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On the trail of border tomatoes, ballet folkorico and Sgt. Cheddar's

You'll find it all at the Downtown Artist and Farmers Market

by Kent Paterson, Frontera NorteSur // October 23, 2014

On the trail of border tomatoes, ballet folkorico and Sgt. Cheddar's

It’s the time of year tomato lovers dread the most. As the local harvests in the Rio Grande Valley of New Mexico and far west Texas wind down, the prospect of hard, industrialized tomatoes on the plate frightens the taste buds. But alas, relief is in store in a few places like the Downtown Artist and Farmers Market (DAFM) in El Paso, Texas. More…

Government

Missouri, New Mexico and the world spotlight

Government

Missouri, New Mexico and the world spotlight

Protesters cite parallel mistrust of police

by Frontera NorteSur // October 13, 2014

The British, Mexican and other international media once again shined a spotlight on U.S. policing practices and widespread allegations of brutality in recent days. The focus this time was on the four-day Ferguson October action in the St. Louis, Missouri area, where thousands assembled to demand justice for African-American teen Mike Brown and other victims of police shootings. More…

DHS: No 'credible information' that terrorists have entered U.S. through Mexico

Border security debate abounds in House committee hearings

by Alberto Tomas Halpern // September 18, 2014


U.S. Congressmen demand freedom for Nestora

Jailed in Mexico since August 2013

by Kent Paterson, Frontera NorteSur // September 12, 2014


Border Conference goal: discussing growth, trade not security and violence

Leaders will focus on commerce, competitiveness

by Elida S. Perez, Newspaper Tree // September 10, 2014

Education

Rev. Steven Baines to discuss First Amendment issues Friday, Sept. 12

Education

Rev. Steven Baines to discuss First Amendment issues Friday, Sept. 12

Topic: Separation of church and state

by Elida S. Perez, Newspaper Tree // September 9, 2014

Rev. Steven Baines, a pastor and director of Religious Outreach at Americans United for Separation of Church in State in Washington, DC, will be speaking in El Paso Friday, Sept. 12. More…

3D printing: the future of learning

Models help provide visuals

by Christopher Womack, Journalism in July 2014 // August 21, 2014


More Hispanics go to college after high school, but less actually graduate

Many start at community colleges before transfering

by Jessica Salcedo, Borderzine // August 13, 2014


Education, breaking stigma for those with mental health issues key with minorities

NAMI hosts Minority Mental Health Forum Saturday, July 19

by Elida S. Perez, Newspaper Tree // July 18, 2014

Arts & Culture

Public Art in El Paso

Arts & Culture

Public Art in El Paso

What's all the fuss about?

by Paul Geneson, Freelance writer // October 21, 2014

When you look into the matter of public art in El Paso, you’re struck by the contrasting voices: some are strident and disapproving, others are analytic and supportive.

Some examples:

“Public art creates a sense of place”
(Dionne Mack, Interim Director of Museums and Cultural Affairs)

“This is a very positive project”
(Patricia Dalbin, El Paso Public Art Director)

Then there are the voices on the other side:

“…the monstrosity that has appeared on Interstate 10 at the Airway exit”
“This thing looks like it was constructed by a manic pipe welder”
(Same letter writer to El Paso Times for both quotes, Kenneth Vaughn, on the same display)

“Whoever approved this so-called ‘sculpture’ should go back to school and take more
art appreciation classes”
(Letter to El Paso Times from writer Pete G. Flores, talking about I-10 art piece)

So who’s right? More…

The Border Art Residency

Reflecting on the journey that created a residency for artists on the border

by Becky Hendrick, The Border Art Residency // September 29, 2014


Punk Rock Flea Market growing pains

Joins forces with Vista Del Sol Flea Market

by Marie Marquez, Newspaper Tree contributor // September 23, 2014


Retaking Public Space: Ciudad Juarez's Monument Cultural Bazaar

The first of two articles on notions and visions of public space in downtown Ciudad Juarez, Mexico

by Kent Paterson, Frontera NorteSur // August 26, 2014

Health & Environment

While drought persists in Texas, conservation pays off in El Paso

Health & Environment

While drought persists in Texas, conservation pays off in El Paso

PBS documentary highlights state water crisis

by Elida S. Perez, Newspaper Tree // October 16, 2014

Water resources in the arid Chihuahuan Desert are finite and El Paso is located within the most arid region of the state in the northern part of the desert. More…

Burying a new tree or shrub too deeply is a bad idea

Let the plant's main roots tell you how deep to dig a planting hole

by Doc Stalker, Master Gardener // October 8, 2014


Climate ironies expose the vulnerable borderlands

Intense rain events increasing in frequency

by Kent Paterson, Frontera NorteSur // September 25, 2014


A tomato lover's fear

Late blight kills plants

by Jennifer Medina Salter, Master Gardener // September 16, 2014

Business & Technology

California dreaming: For the rich only

Business & Technology

California dreaming: For the rich only

Gentrification crowding everyone else out

by Kent Paterson, Frontera NorteSur // October 10, 2014

California Dreaming: For the Rich Only?

