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Joe Biden and Beto

EPN - Border Analysis - Wed, 11/06/2019 - 11:00pm
I was asked an interesting question yesterday by a very good friend. They asked what I thought about […]
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Y'all love taxes

Refuse the Juice - Wed, 11/06/2019 - 1:16pm
Well... pretty sure the "people have spoken" and they said they want higher taxes. I can't wait for the folks who claimed the Lost Dog vote was approved by the majority of voters to start crying about how the bond... Brad Kanus
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UTEP is changing

ElPasoSpeak - Wed, 11/06/2019 - 5:00am

According to an article in the Times UTEP is having to cut its budget.

The new president is asking the deans and vice presidents for suggestions as to how they can cut their respective budgets.

It seems that in the past the “executive leadership” made those decisions.

I applaud Mrs. Wilson.

The ultimate decisions will have to be hers but at least she is giving her subordinates an opportunity to participate.

This is better


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CVS Exposes The Danger of Trump War On Immigrants

EPN - Border Analysis - Tue, 11/05/2019 - 11:00pm
Since Donald trump declared war on immigrants there have been several examples of how dangerous America has become […]
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Love and Politics

Max Powers - Tue, 11/05/2019 - 8:53pm
- - UPDATE - - EDITOR'S NOTE - (07/11/2019 16:15 EST) - FAT SHAMING IN THE COMMENTS SECTION IS A "NO, NO"!!! ----------------------------- It is interesting to see how couples are involved in this election cycle. You have Commissioner Vince Perez and his wife, Claudia Ordaz Perez, both running for... Max Powers
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"Transparent" doesn't mean what it used to, I guess...

Refuse the Juice - Tue, 11/05/2019 - 12:16pm
The lovely Ms. Tamayo put out a fundraising email and it's straight out of political central casting. We've got education, taxes, health care - the whole family is here! Politicians think you are stupid so they throw these campaign patois... Brad Kanus
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Please vote today

ElPasoSpeak - Tue, 11/05/2019 - 5:00am

If you have not already voted please do so today.

This is the last day you can vote on the proposed bond issue.

My property taxes increased $800 dollars this year.

A large part of the quality of life bonds have yet to be sold.  When they are sold our taxes will go up further.

Those of us that live in the EPISD district are now paying more than $3.07 per hundred dollars of valuation in property taxes.

That’s three percent of your property’s value every year.

That puts us at the highest property tax rate among the 50 largest cities in the United States.

What the city is asking for is a blank check.

If they need new buildings the should figure out how much they will cost and then ask us for the money.

We deserve better


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Let Us Be Clear: Donald Trump Is Under Criminal Investigation

EPN - Border Analysis - Mon, 11/04/2019 - 11:00pm
Let us be crystal clear about something, Donald Trump is currently under criminal investigation. No amount of spin […]
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Beto for Senate....TEXAS Senate!?!?

Max Powers - Mon, 11/04/2019 - 7:45am
Now that Beto has called it quits...what's a man to do? He has expressed no interest in running for US Senate again. But I cannot imagine him wanting to be a stay-home dad making burgers with English muffins when the kids get home from school. Not that there is anything... Max Powers
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Keep trying

ElPasoSpeak - Mon, 11/04/2019 - 5:00am

I spoke with an acquaintance the other day that did not know about bond election Tuesday.

He does now.

Talk with everyone that you can.

Ask them to go vote.

We deserve better


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Learn From Beto: Guns Are Political Suicide

EPN - Border Analysis - Sun, 11/03/2019 - 11:00pm
Most readers are likely aware that Beto O’Rourke has dropped out of the presidential race. It is not […]
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Self service or no service?

ElPasoSpeak - Sun, 11/03/2019 - 11:01am

Someone sent this in:

I heard the other day that Walmart was going to be closed Christmas day.

Evidently they want to give their two checkers the day off.

We deserve better


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RumpToons No: 157

EPN - Border Analysis - Sat, 11/02/2019 - 10:00pm
I hope you enjoy RumpToons No: 157!
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Retired Marine turned survival instructor teaches El Pasoans to depend on themselves

Borderzine - Sat, 11/02/2019 - 2:43pm

How long would you last if you didn’t have easy access to food, water and electricity? Retired Marine Alfred Legler knows many city dwellers aren’t prepared for when a disaster may strike. That’s why he began teaching classes to help El Pasoans learn basic survival skills.

