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Juan Sandoval II by Ronnie Dukes of

El Paso News - Tue, 01/05/2021 - 3:03pm
Elvira and Ronnie Dukes are the creative force behind, an independent comic book and graphic novel publisher. Elvira is the writer. Ronnie is the artist/illustrator. This is a link to our website: and Ronnie were friends of Juan Sandoval. Dr. Elvira Carrizal-Dukes is an Assistant Professor of Practice for Chicana/o Studies at UTEP.… Read More Juan Sandoval II by Ronnie Dukes of
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Remembering Juan Sandoval

El Paso News - Tue, 01/05/2021 - 12:58pm
By Kathy Staudt, his colleague and friend Juan and I have been friends for a LONG time.  I love libraries and books; so did Juan.  We would visit inside the library or on the sidewalk, a short walk between the UTEP Library and Benedict Hall, the location of my political science office.  Sometimes we would… Read More Remembering Juan Sandoval
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I Remember Juan Sandoval II for His Sense of Dignity

El Paso News - Tue, 01/05/2021 - 12:21pm
By Estela Reyes-López When I learned that our community had lost Juan Sandoval I felt lament for his family and those he loved. Truth be told, I lamented for myself as well. It seemed like Juan and I were forever hoping and planning a get together that never quite seemed to get past notes on… Read More I Remember Juan Sandoval II for His Sense of Dignity
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For Juan Sandoval

El Paso News - Tue, 01/05/2021 - 8:00am
By Katherine Brennand                                                                                                                                          We are all special. I realize that. However, being memorable is possibly more significant. Juan Sandoval was, is, and will be memorable for a long time to come.  He will be remembered for many qualities…..for his intelligence and his sensitivity, for his “eye” for art, and for the spark and mischievous… Read More For Juan Sandoval
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Joe Biden Faces Challenges With Mexico

EPN - Border Analysis - Tue, 01/05/2021 - 12:08am
Incoming president Joe Biden is facing many issues when he is sworn in on January 20. Among the issues is a challenging relationship with México. Andrés Manuel López Obrador, colloquially known as AMLO has two years left as president of México. Biden not only faces the Covid-19 pandemic and the resulting economic problems, but the… Read More Joe Biden Faces Challenges With Mexico
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Remembering Juan Antonio Sandoval, Jr. (1946-2021)

El Paso News - Mon, 01/04/2021 - 5:24pm
By Víctor M. Macías-González I first met Juan Sandoval in the Fall of 1982, about a year after Juan had settled in El Paso to work at the UT-El Paso Library.  I was in the seventh grade, enrolled in the El Paso Independent School District’s Gifted and Talented Program.  Each participant conducted a research project… Read More Remembering Juan Antonio Sandoval, Jr. (1946-2021)
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County To Discuss Immigration Contract

El Paso Politics - Mon, 01/04/2021 - 4:33am
Today, county commissioners will be holding their first meeting of 2021. The Commissioners Court is made up of four county commissioners and the county judge. There is a new county commissioner, Iliana […]
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Art Collector and Former UTEP Librarian Juan Sandoval II Passes Away (January 7, 1946 – January 3, 2021)

El Paso News - Sun, 01/03/2021 - 12:54pm
By Miguel Juarez (Updated December 5, 2021, 11:44 a.m.) Juan Sandoval II passed away in his home this morning at 5:00 a.m.  Sandoval was born in Monte Vista, Colorado on January 7, 1946 and he would have celebrated his 75th birthday next Thursday. He was a former Special Collections Librarian and Art Bibliographer at the… Read More Art Collector and Former UTEP Librarian Juan Sandoval II Passes Away (January 7, 1946 – January 3, 2021)
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RumpToons No: 218

EPN - Border Analysis - Sat, 01/02/2021 - 11:05pm
I hope you enjoy RumpToons No: 218!
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El Paso News - Thu, 12/31/2020 - 5:43pm
STATEMENT on EPISD SUPERINTENDENT SEARCH December 30, 2020 The children of the Chamizal have directly experienced the negative consequences of previous superintendents’ decisions in Barrio Chamizal. As the highest populated Spanish speaking, immigrant neighborhoods in the city, our school district has a responsibility to ensure the path to success is accessible to children in our… Read More
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Opinion Editorial: The Hotel California Highway

El Paso News - Wed, 12/30/2020 - 4:33pm
By J.M. In August 2019, I read an article that the Border West Expressway (BWE), which runs along the Rio Grande, was recognized as one of the best designed and structured highways. Obviously, they did not ask the people who actually use it like the drivers who have had to figure out how to drive… Read More Opinion Editorial: The Hotel California Highway
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Corona Virus Vaccine Distribution in El Paso By The Numbers for 2020

El Paso Politics - Wed, 12/30/2020 - 12:38pm
On December 11, 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved on an emergency basis the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine. Moderna’s vaccine was also approved shortly after by the FDA. Immediately after […]
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Max Powers - Mon, 12/28/2020 - 8:04am
Have y'all watched "Rompan Todo" on Netflix? Good shit, folks. I'll post next week...until then.... Max Powers
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“Cruising with Crosno,” The Lost Tapes

