Every year, countless children are abused and neglected by the ones they love and trust. It’s time for each of us to speak up for these children so that they may live safe, happy lives. April is a time for us to take a break from our busy schedules and acknowledge these children and say that their lives – and deaths – were not in vain. More...
Veteran El Paso newsman remembers Ruben Salazar as a young journalist
by Ray Sanchez // April 7, 2014
Did we know that Ruben would grow up to become a nationally respected journalist and the first Latino columnist for a major American newspaper? That he would travel to Vietnam, Cuba, Mexico and more as a foreign correspondent? That he would meet Robert Kennedy, President Eisenhower and Cesar Chavez? That one day he would be commemorated with a U.S. postal stamp? More...
by Vivian Maguire // April 3, 2014
I am an English teacher that has been in the classroom for nine years. As an experienced teacher, I have endured and complied with many new school policies and changes, most of which only affected us teachers. But, two weeks ago my school was informed of some changes that would affect our students, and that, I couldn't stand for. More...
by Newspaper Tree Staff // March 20, 2014
In the 1890s the prestigious Wigwam Saloon rented a small portion of the original State National Bank building. (See the 1909 photo). The bar was at street level with gambling upstairs. A stairway extended from the gambling floor into the alley alongside the building. Lore has it that constable and gunman John Selman, who killed John Wesley Hardin, exited to that alley in 1896 and was slain by Deputy U.S. Marshal George Scarborough. More...
by Newspaper Tree Staff // March 20, 2014
The Buckler Block building, rebuilt in 1911 (the original 1902 building sustained significant fire damage in 1910) housed the Elite Confectionery which was a popular meeting spot for local sweet tooths. The confectionery's most famous patron was teetotaler and Mexican Revolutionary Pancho Villa who enjoyed Elite’s strawberry soda and chocolate dipped ice cream baseballs. More...
CIAC chair says our country is in the midst of a ‘housing crisis’
by Ray Adauto, El Paso Association of Builders // March 18, 2014
I have been a member of the city’s Capital Improvements Advisory Committee (CIAC) since it was established. The CIAC voted 9-0 against raising impact fees for a variety of reasons at this time, primarily among them, that our country is in the midst of a housing crisis, and our local economy is no longer being supported by increases in troops locating here from Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC). More...
Former CIAC committee member says developers want sale of PSB land
by Charlie Wakeem // March 11, 2014
The proposed fee increases are not the real issue. It's a side show. The development community is using them as misdirection to get what they really want, and they know they have city council's political support. They want more urban sprawl as cheaply as possible. More...
by Newspaper Tree Staff // February 10, 2014
El Paso’s downtown boasts a proud history of architecture and unique buildings that define the aesthetic and landscape of our community's core. Recent efforts at downtown revitalization have spurred some downtown building owners to reinvest in their downtown properties as downtown’s prospect's are on the rise.
Unfortunately there are many once proud buildings that are languishing in a state of disrepair. More...
On Wed. Feb. 5, expert to discuss link between our built-environment and its effects on our physical and mental health
by Carlos Gallinar // February 3, 2014
Across the country, many health professionals, elected officials, urban planners, and residents are recognizing the vital importance of linking our health with our built-environment. In El Paso, 33 percent of our kids are overweight, that’s one out of three; the national average is about 20 percent. El Paso has one of the highest population rates of Type 2 diabetes. More...
El Paso Model Railroad Club turns 64
by Jeffrey McNeal // December 30, 2013
When you work with model trains, (one never "plays," because it requires a level of concentration beyond play) you lose track of time, of worries, of stress; and you end up with a mini-creation constructed by your own hands of something entirely meaningful to yourself, and maybe a few others. More...
Many people don't understand baseball and specifically how the minor league baseball system works
by Jason Stadel // December 23, 2013
My point isn't that everyone should know everything about baseball. My point is that if someone is going to try and provide a comment about a topic, like this, they should have a basic understanding of what is happening.
by Roy Ortega // November 7, 2013
Marc Schwartz is going to prison and I should be glad. I am not. Schwartz was sentenced Wednesday, November 6 for his part in the El Paso public corruption scandal and he will be spending the next eight years in prison. More...
by Lucia Quiñonez // October 18, 2013
The Centre and Mills Buildings are both great examples of what El Paso can do to its historical buildings, instead of letting them rot away. But not all historic buildings actually make it. At some point they are either demolished, fall prey to a fire, and in some cases, are distastefully renovated, destroying their historic worth. More...
by Analisa Cordova Silverstein // October 4, 2013
This festival differs from other political conferences I have attended in the sense that there were balanced discussions on issues that voters care about. The legislative session was over and rhetoric turned into conversation, and conversations were actually being conversed across party lines. More...
by Kathy Staudt // October 3, 2013
For a pragmatic policy wonk like me, it was exhilarating to attend the 3rd annual Texas Tribune Festival at the University of Texas at Austin campus. The event took place from September 27-29, and more than 2,000 registered participants attended. In addition to featuring high-profile keynote speakers, like U.S. Senator Ted Cruz and Texas State Senator Wendy Davis, who announced her candidacy for governor today, the program featured nine tracks of five to six panels each. More...
An El Pasoan reflects on the war in Syria, calls for humanitarian relief
by Dr. Andrea Shaheen // September 13, 2013
As a Syrian-American and a scholar of the Middle Eastern music and peoples, I’m often puzzled by U.S. policy towards the Middle East. Not because I oppose my government or this great country that has given me a life that I am incredibly grateful for, but because U.S. discourse and reactions and Middle Eastern realities seem to rarely corroborate. The current case in point is Syria. Though I am no politician or expert on war, I am a Syrian-American musician and ethnomusicologist, and the recent crisis in Syria has uprooted my Syrian friends, family, colleagues and our hopes. More...
An El Pasoan's perspective on the August 20 EPISD Board of Managers meeting
by Kathy Staudt // September 4, 2013
My columns aim to reflect on participation in public schools, situated in “democracy” in the borderlands. While coverage from El Paso’s major print media is welcome, there is hardly enough space allocated, given word-count caps, to cover all the decisions, the atmosphere, and its drama. More...
by Bennett Foster // August 23, 2013
“One death is too many,” said Scott White, a spokesperson for Velo Paso Bicycle-Pedestrian Coalition. “We are focused on preventing these untimely deaths, and we are here to help the city and the county to not only educate the public about the importance of being safe on the roads, but to reevaluate how we think about our streets, in order to make them safer for everyone.” More...
by Carlos F. Ortega // July 18, 2013
The second episode, titled "Calaca," refers to death. The four storylines introduced in the pilot now take shape. Charlotte discovers a tunnel for moving undocumented immigrants. "La Santa Muerte" plays a role in more murders. And more hooks. Right now, the show just might move in the right direction. More...
by Andrés Rodríguez, Scripps Howard Foundation Wire // July 11, 2013
The two border cities, beautifully shot, are presented as independent of one another, exemplified best by Kruger’s character, Sonya Cross. She knows virtually nothing about Juárez and we never quite get the sense that there’s much cooperation between both of the cities until they begin work on the case. More...