“A lot of people have never been out of the city. They don’t know how to hunt, they don’t know how to fish, they can’t look down on the ground and identify what kind of plant is edible, what kind of plant might have some medicinal use. Everything is just immediate gratification of going to the store and obtaining medicine or something to eat or something to drink,” Legler said.

He’s been organizing outings through his Meetup group called Bona Fide Survival, which is “designed for adults, teens, and youth interested in learning and enhancing knowledge and concepts in wilderness survival, self-reliance, prepping, and primitive skills,” the group description says.

Participants learn about building makeshift shelters, cordage making, bow making, foraging, making traps for hunting and fishing, as well as basic flintknapping techniques to shape arrowheads out of rock.

Alfred Legler teaches the proper technique to use a bow drill for firestarting. Photo credit: Aaron Martinez

In one recent outing at a city park, Legler set up a controlled environment for participants to work on primitive firemaking. They practiced techniques using a traditional hand drill and a bow drill, along with flint and steel.

“Put some more pressure and a little bit more speed,” Legler told one student with a bow drill.

“You got it,” Legler said as thick smoke came from the wood. The student, who said he had never started a fire with anything but matches or lighters, appeared happy to see a small pile of black ash with a glowing orange ember in the middle indicating his labor was successful.

Alfred Legler shows his students how to use a traditional hand drill for firestarting. Photo credit: Aaron Martinez

The main target audience for his survival classes is “the average Joe living in the house across from us,” Legler said.

“People that live in the city probably need the skills the most because they’re not adept at anything other than city living,” he explained.

A plus side Legler finds to teaching the classes is that it helps him refine his own skills. The skills are very perishable, he said, so the key to learning them and keeping them is to practice often – which his classes allow him to do.

Alfred Legler uses a hunting knife to carve a new slot in a piece of wood used to start fires with a hand drill or bow drill. Photo credit: Aaron Martinez

Even though he was in the Marines, Legler said his survival skills didn’t come from his time in the military.

“A lot of what you learn in the military is conventional warfare type stuff,” he said.

Most of his survival and self-reliance skills came from his parents and great grandparents who shared lessons learned in the Great Depression, when millions of Americans learned to live with few resources. And also from his mother’s family who fought in the French Resistance in World War II

“They fought the Nazis there however they could and they didn’t have anything. I always grew up under their wing and they’ve always taught me to be self-prepared and not to rely on anyone for anything,” he said.

Legler believes survival skills are just as important today as they were then.

“If you turn on the news any given minute, what do you hear? Constant feed of negative information, you know, war, death, famine,” Legler said.

Most Americans, including El Pasoans, have never experienced real hunger and are accustomed to having their necessities close by.

“You can go to the supermarket and all your needs, everything you could possibly ever want is there,” he said. “But what happens if there is some type of incident where the trucks stop delivering food? What are you going to do at that point?”

Across the United States, the average household’s nearest supermarket is 2.19 miles away, research by the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows. According to a report by CNA, a nonprofit research and analysis organization located in Arlington, VA., grocery distribution center near most major U.S. urban areas probably have on-hand enough shelf-stable products to feed a community for 3–4 weeks in a disaster – if they can be delivered to stores.

“I think it’s very important to be able to self-sustain yourself,” Legler said. “We live in the United States and we have all these luxuries, but they might not always be there.”



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Open line Saturday

ElPasoSpeak - Sat, 11/02/2019 - 5:00am

What’s on your mind?

We deserve better


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Sucks To Be Dee Margo...and soon Claudia Order Perez

Max Powers - Fri, 11/01/2019 - 12:09pm
Oh, man. Poor Dee Margo. El Paso Times endorsed Cassandra Hernandez-Not Brown at his expense. Per your El Paso Times: "We do like that she is willing to express views contrary to those held by Margo. That makes Hernandez a good counter to the mayor." Well. As the mayoral race... Max Powers
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More legal fees

ElPasoSpeak - Fri, 11/01/2019 - 7:50am

Talk about money.

