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The El Paso Economy And Job Market Post Covid-19

El Paso Politics - Thu, 07/09/2020 - 7:39am
In 2010, the El Paso Electric and Hunt Companies, among others commissioned a report modeling the long-term economic trends for the borderplex through 2029, of which El Paso is part of. The […]
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The Holguin-Perez Run-Off

El Paso Politics - Thu, 07/09/2020 - 7:30am
Author’s note: This article was updated to correct the name of Yvonne Rosales on the first paragraph. El Paso voters are casting votes to select who will represent them at Commissioners Court […]
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Anti-Protestor Legislation: The New Prior Restraint?

El Paso News - Wed, 07/08/2020 - 10:37pm
By Fernando Tafoya The United States Constitution is clear. “Congress shall make no law…abridging the freedom of speech..” To silence protestors that do not agree with them, legislators are proposing laws and regulations that violate the constitution. What are these proposals? Why do they violate the Constitution’s first amendment protection? Can government be trusted to… Read More Anti-Protestor Legislation: The New Prior Restraint?
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Second Stimulus Check?

EPN - Border Analysis - Wed, 07/08/2020 - 10:00pm
The question on many minds is whether the government will issue more stimulus checks to people or will there be more government programs to stimulate the economy. The country’s reopening of the economy became stalled as the Coronavirus re-surged in many states. Unemployment remains higher than normal. Adding to the stress of the economy is… Read More Second Stimulus Check?
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Richie David Marrufo and the Tumblewords Project–writing and reading and music and reading and publishing and reading

El Paso News - Wed, 07/08/2020 - 3:39pm
Last winter, after moping to everyone I knew that I hadn’t written anything all year worth typing up, I found a small notebook under a stack of old bills and flipped through the pages.  It held the almost illegible scrawl of a poem I had written last year in April in a Tumblewords Project workshop… Read More Richie David Marrufo and the Tumblewords Project–writing and reading and music and reading and publishing and reading
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The Reimagine I-10 Study (Widening I-10): Public comment until July 15th

El Paso News - Wed, 07/08/2020 - 2:36pm
TXDOT has proposed frontage roads and an unnecessary expansion of l-10 from Copia to Schuster that will take about $100 million worth of property and place more high speed traffic, and the added noise, vibrations, and pollution, closer to low income and historical neighborhoods. TXDOT has said that this expansion and frontage road proposal is… Read More The Reimagine I-10 Study (Widening I-10): Public comment until July 15th
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El Paso News - Wed, 07/08/2020 - 11:12am
As Mexican President Comes to D.C., Abuse of Mexican Labor Activist Susana Prieto Escalates, Casting Pall on New NAFTA Prieto’s July 1 Prison Release Conditioned on 30 Month Internal Exile, End of Her Matamoros Labor Organizing, Not Leaving Mexico and Relocation to Chihuahua Where Prosecutor Has Issue New Warrants for Her Arrest The extreme conditions… Read More GLOBAL TRADE WATCH: REPORTER’S MEMO
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El Paso News - Wed, 07/08/2020 - 12:42am
For Immediate Release: July 7, 2020 Contact: Matthew Groch,, (202) 454-5111 Mexican Labor Activist Susana Prieto, on Eve of Possible  Reimprisonment, and U.S. Rep. Chuy Garcia (D-Ill.) Call on Mexican President AMLO and President Trump to Remedy Ongoing Worker Abuses and Low Wages Celebration of New NAFTA Premature: It Won’t Help Workers Absent Action to… Read More ***MEDIA ADVISORY***
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AMLO Meets With The Patrón Today

EPN - Border Analysis - Tue, 07/07/2020 - 10:00pm
The problem for México is that every so often a Mexican president takes the helm of the country and immediately kowtows to the powers that be. Santa Anna is one such character. Santa Anna is best known for losing almost half of the Mexican territory when he waged an unsuccessful battle plan to quell the… Read More AMLO Meets With The Patrón Today
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Surviving Artistically, Part 2

El Paso News - Tue, 07/07/2020 - 9:16pm
You can find the first part here: I have produced two multimedia art shows since I last posted here. G.A.S #3: Poetry, Art, Music (GAS PAM), features two El Paso poets: Donna Snyder and Lawrence Barrett. Also featured are two El Paso dancers: Darlina Marie and Tac TheMac. Included is a video by El… Read More Surviving Artistically, Part 2
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This Is Why It Is Important To Revisit El Paso History – The Holocaust and The El Paso Bath Riots

El Paso Politics - Tue, 07/07/2020 - 12:23pm
Author’s note: this article was updated to clarify that the author of the telegram and mayor of El Paso was Thomas Calloway Lea, Jr. and the artist is Thomas C. Lea III. […]
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Samuel Williams Jr “The Unraveling”

El Paso News - Tue, 07/07/2020 - 4:48am
The GOP Congressional runoff as I have written about before has become unhinged. There was a bit of controversy over public records with regard to Samuel Williams Jr. Whenever you run for office you make sure there is no “negative marks” against you. Recently Williams has began speaking about a VA full on Hospital. According… Read More Samuel Williams Jr “The Unraveling”
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America Was Built On The Backs of Minorities

