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Behind the Border’s recent surge in triathlons

Gabriela Gallegos, lawyer turned race planner, readies for the Mighty Mujer Triathlon on Saturday

by Cindy Graff Cohen // April 15, 2014

Behind the Border’s recent surge in triathlons

Long before dawn this Saturday, April 19, when most of us will be under warm blankets, nearly 500 women all over the Border Region will be engaged in a whirlwind of activity. They are the women of the 2014 Mighty Mujer Triathlon. More...

A little girl named Nohemi: ‘Martyr of Migration’

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A little girl named Nohemi: ‘Martyr of Migration’

A Frontera NorteSur special report

by Kent Paterson, Frontera NorteSur // April 7, 2014

By early March, Nohemi was sitting on the border of New Mexico within a stone’s throw of the United States. Only a few days later, on March 11, she was found hanging in a bathroom of a Ciudad Juarez children’s shelter. Nohemi was 12 years old. The still-unexplained death of an Ecuadoran child who was traveling across continents without the supervision of adult relatives has stirred public opinion while recasting scrutiny on a state justice system officials say has been reformed. More...

My Life in Juarez: Women Speak Out

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My Life in Juarez: Women Speak Out

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

Growing up in Ciudad Juarez, Rosa Ines Minjares did not think the episodes of violence against women that she saw flashed all over the television screen would personally affect her. All that changed one day in 2009 when her close friend, Maria Guadalupe Guardado, was murdered. More...

Rodríguez: TxDOT to demolish Lincoln Center, neighboring homes and businesses

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Rodríguez: TxDOT to demolish Lincoln Center, neighboring homes and businesses

by Alberto Tomas Halpern // February 14, 2014

There was no love for the Texas Department of Transportation at a Valentine's Day press conference during which State Senator José Rodríguez criticized state plans to demolish the Lincoln Center and adjacent homes to build a traffic ramp. More...

Graffiti vandalism mars the city

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Graffiti vandalism mars the city

Rise in graffiti tarnishes city image, results in economic and social costs

by Alberto Tomas Halpern // January 30, 2014

City records show that graffiti incidents in El Paso have increased 102 percent over seven years, from 8,599 in 2006 to 16,790 in 2013. Last week alone, from January 20 to 25, the city reported 239 graffiti incidents throughout the city. "Like litter, people driving through a city notice graffiti and it creates a negative image, harmful to economic development,” city manager Joyce Wilson said.
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El Paso organizations provide Thanksgiving meals for the less fortunate

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El Paso organizations provide Thanksgiving meals for the less fortunate

by Natassia Bonyanpour // November 22, 2013

Thanksgiving is a day deeply rooted in tradition, where families unite at the dinner table to give thanks and enjoy a customary Thanksgiving meal. And while many will celebrate the festivities from within their homes, volunteers from numerous organizations will be out, contributing their time to help those in need. More...

More than a century old, many still call El Segundo Barrio home

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More than a century old, many still call El Segundo Barrio home

by Natassia Bonyanpour // November 15, 2013

El Segundo Barrio, one of El Paso’s oldest neighborhoods, has an extensive history as a place of refuge. Despite a history of social and economic struggle, El Segundo Barrio continues to thrive in the southern part of the city. Vivid murals, streets adorned with aged structures, and multiple generations continue to give insight and a voice to what once existed. More...

Just stay on the board

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Just stay on the board

El Paso skater girls break stereotype, make sport their own

by Esmeralda Ojeda // November 8, 2013

Even though there may be more girls skateboarding these days, skater girls are still hard to come by. The stereotype that skating is a “boys club” is easily seen when visiting the concrete parks of El Paso.

But the girls are there if you look hard enough. And these girls are not “posers,” simply wearing their Vans and brightly colored accessories to fit in with the boys. These girls are there to skate, and they don’t care what anyone has to say about it. More...

El Segundo Barrio’s Sacred Heart continues tradition, despite challenging financial times

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El Segundo Barrio’s Sacred Heart continues tradition, despite challenging financial times

by Natassia Bonyanpour // November 1, 2013

Located in one of the poorest neighborhoods in the nation, Sacred Heart Church has endured financial challenges for generations. It has always served a community of immigrants and other transient residents, which has been problematic for sustaining donations. More...

