More than half of El Pasoans 12 and older are fully vaccinated. About 70% have received at least one dose. And with summer nearly here, pandemic restrictions melting away and COVID cases at lows not seen since the earliest days of the pandemic, Americans are stepping out into the sunlight an…

In 2020, under the pandemic’s big gray cloud, two things occurred that have likely never occurred simultaneously in modern history: unemployment soared, and personal income grew.

Who knew it could be so wonderful to watch a man, middle-aged with wispy gray hair, clothed in jeans and a cable knit sweater against the chill of the English countryside, talk about the qualities of compost on YouTube? The way the Englishman pronounces it, even the word “compost” sounds soothing.

Anybody who has carried water on a long hike knows: Hauling water is exhausting and humans need a lot of it. Escaping Earth’s gravity with enough water to quench the thirst of explorers on the moon, Mars or beyond, is a much bigger problem.

After two weeks in quarantine in a Bangkok hotel, two more weeks in Thailand to complete various adoption requirements to bring our 7-year-old home, a seven-hour flight to Doha, a 14-hour flight to Chicago and a 3 1/2 hour flight to El Paso, we returned home a family of six Tuesday night.

Getting to Thailand is hard in the best of times, separated from El Paso by more than 8,500 miles, 22 hours of flight time and 14 time zones.

Every year around this time we ask, “Who will be El Pasoan of the Year?”

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