Many of us have experience trying to get our attorney to do something quickly.

In the downtown multi-purpose performing arts facility case the attorneys on both sides evidently are thinking ahead.

At issue currently is an injunction that prohibits the city from tearing down buildings.

The anti-tear-down faction was given an unfavorable ruling by a local bench judge.

Within moments the anti-tear-down lawyers filed an appeal with an appeals court.

Shortly thereafter the tear-down lawyers filed a motion with the appeals court asking the justices to recuse themselves because of allegations of partiality.

These are lightening fast actions coming from lawyers.

Without an injunction prohibiting the tearing down of the buildings the city will probably move to do so within hours.

We deserve better


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Brexit and Impeachment

EPN - Border Analysis - Thu, 10/31/2019 - 10:00pm
Many in the United States are focused on the impeachment debacle. But there is another related issue that […]
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Borderzine pledge: Enhance our border reporting with a little help from our friends and NewsMatch 2019

Borderzine - Thu, 10/31/2019 - 5:21pm

It’s been a challenging year for storytelling on the border. A mass shooting at a local Walmart killed 22. Migrant caravans were intercepted at the El Paso-Ciudad Juarez crossings. Thousands of migrant children separated from their parents. A rising crescendo of hate-filled anti-immigrant political speech that goes on and on.

But there’s a saying in Spanish, lo que no mata engorda, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. The phrase reflects the can-do spirit of our border journalism students who have soldiered on with strong reporting and digital storytelling that reflects the day-to-day reality of a rich, diverse and thriving cross-border community. Journalism that provide our readers with needed depth and context, and a counterpoint to the negative political narrative.

We are rightly proud of what we do and hope to do more with your help.

Last year your donations to Borderzine through the NewsMatch fundraising campaign for nonprofit newsrooms helped us raise nearly $30,000 – money that helped send student journalists to summer internships at the Washington News Journal in Delaware, Santa Fe Reporter, San Antonio Express-News, Greenville News in South Carolina, and Texas Highways,   to a study abroad program in Cuba and to help buy digital cameras, lenses, microphones, sound recorders and tripods for their reporting.

We hope to surpass last year’s contributions this time by reaching $50,000, which will allow us to fund more student internships, pay for them to travel and attend journalism conferences and trainings, buy more professional sound recorders for podcasting.

The match works like this: Every dollar you donate is matched 1:1 by NewsMatch.  And while one-time contributions in any amount are most welcome, we are being challenged and encouraged to engage more recurring monthly donors, again in any amount –  $50 a month for 12 months = $600 which turns into $1200 –  an amount that covers four weeks of internship pay for one of our students. Donations are accepted on our NewsMatch page or directly at

Now allow me to brag a bit about the uniqueness of our students who are reporting from the borderline which has become the frontline of the immigration wars fought by the White House and the Congress.

As news of the mass shooting in El Paso spread on social media and cable news, current students and recent graduates began receiving phone calls and emails from major news outlets seeking assistance with interviewing and reporting on the ground in El Paso. Some were tapped to contribute to national stories with text, photos and video.

Imagine my pride at seeing the byline of an alum, now a reporter for the El Paso Times, as a contributor on a front-page New York Times story about the mass shooting.

As I watched the TV news the day of the shooting, I recognized two former journalism students, notebook and camera in hand, covering a press conference with El Paso Police in the Walmart parking lot. How gratifying it is to know some Borderzine alums now work, not just in border news outlets, but also at CNN, Associated Press, the New York Times, the Dallas Morning News, Univision, Telemundo, and in smaller newsrooms in cities across the country.

That’s why we do what we do. As the old pop song says, you ain’t seen nothing yet.


Zita Arocha

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NCAA reverses course, allows student athletes to profit from collegiate sports

Borderzine - Thu, 10/31/2019 - 4:42pm

In turnaround financial victory for student athletes, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) announced Tuesday that college athletes will be allowed to profit from their name, image and likeness following a unanimous vote by the NCAA board.

In a news release, NCAA President Mark Emmert said, “As a national governing body, the NCAA is uniquely positioned to modify its rules to ensure fairness and a level playing field for student-athletes. The board’s action today creates a path to enhance opportunities for student-athletes while ensuring they compete against students and not professionals.”

