First Hispanic US ambassador Raymond Telles dies at 97

first_imgNo related posts. Raymond Telles, the United States’ first Hispanic ambassador, died on March 8. He was 97.Telles was born to Mexican parents on Sept. 5, 1915, in El Paso, Texas, the daily La Nación reported, citing news agencies.On Nov. 3, 1957, he was elected mayor of El Paso, becoming the first Hispanic mayor of a major U.S. city. He served four years.In 1961, President John F. Kennedy appointed Telles ambassador to Costa Rica, making him the first Hispanic U.S. ambassador.Telles studied at Texas Western College, now the University of Texas, El Paso. Later, he joined the U.S. Justice Department.He achieved the rank of colonel in the U.S. Air Force, serving in World War II. He was a military adviser to both presidents Harry S. Truman and Dwight D. Eisenhower. He also fought in the Korean War.As ambassador to Costa Rica, Telles sought to improve relations between the United States and Costa Rica by often visiting several communities throughout the country. He attended Kennedy’s official state visit to Costa Rica on March 18, 1963, months before Kennedy – beloved by Costa Ricans – was assassinated.In 1967, President Lyndon B. Johnson appointed Telles chairman of the U.S.-Mexican Border Commission.“Our father dedicated his life to public service. He will always be remembered for his efforts to pave the way for future generations of Hispanics and for the social and political progress that his work achieved,” his daughter, Cynthia Telles, said, La Nación reported. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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August 2 2002 in camp is being prepared for the i

first_imgAugust 2, 2002 in camp is being prepared forthe installation of a new acrylic cover. Agriculture employee Brett Snyder is loosening thewooden support beams to remove the old membrane that is covering thedrying chambers. [Photo & Text: SA] The construction crewand helpers from various departments are in place and the new cover isslowly unrolled. [Photo & Text: SA] The crew startedright after morning meeting to avoid the temperamental winds whichusually start around noon this time a year. But the wind started early,just couldn’t resist playing with this. [Photo & Text: SA] The crew had theirhands full. [Photo & Text: SA] The cover is inplace. Now it is just a matter of securing it. [Photo & Text: SA] The ends have to berolled in and everyone is making an effort to stretch the plasticmembrane evenly. [Photo & Text: SA] manager Adam Nordfors [with red bandana]is drilling the wooden support beams back into place. [Photo & Text:SA] TheGreenhouse is back on line. [Photo & Text: SA]last_img read more

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Rep Farrington votes for program to battle opioid abuse

first_img31Oct Rep. Farrington votes for program to battle opioid abuse Kalamazoo County study could have statewide importance Categories: Diana Farrington News,Newscenter_img State Rep. Diana Farrington today voted for legislation that establishes a pilot program to battle the opioid abuse epidemic that grips Michigan.Farrington, of Utica, voted for a $700,000 supplemental budget item to set up the program that will help develop a test that assists people with identifying if they have a tendency for addiction to opioids and other painkillers.“The abuse of prescription painkillers is out of control, not just in Michigan but nationwide, and we must take every opportunity to shut down this epidemic that is tearing so many families apart,” Farrington said. “The results obtained from the Kalamazoo County study would allow prescriptions to have the most benefit while also curtailing opioid abuse and overdoses statewide.”The program will test Medicaid recipients for indicators of a high risk toward dependency on painkillers, which will enable doctors to prescribe other medications that may not lead to abuse or overdose.The bill now goes to the governor for consideration.#####The legislation is Senate Bill 253.last_img read more

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