All the leaves are brown and the sky is grey I’ve been for a walk on a winter’s day I’d be safe and warm if I was in L.A.
California dreaming on such a winter’s day…

“California Dreaming”
The Mamas and the Papas (1965)

California is a land of dreams. From the star-struck Midwestern girl seeking fame and fortune in Hollywood to the Oaxacan farm laborer hoping to earn a few bucks for the folks back home, the Golden State lures the brave, the imaginative and the desperate. Almost another nation perched on the Pacific, California’s migrant histories span different eras, ranging from the Dust Bowl environmental exodus to the Indochinese apocalypse and the Central American cataclysm, among numerous others. More…

Bring on the casinos-tax free

Pending approval, Las Vegas-style casinos in Mexico

by Kent Paterson, Frontera NorteSur // October 1, 2014


NAFTA 2.0: A North American Union

Gross domestic product of NAFTA about $19 trillion

by Alberto Tomas Halpern // September 15, 2014


First look: The quest for Atari’s secret desert burial ground

by Kate Gannon, Borderzine.com // September 5, 2014

Perspectives

Profile: Javier and Terry Diaz

Perspectives

Profile: Javier and Terry Diaz

Reflections on El Paso, a great big city that never grew up

by Richard Baron // October 6, 2014

Sitting around their dining room table on a recent Saturday afternoon, Javier and Terry Diaz told their story to a stranger with a tape recorder.

Javier: I was born in El Paso in September of 1930, in Chihuahuita. Growing up there in Segundo Barrio we were isolated from the rest of El Paso. It was like a little village. Everybody knew each other, if not by name, by their face, because it was our community. We were always getting chased by the migra or police, and we had to run because some of the guys had pot.

Terry: I was born in 1934 in Phoenix. I had two brothers and a sister but now they’re all gone. I’m the only one left. We moved to El Paso when I was six. We lived in Sunset Heights, and I went to school at St. Patrick’s. More…

Polly Harris: A flamboyant El Paso politician

The irrepressible "alderbroad"

by Joseph R.M. Longo // September 22, 2014


After the Chihuahuas' Season

What's been the "bounce"?

by Paul Geneson, Freelance writer // September 17, 2014


Guest submission: La Trenza

Personal narrative

by Yasmin Ramirez, Contributor // August 28, 2014

Interviews

Architectural photographer chooses El Paso as stop on 13-day tour

Interviews

Architectural photographer chooses El Paso as stop on 13-day tour

Captures images, adventures along the way

by Elida S. Perez, Newspaper Tree // July 31, 2014

Armed with equipment including his tripod and digital camera, architectural photographer Lawrence Stevens, took time Thursday morning to photograph buildings in El Paso. More…

A conversation with Phillip Rodriguez

Filmmaker discusses making documentary about civil rights icon and El Paso journalist Ruben Salazar

by Esmeralda Ojeda // April 3, 2014


A conversation with Dr. Abraham Verghese

Former El Pasoan receives Heinz Foundation’s Arts and Humanities Award

by Cindy Graff Cohen // March 13, 2014


A conversation with Ellery Schempp

Plaintiff in Supreme Court case to speak at UTEP on Sunday, February 16

by Alberto Tomas Halpern // February 15, 2014

Neighborhoods

One year later and it's All Good

Neighborhoods

One year later and it's All Good

Campaign designed to promote local entertainment, culture

by Felicia Villalobos, Journalism in July 2014 // August 8, 2014

EL PASO – Downtown El Paso is a splat of color against the outline of the Franklin Mountains that is just under the light from the star. Its color is even more vibrant now that trendy locals like Norbert Portillo and Johnny Escalante have moved their businesses to the area. More…

Animals at Humane Society get paws-itive outlook

No-kill policy going on four years

by Lindsey Resignato, Journalism in July 2014 // July 28, 2014


Border farmers’ market a year-round hit

“We’re on the tail end of the winter market, which was incredibly successful,” said Ardovino’s owner and market manager Roberto Ardovino

by Kent Paterson, Frontera NorteSur // May 22, 2014


Let nature take its course with wildlife?

Licensed wildlife rehabilitator explains how to "rescue" wildlife

by Josie Karam // April 28, 2014

From The Tree

From the Tree: 4 ways Greg Abbott gets the border wrong

From the Tree

From the Tree: 4 ways Greg Abbott gets the border wrong

by Emanuel Anthony Martinez // February 13, 2014

Gangs and public corruption are worthy issues demanding serious attention across the state. Unfortunately, what Abbott gets wrong is his attempt to frame these problems exclusively as border problems. More…

From the Tree: Closing out 2013

News delivered on a clean, free format with straight-to-the-point journalism

by Emanuel Anthony Martinez // December 26, 2013


From the Tree: No comment on corruption is a comment on corruption

by Emanuel Anthony Martinez // December 7, 2013


From the Tree: Systemic failures at TEA worked as designed

by Emanuel Anthony Martinez // November 28, 2013

Press Releases

El Paso Water Utilities receives national award for sustainable water management

Press Releases

El Paso Water Utilities receives national award for sustainable water management

Recognizes economic, social and environmental efforts

by Press Release // October 23, 2014

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. – The Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA) honored El Paso Water Utilities with The Sustainable Water Utility Management Award at its 2014 Executive Management Conference on Monday in Newport Beach, Calif. More…

Tu Libro's 2nd annual holiday collection celebration brunch

October 25 at Cafe Mayapan

by Press Release // October 22, 2014


UTEP receives $1.2 million grant to prepare bilingual speech language pathologists

From U. S. Department of Education Office Special Education Programs

by Press Release // October 21, 2014


Ghost Stories of El Paso Vol.3

KCOS broadcasts premiere of TV documentary Oct. 23

by Press Release // October 20, 2014