This week’s vote comes a month after California passed a senate bill to allow student athletes to sign with licensed agents and prevent universities in California from punishing them for profiting off their name, image, and likeness (NIL). Before Tuesday’s vote, NCAA had opposed California’s decision.

The California bill, named the ‘Fair Pay to Play’ Act, which was set to go into effect January 2023, inspired other states to initiate similar legislation to allow student athletes to profit from their collegiate sports careers.

California’s decision created challenges for colleges and universities that belong to the NCAA because it contradicted long-standing NCAA rules that bar college athletes from profiting from their college sports career.

Following the California ruling, the NCAA released a statement to express concern that future “Fair Pay to Play” state laws allowing student athletes to profit from their NIL may create conflicts with other universities nationwide.

In its Tuesday news release, NCAA explained it was overturning its previous ban on allowing student athletes to profit from their sports careers because: “As more states consider their own specific legislation related to this topic, it is clear that a patchwork of different laws from different states will make unattainable the goal of providing a fair and level playing field for 1,100 campuses and nearly half a million student-athletes nationwide.”

Borderzine spoke to New Mexico State University Athletic Director, Mario Moccia, before the NCAA announced their new guidelines. Moccia said he favored creating a separate committee to resolve any conflicts that arise from state bills that contradict NCAA rules.

“I certainly am not anti-helping student athletes from a financial standpoint, I just think it has to be done in a uniformed and proper way,” Moccia said. “The NCAA is its own governing body so that can’t necessarily supersede that.”

The NCAA created a task force that has met over the last few months to address the specific problems and conflicts that might arise from state passage of “Fair Pay to Play” laws. The task force presented its first progress report to the full board Tuesday but is still going to continue to gather feedback through April.

Michael V. Drake, chair of the NCAA board and president of The Ohio State University, said in the press release: “This modernization for the future is a natural extension of the numerous steps NCAA members have taken in recent years to improve support for student-athletes, including full cost of attendance and guaranteed scholarships.”

While the California senate bill has received a lot of attention from college sports programs in other parts of the country, the discussion of an athlete’s right to “fair pay” has been controversial for several years.

Compensation for NIL was first argued in 2014 when Ed O’Bannon, former UCLA men’s basketball star and NCAA National Championship Most Valuable Player, sued the NCAA after having seen his own likeness in an NCAA licensed video game.

Although the NCAA “owns” a student athlete’s name, image and likeness, an NIL release form students are required to sign does not authorize the organization to use the athletes’ name, image or likeness for third-party commercial ventures, such as video games.

The NCAA also had maintained a strictly enforced bylaw that allowed them to ban any school from NCAA competition for two years if it is determined that the school had allowed one of its student athletes to license his or her NIL.

In an interview before Tuesday’s decision, UTEP Athletic Director Jim Senter said NIL restrictions were complicated.

“What if a student athlete went out and sold a sponsorship using their NIL and it is tied to something the university feels would be inappropriate?” he asked. “There’s all these things that are out there that no one has really thought through.”

The new guidelines released by the NCAA specify that student athletes profiting from their NIL must do so “in a manner consistent with the collegiate model.”

After the guidelines were released, Senter said he didn’t have anything more to add. “It is still too early for us to know how all of this will be implemented,” he said.

In the previous interview, Senter said he believes that athletes are compensated fairly through cost of tuition and scholarships but understands why certain athletes might want to profit outside of that.

“We’re doing a lot for student athletes already. I see both sides of the coin,” he said.

“I think it’s unfair that student athletes don’t have the ability to profit some from the talents and the skills and abilities that they have. The flip side is that they are profiting from those things because we’re providing them with a scholarship, room, board, books, fees, tuition,” Senter said.

UTEP Mechanical Engineering student Andrew Salas doesn’t believe scholarships and travel costs are enough compensation for student athletes who help bring in revenue and attention to their schools.

“While student athletes at D-1 universities are provided scholarships, airfare and travel to games, as well as access to athletic facilities, all of this is necessary for them to just be on the team…,” he said.

“None of this accounts for any additional revenue brought in by their name and likeness, and there needs to be fairness in the transaction of acquiring student athletes for a university program,” he added.


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