Saving the Lincoln Center

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Saving the Lincoln Center

El Paso’s first Mexican school slated for demolition by October 1, 2014

by Esmeralda Ojeda // October 22, 2013

A century-old building located underneath the I-10/US-54 interchange is hanging on by a thread as the El Paso city council wrestles to come up with a plan to reacquire the building owned by the Texas Department of Transportation or TxDOT. More...

Two third-place finishes for Fort Bliss at Army Ten Miler

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Two third-place finishes for Fort Bliss at Army Ten Miler

by Andrés Rodríguez, Scripps Howard Foundation Wire // October 21, 2013

The Fort Bliss men’s and women’s teams finished third Sunday at the Army Ten Miler. More...

Chalk the Block brings art and community together for colorful fun

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Chalk the Block brings art and community together for colorful fun

6th annual arts festival makes its mark on downtown El Paso

by Lucia Quiñonez // October 13, 2013

A glowing 80-foot giant rattlesnake that seats 6 pedaling people, uses 34 wheels and articulates in 15 places was sidewinding through the Cleveland Square area this past weekend. Contrary to popular belief, imaginative chalk art wasn’t the only attraction to this year's 6th annual Chalk the Block in downtown El Paso. More...

Border baseball massacre renews war fears

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Border baseball massacre renews war fears

by Kent Paterson, Frontera NorteSur // September 24, 2013

Many people in the Paso del Norte border region are asking this question: Who and what were responsible for the September 22 massacre of 10 people in the rural Chihuahua town of Loma Blanca? Was the killing revenge meted out against members of a winning baseball team? Part of the ongoing dispute between organized criminal bands over control of a strategic border smuggling corridor directly across from Texas? A case of mistaken identity, similar to the massacre of young people at a party in the Ciudad Juarez neighborhood of Villas de Salvarcar back in 2010? More...

El Paso Area Chapter of the Red Cross supports National Preparedness Month

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El Paso Area Chapter of the Red Cross supports National Preparedness Month

by Esmeralda Ojeda and Francis Regalado // September 5, 2013

September is National Preparedness Month. National Preparedness Month, sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), encourages all Americans to ready themselves for any emergency or disaster. Mark Matthys, executive director of the El Paso Area Red Cross, said he hopes that families use this time to open up discussions on emergency preparedness. More...

Ride your bicycle El Paso!

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Ride your bicycle El Paso!

Local cycling enthusiast leads weekly beginner-oriented group rides

by Chuck Lauser // August 14, 2013

“Ride Your Bicycle El Paso!” is my effort in getting more El Pasoans together on bicycles to learn about the advantages of cycling. Since May, I have been leading weekly group rides that are beginner oriented and the turnouts have been wonderful. More...

Department of Community and Human Development soliciting applicants for CDBG Steering Committee

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Department of Community and Human Development soliciting applicants for CDBG Steering Committee

by Andrés Rodríguez, Scripps Howard Foundation Wire // August 8, 2013

The Department of Community and Human Development is accepting applications to fill four positions at the Community Development Block Grant Steering Committee, which recommends projects to receive Housing and Urban Development (HUD) federal grants to City Council. More...

Renovation of San Jacinto Plaza begins

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Renovation of San Jacinto Plaza begins

by Francis Regalado // July 25, 2013

The renovation of San Jacinto Plaza is underway. Streets are blocked off. Chain-link fencing wraps around the square. The sounds of jackhammers fill the air. The 18-month project is the result of years of planning and community input, including an open house that took place on June 20, sponsored by the City of El Paso Engineering and Construction Department. More...

I found a baby bird. Now, what?

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I found a baby bird. Now, what?

by Josie Karam // July 23, 2013

As a licensed wildlife rehabilitator, I receive hundreds of calls from concerned “rescuers” that find wildlife in need and I spend a great deal of time talking to the public to ascertain the need to either place the “baby” back in the nest or tree, leave it where it is, or bring it to my wildlife facility. Even though we take in wild mammals, the majority of intakes are birds, so I will concentrate this article on the avian species. More...