El Paso News - Sun, 12/27/2020 - 6:46pm
According to a video titled “Crosno’s Radio Reminiscences,” in 1955, Steve Crosno got his start at KGRT in Las Cruces doing commercials.  Eventually he was given his own show at the ripe age of 16-years-old, on his birthday on August 6, 1956.  Crosno was subsequently hired at KELP which “was one of the top 40… Read More “Cruising with Crosno,” The Lost Tapes
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RumpToons No: 217

EPN - Border Analysis - Sat, 12/26/2020 - 11:15pm
I hope you enjoy RumpToons No: 217!
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Merry Christmas 2020

EPN - Border Analysis - Wed, 12/23/2020 - 5:27am
It has been a trying year for everyone and, unfortunately, we are not out of the woods yet as Covid-19 continues to ravage the world. Although we will not be able to gather together in familia it is important to remember that keeping your distance this year ensures that next year you will be able… Read More Merry Christmas 2020
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El Chuco Electoral Committee Announcement

El Paso Politics - Tue, 12/22/2020 - 5:54am
The following editorial was submitted by Xavier Miranda. My name is Xavier Miranda, and I am the new Chair of the DSA of El Chuco Electoral Committee. I am reaching out to […]
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Really, Kathryn?

Max Powers - Mon, 12/21/2020 - 10:06am
“I believe that because it’s legal, it doesn’t make it ethical,” Lucero said. “I think it could potentially erode public trust.” I am trying to be a better person. So let me try to make a point without being mean about it. So Ysleta ISD Trustee, Kathryn Lucero???, also known... Max Powers
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Happy Holidays 2020

El Paso News - Mon, 12/21/2020 - 7:30am
The team at the El Paso News wants to take this opportunity to wish each of you Happy Holidays! May you all be safe.
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RV sales surge in the Borderland as the pandemic fuels interest in low-contact mode of travel

Borderzine - Sun, 12/20/2020 - 3:01pm

Sales of RVs have skyrocketed more than 31% in the past year and aren’t expected to abate as vacationers seek safe ways to travel during the pandemic, according to industry figures.

Borderland recreational vehicle retailers are experiencing the same national trend as local residents fill their showrooms buying up motorhomes and RVs, leaving lots almost empty.

“As units are coming in, it’s like eight to 12 days that they last on the lot,” said Ale Camacho, general sales manager at Holiday World of Las Cruces. “Normally our stores usually sit with 188 to 200 units.” Inventory has gone as low as 44 RVs.

With the pandemic in full swing nationwide, many RV retailers are seeing a rise in first-time buyers this year. “A good number… I would say, probably 60%, maybe 70%,” Camacho said.

Most buyers are purchasing larger units, called bunkhouse models, that can sleep up to 10 people.

Shan Thomas, local owner of Franklin Mountain RV Sales, said: “In the beginning, well, before the pandemic, we were doing really well in sales. But in the beginning of the pandemic, we were worried, you know, sales are really gonna fall off. But of course, now they’ve really picked up.”

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, people have been avoiding traditional ways of travel in attempt to reduce their chances of contracting the coronavirus. Air, bus, train and even car travel have taken a backseat for many.

As a result, RV sales have skyrocketed by 31.2% since September 2019, according to the RV Industry Association’s September 2020 survey of manufacturers. The organization represents some 400 manufacturers and suppliers who produce 98 percent of all RV’s made in the U.S. and about 60 percent of RV’s worldwide.

The most recent statistics show RVs shipped from September 2019 to September 2020. The different RV models consist of four types of tow-able RV’s such as travel trailers, and three models of motorhomes.

On the road during a pandemic

El Paso resident and first-time RV buyer Ricardo Valle, said his family remains close despite the pandemic, spending time on the road.

“It’s still important to make memories and take trips with my family but, staying as safe as possible while doing so,” Valle said.

First time RV buyer, Ricardo Valle, switches to RV travel for family time during the pandemic. Photo by Brianna Perez,

RV travel is the answer for many families looking to make the most of the pandemic and travel with caution. With running water, heat and bathrooms, RVs require the least amount of stops during long road trips in comparison to cars and buses, which involve close contact with others for an extended period of time.

“I think it’s a lot safer. We don’t have the contact with anybody else. It’s just us. And we know we’re not COVID positive so we can be together in the RV and go wherever we want to travel without worry,” Valle said.

Low gasoline prices also are making RVs attractive and an economical alternative to flying. Valle’s family is spending less money traveling than they would traveling by other means, he said.

“It’s more economical. Buying gas for the RV is so much cheaper than the flying, we get to wherever it is that we’re going since we hook up, we have electric, water, we have heat, we have everything that you that we have at home and you only end up paying about $35 a day,” Valle said.

Since purchasing the RV the Valle family has put it to good use, driving their motor home through different cities in New Mexico, including Cloudcroft and Ruidoso.

“In the RV, we’re planning to travel at least every three to four months,” Valle said.

RV growth projected through 2021

The RV Industry Association projects continued sales growth in 2021 of 19.5 percent over 2020.

Thomas of Franklin Mountain RV Sales said he is optimistic that RV sales will remain steady even after the pandemic is over.

“After the pandemic, I think it’ll level off a little bit, but I think we’ll go through this spike for several months to come. I don’t see it dropping off anytime soon,” he said.



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