN (Loop 375) – WEST PROJECT:
North Desert Blvd. and the westbound Transmountain Exit Ramp will be completely closed on Tuesday morning, March 12 through Friday evening, March 22.
The right lane on Northwestern Dr. will be closed from Hoover Ave. to Transmountain Rd. on Thursday, March 14 through Saturday, March 16.
The above closures are for hanging beams.
The eastbound Transmountain Entrance Ramp will be completely closed starting Monday, March 18 and continuing through Saturday, April 6. Construction crews will be placing concrete on ramp.
PLEASE FOLLOW DETOUR IN PLACE.
THE FOLLOWING OPERATIONS CONTINUE IN PLACE UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE:
Turnaround going from North Desert Blvd. to South Desert Blvd. remains OPEN
Left lane on South Desert Blvd. between the Transmountain Entrance Ramp and Isela Rubalcava Ave. remains CLOSED
Left lane on North Desert Blvd. between Artcraft Rd. and Transmountain Dr. remains CLOSED
Left lane on North Desert Blvd. between the Transmountain Exit Ramp and the Transmountain Overpass remains CLOSED
I-10 / AMERICAS INTERCHANGE PROJECT:
The following shoulder closures will be in place beginning Monday, March 11 at 7 a.m. and will remain closed through Saturday, March 16 at approximately 4 p.m.:
Left shoulder on Gateway West between the South to Westbound Ramp and Don Haskins Dr.
Right shoulder on the South to Westbound Direct Connector near the westbound I-10Entrance Ramp
WOODROW BEAN / TRANSMOUNTAIN (Loop 375) EXTENSION PROJECT:
Woodrow Bean/Transmountain will be closed eastbound between Kenworthy Dr. and Rushing Blvd. Monday,
March 11at 7 p.m. through the following morning.
Woodrow Bean/Transmountain will be closed westbound between Rushing Blvd. and Kenworthy Dr. Tuesday,
March 12 at 7 p.m. through the following morning.
The following closures will be in place Monday, March 11 through Saturday, March 16 along
Woodrow Bean/Transmountain (Loop 375) between Dyer St. (BU54) and 1 mile West of US 54 from
7 a.m. to 4 p.m.:
East and westbound center median
East and westbound alternate lane closures and shoulders on the frontage roads
Alternate north and southbound lanes at the Kenworthy Dr., Rushing Blvd. and Alcan St. Intersections with Transmountain/Woodrow Bean.
I-10 ANTHONY RAMP RELOCATION PROJECT:
Alternate right and left lane closures at North Desert Blvd. between the new Anthony exit ramp and Antonio St
(FM 1905) will continue through Saturday, March 16.
The westbound right shoulder on I-10 between MM 1.0 and 0.0 is closed until further notice.
ALAMEDA (SH 20) PROJECT:
The eastbound lanes are closed on Alameda Ave. from Concepcion St. to Boone St. and will continue closed through April 2013.
The westbound lanes now have one eastbound and one westbound lane in place for traffic flow
The following side streets will have no access to Alameda:
(It will be necessary to work on Saturdays.)
PLEASE OBEY CONSTRUCTION SIGNS and FOLLOW THE DETOUR SIGNS
Sierra Providence East Medical Center Designated as a Level IV Trauma Facility
Sierra Providence East Medical Center has been designated a Level IV Trauma Facility by the Texas Department of State Health Services. Level IV designation indicates that Sierra Providence East Medical Center is staffed by physicians and health care professionals with advanced trauma training. Level IV Trauma centers provide care for patients who have experienced injuries resulting from automobile accidents and patients who have significant cardiac, medical or surgical emergencies.
“This designation reflects our commitment of caring for our community and providing the services necessary to help save lives in an emergency situation,” explains Sally Deitch, CEO of the Sierra Providence East Medical Center. “This designation, coupled with our recent Primary Stroke Center Certification, illustrates how Sierra Providence East is continuing to grow the level of care necessary to enhance the quality of life in our community.”
Trauma is any life-threatening occurrence, either accidental or intentional, that results in injuries. The leading causes of trauma are motor vehicle accidents, falls and assaults. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, trauma is the leading cause of death among Americans under 44 years of age.
“It takes a special group of professionals to meet the demands of a busy emergency department,” states Omar Mendoza, MD, Medical Director of the Emergency Department at Sierra Providence East Medical Center. “It is the extraordinary dedication and teamwork of our emergency department physicians and staff that helped secure this designation of a Level IV trauma facility.
MDA OF EL PASO ANNOUNCES ANNUAL MUSCLE WALK EVENT
More than 600 people are registered to support the Muscular Dystrophy Association during the Sunland Park Mall Muscle Walk to help pay tribute to — and raise funds for — children and adults served by MDA in the west Texas and southern New Mexico area.
“We want to create awareness about MDA and our clients who need hope to continue their very personal journey.” The MDA Muscle Walk allows $$ to be directed to disease specific research. This is the chance for families to FIGHT BACK” said MDA Executive Director Kathleen Born. “By supporting the MDA Muscle Walk event on March 9th, people can make an immediate difference, continue hope and help raise awareness for research and vital services benefiting families served by the Association.”
The annual Sunland Park Mall Muscle Walk is scheduled for 8:00 am to 10 am on March 9th at the Sunland Park Mall Food Court. For registration information, visit www.musclewalkmda.org/sunlandpark, or call the local MDA office at 915-584-6355.
Expected at the walk are Boeing, the UTEP College of Health Sciences, the El Paso Roller Derby, the El Paso Diablos, Kwik Kopy, Ace Cash Express, United Seating and Mobility, Arcelor Mittal, Border Concrete, Safelite Auto Glass, VFW 8550, United Access, Wheelchair and Walker Rental, Inc., Sonic, Lucchese Boots, Chick-Fil-A, the Franklin High School band and cheerleaders, Epic Health Services, Kohl’s Cares for Kids, Sageland elementary school volunteers and cheerleaders and so many more we cannot list all.
Last year, MDA Muscle Walks nationwide raised more than $6.2 million nationwide, and more than $10 million has been raised since the program started in 2011.
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