Plans presented for quieter trains around Medical Center of the Americas

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Plans presented for quieter trains around Medical Center of the Americas

by Andrés Rodríguez, Scripps Howard Foundation Wire // July 18, 2013

Preliminary designs for the modification of eleven railroad crossings around the Medical Center of the Americas (MCA) were presented July 15 and 16 to the community. The joint project between Union Pacific Railroad and the City of El Paso aims to establish two quiet zones, one from San Marcial Street to Cadwallader Drive and the other from Rosewood Street to Piedras Street. The modifications will also improve safety around the crossings, officials said. More...

August neighborhood summit to highlight ‘partnering with people from parties to projects’

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August neighborhood summit to highlight ‘partnering with people from parties to projects’

by Francis Regalado // July 17, 2013

The City of El Paso Neighborhood Services Division and the El Paso Neighborhood Coalition (EPNC) will team up this summer to sponsor the 9th Annual Neighborhood Summit, a forum that is free and open to the public and neighborhood associations. The summit will be held on August 3, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., at 9600 Sims Drive, the Ysleta Independent School District Administration & Cultural Arts Center. More...

Updated: Construction of high-voltage power lines begins in Upper Valley residential park

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Updated: Construction of high-voltage power lines begins in Upper Valley residential park

by Andrés Rodríguez, Scripps Howard Foundation Wire // July 11, 2013

Construction on Esmeralda Park in the Upper Valley began June 24, according to the El Paso Electric Company (EPEC), and is part of a seven-mile project that extends from the substation in Santa Teresa, New Mexico to the one in Montoya. “We’re doing it to improve reliability in the area,” said Teresa Souza of EPEC, “and also to meet the growth and demand of electricity in the area.” More...

A new era of lucha libre takes hold in central El Paso

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A new era of lucha libre takes hold in central El Paso

by Emanuel Anthony Martinez and Francis Regalado // July 4, 2013

In an nondescript white building near the corner of Pershing Dr. and N. Stevens St., in central El Paso, the Ontiveros family carries on the tradition of lucha libre. A bright yellow sign hangs next to the entrance: “N.E.W. Presenta LUCHA LIBRE DOMINGO JUN 16 5:30.” Lucha libre is a type of professional wrestling in which the contestants, called “luchadores,” wear masks and use rapid, acrobatic techniques to wrestle each other. While the masks keep the identities of the luchadores a secret, we know enough to understand that some wrestlers are good and others are bad. More...

Welcome to the Newspaper Tree Neighborhood's Page

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Welcome to the Newspaper Tree Neighborhood's Page

by Soraya Ayub Palacios // July 3, 2013

The City of El Paso’s Department of Community and Human Development is aimed at improving the quality of life of low-to-moderate income families and improving El Paso’s low-income neighborhoods. With the Neighborhood’s Page, we are partnering with Newspaper Tree to keep you informed on the Department’s services, programs, neighborhood improvements, events, and so much more. We are committed to keeping the citizens of El Paso informed on ways to improve their neighborhoods and quality of life. More...

Extreme Weather Task Force urges the public to stay safe and be a “buddy”

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Extreme Weather Task Force urges the public to stay safe and be a “buddy”

by Soraya Ayub Palacios // July 3, 2013

During this extreme weather, it is essential to make sure that our most vulnerable populations–elderly, infants and our pets–are safe from the heat. It is very important for everybody to use the "Buddy System" to look out for each other, especially the elderly and infirm during these hot summer days. It is also crucial for the public to watch out for the animals and neighborhood pets that may be experiencing the dangers and symptoms caused by our City’s extreme weather.
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City offers free check up calls for seniors

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City offers free check up calls for seniors

by Soraya Ayub Palacios // July 3, 2013

Do you know a senior living alone, is home-bound, isolated and in need of a check-up call to make sure they are doing OK? Is this senior your relative, neighbor, acquaintance or a friend that you know will benefit from a check-up call? More...