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 seconds and left a mountain of debris which will take about two weeks and 1,000 truckloads to clear. The new ballpark, which is expected to be home to the San Diego Padres' AAA team is expected to be ready for opening day in 2014.
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 cost was used to pay for dust control. The first smokestack, built in 1950 and measuring at 612-feet tall, came tumbling down first, followed by the iconic red-and-white 828-foot smokestack, which was built in 1966. The second smokestack is the one that has the ASARCO letters in red.Costs of the demolition was paid for from the $52 million that Asarco put in a trust for clean up of the site.
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.
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 toppling of the stacks.
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 Paso Independent School District. They were reinstated Tuesday by EPISD board members. The Austin administrators were greeted by 1,600 joyous students and staff members at a rally in the school's stadium. (Top photo) Principal Tanner, brown shirt, and Assistant Principal Salcido, football jersey, were led by students into the stadium. (Second photo) The administrators were embraced by well wishers. (Third photo) Tanner stood with students during the playing of the Alma Mater and (fourth photo) Tanner was mobbed by well wishing students.
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 demanded the school board release audit findings that it is supposedly using to target Tanner and three other principals. The district, in late February, received a draft audit that investigated a scam that manipulated student grade levels, forced some students out of school and kept others from enrolling in an effort to boost state and federal accountability ratings.
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 have El Paso ties are Marine 1st Lt. William Deane Hawkins, left portrait, and Army 1st Sgt. David H. McNerney. Ramon Guillen said, "It's a super honor. It tells me that people have not forgotten, that people want to remember people like my uncle. Especially Medal of Honor winners, they should never be forgotten."
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 of the registration fees.
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