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City Elections 2005

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Dist. 1 Candidates

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Richard Schecter Candidate District # 1.

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BIA Public Meeting

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New Library

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CHS Plant Sale!

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Irrigation Canals Full

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Dented Cadillac

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Westside Fire.

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Sombras del Pasado Opens at ol' Griggs.
Opinion: City Council Elections Impact Valley.

Valley residents have learned (many the hard way) the importance of electing ethical representatives for District # 1 and # 8. From the annexation, to Laguna Meadows gaining higher density, to Artcraft and to the glut of high density housing; Westside Reps. have sided against the Upper Valley. It is time to change that pattern. Read More...

Negative Campaigns off and Running.

The Westside/Upper Valley Voters Coalition has become the focus of charges that the present manager, Ric Schecter, also a candidate for District 1, has arbitrarily stacked the forum in his favor. This has lead to a dubious editorial suggesting that Schecter is not worthy of elected office. Paredas' site makes no attempt at objectivity nor fairness in smearing Schecter. The "featured article" on the site is basically an ad for one of Schecter's opponents, Roy Gray. In lieu of a revealing interview, Pareda provides Gray's campaign speech without any restrictons... not even space. Poor journalism? Blatant support? Just coincidence? Bad show. Complete story next edition.

4 Candidates Running-District #1 El Paso.

Four candidates have filed applications with the City Clerk's office. Incumbent Susan Austin, Roy Gray, Anne Morgan Lilly & Richard Schecter.

With the advent of the Neighborhood First initiative, it appears that many of the challengers are expecting voters to be more informed and aware of the issues and the record of Ms. Austin.

None of the challengers have ever held elected office before. Therefore, we will offer each candidate time to speak on their campaign and to inform those voters whom may be unfamiliar with the new faces.

Interview: Ric Schecter, Candidate District 1.

Enigmatic, intelligent and soft-spoken; Ric Schecter is what one would call a good guy. He says that he will represent the will of the people in his District as opposed to listenting to the voters and then telling them that he will vote his way regardless of how they feel.

Ric is very respectful and realizes that developers sometimes have specific legal rights. However, Ric wants the City Planning Committee and the City Council to moderate the developers appetite. If that fails, Ric favors compromise.

Proposed Anthony Casino Discussed.

The Burea of Indian Affairs held a public input session last Wednesday night, 3/16/05 at the Anthony VFW hall. There were supporters of the proposed casino as well as those opposed. The BIA made available to the public many of the artist renderings. Read More...

New Doris Van Doren Westside Library.

The new Doris Van Doren held its official grand opening last Wednesday night, 3/16/05. It has been open for a couple of months with many systems not up to full operational status. This library is the first full sized library on the westside.

From the outside with its sharp angles and glass to the tubular steel girders on the inside; the design of the new library is an inspiration to creativity and exploration of knowledge. Already it is serving many families and especially the children.

CHS Plant Sale in April.

Mark your calendars. April 2, 2005 CHS Horticultural Center will hold its first Spring Garden Plant Sale. This all day event, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., will be on a Saturday at the CHS Greenhouse at 7311 Bosque Road. Proceeds from the sales will enhance the program.

2005 Irrigation Season Begins.

Water was released from Caballo Dam on March 12, 2005. The canals south of Las Cruces began getting some flow the following day. Water in the Upper Valley's EPWID#1 on Thursday.

According to EPWID#1 staff, there may be continuous water available this season as well as nearly a full allotment of water. Farmers had had reduced allotments for three years. This years abundant water will bring financial relief to many farmers. Read More...

More Valley Traffic Contributes to Accident.

A serious two vehicle accident occured on March 16, 2005 at the intersection near the a small family convenience store on Westside Drive. There were no serious injuries but the 2005 Cadillac Escalade pulled out onto Westside and was struck by a 99 Chevrolet Silverado truck. Read More...

Westside Blaze

There was a large blaze up in an arroyo on the Westside Heights near Resler Drive on Thursday. It burned itself out and caused little damage to surrounding buildings.

Sombras del Pasado: Griggs Resurrected.

Just in time for spring and summer patio dining; the Sombras del Pasado-Upper Valley has opened the doors for the public at the reknowned historic Griggs restaurant site. Now with a great bar.

The original Sombras del Pasado is located on Soccoro Road in another historic adobe. That same tradition now in the valley.

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