Serving on the Public Service Board, I learned a lot! Notably, it takes water to make power and power to make water. The electric company and the water utility – for better or worse – are co-dependent. El Paso Electric is one of El Paso Water’s large customers, and likewise El Paso Water is …
Imagine if someone called your people, “drug dealers, criminals and rapists.”
A Downtown law firm and a handful of arena supporters are misleading Downtown property owners, and the public, regarding an El Paso County effort to support redevelopment efforts in our community through a proposed federal Downtown Historic District.
Last week, a historic winter storm swept across Texas, piling on snow, plunging several cities into record-breaking low temperatures and disrupting utility service. For many of those living in the Lone Star State, this has meant being without essential utilities in addition to freezing tempe…
When El Paso struggles, it struggles together. There is a sense of commonality here, a unity of purpose. Rather than belie our differences, it defines them. One could not claim any community is perfect, yet there is something about this place. We come together when any of us face a challenge.
Despite the pandemic’s brutal impact on Downtown El Paso businesses, the continued work on the WestStar Tower has been a beacon of hope during it all, and in the coming months this project will be completed. The project has already reshaped our skyline, and will soon bring additional employe…
In 2006, the city of El Paso created the Public Art Program by ordinance. Housed in the Museums and Cultural Affairs Department, the ordinance allots 2% from every municipal capital project to integrate original artwork.
Isn’t it ironic that in a year that has left us longing for a vacation, the actual act of traveling is not only stressful but also mostly unattainable?
There is still much we don’t know about SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. But what health care and government officials know for sure is that we can all help contain the spread of COVID-19 by getting tested and following a few simple steps: wear a mask over your mouth and nose, was…
Through my service on many nonprofit boards over the years, I have had the good fortune of witnessing and supporting the meaningful service carried out daily by El Paso’s nonprofit organizations.
During these unprecedented times, many of us are looking for opportunities to help our families, loved ones and neighbors. As I look at my two sons, I wonder what I can do to make their lives better – in my home and also in the world that surrounds them.
During the COVID-19 pandemic and most recent calls for social justice, communities across the country have relied on their nonprofit organizations like never before. And nonprofits in our region have stepped up to meet the most pressing needs, everything from food insecurity and direct finan…
This month marks our 11th annual Race Against Racism, and we’re inviting you to join us for this virtual event. The late U.S. Rep John Lewis often repeated the African proverb: “When you pray, move your feet.”
Buying local” has always had a nice ring to it. Now, it is more of a battle cry. For our local small businesses and economy to not only survive but to thrive, businesses and consumers alike must all make an effort to adapt to new marketplace realities.
From minutes after the shooting, until today – one year later – behavioral health has remained at the forefront of our community’s response to the horrific events of Aug. 3, 2019; when a lone gunman opened fire in a crowded store and forever changed the fabric of our community.
Images of people wearing face masks are now commonplace – face coverings have become part of our daily routine and a symbol of how the COVID-19 pandemic has swiftly changed our lives since the first case was reported in El Paso in March.
El Paso is an excellent community. It’s vibrant, diverse, unassuming, quietly proud of its history and optimistic about its future. El Paso is authentic, offering a warm welcome to visitors and to those who choose to make the city their home.
It used to be I would trundle my blue recycling bin to the curb believing the contents were destined for planet-friendly reincarnation. Now the market for recyclables has tanked, my belief has faded and the earth continues to choke on our refuse. Something has to change.
Over the last week, allies have reached out to offer support and empathy as the world was violently awakened to the murder of George Floyd. People have kindly asked, “How are you doing?” My response has typically been, “I am good. With an asterisk.”
When I received the email asking me to write a piece about “successfully balancing life while working from home during the pandemic,” I was at home on the phone with one of my trainees, looking down at a mess of toys on the floor as my two small children played. All the while, my to-do list …
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