EPN - Border Analysis - Mon, 07/06/2020 - 10:00pm
America was built on the backs of minorities and not on White exceptionalism. The history books and the entertainment industry have created the illusion of a White America. Davy Crockett, Sam Houston, George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, James Madison are among the faces that most Americans recognize because that has been the White Americans intent. Very… Read More America Was Built On The Backs of Minorities
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El Paso Businesses That Received A PPP Loan

El Paso Politics - Mon, 07/06/2020 - 8:15pm
Today, the Small Business Administration released the list of companies that received funds from the government’s small business lending program. The lending program is intended to save jobs. The list includes the […]
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Listen to an El Paso nurse’s journey through COVID-19

Borderzine - Mon, 07/06/2020 - 12:09pm

Nurses have been at the center of the COVID-19 health crisis helping those who are severely ill, coping with a shortage of personal protective equipment, and in some cases getting sick themselves. Borderzine reporter Gabe Montellano began interviewing Mario Murillo, an El Paso nurse, back in March for a story about Latinos in nursing. And then the pandemic happened. Here’s Murillo’s experience of working on the frontlines before and after he himself contracted COVID-19. This conversation originally aired on our partner public radio station KTEP.

Mario Murillo: Good afternoon my name is Mario Murillo. I’m an RN-BSN working currently at University Medical Center under the critical care area.

Gabe Montellano: Because of social distancing –Murillo agreed to record his own answers to questions about working during the pandemic. He’s 26 years old and has been a nurse for four years.

MM: We are feeling tense. We do try to prepare as much as we can but it does feel like the calm before the storm situation more than anything else.

GM: When we first talked in March patients with COVID-19 were beginning to show up at the hospital According to him, nurses at his hospital were also coping with a shortage of personal protective equipment.

MM: We have been having to reuse material in a way that in any other situation would not be appropriate. We do feel anxious. We do feel a bit nervous but it come with this job and we know and have to find a way to deal and continue working and continue providing for your patients in anxious or nervous situations.

GM: Murillo had to temporarily stop caring for patients when he tested positive for COVID-19 in late April.

MM: Having to be self-quarantined has been a roller coaster of emotions to say the least between dealing with symptoms, the illness itself has made me go through a range of emotions: Whether it be anger, guilt, sadness or anything of the sort. Like with anything else, just find a way to deal with them appropriately. It’s time really. We all are humans in the end.

GM: At home he had to take precautions to protect his parents and brother and sister from the virus. Fortunately, none of them had been infected. That meant isolating in his room as much as possible, having a designated restroom, wearing a mask.

Mario Murillo

MM: Wearing a simple surgical mask to lessen the risk of contagion and whoever is next to me or helping me has to also be wearing a surgical mask and staying six feet away. I’m also making sure any food items I get are in disposable utensils.Third I’m also not having any physical contact with my pets due to the risk of coronavirus spreading to them and from them to other people.

GM: His family has three dogs. After recovering from COVID-19 and getting retested Murillo returned to work in June. He’s now caring for patients in the ICU.

MM: There are pathogens everywhere and it’s safe to assume COVID-19 is roaming the halls of any, of every hospital in El Paso.

GM: He hopes by sharing his story, people will take all the necessary precautions to protect themselves from the virus.

MM: This thing is very much real, the threat is very much real.



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Bowie High School Is Named After a Slave Master

El Paso Politics - Mon, 07/06/2020 - 8:14am
Now that America is starting to reconcile with its historical record, it is time to start having serious discussions about El Paso’s historical legacy. Today we will focus on Bowie High School. […]
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Samuel Williams District 16 Congressional Candidate District 16

El Paso News - Sun, 07/05/2020 - 6:32pm
Well the volleys continue with Mr. Williams even over the 4th of July Holiday. Veteran Blas Hermosillo and former Congressional Candidate Anthony Aguero having been going overtime with Williams. Williams himself has imploded upon his campaign as he continues to berate anyone who has different views. He has rejected any type of reasonable compromise throughout.… Read More Samuel Williams District 16 Congressional Candidate District 16
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Caldo de Res in the Decade of AIDS

El Paso News - Sun, 07/05/2020 - 4:00pm
An earlier version of this article was previously published in RUTAS, Forum for the Arts and Humanities, Spring 1994 / Numero 2. By Miguel Juárez It was Saturday afternoon.  ZaZa and I drove in his air-conditioned car in the 101 degrees towards Copia and Alameda Streets on a mission to comfort our old friend, Alberto,… Read More Caldo de Res in the Decade of AIDS
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The Art of Resistance: EP JO-TX

El Paso News - Sat, 07/04/2020 - 11:50pm
“Black trans women were at the forefront of queer liberation,” says Joshua Enrique Lerma co-designer of EP JOTX, a new queer grassroots movement created with collaborator Pico del Hierro-Villa. Pride was rooted in activism and creating an alternative queer space in El Paso to discuss borderland LGBTQIA+ issues became a priority for Joshua and Pico… Read More The Art of Resistance: EP JO-TX
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RumpToons No: 192

EPN - Border Analysis - Sat, 07/04/2020 - 10:00pm
I hope you like RumpToons No: 192!
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